Editing Matters to Everyone – Not Just Filmmakers

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Just a tidbit:  Since 1981, movies that have won the Academy Award for Best Picture often also won the award for Best Editing.  No matter how well a scene is shot, acted, or directed; without editing, it won’t amount to much. Editing determines the rhythm and pacing of a scene. How music will engage the story. The impact of a particular line of dialogue. It keeps a scene moving. The truth is,

4 Secrets to Help You Manage Multiple Creative Projects

Writer’s block, boredom, hitting a wall – all are terms creative people use when they run out of ideas. One of the best ways to overcome those moments of terror is to work on multiple projects at once. In fact, multiple projects may be the best remedy for creative block. Plus, I’ve discovered that if you actually want to make a living with your creative profession, managing multiple projects becomes a necessity. But if you struggle with simultaneous creative efforts, here’s 4 keys that should help:

Why You Should Attend “The Process” Summit on How Movies Are Really Made

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At the National Religious Broadcasters Conference in Nashville, I’ll be hosting a 2 hour special event called: “The Process: Advice from Hollywood about Getting Your Project Produced.” It will be held at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel in Nashville on Monday February 23rd from 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM. The summit will be a

Which is More Creative, A Lone Wolf or a Team?

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The “lone wolf” theory of creativity (usually an artist struggling alone) has always been the romantic ideal, but is it true? We look to artistic geniuses throughout history and naturally think that real creativity happens in isolation. But as more and more research and historical information comes to light, the lone wolf theory just isn’t holding up. As Peter Bart from Variety Magazine recently pointed out:

You Are Not A Storyteller

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This two minute interview with Austrian graphic designer Stefan Sagmeister is absolutely right on.  However I hesitated posting it because of the profanity.  But the subject is so good and so timely I decided to post it anyway.  If you’re fed up like me with all the people calling themselves “storytellers” out there, then this is for you.  He doesn’t mince words, and hence the profanity.  If you’re offended, don’t watch. But if you’re not, it’s well worth two minutes:

Does Brainstorming Really Work?

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Everyone talks about “brainstorming,” and for most of us, it’s a normal part of the creative process.  But for years, I’ve had my suspicions about brainstorming because honestly, it rarely works for me.  Keep in mind that I’m a writer, so sitting in an empty room with nothing but my laptop is pretty close to heaven.  But at the same time, I love being around people – especially when it comes to making projects happen.  But in the cold, hard light of day – when it comes to generating ideas, I get a lot more done by myself than with a team.  This short video captures why.  Take a look and then tell me about your creative approach, and whether brainstorming is the big deal it’s supposed to be:

How to Find Time to Create Your Dream Project

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Nearly every week someone comes to me in frustration and says something like, “I need to write a book but I can never find the time.” Or, “I have a screenplay I want to write, but I just have too much to do during the day.” Honestly, in most cases, even if they had nothing else to do, most still wouldn’t actually get around to writing. But just in case “finding the time” is a real problem for you, let me offer this suggestion:

Creativity Isn’t About Inspiration, It’s About Rituals

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I love the quote by painter Chuck Close: “Inspiration is for amateurs. The rest of us just show up and get to work.” Real creative professionals know that creativity isn’t about a spark, or inspired moment. Sure those things happen, but they’re rare and can’t be counted on. What can be counted on is showing up.  One writer described the writing process as simply

Christians: Is It Time to Cut Artists Some Slack?

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Just when I thought we’d made some progress in this area, my posts about the movie Noah have brought back the venom. It’s fascinating to me that God chose to introduce Himself to us in the first chapter of Genesis as a “creator.” But even though we are made in his image, so many Christians literally fear creativity. Pastor,  filmmaker, and author or The Artisan SoulErwin McManus says,