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Neil Gaiman Shares His Top Tips on Improving Dialogue

“A reader’s emotions can be sparked with few words. That’s the power of dialogue.” Sol Stein Neil Gaiman is an English author of short fiction, novels, comic books, graphic novels and non-fiction books. His work includes amongst many other titles: The Sandman, American Gods, Stardust. Coraline, The Graveyard Book. 1. Dialogue serves to: reveal characters, advance plotlines, and provide entertainment. 2. Neil often listens to the way people talk, and this is how his dialogue begins to emerge. 3. See what you can cut from your wording, while still retaining the meaning and tone you wanted to create. 4. Select fragments of sentences that sound more natural. 5. Use contractions. 6. Trim excess filler words such as “uh” and “well”. 7. In real life, people don’t call each other by names all the time so make sure you don’t make that mistake with your characters. 8. Show instead of telling when/where you can. 9. Putting your characters in motion will break the pattern of repetition. “Dialogue is a lean language in which every word counts. “ Sol Stein

Are Distributors Knowingly Killing the Cinemas?

In the past few days, the film industry was served yet another severe blow, when the distributors of the new “James Bond” movie moved the premiere again, this time to 2021. Once the news broke out, Cineworld decided to go as far as closing their screens in the UK and the US. Quick search in Google reveals that most cinemas that still stay open re-run the classics, both old and modern, and screen films that no one has ever heard of or show what is already available on the streaming platforms. In one of his many, many, many (zzzzzz) recent pleads Boris Jonson asked the public to help out the cinemas. But how can the public support cinemas, if the distributors are too afraid to run their films? (Yet another unclear and confusing message form the government doesn’t help). I would happily go and watch a movie; I haven’t been to the cinema for ages but give me something to watch I haven’t seen before or isn’t already available online. I wonder whether the heads …

Shonda Rhimes Shares Her Tips on Pitching TV Shows Effectively

1. You need to learn how to pitch effectively to be successful and have your show picked up. 2. Well-constructed pitch is visual, quick and easy to portray the show’s central characters and the core concept. 3. Think about how you could describe your show to your listeners, so they could see saleable aspects of the show. 4. According to Shonda, a good pitch should: Start with the premise of the show. Explain the world of the show. Introduce the characters. Explain what the pilot is about. Be authentic and help your listeners connect emotionally with the characters. You will have to talk about how many episodes you have planned. Wrap it up and thank everyone for listening. Your pitch shouldn’t be longer than 5–10 minutes.

How to Attract the Decision Makers to Your Project?

Not every decision-maker will be interested in the project you are offering. That’s why it’s important to research the decision-makers you are planning to approach. You need to be certain that you invest your time and energy in approaching the right people. Everyone needs to pitch projects and ideas to financiers, networks, distributors; some writers, directors and showrunners are better than others at pitching. You always need to know your project as well as the back of your hand before you start gathering momentum for the story. Before you start the submission process, be very clear what you want from the people you are hustling and what you are offering in exchange. The traditional way of approaching the decision-makers has always been through sales agents. As a filmmaker/storyteller, you would find a sales agent willing to represent you and your projects. The sales agent would set up meetings for you, at which you would pitch your project. However, the Internet and VOD platforms have disturbed the traditional way of doing business. Nowadays you can approach …

How to Develop Characters for Your Stories?

1. Who is the character? Who does the character want to be? What makes your character/s come to life? What sort of person is your character; you need to dig deep to see how a real person would behave and react in the circumstances you are putting your characters in. 2. Where does your character/s come from? 3. What is the place the character ends up in? How is the character going to change on the way to that place? 4. How will the community change because of the problem/s the character is facing or trying to solve/sort out? 5. How far and in what direction is the story going to push the character? 6. Who is the storyteller in the story? 7. The characters need to be put in the situations that will allow them to go outside of their comfort zone. 8. The character is the one that needs to change, not the world around them. 9. What is your hook? (a hook — what the story is about, have it clear in …