Sequels Galore

Have you ever asked yourself why there are so many sequels? I’m sure you have at least once gone, “Why is that getting another movie?” Do we really need four chipmunk movies? How many ice ages have we actually had?

You probably have an inkling that the answers relates to money. “Toy Story” was a hit, everyone loved it, they will pay to see another one, so we’ll make another. There’s also the new trend of splitting the final film of a series into two parts. That scene isn’t always because there was too much story to do the original justice in one film. I believe Harry Potter was the only one that warranted a part 1 and 2. But that ploy is all about money. We know people will pay to see it. While this holds true for the majority of sequels, that isn’t usually the biggest driving factor.

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Finding Your Medium

So you want to write a screenplay.

Let’s back up a couple of steps first.

You have story that you want to write, but you don’t know how to being. More importantly, you don’t know how you want to deliver your story.

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Let’s Talk About Characters

Have you ever stopped and asked yourself why you watch the shows you watch?

You might say because:

  • the story is awesome (engaging concept)
  • it’s funny (comedy)
  • I like Natalie Dormer! (actor/actress draw)
  • Titus Andromedon is the best! (character draw)
  • “Game of Thrones” kills my soul (emotional attachment)

These are all valid. And they are all connected by the most important reason you watch a show: The characters.

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Miltos is my Spirit Guide

Conventions have recently become a hobby for me. I began a few years ago when a friend invited me to go. The excitement, and frustration, that comes with the whole journey is one that is always appreciated in hindsight. This past weekend brought the nerdy rush once more, however with new privileges. This time we were able to get press badges allowing us to record panels and personally interview a few of the celebrity guests. With this newly acquired superpower I got to meet a man I am now proud to consider my spirit guide.

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