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Writing The TV Drama Series (4th edition) by Pamela Douglas (book review).

October 23, 2018 | By | Reply More
Writing The TV Drama Series (4th edition) by Pamela Douglas (book review).

Having started this book, ‘Writing The TV Drama Series (4th edition)’ by Pamela Douglas, I have to address why I didn’t read the three earlier editions. I think I mistook it to be about standard dramas rather than including our genre. As it turns out, Pamela Douglas regularly mentions many genre shows. The important point […]

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Beyond Bombshells by Jeffrey A. Brown (book review).

October 19, 2018 | By | Reply More
Beyond Bombshells by Jeffrey A. Brown (book review).

Much of Jeffrey A. Brown’s book, ‘Beyond Bombshells’ focuses on the growth of women as lead heroines in a film, TV and comicbook market dominated by male characters and whether they are getting a fair deal. The discussion in the opening chapter and women and torture draws some comparison to how men go through the […]

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Visual Storytelling by Morgan Sandler (book review).

October 10, 2018 | By | Reply More
Visual Storytelling by Morgan Sandler (book review).

I’ve always maintained that comicbook artists can learn a lot from film-making techniques. The opening chapter of Morgan Sandler’s book, ‘Visual Storytelling’, is a must read for fiction writers as well as those who want to make films. The most telling point is the difference between an active and a passive protagonist and, having encountered […]

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Shoot From The Heart by Diane Bell (book review).

September 20, 2018 | By | Reply More
Shoot From The Heart by Diane Bell (book review).

Film-maker Diane Bell is a Sundance film winner with her film, ‘Obselida’ (2010). What she gives in this book, ‘Shoot From The Heart’, is the information of the realities of making an independent film on a budget of $150,000. I’m not sure how much of this can be translated into how do it this in […]

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The Tale Of The Tales: The Beatrix Potter Ballet by Rumer Godden (book review).

September 14, 2018 | By | Reply More
The Tale Of The Tales: The Beatrix Potter Ballet by Rumer Godden (book review).

I was watching a DVD of ‘The Tales Of Beatrix Potter’ recently, not having seen the film in a couple decades. I saw the film originally back in 1972 at the local fleapit with the ushers trying to dissuade me because other cinema-goers had been put off because it had no dialogue. Although I didn’t […]

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They Drew As They Pleased: The Hidden Art Of Disney’s Mid-Century Era: The 1950s And 1960s by Didier Ghez (book review).

September 11, 2018 | By | Reply More
They Drew As They Pleased: The Hidden Art Of Disney’s Mid-Century Era: The 1950s And 1960s by Didier Ghez (book review).

The fourth book in Didier Ghez’ series ‘They Drew As They Pleased: The Hidden Art Of Disney’s Mid-Century Era: The 1950s And 1960s’ moves us up a decade and five new more artists. These were selected by Disney to present some new style compared to what his team had created before. As an introduction, Ghez […]

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Assembling The Marvel Cinematic Universe edited by Julian C. Chambliss, William L. Svitavsky and Daniel Fandino (book review).

September 7, 2018 | By | Reply More
Assembling The Marvel Cinematic Universe edited by Julian C. Chambliss, William L. Svitavsky and Daniel Fandino (book review).

The editors Julian C. Chambliss, William L. Svitavsky and Daniel Fandino in their introduction to their book, ‘Assembling The Marvel Cinematic Universe’, point out no one has done a book examining this subject yet. They aren’t talking about all the films based off of Marvel characters but specifically those films and TV series created by […]

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Comic Book Movies :Quick Takes Movies And Popular Culture by Blair Davis (book review).

July 30, 2018 | By | Reply More
Comic Book Movies :Quick Takes Movies And Popular Culture by Blair Davis (book review).

For a small book, I’m not sure if author Blair Davis is seeking to be comprehensive with ‘Comic Book Movies: Quick Takes Movies And Popular Culture’ or not. Certainly, his ‘Films Cited’ would appear to be that way. Then again, he does have a lot of problems in terms of his thinking he covers comicbook […]

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Shoot Like Tarantino by Christopher Kenworthy (book review).

July 24, 2018 | By | Reply More
Shoot Like Tarantino by Christopher Kenworthy (book review).

Christopher Kenworthy’s look at six of Quentin Tarantino’s films in eleven chapters is to give you some idea of how they were filmed. Oddly, unlike the other two books of his I’ve reviewed this month, I’ve actually seen them all although that’s hardly surprising as Tarantino hasn’t directed that many. He notes that you should […]

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Shoot Like Spielberg by Christopher Kenworthy (book review).

July 18, 2018 | By | Reply More
Shoot Like Spielberg by Christopher Kenworthy (book review).

I was commenting to one of my reviewing team recently on the slow pace of a particular famous space opera film from the mid-1970s and pointed out that it didn’t necessarily apply to all directors from that time. With Christopher Kenworthy’s book, ‘Shoot Like Spielberg’, it quickly became apparent why his films have endured. Of […]

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