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The Coffee Break Screenwriter Breaks The Rules by Pilar Alessandra (book review).

January 2, 2018 | By | Reply More
The Coffee Break Screenwriter Breaks The Rules by Pilar Alessandra (book review).

If you read Pilar Alessandra’s previous book, ‘The Coffee Break Screenwriter’ then you will want its sequel, ‘The Coffee Break Screenwriter Breaks The Rules’. What she says in the introduction is that all the supposed scriptwriting rules aren’t that at all, just guidance as to what to be careful of. Interestingly, throughout the book, she […]

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Augmented Reality Alien Survival Manual by Owen Williams (book review).

December 29, 2017 | By | Reply More
Augmented Reality Alien Survival Manual by Owen Williams (book review).

This is the first time I’ve come across an augmented book. It gives you access to an App that you can put in your mobile phone so you can try out various scenarios. As the title of this book by Owen Williams is called ‘Augmented Reality Alien Survival Manual’, it might be easier to watch […]

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The Art Of Coco (book review).

December 14, 2017 | By | Reply More
The Art Of Coco (book review).

‘Coco’ is the latest film from Pixar. ‘Coco’ is the surname of a Mexican family and they are celebrating the dead at the Dia de los Muertos. The events are seen through the son Miguel. As explained throughout this book, the Mexicans celebrate and parade around their graveyards with joyous abandon with their ancestors usually […]

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Funny! Twenty-Five Years Of Laughter From The Pixar Story Room (book review).

November 14, 2017 | By | Reply More
Funny! Twenty-Five Years Of Laughter From The Pixar Story Room (book review).

A common misconception is that when any comedy films are made that all the right jokes are selected at the scripting stage. With animation, where so much of it is visual gags, then as John Lasseter describes, egos are left at the door when his team enters the Pixar Story Room and each of the […]

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They Drew As They Pleased: The Hidden Art Of Disney’s Musical Years (The 1940s – Part Two) by Didier Ghez (book review)

October 26, 2017 | By | Reply More
They Drew As They Pleased: The Hidden Art Of Disney’s Musical Years (The 1940s – Part Two) by Didier Ghez  (book review)

If you think that after the first two books of ‘They Drew As They Pleased’, that this one would also feature concept artists, you would be mistaken. This one focuses on the Story Research Department which because its name seemed to centre on character design than its real job and was later renamed as Character […]

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Ghost In The Shell by Andrew Osmond (book review).

October 25, 2017 | By | 1 Reply More
Ghost In The Shell by Andrew Osmond (book review).

Probably in common with a lot of the audience who have seen the 2017 live action film ‘Ghost In The Shell’ starring Scarlett Johansson, I was aware that the story originated as a Japanese anime title, but otherwise I had no idea about its background. In fact, my knowledge of the genre is rather paltry […]

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They Drew As They Pleased: The Hidden Art Of Disney’s Musical Years (The 1940s – Part One) by Didier Ghez (book review).

October 20, 2017 | By | Reply More
They Drew As They Pleased: The Hidden Art Of Disney’s Musical Years (The 1940s – Part One) by Didier Ghez (book review).

It should hardly be surprising that the second volume of Didier Ghez’ book ‘They Drew As They Pleased: The Hidden Art Of Disney’s Musical Years (The 1940s – Part One)’, much of the focus in on ‘Fantasia’ (1940). When I saw it for the first time in the early 1960s, I wasn’t entirely sure, outside […]

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Filmmaking For Change 2nd Edition by Jon Fitzgerald (book review).

October 19, 2017 | By | Reply More
Filmmaking For Change 2nd Edition by Jon Fitzgerald (book review).

‘Filmmaking For Change’ has nothing to do with creating films on the cheap ie small change. Well, maybe, when you read some films have been created for as little as $30,000 although costing more in distribution and advertising to ensure its out there and needs to be added to this budget. I should point out […]

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They Drew As They Pleased: The Hidden Art Of Disney’s Golden Age: The 1930s by Didier Ghez (book review).

October 16, 2017 | By | Reply More
They Drew As They Pleased: The Hidden Art Of Disney’s Golden Age: The 1930s by Didier Ghez (book review).

Didier Ghez in his introduction to ‘They Drew As They Pleased: The Hidden Art Of Disney’s Golden Age: The 1930s’ that his books aren’t going to focus on the well-known Disney animators but on the concept designers. The people who designed what the animators brought to life. That should make you stop and think if […]

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Suspense With A Camera: A Filmmaker’s Guide To Hitchcock’s Techniques by Jeffrey Michael Bays (book review).

October 1, 2017 | By | Reply More
Suspense With A Camera: A Filmmaker’s Guide To Hitchcock’s Techniques by Jeffrey Michael Bays (book review).

Director Alfred Hitchcock was well titled as the ‘Master of Suspense’. He instinctively knew which hooks to use to grab you to care for the characters and then swing it around and put them in serious danger so you cared for their fates. Although Jeffrey Michael Bays’ book ‘Suspense With A Camera: A Filmmaker’s Guide […]

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