So you have a movie idea? Want to write a script?

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"So You Have a Movie Idea?" Quite frequently I receive requests to read scripts and story ideas from people who have written scripts, are starting to write one, or want to write one.For a while I was consulting on scripts but discovered that 99.9% of those who contacted me really didn't want a critique or analysis as much as they wanted me to tell them they were on to something great. The truth is, good will and passion count, but they are not enough to create a great script.It takes a … [Read more...]

What is Cinema Divina?

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Cinema Divina: Spiritual Development through Contemporary FilmOne of the most spiritually powerful essays I have ever read is “To Fall in Love with the World: Individualism and Self-Transcendence in American Life” by John M. Staudenmeier, S.J. (Institute of Jesuit Studies, May 1994). The author asks: “How can we respond to the call of faith and live committed to something other than our individual selves without an impossibly violent rejection of our culture?” In his cultural analysis Staude … [Read more...]

Movie reviews and study guides for catechists and parents – and kids!

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  Late last year I began doing video reviews and writing study guides for the catechetical publisher RCL/Benziger through the website Sister Rose Goes to the Movies.Click here for a brief introduction about why a nun is reviewing movies!Here is a list of the video reviews and guides that you can play in class or for groups; you can download the guides and make copies for reflection and conversation:The Dark Knight RisesHow to Talk to Kids about the Aurora T … [Read more...]

City of Angels Film Festival March 12-14 Directors Guild of America, Los Angeles

Check out the film slate at The City of Angels Film FestivalThere will also be an alternative trackFounder's Forays into FilmSaturday, March 13hosted by the City of Angels Film Festival co-founder, Scott D. Young.Theater 3, Directors Guild of America1 pm FOR THE LOVE OF MOVIES Director, Gerald PearyDocumentary on the (melo)dramatic story of film criticism"a fascinating look at the vibrant personalities who changed the way we look at film"  Chris GoreScreening followed by … [Read more...]

The Heart of the Story

 I have  a good friend and colleague, Laurie Hutzler, who has an amazing website for seasoned writers and absolute beginners: Laurie Hutzler's Emotional Toolbox.Laurie sent this link around yesterday, and if you are a story-teller, you may have already seen it; if not, it is great advice!  The Heart of the Story.In addition to many eBooks on screenwriting and storytelling, Laurie is offering two free eBooks online right now; all you have to do is register and download:Character Type Ov … [Read more...]


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