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Indie Movie of the Month: ‘The Broken Circle Breakdown’

18 Apr

Indie Movie of the Month: 'The Broken Circle Breakdown'

Indie film of the week: the heartbreaking, beautiful foreign language film ‘The Broken Circle Breakdown’. Ignore the somehwhat watery sounding synopsis on IMDB. Veerle Baetens and Johan Heldenbergh give powerhouse, edgy performances as a warring couple when their daughter is diagnosed with terminal cancer. It’s a drama/ musical which reminded me of an awesome blend of ‘Blue Valentine’ and ‘Walk the Line’. It’s on Amazon Prime right now — watch it!

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TRAILER: ‘Game Of Thrones’ Season 4 Episode 3 “Breaker Of Chains”

18 Apr

After the bleeding-at-the-eyes and frothing at the mouth goodness that was Joffrey’s demise in the Purple Wedding, what have the Game of Thrones gang got in store for us this week?

“In the frenzied aftermath of the royal wedding, Tyrion gets a visit from a loyal subject, but wonders if anyone in his family will help him out of his current predicament. Meanwhile, Tywin offers to work for the common good with a presumed enemy; Sam takes stock of the personnel at Castle Black; the Hound gives another life lesson to Arya; and Daenerys makes a decision outside the walls of Meereen.”

Bring it on!

Stilted Dialogue? Here’s 8 tips to add some spice!

18 Jun

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1. COME IN LATE, LEAVE EARLY
Begin on a conflict and end on a question, cliffhanger or strong out line.

2. SCALE DOWN MONOLOGUES
Screenwriting isn’t speech writing. Can you cut down your dialogue to one line that encapsulates its meaning?

3. PLAY WORD GAMES (My favourite!)
Be sarcastic, joking, playful or condescending. Modulate tone and volume to alter the meaning. Talk in code, lingo or riddles. Change the subject, add flattery, answer a question with another question, delete key or cliched words or wholly embrace or avoid the truth.

4. TRADE LINES
They include catchphrases, expressions and idioms.

5. SUBTEXT, BABY!
Replace dialogue that state feelings with subtle actions that show them.

6. USE THE LANGUAGE OF THE CHARACTER
Based on their profession, stage of life, age speech patterns and speech impediments.

7. ENOUGH WITH THE CHIT-CHAT ALREADY
Cut greetings, small talk and verbal introductions unless they serve the agenda of the scene.

8. WHO CARE’S IF YOU’RE ON THE PHONE?
Create activity that keeps the camera and plot moving.Shoe-horn the exposition in on the fly!

Give your scenes a pass with this handy checklist and watch those scenes get lean and mean! 🙂

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Never give in. …

18 Jun

Never give in.
Never back down.
When your life feels lost, fight against all odds.
Never give in. Never back down!

REVIEW: ‘ON WRITING’ – Stephen King makes $40mill a year, and he tells us how!

17 Apr

When I started a new project last month called ‘THE BIG FREEZE’, a bitchin’ old school horror set on a remote island, who better to take tips on thrills and chills from than the master of all things-that-go-bump-in-the-night? Please step up to the mic, Stephen King, who needs no introduction – only since I was eleven, I can’t walk past a clown or a storm-drain without looking both ways. Yeah, thanks pal!

The book is a touching, and often heart-rending read – something that surprised me when I first picked it up, maybe expecting a simple ‘how-to’ book on writing. What King gives us is a glimpse into the trials (and there have been many, as any writer can relate!) in getting to grips with the industry and earning a paycheck. From tales of writing his first book in a tin trailer at a childs desk in the closet, and working three jobs (with a stomach-turning stint in a laundry), even if you aren’t a fan of his work it’s amazing to read of an authors meteoric rise from humble beginnings. I found much of it personally very inspiring, and would encourage anyone who is interested in the craft to take a read.

So what’s the trick to earning $40mil a year? Here’s eight of the best recommendations from the master himself.

  1. “If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot.”

  2. “Paragraphs are almost always as important for how they look as for what they say; they are maps of intent.”

  3. “Try any goddam thing you like, no matter how boringly normal or outrageous. If it works, fine. If it doesn’t, toss it.”

  4. “If you’re just starting out as a writer, you could do worse than strip your television’s electric plug wire, wrap a spike around it, and then stick it back into the wall. See what blows, and how far.”

  5. “You can’t please all of the readers all of the time; you can’t please even some of the readers all of the time, but you really ought to try to please at least some of the readers some of the time.”

  6. “You can approach the act of writing with nervousness, excitement, hopefulness, or even despair–the sense that you can never completely put on the page what’s in your mind and heart. You can come to the act with your fists clenched and your eyes narrowed, ready to kick ass and take down names. You can come to it because you want a girl to marry you or because you want to change the world. Come to it any way but lightly. Let me say it again: you must not come lightly to the blank page.”

  7. “This isn’t the the Ouija board or the spirit-world we’re talking about here, but just another job like laying pipe or driving long-haul trucks.”

  8. “Sometimes you have to go on when you don’t feel like it, and sometimes you’re doing good work when it feels like all you’re managing is to shovel shit from a sitting position.”

This last is my personal favorite, and an apt note to close on – what are you doing sitting here reading this, go and shovel that shit, gang!

‘City of Paradise’ Available worldwide on Amazon Kindle NOW!

17 Apr

The ultimate Faustian tale of destruction, ‘City of Paradise’ charts the rise and spectacular fall of Kelly-Lee, a homeless runaway, Blake Colvin, a bisexual Christian, and Erin O’Brian, the long-suffering woman between them. What follows is a dark, often hilarious journey down the rabbit hole of fame with their struggling band Gutterpunk Kings, who must battle their demons, vengeful ghosts, and the dark heart which beats at the centre of their lives; a lethal love triangle which threatens to destroy them all.
The road to glory is paved with demons. But in the City of Paradise, it’s the monsters of the mind which are so much harder to outrun…

Not since Hubert Selby’s ‘Requiem for a Dream’ has a book so unflinchingly, incisively plumbed the sweetly-scented, poisonous dungeons buried at the heart of the American Dream.
– Jonathan Shaw (Author of Narcisa – Our Lady of Ashes)

‘CITY OF PARADISE’ IS Now available from the Amazon Kindle store worldwide!

Available for a limited time only ON SALE!

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CAN’T FIND ‘CITY OF PARADISE’ IN YOUR TERRITORY?

  1. Head on over to the Amazon designated to your country.
  2. Find the ‘scroll-down’ menu next to the search bar (it’s automatically set to ‘All Departments’)
  3. Scroll down the list to the sub-section ‘KINDLE STORE’.
  4. Once this is selected, type ‘City of Paradise’ in the search bar and hit enter.
  5. Voila! You can’t miss our badass chick gyrating on her guitar.
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‘Game of Thrones’ Season 3 Episode #4 New Trailer – ‘And Now his Watch is Ended’

16 Apr

This week on the kickass ‘Game of Thrones’ season 3, episode 4 is bringing us some MAJOR SPOLERS and lots of violence is looking to break out in Westeros on April 21.

What do you think??