After years of toiling in and out of the Hollywood system, James Cole (@amblinkid1966) looks back on one of his most rewarding creative experiences: the writing and production of “The Night Before,” an award-winning short film based on his own harrowing childhood experiences.
On a Dark and Stormy Night doesn’t mark any major departure for Shadow Circus; they’re still the great theatrical hard prog band they were on their previous albums. It does, however, mark a maturation. Compositionally the album’s their meatiest and most sophisticated so far, combining big theatrical wall of sound moments with their usual catchy melodies and mellow breathers.
Your main character gazes forlornly into the distance… thinking of his lost love.
Or maybe he’s just hungry.
Or maybe he’s just trying to remember what he was supposed to pick up at the store.
How the heck do you show what he’s thinking?
I’ve been playing with Celtx Shots for a few days now. And I do mean playing. Obviously, this app was developed for use in film production, but it’s just fun!
I said KRZ was an adventure game, but do not be fooled! Myst this is not! If we arbitrarily use Amanita Design games as a scale, KRZ is much closer to Botanicula than Machinarium. For those who now have no idea what I’m talking about, that means that it’s much more about ambiance, storytelling, and exploration than puzzling puzzles.
Question: What makes film different from any other kind of storytelling medium?
Think about it for a minute.
Or just keep reading.
I’m incredibly Luddite when it comes to my work. Computers intimidate me a lot. In the second year of uni I had to try 3D animation and it just infuriated me trying to get a computer mouse to do what my hands can. I’m really tactile and I just can’t fathom not being able to manipulate something with my hands.
My mom wrote a book. It’s a pretty good book – a short memoir about life in a small New England town, with laughs and tears and guest appearances by Steves Carell and Tyler. She’d had the manuscript professionally edited, so I offered to publish it on Kindle for her. I figured it had to be a simple matter of tweaking a little bit here and there, and just uploading it to Amazon’s Direct Publishing service.
I did that, and had a mess on my hands.
You don’t need a Hollywood budget to make crap. (But it helps.)
What you do need is a passion for apathy and a knack for ineptitude. Follow these 10 simple steps to hasten your descent to the cinematic Stygian depths: