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Jurgen Wolff
London most of the time, Southern California some of the time
Interests: Books, theatre, films, drawing and painting, cartooning, animation, conversation, travel, photography, fitness, marketing, graphic design.
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The first page of your novel or the first scene of your screenplay is really important--it can make the difference between somebody immediately being hooked or breathing a sigh of 'been there, done that.' At the same time, being weird... Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2020 at Time to Write
Pixar may be the most successful production company in terms of number of hits per number of films made. One of the most beloved franchises is the Toy Story movies, Here you can read the script for Toy Story 4.... Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2020 at Time to Write
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The first thing that attracts people to your book is the title. Here are a few guidelines for coming up with a title that will grab readers of fiction (these also work for screenplays): Make it appropriate for the genre.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 20, 2020 at Time to Write
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I had an email asking me for any tips I could offer for how to become a writer for video games. This is one arena in which I don't have any personal experience, but I found this excellent overview: https://invisioncommunity.co.uk/how-to-become-a-video-game-script-writer/... Continue reading
Posted Apr 20, 2020 at Time to Write
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Writer and producer Andrew Yang told Fast Company, "You should be surprising yourself. You should be challenging yourself. Playing within the bounds of what everything you've seen before has done, you can get somewhere with that. But I feel like... Continue reading
Posted Apr 18, 2020 at Time to Write
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Most of us can identify one or more turning points when we redefined who we are or at least who we want to be. I think we get one free shot at this in our early 20's. After that, it... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2020 at Time to Write
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Writers are advised to "find your own voice," meaning, express yourself in a way that is authentic and unique to you. One who managed that is Ira Glass, the creator of the radio series, "This American Life." He started out... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2020 at Time to Write
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Although most communication these days is digital, there are still times when you give someone a document. It might be a business proposal, a brochure, a letter, even a business card. Here's a simple way to have it valued more... Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2020 at Time to Write
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One person wrote a prose poem about the other side of the dark times we're in right now. He wanted to turn it into a short film. 250 filmmakers from around the world contributed clips and photos. Ten days later,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2020 at Time to Write
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Top 3 Mistakes You Make When Pitching is the title of a short video by independent producer Tom Malloy, featured on the FilmmakingStuff.com website of my friend, Jason Brubaker. The first one he mentions is delivering the pitch with low... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2020 at Time to Write
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If you are interested in writing screenplays it's always worthwhile studying ones others have written. Recently, Spike Lee released the screenplay for his unproduced film about Jackie Robinson, the first African American to play in the major leagues. You can... Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2020 at Time to Write
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"Shadowed" is a short (three-minute) horror film made with minimal elements: one actress, a couple of rooms, some shadows and a few special effects (visual and audio). It's worth a look if you like horror films and especially if you... Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2020 at Time to Write
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Do you want to write an autobiography but you're not sure your life has been eventful enough, or that you want to dedicate the time it would take? Preparing a course on making short films gave me an idea for... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2020 at Time to Write
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We all need help at times, but sometimes we are reluctant to ask for it. We don't want to be needy or annoying, or maybe we don't like admitting we're not totally self-sufficient. The present circumstances are forcing a lot... Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2020 at Time to Write
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So you want to write comedy? Here's the problem: humor is subjective. What makes one person double over with laughter just elicits a groan from another. That's why writing comedy probably requires a little more self-confidence than writing other genres.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 29, 2020 at Time to Write
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There's a Zen saying, "Out of the mud grows a lotus." As I write this, we're in the mud. The coronavirus is still spreading and millions (including me) have been instructed not to leave our homes for at least twelve... Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2020 at Time to Write
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Someday we'll look back on this extraordinary time, and perhaps the people who come after us may find it hard to believe...hard to believe we were so poorly prepared when we had ample warning that such a thing was likely... Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2020 at Time to Write
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Do you ever agree to do something or go somewhere in the future, only to find that when the time arrives to do it you wish you hadn’t? Yeah, me, too, but the other day I found a good tip... Continue reading
Posted Mar 2, 2020 at Time to Write
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In a previous post, I shared some questions that Hollywood script readers ask in order to tell whether the big idea of a story will work. In this post, we look at the questions that apply to the plot and... Continue reading
Posted Feb 23, 2020 at Time to Write
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Do you get stuck when you set out to do another draft of a screenplay, novel, or other creative project? Albert Einstein allegedly said, "We cannot solve our problems with the same level of thinking that created them." He wasn't... Continue reading
Posted Feb 22, 2020 at Time to Write
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It's hard to be objective about your own work, but a good start is knowing what questions to ask. A few years ago I came upon a Hollywood script reader's checklist--the questions they used in deciding whether or not a... Continue reading
Posted Feb 19, 2020 at Time to Write
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I'm always on the lookout for tips that can help those of us who suffer from clinical depression--or just bouts of lack of motivation. One I was reminded of recently is the mantra, "Just do one thing." In better times,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2020 at Time to Write
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If you're writing a screenplay or novel, you may want to opt for revenge. According to Science Daily, "When it comes to entertainment, people enjoy seeing bad guys get their punishment more than seeing them be forgiven, a new study... Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2020 at Time to Write
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Once we start to procrastinate, we tend to keep procrastinating. A common refrain is, "I don't have much time left today to work on that task, so I'll make a fresh start tomorrow." Of course, tomorrow we may find ourselves... Continue reading
Posted Feb 10, 2020 at Time to Write
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According to Science Daily, "Studies have linked prolonged sitting with health concerns such as heart disease, cancer, depression, diabetes, and obesity. Research shows that breaking up long periods of sitting with movement at least once an hour reduces those risks,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2020 at Time to Write