Monday Starters #3

A collection of links, fun and serious, on film and culture, to start the week.



The Truth About Fiction

‘Fiction is all around us. Every time we enter into a conversation and begin talking about our favourite movie, actor or song we peer deeper into the rabbit hole.We look at how key works of fiction shape and comment on our world, and how we can learn from them.’


Indiegogo: Darkenu is a a love story set in Israel. The filmmakers ask for help to make a film that entertains but also promotes peace and understanding in the Middle East.


Story World Conference + expo: Exploding the Story/Media Dynamic
October 17-19 in Hollywood, CA


Ideas in Things

Ideas in Things looks at photographs as objects. Until the digital turn — with images existing as scans and electronic files — most photographs existed simultaneously as both images and objects. And, even now, it is as objects that photographs most fully enter our lives. The title of the exhibition is a reference to poet William Carlos Williams’s famous phrase, “No ideas but in things.”


Apocalypse Now: The 5-hour work workprint from Cinephilia & Beyond

A look into the material of what became a 153-minute film (202min in Redux) – what the rough cut looks like and what was left out.



On Writing

How to Writer Better Using Humor from Writer’s Digest


‘Screenwriters John August and Craig Mazin discuss screenwriting and related topics in the film and television industry, everything from getting stuff written to the vagaries of copyright and work-for-hire law.’

Screenwriter on the Web

Write, write, write – Daniel Martin Eckhart



Script Editor, Novelist, organiser of @londonswf.
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David Fincher: A Film Title Retrospective

Director David Fincher discusses filmmaking and title design.

You know, Butch Cassidy & the Sundance Kid has an amazing title sequence that was originally a sequence in the movie. It featured Katharine Ross, Redford, and Newman in Bolivia, where they see a film about their own exploits. It’s a beautiful idea for a scene and it also made for an amazing title sequence because it set up the idea of the Western as something we’ve come to know through the movies. The film was such a revolution in terms of thinking about the Western and in terms of buddy movies! I look at that movie and its title sequence and I think, “That was a scene in the film — that was written in the script — but it was used in a completely different way.” They decided maybe it was too dour or negative, that maybe the ending would be more provocative without teeing up the events.

An image from the title sequence of Se7en by designer Kyle Cooper.


Robert McKee on repetitiousness, triteness, character neutral language and other common flaws in dialogue.


Writers & Artist Yearbook online

‘The best industry advice for writers and artists, we have expert advice articles, inspirational author interviews, competitions, a lively online community and editorial services for every stage of your writing journey.’

Writers on Writing

Notes from William C. Martell’s workshop

‘Look at every character and examine how each has issues, and conflicts with others.’


‘No art passes our conscience in the way film does, and goes directly to our feelings, deep down into the dark rooms of our souls.’

– Ingmar Bergman



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