Archive for the 'writing' Category

The Business of Photography

July 16, 2007

To help tide you over during our vacation it only seems fair to pass on some interesting blogs. A fairly new blog that I’ve been particularly impressed with is The Business of Photography.

The Business of Photography was started by Ed McCulloch out of frustration at the lack of emphasis put on business in photography programs. His sentiments echo my own frustrations and motivations for the writing the Tropist Weblog. Typically there is little to no time in spent in school on marketing, negotiations and promotion, which in practice turn out to be so important.

McCulloch’s journey is focused on photography, but his experience and advice are applicable to any artist. Start paying attention, McCulloch is just about to release his first major portfolio that will be released Nationwide (in the US).

Make sure to read through the archives for the full experience.

– chris


Hmm… Those Book Covers Look Similar

June 18, 2007


New Moons

Novelish, a great new blog about creative writing, has put together an insightful post  about the use of stock photography as book covers. After noticing some striking similarities and doing a little research, it was clear that book cover designers were grabbing their material from the same places.

Thorn, Novelish’s writer, has only found a few examples but I’m sure there are many more. I was shocked that fairly high profile books would use stock photography and run the risk of a double-take, but I guess that goes with the territory. You never know where you’re photos will turn up.

I’d love to see a display of all the different uses of one stock photo.  I’m sure it would be enlightening.

Head to Novelish for more creative writing news.

– chris

Coffee and Celluloid: Documenting Film School

June 12, 2007


Have you ever wondered what film school is like? Not to worry, Joey a student at FSU film school and the writer of Coffee and Celluloid has done a great job of reporting on his experiences.

I’ve been following Coffee and Celluloid for a few weeks and Joey, or C47 as he likes to be called, has done a great job of explaining the ins and outs of making a film that aren’t often talked about outside of the film community.

I’m excited for when Joey starts to show off some of the shorts that he’s been working on and blogging about. I have a feeling that cataloging his process will be invaluable, when he wants to better understand how his process helped to shape the final product.

Check out Coffee and Celluloid now!

– chris

Video: The Most Expensive Domain Names

April 25, 2007

Good Domains

Ever wondered what the most expensive domain names are? Well not to worry, GOOD Magazine has put together a great stop motion video covering the five most expensive domain names of all time. It’s quick, fun and worth your time.

GOOD is a brand new magazine that’s been doing a great job releasing original content to the web. This short video will likely become viral and help to spread the GOOD name.

GOOD has a unique business model, they donate 100% of subscription fees to charity and make all their money through advertising. For more, check out another GOOD video we’ve previously covered.

– chris

Outrageous Screenwriting Competition

March 1, 2007


John August, the screenwriter of Go, Big Fish and the forthcoming The Nines, just released the winners of his first screenwriting competition. John asked his readers to rewrite a short scene and post their entries onto his blog. The scene deals with some pretty outrageous (and inappropriate) content. Let’s just say, I never thought I’d read 64 scenes involving Star Trek, especially in this context.

Head to John’s blog to read the original and the winners.

– chris

A Feature Film for $1000?

January 22, 2007

I stumbled upon the 1000 Dollar Film project a couple of days ago. It’s the blog of two screenwriters who are working to create a great movie for only $1000 and document the entire process. From what I can tell, it looks like things are starting to pick up for them. They just received an offer to have their film edited for free, which is really quite amazing. Somehow they’ve also found the time to come out with some great articles. My two favorites so far are Create a feature film without writing a script and How to write a genre movie in seven days. If these guys can keep their breakneck pace, I think they’ll find many more people tuning in.

If you’re interested in creating your own low-budget feature film start by picking up Robert Rodriguez’s Rebel Without a Crew; it’s essentially the bible of low-budget filmmaking. Then I’d recommend watching his first feature: El Mariachi (shot for $7000 and sold for a million). It’s so good you won’t be able to stop yourself.

El Mariachi

– chris