Doctor Jones has some screenwriting lessons for you today, class! Indiana Jones and The Raiders of the Lost Ark is a classic Spielberg film and is often considered one of the best blockbusters ever made. George Lucas pitched the idea to Steven Spielberg and then developed it with Philip Kaufman. They handed Raiders off to screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan, who had just written Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back. Following Kasdan’s lead, let’s look at the storytelling lessons that we can learn from this timeless cinematic treasure!
The opening of the film spends several minutes establishing the world, establishing the tone…
A little while after this is published, 2020 will finally be over.
That doesn’t mean our problems will go away, but it does mean we have a meaningful bookend to look back on this odd year and reflect on what we learned, accomplished, and watched.
We were all stuck at home anyway. I’m sure most of you watched more movies, television, and YouTube videos than you did in the past to make quarantine go by quickly. I saw some great films and television shows in 2020! …
I dig languages. I’m not fluent (yet!) in any besides English, but after learning some Hebrew as a teen and taking Spanish in undergrad, my desire to learn languages intensified. My wife and I recently decided to become fluent in Japanese for a variety of reasons, so I returned to the world of mobile language learning apps.
I decided to compare two of the top apps: Rosetta Stone and Duolingo. Unsurprisingly, I discovered that these apps are not created equal. However, what did surprise me as a UX Strategist was how much each app’s onboarding process affected its learning experience.
“Quoth the Raven, ‘Nevermore!’”
Edgar Allan Poe lived nearly a century before the invention of filmmaking. However, his advice on storytelling is timeless. I’ve long been a Poe fan — I even wrote and directed an award-winning adaptation of the last poem he penned before his untimely death.
While Poe is known for his macabre poetry and gory short stories, he was a writer of much more than that. Poe was also a literary critic and routinely wrote philosophically about the nature of reality and art. …
I’m a UX Strategist who loves doing UX research. Even when research is imperfect (hint: it all is), there are still lessons to be learned.
Unfortunately, this affinity for research and observation means even when I’m relaxing and not working on something strictly related to my day job in the tech world, I still can’t help but notice the good, bad, and ugly of UX design “in the wild.”
So, I decided to make a list of my seven favorite mobile apps with a (subjective) perspective on what works and what doesn’t. Whether you are a UX/UI professional or not…
This article is a response to fellow screenwriter (and really cool dude) Joel Eisenberg. With his permission, I’m going to present some of my thoughts as a Gentile follower of Yeshua (Jesus) the Jewish Messiah as it relates to his article titled Was Dr. Asimov Right? Is The Bible the Most Potent Force For Atheism Ever Conceived?
If you haven’t read Joel’s article yet, I suggest you do so before continuing.
First, I’ll address each of his main sections: personal, social media, Trump, and the pandemic. Then I’ll discuss my thoughts on Asimov’s claim, and the relationship between science and…
It was many and many a year ago,
In a kingdom by the sea,
That a maiden there lived whom you may know
By the name of Annabel Lee;
That’s the opening to one of my favorite poems. It was penned by Edgar Allan Poe shortly before his untimely death. Many storytellers cite Poe as an inspiration, but I took this to another level: I adapted “Annabel Lee” into an award-winning short film.
I was twenty years old, and a senior in film school tasked with writing and directing my undergraduate thesis. …
If you’ve talked to me before about storytelling, you might know I’m not a fan of Blake Snyder’s hit book called Save the Cat. His book is billed as “The Last Book on Screenwriting That You’ll Ever Need” and is quite successful among beginner storytellers.
I would know — I was one of them.
In fact, his text was required reading in both undergrad and graduate screenwriting courses I took — at two different universities!
I’ve written before about the book I prefer to recommend:
Now, however, I’m going to tell you why I actively discourage people from reading…
“I won’t be successful without gaining a ton more skills.”
“I’m just not confident in my skills yet, and it’s holding me back.”
“I need to quit my day job and go to film school, but I can’t do that, so my dream is dead.”
This is the kind of thoughts and feelings many folks — but especially new screenwriters — struggle with. Now, the world of screenwriting is a struggle to break into. Even established writers have a hard time getting certain films sold or produced. …