Ice Age 4

 

Manny, Diego and Sid are at it again in ‘Ice Age 4:  Continental Drift’.  This time they battle pirates and other sea creatures when their continent is set adrift.  Of course, let’s not also forget Scrat who returns as the ever persistent saber-toothed squirrel chasing but never quite retaining his beloved acorns.

Writing for animation can be tough but immensely rewarding if you can manage to create lovable characters to hold onto loyal fans with.  The key is to not just write a story that appeals to children, but to adults too, as more often than not, the adults will be accompanying their kids to the cinema.

Just like any other feature-length script, you will need to fill your story with challenges, twists and close calls in each act.  Don’t think that because it’s an animation, you can get away with a placid storyline,  -even Disney films have heart ache and intense obstacles, just think of ‘Bambi’ and ‘The Lion King’.

Comic relief however is always a pre-requisite, to lighten up those edge-of-your-seat moments and to stay true to the cheerful, positive nature of the world of animation.  Scrat is the perfect example, as is Dory from ‘Finding Nemo’ and Pumbaa from ‘The Lion King’.

 

Watch the Ice Age 4: Continental Drift Trailer.

 

 

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New ‘Barbarella’ TV Series!

 

Gaumont International Television and producer Martha De Laurentiis have secured the rights to Barbarella and are set to create a new TV series on the   iconic comic book character, made famous by Jane Fonda.  Fonda starred in the 1968 film adaptation which was directed by her then husband, Roger Vadim.   Martha De Laurentiis also has a close tie to the old film, she is the widow of the film’s producer Dino De Laurentiis.

Nicolas Winding Refn, the director of the Ryan Gosling film ‘Drive’ is set to direct the new series. De Laurentiis said that Danish director Refn had “the perfect vision to elevate such an iconic character like Barbarella and bring her to new audiences worldwide”.

We look forward to hearing who will be cast as the lead, no news has been announced yet but Anne Hathaway and Scarlett Johansson have been listed as fan favorites, but it’s unlikely those actresses will choose a role on the small screen.

Who would you want to see play Barbarella?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Choosing a title for your script -Part 2

Here are the final two tips to Choosing a Title for you Script:

 

4.  ORIGINALITY

Although it’s not deal breaker, it may be wise to check out the originality of your working title.   A good source to use is IMDB.com  -Make a search on your potential title and it will show you all the matches that are already on the system.  Who would’ve thought there are 28 different projects all named “Lost”, most of which were already released before the famous J.J. Abrams series.

 

5.  AMBIGUITY

Ambiguity can either work  for or against your script.  They mystery behind it may attract attention and intrigue, or it may give your reader the wrong first impression, only to disappoint when they actually read it.  For example,  ‘Heavenly Creatures’ may create an illusion of something completely different to what the story actually entails, but would readers be disappointed after reading the script?  Probably not.  Choose your battles wisely.

 

 

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Choosing a title for your script -Part 1

 

Choosing the best title for your script can help give your story the best first impression possible.  -Something to think about when you are ready to submit your work to agencies and production companies.

Not only can the perfect title set the appropriate tone for your story, but it can gain the attention of the right people and set your script apart from the masses by being the one that a reader remembers most.

Here are some things to think about when choosing a title for your script:

 

1.  YOUR GENRE

The genre of your script is the best indicator of how to go about choosing a title.

Horror movies tend to have more impact when the title is short and sharp.  Eg. ‘Saw’  or  ‘Psycho’.

Whereas you have a bit more room to play with when it comes to dramas or quirky comedies.  Eg. ‘Seeking a Friend for the End of the World’  or  ‘The Kids Are All Right’.

 

2.  HIDDEN STORY ELEMENTS

Sometimes elements within your film which are less obvious, make the most impact and can also be taken into account when choosing your script title.  Perhaps it’s a prop/object that makes a short but important appearance in the story.  A nickname of a character.  A meaningful location.

Don’t be hindered by only focusing on the obvious aspects of the story.  What is helpful, is to get an outsider’s opinion.  Ask someone to read your script and get suggestions of what aspects of the story stood out for them.  The most unexpected thing could in the end, make the most sense.  For eg.  ‘The Squid and the Whale’, -a film which is about neither a squid or whale, but more about family dynamics.  The squid and whale are merely referencing the exhibit at the museum which featured at the end of the film

 

3.  UNIVERSAL CHARACTERS

One of the most successful ways to make your script “commercial” and bankable is by having universal characters that the majority of the public can relate to.  Familiarity is key when it comes to a Friday night at the movies and patrons are deliberating which movie to go see.  In other words, it is more likely that the average customer will choose to go see something they feel assured that they will be entertained with something that is common ground, featuring common characters or situations such as: ‘Horrible Bosses’, ‘Bridesmaids’ or ‘Hangover’.

 

Stay tuned next week for the last two tips on Choosing a Title For Your Script.

 

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Gangster Squad


A stellar cast brings us back to the 50’s when the Mafia threatens the streets of Los Angeles.

Co-written by ‘Castle’ writer Will Beall, who is also on board to write ‘Leathal Weapon 5′ with veteran writer Shane Black, ‘The Gangster Squad’ looks to be a must-see film, set in an era that’s rarely visited in Hollywood these days.

The it boy and girl of the moment, Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone also star in this upcoming flick as well as the legendary Sean Penn.

‘The Gangster Squad’ is due for release on September 7, 2012.

Watch the Gangster Squad Trailer here.

 

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The Bourne Legacy

 

While it’s missing the leading man that pretty much made the other Bourne films, we hope this will still be a good watch.  ‘The Bourne Legacy’ is about a new CIA operative that pretty much has to deal with the life or death events due to his mysterious past… much like the previous films.

Though I don’t think Jeremy Renner really commands the screen or has that depth of humanity that Matt Damon brought to the earlier films, which possibly is why they’ve also cast big names such as Rachel Weisz and Edward Norton to fill the big shoes Damon left behind.

Apparently Damon decided against starring in ‘The Bourne Legacy’ because previous director Paul Greengrass wasn’t going to be on board this time, allowing screenwriter Tony Gilroy to claim the director’s chair.

The trailer doesn’t give much away, but take a look at it here:

THE BOURNE LEGACY TRAILER

 

 

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