Amazing Scenes- Prince of Egypt

Released in 1998, The Prince of Egypt is somewhat of a landmark title, being the first film released by Dreamwork's studios, the first studio to throw the animated-gauntlet against the juggernaut that was Disney at the height of its 'renaissance' days. First pitched by then-Disney-chairman, Jeff Katzenberg as an animated version of The Ten Commandments … Continue reading Amazing Scenes- Prince of Egypt

Brilliant Scenes- Inglorious Basterds (A writing analysis)

Full spoilers ahead Tarantino's 2009 offering is an interesting case for long-term fans of his work. The usual format is there; whip-fast witticisms by characteristic and distinctive characters who lean in and out of the plot in adventures that could be stand-alone films in the hand of lesser directors, and a penchant for violence and … Continue reading Brilliant Scenes- Inglorious Basterds (A writing analysis)

Amazing Episodes- Out of Gas (A writing analysis)

I think a good litmus-test of a piece of art is how well you can remember the first time you experienced it when you come back to it, and Firefly very much hits that mark for me. Long before the freshly exposed controversies of Joss Whedon, I joined the Firefly bandwagon quite late, watching the … Continue reading Amazing Episodes- Out of Gas (A writing analysis)

Brilliant Scenes- Children of Men (A writing analysis)

Directed by Alfonso CuarĂ³n and released in 2006, Children Of Men is a dystopian/Sci-Fi/thriller based on the book of the same name, written by P.D. James and published in 1992. Children Of Men follows Theo Faron in a world disturbingly accurate to what 2027 would really be like if human fertility rates were dropped to … Continue reading Brilliant Scenes- Children of Men (A writing analysis)

Ten lateral (And five practical) tips on writing interesting dialogue

There's no doubt about the fact that dialogue can make or break a story. There have been times when my brain hasn't been working properly when reading, and I have found myself subconsciously and inadvertently drifting towards the dialogue, often it being so much more tantalising to read than the meticulous descriptions and atmosphere building. … Continue reading Ten lateral (And five practical) tips on writing interesting dialogue

Narcotics vs Art

Drugs and art have a complicated ebb and flow within our society. Drugs in the mainstream are, of course, a massive taboo for a variety of reasons. Ranging from legal alcohol to soft drugs like cannabis, and then to the potentially devastating likes of crystal meth and heroin. All of which serve their purpose as … Continue reading Narcotics vs Art

Writing true comedy

Think about the last time you read a book that was a comedy, and think to the times you actually laughed at loud. It's possible you never did, yet you can still recognise when a story is supposed to be humorous. The difference, however, between thinking; "That's humorous", and actually laughing, is a vast one. … Continue reading Writing true comedy

Limitations are an imagination’s best friend

"A person is a fool to become a writer. His only compensation is absolute freedom. He has no master except his own soul, and that, I am sure, is why he does it." The above quote is by children's author Roald Dahl, and while I don't respect the man's character for his 'alleged' anti-Semitism, racism … Continue reading Limitations are an imagination’s best friend

Let’s write weirdness

I have written two articles previously about how to create something new (they can be found here and here) in a sea of saturation and thousands of different properties and ideas appearing every year. It can often boil down to simply taking popular ideas and putting new spins on things, or just taking an idea … Continue reading Let’s write weirdness

Flipping tired tropes

A while back I wrote about the struggle we all find as creators to make something new and deeply original. Our world now is so saturated with media content, creating something new can be a daunting process. On the other-side, it can be fatiguing for us as an audience. We live in the age of … Continue reading Flipping tired tropes