A MOONDANCE VALENTINE & NEWS!


“Stopping by the woods on a snowy evening…” ~ Robert Frost

HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY!

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The 2013 Moondance

OFFICIAL CALL-FOR-ENTRIES

is open for submissions!

Get your entry in EARLY for this great opportunity

to showcase your talents and for a good chance to

win the Moondance!

CHECK OUT OUR MANY SUBMISSION CATEGORIES:

http://moondancefilmfestival.com/03_submission.categories.html

PLUS! We have a new submission category for 2013:

WEB SERIES WEBISODES!

3 EASY WAYS TO SUBMIT YOUR ENTRY:

1. MIFF ENTRY FORM

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(save $5 on entry fee)

3. WITHOUTABOX SUBMISSION SERVICE

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We look forward to previewing your submissions!

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MOONDANCE NEWS:

Hurray! Moondance now has one of the top 1% most-viewed LinkedIn profiles for 2012. http://www.linkedin.com/pub/profile/12/35a/248

EMAIL FROM LinkedIn, February 12, 2013: Elizabeth, Congratulations! You have one of the top 1% most-viewed LinkedIn profiles for 2012. LinkedIn now has 200 million members. Thanks for playing a unique part in our community!

I want to personally thank you for being part of our community. Your journey is part of our journey, and we’re delighted and humbled when we hear stories of how our members are using LinkedIn to connect, learn, and find opportunity.

With sincere thanks, Deep Nishar, LinkedIn Senior Vice President, Products & User Experience

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WordPress.com reports that this super-popular Moondance news blog has an unheard-of 80% open-rate, and a 50% click-through rate, which is an Internet phenomenon! The standard rate for other WP blogs is only an 8% open-rate and less than a 1% click-through rate.

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Welcome to Moondance’s new webster, Kelly Brenner, who works to keep the website fresh. Kelly lives in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Her website:  http://www.sailordesign.com

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PLUS! We have a new submission category for 2013:

WEB SERIES WEBISODES!

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MOONDANCERS WRITE US:

“Thanks for this blog email. I find it beautiful and very interesting – a cut way beyond the usual. Whatever you do, keep it up. And let me know of future developments.” ~~ NAOMI LAZARD, playwright & co-founder of the Hamptons International Film Festival

“Just thought I would say that your blog newsletters are fabulous, they always seem to arrive when I am having a bad day and they lift me right up and remind me that I am an artist, not a bureaucrat.” ~ JACK NIEDENTHAL, award-winning Moondance filmmaker, Marshall Islands

Well done. I’m convinced that this is a festival close to my heart. I’m inspired to give Moondance a try.” ~ MACDONALD ANNIE

As a Finalist in the Moondance International Film Festival 2007 for my full length male friendship comedy, “A Burning Desire,” I received several calls from story editors and producers. I am in talks right now for two short comedy screenplays, “Uncle Henry’s Funeral” and “The Romance of Esther Kiddish”. Moondance really came through for me!” ~ LORNA KANTER, screenwriter, artist

“I’m proud to announce that, thanks to the 2012 Moondance win for my feature screenplay, ROUGHNECKS!, InkTip.com has placed a promotional advertisement, for free, at the top of  their current magazine listings, which goes out to producers and directors looking for good writers and  scripts to purchase.” ~ MICHAEL L. EDWARDS

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INSIDER TIPS FOR SCREENWRITERS & FILMMAKERS:

PAUL FLECK’S 5 MAJOR RULES IN WRITING A FILM SYNOPSIS:

(from a LinkedIn Guest Post)

Even after all the work you’ve done writing a great film script, raising plenty of money, shooting and editing a masterpiece, films (and scripts) are ultimately sold based on the title, the logline, and the synopsis.

As an audience member you do the same thing. When you’re scrolling through Netflix or standing in the rain at Redbox you read the synopsis to decide if you want to see that movie.

Today’s guest post comes from former Marketing Executive at Paramount Studios, Paul Fleck. Paul was at Paramount for an unusually long and very successful career during the studios’ release of TITANIC,  FORREST GUMP, BRAVEHEART, CLUELESS, MISSION IMPOSSIBLE and a slew of other box-office hits.

Here are Paul Fleck’s five major rules in writing a film synopsis:

  1. Find a HOOK. Mood and tone in particular are both critical so the use of special and/or unusual adjectives is in order.
  2. Introduce the main characters. Describe — succinctly — their conflicts, goals and motivations. No detailed physical descriptions here unless critical to the story.
  3. Build the body of your synopsis with the high points of the story in chronological order. Paragraphs must be tight. Each line should include action, reaction and decision whenever possible!
  4. Use four or less paragraphs to convey the crisis and resolution of the story. Describe the main character’s reactions. Don’t keep the reader guessing. Any synopsis MUST include the resolution to the story.
  5. Keep writing — and re-writing –until every sentence is polished to perfection. Use of strong adjectives and verbs is a must — and of course a synopsis is always written in the present tense. Make every word count!

The synopsis is a crucial sales tool. Make it work to your benefit!

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THOUGHTS FOR THE DAY:

“Mediocrity knows nothing higher than itself, but talent instantly recognizes genius.” ~ SIR ARTHUR CONAN DOYLE

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“By all means, don’t say ‘if I can’, say ‘I will.’” ~ ABRAHAM LINCOLN

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Small Things Considered: frost crystals on ice

“The only real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in seeing with new eyes.” ~ MARCEL PROUST

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Japanese moss garden

The cultivation and attainment of wisdom is part of the goal and practice of Buddhism. In order to attain wisdom one must understand the nature of things (the dharma), and part of the practice of Buddhism is the investigation and appreciation of Nature. At the heart of Buddhist philosophy is the realization of no “self” or “I” (and hence the delusion) as a separate self-existing entity.

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“Happiness is sharing a bowl of cherries and a book pf poetry with a shade tree. It doesn’t eat much, doesn’t read much, but listens well, and is a most gracious host.” ~ ASTRID ALAUDA, poet, author

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“Remember your childhood? That complete certainty you had, looking at the grown-ups, that you would never be like them. It was a lonely feeling, but euphoric, too!” ~ JANE CAMPION, Oscar®-winning film director

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Mahatma Gandhi’s glasses

“A powerful exercise to awaken our consciousness to what is really important: Consider what you would leave behind if today was your last. 

Physical things always deteriorate; it’s the non-physical things – wisdom, love, energy, friendship, etc. – that when we give away leave a lasting legacy. 

What can you give of yourself that will live on forever?” ~ YEHUDA BERG, Kabbalist

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