The shimmering leaves of the quaking aspen, the quintessential Colorado tree, turn to glowing shades of yellow and gold this time of year, here in the Rocky Mountains. The Native American myth told about the reason the leaves shake as they do in the wind is that the god Manito asked all trees to bow down before him, to show respect, but the aspen tree refused to do so, saying it was more beautiful than any of the other trees, and so Manito declared that whenever he blew through the forest on the slightest breeze, the aspen would forever quake in fear. […]
DON’T WALK! ACTION TIP FOR WRITERS:
By Elizabeth English
Writers should always try to avoid using the simple verb, “walk”, whenever possible! Why have your character just walk into a room, or across the road? It tells the reader almost nothing about the character’s current mood, personality, intent, feelings, or how he or she presents him- or herself, or how anyone might perceive or react to seeing the character. Here’s a chance to show the reader & the ultimate film-viewer more about the character, and to set up a sense of who this person is, and what to expect!
A character opens the door and walks in a room. Boring! Common! What if that character crawled in the window, instead? Or boogied in, maybe even stark naked? Or slinked in dressed in a bad-clown costume? A person in cowboy boots walks differently from a person in ballet slippers, or spike heels, or flip-flops, or is barefoot. Children, teenagers, men & women and seniors all move differently, too! Use everything you’ve got to tell the whole story!
A super-confident person may saunter or swagger or stroll across a room; a person with a lack of purpose may amble, mosey, shuffle or shamble in; a shy person may hesitantly tip-toe in; an angry person may march or clomp across the room; a person with ill-intent may sneak, stalk or stomp along the street, a sad or discouraged character may shuffle past, an older or wounded person may hobble, totter, limp or stumble, and so on. Use your options, and get out that Thesaurus to help characterize the actions and reactions in your story!
2014 MOONDANCE’S VERY SPECIAL GUEST
Read the exclusive interview & article with the “Breaking Bad” co-star on the front page of the Boulder Daily Camera newspaper’s Entertainment section: http://www.dailycamera.com/Entertainment/ci_26569088/Breaking-Bad-villain-headlines-Boulders-Moondance-International-Film-Festival
Giancarlo Esposito, multi-award-winning actor, has graciously offered to conduct 3 private, one-on-one consultations, one each day at Moondance, to actors who are very serious about pursuing their craft in film, television & stage, and who will have work prepared to review, critique and finesse so that he would have the ability to give you some valuable direction and insider tips. Half-hour consultations are $500, and full one-hour consultations are $1000, available only at the box office during the festival. Please see festival director, Elizabeth English, to review your credits for potential selection of those 3 lucky actors who will be selected for this very exclusive consultation opportunity! […]
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but we think some blog gremlins must have been playing around in the background!
We offered them free film tickets & buttered popcorn, and all’s well now!
Technology is great – when it works, right?
September 26-28, 2014 • Boulder, Colorado USA
- EVENTS AT THE 15th ANNUAL MOONDANCE!
- “BREAKING BAD” STAR TO APPEAR AT MOONDANCE!
- CREATIVE WRITING FOR AUDIO DRAMA!
- THE ART OF STORYTELLING!
- MOONDANCERS WRITE US!
- MOONDANCE RECOMMENDS!
- SOME THINGS TO THINK ABOUT!
EVENTS AT THE 2014 MOONDANCE FILM FESTIVAL: […]
Let’s Make a Splash!
MOONDANCE EXTENDED 2014 SUBMISSION DEADLINE!
DUE TO POPULAR REQUEST,
MOONDANCE HAS EXTENDED THE REGULAR SUBMISSION DEADLINE […]
DUE TO VERY POPULAR REQUEST,
MOONDANCE HAS EXTENDED THE REGULAR SUBMISSION DEADLINE
TO JULY 15th!
Be sure to submit your project now, for a good chance to win the Moondance!
- FILMS (SHORTS & FEATURES, DOCUMENTARIES, NARRATIVE, ANIMATION, MUSIC VIDEOS)
- FILM SCORES & ORIGINAL MUSIC
- SHORT STORIES
- TV PILOTS
- RADIO PLAYS
- REALITY TV SERIES CONCEPTS
- and more!
LET’S MAKE A SPLASH!
FINAL SUBMISION POSTMARK DEADLINE FOR 2014: JUNE 30th
Send in your submission(s) now to have a chance to win the 2014 Moondance!
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• MOONDANCE SUCCESSES
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• PETITION TO SAVE OUR VANISHING FORESTS
• INFO ON COMPETITION SUBMISSIONS & DEADLINE
• THE MOONDANCE E-ZINE
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• SOME THINGS TO THINK ABOUT
• EVENTS AT THE 2014 MOONDANCE FILM FESTIVAL
WHY FILM FESTIVALS ROCK ON! […]