Category Archives: Moondance Magazine


CREATING WINNING DOCUMENTARY FILMS

INSIDER TIPS:
CREATING WINNING DOCUMENTARY FILMS
 By Joseph & Sandra Consentino & Elizabeth English
 

First, select an interesting subject for your documentary film! A subject that is of interest to a wide-ranging audience, and will be the kind of project many different types of film festivals will select for screening. A unique story, well-told is […]



The Making of a Hollywood Film

by Elizabeth English
OK, what is a screenplay? A screenplay is an instrument or blueprint by which words are transformed, by a collaborative effort, into images and sound in film.
What is the most important part of a screenplay? According to William Goldman, it’s the first fifteen minutes, and/or the first fifteen pages. Screenplays should […]



Screenwriting: Insider Info

Write, prepare, edit, rewrite, and polish your screenplay so it’s perfect, before you send it out to directors, producers, agents, managers, distributors, actors, film festivals &/or writing competitions, and for potential funding, as well as for others who may have requested your film or screenplay.

SCREENWRITERS NEED TO ADDRESS ALL OF THE 
FOLLOWING ELEMENTS:


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Radio Plays are Mind Movies

Radio is sometimes known as the writer's favorite medium; as Malcolm Bradbury once said, it is "a world made with words shaped into being, without a physical presence." With radio, you have to use your imagination - something you don't need when watching TV or movies. We can be whomever we want to be, travel wherever […]



Pitching Hollywood 2002

By Elizabeth English
Day 1: 6:AM Leaving Boulder, driving west (with my little dog, Zoe) in my red Jeep Cherokee to L.A., with much anticipation. Stopping for the night in St. George, Utah. The Jeep is full of Kinko’s boxes loaded with 5 copies each of all 10 of the screenplays I plan to pitch […]



Music in Film

by Elizabeth English
Music! Ah, yes. The power of music in film. A feature film needs at least 30 to 40 minutes of music, which is one of the most important elements in a successful film.

A film score can be artfully used to:

AROUSE
MANIPULATE
FRIGHTEN
SOOTHE & CALM
AID IN TRANSITIONS
PUNCTUATE A […]



Moondance and Women in Film, Writing and Music

By Elizabeth English
Now it’s your turn! You can settle for someone else’s vision of the world, or you can bravely embark upon a journey of your own. Moondance is about inspiration, encouragement, collaboration, stimulating self-confidence, learning new ways of perception and creative expression, and cultivating a whole new concept of success for women in […]



Making a Great Promotional Trailer

A FILMMAKERS TOOLBOX:

MAKING A GREAT PROMOTIONAL TRAILER

By Elizabeth English

Do you want to have a really good 2-3-minute trailer to send to producers, studios, film festival competitions, for your website & in social media ?

Haven’t quite finished post on your film yet, but want to promote it now?

Great trailers are in […]



Interview with Elizabeth English

By Mary Case

1. What did you do before you decided to create Moondance?
EE - I was a writer, cartoonist, sculptor, artist, screenwriter and playwright, as well as a theatrical director/producer for about 20 years. I got the screenwriting bug when working as a technical advisor (on Lakota Sioux arts and culture) for Kevin Costner […]