Kurt Vonnegut: 8 Basics of Creative Writing

  1. Use the time of a total stranger in such a way that he or she will not feel the time was wasted.
  2. Give the reader at least one character he or she can root for.
  3. Every character should want something, even if it is only a glass of water.
  4. Every sentence must do one of two things—reveal character or advance the action.
  5. Start as close to the end as possible.
  6. Be a sadist. No matter how sweet and innocent your leading characters, make awful things happen to them—in order that the reader may see what they are made of.
  7. Write to please just one person. If you open a window and make love to the world, so to speak, your story will get pneumonia.
  8. Give your readers as much information as possible as soon as possible. To heck with suspense. Readers should have such complete understanding of what is going on, where and why, that they could finish the story themselves, should cockroaches eat the last

via Kurt Vonnegut: 8 Basics of Creative Writing.

How to Shoot a Scene! – Film Riot

The Film Riot show is must watch for aspiring low budget filmmakers, and this particular episode has a great discussion of doing multiple shots with a single camera.

How to Shoot a Scene! – Film Riot – YouTube.

Camera Stabilizer Rig for Under $5

Wow! That is just awsome. I’m tempted to make one, although I’m not sure what I’d use it for! If I were a no-budget filmmaker I’d be using this thing nonstop.

Camera Stabilizer Rig for Under $5 – YouTube.