Archive for September, 2010

Right way to pre-write

Greetings all

This week we at the Film Society would like to show you a thing or two about writing for film.  Now, before you go blowing the dust off your old typewriter here are a few pre-writing tips. 

It’s always a good idea to brainstorm the type of movie you want to make.  Think about genre, is my movie a horror, comedy, drama, action, etc?  Character sketches are another way of fleshing out ideas.  A character sketch is an outline of how your character would act in certain situations. Another aspect of the character sketch is a physical description. 

Don’t let anything limit your vision.  In the brainstorming process it is always better to have too many ideas, as you might develop a previous idea into something plausable.

My last tip is to watch other movies, someone else has thought of something similar to you in the past 100 or so years of cinema and you can learn from them, as far as, what works and what doesn’t work in there execution.

I leave you with a clip from “Adaptation”



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I don’t know about you, but I love Gwenyth Paltrow. She always ends up in movies I want to see and even if the film disappoints, her performance is stellar. A little while ago, she started a blog for Yummy Mommies (you know, the SUV stroller wielding, Lululemon pant wearing, Starbucks sipping ladies who trounce around the Glebe like they own the place). It’s called GOOP, which is probably an acronym for something. Most of the posts are about somewhat superficial, jet-setter , parenting things, but I stumbled across something you would only get from an actor of her calibre. She asked a few of her friends to list their top 5 favourite films.

Just a hint, her friends include Wes Anderson, Sofia Coppola & Steven Spielberg. You can read the list here:


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Hello everyone and welcome to Film Society 2010/2011!

Maybe the number of exclamatory sentences in this post is too high for you, but it clearly illustrates how excited I am to get the ball rolling for film society this year.

This is just a friendly reminder that our first meeting of the year is this Friday, September 17th at
6:00 in room 400 of St. Pat’s. We’re going to be getting to know all of you a little better, so come prepared to tell us what you want to get out of film society this year or what you think you might want to
do later in the year.

We’re also going to be screening our challenge entries for the month of September. It’s not too late to get started to make your challenge entry. Remember: the theme is ‘Summer Vacation’. Show us what you did (or didn’t do), what you hope to do next year or something along those lines. Challenges should be 2-5 minutes or so and burned onto DVD for
screening ease. If you have any questions, just shoot us an e-mail.

We’ll be screening the fantasy/comedy/detective bonanza ‘Who Framed Roger Rabbit’ (directed by Robert Zemeckis and produced by Steven Spielberg) at 7:00. It single-handedly saved Disney from bankruptcy and also marks the first (and so far, the only) time in animation history that Mickey Mouse and Bugs Bunny appeared on screen together.

Here’s the trailer:

So, in short, I hope to see you all on Friday at 6 with challenge
entries in hand (there’s a prize for the winner!) and some ideas for
what to do this year.

Until then!
-Christine Sirois, el Presidente

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Now that the weather is finally starting to cool off, it’s time to start thinking about joining us for another year. Membership for the whole year is $10 and that will get you into all of the workshops and screenings that we host PLUS super bonus extras that will be divulged as the month unfolds.

We’ve already announced the first challenge theme for the year: “Summer Vacation”. Show us what you did (or didn’t do) in your time off. Challenge films are due at our first meeting of the year on September 17th at 6:00 in 400 St. Pat’s. There will be a prize for the best short and bragging rights are always sterling.

There won’t be a workshop per se, but we execs are really interested in what you all want to get out of this year and what kind of stuff you want to see more (or less) of at meetings. We’ll be screening Who Framed Roger Rabbit that night too.

It’s gonna be some good, clean film society fun, so come on down and bring all of your friends.

See you soon!


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