Stunts, Car Crashes & Explosions

Michael Bay has made a very profitable living blowing things up. With a flair for staging visually flashy blockbuster mayhem, Michael Bay was at the forefront of the 1990s generation of advertising-and-MTV-bred directors. The below behind the scenes footage is from his Transformers series “The Last Knight”.

VFX & All the People Who “Fix it in Post Later”

The real magic happens with VFX these days. Check out how the made magic happen with “The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug”, “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes”, “Game of Thrones”, “Guardians of the Galaxy”, “Man of Steel”, “X-Men: Days of Future Past”  and “The Avengers”.

Cooler Cars & Bigger Stunts

The Fast & the Furious is a billion dollar franchise. Take a peak at some of the preparation and stunts they executed.

More VFX Eye Candy

Hollywood uses hundreds of cutting edge techniques to fool the eye, and build elaborate scenes virtually, without having to spend millions on sets. The effective use of Chromakeying (green screens) and sometimes pain-steaking rotoscoping along with a strong story can sometimes be the difference between a $60 million dollar budget (Deadpool) and a $200 million dollar budget (every summer blockbuster movie that has been completely forgettable).

Need Some Cool Video Editing Effects?

If you really want to add some more fuel to your video editing arsenal then check out Glitch Pack 2.0!

This is a glitch pack with 25 Adobe Premiere CC presets you can easily drop onto your footage and modify for your desired glitch effect. Use one preset on your video footage or multiple presets on the same clip in order to get unique results.

Helpful eBooks for Your Writing

Learn to Write Stronger Story Concepts, Themes & Loglines

There’s a saying that “Concept is King”. I tend to agree with this. Think about it. The concept of your story is the overall idea at its most basic core. It’s what makes us want to read your book, screenplay or see your movie after millions of dollars has been spent on developing it. You‘ve probably read a book or screenplay that was well written with lots of clever wordplay, but when’s the last time you have heard anyone excited about a mediocre concept? For me, concept is king, but execution is just as important. After all, what good is a cool idea if the author can’t tell the story in the best way it could possibly be told? Imagine if the movie “Karate Kid” was just a movie about a boy learning karate and receiving a black belt at the end to make his single mother proud. What if “The Godfather” was just about an old mob boss who ran his organization with an iron fist then just died at the end of the movie. How would that be any different from the thousands of mob flicks we’ve never even heard of with forgettable plots? These are concepts you most likely would forget an hour after watching them on the big screen.

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How to Name Your Fictional Characters (Plus More Than 2,500 Names & Meanings To Get Your Creative Juices Flowing)

You know what’s just as bad as hitting a brick wall with the plot of your screenplay or novel? Hitting that same brick wall even harder when it comes time to give your protagonist or any other character that perfect name. Having the right name for your characters not only helps them to become memorable, but can help sell the story as well. Sebastian Dangerfield (“The Ginger Man”), Tony Starks (“Iron Man”), Atticus Finch (“To Kill A Mockingbird”), Luke Skywalker (“Star Wars”), James Bond (“Casino Royale”)…the list goes on. Imagine pitching your screenplay or novel with any of these character names.

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