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Costume Design 101 (second edition) by Richard La Motte (book review).

May 25, 2016 | By | Reply More
Costume Design 101 (second edition) by Richard La Motte (book review).

Fancy yourself as a fashion designer wanting to get into film? Then Richard La Motte’s book ‘Costume Design 101’ is the one to get. As he points out in the introduction, he checked the bookshops and realised that there was nothing out there actually showing what was involved from the top down and how to […]

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The Perfect Bet by Adam Kucharski (book review).

May 22, 2016 | By | Reply More
The Perfect Bet by Adam Kucharski (book review).

Einstein is often reported that God does not play dice, yet looking at Adam Kucharski’s book, ‘The Perfect Bet’, you do have to wondered if such a deity exists does he or she or it load the dice. There’s a certain fascination with gambling odds because so many people are looking for their edge so […]

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Illustrators # 2 (magazine review).

May 16, 2016 | By | Reply More
Illustrators # 2 (magazine review).

With Illustrators # 2, we look at the late artist David Wright whose claim to fame during his career was to paint beautiful women and fast cars for various top end magazines from the 1930s-60s for both sides of the pond. However, even these does not make for a steady income. Influenced by Alex Raymond’s […]

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You Can Act On Camera by D.W. Brown (book review).

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You Can Act On Camera by D.W. Brown (book review).

In many respects, D.W. Brown’s book, ‘You Can Act On Camera’, could be seen as an insight into how actors psyche themselves up for their roles, irrespective of the acting technique they employ. It is also useful for directors to ensure the environment is right for the emotion that needs to be used and a […]

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Gender In Science Fiction Films, 1964-1979 by Bonnie Noonan (book review).

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Gender In Science Fiction Films, 1964-1979 by Bonnie Noonan (book review).

I reviewed Bonnie Noonan’s previous 2005 book, ‘Women Scientists In Fifties Science Fiction Films’, last year. A decade later, she writes ‘Gender In Science Fiction Films, 1964-1979’, looking at how the roles of women changed in a few sparse decades. Reading into what she says, women have tended to be token characters in many of […]

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Editorial – May 2016: Are there truths in lies?

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Editorial – May 2016: Are there truths in lies?

Hello everyone In creativity there is a lot of lying, more so in our genre where most people know the fantastic and horrific is invention and getting people to believe it at some level a lot tougher when set in contemporary times. You can trace that back to the campsites of earlier times when and […]

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Scriptwriting For Teens by Christina Hamlett (book review).

May 1, 2016 | By | Reply More
Scriptwriting For Teens by Christina Hamlett (book review).

The title ‘Scriptwriting For Teens’ seems a bit or a misnomer. I mean, is it a book telling teenagers how to write scripts, or adults how to write for teens. The sub-title of Christina Hamlett’s book is ‘The 100 Principles Of Screenwriting Every Budding Writer Must Know’, so really, it is for teens but everyone […]

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The Coffee Break Screenwriters 2nd Edition by Pilar Alessandra (book review).

May 1, 2016 | By | Reply More
The Coffee Break Screenwriters 2nd Edition by Pilar Alessandra (book review).

The sub-title of Pilar Alessandra’s book ‘The Coffee Break Screenwriters 2nd Edition’ is ‘Writing Your Script 10 Minutes At A Time’. Basically, she’s applying Parkinson’s Law in that you find a way to fit the time you need to do some work on your script in the time available to do it in every day. […]

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The Upside Of Downtime by Sandi Mann (book review).

April 30, 2016 | By | Reply More
The Upside Of Downtime by Sandi Mann (book review).

If the title ‘The Upside Of Downtime’ sounds a bit odd, the sub-title of Dr. Sandi Mann’s book ‘Why Boredom Is Good’ explains why you need to keep your mind active or boredom will find something else to fill your time with. Although, for many people, this doesn’t happen neither, you just over do it. […]

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You’re Never Weird On The Internet (Almost) by Felicia Day (book review again)

April 29, 2016 | By | Reply More
You’re Never Weird On The Internet (Almost) by Felicia Day   (book review again)

The only reason this paperback of Felicia Day’s book, ‘You’re Never Weird On The Internet (Almost)’, isn’t in the ‘X Marks The Spot’ section is because she has added a chapter about her 6 weeks and 13 cities book signing tour in America. Something to remember if you’re promoting a book is you do a […]

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