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  • NEW VIDEO LESSON – “Write Like The Last Jedi”

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    On December 28, 2017 • By

     

    Hey everyone!

    Like many of you, I went to see “The Last Jedi” and really really liked it! In fact, it’s my favorite Star Wars movie since “The Empire Strikes Back”. I loved how it defied expectations, introduced so many new elements and pushed the older elements in new directions.

    From a writing standpoint, the movie is tremendous. There is a LOT to dissect and learn from when it comes to the structure of the movie and, most notably, how the characters grow and change. So I decided to make a video that looks at one of our main protagonists and chart their growth throughout the film.

    Part of the reason as to why “The Last Jedi” feels so fresh when compared to modern blockbusters is how it focuses so much on the heroes and their conflicts with each other. Sure, the villains are still there and they change in their own ways. But the movie spends a lot of time showing how the decisions of certain heroic characters affect others around them.

    Watch this Write Like The Last Jedi video by clicking here!

    If you like this video, please share it with your friends. And as always, stay tuned for more videos!

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  • NEW VIDEO LESSON – “Write Like Rogue One”

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    On December 15, 2017 • By

     

    As I’m sure many of you know, there’s a new movie opening up this weekend that’s not called “Ferdinand”. Yes, I’m referring to “The Last Jedi”, which is Episode 8/VIII in the main Star Wars line of movies. It’s kind of a big deal and I probably don’t have to explain what it is.

    In celebration of what is sure to be a giant, huge huge movie that a looooot of people have been waiting for, I thought we would create a Write Like lesson that takes a look at the last Star Wars movie to come out – 2016’s “Rogue One: a Star Wars Story”. “Rogue One” is very interesting because it’s the first Star Wars film to branch off from the main storyline (not counting the Christmas Special, of course). It was a prequel/sequel that set up part of Episode 4 and had a completely different look and feel to it than any other Star Wars movie, including 2015’s “The Force Awakens”.

    Fans flipped for it and it’s easy to see why – it truly feels like a modern war movie set in a science fiction universe. It covered new territory and expanded what a Star Wars movie could be. And the great thing is – there are a LOT of lessons to learn from “Rogue One” when it comes to how it was written.

    So today, we look at a character from “Rogue One” and see how their mind is impacted by certain events and how that messes things up later on.

    Watch this Write Like Rogue One video by clicking here!

    And if you like that, just wait – “Rogue One” will be the next Write Like screenwriting course! Yup, you saw it here first! The launch date is still up in the air but keep visiting this site (or follow me on Twitter @ryanestabrooks) to find out soon.

    Never stop writing!

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  • Disney Officially Confirms J.J. Abrams as the Director for ‘Star Wars Episode VII’

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    On January 30, 2013 • By

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    Although it was rumored until shot down by J.J. Abrams himself (or in other words, HE LIED), word began surfacing that once again, J.J. Abrams was set to direct Star Wars Episode VII. And now, Disney has issued a press release officially confirming that yes, the director of the two latest Star Trek movies will also be directing the latest Star Wars movie.

    Here is the official press release:

    J.J. Abrams will direct Star Wars: Episode VII, the first of a new series of Star Wars films to come from Lucasfilm under the leadership of Kathleen Kennedy. Abrams will be directing and Academy Award-winning writer Michael Arndt will write the screenplay.

    “It’s very exciting to have J.J. aboard leading the charge as we set off to make a new Star Wars movie,” said Kennedy. “J.J. is the perfect director to helm this. Beyond having such great instincts as a filmmaker, he has an intuitive understanding of this franchise. He understands the essence of the Star Wars experience, and will bring that talent to create an unforgettable motion picture.”

    George Lucas went on to say “I’ve consistently been impressed with J.J. as a filmmaker and storyteller.  He’s an ideal choice to direct the new Star Wars film and the legacy couldn’t be in better hands.”

    “To be a part of the next chapter of the Star Wars saga, to collaborate with Kathy Kennedy and this remarkable group of people, is an absolute honor,” J.J. Abrams said. “I may be even more grateful to George Lucas now than I was as a kid.”

    J.J., his longtime producing partner Bryan Burk, and Bad Robot are on board to produce along with Kathleen Kennedy under the Disney | Lucasfilm banner.

    Also consulting on the project are Lawrence Kasdan and Simon Kinberg.  Kasdan has a long history with Lucasfilm, as screenwriter on The Empire Strikes Back, Raiders of the Lost Ark and Return of the Jedi. Kinberg was writer on Sherlock Holmes and Mr. and Mrs. Smith.

    Although I like J.J. Abrams and his movies (especially Star Trek) I must say that I kind of wish they had gone with someone a little more bolder. Part of what has been making Marvel films so exciting for me is they are unafraid to take chances on their directors. Who knew that Jon Favreau would have made a classic Iron Man movie? Or that Joss Whedon, whose movies had not seen blockbuster success, would make one of the best comic book movies ever? Pulling in creative directors from different walks of life brings in an extra dose of hunger because they have something to prove.

    But I’m sure J.J. Abrams will turn in a perfectly fine movie that will be entertaining and have some sort of depth to it. The Star Wars sandbox is limitless so I hope they give some of these other directors a chance to explore that unique universe.

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  • Disney buys Lucasfilm for $4.05 Billion, Plans New ‘Star Wars’ Movies

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    On October 30, 2012 • By

    Not too long ago, Disney purchased Marvel for several billion dollars, adding to their massive catalog of franchises and characters. Did you think they were done? Well, apparently not.

    Disney is about to become even BIGGER. The company just announced today that it is in the process of purchasing Lucasfilm Ltd., for a whopping $4.05 billion in a cash and stock deal. So who is all of this money going to? George Lucas, who currently owns 100% of the company. Given that sources say George is already worth $3 billion, I honestly have no idea what he is going to buy with all that money but I’m sure hookers and cocaine are somewhere in the picture.

    Now of course, this now means Disney will own the rights to both the Star Wars and Indiana Jones franchises, PLUS other properties like Industrial Light & Magic and Skywalker Sound. The big kicker of this though is that, according to the the press release, Disney plans on putting out Star Wars: Episode 7 in 2015 and has a “long term plan to release a new Star Wars feature film every two to three years.

    So is this a good thing or a bad thing? Well, I’m a little split. See, unlike the rest of the internet, I don’t particularly care for Star Wars other than The Empire Strikes Back (yes, this means I don’t care much for A New Hope). I find a lot of it to be predictable, harmless and overall, not very engaging. I shouldn’t even have to mention the prequels, as you all know.

    But I have always felt that the main problem was with George Lucas’ strangehold on the property. Back in the day, George was a visionary filmmaker, audacious and hungry. Then he got a taste of giant success and turned his vision into a business model. I feel that all of his decisions for the past two decades have been more about merchandising first and story/characters later. If Disney can make these movies without George’s input, I feel that they have a chance at making some great films, especially if they get the right talent involved.

    If they follow the lead of Marvel, they can get some hungry and visionary writers and directors involved and make something big out of it. Personally, I want to see Star Wars enter a darker realm. We already have enough Star Wars material for the kids. I would love to make an adult-minded Star Wars film full of action, anti-heroes, and all that good stuff. The universe is in incredibly rich and deep; you could really make any type of film with this property.

    All in all, we will find out sooner or later. It could be the next Avengers…or it could be the next Pirates of the Caribbean.

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