All posts tagged: Creative Close-Up

Creative Close-Up: 10 Tips On Writing Better Dialogue

3.25.19 Good Afternoon! March is already about to leave us, but before that happens, let’s shake up something different with Creative Close-Up. This month I’ve searched what I could do with this post series and I found this… FILM COURAGE: 10 TIPS ON WRITING BETTER DIALOGUE For those wanting to break into the film industry, I hope this video has helped you to put your foot into the door! Enjoy the rest of your Monday, be blessed.    Featured image: Soundcloud Advertisements

Black History Feature: Gordon Parks

2.25.19 I wanted to turn Creative Close-Up into something different for February. It’s the last week of February and yes it’s still Black History Month. The late Gordon Parks is our focus for Black History Feature. Photographer, musician, writer, and film director, he was well known for documentary photojournalism.  A few facts on Parks: Was the first African American to produce and direct major motion pictures—developing films relating the experience of slaves and struggling black Americans, and creating the “blaxploitation” genre. Worked on a federal government project which focused on poor Americans during the 1940s, for his photographic essays for Life magazine. Directed the films The Learning Tree (1969) and Shaft (1971), along with The Super Cops (1974), Leadbelly (1976), and several others. When he was a teen, his first job was playing piano at a brothel. His song “No Love“, composed in another brothel, was performed during a national radio broadcast by Larry Funk and his orchestra in the early 1930s. In 1953, Parks composed Concerto for Piano and Orchestra. Parks was not only …

Creative Close-Up: Inside the Contemporary Art World

1.28.19 Hello everyone! The last few days of January are upon us and it’s time for a creative close-up of a documentary film I just have seen on Netflix. Blurred Lines: Inside the Art World, explores the value of contemporary art. The film was released in September 2017. The docufilm directed by Barry Avrich speaks to gallerists, journalist, collectors, art critics, even the artists such as Marina Abramovic, Rashid Johnson, and Julian Schnabel.  The value of art can be tricky business, how about trying to find your target market…that is tricky too. I found this short review from Shayna Weingast on the Tribeca website.  “As one art scene insider proclaims, the contemporary art world can be summed up as “rich people trying to prove how rich they are,” but is that all there is to this billion dollar industry? Well-researched and expertly constructed, Barry Avrich’s eye-opening documentary peels back the layers of the art world economy- from production to circulation, and delineates every integral player in the game of art-making, including curators, gallerists, collectors, donors, auction …

Creative Close-Up: From ARTnews…

11.26.18 Hello all…Doing something different for this post. Have found three articles from ARTnews. All three are archives for this month…respective. Hope you enjoy them and the rest of your Monday evening, be blessed.  Credit source: ARTnews   From the Archives: Walter Pach on Eugène Delacroix’s ‘Liberty Leading the People,’ in 1946 BY The Editors of ARTnews POSTED 11/23/18 10:00 AM    From the Archives: Looking at Laurie Simmons’s Work Over the Decades BY Alex Greenberger POSTED 11/16/18 12:29 PM     Then and Now: Warhol’s Back—Again BY The Editors of ARTnews POSTED 11/09/18 9:30 AM       Image source: (featured image: unknown)Eugène Delacroix, Liberty Leading the People, 1830.VIA WIKIMEDIA COMMONSLaurie Simmons, Big Camera/Little Camera, 1976, gelatin silver print.COURTESY THE ARTIST AND SALON 94Andy Warhol, Before and After [4], 1962.©THE ANDY WARHOL FOUNDATION FOR THE VISUAL ARTS, INC. AND ARTISTS RIGHTS SOCIETY (ARS), NEW YORK/WHITNEY MUSEUM OF AMERICAN ART, NEW YORK    

Creative Close-Up: The Future of the DC Extended Universe

10.30.18 The folks at Warner Bros. and DC have decided to push back the release date of WW84, the upcoming sequel to 2017’s success Wonder Woman. Now they are pushing back production and filming of The Flash standalone film and that won’t be released till 2021! What is WB/DC doing?  I wasn’t too happy with the change of WW84, but I can understand why they’re pushing the release date. The first Wonder Woman film was released in June and did fantastic at the box office. The release date has been pushed back three times. Previously the date was set for December 13, 2019, then November 1, 2019, but now the official date is June 5, 2020. The magic month of June gave them box office success the first time, why not try it again? Not only that but if the date was November 2019, the Amazon Princess would be in competition with the new Terminator film, then Charlie’s Angels (why!?)…I can only see WW84 in competition with Terminator, not really. This was a financial business …

Creative Close-Up: Creating Art On My Terms

9.24.18 “You can draw…ohhh. Can you do a painting for me?” That’s probably what you get when you mention that you can draw, paint, sketch, you know what I mean. Then when you put a little bit of your work out there, they start to ask if you can do a portrait for them. I can draw, sketch, and paint. I love it because I’m such a creative person and while I’m flattered for people to ask, I just don’t too much like it.  Why? Well, I ask, how big do want the portrait or drawing to be? What do you want it to look like? All these kinds of questions, the ones I hate to ask because I don’t want to step on any toes to hurt feelings. I did accept one from a lady at my church, but this will be the last one for a very long while.   I want to create art on my own terms, without the person asking me about the progress, you know, without nosing in on my …

Creative Close-Up: Ethnic Diversity in Entertainment

8. 27. 18 Two major films have dominated the box office. Black Panther, which became a massive hit, grossed over $1.3 billion worldwide, breaking numerous box office records including the highest-grossing film by a black director and may I add was the second highest grossing film of 2018 behind Avengers: Infinity War. Then just recently, Crazy Rich Asians top the box office, which grossed $83 million worldwide. I’ve touched on this subject before a few years ago. Remember the Oscars? #OscarsSoWhite? Now that’s beginning to change. That’s great, but there is so much more to do. I’m not going to talk long about it. I’m just touching base because with the slow rise of ethnic diversity. With success of Black Panther and Crazy Rich Asians, I’m at least taking notice, well Hollywood is beginning to take notice. In this…well I should say racial climate, people are beginning to open up to seeing something different on the big screen. An African-American superhero, not only on the big screen, but small with DC’s Black Lightning, and an Asian female lead in …

Creative Close-Up: Artsy Shark

7. 30. 18 Hello! The weekend went by fast, as always and July is pretty much over. This month’s Close-Up is coming from Artsy Shark. Inspiring Artists to Build Better Businesses, this website inspires artists to create and build their businesses with great tips and workshops. Here are a few posts that can help you get inspired to start your own art business… Credit source: Artsy Shark 6 Steps to More Online Art Sales by Carolyn Edlund     Instagram Story Tips for Artists by Karlie Carpentier Rosin What Artists Must Know about Pricing Consistency     How to Choose the Right Artist Residency by Carolyn Edlund Does Your Art Business Need a Media Kit? by guest blogger Leslie Kell   Hope these encouraging posts put a spring in your creative step. Go to http://www.artsyshark.com for more posts and read about artists that are featured on the webpage. Image source: unknown