All posts tagged: Creative Close-Up

Creative Close-Up: Gaming Topics

11.25.19 Hey! The last week of November…I should say the holiday week. It’s time for a creative close-up at games. I thought to look at the gaming magazine sites for a great conversation starter about gaming and I think I found a few articles that put the focus on gaming.  The challenges of moderating online games and why the industry isn’t giving up by KIMBERLEY WALLACE     Let your voice be heard in The Game Awards 2019 and vote By Arne Cito       Hardware Review: How Does The Carby GameCube Component Cable Compare To The Real Deal? Component or HDMI, that is the question by Anthony Dickens I hope you like these articles, hopefully, there will be more in the future.    Featured image: Wallpaper Cave

Creative Close-Up: There Is Room for All Cinema

10.28.19 I’ve been itching to write about this. It is the perfect subject for this month. Some of you have read about Martin Scorses‘s opinion about Marvel movies. For those who haven’t let me fill you in.  Scorsese is promoting his latest film, ‘The Irishmen‘, and someone asked him about Marvel films. His response: “Honestly, the closest I can think of them, as well made as they are, with actors doing the best they can under the circumstances, is theme parks,” He also adds, “It isn’t the cinema of human beings trying to convey emotional, psychological experiences to another human being.” Ok, but then he had to touch the subject a few more times, “We shouldn’t be invaded by it,” and  “We need cinemas to step up and show films that are narrative films.” Francis Ford Coppola said that Marvel films are despicable, then Jennifer Aniston added to the pot, that she’s not interested in living in a green screen. To be honest, these are their own opinions, and I respect them, but they fail to …

Creative Close-Up Courtesy of The Writer

9.23.19 Hello again…Just one more post to put up. September is about to leave us soon and that means Creative Close-Up is here. For writers, amateurs to professionals we all have made some mistakes in writing an article to writing stories. Long or short. I found an article by Gail Rady for The Writer, which was published in August. I think this could be helpful, don’t you? The do’s and don’ts of dialogue Dialogue is a powerful tool. Do make it sound lifelike, don’t let it drone on forever. Learn the do’s and don’ts of writing in dialogue. Photo by Blan-k/Shutterstock I’m not talking just to hear my own voice,” Grace insisted. “I’ve got a big job here!” Indeed, she does. Or the dialogue does. Only in a raw beginner’s manuscript – or a creative writing student’s desperate attempt to meet a page requirement – does dialogue drone on simply to fill the airways. Dialogue is a powerful tool. Imagine for a moment gazing on a family reunion devoid of speech. Or try your favorite …

Creative Close-Up: Are Movie Trailers Revealing Too Much?

6.24.19 When we see the latest trailer for a film, we get a bit excited, curious, and somewhat skeptical. For the last several years it seems that movie trailers are giving away a bit too much. That’s what most folks are saying. I don’t complain too much about it.  I haven’t been to too many movies, due to the fact that my other job keeps me exhausted. The last film I did see was Godzilla King of the Monsters. I truly loved it! It was everything I knew it would be. Of course, the storyline could’ve been a little bit better. As of yesterday, the film grossed $102,345,637 domestically, worldwide $349,945,637. Domestically it could’ve done better. When you think about it, the film was not a failure. Warner Bros. worked overtime with marketing, especially the trailers. Some people said that they felt like they have seen the whole movie while watching the trailers. That’s probably the problem.  Less is more right? Well, that depends. To get people to see films, studios big and small need to …

Creative Close-Up: Sharing Some Writing Gems…

5.29.19 Hello, my creative pretties. It’s that time again for Creative Close-Up. Writers, there are times when we need to keep in touch with our craft. In other words, sharpening our skills. It doesn’t matter if your a biography, fiction, or non-fiction writer, we all need to hone our craft. I found an article from The Writer website titled Setting the tone: How to Handle Voice In Your Fiction by Jack Smith. Give it a good read, you just might learn something! Setting the tone: How to handle voice in your fiction Authors share tips for finding a voice that will suit your work and resonate with readers. BY JACK SMITH PUBLISHED MAY 16, 2019UPDATED MAY 17, 2019 In real life, we often speak of tone of voice: “What’s with that tone of voice?” Perhaps because it sounded impertinent or disrespectful; we picked up on an attitude we didn’t appreciate. At any rate, we know that the way words are said matters just as much – if not more – as the words themselves. In fiction, as in real life, …

Creative Close-Up: For the Artists…

4.30.19 Hello everyone! I found an article from Art Business News that I wanted to share with you today. It’s by Katey Carey titled, How Artists Can Strong Impressions and Forge Relationships with Galleries. I hope you like and learn a few things from this article for those of you who are approaching and researching galleries to showcase your works. How Artists Can Make Strong Impressions and Forge Relationships with Galleries by KATIE CAREY You probably already know the basics of approaching a gallery. You have a solid portfolio of current work. You researched and targeted galleries that show relevant work. You polished your CV and artist statement. Everything has been prepared with care and you are ready to send it off and finally land representation from your target gallery. But, how can you ensure that you are making a strong impression? And what’s more, make sure you foster these important relationships? Here are just a few tips from gallerists, curators and artists on how to put your best foot forward and increase your opportunities in …

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

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 …