Just for fun…
Vertical Video Syndrome, a Public Service Announcement
Just for fun…
Vertical Video Syndrome, a Public Service Announcement
I found this cool article at http://ssharonurban.wordpress.com/2013/03/04/the-screenwriters-success-formula/
Wouldn’t it be nice to come up with a formula that you could use to write, sell and get your screenplays produced? Well, guess what? There is a formula. A- list screenwriters use it all the time. That’s one reason they are A-list writers.
The formula resides in the genre of film they are writing. There are several steps they follow. Some say there are twelve steps. Others say it depends upon the genre to determine how many steps you use. The fine point of it is, if you can figure out the steps and execute them in your screenplay, selling and getting it produced becomes easier.
How do you do this? There are some people who write and sell screenwriting programs that outline steps writers can take to follow the formula of their chosen genre. They charge prices many screenwriters cannot afford. Other screenwriters might not be able to afford them, so they go in hock to buy them. Other screenwriters with day jobs can afford to buy them, so they do. If you’re one of those who cannot afford them, then there is another way to figure out the genre formulas.
The first step is to make sure the genre you have chosen for your screenplay fits the characters and storyline. The way you do this is to think about movies that you have seen or that you want to see. Consider if your movie idea parallels any of these movies. If you find one that does, you’re on your way. If you find more than one, even better.
The next thing you have to determine is if you want to write a screenplay that bears the potential of becoming a blockbuster. If you do, then you have to plug into a formula for writing it. If you don’t, the odds that you can write, sell and get your screenplay produced substantially decreases.
You have to realize that by writing screenplays, you have placed yourself in a situation where the odds for success are severely limited. There just aren’t enough movies made each year to match the number of screenwriters and screenplays out there. Just check with the Writer’s Guild of America if you don’t believe me. Check with productions companies, agencies and managers.
So, you should make a conscious decision before you begin writing about whether you want to write a formula screenplay, or go your own way and simply write a screenplay. If you decide that you want to write a formula screenplay, then, you have to follow a formula.
If you follow a formula, then you must know what genre you’re writing in before you begin. Once you determine these things, in lieu of buying the expensive screenwriting program, take that one movie, or those movies you found that parallel your movie idea, and study them. Try to find others that are similar and study them. Outline them scene-by-scene. Compare what you are discovering with each movie that you’re dissecting. FIND THE FORMULA for your chosen genre. It’s there.
Once you accomplish this, then you can outline your screenplay using this formula, and begin writing your screenplay.
Sound simple? Try it. I did that with THE CROWN/BORN TO WIN, an action/adventure feature I wrote and sold that was produced last year. I studied BLACK STALLION and outlined it scene-by-scene. I did the same thing with several other movies of the same genre that contained elements of what I wanted to write. Dialogue. Visuals. Action. Description. Characters. Story. Even story beats. What I learned about the action/adventure formula by doing that was all the difference between getting my screenplay written, sold and produced and failing at it.
So, if you want to write, sell, and get your screenplays produced, you might want to try this. It works.
Sugar is indeed toxic. It may not be the only problem with the Standard American Diet, but it’s fast becoming clear that it’s the major one.
A study published in the Feb. 27 issue of the journal PLoS One links increased consumption of sugar with increased rates of diabetes by examining the data on sugar availability and the rate of diabetes in 175 countries over the past decade. And after accounting for many other factors, the researchers found that increased sugar in a population’s food supply was linked to higher diabetes rates independent of rates of obesity.
In other words, according to this study, it’s not just obesity that can cause diabetes: sugar can cause it, too, irrespective of obesity. And obesity does not always lead to diabetes.
The study demonstrates this with the same level of confidence that linked cigarettes and lung cancer in the 1960s. As Rob Lustig, one of the study’s authors and a pediatric endocrinologist at the University of California, San Francisco, said to me, “You could not enact a real-world study that would be more conclusive than this one…”
The key point in the article is this: “Each 150 kilocalories/person/day increase in total calorie availability related to a 0.1 percent rise in diabetes prevalence (not significant), whereas a 150 kilocalories/person/day rise in sugar availability (one 12-ounce can of soft drink) was associated with a 1.1 percent rise in diabetes prevalence.” Thus: for every 12 ounces of sugar-sweetened beverage introduced per person per day into a country’s food system, the rate of diabetes goes up 1 percent. (The study found no significant difference in results between those countries that rely more heavily on high-fructose corn syrup and those that rely primarily on cane sugar.)
This is as good (or bad) as it gets, the closest thing to causation and a smoking gun that we will see…And just as tobacco companies fought, ignored, lied and obfuscated in the ’60s (and, indeed, through the ’90s), the pushers of sugar will do the same now.
But as Lustig says, “This study is proof enough that sugar is toxic. Now it’s time to do something about it.”
RTFA for more details behind the conclusions.
A couple of obvious steps leading up to the Food and Drug Administration. the agency must re-evaluate the toxicity of sugar, concluding with a daily value. How much added sugar is safe?
Two weeks ago a coalition of scientists and health advocates – petitioned the F.D.A. to set safe limits for sugar consumption. The F.D.A. has not yet responded.
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Question yourself……the right way!
We all question ourselves, right? They say we have tens of thousands of thoughts each day.
Think about it, each and every day we ask ourselves questions – often they are NOT good questions.
We might say, ‘why can’t I get that person’s attention’, why am I so broke, why do I run out of money so quick, why am I so unlucky, why do I feel so bad, why are others smarter than me, why do bad things happen to me, why can’t I get that job, why am I so depressed, why can’t I get ahead in my career/business/life….etc. etc.
Many of us say these or other questions that are not only NOT EMPOWERING, but harmful!
So what if you asked yourself QUESTIONS OF POWER?
What if you asked yourself something that Empowered you?
Your brain is like a computer – it is unemotional.
If you ask it a question, it will search for an answer.
Ask yourself “Why am I so rich?”
Why am I so likeable? Why am I energetic? Why am I healthy? Why am I a good parent/spouse/friend/employee/boss,etc.?
If you ask your brain a ‘bad’ question like ‘why can’t I get ahead in my job’ – it will go look for why you’re bad, what’s weak and you focus on the bad stuff. You reinforce your weaknesses.
If you ask instead, “Why (or what) am I great at my job?” and then try to answer it sincerely.
Even if you’re ‘poor’ – if you ask yourself sincerely “why am I wealthy’ you begin to think about why you are – maybe it is just wealthy in friends or health or talents – or maybe you’re wealthy compared to a Haitian citizen but you’ll find an answer, maybe you never thought about the equity in your home, or whatever.
So …..we really need to catch ourselves each and every day -…..interrupt the pattern…..stop the disempowering thoughts and questions….then replace it with an empowering question…….
….asking question is better than just stating an affirmation.
If you say and affirmation “I am rich” and you’re not – or you don’t believe that you are, you’ll immediately shoot it down and the affirmation will loose the power.
With a question, it is open ended, it can be answered in any case, and it ‘sends’ your brain in that direction. Your brain will try to answer it.
Your brain will search for an answer and then ‘believe’ the answer – whatever it is….so why not just ask a good question? HOW? Read them, Write them, Speak them, Visualize them.
Parting questions, for fun…..
Why do you like this blog?
Why do you think that my blog is so good?
Why do you want to leave a great comment below?
Why do you want to tell your friend about this blog?
There are so many things that are important in life to know and understand all types of people, knowing how to read people, knowing how to differentiate between being with the wrong people and the right people. It is super important to surround yourself always with different types of people and get to know their mind set and to know their personality, traits, attitudes, actions, their trail of thought about things. Its so imperative to know this. Some people come into your life as blessings because they are the right type of people to be with who are true to you, who would never lie to you, who would never betray you and your trust, someone who will always be your backbone, someone who will be part of your life and stay their with no strings attached. Some people come into your life as lessons. Sometimes friendships, relationships, do not…
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I thought this was a great article “as-is” and wanted to share – it is from Michael Port http://www.michaelport.com/
These pillars are essential to success in any business, but especially important if you’re building your business on your own. They are:
1. BUSINESS MODEL
2. PLANNING, PROJECTS & SYSTEMS
In today’s lesson I’m going to give you specific exercises that will help determine your financial future. But first, I think it’s worthwhile to know why I created The Alliance – not because I want to sell it to you; but rather to start a conversation about what it really takes to learn what you need to know, AND build something remarkable (and profitable) with that knowledge.
I’ve been serving as an author, speaker, and mentor for service business owners for the better part of a decade and I’ve always been a bit skeptical of my industry. Over the past few years, I think it’s gone even farther off the tracks with inexperienced coaches offering mentoring programs, over-the-top hyped up events and too many silly and half-baked “3-easy-steps” type of advice.
I know that service professionals are in need of a lot more than a weekend event or a teleseminar lasting a few weeks. It’s great to get energized but it shatters your confidence when you come home and all the hype fades away.
Don’t get me wrong, inspiration and passion play a huge role in creating the life of your dreams. After all, I am “the guy to call when you’re tired of thinking small.” In fact, I wrote the book on it: The Think Big Manifesto.
But you also need real, concrete, actionable plans to serve as a vehicle for your passion if you want to succeed. I’ve taught thousands, tens of thousands actually, how to get more clients and the truth is; there is an unending source of tactical information out there but only those who are truly serious and committed to a long-term plan create remarkable (AKA: real marketable) businesses.
I wanted to do something about it. It’s one thing to sit around being annoyed by what I saw as the lack of real business-building programs but another to do something about it.
Anyone can tear something down; building something better in its place takes courage and commitment. If I was really going to be true to what I teach, I needed to create the solution.
I believe that I’ve done it in The Alliance. If you are serious, I mean very serious about creating the business and life that you really want then consider applying. It’s not for everyone. It’ll be hard work and I’ll challenge you. But it may be for you. If it is, that means I’m meant to serve you and I’ll do my best work with you.
In The Alliance, we always start with the most important habit an entrepreneur must develop: GOAL SETTING and the ACHIEVEMENT of those goals. It’s a basic concept but fundamental to success. I suggest you start with the same now.
Of course, the future is uncertain. You cannot always predict a result but when you set goals you:
Engage the power of a decision. Your Ferrari will go nowhere until you decide to shift into first gear.
Great leaders always deal with reality. If you know where you are then you can map out where you want to go and how you will get there. Start with the two most important questions:
What’s working best in your business?
What aspects of your business are in need of the most improvement?
Now, look at how you currently spend your time by filling in the blanks to the following statements:
Over the past 12-months, % of my time has been spent working ON the marketing, sales and growth aspects of my business.
Over the past 12-months, % of my time has been spent working IN the business with clients.
Over the past 12-months, % of my time has been spent on personal pursuits (friends, family, hobbies, etc.)
Over the past 12-months, on a scale of 1-10, I would rate my efficiency as a ________
How would you like to spend your time?
Over the next 12-months, % of my time will be spent working ON the marketing, sales and growth aspects of my business.
Over the next 12-months, % of my time will be spent working IN the business with clients.
Over the next 12-months, % of my time will be spent on personal pursuits (friends, family, hobbies, etc.)
Over the next 12-months, the #1 thing I need to do consistently to be as efficient as possible is…
And, finally, how much money are you going to make over the next twelve months?
Over the next 12-months, I would like to earn $ ________ in gross revenue.
Over the next 12-months, I would like to keep my expenses below $ ________.
Over the next 12-months, I would like to earn $ ________ in profit from my efforts (gross revenue minus expenses).
That’s it for today. Remember to think big and embrace abundance. If you need to go back and do this exercise of thinking bigger about who you are and what you offer the world, do so now.
Know that the only true scarcity is your resistance to embracing your own true self, your hopes and dreams, your capacity to think big.
When you resist yourself you create false scarcity: I’m not enough. I’m not as good as . . . [pick a name]. It’s too hard. There’s no time. I can’t start because I don’t know how it will end. When you focus on what you are not, what you do not have, and what you do not (and often cannot) know, you focus on a self-induced scarcity.
Each of us is naturally abundant. To exist is abundant. Look inside and see the glory of who you are–more than good enough.
I’ll be back soon with a deep and inspirational message on how to get your mind right. You’ll need it so that you’re able to handle all of the success that comes from the goals you’ve set.
Keep thinking big,