Remodeling... continuously. Please pardon the heterogeneity and potsherds on older pages. < ; )
What does it take to make a story rise to the top?
Since 1990 I have had the privilege of critiquing screenplays from individuals, a few studio writers, and seeing some pilots. Most of the time they are in the "good range," but rarely rise to excellent or superior... and they aren't that difficult to fix. All of the information necessary to make a screenplay rise above the rest is on the menu button at left, marked "Screen Writing." A few hints are here.
Articles and Series with something for everyone
• Story idea: Paranoia: Psychological thriller. A skeptic finds paranoia is real as he fights for his life.
An unscrupulous, greedy lawyer, blunders into Christmas with the wrong attitude, in this lighthearted romp. A nitwit lawyer, and maybe the Grim Reaper, usher Fenrick through a series of humorous, life threatening events. They and a loved one make him confront his "heart condition," leading to a change of heart.
If you have a Facebook account, read about Dorian.
Why is this Web site here? Mission and advertising
The mission of this Web site: The Visual Writer Web site freely presents industry worthy advice gained from experience and contacts and best practices, since 1996. The author has done research to create advances in the field of writing and semiotics, plus created and provided tools for schools to promote student interest in writing and for others to do unbiased critiques of writing and movies. Around 100 free nonfiction books are downloaded from it monthly, as well as the ~600 Web pages of information. It has promoted groups and free services. It has presented "how to" information on creating high quality market winning screenplays, novels, nonfiction, and journalism. Information presented on this site, and by the author in other venues, has also often influenced or prompted news stories, information put in novels, and nonfiction.
In addition, this Web site provides informed information on the human condition, which writers write about. Some of these articles are even helpful to individuals in their personal lives, as well as to writers creating works. This site also asks an important question: "What kind of world are we creating?" by including commentary on important issues of the day that are important to writers and others, particularly if it can help avoid disinformation, propaganda, and bias. Controversial topics are not avoided on this site. Children are overly protected from entry by Safe-surf ratings where needed. The limited advertising on this site has yet to pay any of its expenses, which are carried by the author. Some advertising is used to pay for the author's movie Production projects. Information on production is on the author's Movie Stream Productions Web site.
• Propaganda Oh, how are you deceived! Learn to recognize how others deceive and manipulate you, and get smarter than them, in this 10 part series on sister site One Spirit Resources. Stop polarization.
• Are We Creating the World We Want? Or are special interests and polarizing voices leading us down a trail of self-destruction? Writers and leaders raise the consciousness of our world.
• The writer's, director's, and editor's job - a step beyond "show don't tell". Writers and director's believe their job is to "tell a story in a visual medium." The following is a subtle shift, but often a very important one: "The writer and director's job is to understand what the audience wants or needs to see, and give that to them, so that they can imagine the story." - Dorian Cole. From The MSP Insider, on the Movie Stream Productions Web site.
Nowhere Man: A frustrated psychiatrist has a crisis with his incurable wife, and an unsolvable, rapidly spreading, medical epidemic spiraling out of control, plus religious fanatics and conspiracy theorists. He must tackle a crisis in his own beliefs and confidence to resolve them all.
Total Immersion: Two people strike out in relationships, then avoid people in a 3D virtual world. Work in that world forces an awkward intimacy. Their friends and work push them to confront and overcome their fears, bringing them together.
• The Reckoning Religions implore us over and over to work for justice for our fellow people in this world. This documentary about The Promise of Justice, is about the worldwide battle for justice. - Watch the movie online on the Skylight Pictures Web site.
• Movie Review: The Karate Kid (2010) Excellent example of the ability to change settings, characters, etc. Examples of visual writing, and the use of the set as a third character.
• Worth a second look! Scott Myers' Web site, Go Into The Story offers expertise and information about the movie industry in a daily blog. I learned that comedy is the current big seller. Props to Scott
Meyers! (Links to an external site).
• Communicating the Message Effectively.
Create drama better by learning the basics of effective communication.
Whether in drama, speaking, or ministry, many of the principles of
effective communication are the same - On sister site One Spirit
My new book, Ontology of God: The voices of the ancients speak, looks at what we can learn through the ages regarding the history of several aspects of religious development as affected by the ancient societies they were in, including law, mercy, and love.
Echoing through time are the voices of ancient people telling us about God. From Mesopotamia and Egypt 5000 years ago, often from even earlier oral traditions, every civilization has been inspired to tell us about God. Their voices vary widely and even conflict. Is there a common message that they thought was so important that they had to pass it on? In this book, the ancient voices speak.
This study follows the thread of the basic religious concepts of law, mercy,
and love that are prominent in many religions. Major religions around the world
are investigated up to the launch of the Common Era when most religions had been
developed, including religions that later developed independently such as the
These are messages refined by the fire of experience through the ages. The
repeated messages collectively bear the tests of validity.
This study also looks at the many methods we use to try to understand God and
religious literature. Is the nature of God reflected in what he asks of us? The
premise is that it is.
By understanding the nature of God, perhaps we can filter out the many
competing voices that tell us that God stands for such things as the murder of
innocents and destruction.
The very nature of religion is illuminated in the light of the voices from
the ages. But is ancient religion a path that we have lost, or does history
hammer out newer voices to bear the truth of new experience as people try to
understand their relationship with God?
About the author: Dorian Scott Cole is an independent, cross-disciplinary
scholar with education and experience in psychology, philosophy, religion,
language, visual semiotics, and technology. Other books and publications: How to
Write a Screenplay, Writers Workshop Script Doctor, www.visualwriter.com, and
Reading type: Mainstream Scholarly
Broochim Habaim! Selamat Datang!
Barka da zuwa!
Cead Mile Fáilte!
Bine ati venit!
Bine ati venit!
Add your welcome
Family friendly Ads supporting the author's movie ads
Ads by Google
The Visual Writer Web site is a resource sites for story writers (including journalistic and other nonfiction stories) for screen, stage, and print.
This site empahsizes the visual qualities of a story, and good storytelling techniques.
The overriding concern of this site is what kind of world we are creating through the
narratives that influence the meaning frameworks
of our lives. Stories tell and reinforce narratives, and sometimes even
originate narratives. Narratives stimulate diversity and empowerment,
or diminish human potential. No specific philosophy or religion is
promoted on this site, but they are discussed, and philosophy,
religion, and spirituality are encouraged.
The articles are meant to challenge people to research stories more thoroughly and portray society more accurately, but do no harm.
The information on this Web site is freely presented, but that
doesn't mean that it is "public domain." The information provided here
is copyrighted material, is subject to national and international law,
and can't be distributed in any form by any person or institution, in
whole or in part, for any commercial purpose or for the purpose of
providing collections of information, or as part of another person's or
institution's work. Standard citations, properly attributed, including
quotes and brief portions of material of course are acceptable and
encouraged. Provisions have been made and displayed on individual
articles and index pages that permit the distribution of articles in
non-commercial enterprises, such as in educational institutions and
writers groups, as long as the author's name, Web address, and
copyright notice appear on the page. Any other use requires
arrangements through direct consultation with the author. Preferrably, articles will be distributed as complete works.
Linking to this site is encouraged. The pages on this site are set
up to fully enable the function of the overall site, so the point of
entry is irrelevant. Including any page on this site within another site
through linking, copying, or by any other means is prohibited. Linking
to any graphics file or program on this site is prohibited. Linking to
pages on this site so that a page appears within a frameset on another
site is discouraged.
Caching of this site is discouraged since caches that don't update
on a daily basis provide out of date resources, and caches prevent
having accurate knowledge of page visitation and demographics.
While properly attributed quotes from this site are encouraged,
unattributed copying and other improper use are likely to be
discovered. This site is routinely scanned by antiplagiarism companies
such as Turnitin.com which detect improper use of material.
Growth: doubled in "user sessions" every 12-24 months (consistently from 1996 to 2002).
Peak: Peak visits surpass 12,000 individual users per month (2 pages per session).
Demographics: 42% Hollywood area, 33% other US, 25% international (over 80 countries).
Retention and New: over 60% of those visiting return, with 10 to 15% new visitors each month.
Top 3 Category popularity (ranking of these 3 varies each month):
How To Write A Movie
Critiques (See Movie Critic)
• Links on this server are no longer case sensitive.
• Coding meets XHTML (HTML 5) standards.
The Visual Writer Web site was established in 1996, and provides free
content and resources to communicators world-wide. Its content was born
free and will remain free. Information (education) should be freely
shared with all who want it, while skill in using information is what
has commercial value.
Welcome to all! I hope you are challenged by these pages.