Are you ready for a Go Into The Story eBook series?

One released every month in 2017. And best of all, they’re free!

In the 8+ years I have hosted Go Into The Story, I have published over 20,000 posts. I think we can all agree that’s an impressive number. It can also be overwhelming for a reader, especially someone new to the site to try to figure out how best to use the blog as a learning resource.

Learning resource. That’s one of the primary reasons I launched GITS back in May 2008: To provide information and insights grounded in my experience of three decades working in the movie and TV business, and to make that content available for free.

It’s my goal as a writer and teacher to do whatever I can to help open up the gates of entry to the world of screenwriting, and writing generally, to any and all who feel the call to follow their creative bliss. That’s one of the primary reasons I am proud to be partnered with the Black List to support our shared vision of creating new avenues for gifted writers with unique voices to break into Hollywood.

That vision has taken on new meaning and importance with cultural events these last several years. As I said in this tweet a few months back:

Beyond that, we need storytellers of all stripes who have a GIFT and who have SOMETHING TO SAY.

With all that in mind, I am happy to announce a new initiative which I hope will make the content on this blog even more of a learning resource:

Every month in 2017, I will be publishing a Go Into The Story eBook.

Here are the twelve titles (not necessarily in this order):

30 Things About Screenwriting

So-Called Screenwriting ‘Rules’

Everything You Wanted to Know About Specs

Guide to Aristotle’s “Poetics”

Character Types

How To Read A Screenplay

Writing A Script

Rewriting a Script

Movie Story Types

The Theology of Screenwriting

Writing and the Creative Life

The Business of Screenwriting

Each is an aggregation of a blog series previously published on the blog. The idea is that having the content available as a readable PDF will be a more useful way for writers to digest these ideas and information.

Think of it as a kind Go Into The Story Greatest Hits collection.

Each will be free. Download them. Read them. Pass them along.

I reached out to the GITS community for volunteers to help with this effort and I’d like to express my deep gratitude to Trish Curtin and Clay Mitchell. They are stepping up to handle the process of taking blog posts and creating the PDFs in this series. I could not be doing this without the extraordinary efforts of these two fine people. A special blast of creative juju to both!

The first title is “30 Things About Screenwriting…” and it’s 95 pages long, so with 12 eBooks, we are talking about a lot of content.

As always, I don’t claim to be the world’s greatest expert. Everything in these eBooks and on this blog is what I guess one could best call ‘informed opinions’. I’m not an A-list Hollywood writer, but I have written 30 projects for every major movie studio and TV broadcast network, have had 4 movies produced, I have created and produced TV series, and I have taught about the craft and business of screenwriting for 15 years, so I have my own unique perspective on things. If you connect with anything I write, great. If not, feel free to ignore. Each writer needs to figure out their own approach to the craft and as I always say: Every writer is different. Every story is different. There is no one way to write.

My vision in hosting the blog and with this eBook series is simply to contribute to the conversation and hopefully provide writers with some insights and inspiration along the way.

So spread the word, would you? A new monthly Go Into The Story eBook series with the first title available for download on Monday, January 9 right here via the blog.

And once again, thanks to Clay Mitchel and Trish Curtin!


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Watch: Second Teaser Trailer for Pixar’s ‘Cars 3’ Introduces a Villain

Cars 3 Teaser Trailer

Meet the hot, young racers that Lightning is going up against. Disney has released a fun new teaser trailer for Pixar’s Cars 3, introducing two of the new villains in the upcoming sequel hitting theaters this summer. The racecar Lightning McQueen, voiced by Owen Wilson, is back again and this time he must prove he’s still relevant when a «new generation of blazing-fast racers» threatens to push him out. The very first teaser trailer was quite dramatic — showing a big crash about to happen. The two new bad boy cars include Jackson Storm, voiced by Armie Hammer, and Cruz Ramirez, voiced by Cristela Alonzo — revealed by Both of them get short little video introductions in this fun teaser. I’m still waiting to see more real footage. ›››

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Spider-Man and Big Hero 6 Series Both Get Disney XD Teasers

Check out new Disney XD teasers.

Disney XD teasers offer looks at the upcoming animated Spider-Man and Big Hero 6 shows

Disney XD has today shared some teases of their upcoming Marvel animated series Big Hero 6 and Marvel’s Spider-Man. Check out both the Disney XD teasers in the players below alongside a third video that celebrates the channel’s upcoming slate.

Set to premiere in 2017, the Big Hero 6 series picks up immediately following the events of the feature film and continues the adventures and friendship of 14-year-old tech genius Hiro and his compassionate, cutting-edge robot Baymax. Along with their friends Wasabi, Honey Lemon, Go Go and Fred, they form the legendary superhero team Big Hero 6 and embark on high-tech adventures as they protect their city from an array of scientifically enhanced villains. In his normal day-to-day life, Hiro faces daunting academic challenges and social trials as the new prodigy at San Fransokyo Institute of Technology.

Originally inspired by the Marvel comic of the same name created by Man of Action, the Big Hero 6 series will see the return of Maya Rudolph as Aunt Cass; Jamie Chung as no-nonsense, speed genius Go Go; Scott Adsit as huggable robot Baymax; Alan Tudyk as tech guru Alistair Krei; Ryan Potter as tech genius Hiro; Genesis Rodriguez as quirky scientist Honey Lemon; David Shaughnessy as the butler Heathcliff; and Marvel Comics legend Stan Lee as Fred’s dad.

Joining the Big Hero 6 series are also Khary Payton and Brooks Wheelan Join as Wasabi and Fred, respectively. Those parts were originally voiced by Damon Wayans Jr. and T.J. Miller in the 2014 feature film.

Marvel’s Spider-Man, meanwhile, will tell the story of an unsure but courageous teen who has to figure out how to be a super hero from the very beginning. Look for both series to debut later this year on Disney XD.

Share your thoughts on these new Disney XD teasers in the comments below!

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The Mystery Continues in The Missing Season 2 Trailer

The Missing season 2 trailer is here. Watch The Missing season 2 trailer in the player below

STARZ delivers The Missing season 2 trailer

STARZ has just debuted The Missing season 2 trailer and, in the player below, you can take a look at the return of the acclaimed series. The season two premiere debuts on STARZ Sunday, February 12, 2017 at 8:00 PM ET/PT.

The Missing is produced by New Pictures in association with Two Brothers Pictures and Playground for BBC One and Starz, the 8-episode limited series, written by Harry and Jack Williams (Rellik, Fleabag) and solely directed by Ben Chanan, introduces a new case with new characters in a new location.

The series follows parents Sam (David Morrissey) and Gemma Webster (Keeley Hawes), whose daughter, Alice, went missing in 2003. Eleven years later, a young British woman stumbles through the streets of her German hometown and announces herself as Alice Webster (Abigail Hardingham), the girl who went missing over a decade prior. Alice’s sudden return causes ripples of suspicion through the small community, especially when it is revealed she may hold vital clues to the whereabouts of another missing girl, Sophie Giroux, who vanished shortly before Alice. Haunted by the unsolved Giroux case, French detective Julien Baptiste (Tchéky Karyo) is motivated out of retirement to follow new information that Alice may have on Sophie’s disappearance. Told across three timelines, flitting between 2014 and the present day, we follow Alice’s family as they are thrown into a turmoil that threatens to tear them apart at the seams.

The first installment of The Missing premiered on Starz in 2014 and was hugely successful among viewers and critics, receiving two Golden Globe award nominations and one Emmy award nomination. The limited series also received four BAFTA Television Award nominations and a nomination the Critics’ Choice Television Awards. Available right now, STARZ subscribers can stream and download the first installment of The Missing on the Starz APP.

What do you think of The Missing Season 2 trailer? Are you planning to check out the show’s return? Let us know in the comments below!

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Injustice 2 Release Date Revealed for May 2017

Injustice 2 Release Date Revealed for May 2017

Injustice 2 release date revealed for May 2017

We’ve got an Injustice 2 release date! NetherRealm Studios‘ Ed Boon today revealed the above image which lists the Injustice 2 release date for May 16, 2017.

Injustice 2 offers the latest DC fighting game experience that expands on the previous title’s larger-than-life showdowns. Every battle defines you in a game where players personalize iconic DC characters with unique and powerful gear earned throughout the game. For the first time gamers can take control of how their characters look, fight and develop across a variety of game modes.

Injustice 2 continues the epic cinematic story introduced in Injustice: Gods Among Us as Batman and his allies work towards putting the pieces of society back together while struggling against those who want to restore Superman’s regime. In the midst of the chaos, a new threat appears that will put Earth’s existence at risk. Players can play from the biggest DC roster ever offered in a fighting game, from classic fan favorites such as Batman, Superman, Supergirl and Aquaman, to astonishing new villains like Atrocitus and Gorilla Grodd. Battles will take place across arenas that have evolved in scale and span across iconic locations such as Metropolis, Gotham City and Atlantis.

Featuring a massive roster of DC Super Heroes and Super-Villains, Injustice 2 will be available for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on May 16, 2017. You can pre-order your copy by clicking here.

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The 14 Most Unforgettable Scenes in 2016 Movies

These scenes left an indelible mark on us.

A great scene not only stands on its own, but also recalls the rest of the film. Like a mind racing with the memory of events past, a truly unforgettable scene is the apotheosis of its characters’ emotional journey through the narrative.

Below, we have selected 14 of the best scenes 2016 movies had to offer. A common thread between all of these scenes is economy: it wasn’t the flashy, blood-curdling scenes that took our breath away. It was the elegant, minimalist scenes which left much up to the imagination. In these scenes, directors trusted the audience to put the pieces together—or to contemplate ambiguity.

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Top 5 Animated Web Series

Interested in making a web series? Try animation!

Animated web shorts have been growing massively in popularity over the years. Why? An animated web series is a fantastic way to engage an audience on so many levels. They are relatable, funny, colourful, dramatic, and sure to attract a crowd. A huge advantage web shorts have, is the ability to expand across all platforms of social media at a lighting fast pace. This will generate views and popularity, and have your audience begging for more! So if you’re interested in animation, a web series is an excellent way to get your work noticed!

Need some inspiration?

Check out these 5 very popular animated web series


 #1 How It Should Have Ended

How It Should Have Ended offers viewers a comedic perspective on alternate endings to popular films. Aside from their original “How It Should Have Ended Series”, they also offer a variety of animated shorts such as “Villain Pub” and “Superhero Café”. Their style of animation is excellent, the jokes are fresh, and it keeps audiences coming back for more. With over a million views on each video shortly after its release, it is no surprise their YouTube channel has over 6.5 million subscribers.

#2 College Humor Originals 

College humor has been producing comedic shorts for the web since their debut in 1999. They have grown exponentially since then, branching out to articles, viral videos, blogs, and merchandise. However, College Humor wouldn’t be where they are today, without their “College Humor Original” series. This featured comedic shorts, as well as animated shorts, that targeted a college bound audience. College Humor can be considered one of the founding fathers of animated web shorts. Their animation has intrigued audiences for years as they cover topics relatable to teens and young adults. Some topics include, Dating, Partying, Movies, Video Games, and pop culture.


#3 Cyanide & Happiness

Emerging as a comic strip in 2005, Cyanide & Happiness is one of the most popular animated shorts on the web right now. Their use of stick figure animation had quickly grown in popularity, as the animation around and behind the characters is much more than the simplicity of stick figures. The animation style is colourful, exciting, and leaves viewers either laughing, or in shock. Mostly focusing on dark humor, Cyanide & Happiness relates to the struggles one might experience in life day to day.

#4 sWooZie

sWooZie is a great example of good and effective story telling. sWooZie focuses on story telling rather than animation. The animation is basic, but when paired with an interesting, and intriguing voice over, it results in a great short video. Using his personal experiences as material for his shorts, (such as “Confessions of a Disney Employee”) he engages audiences on a personal level using comedy and relatability.

#5 Simons Cat

If you own a cat, this series is for you. The series is based off the creator’s personal experience’s of owning a cat, and the trials and tribulations that ensue. Much like sWooZie, Simons Cat relies on good story telling over advanced animation. The shorts feature well crafted 2D animations that tell the story of a mischievous cat constantly getting himself, and his owner Simon, into trouble.

If you are interested in creating a web series yourself, Raindance offers a Web Series Foundation Course. This 5-week foundation series course will teach you the basics of writing, developing, shooting, producing and monetizing your web series. You will be able to develop your own ideas in class, as well as learn from industry professionals.

For details, see link below.

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New UK Trailer for ‘Trespass Against Us’ Starring Gleeson & Fassbender

Trespass Against Us UK Trailer

«I’m just trying to look after my family…» Film4 out of the UK has debuted another official trailer for the generational crime drama Trespass Against Us, about a family of criminals who end up battling against each other. The indie film stars Michael Fassbender as a man trying desperately to escape the dangerous criminal world presided over by his savage father, played by Brendan Gleeson. The cast also includes Rory Kinnear, Sean Harris, Lyndsey Marshal, Killian Scott and Georgie Smith. This also features a score by The Chemical Brothers, some of which can be heard in the trailer. It seems like a solid crime thriller with some intense dramatic scenes and entertaining action, but it’s oddly being released very quietly later this month by A24 in the US (see the US trailer here), which makes me a bit concerned. Have a look. ›››

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