Trying to sort through the overabundance of storytelling information out there? You’ve come to the right place. We interviewed some top entertainment industry professionals and asked them how they stay up to date on the latest in creative news. From trade publications to Twitter feeds and podcasts to obscure but oh-so-valuable blogs, get ready to bookmark your heart out with these hot tips from the pros.
Pro #1 hails from Hollywood, where he helps writers sharpen their scripts for primetime. Danny Manus owns No BullScript Consulting. He offers everything from story brainstorming help to script editing. The former development executive has a unique point of view from the business side of things, and he works directly with creatives who want a career in storytelling. You can find him on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram and learn more about his company at NoBullScript.net.
The second professional writer we interviewed was the prolific Bryan Young. In addition to screenwriting, Young earns a living writing super cool stuff for HowStuffWorks.com, SciFi.com, StarWars.com, slashfilm.com, and more. He’s also written and directed features, shorts, commercials, and award-winning documentaries. Did we mention that he also hosts two podcasts and has several books to his name? Phew! This guy does not stop … except, perhaps, to check out some of his favorite online resources for creatives. His picks?
Young explained in an earlier interview how he uses Drew’s Script-O-Rama as a mini-film school education, and you can, too.
Professional writer #3 is animated. No, really! Ricky Roxburgh served as the sole staff writer for a time at Disney Animation Television’s Emmy Award-winning cartoon, “Mickey Mouse Shorts.” He’s also written animated shows including “Monsters at Work,” “Big Hero 6: The Series,” and “Rapunzel’s Tangled Adventure.” He wrote the animated feature “Saving Santa,” and his next animated feature, “Ozi,” is set to premiere in 2022, starring Laura Dern, Amandla Stenberg, and Donald Sutherland. When he (somehow) finds time outside of writing and life to continue honing his skills, he looks to Twitter, podcasts, and a website that you just might miss if you’re not looking hard enough.
So, there you have it. Now you know where the pros go to brush up their skills and keep a pulse on the industry. Keep in mind that part of screenwriting, or any creative endeavor for that matter, is understanding what everyone else is doing so that your work is a standout. Finding your own online resources to tap consistently is part of the gig.
Did we miss anything? Tweet us @SoCreate.it with some of your favorite resources, and we’ll share them in an upcoming blog.
Take it all in,