The Shining is one of Kubrick’s masterpieces. Inspiring many academic papers that grapple with the inherent meaning behind his grand horror at the Overlook hotel, it’s a work that has lasted, regarded as one of the scariest films of all-time.
“It’s so formulaic.” The term is often bandied about by critics, who have come to encompass cookie-cutter film-making into one word. Coming from the word formula, the criticism is leveled at an apparent lack of inspiration, adhering to the safe
James Cameron’s Terminator franchise has been running for 35 years. Starting in 1984 with the groundbreaking The Terminator, it was followed up seven years later by Terminator 2: Judgement Day, a film that capitalised on Arnold Schwarzenegger’s star power. Originally
When it comes to cinema, there’s a broad range of possibilities when conveying your story through dialogue and scripting. In the age of silent movies, screen titles would relay the dialogue, meaning the only way they could communicate the spoken
Spling entered the Triggerfish Storylab competition in association with Disney a few years ago with a TV series idea. At that stage, he didn’t have much more than a concept and characters. While the concept was well-received, it was probably
What makes someone want to become a screenwriter? Usually the prospect of creating your own film comes from a love of movies. More specifically, we are inspired by or attracted to films that resonate with us beyond the celluloid. Being
Fear of failure is what stops some writers and screenwriters from starting and constrains others from prospering. As writers we can become so precious about our work that it becomes a struggle to handle any form of criticism or rejection.
Matthew and Spling had the pleasure of chatting to Corne about his journey with film. A writer and director, he’s amassed an impressive collection of local films including his own projects: Vaselinetjie, Hollywood in my Huis… as well as directing
I was chatting with a friend in Germany via Skype the other night and he reminded me of a company called AHATA Tactics, which used to punt a CD collection study kit designed to help students (or anyone really) to
While it’s still early days, it’s promising to have been asked to give comment on a prospective local crime thriller. The feature film with strong South African roots is currently in development and Spling was asked to read it and