Short Stories

How To : Write a short story in five steps

In this video, we learn how to write a short story in five steps. Your first step is to find a place where you can be completely alone for at least four hours. Make sure you have no distractions during this time as well. The second step is to write the story from the beginning ...more

News : A Free Steampunk Horror Short Story

Sometimes I forget that I'm also a fiction writer, so I thought it might be a nice change of pace to share one of my stories with you. I wrote this piece awhile ago for an anthology that never came together and I'm tired of just sitting on it. It's one of the more odd stories ...more

News : Write any good books lately?

I started writing when I was around 12 years old, beginning with stories around 11 pages long. Then I graduated to 40 page stories. I even sent one to Lucasfilm, my suggestion for the next to be made film in the Star Wars series, Revenge of the Jedi. Yes, I said "Revenge". I d ...more

News : Cometbus (Punk Zines, Vol. 1)

For those of you unfamiliar with Cometbus, I urge you to check out one of the many issues released since 1981 by Mr. Aaron Elliott... better known to his friends (and foes) as "Aaron Cometbus". Aaron Elliott started writing punk fanzines in 1981 in Berkeley with Operation Ivy ...more

News : Dont Talk to Strangers

I have been writing since I was a little boy. I remember watching South Park at age 9 and writing my own episodes. Aside from some curse words and sexual humor that you don't expect from a nine year old, there really was not much there. In middle school I used to write short s ...more

News : Shadows of The Dammed Review

Shadows of the Dammed (360/PS3) is a polarizing game. It's not shy of being crass and crude. Go ahead and judge the game by the following examples (click to enlarge): The game is a giant penis joke. This is an official trailer for the game.. Now, with what you have seen, choos ...more

How To : Make a free iPhone paper clip stand

Want to watch Hulu on your iPhone? Maybe Netflix on your iPod Touch? YouTube videos? The best way to watch these hits is with a brand new… and FREE… paperclip iPhone stand. From Dean Liou: "So, I was wanting to watch Napoleon Dynamite, but I didn't have a way to prop up my i ...more

How To : Snorkel

Why the Love? Every one has a reason for loving something. Mine was that it was the only thing I had. That one sure thing. I loved it because I had nothing, and it cost me nothing. At times I had no idea what was going to happen to me, or where I was going to be. The shore is ...more

How to Get Better at Halo : Reach

Introduction Halo: Reach is Bungie's latest and final addition to the franchise. Microsoft has claimed the title and from now on 343 Industries will be working on the Halo franchise. In my opinion, Bungie's last game is the best out of all of them. These are some tactics and ...more

How To : Dominate the New York Times Crossword Puzzle

First off, don't be frustrated. YOU CAN DO IT! Contrary to the message in the image above, it's NOT over. It's just beginning. And when it comes to solving the New York Times crossword puzzle, the old cliche does apply: practice makes perfect. I've read quite a few books and ...more

News : Red Dead Redemption Short Film

The full 30 minute short film by John Hillcoat that was shown on TV. From the description: Red Dead Redemption: The Man from Blackwater The director of The Road and The Proposition, John Hillcoat, brings you an entirely digital Western short film. It uses Rockstar's rich ope ...more

How To : Use screen direction in amateur film making

In this episode of Jim Shorts, you can take a look at the flow, or screen direction aspect of your video. Knowing how to use screen direction can help you move your story along. Not knowing how to use it can disrupt your story, or bring it to a halt altogether. Use these handy ...more

News : 2011 Oscar Nominations - Complete List

We Care About This: Oscar Noms Are Out!! Best picture: Black Swan The Fighter Inception The Kids Are All Right The King’s Speech 127 Hours The Social Network Toy Story 3 True Grit Winter’s Bone Actress Annette Bening, The Kids Are All Right Nicole Kidman, Rabbit Hole Jennife ...more

News : Oscar Nom Review - TOY STORY 3

ANIMATED FEATURE: Thanks to Tom Berger for another animated movie review! Toy Story 3 finishes off the franchise that was started 15 years ago by Pixar's first feature length film, Toy Story. It's an unsurprisingly fitting end to a great series of films, maintaining all of t ...more

News : REVIEW - Toy Story 3

Yeah it's... that's a good movie there Thanks to Tom Berger for another animated movie review! Toy Story 3 finishes off the franchise that was started 15 years ago by Pixar's first feature length film, Toy Story. It's an unsurprisingly fitting end to a great series of films, ...more

The Job Board : A Doc About Burned DP's

The Job Board is a weekly entry of the most ridiculous Cinematography related jobs posted online. Interviewing DP's for Docu-short (SCV) We are putting together a short documentary about Cinematographers who get jobs on craigslist. we'd like to interview a few people and get ...more

Westside Story 2011 : The Ultimate Dance Off

WonderHowTo user lex lugo of Bootleg Entertainment posted this fun spoof on musical classic Westside Story to the Canon 7D World forum. The short starts off with some pretty (amazingly) goofy dance-offs; stay tuned 'til the end if you dig 2D violence. Shot with a 50mm II lens ...more

WATCH THIS INSTEAD : Sucker Punch

Zack Snyder's worst film, hands down. Watch it if you like your movies a little short on story, acting, logic, etc. Not even the cool action sequences can redeem it. Watch some vintage Gilliam instead.

News : Book Review - The Prodigal God by Timothy Keller

I read Timothy Keller’s The Reason for God on the recommendation of a philosophical friend and before I had finished it I was adding Keller’s The Prodigal God to my list of books to read. Keller has a gift for succinct and wise writing. I believe he truly has his finger on whe ...more

News : Midas Magic Spell Overhaul [MOD]: Now on Skyrim

Long story short, this is a mod by Xilver, who once upon a time did a spell mod called Midas Magic: Spells of Aurum, for TES Oblivion. Well, now he made one for TES Skyrim. Essentially this adds a bunch of new spells in Skyrim. It has some pretty awesome spells already finish ...more

LA Noire : First Impressions

L.A. Noire is the newest Rockstar (GTA4, Red Dead Redemption) game created by Team Bondi ( The Getaway). The game is set in the late 1940’s in Los Angeles. The main character, Phelps, is a war veteran rising through the ranks from police officer to detective. The game is prese ...more

Inspiring DIY of the Day : Building a Floating Soccer Field

This may feel like a Nike ad (and I suppose technically it is an ad), but it's also a based-on-a-true-story-hollywood-motion-picture waiting to happen... This inspiring short film is part of an ad campaign series called Make THE Difference for the TMB Bank, but it's also a tru ...more

News : Zeiss Compact Prime Lens + Zacuto DSLR Baseplate

Zeiss recently debuted their Compact Prime Lens set at NAB.  The best part: no mount modifications or adapters necessary!  Zacuto has done one better with their new DSLR Baseplate system.  Previous rigs had unwanted play when using the follow focus.  "Zacuto’s new DSLR Basepla ...more

How To : Quit smoking using a pen cap

Tired of not being able to quit smoking? Have you tried everything but nothing works? Watch this life changing short video and learn the trick of quitting smoking by simply using a pen cap. Watch this video and listen to MAtt Jarbo's story on how he fought off smoking for ever ...more

News : The Rattling Wall Issue 4, (publishing Opportunity)

Submit The Rattling Wall is accepting sophisticated short fiction, travel essays, and poetry submissions for Issue 4 until April 1, 2012. The literary journal accepts simultaneous submissions, but asks to be contacted immediately if work that a writer has submitted for review ...more

Scrabble Bingo of the Day : APOLOGUE

APOLOGUE n pl. -S an allegory 61 points (11 points without the bingo) An apologue (or apolog) is an allegorical short story, poem, or picture that can be interpreted to reveal a hidden meaning or principle, typically a moral or political one. It's very similar to a fable, bu ...more

News : Story Behind the Still - Chapter 3 Winner

I recently shot a short film for director Keegan Uhl for Canon’s Beyond the Still contest and our film “The Beach” won first place. We had a lot of fantastic support getting the film done, and I’m really glad to see people liked what we put together. Keegan put in a ton of wor ...more

News : Canon's 'Story Behind the Still' Contest

First Ever User-Generated HD Contest Vimeo and Canon have launched this wonderful contest for filmmakers shooting on Canon's EOS 7D DSLR. Here's Canon's official description of the contest: The Story Beyond The Still It's the first ever user-generated HD Video Contest wher ...more

News : Immigration Laws

Immigration Laws United States Citizenship Citizens of The United States are able to enjoy every benefit that the U.S. has to offer to the fullest. But if you are not a citizen then it is a different story. A person can become a U.S. citizen through birth or through a proce ...more

News : Useful Vocabulary

Words that will help you with your writing Alliteration - The repetition of aconsonant sound. This si important because it makes words stand out, and because it can help set the mood for something. Assonance - The repetition of identical or similar vowel sounds in neighborin ...more

Octodad : An Award Winning Game… From College Students

Fatherhood is difficult, especially when you're an octopus. That is the moral of the 2011 IGF Student Showcase winner Octodad, available for free from its website. This hilarious little title was created by a team of interactive media students at DePaul University in Chicago ...more

News : MyndPlay Gives Mindf*** Movies a New Meaning

Were you horrified when Gwyneth Paltrow's head ended up in a box in Se7en? Do you share Harrison Ford's opinion that Han Solo should have died in Return of the Jedi? Think Kurt Russell could have handled aliens better in The Thing? Well, sorry—you're out of luck. There's nothi ...more

Hack Your Brain : Improving Memory with Dirty Pictures

If you're interested in nabbing superhero memory strength, the secret behind training your brain is not necessarily what you might expect. Your standard G-rated brain strengthening exercises range from crossword puzzles to Sudoku to calculating fairly simple math problems to i ...more

How To : Prepare answers for a job interview

Preparing answers is essential for any job interview. Completing this video will walk you through preparing opening job interview answers, example based answers, responses to difficult job interview questions and the best answers to questions about your weak areas. 1. Opening ...more

News : Comics, Why Aren't You Reading Them?

Well, why aren't you? They're all the rage in pop culture right now, what with The Avengers blowing away audiences and the finale to the Batman trilogy coming out soon. Not to mention that Marvel is remaking Spider-Man! The original is only like, what, less than ten years old? ...more

The League : Intro

Author's Note: Hi there, some of you may know but most of you probably won't. My name is Semeria and I am an author on the rising. I plan to be posting one of my novels on this website for people to read. Comment and let me know what you think and I hope you enjoy the story. ...more

News : Jaccard Tenderizer - A Must Have Tool

This is a tool I wouldn't want to do without in my kitchen. It's full name is the Jaccard Super Tendermatic Meat Tenderizer but if you refer to the "Jaccard", most food folks will know what you are talking about. Jaccard makes lots of food prep products but this is probably th ...more

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