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Guest Post - Adam Epstein: Why Creative People Need Interpersonal Skills

June 23, 2014

While technical know-how is a necessity, being able to navigate the interpersonal and collaborative aspects of creative work is potentially far more important for finding success as an editor/filmmaker/designer/fluffer/anything. Here are some tricks I've learned. Somewhere deep in space, boundless light-years away, there is a perfect planet, bold in the ether. Apart from the pleasant breezes, ample parking, and personal flying massage unicorns, it is perfect because on this world, the only opinion that matters is yours. Your creative whims are never challenged, there are no political hierarchies to navigate or superiors to please, and fragile egos are implausible bogeymen whispered about around alien campfires. Every so often, a representative from this world hops on their unicorn and rockets to Earth....

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Guest Post - Alex Buono: How We Did It SNL "The Midnight Coterie of Sinister Intruders"

June 22, 2014

Part of the fun of writing this HOW WE DID IT for the SNL short film “The Midnight Coterie of Sinister Intruders” will be finding out how we actually did it, because quite honestly, it’s all kind of a blur… Let’s start at the beginning. This spot was simply titled, “New Horror Trailer” and when I first glanced at the script on a Wednesday night, I figured it was going to be a Halloween-appropriate horror film spoof. It wasn’t until the 2nd page that the voiceover reveals: “From the twisted mind of…Wes Anderson”. Wait – this is a Wes Anderson parody? Hell yes! And right off the bat, I gotta give props to writers John Solomon, Rob Klein, Chris Kelly and Sarah Schneider for this...

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