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Directed by: Ron Clements & John MuskerWritten by: Jared BushEdited by: Jeff DraheimComposed by: Marc Mancina Traumatic experiences in Disney films are normally swept under the rug with some quick comic relief in order to keep the children watching from being too distressed by what they’ve just seen. Take Hakuna Matata coming directly after Mufasa’s …

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Directed and written by: Damien ChazelleEdited by: Tom CrossCinematographer: Linus SandgrenComposed by: Justin Hurwitz Let’s address the elephant in the room – I did not enjoy La La Land. The likability I have for it now resounds in a few factors; the first, that it’s one of my sister’s films so it reminds me of …

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Directed and written by: Dan GilroyEdited by: John GilroyComposed by: James Newton Howard Films are often so much more than what is on the surface – while the characters, plot and cinematography are all vital parts of the film, the directors are often trying to convey a message of sorts to the audience. They are …

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Directed by: Scott CooperWritten by: Jez Butterworth and Mark MalloukEdited by: David RosenbloomComposed by: Tom Holkenborg Black Mass is a biographical crime drama which details the true story of James ‘Whitey’ Bulger, a mobster in the heart of Boston who worked closely with the FBI as an informant in order to wipe out his enemy …

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Director: Colin TrevorrowWritten by: Rick Jaffa, Amanda Silver, Colin Trevorrow and Derek Connolly Even if it may not seem like it on the surface, most films have a theme underlying everything that happens within the script. Whether it’s the importance of family, the effect of racism or mental health, there is always a message that …

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Directed and written by: James Demonaco The strength of a plot comes in three four factors: goals, stakes, pacing and complete character arcs. The genres that suffer from having clear goals and character arcs are normally action films, comedies and slashers. They’re more focused on the action set-pieces, on making the gags and scaring their …

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Directed by: Roger Allers & Rob MinkoffScreenplay by: Irene Mecchi, Jonathan Roberts and Linda Woolverton Light has been historically used in all types of media to symbolise the difference between good and evil. Sometimes, as open as The Light Side and the Dark Side in Star Wars and other times through cinematography so that viewers …

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Director: Destin Daniel CrettonScreenplay by: Destin Daniel Cretton and Andrew Lanham Systemic racism is a form of racism practiced in social and political institutions, such as law enforcement. In 2013, the Black Lives Matter international activist movement was formed to battle against the treatment against black people by law enforcement, where many have lost their …

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Director: Patty JenkinsScreenplay by: Allan Heinberg Feminism in film is a widely discussed topic, as it should be. In historical cinema, there have been plenty of times when the women characters have been pushed to one side, one-dimensional or merely there for voyeuristic purposes. In some media, it has now taken a 360 turn to …

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Director: Michael M. ScottScreenplay by: David Golden When planning to immerse your viewers into the world that you’ve created for them in your screenplay, it can be hard to know how to tell them certain elements that are important to the plot without spelling it out to them or patronising your audience. This is defined …

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