paul skidmore andparabolos

cinematic storytelling, strategy, and advice

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dessert

by lunchtime, i found myself with, for the first time in years, absolutely nothing to do. so i decided i'd return to one of my favorite places — downtown Memphis — and be a tourist.

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Owen, Dewan, and me

as with many of the stories i will post here, this story may be rooted in some truth like all fiction, but is still fiction. and though it may be in first person, the narrator

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canine dreams

  i love watching Mathilda sleep. she does it with as much intensity as she does everything else. looking at her, it's hard to remember she's only 18 months old, but her behavior is very

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selections from “Becoming the Sycamore Tree”

photo by Ian W. Scott. Becoming the Sycamore Tree by David Skidmore, my brother. as featured in Youth Specialties. "At my church, we have a private preschool and kindergarten. In the nearby church courtyard is a playground.

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House, LOST, Community, and jumping the proverbial shark

from the Fonz literally jumping the shark on that fateful episode of Happy Days to Barry Zuckerkorn's subtle homage on Arrested Development, television viewers have discussed the concept now known as "jumping the shark". it's

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development part ii – the screenplay

at some point all of those notes, cocktail napkin sketches, ideas, pictures stolen from flickr, etc. end up turning into words somewhere.  for the writer, it begins a long time ago, but for everyone else

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development part i – the research

the development process is, in my opinion, the most important part of the production process.  i feel way too many take it lightly.  a lot of young filmmakers focus on the finished product.  a polished

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