Discover Great Short Films With FLIPBOARD & TWITTER

February 11, 2013 at 10:04 am

Discover Great Short Films With FLIPBOARD & TWITTER


Every time I publish a new edition of The Post, I become more and more addicted to short films.  There are literally endless stories out there waiting to be discovered and shared.  Many of the films I’ve featured on this site in the past have been submitted by the filmmakers.  But I find many of them online as well.

A while back, I published ‘Have you watched a short film today?‘ which is full of great websites that promote short films.  You’ll find plenty of short films there but today, I’d like to point out another fantastic resource.


For those who are unaware, Flipboard is an app you can download on your mobile device that organizes news feeds like a magazine.  Here is what The Athletic Nerd looks like on Flipboard:

Discover Great Short Films With FLIPBOARD & TWITTER

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I have Flipboard on my iPhone and my iPad and I use it almost everyday.  Over the last few months, it’s become my favorite place to discover new short films.  Flipboard is deeply integrated with Twitter and has an awesome feature you may have missed:


Here’s how you can use Flipboard to watch short films:

  1. Log into Twitter and search ‘Short Films’ or ‘#shortfilm’ etc…
  2. Save the search
  3. Open up Flipboard, navigate to ‘accounts’ then Twitter.
  4. Add your saved searches to your board.

Discover Great Short Films With FLIPBOARD & TWITTER

Now you’ve got a steadily updating stream of short films you can watch from inside the app!  At least once or twice a week, I wake up and watch short films on my iPad.

I love that the short films you find are normally promoted by the filmmakers themselves.  It gives you instant access to more information about the short films you liked.  Many profiles include websites, trailers & artwork.  It’s just another way to support independent filmmakers around the world.  Check out their websites.  Let them know what you thought of their movie!  Watch more short films!

How do you discover short films?

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Review: Celtx For iPhone And iPad

October 24, 2010 at 10:16 pm

Review: Celtx for iphone and ipad

Screenwriter’s definitely have options to write their masterpieces on Apple’s devices.

If you own an iPhone, iPod Touch or the magical iPad, you can take your screenplays everywhere.

I recently got a chance to sit down with Celtx for iPhone and it’s definitely among the top apps for writers.

Is Celtx the best?

I recently reviewed Scripts Pro for iPhone which was a huge step up from the other offerings.  I had already written a few shorts using the app including Crosstown, a project you’ll hear more about in the coming weeks.

The app itself introduced a variety of features I had been wishing for since I activated my life changing phone. (Yes, I do think THAT highly of my iPhone.)

It had an Smart Type feature, a tab function and many more useful additions.

Celtx has each and every one of those features and does them all BETTER.

Review: Celtx For iPhone And iPad

The first thing I noticed was the simpler interface and the easier shortcuts.

I found navigating through my ‘test’ screenplay extremely easy and natural.  Switching between different elements is almost identical to my desktop software.  (Almost.)

Essentially, screenwriting software should never get in the way.  It seems with each screenwriting app that’s released, I keep getting happier and happier.

Which is never a bad thing.

I’m going to hold off on my final judgement until I get a chance to see the upcoming Final Draft app but right now, Celtx is definitely the best.

The negative?  It’s also the most expensive.

Both Screenplay and ScriptWrite sell for $4.99.  If you’re only looking to spend around 5 bucks you’re better off going with Scripts Pro for $5.99.

Note: Scripts Pro also has a free version so you can try it out.

Celtx will set you back $9.99 but is definitely a solid choice especially if you already own Celtx on your desktop.  I still use Final Draft 6.5 but the sync feature would definitely be useful if I used Celtx.

At the end of the day, I rate this app highest because it does the most things right and that’s all you can really ask for.  Even the “expensive” price tag is pennies compared to the full versions of the leading software out there.

The best compliment I can give this app is that I’m definitely thinking about giving the desktop version a shot.

Well done.

Bus. Subway. Cab. Boat. Plane. Screenplay

October 12, 2010 at 9:46 am

Bus. Subway. Cab. Boat. Plane. Screenplay

As I was packing for a recent trip home, I decided it would be a good challenge to create a story on route to the airport and then write the screenplay on the plane.

It’s an interesting challenge as I wanted to make up something new and have a fully developed short screenplay by the time I landed.

Then I had another idea…

I thought it would be a unique idea to document it with my iPhone as my journey would include virtually every major form of transportation.

  • It began with a bus ride to the subway station.
  • I then had to transfer to a different subway.
  • Once I left the transit system, I got a little lost. (I’ve never flown from Toronto Island before.)  So I took a cab to the airport.
  • Then I got on a boat and made the short 5 minute trip across a canal.
  • From there I checked in and boarded my plane home.
  • Thanks to my iPhone, I’ve got video of the entire journey.

How did it go?

I’m happy to report I did in fact come up with a story called Cross Town.  By the time the plane was taking off, I had my iPhone in hand using the Scripts Pro app.

I’ll have more on the screenplay, the documentary and the journey in a bit!

Video included

Stay tuned…

In the mean time, check out Mobile Screenwriting Round Up.

iPhone Screenwriting

There’s Something Cool About A 3 Page Screenplay

September 28, 2010 at 8:11 am

The Athletic Nerd Screenwriting Blog There's Something Cool About A 3 Page Screenplay

Recently, I’ve been writing a series of 3 page screenplays while riding the subway to work.

Using my iPhone and Scripts Pro, I’ve been creating little episodes of a series I call:


To date, I’ve completed 3 chapters of the series and I’ve been having a blast.

It’s essentially an experiment I came up with the night I watched the gigantic and entertaining finale to Lost.  (Though it took a while to get started.)

I wanted to test myself to see if I could develop a mystery on my own and create interesting characters around it.

Call it practice.  Call it an assignment.

I call it something fun to do instead of staring at strange people on the train.

AFTER is a horror story that begins after a couple dies and find themselves wandering a strange forest.  Eventually, they find their way to a cabin and a truly horrific discovery.

I honestly think the villain in this story will give people nightmares.

I’m also enjoying the format in which I’m telling the story.

3 page scripts.  Each ending with a cliffhanger.

Maybe it will become a web series some day.  Perhaps the story can be adapted into a feature later on.  I could always take these chapters and use them as an outline.  The options are limitless.

For now, I’m simply focusing on telling the story.

Writing little 3 page screenplays is a great way to stay sharp and challenge your creativity.

Why not?

Do you have a commute or some down time?  You don’t need necessarily need an iPhone but you can always be working on something.

Why not write something new and spontaneous.  You’ve got nothing to lose.

That’s what I find cool about 3 page screenplays. They may not turn into much but for me it’s all about writing.

It’s what I love to do!

iPad And The Screenwriter

January 27, 2010 at 7:52 pm

Finally, the mysterious device has a name:


I’m not a massive fan of the name but I’m a huge fan of what I’ll be using it for when I get my hands on one.

Before I get to that, here are some terrific links and information I’ve collected for those who aren’t up to date on the new device.

Just make sure you come back to read the rest.

Update: You can now watch the entire event on Apple’s site.

All caught up?  I’m pretty pumped about it.

I’ve never owned a laptop.  I’ve always been more of a desktop kind of guy.  When it comes to writing, there’s nothing better than sitting at a desk and working on a screenplay.  I couldn’t even imagine ever being productive anywhere else.

Until I got my iPhone.

Now I can write notes, outlines and entire screenplays with my phone no matter how far away from my desk I am.  I can research, blog and market my projects from a single tiny device.  I’ve written a lot about the idea of Portable Writing.  I’ve posted articles about my favorite apps and how I use my iPhone on-the-go to stay ahead on my work load.

The iPhone opened my eyes and I realized that I have to break away from my desk and enjoy the freedom to write wherever I want. It got me thinking about the next logical step.  Laptop? Netbook?

Apple’s timing couldn’t have been any better. The correct answer is iPad!

  • Screenwriting: One of my favorite aspects is how the apps on my phone will work on the iPad.  This means that as a screenwriter, I can pull out this device and type on a BIG keyboard.  Black Mana’s Screenplay app will be glorious on the iPad.
  • Blogging: Updating my blog will be easier than ever with the bigger display and easier navigation.
  • Research: The iPad will make researching faster and more efficient with full screen internet access at super fast speeds.
  • Social Networking: Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and more…  Social marketing is huge and 17 West is right there with the newest trends.
  • Email: Yet another way to stay in contact and up to date on all of 17 West’s upcoming productions.
  • Business: Budgets, Contracts, Paperwork and more will be even easier to manage.
  • 17 West Productions: More connectivity, more productivity and more creativity.  I’m very excited about the possibilities. (All of which rhyme by the way.)
  • Cost: The iPad starts at $499!  I want the 3G so it’ll be and extra $130 but even then, it’s cheaper than a laptop.

I do a lot of development work in the library.  It’s my quiet place to plot out my scripts.  I’ve always wanted a laptop with screenwriting software loaded and ready to fire off the pages but it’s never really been in the budget.  Finally, I’ve got an affordable alternative to the laptop that just happens to be a super cool technology as well.

I suppose my only questions relate to the absense of a webcam and whether or not the device will work with my existing data package.  I have no intention of adding another 30 bucks a month when I already have 6GB’s of data on my account…  We’ll have to see.

Regardless, I love new gadgets and Apple definitely creates cool gadgets.  The iPad presents me with yet another option to work on my number 1 passion in life.  Screenwriting.

I want one.

The countdown begins!