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MAKE A DONATION: www.indiegogo.com Director Steve Balderson and screenwriter Frankie Krainz (“Stuck!” and “The Casserole Club”) are teaming up again for a third film — “CULTURE SHOCK” — and have started a fundraiser at IndieGoGo; where they are giving away some exciting perks in exchange for contributions to their latest collaboration. FOR MORE INFORMATION, VISIT: www.indiegogo.com

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The only book tie-in to the major Columbia Pictures film starring Will Ferrell, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Dustin Hoffman, Queen Latifah, and Emma Thompson, directed by Marc Forster.

In this inventive comedy, a novelist (Emma Thompson) struggles to complete her latest, and potentially finest, book-she only has to find a way to kill off her main character, IRS agent Harold Crick, and she’ll be done. Little does she know that Harold Crick (Will Ferrell) is inexp… More >>
Stranger Than Fiction: The Shooting Script

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Article by Linda Gold

Mind Mapping Software

Mind mapping software is designed to aid in the somewhat complicated process of mindmapping. A mind map is a diagram used to represent ideas, words, tasks, or other items that are linked to and arranged around a central key word, idea or concept. Mind maps are used to structure, classify, visualize and generate ideas, and serve as an aid in problem solving, decision making, organization, study, and writing. As you can imagine, creating such a diagram by hand can be overwhelming to the novice mind mapper.

The cost of high quality mind mapping software starts at about 0, and many mind mapping programs have a free trial option. Two of the most highly rated and popular mind mapping software programs are iMindMap and NovaMind. If you want to get started right away, one of these two will likely meet your needs.

Buzan’s iMindMap is designed by Tony Buzan who many consider the father of mind mapping. An obvious benefit of choosing iMindMap is that you are linked in to Buzan’s techniques and innovations. For those unfamiliar with the process, there is flash movie explaining the concept. There are also a number of flash video tutorials explaining how to use the software. There are three editions of iMindMap: Elements, Professional and Ultimate. The software is compatible with Microsoft Office and OpenOffice.

NovaMind is another excellent example of quality mind mapping software. While you don’t get the Tony Buzan stamp of approval, NovaMind does have some unique features not found in other programs. For instance, NovaMind is one of the only mind mapping software programs with a free layout mode where you can put branches anywhere you like. It also has rainbow coloring, an integrated branch suggestion system, and a special module for screenwriters. NovaMind also comes in three editions: Express, Pro, and Platinum.

The iMindMap and NovaMind mind mapping software both work on the Mac and Windows operating systems. You will find both systems workable and easy to use. The price structure is similar, so your choice will boil down to which features are more important to you as a user.

Before you purchase any mind mapping software, make sure that you first identify your needs. You should also consider your budget, and whether you can upgrade for a discount within the same family of programs. Once you’ve identified your needs you can start comparing the different mind mapping systems. Many programs come with a free trial which will greatly assist you in making an informed decision.

Most people who invest the time necessary to learn the mind mapping process become lifetime converts. Trying to accomplish the process on paper can be extremely frustrating and time-consuming. Good mind mapping software pays for itself very quickly in terms of saved time and frustration.

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Visit my screenwriting blog at www.myothercareer.wordpress.com Here’s the start of the Q&A with Kevin Smith from the Red State viewing in Atlanta at the Cobb Performing Arts Center on March 29, 2011. I had a great time at the movie, and while it had some problems, all in all it’s a fun flick that has a real Coen Brother’s vibe, which was odd for a Smith film.

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Now in the acclaimed Newmarket Shooting Script® series, the Oscar®-winning screenplay by Emma Thompson based on the beloved classic by Jane Austen, with Thompson’s candid and detailed behind-the-scenes diaries.

Bringing Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility to the screen was a labor of love for writer/actress Emma Thompson. The highly acclaimed film, nominated for seven Academy Awards® (winning Best Adapted Screenplay), appeared on more than 100 Top 1… More >>
Sense and Sensibility: The Screenplay and Diaries

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