Marcelo Lewin’s website, IndieComicsTracker.com
, covers the world of indie comics. Why indie? “Because Marvel & DC already have enough help from their parent companies,” Lewin says. “Besides, in my mind, the really exciting stuff is coming out of the indie scene.”
I asked Lewin how the core elements of story develop in the comic book genre. “I think the most important thing that writers should keep in mind when writing a comic,” says Lewin, “is that they can tell their story via not only words (the bubbles), but also working in conjunction with the illustrator visually.”READ MORE...
“I’m looking for complicated characters dealing with complicated issues.” So says director/writer David L. Johnson when asked what he looks for in a script.
Recognize a Story That Moves
“Personally,” Johnson says, “I have no preference. I think a lot of directors get hung up on fitting into a genre, but the greatest directors have stepped out of their box on occasion. Although these experiments don't always equate to box office success, I think it's important to learn how to recognize a story that moves and to see the potential of what you as a director can bring to that narrative.”
Johnson, a graduate of Howard University and the American Film Institute, has been named one of ten black directors to watch in 2014 by Paste magazine.
Directing is a Process of Discovery
I wanted to know how Johnson directs actors through their character arcs. “I love directing,” he says, “because I love the process of discovery. There are some directors who literally tell the actor what to do and how to do it. When that's the case, that actor was likely mis-cast.”READ MORE...