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4.23  ·  Rating details ·  74 ratings  ·  5 reviews
Ink Spots is a collection of brief but powerful essays on writing, story structure and filmmaking by award winning writer/director/producer Brian McDonald. With inspiring wit and wisdom he will not only teach you how to be a better writer, but a more observant person and a better student in any field. You'll find yourself uncontrollably thinking deep thoughts about writing ...more
Paperback, 148 pages
Published November 14th 2012 by Booktrope Editions
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Jan 31, 2018 rated it liked it
I found Brian McDonald's approach to storytelling to be outdated, and I wish that he had woven his blog posts together into a more cohesive whole rather than just copying and pasting. There are some good tidbits, but mostly, he just raves about how movies aren't good anymore, but he doesn't actually do a proper story examination of any current films.
Stan Brown
Jan 12, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fascinating, and not just for film buffs

This was my first exposure to McDonald's work, but I really liked what he has to say. He really puts his finger on what's wrong with today's movies: too many of them don't bother to tell a story. Again and again, he makes the case for STORY, but somehow he never gets strident or preachy. In short essays (excuse me, blog posts), he shows what we get with the great films and don't get with the CGI-heavy blockbusters: a story with a beginning, a middle, and a
Jeremy Reed
Mar 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Brian McDonald has brilliant insight into the world of screenwriting, and more importantly the world of storytelling. No matter what your passion, if you are an artist, this book needs reading. McDonald offers some incredible advice to help every aspiring artist to create the best work possible.
Cherie Kephart
Apr 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
McDonald's books are valuable assets for all authors, especially those writing screenplays. Succinct, and informative, I am a big fan.
Frank Peak
Jul 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Brian McDonald is a genius. I enjoy reading anything by him because he breaks it down better than anyone in a manner you can easily see.
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Brian McDonald contributes frequently to New York City newspapers, including The New York Times. His first book, My Father's Gun, won critical raves and became the subject of a major History Channel documentary series. McDonald is also the author of Last Call at Elaine's, Indian Summer, and Safe Harbor: A Murder in Nantucket. He lives in Manhattan.
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