Saturday, March 16, 2019

Learning about YouTube - Starting out as an actor and filmmaker

YouTube in Education is a bit of a double edged sword. There are tons of resources and opportunities for students, but also pitfalls and dangers as well.

But if you're interested in filmmaking and see YouTube as a tool for teaching others about filmmaking, then these lessons might be for you:

Part 1: Favorite Youtube Channels

Research your favorite YouTube channels

What are the names of the channels?

What do you like about the channel?

What is the “brand” of the channel? (such as title, theme or catchphrase)

What is the purpose of the channel?

What makes a good YouTube channel?

If you were to create your own channel, what would be your purpose? What would you try to accomplish?

What might your “brand” be? (title or catchphrase)

What other channels are similar to what you want to do?

Part 2: Advice from YouTube Star: Find your Niche

Tips from Michelle Phan (who made $500 million based on her YouTube channel): “The beauty of the internet is there’s a niche market for everything and if you can focus on it you can build a sustainable and viable business of it.”

Define your voice: “This should go without saying, but so many make this mistake that it is worth repeating: ‘You can’t mimic what’s already been successful. Instead you’ve got to carve out your own niche. “Don’t be afraid to be totally different or put your own spin on an existing format, just do it in a way that’s never been done before. Some of the most popular channels on YouTube consist of content that sounds very silly when explained on paper – a Swedish guy screaming at video games, a bunch of Canadians cooking giant meals with far too much bacon. Whether you’re doing something entirely new or an established format (like Epic Meal Time with cooking or PewDiePie with gaming), approach it with a unique voice.

What is a niche?

What is the message you want people to understand and remember?

Who is your target audience?

What makes you novel?

Part 3: YouTube Video Topics

Tips from PewDiePie (made $21 million based on his YouTube career - 3 billion views) “PewDiePie didn’t become successful just because of a sudden viral hit or a change in his YouTube presence. Instead, the reason behind his success is “consistency”. Kjellberg uploads videos on his channel almost every single day. The moment he started getting popular, he built upon his success and never let up his online presence. There is no secret formula but consistency, hard work, and quality content to engage your audience constantly.”

What topics are you considering for a YouTube channel (write down at least 2 ideas).

Pick one topic that interests you. Plan for daily projects for a week. List 7 daily video project you could do on this topic.

Pick another topic that interests you. Plan for daily projects for a week. List 7 daily video project you could do on this topic.

Which topic has more interesting options for you?

Part 4: YouTube Success Tips

Here are some tips for developing a successful YouTube channel:

  • Motivation - The best YouTube channels have a clear direction and purpose.
    • Why would you start a YouTube channel?
    • What would be your reason behind it all?
    • Who would your audience be?
    • Why should people watch it?
  • Frequency
    • How often would you make a new video? Daily? Weekly? Monthly?
    • Would the videos be simple enough to make daily? Or would they be complicated enough to require a longer production time?
  • Style
    • Do you think style is the only thing important for a YouTube channel? Or is it important to have substance (meaningful content)?
    • Why are good video titles important? Why are thumbnails important?
    • How do popular YouTube channels make their titles and thumbnails stand out?

Part 5: YouTube Production Equipment

Here are some items to consider owning if you decide to produce videos on a regular basis with your YouTube channel (research answers online):

Camera - What kind of video camera do you own now? (i.e. phone video mode). What kind of camera would you love to own in the future?

Tripod - Why is it important to own a tripod? (even for a phone camera)

Microphone - What is the advantage to owning a high quality microphone vs. a built in microphone in your camera? What is a lavalier microphone and why can it be helpful?

Part 6: YouTube Production Technology

Green screen - What is a green screen and why is this helpful? What are some cheap ways to do green screen effects?

Screen capture software - What is screen capture software? Why do some YouTube channels use this software? What might you use it for?

Computer and Editing software - What would be your ideal computer for video editing? What is some good editing software you would want? Or what video editing software do you currently use?

Part 7: YouTube Graphics

When creating a YouTube channel, it is important to have an eye catching banner and a strong logo that captures your brand.

“In 2018, the ideal YouTube profile picture (also known as the “channel icon”) size is 800 x 800 pixels. The optimal size for YouTube channel art is 2560 x 1440 pixels. The best size for a YouTube video thumbnail photo is 1280 x 720 pixels.”

Find an online graphics editor such as,, or and create the following:

A channel profile picture icon that is 800x800.

Channel art that is 2560 x 1440 pixels.

And a sample thumbnail photo that is 1280 x 720 pixels.

Upload your graphics to Google Drive and share with your instructor.

Sunday, February 24, 2019

Acting Tips, Advice and Help from Professional Actors

Professional actors give advice to new actors on how to get started and succeed in acting.

Find more free help for actors at
purchase a low cost PDF of our Acting Journal for New Actors at

Friday, January 4, 2019

Check out some Large Cast Scripts with run times from 1 hour to 90 minutes to 2 hours

Here are some options for large cast scripts for actors that run from 1 hour to 90 minutes (and up to 2 hours):


“Control the Future” is a time travel adventure stage play script. There are 26 speaking parts (plus optional extras) but the play can be performed with as few as 6 actors if they play multiple parts. Any of these parts can be played by either gender. This can be an all male cast or all female or a mix. 

Run time around 2 hours





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NOTE: This scene can be used with other Freedrama superhero scripts as a Part 2 to “Superhero Support Group” with “Super Dead Man” as Part 3. CAST OF CHARACTERS (19+)

Run time around 1 hour for all 3 scripts combined

WvP (aka Witches vs Princesses) is a fun comedy stage play script for all ages.  There are tons of wacky fairy tale characters for young actors to have fun with. It is for a large cast of 15 to 22 females and 1 to 7 males.

Run time 1 hour


“Losers in Love” is a new stage play script by D. M. Larson that is a romantic comedy of sorts featuring the characters of "My William Shatner Man Crush" in a new story focusing on Randy and the woman who loves him named Marianne. The play is a bit more like a series of comedy sketches than a traditional stage script. CAST OF CHARACTERS (9-12 actors, at least 4 males and 5 females)

Run time 80-90 minutes



"Rednecks vs Aliens" is a wacky comedy script for 5 males and 5 females about a redneck named JJ who is kidnapped by two beautiful alien women.  Cast of Characters
(5 males and 5 females)

Run time 90+ minutes

Free preview: 

Wednesday, December 26, 2018

Starting out in Acting - Tips from Professional Actors

There is a lot of wonderful advice for new actors in the video below. Here are some highlights of my favorite comments:

David Furr (Broadway actor) says to do good work and be kind because then people will want to work with you again.

Zachary Levi (TV and Broadway star) suggests finding a great acting class or workshop that gets you in front of people in the industry with high profile showcases with real casting directors.

Jeff Daniels (Hollywood and Broadway Star) has three tips:
  1. Believe in yourself
  2. Find people who believe in you - build a team one person at a time
  3. Be in the right place at the right time AND be able to deliver!

Check out this video now:

Also check out our Free Online Acting School for new actors:

5 Tips for Acting from Todd Bruno of Film Riot

Film Riot has a lot of great filmmaking tips which I watch on a regular basis and they had an acting video I wanted to share with you featuring one of their actors named Todd Bruno.

Todd says that the overall goal of an actor is to help the director get the shot they want. How do you do that? Check out the tips below:

Know your lines!

Manage time on set - always prepare during scene/set changes (socializing should not be the focus).

Fill every scene (awesome examples in video below). Think how can you make your one line count. You can add meaning behind doing nothing which will improve your screen time. A line can be performed many different ways by putting different thoughts behind what you're doing.

Help with continuity. This will make sure you keep your scene in the movie. Keep track of props, when you drink, eat, etc. Don’t mess with makeup, hair or props during the filming of a scene.

Translate what a director tells you. If the director wants you to be angry think of something that makes you angry to have it come across. Don't pretend to be angry or force it. Feel it. Find the honesty or truth in your performance by connecting to real emotions.

Check out this video for details, examples and even more tips:

New to acting? Check out our Free Online Acting School for new actors:

Saturday, November 24, 2018

Screenplays, Scripts for your Film, Video, Movie Project

The following short screenplays may be used for film, video and movie project.

Check out the scripts below:

Romantic comedy script for around 7 actors - screenplay for movie, video, film

Short romantic comedy for 2 Actors (1 m 1 f) - scripts, screenplay

Fantasy screenplay for children with 4 characters about the difficulty of playing a musical instrument.

Short comedy scene for 2 female actors (2 f)

Short animated movie script (3 voices)

Comedy infomercial - commercial (possible satire) script 







For more screenplays, suggestions for scripts, and script writing help, contact

Saturday, October 27, 2018

Free song lyrics Wishing no cost for composers and musicians

WISHING (song)

Lyrics by D. M. Larson


Have you made a wish?

I wish all the time.

I make the same wish,

Leaving worry behind.

Will my life transform
Will my wish come true
I weather the storm
Wishes help me through


I welcome darkness

At the end of day

To the night’s first star

I will always say...

"Star light star bright,

first star I see this night...

I wish I may,

I wish I might,

have my wish tonight..."

I go to wishing wells

With my lucky penny...

Casting magic spells

Along with so many

Treasure for the fish

Pennies in the well

Releasing my wish
My heart’s desire I tell


I welcome darkness

At the end of day

To the night’s first star

I will always say...

"Star light star bright,

first star I see this night...

I wish I may,

I wish I might,

have my wish tonight..."

Did you ever desire
Some wishes so bad
Swept up in a fire

Making you go mad

Tragedies of life
Weigh me down

I am still stuck  here...

In this life, I am bound    


I welcome darkness

At the end of day

To the night’s first star

I will always say...

"Star light star bright,

first star I see this night...

I wish I may,

I wish I might,

have my wish tonight..."

But I won't stop wishing...

I can't stop this thirst

... give me some meaning...

I am over the worst

Please fulfill this need

for the peace I crave

Growing the seed

My soul you will save


I welcome darkness

At the end of day

To the night’s first star

I will always say...

"Star light star bright,

first star I see this night...

I wish I may,

I wish I might,

have my wish tonight..."

Copyright (c) 2018*

*The lyrics are free to use as long as you credit the writer as D. M. Larson and include a link to - please share a link to your song with if you use these lyrics.

Free song lyrics Wishing no cost for composers and musicians
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