Many people use that time and space at the end of a YouTube video to thank their viewers for watching and to let them know how to keep in touch with them in between videos and what videos they should watch next. This is called an end card or...
Before DSLRs took over video production, shallow depth of field was extremely difficult to achieve with traditional camcorders. Today, many shooters overcompensate and go overboard with shallow depth of field.
Film theory is a scholarly pursuit, which attempts to explain the essence of what film is. In short, it both reflects and provides commentary on the society it came from. Thus, in the academic world, Film Theory is a branch of Film Studies. As such, it is related to...
It turns out there is a formula that describes the structure of many dramas: Freytag’s Pyramid. Here we explore how to write compelling stories using time-tested dramatic structure techniques. Stories for the big or small screen all use it. This classic structure promises big payoffs in the success of...
Narrative space is the constructed environment in which a story takes place. Unlike real space, narrative space is necessarily and inherently fragmented. Pieces of both real and wholly fabricated environments are blended together in order to present the appearance of cohesive space, even when no such space exists in...
Movies string together shots with different compositions and camera angles in order to tell a story. By carefully choosing your camera angle in each of those shots, you can influence your audience’s reaction. Thus, you can influence your audience’s interpretation of what is presented on screen.
What is mise-en-scène? That’s probably the reason why you’re watching this video. However, mise-en-scène is often an undefined term and needs explaining. Technically, mise-en-scène means “placing on stage.” It includes the things that movies have in common with plays. That means props, lighting, wardrobe, blocking and the number of layers...
An outline for your screenplay is a great way to start, but developing strong characters will engage viewers in the story you’re telling. Would Darth Vader’s iconic “I am your father” reveal have been as impactful if you didn’t care for the characters? They’re the driving force behind any...
The screenplay is the backbone of a movie. It is the written version of a film, and it’s what everyone on set is working together to bring to life. Screenwriting is a cornerstone of filmmaking and dialogue is one of the main elements of the screenplay. At first, it can...
The Kuleshov Effect is the single most important concept to editing, if not to filmmaking itself. It’s a cornerstone of visual storytelling; through this phenomenon that we can suggest meaning and manipulate space, as well as time. It is a fundamental aspect of “movie magic,” one which every filmmaker...

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