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...
By understanding some of the more common time-related storytelling techniques, you’ll have a sense of what methods you can use to tell your stories. Audiences are smarter than you think. They really do understand the visual language of film. It’s better to make them think than to make them bored....
Light is so important to video. One can spend their lives doing nothing but figuring out what light to put where in order to create a mood in an image. Light comes from a source — like a sun or a lamp — bounces off objects, passes through your camera’s...
Arguably one of the greatest things about the medium of video is the discussions it creates. A good film will entertain, but a great film will keep you thinking and discussing it long after watching it. So how can a film spark such long discussions and leave a lasting...
Every scene in a film has carefully crafted sound design to represent what is going on. They represent the scene’s location and the actions of the characters. Many people consider sound design the unspoken hero of film. Clever sound design can bring the audiences into a scene and envelop them...
Becoming fluent in the language of cinema takes study and practice. Break down a scene from your favorite movie. Observe the timing of each shot. If you changed the order of shots, how would this change the story? Language and cinema are about communicating and expressing ideas. Practice using...
Color theory can set the tone and mood for the viewer using color manipulation in pre-production, shooting and post. But what exactly is color theory? Color theory is an explainable phenomenon that came about during the Renaissance period with painters. While basic color attributes were assigned, it would be...
Have you ever noticed how sometimes films reuse a piece of sound, music, or visuals over and over again? When that happens, it’s called a motif. Motifs can add layers of narrative significance to your film. When they support the overall theme, they really drive home what you’re trying to...
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