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As an up-and-coming director, you jump at the opportunity to direct your first feature film. When you get your hands on a script being considered for production, you want to make sure you choose well — in this business there are no second chances. How will you know if...
Shooting with people new to the production process isn’t always easy, but with a little patience and flexibility, you can still come out with great result
We all have seen scenes featuring directors with their berets and megaphones, yelling orders to their actors. It should come as no surprise that yelling at your talent is not the best way to elicit a good performance. Think of it this way — a seasoned director is more...
Even though every project varies based on the budget, shooting schedule and resources, the rule of thumb always remains the same for every director: have everything in order before the cameras start rolling.
Directing your first project is like getting behind the wheel of a car for the first time. You read through the manual, attended the driving courses in a classroom, and absorbed all of the advice and instructions from licensed and seasoned drivers, but when it comes time to sitting...
Seriously Funny Church Production: How the Skit Guys use Video to Spread the Word of God
We caught up with the Guys, Tommy Woodard and Eddie James, along with their Lead Producer and Director, Brian Cates. They regaled us with their journey from class clowns to a media group that has over 175,000 subscribers on Youtube and just over 24 million combined views. One of...
IT vs The Dark Tower: The Dos & Don’ts of Adapting Literary Works
2017 saw some of the biggest film releases for the action genre with such titles as Dunkirk and War for the Planet of the Apes, as well as many others. But 2017 has also been a huge year for the horror genre with films such as Get Out, which...
The Inside Story of Oscar-nominated “Garden Party”
After having watched dozens of shorts at the SIGGRAPH Computer Animation Festival, some of them good, others not very good, they came to the short that was voted “best student film.” It was a French piece with no dialog called “Garden Party.” A short film that lasted just under...
How to Shoot a Professional Video by Yourself
Early in my video career, I wanted to make a film to enter into a local short film festival. Just one problem: none of my friends or family were available to help me. We all know that filmmaking requires a whole team of collaborators, right? How could I create...
4 Lessons for Even the Most Seasoned Directors
Everytime out, you pick up some trick, some shortcut, even when you can’t take any shortcuts. Something. Let me tell you a little bit about my odyssey of education in the film trade, which continues to this day. 1. Use Available Technology For my third project as a director, I was...
A Look Back at the Slog that was Video Production in the 1980s - Sony Betacam SP BVW-D600P camcorder with C6 Paglight and Rycote Softie, iixorbiusii, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Betacam
1980s nostalgia is now in full swing with the widely heralded series “Stranger Things”, not to mention “The Goldbergs.”  Even assorted clips from a show produced by New & Unique Videos in 1987 called “California Big Hunks” – stripteases by six erotic male dancers – recently appeared on shows...
How NOT to be an Overbearing Director
Directing is a tough job. The long hours and pressure of keeping a production on track require a strong leader. While the stereotype of the riding crop and megaphone wielding director may be a thing of the past, many filmmakers maintain a fearsome reputation. But is it necessary to...

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