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Early collaboration with your cast is often easier said than done, but the results and impact on your project are well worth it. Working alongside actors is a vital part of the process of getting better performances and memorable characters.The project is your creation and your vision, but bringing...
Stop motion is one of the oldest and most beloved forms of animation, and to many directors, it was a starting point in their journeys as filmmakers. Its dream-like quality works well in fantasy and horror genres by bringing the inanimate to life.To this day, studios such as Laika...
Testing OriginsPrimarily shot with drones, the production of Claudio Miranda's breathtaking music video of his daughter’s Sofia's violin duet would span almost two years. Miranda jokes that he uses his children for all his camera tests, which makes for some great home videos.“I've used F55s, F65s, cranes … because...
Although you won’t need to go to a special school or take any college courses to become a location scout, you will need a very specific skill set to do the job well.1. Carry a NotebookThe first skill that you will need is an acute attention to detail. The...
We all know how important three act structure is in narrative filmmaking;  it’s been used in storytelling of all sorts for eons, and if you’re making a movie or tv show you will probably use the three act structure as well. But what if you’re working on a documentary,...
Even though you’ve finished writing your script, it's still a first draft and most scripts need more than one draft to be ready for production. That means it’s time for you to start editing your script. But, how do you edit a film script exactly? These seven tips aim...
ACTION. AND….CUT! Saying those words is every aspiring director’s dream! I’d even venture to say, it’s one of the first things learned about being a director. But often times, “cut” has been called at the most inopportune moments. There’s an art in when to call cut. And if you...
If you go back and look at your early work, it probably looks like it was directed by someone who needs a guide dog. What’s missing? Why planning, of course. Specifically, a shot list. Want to have a smoother, cheaper, happier shoot? Read on, filmmakers.My First ShootLike many a...
Every scriptwriter has had this feeling and it isn’t a good one. Writer’s block can be inconvenient and hard to get over, but it isn’t impossible. Here are a few tips that will help you overcome writer’s block and get back to writing your film’s script. Make an Outline One of...
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...

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