Let your work speak! :Film Creativity

How many creatives do you know who were great writers and art directors and shitty CDs? They’re indecisive, less than clear with their feedback, or worse yet, unable to let go, holding on too tight to the work themselves. Mark, to his credit, is crowdsourcing advice and tips from the CDs he knows and worked […]

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Simple tips for shooting outdoors :indie filmmaking

You’d think that filming outdoors would be a pretty simple thing to pull off. However, all of the same concerns you have on a controlled set will pop up when you’re working outdoors, and chief among those concerns is lighting. And, as we should all know by now — visual storytelling is all about lighting. So, if […]

Make a hit with your no budget film!

Use as little money to make your film as humanly possible. This mandate challenges artists to work with only the resources and tools available and make the most of them… without starving their crews. Tip 1: Make “Low-Budget” “Slow-Budget” “My favorite thing to do on a low-budget project is to take it slow. As budgets […]

Independent shortfilmmaking : what directors want you to be?

what casting directors really want you to know? The real deal, the down and dirty—as long as they could stay anonymous.  the list you’re about to read, hoping it would be useful! 1. Be completely off-book when you attend a callback. You embarrass us in front of our clients when you show up and still do not […]

Hit a HIT with your Irony: Filmmaking!

When Indian cinema was repackaged as “Bollywood” some time in the 1990s, the word became shorthand for film-making that mixed high drama, slapstick comedy, family values, ill-concealed sexuality and dozens of elaborate song-and-dance sequences into a nifty three-hour package. The appeal of these movies baffled some, seduced others and amused many. One of this summer’s […]

Setup and Payoff technique- Make your films Extraordinary!

Setup and payoff is a technique used in storytelling, particular in humor, in which a seemingly irrelevant detail or statement is “set up” early in the story, and has an importance that becomes very clear later (i.e. “pays off”) later. Back to the Future was praised as a film so tightly written that not a single line of […]

Best advice on sending out a script!

Congratulations! You’ve completed your script and it’s ready to be submitted to companies. You’ve made sure that it’s really and truly ready for submission by receiving feedback from trusted sources. Now what? If you don’t have an agent, manager, or entertainment attorney who knows the ins and outs of the film industry and can get your screenplay into […]

Best UFO Movies on July 2nd : to watch!

Alien movies can take several forms. What are the best alien movies? Many films about extraterrestrials, alien abductions, or visitors from other planets turn them into traditional horror villains. These “alien war” movies tend to follow a simple pattern: 1) UFOs arrive on Earth, 2) a misunderstanding or outright evil intent sparks a war between […]

The Art of shooting inside a car!

A car is a challenging environment to shoot in—especially when it’s moving. If you’re finding it difficult to figure out how to approach capturing a scene inside what is basically a tiny mobile set, DP Julia Swain, who previously showed us how to light car scenes, names 6 essential shots in this video from Aputure. https://youtu.be/BFUIRO5Jobo […]

Actor’s Role in Director’s vision!

Unorganized, disorganized—it seems all very excusable for artists, who typically think and live “outside the box.” They are expected to be that way. But actors have it different from other artists, such as sculptors, painters, writers, and poets, who can walk in disheveled and unorganized to a professional meeting. As long as they can produce […]

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