BIG BRAINS - small budgets: DIY Filmmaking Advice

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BIG BRAIN – small budget: Amir Motlagh (Still Lover, Khoobi, 35 Year Old Man)

by Andy Siege (Series Editor)

Amir Motlagh strives for an increasingly interdisciplinary approach to creating media and telling stories. He is a filmmaker by trade and practice, having written and directed over 15 narrative and non-fiction projects that have screened all over the world, and experienced every form of distribution with. He’s also experienced first-hand the power of the internet…

Cinematography

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Composition – The Golden Mean

by Kurt Lancaster

Your three-dimensional subjects and the scene they’re in are composed through your lens. This composition relies on many factors, including lenses and shot sizes, as well as camera angles. But one underlying principle can’t be understated: the golden mean appearing in nature, a ratio studied by mathematician and philosopher Pythagoras (whom you might recall from…

Directing

Actor Dave Annable (“Justin Walker”) with director Bethany Rooney on the set of ABC’s Brothers & Sisters. (Brothers & Sisters trademarks and copyrighted material have been used with the permission of ABC Studios.)

Directing and Shaping a Performance on Set

by Bethany Rooney and Mary Lou Belli

The practical part of directing actors happens on set during rehearsal. This time is when you shape an actor’s performance. It should be a closed rehearsal, that is, no crew members other than the script supervisor, the director of photography, and your 1st AD invited. Your actors will have done their homework, hopefully, and they…

Post Production

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Good Video Editing Techniques to Consider

by Jim Owens

Editing is an unobtrusive skill. If it is done well, the audience does not notice it, but is absorbed in its effect. During an exciting scene, for example, when the duration of shots is made shorter and shorter as the tension grows, the audience is only conscious of growing agitation, and fast-moving action. There are…

Production

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VIDEO: My Documentary Sound Kit

by Dean Miles

Dean Miles, author of Location Audio Simplified walks through what equipment he carries when on location, shooting a documentary. Check out more videos and online resources at www.thelocationsoundcrew.com! Save 20% when ordering Location Audio Simplified from www.focalpress.com. Use discount code FOC20 at check out. Also available on Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk

Screenwriting

Screenwriting

The Do’s and Don’ts of Writing an Original TV Pilot

by Martie Cook

In the coming months, TV execs will read hundreds of pilot scripts and hear at least that many ideas for new shows.  If you are an aspiring television writer, now more than ever, it’s important to have an original script in your portfolio.  Be it comedy or drama, a good pilot can jumpstart your career…

The Film Business

Photo by Kevin Dooley

Can I have a dollar…or $50,000?

by Barbara Freedman Doyle

When you approach someone to invest in your film, you are really asking them to invest in you. Of course they should feel great about the project, and they will note that you somehow persuaded a known actor to play your lead, but ultimately it’s about whether they are convinced that you are the one…

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