BIG BRAINS - small budgets: DIY Filmmaking Advice

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BIG BRAINS – small budgets: Andy Siege (Beti and Amare)
Turning Weaknesses into Strengths

by Andy Siege (Series Editor)

Pretend that you own a guitar, and your name is Bob Dylan. You’re 16 and you move to New York to become a musician. But you can’t because you live in a world where pigs fly and the cheapest guitar costs $100,000 which no one will give you if you don’t have the right connections…

Cinematography

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How Does the 180° Rule Work, anyway?

by Blain Brown

The Purpose of Screen Direction Screen direction serves two important purposes: it gives the audience clues about the story and it helps keep the audience from getting confused about where someone is or what they are doing. Avoiding confusion is the fundamental reason for all film continuity. Directional Conventions The classic example of this is…

Directing

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Audition Guidelines for Directors

by Peter W. Rea and David K. Irving

For a successful audition and to make the most of the search for the best actors, we recommend following the guidelines… Before the Audition Keep in mind that auditions are stressful situations both for the actor and the director. The audition can be held in any quiet room; a rented rehearsal hall is an ideal…

Post Production

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Cinema 4D Apprentice VIDEO: Camera Control Basics

by Kent McQuilkin

Below is a video tutorial by Kent McQuilkin on Camera Control Basics. This video is only one component of the companion material for the book Cinema 4D Apprentice: Real-World Skills for the Aspiring Motion Graphics Artist by Kent McQuilkin. Cinema 4D Apprentice Real-World Skills for the Aspiring Motion Graphics Artist By Kent McQuilkin “If you’re…

Production

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How to Run an Efficient Film Production Meeting
and other Production Preparation Tips!

by Peter W. Rea and David K. Irving

Intangible managerial skills are as important as technical know-how in preparing successfully for production. The following are some general guidelines to help with the intangibles of preproduction. Keep a Positive Attitude. Lack of experience makes it difficult for beginning filmmakers to assess their day-to-day preproduction progress. There are so many elements (cast, crew, locations) that…

Screenwriting

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Writing for the Green Light – The Genre You Choose Says A Lot About You

by Scott Kirkpatrick

The stereotype about Hollywood is that it’s filled to the brim with wannabe writers (and this stereotype is completely true). But contrary to popular belief, most of these wannabes are actually good at writing and the majority of them possess the endurance to deliver a quality 100-page script. The problem is that most screenwriters consistently…

The Film Business

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How to Approach a Film Budget

by Rick Smith and Kim Miller

I always make at least a simple budget to forecast expected expenses, no matter what size the project is. The more complicated the project, the greater the detail I put into the budget. This also helps tremendously when you are working with a partner or outside funding source. All parties can then see what needs…

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