BIG BRAINS - small budgets: DIY Filmmaking Advice

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BIG BRAINS – small budgets: Anamitra Roy (Diamonds in the Sky, Five No Budget Films, Memories…of a Dead Township)

by Andy Siege (Series Editor)

Anamitra Roy was born in 1988 in Bandel, West Bengal, India. Roy obtained his MA in Film Studies from Jadavpur University in 2010. He published one of his several alternative literary bulletin’s named ‘Byas’ in 2007. In 2008, Roy developed his collection of poems named ‘Shabdoprokriyakoron’. The format of this book is a benchmark of…

Cinematography

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Color Temperatures, White Balance and Utilizing Sunlight When Shooting

by Anthony Q Artis

Color Temperature in a Nutshell All light has a color temperature. Color temperature affects what color that light will look like on video. Sunlight, fluorescent lights, and light from incandescent bulbs (a.k.a. tungsten), all appear as different colors on camera, because they all have different color temperatures. White Balance Your camera’s white balance function compensates…

Directing

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The Director’s Point of View: From Concerned Observer to Storyteller

by Michael Rabiger

The kindly angels in Wim Wenders’ Wings of Desire (1987, below) keep Berliners under empathic observation. Cinema itself is like one of these angels, following and observing characters as it does while they live their lives. Let’s call this perspective that of the Concerned Observer because he is involved, invisible, and weightless like a spirit….

Post Production

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Fixing Problem Green Screen Shots – Poor Lighting Issues

by Jeff Foster

Poor Lighting Issues This has to be the number-one reason for bad green screen shots. Good lighting is the key to getting a great shot with which to composite. In most cases, the photographer either attempts to light the background but fails to light it evenly or doesn’t scope the shot through the camera and…

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

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Writing for the Green Light – Hollywood’s Biggest Secret

by Scott Kirkpatrick

The big secret that almost never gets told to anyone outside Hollywood’s professional walls: Most films are green-lit before a final script exists. Think this is crazy? It’s not; it’s absolutely the truth. If a studio or an independent production company knows who their audience is, knows what channels and platforms will showcase their finished…

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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