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Basic Setups for Shooting Green Screen

by Jeff Foster

The foundational elements for shooting all green screen setups are the materials used and the lighting of the background and the foreground subjects, including how these elements are positioned in relation to each other. Using the right combination of background materials, lighting, and positioning will save you hours of time during the keying or matte…

Cinematography

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VIDEO: How Metadata Works When Shooting RAW

by Blain Brown

The below video tutorial is a quick look at how Metadata works when shooting RAW. It is just one of the video tutorials that is included on the companion website for Blain Brown’s book The Filmmaker’s Guide to Digital Imaging for Cinematographers, Digital Imaging Technicians, and Camera Assistants.

Directing

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What’s So Good About Being a Script Supervisor?

by Mary Cybulski

I am a script supervisor, outside, on location. It’s 4:30 in the morning. I’ve been up for 20 hours. The sun will rise before we can finish the scene, which is making everybody grumpy. It’s so cold that my hands hurt. I’ve needed to pee for the last three hours. It starts to rain. I…

Post Production

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Modeling in CINEMA 4D Lite

by Chris Jackson

FOR EXERCISE #1, SEE THE PREVIOUS POST – CINEMA 4D Lite and CINEWARE – The Interface, the Workflow and Getting Started. Download (www.focalpress.com/9781138777934) the Chapter_01.zip file to your hard drive. It contains all the files needed to play along! Modeling in CINEMA 4D Lite The first step in a 3D modeling workflow is the creation…

Screenwriting

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Writing Screenplays – Everything You Need to Know You Can Learn from City Lights

by Claudia H. Johnson

Okay, that’s a bald overstatement. You can’t learn everything you need to know about writing screenplays from City Lights, but you can get pretty close if you pay close attention to one scene in the film. You’ve probably seen it—Charlie Chaplin meets the blind flower vendor—but I recommend that you screen it again. Several times,…

The Film Business

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Rent-a-Distributor: When a Producer Rises to Studio-Like Clout

by Jeff Ulin

The rent-a-distributor model is rarely used and limited to producers with enough of a checkbook and a track record that they can pay for production costs and bargain for reduced distribution fees. The most famous example of this model is Lucasfilm’s deal with 20th Century Fox for the three Star Wars prequels, The Phantom Menace,…

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