BIG BRAINS - small budgets

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BIG BRAINS – small budgets: Signe Baumane (Rocks In My Pocket)
Digging for Small Potatoes with Different Kind of Gold in Mind

by Andy Siege (Series Editor)

Signe Baumane was born in Auce, Latvia, and grew up in Tukums, Latvia and Sakhalin Island. She was married to Yuriy Gavrilenko, an artist and impresario, and Lasse Persson, a Swedish animator. She began writing for publications at the age of 14. She attended Moscow University and graduated in 1989 with a BA in Philosophy….

Cinematography

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The DIT Cart – Things to Think About in Planning a Cart

by Blain Brown

If you plan to own and operate a DIT cart, there are many things to take into account as you plan the rig. Remember that it will be more than just an equipment holder. It will also be your workspace, your office and your refuge for those inevitable long days on the set. It will…

Directing

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Tips for Directing Actors

by Peter W. Rea and David K. Irving

DIRECTING ACTORS Actors are the director’s primary storytelling vehicles. A good actor can breathe life into a character and a script. Being able to aid and guide the actors through the production is the director’s job. A primary goal for the director is to create a supportive and creative environment that is conducive to good…

Post Production

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Cinema 4D Apprentice Video Tutorial: Overview of Primitives

by Kent McQuilkin

Below is a video tutorial by Kent McQuilkin on working with the basic building blocks – an Overview of Primitives. 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…

Production

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Green Screen on a Budget – DIY Light Kits on the Cheap

by Jeff Foster

I’ve seen dozens of strange lighting setups over the years, where people have had to cut corners and use what they had available (or what they could afford)—everything from clamp-on desk lamps to standing work lights and fluorescent light fixtures designed for a garage or workshop. Sure, you may be able to get away with…

Screenwriting

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FREE eBook Excerpt – The Moral Premise

by Jeff Lyons

An e-book excerpt from the soon to be published book Anatomy of a Premise Line: How to Master Premise and Story Development for Writing Success by Jeff Lyons. The Moral Premise This e-book discusses the single most important thing any writer or storyteller needs to know about when they create a new story: i.e., how…

The Film Business

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Ten Reasons to Go to Film School

by Jason B. Kohl

Ten Reasons to Go to Film School The following is an excerpt from Film School: A Practical Guide to an Impractical Decision. This book is an extended inquiry into film school, its value, and how to benefit most from your time there. This question has become more acute in our current era, when many film…

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