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Film Grain in Postproduction – Bringing Texture Back

by Kurt Lancaster

A form of postproduction that can be applied to CinemaDNG files is film grain. For some, the idea of shooting in raw reflects in some ways an approach to filmmaking that harkens back to the days of working on film. What is lost in digital filmmaking involves the loss of texture. Film grain is one…

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Film Markets – Advice from a Filmmaker

by Louise Levison

Knowing how to attend and network at film markets is critical. You do not want to be carrying around business plans, handing them to everyone who says, “I can get you a deal.” Common sense will stand you in good stead in attending markets. There is no trick to meeting and greeting, no secret handshakes…

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Making the Day

by Bethany Rooney and Mary Lou Belli

In an average 12-hour single-camera production day (7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.), most television shows average about 25 setups (individual shots) per day. It takes that long because each scene must be rehearsed, blocked, and shot. There is also time allotted for things like hair and makeup touch-ups. Uncomplicated shots take a minimum of 30…

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The Spectacular Spec

by Martie Cook

WRITING FOR EXISTING SHOWS IS YOUR FIRST STEP It’s important to understand that no one is going to hire you as a TV writer simply because you want to be one. As with any business, in order to get work, you have to prove that you can actually handle the job. Hollywood is heavily unionized,…

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Trimming that Budget

by Arthur Vincie

The first drafts of the budget are likely to be horrifying. You trimmed out the fat, kept your crew size down, compressed the schedule until it hurts, and you’re still 30 percent over budget. Or 300 percent. At this point, you have five steps to take: Give it another go. You may have missed a…

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Shot Transitions When Editing Dialogue Tracks: Basic Rules of Thumb

by John Purcell

Moving smoothly from shot to shot is what makes a scene believable. Managing noise is what makes a scene bearable. Keeping processing to a minimum is what makes a scene natural. Balance these competing interests and a scene will work. There are a few overarching principles that are common to all edits from one shot…

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Cinema Raw – What’s Lost in Compressed and What’s Gained in Raw

by Kurt Lancaster

Canon 5D Mark III Compressed vs. Raw Magic Lantern, a software devised by hackers, created a code that gets placed on the memory card of the camera (and engages when you activate the firmware update of the camera—although it doesn’t actually alter or update Canon’s firmware). In essence it embeds a software interface that allows…

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Creating Movement – 3 Basic Ways

by Robert B. Musburger and Michael R. Ogden

Even though video is a moving art form, the individual frame is essentially a still photograph. The manner in which each picture is framed can add to or subtract from its perceived movement. You can create movement in either video or film in three basic ways: by moving the subject, by moving the camera, and…

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VIDEO: Elliot Grove Interview – Film Festivals, Independent Filmmaking and Social Media

by Elliot Grove

Elliot Grove founded Raindance Film Festival in 1993, the British Independent Film Awards in 1998, and Raindance.TV in 2007. He has produced over 150 short films and 5 feature films. He has written eight scripts, one of which is currently in pre-production. His first feature film, TABLE 5 was shot on 35mm and completed for…

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Ten Tricks and Traps of Producing

by Elliot Grove

Producing feature films is an occupation fraught with danger, mishaps and misfortune. As Shakespeare said: many a slip twixt cup and lip. Here are the ten areas where new producers trip up. 1. Measure Success by More Than a Theatrical Release The times are a-changin’. The costs and associated risk factor of releasing a film…

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