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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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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….

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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…

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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…

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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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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…

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Writing for the Green Light – Putting Your Line-Producer “Blinders” On

by Scott Kirkpatrick

There’s lots of producers on a movie. . . . There’s the producer-producers (the ones who carry the project from beginning to end, who hustle and grind, hire and fire, and manage the project from concept to completion), there’s executive producers (who effectively represent the money or the financial interests behind the film, or are…

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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…

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BIG BRAINS – small budgets: Jon Reiss (Bomb It, Better Living Through Circuitry, Cleopatra’s Second Husband)

by Andy Siege (Series Editor)

Jon Reiss is an author and media strategist who helps filmmakers and companies navigate the new distribution and marketing landscape.  He has worked with and consulted for Paramount Pictures, Screen Australia, Film Independent, Creative Scotland, The South Australian Film Corporation and numerous film schools and festivals to devise ways to educate and help independent filmmakers…

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Directing: The Similarities and Differences between Film and Theatre

by Lenore DeKoven

The general misconception held by most laypeople and some professionals seems to be that there must be a difference between the crafts of directing and acting in theatre and those in film. The belief is that there are stage actors and screen actors, film directors and theatre directors. I don’t agree with this. It is…

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