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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….

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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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The Key Stages of Script Development

by Mick Hurbis-Cherrier

There are a number of stages in the evolution of a screenplay, and each stage usually requires various drafts. Each stage has a specific purpose as you proceed, step-by-step, from a general outline of your story to a script that contains the full dimensions of your film, including locations, actions, dialogue, sounds, movements, etc. This…

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When to Use the Dissolve

by Christopher J. Bowen

This is the second most common transition used in motion pictures, and, unlike most straight cuts, it attracts attention to itself on purpose. The dissolve is defined as a gradual change from the ending pictures of one shot into the beginning pictures of the next shot. This is traditionally achieved via a superimposition of both…

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Your B-Roll is Your A-Roll

by Anthony Q Artis

The term “B-roll” comes from the world of film where editors used to use an “A” and a “B” roll of identical footage, before the digital age changed everything. B-roll shots are similar to cutaways in that they help break up the static interview shots, but B-roll plays a more major role in telling a…

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Good Video Editing Techniques to Consider

by Jim Owens

Editing is an unobtrusive skill. If it is done well, the audience does not notice it, but is absorbed in its effect. During an exciting scene, for example, when the duration of shots is made shorter and shorter as the tension grows, the audience is only conscious of growing agitation, and fast-moving action. There are…

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BIG BRAIN – small budget: Amir Motlagh (Still Lover, Khoobi, 35 Year Old Man)

by Andy Siege (Series Editor)

Amir Motlagh strives for an increasingly interdisciplinary approach to creating media and telling stories. He is a filmmaker by trade and practice, having written and directed over 15 narrative and non-fiction projects that have screened all over the world, and experienced every form of distribution with. He’s also experienced first-hand the power of the internet…

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