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Indie Film Academy™ #32: Horror Filmmaking Masterclass with Danny Draven

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Indie Film Academy™ interviews author Danny Draven about horror filmmaking. See the interview below.   For more from Danny Draven, see his book The Filmmaker’s Book of the Dead!

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Martin Scorsese in 10 Scenes: Taxi Driver

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Excerpt from Martin Scorsese in 10 Scenes by Tim Grierson Focal Press, 2016 TAXI DRIVER, 1976 V. THE SHOOT-OUT The shoot-out scene is memorable not only for its violence, but also for a sense of ambiguity in it. This ambiguity pervades the whole movie, largely due to Schrader’s refusal to shine any solid light on…

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Guiding Your Audience Through A Scene Without Distraction

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As each shot appears on the screen, the audience sees and hears it for the first time. In an instant, they have to interpret what the director has selected to put there. It is not surprising that viewers can occasionally become confused. Unless the director is careful, the audience may “look at the wrong thing”—that…

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Tips for Directing Actors

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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…

Figure 3-1  “Irish” Micky Ward’s (Mark Wahlberg) boxing opponents are nothing compared to the battles his family puts him through.

Defining Conflict

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Conflict is essential to drama, but can be defined in different ways and take many different forms. Conflict can come from external factors, from within a character, or arise from a combination of forces. Person versus person (external conflict) Person versus environment or social institution (external conflict) Person versus a task they are compelled to…

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How to Run an Efficient Film Production Meeting
and other Production Preparation Tips!

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Intangible managerial skills are as important as technical know-how in preparing successfully for production. The following are some general guidelines to help with the intangibles of preproduction. Keep a Positive Attitude. Lack of experience makes it difficult for beginning filmmakers to assess their day-to-day preproduction progress. There are so many elements (cast, crew, locations) that…

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Guerilla filmmaking – What to do when you don’t have a permit

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It’s always less hassle to do things by the book, but as many broke documentary filmmakers will tell you… it ain’t always possible. At the end of the day, there’s only one golden rule when making a Down and Dirty documentary—get the shot. Here are some of my stealth strategies for overcoming common shooting obstacles….

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The Director’s Point of View: From Concerned Observer to Storyteller

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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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Deep Frames, Shallow Frames

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Shots that accentuate the illusion of depth are referred to as deep frames, while shots that flatten the space along the z-axis are called flat frames. Each type of shot has its own expressive value. The several compositional techniques used to control the perception of depth in the frame are called depth cues. Relative size…

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Why You Should Maybe Not Show Actors Their Work

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When a group intends to function as a repertory company, as Fassbinder’s did in his early films, the cycle of performance and critical viewing can get actors past the stage of horrid fascination with their own image, and working instead on the places where their resistances and growth lie. This is a long process. It…

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