Understanding Camera Height : Posing and Lighting with Doug Gordon

In this episode of Posing and Lighting, Doug Gordon explains camera height and the difference it makes when shooting portrait images. Here, Doug encourages photographers to familiarize themselves with various heights and provides examples of the images that will be produced from these height tweaks, ultimately making the body look the best.


Is Dialogue Really That Important?

Cameron Cubbison examines the importance of dialogue and what constitutes good dialogue.


Norma Desmond may not have thought that dialogue was all that important…lovably bitter wretch that she was…but she was wrong. Dialogue is one of the absolute most important elements in a screenplay, for myriad reasons. I would imagine most writers know this without a doubt, but then again, as a career reader, I have to point out that the majority of scripts that come across my desk (or really, my iPad screen) would have benefited from a vigorous dialogue polish.

Great dialogue won’t automatically make your script golden, but awful or even weak dialogue will almost certainly get your script tossed (read: shitcanned) immediately by most readers. When you submit your script to a screenwriting contest, hosting or coverage service, producer, manager, agent, an “industry professional” or your cousin Jimbo’s best friend’s neighbor’s former college roommate who is a lit coordinator at Paradigm, the odds are they are going to skim your first action paragraph and go straight to the dialogue. Why? Because reading a screenplay…particularly when you have a never-ending stack of material that you have promised a Rolodex of hopefuls you would find time to read…is exactly like speed dating: you’re looking for the quickest indicator as to whether or not there might be a future there.

Dialogue is the fastest and most overt indicator of a writer’s voice and craft. When we look back on our favorite movies, the first thing we think of are the moments we love. A great look, a great line, a great reveal. In all of our favorite movies, there are a handful of lines we can recite by heart…lines that make us smile and crystallize the emotional experience of the narrative. That’s why you have to nail dialogue right off the bat if you want to make a good first impression and trap the reader.

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How to make Good TV for the web, According to Amazon

Amazon Studios director Roy Price explains why certain shows succeed, whether to launch every episode of a show at the same time, how much a good show costs, and the difference between good TV then and now.

Alpha House

Two years ago, Amazon (AMZN) started developing television content. In the past year, the company produced 24 pilots, which, according to Amazon Studios director Roy Price, is more than a typical broadcast network will prepare for primetime in a year.
Four of the five comedy and drama shows that Amazon debuted on Feb. 6 will be made into a series. They include Transparent, a dark comedy about an L.A. family with a father who is transitioning genders; Mozart in the Jungle, a comedy set amid the dramas of life in a New York orchestra; The After, a sci-fi drama from the creator of The X-Files; and Bosch, a drama based on books by the detective novelist Michael Connelly. Alpha House, released last year, will get a second season.
Fortune spoke with Price on May 13 at Wired’s BizCon in New York about how to make good TV and why it makes sense for Amazon.

Fortune: You are in Seattle. Where is your team?

Price: They’re in L.A. If you want to make TV shows, you gotta go to L.A. I have MVP Gold status on Alaska [Airlines]. I’ll move back to L.A. — I’m from there — in August.

You moved to Seattle nine years ago to join Amazon. What were you tasked with doing then?

I came to start the digital video store, at the time the DVD store. The question was, How are we going to approach the digital side of the video business? Those were the days when, I can remember one studio head saying to me, “You know, I can tell you one thing: No one is ever going to download one of our movies.” And you know, eight months later you have a deal with them, but it was a period of transition.

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The 12 Basic Principles of Animation

The 12 basic principles of animation were developed by the ‘old men’ of Walt Disney Studios, amongst them Frank Thomas and Ollie Johnston, during the 1930s. Of course they weren’t old men at the time, but young men who were at the forefront of exciting discoveries that were contributing to the development of a new art form. These principles came as a result of reflection about their practice and through Disney’s desire to use animation to express character and personality.

Check also the animated gif gallery here

Squash and Stretch

Godzilla: Behind the Roar

Godzilla’s roar is one of the most recognizable in film history. How do you update an iconic sound for a new generation? Dolby & Legendary go behind the scenes with Erik Aadahl, sound designer on ‘Godzilla’, director Gareth Edwards and producer Thomas Tull, to look at how you tackle this historic challenge.

Via  , NoFilmSchool


Advanced Handheld Camera Techniques

This lesson shows you how to hold and move your camera, to replicate the shots achieved with complex gear such as cranes and dollies. Rather than going for the wobbly handheld look, you can combine pans and tilts with height changes and pushes, to create complex camera moves. This approach brings your scenes to life, without requiring a time-consuming setup..

Via Tuts+ Photo & Video


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