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My RØDE Reel 2015 – Tips & Tricks – Costume Design

Costume design plays an important role in supporting the visual look of your film. Start off with illustrations or sketches to flesh out your costume taking into consideration the effects that the costume may have on the audio & lighting. Try to strike a balance between functionality, practicality & on camera authenticity.Read More

Sanitary Napkins Can Dry and Dehumidify Your Lenses in Wet Environments

Are you working in a wet environment – a simple trip to the pharmacy can get you a pretty decent lens dehumidifier. I often shoot time-lapse photos in harsh outdoor environments, and over the years I have discovered a number of odd items that are useful for my work. One of them is sanitary napkins (AKA sanitary Read MoreRead More

Non-Technical Video Editing Tips That Will Dramatically Improve Your Work

Noam Kroll considers a few non-technical approaches that could improve your editing. Know When to Favor Wide Shots Over Closeups If you’ve been editing for any substantial amount of time, you probably have fallen into some sort of rhythm or workflow that helps you get through every project. Many editors are accustomed to choosing their Read MoreRead More

Newsflash – No One Wants to Read Your Script

Script readers all suffer from reading burn-oit. Lisa Alden offers a few tips on how to get past the defenses and write a decent readable script. A few years ago, a screenwriter named Josh Olsen wrote a piece for the Village Voice called “I Will Not Read Your Fucking Script.” I wouldn’t say it broke the Read MoreRead More

10 Filmmaking Tips from Mark and Jay Duplass

“Employ a strict ‘No Assholes’ policy” and more great advice from the filmmaking bros. At the Producers Brunch at the Sundance Film Festival on January 25th (where their producing partner on “The Bronze,” Stephanie Langhof, received the Sundance Institute Red Crown Producers Award), the meta-multihyphenates provided the keynote in handy list format: 10 tips for Read MoreRead More

5 Tips on Making Your Next Doc a Success

Chris McGuinness shares 5 tips for better documentary filmmaking Documentary films are becoming more and more popular.  From Feature length to episodic documentary TV shows to short Docufilms for non-profit or corporate clients, there are plenty opportunities for filmmakers to practice their trade. Here’s a short list of things you may want to keep in Read MoreRead More

Attention, Filmmakers: Here’s 12 Tips for Directing Your First Feature Film

Thinking of making your first feature film? You must read this advice from Justin Schwarz, writer-director of “The Discoverers” starring Griffin Dunne, out on VOD, DVD and iTunes today. Making my first feature was one of the most difficult and rewarding experiences of my life. It was honor and privilege to work with an all-star Read MoreRead More

Short Film Woes and Worries

Entertainment lawyer Christopher Schiller takes a legal look at the trials and pitfalls of making short films. Short films are easy, right? I mean, they’re just like the real thing only shorter, cheaper. Nothing could be further from the truth. In fact, short films can be seen as a concentrated concoction of every problem and Read MoreRead More

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