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Watch: The Subtle Differences Between a Zoom and a Dolly Shot

There are numerous way to dive deeper into an image.Even if it's currently out of fashion amongst cinematographers' go-to storytelling devices, the …

3 Types of Cinematic Movement That Will Make Your Film More Dynamic

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6 Things Legendary DP Roger Deakins Wants You to Know About Cinematography

There's so much to learn from Oscar-winning DP Roger Deakins' illustrious career.Roger Deakins is one of the most admired, respected, and talented …

Part 3: Epic Cinematography and Philosophy of 2001 Space Odyssey by Stanley Kubrick

Lesson: Confuse the viewer by changing perspective<p>The part which also blew my mind: the confusion of perspective:<p>Dynamic angle<p>The next transition …

C-Stands 101: How to Use 'Em and How Not to Use 'Em

Learn how to use one of the most essential pieces of filmmaking gear like a pro.C-stands, or "Century stands" as they were called back in the 1920s, …

This Effect Is Bananas: Learn How to 'Copy and Paste' Any Object in Your Scene

Turn a single car into a fleet, a single soldier into an army, or a single banana into a bunch with this sweet effect.If duplicating objects in real …

Street Photography Technique/Composition: Leading Lines and Crouching Down Low: GoPro POV

Dear friend,A fun technique in street photography to use is to use the ‘fishing technique‘ (pre-frame your photograph composition, and wait for the …

Watch: 5 Mistakes You Typically See in Student Films (and How to Fix Them)

Knowing what the problems are is the first step in avoiding them.If you've ever gone to film school, then you know student films. You've seen really …

7 Techniques That Can Help You Tell Better Stories With Light

Light can be a powerful storyteller if you know how to use it.Filmmaking is an intricate art form in that everything that makes up the frame, …

Darren Aronofsky Delivers His Ten Commandments of Indie Filmmaking

The visionary director's SXSW keynote was a wide-ranging masterclass on the art of making movies, pushing filmmakers to bring their unique visions to …

A Primer on Using the Fibonacci Sequence to Compose Your Shots

Filmmaking is math. Look it up!Nature, for the most part, is a numbers game, revealing how so many of the structures we see in our world and beyond …

This Lemony Snicket-Inspired Short Is a Creative Playbook on How to Make a Film

Is it an instructional film about how to make a film or a moviemaking tutorial that looks like a film? Either way, you're gonna learn …

Shot Lists and Script Lining: How to Prepare Your Screenplay Before a Shoot

You've finished your script. Now what?Turning a screenplay into a reference tool for production is no small task. It requires going through every …

Watch: 6 Ways to Ace Your Shot Composition

Take your shot: A new tutorial by Videomaker breaks down the essential traits of enhancing your frame.In a new tutorial published this week by the …

Blow by Blow: How Francois Truffaut and His New Wave Contemporaries Deconstructed Filmmaking

As one of the founding fathers of the French New Wave, Francois Truffaut used cinema to capture “truth 24 times per second,” and his desire to do so …

7 Simple Editing Tips That Will Help You Edit Like a Pro

Editing is a complicated art form, but these tips should help you strengthen your skills.What do you struggle with most as an editor? Do you have a …