Donn Lawler

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The Secret to Writing + Producing Your Own Content

One of the greatest tools actors have is the knowledge of how to build a character’s backstory. But all too often, we stop there. As actors, we are, …

Filmmaking

5 Tips on How a Filmmaker Can Use Social Media Effectively

Social media isn't just for promotion. It's a way to connect with fellow filmmakers and potential collaborators.If you're someone involved or even …

Social Media

This video will either help you shake Hereditary's ending or traumatize you all over again

<i>Spoiler alert: Major plot points for</i> Hereditary—<i>including the ending—will be revealed below.</i><p>Ari Aster’s <i>Hereditary</i> is, as we’ve written, a horror …

Horror

3 Important Elements Production Design Can Bring to Your Film

How much thought are you giving your film's production design?There are so many moving parts in a film production that it's easy to phone in (or even …

Cinematography

How to a shoot a movie on your phone, according to Steven Soderbergh

Prolific American auteur Steven Soderbergh has never been one to shy away from innovation, his diverse oeuvre spanning everything from experimental Indie gems to finely polished blockbusters and esoteric documentaries. Recently, his attention has turned to the smartphone: January marked the US …

IPhone 7

Watch How Blade Runner 2049's VFX Masters Created a Perfect Digital Double of Sean Young

Back in October, <i>Entertainment Weekly</i> revealed some of the secrets behind <i>Blade Runner 2049's</i> most startling cameo, Sean Young’s Rachael Replicant from …

5 Horror Films You Should Study to Learn Cinematography

Blood and guts aren't the only things that make horror films so terrifying.<p>For a horror filmmaker, almost every cinematic tool she has at her …

Horror

Denis Villeneuve Movies Ranked from Worst to Best

From dream-like French-Canadian indies to "Blade Runner 2049," Villeneuve's films reveal a man who's always been haunted by a single idea.<p>Few …

Five Creative Habits Every Filmmaker Should Adopt

It’s common knowledge that to master a craft you have to practice it every day. As Twyla Tharp says in her classic book <i>The Creative Habit,</i> “I’ve …

Filmmaking

Videos: The Scariest Santa Ever In The Horror Short Film Titled Santa

This is a horror short film titled <i>Santa</i>.<p>It comes from Greek filmmakers Dionysis and Manos Atzarakis and may very well be the scariest Santa Claus put …

Send This Video to Everybody You Know Who Has Rejected Final Cut Pro X

Clickbait headline? We don't think so. This video neatly wraps up in a short, well put package why FCPX has become a superior non-linear editor …

5 ways to jumpstart your career as a filmmaker

1. Find your unique style.<p>BE ORIGINAL. BE WEIRD. Indulge. All the most successful filmmakers are auteurs. They have defined their own style. You’ll …

On MULHOLLAND DRIVE and David Lynch’s Power to Manipulate

David Lynch is one of the greatest American filmmakers of all time, in his own way of the same stature as iconic directors like Alfred Hitchcock, …

Steven Spielberg

'80s Month: Ridley Scott revisits Blade Runner

Of all his films as director, none has stayed with Ridley Scott like <i>Blade Runner</i>. You could say it's the picture that defines him; certainly he's …

18 photos that show how drastically making movies has changed over the last century

If you were to watch 1939's "The Wizard of Oz", then, immediately after, watch the new movie "Captain America: Civil War", you would clearly see some tremendous differences.<p>Technology within the film industry has advanced greatly over the last century, allowing movies to tell greater, more …

Adobe Unveils Breakthroughs in Video and Film Production

Virtual reality, character animation, sound innovation comes to Creative Cloud.

The Story Behind Heath Ledger’s Joker Transformation

Looking back on comic book movies from the last 25 years or so, few performances stand out like Heath Ledger as The Joker in the 2008’s <i>The Dark Knight</i>. His twisted, manic take on the quintessential <i>Batman</i> villain redefined the character for Nolan’s dark, grounded film and the approach resonated with …

Comic Books

Why ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’ remains one of the greatest films ever made

Exactly 48 years ago, on 6 April 1968, a science fiction film directed by Stanley Kubrick and written by Arthur C. Clarke, called <i>2001: A Space …

Science Fiction

How to Create a Killer Brand Video in 2 Hours

Video is a hugely important marketing medium.<p>Websites with videos keep site visitors for 88% longer than sites without video content.<br>• 57% of customers …

The House on Pine Street is the Greatest Haunted House Flick We’ve Seen in Years (Review)

<i>Written by: Matt Molgaard</i><p><b>Directed by</b>: Aaron and Austin Keeling<p><b>Cast</b>: Emily Goss, Taylor Bottles, Cathy Barnett, Jim Korinke<p>Sitting and waiting for a …

50 documentaries you need to see

Ten of the best nonfiction film-makers today choose their own favourites, from serial killer stories and studies in the horrors of war to meta pranks<p>• Storyville’s Nick Fraser on the power of the documentary form<p><b>The Texan director’s feature debut, The Act of Killing (2012), and its follow-up, The</b> …

Non-fiction

Switcher Studio turns your iPad into a live video editing studio

While improvements in camera-phone technology have led to our mobile devices slowly but surely replacing clunky single-purpose cameras, most heavy editing and production still has to be done on desktops. This is especially true for live video, which often requires a full mixing board and production …

Apps

Emelie‘s Andrew Corkin on Becoming an Independent Film Producer

<i>Emelie</i><p>With over 30 assorted producing credits ranging from <i>Martha Marcy May Marlene</i> to <i>An Oversimplification of Her Beauty</i> to <i>The Benefactor</i>, Andrew …

The Logic Pros: A look at Logic’s new heavy weight sample manipulation synth Alchemy

In this week’s episode of The Logic Pros, we are putting a hold on hardware month for the Logic Pro X 10.2.0 update. Apple is back at it again with another incredibly substantial offering. After it acquired Camel Audio back in January, hopes were high that some of the company’s world-class …

4 Awesome Final Cut Pro X Features You May Not Know

While FCPX has been criticized over the years for being overly simplified, the software actually has some incredibly useful and powerful tools under …

Final Cut Pro X - useful tools under the hood that are often overlooked!

If you just begun your journey with Final Cut Pro X, Noam Kroll of Premiumbeat has a few tips to share that will give you an insight on incredibly …

Building a slideshow in Final Cut Pro X faster than you can watch the result

So just how fast can you build a slideshow in Final Cut Pro X? Doug Suiter from FCPXposure shows us, just don't blink! Plus we run through some free …

Touched by the moonlight...

Touched by the moonlight...<p>Letzte Nacht beschloss ich mal wieder eine Mond-Landschaftsaufnahme zu machen. Der Halbmond eignet sich perfekt für Landschaftsaufnahmen. Hier ein Foto vom Sylvenstein-Stausee in Süd Deutschland. Ich wünsche Euch einen wunderbaren Sonntag :)<p>Last night I decided to take a moon photo. The half moon is perfect for Nightscapes. This shot was taken at the Sylvensteinsee in South Germany. I wish you a wonderful Sunday :)<p>member of www.besttopphotographer.com +Best Top …

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