Filmmaking

By Ken Roy | Best tips from around the Web for today's Independent Filmmaker

Flipping the Script: How to Navigate the Ups and Downs of the Spec Script Market

It seems that every couple of years, the spec script is declared “dead.” Indeed, in January, Chris Erskine, humor columnist and editor for <i>The Los</i> …

Film Festivals

10 Mistakes You Might Be Making in After Effects (and How to Avoid Them)

Are you making any of these 10 boo-boos when working in After Effects?Every editor has their own personal approach to their craft, one that they've …

Workflow

How to Edit a Vlog: The Top Tips, Tricks and Preparation

A key part of becoming a successful vlogger is knowing how to edit your videos. Here’s everything you need to know about vlog editing!<p>Preparation Can …

Videography

Adobe Announce Project Rush - an All-in-one, Cross-device Video Editing App

Adobe has today announced a new cross platform NLE called Project Rush. Whist we welcome all new tools, it does look very similar to an old …

Filmmaking

Screenplay Outlining Tips From 8 Professional Screenwriters

Professional screenwriters share their tips for outlining screenplays.<p><i>Film Courage: What does an outline look like?</i><p><b>Mark Sanderson, screenwriter and</b> …

Creative Writing

25 Basic Camera Terms All Beginner Filmmakers Should Know

If you want to use a camera, you're gonna want to know this terminology.<p>Filmmaking might be a creative art form, but it's also incredibly technical, …

Cinematography

The Thought Process Behind Lighting an Exterior Shot at Night

Gearing up for an outdoor nighttime shoot? Keep these lighting techniques in mind.<p>Night exteriors pose unique lighting challenges to …

Cinematography

5 Creative Things You Can Do with the Crop Tool in Premiere Pro

The crop tool in Premiere Pro has a lot more to offer than you might think.If you have any experience working in Adobe Premiere Pro, or any NLE for …

Tutorials

Forget the Emmy — Take the Pressure Off Your Video Production Process

The sweat begins to pearl on your neck. Your heart is racing and everything is becoming a little blurry. You take a deep breath and move forward in …

Marketing

How Long should a short film be? 23 minutes if you’re the average Oscar Winner

When in discussion with people about short film length, people always come up with these rules like 9-12 minutes is ideal. Now this is nonsense – a …

3 Stress Killers That You Should Bring with You on Set

Working on a set is like being inside a pressure cooker. Here are some things that will help you release some of that steam.Set life is absolutely …

Floods

Drones - will they ever leave the launch pad?

<i>Recent trends in technology have tended to proceed along a clear path.</i><p>Reports first emerge of sci-fi technology (see anything from universal …

Drones

Balance Your Color Faster Than Ever with X-Rite's New i1 Filmmaker Kit and Color Checker Video

Get to your creative look more quickly.Chances are, if you're a colorist, you may have noticed an onslaught in software products that aim to …

Cinematography

How to Become a TV Director

Making it onto the small screen as an actor is one thing, but doing it as a director is another thing entirely. With this Backstage Guide, we give …

Filmmaking

A Few Tricks That Will Help You Conquer That Massive Edit in Premiere Pro

Some projects are gargantuan in size—all the more reason to have a fast and efficient workflow.Working on massive edits can be really intimidating …

Tutorials

5 Things You Should and Shouldn't Do When Shooting Slow Motion

If you want to shoot better slow motion footage, you might want to consider these dos and don'ts.When's the last time you watched a film or video …

Videography

Watch: A Step-by-Step Guide on Creating End Credits in Photoshop

Adding rolling end credits to your film isn't as easy as it seems, but here's a tutorial that will walk you through the process.One of the best …

Tutorials

How Do You Protect Your Film’s Subjects, Data, and Yourself in Unsafe Situations?

“Maybe the only thing that can keep us safe is talking about it out loud.”Contemporary social issue documentaries have been all the rage in recent …

Cuts 101: Here Are 9 of the Most Essential Transitions in Editing

Want to take your editing game to the next level? Then you'll definitely need to know about these important transitions.One of the first edits you'll …

Filmmaking

Breaking down how much you should charge for video work

Charging for video work, especially when you’re quite new to dealing with clients, can often be quite difficult. You don’t want to quote ridiculously …

Savemoney

How to Cast and Direct an Ensemble Film: Seven Lessons from Bernard and Huey Director Dan Mirvish

One of the great joys of directing a film is to work with actors, and when you make an ensemble film, you get to work with a lot of actors! But …

Filmmaking

“The Directors Series” Presents Free Immersive Studies of Stanley Kubrick, the Coen Brothers, David Fincher, Paul Thomas Anderson & Christopher Nolan

Humorist and movie critic Joe Queenan once stood outside a theater after a screening of <i>Jurassic Park</i> and asked each exiting viewer if they knew who …

Stephen King

This $60 Household Item Will Help You Create Tons of Fog for Your Next Film Project

If you want to make thick, long-lasting fog outdoors, you might want to give this a try.Fog, haze, smoke, atmosphere — whatever you call it, it's an …

Portable

How to Build the Best PC for Your Video Editing Needs

This is where it might be wise to invest a major part of your budget.If you want your footage to play smoothly inside the non-linear editing (NLE) …

Videography

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 …

UX Design

Indie Law: Put the Green in Greenlight With This Guide to the Most Effective Film Financing Tactics

You went to film school, not business school—yet all the sudden you’re confronted by a bevy of fancy financial terms as you attempt to assemble your …

Finance

How to Correct White Balance with a Color Chart

Keep your color on point with a color chart.In the below tutorial from The Slanted Lens, photographer JP Morgan shows us how to correct the white …

Tutorials

Top 10 Student Film Festivals

Top 10 Student Film Festivals<p>Scorsese, Coppola, Lucas – All of these legendary directors were once students, learning their craft from experienced …

Festivals

7 Basic Questions Your Screenplay Should Answer (And How 'The Last Jedi' Answers Them 3 Times)

If your story can't answer these 7 questions, then you may not actually have a story.When it comes to screenwriting, everybody and their Aunt Ginger …

Creative Writing