Category Archives: Techniques

The Lure Of The Bleeding Edge…

There are people who can’t resist the newest or the most advanced gadget in any respect. People have bought Blackmagic Design’s Blackmagic Cinema Camera, or the Blackmagic Compact Camera, or the latest Canon or Nikon DSLR, or Red Scarlet, or … Continue reading

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Writing A Script (Is Not As Easy As You Think)…

As you can tell, I spent the entire month of October away from this blog. There are reasons for that, some of which I will be telling you about in this post… What I have been doing is trying to … Continue reading

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The Agony of the Antagonist…

The antagonist (or villain, if you prefer) is almost the most important person in your story.  There’s an old saying that “the stronger your villain is, the stronger your hero must be.”  As an example, would Luke Skywalker be as … Continue reading

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The Arc of the Character

The characters in your script, especially your lead character, should, according to most of the authorities in the field (the ones who make a living selling writing advice, as opposed to the ones who write and sell scripts) have an … Continue reading

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Story – The Unheralded Solution

In many the filmmaking sites on the Internet I’ve looked at recently, the ones you can tell were hosted by people who aren’t well-versed in the art of STORY don’t mention it at all… they focus on how the special … Continue reading

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Out of Line – The New Editing Solution

The revolution in editing spawned by computers, “non-linear” editing, has inspired many people to jump into filmmaking with both feet… unfortunately, the “professional” editing software, Apple’s Final Cut Pro, Adobe’s Premiere Pro, and Avid’s Media Composer, take a bit more … Continue reading

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The Kindest Cut…

One aspect of making films that seems (to me, at least) to be the most overlooked is editing. A “cutter”, as they were known in the silent and early sound days, is responsible for assembling all the footage in the … Continue reading

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