StudentFilmmakers Magazine

João Dall’Stella on Award-Winning Thesis Film, “Dia De Las Carpas”

StudentFilmmakers Magazine: Can you tell us about what it was like directing your short film, “Día De Las Carpas”, and working with child actors? Can you share with us some of your insights working with children? João Dall’Stella: Directing “Dia De Las Carpas” was one of the most humbling, difficult, …

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Deborah Moran, ACE on Editing Episodic Television Series, “City on a Hill”

Deborah Moran, ACE was born in Buffalo, New York, is a graduate of SUNY at Fredonia, and currently resides in New York City. An accredited member of the American Cinema Editors (ACE) prestigious honorary society, Deborah has worked as a picture editor for 20+ years of several network, cable and …

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Yubo Song on Directing Award-Winning Student Film, A WINTER WITHOUT SNOW

StudentFilmmakers Magazine: Some first-time storytellers might find the short film form challenging. When it comes to putting together a short script, what is the key to creating an emotional impact? Yubo Song: I’ve always believed that if you want your story to touch someone else, it has to touch yourself first. …

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TV and Documentary Editing Insights from Heidi Scharfe, ACE

StudentFilmmakers Magazine: What was one of your most favorite scenes or sequences to edit, and why? Heidi Scharfe, ACE: The obvious choices would come from some of the music performance scenes like “New Edition” and “American Soul”… I mean, so many standout performances and ‘VFX saves’ that stick in my head. …

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Think Crew: Team Collaboration and Problem Solving in Real Time

Team Collaboration and Problem Solving in Real Time Exclusive Q&A with Think Crew Founder Michael R. Williams   StudentFilmmakers Magazine: What are some advantages for filmmakers using Think Crew browser-based software and tools in the cloud? Michael R. Williams: I designed Think Crew to work the same way that assistant …

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Television Sports Production with Jim Owens

How have you seen television sports production technologies and workflows change and evolve over the years? Jim Owens: The transformation of how sports production technologies have changed in recent years has occurred in a rapid-fire succession. When I first started in the ‘80s, we were using multi-million dollar trucks. Today, production software is …

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Documentary Filmmaking Insights and Tips from Courtney Hermann

StudentFilmmakers Magazine: What was one of the most important things you learned filming on location? Courtney Hermann: For me, filming on location is intense, demanding, and uncomfortable–for many reasons.  Documentary filmmaking is an extractive process where we enter into the lives of others to take their stories, even as we …

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