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FILM BUSINESS | How to Set Your Rate: 3 Main Variables by Charles Haine

One of the most common questions my students ask at the end of the semester is, “How do you set your rate?” Or, just as often, I get an email from a former student asking, “They’ve asked me to send my rate, but I don’t know what my rate is!” My advice usually breaks down …

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Moving it Up: Turning Your SD Footage into HD Material: How to Successfully Integrate Standard Definition Footage into Your High Definition Production by Julia Camenisch

Reference: StudentFilmmakers Magazine, November 2007. Moving it Up: Turning Your SD Footage into HD Material: How to Successfully Integrate Standard Definition Footage into Your High Definition Production by Julia Camenisch. Pages 40 & 41. “The people were short and fat and the quality was terrible…” – Anonymous TNT HD viewer It was supposed to help. …

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How to Recreate Candle Lighting: Some Quick Tips by Saro Varjabedianscene

Reference: StudentFilmmakers Magazine, November 2007. How to Recreate Candle Lighting: Some Quick Tips by Saro Varjabedianscene. Pages 16 & 17. Motion pictures like all art forms strive to provide a perspective or an abstraction on reality. However, the magic of films is the ability to pull audiences into the abstraction, and then, transport them into …

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How to Build a Rain Maker: Includes Tips for a Successful Downpour by Keith Dearing

Reference: StudentFilmmakers Magazine, August 2007. How to Build a Rain Maker: Includes Tips for a Successful Downpour by Keith Dearing. Pages 40 & 41. Whether working under constraints and with limited resources, or you just like to build things for your production company, this is a project that is sure to add to your shots. The Design: Taking a …

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Landing an Agent How to Get an Acting Agent: 7 Important Guidelines by Vanessa Daniels

Reference: StudentFilmmakers Magazine, May 2007. Landing an Agent How to Get an Acting Agent: 7 Important Guidelines by Vanessa Daniels. Pages 52. In the acting industry, landing an agent can be more challenging than landing a role. Having an agent is a great desire among all actors, the advantage being they will be able to …

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The Science Behind the Camera Test: Understanding How to Make Better Images through Research by Michael Kent

Reference: StudentFilmmakers Magazine, May 2007. The Science Behind the Camera Test: Understanding How to Make Better Images through Research by Michael Kent. Pages 44, 46 – 49. As a recent graduate of television studies, I possibly have a different perspective to many established DP’s and shooters. Having shot a few shorts, a full season of race car TV, …

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The Five Most Common Location Audio Problems: How to Prevent and Fix Them in Post by Anthony Q. Artis

Reference: StudentFilmmakers Magazine, September 2007. The Five Most Common Location Audio Problems: How to Prevent and Fix Them in Post by Anthony Q. Artis. Pages 42, 44. Know this: If you have bad audio, you have a bad project. Why? Simple – most audiences will forgive a few bad shots, but they won’t tolerate bad …

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Camera Department: How to Get Your Foot in the Door: 18 Key Questions You Should Ask During a Job Interview by David E. Elkins, S.O.C.

Reference: StudentFilmmakers Magazine, March 2007. Camera Department: How to Get Your Foot in the Door: 18 Key Questions You Should Ask During a Job Interview by David E. Elkins, S.O.C.. Pages 14 – 15. One of the most frequently asked questions I am asked by my students is, what is the best way to get …

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