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Some Thoughts on SHOOTING REALITY – By David Appleby

(Pictured: David Appleby (right), with Steve Ross and Allison Graham, shoots an interview for At the River I Stand.)   By David Appleby When you’ve learned principles of photography, and the grammar and techniques of filmmaking, you are left with the questions: What do you want to make films about? …

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Learn how to raise money with live streaming

A new book called The Virtual Ticket is now available on Amazon here. The book is all about “How to Host Private Live Streams and Virtual Events” which can help students raise money for their schools and other projects. Live streaming has become an amazing way to host engaging fundraisers. …

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FILM COMPOSING: Finding the Emotional Ark of Each Scene

By Steve Myers Every time a director approaches me for original music, I get a little nervous. Whether it will be a pre-score (music before any picture is shot) or a post-score (music after the picture is locked), the first round of conversation either revolves around something they have heard …

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How to Create a Budget Lighting Rig: Massive Spread and Enough Power to Boot

By Gabriel Garcia Rosa My friend Danny Mirabal shared with me this affordable lightweight lighting kit for $198 that we use once in a while when we don’t want to carry heavy equipment. I just wanted to share this affordable kit that can be used in any shoot, particularly in …

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HOW TO MAKE SCENES: 21 Ways to Add Storytelling Obstacles, Conflicts and Traps – #1 Inner. #2 Personal. #3 Social. #4 Spiritual. #5 Environmental.

By Sherri Sheridan Conflict determines audience interest and you need to come up with different ways to add tension to each scene. The way the character accomplishes each scene goal needs to have a sweet surprise that is unexpected. They do not just waltz into the room and grab the …

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Talking to Your Composer: 3 Important Tips – Many first-time directors who fear the scoring process

By Kristen Baum I’ve met many first-time directors who fear the scoring process or are unfamiliar with it. “I don’t know anything about music or how to talk about it,” they say. This is the reason to hire a film composer. The music-making expertise is left to them and you …

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Retaining the Frame – Bad takes cost time and money – By William Donaruma

By William Donaruma The camera operator can be an underappreciated skill on a crew and in schools as if you are the person who just pushes the red button when you are told. If that were true, then why does Roger Deakins always want to operate his camera? It’s because …

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