Pre-Production

Preparation is Crucial: Get Things Done Creatively Without Missing a Beat

Preparation is Crucial: Get Things Done Creatively Without Missing a Beat

Pictured above: Location scouting for short, sci-fi film, “Skimmers.” Preparation is Crucial: Get Things Done Creatively Without Missing a Beat Written by John Klein   Skimmers is a short, sci-fi film set in a future where fresh water, due to a catastrophic drought, has become such a scarce commodity that …

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CINEMATIC TECHNIQUES: Love of Art, of the Land, and of Adventure

CINEMATIC TECHNIQUES: Love of Art, of the Land, and of Adventure

By Pamela Jaye Smith & Monty Hayes McMillan   Visual media requires thoughtfulness, talent, and skill to make effective use of all the innovative as well as traditional gear available to today’s filmmakers. Our book, “Show Me the Love! All Kinds of Love for All Kinds of Stories,” includes a …

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Historical Re-enactors

Historical Re-enactors

Add Authenticity and Production Value to Your Independent Film Written By Fred Ginsburg, CAS, PhD Medieval. Crusader. Viking. Caribbean Pirate. Colonial/Revolutionary War. Civil War. Wild West. Victorian. Steampunk. Great War. WW2. Shooting a period piece can be expensive and beyond the budget of most small-scale filmmakers. Sure, you can wardrobe …

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It's All About the Story

It’s All About the Story

Brian Price shares screenwriting insights in this exclusive interview StudentFilmmakers Magazine: Can you tell us a little bit about the evolution of screenwriting? Brian Price: I don’t know that screenwriting, as a craft, has evolved in any meaningful way beyond the superficial changes of formatting conventions or medium of delivery.  …

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Pre-Production: "The More Organized You Are, the More Creative You Can Be"

Pre-Production: “The More Organized You Are, the More Creative You Can Be”

by M. David Mullen, ASC Often I get asked what a cinematographer does in pre-production, especially on a low-budget feature production. The short answer is “as much as possible.” One can never prepare enough, or at least, I’ve never found myself wishing I had less time for pre- production. When …

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2020 Student Academy Award Finalist, Rodrigo Chapoy, on Animation Short Film, "Bear With Me"

2020 Student Academy Award Finalist, Rodrigo Chapoy, on Animation Short Film, “Bear With Me”

STUDENTFILMMAKERS: Can you tell us about the development and pre-production stages? Rodrigo Chapoy: The pre-production stages were really rough and messy. “Bear With Me” was born out of the need to tell a story that would be personal, and that I cared for. I’ve been in a long-distance relationship for …

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S.J. Hermann Adapts Morium Trilogy Book Series into New Film Series

S.J. Hermann Adapts Morium Trilogy Book Series into New Film Series

StudentFilmmakers.com catches up with S.J. Hermann, a member of the Filmmakers Global Network Online, to ask about his new project and upcoming directorial debut. (Pictured above: The main cast of “Morium: The Film Series”.)  StudentFilmmakers Magazine: Can you share with us your insights into writing supernatural fiction, and the possible …

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