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“Make Better Blockbuster Kung Fu Films: 8 Training Secrets for Mastering the Art” by Sherri Sheridan

Kung Fu films need more than good fight scenes to succeed. The biggest challenge most kung fu films face in capturing Western audiences is character identification, unique genre elements, plot twists and strong themes. Enter the Dragon was the first big kung fu film to crossover because it was made …

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Finding inspiration to create your own Content

Unable to think of what to write next; maybe you are experiencing some writer’s block! This often happens after you’ve written your first project or you’ve taken a long break away from writing. The great thing to know is that its possible to remedy creative slowdowns and get your creativity …

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“Casting: Color blind. Gender blind. Age blind.” By Tamar Kummel

Casting Color blind. Gender blind. Age blind. By Tamar Kummel Think about some recent movies or TV shows starring Meryl Streep, Melissa McCarthy, Sandra Oh, Denzel Washington, Morgan Freeman, Robin Williams or any other of your favorite actors. I bet you can’t picture that movie or TV show starring anyone …

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Sketches by John Hart | From his article, “The Movie That Every Film Student Has to See,” in Newest Edition of StudentFilmmakers Magazine

John Hart drew these sketches for his article, “The Movie That Every Film Student Has to See!” You can check it out in the newest edition of StudentFilmmakers Magazine. John Hart is an adjunct instructor at NYU and teaches Film Intensives and Storyboard Seminars. He is the author of “The …

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StudentFilmmakers Magazine | Big Sleep: Sarcasm Seldom Sleeps By David Landau

Big Sleep: Sarcasm Seldom Sleeps By David Landau How does one establish character as fast as possible?  In the case of the classic film noir movie, “The Big Sleep,” it’s sarcasm. CARMEN: You’re not very tall, are you? MARLOWE: I try to be. Other than a short exchange of mere …

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StudentFilmmakers Magazine | “Development and Pre-Production: The Most Important Stages of Filmmaking,” By David Worth, MA

Development and pre-production should always be referred to as the most important stages of any film, whether it’s a no-to-low-budget indie or a $100,000,000 plus big studio mega blockbuster. Quite simply because: “IF YOU’RE FAILING TO PREPAIR – YOU’RE PREPAIRING TO FAIL!” To read the full article SUBSCRIBE NOW >>

STUDENTFILMMAKERS MAGAZINE | “Crash Course – MoPic at Rock Valley College: Making a movie from start to finish in 8 weeks,” By Jerry LaBuy, M.F.A.

Crash Course – MoPic at Rock Valley College Making a movie from start to finish in 8 weeks By Jerry LaBuy, M.F.A. When I was first brought in to teach advanced filmmaking classes at Rock Valley College, a community college in Rockford, IL, I was particularly excited to see a …

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StudentFilmmakers Magazine | “11 Things Postmodern Films Do: Postmodern Puzzles” By Sherri Sheridan

11 Things Postmodern Films Do Postmodern Puzzles By Sherri Sheridan Postmodern films are like puzzles that suck the viewer in by having to figure out what is going on in the story. These films play with space and time in new hip modern ways. The rules of reality are not …

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