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Best Practices for Lighting with LEDs

Interview conducted by Jody Michelle Solis   StudentFilmmakers Magazine interviews Telly and multi-award winning Director of Photography Tom Robotham, who is an inventor of LED lighting. What inspired you to …

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Pitching to Film Investors: A Glass of Water with William F. Vartorella, Ph.D., C.B.C.

Interview conducted by Jody Michelle Solis   Vartorella Tips: Top 3 Things Investors Want to See During the Pitch (1.) Enthusiasm (2.) Honesty. (3.) Realism.   Honesty is critical as …

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Casting Must-Do’s for Your Documentary: How to Choose and Select Subjects (People)

by Jonathan Moore I remember what they tell me about Tamara. And it isn’t good. I’m preparing to shoot my first documentary, several individuals from my hometown strongly warn against …

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Production Assistant Essentials: What Do You Bring to the Set?

by Scott Spears   I talk with a lot of young filmmakers who are just starting out in the business end of the industry. They’ve made their DV shorts and …

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What Makes a Sound Effect Useful or Useless: Keep Your Audiences Engaged

by Ric Viers   Three Ways to Cut Sound Effects for Your Production: (1.) Use the sound effects recorded on set with the boom mic.  You’d be surprised how much …

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Design Your Movie: What is Good Design?

by Richard La Motte   I’ve spent forty years in the film business, worked on many films and TV shows and can say that the best experiences all happened in …

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DSLR Camera Settings, Lighting, and Camera Movement: Rig and Gear used to Shoot East of Berlin

by Charlie Balch   In-Camera Settings for Two 7Ds The in-camera settings closely resembled the popular “cinestyle” look in which we pulled a more neutral image. By desaturating and bringing …

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4 Key Pointers of Film Marketing and Sales

by Richard La Motte   Making a film has never been easier. With all the advances in digital cameras and editing programs, virtually anyone can make a film with limited …

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