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The Ins and Outs of Short Ends

by Scott Spears   So you’ve scraped together a few extra dollars to shoot film, but you’re still a bit tight on cash and somebody says, “Buy short ends!” Now, …

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Filmmaking Back in the Day… And What’s Possible with Today’s Technology

By David Worth   Hopefully you will never take the amazing technology that you have at your fingertips today for granted. The reason that you, today’s filmmakers can capture on …

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The Lure of the Dark Side: 5 Ways to Send Your Characters Down the Left-Hand Path

by Pamela Jaye Smith   Your audience wants to find out how people and things go bad. Here are some ways to send your characters down the left-hand path. Sleeping …

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NightLights: Feature Film Shot Using RED MX, Panasonic AF100, and DSLR Cameras

by William Donaruma and John Klein   NightLights is an independent, Chicago-based film production, which depicts the poigniant story of a young woman, Erin Logan (Shawna Waldron), as she strives …

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After Casting: How to be effective, and build trust and respect

by Peter Kiwitt   While it has been said that 80% of performance is casting, the last 20% is still crucial. Although you should always be open to change, with …

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5 Big Distribution Myths: What Gets and What Doesn’t Get Distribution?

by Stacey Parks   Myth #1: Build It, and They Will Come There are a lot of myths about what gets and doesn’t get distribution. One of the biggest is …

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An Itemized Audio/Video Production List: Have All Your Angles Covered

by Bryant Falk   So there I was off to Vegas as a hired gun to help fix and create audio/video for a multitude of purposes. I thought I had …

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Creating On-the-Fly Solutions On Location: But There is No Substitution for Pre-Production

by Myrl Schreibman   The reality in the professional film directing world in which ‘budget, bottom lines, timelines and Murphy’s Law’ bump into ‘creativity, character and story’ is what the …

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