Whether you’re shooting a video for your private collection, a commercial for a client, or a feature film that’s going to premiere in 3,000 theaters, you absolutely must carry insurance on your production. There are no excuses for a lack of insurance and it’s insane not to carry it!
At the very last minute, the star of your video-shoot calls and thinks he’s had a heart attack and probably can’t make it. His band and your crew are all waiting. It’s boiling, and it all goes downhill from there
Mixing lights of various color temperatures is a great and inexpensive way to up your cinematography game. Every light source, whether natural or artificial, contains color, and depending on your white balance that color can reveal itself. A good cinematographer will use those colors as subtle emotional and narrative cues to drive their story — and so should you.
There’s no place like home. It’s a place of comfort, familiarity and function befitting its owner. The mad scientist bent on world domination has a lab, complete with contraptions and experiments worthy of their genius. The fox has a den, and the eagle a nest. Likewise, the video editor has an edit bay, a personal lair of creative genius—a digital laboratory, fit to tell any story.
How do you react when you are asked to do something you don’t like? It can indeed be a huge obstacle to overcome, but what if it is your job? Say you are a director and it is your job to direct a script you truly don’t like — what can you do to make your task more enjoyable
Four accomplished screenwriters (Sarah Kernochan, William Richert, Caroline Thompson and Gorman Bechard), tell us what it was like to direct a feature for the first time—the obstacles they overcame, the actors they learned to cope with, how they learned about the camera quickly and essentially, how they went from being writers to filmmakers without stopping to take film courses first. They all got through it and you can, too.
When you have ten deadlines hanging over your head, it can be downright stressful to sit and watch a progress bar chug along while you count beads of sweat dripping down your forehead. How do you make that sweat-bead count drop to zero? Two words: render farm.