Filmmaking
Actor/Director Relationships

Actor/Director Relationships

The relationships between actors and directors can vary drastically. Some are friendly and free-flowing. Others are like a tyrant versus the oppressed. Some are like a lengthy marriage, where there are fights but ultimately the two come out of it loving each other. Still, think of directors as being the supervisors and actors being the...
Thoughts And Emotion In Filmmaking

Thoughts And Emotion In Filmmaking

Why exaggerate something that is somewhat insignificant to you? -Alec Baldwin Constructing a creative reality relies on a thorough visualization process.  To create a world, either as a screenwriter or a director, that resonates with audiences, you must be willing to delve as deeply as possible into the process.  Examining your own ideas, thoughts, prejudices,...
The Mysterious Magic of Dialogue in Film

The Mysterious Magic of Dialogue in Film

Every movie lover enjoys quoting dialogue from their favorite films, because those lines have been cemented in our memories as snapshots of great moments. While doing script analysis on your project, it is important to approach the material from a specific point of view in order to ensure that your project conveys the same dialogue...
Maximizing the Scene Through Lighting, Lenses and Shots

Maximizing the Scene Through Lighting, Lenses and Shots

Every director’s greatest wish is that his vision, which includes the look of the film, is actualized on the big screen.  But the fact is, filmmaking is a collaborative medium, and though a director has a lot of power, he must rely on other members of his crew to bring his vision to life.  Nowhere...
The Importance of Emotional Events in Film

The Importance of Emotional Events in Film

Scripts are full of tiny details that can be used to create a visual canvas for the scene. Every director has different feelings about these stage directions; some can make a strong argument for taking them with the proverbial grain of salt. While using stage directions as suggestions rather than mandates may divert from the...
Rules and Benefits of Product Placement in TV and Movie Production

Rules and Benefits of Product Placement in TV and Movie Production

In the latest action spectacle playing in a local movie theater, a square-jawed hero is more likely to pull out a latest shiny laptop or smartphone from Apple or Samsung and display it prominently for the audience to see, than he is to pull out an Uzi. This less than subtle sleight-of-hand is known in...
Relationships Between Writers and Development Executives

Relationships Between Writers and Development Executives

The Position of Writers and Development Executives in the Scripting Process Though writers are the ultimate source of original script material, development executives still have great influence over scripting and what ideas eventually end up in the final project.  Think of the position of development executives as if they were in the middle of a...
Reality TV - Shooting Testimonials and Interviews

Reality TV – Shooting Testimonials and Interviews

When Should I Use Interviews? Interviews and testimonials are a way to lend reality and authenticity to a subject or event.  People never get tired of watching other people or hearing stories and interviews provide the opportunity to give information while establishing credibility through the speaker. Interviews are staples for businesses.  They appeal in commercials,...
Film "Events"

Film “Events”

What is an “Event”? An “event” is the collision of inspirational or influential forces at work in a drama.  During a performance, there are two levels to the “event.”  One results from the director’s interpretative storytelling; the other results from the spontaneously alchemical narrative created by the actors on stage.  The event derives its force...
When Life Gives You Lemons on Your Set,  be Prepared to Make Lemonade

When Life Gives You Lemons on Your Set, be Prepared to Make Lemonade

It is a proven fact of life that anything that can go wrong, will. You cannot believe for one second that anything to do with movie productions will be any different. Regardless of who you are or what you are doing, no one is immune to the inevitable fact that things do not always go...
Tips and Tricks of Using Movement in Film Production

Tips and Tricks of Using Movement in Film Production

Movement within a scene in a film or play occurs whenever a person or animal physically moves from one place to another. This movement may be in the form of a walk, a mad dash, a run, a long sprint, or even crawling on the floor; but as long as the character travels even one...
Twelve Famous Science Fiction Directors And How They Got Their Starts

Twelve Famous Science Fiction Directors And How They Got Their Starts

Although science fiction films tend to be box office winners (more than half of the all-time domestic grossing films fit that genre), “sci-fi” is still considered by some experts to be a “lesser” genre. It’s “lesser” in the sense that it gives itself to exploitation and imaginative ideas that, while entertaining to watch, typically lacks...
Film Team Assembly in the Digital Age

Film Team Assembly in the Digital Age

The traditional filmmaking model required that each film employ an entire team of people to ensure that a film was seen, including production, distribution, and financing teams.  Now, when media has been democratized, more channels exist for filmmakers to get their films seen outside of the traditional model.  Even though it’s possible, it’s prohibitively difficult...
Creating Suspense in Your Script

Creating Suspense in Your Script

Suspense is much more than a genre. Just like conflict, suspense is something that every screenplay should have, regardless of the genre. It is a fundamental quality of good storytelling, and vital if you want to keep the audience’s attention. Over the course of the last few years, the term “story-driven” has been labeled as...
Subtext and Choice

Subtext and Choice

“Those moments in between the moments, those are the most interesting. What’s unspoken, the way we talk around things, the way our actions are inconsistent with what we’re feeling, how anger and affection manifest themselves in strange ways at inappropriate times.” — Stanley Tucci What is subtext? Language is the obvious communication a conveyance of...
How to Do Talking Rehearsals

How to Do Talking Rehearsals

Some directors are criticized for either talking too little or too much. People assume that talking too little means that you are afraid of saying the wrong thing, while talking too much means you are too opinionated and don’t care enough to listen to the actors. Body language can be helpful in recognizing the signs...
Audition And Casting

Audition And Casting

No director can make a film without actors.  Putting together the right cast is one of the key elements that determines the quality of a production.  For the layman, the casting process remains shrouded in mystery.  There are vague notions of starry-eyed actors entering a mysterious room, then emerging moments later, either elated or defeated,...
Approaching Monster and Action Scenes

Approaching Monster and Action Scenes

Every scene in a film has its own unique requirements, whether they involve a short exchange of dialogue or a long action set piece. Monster or action scenes should never receive any special treatment. They should be approached the same way you would approach every other scene. You must make sure that they actually serve...