Filmmaking
Everything You Need to Know Ahead of Time

Everything You Need to Know Ahead of Time

Hire a costume designer. You will need to meet and talk with the designer and really get to know his or her background. Costumes You should ask a lot of questions. Is the designer knowledgeable about the era in which your film is set? Will the designer provide you the kind of costume detail you...
Film Sound - Video and Film Editing Comparison

Film Sound – Video and Film Editing Comparison

To get an idea of the time and effort needed to follow these possibly new and complex processes, it will help you to compare the differences between video and film editing. Reviewing the video aspect first, the period of time between the shoot and logging processes should be about seven days or less, even with...
Film Sound - Searching For The Mix

Film Sound – Searching For The Mix

When you get down to the basics, you must ask yourself what exactly you are looking to gain from a mix. Without going into a volume of detail, it could be that you want to achieve an enhanced and audience-appealing balance with all the sounds created for your film. You want to make your film...
About Film Sound & Mixing Tracks

About Film Sound & Mixing Tracks

“Audience appeal” is attracting viewers’ attention and getting them involved in your film, visually and emotionally engaged with the plot. You can have the best script ever written, but without visual and sound impact, it will fall flat! To combine the various factors, or tracks, into a dynamic package that will capture an audience, you...
How To Setup To Film My Shots

How To Setup To Film My Shots

Many directors think that the primary role of the craft of moviemaking is the shots. Bruce Beresford, a director of such films as “Driving Miss Daisy” and many others, left little doubt that he considered how the shots are planned to be absolutely crucial to the art of being a director. I spend a lot...
Sensation Seekers + Intrinsic Motivation

Sensation Seekers + Intrinsic Motivation

Whether biologically driven or enhanced by external factors, the factors at work behind the scenes in creative minds can be difficult to decipher.  Understanding the reasons why screenwriters behave the way they do, and how their creativity can be most effectively harnessed, will help producers and directors navigate the potentially problematic process of film production...
Three Golden Rules of Being an Effective Director

Three Golden Rules of Being an Effective Director

A good director is more than just yelling “Action!” It’s managing a team. It’s knowing what you need to do. And finally, it’s being courteous even when there is tension on set. These things can be summarized into three basic ideas: Know what the rights and responsibilities of a director are; Know who you have...
Legalities Of Writing The Screenplay

Legalities Of Writing The Screenplay

a strong, unique and creative screenplay can be an artistic challenge, but it also presents a number of legal issues that all production companies should be aware of. A screenplay (or script) can be produced in several ways. The simplest way, in terms of legalities, is to write it entirely yourself; this makes you the...
Postproduction -  Where The Magic Happens

Postproduction – Where The Magic Happens

The long days and retakes are over, but you are now about to enter a whole new world — the world of postproduction. Working with an editor (or teams of editors and assistant editors), you will begin to bring your film to life. Cutting the takes together, deciding on which angles work best and adding...
Postproduction - Working With An Editor

Postproduction – Working With An Editor

How much influence you have over the editing process does, of course, depend on your role within the production company. This article will assume that you have the right to supervise the cut of your film. Just as a writer specializes in writing the screenplay and a director specializes in directing the making of a...
As A Director, It's Your Job To Look For Warning Signs

As A Director, It’s Your Job To Look For Warning Signs

A director has to wear many hats, among them is looking for warning signs from their actors and actresses that something about their line, their interpretation of a scene or maybe even their role in the whole film isn’t completely right. It’s the directors job to look for these warning signs during rehearsals, both subtle...
Spending Time To Save Time

Spending Time To Save Time

It may sound like an oxymoron, but as a director spending time can save you time. Spending time in the beginning, during rehearsals will save you time on the set. One of my favourite quotes about a director’s usage of time: “When a light bulb has burned out, you take the time to change it....
The Director As An Honest Leader

The Director As An Honest Leader

Being Open with the Actors Being vulnerable as a director is not the same as being a weak director. Sometimes, directors may not have all the answers, nor will they admit to any type of mistake. Actors may perceive this as coercive or micro-managerial, insensitive to their work, mistrustful of their instincts, or negatively critical...
The Location

The Location

Once you’ve done your initial location scout, you and the art director will want to look at the locations one last time before you decide to film there. This is just one last check to make sure that everything is the way you want it, and also to see if anything has changed since you...
Setting the Scene: Sets Vs. Locations

Setting the Scene: Sets Vs. Locations

When it comes to deciding how you want the world in your script to be translated to the screen, few things are more important than designing the right set, or picking out the right location. The artistic vision you have for the film should decide whether a set is built to your specifications, or you...
Before You Can Start Recruitment And Organise For Film Production

Before You Can Start Recruitment And Organise For Film Production

After you have decided what film you are going to make and you have obtained in their entirety the rights to that film property However, before you can start recruitment and organise for film production, it is essential that you consider the following points: Product placement One way of saving precious cash on the all-important...
Job Functions Of The Director And The Team

Job Functions Of The Director And The Team

As a director a fundamental question you need to answer is which of the innumerable jobs involved in film making do you need to understand? Can it be presume that a film script is the work of another and leave it at that? You may well believe after your experiences of film studies or even...
The Power of Authentic Casting

The Power of Authentic Casting

If you’ve ever seen an Italian neorealist movie from the post-World-War-II era, you may have been amazed at how impactful the actors were, and came to the conclusion that the leading man is famous for his genuine performances and his appearance happens to be the perfect fit for the character. How else could the director...