Filmmaking
Movie Sets vs. TV Sets

Movie Sets vs. TV Sets

An important part of the popularity of today’s TV shows and movies is not only due to the brilliant acting and writing, but the sets on which these shows and movies are filmed. On screen, these sets translate to vividly imaginative alien words, such as James Cameron’s Avatar, or the iconic bar scene in How...
Seven Influential TV Producers

Seven Influential TV Producers

TV series that are popular shows are appearing with greater frequency each TV season. For this reason, the producers of these shows are in a tougher struggle on the battlefield of the TV show industry to gain that popular success and wide-audience demand for their products. This article present popular opinion as we discuss some...
Influential Music Producers

Influential Music Producers

The Music production industry has developed since its infancy in the mid 20th century as it was established. The structure of the industry matured from music professionals in different spheres to record companies that hired those professionals. As time went on the independent music producers appeared, founding new recording companies and inventing new brands and...
Seven Influential Film Producers

Seven Influential Film Producers

Creating the idea, finding money for making a movie, finding decent directors, writers, and approving actors for their roles: these are the responsibilities of a producer. The producer must plan his or her work in an effort to make the movie successful so that it pays off; otherwise the producer loses money and prestige. In...
Should you write that book?

Should you write that book?

Writing a book is huge. Even thinking about it poses various questions. Is a book really necessary? How long will it take me? Who still reads books? Can’t I just blog or tweet about it? Real accomplishment Just about anyone can write a blog, send a tweet or post a video onto YouTube. It does...
Managing Creative People

Managing Creative People

The film industry is populated by creative people. Directors, producers, writers, and cast members are all creative, and their collaboration makes a production successful. But screenplay business management is not an easy task. Creative people are often described as prima donnas, undisciplined or self-absorbed people who finds it difficult to work as part of a...
The Role of Judgement In film

The Role of Judgement In film

As viewers, we tend to judge the villains in films, criticizing their actions as unscrupulous and wicked. It is a natural response for those of us who do not have a vested interest in the mean-spirited character. But how should actors playing a villain feel about their character? Should they be equally judgmental , or...
Perhaps A Radical Approach to Acting

Perhaps A Radical Approach to Acting

Creative projects sometimes take an inordinate amount of time to finish because you cannot force artistic expression. When director Paul Schrader presented Nick Nolte with the script for Affliction, the actor delayed shooting the film for five years. Although this undoubtedly frustrated those involved in production, the actor needed the extra time to ruminate on...
Get Your Actors to Trust Themselves

Get Your Actors to Trust Themselves

Due to the nature of the filmmaking industry, it can be difficult for actors to avoid playing to an image. Because they have a lot on their minds during any performance, it’s important to run a set where everyone is comfortable enough to lose themselves in the characters that they’re playing. Teach Them To React...
Actor’s Imaginative Leap

Actor’s Imaginative Leap

Sympathy is a word we often hear, especially when imparting condolences, and it is defined as expressing sorrow for another person’s hardship. But empathy is a different concept, one that takes sympathy to another level. By definition, empathy is the ability to share in and understand someone else’s feelings. It is not always something that...
The Fictional Realm In Film

The Fictional Realm In Film

In Sydney Pollock’s Sanford Meisner documentary, Meisner says, “Everything is imagination. Do you believe Hamlet existed?” The implication here seems obvious—Hamlet was a fictional character who didn’t exist. But because we often allow characters to become real to us, not as real as the people we interact with on a daily basis but real nonetheless,...
Working With Chance: Actors And Production

Working With Chance: Actors And Production

The best laid plans of mice and men often go awry and this is particularly true in the case of filmmaking. Even with the best production manager in the world and the most experienced crew, countless variables can still affect the successful outcome of a shoot. Rather than interpret these problems as havoc makers for...
Insight to Characters and Script Analysis

Insight to Characters and Script Analysis

There is a lot to understand about characters and scripts if a successful movie is to be made. In order to portray their characters effectively, It is important for the actors to possess a good understanding of their respective characters. The character’s spine is a useful tool for developing true understanding between an actor and...
Rehearsal Techniques

Rehearsal Techniques

Rehearsing with actors before shooting begins can be difficult.  Despite having the best intentions, directors often find their time consumed by other pre-production demands.  Some directors find no purpose to rehearsal, believing that it is better and more efficient to work out choices during takes.  However, rehearsals can always prove beneficial and should be used...
Product Placement in Film And TV

Product Placement in Film And TV

There are few things in modern television that cause people to shudder more than the mention of product placement. It conjures images of branded items placed blatantly in shots — conversations inexplicably held next to billboards, characters randomly highlighting props for no reason, or cups and bottles in hand or on tables. 30 Rock summed...
Pitching Stories and Screenplays

Pitching Stories and Screenplays

Writing a screenplay can be a difficult process in and of itself. Once it is written, you want to see it made into a movie so that story can be told on the big screen, in front of millions of people. Sometimes, only the idea itself is present and it needs to be converted into...
Your Inner Voice

Your Inner Voice

Your Inner Voice Everyone at one time or another has felt inadequate. Often, this comes from comparing ourselves to others or feeling that we just aren’t where we are supposed to be in life. The little nagging voice in the back of our head begins to allow negative thoughts to guide our thoughts and decisions....
Is Internet TV The Future of the Movies?

Is Internet TV The Future of the Movies?

Recently Steven Spielberg and George Lucas were interviewed about the state of the modern movie industry. They commented on how digital technology has changed the face of movie and TV making; how cheap digital video cameras and free distribution avenues such as YouTube have forced a change on the cinema landscape. They spoke of a...