Filmmaking
Necessity Of Subtext

Necessity Of Subtext

You may not realize it, but it happens: you find yourself watching a motion picture and the actor or actress on the screen is so mesmerizing, so natural, that he or she seems lost in that moment of conflict or emotion.  As a result, you, as the viewer, find yourself lost in that moment as...
6 Things We Really Hate About Science Fiction Movies

6 Things We Really Hate About Science Fiction Movies

Science Fiction has always been a staple of the movies. From Le Voyage dans la Lune to Star Trek: Into Darkness, people have always been excited about seeing what might be waiting for us in the future realised on the big screen. But after more than a century of sci-fi movie making, some of us...
The Fine Art of Editing

The Fine Art of Editing

So, you finally completed the filming process. Although you may have seen this as the hard part- it wasn’t. That was, in fact, the easy part. The hard part comes afterward, when you have to break out the editing program. While it may be difficult, editing is a necessary evil. It has to be done...
Creating Need-Based Relationships

Creating Need-Based Relationships

Relationships are created anytime you engage in a need-based interaction with another person. Each of you becomes a character in the scenario of the relationship. Simple objectives, which are sometimes the most useful, have a physical goal. For example, if you want someone to smile or go away, these are emotional tasks. A goal like...
Getting Actors to Perform

Getting Actors to Perform

Writers will often put textual cues or emotional directions into lines in an attempt to communicate with actors how they intend for the lines to be read. Instead of Shakespeare’s “To be or not to be;” the modern writer will write “(pensively, slowly, with deliberation) To BE…or NOT to be.” Sometimes this is at the...
Enjoying the Art, Despite the Artist

Enjoying the Art, Despite the Artist

Earlier this year, DC comics announced that the acclaimed author Orson Scott Card was to contribute a script for an upcoming Superman anthology. This sparked an online campaign from Superman fans who claimed that Scott Card‘s prominent views against Gay Marriage go against all the things that Superman stands for. But should it matter? Can...
Connecting with Your Audience

Connecting with Your Audience

So you have your site up and running. Now what? How do you get people to visit it? You have many options: optimizing your site architecture for search engines, outreach via people you know, and social networking, outreach via organizations, via SEO keyword optimization, and finally, by making your site attractive to web surfers. What...
Nine Laws to Follow on a Movie Set

Nine Laws to Follow on a Movie Set

Making a movie, whether it’s a low-budget indie flick, or a multi-million dollar Hollywood extravaganza, is a process that must run as efficiently as a well-oiled machine. Each person from a make-up assistant to a leading director must play his or her part in order for the operation to continue uninhibited. Since the production relies...
Five Terrible Actors You Secretly Love

Five Terrible Actors You Secretly Love

Everyone has an actor who they know is awful but secretly can’t stop themselves from loving. It’s simply natural that you nurture affection for someone who is unburdened by talent. When it comes to movies, the list goes on and on… Arnold Schwarznegger The eponymous Arnie launched his career off the back of Terminator, in...
Do Reboots Ever Work?

Do Reboots Ever Work?

Recently, you might have become aware of a hysterical spate of rumours about the return of hit 90s sitcom Friends. How would you even begin to market that? “Haggard and fat ex-superstars desperately flail for glory with a criminally uncalled-for comeback season of F.R.I.E.N.D.S”? Yeah, I’ve pre-ordered the boxset. Even though it was denied by...
Emotional Events

Emotional Events

“Something palpable is happening that the audience perceives and that is not the words.” –Mike Nichols   “It is inside, around, and under the words of the script.” –Sydney Pollack In life, even the smallest, most insignificant gesture can change our lives.  The storyteller- in this case, the director- isolates and elevates these moments, infusing...
Facts & Subtext

Facts & Subtext

Central Facts: Fargo In order for a fact to be central, it must be pertinent to the emotional identity of a character.  In Fargo, we can attribute two central facts to the character of Marge: she is pregnant with her first child and she is the chief of police.  Her husband, Norm, works as a...
Different Episodes, Different Directors

Different Episodes, Different Directors

Different directors are used for separate TV episodes primarily because the production format for television is quite different from the cinema.  This difference in production formats can be attributed to the rapid pacing of a television show.   In television, the various production stages often overlap so that one episode is in preproduction, another is shooting,...
Creativity in Film

Creativity in Film

Creativity is much more than just the ability to create.  It also encompasses an idea’s novelty , its usefulness or applicability, and its ability to evoke a reaction.  In the field of film the reactions are emotional. Using the above definition, creativity in film involves the emotional reactions, and thus interactions, of the producers, directors,...
Guidelines for Successful Rehearsals

Guidelines for Successful Rehearsals

Knowing Your Vision A director must have a clear vision of the show before beginning the rehearsal process. This does not mean that a director should push actors to match a specific vocal pattern or refuse to listen to the impressions and ideas the actors have regarding the piece. It simply means the director needs...
Casting Tips For Independent Films

Casting Tips For Independent Films

Casting The most important part of film production after writing, revising, and preparation of the script is casting. Find the appropriate cast, and you’ll likely create a great film. Alternatively, a bad cast, even with great cinematography, writing, or editing, is likely doomed. A bad cast does not necessarily mean bad actors; extraordinarily talented actors...
Authors and Playwrights in Film

Authors and Playwrights in Film

Creating a story is tricky whatever the medium. There are those that are masters of one craft and amateurs of another. For instance: Alfred Hitchcock  was the master of tension  and one of the all-time great directors, but he always hired a screenwriter for his films. The man thought in images, not words: he was...
Actor to Director

Actor to Director

While it’s been a long time since the thought of an actor working behind the camera instead of in front of it was considered shocking, it’s worth thinking about what attracts a performer to an outwardly less glamorous role. Here are three examples of how an actor can change his career path in favour of...