Filmmaking
Acting - Don’t Coast

Acting – Don’t Coast

The famous Bob Dylan once said, “You strip things away until you get at the core of something important.” All great art must go through a winnowing process.  But the true distillation of any art is no easy task.  It requires diligence and practice, especially in a culture of instant gratification, where we are accustomed...
Breakdown of Tasks for Principal Photography

Breakdown of Tasks for Principal Photography

First Day of Principal Photography At this point preproduction is over and the actual production can begin. It is time to start filming.  This chapter will walk you step-by-step through what happens during the shooting period.  We will focus on daily and weekly tasks and address issues that inevitably arise during filming. First Day of...
Creativity in the Movie Business

Creativity in the Movie Business

Various stages of creativity In order to make sense of creativity, Margaret Boden divides it further into stages and forms.     The first division relates to the newness of the idea. An imaginative concept that is new to us, but not new to others is psychologically creative r P-creative.   A concept that is also new to...
Dealing with Absolutes in Film

Dealing with Absolutes in Film

Billiards is a game of absolutes. You cannot play a good game on a bad table. The same is true of film.  Everything must be perfect.  The process does not work otherwise.  The actor’s true personality simply cannot be present. The audience needs to absolutely believe in the character and the story.  This presents a...
Creativity And Innovation

Creativity And Innovation

“When you watch a movie for about ten minutes, you recognize if there’s a potential mental picture there.” -John Boorman Vision, Concepts, And Show Business Besides an expressive catch, a movie director requires an authentic opinion, a perception to impart. The opinion should address specific life circumstances or issues that hold importance for the moviemaker....
Creativity and Vision

Creativity and Vision

Throughout time societies have celebrated creativity and the arts. While evaluating art is subjective, humans recognize and value truly magnificent pieces of art or brilliant performances. Many people are born with certain gifts, such as a gift of creativity. However, many people who are creative tend to do things in their own timeframe, more so...
The Pursuit Of Imagination

The Pursuit Of Imagination

Albert Einstein said that creativity is imagination having fun.  George Scialabba said: “Imagination is intelligence having fun.” So, fun is a necessary ingredient for imagination?  Most of us have learned that “fun” is immature, trivial.  Successful people are mostly serious. They focus on work instead of wasting their time on frivolities.  But “fun” can have...
Turn Off Your Automatic Pilot

Turn Off Your Automatic Pilot

Bob Dylan said that by stripping away your art, you’d find its true core.  There is a fine line, however, between probing a concept to find its essence and over-analyzing it to the point of blocking creativity. So, to avoid second-guessing yourself, you need to develop the correct techniques of “stripping away.” In stripping away,...
Producers make a creative contribution too!

Producers make a creative contribution too!

Everyone freely acknowledges that the producer is the main champion of the film.  It’s the producer that makes the sales pitch to get finance,  and essentially it’s the producer who carries the can for the success or failure of the film.  But the contribution of the producer often starts at the very beginning of the...
Teaching Acting On Set?

Teaching Acting On Set?

Whether or not to teach acting on set is a question that arises for many film directors.  The information here is designed to help you decide, if this is a route that might be suitable for you to take when shooting your film; and if so, how best to go about doing it. To begin...
Important Questions to ask During Pre-Rehearsal Script Analysis

Important Questions to ask During Pre-Rehearsal Script Analysis

Before rehearsal day, a lot of script analysis needs to take place. This analysis can take many forms, but a variety of questions need to be answered to get the job done right. This process can happen individually or as a result of a brainstorming session between the creative minds on your project. Group Analysis...
Good Character Development: Method Acting

Good Character Development: Method Acting

Great character development is the key to engaging your audience and creating a great film. Actors use several well-known acting techniques to develop their characters and deliver their material, one of which is method acting. Method acting actually involves a series of approaches but its overall aim is to develop lifelike performances by encouraging the...
Goals of Script Analysis

Goals of Script Analysis

There are almost as many ways of analyzing a script as there are actors. No two actors are alike and each one will take something different from the process. Consider the process of two Oscar winners, Meryl Streep and Anthony Hopkins. Meryl Streep has said that she reads a script once and lets it penetrate,...
Everything You Need to Know about Film Writing Screen Credits

Everything You Need to Know about Film Writing Screen Credits

Writing Screen Credits Creating the screen credits for your film starts on the first day of prep and ends on the last day of wrap.  The production coordinator presents a draft of the credits on the first day of shooting for the production manager and the producer.  Writing and designing the credits can be a...
Acting Techniques

Acting Techniques

There are several strategies and techniques that actors can use to ensure that they create the authentic feelings and emotions for a role or scene. Some of these will be described here. 1.   If you do it you will feel it Acting is a very physical thing.  My dictionary defines emotion as, “A psychic and...
What Is Transmedia

What Is Transmedia

Transmedia occurs when a narrative takes place over a number of various media platforms. It may also be known as cross media, multi platform media or enhanced story telling. Cross media is: “being where you desire to fuse two or more media together, thus creating multiple story channels” Some of the most prolific examples of...
Writer’s Block? It’s OK to Fail

Writer’s Block? It’s OK to Fail

The risk of failure will always be present when you act instinctively or intuitively. Creating original ideas involves risks; accepting and understanding this fact is crucial to being successful. All too often we may be tempted to run headlong into a project with a head full of positive affirmations such as, “I will succeed; this...
From Character Through To A Script And Rehearsal

From Character Through To A Script And Rehearsal

Vision, Analysis, and Imagination Directorial script analysis must be tested by imagining the scenes in active detail.  This requires, among other things, thinking about motive for and the origin of actions.  For example, pretend that two characters are having a conversation in a certain scene.  Answering questions like “Who started the conversation?”  or “Who had...