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,...
How to Manage Someone You Don’t Like

How to Manage Someone You Don’t Like

There is always going to be someone you have a problem with, whether that someone is a useless boss, or an irritating colleague. It is easier to deal with if it has to do with incompetence in the workplace, but what happens when it concerns a person’s personality? Is it right to just avoid that...
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...
Screenings & Releases - Embracing the “Short Run”

Screenings & Releases – Embracing the “Short Run”

Although it can be harder for indie films to get reviews in some markets with a short run, this trend seems to be changing as traditional media changes.  For example, as newspapers scale back the scope of their coverage and reduce size—making it harder to get reviews—non-traditional press through tweets, blogs, and online announcements can...
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...