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...
On Demand Move: Why Television Doesn’t Need Programming Schedules

On Demand Move: Why Television Doesn’t Need Programming Schedules

Do you still watch cable? Do you still purchase a television guide and read it carefully, wondering when your favorite shows are on?  If you do, you are either ignorant or painfully old-fashioned. In the past decade, technology and the internet has enabled the television experience to become much more convenient and multi-faceted. No one...
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....
Promoting Your Film: Publicity Materials and Events

Promoting Your Film: Publicity Materials and Events

There are many decisions to make when promoting your film and staying on budget. Here, we’ll take a look at the process of promoting and releasing your film.  Relevant topics include: Key art and print media “Wild posting” and Guerilla events (these are not conventional, but I wish to address most non-virtual types of publicity)...
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...
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...
Hiring A Distributor

Hiring A Distributor

Hiring a distributor to release your film is one of the most important decisions that you will have to make in order to ensure that your film is released at the most appropriate time and that it will be seen by the appropriate audiences. It is important that you locate a distributor that has experience...
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...
Five of the best indie films made using Kickstarter

Five of the best indie films made using Kickstarter

Amateur filmmakers and fans alike are proclaiming that Kickstarter is the way forward in movie financing. The success and new-found infamy of the project is largely due to the funding of a movie version of the cult TV show Veronica Mars, which has to date raised $5,702,153 and a staggering 285% of its original goal....