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I am a firm believer that just about any story idea can be turned into an Oscar winning screenplay if it is approached in just the right way, and that same idea could see just as much success as a directorial effort if it is approached with the same level of care. But the difference between average writing/directing and […]Read more →
As of today, Blackmagic has just slashed the price of their pocket camera in half, from $995 to $495! This is great news for anyone in the market for a pocket cam, or those that already have a pocket or cinema camera and are looking for a b-camera to use in multi-camera environments. The pocket […]Read more →
Independent filmmakers are constantly striving to make their low-budget films emulate higher budget productions in any way that they can. One of the most common goals for directors and cinematographers is to recreate the ‘film look’, (which is certainly something I can relate to!). But unfortunately in the quest to find this look there have been some […]Read more →
Getting through the first draft of your screenplay can be an extremely frustrating task to say the least, and the challenges that present themselves during your first set of re-writes can be even more daunting. When initially reviewing the first draft of your script, it’s common to feel uninspired and to experience self doubt as the words on […]Read more →
I’m on a bit of a DSLR kick right now as I’ve just announced my Guide To Capturing Cinematic Images With Your DSLR, and have been eager to share some recent thoughts on this topic with my readers. The DSLR video tips that you find below are not so much technical, but rather fundamental in nature, […]Read more →
I have written loads of articles on this site about capturing a cinematic image when shooting with a DSLR, and many of you have written to me asking to learn more and more about this topic. I get e-mails almost every day from readers that want to see a more in depth analysis of exactly what it […]Read more →
Over the years I have gone through a lot of cameras. My first semi-professional camera was the infamous DVX100 which I later sold when I needed to upgrade to an HD camera, and the endless cycle of buying and selling cameras continued from there. As I started freelancing as a DP, I quickly realized that […]Read more →
Often we as independent filmmakers feel that we need a big crew in order to produce a film that looks and feels professional. I find however, that on many types of independent films (specifically those with limited budgets) working with a smaller crew can be optimal, which is why even established directors that have access to large budgets […]Read more →
Before committing to shoot a feature film by the end of this year, I wanted to shoot a couple of quick and dirty short films to do some creative and technical tests. One of these test projects was a no-budget ultra short film that takes a minimalistic look at a young model on her first […]Read more →
It’s been said by countless directors that casting is unequivocally the most important element in the filmmaking process. Many directors subscribe to the famous notion that 90% of directing is casting, as they recognize that a film that is cast well, and according to the director’s vision will always be far more realistic and authentic than one cast in any other way. Surprisingly […]Read more →
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