Every year thousands upon thousands of short films are submitted and then rejected from festivals across the globe. Although these shorts are so diverse in terms of genre, style and budget, the reasons they get rejected largely fall into one of three main categories.
Just about any story has the potential to be made into a brilliant film if it is executed well by the director. Unfortunately though, many directors fall into common traps, ultimately preventing their film from becoming a success.
Beautiful lighting is not simply achieved by having the right lights, but rather by understanding how to shape and craft light. Follow these tips to get great results with simple lighting setups.
Since FCPX shook up the post-production world a few years ago, many editors have been heavily focused on the ‘NLE Wars’, trying to choose the best software for their needs. Now that the dust has settled, let’s look at some fundamental editing techniques that are relevant no matter what system you’re editing on.
Full frame DSLRs unlocked the potential of shooting in extremely low light situations by delivering great results at high ISOs. However, the vast majority of DPs today are not shooting full frame and need to think outside of the box when it comes to capturing images in low light.
As low cost cinema cameras dominate the independent film scene, high level filmmaking has never been more accessible than it is today. That said, it takes a lot more than the right camera and gear to actually make a film that is worth watching.
It’s easier than ever to make a low-budget film with high production value, yet so many filmmakers still create films that look unpolished. Here are 5 tips that are often overlooked on smaller-scale films.
Your script is finally done, ready to be seen and (hopefully) sold. After pouring your blood, sweat and tears into your baby, it seems that the hard part is over and done with, but in many ways the work has just begun.
Most DPs are trained early on in their careers to learn the basics of a three point lighting setup. However, in this post I’ll make a case for why reducing your lighting setup can actually be more conducive to a cinematic look.