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  • How an Editor Can Shape and Sustain Story Tension

    How an Editor Can Shape and Sustain Story Tension

    February 17, 2012, 5:28 pm
    If a story that should be interesting is shaping up to be a bit boring, it is helpful to understand one of the key drivers behind an audience's interest: Dramatic Questions. A dramatic question is a question that implies an action and has something at stake. What does this have to do with editing? Usually...

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    • Interview with Tim Bevan of Working Title Films: W
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      Interview with Tim Bevan of Working Title Films: W

      August 13, 2015, 5:37 am
      The following is an excerpt from an interview with Tim Bevan featured in FilmCraft:Producing. In commercial terms, Working Title Films, the production company that Tim Bevan helped found and co-chairs, is the most successful UK outfit of its generation. From Bridget Jones’s Diary (2001) to Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994), Notting Hill (1999), and...

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    • Guiding Your Audience Through A Scene Without Dist
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      Guiding Your Audience Through A Scene Without Dist

      August 11, 2015, 5:03 am
      As each shot appears on the screen, the audience sees and hears it for the first time. In an instant, they have to interpret what the director has selected to put there. It is not surprising that viewers can occasionally become confused. Unless the director is careful, the audience may “look at the wrong thing”—that...

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    • Making an Image or Action Crucial to the Scene
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      Making an Image or Action Crucial to the Scene

      August 6, 2015, 8:28 am
      Liking an image is not enough. No one cares what you want, what you like. They care if the story is pulling them forward, interesting them, confusing them in interesting ways. In my years of teaching screenwriting, the most frequent response given by a student to the question “Why did you do this or that?”...

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    • Ten Reasons Not to Go to Film School
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      Ten Reasons Not to Go to Film School

      August 4, 2015, 8:05 am
      This is an excerpt from Film School: A Practical Guide to an Impractical Decision and is a rebuttal to a previously posted excerpt – Ten Reasons to Go to Film School.  This rebuttal is by Ryan Koo, Filmmaker and Founder, No Film School. As the founder of the filmmaking website No Film School, I should...

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    • Sound Rules To Live By
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      Sound Rules To Live By

      July 30, 2015, 7:34 am
      Rule #1: Get the Mic as Close as Possible The most basic rule for recording dialogue is to get the mic as close to the action as possible without being in the shot. The closer the mic, the better the quality of the recording. This is why boom mics so often end up creeping into...

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    • Ten Reasons to Go to Film School
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      Ten Reasons to Go to Film School

      July 28, 2015, 7:54 am
      Ten Reasons to Go to Film School The following is an excerpt from Film School: A Practical Guide to an Impractical Decision. This book is an extended inquiry into film school, its value, and how to benefit most from your time there. This question has become more acute in our current era, when many film...

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    • The DIT Cart – Things to Think About in Planning
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      The DIT Cart – Things to Think About in Planning

      July 21, 2015, 1:34 am
      If you plan to own and operate a DIT cart, there are many things to take into account as you plan the rig. Remember that it will be more than just an equipment holder. It will also be your workspace, your office and your refuge for those inevitable long days on the set. It will...

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    • Cinema 4D Apprentice Video Tutorial: Overview of P
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      Cinema 4D Apprentice Video Tutorial: Overview of P

      July 2, 2015, 5:40 am
      Below is a video tutorial by Kent McQuilkin on working with the basic building blocks – an Overview of Primitives. This video is only one component of the companion material for the book Cinema 4D Apprentice: Real-World Skills for the Aspiring Motion Graphics Artist by Kent McQuilkin. Cinema 4D Apprentice Real-World Skills for the Aspiring...

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    • FREE eBook Excerpt – Character Development: What
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      FREE eBook Excerpt – Character Development: What

      June 18, 2015, 5:49 am
      An e-book excerpt from the soon to be published book Anatomy of a Premise Line: How to Master Premise and Story Development for Writing Success by Jeff Lyons. Character Development: What They Don’t Teach You All fictional supporting characters fall into three basic categories, and writers need to understand these categories BEFORE they start writing....

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    • Cinema 4D Apprentice VIDEO: Camera Control Basics
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      Cinema 4D Apprentice VIDEO: Camera Control Basics

      May 19, 2015, 4:52 am
      Below is a video tutorial by Kent McQuilkin on Camera Control Basics. This video is only one component of the companion material for the book Cinema 4D Apprentice: Real-World Skills for the Aspiring Motion Graphics Artist by Kent McQuilkin. Cinema 4D Apprentice Real-World Skills for the Aspiring Motion Graphics Artist By Kent McQuilkin “If you’re...

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