September 26, 2018

(Excerpt taken from my new forthcoming film book, "Making Your First Blockbuster" due early 2019 by Michael Wiese Productions)

CASTING

Casting can make or break your film. It can be a long and laborious process, but once complete, 90% of the director’s job is done. If yo...

September 19, 2018

(Excerpt taken from my books, "Shooting Better Movies: The Student Filmmakers' Guide", available on Amazon, and from my forthcoming book, "Making Your First Blockbuster" coming 2019)

From my years in teaching, this single thing seems to be the one aspect most students g...

September 14, 2018

(Excerpt taken from my film book, “Shooting Better Movies: The Student Filmmakers' Guide.” Available on Amazon. See end of post for link)

Some cinematographers like to use camera filters and some like to shoot clean, with nothing in front of the lens at all. it all depe...

September 13, 2018

(An excerpt from my new forthcoming film book, "Making Your First Blockbuster", due early 2019 published by Michael Wiese Productions.)

Color correction, or sometimes referred to as grading or timing, takes place after editing, and is a very important part of the finish...

September 11, 2018

  

Lighting can take time to produce the best images possible. Some shots can be filmed in natural light and require nothing but a little bit of poly-board to lift the exposure on the face, whereas other set-ups require multiple 18K lights, elaborate rigs, and dimm...

September 10, 2018

(An excerpt from my forthcoming film book, "Making Your First Blockbuster" coming 2019)

Aspect ratio refers to the height and width of the frame. It is presently numerically with two numbers separated by a colon. We have 1.33:1 (or 4:3), 1.77:1 (or 16:9), 1.85:1, and 2....

September 7, 2018

(An excerpt from my forthcoming film book, "Making Your First Blockbuster". coming 2019).

Three-point lighting goes back to the 1930s, when Hollywood actors were all lit a certain way. I like to think of it as a foundation, a starting point that you can move on from and...

September 6, 2018

Understanding color temperature in cinematography.

September 3, 2018

(An excerpt from my forthcoming film book, "Making Your First Blockbuster" coming 2019.)

Sometimes you will find yourself in a position where you’ll need to be very creative with your light sources and their motivations. Lighting in most if not all cases needs to be mot...

September 3, 2018

(An excerpt from my forthcoming film book, "Making Your First Blockbuster" coming 2019).

We’ve all seen gunfights and shootouts of some kind in a host of blockbusters over the years. Some are truly awe-inspiring sucking the audience in and making them feel they are righ...

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