January 12, 2019

Most (if not all) filmmakers have produced films that they are not proud of. Our first efforts are where we try new things, learn the craft, and copy what we have seen in our favorite films.

Here is a list of undesirable but common traits student films share. Avoid them...

October 29, 2018

I'm thankful for the opportunity to work on this film which was due to two industry colleagues, stunt co-ordinator, Joe Golby, and actor Oliver Park. Both of whom let me know of the project that they were both already attached to, and was in need of a DP to lens it. It...

October 14, 2018

(Excerpt taken from the visual effects chapter in my new film book, "Making Your First Blockbuster", due for release early 2019 by Michael Wiese Productions.)

“All art is technology. That’s the very nature of it. The artist is always bumping against that technology.” —...

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...

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