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Callsheet Operator - Call sheets for the 21st century

By Benjamin Craig, posted 18 June 2015

Call sheets are the oil that keeps the machine moving smoothly during principal photography on any film project. While there are probably very few line producers or 2nd ADs who write out call sheets by hand these days, more often than not they are still printed and handed out each day. Or in a more tech-savvy production, they end up in people's email inboxes where they risk being lost amongst all the noise (assuming they beat the spam filter).

Should Authors Become Screenwriters?

By Zachary Evans, posted 16 June 2015

There is a long history of literary writers crossing over into screenwriting, whether it be to adapt their own work, create something new, or adapt the work of others. Some of them have made this transition with great success, and have been able to translate their written voice into a visual medium. Many others, however, this transition has not been so fruitful, or has, at the very least, been a mixed bag. On the other hand, there are countless examples of literary writing being adapted by other screenwriters, which comes with its own challenges, failures, and success stories. Looking at these various situations is important to come to a better understanding of what works, and what does not, so that film, as a medium and industry, can utilize the brilliant stories and the people who created them.

CGI and Practical Visual Effects of Mad Max: Fury Road

By Benjamin Craig, posted 1 June 2015

You can probably blame George Lucas' overly CGIed Star Wars prequels for the current resurgence of 'real world' effects in major films. J.J. Abrahams has made a big deal of it in his first foray into the Star Wars universe, but veteran director George Miller has also created some stunning visuals for Mad Max: Fury Road using similar techniques. Unsurprising, when you consider that the original Mad Max films were made without the benefit of CGi.

Composing movement, Kurosawa style

By Benjamin Craig, posted 22 May 2015

Akira Kurosawa is celebrated as one of the greatest film directors in history. He true mastery of the medium is evident in every one of his films. In this video, the guys over at Every Frame a Painting take a look at how use of movement in different planes of a shot elevates a scene from pedestrian to grand master.

How to be a Filmmaker

By Benjamin Craig, posted 7 April 2015

Ok, so it's 'branded content' for Kessler Cranes, but garnered a few laughs here as it isn't actually far off the mark.

Understanding Speedboosters

By Jon Kline, posted 19 February 2015

Every few years, there is a big shift in the way we create video on low-budget shoots. Ground glass adapters, DSLR filmmaking, firmware hacks, these are all things that had a huge impact on the way we shoot and how the footage looks. The latest major innovation in small-camera filmmaking is the speedbooster. Speedboosters can make your lens faster, sharper, and wider, and reduce your depth of field, all with minimal tradeoffs. To use one effectively, you need to understand a bit of how it works.

Becoming a Full-Time Filmmaker: When to Quit Your Day Job.

By Mark Boucher, posted 19 December 2014

Jumping on your first set can be so romancing, especially a feature film set. For 20 or so days, you feel like you've discovered your place in life. You learn a brand new language, get into a nice groove, and really build relationships with most of the crew.

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