Category Archives: For Filmmakers

This section of the blog is kindly dedicated to all those filmmaker wannabes out there. As the occasion presents itself, we shall talk about techniques and equipment pertinent to the craft and business of filmmaking.

Ignoring Cinematography Conventions in “The King’s Speech”

In the artistic world, “rules” can be broken and “laws” can be bent. Guidelines taught in school are subjective and flexible. Always seeking innovation, the industry and seasoned professionals occasionally ignore them to create something new. When I was watching … Continue reading

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WEBSITE WEEKLY UPDATE: 01/23/2011

Two major updates this week: Parallel Editing (cross cutting) This article has been thoroughly updated with more explanations and examples, now containing a clip from The Silence of the Lambs (1991) which illustrates the technique being used. Art vs. Business … Continue reading

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WEBSITE WEEKLY UPDATE: 01/06/11

Two updates last week: Mise-en-Scène Our page on Mise-en-Scène is the most visited page in our website, so I thought I should include a clarification on the term. Shot Sizes Our page on Shot Sizes is also one of the most … Continue reading

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What do all great filmmakers have in common?

Mastery of the Craft Well, besides passion for the medium, they have sheer knowledge of all the elements present in a film production. They apply both form and content to create a succinct, intriguing, and relevant message in their films. … Continue reading

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WEBSITE WEEKLY UPDATE: 12/31/2010

Two major updates on the last week of 2010: New: What is a MacGuffin and how to improve your screenwriting technique with it? In my opinion, a MacGuffin is one of those obscures screenwriting  techniques that some screenwriters (especially newbies) … Continue reading

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WEBSITE WEEKLY UPDATE: 26/16/10

Three major updates this week: New: Writing Compelling Dialogue Expanded: Understanding Film Form Expanded: Blocking – Why is it important? Understanding Film Form is one of those scholarly articles that might not interest some filmmakers or film student, although I … Continue reading

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The Fairy Godmother Technique

I’m still trying to digest the ending of The Tourist (2010), which I watched  just this past weekend. The problem isn’t that it was unexpected or implausible. In fact, one could make an argument that is was both. However, it … Continue reading

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