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Screenwriting: How To Write the Transitions

A big part of professional screenwriting is moving from one scene smoothly to another. Making it smooth is a matter of not only finesse, but technique, and those "moves," technically, are called transitions. There are...[more]

Screenwriting: How To Write Parenthetical

Screenwriting When a screenwriter creates a screenplay, he /she need to give the characters direction on what they should be doing while the action is occurring. This is known as a parenthetical. But, screenwriters must...[more]

Screenwriting: How To Write the Scene Heading

Screenwriting When writing your own screenplay, it is important to learn how to write the scene heading. Scene headings are a necessity to your screenplay because they help guide the reader to help him/her understand...[more]

Screenwriting: What are the Spec Screenplay Page Properties?

In the screenwriting market, the spec screenplay is a very special animal. "Spec" stands for 'speculative'. The purpose for writing a spec screenplay is to show someone that you know how to write screenplays, to...[more]

Photo Editing: Non Destructive Burning

In Photo editing, burning is a tool by which you can darken parts of your image, but the main drawback in this process is that you cannot undo what changes you have made as this...[more]

Lightroom: How To Create High Key High Contrast Images

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom allows users to manipulate, edit and add effects to photos. But, what sets Lightroom apart from similar programs is that users don't need to worry about ruining their original photo. Lightroom's Develop...[more]

Android Photography Apps: Moon Phase

Moon Phase is a very useful photography application which makes it possible to decide on the best times to take photographs. Moon Phase is ideal for nighttime photography because they will let you know about...[more]

Android Photography Apps: Just Pictures

The Just Pictures android application is a wonderful app which makes it very easy to show people photos from all over the Internet. This application connects seamlessly many Internet photo sharing sites including Facebook and...[more]

Video Editing Tools: An Introduction to Ffmpeg

The world of video editing tools has seen some big changes in recent years. One major reason for this is that in these modern times many people require the facility to post video online. Social...[more]

Video Editing Tools: An Introduction to Blender (software)

In the world of video editing tools, Blender is a popular 3D graphics tool that's often used for modeling, texturing, UV unwrapping, rigging, smoke and water simulation, rendering, animating, and skinning. It is also used...[more]

Video Editing Tools: An Introduction to Zwei Stein

Zwei Stein is one of the many video editing tools available for free online. It will produce videos in Real Audio and Real Video formats. The download has been completely tested and does not contain...[more]

Using the Movie Capture Window in Adobe Premiere

Adobe Premiere is one of the best nonlinear editing programs on the market.  It is efficient and easy to use for all digital video productions. One of it's key features is the Movie Capture Window....[more]

Web Television: How To Make it Your Career

Web television is a service that is distributed strictly through the Internet. There are several different services that play in Australia, the US, the United Kingdom, and the Netherlands. It is possible to choose the different...[more]

Web Shows: How To Make Your Own Talk Show

A few months ago the Streamy awards were held in Los Angeles honoring the best web shows being created. The winner of best comedy series was 'Between Two Ferns With Zach Galafonakis'.  It is a talk...[more]

Web Shows: How To Make a Choose-Your-Own-Adventure Show

With the advent of web shows the Internet is as revolutionary to home entertainment as TV was in the 1950s. One form of story telling unique to the Internet is the Choose-Your-Own-Adventure show.  The name...[more]

Screenwriting: Other Script Formats

While most screenwriters will only work on screenplays, there are a few other screenwriting formats. While screenwriters will generally write these the same way as regular screenplays, there are some differences worth noting. Further, screenwriters...[more]

Screenwriting: Understanding Page Breaking

When it comes to making page breaks in screenplays, screenwriters can't simply follow the formats of fiction and non-fiction manuscripts. Page breaks in screenwriting involve a bit more work, and screenwriters must follow all the...[more]

Screenwriting: How To Write the Action

Anyone interested in screenwriting might be interested in writing an action film. Action movies are very interesting because they get the viewer excited and make sure that their adrenalin is pumping. A good action movie...[more]

Travel Photography: The Middle East

Travel photography is a wonderful career for anyone interested in photography and who also enjoys traveling. This job will be able to take you all around the world taking photos of many different things that...[more]

Travel Photography: The Atlantic

Anyone who enjoys photography might find it easy to make a living by using travel photography. This is an enjoyable career because it allows you to travel all around the world taking fantastic photos of...[more]

Travel Photography: Americas

Travel Photography is a great way to earn some extra money and it is also something that many people can enjoy. Anyone who enjoys photography and traveling will find travel photography is a very rewarding...[more]

Photo Editing: Using Configurator to Structure a Workflow

Adobe Configurator is a free download that can be used with Adobe Photoshop CS4 and CS5 and Adobe InDesign CS5 for photo editing. This program allows users to create their own panels, which can then...[more]

Photo Editing: Non Destructive Dodging

Usually while taking a photo the light and dark composition does not come the way we want. Photo editing software like Photoshop provides a tool called Dodging for lightening areas of photos. But this modifies...[more]

Lightroom: How To Set Up Target Collections

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom allows users to easily manipulate, organize and sort their photos. One of the ways that Lightroom lets users organize their photos is by setting up Target Collections. By simply following a few...[more]

Lightroom: Lens Correction and Perspective Correction

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom provides users with ways to make their photos better. Two ways that Lightroom improves photos is via the Lens Corrections panel and Perspective Correction Feature. The Perspective Correction feature allows users to...[more]

Android Photography Apps: Pixelpipe Pro

The PixelPipe application is a useful photo application that can be installed on Android mobile phones. Android is one of the most popular operating systems used on mobile phones and portable devices. Many of these...[more]

Shooting a Movie Genre: Thriller

Considering the type of movie genre that you are shooting will make it easy to film a high quality and reliable film. If you are filming a thriller film, then you need to think of...[more]

Shooting a Movie Genre: Romantic Comedy

Filming a Romantic comedy is easy enough when you consider the unique movie genre. A RomCom is a very popular type of film because it's so much fun to watch. It's a type of film...[more]

Shooting a Movie Genre: Science Fiction

When shooting a film, it is important to consider the movie genre. Every type of film is slightly different and will have different requirements and scripting needs. If you are producing a science fiction film,...[more]

Shooting a Movie Genre: Drama

When choosing the type of movie genre that you want to start filming, you will need to decide exactly how to create an unique and interesting story. If you want to create a drama movie,...[more]

How to Match Color Palette to Scene Themes

The color palette of your film is very important because it can give your film a unique look and feel. Different colors can make people feel differently. Colors are used extensively in advertising campaigns to...[more]

Choosing a Primary Monochrome Color for Your Film

When creating a monochrome set design or theme, you need to carefully choose the color that you want to use. Colors are very important because they make people feel a variety of different emotions. Colors...[more]

Complementing a Set's Interior Color Palette with Makeup

When you are creating an interior color palette for your film, it is essential that all of the colors work well together. The colors need to look right when they are used together. The set...[more]

How to Approximately Measure Lux by Eye

To measure lux accurately, you will need to use a light meter. However, there will be times when this isn't convenient. To avoid this problem, you will need to find a way of measuring lux...[more]

Video Editing Tools: An Introduction to VirtualDub

Virtualdub is one of many video editing tools that was developed specifically for Windows operating systems. It not only captures video, but will also edit it. This is completely free software. In order for the...[more]

Final Cut Pro: Using Audio Outputs

The audio outputs preset in Final Cut Pro is used to create preset configurations that can map the tracks to multiple audio channel outputs. Final Cut Pro can support 24 hardware audio outputs, so you...[more]

How To Get Your Web Show Played on Internet Television

Internet television is changing how the Internet is used every day. No longer is the Internet just used for communication and sharing information. The modern Internet is also used for entertainment. There are hundreds of...[more]

4 Tips for a Documentery Web Show

Creating your own web show is not that hard to do since you have most of the tools you need. However, there are some tips or guidelines you can follow to make sure that you...[more]

Web Shows: Lighting Tips on a Budget

Lighting is a very important part of web shows, but the budget for web shows will be reduced compared to full blown concerts. However, just because you are functioning on a budget does not mean...[more]

Web Shows: How To Use a Web Cam for Plot

Creating a film about someone making web shows is actually quite a lot more difficult than you might imagine. To get this just right will take a lot of patience and effort. Web cams have...[more]

5 Ideas for Using Wild Animal Stock Footage

There are several things wild animal stock footage is used for. This stock footage is often used in a variety of ways from commercials to TV broadcasting. If you have a lot of wild animal...[more]

How To Use Stock Footage to Set the Scene

Using stock footage to set a scene is convenient visual shorthand, whether for fictional or documentary purposes, and a cheap alternative to location shooting. It is a technique nearly as old as filmmaking itself, so viewers...[more]

Screenwriting: The Difference Between a Script and a Transcript

In screenwriting, there are several differences between a script and a transcript. Both scripts hold a particular purpose and are created for different reasons. The following factors are distinctive qualities that decipher the differences between...[more]

Screenwriting: How To Write an Action Film

Screenwriting for an action film contains much more than just action. Seamlessly melding action so that it has a purpose for the story is what sets the great action films apart from the ones that...[more]

Screenwriting: How To Write a War Film

There are several genres for screenwriting. A war film can provide the necessary action, conflict, drama and romance that viewers want to watch and pay money for. Here are a few steps screenwriters can follow...[more]

Screenwriting: How To Superimpose or Title Over

In screenwriting, it is possible to superimpose or title over a scene with important information. Generally, this title over will be used to show a time or place. Otherwise, the subtitles, translations and other text...[more]

Screenwriting: How To Write Intercuts

In screenwriting, an intercut is a way to simplify the writing while maintaining the flow of the story. It works by removing screen descriptions and sluglines from two interacting scenes, instead showing the action cutting...[more]

Screenwriting: What Is a Shooting Script?

A shooting script differs in several ways compared to a theatrical film script. A shooting script is used during the production process of your movie to help communicate the filming process to all crew members...[more]

How To Use Levels when Setting Up Photos

When taking photos, there can be nothing worse than having to work with an unlevel ground. The tripod won't stand up straight. Plus, there's a chance that the pictures can be crooked. But, photographers can always...[more]

Photography Tips: How To Darken the Mid Day Sky

Shooting midday can be very difficult, and the following are some photography tips on how to darken the midday sky. During the middle of the day, the landscape is illuminated beautifully but the sky does...[more]

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