Filmmaking Tips Articles

Screenwriting: How To Write a Comedy

As with any type of movie, there is a screenwriting process to writing a comedy film. While there is a story line to follow, the key is to amuse the audience throughout the entire film....[more]

Screenwriting: How To Write a Western Film

The western film is a very classic American film, and there are plenty of great examples that can be used for screenwriting. While westerns are not as nearly popular as they once were, they have...[more]

Screenwriting: How To Write a Romance Scene

At some point in time, screenwriting will require a romantic scene. These are the scenes that when well done, will make the audience cry. The audience tends to experience the scene with the characters instead...[more]

Screenwriting: How To Write an Hour Episodic TV Show

Screenwriting for episodic TV is a great way to have regular employment in the entertainment industry. This is also an excellent way to practice writing and learn how to use new ideas and story arcs....[more]

Screenwriting: How To Lock Your Script Pages

In screenwriting, locking the pages is one of the final things that will happen to a script. This is required so that any changes made on set can easily be tracked. When changes are made,...[more]

Screenwriting: How To Write a Series of Shots

Screenwriting, or a series of shots, is similar, but different when creating a montage. A series of shots can be used specifically to show an event that is occurring without interrupting the flow of the...[more]

Screenwriting: How To Write Montages

Almost all movies contain a montage sequence, and good screenwriting can be done effectively or badly. Take the time to learn how to write it well so the montage helps the movie and doesn't slow...[more]

Screenwriting: How To Write the Dialogue

Dialogue is an important and effective tool for screenwriting, as it is a main function for a character to tie in his personality and expectations in a film. Dialogue is a tricky procedure that involves...[more]

Shooting a Movie Genre: Film Noir

In the 1940s, a popular movie genre emerged out of the ashes of war, and that was film noir. "Film noir," means literally "black (or dark) film," and the implication is that it deals with the...[more]

Shooting a Movie Genre: Comedy

Shooting a different type of movie genre requires different pieces of equipments and types of scripts. If you want to shoot a comedy film, then you will need to make sure that you have all...[more]

Shooting a Movie Genre: Action

An action film is a very demanding movie genre to film. This genre requires a lot of fast-paced physical motion, which requires your subjects to perform quick stunts such as fight scenes, car chases and...[more]

How to Match Cinematography to Movie Genre

The "look" of a film is dependent on effective cinematography, and that look is vital in conveying movie genre. Establishing genre quickly helps an audience know what to expect in a film. A couple elements of...[more]

Mise en Scene: Considering Destructing Effect of Motion

Mise en Scene is a confusing French term which can be used to explain the composition of a scene in your film. Although this term is originally from France, it has been used by American...[more]

Mise en Scene: Complimenting Props to Environments

Mise en scene means arranging the scene, and basically that means that things like the props and the costumes need to match the environment in which the actors are performing the drama. But, how can...[more]

Mise en Scene: Composing Multiple Subjects in Environments

Mise en Scene is a French term which can be related to theater and film productions. It can be quite confusing to understand because there are so many different aspects which need to be concentrated...[more]

Mise en Scene: Everything within the Frame

Although widely applauded in film criticism, mise en scene is an often misunderstood term that speaks literally of what composes the frame in a film. Why is it so important? In critiquing films, mise en...[more]

Mise en Scene: Color Composition

Mise en Scene is an interesting concept which can be used for film production. This is a French word which can be very confusing to understand. The problem with it is that it's such a...[more]

Mise en Scene: Filling Your Frame

Mise en Scene, which means "telling a story" and refers to the design aspects of production, is a complicated idea to understand. This is a French term which has been used in video production for...[more]

The Definition of Mise en Scene

When you first start to get into film making you might learn about Mise en Scene. Actually, understanding this concept can be quite difficult because it means a number of different things. There are many...[more]

Choosing a Color Palette for Your Film

Choosing the color palette for your film will make it look much more professional. The color palette or color scheme is the collection of colors which are used in your video to add interest to...[more]

Making Your Film Monochrome in Camera

Your camera can quite easily be turned into a monochrome camera by adjusting a few settings. This makes it possible to capture video on your camera in monochrome colors without first needing to do any...[more]

What Are Foot-Candles?

When filming videos, it is important that you measure the foot-candles. Foot candles are measures of brightness, and this makes it really easy to check that the right settings are used by your camcorder. By...[more]

Screenwriting: How To Write a Dramatic Scene

When it comes to screenwriting, drama is the backbone of any movie, book and play. Even comedies must have some type of drama, or the plot won't move forward.  So, writing a dramatic scene is...[more]

Screenwriting: How to Write a Fight Scene

When writing a screenplay, fight scenes often take front and center stage. But, writing a fight scene isn't as easy as simply saying that there will be a fight here. A screenwriter has to coordinate...[more]

Screenwriting: Do's and Don'ts

Creating a screenplay can be an arduous task, but writers can make it worse if they don't follow the basics of screenwriting. Here's a list of screenwriting do's and don'ts for all writers to follow...[more]

Screenwriting: The Difference Between a TV Script and a Movie Script

There are several differences between a TV script and a movie script. Both scripts require different formatting and layouts. The following steps will help you determine the difference between the two script formats. Step 1...[more]

Screenwriting: Do Documentaries Need Scripts?

Documentaries involve capturing real events, and these films can range from filming wars, interviewing real people, even capturing the speeches of politicians or filming disasters. But, do documentaries need scripts? While it may not seem...[more]

Screenwriting: How to Write the Character Name

In screenwriting, a character's name gives an audience the first glimpse into their nature. Even without seeing the movie, who would hire a babysitter named Hannibal Lecter? Done properly, a name puts an image inside...[more]

Screenwriting: Understanding Script Length

A script length is an organized way to estimate the length of your film. A common rule in script writing in the film industry emphasizes that a properly formatted, page of a script equals one...[more]

Screenwriting: What makes a Good Story?

There's more to screenwriting than simply creating characters, creating a storyline and filling in the details. Screenplays need to generate interest in the characters and/or storyline; basically viewers have to care what happens. But, what...[more]

How To Hold a Video Camcorder

For a stable image, how you hold your video camcorder is critical. Although there's a place for shaky images, most of the time you'd rather not have that. Many cameras and edit systems have programs...[more]

Home Movies: How To Film In the Delivery Room

All families tend to shoot home movies with the big start of this trend normally being the birth of the first child. However, filming in the delivery room is not as easy or straightforward as...[more]

6 Ideas for Using Old Stock Footage

Also referred to as archive footage, the availability of old stock footage has made it easier for filmmakers to create their own works of film art. From the comforts of home and through the internet,...[more]

How To Film Great Stock Footage for Documentaries

Documentary filmmakers often cannot get all of the actual footage they need to complete their documentaries, so stock footage and stock photos are often used. You must remember that stock footage is generally nondescript in...[more]

How To Film Great News Stock Footage

Filming news stock footage is quiet easy if you know how to maximize the different scenes you encounter and stock photos you have in your library. Step 1: Choose a Subject When filming news stock...[more]

How To Film Great Travel Stock Footage

Travel stock footage is a type of stock footage that is often used a lot by film makers to provide interest and background to a film. Step 1: Choose a Subject There are numerous subjects...[more]

How to Film Great Wildlife Stock Footage

Stock footage is video footage that is not customized to use in any specific television programs or film. It can be used in previous productions, or it may be an archive of video footage from...[more]

How To Film Great Sports Stock Footage

Sports stock footage is often used to create sport documentaries or films that require specific actions or personalities to complete a film. Using this type of coverage is a great way to get professional footage...[more]

How to Use Stock Footage for Children's Television

Using stock footage is a great way to save time and money in the making of a great commercial. There are literally thousands of such stock footages for you to choose from, with many of...[more]

How to Use Stock Footage for Commercials

Small time film directors on a budget like to use stock footage for commercials for many reasons. They are cheap, require no production costs, and they can be used immediately. Using stock footage also leaves...[more]

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