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Matthew Vasiliauskas is a graduate of Columbia University. His work has appeared in publications such as Conjunctions, Berlin’s Sand Literary Journal, Chicago Literati and The Pennsylvania Review. Matthew currently lives and works in Los Angeles.

Mastering the Movie Color Palette: Denis Villeneuve

Over the course of nine feature films, Denis Villeneuve has shown himself to be one of contemporary cinema’s leading filmmakers.Known for his intense dramas, Villeneuve often allows his environments to act as extensions of his characters. Much of this is accomplished through color choice.Here’s how Denis Villeneuve uses color theory to enhance the narrative. (more…)

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How To Create A Movie Color Palette Like Akira Kurosawa

Akira Kurosawa said, “To be an artist means never to avert one’s eyes.”Throughout a long and varied filmography, the Japanese auteur compelled his audiences through scenes of loving intimacy as well as suspenseful drama. (more…)

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Mastering the Movie Color Palette: How David Fincher Uses Color in Film

One could point to any number of impressive techniques used in David Fincher movies, but perhaps one of the most important is his movie color palette. As he himself once said, “In film, we sculpt time, we sculpt behavior and we sculpt light.”  That last one is what we're focusing on today. Here are some of the more powerful ways Fincher’s color palette enhances his stories and characters. (more…)

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Mastering Shot Lists: Rian Johnson’s Movies and Directing Style (with Shot List Example)

Director Rian Johnson movies have a distinct visual and emotional style. Which is a pretty impressive feat given how young a filmmaker he is.  Most directors take a few films before they solidify their style. Here’s how you can learn to create a shot list like acclaimed director Rian Johnson -- just remember that for the Last Jedi, the star wipes were someone else’s idea first! (more…)

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The 8 Best Free Casting Websites

Casting websites have forever changed the production process. It used to be that the aspiring actor, with their trusty headshot in tow, would make the rounds to casting offices, not quite sure what to expect.Thanks to the wonders of technology, actors now have an abundance of online resources to find legitimate casting opportunities.Here’s a look at some of the best free casting websites out there. (more…)

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Mastering the Screenplay: Writing Exposition in Film

I s there anything worse than bad exposition in film? Few things turn an audience off than listening to a character explain things for no reason. But at the same time, the exposition of a story is vital.  And while sci-fi and fantasy are where you’ll find the really bad examples of exposition, it’s not just for those genres. All movies have to set up their worlds and characters. There’s an art to providing good exposition in a story. It’s almost like the art of the con. Here are three techniques to help you make exposition so good, the audience ...

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How to Design a Surreal Film Score like Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross

Composer Claude Debussy said, “Works of art make rules; rules do not make works of art.” This struggle is especially true in the world of a cinematic score, where traditional orchestration dominates. (more…)

A Complete Guide To Understanding Script Coverage (Free Template)

Script coverage is an essential part of the development process, but many screenwriters and even some producers are in the dark. If you’re pursuing a job in the entertainment industry, keep reading. This post will guide you through the entire process of script coverage, including how they rate scripts and places for you to find professional resources and script coverage jobs. Plus, we include a free script coverage template. (more…)

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Cinematography Advice from SNL Director of Photography Alex Buono

Moviemaking is a visual medium, and so many of the visuals are determined by the skill of a cinematographer. And who better knows how to become a cinematographer than a working cinematographer himself? (more…)

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How Alfonso Cuarón Makes Every Shot Count

Director Alfonso Cuarón once said, “I’m interested in new worlds, new universes, new challenges.” (more…)

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Mastering the Film Color Palette: Guillermo del Toro

Guillermo del Toro movies are known for their lush fantasy landscapes, sense of creeping dread, and unmatched use of color. His self-confessed primary influences are obvious once you know how to look for them. Comic books, manga, horror movies, and his native Mexican culture all combine to create a director who is not afraid to stuff every frame with as much color as he can. It takes a truly skilled artist to balance this riot of color without overloading the senses. But not only does he keep everything in balance, he uses it to tell the story of his film. Learn ...

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Video Production Process Explained: How to Make a Corporate Video

You’re ready to produce your corporate video. The deadline is approaching and it’s time to plan your shoot. A pen, notepad, and keen memory won’t cut it. You’re a professional — that means you need the best tools to manage the video production process. (more…)

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The Directing Style of Quentin Tarantino

Best Tarantino MoviesQT's Directing StyleQT Directing Tips QT DialogueOnce Upon a Time AnalysisBasterds Breakdown Is there any filmmaker whose personality is more apparent when you watch his films than Quentin Tarantino? In his own quirky way, Tarantino has introduced us to some of the most shocking and moving emotional moments on film.Of course, Quentin Tarantino’s writing style is a huge part of what’s made him so successful, but more than that, it is his shot choices that bring the audience deeper into the narrative. Tarantino, like all directors working at the top of their game, uses the camera as his ...

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Top Screenwriting Tips and Strategies From the Coen Brothers

F ilmmaker Joel Coen has said, “If the material is challenging, it forces you to challenge yourself when handling it.” For the past 30 years Joel, along with his brother Ethan, have created films that tackle the most comical and confounding aspects of human nature. (more…)

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The Best Explainer Video Trends for Your Brand

The late Stephen Hawking said, “Science is beautiful when it makes simple explanations of phenomena.” This sentiment rings true for advertisers as well. When a brand has a product or service they are looking to promote, they want a tool that easily informs customers about its benefits. This is where explainer videos come in handy. (more…)

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The Best Music Videos & Trends for Creatives

Albert Einstein said, “If I were not a physicist, I would probably be a musician. I often think in music. I live my daydreams in music. I see my life in terms of music.”Music of course is a powerful device. It has the ability to entertain, inspire and even heal. But with the mainstream introduction of music videos 37 years ago, music’s influence was suddenly elevated to the visual realm. The best music videos are important artistic tools, and ideal marketing devices for branded content. In this post,  we’re going to examine the top music video trends creatives are looking ...

A Complete Guide To The Funniest Commercials

M ark Twain once said, “Humor is mankind’s greatest blessing.” (more…)

How To Master A Storyboard Like Jordan Peele: Get Out

Storyboard EssentialsHow to StoryboardStoryboard ExamplesStoryboard CreatorStoryboard SoftwareFind a Storyboard ArtistStephen King said, “We make up horrors to help us cope with the real ones.” Although horror movies have been effective outlets for entertainment, they have also been the ideal genre to explore the social and cultural fears plaguing societies. (more…)

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The Best Super Bowl Commercials: What Creatives Can Learn

W hat were the best super bowl commercials this year? Not just the good ones, but the best ones. From the halftime show to shouting at your friend for not buying the right guacamole, the Super Bowl is an American tradition that brings in 112.3 million viewers this year. But in many cases, as recent polls  suggest, it’s the Super Bowl commercials that unite viewers around the screen of their choice. (more…)

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Production Scheduling Explained: How to Make a Scene Breakdown

Think you’d agree with me if I said production scheduling is a tedious process. Most production scheduling software like Movie Magic Scheduling is antiquated (and that’s putting it lightly). It’s confusing, expensive, and often time is not worth the trouble. (more…)

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