What Does a 2nd Assistant Director Do? Job Duties Explained

When first stepping foot on a professional film set, there is a wealth of industry-specific terminology that you will be expected to know. All of these terms, titles, and phrases can be overwhelming at first but by familiarizing yourself with all of this terminology in advance, you’ll give yourself a leg up. In this article,… Continue reading What Does a 2nd Assistant Director Do? Job Duties Explained

Best Plot Twist Movies & Biggest Plot Twists in Movie History

A shocking twist ending is a great way to end a film with a bang but great twists aren’t confined to just the ends of films. The best plot twists catch us off guard, recontextualizing everything we just watched and rewarding subsequent rewatches. There will, of course, be major spoilers to follow, this is your SPOILER… Continue reading Best Plot Twist Movies & Biggest Plot Twists in Movie History

Ultimate Guide to Film Crew Positions (Jobs & Duties Explained)

On a low-budget independent film with a scaled back crew, there are not too many film crew positions to keep track of. When we start looking at larger productions, however, the amount of distinct film crew positions can balloon to massive numbers. Gaining an understanding of the function of each movie crew member’s role can… Continue reading Ultimate Guide to Film Crew Positions (Jobs & Duties Explained)

What is a Rough Cut in Film — Stages of Film Editing Explained

What is a rough cut? If you have any interest in editing or filmmaking in general, then one of the first terms you should learn is the rough cut or rough edit. The rough cut is not always confined to just the Post-Production stage as you might expect. In this article we’ll explain exactly what… Continue reading What is a Rough Cut in Film — Stages of Film Editing Explained

Neon Noir — ‘Collateral’ Movie Breakdown & Appreciation

Few filmmakers are able to imbue simple, grounded genre stories with as much dramatic heft and visual style as Michael Mann. One of the “neon-noir” innovator’s greatest cinematic achievements is his action-thriller Collateral (2004). If Heat was Michael Mann’s masterwork of the ‘90s, then the Collateral movie was his masterwork of the ‘00s and, arguably,… Continue reading Neon Noir — ‘Collateral’ Movie Breakdown & Appreciation

Best Post-Apocalyptic Movies — The End is the Beginning

The post-apocalypse can often be one of the most intense and dynamic settings for a film. There have been many excellent post-apocalyptic films over the years but also plenty of not-so-good ones. Sorting through the deluge of ’80s Mad Max knockoffs and contemporary low-budget, straight-to-DVD apocalyptic films can make finding the gems a little tricky.… Continue reading Best Post-Apocalyptic Movies — The End is the Beginning

What is Principal Photography in the Stages of Film Production?

Have you heard the term “principal photography” or “principal shooting” bandied about without knowing exactly what it means? Breaking into the behind the scenes world of filmmaking requires learning an entire set of specialized terminology. In this post, we’ll answer the questions: what is principal photography? How long does it take to shoot a movie?… Continue reading What is Principal Photography in the Stages of Film Production?

Who Are the Coen Brothers — Bio, Early Work and Film Style

One of the most, if not the most, iconic and influential directing duos of all time, the Coen Brothers have secured a place in the zeitgeist and in the annals of film history. From Blood Simple to The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, the Coen Brothers’ filmography has been both eclectic and distinctive. In this post,… Continue reading Who Are the Coen Brothers — Bio, Early Work and Film Style

Blue Screen vs Green Screen Differences Explained

If you are at all interested in filmmaking, then you have undoubtedly heard the term ‘green screen’ but have you heard of ‘blue screens’? There are a number of blue screen vs green screen differences and we’ll break all of them down in this post. Blue screen backgrounds may find slightly less use than green screens… Continue reading Blue Screen vs Green Screen Differences Explained

20 Best Action Movie Actors of All Time, Ranked for Filmmakers

The best action movie actors have a magnetic combination of physical ability, “coolness,” and charisma to spare. Hollywood’s obsession with muscle-bound action stars may have lessened since the gun-toting days of the ’80s and ’90s but compelling, talented central figures remain a staple of action cinema the world over. Join us in counting down the… Continue reading 20 Best Action Movie Actors of All Time, Ranked for Filmmakers

What is Sound Design for Film? Definition and Examples

It is impossible to overstate how important a role audio plays in the film viewing experience. While it’s perfectly natural to be drawn to the visual side of filmmaking, those striking visuals don’t hold the same weight without strong cinematic sound design to back them up. Whereas a painting is purely visual and a song… Continue reading What is Sound Design for Film? Definition and Examples