Film Blocking: Filmmaking Techniques for Visual Storytelling

Ep1: Film ToneEp2: Prod DesignEp3: Film BlockingEp4: Camera Movement VIEW ALL EPISODES → EPISODE 3Filmmaking techniques: Blocking for directorsHow directors and cinematographers work together to block actors in a scene. Subscribe to our YouTube Channel ← WATCH PREVIOUS EPISODE WATCH NEXT EPISODE → FILMMAKING TECHNIQUES: EPISODE 3How directors block actors:In our third episode on Filmmaking Techniques in… Continue reading Film Blocking: Filmmaking Techniques for Visual Storytelling

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… Continue reading The Directing Style of Quentin Tarantino

What is Depth of Field? Examples of Shallow vs Deep Depth of Field

Dof basicsShallow dofDeep dofDOF GuideTYPES OF CAMERA FOCUS If you’re hoping to become a great photographer or videographer, utilizing every tool at your disposal is the safest and smartest way to get there. One tool that can level-up your skill set is depth of field. Understanding depth of field is tantamount to not only craft,… Continue reading What is Depth of Field? Examples of Shallow vs Deep Depth of Field

How to Make a Storyboard for Video and Film: The Definitive Guide

What is a StoryboardHow to StoryboardStoryboard ExamplesStoryboard SoftwareStoryboard TemplatesCreate Storyboard Now → You’ve got a big shoot coming up. You want to visualize the scenes you plan to shoot with a storyboard, but you’re wondering how to make a storyboard that touches on everything a good storyboard should.Continue reading How to Make a Storyboard for Video and… Continue reading How to Make a Storyboard for Video and Film: The Definitive Guide

Focal Length: An Easy Guide to Using and Understanding Camera Lenses

Types of FocusOpen menu Shallow Focus Deep Focus Rack Focus Zoom Shots Dolly-Zoom (Zolly) Tilt-Shift More ShotsOpen menu All Shots & Angles Camera Shot Ultimate Guide Create Free Shot List Now Every choice you make as a filmmaker will change your footage. Some choices are bigger than others, one of which is focal length.Continue reading… Continue reading Focal Length: An Easy Guide to Using and Understanding Camera Lenses

What is an Insert Shot: How to Build Clever Inserts like The Coen Brothers

Types of FramingOpen menu Establishing Shot Single Shot Two Shot Over the Shoulder Insert Shot POV Shot More ShotsOpen menu All Shots & Angles Camera Shot Ultimate Guide Create Free Shot List Now Insert shots are the unsung hero of filmmaking. They’re used in feature films, documentaries, and commercials. They may seem simple, but getting… Continue reading What is an Insert Shot: How to Build Clever Inserts like The Coen Brothers

Shot Reverse Shot: Reaction Shots, Cutaways, and Coverage

Shot reverse shot may seem like a simple concept, but the truly great filmmakers know how to use it to achieve unique results. Want to make your scenes more dynamic, robust, and powerful? In this post, we take examples of shot reverse shot, reaction shots, scene coverage, and cutaways to illustrate how you can use these… Continue reading Shot Reverse Shot: Reaction Shots, Cutaways, and Coverage

The Modern Cowboy Shot: The Different Types of Shots in Film, Explained

Close UpsOpen menu Extreme Close-Up (ECU) Close-Up (CU) Medium Close-Up (MCU) Medium ShotsOpen menu Medium Shot (MS) Cowboy Shot (CS) Medium Full Shot (MFS) Wide ShotsOpen menu Full Shot (FS) Wide Shot (WS) Extreme Wide Shot (EWS) More ShotsOpen menu All Shots & Angles Camera Shot Ultimate Guide Create Free Shot List Now Cowboy shots… Continue reading The Modern Cowboy Shot: The Different Types of Shots in Film, Explained

3 Cinematic Film Techniques to Make On-Screen Texting Actually Look Good

Itext. You text. My grandmother who still thinks Reagan is president texts. But most tv shows and movies shy away from it. Having your characters pull out their phone puts seems to go against the key foundations of cinematics. But it doesn’t have to. Taking tips from Tony Zhou’s video essay, we’ll cover three cinematic… Continue reading 3 Cinematic Film Techniques to Make On-Screen Texting Actually Look Good

How ShareGrid Creates a Music Video Shot List [Shot List Example]

When you get to a certain level in the film and television industry, certain things start to become standard. If you’re new to set, or a seasoned vet, you want to make sure you conduct yourself in the way expected. Today we’re going to talk to Brent, from Sharegrid, about how and why a professional… Continue reading How ShareGrid Creates a Music Video Shot List [Shot List Example]

How to Become a Location Scout (and Find Better Film Locations)

I f you’re a filmmaker, you’re always hunting for great filming locations. But, as you know, time and resources don’t always allow for the focus you need for this complex task. There’s hope: with just a little diligence and effort, you can find locations you’ve only dreamed of.  You just need to learn how to be a… Continue reading How to Become a Location Scout (and Find Better Film Locations)