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8 Websites to Help You Find the Right Storyboard Artist

What is a Storyboard How to Storyboard Storyboard Examples Storyboard Software Storyboard Templates Create Storyboard Now → Looking to storyboard your project? A great storyboard not only excites talent, crew, and clients, but also aligns your production departments behind the vision. We’ve compiled our top 8 websites to help you find and hire a talented storyboard artist. (more…)

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Who is This Person? Finding a Character Using the Script Breakdown

There’s an old film school thought experiment that asks about a character, “What does he have in his refrigerator?” In this post, we’re going to practice that experiment.We can learn plenty about who a character is from the things they say, as well as the things others say about them. But we also learn who a character is by scores of other little details in the text of the script.Now we’re going to talk about how to actually use the Breakdown Summary, along with the text of the script itself, to flesh out who a character is from the perspective ...

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How to Plan a Film Shoot: 10 Tips for Estimating Times on a Schedule

Scheduling your film shoot is one of the very first steps in making your project come to life. But in order to schedule, it is our job to figure out how long it will all take – from the length of individual days to the length of the entire project. There is a way to approach scheduling that will help ensure that the work you do isn’t in vain.  Let’s take a look at a few tips and rules for estimating your prep and shoot times that you want to know for your next project.  Let’s put some scheduling tips ...

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The 49 Best Short Films of All Time That Every Filmmaker Can Learn From

The best short films have a few key things in common: concise storytelling, great performances, an original concept, and stunning visuals. You can learn from each, but which are the best to watch? (more…)

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Day Out of Days Reports Explained

How you do ensure your shooting schedule makes the most of your actors’ time, and more importantly, your money? While shooting schedule software organize what happens each day of the shoot, it can’t optimize itself to make sure dead time is eliminated as much as possible. In order to make sure your schedule is airtight, unit production managers use DOOD reports. (more…)

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Hierarchy of Considerations When Scheduling a Shoot

There are no hard and fast rules when it comes to scheduling your film shoot.  In fact, every producer has their own tried and true method to scheduling their shoot.  But for as many scenes that you create, there is an equal number of possibilities when it comes to arranging them. There are many ways to schedule your shoot, this post discusses what’s most important to consider, and why. It goes through the hierarchy of considerations to have the most sensible and cost effective production. Let's jump in. (more…)

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The Complete Guide to Mastering Script Breakdown Elements

Cast. Props. Animal Trainers. Child Actor Trainers. They’re all production elements that make up a scene breakdown sheet, which is an organizational document with categorized lists that you need for each scene of your film. (more…)

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What is the Dood Report and How Can It Help My Budget

Modern film professionals are living and working in the midst of a golden age for audio-visual content production. Tools to streamline the production process are more advanced than ever and producers no longer have to rely solely on themselves. In today’s article we’ll cover the basics of the DOOD Report, and why we need it. We’ll discuss how it can determine a great deal about our production, and help us cut costs in areas we didn’t previously realize. We’ll use StudioBinder to do it. Let’s get organized and see how to figure out what the heck we’ve been spending our ...

10 Production Design Tips For Filmmakers on a Budget

We all watch movies but rarely do we pause to think just how those movies were created. It’s the culmination of a large team of specialists and a production designer is an irreplaceable part of it. (more…)

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How to Schedule a Musical: Breaking Down La La Land

Musicals are a special breed of filmmaking that requires a LOT of preparation and planning to pull off. There is singing, and dancing, and music. And it all has to be presented in the script in a particular way. In this post we’ll look at some of the special considerations that go into making a musical using La La Land as our guide. (more…)

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Point of View Shots: Creative Camera Movements & Angles

W hen you’re working on a movie or TV show, it can be hard to plant the audience inside the character's point of view.  Today we’re going to go over the POV, or point of view shot. We’ll define it, see it in action, and talk about why it belongs on your shot list. (more…)

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The Best DIY Fake Blood Recipe [with FREE Blood Spectrum]

Some directors are very particular about their fake blood (*cough* David Fincher). Others just want something that looks realistic enough without staining the set and wardrobes. (more…)

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24 Best Storyboard Software of 2020 (with free Storyboard Templates)

What is a StoryboardHow to StoryboardStoryboard ExamplesStoryboard SoftwareStoryboard TemplatesCreate Storyboard Now → A storyboard is the tool used to pre-visualize your video project shot by shot before making a shot list. A project that startd the pre-production process creating a storyboard is more likely to side-step the blunders that can result from miscommunication during production.Create your storyboards online or offline using one of the latest storyboard software, storyboard apps and iPad styli found in our compiled list. We also provide you with a bundle of free storyboard templates. Let's get started. (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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A Better Film Crew List Template Booking Sheet

When you start working on a film project, it won't be long before talent and crew details are exchanged. You'll want to store this information in a film crew list template so it'll be easy to search and share this information with your team. (more…)

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The Sunken Place: How to Break Down a VFX Scene

Jordan Peele’s Get Out is already one of the most iconic films of the 21st century. Its simple elegance is a perfect example of how much can be conveyed with so little. In this post, we’ll take a look at The Sunken Place sequence and learn how to maximize storytelling with a minimal budget. A lot of it boils down to prioritizing a breakdown and schedule. We'll do this by learning how to identify the key elements that bring a scene to life (and avoid those that don't). We'll break down the Sunken Place scene's sound and VFX elements to ...

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How to Overcome Stage Fright — Jenny Slate & Other Comedians Share

Ican’t imagine what it must be like to be a comedian. You work for hours, days, or even months, to ...

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How to Make a Shot List Using StudioBinder’s Shot List Software

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How to Efficiently Schedule a Montage: Pro Tips for Producers & 1st ADs

Amovie montage can accomplish many things, from interweaving multiple storylines to delivering jokes. But accounting for a montage in your production schedule is no laughing matter. What can be summed up in two or three lines in a script, translates to many more minutes on screen. So how does the savvy producer or 1st AD go about making heads or tails of scheduling a montage? We'll examine a montage scene, and see how to format it in such a way that the new version lends itself to the shooting schedule nearly perfectly. And we'll do it all in StudioBinder! Let's ...

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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. (more…)