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What Does a Producer Do: The Various Types of Producers in Film & TV

What does a producer do, exactly? More to the point, why are there so many different types of producers in film, TV, and video production? Do you know the difference between a producer versus an executive producer? How about a co-producer, associate producer, or TV producer? Some of the distinctions won't be cut-and-dry, but understanding who's usually in charge of what is crucial for any TV and film professional. Here, we give you a complete guide to all types of producers and what they do. Let’s get started. (more…)

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How to Shoot The Best Car Chase Scene [Mad Max: Fury Road Example]

Car chase scenes are fantastic, but they are probably one of the most difficult things to capture. Even if you end up with a relatively successful experience on set, how can you be sure it will work in the edit? (more…)

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How to Step Up Your Entertainment Careers: TFHT

Tell me if this sounds like you: You're building an entertainment career. You get gigs here and there, maybe on set or in a production office, but you're hunting for a new job every week - maybe even the next day. I've been there, so I am going to share with you some of my personal experiences from building my own entertainment career through a number of film production jobs, all so that you can learn the pitfalls... and successes. Get ready, because you are now officially inside the Hollywood trenches. Welcome to the party, pal. (more…)

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The Ultimate Guide to Auditions [FREE Casting Sheet Template]

The project’s been green lit. The script’s been finalized. I’m going to hold an open casting call! Not so fast. If you’re not careful, your open casting call can be disorganized and rushed, netting you less than amazing actors. (more…)

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Ultimate Guide to Sound Recording: Audio Gear and Techniques

An audience may sit through poor picture quality, but they will rarely tolerate flawed poor sound. It is more than 50 percent of your project.  (more…)

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Epic Drone Shots Mashup: The Best Drone Footage of 2020

The internet is chock full of video content. The challenge remains: how can YOU create content that will cut through all the noise? The best drone footage is how. Imagine if I told you about a way your content could literally SOAR above all the rest with one easy to find tool? That tool? The drone, of course! Let's find out why. (more…)

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Extreme Close-Up Shots: Creative Examples That Work

CLOSE-UPMEDIUM CLOSE-UPEXTREME CLOSE-UPEXPLORE MORE SHOTS Extreme close-up shots are a very useful tool in cinema, but because they are so noticeable it’s important to know how and when to use them so that your viewer is generally on board with your shot selection. We’re going to discuss the extreme close-up shot and go over which emotions are generated when you use one, and show you extreme close-up shot images and scenes that worked well. (more…)

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How to Shoot the Best Fight Scenes Like Guy Ritchie’s Sherlock Holmes

You grew up watching the best fight scenes and loved every bone cracking minute of them. They are one of the reasons you became a filmmaker, and perhaps you’ve already put together a few of your own. (more…)

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3 Ways To Make Your Film Blocking More Interesting

Film blocking is arguably one of the most important things a Director must do on set. Think of it as a carefully choreographed dance where the camera and subject move together in harmony. (more…)

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VFX: How to Use a Green Screen Like a Pro in 4 Easy Steps

"Ahorse walks into a gym" is not the opening of a bad joke. Not for me. See, for me it was the reality I faced in scheduling a complicated VFX composite shot. We had to get a horse on a treadmill in a crowded health club. Just another day for an AD. What is VFX like on a practical level? How do you create cool video effects? I’ll show you how to use VFX, how to use a green screen, and how to plan a composite shot on a deadline. Whether you need a horse on a treadmill for an ...

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How to Make a Better Shooting Schedule with a Stripboard

Your production shooting schedule is a living document.Developed by the 1st Assistant Director and producer during pre-production, the shooting schedule must accommodate changes in the shooting script, talent, locations, gear, as soon as they pop up. (more…)

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The Ultimate Guide to Call Sheets (with FREE Call Sheet Template)

Awell-made call sheet is the difference between a successful shoot and production hell. And the quality of film production call sheet comes down to the quality of the call sheet template. Mistakes can easily snowball and lead to major confusion, and eventual delays.  Fear not.  In this all-inclusive callsheet guide, we’ll not only provide a callsheet template, but we'll arm you with time-tested call sheet best practices so you can avoid making so many frustratingly common mistakes. By the end of the post, you’ll be ready to create professional callsheets with ease. Let's get started. (more…)

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8 Residential Filming Locations for Your Budget in LA

If you’re an independent filmmaker or content creator, you may be looking for cheap filming locations in Los Angeles that still look good. It may be important for your movie location to be in the thirty mile zone. Fact is there are many great property owners who know the needs of filmmakers on a budget. In this post, we’ll take you through some of those residential film locations for rent, and explain why they’re so useful to filmmakers. (more…)

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The Ultimate Location Scout Cheat Sheet for Producers and ADs (with free checklist)

The film location scout has found the ‘perfect’ place for next week’s shoot. Sure it may fit the scene, but what if they’ve overlooked some important considerations that could potentially ruin a shoot day? It’s your responsibility to make sure that doesn’t happen. (more…)

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How Creative Advertising Agency Poolhouse Produces Video Content

Creative agencies know that multiple campaigns hit at once. When producing advertising and marketing videos at the highest levels, nothing can slip through the cracks. (more…)

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7 Pro Tips for Managing Crew Parking When Filming on Location

Parking can become a major hurdle when filming on location, especially with large crews and limited spaces. (more…)

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Make a YouTube Web Series to Get Noticed as a Filmmaker

We’ve noticed a shift in content throughout the digital age. Filmmakers spend years studying traditional filmmaking only to find that some viewers now prefer web-based content over traditional film and TV. (more…)

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The Complete Guide to Actor Release Forms (FREE Template)

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A Tale of Two Script Breakdowns: Titanic vs. Brooklyn

A script breakdown is one of the most important phases of pre-production. It's usually the first time you start to develop a clear picture of the size, scope, and cost of a production. Breakdowns allow filmmakers to find the balance between telling the strongest story for the lowest budget. Easier said than done, but in today's article (and video!), we'll show you how to budget creatively. (more…)


How to Create Script Sides for Film & TV [with Examples]

You, a production professional, know how to make script sides.The 2nd AD tells you, “Make script sides and distro when they’re done.” What are sides? How do you make them? What does distro mean? (more…)