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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…)

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The Kuleshov Effect Explained (and How Spielberg Subverts it)

Movies and television are incredible because they can transport us into a world of wonderment. Today we’re going to go over the Kuleshov Effect and how the greatest director of all time, Steven Spielberg, put his own twist on the editing technique for his personal stamp. (more…)

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How to Use Suspenseful Music: Mastering the Film Score

We all know that a great soundtrack can stir emotions in the audience. But few genres have a direct line to the emotional centers of our brain than suspense and horror. Suspenseful music, when done right, can make all the difference. Great horror movie music doesn’t often win Oscars, but it does stay with us long after the lights have gone up. There's an art to using suspense music to create terror, dread, and fear. Here's how some of your filmmakers and composers create horror music by balancing two key elements: horror and revulsion. Watch: Suspenseful Music in a Film ...

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Best Original Song — Every Oscar-Winning Song, Ranked

A lot of debate always surges about who should have won the Academy Award for Best Picture. But for this list, we’re turning our attention to the Best Original Song category. There have been plenty of classics and just as many duds over the years, but which one do you think should top the list as the best original movie song of all time?Does Lady Gaga’s performance in A Star is Born overtake that of Barbara Streisand’s? Which Disney song do you think ranks highest? When you look at the Best Original Song winners & nominees, is there a different ...

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How Spike Jonze Shoots Movies About Loneliness

There are many movies about loneliness and even more lonely people who see them. As a filmmaker, working with a lonely character poses the unique challenge of how to stand out. With framing, editing and coloring techniques at your fingertips, what combination best helps your story land? (more…)

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The Essential Music Video Credits Format Guide [with FREE Template]

Credits are crucial in music videos. At the dawn of music video, lower thirds stamped the beginning and end of each video. But that was the 80’s. With all the ways to watch video nowadays, how do you give credit where it’s due? Thankfully it’s easy to master the music video title format. Just keep the end goal in mind: to credit your creatives and crew in an engaging way. We’ll show you what credits you need and how to present them. And we’ll also hook you up with a great music video title card template to use for your ...

Motion Graphics Design Inspirations and Trends for 2020

Motion graphic design is an excellent visual storytelling tool utilized more and more often. They engage viewers and communicate ideas in a brisk yet captivating manner.With motion graphics, styles shift over time so it’s important to stay on top of trends. In this post, we’re going to go over a list of the biggest motion graphics trends of the last few years.Let's get started. (more…)

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The Rule of Six: How to Edit Effectively with Walter Murch’s Eye Trace

Directors and cinematographers shoot with purpose, as they match their technical shot choices with the intended tone or emotion of the story. Of course, they’re not the only ones making critical choices. Editors’ decisions hugely determine the success of a film.  It is up to the editor to assemble every scene, every cut in a scene, to tell the intended emotional truth of the story. It’s a tall order. To alleviate some of this pressure, Oscar-winning editor, Walter Murch, outlined some helpful tools. In his book, In the Blink of an Eye, Walter Murch details The Rule of Six, discussing ...

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Organize Post Production Workflow to Edit Like a Pro

When it comes to keeping a shoot on budget and on schedule, a clean and organized workflow is everything. Film sets are busy places and as workplaces go, they’re pretty complex beasts, too. Factor in some serious creative personalities, and all that goes along with them, and you start to see just how tough a job it is to keep a film inside its box and on track. The thing is though, it’s not just important to keep everything and everyone happy on set. Spare a thought for the oft-forgotten, post-production workflow of a film’s creation. It’s in the edit ...

Text Graphics in Video: Top Trends For Video Creatives

T here comes a point in every video project when you should consider how you’ll use text graphics.  Maybe you need lower thirds to fill the audience in, or an eye-popping titles sequence to establish your project’s mood.  Solving how to add text to a video can be overwhelming. (more…)

How To Make An Intro For Your YouTube Video [FREE Template]

First and last impressions are life and death on YouTube. But luckily there are some excellent YouTube intro templates that will prove that your video is a quality watch. In addition to a solid intro, if you don’t plug your content at the end of your video, you won’t get the traffic you deserve. (more…)

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FREE Movie Poster Template for Photoshop

FREE Movie Poster Template for Photoshop​Looking for a free movie poster template for photoshop? We've created two versions for you! The first one is ideal for a movie poster with a dark background, and the latter is ideal for light backgrounds.Made with Adobe Photoshop CC 2018​​​​​The .psd file includes a clean workspace to create a beautiful movie poster efficiently.The ultimate movie poster template designed in Adobe Photoshop CC 2018A free movie poster template with the essentialsThis free movie poster template isn't just easy to adjust text and swap images, but it provides the proper margin space and font sizes that ...

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How to Create A Movie Color Palette Like Ridley Scott [FREE LUT Pack]

D irector Ridley Scott has said: “Life isn’t black and white. It’s a million gray areas.” From Alien to Gladiator, Ridley Scott movies explore the often difficult questions surrounding morality and existence.  Actions accepted in one reality, may be condemned in another.  But what helps Ridley Scott films dissect these complex issues are their use of color theory. (more…)

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Mastering the Film Score: John Williams

John Williams once said, “Composing music is hard work.” From Jaws to Harry Potter, the composer’s ability to both enchant and captivate has made his sound one of the most recognizable in Hollywood filmmaking. (more…)