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How to Find and Hire the Best Film Crew: The Definitive Guide

Crewing up for a film shoot can mean hiring for quite a few different positions. Luckily, there are tons of talented members of the film and television industry, at every level, waiting to work with you. (more…)

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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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The Best Movie Taglines — 75 Examples And Why They Work

H ow can you describe your entire movie in only a few words? All that hard work, time, and money comes down to a simple phrase: the movie tagline. We combed through countless taglines, and picked out 75 of the best movie taglines of all time so you can better craft your own. Let’s go! (more…)

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What is Pre-Production in Film? A Blueprint for Success

Pre-production can be overwhelming even for the seasoned producer. It requires knowledge of many facets of production, as well as an ability to prevent potential crises down the line. It’s not always easy but if you stay organized, it's pretty simple. So what is pre-production? When does it start and when does it end? This post will answer those questions and will give a quick rundown. (more…)

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8 Production Hacks for a 2nd AD Shooting on Location

So you've done everything you can think of to prep during pre-production. You now find yourself on set. Here are 8 production hacks for a 2nd AD to put into practice immediately. This is a companion to piece to 7 Pre-Production Hacks for 2nd AD’s. If you haven’t had the chance to give it a read, check it out! (more…)

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Rotten Tomatoes Ratings — How Does Rotten Tomatoes Work?

The Rotten Tomatoes ratings system―good or bad? Well, I’d say it’s a bit better than the original way tomatoes were used to judge entertainment. Because even if we want to throw fruit at the screen, 21st century technology reminds us we don’t have to. Rotten Tomatoes will provide us with a fair Critic consensus before we even get to the theatre, (saving us a ton of food and money).So how does Rotten Tomatoes work, exactly? Is it a reliable judge of... characters... Okay, okay, hold your tomatoes please. Let’s get a behind the scenes look at how it all works. ...

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Ultimate Guide to Working with Unions: Grieved and Flipped

Choosing to work with Hollywood’s unions is a major decision for any filmmaker or producer. There are pros and cons to joining or not joining. The choices you make at the start could have far-reaching consequences for your film.If you make the wrong decision, you may find yourself in unchartered waters. Your crew members may start to dictate demands of their union. I have been on both sides of this and believe unions are a necessary part of filmmaking, so it is critical to understand how they operate. (more…)

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The Logos Definition: The Best Logos Commercial Examples for Creatives

HomeEthosPathoslogosTelosKairos Want to get in your audience’s head? Whether you’re making a video, selling a product, or giving a speech, you need to know how to win over the crowd with common sense — to make them think. And one of the most successful ways to achieve this is with something Aristotle called "logos." Sounds like a good plan, but how? We’ll give you a logos definition, loads of logos examples, and a solid grasp of heavy concepts. Get ready to produce more compelling content that will convince any audience to do your bidding. (more…)

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Ultimate Guide to Script Supervisors (FREE Script Supervisor Template)

We've all seen a continuity error in a film or noticed a plot hole at some point. The fact that you don't see hundreds of them is because productions hire someone to pay attention to the details of a script. This person on set is known as the script supervisor. We'll go over what a script supervisor does, why they're so important, and also provide a free script supervisor template and forms. (more…)

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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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4 Tips To Wrap Your Film Production On Time

As a 1st Assistant Director, it's your responsibility on set to make sure the production doesn't fall too far behind schedule. In this article we explore best practices to help you wrap on time. (more…)

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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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Set Dressing Guide: How Bong Joon-ho’s Parasite Creates Meaning

We’ve talked quite a bit about script breakdowns. We’ve shown you how to break down a script, and how to do it with free script breakdown software. Now, we’re going to take a look at Bong Joon-ho’s script for Parasite and do a deep dive into how you would tag its characteristic set dressing in a real-world production scenario. You can read and download the entire Parasite script below. Let's get started. (Caution: Parasite spoilers ahead) (more…)

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The Bechdel Test Using a Script Breakdown | Diversity in Film

Diversity in the entertainment industry is very important. You can test the level of diversity in your own content, and we're going to show you how.  (more…)

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The Pathos Definition: Pathos Advertisement Examples and Aristotle Rhetoric

Rhetorical EssentialsPathosethoslogosTelosKairosWant to stir your viewers’ emotions? Whether you’re shooting a commercial, planning a pitch, or training your sales team, you need to know how to connect where it counts. Make the audience feel it. Okay, sounds good, but how? Aristotle’s got you covered. In the fourth century B.C., the ancient Greek philosopher posited three modes of persuasion that endure to this day. Aristotle’s “rhetorical triangle” — ethos, pathos, and logos — continues to fuel the best in advertising. So, what is pathos? (more…)

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Finding the Best Short Film Ideas that Level Up Your Career

E very time I finish a film, I always hear this question: “What are your next short film ideas?” Whenever I hear it, my brow furrows, my palms start to sweat, and I squeeze out an apologetic shrug. (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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The Best Free Model Release Form Template for Photography

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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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Weekend at the Box Office

Here are the results from last weekend's box office. Did you see any of these films? Thumbs up or thumbs down? This post is updated every Monday at 12:00pm PT. (more…)