What is a Boom Operator in Film — Role Explained

Camera & Lighting DepartmentOpen menu Best Boy Camera Operator Director Of Photography Focus Puller Key Grip Gaffer Dolly Grip Grip Sound DepartmentOpen menu Boom Operator Ultimate Guide to Film Crew Positions A Boom Operator, a key player in the film, television, and radio industry, is entrusted with managing the boom microphone, an instrument critical for… Continue reading What is a Boom Operator in Film — Role Explained

What Does a Prop Maker Do — Job Description Explained

Art DepartmentOpen menu Art Director Production Designer Prop Master Prop Maker Storyboard Artist Concept Artist Scenic Artist Set Decorator Set Dresser Set Designer Weapons Master Ultimate Guide to Film Crew Positions C inema and television are riddled with iconic props. Think Indiana Jones’ whip, the Rosebud sled in Citizen Kane, or Wilson in Cast Away. But… Continue reading What Does a Prop Maker Do — Job Description Explained

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

Stages of Film Production Film Financing Film Production Pre-Production Post-Production Film Distribution Film Marketing 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.… Continue reading What is Pre-Production in Film — A Blueprint for Success

What is a Film Still and What are They Used For?

Cinematography Terms Screenwriting Terms Film Terms Film Crew Positions A still is not merely a static image; it captures a single frame of a movie, encapsulating a world of emotions and stories within its boundaries. These seemingly simple snapshots hold immense power within the realm of cinema. In this article, we explore the captivating complexities of film… Continue reading What is a Film Still and What are They Used For?

What is a Working Title — Examples & Functions Explained

Cinematography Terms Screenwriting Terms Film Terms Film Crew Positions L ike a director’s first cut, a working title is the unsung hero in the creative writing process — it’s an early step that’s all too easy to overlook. Yet, this modest placeholder can be as influential as a movie’s opening scene, setting the tone for your… Continue reading What is a Working Title — Examples & Functions Explained

Above the Line vs Below the Line in Film Explained

Cinematography Terms Screenwriting Terms Film Terms Film Crew Positions N avigating the world of film production can feel like stepping into an alien landscape, filled with strange jargon that seems to make little sense. Among the most puzzling are the terms “above the line” and “below the line” positions – but fear not, for they’re not… Continue reading Above the Line vs Below the Line in Film Explained

What is a Scenic Artist — Job and Duties Explained

Art DepartmentOpen menu Art Director Production Designer Prop Master Prop Maker Storyboard Artist Concept Artist Scenic Artist Set Decorator Set Dresser Set Designer Weapons Master Ultimate Guide to Film Crew Positions M uch like the skilled hand behind a captivating novel, Scenic Artists are the imaginative forces that paint our visual stories in theater, film, and… Continue reading What is a Scenic Artist — Job and Duties Explained

What Is a Shooting Schedule — And Why You Need One

Shooting Schedule EssentialsOpen menu What Is a Shooting Schedule How to Plan a Film Shoot How to Create Multiple Shooting Schedules How to Create a One Line Schedule What is the Dood Report DOOD Report Explained Shooting Schedule Pro-TipsOpen menu How to Make a Better Shooting Schedule How to Schedule a Musical How to Find… Continue reading What Is a Shooting Schedule — And Why You Need One

What is a Spin-Off in Film & TV — Definition & Examples

A spin-off in film and television is a fascinating concept and prevalent practice that merits understanding. As audiences, we often become so engrossed in the characters and their narratives that we yearn for more, even when the original story has concluded. This is where spin-offs come in, further satiating our curiosity and desire for extended narratives.… Continue reading What is a Spin-Off in Film & TV — Definition & Examples

What Does a Set Decorator Do in Film — Role Explained

Art DepartmentOpen menu Art Director Production Designer Prop Master Prop Maker Storyboard Artist Concept Artist Scenic Artist Set Decorator Set Dresser Set Designer Weapons Master Ultimate Guide to Film Crew Positions S et decorators play a unique and vital role in film and television production. But what does a Set Decorator do, exactly? They are the… Continue reading What Does a Set Decorator Do in Film — Role Explained

What is Film Financing — How to Get Funding for a Movie

M ore than almost any other artistic medium, filmmaking depends on money. And the more expansive a filmmaker’s vision for a movie is, the more money they’ll need. Very few filmmakers get into the movie business because they’re interested in dealing with money, but often an effective filmmaker is good at film financing. So what is… Continue reading What is Film Financing — How to Get Funding for a Movie

How to Make a Call Sheet in StudioBinder — Step by Step

Call Sheet EssentialsOpen menu What is a Call Sheet Anatomy of a Call Sheet Ultimate Guide to Call Sheets How to Make a Call Sheet Introducing SMS Call Sheets TipsOpen menu How to Create a Better Call Sheet Best Practices for Sending Call Sheets Diana Fisk Streamlined Call Sheet Process Staggering Call Time Formulas How… Continue reading How to Make a Call Sheet in StudioBinder — Step by Step

What is a Location Manager in Film — Role Explained

Location DepartmentOpen menu Location Scout Ultimate Guide to Film Crew Positions In the world of film and television production, a myriad of professionals work behind the scenes to bring stories to life. Among these unsung heroes, the location manager plays a pivotal role. They are the ones responsible for finding the perfect settings that visually… Continue reading What is a Location Manager in Film — Role Explained

Academy Award for Best Picture — Full List & Top 20 Ranked

Major Awards:Open menu Best Picture Best Director ActingOpen menu Best Actress Best Supporting Actress Best Actor Best Supporting Actor WritingOpen menu Best Original Screenplay Best Adapted Screenplay TechnicalOpen menu Best Film Editing Best Visual Effects Best Cinematography Animated & InternationalOpen menu Best Animated Short Film Best Animated Feature Film Best International Feature Film MusicOpen menu… Continue reading Academy Award for Best Picture — Full List & Top 20 Ranked

What is a Concept Artist — Job Description Explained

Art DepartmentOpen menu Art Director Production Designer Prop Master Prop Maker Storyboard Artist Concept Artist Scenic Artist Set Decorator Set Dresser Set Designer Weapons Master Ultimate Guide to Film Crew Positions Are you captivated by the imaginative worlds and characters that come to life in movies, games, and animation? Ever wondered who’s responsible for crafting… Continue reading What is a Concept Artist — Job Description Explained

What is a Set Dresser — Definition and Job Description

Art DepartmentOpen menu Art Director Production Designer Prop Master Prop Maker Storyboard Artist Concept Artist Scenic Artist Set Decorator Set Dresser Set Designer Weapons Master Ultimate Guide to Film Crew Positions In the world of film production, where every detail on screen is meticulously planned and executed. One of the unsung heroes of this process… Continue reading What is a Set Dresser — Definition and Job Description

What Are Upfronts in TV — How Advertising Works in Television

Ever wondered why certain “hot new TV shows” get a full-on media blitz while others… barely get a bus ad? It’s more than just the luck of the draw, but rather a TV business strategy that starts at an annual event called the TV Upfronts taking place every Spring in New York. But what are… Continue reading What Are Upfronts in TV — How Advertising Works in Television

What Does It Mean To Option a Script — A Screenwriter’s Guide

Most screenwriters write with one singular goal in mind: selling the screenplay they’ve been toiling away on for months (if not years). But what newer writers may not know is that there’s often a step before the official sale. This is called “optioning” and can be seen as a right step on the path to… Continue reading What Does It Mean To Option a Script — A Screenwriter’s Guide