What is an Apple Box in Film — Film Set Essentials

Cinematography Terms Screenwriting Terms Film Terms Film Crew Positions In the world of film production, every piece of equipment, big or small, plays a crucial role. One such unsung hero is the humble apple box. This article will delve into what an apple box is, its origins, and its myriad uses on a film set.Continue… Continue reading What is an Apple Box in Film — Film Set Essentials

What is Set Design in Film — Process and Purpose Explained

Set design is a pivotal yet often overlooked element in the magic of filmmaking. It breathes life into a director’s vision, creating tangible worlds from mere imagination. This article will delve into the art and science of set design in film, revealing its process, significance, and future trends. Let’s journey behind the scenes to explore… Continue reading What is Set Design in Film — Process and Purpose Explained

The Clapperboard Explained — How to Use a Film Slate

The humble film slate, scuffed and scratched and tossed casually aside between setups, is actually a very important piece of equipment that no film set should ever be without. In this post, we’re going to give you an insider’s tour of the slate, officially known as a clapperboard. We’ll show you how to use a… Continue reading The Clapperboard Explained — How to Use a Film Slate

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? In this article, we’ll cover how to make script sides like a master. By the end, you’ll be ready to take… Continue reading How to Create Script Sides for Film & TV [with Examples]

What are Special Effects in Movies — History & Types Explained

BasicsOpen menu What is Post-Production What is VFX What are Special Effects What is Virtual Production What is SFX Makeup What is CGI What is Mocap What is Compositing What is Matte Painting What is Chroma Key What is a Green Screen What is a Blue Screen What is Practical Effects What is Motion Graphics… Continue reading What are Special Effects in Movies — History & Types Explained

What is a Softbox Used For in Photography & Lighting Tips

BasicsOpen menu What Does a Cinematographer Do What is Cinematography What is Digital Cinematography Cinematography Terms What is Motion Blur Lighting EssentialsOpen menu Basics of Film Lighting: 4 Qualities of Light What is Practical Lighting 3-Point Lighting What is Key Light What is Fill Light What is Backlight What is Low Key Lighting What is… Continue reading What is a Softbox Used For in Photography & Lighting Tips

Ultimate Guide to Film Crew Positions (Jobs & Duties Explained)

Cinematography Terms Screenwriting Terms Film Terms Film Crew Positions On a low-budget independent film with a scaled back crew, there are not too many film crew positions to keep track of. When we start looking at larger productions, however, the amount of distinct film crew positions can balloon to massive numbers. Gaining an understanding of… Continue reading Ultimate Guide to Film Crew Positions (Jobs & Duties Explained)

What is a Soundstage — Definition, History & Function Explained

EssentialsOpen menu What is Sound Design What Does a Sound Designer Do Sound Editing vs Sound Mixing What is Voice Over What is a Foley Artist What is Diegetic Sound  What is Non-Diegetic Sound What is a Film Score What is Asynchronous Sound What is Music Licensing What is a Film Composer What is a… Continue reading What is a Soundstage — Definition, History & Function Explained

What is a Special Effects Supervisor — Job Description & Role Explained

Think of some of your favorite films or television series of all time. Whether they are rooted in fantasy or made to be naturalistic, odds are they required some special effects. To bring those effects to life, a Special Effects Supervisor got the job done. And in this article, we’ll dive into the role and… Continue reading What is a Special Effects Supervisor — Job Description & Role Explained

What is a Location Scout — Duties & Job Description Explained

One of the great things about cinema is its ability to transport audiences to far and remote places. These places are often a character themselves within the story of a film. Finding these locations is an incredibly important component of filmmaking that is put on the shoulders of a location scout. What is a location… Continue reading What is a Location Scout — Duties & Job Description Explained

How to Create a Documentary Shooting Schedule

Shooting a documentary is very different from shooting a narrative film. In many ways it can be on the cuff, guerilla style shooting. Documentaries can also be made of properly planned and composed shoots. Great documentaries are made of both and thus require an organized documentary shooting schedule. Creating a documentary shooting schedule is an effective… Continue reading How to Create a Documentary Shooting Schedule

What is Meal Penalty — CA Lunch Penalty Law Explained

What is meal penalty? Well, meal penalty is something cast/crew are sometimes subject to – and it’s certainly something producers don’t want to incur. Meal penalty is the disincentive that keeps producers from overworking their employees – but it’s also something more than that. We’re going to break down meal penalties at the union, state,… Continue reading What is Meal Penalty — CA Lunch Penalty Law Explained

What is a Key Grip — Definition & Job Description 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 If you’re the kind of person who waits through the credits of movies (and if you are, thank you for acknowledging the crew), you’ve… Continue reading What is a Key Grip — Definition & Job Description Explained

Film Production Company Names — Creative Ideas & Examples

One of the first (and most exciting) parts of starting your own film production company is creating your film production company name. This name is going to reflect your groundbreaking style, show off your professional and one-of-a-kind brand, and set the tone for the projects you’ll take on as your company takes off. It also… Continue reading Film Production Company Names — Creative Ideas & Examples

Film Production Agreement — A Primer on Film Prod. Contracts

A film production agreement is an important legal document for writers, directors, producers, and financiers – but what is a film production agreement? We’re going to answer that question by defining the term and its associated contracts. We’re also going to explore some real world examples. By the end, you’ll know why film production agreements… Continue reading Film Production Agreement — A Primer on Film Prod. Contracts

Pay or Play Contract — How Does It Affect Your Production?

Congratulations! You’ve put together most of the cast and crew for your next project. Director? Check. Heads of departments? Got ‘em. But your lead actor is the highly-coveted [insert your favorite actor here], and they’re not too sure they want in. Yet. What safety net can you offer, say, Jeff Goldblum, in exchange for—you hope—his… Continue reading Pay or Play Contract — How Does It Affect Your Production?