How to Use a C-Stand — Parts, Functions & Proper Usage Tips

What would you consider the most versatile tool on a set? Most filmmakers and grips would probably come to the same conclusion — the C-Stand, otherwise known as the workhorse of a film production. They are the humble heroes that can impact both the quality of a shot as well as the safety of a… Continue reading How to Use a C-Stand — Parts, Functions & Proper Usage Tips

What Does an Assistant Director Do? Defining the 1st AD

Directorial DepartmentOpen menu What Does an Assistant Director Do What Does a 2nd Assistant Director Do What is a Casting Director What is a Second Unit Director What Does a Director Do Ultimate Guide to Film Crew Positions Unlike painting or writing, which are often done in isolation, making a film requires a team effort.… Continue reading What Does an Assistant Director Do? Defining the 1st AD

The Art Department in Film — Guide to Positions, Duties, Salary

Film is a uniquely visual storytelling medium. Everything you see within the frames of a shot is carefully thought out by someone behind the scenes. More often than not, these details in the frame come from the art department. An art department is responsible for the larger creation of a film set as well as… Continue reading The Art Department in Film — Guide to Positions, Duties, Salary

What Is a Production Coordinator? Salary & Job Description

Production DepartmentOpen menu Producer vs Director What Does an Executive Producer Do What Does a Producer Do What Does a Co-Producer Do What Does a TV Producer Do What is An Associate Producer What is a Line Producer What is Production Assistant What is an Entertainment Lawyer What Is a Production Coordinator Ultimate Guide to… Continue reading What Is a Production Coordinator? Salary & Job Description

Green Screen Color — Ideal Shades for Paint, Fabric and Screens

BasicsOpen menu What is a Green Screen? Blue Screen vs Green Screen DIY Green ScreenOpen menu How to Make a Green Screen Green Screen Color Using a Green ScreenOpen menu How to Use a Green Screen Green Screen Lighting EditingOpen menu Best Green Screen Software Best Green Screen Background Videos How to Use a Green… Continue reading Green Screen Color — Ideal Shades for Paint, Fabric and Screens

What is Chroma Key Technology — The VFX Process 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 is Chroma Key Technology — The VFX Process Explained

Best Animation Software — 2D, 3D, Paid, and Free Options

Animation BasicsOpen menu What is Animation What is Pre-Production in Animation What Does an Animator Do What is Cel Animation What is Pixilation Animation What is Tweening in Animation What is Anime What is Claymation What are Keyframe What is Persistence of Vision What is Stop Motion Animation What is Rotoscope Animation What is Character… Continue reading Best Animation Software — 2D, 3D, Paid, and Free Options

What is a Colorist in Film? Duties, Salary & How to Become One

Color BasicsOpen menu Color Grading vs. Color Correction What is Color Space What is Color Temperature What is a Vectorscope What is LUT What is a Colorist What is a Color Checker What is Technicolor First Color Movie Film Colorization Process Color SchemesOpen menu What is a Color Scheme Triadic Color Scheme Monochromatic Color Scheme… Continue reading What is a Colorist in Film? Duties, Salary & How to Become One

What is a DIT in Film — Definition, Job Description, and Salary

Editorial DepartmentOpen menu Digital Imaging Technician Film Editor Colorist Ultimate Guide to Film Crew Positions The role of the DIT is one of the more mysterious roles on a film set. This is primarily due to the fact that there are numerous duties that fall onto a DIT. In today’s digital world, technology is advancing… Continue reading What is a DIT in Film — Definition, Job Description, and Salary

What is a Leko Light and How to Use It — Lighting Techniques

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 Leko Light and How to Use It — Lighting Techniques

How to Start a Production Company: A Complete 12-Step Guide

Starting a production company can be incredibly daunting. There are so many business aspects that appear mundane and confusing to the typical creative starting a production company. But the truth is that laying down a proper foundation is essential for any new production company to grow and prosper. In this article, we outline twelve steps… Continue reading How to Start a Production Company: A Complete 12-Step Guide

What is Claymation — A History of Claymation Movies

Animation BasicsOpen menu What is Animation What is Pre-Production in Animation What Does an Animator Do What is Cel Animation What is Pixilation Animation What is Tweening in Animation What is Anime What is Claymation What are Keyframe What is Persistence of Vision What is Stop Motion Animation What is Rotoscope Animation What is Character… Continue reading What is Claymation — A History of Claymation Movies

What is Principal Photography in the Stages of Film Production?

Have you heard the term “principal photography” or “principal shooting” bandied about without knowing exactly what it means? Breaking into the behind the scenes world of filmmaking requires learning an entire set of specialized terminology. In this post, we’ll answer the questions: what is principal photography? How long does it take to shoot a movie?… Continue reading What is Principal Photography in the Stages of Film Production?

What is a Grip on a Movie Set? Job Description and Duties

Camera & Lighting DepartmentOpen menu Best Boy Camera Operator Director Of Photography Focus Puller Key Grip Gaffer Grip Sound DepartmentOpen menu Boom Operator Ultimate Guide to Film Crew Positions The short answer to the question, “What is a Grip?” is that a Grip on a film crew is someone who moves lighting equipment around. But… Continue reading What is a Grip on a Movie Set? Job Description and Duties

What is a Best Boy in Film? Job Description and Duties Explained

Camera & Lighting DepartmentOpen menu Best Boy Camera Operator Director Of Photography Focus Puller Key Grip Gaffer Grip Sound DepartmentOpen menu Boom Operator Ultimate Guide to Film Crew Positions How many times have you watched a movie’s end credits and asked “What’s a Best Boy?” Among the many credited film crew members on a production,… Continue reading What is a Best Boy in Film? Job Description and Duties Explained

What is a Gaffer? Definition and Job Description Explained

Camera & Lighting DepartmentOpen menu Best Boy Camera Operator Director Of Photography Focus Puller Key Grip Gaffer Grip Sound DepartmentOpen menu Boom Operator Ultimate Guide to Film Crew Positions A lot of job titles on a film set come from other industries or traditions, and Gaffer is one of them. The Gaffer is an indispensable… Continue reading What is a Gaffer? Definition and Job Description Explained