What is a Video Essay? The Art of the Video Analysis Essay

In the era of the internet and Youtube, the video essay has become an increasingly popular means of expressing ideas and concepts. However, there is a bit of an enigma behind the construction of the video essay largely due to the vagueness of the term. What defines a video analysis essay? What is a video essay… Continue reading What is a Video Essay? The Art of the Video Analysis Essay

What is Pacing in Writing — And Why It’s So Important

Pacing is an elusive yet pivotal element in storytelling, acting as the rhythm that governs the reader’s journey through the narrative. It dictates the rate at which a story unfolds, influencing the tension, mood, and emotional resonance. Without pacing, a story can have an awkward sense of movement and flow. The best writers and storytellers… Continue reading What is Pacing in Writing — And Why It’s So Important

No Budget Films — How to Make a Movie for (Almost) Free

In the world of cinema, no budget filmmaking has carved out a unique niche, offering a platform for innovative storytelling outside the constraints of traditional film production. In this article, we’ll look into the history and evolution of no budget filming as well as some of the most influential no budget films.Continue reading No Budget… Continue reading No Budget Films — How to Make a Movie for (Almost) Free

What is Freytag’s Pyramid — 5 Steps of Story Structure

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Atmosphere in Movies — How Image & Sound Create Worlds

Films possess an immense power to evoke a myriad of emotions within their viewers. From pure joy to profound sadness, from gripping fear to overwhelming love, movies have the unique ability to transport us to alternate worlds and forge deep connections with the stories being told. One element that plays a pivotal role in creating… Continue reading Atmosphere in Movies — How Image & Sound Create Worlds

Subjective Cinema — Types and Techniques in Filmmaking

Watching a film can sometimes feel like looking at the world through someone else’s eyes. This someone else may be a particularly auteurist filmmaker, or they can be a character within a movie that a filmmaker wants us to identify with. Referred to as subjective cinema, this filmmaking technique can be incredibly powerful.Continue reading Subjective… Continue reading Subjective Cinema — Types and Techniques in Filmmaking

Oppenheimer Practical Effects Explained — VFX Without CGI

I t’s no secret that Christopher Nolan is a fan of practical effects. From running a plane into an airport to building an entire rotating hallway, the man likes to do it for real. Oppenheimer is no different. Though Nolan didn’t exactly detonate an atomic bomb, the auteur utilized in-camera effects in creative and unexpected ways.… Continue reading Oppenheimer Practical Effects Explained — VFX Without CGI

Academy Award for Best Visual Effects — The Complete List

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What is an Arthouse Film — Definition & Examples

H ave you ever found yourself captivated by a film that strays from the predictable plot lines of mainstream cinema, instead immersing you in a world of unique storytelling and artistic vision? Welcome to the realm of Arthouse Cinema. But what is an ‘arthouse film’ exactly, and how did this fascinating genre originate? Dive with us… Continue reading What is an Arthouse Film — Definition & Examples

Oppenheimer Script PDF Download — Screenplay Breakdown

I t’s safe to say Oppenheimer is no typical biopic. The film leaps backwards and forwards through time, creating a nonlinear structure that stands apart from its counterparts in the genre. It should be unsurprising, then, that the Oppenheimer screenplay challenges conventions. By examining Christopher Nolan’s script for the movie, we can begin to appreciate just… Continue reading Oppenheimer Script PDF Download — Screenplay Breakdown

What is the Axis of Action — Filmmaking Terms Explained

Cinematography Terms Screenwriting Terms Film Terms Film Crew Positions The world of filmmaking is full of technical jargon and concepts that may seem intimidating to the uninitiated. One such concept is the “axis of action,” also known as the “line of action” or the “180-degree rule.” This fundamental principle of film editing and shooting is… Continue reading What is the Axis of Action — Filmmaking Terms Explained

Directing Actors — How to Get the Best Performances

In narrative filmmaking, the relationship between the director and the actors is arguably the most important relationship on set. And yet, for many directors beginning their careers, the process of working with an actor can seem mystifying. No one director collaborates with actors the same way, and yet many of the most celebrated actors’ directors… Continue reading Directing Actors — How to Get the Best Performances

What is Production Design in Film — How to Tell Stories Visually

What is Production Design What Does a Production Designer Do? Amazon’s The Boys Production Design Production Design Tips Academy Award for Best Production Design When we watch a movie, the visuals that we see on the screen can either transport us to a different world or make us feel like we are simply watching a… Continue reading What is Production Design in Film — How to Tell Stories Visually

What is a Plot Twist — Definition, Examples and Types Explained

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The Arc Shot — Examples and Camera Movements Explained

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