What is a Grindhouse Movie — Definition & Iconic Examples

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Best Martin Scorsese Films — His Entire Filmography Ranked

Martin Scorsese is the true king of cinema. While most filmmakers are lucky to have just one film that stands the test of time, Scorsese has had hit after hit across five decades. Saying “the best Martin Scorsese films” is like saying “the best chili cheese fries” because even when they’re not the greatest, they’re… Continue reading Best Martin Scorsese Films — His Entire Filmography Ranked

What is Film Theory — How to Study Film (And Why)

Cinematography Terms Screenwriting Terms Film Terms Film Crew Positions What is film theory? Is it just the theory of film? Or is it something more? Fear not, we’re going to answer the question “what is film theory?” with a film theory definition. We’re also going to examine a variety of different aspects of film theory,… Continue reading What is Film Theory — How to Study Film (And Why)

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

What is a Dead Metaphor — Examples & How to Avoid Them

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Dialogue Examples — Film, TV, Theatre, Fiction & Video Games

Dialogue, or a conversation between two or more people, is something that dominates just about every work of fiction. So, why is dialogue so hard to write? We’re going to explore the nature of dialogue by breaking down a series of dialogue examples, from literature to games. Hopefully, by the end, you’ll know how a… Continue reading Dialogue Examples — Film, TV, Theatre, Fiction & Video Games

What is Non-Diegetic Sound — Definition and Examples

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How to Direct Actors for Film — 12 Tips & Techniques Explained

There are many responsibilities that fall onto the shoulders of a director. One of the most important responsibilities they have is to direct the actors of a film. How do great directors bring out great performances from an actor? What is the relationship between director and actor? How should a director communicate with an actor?… Continue reading How to Direct Actors for Film — 12 Tips & Techniques Explained

What is a Boom Shot — Camera Shot Definition and Examples

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What is a Sound Bridge in Film — Scene Transition Techniques

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How to Edit a Dialogue Scene — Tips and Techniques for Editors

Great performances, direction, cinematography, and even production design are all essential for creating an engaging dialogue scene. But one of the most important aspects of a great dialogue scene is effective editing. Editing can make or break a dialogue scene even if all of the other filmmaking elements fall into place. So how do you edit… Continue reading How to Edit a Dialogue Scene — Tips and Techniques for Editors

What is a Trope — Definition and Examples in Movies

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What is Characterization — A Guide to Character Building

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Quentin Tarantino Interviews, Directing Tips & Quotes on Film

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What is an Antagonist in a Story — Definition & Examples

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What is a Medium Long Shot — Types of Shots in Film Explained

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