Zeke Iddon on March 01, 2013 in Production Filmmaking Pre Production
The Art of Storyboarding - Five Essential Tips
It's quite commonplace for filmmakers to fear the act of storyboarding moreso than writing the dreaded business plan. This is baffling, when you think about it - if someone can take a stack of paper and gleefully go through the mammoth task of turning it into a film, you'd think putting a series of doodles together would be no sweat.
Rachel Graham on May 04, 2012 in Screenwriting Horror Tips
Script Structure Analysis: Cabin in the Woods
"Cabin in the Woods" is getting raves from critics and moviegoers alike, but the most interesting thing about it isn’t the surprise “twist,” but the twists of the plot itself. What follows is a structural breakdown of the entire movie (SPOILER ALERT) and tips on how to keep your own complicated script under control.
Arthur Vincie on April 28, 2012 in Production Costume Design Wardrobe
Costume and Wardrobe
Two of the departments that get screwed over the most in indie film-land are wardrobe and costume design. But it doesn't have to be that way!
Rachel Graham on April 20, 2012 in Screenwriting Tips Vocab Lessons
Vocab Lesson: MacGuffin
Vocab Lessons explains a common screenwriting or filmmaking technique so that screenwriters can better utilize them in their writing. This post will cover a macguffin, a sometimes insignificant object that drives the plot forward. Some spoilers ahead.
Rachel Graham on April 06, 2012 in Screenwriting Advice Plagiarism
Protecting Yourself from Plagiarism
A comparison of The Hunger Games and Battle Royale, and advice on how screenwriters can deal with plagiarism and protect their work.
Rachel Graham on March 23, 2012 in Screenwriting Tips Plagiarism
The Hunger Games and Plagiarism
Thoughts on the debate over whether Battle Royale was plagiarized to create The Hunger Games, and what screenwriters can learn from it.
Arthur Vincie on March 20, 2012 in Production Casting
Budgeting For Casting
The casting process on a low-budget independent film often gets short shrift. Don't make that mistake!
Rachel Graham on March 16, 2012 in Screenwriting Tips Vocab Lessons
Vocab Lesson: Character Foils
Vocab Lessons explains a common screenwriting or filmmaking technique so that screenwriters can better utilize them in their writing. This post will cover a character foil, which is a character whose traits either mirrors or is opposite to the main character
Rachel Graham on March 09, 2012 in Screenwriting Tips
Top Tips for Writing a Bio Pic
With the Oscars and other award shows consistently handing out trophies to actors and actresses in big name bio pics (ahem, Meryl Streep), it
Arthur Vincie on March 08, 2012 in Production Production Value
6 Cheap Ways To Add Production Value
No budget? No problem! Here's a few small ways you can make your film look and sound a LOT better than the competition.
Rachel Graham on March 02, 2012 in Screenwriting Tips Outlines
How (And Why) to Outline a Screenplay
As much as we all want to just sit down and write a screenplay, it
Arthur Vincie on February 29, 2012 in Production Scheduling
Scheduling Sex (Scenes)
You may have to do this in your personal life, but you definitely have to do this on set.