Film Incentives and Watching State Finances

Incentive are a key component of Film and TV Financing packages these days.  These vital elements come in many varieties:  States like California (okay), Georgia (the best).   Countries like Canada – More »

South Africa Welcomes 19th Century Bruce Lee Project

Bruce Lee was consumed with a passion project about the Chinese Tongs (basically the mafia) in 19th Century San Francisco.  The Tong Wars were vicious and gave us the term ‘hatchet man’. More »

WGA and AMPTP Make Deal and Avert Strike

Up to the actual May 2nd deadline to call a strike, the WGA and AMPTP made a deal on numerous points to avoid a potentially disastrous strike to Hollywood’s film and media More »

International Productions Finance Model & “Lion”

International Productions are at the forefront of the Film Finance Model because many countries offer a number of attributes which make for a positive finance model in today’s highly competitive film production More »

Media Math: Shooting in Eastern Europe is Much Cheaper

Poland Increases Production Plans by the Polish government to introduce a 25 percent cash rebate for domestic and international features, documentaries and high-end television dramas this year will bring Eastern Europe’s biggest More »

 

Category Archives: Always Learning

Brian Helgeland: Screenwriters Lecture

Writer Brian Helgeland (L.A. Confidential, Mystic River) explains what it feels like to win an Oscar an a Razzie on the same weekend, why he thinks writer's block is a myth, and

Scott Frank: Screenwriters Lecture

In this lecture, Scott Frank illustrates the importance of opening scenes, the challenges his craft encompasses and how, ultimately, "it's all about the words". For more on screenwriting, head over to

DP/30: The Social Network, screenwriter Aaron Sorkin

The Writer Speaks: Robert Towne

The writer of CHINATOWN discusses his life as a Hollywood screenwriter

Literary Agents: Full Uncensored Interview

Full one hour interview with Jodi Reamer (Writers House), Kim Witherspoon (Inkwell Management), Robert Gottlieb (Trident Media), Sloan Harris (ICM), Eric Simonoff (WME), Christy Fletcher (Fletcher & Company).

It’s All About Story And Nothing Else – UCLA Professor Richard Walter [FULL INTERVIEW]

BUY THE BOOK – ESSENTIALS OF SCREENWRITING: The Art, Craft, and Business Of Film and Television Writing MORE VIDEOS WITH RICHARD WALTER 00:00 – Should Students Be On A First Name Basis

The Writer Speaks: William Goldman

William Goldman talks about screenwriting and his own past.  

Screenwriting Plot Structure Masterclass – Michael Hauge [FULL INTERVIEW]

To immediately get your free copy of Michael Hauge’s 6-Stage Structure Chart, just go to BUY MICHAEL HAUGE’S BOOK – WRITING SCREENPLAYS THAT SELL, NEW TWENTIETH ANNIVERSARY EDITION: The Complete Guide To

Trailer: World War II Hollywood Directors “Five Came Back”

The series “Five Came Back” is about John Ford, William Wyler, John Huston, Frank Capra, and George Stevens.  These five prominent Hollywood filmmakers went out in World War II to document this horrific

Oscar Screenplays Available for Download Here

Keep Learning by studying these Best Original and Best Adapted Screenplays.  Download to pdf files. Best Original Screenplay Hell or High Water, written by Taylor Sheridan La La Land, written by Damien

Always Learning Tutorial: Sky Replacement in After Effects

Michael Stark breaks down his sky replacement technique in After Effects.  

Tutorial: Breaking Glass in After Effects

Michael Stark breaks down the cracked glass effect from Car Chase.  

No VFX: Laser Gun Sketch

No vfx in this one. Download and add your own vfx, color grading and widescreen. Laser gun & odd shot vfx tutorial: Vomit Rainbow & Arris hit tutorial:

Animating 2D Birds in After Effects (Extended Tutorial)

Timmy Allen (@timmy_allen) takes us in-depth on how he created the birds for Adobe and the Frog. Be sure to follow Timmy on twitter!

Making the Film – The Show Before Film Riot

For hitting 1 Million subscribers, we wanted to show you guys where we started! We watch the episode:

Creating a Proton Pack Energy Stream

Stark shows how he did the energy stream from our Ghostbusters episode. Follow Stark on twitter: Follow Film Riot on twitter:

TUTORIAL: VFX with scale models – part1

In part 1 of this tutorial video we look at how to shoot the model, apply a color key inside Adobe After Effects and composite it into a background environment in a

Ghost Effect with Softimage

Today we have special guest Paul Griswold to walk us through a tutorial for how he pulled off the Brian Ghost Effect from the Halloween episode of Film Riot. Paul’s website: Free

Tutorial: Compositing Part 1 – (Multi-Channel Comping)

Stark gives the basics of multi-channel compositing. Follow Stark on twitter: Follow Film Riot on twitter:

Create Realistic Jet Scenes in Adobe After Effects – part1

In this video tutorial we look at creating realistic jet scenes in Adobe After Effects using Videocopilot Element 3D and Jet Strike. In part 1 we cover animating the background, adding the