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: Production Techniques

Keeping the Gaffer Happy. LED Lights.

Why Don’t Films Shoot Scenes in Sequence?

Cost. Pure and simple. When  shooting a police drama TV show or feature (for example), you might revisit some locations more than a few times in Script Sequence (from scenes 1 to

Aputure Lights – Great LED Lights

Aputure Lights have intrigued me completely.   The on or off-camera Amaran AL-528W Daylight LED Flood Light from Aputure is a daylight-balanced (5500K) LED light that delivers precise color accuracy thanks to its high CRI 95+

Great Smartphone Dolly for $99

  Smartphone Dolly for $99 which gives you mobility.  Check out the video.    

Los Angeles Feature Production Down. Web Based Up

Saving Private Ryan’s Omaha Beach – Art of The Scene

It’s widely hailed as the most realistic representation of war ever put on screen, and one of the most challenging battle scenes in an epic war film. This week, on Art of

Editor Michael Kahn, ACE Discusses the Techniques Used in the Opening Scene of “Saving Private Ryan”

Manhattan Edit Workshop presents: "Sight, Sound & Story" – Michael Kahn, ACE on "Saving Private Ryan." From the panel "Inside the Cutting Room with Bobbie O'Steen," at "Sight, Sound & Story" on

The Camera Tricks of Game of Thrones – Frame by Frame

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Focal Lengths and Lenses used by Great Directors

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Directing – The Fine Arts of Blocking and Composition

@imdanielfox Podcast – 'Reloading with Werner' on iTunes and Soundcloud When it comes to directing, one set of skills that always separates the wheat from the chaff, are the fine arts of

Steven Spielberg’s techniques and themes

This is a short analysis of Steven Spielberg's films. It is part of a series of video-essays I am uploading for education purposes and is protected by the Fair Use part of

Filming Sex Scenes: How Hollywood Arouses an Audience – Frame By Frame

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How Terminator Defined Action Movies – Frame By Frame

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Cocaine and Camera Angles, How to Shoot a Drug Trip – Frame By Frame

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Composition + Framing – Storytelling with Cinematography

This week we're looking at how filmmakers can use composition and framing get across complex emotions and ideas. BLOG POST: Part 2: Lighting: Part 3 – Lenses: Part 4: Movement: Graded with

Holding Long and Cutting Short: 2 Brilliant Moments in Editing

This weeks list is a close up look at a pair of brilliant editing moments. One from the film Ida, a cut lingers for what seems like an eternity, the other from

Cuts & Transitions 101

Director/Editor Joey Scoma is here to talk to you about something simple: cuts and transitions. Except… there are so many different kinds!! In this video essay, Joey lists and defines the different

How a Director Stages and Blocks a Scene

How a director stages a scene dramatically affects the story – in this experiment at YouTube Space LA, we take a boilerplate police detective script and shoot it five ways with five

Lenses – Storytelling with Cinematography

How can we use lenses creatively? BLOG POST: Part 1 – Framing: Part 2 – Lighting: Part 4 – Movement: Host and Creator – Simon Cade Graded with FilmConvert – 10% off:

Shane Hurlbut On Cinematography! – FULL