Tag Archives: filmmaking

7 Ways To Screw Up Your Film’s Budget-#2: Inaccurate Estimate

Writers Need To Become Producers In numerous cases, I have had a producer or executive hand me a script, point to it and say, “You can do this film for $5 million.” 

7 Ways To Screw Up Your Film Budget-Reason #1: Finance

Writers Need To Become Film Producers  Many times, when a producer or a writer hires me to create and producer a schedule and budget, they have very similar misconceptions or omissions upon

French New Wave Changed Cinema – FilmmakingWithaCalculator!

The Techniques associated with French New Wave Filmmaking were improvisation, low cost equipment, shots which defied conventional tracking shot systems, i.e., handheld as well as the minimal setup time to achieve a

Michael’s Quora Answer: Hierarchy of Assistant Directors

In the United States, a hierarchy absolutely exists in the Production Staff which is where the Assistant Director is included in both the budget as well as in the proper union –

Martin Scorsese on the Importance of Visual Literacy

The filmmaker touches on topics ranging from violence in films to the preservation of classic movies. If you liked this video, please consider subscribing to Edutopia's YouTube Channel:

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

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

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:

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.  

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

Media Math: To Finance Your Film, You Must Consider Real Numbers and Realities

Budgeting Real Finance Numbers Many financing arrangements require financing costs and steep banking arrangements. These elements are not taken into consideration. Let’s be clear: The topic of Film Finance is a very