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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

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

TUTORIAL: Muzzle Flash – part 1, flash & smoke

In part 1 of of our muzzle flash tutorial we look at creating flash and smoke inside Adobe After Effects using the fractal noise effect. In part 2 we will look at

VFX with scale models

Indie filmmaking: doing visual effects or SFX shots with miniatures. This video was done using a 1/48 scale model kit. It was shot on a Canon 650D/Rebel T4i and assembled in Adobe

Videocopilot Jet Strike test and REVIEW

In this video we review Jet Strike and Flight Kit from Videocopilot. Jet Strike is a great 3D model pack that works inside Videocopilot’s Element plugin for Adobe After Effects.

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