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What does an art director do in film
You might not know it, but art directors are one of the strongest backbones of any production. When we go to the movies, we’ve learned to really only pay attention to the celebrity stars and directors. But what about the art directors that made all of the visual aspects of the film come alive? Sometimes,...
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What is sound editing in film
Storytelling is so much more than we think it is. Just ask any sound editor out there in the film industry. You might think, “Ok, this movie has an awesome soundtrack!” But what about the sounds and sound effects that are more subtle than that? Think dialogue, footsteps, the sound of crunching leaves. All of...
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What does a film distributor do
When you think of the film industry, you immediately think, “Lights, camera, action!” But that might be all you think about, right? So how does a film get distributed to a major studio, film festivals, and eventually a theatrical release? The answer to all these questions and more is film distributors. Film distributors are the...
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How does the cinematographer control color in a scene
You know those movies you watch just for the sake of how they look? The color palette is just right? And the visual storytelling as told through color theory just makes it a visual feast to take in? Yeah, those. (I can hear your ahh’s from here!) These movies alone teach us that the power...
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How to convert super 8 film to digital
If you’re reading this, it’s likely you didn’t have DVD stacked upon DVD in your childhood household. Maybe you’re more used to watching a movie through a film format? And the term USB device makes you cock your head to one side? This is in no way to shame you. In fact, it’s to give...
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What is independent filmmaking
When you think of the film industry, you likely conjure up the image of Hollywood. You know – bright lights, big sets, more money than you could ever imagine. But not all movies are produced through the studio system. In fact, a number of beloved movies were made independent of the big wigs in corporate...
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How to get into documentary filmmaking
If I asked you what documentary changed your life, you’d probably have a hard time picking just one. You might even have a hard time picking only two. That’s because documentaries have the ability to change lives and perspectives. The film industry is often lumped into the stereotype of big, fake Hollywood. But documentary filmmaking...
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How to become a film director
If you’re an aspiring film director, you can likely point to a single moment that changed your life. Maybe you loved going to the video store as a kid. You picked out movies like it was already your career. And you watched them over and over to get an understanding of the film industry. It...
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How to get into film festivals
If you’re a filmmaker, you’re probably looking to get as many eyes on your material as you can. Luckily, film festivals provide the perfect venue for that. Film festivals put your material next to the upcoming best in the industry. And the several viewers at the film festival give you a chance to spread your...
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How lighting affects mood in film
Films have the power to make you feel something. But how much does the lighting have to do with that? Turns out, quite a bit. Lighting can highly affect the mood of a film, just like it can affect photography. It can help the audience understand what they are supposed to be feeling. And it...
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