Film School Archive

Scientists Help Movie Writers Make Films ‘Plausible-ish’

Organization links scientists with writers who want a dose of scientific accuracy; black holes,

Human at the Seams: Charlie Kaufman and Duke Johnson Make Yearning Tangible in Anomalisa

Hiding any visible trace of the artifice of moviemaking is one of the craft’s

Social Media for Moviemakers: Everything You Always Wanted to Know

Keeping up with your crazy cousins, reconnecting with your high-school crush, maybe even documenting

Meet Your Crew: How The Script Supervisor Keeps It All On Track

The job of a script supervisor was devised around the ten arbitrary things that

High Concept, A Recipe: The Four Essential Components to a High-Concept Pitch

The single most in-demand quality of a script is for it to be “high

How to Direct Actors: Advice from Actor-Turned-Director Nick Sandow of The Wannabe

On a typically tight indie production, getting any rehearsal time at all is an

David Fincher and Martin Scorsese on why Hitchcock was more than the Master of Suspense

Director David Fincher was 7 when he saw the film book “Hitchcock/Truffaut” on his

Community-Based Moviemaking Takes Off: Drone Enthusiasts Unite to Create Rotor DR1

Moviemaker Chad Kapper sees the future of filmmaking as a new paradigm, where entertainment

7-Minute Video Essay Explores The Differences In The Film Or The Novel

If your answer to the question “the film or the novel?” is “whichever one

Casting Your Location: How to Find (and Keep) a Great Location For Your Film

The right location can make a film, the wrong location can break it. Recently,

How Can Middle Class Filmmakers Make a Living?

“I am the 99 percent…in Hollywood.” The income disparity in this country, which is

Who Makes What on the Lot and on Location

From the C-suite to the caterers on their feet: Information gleaned from the Sony

Going Viral the Organic Way: New Media Meets Human Engagement in Tiffany Shlain’s Character Day

Like many moviemakers, we think of our films as providing a moveable feast for

Scene Tectonics: Damage-Control Your Edit with Eight Tips for Scene Transitions

We’ve all been there–the editing room-turned-rescue center. Here’s a secret to surviving those agonizing

How to Make a Must-See Heist Movie in a Single Shot

It’s early in the morning in Berlin, and a 23-year-old woman from Madrid named

Beat It: How to Develop the Story Beats in Your Screenplay

On the surface, directing doesn’t seem to require any tangible skills. Think about it:

How a Movement in Chile Is Transforming Film Worldwide

CHANCES ARE YOU haven’t heard much about The Stranger—it’s been hard to pick up

A Better Budget: The Beginner’s Guide to Planning an Indie Budget

A typical feature budget has 30 to 40 categories, anywhere from 250 to 300-plus

6 TIPS FOR MAKING FUNNY MOVIES—OR YOUTUBE VIDEOS—FROM JAY CHANDRASEKHAR

The Avengers has Nick Fury. Wu-Tang Clan has the RZA. And Broken Lizard, the

British Film Composer Simon Boswell Reveals Secrets of Scoring

LONDON — Simon Boswell, who takes part in Raindance Film Festival’s In Conversation event

The Indie-Friendly Business List 2015: 25 Companies You Should Know

This year’s indie-friendly business list takes to the digital frontiers of efficient independent moviemaking.

What Cinematographers Can Learn from Comic Book Artists

“In art school I taught a course called the Cinematography in Comics, and my

5 Easy Tips for Achieving Day for Night

“The key is knowing when and where you can get away with it.” Noam

Why CG Sucks (Except It Doesn’t)

YouTuber Freddie Wong presents “Why CG Sucks (Except It Doesn’t)” in the first in

TUTORIALS for LIGHTING & CINEMATOGRAPHY

We found this gem of a site that provides tutorials on lighting and other