Advice from Professionals Archive

How To Write A Screenplay That Breaks Through To A Mass Audience

Here’s ten headlines. Ten rules of thumb. Ten writing magic stepping stones I follow religiously. Follow

Writer/Director Kevin Smith on Filmmaking: You Must Have a ‘Reasonable Amount of Unreasonability’

Independent film would probably not have become what it is today without people like

A Creator’s Guide to Transmedia Storytelling-interview with Andrea Phillips

This week’s post should help those who are thinking about giving transmedia/cross platform storytelling

What Good is a Macbeth/Colorchecker Chart?

Most camera rental houses have an in-house expendables store, and during a recent visit

Formatting Your Script – The Basics

I’ve been asked by some people how to properly format a script. Note that

Testing Your Camera’s Emulsion

A few months ago, I ran a blog post about how important it is

25 Pieces of Juicy Filmmaking Knowledge from Cinematographer Roger Deakins

Is it really worth my time to give Roger Deakins an introduction? Surely you already know

The Benefits of Using Neutral Density (ND) Filters & Gels in Video Production

The same way you need to ensure your color temperature is right to minimize color

Deciphering the Film Slate (Part 3): Twelve Examples of a Completed Slate

You want to be a slate superstar? A champion of the clapperboard? A maestro of the marker?

Deciphering the Film Slate (Part 2): Pickups, Plates, MOS, and More

Now that you generally know what to write on a film slate, it’s time to


Although many moviemakers acknowledge the importance of music to the emotional impact of a

Deciphering the Film Slate (Part 1): What to Write on a Clapperboard

Slating: it’s a staple of filmmaking, it’s an art, and it requires a certain amount of subtlety.

The Gift and the Curse of Zeiss Superspeed Lenses

It was the weight in my hands that I first learned to appreciate. The

How Do I Sell My Movie On Amazon?

If you ever asked yourself: How do I market my movie? You are not

10 TED Talks for Filmmakers

This is just the first of 10 TED Talks that has compiled  just

3 Tips for Leading A Successful Video Edit Session

Increase your success as a video editor by intensifying client engagement and satisfaction in the post-production

App of the Week – DSLR Toolkit

Welcome to this week’s “App of the Week” column. You know, the writing quality

5 Important Factors for Calculating and Negotiating Your Day Rate

When you’re looking for your first job in the film industry, you’re rarely thinking about

THE SECRETS OF YOUTUBE SUCCESS – 2012 Edition (by Freddie Wong)

In March 2011, I wrote an article entitled “The Secrets to YouTube Success.” For

Logo Design For Filmmakers Part 2

Designing a logo is no easy task and it is always better to hire

What You Need to Do to Make Your Sound Editor Love You

A fantastic presentation from sound editor Vickie Sampson at the recent Los Angeles Final

11 Facets of a Great Video Production Intern

If you want to be in video production, chances are pretty good that you’re

12 Things I Know About Business at 55 That I Wish I’d Known at 25

Thirty years ago I accidentally started a business. As a 25 year old disc

7 Tips for HD Color Correction and DSLR Color Correction

Color correction is just one step of the entire filmmaking process…but oh, what a

Becoming A Specialist VS. Jack (hack) Of All Trades!

The DSLR revolution has been beneficial to most starting out in the business and

7 Tricks to Optimize Your Video’s Title for Search & Social Source

When you think about your title, you have to realize that it’s the first