Film School Archive

Understanding Copyright Law: Pitches, Facts, Characters and the Ambiguities of Section 102

Gregory Bernstein’s book Understanding the Business of Entertainment, the Legal and Business Essentials All Filmmakers

On Directing Actors: An Interview with Tim Blake Nelson

For nearly 20 years, Tim Blake Nelson has shoe-horned in his filmmaking alongside a

What’s in Your Kit: Cinematographer Frankie DeMarco

The Kit I’ve chosen to exclude my meters, specialty lenses and other DP hardware

Here’s How to Make a Million Dollar Movie for Thousands

“The passion translates. If you have passion for the project it comes across.” Some

What Do You Need to Open a Movie? a Post-Distribution Deal Checklist

So you made your film, screened it at a ton of festivals to rave

Watch: The Future of Acting in the Technological Age

In the 2013 film “The Congress,” Hollywood studios digitally scan actors and then make

Why Orson Welles Matters More Today Than Ever

What is there to say about Orson Welles that hasn’t been regurgitated a thousand

3 Directing Techniques Actors Can Use to Look Brilliant

Attention filmmakers: As you are no doubt aware, much of your time as filmmakers

Attention, Filmmakers: Here’s Why You Should Make Medium-Length Films

“The codified idea of the ‘short’ and ‘feature’ is dated.” Most audiences think of

Rules of the Screenmovie: The Unfriended Manifesto for the Digital Age

The digital world is rapidly taking over as the predominant environment for our waking

The Seven Arts of Working in Film: A Necessary Guide to On-Set Protocol

Welcome to your first day on a film set. Perhaps you’ve gotten a new

Make Your Smartphone Smarter: What Goes in Your iPhone Filmmaking Kit?

“Shot on a smartphone” rarely means just a smartphone. So what goes in your

9 Tips for Getting the Best Performances in Micro-Budget Features

There’s a saying that 90 percent of directing actors is finding the right cast.

In the Digital Age, Projectionists Still Need to Learn How to Show 35mm Film Prints

For our first TECHIE / TRADE TUESDAY … While digital may now be the primary

Barriers to Entry aka “So you wanna work in the film business?” PART II

A WMM Original Article Written by Valentina Vee SCREENWRITERS $1-$200,000 – education. Some people

Barriers to Entry aka “So you wanna work in the film business?” PART I

A WMM Original Article Written by Valentina Vee On March 14th, 2014 at YouTube

Premiere Pro Tutorial: Using the ‘Set Matte’ Effect to Create Badass Titles in Seconds

Adding titles may not be the most exciting of your post-production process, but that’s not

What’s the Best Lens for the Job? It’s All a Matter of Perspective

When you first start shooting photos and videos, understanding the basic differences between lenses is pretty

10 Unconventional Steps to Get Your Indie Film Out in the World

Where do you go after winning the Palme d’Or at Cannes for your first

Did You Know David Lynch Had a Cartoon Show? He Did, & You Can Watch it Here

David Lynch, despite the reputation he earned with films like Blue Velvet and Mulholland Drive, lush tone poems

BREAKING BAD – Motivated Camera Movement

Cinema is a visual art form. It is universal and ubiquitous. The same images

The Story of Story: How I Learned to Stop Worrying & Love Structure

It is a truism that, “we tell ourselves stories in order to live.“ But, it is remarkable

Need a Storyboard Artist? This May Be the Best Directory of Professional Artists Around

For many filmmakers, the storyboarding process is essential for visualizing and organizing their projects before they

How to Launch a Video – Intro to Video Uploading

by David August Just putting a video online does not guarantee it will get


This saying, “Love what you do” is so overly said that it is easy

Fog, Smoke, & Haze: The Swiss Army Knives of Cinematography Tools

Contrary to popular belief, fog machines are not just helpful tools used to set the mood