Film School Archive

A BTS Look at Using a Drone Mounted LED Rig to Light a Night Shoot

Using two Black Armored Hexacopters, a RED Epic and an LED lighting rig, aerial

5 Things That Tell Me You’re Not A Professional

In today’s post I’m going to do something a little different by just having

The Ardavany Approach… To Comedy

 Can you think of a better way to make a living? Causing laughter in

11 Keys to Filming in a Small Town

It’s often said that creating a boot-strapped, no-budget independent film is a lot like

Storytelling in an ‘A.D.D. Culture’: How to Capture Your Audience’s Divided Attention

What is at the core of filmmaking? It’s the same thing that made us

WMM’s Creating Space w/ Thomas Ardavany #2

If you are an inspiring, beginning or a full fledged writer/director you’ll appreciate this

10 Story Techniques That Sell Screenplays

The key question that all screenwriters should ask themselves is: how do I write

From The Lens: 9 Visual Styles In One Shot

An important lesson I’m sure many film and videomakers have come to learn is

The Ardavany Approach for WMM: Step Two

Step Two: The Actor & The Camera The camera – The outer eye of

Find out How to Create Cheap Backyard Foley from ‘Last of Us’ Sound Designer Rob Krekel

If you’re just starting out as a filmmaker, or more specifically, a sound designer,

WMM’s Creating Space w/ Thomas Ardavany #1

Basic Direction  What is it you’re directing? You would be surprised to know that

Five Things Not To Do When Shooting a No-Budget Film By Yourself (And Why I Did Them Anyway)

D.P. Sean Porter’s credits include Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter, Eden and, opening on Friday at the IFC Center,

The Ardavany Approach for WMM: Step One

Step One: The Script From the Actor’s Perspective  We must make the script real

Indie-Friendly Direct Distribution Platform VHX Now Open to Everyone

VHX has a pretty simple mission: to allow users the ability to sell their

DCC042 – We Make Movies (feat. Sam Mestman)

Have you ever tried to get your movie made? You aren’t alone. Sam Mestman

10 Commandments for Directing (& Writing) Comedy from Director David Dobkin

What is the funniest movie you’ve ever seen? Do you lean towards the slapstickiness

10 Takeaways from the (Life-Changing!) Sundance Screenwriters Lab

It takes a village to make an independent film, and there are few villages

How To Shoot B-Roll

The Transom Online Workshop asked videographer/director Slavik Boyechko, of the PBS series INDIE ALASKA, to walk

A Massive List of Upcoming Grants All Filmmakers Should Know About

It seems like every week a grant deadline flies by, and you find yourself

Joyce Tsang of Stillmotion Discusses Choosing the Best Camera to Tell Your Story

When many of us first picked up a camera, it was whatever we had

Telling the Truth Without Paying For It

Adapting a true story for film can be tricky. On the one hand, reality

The Year in Gear: Goodbye 2013, Here Comes 2014K

It is perhaps indicative of how low-key this year was that when I first

Why Your Film Needs a Good Gaffer: Watch How Lighting Changes a Face

Here’s a hypnotic video showing the importance of film lighting. Watch as this woman

If You’re Making Films with Still Images, Here Are a Few Things to Consider

Famed director David Lean once said that one should be able to cut any frame out of

Why Final Cut Pro X Works and An Introduction to FCPWORKS

Sam Mestman has no doubt that FCPX works, so confident that he is organising

Video: Inside the World of ADR with Dub Master Doc Kane

There are plenty of reasons why a filmmaker may need some ADR (Automated/Additional Dialog