Tutorials / How-To Archive


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

How To Self-Tape An On-Camera Audition

Need to know how to self-tape your auditions? Michelle breaks it down in this

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

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

BREAKING BAD – Motivated Camera Movement

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

How to Launch a Video – Intro to Video Uploading

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


Written by J. Holtham You have a great idea for a movie. You buckle

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

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

From The Lens: 9 Visual Styles In One Shot

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

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,

6 Tips to Writing Great Female Characters: An Open Letter to My Male Allies

Creating female characters that defy sexist clichés is one of the easiest ways to

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

How to Recreate the Title Sequences from 3 Hollywood Films Using (Primarily) After Effects

Nailing the opening title of your film is important for a number of reasons. Usually it’s


Shooting Gallery Level One from Jon Corippo 1. FILM LOOKSFor the classroom 2. Inspired

The Best Possible Example of How Not to Do Kickstarter

This is probably the worst Kickstarter campaign ever made. Granted, it doesn’t have pay-me-to-stalk-Adam-Sandler comic appeal

DIY Lighting – It’s Easier (and cheaper) to Light Your Film Than You Might Think

I have been in this business for a while and I have heard people

Sharing Final Cut Pro X Projects between editors for a collaborative workflow

Jordan Smith wrote to us with a link to his article on sharing Final

How to Clean a Camera Lens Without Damaging the Glass

Maintaining equipment is one of the biggest responsibilities of any camera assistant and lenses

Tempo: A budget VFX lesson from Seth Worley and Red Giant

Red Giant is known for their effects software, including Magic Bullet Looks, Colorista and

Building Medusa: The Perfect DIY Fire Light

When I signed on to do The Greatest Game Ever Played, I wanted to try

Final Cut Pro X and Motion5 tutorial roundup

We feature many new products here on FCP.co, but we thought it was time