Technical Archive

3 Things to Avoid When Directing Films – David Fincher

According to David Fincher, do you have any guesses about what the top 3

Scientists Help Movie Writers Make Films ‘Plausible-ish’

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

How They Created the Bear VFX for the Mauling of Leonardo DiCaprio in ‘The Revenant’

ILM divulges its impressive character animation for the bear, which has been shortlisted for

‘Toy Story’ at 20: How Pixar gambled on computer animation and changed movie history

Twenty years ago, moviegoers witnessed the birth of a new filmmaking technique that would

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

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


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

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

Tech & Trade Tuesdays: The Industry Has A[nother] Dark Side

I don’t ask for much in my line of work. A comfortable chair, computers

How To Self-Tape An On-Camera Audition

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

Make A 360-Degree Movie At Home

The world isn’t flat, so why should our videos be? Welcome to the latest

What’s in Your Kit: Cinematographer Frankie DeMarco

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

Watch: The Future of Acting in the Technological Age

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

The New Online Tool for Last-Minute Audition Rehearsals

It’s Tuesday afternoon and on the way to your bartending-restaurant-yoga teacher survival job, you

Should You Cut the Cord?

Use Slate’s calculator to see if dropping cable TV and paying for streaming services

5 Tips On Editing a Knockout Demo Reel

You’ve gotten as far as shooting your own reel footage. Huge congrats! Or perhaps,

We’re Up To Something

It’s been a little while since I’ve stepped in for Chad to write the

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

Watch: Tips on Tackling the Post-Production Gender Gap

A panel at NAB discussed the dearth of women in post-production jobs and how

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

5 Blunt Truths That Will Help You Survive in ‘New Media Hollywood’

After having worked with countless rising and current new media artists over the past

Gumroad Now Lets You Rent Movies Directly from Content Creators

Gumroad, the indie sales platform for digital product sales, now supports video rentals. The

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

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