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How Hollywood Gets the “Film Look” Using Digital Cameras

This article takes a look at the digital side of the film world, the importance of film grain, and the evolution of getting that "cinematic" look.

Get Schooled by These Timeless Film History Docs

Challenge your perspective with these documentaries on filmmakers, their tools, the histories they encapsulate, and the cultural context of their work.

3 Practical Gore Effects for Your Next Horror Short

Need to find a cheap way to add some gory goodness to your next horror project? Try out these three easy practical effects.

This “Pocket Film School” Teaches Everything You’d Learn in Film School

Let’s examine why Pocket Film School is a great tool for your career by giving you real-world training for professional film and video production.

The Mood Board: Set the Tone for Your Next Short Film

While there are no set rules for what goes in a mood board, I’m going to show you a few things you can include to help convey ...

Filmmaking Lessons from the Making of the Sci-Fi Horror Classic “Alien”

A new documentary, "Memory: the Origins of Alien," explores the filmmaking process behind the iconic sci-fi horror classic "Alien."

Pre-Visualizing Your Scene: The Pros and Cons of Set.a.light

In this review, we'll take a look at the set.a.light pre-visualization program, its virtual assets and limitations, and how to use it.

A Guide to Shooting Interviews as a One-Person Crew

Need to shoot an interview for a film, documentary, or corporate video project? Here's a step-by-step guide on making sure you get quality footage.

6 Lifesaving Hacks for Cropping Your Footage to a Wider Aspect Ratio

This article will specifically look at the aspect ratios used in video and film, focusing on the two well-known aspect ratios of 16:9 and the wider 2.39:1.

How Cinematographer Roger Deakins Uses the Cove Light

In this article, we'll discuss the innovative "cove lighting" style of award-winning Cinematographer Roger Deakins and how he uses it.

Harnessing the Power of Rehearsal for Your Film and Video Projects

It’s time we highlight the importance of the rehearsal, as well as the actors' performances, in your film and video projects.

After Effects vs. Premiere Pro: Which Do You Need?

After Effects and Premiere Pro are two of Adobe's flagship post-production apps. But which one do you need for which task? Let's find out.

The King of Daylight Brightness — An Introduction to HMIs

You'll find HMIs doing the heavy lifting on almost every big Hollywood film set — lighting daytime exteriors, diffused windows, and turning night into day.

Exploring the Emotion and Beauty Behind Uplighting

Uplighting is a great tool in any DP or gaffer's tool kit. Let’s look at the main ways uplighting gets used (and misused) in cinematography.

Exciting New Prospects for Lighting Your Future Set

In the wake of the multiple announcements at this year's IBC, let's look at some of the newest and craziest lights about to hit the market.

Industry Insights: Production Designer Malchus Janocko

PremiumBeat talked with this versatile designer about the process and people involved in creating the look and feel of very different properties.

Tips for Getting the Smoothest Handheld Footage

Today we check out a few tools and methods you can use to capture the smoothest handheld footage possible for your next project.

Free Script Writing Software Options for the Low-Budget Filmmaker

Need to write a script on a no-to-low-budget? Here are some great, free alternatives to the high priced Hollywood standards.

A Cheap Trick for Lighting a Daylight Interior Car Scene

Here are a few techniques to master the subtleties of lighting a car interior in daylight — without breaking your budget.

Key Concepts for Incorporating Game Theory into Filmmaking

In this roundup, check out some useful strategies from the world of game theory that apply to the decisions many filmmakers face.

The Many Different Ways to Use the Crop Effect in Premiere Pro

Here are six ways the crop effect in Adobe Premiere Pro will improve your filmmaking workflow — and yield more satisfying results.

7 Ways to Stay Safe and Avoid Injuries on Video Projects

Here are seven tips to keep in mind while on set to avoid injury — or developing unsafe and unsustainable filmmaking habits.

Post-Production Tips: How to Create a Split-Field Diopter Effect

Using a split-field diopter used to be much more common, but it's still an effective tool. What is it, and how can you create the effect yourself?

Top Equipment Investments for Working Filmmakers

When it comes to working as a filmmaker for a living, what are the best gear investments to make money rather than lose it? Here are a ...

5 Steps to Finding (and Closing) Video Production Jobs

Let’s take a look at the five steps to help you find — and more importantly close — jobs and clients for consistent work you can count ...

How to Develop and Shoot Memorable Character Introductions

Filmmakers use various ways to introduce their heroes (and their villains) by shaping the audience's subconscious judgment.

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