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How Guillermo del Toro Uses Color, Objects, and Trauma in His Films

A look into the thematic filmmaking techniques used (and mastered) by Oscar-winning director Guillermo del Toro. I distinctly remember the first time I saw a Guillermo del …

Editing Horror Films: 7 Pacing Tips for Your Next Project

Horror happens in the edit. Let’s explore how pacing can create a feeling of dread that keeps your audience on edge and fully engaged. Well-made horror films …

How Paul Thomas Anderson Creates Frames Within Frames

Let’s look at P.T. Anderson’s masterful “frame within a frame” compositions and explore ways you can incorporate the technique in your next project. When I think of …

Lights, Camera, Action: How Filmmakers Frame Heroes and Villains

Here’s a helpful look at how to best light, frame, and shoot heroes and villains in your cinematic compositions. Here’s a semi-loaded question for you: In visual …

The 5 Best Smartphone Apps for Checking Exposure

Let’s take a look at some of the best light meters available for download on your smartphone devices—both free and paid. Let’s start with the basics. Exposure …

Faster, Louder, Bolder: “LFG” Editor on the Modern Docudrama

We chat with Jeff Consiglio, the editor behind the standout Tribeca documentary LFG, about his modern “docudrama” style. In March 2019, while still suiting up in preparation …

Learn from the Masters: The Best Documentaries About Filmmaking

These insightful documentaries about filmmaking can offer more inspiration and advice than any film class ever could.

The Infamous Mirror Shot: How Filmmakers Make Cameras Disappear

Learn how filmmakers deal with and remove visible cameras when shooting mirror shots with these filmmaking hacks. In art and literature, there are many timeless themes that …

Editor James K. Crouch on Editing a Feature Film During COVID

We chat with editor James K. Crouch about what he learned from editing the Tribeca feature film 12 Mighty Orphans during COVID-19 lockdowns. One of the highlights …

The Smartphone Gimbal Setup: Tricky Transitions for Your Next Project

Let’s explore some of the best transitions you can use with a smartphone and gimbal setup for your next project. While the debate on whether smartphones should …

5 Tips for Keeping Your Tripod Shots Stable and Wobble-Free

Don’t let your tripod camera shots wobble! Use these simple tricks to keep your static camera stable. Camera stability issues are most likely to occur when your …

A24 vs. Marvel: The Battle for the Future of Cinema

As the film industry becomes more polarized, explore the growing divide between indie festival darlings and big-budget superhero blockbusters.

7 Core Genre Elements Every Zombie Movie Needs

Looking at both classic and recent examples, we trace all the core genre elements you’ll need for your zombie shorts and features.

Discover What Makes a Film or TV Show Quotable

Let’s examine what exactly makes our favorite films and television shows “quotable,” and how you can make your projects stick out.

How Car Chase Scenes Have Evolved Over 100 Years

Peek into cinema history to learn why car chase scenes are staples for filmmakers and how these stunts change and grow with new technology.

5 Easy Ways to Keep Your Lenses from Fogging up

Here are the best ways to prevent foggy lenses, and practices for keeping your lenses clean, clear, and ready to shoot in inclement weather.

Jim Cummings’ YouTube Series Answers All Your Filmmaking Questions

This seasoned producer and award-winning director, writer, and star has launched a new YouTube series with plenty of filmmaking advice.

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