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Behind the Scenes: Making a Graphics Package for Nickelodeon
8 Fonts From Iconic Sci-Fi Films (and How to Choose Your Own)

Title design is a dynamic and interesting subset of the graphic design world. The typeface, font, and formatting of a title all play a part in the overall success or failure of a particular design. Using the wrong typeface can throw off the mood of a project faster than Spock beaming up to the Enterprise […]

How to fascinate an audience by playing with time

Time can be manipulated to send an audience on a journey through a range of emotions. In the real world, the stories we share follow a natural progression from beginning to end. With film, there is a bit more freedom to bend the rules. Every story can be told linearly, but that doesn’t mean that your story […]

5 excellent reasons to choose silence over sound

The 19th century proverbial saying that “Speech is silver, but silence is golden” may have been in reference to the value of discretion. But when applied to filmmaking, the phrase holds true. Each aural component added during the post production of a sound film should add something to the final cut. It could be a subtle non-diegetic underscore beneath […]

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How to use a dolly shot to transform a simple scene

Every filmmaker will shoot simple scenes. Most of us shoot a lot of them. Analyze your favorite movie or TV show. It may shock you how many scenes take place between only one or two characters. Want to tell great cinematic stories? You must master the simple scene. A well-executed dolly shot can take a moment from lackluster […]

VR for the novice: what the storyteller needs to know

VR seems to be 2016’s hot new toy. Let’s breakdown what are the major devices and who are the players in virtual reality, and what makes them different.

How to move everything but the camera

One of the strongest lessons the film Jaws teaches you is the art of what not to show, and when not to move the camera.

How to improve visual storytelling daily (on the sly)

Here are some visual storytelling exercises to try daily for extended periods (not all at once), even while you’re engaged in other work.

When to break the 180 degree rule

I had the pleasure to briefly interview cinematographer Matty Libatique, who with director Darren Aronofsky deliberately bent and broke the line of action to make Requiem for a Dream a more powerful story.

How to use slow motion for maximum impact

A psychological phenomenon called slow motion perception may point the way to transforming a slowmo sequence from eye candy into story gold.

Storyboards to a classic Disney cartoon
How to make great storyboards, even if you can’t draw

Storyboards are the most effective way to explore your visual strategy and communicate that vision to your creative team. Even if you can’t draw.

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6 photographers who will make you a better filmmaker

Any photograph could be recreated with moving pictures. What makes photography distinct? Great photographers tell an entire story in one frame.

A great script begins with a great logline
6 steps to writing powerful loglines

A logline isn’t just a sales tool, it’s a writing tool, and an important part of the creative process.