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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 […]

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.

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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.

5 compelling ways color can impact your story

Color isn’t just about theme, or using color correction to match shot to shot. It’s also one of the most effective and inexpensive ways to add production value to your project.

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7 amazing books you’ll never read in film school

Reach outside the film school canon to find new ideas, creative influences, and perspectives.