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What Does an Assistant Editor Do?

You may not know their names, but assistant editors are some of the unsung heroes of the film and TV industry. They work tirelessly behind the scenes to ensure that everything runs smoothly during th

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Film Budget Breakdown: Part 2 – Above the Line

Now that we have completed our top sheet, it’s time to move on to the Above the Line portion of the budget. Film Budget Breakdown Series Part 1 – Top Sheet Part 2 – Above the Line Part 3 – Production Expenses Part 4 – Post-Production Expenses Part 5 – Other Expenses As we update…

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Film Budget Breakdown: Part 3 – Production Expenses

Now that we have completed our Above the Line section, it’s time to move on to the first of the below-the-line sections of the budget – Production Expenses. Film Budget Breakdown Series Part 1 – Top Sheet Part 2 – Above the Line Part 3 – Production Expenses Part 4 – Post-Production Expenses Part 5…

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Film Budget Breakdown: Part 4 – Post-Production Expenses

With the Production Expenses completed, we’re now more than halfway through the film production budget breakdown. Let’s focus our attention on the Post-Production expenses section of the film budget. Film Budget Breakdown Series Part 1 – Top Sheet Part 2 – Above the Line Part 3 – Production Expenses Part 4 – Post-Production Expenses Part…

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Film Budget Breakdown: Part 5 – Other Expenses

With the Post-Production expenses completed, we’ve now arrived at the final portion of our film budget, the Other Expenses section. This can include a variety of different items, but some of the most common are permits, insurance, and legal fees.

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Film Safety: How to Keep Your Cast and Crew Safe on Set

Filmmakers can get lost in the moment when trying to get that one perfect shot, focusing on making their days, etc., the sort of stuff that seems like the most important thing in the world at that moment. But nothing is more important than the safety of your cast and crew!

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Film Budgeting

Filmmaking requires money, whether you’re making a short film for your final project in film school or a blockbuster movie, filmmaking always costs something. Even if you already own a camera a

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How to: Creating Cinematic Storyboards

There are a few different ways that you can storyboard. The most important thing is to get your ideas out of your head and onto paper so that you can better communicate with your team.

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10+ Best Storyboard Software of 2023

Storyboarding is an essential part of the filmmaking process. Storyboards help directors, producers, and other members of the production team to visualize the scenes and shots that make up a film or

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The Art of Storyboarding

Storyboarding is an important step in pre-production for a film. It helps to map out the entire film shot by shot, and it allows everyone on the team to have a clear idea of what the final product wi

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Special Effects vs Visual Effects: What’s the Difference?

It’s quite common for the general public to use the words special fx and visual effects (VFX) interchangeably, but there is, in fact, a big difference between the two terms. As their names imply, they are both related to the addition of effects into a film or video, but the methods used and the overall…

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The Magic of Special Effects

Since the invention of motion pictures, the struggle to suspend reality and create the fantastic has been a special effects artist’s primary task. From basic in-camera and editing tricks at the

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How to Create a Film Production Schedule

Creating a film production schedule that works is not an easy task. There are many factors to consider, and it can be difficult to find the right balance between ensuring everything gets done on time

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Pre-Production Overview

Pre-production is the process of planning and organizing a film before shooting begins. This phase is critical to the success of a film, and it involves many different aspects of filmmaking.

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Development: Overview

The dream of making a film begins with the development process. An idea for a film sparks the process, usually, this idea comes from a writer but it can often come from a director or a producer, in t

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Story Development

Storytelling is one of the oldest and most powerful forms of communication. Whether you’re telling a story to your friends around a campfire or making a movie, the process of developing a story

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Understanding High Concept vs Low Concept

You’ve probably year the term “high concept” before, but what does it really mean? And what’s the difference between high concept and low concept? These are the questions we&#

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How to Find Story Ideas: Tips for Writers

As a writer, it can be tough to come up with story ideas. Sometimes it seems like everything has been done before. If you’re feeling stuck, don’t worry! There are plenty of ways to find good story ideas.

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Narrative vs Documentary

Much like how we separate books in a library into fiction and non-fiction categories, narrative and documentary classifications serve a similar function. Of course, there are plenty of areas of overlap between these two classifications, but in general, they tend to be quite different. Narrative Film A narrative film is a scripted work of fiction….

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Types of Film Production

No two films are exactly alike and likewise, no two film productions are exactly the same either. That said, for the purposes of this guide we can break down production types into four broad categori