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The Fifteen Points of Mise en Scene

By Michael Hall, posted 19 September 2016

When it comes to a making a movie, the arrangement of a scene has a huge impact on the audience's perspective. If the audience is intended to feel a particular emotion, or notice a particular detail, mise en scene visually does the work. Without putting proper thought into these aspects, many key opportunities are missed, thus lowering the value of the scene and reducing its potential. It is important to pay attention to detail, no matter how insignificant it may seem. The layout of a shot gives it power and speaks volumes. Mise en scene allows the film to make statements and ideas without needing obvious, forced scenes full of information. A script receives its full value when mise en scene is properly utilized.

Kodak to offer free filmstock to Kickstarer filmmakers

By Benjamin Craig, posted 4 May 2016

Reports of the death of film may be greatly slightly exaggerated. Kodak has announced a partnership with Kickstarer which will see the former industry giant supplying free 35mm and super 16mm stock to selected feature film projects, correlated to the amount the project raises on the crowd-funding platform.

How To Stop Your Characters' Dialogue From All Sounding The Same

By Alex Bloom, posted 7 April 2016

Aspiring screenwriters are often told that all their characters sound the same. The grandma sounds the same as the teenager. The professor sounds the same as the stripper, etc. The advice generally given to remedy this problem is to: "Give each character a unique voice, speech patterns, inflections, and vocab," and / or, "Give each one a favorite subject they always reference." There are also a few practical exercises designed to help this, such as, "Cover up the names to see how easy it is to tell who's speaking," and, "Go out and secretly record the flow of how people speak in real life."

Review: Directing Motion Tour with Vincent Laforet Bundle

By Benjamin Craig, posted 27 January 2016

Filmmaker education has been a cottage industry for many years. There are a plethora of books on the subject and thousands of film schools around the world offering training in every aspect of the craft. But forging a career as a filmmaker is an individual path - no two people share the same route in. And while film school and film literature will be right for some, there's also plenty of room for self-guided education using material from experts.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens VFX Reel

By Benjamin Craig, posted 14 January 2016

The VFX reel shows a range of shots from the film and provides great insight into the blend of practical and digital effects the make up many of the sequences in the film. Needless to say... SPOILERS!

Just When You Thought They Were Out... Kodak Launches Super 8 Revival

By Benjamin Craig, posted 8 January 2016

Kodak is probably the largest victim of the digital media revolution, famously missing the boat as the world shifted from an analogue film world (which Kodak dominated) to one made of CCDs and pixels.

Tarantino and Team Talk About Shooting for 70mm on The Hateful Eight

By Benjamin Craig, posted 27 November 2015

In this featurette for the release of the film, Quentin Tarantino and others talk about the experience of shooting on 65mm and using the now rare Ultra Panavision aspect ratio.

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