Editing Sound Like a Pro

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Professional-quality sound editing is crucial to a finished film. While not all films can afford a dedicated sound editor, with some effort, it’s possible to edit sound yourself. The minimum requirements are a copy of Pro Tools (or a comparable Digital Audio Workstation, though Pro Tools is the standard in the film industry) and patience. […]

Blockbuster Lighting for Your Low Budget Film

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Lighting for film is critical, not only for exposure but also to create a mood that best tells your story. In low-budget filmmaking, you may not be able to afford all the fancy lighting tools out there—a basic Arri kit can cost you close to $2,000 to purchase. So how do you go about lighting your small […]

Screenwriting on a Budget

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A good script is the foundation of a good film. If you’re still scribbling notes and snippets of dialogue on Starbucks napkins because you’re afraid to shell out for proper screenwriting software, I can assure you there’s a better way. While the defacto screenwriting software is Final Draft, it’s currently going for $249. That can be a […]

Recording Amazing Audio for Your Low Budget Short Film

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You’ve written an incredible screenplay. Your actors brought the characters to life in unexpected ways. Your cinematographer captured the image through breathtaking compositions and lighting. There is only one hitch— Sound. Dialogue is garbled, wind and background noise obscures the vocals, levels are all over the place—your masterpiece is ruined. Here are some tips that […]

How To Guide on Visually Outlining Your Story

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In my artistic process, procrastination has always reigned supreme. I am the writer that mulls over her ideas for many moons before bothering to put pen to paper. I often wander aimlessly about the Internet looking for creative ways to break myself of this habit, but as any indie filmmaker worth their mettle knows, magic bullets aren’t […]

Creativity Happens in Pre-production.

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I have been active in Scary for two years both on other crews as well as producing and directing my own film Behind The Cow. I am looking for productions that will facilitate my goal to learn how the pros really do things and why. So I look for projects run professionally to set examples […]

Four Essential Elements of Directing

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 The Director’s job is insane.  Let’s face it, you have to be a little bit insane to even attempt it, and when you look at the list of things for which a Director is responsible you could easily talk yourself out of trying.  The following is a list of four things to focus on as […]

Your Best Partner–in-Crime: The Assistant Director

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As a Director/Producer, my greatest asset during production (and pre-production, as a matter of fact) is my A.D.  As a no-budget, indie filmmaker, you end up doing everything yourself unless you get competent help.  If you don’t have a go-to Assistant Director in your contact list, start cultivating one now.  While an A.D.’s role on […]

Killing Your Children: getting the tightest-possible edit

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While I really enjoy the wild and unpolished nature of independent film, all too frequently I observe work that could really benefit from a savage pruning. Sometimes this lacking may be because the work has missed out on re-edits (and friendly screenings of rough-cuts) due to time constraints. But other times, I think the editor […]