This beginner’s technical breakdown of lighting is perfect for those just starting out.
If you’ve just started your filmmaking journey, lighting may not be on your radar quite yet—but it should be. It’s one of the most important elements of cinema not only because it’s the very thing that makes it possible, but because it’s one of the most powerful tools a filmmaker has to tell a story. If you’re a little intimidated, don’t worry. Yes, lighting can be complicated and yes, it’s going to take you years of practice to be any good at it, but this 30-minute video from Kevin of Basic Filmmaker breaks down almost every basic technical aspect of lighting, from color temperatures to lighting cable quality, to help give you a more sturdy foundation.
(Kevin highlights one mistake in the video: when he refers to CRI as Color Temperature Index. It stands for Color Rendering Index.)
“Where is that money, Piotrek?” We’re proud to exclusively debut an award-winning short film online, titled Everything Will Be Nice, or Wszystko Bedzie Fajnie in Polish. This short, directed by and starring Polish actor/filmmaker Jan Kutrzeba, touches on immigration, love, trust, poverty, and loneliness. It was made out of love by a handful of immigrant filmmakers and two talented Polish actors living in New York. Kutrzeba “wanted to share the story of what it’s truly like for immigrants trying to make it to the next day in the city, surviving solely on the love the characters share with each other.” It was shot and it’s presented as one long, single-take involving a Polish couple arguing at the morning in their apartment in the city. This is an impressive short, that played at a number of film festivals last year. It’s worth taking a moment to watch. ›››
I love stumbling upon quirky indie gems that haven’t been fully discovered yet, but are totally original and skillfully crafted. Everything Beautiful is Far Away is one of these films, which I decided to see on a whim at the American Film Festival, and I’m very glad I took a chance on it. This homemade indie film was filmed entirely at the Algodones Dunes in California, and stars actors Joseph Cross and Julia Garner. While it is technically sci-fi, set in the near future when cities have continued to expand and massive deserts are all that surrounds them, the film’s story is actually more of a metaphor for relationships. It’s very similar thematically to Swiss Army Man, addressing the difficulties of loneliness and of love in our modern world. ›››
Need a seedy drug lab in your next movie? Build it yourself.
Looking back at when I first started filmmaking, I see that one of the most beneficial qualities I had was to never let myself get deterred by thoughts like “I can’t afford that” or “There is no way I’ll be able to do that with the tools I have access to.”
As an aspiring filmmaker, you have to be unstoppable, resourceful, think outside the box, and take risks. Figuring out new ways to create what you see in your imagination with minimal funding or resources will give you an upper hand when you finally get access to bigger/better resources, and it will challenge your creative mind in the ways you look at everyday objects.
Even the smallest details matter and can make or break an illusion.
One of my fondest memories is creating a beautiful drug lab for a little under $ 250. I was in high school at the time and barely had any money to cover the costs of my projects, but I had an extreme desire to make a fight scene inside of a drug lab for a short film. So my friends and I got together and we did.
James Ellroy’s novel “The Black Dahlia” is a fictionalized crime noir that launches from one of the most gruesome unsolved murders of old Los Angeles. Ellroy’s book is quintessential noir layered in a dark world of criminals, muscled confessions and crooked cops. No one is innocent in the pursuit of justice for the murder of […]
Chances are you’ve already seen the trailer. For anyone not familiar with Stephen King’s mighty eight-book series, though, you may be a bit fuzzy on some of the details. Where does the story take place, for instance? And what’s the significance of the tower?
From Mid-World to the sprawling concept of the Multiverse, we’ve broken down a few of the key points. Read more…
Free downloadable Go Into The Story eBook by Scott Myers.
Why am I smiling? Because today I’m making available to the public the 7th in a series of twelve monthly eBooks featuring some of my 22,000+ Go Into The Story posts. And it’s free! Just click on the link below to download an 50 page eBook titled: “Everything You Wanted to Know About Spec Scripts”.
Here are the twelve titles I will be releasing in 2017 (not necessarily in this order):
30 Things About Screenwriting
So-Called Screenwriting ‘Rules’
Everything You Wanted to Know About Specs
Guide to Aristotle’s “Poetics”
How To Read A Screenplay
Writing A Script
Rewriting a Script
Movie Story Types
The Theology of Screenwriting
Writing and the Creative Life
The Business of Screenwriting
The idea is that having the content available as an eBook will be another useful way for writers to digest ideas and information from the blog.
Think of it as a kind Go Into The Story Greatest Hits collection.
Each will be free. Download them. Read them. Pass them along.
A very special thanks to Trish Curtin and Clay Mitchell who are stepping up to handle the process turning blog posts into eBooks. I could not be doing this without the efforts of these two fine people.
A final note excerpted from the eBook’s preface:
The collection contains my reflections and takes on basic tenets of the craft. If any of them resonate with you, great. If not, feel free to ignore them. Each writer needs to figure out their own approach to screenwriting. My hope is to help feed that process and provide writers with inspiration along the way.
Americans have developed a real obsession with Brexit, at least since they started seeing Nigel Farage popping up everywhere.
Interest is so high that the New York Times (!) is now ‘offering’ an elite “Brexit means Brexit!” (sic) tour at the modest, totally affordable cost of $ 5,995 (with a deposit of $ 500).
The six-day, five-night London tour is part of its “Times Journeys” travel service and it ‘offers’ guests the opportunity “to discuss Britain’s decision to leave the EU and the financial, legal and social implications for Britain, Europe and the world,” accompanied by the Times’ London bureau chief Steve Erlanger. Read more…
Actor, comedian, and die-hard Cubs fan Bill Murray just found his next big project: conquering the music industry.
The New York Timesreported that Murray plans to surprise fans by releasing a new musical album this summer. Will he be rapping? Singing unofficial American anthems in a Daffy Duck voice? Nope. For his musical debut, Murray will be performing classical
Murray’s new project is titled “New Worlds,” and will feature chamber music led by cellist Jan Vogler. Throughout the album, the 66-year-old Groundhog Day star will sing songs like Stephen Foster’s “Jeanie With the Light Brown Hair,” numbers from West Side Story, and perform select literary readings by Walt Whitman, Ernest Hemingway, Mark Twain. Read more…