Filming Action Sports

by
Scott Fitzloff

What exactly is action sports cinematography?
Well I’d say what makes it unique is that it often is a physical (dare I say) athletic pursuit in its own right. Depending on the subject matter, an action sports cinematographer needs to put him/herself right in the action with their subject…

Making “No Monsters Allowed” – A Stop-Motion Short

by
David Burgis

“No Monsters Allowed” is a dialogue-free stop-motion short film about a little girl who gets so scared by the horror movie her older brother watches that she can’t sleep at night. It straddles the line between children’s movie, horror and comedy, all in a 3-minute package that I’m ridiculously proud of…

Always Plan With the
End In Mind

by
Aeolan Kelly

There are a lot of things I wish I’d known before I started working in film and TV. By far however, as a film & TV editor, the best piece of advice I’ve ever received about how to work successfully on industry projects was to always start with the end in mind. In other words, know where…

How To Shoot Action on a Budget

by
Gedaly Guberek

Action movies are awesome! Seeing fights, explosions or chase scenes have been part of cinema from the very beginning and they continue to be popular. Unfortunately, action tends to be very expensive to produce, so indie producers tend to shy away from it. But if you have a story that would benefit from action…

Finding the Creative In the Chaos

by
Kate Rees Davies

When the Covid 19 Pandemic was officially announced and everyone went into lockdown, I also lost my daytime survival production job and saw no way to be on set directing projects any time soon. It was scary to lose that steady paycheck and not get any projects up on their feet. Though I didn’t know it at the time, the year would become a blessing in so many ways…

Filmmaking, video games, and the future

by
Harrison Wade Reishman

You’re the director of this movie. You’re on location, on set, walking along the Normandy coastline. You look out to the sea and observe the hundreds of Higgins boats filled with actors and extras dressed as Allied soldiers approaching the shore. You look back to the awaiting ranks of German infantry actors and extras, guns at the ready. The realism is flawless…

Multiculturalism Is In My Blood

an interview with filmmaker Christina Kallas

“I never understood why people want to be among people who all look, think and feel like they do.”

Filmmaker Christina Kallas talks about her journey from accidental tourist to a passionate aficionado of New York as she completes her third NYC feature film in six years, a film about the day the infamous No Dancing Law was repealed.

Waiting For the Punchline

“Waiting for the Punchline” is a short film about a girl from the Mid-west who follows her comedian boyfriend out to LA only to find he’s with another girl… Now she has to find a path for herself, all while fantasizing about murdering her ex.

My name is Christina Marie Leonard and I am the writer and producer of “Waiting for the Punchline.” The idea for this film originated while I was working at a pool hall…

Student Filmmaking in the Time of Covid

The Coronavirus Pandemic has brought many major changes to how we make films today. Heavy contact tracing and strict social distancing guidelines are limiting opportunities to fulfill casting, crew calls and access to essential resources for large scale productions. However, even with these strict guidelines, Hollywood has been able to successfully adapt to these changes and forge ahead. Yet many college students are reducing their senior thesis and undergraduate…

Filming New England Style

an interview with filmmaker Louise Nessralla

How long have you lived in the New England area? What area do you live in?

I was born and bred in Massachusetts and currently am based in Brockton, which back in the day was known as the “City of Champions” because of famed boxers like Rocky Marciano and Marvin Hagler. It’s been exciting to see Brockton grow from what was once the shoemaking capital in the early 20th century to now having major studio projects like Detroit and American Woman filmed here.