Becoming a Filmmaker at 55

by Mark Hensley

I am a re-recording mixer by trade. I’ve been doing that for over 25 years, and have received three Cinema Award Society Nominations, three Emmy Nominations and an Emmy Award for mixing “Genius: Picasso.” Being a filmmaker/director/producer was…

Acting: Dancing Your Way to Your Character

By Kit DeZolt

There’s nothing new about dance and physical theater as a way to create a character, as it stems back to Shakespeare’s time, if not further. However, as a dancer, actor and improviser, here’s a few ways on how I utilized dance to create my characters…

Disabled But Able

by Nadar Bahu

My name is Nader Bahu. I have a one-of-a-kind disability that speaks to the incessant challenges disabled people face. Yet I have also had some remarkable victories, and my story is one which your readers should know.

My story is a special one because I have experienced a lot of self doubts due to losing my abilities over time…

Fall First Look

by Adrienne Hayes

TV and movies are my heart! I especially have a soft spot for broadcast TV.  It’s one of the only things still largely accessible to so many people no matter their financial status, and the networks seem to be pushing their stories to be deeper and have higher production value now that they compete with the big streamers. TV is also where we can really get to know the characters…

Why I Love These Cameras?

by Karl Whinnery

Karl here from the Jason Rising team. We just released our love letter to the Friday the 13th franchise – our fan film, Jason Rising. I filled a few roles on the movie – Executive Producer, Cinematographer, Editor, VFX, and Color. For this video I wanted to talk about why used the Blackmagic Pocket 4k cameras and how that was a huge advantage when filming…

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

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

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

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

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…

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