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Affordable Lighting - Low budget and indie filmmaking

Affordable Lighting – Low budget and indie filmmaking

Affordable film lighting: Affordable film lighting falls under the radar as most filmmakers look at the most expensive lights and think, “That’s far too expensive,” and opt-out of using any at all. Lighting is an integral part of film production, helping to shape the perfect shot, and lends itself to creating a mood. However, lighting […]

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The top free audio editing platforms

The top free audio editing platforms

Free audio editing platforms: Audio is an integral part of filmmaking and wider creative industries. Audio editing programs are not just used in the film industry but in the ever-growing world of podcasts, narration, voiceover work (especially in this climate), and interviews. It’s now essential to have a quality audio editing program to help you […]

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The top storyboarding apps that will help you with your next film

The top storyboarding apps that will help you with your next film

Top storyboarding apps: In this day and age, creating something digitally and sharing with your peers to comment and review is important to sustaining an efficient workflow process – storyboarding is no different. Gone are the days where people are using a pen and pencil; it’s now all digitally created and shared to help increase […]

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The 3 Books Film Composers MUST-READ

The 3 Books Film Composers MUST-READ

3 film composing books: Are you thinking of becoming a film composer? Or are you currently studying and want to expand your knowledge? Well, we have the list for you today. Learning is a crucial element for any film composer; whether new to the game or you’ve been in the industry for years, constant development […]

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Why you must create a shot list

Why you must create a shot list

Creating a shot list: Plan your shoot for the day using a shot list. Astute planning for a film shoot is essential. The amount of time you save by having a shot list is incredible. A well thought out shot list will allow you to run an efficient and smooth shoot day. It’s incredibly expensive, […]

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Rules for writing a successful short film

Rules for writing a successful short film

Writing a short film: A short film is a way budding filmmakers can get into the world of filmmaking. A well written, a well-produced short film can be the calling card to convince a production company to give your film the green light. A great example of this is “Bottle Rocket”, a short film written […]

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The key tips for documentary filmmaking

The key tips for documentary filmmaking

Tips for documentary filmmaking: Documentary filmmaking has become even more popular in the last decade, with documentaries like Making a Murderer and Tiger King leading the charge in recent years. The way documentaries are being shot are ever-evolving and becoming a lot more cinematic, but still sticking to their core principles. In this article, we […]

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Top tips for indie filmmakers making their next film

Top tips for indie filmmakers making their next film

Tips for indie filmmakers: As filmmakers, we are always looking to improve and develop our style to etch ourselves into the filmmaking lore. In this article, we will share the top tips we have for indie filmmakers’ making their next film. We will look into technical tips, promotional ideas, and general ways you can improve […]

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How to stabilise footage in Final Cut Pro X

How to stabilise footage in Final Cut Pro X

Stabilise footage using FCPX: Final cut pro x is an incredible video editing platform on which you can edit cinema-grade films. The depth of this piece of software is unbelievable. It allows you to colour grade at the highest level – enabling you to create cinematic masterpieces. One of the common issues we are asked […]

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