Education & Technology

Tutorials and tips for filmmakers as well as reviews and suggestions for camera gear.

Part 09: Data Management

Part 09: Data Management In todays digital world it is crucial to properly manage all those “1’s” and “0’s” that are generated by the camera. If even one “0” goes missing, it could corrupt the entire file resulting in a lost take, or worst yet the entire contents of the card. To make sure every […]

Part 08: Building A Rain Bar

Part 08: Building A Rain Bar It is all of the little details in an image that add up to make it standout, and give it that polished and professional feel. In part 08 of our series on bringing a cinematic look to our productions, we reveal how we did just that by adding rain […]

Part 07: Conducting A Camera Test

Part 07: Conducting A Camera Test Now that we have all of our planning, and scheduling done, we can just go out and shoot our project, right? Not quite. Before we head to set and press record, we do our due diligence to conduct a camera test so that we can illuminate any potential unforeseen […]

“Save The Cat!” Screenwriting Book: Chapter Three Summary

“Save the Cat!” Screenwriting Book: Chapter Three Summary [This is a continuation of my series of “Cliffs Notes” of the Blake Snyder book “Save The Cat! The Last Book on Screenwriting You’ll Ever Need” to help you write better movie scripts. ~ Tim ] Chapter 1  |  Chapter 2  |  Chapter 3 |  Chapter 4 Chapter 3: It’s About […]

Part 06: Scheduling And Creating A Call Sheet

Part 06: Scheduling And Creating A Call Sheet One of the most challenging aspects of preparing for a shoot when you are beginning is developing a realistic schedule for the days work. This is where the information we gathered from the location scout is paired with our storyboards and our lighting diagrams to guide us in a reasonable direction.  If you […]

“Save The Cat!” Screenwriting Book: Chapter Two Summary

“Save The Cat!” Screenwriting Book: Chapter Two Summary [This is a continuation of “Cliffs Notes” of the Blake Snyder book “Save The Cat! The Last Book on Screenwriting You’ll Ever Need” ~ Tim ] Chapter 1  |  Chapter 2  |  Chapter 3 |  Chapter 4 Chapter 2: Give Me The Same Thing…Only Different The script, the […]

Part 05: Creating A Lighting Diagram

Part 05: Creating A Lighting Diagram With our storyboards in hand, it is time to figure out how to light our locations. Although this may seem like a daunting task, it is not as complicated as you may think. This is where the leg work we have done so far starts to pay off. We […]

“Save The Cat!” Screenwriting Book: Chapter One Summary

“Save The Cat!” Screenwriting Book: Chapter One Summary Instead of writing a review of “Save The Cat! The Last Book on Screenwriting You’ll Ever Need” by Blake Snyder –something that many, MANY other readers have done– I instead decided it would be much more beneficial to create “Cliffs Notes” of the book. This will accomplish […]

Part 04: Storyboarding On A Small Budget

Part 04: Storyboarding On A Small Budget After completing the leg work of location scouting, the next step we take in our preproduction process is to Storyboard. It is unfortunate that storyboarding can often times get overlooked as an laborious step that costs too much for a small budget production. But we think it is […]