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Film Lighting Basics

Three point lighting is the basic film lighting setup. It employs a key light, a fill light and a backlight. It is designed to highlight the main actor or point of interest in a...

Set with examples of camera and lighting grips

Film Jobs: The Grip

Everybody knows what a producer, director, and cinematographer do. But what about all of those other jobs and names that follow, scrolling down the screen after as the movie ends? The gaffer, foley artist,...

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Film Production Companies

At the start of most films, you’ve probably wondered why so many companies are listed before the movie starts. A studio presents a movie, which was produced by another company, sometimes in association with...

What is SAG?

SAG is the acronym for the Screen Actors Guild, a powerful union in the United States that represented film and TV principal and background performers worldwide. It was founded in 1933 to combat the...

How to edit film.

As a film editor, your fingerprints are all over the finished product, even if the average moviegoer doesn’t notice it. A movie wins an Academy Award and the visible crew and cast members get...

What is a grip?

In one of Alfred Hitchcock’s most experimental films, the famed director attempted to shoot a movie in “real time.” Through a series of long takes and hidden cuts, Hitchcock wanted to make Rope look...

Is Your Script Ready For TV Pilot Season?

Pilot season officially takes place from January through May. This is when the pilots for the upcoming TV season are ordered, made and either picked up or canned. However, you are a screenwriter and...