Author: Liya Swift

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...

The Main Types of Acting Explained

Classical Acting Before talking pictures developed, actors primarily learned and practices their craft on stage in theatres. Acting for the stage required overly dramatic gestures, exaggerated actions and slow, drawn out speech to reach...

What is ‘Coverage’?

Perhaps the easiest way to understand what script coverage is would be to look at it as peer review. It is essentially a third-party “book review” of your screenplay that is done by a...

The Job of the Gaffer Defined

The Definition of Gaffer The Gaffer is the head of the lighting and electrical departments on a film set. They are responsible to the Director of Photography. Their job begins in pre-production where they...

Making Short Films

A famous mouse (not that one), an American propaganda film, and a boy named Spanky. A deaf 4-year-old, paper airplanes, and a suicide hotline. These are a few old and new subjects that have...