Author: Liya Swift

An example of a storyboard

What is a Storyboard?

Filmmakers use storyboards to provide a visual representation of a screenplay, plan a shooting schedule, or present their ideas to producers and other decision-makers. They are a great communication tool that enables the director...

How to write a screenplay outline

From Ralphie’s theme in A Christmas Story to Bart Simpson’s book report on Treasure Island, outlines were one of the school writing assignments we had growing up. Learning Roman numerals, how to use lower...

Film mentor and female student with camera in production company

How to Direct a Movie

99% of directors are a quirky bunch. Perfectionistic, egomaniacal, and emotionally unstable one day, funny, friendly, engaging, and encouraging the next. These characteristics usually bubble to the surface while shooting scenes that demand the...

How to make a movie at home

Chances are you won’t be making Avatar 3 anytime soon. That doesn’t mean you don’t have everything you need to shoot a movie of your very own. The technical abilities of smartphones, laptops, and...

Film Crew on Set - BW

SAG-AFTRA Careers

As a member of the AFL-CIO, the Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA) union is part of the largest federation of unions in the United States. The two unions came...

Digital Film Clapper used on set of film

How to edit a movie in iMovie

Apple has gone to great lengths to show how their new phones are advanced enough to take movie-quality videos. But once you’ve taken a few videos, how do you go about putting the different...

How to Make a Movie Trailer

For some movie audiences, watching the trailers is just as important as the movie they came to see. It could be an extended look at a highly anticipated blockbuster or a peek at a...