Category Archive: Filmmaking

May 02

10 Ways to Finish a Project

The project could have taken a few days or a few years, but if it’s something subjectively creative like art, video or music, you’re always left wondering whether or not it is actually finished and ready to be published. …Perhaps this section doesn’t sound quite as you would like it to. Maybe the …

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Apr 14

The Filmmaking Process

When it comes to making movies, having a plan is vital. Perhaps even more important than having a plan is having a workflow, a series of steps you will take to produce your film from beginning to end. Our role as a filmmaking blog is not necessarily telling you exactly …

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Apr 12

Top 5 Casino Scenes in Movies

There are many reasons why casino scenes feature in so many movies. They can say a great many things, such as the promise of untold riches, the agony of broken dreams, the thrill of the chase, and the patina of fading glamour; in fact they can say it all with just one whisper. …

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Feb 15

The Importance of Planning in Filmmaking

Eureka!

It’s tempting, but when it comes to getting creative, many of us make the first mistake before we’ve even started. The problem lies with the  ’Eureka’ moment, the flickering of the light bulb, the flash of inspiration. Ideas that allow us to be creative do not come to us all day every day. …

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Dec 07

The Commercial Look – Part 2

In part 1, we took a look at some ‘different’ television commercials that shrugged aside the usual boundaries limiting creativity in regular advertising. In part 2, we’ll continue to look at some outstanding adverts and analyse these from both an artistic and commercial view.

TV or Internet?

Essentially, the adverts that go out of their …

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Nov 29

The Commercial Look – Part 1

When we talk of producing, directing, casting and cutting, our minds immediately think of movies, TV programmes or even music videos. In terms of creativity, the last place we would seem to look is at the thousands of television commercials that swamp our screens on a daily basis. Is this an oversight? Can there really …

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Sep 19

Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter

Having completed the 8th and final film in the Harry Potter series, Warner Bros. decided to open their doors at Leavesden Studios to showcase the ‘behind the scenes’ action from the Harry Potter films. This is a fantastic opportunity to see the actual sets used in the largest and most popular film franchise of …

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Sep 14

Top 5: What do I look for in a good film?

Bruce Willis - Proper Action

Whether it is a homemade short, amateur animation or box office smash, I reveal to you the top 5 qualities that I look for in every film.

1. A meaningful storyline

A film without one of these is like a cheese sandwich without any cheese. Even if the acting and entertainment is filling, there is still …

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Aug 03

Same Difference

We all love romance; it’s genre that is loved by all cultures, genders and backgrounds. We are all “suckers” for a good love story. Many a big production company use that thirst for love, that thirst for escapism into the world of lovers, but there’s only so many stories you can tell. Movie companies have …

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Jul 26

5 Attributes That Make a Great Director

The word ‘director’ has many different meanings. Primarily these are: head of management, someone who runs a company, a filmmaker or a musical conductor. Though these roles are essentially very different, here is where we see a crossover between creativity and business. In most cases, a good company director could be a good filmmaker and …

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