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“That’s a wrap!” When a movie director makes the call, cameras stop rolling, and a film is ready to move into its final phase: postproduction. This the final step in taking a st...

Mar 28, 2019

rolls of film lined up on a shelf

From the classic opener “Once upon a time…” to the famous Star Wars sequence “In a galaxy far, far away…”, some exposition is necessary in every film. Writing effective expositi...

Mar 25, 2019

the introductory sentence to an exposition on a typewriter

Short films garner Oscars, launch careers, and dazzle audiences with bite-sized stories. A short film is an excellent calling card for a first time filmmaker or a fun side-proje...

Mar 15, 2019

an old movie camera

These days, nearly every Hollywood film includes a montage. But a montage is more than just a highlight reel set to music: it’s a technique that can help the director and editor...

Mar 15, 2019

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A screenplay is a blueprint for a feature-length movie, short film, or television show, and it is the first step in taking your story from page to screen.

Mar 6, 2019

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If there is one word to describe Spike Lee it has to be maverick. What else fits the iconic, Oscar-nominated film director who has managed to do it his way in a career spanning ...

Jan 22, 2019

Spike Lee writing at a desk - SL

Shelton Jackson Lee earned his nickname early: his mama called him “Spike” as a baby because she noticed he was tough. The eldest of three children, Spike Lee was born in Atlant...

Jan 18, 2019

Spike Lee Looking at the Camera - SL

When it comes to shooting video—whether for a documentary, news, feature film, or television purposes—it is always prudent to shoot extra footage, which you can use in a number ...

Jan 17, 2019

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The term cinéma vérité (French for “truthful cinema” or “cinema of truth”) refers to a movement in documentary filmmaking that began in France during the 1960s with the film Chr...

Jan 17, 2019

Cinéma Vérité