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Reducing Light
Reducing Light
Green Screen Techniques
Green Screen Techniques
Developing the Idea
Developing the Idea
Story Structure
Story Structure
Creating Characters
Creating Characters
Dialogue and Backstory
Dialogue and Backstory
From Title to Outline
From Title to Outline
Rewriting
Rewriting
The Three Act Structure
The Three Act Structure
Hollywood Formula
Hollywood Formula
Shaping Light
Shaping Light
Softening Light
Softening Light
Attributes of Light
Attributes of Light
Color Temperatures
Color Temperatures
Using a Light Meter
Using a Light Meter
Lighting People
Lighting People
Data Management and Workflow
Data Management and Workflow
The Assembly Cut
The Assembly Cut
The Rough Cut
The Rough Cut
The Fine Cut
The Fine Cut
Concepts of Editing
Concepts of Editing
Editing a Dialogue Scene
Editing a Dialogue Scene
Using a Monitor
Using a Monitor
Focal Length
Focal Length
Exposure
Exposure
The Zone System
The Zone System
Lens Care
Lens Care
Macro Focus
Macro Focus
Back Focus
Back Focus
The Shutter
The Shutter
Lighting Outside
Lighting Outside
Using a Clapboard
Using a Clapboard
Budgeting
Budgeting
Scheduling the Production
Scheduling the Production
Scheduling the Day
Scheduling the Day
Finding Actors
Finding Actors
Auditions
Auditions
Callbacks
Callbacks
Introduction to Lenses
Introduction to Lenses
Working with Mixed Light
Working with Mixed Light
Tungsten Lighting
Tungsten Lighting
HMI Lighting
HMI Lighting
Filmmaker's Toolkit
Filmmaker's Toolkit
Basic Camera Techniques
Basic Camera Techniques
Key Light Techniques
Key Light Techniques
Test Screenings
Test Screenings
Working with an Editor
Working with an Editor
Hiring an Editor
Hiring an Editor
Marketing the Script
Marketing the Script
Dolly and Track
Dolly and Track
Insurance
Insurance
Advanced Lighting Techniques
Advanced Lighting Techniques
Rehearsing Actors
Rehearsing Actors
Working with Local Celebrities
Working with Local Celebrities
Mixing the Audio
Mixing the Audio
Rehearsal Exercises
Rehearsal Exercises
Directing Mistakes
Directing Mistakes
The Art of Directing Actors
The Art of Directing Actors
Scoring a Scene
Scoring a Scene
Directing Extras
Directing Extras
The Studio System
The Studio System
Agents and Managers
Agents and Managers
The Business Plan
The Business Plan
Packaging Your Movie
Packaging Your Movie
Making a Business Plan
Making a Business Plan
Roller Stands
Roller Stands
C-Stands
C-Stands
Grip's Tools
Grip's Tools
Rigging
Rigging
Offline/Online Editing
Offline/Online Editing
Color Timing
Color Timing
The Production Designer
The Production Designer
The Frame
The Frame
Shot Types
Shot Types
Filmmaking
Filmmaking
1st Assistant Director
1st Assistant Director
2nd Assistant Director
2nd Assistant Director
2nd 2nd Assistant Director
2nd 2nd Assistant Director
The Art Department
The Art Department
Set Construction
Set Construction
Set Dressing
Set Dressing
The Construction Coordinator
The Construction Coordinator
Working with the Military
Working with the Military
Film vs. Video
Film vs. Video
Analog vs. Digital
Analog vs. Digital
The Art Director
The Art Director
Creating the Look
Creating the Look
Camera Operator
Camera Operator
1st Assistant Camera
1st Assistant Camera
2nd Assistant Camera
2nd Assistant Camera
Key Grip
Key Grip
Best Boy
Best Boy
Dolly Grip
Dolly Grip
Best Boy Electric
Best Boy Electric
Electricians
Electricians
Basic On-Set Safety
Basic On-Set Safety
Weapon Safety
Weapon Safety
Studio Facilities Safety
Studio Facilities Safety
Vehicle and Roadway Safety
Vehicle and Roadway Safety
On Location Safety
On Location Safety
Environmental Safety
Environmental Safety
Lighting Equipment Safety
Lighting Equipment Safety
The Attitude of Safety
The Attitude of Safety
Pyrotechnics and Special Effects
Pyrotechnics and Special Effects
Lifts, Trucks and Tools
Lifts, Trucks and Tools
Electrical Safety II
Electrical Safety II
Electrical Safety I
Electrical Safety I
Grip and Rigging Safety
Grip and Rigging Safety
Shooting Moving Vehicles
Shooting Moving Vehicles
Eyelines
Eyelines
Framing People
Framing People
Creating Depth
Creating Depth
Composition
Composition
Basic Shooting Techniques
Basic Shooting Techniques
Storyboards and Pre-Visualization
Storyboards and Pre-Visualization
Creating a Shotlist
Creating a Shotlist
Blocking the Actors
Blocking the Actors
Advanced Coverage
Advanced Coverage
Basic Coverage
Basic Coverage
How to Shoot a Scene
How to Shoot a Scene
The First Draft
The First Draft
Directing Actors on Set
Directing Actors on Set
Breaking Down the Script
Breaking Down the Script
Rule of 180
Rule of 180
Lighting a Scene
Lighting a Scene
Finding Locations
Finding Locations
Location Tech Scouting
Location Tech Scouting
Working with Location Owners
Working with Location Owners
Film Commissions
Film Commissions
Film Permits
Film Permits
Community Relations
Community Relations
Editing Action
Editing Action
Set Design
Set Design
Working For a Studio
Working For a Studio
Intro to Distribution
Intro to Distribution
Domestic Distribution
Domestic Distribution
Foreign Distribution
Foreign Distribution
Internet Distribution
Internet Distribution
Film Festivals
Film Festivals
The Physics of Sound
The Physics of Sound
Microphone Basics
Microphone Basics
Location Recording Techniques
Location Recording Techniques
The Boom Mic
The Boom Mic
Lavalier Microphones
Lavalier Microphones
Recording the Audio
Recording the Audio
Mixing the Audio
Mixing the Audio
Documentary Pre-Production
Documentary Pre-Production
Documentary Pre-Production
Documentary Pre-Production
Documentary Field Production
Documentary Field Production
Shooting Interviews
Shooting Interviews
Interview Techniques
Interview Techniques
Shooting B-Roll and Verite Style
Shooting B-Roll and Verite Style
Editing Documentaries
Editing Documentaries
Cables and Adapters
Cables and Adapters
Audio Pre-Production
Audio Pre-Production
Microphone Pick-Up Patterns
Microphone Pick-Up Patterns
Boom Operating Techniques
Boom Operating Techniques
The Interview Location
The Interview Location
Interview Camera Set-Ups
Interview Camera Set-Ups
Choosing the Gear
Choosing the Gear
Finding the Story
Finding the Story
The Visual Story
The Visual Story
Ethics and Objectivity
Ethics and Objectivity
Beginning the Project
Beginning the Project
Low Budget Lighting Tools
Low Budget Lighting Tools
How to Build a Light Kit
How to Build a Light Kit
A-Story and Subplots
A-Story and Subplots
Story Pacing
Story Pacing
The Protagonist
The Protagonist
The Antagonist
The Antagonist
Conflict Types
Conflict Types
Supporting Characters
Supporting Characters
Character Archetypes
Character Archetypes
Personality and Backstory
Personality and Backstory
Forming a Production Company
Forming a Production Company
Raising Money
Raising Money
Money Management
Money Management
Working with Vendors
Working with Vendors
Hiring the Crew
Hiring the Crew
Tax Incentives
Tax Incentives
Unions and Guilds
Unions and Guilds
Working with SAG/AFTRA
Working with SAG/AFTRA
Safety Training Course - 3 months
Safety Training Course - 3 months
The Line Producer
The Line Producer
The Unit Production Manager
The Unit Production Manager
Analyzing Character
Analyzing Character
Analyzing Character
Analyzing Character
Directing Actors in ADR
Directing Actors in ADR
Sound Effects
Sound Effects
High School Film and Video Course
High School Film and Video Course
The Who and How of Music
The Who and How of Music
Music Licensing
Music Licensing
Emotion Through Music
Emotion Through Music
Working with the Composer
Working with the Composer
Script Supervisor
Script Supervisor
Continuity and Script Notes
Continuity and Script Notes
Amor & Psyche
Amor & Psyche
Production Coordinator
Production Coordinator
Production Assistants
Production Assistants
Final Draft - Script Basics
Final Draft - Script Basics
Final Draft - Using Templates
Final Draft - Using Templates
Final Draft - Story Organizing
Final Draft - Story Organizing
Final Draft - Distributing Your Script
Final Draft - Distributing Your Script
Final Draft - Tips, Tricks, and Utilities
Final Draft - Tips, Tricks, and Utilities
Final Draft - Production
Final Draft - Production
Reality Show Interivew Techniques
Reality Show Interivew Techniques
The Reality Television Story Process
The Reality Television Story Process
How to Sell a Reality TV Show
How to Sell a Reality TV Show
Mistakes Filmmakers Make at Film Festivals
Mistakes Filmmakers Make at Film Festivals
Working in a Television Writer's Room
Working in a Television Writer's Room
How to Survive in Hollywood
How to Survive in Hollywood
How to Become a Writer in Hollywood, Part I
How to Become a Writer in Hollywood, Part I
How to Become a Writer in Hollywood, Part II
How to Become a Writer in Hollywood, Part II
The Changing Landscape of Television
The Changing Landscape of Television
Working Freelance
Working Freelance
The Art of Auditioning
The Art of Auditioning
Acting Techniques For the Screen
Acting Techniques For the Screen
Acting in a Changing Industry
Acting in a Changing Industry
The Hidden Tools of Comedy
The Hidden Tools of Comedy
How to Create invisible Camera Moves
How to Create invisible Camera Moves
Directing a Chase Scene
Directing a Chase Scene
Defining Comedy
Defining Comedy
Working as  a Grip
Working as a Grip
Working with Difficult Personalities
Working with Difficult Personalities
Working Freelance
Working Freelance
Advice from the Pros
Advice from the Pros
Realities of the Industry
Realities of the Industry
Getting Your First Job
Getting Your First Job
Making Money in Hollywood
Making Money in Hollywood
The Art of Networking
The Art of Networking
Full Site Access
Full Site Access
Audio Configurations
Audio Configurations
Kino-Flo Fluorescent Lighting
Kino-Flo Fluorescent Lighting
LED Lighting
LED Lighting
Tripods and Sliders
Tripods and Sliders
Film Ratings and the MPAA
Film Ratings and the MPAA
Film Marketing
Film Marketing
Editing a Trailer
Editing a Trailer
Reaching Your Audience
Reaching Your Audience
Building an EPK
Building an EPK
Designing the Key Art
Designing the Key Art
Designing the Website
Designing the Website
Working with the Media
Working with the Media

 



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