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On Set Etiquette

Many people (not filmmakers) wrongly assume that a film set is always an exciting, dynamic place, where artists of equal standing share and contribute to the making of the film as the shooting unfolds. The public often imagine a director calmly chatting with their actors and department heads about the set design, or the lighting, mulling over issues of form and colour, drama and performance. They assume that the shoot is both a creative and democratic process. Nothing could be further from the truth. (more…)

By Skevos Mavros, ago
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Casting for Free

Something for Nothing?

When the day comes for you to cast your ultra-low budget film (short or feature), you're faced with a problem. You've already decided that you can't afford to pay your actors (we looked at the ethics of not paying in the article Not Paying - coming soon), yet despite this you naturally want the best possible actors for your project. (more…)

By Skevos Mavros, ago
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ADR

At short film festivals and student screenings I quite often hear audience members talking among themselves. More often than I would like, I hear comments such as: "That short film looked great, but it's a pity about the sound quality, I could barely understand the actors". On low-budget short-films, there often isn't enough money or time to spend on fixing the sound. But a surprising amount can be achieved with just a little expense and a bit of patience. (more…)

By Skevos Mavros, ago
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Stops

Essential Knowledge
An understanding of "stops" is essential for anyone who wants to be involved in film making, especially in the areas of cinematography and lighting. Stops can seem confusing at first, especially since the word is often used in slightly different ways in different contexts ("stops", "f-stops", and "t-stops"). (more…)

By Skevos Mavros, ago