Not every visual effect has to involve a super-hero, space-ship, or an alien. Sometimes it’s as simple as changing the color of the sky for added effect, removing an unwanted logo, tracking in a mobile phone or TV screen, or adding set dressing that a production couldn’t otherwise afford.
Stephen Garret of Jump Cut (formerly Kinetic) breaks down the guidelines and tropes of successful trailer cutting in his article First Impressions for Filmmaker Magazine.
In every project you endeavor, invariably you will at some point begin to question what it is you’re doing. This is the moment when objectivity is lost, and burn out is imminent. It happens to writers, artists, and filmmakers alike.
Via John August a series of videos by the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences discussing the craft, joy, and frustration of screenwriting.
Filmmaker Magazine has posted “15 Steps To Take After You Finish Your Script.” This is a great read for any burgeoning writer, as well as Directors and aspiring producers. Take a moment out of you day and read it, you won’t regret it.
As filmmakers so many of us make our New years resolution to write or make more content. But for 2012, make your resolution to not only make more content, but seek it out. Participate in it. Experiment with audience building. Find news ways to make your films stand out in the crowd. In doing so, one of us may just create the next great distribution and monetization scheme.