20 Film Terms You Need to Know to Survive On-Set

20 On Set Film Terms You Need to Know A film set is a wacky place full of nicknames, strange film terms, and abbreviations. There have been so many days when someone has asked me to do something and I’ve enthusiastically responded “Copy that”, before realizing I don’t fully know what they even asked. Before…

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Guide to Surviving Your First Film Production

Guide to Surviving Your First Film Production So you finally got your production going or you just got hired on one. Here are some tips to help you survive your first film production. Top 15 Mistakes Most Beginner Filmmakers Make Beginners in the filmmaking industry are always making mistakes and this has led to boring…

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How to Make Prop Money for Your Indie Film

Film School Essentials: How to Make Prop Money for Your Indie Film If you are making an action film, thriller, or crime drama chances are you’ll need a briefcase FULL of prop movie cash at one point or another.  The good folks over at Indy Mogul made this video to show you how to make some…

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Understanding Movie Credits (with Template)

All You Need To Know About Movie Credits In the early 1900s, there were hardly any movie credits. Some movies had just opening credits, while some had just the end credits. Nonetheless, just the title was enough to start the movie. However, once the ’70s came, the statement ‘give honor to whom it is due’…

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20 Cinematography Terms Everyone on a Film Set Should Know

20 Cinematography Terms Everyone on a Film Set Should Know Camera terms aren’t just jargon for one exclusive department to throw around like code as they shout at each other across the set. Everyone working on the film should be privy to them and use them day-to-day in order to get things done efficiently. Here…

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What the Heck is the 180 Degree Rule?

180 Degree Rule – Understand it or DIE! You might hear on set a DP or camera guy to discuss the 180 Degree Rule and say: “You can’t put the camera there, you’ll cross the line” There’s a lot more to shooting a great scene than just planting a camera somewhere and yelling action. We all…

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25 Grip and Electric Terms Everyone on a Film Set Should Know

Film School Essentials: 25 Grip and Electric Terms Everyone on a Film Set Should Know You will inevitably need something from the grips or electric department if you spend enough time on set. They will often be willing to help (if you ask politely and at a good time), but it always helps if you…

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5 Stages of Indie Film Production

Understanding the 5 Stages of Indie Film Production Film Production is created in 5 phases: development, pre-production, production, post-production, and distribution. Each phase has a different purpose, with the overarching goal to get to the next one, and ultimately on to distribution. Each stage varies in length, and different roles suit different stages. Sadly, some…

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WATCH: What Is Aspect Ratio?

What Is Aspect Ratio? An aspect ratio is simply an image’s width and height. As technology in camera advances, some standard ratios have fallen behind, giving way to exciting and new movie ratios. Good movie makers know how to make great choices in picking the aspect ratio to use to give viewers a wonderful viewing…

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What is a Costume Designer and Costume Design?

Costume Design: The Hidden Art Form of Cinema There is a lot that can be said about a character in a movie by what they wear. The costume of a character alone can give you a hint about the period the film was set (in the 50s, 60s, 90s, or 2000s), the profession of the character…

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10 Tips To Negotiate Your Rate Like A Pro

10 Tips To Negotiate Your Rate Like A Pro Learning how to negotiate is a learned skill for most. It is nerve-wracking and awkward, but necessary in the industry. For every job, you will have some kind of negotiation over pay rate and conditions. Negotiation for a job takes place with the Unit Production Manager…

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