The Development Phase of Distribution

DEVELOPMENT In this stage, the filmmaker finds a story. After identifying a theme or underlying message, the filmmaker works with writers to prepare a synopsis. Next they produce a step outline, which breaks the story down into one-paragraph scenes that…

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Set Terminology

General Crew WATCH YOUR BACK – A warning said by anyone coming though or around the set with an object that could potentially hit someone. CROSSING – A warning said by anyone who must cross in front of the camera during a…

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Production Glossary

ACTION! – The command from the director for the scene to begin. It also means that the camera is rolling. A.D. – The Assistant Director. AD LIB – Extemporaneous delivery without relying on a prepared script. ADR – Automated Dialogue…

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The Spellbinding Center

At the end of the day, the plan is this: Look at your golden nuggets (ideas). Discover what attracts (hypnotizes, draws you in) you to the idea and write a clear statement of that Spellbinding Center. Brainstorm concepts by combining…

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How Do I Get in the Producer’s Head?

Here are some of the things going through a producer’s mind as they listen to your pitch and consider the business decision that is involved with spending hours reading your script (let alone buying it): Will the studio or my…

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Basics: 1) What is a script and what makes a good story?

What Exactly Is a Script A script is the basic blueprint of your film.  It is a document that outlines every aural, visual, behavioral, and verbal element required to tell a story.  Yes, I said outline because film is a…

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