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1. The Camera Diagram
The importance of the camera diagram as a tool to refine the director's visualization, as well as the importance of eye lines and the 180 degree rule.


2. Working with Actors
The most important job of a director is to get good performances. To put it another way: nothing matters but your actors. This article focuses on working with actors in independent films.


3. The Directors Plan
The director's plan for covering the emotional content and action in the scene without shooting unnecessary footage.


4. Introduction to Fiction Production
An introduction to fiction production, the objectives and focus of the course and the starting point of a project.


5. The Storyboard
An intro into storyboarding and why it is helpful in preproduction.


6. The Hierarchy of Edits
Taking shot transitions into account when shot planning, providing the editor with opportunities to create invisible edits.


7. Creating your Shot List
How to approach creating your shot list from a script, creating the first visualization


8. Murder Storyboard Analysis
An examination of the script, shot list, storyboard and final product for the "How to Get Away With Murder" project.


9. Shot Vocabulary
Descriptions of shot vocabulary.


10. Taxi Driver Storyboard Example
A sample storyboard from Taxi Driver with matching shots from the finished product.


11. Storyboards are not Art
An interview with Martin Scorcese and Michael Chapman, the Director and Director of Photography of Taxi Driver on Storyboarding.


12. Casting
Greg Pak, independent director extraordinaire, takes us through the basics of casting. Greg discusses the process of matching actors together for chemistry, materials and exercises for making good choices for the roles in a film.


13. Scene Analysis
An analysis of a scene from "A Fistful of Dollars".


14. A New Digital Aesthetic
The development of Digital Video will mean more than just a replacement for an old medium.


Recent Articles

1. Murder Storyboard Analysis
An examination of the script, shot list, storyboard and final product for the "How to Get Away With Murder" project.


2. Storyboards are not Art
An interview with Martin Scorcese and Michael Chapman, the Director and Director of Photography of Taxi Driver on Storyboarding.


3. Taxi Driver Storyboard Example
A sample storyboard from Taxi Driver with matching shots from the finished product.


4. The Directors Plan
The director's plan for covering the emotional content and action in the scene without shooting unnecessary footage.


5. Scene Analysis
An analysis of a scene from "A Fistful of Dollars".


6. The Camera Diagram
The importance of the camera diagram as a tool to refine the director's visualization, as well as the importance of eye lines and the 180 degree rule.


7. Shot Vocabulary
Descriptions of shot vocabulary.


8. The Storyboard
An intro into storyboarding and why it is helpful in preproduction.


9. The Hierarchy of Edits
Taking shot transitions into account when shot planning, providing the editor with opportunities to create invisible edits.


10. Creating your Shot List
How to approach creating your shot list from a script, creating the first visualization


11. A New Digital Aesthetic
The development of Digital Video will mean more than just a replacement for an old medium.


12. Introduction to Fiction Production
An introduction to fiction production, the objectives and focus of the course and the starting point of a project.


13. Casting
Greg Pak, independent director extraordinaire, takes us through the basics of casting. Greg discusses the process of matching actors together for chemistry, materials and exercises for making good choices for the roles in a film.


14. Working with Actors
The most important job of a director is to get good performances. To put it another way: nothing matters but your actors. This article focuses on working with actors in independent films.


Knowledge Base

1. Running the Casting Session
I am a novice director and I am planning on doing a casting session for my short film. Some of the actors will be experienced and I need to know how to do this right! Can you help?