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 AUDITION TIPS 
As aspiring moviemakers, we are always burdened with finding actors to appear in our movies. Where do these elusive beings live? How do we get them to be in our movies?
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 SHOOTING ABROAD: KNOW THE IN'S AND OUT'S

One of the perks of being a free lance DP is unexpected travel to often exotic places around the world but you should know where you're going and what you're getting Into.

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 Simple Screenplay/Screenwriting Tip 

Your script, or story or idea is the BLUEPRINT (pre-production). The shoot (production) is nothing but the collection of raw materials, and the edit is construction. 

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 Screenwriting for Success: Giving your Baby a Fighting Chance

Youíre staring at a blank screen. Is this the hardest part of screenwriting? The beginning? What about the end? Not the end of the script, but the end of the process, when your vision becomes a reality in the theaters and homes of people all over the globe.

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 Should You Edit Your Own Movies? 

Anyone with a $10 firewire card and a home PC 5 years out of date can now edit, so obviously all you need to do is learn what button to push. And this is why most DV shorts suffer, especially in the editing.

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 Interview with Marc Hernandez, Crescendo Entertainment 
Marc Hernandez, Crescendo Entertainment
Marc Hernandez is managing partner of Crescendo Entertainment Group, a literary management and production company in Los Angeles.
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 Interview with Bill Lundy, Scriptwriters Network 
Bill Lundy,  Scriptwriters Network
Scriptwriters Network was ubiquitous throughout the expo and itís former chairman who is currently industry liaison, Bill Lundy, gave me a great overview of what organizations like his can do for writers who attend conferences like this.
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 Screenwriting Expo 
Screenwriting Expo
It was evident from my first look at the masses of scribes milling about the main hall of the center, trying to negotiate their way to the next lecture meeting room, gabbing about the current magnum opus they...
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 Top Screenwriting Software 
What better way to start 2004 than to upgrade to one of the most popular screenwriting programs if you aren't using one already? After testing some of the hottest products on the market, my top two are Movie Magic Screenwriter 2000 and Final Draft 6.0.
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 Independent Film Making 
There are a lot of opportunities for independent entrepreneurs who have an idea that they can develop themselves... Making an independent film takes talent, ambition, knowledge, salesmanship, persistence, and a bit of luck doesn't hurt either.  
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 Film Editing 

Film editing is rhythm, instinct, emotion, psychology, art- and it draws from the total talent of one person, the editor, who collaborates with the director to create a cumulative sensory event...There is no common pattern for how long it takes to become an editor. It can never be stated enough that the feature editor must find "truth" in the fictional work in order to make an emotionally rich film.
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 Actors on Acting 

For actors to do their best work, they must be willing to be totally open, to experiment and allow all that is inside to be exposed. To accomplish this at the highest levels requires tremendous discipline. Actors work with their emotions, their experiences, traumas, feelings, and memories.
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 Writing Treatments That Sell 

If a screenplay focuses the story for a film, the treatment does the same thing for a screenplay. A treatment could be considered a written pitch; something that catches the buyers attention and makes them want to see more.
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 Writing a Great Screenplay 

No matter how spontaneous a television show or film may seem, you can be absolutely sure that there was a script involved. How do these scripts get developed? Where do ideas begin? What is the first step towards creating a great script?
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 The Film Director 
Some directors say they must concentrate primarily on the inherent beauty in the narrative and dialogue patterns in the script. Other directors are occupied primarily with the performance of actors. To some their chief concern being for a pictorial beauty and smoothness of execution. There are still other directors who say all steps prior to editing yield crude material, which will be finally shaped and lent an artistic worth through their imaginative juxtaposition.
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 The Film Producer 
Richard Zanuck once stated, "The producer is like the conductor of an orchestra. Maybe he can't play every instrument, but he knows what every instrument should sound like." 
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 Cinematography: The art of painting with light 

The primary responsibility of the DP is to create the mood and feel of the picture with their lighting. It is the DP's task to fulfill the wishes of the director on how the film should look.
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 It happened to Spike Lee.  Indie FilmMakers Need Protection 

Joe is a young filmmaker shooting his first movie, which is a fictionalized account of a historic event. Since Joe has virtually no budget, he gets friends, relatives, and others to assist and work for peanuts. Joe's college roommate, Ben, who is an expert on the subject of the film, helps prepare the actors for their roles. He suggests extensive script revisions to make the film more ...
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