Category Archives: Filmmaking Guides

Helpful tips and advice for filmmaking

Ways to be creative with curriculum filmmaking in schools

How can we make the most of the creative opportunities within our curriculum? We all know that the chance to be creative is crucial to a child’s overall development. But it can be a challenge to find the time to … Continue reading

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How to… Write your best dialogue

We find that dialogue can be one of the trickiest things to get right, and whilst it can cause problems for a writer, bad dialogue can also trip up a director and the actors who have to say those lines … Continue reading

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Secret Skills of Great Filmmaking

Films can come in all shapes and sizes covering a wide range on genres from action to horror, period drama to art noir. As well as feature films in the cinema, you can see heaps of short films at festivals … Continue reading

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How to… Become a Filmmaker 

On Tuesday we ran a workshop exploring the UK film industry with GCSE media studies students from Harris Boys’ Academy in Dulwich, where one of the most popular questions was “How do I become a filmmaker?” This is actually something … Continue reading

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How to… Choose the right transition

Most editing packages include a range of different transitions, which you can use creatively when you’re editing your film. By choosing the right transition, you can add a lot of meaning or style to your work. Choose a straight cut A … Continue reading

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How to…shoot a closeup

Studio Film School director Dan shares his advice for getting the perfect closeup. If there’s one golden rule I would apply to all filmmaking, it would be think in terms of shots. What are you filming? Why are you filming … Continue reading

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How to…shoot a trombone shot

This one is a tricky one – and a good challenge to keep you busy! A trombone shot, or a dolly zoom is a great technique to add some pizazz to a scene where a character experiences something shocking, intriguing, … Continue reading

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How to… Love and Hate Your Characters

So this one is more about screen writing than production filmmaking, but quite often, filmmaking starts with the script. This blog is about helping you to help your characters, by doing the worst possible things to them. Audiences love conflict, … Continue reading

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How to…create an invisible wipe

For our first in a new series of How To blog posts we thought we’d start with something you might never have seen before! Or maybe you have…but never noticed! The invisible wipe is a great challenge for filmmakers – … Continue reading

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