The DNA of a Great Villain

Recently I watched Unforgettable, starring Rosario Dawson. In the film the ex-wife is undoubtedly a villain and she makes it known as soon as she walks on the screen. I would refrain from sharing my thoughts on the film as a whole but for me the villain was pretty one note. This got me thinking, …

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Dialogue Tips

Dialogue is an important aspect of film ever since the silent era ended. Like everything in film, you can develop your own style of dialogue. I often tried to breakdown what sounds good to my ear. Why at times I'm engrossed in what characters are saying? Is there some sort of structure to this? How …

Quick Guide to Cinematic Images Part 4: Inserts vs Detail Shots

In a previous post I talked about depth of field, I referred to insert shots and what I call detail shots. So what is the difference between the two? In short there isn't anything technically different. The name change is more of a psychological trigger. This concept is something I personally developed and perhaps it'll work …

Quick Guide to Cinematic Images Part 3: Lighting Guides

In my quest to continue to perfect my craft and to become an all-around better filmmaker, I've come across some useful guidelines for lighting. This blog is all about taking information and displaying it in a simplistic form. Same amount of information but easier to grasps. Lighting is essential to film. I guarantee your first …

Quick guide to cinematic images part 2: Depth of Field

When DSLRs became widely available and independent filmmakers started using them to tell stories, the community was fascinated by the ability to create shallow depth of field. Shallow depth of field is when an object or subject is in focus but the background isn't. I fell into this fascination as well. Putting objects and people …