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Top 10 Tips for first-time filmmakers
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Top 10 Tips for first-time filmmakers

The tools may have changed making it simpler for first-time filmmakers but the rules have not. Here are some points I've learnt from shooting and edited my own films and working with other filmmakers as editor on those projects.

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What is a Story Anyway?

To be human is to tell stories. That's a powerful statement I came across when reading "Telling True Stories" from the Nieman Foundation at the Harvard University. In the opening…

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The art of editing and sewing

Want to become better film editor? How about practicing the craft of sewing. Seriously. There’s a lot to learn. In the early days of cinema, the craft of film editing (note that at the time, film editors were not considered artists), was the domain of women. Memorable films like The Birth of a Nation, Stagecoach, The Wizard of Oz, All About Eve, An American in Paris, Singin’ in the Rain, The Ten Commandments, Lawrence of Arabia were all edited by women.

A reason for this was that film editing was considered akin to sewing and so it was thought seamstresses would make good editors. (more…)

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