Amy’s Baking Company: What Happened Here?

We’ve all seen it by now and, we’re quite familiar with Gordon Ramsey’s television show Kitchen Nightmares. I’ll be brutally honest – I’m a fan of the show, Ramsey, and helping the community. I find it warming to see such an accredited chef help out smaller local bistros. Sure, the cafés, bars, restaurants all get compensation to be in the show (not to mention the global marketing), but ultimately Ramsey is there to help – we’ve seen it for 82 episodes! Well that was until we met Amy and Sammy Bouzaglos. If you haven’t seen it yet, and the above...

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Poster Design for Your Film

So after creating the Talk to the Past and Identify M.E. posters I thought it’d be a great idea to explain what makes a good film poster. By explaining I mean it’ll be more a showcase and explanation on what works, and what doesn’t. Why things are included and more importantly, why items are omitted! First and foremost: many posters have different colours, styles, genres and graphical approaches. They are targeted to audiences and if you are viewing this with utter confusion you may not be the audience (we’ll try and accommodate with multiple posters). The same way colour has...

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The Talker

So, I just got home from seeing Django Unchained with my Dad. I sat down to start writing a little bit about it, but something about the whole experience has left me distracted. It was not the film itself or it’s subject matter. No. It was something much more relatable than that. You don’t have to have ever seen a Tarantino film to understand where my hate is stemming from. This feeling of rage is all thanks to the scum of the cinema going experience known as, ‘The Talker’. The Talker can be any age, any gender and can be...

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Creating a “dynamic editing” workflow

This is going to be one hell of a tutorial so strap in and get ready for the ride of your life! This is a tutorial that assumes you know how to organise your folders in your editing programme (compositions, images, audio, solids, etc.), and the function of each of these layers in the software itself. What this walkthrough aims to provide, as mentioned in the previous article, is the ability to have a multi-layered project that can be the hub to switch the individual changes. Premiere Pro/Final Cut Before getting into the heavier editing programmes, I’ll start with the...

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Structured Editing

Recently I have been working on a project that holds four simultaneous editors, editing on separate days, with the same footage. There have been some patterns that have been popping up over the last couple of months during this process which I feel needs to be addressed. There are two ways to edit in my opinion – dynamically and straight. Dynamic vs. Straight editing Opposed to their main meanings in the film world, my views on dynamic and straight editing have allowed me to know (properly) before I jump into a project the style of editing I need to do....

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Student Films, and What Not To Do

This is a post that I’ve had tucked away for a while, constantly updating the pros and cons to the situation that is Student Films. There are a lot of things that constitute student films, why more often than not we receive the, “it looks good,” but realistically nothing more than a nice try but I see you’re still learning. I am not going to beat around the bush on this topic since any justification would make the tips pointless. Accept someone is going to be better than you Harsh I know, especially for an opening argument, but I believe...

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Film Festival Press Kit

You’d think making the film was the hardest part of the filmmaking process, right? Wrong. Hell in terms of getting support, festival runs, exposure, and a little personal satisfaction of having a real audience enjoy it is the hardest thing to accomplish. And to do so, you’re going to need a Press Kit. A Press Kit you say? Yes, the documentation that informs the festival everything and anything about the production that you are submitting. But how does your submission rise above the others? Well it’s not easy since “only the best films make the cut” to quote Melbourne International...

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Making Good Looking Credits Great

Back again for an awesome tip that I’ve realised lots of people either don’t know how to do, or think external programmes do it, or are simply lazy (yes, those people exist). I’m talking about film looking credits. Those glorious moments your name scrolls up the screen and you can be proud of all your work. But sometimes a great film will be followed with credits that look like this: And I feel so awkward for the editor, or even the dedicated title creator when the default isn’t even tampered with, not even in the slightest! But how hard is...

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Final Cut: Tips and Tricks

Yeah you read the title right, “another tips and tricks” post for Final Cut. I know, I know but I was just thinking that there are some that are just so obscure and useful that it’s foolish not to know. Another reason that has forced me to send this out is that quite recently I have been forced to use Adobe Premier Pro. Now I’m not against the programme, that’s not my angle. But I became SO SLOW because of all the little tips and tricks that I was used to weren’t there. So before we begin, it’s important to...

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Coffee. I need my damn coffee!

The title says it really. After living on a (un)healthy diet of… well, coffee, it was about time to bring somethings up to date on the site, and all round internet adventures! Many behind-the-scenes jobs, that keep us all busy among other relaxing things that make us that lazy to even begin. But alas, where here! To begin, we finished the month off with three productions (that are still being considered for the festival circuit – thus the lack of seeing them). Firstly a micro film by Hieu Chau titled, Boy Friends, that follows his sweet rise into Asian cinema,...

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