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Do You Have Questions About Lighting?

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I'm planning a series of lighting and production articles. I've already posted a few, so look around and let me know what you think.

The last thing I want to do is spend a ton of time building articles and tutorials for things you don't care about. I want to answer the questions nobody else is answering for you.

Use the form below to email me your lighting questions and I'll use them as the foundation for the articles and tutorials that get added to this site.

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Feel free to ask any other film and video related questions you might have (I'll answer, but might not make a full blown article or tutorial.)

Tips for Pitching Your Script

By: Andrew Seltz

Looking to polish up your screenplay pitching skills? I came across this great guide to pitching your script today. It is a collection of suggestions for what to do (and not do) when you finally get in front of that person who can help get your movie made.

The best bit of advice: don't go into sales mode - think of the pitch opportunity as a conversation about your screenplay.

I explored around the Scriptologist.com website and found it to have a lot of very interesting and helpful resources for screenwriters. Near the top of most of the pages there is a dropdown menu of article topics. These lead to a large collection of articles on screenplay writing.

Aspect Ratios Explained

By: Andrew Seltz

I came across a great podcast site today called the VideoGrunt. There are a couple of videos on the site that explain what aspect ratios are, the history of them, and why we use the ones we have. This topic took 2 weeks in the aesthetics class I had at film school and I think you get as much information from these videos as I remember from that class.
I was also impressed with the quality of the video podcast. This guy knows how to produce an excellent video. He also seems to have some instructions for video podcasting (I didn't explore that, but his work speaks for itself.)

Check it out if you have broadband.

Elevation Due West is Back On Track

By: Andrew Seltz

Well, at least I'm working on it again! Elevation Due West is the independant feature film I directed and shot back in August 2001. I was deep in the throws of working on it when the Twin Towers fell and I lost my momentum. Once you've lost momentum, it's hard to get going again - particularly when you are mostly working by yourself.

Now, I didn't shut down after 9-11, I just worked on everything but my movie. I shot another movie, Under Surveillance, for director Dave Campfield, I've created a bunch of short promotional videos, traveled all around the country shooting interviews and covering events, I got married, I won a couple of awards, and even designed and built the set for a recent Off-Off Broadway play. But I'm not going to let this movie linger any more!

Today I re-digitized the footage from my camera tapes onto a hardrive in preparation for working with a sound designer. I've got a meeting scheduled for Saturday to go over the sound cues. I'll spend the next few evenings reconstructing the timeline for the project (lost during a recent computer meltdown) and getting all of the sound files together.

I've accomplished a lot already toward finishing the movie, but you can read about all of that on the movie website. I plan to resume writing on the producer's notebook there to get the story going again. But, when I take advantage of new technologies and techniques, I'll be sure to post about them on this blog.

Wish me luck!

Blockbuster Movie Plots!

By: Andrew Seltz

Looking for the perfect story for your next movie project (or just looking for a laugh)? Visit Plot-O-Matic. Make a few quick choices from the dropdown lists, press enter, and presto! Out pops the logline for the next hit movie!

I found this while doing a little surfing and got a big kick out of it. It also got me thinking about a possible project.

HD and HDV Research

I'm preparing myself for the next wave of video production. I decided that it's not worth my while to invest in any new hardware/software that is not capable of handling HD. While there is still going to be a while before most people can view an HD image on their home TV, I want to make sure I don't have to buy all new gear when I want to make an indie film with the potential for a film-out or HD projection in a theater. Continue reading