2018


#10 Short Film on a Shoe String: The Green Screen

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When I had the great idea of a green screen, we all thought any kind of green curtain would do the job, but that was a big mistake, because the colour didn’t key in properly in the editing process and we ended up with blotches on the screen. This mistake cost about £350, so buy […]

#9 Short Film on a Shoe String: The Flying Camera

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If you are a regular reader of my blog, you will know that I’m no technician, I leave all that stuff to my, more than capable team. However, I splashed out and bought a drone from Amazon…Why? I hear you ask, because I live in one of the most scenic city’s in Scotland, if not […]

#8 Short Film on a Shoe String: The Subtext

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Leave something for the actors to play. Don’t have your characters speak everything out. When a character speaks about things that happened in the past, it puts the present scene on hold. It also puts the audience to sleep. Don’t do it. Here is a sample of subtext from “The Mystery Girl” Clara and Danny […]

#7 Short Film on a Shoe String: Cinematographer

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I’m an amateur photographer, as most off us are I guess, and  the cinematographer is in the same ball park but he knows all the rules, shots, angles and movements. I was very lucky again to find a young enthusiast, who is a student at the music school, his name is Alexander, he is very, […]

#6 Short Film on a Shoe String: Script Dialogue

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If you don’t have script you don’t have a movie, because it’s the starting point for any story that you want to bring to life on the screen. You don’t strive to write more eloquent and poetic scene description. Between those written words within a screenplay lies the dialogue. And yes, the dialogue is what screenwriters […]

#5 Short Film on a Shoe String: Music

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Music in film have been together from the beginning, yes silent movies, a pianist and sometimes a full orchestra would be hired to add music, to enhance the drama on the screen. For about the first thirty years of cinema’s existence, virtually all films were accompanied by musicians. Eventually, films were distributed with published cue […]

#4 Short Film on a Shoe String: Extras

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A movie extra is someone who appears in a minor role, usually in the background of the primary action going on in a particular scene, they will usually only appear for short periods, often a matter of seconds, and are not recognized in the movie credits. Movie extras serve to create the illusion of a […]

#3 Short Film on a Shoe String: The Concept

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Before you start anything you need a concept or an idea, that can get you started. I keep a note book where I can write down ideas, sometimes when I start writing, the story just seems flow, and my first idea’s are usually the best ones. I currently have four screenplays in varying stages of […]

#2 Short Film on a Shoe String: Your Mates

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I’m a fulltime musician, music teacher and songwriter, which brings me in contact with lots of incredibly talented people, young and old and I’ll give you one or two examples of this. In the previous blog, I mentioned Darren, he’s my technician, sound man for live gigs, plumber, joiner, electrician and a general  all rounder, […]

#1 Short Film on a Shoe String: Introduction

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As per usual this blog is based on my own experience, so I can only tell you what I’ve learned to date, and the information may well be updated in a later blog. If you have read some of my other blog, you will know that I’ve had very little formal education and I nearly […]

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