You have reached the end of Netflix.

Hulu doesn’t have anything you haven’t seen.

Amazon? Yeah right, you have been there done that.

You may have seen almost everything that has come out in the past 10 years, but now is the time to go back 40 or more years. Focus your attention on classic films and get a brand new film education.

You are probably thinking to yourself, “I’ve gone to film school”, or “I’ve worked in the industry so long, what do you mean ’ grow my film education’?”. …


When I was first diving into the camera and lighting departments after having spent several years behind a desk at several distribution companies, I knew I needed to actually learn cinematography and get a handle of some real techniques, fast.

I started out as a camera operator on Larry King Now and Politicking with Larry King and quickly I became the backup Director of Photography when the main DP was unavailable.

At first, it was no big deal. I just mimicked the main DP’s settings on the studio lighting board and dialed it in as best I could while using…


When I was first diving into the camera and lighting departments after having spent several years behind a desk at several distribution companies, I knew I needed to actually learn cinematography and get a handle of some real techniques, fast.

I started out as a camera operator on Larry King Now and Politicking with Larry King and quickly I became the backup Director of Photography when the main DP was unavailable.

At first, it was no big deal. I just mimicked the main DP’s settings on the studio lighting board and dialed it in as best I could while using…


Look at this juicy filmmaking topic — production insurance! (yawn)

I know it’s just about the opposite of what most people want to talk about when thinking about making a film. It’s boring, it’s not sexy, it’s not fun.

But, it’s necessary, so let’s take a look.

Photographer: frank mckenna | Source: Unsplash

In simple terms, production insurance can be thought of as similar to homeowners insurance or renters insurance.

Filmmakers pay a fee to an insurance company to protect from liabilities related to the production of your film or video.

After all, film sets are filled with many dangers (both to humans and to property)…


Look at this juicy filmmaking topic — production insurance! (yawn)

I know it’s just about the opposite of what most people want to talk about when thinking about making a film. It’s boring, it’s not sexy, it’s not fun.

But, it’s necessary, so let’s take a look.

Photographer: frank mckenna | Source: Unsplash

In simple terms, production insurance can be thought of as similar to homeowners insurance or renters insurance.

Filmmakers pay a fee to an insurance company to protect from liabilities related to the production of your film or video.

After all, film sets are filled with many dangers (both to humans and to property)…


We often think of the film industry as creating popular culture, but often, creators are watching filmmaking trends very closely and making their moves based on what’s popular now.

In this post, I’m just touching on some of the trends that I’ve seen (good and bad) and putting it out there for you to follow, or not.

Filmmaking Trends - Instagram
Filmmaking Trends - Instagram
Photographer: Jakob Owens | Source: Unsplash

Instagram’s primarily visual medium has made it a great promotional tool for filmmakers — specifically cinematographers.

This is one that I’ve neglected (read: avoided) because I’m a crotchety old man at heart. …


We often think of the film industry as creating popular culture, but often, creators are watching filmmaking trends very closely and making their moves based on what’s popular now.

In this post, I’m just touching on some of the trends that I’ve seen (good and bad) and putting it out there for you to follow, or not.

Filmmaking Trends - Instagram
Filmmaking Trends - Instagram
Photographer: Jakob Owens | Source: Unsplash

Instagram’s primarily visual medium has made it a great promotional tool for filmmakers — specifically cinematographers.

This is one that I’ve neglected (read: avoided) because I’m a crotchety old man at heart. …


The Movie Streaming Business

As more and more people move to “cut the cord” from traditional cable and satellite companies, it’s increasingly clear that movie streaming services like Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, and Vimeo On-Demand are here to stay.

The global video streaming market is estimated to be worth over $125 billion by 2025,” according to theappsolutions.com.

With this behemoth of an industry, everyone is itching to get their piece of the pie.

OTT apps and companies pop up regularly. No stone is left unturned and every niche gets its own platform.

Shudder is one example of a niche-specific platform that has, with the backing…


The Movie Streaming Business

As more and more people move to “cut the cord” from traditional cable and satellite companies, it’s increasingly clear that movie streaming services like Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, and Vimeo On-Demand are here to stay.

The global video streaming market is estimated to be worth over $125 billion by 2025,” according to theappsolutions.com.

With this behemoth of an industry, everyone is itching to get their piece of the pie.

OTT apps and companies pop up regularly. No stone is left unturned and every niche gets its own platform.

Shudder is one example of a niche-specific platform that has, with the backing…


What is a storyboard?

Storyboard Example
Storyboard Example
Example of a Storyboard

Tutsplus defines a storyboard as “a tool for sketching out how a video will unfold, shot by shot.” (photography.tutsplus.com)

Many of us have seen examples of storyboarding in behind-the-scenes footage of complex special effects/VFX and action films like The Matrix. It’s easy to see how utilizing a visual tool can help streamline the video creation process, especially for a feature film.

But, the question is, how can you make one for your film without having to call upon some deep artistic talent or hire a real professional for thousands of dollars?

The good news is, there are many options for…

I’m Alex Darke, co-founder of Filmmaking Central and co-host of the No-Budget Filmmaking podcast.

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