There’s no denying that the film industry is changing. Distribution is being uprooted, everyone has a video camera in their pocket, and equipment is cheaper and more portable than ever. Filmmaking is being democratized, put into the hands of the people who go out and create stuff. Supporting this development, MixBit sponsoring Project Next, a contest to find talented student filmmakers Read more
This is the first in a series of short tips based on the creative efforts of IMTF’s entrants. Each how-to piece will reference a trailer that has been submitted to our Festival.
Background information plays a vital role in storytelling by introducing the audience to the characters and their struggles. The challenge is to make exposition dramatic. In “ASSET,” a web series concept trailer, the screenwriters avoided the pitfall of boring exposition by suggesting intercutting informational dialogue with action sequences. This counterpoint, starting at 0:33, keeps viewers slightly off-balance Read more
We’ve been wanting to make this one for quite some time. How affordably could we light an interview that is good enough to go on primetime? It can be easy to get lost in all of the toys and tools and forget the basics. When you really understand how your choices add to story, you can often do so so much with so little. Here we share how to light an interview with just $26 including where to get each item and how we setup the lights. See the tutorial. Read more
IMTF’s Trailer 2013 contest includes a category for trailers 15 seconds or shorter. The best short trailer will win $250, but it will also compete for the $3,000 Grand Prize. The 15-second trailer can be for a completed movie or for a movie still in the dream stage. If you’re making a trailer for a movie hasn’t yet been shot, here are some tips that might prove useful.
1. Remember that the goal of any trailer is to tease. While you want your trailer to give a sense of the content, the genre, and the style, your ultimate purpose Read more