Interview with Foley Artist Marko Costanzo (Silence of the Lambs, The Departed, Life of Pi)

You need to be a good listener. We work for editors. Editors have different criterion for each show we work on. Some like it big and over the top. some like it subtle and more realistic. Each time a different foley editor would come into the room to supervise the recording, I would walk away with a better understanding about how things should sound. It’s important to gain the trust of your editors and listen to what they have to say. When they want something heavier you need to understand what they mean. Does heavier mean louder? Bigger? It’s a subjective art with lots of possible variations. It’s important to do things the way the client intends for it to be heard.

Interview with Art Director Jeremy Woolsey (Pitch Perfect, Million Dollar Arm, Dirty Grandpa)

You’ve worked in the Art Department in over 40 productions in the last 10 years. Is there one or two films that you’re most proud of?

I am proud to be a part of the runaway hit
“Pitch Perfect” .. That film has touched a great deal of people. And I think our work on “Million Dollar Arm” was rewarding.

Interview with Kami Asgar, Oscar Nominated Sound Editor

Everything used to be a lot more time consuming and cumbersome.
As an example you had to go down to the sound library and search through reels of sound fx (later CDs) armed with a notebook looking for one sound effect. You usually picked the first one you found, took it back to your room, and sampled it in to the computer and synchronized it to the picture and went to the next effect and the repeated the cycle. since you could only do very short sequences because of lack of computer memory, you laid back to tape and hand wrote (legibly) each event on a cue sheet for the mixer.

Now you audition sounds from your database of hundreds of thousands of sound effects available to you remotely and pick just the right sound, and if you want to alter the sound, you have at your disposal a dizzying amount of plug-ins to change every aspect of your sound to fit the picture. You then upload it for the mixer to open in his session. (no more carrying reels and reels to the stage)

Interview with Glen Gauthier, Sound Mixer (Spotlight, Pacific Rim, Kick-Ass)

Whenever I tech scout a location I am always looking for what may effect the sound track, and if so whether or not the audience will be distracted by it. For example, traffic noise is easier to accept if you can SEE it. It’s much harder to accept extraneous noise if you have no idea where it’s coming from. Transformers and hum from lights is also a concern; you want control over heat/AC and traffic control if possible! There are many variables to consider. So, my advice is to pay attention; especially to what’s hidden. Consider what’s behind locked doors, above you and below you. Some things you won’t hear until you have a quiet room and the microphone is cranked up.

Tips on Negotiating when setting up a project

NEGOTIATING FILMMAKING NOTES How to Negotiate – Every aspect of producing involves negotiating, in one form or another. You always need to go in with the attitude that people already want to work with you. 12 MAJOR POINTS TO REMEMBER IN NEGOTIATIONS 1. PLAN WITH YOUR LIMITATIONS IN MIND Know you limitations. In poker they… Continue reading Tips on Negotiating when setting up a project

Notes on CINEMATOGRAPHY – SHOTS AND CAMERA ANGLES

LENSES FILTERS FILMMAKING NOTES Cinematography is the art of manipulating light and shadow, and capturing it as a moving image. CINEMATOGRAPHY – SHOTS AND CAMERA ANGLES QUESTIONS TO ASK: -What is the best viewpoint for filming this position of the event? -How much area should be included in this shot? SCENE defines the place or… Continue reading Notes on CINEMATOGRAPHY – SHOTS AND CAMERA ANGLES

How to Write a Screenplay. Tips for everyone

HOW TO WRITE A SCREENPLAY FILMMAKING NOTES SCREENPLAY WRITING When writing a SCREENPLAY, it’s all about CHARACTER, PLOT, and THEME – the three cornerstones to telling a great story. Below is Part One of NOTES you need to think about when writing a script. Whether you’re a seasoned script writer or just a beginner, these… Continue reading How to Write a Screenplay. Tips for everyone

What is a Production Manager?

PRODUCTION MANAGER FILMMAKING NOTES The Job of Production Management is the job of organization, budgeting, scheduling and preparing for everything. POINTS OF A PRODUCTION MANAGER 1. Prepare breakdown and preliminary shooting schedule 2. Prepare and coordinate the budget 3. Oversee preliminary search and survey of all locations and the completion of business arrangements 4. Assist… Continue reading What is a Production Manager?

Tips to Produce a Movie

HOW TO PRODUCE A FILM FILMMAKING NOTES FILM PRODUCTION – How to make a movie! – How to PRODUCE a film! – How to be the best Movie Producer A movie producer has the most important position in film production. Why? Because they start from the top, and are in charge in the entire production.… Continue reading Tips to Produce a Movie

SOUND Design, Effects, and Musical Design in Film. Tips

SOUND DESIGN FILMMAKING NOTES Film Post Production and What Is Sound Design? The process of creating the soundtrack for the visuals of a film. Since silent films began to talk, filmmakers have been looking to improve the post production of their film. It has become a whole new creative world as people like George Lucas… Continue reading SOUND Design, Effects, and Musical Design in Film. Tips