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Creative filmmaking ideas, classic films, film movements and short films to inspire your filmmaking.


 

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How to use still images in a film

There’s lots of potential for using still images in a film or video. It doesn’t just have to look like a slideshow: you can zoom them, pan them, group them, and even make them look three-dimensional. Some of these techniques are simple and others need advanced image manipulation skills.

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Ten ways to make your film poetic

Films don’t have to be just about bare stories and information. You can use pictures, sound and editing to build up a sense of a place or mood or to get ideas across.

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Just make films

Filmmaker Mark Duplass gave a rousing keynote at the SXSW festival in Austin. He covered a lot of ground in the speech, as reported in Indiewire here. The key one is number 1: make a three dollar short film. “Technology is so cheap. There’s no excuse for not making short films on the weekend with […]

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I am Cuba / Soy Cuba

I am Cuba / Soy Cuba is an amazing Soviet/Cuban propaganda film from 1964 with beautiful ultrawide, long take black and white cinematography.

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Poem films and film poems

Poems can make great inspirations for films. Here are some examples, using music and images to broaden out the meaning of a poem; linking performance, dance, sound and editing; and using punchy, in-your-face typography.

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Alternative storytelling

Yan Giroux’s award-winning short uses unconventional filmmaking to show the confrontation between a young park warden and a gang of youths.

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