What is Auteur Theory? Auteurs and Flying Pirate Ships

What is Auteur Theory? Auteurs and Flying Pirate Ships

Who caught J.J. Abrams’ Super 8 this summer? It’s a well-paced blockbuster with just the right touch of nostalgia. In addition to recalling the days of The Goonies, Super 8 evokes some of my own childhood memories, not the least of which involves a younger me akin to...
What is the Two-Minute Elevator Pitch?

What is the Two-Minute Elevator Pitch?

The two-minute elevator pitch is an integral part of Hollywood folklore, and it goes like this: when you have a movie you need to get made, you must have a two minute pitch ready and you must be prepared to deliver it at the drop of a hat. Because, living in...
What is Script Coverage? Template & Example

What is Script Coverage? Template & Example

Script coverage is a synopsis written by someone who has read a screenplay.  Coverage is generally accompanied by the reader’s thoughts and impressions and is usually written for an executive, a producer, an agent, or a manager.  Because these people have many scripts...

Filmmaking Tips: Using Vignettes

At Lights Online Film School we teach our students that it’s equally as important to know how to use shadow as it is to know how to use light. Shadows serve many purposes and come in an assortment of stylistic designs to support a filmmakers creative vision. A...

What is a Character Arc?

Simply put, a character arc takes its form when a character starts the story off with a certain viewpoint and then through trials and tribulations, that viewpoint changes. Essentially, the arc is the emotional or psychological growth, transformation and development of...

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