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Ballet Moves: Demi-Pliés

The first ballet exercise at the barre is the small knee bend, or demi-plié ("duh-MEE plee-AY"). This article shows you how to perform a demi-plié from first, second, fourth, and fifth positions. [more…]

Storyboarding Your Film

Before you create your film storyboards, you have to perform certain tasks and make certain decisions. First, begin by evaluating your screenplay and picturing it in terms of separate shots that can be [more…]

Auditioning for an Acting Role: What to Expect

When you're called in for an acting audition, the people present at the audition will include you, the casting director, and maybe a handful of other complete strangers. Some of these other people may [more…]

Fine-Tuning Your Acting Performance on Film

Acting in film and television can require a special set of acting skills. Film and television can show anything from two normal people eating a normal lunch to microscopic people swimming through someone's [more…]

How Film Shots Frame the Action in Film Making

In film making, shot compositions, sizes, and angles enhance how you tell your story. You may want a close-up when two actors are talking if the conversation is an intimate one. A wide, or [more…]

Finding the Correct Ballet Stance

Most world-class ballet dancers, from the tender age of four or five, have been taught to hold themselves in a certain way, with a certain posture. They practice and practice their ballet posture until [more…]

Basic Guidelines of Choreography for Ballet

When you decide to choreograph your own ballet dances, you have complete freedom of expression for your choreography. And that's as it should be. But artists of all kinds have found that they flourish [more…]

The Art of Scheduling a Film

Even if you have a definitive budget, scheduling your shoot schedule can be tricky. You need to break down all the elements of your film to determine how to distribute the money you have. These breakdowns [more…]

Creating the Backstory for Your Screenplay

Most writers dream a little before they tackle writing their scripts. Actually, they dream a lot. Before you craft an environment, you want to know its history, its geographical location, and its condition [more…]

Getting Acquainted with Producers and Directors

There's no business like show business. But show business, like any business, depends on people. And two of the most important types of people that you'll meet in the film and television business are [more…]

Finding a Screenplay for Your Film

Finding a screenplay is easy — but finding a good one is hard. But if you look carefully, you can find many talented, up-and-coming screenwriters who have good or maybe even great scripts just waiting [more…]

Picking Locations for Your Film

After you've locked down your script — meaning there are no more changes — comb through it and determine where you want to shoot your scenes. Some software programs, like [more…]

Finding the Right Practice Space for Ballet

The right place to practice ballet is a place where you feel comfortable. And in order to feel comfortable, you need two different things — space and privacy. [more…]

Figuring Out What You Need to Succeed in Acting

If the thought of spending years studying acting, working in bit roles, and getting paid sporadically (if at all) depresses you, then maybe acting isn't for you. On the other hand, if you truly enjoy acting [more…]

How to Prepare for an Acting Audition

Being prepared for your acting audition can reduce the stress of the experience. These auditioning tips will minimize distractions and help you put together a knockout performance: [more…]

Taking Clothing Measurements to Your Acting Audition

A casting director may need your clothes measurements for costume fittings at your acting audition. Keep your measurements handy and take them to your audition. [more…]

Breaking Into Acting For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Breaking into acting takes more than catching a lucky break. Take steps to show up prepared for your acting audition, like keeping your clothes measurements with you. Keep accurate records of your acting [more…]

How to Format a Screenplay

As a screenwriter, you need to submit scripts according to accepted standards. Formatting your screenplay correctly makes it easy to read and easier to sell. The following tips tell you how to set up your [more…]

Basic Camera Directions Every Screenwriter Should Know

As a screenwriter, you compose the blueprint everyone involved in a movie uses: the actors for dialogue, the director for composing scenes, and the camera operators for camera shots. You can actually use [more…]

Character Checklist for Screenwriters

In most screenplays, the characters drive the action, so as a screenwriter, you need to make your characters consistent and compelling. To help get a feel for your characters, decide where each character [more…]

Screenwriting For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Screenwriting requires that you adhere to specific script formatting standards. As a screenwriter, you also need to know basic camera directions so that you can included them in your scripts, and you need [more…]

Items to Bring to a Film Shoot Location

Shooting a film on location keeps your filmmaking interesting, but it can also make your nerves frazzled. Before you head out on location, make sure you have everything you need — the items in the following [more…]

The Roles in a Filmmaking Production Team

Making a film requires the talents and abilities of a production team. To understand the roles of a film production team, you can compare the positions of each crew member to the people needed to prepare [more…]

A Filmmaker's Pre-Shooting Checklist

A pre-shooting checklist is a must for any filmmaker. Using a checklist helps you to prepare certain things before even setting foot on your set. Increase your chances of having a successful shoot by using [more…]

How to Enhance the Production Value of Your Film

Making a film that looks and sounds professional with high production values is an art and a science. As a budget-conscious filmmaker, you can enhance the production value of your film by using the tips [more…]

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