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How to Create an Effective Casting Notice for Your Marketing Video

When it’s time to search for actors for your marketing video, your best bet is hold auditions by way of a casting call — an invitation for actors to audition for your project. [more…]

How to Run a Successful Audition for Your Marketing Video

You post the casting notice for your marketing video, and your inbox becomes flooded with submissions. After you sort out the best picks and toss the rest, it’s time to hold your audition. To run your [more…]

How to Find Excellent Amateur Actors for Your Marketing Video

When you start looking at people from your professional or personal life as possible actors for your marketing video, you have to adopt a director’s eye. The next time you interact with them, for example [more…]

How to Coax Oscar-Worthy Performances from Non-Actors for Your Marketing Video

Professional actors have the training and experience to hit their marks and deliver the performances you need for your marketing video. Non-actors lack this background experience, and may feel lost in [more…]

How to Cast behind the Camera of Your Marketing Video

You may be forced to use a crew that has little or no experience in making a marketing video. Do not be daunted by this scenario. A shoot using a simple three-person crew — a director, producer, and camera [more…]

Must-Have Demos to Showcase Your Voice Acting

As a voice actor, you need to have recorded demos that indicate your abilities and skills to prospective clients. Voice-over demos fall into four main categories, each having their own purpose, style of [more…]

Tips for Great Voice-Over Performances

When giving a great performance as a voice actor, you need to get a strong feel for the script writer’s intentions for writing the script. Get inside the script and read between the lines. The following [more…]

Creative Ways to Market Yourself as a Voice Actor

If you feel like your efforts aren’t hitting the mark or are irregular at best, you can get proactive! You can build your roster of clients in several ways in addition to just auditioning. Although responding [more…]

Voice Acting For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Ever wanted to use your voice to make a living but just didn’t know how or what to do? Voice acting is one of the greatest ways that you can use your instrument and also make money. As a voice actor, you [more…]

What Are the SAG Awards and Who Won in 2012?

Through its annual awards program, The Screen Actors Guild (SAG) celebrates individual and troupe performances in film and television. SAG Awards honor male and female actors in leading and supporting [more…]

What Are the Golden Globes?

The Golden Globe Awards are a series of awards given by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association for outstanding television and film. The awards are presented at a formal ceremony and dinner, which is part [more…]

A Brief History of the Oscars

The Academy Awards, casually called the Oscars, is a formal awards ceremony to honor the best achievements in filmmaking from the previous year. The Academy Awards, from the nomination and voting processes [more…]

The Life, and Short Career, of James Dean

James Dean was a film actor who remains an icon of both Hollywood and American pop culture — despite that fact that his movies are nearly 60 years old and his career consisted of only three major roles [more…]

Getting Familiar with Some Essential Film Studies Terms

Being able to talk the talk is essential when comparing notes with other film buffs or when starting out on a film studies course. To that end, here’s a basic glossary of terms that are vital when analysing [more…]

Studying Film with Different Film Theory Approaches

Film theory sometimes seems difficult and complicated, but fundamentally it’s a range of different tools that you can use to explain how film works. Following are a few of the most helpful theoretical [more…]

Film Movements in Cinematic History

Trying to get your head around global film history is a challenge, and so knowing the most important moments or movements over the decades is helpful. Following are some of the best-known filmmaking movements [more…]

Film Studies For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Whether you’re preparing to study film at university or you simply have a passion for cinema, having some of the essential info under your belt before you get underway can really help you set out on the [more…]

Surviving the Disaster Movie

In film studies, historians often discuss the very first years of film (1895 to 1910 or so) as being a cinema of attractions. Like other fairground attractions, early film had to grab its audience by the [more…]

Knowing Masculinity in Ocean's Eleven (2001)

During the climax of heist movie Ocean's Eleven (2001), Daniel Ocean (George Clooney) discovers that he has won both the glittering prizes he was aiming for: [more…]

10 Questions to Get Film Lovers Arguing

If there's anything that film fans, students and scholars share, it's a love of animated debate about film – or a good argument. All of the following issues are bound to liven up a classroom discussion [more…]

Exporting Contemporary French Films

One of the biggest challenges for domestic film industries across Europe is to find a balance between making films that are popular at home and that travel well internationally. Occasionally films do both [more…]

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