Understanding Denouement: Film & Literature Examples & Guides

Understanding Denouement: Film Examples & Guides Denouement is a literary element in which an action giving resolution to an essential part of a story occurs. We’ve seen denouement used in a variety of different storytelling situations. Including literature and films. As well as video games and podcasts. For a literary element to be of use […]

What’s the Difference Between Motivated vs. Unmotivated Lighting?

What’s the Difference Between Motivated vs. Unmotivated Lighting_

We hear a lot about the importance of motivated lighting in film. And what it means to ensure that your lighting always appears motivated. With a distinguishable source. Filmmakers certainly focus a lot of effort on creating motivated lighting to help the audience connect with the story. But what about unmotivated lighting? What’s the difference […]

What is a Motivated Light Source?

What is a Motivated Light Source? The use of motivated lighting is important for filmmakers to understand. As light in various forms has a unique ability to add to your storytelling abilities. Differentiating your light sources by purpose can help you to better understand the role that each form of lighting on your set plays […]

How to Mimic Silent Film Frame Rate in Post

How to Mimic Silent Film Frame Rate in Post Silent films run at 16 fps. Also known as the “silent speed” for the fact that early film projectors that were introduced shortly after films with synchronized sound were introduced had two speeds. “Silent speed” which rolled at 16 fps and “sound speed” which rolled at […]

How Were Films Edited Before Computers?

How Were Films Edited Before Computers_

Filmmaking and film editing has evolved exponentially over the past 100 years. Largely because of the impact that computers have had on the film industry. Like other industries impacted by computer technology. It’s hard to imagine the film industry without the technological support of a computer. But how were films edited before computers?  Although it’s […]

Why Are Scenes Deleted From Films?

Why Are Scenes Deleted From Films? We’ve all experienced the situation before. We’re about to watch a movie on DVD for the first time. We whip the DVD out, pop it into the player and voila! You see “Director’s Cut” or “Play Original.” What? What’s the difference? If you’ve ever watched a movie at home and […]

What is Letterboxing in Film?

What is Letterboxing in Film? Have you ever watched a movie on an old television set and wondered what those black lines are that run horizontally above and below the picture? If you’ve ever experienced a widescreen film on a standard, old-set top style television. Then you’ve most certainly experienced letterboxing. Letterboxing has a technical […]

What Was the Frame Rate for Old Silent Film Movies?

Silent films were incredibly popular up until about the 1930s. When the first films with synchronized sound were released. Even today, when silent films are watched, there’s a notion that some believe these films should be enjoyed at “silent speed.” The term, coming from the slowed rate of speed for which these films were originally […]

What Types of Editing Techniques are Found in Continuity Editing?

What Types of Editing Techniques are Found in Continuity Editing? The role of the film editor is to perform their edits and corrections to the film. In such a way that the audience will never notice. It’s definitely not to say that the editor’s job is unimportant. Because it’s incredibly important! It’s just that, the […]

How Did Synchronized Sound in Film Begin?

How Did Synchronized Sound in Film Begin? The development of synchronized sound in film represented a revolution in the motion picture industry. After years of silent era films and cartoons. While we know sound effects to be incredibly diverse. And able to be matched to various situations and activities taking place on the screen. The […]