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1. White Balance
The color quality of light , the Kelvin scale as well as the how and why of properly calibrating your camera.

2. The Camera Diagram
The importance of the camera diagram as a tool to refine the director's visualization, as well as the importance of eye lines and the 180 degree rule.

3. Editing the Narrative Short
The editor's approach to assembling a rough cut and fine cut, the challenges of the editor, the process of creating the movie in post production.

4. Screenplay Formatting
The critical importance of properly formatted screenplays, how to adhere to that formatting and pitfalls to avoid when putting your concept into script form.

5. Role of the Producer
The oft-misunderstood role of the Producer as the project architect. Also, the importance of the script, bringing attachments and the producer's strategic vision.

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1. Music and the Short Film
How to obtain the right music for your piece, the importance of a score designed around cues, sample based music and working with a composer.

2. Five Phases of Filmmaking
A road map to the entire movie making process.

3. Deal Memos
The all important deal memo and how it relates to working on a non-union film shoot. Employment contracts, enforcement and possible traps to avoid.

4. Lavalier Microphones
lavalier microphones; history, transparent and proximity lavaliers, specific lavaliers and uses. mics include: Sony ECM-50, Electrovoice CO-90, Sennheiser MKE-2.

5. Breaking into Film
Finding a job in the film industry is like trying to find a sunken vessel lost at sea: it is not only difficult it's an art. This is because the movie making business is a hidden market. Employers and employees rely on reputation, word-of-mouth, and netwo


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Film Facts from

Martin Scorsese's Las Vegas epic, Casino, holds the Guinness world record for the most swearing in a film. The f-word appears on average, 2.4 times a minute. Most of the film was shot at the Riviera, one of the most famous casinos in the world, between 1:00am and 4:00am so as not to disturb the real gamblers.