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10 Minute Online Film School by Robert Rodriguez | Quick Summary

10 Minute Online Film School by Robert Rodriguez

Robert Rodriguez created the award winning El Mariachi for $7,000 and it made 2M! Why was shooting it so inexpensive?

Here is a summary of his 10 Minute Online Film School videos:

• The movie was shot silent which helped to save film.

• The bus sequence was shot incrementally, without multiple takes. Each time progress was made, Rodriguez just changed camera position and took it from the last mistake.

• So basically there was no B roll or extra footage being shot at all.

• He was making editing decisions while he filmed. So the camera technique was mindful of saving editing time.

• Instead of a film crew Rodriguez used the actors that were not in the current scene for help.

• He zooms in and out mid take to give the impression of the scene being shot many times.

• He used utility lamps from the hardware store for lighting.

• The soundtrack was done by local musicians and recorded on the spot with equipment from RadioShack.

His advice is “refuse to spend any money” and “make it dirt cheap, have fun and just go make a movie”.

If you have about 10 minutes, these are so worth watching!…

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Hollywood Movie Plot Ideas (and Clichés to Avoid) for Scripts

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I’m brainstorming ideas for sub plots in a feature script I am co-writing for my sci fi film Zedic and the Crimson Born. So I am going through some blogs and articles about movie plots and I will make notes of interest.

Of course I know some people are incredibly opposed to writing films based on previously proven plots, so I apologize for that. However, this is my first full length film and I need to learn the basics of what works.

This article The Top Ten Standard Hollywood Movie Plots is funny but true! I realized that for my film I like the plot the author calls “The Twist”. One of the best twist movies I have seen recently is “Salt” starring Angelina Jolie, and this had a huge impact on my vision for my Zedic film. In fact, I would like to have at least 3 twists along the way, like Salt.

The other plots I like in the articles are  the “Epic War” and “Underdog” theme— both of which interestingly enough are present in the Harry Potter series. 5 Movie Plots That Hollywood Has Officially Done To Death also has a some great examples of underdog plots and is just really funny to read! In Guide to Hollywood’s Mainstream Movie Formulas I like the plot idea “Edgy Supernatural Thrillers” which also fits in with the paranormal themes of Zedic.

So those are the three best (or perhaps worst) basic plot lists I found online. Hopefully that might help you with ideas and or show you what may be some common clichés.

If you like this you might be interested in my other posts:

Funding Your Film! Using Film Finance Basics

High Concept Story Plots: How to for Hollywood Screenplays

7 Indie Film Digital Distribution Companies You Can Submit to Online

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Tutorial Video: How to Add Music to Microsoft Windows Movie Maker Using MP3 Audio Files

I found a very well done, simple tutorial video that shows how to add music to your video for YouTube using Microsoft Windows Movie Maker and MP3 audio files.

You can try this out by downloading one of my free songs if you want. Feel free to edit the MP3 files in order to create clips with a sound that fits in your movies – just like the tutorial shows.

If you are totally new to using the program, here is an article about locating, downloading, installing and “How to Use MovieMaker on Windows 7“. Also, if you are not on Windows you can read about “Online Video Editing Alternatives” as well.

My Tip: Instead of inserting such a long track into moviemaker (as shown in the video) and then having to shorten it, try using the free software called Audacity to edit the clip first.

How to Insert Music into You Movie or Film: Tutorial Video


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