Black Film Directors: 18 Directors You Need to Know

Black film directors have changed the landscape of Hollywood over the years, contributing blockbuster hits and critically acclaimed films. Most Influential African-American Directors Black film directors haven’t always been prominent in Hollywood, but several...

Script Breakdown: Everything You Need to Know

A script breakdown is used to figure out shooting requirements for every scene in a film shoot including budget, schedule, and prep work. The breakdown will happen at the scene level and will repeat until you have a full script breakdown that you can use to assess...

Dutch Angle Shot: Everything You Need to Know

A Dutch angle shot is a camera shot with a tilt on the camera’s roll axis. The point of this tilted perspective is to make viewers feel uneasy. Using a Dutch angle shot signals that something is wrong, unsettled, or disorientating. Dutch angle shots are also...

Medium Wide Shot: Everything You Need to Know

A medium wide shot, MWS, or MLS is a type of camera shot that shows a location and the character or characters filmed there. Characters in a medium wide shot are filmed from their head to around their knees. Medium wide shots are wide enough to show a scene’s...

Medium Shot: Everything You Need To Know

A medium shot, mid-shot, MS, or waist-shot is a camera shot that shows an actor from the top of their head to roughly their waist. This camera shot shows less than a wide shot but more than a close-up shot. Medium Shot Basics Medium shots give actors and their...

Kuleshov Effect: Everything You Need to Know

The Kuleshov effect is the idea that two shots in a sequence are more impactful than a single shot by itself. This effect is a cognitive event that allows viewers to derive meaning from the interaction of two shots in sequence. Kuleshov believed that the interaction...
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