Entries by InFocus Film School

THE 6 KEYS TO BEING A GREAT VIDEO EDITOR

THE BEGINNER’S GUIDE TO BECOMING A GREAT VIDEO EDITOR FOR FILM, TELEVISION AND ONLINE CONTENT. Written by Rachel Kim What makes good video editing? This question is more pertinent than ever for everyone. Video-based social media platforms like Tik Tok and Byte, along with a host of mobile video editing apps, are encouraging an entire […]

7 Short Film Cliches (And How to Avoid Them)

USING CLICHES WILL DISRUPT THE PUBLIC’S VIEW OF YOU AS AN ORIGINAL OR UNIQUE FILMMAKER. WE LIST 7 OF THE MOST COMMONLY USED FILM CLICHES AND GIVE YOU ALTERNATIVES TO AVOID USING THEM YOURSELF. Written by Johnny Papan   Short films are as old as cinema itself. The Lumiere Brothers launched the motion picture phenomenon […]

HOW TO BECOME A GRAPHIC AND DIGITAL DESIGNER

Want to become a graphic and digital designer? Here are some tips to help you get started!  By Rachel Kim  Graphic and digital design built the world we live in today. From the movie posters and advertising you see on the streets, to the cartons of milk you pick up at the grocery store, to […]

The Ultimate Guide to Arnold Rendering

FOLLOW OUR IN-DEPTH ARNOLD RENDERING TUTORIAL STEP BY STEP. Written by Miguel Rodriguez   3D animation has evolved the landscape of visual media forever. It gives us the opportunity to experience landscapes, structures and beings beyond our wildest imagination. Contemporary cinema uses 3D animation and visual effects in various ways, ranging from heavy-duty to so […]

What is a Creative Producer?

“The creative producer is inherently a filmmaker who also wants to write and direct,” Paulsson says. “They wear many hats but truly have an interest in telling and finding great stories through the language of film.” By Ryan Uytdewilligen   For most movie goers, when the credits roll, the producer names are unrecognizable and their […]

InFocus Film Festival Survival Guide

  Getting into a film festival is both the most beautiful and most intimidating experience for a filmmaker. Even the simple act of submitting is enough to strike one with anxiety, wondering if their work will be “accepted” in both a physical and emotional sense. Film festivals are the breaking ground for filmmakers, giving them […]

What is an Assistant Director in Film?

By Johnny Papan   If films were the human body, you could deliberate that producers are the brains, writers and directors are the heart, cinematographers are the eyes, sound designers are the ears, and production designers are the lips that tell a story with decoration. These key creatives are the head of the anatomy that […]

How To Film A Sex Scene: The Ins and Outs of Intimacy

Sex, drugs, murder, profanity. You’ll see these elements play a part in films, sometimes all within a few moments. Aside from making points of reference for a drinking game, there are legitimate reasons that filmmakers are attracted to R-rated material. When done correctly, it can demonstrate the competence that comes from successfully navigating a creative […]

Script Supervisors: The Eyes & Ears of Continuity

By Johnny Papan   Continuity is a vast valley that requires precise attention to detail and spawns through many departments. To save time and money, films are shot out of sequence. It is up to the script supervisor to make sure props, costumes, makeup and things of the like are exactly how they should be […]

Vancouver’s Best Coffee Shops for Writers

  Coffee shops are a hot spot for writers. There is just something about the environment, the atmosphere and the smell that get the creative juices flowing. Ample seating, plentiful outlets, and an exceptional hot brew are all key qualities in choosing the perfect writing cafe. Struggling to resist the constant distractions in your home? […]