Entries by InFocus Film School

The Top 5 Must-Know Women Filmmakers

by Petar Petrov   When people think of successful women in the film industry, the first image that comes to mind is probably something along the lines of a talented actress which is like a robust tool in the hands of a master director. And even though that’s a vocation many would kill for, women […]

Write a Successful Romance in 5 Simple Steps

by Johnny Papan   Ahh, Valentine’s Day. A time dedicated to all the lovers out there, making things special for “just us.” Moments are filled with candle-lit dinners, flowers, chocolate gifts, and, for the last few years, watching the newest installment of the Fifty Shades series, leading to a sales boost in adult shops across […]

How To Work With Child Actors On Set

by Julia Courtenay   Child actors deliver some of the most riveting and moving performances on screen, as we’ve seen from Harry Potter to Matilda. Currently, the young cast of Stranger Things has charmed millions of viewers with their performances on the hit show.   But movie sets are difficult, complex work environments even for adults. Because children […]

The Invisible World of the Foley Artist

by Julia Courtenay   Foley—the addition of sound effects in post-production—is probably one of the most under-appreciated arts in film production.   The sound effects designed by Foley Artists are often as mundane as footsteps, keyboards, kettles etc. but they can stretch to the gory sounds of tearing flesh and crunching bones, to the sound […]

My 30 Favourite Films of 2017

+ WORST FILM and MOST ANTICIPATED OF 2018 By Kryshan Randel   For most of the year, no film came close to the best that television had to offer. Brilliantly conceived shows such as THE HANDMAID’S TALE, LEGION and parts of TWIN PEAKS: THE RETURN outdid anything on the big screen, especially in the script […]

Filming With Green Screen: Everything You Need To Know

By Julia Courtenay   These days, we all know the fantastical backgrounds in big blockbuster movies look underwhelming on set. But with green screen (and major help from visual effects artists and compositors), filmmakers are creating worlds with an unbelievable sense of authenticity.   The technique behind green screen actually dates back to the early […]

Tricks & Tips for Setting Background

By Julia Courtenay   Part of the job of the Assistant Directors is setting Background (the non-speaking performers who create the atmosphere, a.k.a. “extras”). Background is as essential to the scene as any other element. A badly set background can be distracting and suck the life out of the scene. Done well, the Background enriches […]

The Beginner’s Guide to Working as an Extra

By Julia Courtenay   It’s been a blockbuster year for film in Vancouver, providing a slew of opportunities for Background Performers (a.k.a Extras) to be anything from zombies, to German officers, FBI agents, bikers, baristas or nuns—and get paid!   Want to get in on the action? Read on to find out how to work […]

Script Supervisors: The Eyes and 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 often shot out of sequence and it is up to the script supervisor to make sure props, costumes, makeup and things of the like are exactly how […]