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Representations of Villains

Representations of Villains

All media texts – whether they’re documentaries, television news segments or newspaper articles – are constructed. Films…

The Subjects

The Subjects

The Subjects is a short film about the pressure students face choosing what to study in VCE….

Dial ‘S’ for Suspense

Dial ‘S’ for Suspense

Want to create nail-biting suspense? Want your audience hanging on tenterhooks? Brett Lamb looks to the experts to gather…

Structuring Time

Structuring Time

Narratives very rarely elapse in real time. While a film may run for ninety minutes, its story…

Shotlists

Shotlists

A shotlist is exactly what it sounds like: a list of every shot in your film from…

Deep staging

Deep staging

Deep staging is one of the secrets for creating engaging and aesthetically pleasing cinematic images. To create deep staging…

Back to the camera

Back to the camera

Positioning an actor with their back to the camera is one way to create a sense of mystery and…

No nose room

No nose room

No nose room is a great way to make your characters seem trapped and without options. When…

Mirror talk

Mirror talk

Mirror talk is a great way to get away from conventional shot reverse shot when shooting dialogue and inject a…

Jonathan Demme close up

Jonathan Demme close up

What the heck is the Jonathan Demme Close Up and how does it differ from a regular tight close…

Tight close up

Tight close up

The tight close up is a terrific way to emphasise an actor’s performance and hint at their…

Inside out

Inside out

Although it can be a bit cliched, positioning your camera inside an object – such as a refrigerator,…

Distance

Distance

Short of framing them separately, putting physical distance between two characters is one of the best ways…

Facing away

Facing away

Having your character facing away from the person they’re talking to is a great way to film a confession…

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