The Golden Standard for Online Degree Programs

These days, it seems that an increasing number of colleges and universities are offering online courses and programs. Yet you shouldn’t go for just any degree program; you need to do your research and choose the school that meets your needs and expectations, as well as challenges you to your best self. Villanova University has been doing this for years, and now they want to help online students too.

Personalized Performance and Flexibility

With VU Online, more students can get attention and accessibility they crave. As a top-rated institute of higher education, Villanova University wanted to expand its reach and be more fluid among different demographics and geographic areas. That is where our virtual classes and degree programs come in. The online portal is a gateway to the Villanova educational experience, while also providing the professional insight and real-world application that makes our programs stand out from the rest. Through our Internet-based courses, more students are able to have the flexible class schedule they want while maintaining good standing with their current jobs and responsibilities. That is something we’re proud to offer!

Inclusive and Instructive Curriculum

In terms of VU Online’s curriculum, it has been expertly crafted to be applicable to

How To Write A Short Film Script

images (28)Short scripts are a good way to cut your teeth in the world of scriptwriting and make good practise for writing future features. The principles of writing a short script are much the same as that of writing a feature length script. If anything writing a short can be much more challenging than writing a feature as you have less time to get a clear, concise idea over to your reader or audience in a way that’s entertaining.

However, with the advent of social media getting your film out there has become much easier and short films work well as potential ‘calling cards’. The following article is a guide to writing a short narrative-based screenplay.

Idea:

The first thing you’re going to need is an idea or premise that you can develop into a story. Your idea may be a specific scene, a snippet of dialogue or a particular place for example. Whatever your idea it is this that has motivated you to write this script and from this idea you will need to develop it (through conflict and drama) into a fully realised story that

Behind the Lens

download (53)The making of a film is a collaborative process involving many people. The cinematographer or director of photography is responsible, with his gaffer for the visuals, lighting the set and creating the right atmosphere. Operating the camera is usually done by a camera operator but sometimes the director of photography (DP) will do both jobs. There is also a focus puller that keeps track of the focus, a very responsible job. Before sound came along cameras were hand cranked between sixteen and eighteen frames per second. When sound arrived the 35mm cameras had to be motorised and the film went through at 24 frames per second. In the early days cameras weren’t blimped (sound proofed) so the camera was placed in a glass booth, restricting the movement of the camera. Eventually the blimp arrived and filming became unrestricted. Because of very slow film stock a lot of light was required. Carbon arcs were used and were attended to by electricians. Cinematographer Oswald Morris told me that carbon dust was a problem and because of the heat generated, sets had to be air conditioned.

In

8 Terms to Know About Internet Video Production

download (55)The best Internet marketing videos can generate long-lasting and profitable traffic to your online store or website. On the other hand, a bad video could tarnish your reputation and alienate your target audience. No matter your reason for creating an Internet video production, in order to make a video that people actually want to watch, you need to have a baseline level of knowledge. Here are a few terms you should know in order to create the best Internet videos.

1. The 180-Degree Rule – This refers to a commonly accepted standard among camera technicians on film and television sets, and refers to keeping all camera angles on one side of an imaginary line running through the set, parallel to the backdrop. Crossing this line can cause confusion and discontinuity in a video.

2. Broadcast Quality – This term refers to standards set by the National Association of Broadcasters that determine the quality of audio and video that is put on the airwaves or Internet. It can also refer to a type of camera that is used to record in broadcast quality video and audio.

3.

5 Tips for Tight Turnaround Creative Video Production

download (54)As a freelancer in creative video production, your reputation is everything to you. Without it, your business would certainly fail. Luckily, your reputation is generally built on two things that are already within your control, the quality of work that you produce, and your ability to meet deadlines. If you have ever struggled with the latter component, then this post is for you. Here are five tips for achieving a tight turn around on your video production projects.

1. Stay Focused on The Deadline

The first step in making sure you meet your client’s deadlines is to simply care about your performance in completing work under deadline. Once your deadline is a priority, you will be more likely to make a serious effort to meet them. To make sure you meet your deadlines, consider missing one a cardinal sin. After you have established this habit, the rest is just a matter of logistics.

2. Keep a Running List of Projects & Deadlines

One way to make sure you never miss a stated project end date is to keep a list or spreadsheet of all your current projects,

Dementia, Domestic Abuse and 3 Things I Have Learned About Film Making

images (26)My story starts about nine years ago, when I had come out of a `difficult` relationship and was enjoying life again. I was determined not to have wasted fifteen years of my life and so wrote a short story about my experiences. I can tell you that it didn`t make for an easy read, but I found the writing process kind of cathartic and when I`d finished, I put my story away and forgot about it.

Fast forward eight years and to an elderly friend who I had known for some time and who was just the sweetest lady.

When she started to forget names of people and places she had been to, her husband took her to the doctors and she was diagnosed with dementia.

Her deterioration was hard to witness and when her husband died suddenly, she went into a care home and then a nursing home. Eventually she recognised no one and completely lost touch with reality, although she seemed content and rocked a doll as though it were her child.

I had a lot of emotion that I needed to express and so

9 Tips For Choosing a Video Production Company

images (27)Unfortunately, many businesses rush into video production without thinking it through. But a rash decision without a clear plan or set goal will lead to disappointment, and waste your time and money.

How can you avoid this outcome and be happy with your next video project? These 9 strategies can help you produce an effective video without a lot of headaches.

1. Begin with the end in mind.

Don’t just make a video because it’s the trend right now. Instead, think about what you want your video to accomplish for your business. Is your goal to increase business? Educate your viewer? Train your employees? Determine your goal first, then work with a company that understands the scope of your needs and can consult with you to achieve your goals.

2. Cheap video comes at a premium.

Be wary when a production company offers its services at a rate that seems too good to be true the production team may just shoot from the back of the room on a tripod and call it a day. But it’s more expensive to do it wrong the first time and have

Corporate Film Production Services Company – How to Choose

images (25)Corporate Film production services can be a great source of help to you if you want a film done for low costs and within a short period of time. Making a corporate film is really a dream for thousands. A number of video production companies one will find on the Internet which will offer you the best services. Compare one company against another and be sure to way each of their strengths against their weaknesses. The independent corporate film requires specific preparations in order to achieve the best results for your business presentation, corporate filming, marketing project, advertising. The best way to tell whether the company is capable enough to shoot your corporate film. Video is the most powerful medium to pass on your message for your company. Thus it is very important that you get the right corporate film production service for your video.

For video production, you must need a video production company which will make a video as the way you want. There are five major steps to follow in film production:-

• Development

• Pre-production

• Production

• Post-production

• Distribution

The five phases of video

Pitching At AFM – Don’t Be Shutout

download (52)The American Film Market was founded in 1981 as a way to circumvent the strangle hold big studios had on marketing and distribution, especially in foreign markets. The answer has been to sell distribution rights directly to independent sales agents, brokers and distributors. The market also facilitates financing by bringing together filmmakers, product, and financial sources.

Held in early November, nearly a billion dollars of production and distribution deals are sealed every year on films in every stage of development, pre-production and production. The Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel is converted into a busy market place. Some 700 screenings are held at various theatres on the Santa Monica Promenade and at nearby hotel screening rooms. With 8,000 attendees and the industry’s largest conferences, AFM is the must destination for independent filmmakers and industry people.

Last year’s AFM Conference Series included discussions on financing, pitching, production, and marketing and distribution. They also focused on crowd-funding, crowd-sourcing audiences, film festivals, and video on demand. In this article, I am going to focus on the pitch conference and pitch sessions. Pitching your project is the initial step in

2 Top Mistakes That Will Tank Your Film Overnight

download (51)There are many ways to look at saving money and sometimes you have to spend more in the beginning to save more in the end. This is true for the two top things that will tank your film overnight.

Mistake #1- FOOD. Have you ever been at work and starving? When you’re hungry its all you can think about. As a resourceful filmmaker you’ve probably made deals with people to work for very cheap, if not free, to help achieve your creative vision. After a couple 16-hour days people start losing steam. The one thing that keeps people going and also lets them know you care about their well-being is food. DON’T go cheap. Little bags of chips for snacks and pizza or subs for lunch every day is NOT cool! It sends a message that you want favors from people but you don’t care enough to feed them well. Take some of the money you saved on hiring cheap crew and allocate it to food. There are a million caterers and restaurants and if you take the time to plead with them for

Budget, Schedule and Finance Independent Films – Demystifying the Process – 10 Things YOU Must Know

download (50)Insiders Secret #1. You must understand how to read and navigate a budget from the top sheet to detail page. The industry standard is movie magic budgeting. This is a program designed to enter in categories, budget for each category and create cost reports.

Insiders Secret #2. Break down a film script into elements within scenes that will cost money. Elements costing money include locations, cast, props, special equipment, etc.

Insiders Secret #3. Input the elements into a breakdown sheet by scene. The industry standard is movie magic scheduling. It has user-friendly pages for you to enter in elements and once everything has been input by scene, its time to make a schedule.

Insiders Secret #4. Now that you have your scenes broken down by locations, you can move them onto days and create a strip-board shooting schedule, so you can see how many scenes you need to shoot on a day to stay within your budget. You are paying for crew, equipment and locations daily so you will want to keep your days to a minimum.

Insiders Secret #5. In your movie magic budget, set up

5 Reasons We Love Goodfellas

images (24)1. The treatment of the film, some of which include the brisk dialogues, the sharp editing, the first person narration scenes, and last but not the least, the perfectly blended background music, makes Goodfellas a near perfect directorial effort.

2. The realism infused in the movie, such as the realistic interactions between the gangster brood, the grand scale of the sets (the prison sequence, the roads and traffic of the 60’s, and most importantly, the frequently visited bars and pubs).

3. The characterization of Joe Pesci as a cold blooded and dim witted mafia Tommy DeVito. His Academy award winning performance showcased Pesci at his histrionic best, with as much volatility of temper as a Kodiak bear. His cold blooded murders and his occasional dark humour lent a unique quality to the movie, as Pesci’s character effectively broke the mafia stereotypes as portrayed in Hollywood. His character is summed up when he says to Robert De Niro and Ray Liotta “I’ll take the shovel from my mother’s house” (after killing a rival at a bar and planning on burying him).

4. The long shot where Henry

Manmohan Desai (Making The Impossible Possible)

download (47)It was on this day 26 February 1937 a child was born in the family to Kalavati and Kikubhai Desai. I pay tribute to this prolific producer and director none other than the genius Manmohan Desai. Let me take this opportunity to share some interesting anecdotes of this legend who believed, “Anhonee Ko Honee Karna Hamara Kaam Hai” (Making the impossible possible is our job).

Early Years

Born on the 26th day of February Manmohan Ji was four years old from the time he started living in Khetwadi in Mumbai. Born in Gujarati family but his love and home had always been the city of dream and dream merchants namely Mumbai. The love for the city Mumbai was often portrayed on the screen in his movies.

There was a time when neither Khetwadi nor Manmohan Ji address was reflected on the maps of the city. Not many had heard of Khetwadi then in the early 80’s. No doubt the taxi drivers gave blank look when asked for the address for MKD Films.

His father was a film producer who owned Paramount Studios (later Filmalaya) and made films

Dementia, Domestic Abuse and 3 Things I Have Learned About Film Making

download (49)My story starts about nine years ago, when I had come out of a `difficult` relationship and was enjoying life again. I was determined not to have wasted fifteen years of my life and so wrote a short story about my experiences. I can tell you that it didn`t make for an easy read, but I found the writing process kind of cathartic and when I`d finished, I put my story away and forgot about it.

Fast forward eight years and to an elderly friend who I had known for some time and who was just the sweetest lady.

When she started to forget names of people and places she had been to, her husband took her to the doctors and she was diagnosed with dementia.

Her deterioration was hard to witness and when her husband died suddenly, she went into a care home and then a nursing home. Eventually she recognised no one and completely lost touch with reality, although she seemed content and rocked a doll as though it were her child.

I had a lot of emotion that I needed to express and so

9 Tips For Choosing a Video Production Company

download (48)Unfortunately, many businesses rush into video production without thinking it through. But a rash decision without a clear plan or set goal will lead to disappointment, and waste your time and money.

How can you avoid this outcome and be happy with your next video project? These 9 strategies can help you produce an effective video without a lot of headaches.

1. Begin with the end in mind.

Don’t just make a video because it’s the trend right now. Instead, think about what you want your video to accomplish for your business. Is your goal to increase business? Educate your viewer? Train your employees? Determine your goal first, then work with a company that understands the scope of your needs and can consult with you to achieve your goals.

2. Cheap video comes at a premium.

Be wary when a production company offers its services at a rate that seems too good to be true the production team may just shoot from the back of the room on a tripod and call it a day. But it’s more expensive to do it wrong the first time and have

How to Create a Low Budget Movie Soundtrack

download (46)I bet if you think of your favorite movie, you can hum the theme song or some of the music from that film. Music is an important part of a great movie- so important that Hollywood pays top composers huge amounts of money to create the perfect, catchy score.

If you’re needing music for your new movie, you can hire a composer to custom write music for each and every scene but that may strain your already tight budget. Don’t worry, you can find great, original music on the web and much of it is free or available for a very low price.

I’m talking about Royalty-free music. If you Google ‘royalty free alternative music’ for instance, you will find pages of websites that offer alternative rock music for free or for a small licensing fee. That’s the good news. The bad news is – you’re going to have to do a lot of digging to find the music that fits the mood of your movie.

The best way to start off is to create a rough list of the songs you will need. Perhaps you

Ten Important Things to Look for in Choosing a Royalty Free Music Website

images (23)Looking for some great music for your newest film but don’t have the budget for hiring a composer? You’re in luck because there’s actually a lot of great music out there that is royalty free or in the public domain that may work perfectly for your next film. Whether you’re a pro filmmaker or a novice YouTube video creator, having a quality soundtrack behind your visual masterpiece is going to make a huge difference.

There’s nothing more frustrating than selecting link after link of MPEG or WAV files in search of a good, moody piece of music, only to find some crappy, poorly recorded junk. The good news is, there are a few sites that offer superb songs with quality arrangements that were recorded in a professional studio. These sites have their music categorized by genre to help you weed through the stuff you’re not interested in, so you can get to the gems.

I’ve compiled a list of the key things to look for when choosing a royalty free music website. I believe these suggestions will help you find the music you’re looking for.

On International Philippine Cinematic Milestones

images (22)“Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.” –Ralph Waldo Emerson

A country’s cinema is a symbol of identity which represents the whole populace’ thriving potentials; its aspirations and its desire to institute global connections. The movie industry is a voice declaring that somewhere in this planet, are artistically conscious creatures armed with endowments set to participate within human race’s common interests. It is my honour to share these significant victories of the Philippine film industry.

The Philippine cinematic industry whether they are independently produced continuously reaps distinctive international citations drawing the Filipino nation’s artistry in the world map. These brilliant Filipino people’s potentials in the motion picture industry vary from screenplay writing, film editing, best film acting, film making, directing to cinematography gaining recognitions in the international race. These are manifested by the entries of Filipino films that are highly regarded in international competitions as results of rigorous screening by worldwide acclaimed connoisseurs in the field of motion pictures as well as in the performing arts.

In 2008, the 58th Berlin Film Festival featured six independent Filipino films. Consequently, many Filipinos reaped awards. This is

The New Mexico Film Industry, a Good Fit for All

images (21)The Motion Picture Association of America regularly reports on the millions of dollars pumped into the New Mexico economy thanks to its robust film industry. Beyond cast and crew pay, the hospitality and tourism sectors see a direct infusion of industry money throughout the year. Local artists, support services and specialists are often tapped to meet very specific needs for productions filming around the state. Textile artist Wynema Chavez and Santa Fe actor Daniel Williams are just two of hundreds of locals who’ve found their niche in movies, television series and new media productions that set up shop or are created right here in New Mexico.

Chavez, who is from Santo Domingo (Kewa) Pueblo, got her start as a costume and wardrobe department staple when word of mouth about her talents as textile designer reached a movie set in need of someone capable of dyeing and distressing fabrics and objects. She was brought in to work on that production, and has worked in the local film industry full-time since 2010. Her credits include Wild Hogs, Terminator: Salvation, The Book of Eli, Breaking Bad, The

The Problem With Movies and How to Solve Them

download (45)Modern movies are a glorious thing, but they are also rife with problems. Modern movies are falling into a set of weird choices, and odd habits that can make watching movies into a sort of nightmare. Since there are so many problems with movies I decided to tackle two of them here, and we will revisit this issue in another article.

The first problem I have is poor audio mixing. What do I mean by this? Let’s say you open up your mailbox and you have a couple movies from Netflix sitting there (I almost made this example driving to Blockbuster, but then I remembered it was 2016). You pop in the Blu-Ray/ DVD into your player of choice and you sit back and you have to turn the volume down because there a lot of explosions and such. Then people start talking and you have to find the remote because they might as well be whispering! Then another explosion and now you’re deaf because the damn thing was so ear piercingly loud. This can be annoying. Hell it’s one of easiest ways to