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How to Make Special Effect Veins

There are many things you can create with special effect makeup, from scars, to bullet holes, to even gross headpieces and strange growths. In a piece we did last year, Demon Poker, many of our actors had to go through ...
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Lighting Diagram: Booklight

I recently setup an interview in our studio for a client and thought I would  share the lighting setup logistics. I really wanted to see how soft I could make our Arri 2Ks on this setup, so I made a ...
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Using a Character Profile

When writing a book or screenplay, there is a lot to keep in mind as to how to make your story interesting and believable. Whether it’s your plot, writing style, theme, or so on, you want to captivate your readers/viewers ...
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How To Structure a Story

In previous posts, I have talked at length about the different aspects of writing a story such as heroes, villains, setting, and more. Today, I will talk about the structure and pacing of your story. When you start planning a ...
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4 Ways to Come Up With Story Ideas

Last night, right after I got off of work, I turned on some music and took a hot shower. While in the shower, and listening to a song (one that has always been one of my favorites since it came ...
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How to Create an Ending Worth Remembering

Endings are what leaves the biggest impression on the audience, whether it be the end of a film, the end of a television show, or the end of a novel. “I think a fulfilling ending comes about through a good ...
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Creating Plausible Characters

What makes a great story? There are many categories that contribute to a great story, but we are going to talk about one in particular: Characters. Without the characters, there would be no story for someone to read or watch. ...
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Building Your Own Computer

Back in 2011, Ben “Yahtzee” Croshaw, a comedic video game reviewer, satirically referred to people who play their games on the PC as “The Glorious PC Master Race” and console gamers as “dirty console peasants.” It was meant as a ...
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How To: Keyframing Basics

The core of all animation is proper understanding and use of key frames. Regardless of how well your conceptual understanding of animation is, unless you know how to transform those concepts into moving images, you won’t get a whole lot ...