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“Film Crew” Published in EPUB3 Format

May 18, 2014 in film making book


Film making book, Film Crew: Fundamentals of Professional Film and Video Production, has recently joined the surge of electronic publishing for educational textbooks. Film Crew has already been quickly becoming a staple among filmmaking textbooks being used by film and video classes ranging everywhere from summer film camps to Ivy League Universities, but now will extend its reach even further. Its publisher has now made it available in EPUB3 textbook format in order to accommodate the numerous institutions that are utilizing the electronic textbook platform and have requested the title. The Art Institutes, with over 50 schools across North America, most recently requested film Crew in this particular e-book format. This not only increases the reach and availability of the book, but at the same time provide students fast and convenient access to its content in a way that is environmentally friendly. Of course the parent edition of Film Crew is still available in paperback at Amazon.com.

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Independent Film Awards!

February 16, 2014 in Act One, Las Vegas Acting Class

Award winning cast and crew of the independent film “Hard Out”. Pictured are members of Screen Actors System’s Las Vegas chapter being celebrated at the Las Vegas Independent Film Festival.

Las Vegas Acting Class

Screen Actors System was founded by award winning, Los Angeles based director Ryan R. Williams. Film Crew: Fundamentals of Professional Film and Video Production author, Nicholas George, has recently joined the roster of rotating instructors in the Screen Actors System Las Vegas. This is a forward thinking acting program with an emphasis on modern film acting that is open to actors of all levels of skill, training, and experience.

Many Screen Actors System students got to enjoy the added bonus of being recognized at a high-profile film festival where they received “Audience Choice” and “Best Ensemble Acting” awards for a short film that was shot as part of a class project! Las Vegas acting classes are currently meeting once a week on Tuesday evenings. For information on how to audit a class in the Las Vegas area at no cost, you can contact Nicholas by
submitting an inquiry directly through the contact page of this site.

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Film Making 101: Pt. 3 Script Format Example

June 11, 2012 in Film Crew, Film Making, film making book, film student, homeschooler, Make a Movie, Movie Script Format, script format example

Script Format Example – Now that we’ve done some brainstorming in preparing to make a movie, let’s talk about putting our ideas into script format. Once you’ve determined the plot line and identified the beginning, middle, and end, you will go on to crafting the individual story events into scenes for the script.  (You can learn more in the film making book, Film Crew.)

Standard script format varies a bit among different genres, such as screenplay for short films and movies, teleplay for television, documentary scripts and so on. There are many screenwriting software programs to choose from. Most of them will let you choose the format that suits your type of project and they all pretty much do the same thing. You can join our newsletter to learn more about the latest, lowest cost, and even free screenwriting software programs currently available to automatically format your movie script. Getting familiar with a screenwriting program that you are comfortable with is a great way to easily begin structuring your story elements into industry standard script format. You will quickly get a feel for the primary elements you will see used over and over in most forms of screenwriting. The big three are; Action, which is text describing what is taking place as well as details of the setting and what the characters look like, Character, where the character’s name is placed, and Dialogue, which of course is the scripted words that the characters will speak.

Nicholas George plays the Undertaker in the Banking Bad series

Nicholas George starring in Banking Bad

This is a sample of a proper script format example  from a web series called “Banking Bad”. The script is a hybrid of a documentary style short with more of a traditional end scene written in standard screenplay format. Here is a partial script sample of the end scene from that script:


INT. MORTUARY – OFFICE – DAY

Seated at the desk is an attractive UNDERTAKER, with long, dark hair slicked back into a ponytail. CREEPY ORGAN MUSIC plays in the background as he paints the toenails of a skeleton foot on his desk with black nail polish.

Dee walks in with a shirt and a tie on and is helped into his seat by an incredibly attractive UNDERTAKER’S ASSISTANT. The undertaker addresses him without ever looking up.

                                                UNDERTAKER
                        How can I help you?

                                                DEE
                        I’m here to obtain a death certificate.

                                                UNDERTAKER
                        Whom is the death certificate for?

                                                DEE
                        Myself.

                                                UNDERTAKER
                        Yourself?

                                                DEE
                        Yes. Make it for today, and make it for myself.

                                                UNDERTAKER
                                    (Laughing)
                        Really?!

To Be Continued…


Take advantage of the many online resources that provide access to download screenplays for existing movies in order to study how successful screenwriters have crafted the elements of story into screenplay format. If you are a film student or homeschooler, talk to your parents or instructor about free screenwriting software programs offered to many film students.

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Film Making 101: Pt. 2 – Brainstorming the Script

June 7, 2012 in brainstorming, DIY Filmmaking, Film Crew, Film Making, filmmaking, Make a Movie

We know that we need a good script in order to make a movie. So then how do we take that initial great idea and develop it into a great script? Let’s start by brainstorming! You can do it alone or with a screenwriting partner.

Brainstorming is part of the film making process during which we will freely explore many possible options and story elements that can be utilized to develop the script. First you will narrow down the main concept of your project so that it can be described in a single sentence or phrase. This is not as easy as it sounds, but can be very helpful in making you choose what the story is really going to be about. Next you can do a free-writing exercise and just let the ideas flow from that central concept. This will generate a wealth of raw material that you can pick and choose from in order to shape your project. Don’t be surprised if this leads you to discover new, interesting, and completely unexpected directions!

Next we will focus on structuring our script into a clear beginning, middle, and end, as well as getting it into a standard script format…

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Film Making 101: Let’s Make a Movie! – Part 1

June 4, 2012 in DIY Filmmaking, Film Making, filmmakers, filmmaking, how to make a movie, Make a Movie

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Director De Veau Dunn and crew

Let’s suppose it’s the first day of class in Film Making 101; There is no better place to start than with an idea for a great script. I mean, how can we set out to make a movie without first having a good script in hand? This film making blog post will show you just that, so you to can learn “How to make a movie.”

In television and film making we often hear that “content is king,”
this also holds true in the world of web videos or any form of movie making for that matter. The bottom line is that the story or content has to be interesting to keep the viewers attention.

Once a story idea is crafted into a shooting script, it will serve as the blueprint for our project going forward. If we’re going to start with first things first – then it’s all about the story.

So if you’re driven to make a movie, the primary focus should really be on great storytelling, regardless of your current skill level or movie making experience. No matter what access you may or may not have to camera equipment and other film making resources, a well-crafted story that is worth telling. In other words, people will actually care about watching it. Before we can structure our initial story idea into script format, we must first develop it further by brainstorming…

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Film School in a Book: The Nuts and Bolts of Film Making

May 8, 2012 in DIY Filmmaking, Film Crew, Film Making, film making blog, film making book, film making workshop, Film School in a Book, filmmakers, filmmaking books, how to make a movie

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Film Crew is a Film School in a Book

Martin Scorsese, Francis Ford Coppola, and Quentin Tarantino are just a few of the directors named in the 50 greatest directors of all time. Although they have had their strings of box office hits, which have made them some of the most bankable filmmakers in Hollywood, they all had to go through long years of training and exposure to the intricacies of film making to learn how to make a movie. Other lesser-known filmmakers go through the same process and often use a new time saving trend know as a film school in a book. Self-taught filmmakers often use a few film making books as an affordable alternative to film school. With this said, the craft of film making requires perseverance and determination. Film Crew: The Fundamentals of Professional Film and Video Production may be just the tool to start you off for under $25 dollars. Of course you will need a powerful imagination and self-discipline to achieve film making greatness.