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How to Utilize Slow-Motion Footage in Your Next Video Project

By NewEnglandFilm.com
Courtesy of VideoBlocks.com

Adding slow-motion video can mean the difference between a rough draft and a polished film. VideoBlocks.com provides this list of tips on how to use stock slow motion video in your film. Republished with permission from VideoBlocks.com.

How to Be a Voice-Over Artist: Understanding Today's Landscape

By Kevin T. Cunningham
http://laulapidescompany.com/

If you are thinking, “I’m a good actor, but I don’t necessarily have a great voice,” keep reading. First, the voice-over industry might be different than you thought, especially since recent technology has revolutionized the voice-over industry—changing both the work available and how we get work. Read on to learn about the scope, sound, and sourcing of today’s voice-overs.

Top Tips on Evaluating Agents and Production Companies

By Susan Kouguell

What happens when an agent or production company expresses an interest in your work? The Screenplay Doctor Susan Kouguell provides readers with some tips on how to proceed not only with excitement, but with caution.

Twenty Questions: Are you *really* ready to submit your screenplay?

By Susan Kouguell
Questions, courtesy of https://flic.kr/p/4S8uZe

Before you submit your screenplay, get feedback from people who will tell you the truth and nothing but the truth. Here are 20 questions to ask them to make sure you're getting feedback that will help. To have your question answered in the next column, email screenwriter@newenglandfilm.com.

To Pitch or Not to Pitch? Top 10 Pitching Tips from the Screenplay Doctor

By Susan Kouguell
Mouth 15 https://www.flickr.com/photos/twcollins/1344148021

Should you pitch your script before it's written? Screenplay Doctor Susan Kouguell finds an answer to this question of the month and provide a list of ten pitching tips. To have your question answered, e-mail screenwriter@newenglandfilm.com.

Ask the Screenplay Doctor: How to Pitch a TV Series

By Susan Kouguell
Jeff Greenstein with the cast of the new award-winning series Husbands

How can you pitch a new TV series? Screenplay Doctor Susan Kouguell finds an answer to this question of the month with Jeff Greenstein, the Emmy-winning writer and producer of Dream On, Friends, Will & Grace, Parenthood and Desperate Housewives. E-mail your question to screenwriter@newenglandfilm.com.

Strategies for Music and Sound Design (Part 3 of 3)

By Scotty Vercoe
Music and sound design is an important aspect of any film.

Defining an overall sonic approach to a project can be more than half the battle. The third part in our series about music and film covers the importance of the composer in filmmaking.

Final Cut Pro vs. Avid Media Composer vs. Adobe Premiere: Editors State Their Preferences

By Maud Dillingham
A comparison of no-linear editing software.

With the emergence of Final Cut Pro X, Apple continues to make converts out of Avid Media Composer and Adobe Premiere editors, but every editor has their preferences, and their reasons for them.

Ask the Screenplay Doctor: Beating Writer's Block and Getting Feedback on Your Script

By Susan Kouguell
Get some tips to break through that writers block!

This month, Screenplay Doctor Susan Kouguell offers advice on how to overcome 'writer's block', and, once the draft is completed, how to find the best feedback. Email screenwriter@newenglandfilm.com to have your screenwriting question answered in an upcoming issue.

See, Spot, Run: Working with Composers, part 2 of 3

By Scotty Vercoe
Scoring a film using Apple's Logic Pro software. "Mildred'$ Million$" by Talent Tools Productions.

Whether face-to-face or virtual, having a productive “spotting session” is the key to opening lines of communication between directors and composers. Part two of our three part series about music and film covers describes the importance of the composer in filmmaking.

Shivers from Timbres: Building Emotional Soundtracks, part 1 of 3

By Scotty Vercoe
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Examining music’s emotional effect is an essential part of developing effective soundtracks. Part 1 in our three part series about music and film covers the elusive element of emotion in music and how it can be used to best accompany visual media. Additional articles in the series will cover music spotting sessions and film scoring.

Ask the Screenplay Doctor: Top Ten Script Competition Tips

By Susan Kouguell
Photo Credit: Matthew Pompa/Flickr

Out of the hundreds of screenplay competitions out there, veteran judge and screenplay doctor Susan Kouguell helps you pick which ones to enter and how to do it right. Email screenwriter@newenglandfilm.com to have your screenwriting question answered in an upcoming issue.

Ask the Screenplay Doctor: Getting Recognized

By Susan Kouguell
Photo credit: Jeezny/Flickr

You ask, she answers. This month, Screenplay Doctor Susan Kouguell helps readers looking to break into the business. Email screenwriter@newenglandfilm.com to have your screenwriting question answered in an upcoming issue.

Film Festival Advice From the New England Film Festival Filmmakers

By Donna Sorbello
A still from Peter Rosati's Le Blue Stella, airing online this month

You’ve written your film, shot it, edited it, and now you’re ready for the festival circuit. Check out this advice from the seasoned filmmakers of the Online New England Film Festival.

Ask the Screenplay Doctor: Top Five Tips … How to Really Find an Agent

By Susan Kouguell
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Finding an agent can often feel about as easy as winning the lottery, but Screenplay Doctor Susan Kouguell has tips on how to take control of this scary search. Email screenwriter@newenglandfilm.com to have your screenwriting question answered in an upcoming issue.

Ask the Screenplay Doctor: Preparing & Navigating Screenplay Conferences and Pitch Festivals

By Susan Kouguell
The Screenwriters World Conference takes place in NYC April 5-7

This month, Screenplay Doctor Susan Kouguell heads to the Screenwriters World Conference as a featured speaker. Before she goes, she offers advice for how to get the most out of your visit to a pitch fest. Email screenwriter@newenglandfilm.com to have your screenwriting question answered in an upcoming issue.

Ask the Screenplay Doctor: Getting Noticed

By Susan Kouguell
Credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/call-to-adventure/8276262672/

This month, screenplay expert Susan Kouguell tackles one of the big questions - how to get a screenplay noticed! Email screenwriter@newenglandfilm.com to have your screenwriting question answered in an upcoming issue.

Ask the Screenplay Doctor: Top Questions NOT to Ask a Film Industry Professional

By Susan Kouguell
Credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/14152200@N05/6919498327/

Whether you’re at a face-to-face meeting or emailing a query letter, the way in which you present yourself and your project are vital in making a lasting – and, let me emphasize, good -- impression. Email screenwriter@newenglandfilm.com to have your screenwriting question answered in an upcoming issue.

Lighten Up: Doing More with Less without Compromise

By Guy Holt
Lighting questions....

This month, Talmas Broadcast is hosting two workshops on advanced production craft by noted Focal Press Author and ETCP trainer Richard Cadena on Feb 9 & 16. Get a window into the second workshop, Lighten Up: Doing More with Less without Compromise, by checking out the article below.

Recap: Most Popular NewEnglandFilm.com Stories of 2012

By Michele Meek
Who's Calling? was featured in one of the most popular stories of 2012: iFilmmakers: Are Smartphones the Next Step in Filmmaking

Here's a recap of NewEnglandFilm.com's 15 most popular stories from 2012 and five stories from the archives with the most views.

Vue 11: Create Your Own Pandora or Any World You Can Imagine

By Peter Bohush
Vue 11 Interface

With Vue (version 11), from e-on software, the world is at your fingertips. Any world you want. If you can dream it, you can create it. And animate it and move through it.

Shot Designer: Shot Planning and Design On Your Phone, Tablet, or Computer

By Peter Bohush
A still of Shot Designer's interface

Peter Bohush reviews Hollywood Camera Work's Shot Designer, a software application that allows DPs and director to design every shot... right on their phone.

Anime Studio Pro and Manga Studio EX: Bring Your Comic to Life

By Peter Bohush
A screenshot of the Anime Studio Pro 9 interface

Are you yearning to be the next Seth MacFarlane or Stan Lee? Are you held back because you don’t have the drawing skills or an army of animators? With Anime Studio Pro and Manga Studio EX, a pair of drawing and animation programs from Smith Micro Software, your own Spider Man or Family Guy is ready to come to life on your own computer.

Ask the Screenplay Doctor: Words from the Masters

By Susan Kouguell
Nora Ephron, famous screenwriter and director

Screenwriting consultant Susan Kouguell offers up words of wisdom from some of film's most successful screenwriters. Email screenwriter@newenglandfilm.com to have your screenwriting question answered in an upcoming issue.

Opening Credits: Who, What, Where, When and Why

By Peter Bohush
From the opening credits of A Farewell to Arms

Opening credits are a functional as well as creative part of movies. Telling the audience who is in the movie, as well as other known talent such as writers, directors and composers, sets the stage for what’s to come. Check out an example here.

Ask the Screenplay Doctor: Getting to Hollywood and Tracking Down Agents

By Susan Kouguell
IMDBPro, a resource for finding agents

Screenplay columnist Susan Kouguell answers your questions about breaking into Hollywood from overseas, and then finding an agent once you get there. E-mail screenwriter@newenglandfilm.com to have your screenwriting question answered in an upcoming issue.

Gorilla 5: All-In-One Movie Scheduling and Budgeting Software

By Peter Bohush
A storyboard screenshot from Gorilla 5

Gorilla 5 is one of the few programs out there that integrates both pre-production and production elements -- but does it live up to its promise?

Ask the Screenplay Doctor: Tips for Good Dialogue

By Susan Kouguell
Photo Credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/joeflood/2406045813/

One of the foundations of a good screenplay is great dialogue. Screenplay expert Susan Kouguell gives you her top ten tips for writing the best dialogue. E-mail screenwriter@newenglandfilm.com to have your screenwriting question answered in an upcoming issue.

Hey You, Get Onto My Cloud

By Peter Bohush
Adobe Creative Cloud

Don't want to shell out $2,599 for Adobe's software? Now you can rent it with the Creative Cloud, a new subscription model.

Adobe CS6: New & Improved Production Tools

By Peter Bohush
Adobe Creative Suite 6

Check out Peter Bohush's video and review of Creative Suite version 6.