Finding a Little Piece of Home Online Made Me Happy

So much to move outside my small little world in my small town and learn about the world with my Internet account. I am in my fifties, so I grew up in a time when there wasn’t any Internet or home computers for teenagers back then. Today’s teens have it all! And my grandkids have been helping me find out what all the great things are that are offered online. They showed me a site called Jdrama where I can see actual episodes of drama TV shows that play in Japan! I think this is one of the best sites I’ve come across because it makes me remember watching these same shows when I used to live there.

My mother was Japanese and my father was American. They made back in the 1940s and fell in love. Continue reading →

Tips and Tools for Choosing the Right Content Writer for Your Business


Do you have problems producing fresh content on a daily, weekly or monthly basis? Has traffic on your website shown a steady decline? Is it becoming harder to generate new leads? Do not worry, these our problems many organisations face with respect to their online content. Creative and target audience specific content is mandatory when it comes to increasing conversion and sales. The solution would be to hire the right content writer who can do the job of creating content for you while you can concentrate on managing other aspects of your company. Finding the right kind of writer can be a challenge but we are here to guide you on how you can find the right one for you.


Here are some tips and tools you need to keep in mind when you choose a content writer for you business-

Skill Set- The writer’s skill set when it comes to different fields is important. Writers specialise in writing about certain topics and you have to make sure the writer you hire has prior experience of writing about your field. This

Points Of Filmmaking

Points Of FilmmakingMaking a film is really a dream for thousands. Millions of young-old-aged talents are still seeking the chance of getting into the Industry. Literally getting a chance as a filmmaker is really a BIG DEAL, so exploiting such drawn chances is the other big challenge of debut ones. Great Filmmakers have their own spectacular directorial Style; implementing such unique style in financing gives you a unique identity. Here is explaining some facts that lead you as a successful filmmaker.

Your Script: Scripts are considered as the backbone of Movies, so that is the reason why you needed to take a special attention while writing (or) choosing scripts. Choose a good story in according to the contemporary trends; this is a very important thing. Might you’ve some inspiring stories to tell or else you inspired from a book that you read sometimes in the past, whatever it may be, – always make sure that your story will not be an outdated one.

Casting: Casting is an important aspect that leads to the success of films; usually the casting process is handled by Casting Directors, Script writers and

Corporate Film Production Services Company

Corporate Film Production Services Company - How to ChooseCorporate 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

The Problem With Movies and How to Solve Them

The Problem With Movies and How to Solve ThemModern 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. 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 take me out of a movie, to be honest. So why does

How to Create a Low Budget Movie Soundtrack

How to Create a Low Budget Movie SoundtrackI 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

Post Production and Editing

Post Production and EditingEditing is one of the most popular and creative trends out there today. Editing is a real art forum and creates the pace for your film or video. A video editor is given a huge amount of material “raw footage” and has to take it all away to create something that engages the audience. In a lot of ways its kind of like what Michelangelo did for the famous David statue. He was given lots of marble and over time chipped away at it and created something that is considered a masterpiece.

The video by itself is usually long and boring, not very interesting to watch. A great editor will see it and instantly get inspiring ideas on how to make it look good. A video editor also bring a huge amount of himself to the project. The finished project is usually determined on how the editor interprets it. So a good editor is key.

Video editing can be a very long process and requires much patience while putting the clips together. Seeing it as an art form and a creative process can bring a

How To Produce a Short Film You Will Be Proud Of

How To Produce a Short Film You Will Be Proud OfMy first short movie was shot on VHS video, with no DP (director of photography) and no additional lighting or sound-tracking. The script was underdeveloped, I used friends instead of professional actors and halfway through the film the camera time-code is displayed. As a result the film was unshowable. I made sure the next time I made a film it would be something I would be proud of. It was and the following article shows how you too can achieve this.

The Script:

As producer you are responsible for the cost of this project so make sure you choose your script with the budget in mind. This means minimal characters and minimal locations. Mine had only two characters and was set in one location for this very reason.

Depending how confident you are in your writing ability you can write it yourself which will help keep your budget down or you can get someone else to write it for you. I’d had a degree and masters degree both specializing in scriptwriting and had written a feature-length stage

How to Start a Film Society in 5 Steps

How to Start a Film Society in 5 StepsThere are many cinema lovers out there that can appreciate the artistic and cultural value of non-commercial films and actually want to promote independent or low profile motion pictures within their community or even to a broader audience. As a result, many such individuals chose to form film clubs with their friends or acquaintances that share the same passion, where they would screen whatever film they consider worthy, whether it is a blockbuster, a commercial movie or an independent, low budget film. Cinema enthusiasts who think even bigger may choose to form film societies and if you are such a fan and you would like to know how to start a film society, here are 5 important steps to get you going and give you a clear image of what such an endeavour entails.

The first step you need to take is finding others who share your passion for films and cinema. As mentioned above, film societies are more than just small film clubs that you can organise in your home, they are bigger projects and you cannot properly run such

How To Write A Short Film Script

How To Write A Short Film ScriptShort 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.


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 Visit to an Early Film Projector Booth

A Visit to an Early Film Projector BoothbI’ve always been a movie goer, even today, at age 85,I still find movies irresistible, in spite of disapproving remarks from family and friends. Today films are so much more sophisticated, high-tech, and glossy; but I sometimes yearn for the movies of my childhood and later adolescence, even when they were made on black and white film. Even though there were no movie ratings, most of the pictures could have gotten by with a PG label.

Color film was in its infancy; in fact, the first picture I ever saw in my hometown of Marianna, Florida, and the first movie, I believe, to use color, was The Wizard of Oz in the late Thirties: It started out in black and white on Dorothy’s farm then switched to stunning full, vivid colors when she awoke in the Land of Oz!

The first full-feature animated film to run in theatres was Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, a magical, moving recreation by the incomparable Walt Disney of the beloved fairy tale about a beautiful princess and the funny little forest dwellers who befriended

How to Hire a Voice Over Actor

How to Hire a Voice Over ActorHiring a voice over actor can be pretty intimidating, having in mind that you haven’t done it before. After all, the actor is the one that reads your scripts and therefore this turns him into the most powerful connector between you/your project and your audience. The voice gives emotions, visuality and sensory experience to your movie/video. If, indeed, this is your first time trying to find the perfect voice for your issue, here are some guidelines.

Defining what kind of voice you`re looking for

Let’s start with the fact that if you have decided to hire a professional talent rather than do it yourself, the challenge is to find someone who will bring interpret your script in the exact way in order to carry the feeling and message you were trying to bring when writing the script. It is likely that you have some desired qualities written down such as male/female, mature/childish voice, etc. The gathering of all these qualities is your voice profile- the one you are looking for and the one which will match your script perfectly. It is important

LED Lighting for Video Production

LED Lighting for Video ProductionLately, there has been a surge in the number of video crews using LEDs (Light Emitting Diodes) for digital video production. This has come from the recent innovations in technology that allows for LEDs to be made relatively inexpensive. Though still somewhat costly, the prices are only slightly more than traditional kits such as tungsten lights. However, for any use, they can recoup costs quickly and lead to long term savings.

We chose to use LEDs for many reasons. The first being that they are economical. Though slightly more expensive than their tungsten counterparts, they use much less power. LEDs use about 30 times less power than standard lights, meaning not only are the energy costs lower, they are more environmentally friendly and they put out much less heat. What also makes them better for the environment is the fact that they last much longer than standard lights and contain no harmful chemicals. Normal light bulbs that use filaments dissolve over time and only last a couple of months under heavy use. On the other end of the spectrum, LEDs can last for several

What You Need to Know Making You First Movie

What You Need to Know Making You First MovieFilm Making

So you have decided you are going to create a film. You have this great story or concept for a film. You have decided it will be in the style of a comedy. You are ready to grab the camera and get started with the film making.

Just hang on a second.

Technology with cameras and film making has put making a film within the reach of nearly everyone today. You certainly can grab a camera and start film making. If you are serious about making a quality film that could be shown in your local theatre, you need to be aware that between the idea and the releasing and distribution of a film there are 3 distinct stages.

First is stage of film making is the pre-production or planning stage.

This is where you should expect to spend approximately one/third of your total time.It is where you create the planning paperwork. Assemble your production team, map out your story board and find and choose locations. It is also where you decide on, and hire

Movie Making Methods

Movie Making MethodsFollowing the tips and tricks below will help give your home movies that polish that separates amateurs from the professionals. These movie making tips are fairly broad, there are so many kinds of camcorder’s that we can’t possibly cover them all. Read the manual that came with your camcorder, and follow these tricks to get the most out of your home movie camera.

Always Use A Tripod

The most crucial motion picture making tip to improve your videos is to secure them. Built-in image stabilization can only benefit so much. Shaky camera movements can make your audience feel sick, and can quickly make your films unwatchable. One of the best ways to improve the appearance of your videos is to get a quality tripod. Amazon has several great camcorder tripods for under $150.

Watch Out For Pan and Zoom

The leading movie blunder people make is constantly panning and zooming. Be aware when making adjustments, don’t zoom or pan without a purpose. Take a good shot of your individual via a camera tripod and leave it there for 10-20 seconds. Usually the only reason

Home Video Editing Tips to Take Your Home Movies to the Cutting Edge

Home Video Editing Tips to Take Your Home Movies to the Cutting-EdgeHome video editing provides huge challenges and immense opportunities that a few simple home video editing tips can unleash. Most amateur videographers spend all of their time, planning and effort in shooting the video. Once that is finished, or as they used to say, in the can, it is time to move onto the next step, the editing, where simple home movie tips can greatly improve your project.

I really do mean simple home movie editing tips. First, you should spend as much time in planning the editing of your project as you did planning the shooting of it. If you spend this time in the pre-production of your project, many of the pitfalls of editing can be easily avoided. These home video tips apply to projects that you shoot from a script, as well as family events that happen spontaneously.

Home movie editing tip number two is to think of the sizes of your shots while both shooting and editing your video. You want to make edits that go from one size shot to another size

Tips On Renting Movies From Blockbuster

Tips On Renting Movies From BlockbusterTrying to find a movie rental at your local Blockbuster may cause some people to get frustrated. Within this article I will detail some tips that will make the movie finding process a lot smoother.

By follow just a few of these tips will ensure a fast and easy way of finding movies at your local Blockbuster. Also it will help you get new releases as well as hard to find movies. Blockbuster carries thousands of titles and games and having some general knowledge will help you in your movie viewing entertainment. So let’s get to the tips.

Tip 1: Alphabetized Shelfs

All the movies at your local Blockbuster are going to be in alphabetical order. I’m sure there are thousands of reasons why they do this, but if you know the movies that you’re looking for, then you don’t have to spend hours looking for a movie. Now for the movies that start with a number like the movie 12 Monkeys, Its not going to be under the M’s for monkeys or even under the T’ for Twelve, it’s going to

How To Break Through An Emotional Block

How To Break Through An Emotional BlockYou have an audition for the role of a drug addict or someone who is suicidal. Or maybe the character is struggling over the loss of a parent or child. Or they are trying to escape an abusive household or dealing with PTSD. Maybe they’re battling a war in Afghanistan or inside their own community. Or they’re going through a divorce or dying of cancer.

Emotionally deep roles can be intimidating and scary – so much so that some actors shut down. They hit a block; something in them refuses to “go there” in an effort to avoid uncomfortable feelings like fear, pain, sadness and grief. And yet, that’s our job. If you’re going to represent humanity, you must be willing to experience the whole spectrum.

So when you hit an emotional block, how do you get beyond it?

We must remember why we do what we do. As actors pursue their careers, chasing after resume-building credits and insurance-keeping checks, we often forget why we starting acting in the first place.

I started acting because it was fun. I discovered

Secrets to Getting Ideas For Your Movie

Secrets to Getting Ideas For Your MovieOne of the most important, and sometimes one of the hardest things when you are starting out is getting ideas. Follow our filmmaking tips to get inspiration for your movie.

You may be full of ideas, and if so, more power to you. But, a lot of times that can be a hang up to getting started. If you have been knocking your head against the wall to come up with something then these tips are for you.

1. Real Life Examples:

I know you may be thinking that everyday life is not all that exciting. But that’s where you are wrong. The show Law & Order for example, admits to using the headlines for coming up with a lot of their storylines.

You’ve heard the saying that “truth is stranger than fiction”, and that can definitely be true. How many times have you heard someone tell a story that was so extraordinary that you know they couldn’t have made it up?

There are certainly headlines every day about crime, adultery, health scares and human interest stories, etc. Have

Tips for Using Movies to Help Learn a New Language

Tips for Using Movies to Help Learn a New LanguageUsing Movies for Language Learning

Almost everyone loves movies. From action and adventure seekers to comedy or animated features to Romance and Westerns, there is a genre for you. You can follow the exploits of Indiana Jones and his search for ancient treasures or an odd couple of robots trekking their way through the galaxy. You can enjoy an emotional love story or split your sides laughing at a variety of antics by man or animals alike. You can also use movies to help learn a foreign language. Here are five tips to get you started.

Tip 1 Try Mimicking Select a character in the movie you identify with; the dashing, daring hero or the pretty, coquettish damsel in distress. Perhaps the supporting characters are more to your taste; the humorous side-kick, a brazen in-law or mischievous youngster. Pick one, then practice speaking their lines in a scene or segment from the movie. Be sure to imitate accent, tone and expressions as closely as you can.

Tip 2 Use a