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Thursday, November 17, 2016

Guest Post - Michael Hall - What's a "Mise en scène" Infographic?

     Michael Hall over at the ShoHawk website asked if I would consider a guest post on my website where he talks about what a Mise en scene is with an infographic.

Sure! Take it away Michael!

 An Overview of Mise en Scene

      “Mise en scene” is a French word that means placements on set, by describing the various aspects of film production. If you’re a filmmaker, you’ve likely heard the term and possibly been confused as to why this may be important to your process.

     It’s is a wide term and involves the whole process of the film’s production. This process starts with story writing, arranging for actors, arranging sets, screenplay, dialogue, lights, camera, costumes and much more than one can think or imagine.

     Mise en scene is essentially the way by which everything about a picture or film is depicted to the viewer in a very simple and a strong way.

     This requires a lot of observation and detailing. It needs to be planned and then executed step by step. This means that the mise en scene needs to be coordinated and arranged properly so that there aren’t any flaws.

     A little oversight can also lead to misrepresentation of facts and the viewer can get a total wrong impression of what you’re trying to depict. Check, recheck and coordinate with your team properly and make things transparent and clear. If you make a checklist of the set, this will make it easy for you to remember things and reduce any risk of omission or flaw.

     Mise en scene is the most important part of a film - you can say that it is the heart of the whole system that supplies the most required blood to the body which helps one to live.

     I’ve put together the following infographic to help you understand what you should look for as you start putting your scenes together.

     Michael Hall runs the production company ShoHawk, with director Christopher Sakr.

How To Look and Sound Better On-Camera Ad - Basic Filmmaker Ep 204

     On Camera Course ➤
     University Courses ➤

    Maybe I'm confused about something here.

     So, I spend years offering free videos to people on YouTube, investing much of my own time and money, which could otherwise be utilized making more free time and money for myself.

     Then I start the university (which was by HUGE majority a request by people watching my channel) and offer free and paid courses, which at my current count has cost me tens of thousands of dollars I am not sure I will recoup anytime soon.

     Then I decide to post a video about my most recent course, which I jumped through hoops wheeling and dealing to get it down in price to $79, and offer a discount until November 30 of $59, a.k.a. I'm losing money on this.

     And I get a few negative comments and emails, and I also get possibly the most down votes on this video that I think I've ever gotten.

     There's something really wrong with the world when it becomes NOT OK to support yourself, and even recoup all the things you are doing, and being given crap when you're basically giving something away for free, and have been for years.

     If I ask you to mow my lawn, then complain about paying you something, then I must be an idiot, right? I think so, unless I am missing something.

     Am I missing something?

     I don't think so.

     It seems about 20% of the world seems to object to other people doing well in some way, and think they are entitled to get whatever they want when they want it, and gods forbid you actually mention something that may help YOU continue doing what you are doing to help others.

     OK, I'm ranting a bit, but, let me say this to the 20%.

     I don't care.

     I will continue to do what I do, and even if 10 people in the world want to learn something, and even if those ten people are the only ones who think maybe 4 months of my time and thousands of dollars invested are worth 10-15 double espresso shots at Star Bucks, I'll keep doing what I am doing.

     So keep up it PLEASE.

     We the people who have some sense of exchange, some idea that the things people do are worth something, are going to keep doing what we do.

     And we love that by your actions you hang a big giant sign on yourself saying "I'm one of THOSE people."

     Wait, did you think I'm upset or unsettled by these actions?


     I just got bored and decided I'd take a poke back at ya. :)

                         My Best,

                         The Basic Filmmaker

Curtis Judd Audio Challenge Part Two - Basic Filmmaker Ep 203

     So I post a video asking Curtis Judd for sound advice (, he posts a video in response (, now I post a video showing the results. 


     Watch and learn how to make sound better. Thanks Curtis!


     Moving Blankets:
     Grommet Kit:
     Original Video:
     Curtis Judd's Response Video:
     Free Course:
     Free Course:
     Curtis on YouTube:
     Curtis Judd Sound Courses:

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                         The Basic Filmmaker

Curtis Judd Audio Challenge Part One - Basic Filmmaker Ep 202

     I'm not a sound guy. 

     So I sent this RAW audio file to Curtis Judd over at, and challenged him to make it better.  

     Stay tuned for the next episode where I share the results. 

     You can download the RAW file yourself here:


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                         The Basic Filmmaker

Free Titles Course - Basic Filmmaker Ep 201

     Yep, you're seeing a whole lot of posts in a small span of time from the website, and that's because I've been very remiss in posting here.

     I've been REALLY busy getting Basic Filmmaker University and the paid and free courses up and running, and WOW - it is far more time consuming than I ever imagined.

     I am hoping to get the university going well enough with enough follows so I can move into doing YouTube and these courses full-time, as I'm really ready for a change from the commercial filmmaking world into a world where I can deliver knowledge and instruction to people who would like it.

     I plan on keeping things flowing, honest, and simple, and I an hoping the people who follow me on YouTube, various social media services, and have enrolled in the university, appreciate what I am trying to do.

     You cannot over estimate how much I care about people who are willing to learn, and will continue to offer whatever knowledge I can share as long as they do.

     Here's a few links if you are interested:

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                         The Basic Filmmaker

A Fantastic YouTuber To Follow Ash Tailor

     OK, I'll admit it publicly - I'm not really a fan boy of pretty much anything, but I REALLY like Dave Dugdale and what he has done for filmmakers and YouTube creators.

     It's not often I meet someone who is kind, honest, has a sense of values, and is willing to offer a kind word of support or encouragement, expecting nothing in return.

     He's that kind of guy, which is why I've been following his YouTube channel for years.

     When Dave posted this video, mentioning my channel, I almost missed it, as I was absolutely astounded at what this guy Ash Tailor is doing.

     Some of his videos aren't even interesting to me as far as subject matter, but WOW!  They are just really, really, good to look at, and to be frank, makes me ashamed I don't make more time to up the quality of my own videos.

     I am definitely working on a plan to make my videos of a MUCH higher quality in the near future, but many things have to occur before I am able to allot the time needed to do so.

     But I have to thank Dave for turning me and everyone else onto Ash, and Ash himself for really getting a few of us to stop for a moment, and realize the potential we wield in our hands as filmmakers to really use the tools we have to hand to provide visually stunning content to our audiences.

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                    The Basic Filmmaker

Dear Friends and Family, Support the Passion - Basic Filmmaker Ep 200

     FOR YEARS I've listened to people, families and friends complain about each others hobby or life interests. 

     I decided to make a statement on the subject of PASSION to them all.

     I try not to make statements like this, as it seems a bit pompous or arrogant, but sometimes I've just had ENOUGH of the complaining.

     These days the "fad" seems to be tearing people down and everyone jumping in the pool to join the party.

     I'm THAT guy standing at the edge of the pool shaking his head.
     I LOVE artists, and that includes anyone who attempts to create anything out of nothing.

     It is my opinion that the world needs more people who can create things, and these people need to be supported.

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                          The Basic Filmmaker

Konova SunJib 700 Professional Mini Jib - Basic Filmmaker Ep 199

     You may have noticed a bit pricier equipment being reviewed lately.

     That's because many subscribers requested it.

     This jib is absolutely fantastic, built like a tank, and portable, which makes it the best min-jib I have.

     These Konova guys are really about quality, and everything I have from them just keeps on working and gives me no problems, which is a godsend when you're filming on tight schedules.

     It may be you're not in the market for a jib, and that's OK, but if you are, AND you intend to use it a lot, this is hands down one of the best.

     You can check it out here:

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Saramonic SR-TM1 Super-Cardioid Shotgun Mic - Basic Filmmaker Ep 198

     Boy! Talk about being behind! It been almost 2 months since I updated this website and a lot has happened!

     But for now, let me catch up by adding all the videos sitting in my drafts folder starting with this one.

     Nice mic, check it out!

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