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Hallmark Movie

Opinion: Hallmark Movies are a Form of Escapism

What is it about Hallmark movies that makes them the ideal tonic for the holidays? For a decade now, a growing number of viewers return to these straightforward love stories with predictable narrative arcs. Find out why.
Oz Rodriguez

How to Use Video Chat

From class projects to industry insider events, we’re spending more time connecting virtually than ever before. Yet despite these new but strange circumstances we’re still expected to put our best foot—or in this case, face—forward. Follow these simple video conference tips to make a lasting impression on your next audition tape, job interview or class project.
PA on set

What You Should Know as a First-Time PA

As a PA, your main job is to make everyone else’s easier. We're giving you the inside scoop on how to nail your PA gig as a first timer. These tips also apply to graduates who is starting out in the entertainment industry.
St. Vincent New York

When Visual Art and Music Collide

Art comes in many forms. But what do you get when a musical artist and a visual artist bring their two mediums together? The results are complex videos with compelling imagery that is unique from their more mainstream counterparts. To show the range of what's possible, we put together some of our favorite collaborations.
John Carpenter’s The Thing (1982)

Best Practical Effects in Horror Movies

CGI was not always what it is today. Through the years, its progression and advancements has been fast-moving, making a film that included CGI look dated a handful of years later. To lengthen the life of their films, many directors opted…
Get Out

Subtle Ways to Boost Terror in Your Horror Film

Guess Who's Coming To Dinner And Never Leaving: Chris (Daniel Kaluuya) and Rose (Allison Williams) in Get Out. Production Design Hacks to Heighten the Horror Much of what makes a good horror film, well, a good horror film relies on aspects…
LAFS Film Student

Free (or nearly free) production resources for film students

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Small Production Budget? Here are Creative Ways to Stay Within Budget. Let’s face it. Filmmaking can be expensive, and sticking to a slim budget can be hard. But, it can be done. There are a lot of resources available specifically…
Vampires vs. the bronx

7 New Releases We'll Be Streaming This Fall

It's Officially Fall! Here's What's New and Good in Streaming Looking for some new streaming content for the upcoming season? From new seasons of your favorite shows to remakes and reboots of classics, there’s quite a bit of fresh…
LAFS Film program

How Hollywood is Bouncing Back

The Film Industry Gets Back to Work We could all use some good news, right? These days, the current climate makes good news hard to find. But it’s out there - we know it is. In the entertainment industry, the good news orbits a single…