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Cinelinx’s Ultimate Lightsaber Tutorial Resource

What's the one thing every Star Wars fan wants to do (besides becoming best friends with George Lucas)? Put Lightsabers into every picture/video that they can. Fans have been trying to recreate the effect since they first hit the big screen, but for years, money was a huge factor in not being able to get that look. These days with technology being what it is, just about anyone with a computer and the will can get those great Star Wars effects.

With a new crop of Star Wars films on the horizon and in honor of our ongoing Star Wars month here at Cinelinx, today I wanted to throw all of you filmmakers and fans a gigantic bone. Scouring the Internet I've compiled for you the best Lightsaber effects tutorials around the web. So this can be your one-stop resource (with links to free software, tutorials, etc.) without having to waste time trying to find everything you need to add Lightsaber effects to your film.

An Inside Look at Storyboarding from J. Todd Anderson

Storyboarding can serve many purposes in getting a film off the ground.  They can assist in presenting a project to potential investors, and of course helps directors establish a pace for the film long before the cameras even start rolling.  J. Todd Anders, the Coen Brothers' long-time storyboard artist uses a fun little video to talk more about the process and why it's so important.  Come inside to watch it!

Indie Filmmaking Guide: Know Your Role! Part II

It pays to remember your place on the Industry Food Chain.  Like pieces on a chessboard, each individual in the industry plays a very specific role in bringing a project to successful fruition.  And like any game of strategy, knowing the form and function of each individual will ultimately lead to a win for all involved.  Following up the most vital positions, those of logistics and management, we now delve into the creative positions that assist in bringing a project to life.

5 Ways to Keep Your Sound Editor From Killing You

When you think about directing and filmmaking, one of the first things that always comes to mind is the quality of the footage. Lighting, angles, pans, and what not are talked about ceaselessly, but one of the most important aspects of any film, often gets left out in the cold: sound.  That's a dangerous thing to do, as it can lead to headaches in Post, and a Sound Editor ready to strangle you.  So we're here to help. 

Win a Digital Copy of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker!

We’ve partnered up with Disney to give 10 of our loyal readers a digital copy of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker for your...