Making Films

Telling a Story with Film

Filmmakers employ a variety of techniques and processes to help them tell stories. These techniques have evolved over the last century and filmmakers have become sophisticated at manipulating their viewers' cinematic experience.

Learn about the history of filmmaking and view New Zealand examples of filmmaking techniques in the links below.

Film Editing

Who were the Lumière Brothers? What did Thomas Edison have to do with filmmaking?


What is cinematography? What is framing? How do they affect the way you read a film?

Sound and Music

How did sound effect the film industry? Who was Jack Foley?

Art Direction

What do production designers do? How does setting help tell a story?