Gabriel Moura is creating FILMMAKING LESSONS & RESOURCES
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The Elements of Cinema is a website with free resources and lessons for filmmakers and film students. We break several areas of filmmaking into little parts so anyone can easily understand them.

For instance, within Cinematography, we talk about f-stops, the shot list, composition, etc. Within Screenwriting, we explain exposition, character arc, theme, etc. In fact, click on any of the sections below to be taken to a different index page where you will find a comprehensive list of lessons and articles for that topic:

The Elements of Directing (6 lessons and/or articles)
The Elements of Screenwriting (12 lessons and/or articles)
The Elements of Cinematography (11 lessons and/or articles)
The Elements of Editing (7 lessons and/or articles)
The Elements of Sound (5 lessons and/or articles)

...with more articles coming soon! Always!





My name is Gabriel Moura. I am a game localizer for Konami and a quality control operator for Netflix. I am based in Los Angeles, where I moved to in 2008. I went to film school at El Camino College and California State University, Long Beach.

I make lessons and resources for filmmakers and film students on the Elements of Cinema, where I've been working diligently since 2010. Unfortunately, when you are going to college, or when you have two jobs, sometimes "diligently" doesn't even begin to scratch the surface of everything you want to do. In most weeks, I only have a few hours of free time to work on this ambitious side project. 

In addition to written articles, I also enjoying doing video essays such as the one below:


Even though we have a lot of room from growth, as it currently stands, the Elements of Cinema is already an awesome resource for any budding filmmaker or film student. In fact, we receive over a 1000 visits a day, and the most enthusiastic, hungry visitors spend over an hour reading many of our lessons in one sitting, which always makes me speechless! Also, we have been featured or mentioned in a number of publications:

But the Elements of Cinema can be so much better and so much greater. One of our missions is to bridge the gap between art and business, or expectation and reality. Who is actually making a living in this business? Are they happy? Were the struggles worth it? These and other questions were the heart of The Elements of Cinema Podcast, a show where I interviewed industry pros about their careers. (The only reason why it's on hiatus is because I don't have time to work on it, but you can listen to the episodes on iTunes and Stitcher.)  



Charging people to access the lessons and resources in the Elements of Cinema site never crossed my mind -- in fact, that would go against my belief system. Plain and simple: I believe education should be free, as it is the basis of people's dreams. Regardless if you want to be a carpenter, a fireman, an astronaut, a computer engineer, or a filmmaker, the road begins with education, and I believe access to that pathway should be available to everyone and not hidden behind a paywall for the few who can afford it.

I understand that brick-and-mortar universities have an excuse for costing money, but in this digital age, many websites continue to charge high subscription prices for access to some articles or videos. Because money is not my goal, the Elements of Cinema defies the notion that knowledge must be pricey, and thus our content is entirely free, even if I'm losing money on hosting or other services that keep the site up. 

Patreon allows me to keep my content free for everyone while still giving me the opportunity of making a living through my teaching. As much as I love both my jobs, the fact here is a simple one: if I don't have to work, I can boost the amount of published articles and other resources. This means more knowledge and power to you!



When did you create the Elements of Cinema and why?
The EoC came to existence in 2010. I remember that year well because I was so enthusiastic about launching it that for several months, I was saving what felt like A LOT of money to pay for the domain, hosting, and of course, the Adobe Web & Design Suite, or whatever it was called at the time.

Since the beginning, EoC was a labor of love. At the occasion, I was a teaching assistant at El Camino College, and I was interacting with students five days a week. I still remember my class schedule: Production I and Screenwriting on Mondays and Wednesdays; Production II and Cinematography on Tuesdays and Thursdays; and Editing on Fridays. That was the best semester ever :)

All the classes I took, all the students I met, all the questions I answered (or asked) were the inspiration and motivation behind Elements of Cinema. The website was and continues to be for anyone interested in learning more about the film form and filmmaking. It is a labor of love as well as love letter for the art that has brought so much joy to my life.

What are you doing with the proceeds from this campaign?
Mansion shopping, of course.

Really?
No, not really. The first goal for the campaign is to replace part of my income. If I could quit one of my two jobs, this would free up hours for me to work on Elements of Cinema more. In essence, this means more articles I can write, and more development for the website, improving interface, functionality and navigation (maintaining a website is a full-time job on its own, but me is all I got, so who's better to do it if not me and myself).

If I could quit both of my jobs, I would work on Elements of Cinema full time. This would be so awesome for the website and community, allowing me create more articles more quickly. One of the main resources I want to bring back is the Elements of Cinema Podcast, which was an experiment I did during my vacation in late 2014. I was able to produce a handful of episodes that are available here. In each episode, I interview industry professionals and discuss their careers, learning in-depth from their successes and failures. With the companion blog post, the result is comprehensive analysis of each guests and their careers, with a lot of guidance for students. With your help, I would love to bring that show back.

Who is your target audience?
From Day One, I've always said that the website is directed to beginning filmmakers and film students (and to be honest, I didn't even know what that meant). Overtime, I've come to discover that meant students and readers from all corners of the globe, from all ages and backgrounds. Our youngest readers are in their teens, while our oldest is in their 80's. A deep, sincere passion for the movies is the only requirement!

Do you really have two jobs?
Yes, I am a full-time game localizer for Konami, and a part-time quality control operator for Netflix.

How could you possibly find time to manage a website?
That's what evenings and weekends are for.

How do you find time for leisure and fun?
I observe Easter and Thanksgiving.

My question wasn't answered. How can I reach you?
The best way is to send me an email here.



Tiers
Pledge $1 or more per month
0 patrons
THE PRODUCTION ASSISTANT. You will receive Patrons-only updates and know exactly what I'm up to. Your name (or a preferred alias) will appear in the credits of the site as an Official Supporter in our Acknowledgement page.
Pledge $5 or more per month
0 patrons
THE EDITOR. Your name will appear in the credits of our video essays. You can watch our first essay here.
Pledge $10 or more per month
0 patrons
THE SOUND MIXER aka the Podcast supporter. With your permission, after we reach our second milestone goal, you will be added to a special mailing list to receive news and updates for upcoming podcast episodes. Additionally, you will have the chance to submit questions for guests.
Goals
$0 of $700 per month
I will quit one of my jobs. And thus, I will have about 20 extra hours a week to develop the Elements of Cinema. This means a more consistent publishing schedule, as well as other improvements around the site.
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The Elements of Cinema is a website with free resources and lessons for filmmakers and film students. We break several areas of filmmaking into little parts so anyone can easily understand them.

For instance, within Cinematography, we talk about f-stops, the shot list, composition, etc. Within Screenwriting, we explain exposition, character arc, theme, etc. In fact, click on any of the sections below to be taken to a different index page where you will find a comprehensive list of lessons and articles for that topic:

The Elements of Directing (6 lessons and/or articles)
The Elements of Screenwriting (12 lessons and/or articles)
The Elements of Cinematography (11 lessons and/or articles)
The Elements of Editing (7 lessons and/or articles)
The Elements of Sound (5 lessons and/or articles)

...with more articles coming soon! Always!





My name is Gabriel Moura. I am a game localizer for Konami and a quality control operator for Netflix. I am based in Los Angeles, where I moved to in 2008. I went to film school at El Camino College and California State University, Long Beach.

I make lessons and resources for filmmakers and film students on the Elements of Cinema, where I've been working diligently since 2010. Unfortunately, when you are going to college, or when you have two jobs, sometimes "diligently" doesn't even begin to scratch the surface of everything you want to do. In most weeks, I only have a few hours of free time to work on this ambitious side project. 

In addition to written articles, I also enjoying doing video essays such as the one below:


Even though we have a lot of room from growth, as it currently stands, the Elements of Cinema is already an awesome resource for any budding filmmaker or film student. In fact, we receive over a 1000 visits a day, and the most enthusiastic, hungry visitors spend over an hour reading many of our lessons in one sitting, which always makes me speechless! Also, we have been featured or mentioned in a number of publications:

But the Elements of Cinema can be so much better and so much greater. One of our missions is to bridge the gap between art and business, or expectation and reality. Who is actually making a living in this business? Are they happy? Were the struggles worth it? These and other questions were the heart of The Elements of Cinema Podcast, a show where I interviewed industry pros about their careers. (The only reason why it's on hiatus is because I don't have time to work on it, but you can listen to the episodes on iTunes and Stitcher.)  



Charging people to access the lessons and resources in the Elements of Cinema site never crossed my mind -- in fact, that would go against my belief system. Plain and simple: I believe education should be free, as it is the basis of people's dreams. Regardless if you want to be a carpenter, a fireman, an astronaut, a computer engineer, or a filmmaker, the road begins with education, and I believe access to that pathway should be available to everyone and not hidden behind a paywall for the few who can afford it.

I understand that brick-and-mortar universities have an excuse for costing money, but in this digital age, many websites continue to charge high subscription prices for access to some articles or videos. Because money is not my goal, the Elements of Cinema defies the notion that knowledge must be pricey, and thus our content is entirely free, even if I'm losing money on hosting or other services that keep the site up. 

Patreon allows me to keep my content free for everyone while still giving me the opportunity of making a living through my teaching. As much as I love both my jobs, the fact here is a simple one: if I don't have to work, I can boost the amount of published articles and other resources. This means more knowledge and power to you!



When did you create the Elements of Cinema and why?
The EoC came to existence in 2010. I remember that year well because I was so enthusiastic about launching it that for several months, I was saving what felt like A LOT of money to pay for the domain, hosting, and of course, the Adobe Web & Design Suite, or whatever it was called at the time.

Since the beginning, EoC was a labor of love. At the occasion, I was a teaching assistant at El Camino College, and I was interacting with students five days a week. I still remember my class schedule: Production I and Screenwriting on Mondays and Wednesdays; Production II and Cinematography on Tuesdays and Thursdays; and Editing on Fridays. That was the best semester ever :)

All the classes I took, all the students I met, all the questions I answered (or asked) were the inspiration and motivation behind Elements of Cinema. The website was and continues to be for anyone interested in learning more about the film form and filmmaking. It is a labor of love as well as love letter for the art that has brought so much joy to my life.

What are you doing with the proceeds from this campaign?
Mansion shopping, of course.

Really?
No, not really. The first goal for the campaign is to replace part of my income. If I could quit one of my two jobs, this would free up hours for me to work on Elements of Cinema more. In essence, this means more articles I can write, and more development for the website, improving interface, functionality and navigation (maintaining a website is a full-time job on its own, but me is all I got, so who's better to do it if not me and myself).

If I could quit both of my jobs, I would work on Elements of Cinema full time. This would be so awesome for the website and community, allowing me create more articles more quickly. One of the main resources I want to bring back is the Elements of Cinema Podcast, which was an experiment I did during my vacation in late 2014. I was able to produce a handful of episodes that are available here. In each episode, I interview industry professionals and discuss their careers, learning in-depth from their successes and failures. With the companion blog post, the result is comprehensive analysis of each guests and their careers, with a lot of guidance for students. With your help, I would love to bring that show back.

Who is your target audience?
From Day One, I've always said that the website is directed to beginning filmmakers and film students (and to be honest, I didn't even know what that meant). Overtime, I've come to discover that meant students and readers from all corners of the globe, from all ages and backgrounds. Our youngest readers are in their teens, while our oldest is in their 80's. A deep, sincere passion for the movies is the only requirement!

Do you really have two jobs?
Yes, I am a full-time game localizer for Konami, and a part-time quality control operator for Netflix.

How could you possibly find time to manage a website?
That's what evenings and weekends are for.

How do you find time for leisure and fun?
I observe Easter and Thanksgiving.

My question wasn't answered. How can I reach you?
The best way is to send me an email here.



Recent posts by Gabriel Moura

Tiers
Pledge $1 or more per month
0 patrons
THE PRODUCTION ASSISTANT. You will receive Patrons-only updates and know exactly what I'm up to. Your name (or a preferred alias) will appear in the credits of the site as an Official Supporter in our Acknowledgement page.
Pledge $5 or more per month
0 patrons
THE EDITOR. Your name will appear in the credits of our video essays. You can watch our first essay here.
Pledge $10 or more per month
0 patrons
THE SOUND MIXER aka the Podcast supporter. With your permission, after we reach our second milestone goal, you will be added to a special mailing list to receive news and updates for upcoming podcast episodes. Additionally, you will have the chance to submit questions for guests.