Writers write, or we need to write. Sometimes, writers need a kick in the pants to get back to writing. Recently, Go Into The Story’s Scott Myers compiled a list of 30 things about screenwriting, pulled from his various ruminations about the craft from his blog over the past several years. So if you’re looking for the proverbial kicks in the pants to get you back to writing, maybe one of these 30 things will do the trick. Continue on to check them out. More »
As an indie filmmaker, it can be exceptionally difficult to raise money for your project — to say nothing of finding the proper channels for distribution and the most effective means of marketing what is, for all intents and purposes, your baby. Dogfish Accelerator aims to change all this by connecting filmmakers and their films with investors in a new way, taking the tech startup model and applying it to indie film. Last week they held their first Demo Day, where filmmakers got to showcase their films for investors. Here’s more about Dogfish, the accelerator model, and what it could do for you and your film! More »
In early 1965, the New Yorker sent physicist and author Jeremy Bernstein to interview a then 37-year-old Stanley Kubrick at his New York apartment. The piece went so well that in November, Bernstein was dispatched to Oxford, where Kubrick was in production on 2001: A Space Odyssey (then known as Journey Beyond the Stars). Kubrick and Bernstein bonded over chess, and the master director opened up in one of his most wide-ranging interviews. Now, the entire 76-minute Q&A is available online. From a man who gave precious few interviews, this is quite a treat for the Kubrick fan, and covers a wide range of topics, from chess, to nuclear war, and space travel. Continue on to check it out! More »
If I had to describe an Arnold Schwarzenegger movie (save for a handful of family flicks) I’d say they were a deluge of destruction and musclebound mayhem. Whether he’s playing Hercules, Conan, or the T-800 Terminator, Arnie has made counting kills a true cinephile’s pastime, and for all of you Arnold fans, Auralnauts has just uploaded a video that counts every single one of his movie kills! It’s a celebration of all the things that makes him so fun to watch — the utter carnage that follows him wherever he goes. (For all of you non-fans — seriously, what is wrong with you!?) More »
The first D16 cameras have been finished and are shipping to Kickstarter backers this week, but that doesn’t mean the folks at Digital Bolex are done. They are ramping up production beyond just crowdfunding backers, and will be opening up pre-sales for a new batch of 500 cameras starting Monday, December 16th, at 10AM. The good news doesn’t stop there, not only can you get in line, but you can also save $100 on that order with an exclusive No Film School discount code. More »
Here at No Film School we often talk about various pieces of gear. Unfortunately, the common sentiment seems to be that gear needs to be priced to own in order for it to be of any use to the readers of a site about low-budget and DIY filmmaking. However, focusing solely on the lower-priced gear can potentially leave people unaware of the gear that they would likely encounter on larger film sets. With that in mind, here’s a brief introduction to a piece of gear that you will never own, but one that you may very well see on various sets, the Panavision Supertechno 100-foot crane. More »
Right now you’re probably thinking to yourself, “That’s a pretty bold title for an article, Mr. Hardy. There couldn’t possibly be one single thing that’s SO important that it could make or break your career as a filmmaker.” Well No Film Schoolers, there is, in fact, one thing that is more important than all of the skills that you’ve put together over the years, the gear that you own, or even your sparkling production resume. It’s such an important facet of your success, yet we rarely, if ever, think or talk about it. And now that the suspense has been adequately built, the single most valuable thing that people can do for building a career in the filmmaking industry is… More »
You heard that right. A Danish father/son company, Logmar, have designed the first new 8mm camera model to be made in 30 years. Considering the fact that we recently posted an article about Nolab’s concept for a digital Super 8 cartridge that could (hypothetically) one day eliminate the need for film stock in film cameras, this may seem a little ironic. However, with that technology still in its early stages of development, the professional level Logmar Super 8 camera is very real and it’s nearly available for those wanting something a more technologically advanced 8mm cam. More »
Last month, we shared a some tips for strengthening your production resume from Robyn Coburn. While having a solid resume is crucial to landing a job, it’s only half of the package that you send out to potential employers. The other, and arguably more important half is the cover letter. If you want employers to even glance at your awesome resume, your cover letter has to shine. What are some of the cover letter mistakes that get applications tossed out? And more importantly, how can you avoid these mistakes? More »
This is part of our behind-the-scenes series on a slow-motion, live-burn fire shoot shot on a Phantom Flex4K.
If there’s one indelible image from 1991′s firefighting actioner Backdraft, it’s the sight of flames licking out menacingly from underneath a door. It may be that the folks on Backdraft staged and filmed the effect as it happened for real, but on the short Phantom Flex4K promo Let Me Know When You See Fire, director Brendan Bellomo and DP Greg Wilson came up with a creative way of achieving the same effect without actually setting a room on fire — or being in a room at all. Check out this ingenious way of achieving the effect: More »
Getting started in documentary filmmaking is a lot like getting started in narrative filmmaking — most of the time you’re just picking up gear that is cheap and readily available to you. But, if you’re looking to find out what the pros are using, PBS’s POV, the longest-running showcase of documentary films on TV, asked working documentarians about the tools and equipment they used in their projects. Continue on to check out an infographic — a comprehensive equipment list of the cameras, lenses, microphones, and post-production software (and more) used by the pros. More »
Rod Serling, creator of The Twilight Zone, is arguably one of the greatest television writers in the history of the medium. Not only was he incredibly prolific through a good portion of his career, but he also revolutionized the type of content that was coming from our major broadcast stations. In a day where corporate advertisers were in complete control of network content, Serling managed to create allegorical content rife with political and social overtones, which, considering the political climate of the United States in those days, was a tremendous feat. Here’s his story, in documentary form, which contains plenty of insight for aspiring film and television writers. More »
The Digital Bolex D16 camera was wildly successful when it launched on Kickstarter back in March 2012, blowing past its funding goal in just a matter of hours. It’s been a long development process with 100s of improvements made to the camera, and now it’s finally going to be in the hands of shooters within the next week. If you missed the Kickstarter, and you’d like to get your hands on one, they will officially be opening up pre-orders for the camera starting next week. Check below for more details. More »
When writing a script, there is absolutely nothing worse than staring at an empty page. For some, the blank screen blues come from a terrible case of writer’s block, but more often than not, it has more to do with struggling to maintain a firm grasp of the direction of your story. Screenwriter Billy Ray, who wrote films such as The Hunger Games and Captain Phillips, has shared a few screenwriting tips, covered by Film Independent, that may help you solidify your narrative and get that blinking cursor moving steadily down the page. More »
There is no shortage of film cameras on the market these days. From small 8mm and Super 8 cameras to Super 16 and Super 35 film cameras, there are many available for rental or purchase. In a technical sense, these cameras can never truly become obsolete because they are analogue and purely mechanical by nature. There’s only one problem: film is really damn expensive. Not only the stock itself, but the processing and the DI as well. But what if these old mechanical cameras could be repurposed with modern technology in order to create digital images? Well, with the Nolab Digital Super 8 Cartridge, they can. More »
There are plenty of reasons why a filmmaker may need some ADR (Automated/Additional Dialog Replacement), whether it’s because of unsalvageable production audio or a flubbed line that went unnoticed. (Or maybe you’re making an animated film!) Whatever the reason, it takes a highly talented and intuitive artist to correctly lay down your audio tracks, and one of the best ADR mixers in the industry, Doc Kane, talks to SoundWorks Collection about his process, the tools he utilizes, and what it’s like working with some of the biggest names in film. More »
As the number of days on the calendar dwindles, the number of screenplays available for your consideration grows. Paramount has made their first award-contending screenplay available: Nebraska. And The Weinstein Company is ramping up its formidable awards season machine with the release of two more screenplays: Philomena and August: Osage County. Check out the trailers for each film and links to the screenplays for free, legal download below. More »
This week the Sundance Film Festival announced the 118 features that will play this year’s festival, selected from 4,057 submissions. Here at No Film School we are not good at math, but we are pretty sure this means 3,939 filmmakers were rejected from the festival. This short letter is for you guys.
Director Ryan Lightbourn dropped out of film school and decided to strike out on his own, making films and music videos with gear he bought himself. Having just recently finished his first feature film Sleepwalkers, Ryan decided to let us behind the scenes, explaining his process as he made his film using an array of different types of gear, including the RED SCARLET, the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera, and the 5D Mark III.
Very few filmmakers manage to capture the very essence of cinema, the definition of which has tortured the minds of so many great classical film theorists. Is it art? Is it reality? Is it expression? Is it impression? To me, its essence is time. BFI’s Sight and Sound beautifully ponders director Richard Linklater’s romance with cinema and time in a short video essay, which reflects on the temporal bond of his films, which are less sequential still images of captured light than poetic soliloquies about existence, about life — about time. More »