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Want a Great Job You Can Do Anywhere? NoFilmSchool is Hiring Writers.

11.15.11 @ 4:32PM Tags : , , ,

UPDATE: the application form is now closed. Thanks for your interest and stay tuned for future opportunities!

As a writer/director I’ve done my best to learn a bit about every aspect of filmmaking, but I want to bring on more writers — with different areas of expertise — in order to take NoFilmSchool to the next level. I believe this site can become an even more valuable resource with a proper team. So after two years of building this site myself, it’s time to expand into a site with multiple bylines. Interested in a part-time job writing about something you love? Read on.

These are part-time jobs with a lot of room to grow. In fact, I can show you better than I can tell you; here’s the traffic to date at this site, which I need not remind you has been run part-time by just one person (so far!):

Okay, so the site’s growing. Want to “get in on the ground floor,” as they say? Here are the three main things you should have, in order to become part of the NFS team:

  1. Credibility in film — whether that be in producing, cinematography, editing, directing, screenwriting, post-production, or some combination of the above. You don’t need to have 60 credits on your IMDB page, but you do need real-world experience and/or an education from which to draw.
  2. The ability to write well. Blogging isn’t Shakespeare, but it also shouldn’t be typo-laden, and I have and will try to hold NoFilmSchool to a higher standard than most blogs.
  3. Any other skills are a bonus. I never could’ve taken the site this far if I only did one thing, so multi-hyphenates are welcome — so long as you have at least one topic about which you feel authoritative and passionate enough to write about every day.

In this job, your tasks could consist of:

  • Reading the film/video news every day, blogging top stories
  • Watching shorts and web series to find good content to share
  • Responding to comments, answering emails
  • Getting free loaners of gear to test on shoots
  • Writing reviews of that gear
  • Contacting other authors, filmmakers, etc. looking for guest posts
  • Recording video tutorials and reviews
  • Shooting and/or editing behind-the-scenes videos
  • Brainstorming about the future of film, the internet, and planet Earth

You can do these things from anywhere in the world. You can do them in your underwear. You don’t have to deal with the expense or hassle of commuting. You don’t have to stare at cubicle walls that are probably, depressingly, beige. And you’ll hopefully learn a lot by working with me! And vice versa.

This is a PAID position — part-time to start, with a lot of future opportunities. You are not going to get rich writing blog posts, but I will ensure the position is competitive with major blogs (despite this site’s small size and startup status). You should be able to commit to writing posts every day — if you’re already really busy and could only contribute a few posts a month, please DO NOT apply at this time.

Also, if you’re applying to write for NFS, then you should understand that beyond the short-term pay, there are a lot of other long-term benefits. By this I’m referring to the kind of exposure that comes with getting your name out there, the kind of secondary opportunities (see: the NoFilmSchool Manifesto) that come about because of consistent exposure and commitment, and the kind of creative self-improvement that results from paying close attention to the filmmaking world and thinking about it every day.

To apply for the job, email with the subject line “Writing position.” Don’t write a long cover letter or anything, I’m just looking for these two things initially:

  1. Include links to your profile on LinkedIn, Facebook, and/or Twitter. Even if I already know you, I want at least one of these links!
  2. Attach a resume (don’t include it in-line). I’m not hugely interested in how up-to-date or impressive it is, but please attach something that demonstrates your background and shows you’re serious.

DO NOT write to this email address if you are interested in writing guest posts, or if you could only commit to a few posts a month. Also DO NOT write to this address if you are interested in being a designer, developer, assistant, intern, any position on Man-child, or anything other than a regular blogger for this site. There will definitely be more opportunities for these kinds of things going forward… just not right now.

DO write if you are motivated, smart, positive, organized, creative, and you recognize the opportunity this represents — not just in terms of where the site is today but where it could go in the future! This has been a long time coming, and I look forward to hearing from you.


We’re all here for the same reason: to better ourselves as writers, directors, cinematographers, producers, photographers... whatever our creative pursuit. Criticism is valuable as long as it is constructive, but personal attacks are grounds for deletion; you don't have to agree with us to learn something. We’re all here to help each other, so thank you for adding to the conversation!

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  • i would love to become a writer but i am still a beginner

  • Jake Kilgore on 11.15.11 @ 6:34PM

    Wish I could do this.

  • Hi Koo,
    You are doing a great job for digital community.
    Would love to join you.
    Will do whatever you had asked for.

  • I like hearing about documentary “moving pictures”(who knows what to call this stuff anymore), particularly action sports producers(which IMO are the pioneers of modern independent cinema), and my own personal favorite, the emerging field of filming DJ performances.

  • Eugenio Fernández Abril on 11.15.11 @ 10:11PM

    I wonder if you can apply being non-american…well, I’m still finishing my first year in film-school here in Argentina so I am not qualified enough for the position yet but it was just a thought.

    • Chris Hubbard on 11.17.11 @ 1:41PM

      that isnt a reason not to try!

      if anything it’s good experience putting together a resume and going through the process for your first job in the film industry.

  • I mean no disrespect at all or anything I genuinely love visiting this site I do so every single day, but its funny how its called nofilmschool yet you ask for “an education from which to draw.”

    • OR real-world experience. ;)

      • Chris Hubbard on 11.16.11 @ 1:54AM

        perhaps a bit of both?

        I’m currently in film school in addition to working part-time with a local production company.

        Frankly, I’d be honored [regardless of pay] to be a write for this site. It’s taught me so much that I would love to give something back and get involved!

        Expect a resume from me!
        Do the resumes have to be written?
        or can I make a video and send you the link in a document titled, “Resume”?

  • Sent. That’s quite the “test” that you’ve set up. Was fun actually…

  • This is a really AWESOME idea!
    I am recently finished second year film in South Africa, loving it!
    I have a bit of a passion for writing too, but alas I don’t think I have enough work experience YET for this, it’d be cool though have a true outlet for writing about film :) especially in terms of the philosophies behind film!

    Is this going to be an ongoing type of position as grows?

  • Hey Koo, what about the editorial needs of the articles people must write, I guess that not only the quality is important. You must have some requirements in term of number of characters, delivery time, things like that. How should I know, so it´s important to think if I can meet that needs.

  • Email sent! Sounds awesome. And ya, I agree with the other comments…Great site!

    • That was most definitely quite the most thorough application I’ve ever filled out! Fun writing it though. Hope it submitted fine…

  • Just sent mine in. That really felt like quite a test, but this is an awesome opportunity.

  • Form filled out and sent! Whew! Great test.

  • Testing testing 123! Thanks guys, looking forward to reading ‘em.

  • nice…. am not qualified in filmschool or any of that stuff but am an amaizing writer, i really think you should contact me,for original stuff.

  • Hey Koo,
    Any idea when the form will officially close? Having some hardware issues exporting files for upload so I’m looking to avoid running out of time. Thanks.

  • Underwear?!

    Sorry, that is just too formal for me. It is a crime against nature to cover my god like physique.

  • I would love to blog about documentary works and video production in Asia, where extreme sports, guerilla filmmaking,cheap gear from China, DIY motorcycle filming are our daily bread, and censorship bribing, new art scenes and experiments are on the rise !

  • Hey Koo,
    Just sent in the resume!

    Very Best,
    Rob Watt

  • Tim McClelland on 11.22.11 @ 10:23PM

    Deat Koo,

    I sent in the completed application and was curious if it was received. Hope I made it before the deadline!


  • If you sent it in I got it! Closing the form down now. Thanks!