February 10, 2012

Please Give a Warm Welcome to No Film School's New Writers, Joe Marine and E.M. Taboada!

There hasn't been a byline on my posts here because, for the past two years, I've written 1,054 out of the 1,078 total posts on this site. One of my favorite comments has been "you guys are doing a great job!" because it's actually just been one guy (except for these great guest posts). But that last post was not written by me. Until I get author names/pictures below the post titles, it might be a bit of a mystery as to who's writing here. So I'd like to introduce you to two new No Film School writers, Joe Marine and E.M. Taboada:

As for me, I'll still be posting and leading the site... but I also have a feature to make, and I need to slow down my daily blogging a bit to get out a new draft of Man-child. I believe adding Joe and Eugenio will make the site better than ever -- we're all here for you guys, and we always want to report the latest filmmaking news and tips to help you -- and us -- become better filmmakers. So do not be shy about sharing what topics you'd like to hear more about!

Without further ado, here are the new contributors to NFS:

Joe Marine

My name is Joe Marine and I began my humble filmmaking career in 2002, making a short film for a class project. That first experience actually dealing with the nuts and bolts of making movies -- shot, reverse shot, cutaway -- gave me a feeling like nothing I'd done before. But I wasn't completely convinced just yet.

The next year some friends and I entered a student-judged, teacher-run school film competition. We made a serious movie, but the film that won just so happened to be the film that made people laugh the most (this has been a trend). A little bummed at losing, I was completely surprised when I received a certificate saying that we'd won Best Dramatic Film. Yes, it was a made up award and basically a consolation prize, but it gave me the confidence that someone, somewhere could appreciate what I was trying to do. Since then that's been my goal: someone, somewhere will be moved by my storytelling as long as it is honest.

Fast forward and I attended Fitchburg State University in Fitchburg, MA, majoring in Communications Media and triple concentrating in Film, Video, and Photography. It's a small state school, but there are some terrific professors and it fosters a DIY attitude (not unlike this site) that has made me the filmmaker I am today. Since those early films I've Directed 13 shorts, a feature, and been a Director of Photography and Editor on a half dozen others.

I've been lucky enough to get to work on a couple shows for Discovery Channel, and I interned at Ridley Scott & Associates in 2010. Thanks to supportive peers and mentors, every step of the way has been a learning experience, and I don't expect this site to be any different. I look forward to learning as much as possible while writing for No Film School, and helping to further the DIY and Independent movements along the way.

Links: Vimeo, IMDb, Twitter

E.M. Taboada

I'm a budding writer-director.

Over the past years I have had the opportunity to work in radio journalism, documentary assistant-editing, production office monkey-work and freelance videography. If there's one overarching lesson I've learned from those experiences it's this: everything that looks like magic from the outside can be boiled down to masterable skills and tasks once you see how it works from the inside.

I'm looking forward to sharing what I learn as I work towards becoming a better filmmaker and storyteller -- the good, the bad, and the perplexing -- all while learning from you, my fellow No Film Schoolers.

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We can totally see who wrote the posts in the RSS feed. It looks terrif.

February 10, 2012

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Damon

Thanks, yeah -- just need to work it into the site design. A few other improvements coming, too.

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Ryan Koo
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Welcome aboard guys!

February 10, 2012

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Angelo

Excellent! Look forward to reading more from the enlarged NFS team.

February 10, 2012

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Good Luck

February 10, 2012

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Vamsi Murali

Glad to have the new writers! Look forward to checking out their posts!

February 10, 2012

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Ryan

Awesome! Congrats to Joe and Eugenio!

February 10, 2012

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Welcome. If possible, i'd like do an ocassional guest post to this site as well. I currently write (sometimes) for reelseo.com

February 10, 2012

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You guys just joined the best blog-web ever. Congratulations!

February 10, 2012

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Congrats you guys!

February 10, 2012

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Rev. Benjamin

Bienvenidos!!!

February 10, 2012

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Alejandro

Thanks everyone! I'm excited to now be a part of such a terrific and supportive community. People like Koo and Evan have set the bar very high for blog writing, and I couldn't be happier that I'll be growing and learning alongside them.

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Joe Marine
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Welcome! and can't wait to enjoy more posts from this excellent site!

I thing though...you guys could at least pick better portraits of yourselves. 1 terrible black and white photo staring into nowhere and 1 dead straight out of focus shot.

February 10, 2012

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Will

Tough crowd! I would say they're perfectly acceptable... not everyone has professional portraits at the ready!

February 11, 2012

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Ryan Koo
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Great! Welcome guys!

February 11, 2012

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waweraw

Welcome guys. Continue the great job....

February 11, 2012

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Welcome and, whatever...keep up the good work. I've learned so much on this site already. NFS was just what I needed to put me back on the video/film track. Just donated 20$. Thank you

February 11, 2012

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Welcome aboard guys. Looking forward to reading lots of great posts from you guys!

February 11, 2012

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Thank you guys for all your hard work. I enjoy your research and find it very pleasing to see your weekly news update hit my email account.

February 12, 2012

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Ira

Thanks for all the warm welcomes! I'm looking forward to keeping the NFS ball rolling and growing.

February 13, 2012

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Can't wait to hear, read, see, everything these two gentlemen have to offer!

February 14, 2012

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Lena Michelle

GREAT! Welcome GUYS!

February 17, 2012

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JUAREZ

Welcome Guys. I am a fimmaker who has this site to be very helpful. Im sure you two will be no exception.

February 18, 2012

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Luke Williams

Welcome aboard guys!!!

February 18, 2012

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Rubi

Woot! Woot! Looking forward to reading posts from these guys! I'm a bit familiar with some of ET's written works, so excited to see what he gets up to here!

February 27, 2012

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Xavier