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September 30, 2012

What Do You Want to See in the Next Version of No Film School? (Open Thread)

It's been almost three years since I launched this site in its present form; the design as it is now is the same as it was then. Aesthetically I don't mind it, but there are a lot of functions and features we could have that we don't. A year ago I ran a poll about what should be in the next version, but I never ended up having the bandwidth to design it myself (I'm trying to make my first feature at the same time, after all), and so we'll be working with a design firm to take the site to the next level. I've been preparing a design spec, and I have a good idea of what I want to see in the next iteration (and the next, and the next). However, above all else this site is here for you guys -- so please let us know what you'd like to see in the relaunch and we will consider everything!

Thanks for being part of one of the fastest-growing film sites in the world. In the scheme of things, we're just getting started.

[speech bubble image by Marc Wathieu]

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Disqus comments without pagination :)

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Matrox

Anyone use Livefyre? Disqus vs. Livefyre?

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Ryan Koo
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A forum would be useful.

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forum would be great, it's a great site, I've learned a lot from it. don't change it too much!

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Peter kelly

No eBook pop-up (or a better way to know that you already signed up or opted out) and better mobile site

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We need a forum, for sure.

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Nav

Mobile site, no e-book pop up.

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David J. Fulde

I love the site but I feel as if there isn't a community on here. I guess that would be resolved with the forum and maybe a better comment section (one with likes).

Also a better "older entries" platform would be really useful!

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Totally. Community is the main thing for the next version!

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Ryan Koo
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I would say Discus comments should be added like @Matrox mentioned, and that's about it Ryan. Could use a minor UI makeover but it's not necessary. Great site for filmmakers overall!

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its already perfect for me.
I read this site everyday.
what i asking for is more useful articles everyday..
I am always upset when there're only few articles uploaded in one day.

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gordon

Me too! Will be putting out another call for writers soon.

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Ryan Koo
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A section with reviews would be nice

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Vince

Some sort of search system for archived articles on the site. (hate looking for a post from a year ago that had useful tips)

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No more ebook pop up. Full feeds. Overall growth has been good.

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Ajit

The site is great, i visit daily since you guys provide such great content. I read almost all of the articles and love to see the reactions in the comments. But the number one thing that needs to change is that ridiculous e-book pop up. It honestly makes the site feel cheap. Not to mention that it is incredibly annoying, and is a real pain to close out of from a mobile browser. It's a turn off, and its almost always the first thing a friend will mention to me when I share an article with them.

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A vlog or a podcast would be great! (Just an idea)

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Max

Yup!

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Ryan Koo
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Forums would be very useful, along with some area for viewer created content (tutorials, demonstrations, test shots, that kind of thing).

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John

It would be nice to have normal account, where I can change my avatar, view my comments etc.

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Andrzej Tokarski

Well, I like the website the way it is now, don't mind about the forum, visually it's pleasing, however I think it's missing few tools to find old posts, maybe a better way to categorize them so we could surf more efficiently to find something older faster. Usually tech driven posts get obsolete way faster and get mixed up with some interesting articles that from time to time people might want to re read. My two cents.

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Marcus

I know some people complain that there are too many camera reviews here (it's supposed to be filmmaking in general, right?) - but I honestly love the gear reviews. This is already my go-to place for new gear reviews, and I only wish there were more. Every day, I hope to see a new toy for me to drool over - and the discussions that follow are sometimes more insightful than the articles themselves.

So maybe a second section dedicated to new hardware and reviews. Maybe you'd get to a point where companies are sending you gear to test before it's even available to the public.

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'clickable' images that send you to the article

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danile

NFS is a fantastic site with a wealth of very useful information. While having community would make it more sticky and add value to users and to NFS for revenue, reorganizing top level categories would eliminate having to page through to find specific post(s). Currently top level is more about conversion. It should be based on content. Stats would help inform logical groupings of content. This with a few bucket tests and you'll have something that gives users quick/easy access to known and unknown content. Repeat visits will occur more frequently, subscription will increase, advertisers would see more value and other properties would be less relevant.

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Bubba

I would like to see a vendor section by field, location, etc. for example, a firm like Reandevou Software that does mobile distribution for indie films can be found in this database, you should charge a SMALL fee for this to generate more support revenue. A visitor from Philadelphia can find resources local to him or her.

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Ron

I'd like to see less of John Jeffreys and his "comments" - this is a place for strong, developed discussions. He acts just fine over on RedUser.net, so I don't understand why he has to bring negativity here. i.e., when things get off-topic or are just plain rude, those comments should be deleted.

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Jared

Personally, I think John adds to the site. A contrarian voice is refreshing and stimulating, and means the comments section isn't just questions and single posts. We get actual discussions. Likewise, I don't think there should be upvoting or downvoting in the comments section for this reason; we'd get people burying unpopular views and simultaneously worshiping the easier ones. I've also found on such sites that sharp burns and zings get upvoted, which just adds to the tribalism.

I'll add my $0.02: a forum would be great. More community options would be wonderful too. More posts about the artistry and theory would be nice - I find that things can get a little too technical here. Deal more with the Why rather than the How. And more posts from Mar Belle!

My favorite articles are actually the ones from the writers' personal experiences. Koo's ones from 2 years ago are incredibly enlightening, and without wanting to sound too grovelling: inspiring. I'd love the site to have more of these.

Keep up the good work guys! I've been coming here for two years and learned a staggering amount. NFS has a bright future!

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Chad Hustlington

Also, a female voice would be nice; the site seems to be almost entirely composed of males. An odd phenomenon.

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Chad Hustlington

Love the site. Evoked popup kills me.

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Chris

Love the site. Ebook popup kills me.

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Chris

This site is already great. One thing I would want though could be a job post/board?

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Seth

Hire guest filmmakers/ who have made features and can share info. Hire guest filmmakers/writers who have a real appreciation for film history and can teach nofilmschoolers not only how to be more film literate but use that to make better films.

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dan

Hi Ryan, I would firstly like to say thank you for creating this site and maintaining your news feed. nofilmschool.com has become my number 1 source for industry news involving products. The interviews with DP's, Directors, etc., I consider them an extra. I just wanted to tell you that first before I continue.

If I could have one thing that currently isn't in your site, it would be an archive of each product posted so that I could read every posting on a particular product.

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John

Smaller header. Smaller sidebar area. More area dedicated to content/articles. I feel like the current design has a lot of margin space and framing that could be done away with in favor of a more streamlined layout that focuses on getting more content on the page.

A forum would be nice, but I prefer seeing comments specific to each article. It would also be nice to be able to upvote/downvote comments.

Visually, the colors could be a bit less gray/mauve. Nothing too flashy, but maybe add a background image or some kind of color scheme that doesn't remind me of Bill Cosby in a sweater circa 1987.

Footer menu. Keep it small and simple.

Ever since your team has expanded, the content has been coming a good pace. I really like reading the insight that Joe and the other contributors have brought to the table. It's a great site, and I look forward to seeing the makeover.

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Derik

What happened to E.M.?

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Idol-Maker

It's been virtually ALL product reviews since you (Koo) moved on...

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Idol-Maker

I disagree, but yes -- we will be bringing on more writers and expanding into more topics.

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Ryan Koo
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Categories tab so all the articles for one category are listed eg. shorts / techn news / writing / funding ....

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Tony

Absolutely. For now we have a "Hot Topics" sidebary area where you can sort by tag, i.e:

http://nofilmschool.com/tag/screenwriting

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Ryan Koo
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Oh yeah guess I never saw that because of all the flashing advertisements on the right side ...
I understand you need them but maybe there is a way to make them more subtle

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Tony

Perhaps as a sub-forum, it would be cool to post a project, and detail various needs (actors, crew, locations), so that local resources could find each other and network.

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James

this

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carlos

I agree. I think it would be great if there was a NFS forum for us to post projects, but also a place for us to just discuss anything related to film making. I feel like this site has a great group of readers and a discussion forum here would be of great value.

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Julian

Scenios and WreckaMovie.com (the former was covered a week ago on here).

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Maybe categories such as "technology" "artistry" and "people".

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Perhaps organize the site into different sections, like, education/tutorials, products/reviews, news, business development, website building, computer hardware, software, opinion/lifestyle...stuff like that.

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love the idea of a mobile site. (NFS always crashes my blackberry!)

Sorry for being slightly off topic, but would love an update for the hackintosh too.

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Juls

+1. When I view on an iPhone, that pop-up advertisement (for some sort of DSLR training or something?) is a serious pain in the behind.

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didn't see the first page of comments...but anyway, perhaps also offer a way for readers to rate articles? In addition, maybe a way for registered member to post their work and receive constructive feedback from others? And last, more contests and giveaways :)

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It's been my experience that when sites or forums get all super organized just for the sake of being organized, it sort of deadens the experience. I personally love scrolling down and jumping from DIY projects to a post on creativity to what new glass is out there. I feel that's what draws me to this site. What I would love to see however is a forum, so aye to that.

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Nicolás

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