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The terrific crew over at Short of the Week has launched Short of the Week Presents™, a curated series of shorts premiering online. SotW helps with with online launch planning and by bringing media and industry connections to the table. It’s open for anyone to submit; here’s “A Family Portrait,” their first third curated launch […]

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I meant to post this months ago, but like so many stories on this under-staffed (single-staffed) site, it slipped through the cracks. Then the NewTeeVee article Forget Festivals, Go Online Instead re-brought it to my attention, and so here it is: if you haven’t already seen The Thomas Beale Cipher, the animated short directed by […]

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Short films are one of the most under-appreciated forms of storytelling, especially when it comes to the general movie-going public. However, since 2007, Short of the Week has been making it their mission to spotlight some of the greatest short films created by some of today’s best and brightest filmmakers from all across the globe, […]

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One of the most underappreciated cinematic art forms is the short film, the sting, perhaps, felt more so in dramas (it takes less time to unpack a joke than a heart). However, Dutch filmmaker Hisko Hulsing’s dramatic animated short, Junkyard, which has won 22 festival awards, tells a more amazingly vivid and sincere story in 18 minutes than […]

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The last time I posted about my MANCHILD prequel AMATEUR, I was asking for help and releasing a teaser trailer to help the short get picked up by sports and film websites. By releasing a short film directly online instead of waiting to get into festivals, I was accelerating the release schedule and — at […]

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It’s probably unfair to label Rob McLellan’s ARRI ALEXA-shot ABE as torture porn (and I know there are many horror aficionados that despise the term), but it certainly takes some inspiration from the genre. While the premise is simple enough, and films like Blinky have solidified the creepy vibe of intelligent, overly calm robots forever, ABE actually has quite a bit […]

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Anyone who’s ever suffered through the heartache that comes from a romantic breakup knows that there are a plethora of songs which suddenly seem to speak to your fractured emotional state, merging the musician’s own experiences of a love lost with your own. In Montreal-based filmmaker Jonathan Ng’s beautifully expressive kung fu animation Requiem for […]

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My Q&A about MANCHILD (and its prequel short AMATEUR) just went live on my favorite sports/movie website, Grantland (if you like it, please click “Recommend”at the bottom of their article!). Grantland is ESPN’s in-depth, long-form journalism spin-off that features movies alongside sports coverage, which made it my #1 target for AMATEUR. Most sports websites, however, […]

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Last week I posted AMATEUR, the prequel to my forthcoming feature MANCHILD, and the response to the short has been downright amazing. Thank you to everyone who has watched it! If you haven’t seen it yet, it is embedded below, and if you have seen it, here’s how two seconds of your time can make […]

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If you’re a regular reader you’ll be aware that work featured on Short of the Week sometimes makes its way to our pages. In fact, if you spend anytime at all watching shorts online, it’s highly likely that SotW co-founder & Vimeo staff curator Jason Sondhi was (in)directly responsible for some of that work making […]

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UPDATE: In response to some of the (heated! opinionated!) questions and comments on this post, we did a long video Q&A as well. I wrote recently about finishing the screenplay for my feature MANCHILD (for now… ), but it’s been a while since I talked about what else is going on in the trenches of […]

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Academy Award nominees are rarely available for free (legally) online before the actual Oscar ceremonies, but that’s exactly the case with the short animation Paperman, produced with the help of Disney. The film is getting attention for more than just the nomination — the technique used is an interesting blend of 2D hand-drawn animation mixed […]

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Patrick Stewart has had a rather long and varied career, from the stage, to the screen, and literally everything in between (including a recurring role on Seth MacFarlane’s American Dad cartoon). In Angus Jackson’s short film Epithet, he plays a poet in the later years of his life who is keen on courting younger women. […]

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What is it about rhyming couplets that make them perfectly suited for delivering dark tales of things that go bump in the night? We saw their effective use in Bloody Cuts’ bedtime yarn Suckablood and now, in time for the night where ghosts and ghouls invade cities across the world comes The Green Ruby Pumpkin, […]

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Short films, especially those that make it into festivals, often have a story and a definite punchline (though that’s certainly not always the case). Concept is important, as is execution, but capturing the viewers attention in a hurry can make or break many of these movies. Pockets, from the super team DANIELS (which includes Daniel Scheinert […]

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It’s typical to see Q&As or ‘In Conversation’ style pieces with major directors in which they discuss their influences or share insights into their filmmaking processes. Don’t get me wrong, I’m as hungry as anyone for these glimpses into their creative black boxes, but I’m not sure just how applicable their production methods are to […]

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We write a lot of posts about cameras here on No Film School in order to make our readers aware of what options are out there and what each particular camera is capable of. But as you know, the camera doesn’t make your film. The story is the most crucial part of any narrative film, […]

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Now for something completely different. From one end of the film spectrum to the other, here is a short documentary called A Brief History of John Baldessari, directed by Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman. You may or may not know their names, but you certainly have heard of the films they’ve directed, like Catfish and […]

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Speaking of watching films instead of camera tests, we’ve got another short curated by the wonderful people at Short of the Week. If you haven’t been following the site, one of the creators of Short of the Week, Andrew S Allen, was involved in the design of a beautiful iPad app called Paper that we […]

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I’m a sucker for great design, so when I got a chance to test out the Paper app for the iPad, I was immediately struck with how well-designed and beautiful it was. It’s not often that you can open up a piece of software, not read any of the directions, and immediately start creating lush […]