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Lila
There are short films, really good short films, which within hours of opening their online doors flit from inboxes, to tweets to posts to blogs racking up 100s of 1000s of views as they reach meme velocity, and while that’s a status any of us would be happy to achieve, there are those truly great shorts such as Carlos Lascano’s A Short Love Story In Stop Motion which are so popular they become instantly recognisable by anyone who’s even flirted with the idea of watching a short film. In what surly must be an unfair monopolization of the collective consciousness, Carlos looks set to once again have a film which will remain a topic of conversation for years to come with his latest short Lila. We interview Carlos about closing out his unofficial trilogy of viral hits and his move from animation back to live action filmmaking. More »

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IconsWith a teaser dropping last week for the final season of Mad Men, I was reminded of the clever appropriation of that show’s silhouetted anti-hero’s draping form, alongside the five other well recognisable cultural icons appropriated by agency Grey, working in collaboration with directing duo Us, in their advertisement for UK paper The Sunday Times’ culture section. See how many you can name (best be all of them or forever hang your head in shame) after the jump: More »

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a boy and his dog 04

I have a confession to make. I am not, nor am ever likely to be a dog lover. OK, I know most of you are about to click away in disgust but stick with me for just a moment. My dislike of man’s best friend may be lifelong, but it stood not one wag of a tail’s chance of surviving the gut punch of feelings I experienced watching the deeply emotional bond captured in Jonna McIver’s kindred spirits documentary A Boy and His Dog. The film depicts the transformative relationship between a rescue dog called Haatchi and Owen Howkins, a boy suffering from the rare genetic disorder Schwartz Jampel Syndrome.

See just how far a little bit of three-legged love can go after the jump: More »

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New Music Cities - Tokyo

What is a city without its own music scene? Well personally speaking, it’s a place I want to escape from in favour of somewhere less lacking in the essential pulse that provides a locale with its underlying vibrancy. In his ongoing documentary series New Music Cities, created in collaboration with Dazed and AllSaints, director Jamie Jessett takes a counter-cultural look at some of the world’s global music centres. No Film School caught up with Jamie to find out how he’s been tapping into and capturing the diverse musical underground and how he managed to create an engaging documentary about an anonymous drug dealer for UK TV screens. More »

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stainlessAnyone who’s taken at least one trip on the underground will know by the beligered faces of their fellow travellers slogging to work or elsewhere that, buskers aside, there would seem to be little creativity to be found in underground transit. However, in his Stainless series of photographs, evolved into slow motion urban portrait films, Hungarian artist Adam Magyar demonstrates the hypnotic beauty that can be found in an everyday moment stretched out over a high-speed eternity. Watch an excerpt of how the denizens of New York’s Grand Central station make their commute after the jump. More »

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Mr_Christmas

With a Vimeo Staff Pick under its belt in this the month of making merry, Nick Palmer’s documentary about the charmingly idiosyncratic Bruce Mertz, better known in Concord, California as Mr. Christmas, looks set to rack up views in numbers equal to its subject’s annual display of synchronized festive lights. A working Hollywood screenwriter who, with writing partner Jeremiah Friedman, has penned and sold scripts to studios and has the coveted distinction of being included on the much-lauded Black List, Palmer joins No Film School to discuss his writing career and how he brought the story of Mr. Christmas to screen. Prepared to be dazzled after the jump. More »

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The Bear & The HareSo I totally get we’re still in November and that seeing the Christmas decorations already polluting every inch of your local mall has got your blood boiling and that you expect No Film School to be a ho ho haven from such premature revelry but just bear with me (sorry couldn’t resist) as you take a look at Blink’s heartwarming spot for John Lewis’ The Bear & The Hare that, dare I say it, actually captures the spirit of Christmas. Get in the seasonal spirit after the jump: More »

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AningaaqFor a film to be at its best, right from the earliest stages of script development you have to be willing to cull those ideas which either don’t advance the narrative or break the dramatic tension you’ve worked so hard to build over the proceeding pages. Sometimes this can mean jettisoning a scene which perfectly encompasses the themes of your larger narrative as was the case in the early stages of Alfonso & Jonás Cuarón’s work on the epic space survival feature Gravity. Fortunately for us, Jonás Cuarón was able to convince Warner Home Video to fund a short called Aningaaq which gave life to the Earth side of Sandra Bullock’s desperate, lost in translation SOS radio contact and has now made its way online. More »

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The CrewWith the sixth instalment of The Fast and the Furious franchise racking up a dizzying $788K+ worldwide gross earlier this year and an epidemic of sick days befalling the globe upon the release of Grand Theft Auto V, it’s clear that fast cars (and Vin Diesel) have somewhat of a large, content hungry fan base. Not being a gearhead myself, it’s a part of entertainment culture that’s largely passed me by — that is until The Andys and Unit Image’s adrenaline pumping trailer for Ubisoft’s The Crew slammed into my eyeballs at full speed and had me itching to jump behind the wheel. Strap in and ride shotgun after the jump. More »

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little freakBirthdays are normally a time of joy and a celebration of the extra year you’ve just spent in the world. Not so for the star of Edwin Schaap’s animated short Little Freak – who despite the skilful nature of his hands in the craft of carving has been condemned to live life as an object of horror and disgust as a side-show freak. Watch his eloquent plea for recognition after the break. More »

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Arrowhead Signal

On a desolate planet a lone mercenary waits stranded, hoping against hope that rescue will come with only his ship’s computer for company, but he soon discovers that he’s not as alone as he initially thought. That’s the basic outline of Australian director Jesse O’Brien’s well received sci-fi short Arrowhead: Signal, but far from the full story of Jesse’s journey along the independent road to completing his debut feature Arrowhead. We talk to Jesse about working outside the tradition production model and the benefits of using a short to build interest in your future feature. More »

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Pezet - Slang 2Dress it up with bling, scantily clad ladies or hydraulic bouncing cars, but when it comes to hip-hop as an art form, it’s hard to beat the visceral pleasure of watching a skilled rapper staring into the lens, spitting rhymes. That is unless you could seamlessly condense multiple deliveries into a single kinetic performance as directing duo Kijek / Adamski do in their motion controlled promo for Pezet track Slang 2. Get caught up in the flow after the break. More »

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this is how you dieWhat if there existed a machine which with a single drop of blood could predict how you were going to die? No dates or wider explanations, just a statement which was demonstrably always correct. Would you succumb to temptation and let it tell your fate? In his short THIS IS HOW YOU DIE., Michael Mohan sets out the swan songs for his soon to be departed characters, whilst playing fast and loose with the interpretations to great comedic effect. Find out what death has in store after the jump. More »

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RequiemForRomanceAnyone 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 Romance, he blends a personal story of heartbreak with a commentary on attitudes towards art within contemporary Chinese society by setting the emotional action of a phone call break up within feudal China. Click through to experience the raw emotion. More »

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benh_zeitlin_eggIt’s always interesting to look back at the early shorts of a director to see just how much of their current style and technique was present at a budget and resource level which could conceivably be attained without the support of deep pocketed backers. When Benh Zeitlin’s award-winning Beasts of the Southern Wild was released, much of the discussion about the director’s origins focussed on his 2008 short Glory at Sea, which sits as an obvious precursor to Beasts, yet that film isn’t how Zeitlin got his feet wet as a filmmaker. Watch 3 of his pre-Glory at Sea shorts recently uploaded to Court 13′s Vimeo account after the jump. More »

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OscillateWe’ve all heard the maxim that ‘70% of a movie is sound‘ and whilst there may be some quibbling over that exact percentage, in the case of Daniel Sierra’s transfixing musical film Oscillate, I can confidently pronounce sound and the sine waves which represent it on-screen, equal 100% of the whole, compelling experience. Take a look at what you can hear after the jump: More »

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The Man Who Saw a BoatThe tranquility of a life spent living beneath the waves flows from the screen in Vancouver Film School student Henrique Barone’s 2D/3D mixed animated short The Man Who Saw a Boat. When it came to the film’s development however, Barone had to dive deep to find a story worth telling, gathering the technical tools he needed along the way. Click through to watch the short and find out more. More »

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The Ningyo_hallwayrmy

Last year, senior visual effects artists Miguel Ortega and Tran Ma demonstrated what they could achieve in off hours, having given over their living room to a green screen and some decking, in Halloween short The Green Ruby Pumpkin. Expanding that successful home studio production methodology to a set which has taken over every inch of their living space, the pair have now embarked on the first leg of The Ningyo, a 1909 set action adventure series focused on the hunt for mythological creatures. NFS caught up with Miguel in his role as Director/Creator for a chat about the project. Read on after the jump: More »

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EntropyAlongside jowl wobbling slaps to the face or exploding water balloon speed ramps, tracking a drop of water as it falls through space into a coalescence cascade is one of those de facto shots oft used to demonstrate just how super speedy your new high-speed camera is. I could see why you’d be loathed to sit through yet another one — after all, seen one drop of water seen them all — but what if I said that the team over at Physalia Studio had actually managed to map an animation into falling water drops in their opening title film Entropy for IdN TV? Take a look at their CGI-free, mission possible after the break. More »

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JetIt’s well accepted that the bystander effect could leave you high and dry needing help, surrounded by a sea of able people, all unwilling to step forward — but does that mean on the flip side there’s such a thing as ‘sole witness over-exuberance’? If so, the opening moments of Jordan Chesney’s compelling short Jet — in which a man who’s lost all hope finds himself cast as the only lifeline for a snatched girl — may well be the text-book case. Find out how far he’s willing to go to not let her down after the jump: More »