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No Film School at the Wooden Camera Booth NAB 2014Wooden Camera makes quality accessories that are designed to supplement and improve every type of rig imaginable. This year at NAB they are showing a new C-box, new lens supports for both studio lenses and still lenses, and a new lens mount system for the Blackmagic 4K production camera. Hit the jump to watch our interview with Wooden Camera on the NAB floor: More »

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No Film School with Sony at NAB 2014Holding true to their philosophy to make the F5/F55 remain viable for a long time to come, Sony have introduced an upgrade that effectively turns your F5 into an F55. For the FS700, Sony are releasing a free FS700 firmware upgrade for E-mount zoom lens support. Also, for those of us with a few B4 lenses sitting around, Sony has announced a new 2-part optical B4 to PL adapter with an electronic lens interface. Hit the jump for our interview with Sony on the NAB floor: More »

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Sony A7s at NAB 2014Sony’s new camera at NAB this year comes in a familiar form factor for all of the DSLR users out there. The Sony a7S, an extension of the previous a7 models, is a full frame 12.2 megapixel sensor capable of HD recording up to 120 fps, with 4K recording only through HDMI to an external recorder such as the new Atomos Shogun. Hit the jump to watch our interview with Sony at their NAB booth: More »

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Benro at NAB 2014Can the world ever have enough tripod options? Zacuto doesn’t think so and neither does Benro, who have just developed two new tripods for medium and lightweight camera packages. We stopped by the Benro booth at NAB to check out these new offerings, so if you’re in the market for a new three-legged friend then hit the jump to watch the video: More »

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Tenba NAB 2014A satisfying part about being a filmmaker is being able to neatly stash your precious equipment in beautiful bags so you always know where things are. Tenba has been making bags for over 30 years, and at this year’s NAB we got to check out a few of their new offerings, including the world’s first backpack solution for hardcore GoPro users, new airport backpacks and attache cases. Click through to watch the video from the floor in Vegas: More »

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No Film School interviews Tim Haskell from Limelite at NAB 2014There’s a lot of LED lighting companies out there, but we haven’t come across any doing quite what Limelite are doing here: putting high output, high CRI leds inside of a form factor that everybody is used to in fluorescent tube fixtures. Ryan Koo spoke with Tim Haskell from Limelite on the NAB floor to get the scoop, click through to watch the interview: More »

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No Film School's Ryan Koo interviews Eric Kessler at NAB 2014Eric Kessler is becoming a household name for quality camera motion products targeted for productions of all sizes, and this year the company is unveiling the budget-friendly UniDrive that comes in a 1-axis or 3-axis configuration. Also new this year is the advanced Kessler kOS iPad app for controlling the bigger, more expensive CineDrive system, as well as other improvements and add-ons. Click through to watch Ryan Koo’s interview with Kessler Crane on the floor at NAB in Las Vegas. More »

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No Film School with Blackmagic Design at NAB 2014Blackmagic is making a habit out of causing a ruckus at NAB, and this year they’re stirring up the world of live production with two new cameras designed specifically for broadcast. Hit the jump to get on the floor with Joe Marine and Blackmagic Design president Dan May: More »

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No Film School with Teradek at NAB 2014, Showing off the Serv and TeraView AppTeradek is already well known for their wireless streaming devices and yet they seem to be able to offer something new each year. This NAB they show off the Serv and a free iOS and Android application called TeraView for monitoring up to 4 signals on a single device. Hit the jump to get on the ground floor with Ryan Koo and Teradek’s Michael Gailing: More »

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No Film School with Mitch Gross and Convergent Design at NAB 2014It’s not uncommon for today’s tools to be equipped to handle multiple applications, and the Odyssey 7Q certainly exemplifies this. Ryan Koo caught up with Mitch Gross at the Convergent Design booth at NAB 2014 to get in depth with the 7Q and get a sneak peak at the upcoming Athena. Hit the jump to check it out: More »

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Ryan Koo Visits Steve Weiss at the Zacuto Booth NAB 2014Zacuto are a mainstay of the NAB scene here in Vegas, and this year they’ve focussed their efforts on a new EVF and, for first the first time, a line of professional tripods. Ryan Koo met up with Steve Weiss at the Zacuto booth to play with the new toys and get all the details. Hit the jump to watch the video. More »

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Dan May with No Film School at NAB 2014Blackmagic are stirring things up again with new developments and over a dozen new products at this year’s NAB. Perhaps the biggest announcement from yesterday was the Blackmagic URSA, and our team on the floor in Vegas caught up with BMD president Dan May to talk about the new camera. Hit the jump to watch our video. More »

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No Film School at NAB 2014, Joe Marine and AJA's Andy BellamyThe announcement of AJA’s first camera, the $9,000 global shutter 4K CION, has camera enthusiasts buzzing. Our team on the floor here in Vegas got a chance to speak to AJA about the new camera, asking important questions ranging from sensor sourcing, RAW capability and availability. Hit the jump to watch the video. More »

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4-4K-JVC-CamerasIt’s camera season here in Vegas, and adding to the mix is JVC, announcing not one (who announces just one camera anymore?) but four new 4K-capable large sensor camcorders. So if you haven’t already had enough new cameras to sift through yet, hit the jump for the details. More »

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1396867330What would the NAB show be without some sort of announcement from RED? This year we’ve got a slew of news from the company, including Scarlet Dragon shipping info, a 4K broadcast module to send out up to 4K 60fps over 4 3G-SDI ports, Epic-M Monochrome details, new color science and even a handy RED-specific multi-tool. Hit the jump for the details. More »

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Creative District LaunchTechnicolor’s latest endeavor isn’t a picture profile for your camera, but an online profile for your career. While many professional networks already exist for filmmakers, the backbone of Creative District is in its grant program, offering monthly grants (to U.S. residents) of $5,000 to projects in every stage of production. Click through to read more about Creative District and see if the social network might be in your future. More »

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Simple Machine's Nandan RaoA huge challenge for independent filmmakers is getting eyeballs on their movies. Many new tools aim to solve this problem, but Nandan Rao’s DIY screening platform Simple Machine is going one further: they are offering cash for you to create your own live event, your own film festival — as long as it can be accomplished for $1,000 or less. Read on for the full details and a quick word from Simple Machine founder Nandan Rao. More »

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First Kiss Viral Short FilmGaining 30 million views in just a couple days, this record-breaking filmvertisement directed by Tati Pilieva features 20 seemingly random couples engaging in a first kiss on camera. Is this heartwarming display of love and innocence an authentic one, or just another example of well executed viral marketing? Read on to watch the film and get all the details: More »

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Menthol World Premiere at SBIFF

In Part 1 of this series, I talked about the decisions in creating the seminal piece of marketing (the trailer) for my first narrative feature Menthol. We just had our world premiere last month at the 29th Santa Barbara International Film Fest and, being my first festival experience from the filmmaker’s side, I wanted to share a little bit about the experience and what it’s got me thinking about — the philosophical, the social, and the pragmatic. More »

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Shooting with Alexa

Despite the name of our website, there are many things to be learned in film school, and director Addison Mehr chose an especially interesting project for his NYU thesis film. Fort Apache is the story of small town escape, adapted from a popular short story by Alan Heathcock. Click through to watch the film and get Addison’s perspective on film school, reaching out to an established author, casting and finding stories that resonate. More »