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expanded symphony projectorEver since the Lumiere brothers projected their first film to the public — a train arriving at a station — cinema burst into the world as the newest and most populist art, beating out books, theater, and radio. Today, where is the popular future of movies headed if films become increasingly relegated to a small, elite group of people who get to make and watch them? Jose Carlos Zavarse Pinto and Irene Garibay are setting out to bring movies to a small village in Venezuela. And no, it’s not to show them the latest comic-book-smurfs-street-racing blockbusters, but rather, to have them create their own cinema. Below, Jose talks to No Film School about his project, and how filmmaking can be used to preserve or promote culture across the world. More »

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ifp independent filmweekA documentary rough cut, a narrative in pre-production, or a finished screenplay — whatever you’ve got up your sleeve, IFP is here to help you get your work made and seen during their annual Independent Film Week! And for 2014, IFP is throwing a Web Series component into the ring — music to the ears of the internet innovators out there. Below, hear IFP’s Dan Schoenbrun breakdown this new category just for No Film School readers, and find out the details on applying for all of the categories before the deadline. More »

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NewMedia_Blog1If you’ve been hard at working creating an interactive documentary experience meant to be viewed across multiple platforms, now is your chance to catapult your project forward: the application for the Tribeca Film Institute New Media Fund is open. The TFI is looking to fund between four and eight projects from any country that feature non-fiction stories with integrated cross-platforms and a social justice angle. If this fits your description, check out the details below, and apply! More »

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I don’t know about you, but I’m always frustrated when I get excited about a good movie at a festival, only to see the film descend into the bowels of obscurity after distribution dead-ends. Why is it so hard for anyone but a handful of good independent films to make their way onto my screen at home? After a year of hard work, I am excited to see the atmospheric, underdog film Hide Your Smiling Faces finally making it somewhere. Around this time last year, director Daniel Patrick Carbone sat down with No Film School over Skype. Checkout our original interview below, and find out where you can download the film now! More »

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Natalia Dyer in I Believe in Unicorns photo credit: Leah Meyerhoff

Shooting a film on Super 16 is about as rare these days as, I don’t know, spotting a unicorn. So when Fuji shipped out some of the last of their stocks for production of her first film, Leah Meyerhoff  didn’t know it would be one of the last features shot on Super 16. Just after the SXSW Film Festival premiere of I Believe in Unicorns, Meyerhoff sat down along with her two lead actors, Natalia Dyer and Peter Vack, to talk to No Film School about anything from intentionally fogging film green, to the surprising freedom that using a restrictive medium like 16mm can offer. Check out the full interview, as well as a behind-the-scenes clip, below. More »

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Sure, we’re all a bunch of gear junkies, but in some ways we know, a camera is a camera is a camera. It’s just as important for every production to have a good (or at least decent) concept, and therefore, a good reason to use one camera over the other! From scrapping a 3D production to saving up for six years to buy a RED EPIC, the excerpts below from a handful of different, but very talented, SXSW filmmakers are centered around one question: what did you shoot on and why? More »

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Teenage is not your grandma’s movie. Ok, well technically it is, but during the time when your grandma snuck out of the house, lived fast, and might have been part of a secret teenage society that innovated on the cultural norms of the day. Taking a ninety-degree turn from the Ken Burns-ian tradition of history as black and white pans with slow banjo music, this film is a visually poetic, punk-lensed rumination on what it means to be a teenager. Below, check out director Matt Wolf’s before-and-after footage, a short excerpt, and read about anything from finding techniques in old American Cinematographer to coming up with a transformative soundtrack by Deerhunter/Atlas Sound musician Bradford Cox. More »

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The 2014 SXSW Film Festival featured compelling work from filmmakers with all kinds different styles and backgrounds, but they all had one thing in common: they’re very talented. From Hellion‘s Kat Candler to Buzzard‘s Joel Potrykus, No Film School ran around interviewing these different filmmakers about their process, and below is a brief compilation of one topic: advice they had for fellow filmmakers after making it this far. More »

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after the wrap panel sxswYou busted your butt to make a damned good film. Now what? If you’re hoping somebody like Magnolia Pictures will swoop in and give you a distribution deal after you send them a DVD, you might be sorely disappointed when they turn you down. If only you had gone to the SXSW Panel After the Wrap: Finding the Right Distribution Partner, maybe things would go differently! Luckily, No Film School attended for you, and below are the three most salient points that might maximize your chances of getting picked up. More »

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Alejando Jodorowsky, film directorIt’s been over 20 years since avant-garde, psychomagic auteur Alejandro Jodorowsky made a film. To the delight of cult followers everywhere, this year’s SXSW Film Festival featured his much buzzed-about return to cinema with the semi-autobiographical film The Dance of Reality. Just before the North American premiere, Jodorowsky sat down and talked with eccentric enthusiasm about anything from writing scripts to why he hates 3D. Below is a look at some of the most outrageously enjoyable moments of his conversation. More »

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b&h andrew frank how to ask for money pitchAs artists, we can ask you to work relentlessly hard hours, put on layers of zombie makeup, even borrow your expensive gear for a shoot. But you know what we have the hardest time asking for? Money! Luckily, industry professionals like Andrew Frank are around to give us practical advice on getting past our fears with simple advice in this B&H video workshop How to Ask People for Money: Anatomy of a Pitch below. More »

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Have you ever considered making a film in a country that’s not your own? How about writing and directing a script in a language you don’t speak? In the interview below, Andrew Mudge talks to No Film School about doing just that in the awarding winning film The Forgotten Kingdom and touches on anything from why he gave up on DIY dollies to the inherent love/hate relationship a director has with a film. More »

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comcast time warner cable logosJust in time for Valentines Day, new industry sweethearts, Comcast and Time Warner Cable, announced a merger to “create a world-class technology and media company.” What does this mean for content creators, net neutrality, Apple TV, and those of you waiting for the internet repairman to show up at your house? Read about the controversial merger and weigh in with your thoughts below. More »

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It seems like every week a grant deadline flies by, and you find yourself looking forlornly at the expired application for free money, mumbling “coulda been a contender.” To give everyone more time to work on your films and scripts — and a little less time researching how to fund them — scroll through the list below to find relevant opportunities for your narrative films, documentaries, and screenplays with deadlines this Spring. More »

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indiegogo distribution programIf you’re thinking about making your next film, you might be toying with the idea of crowdfunding some (or all) of the budget. If you thought picking your crowdfunding platform was about deciding which site’s design you like better, think again! During Sundance, Vimeo announced it was partnering with Kickstarter, Indiegogo, and Seed&Spark to help successful projects find audiences. A week later, Indiegogo announced a specialized Film Distribution Program with VHX and Yekra. Now, your crowdfunding platform could also get you a clear, discounted, or lucrative channel to distribution! Below is a look at what the changing distribution opportunities could mean for you. More »

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kickstarter indiegogo films sundance 2014From projects that banked $12K to upwards of $3M, quite a few films that just premiered at Sundance Film Festival were supported by very successful, but very different, Kickstarter and Indiegogo campaigns. (And most were launched long before the filmmakers knew they would be premiering in Park City.) In the breakdown below, check out which ones were the most successful, and pick up tips for your next crowdfunding campaign. More »

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nfs grants sundance documentarWhen over half of the documentaries premiering at Sundance have been backed by a handful of well-regarded granting agencies, you ought to take notice of who those grantmakers are, and start putting together your application for next year — NOW. Below is a breakdown of who supported which films, and how to tell if these agencies might support your work in the future. More »

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tribeca youth fellowshipRemember the days of yore, when you were forced to attend high school with a few thousand knuckleheads, five days a week? In between your Discman and the Gak, what if your youthful imagination had been mentored by film professionals in Big Apple’s film community? If you’re still between the ages of 16-18, it’s not too late! Find out how you can become a youth Tribeca Film Fellow below, the deadline is right around the corner. More »

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aereo business model supreme courtOn Friday, the Supreme Court agreed to hear a case brought by ABC and other broadcasters against a subscription startup called Aereo that lets users stream live tv with a tiny antenna and Cloud DVR. If the outcome goes the way of the broadcasters, will growing cloud technology stop in its tracks? If it goes the other way, will original programming go down as cable operators that decide not to pay retransmission fees when they don’t have to? Hear the two sides, and weigh in on which way the sky will fall, below. More »

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original 1932 scarface posterImagine you’ve made a beautiful, real film about a teenager’s nuanced life, but since you dropped the F-bomb more than once, you’ll get slapped with an R rating. Meanwhile, some PG-13 blockbuster about kids killing each other with futuristically medieval weapons is the teen flick of the summer. We take a look at the long history of film ratings and censorship, which started with the Hays Code. Below, how we got the MPAA Film Rating System, coupled with figures recently published on violence in films over the last thirty years, might leave filmmakers asking, what the frack? More »