November 11, 2014 at 11:22PM, Edited November 19, 11:57AM

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Why Nofilmschool Is No Longer a Film Blog Superpower

1. They steal content from more reputable writers and re-post it as "click bait"
2. Judging by the brief and easily agreeable copy it's easy to tell that the newer writers barely understand what they're writing about nor do the writers even watch some of the tutorials/case studies they post anymore.
3. Ryan Koo, Robert Hardy and Joe Marine don't write enough. And when they do it's half-assed. They are this blog, and they are dropping the ball.
4. Quality over quantity has been lost and the reputation of the blog is suffering as a result. The basic idea of "think before you speak" could really benefit some of the writers here.
5. Stop with the shitty headlines. EXAMPLE: "GoPro Footage of Fireworks Might be the Best Thing Ever" (seriously, the footage was dog shit) or "It's a Bird! It's a Plane! No, It's a Drone Filming a 4K Porn Called 'Drone Boning" (so....creative???)

Nofilmschool's identity crisis is so sad. It's a blatant display of the internet's current landscape in contrast to the informational creative paradise it used to be. It's great that people can still make money as bloggers and all but, when you don't practice what you write it comes through to the audience. I mean, shouldn't the goal of a blog be to provide original content that's going to keep both the advertisers and the readers coming back for your blog's point of view, instead of recycled nonsense that's just going to waset your audience's time.

Here are some other filmblogs that some of you might enjoy as a replacement:
- http://motionographer.com/
- http://www.eoshd.com/
- http://www.4kshooters.net/
- http://filmmakeriq.com/
- http://www.lynda.com/
- http://philipbloom.net/
- http://www.hurlbutvisuals.com/blog

Nofilmschool has had some great editorial moments in the past couple of years but, as of recently it's easy to see that they are on a strong downward spiral. I feel as a loyal reader that I need to let Nofilmschool know that every time I refresh your page and see another article I cringe and wish I could grab a time machine back to when Nofilmschool wrote original content and had pride in what they did and who they chose to write for them.

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I think you're on to something.

November 11, 2014 at 11:53PM

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Thanks for sharing the other links - I look forward to harvesting a balanced digest - really appreciate those (hadn't heard of half of 'em).

November 13, 2014 at 2:29AM, Edited November 13, 2:29AM

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NoFilmSchool was and remains one of my favourites for reading news about filmmaking, camera's, NLE, new tools, etc. They update their news frequently (new articles every day), and I find the quality of the content is above average. Besides that the comments, hints and tips are absolutely useful too. I am glad the team of NoFilmSchool is doing this site. (for free) Keep up the good work!

March 26, 2015 at 11:20AM

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Erwin Hartsuiker
CineVideo-NL videographer
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Yeah has to suck so much that they don't produce material for you that you enjoy as much.

The site has lovely helpful community and they post something new every single day. Maybe it's not what it used to be or whatever but it still a very nice platform and I will continue to come back daily.

November 13, 2014 at 6:25AM

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Viktor Ragnemar
Director/Cinematographer
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I'm exceptionally thankful for NFS, though it does seem that it's been a cluster of finding anything related to filmmaking on youtube then posting it here with a commentary.

No offense intended, but when they posted a Film Riot episode as a post, it broke the camel's back.

November 13, 2014 at 12:12PM

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Jordan Mederich
Documentarian / Filmmaker
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I'm a big fan of Film Riot and think they're very talented (I follow them every week), but I agree - The content on this site is generally unoriginal. Reposting a Film Riot episode seemed a little content despite.

November 14, 2014 at 3:12AM

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Brandon Neubert
Color Artist / Writer / Director
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I'm relatively new to NFS and I must say that, click baiting aside this is one of the very few film making sites I follow and visit on a regular basis. Also here a got a very nice special offer for a DaVinci Resolve online course. Interfance and navigation are also pretty solid.

November 13, 2014 at 4:22PM, Edited November 13, 4:22PM

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Andrei-Cristian Murgescu
Freelance Motion Graphics Designer / Director
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this is a great link to other great filmmaking resources. thank you.

November 13, 2014 at 8:55PM

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Ed David
Director of Photography
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I think the addition of the discussion/question boards has really helped the NFS site. The articles seem a little more click bait-ish as of late, but I still find the majority of content on here helpful. They could do with a bit more beefiness to some of the articles though. I still check NFS almost every day and am very thankful for this site!
For people looking for some other film related sites to read as well, I would suggest RedShark for news (http://www.redsharknews.com/) and Wolfcrow for workflow tips and tutorials, as well as some beginner film-making learning resources (http://wolfcrow.com/).

November 13, 2014 at 11:02PM

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I think you're absolutely right. This has become less of an article base and more of a recycled article something or other. I don't follow it nearly as much as I used to.

November 14, 2014 at 3:09AM, Edited November 14, 3:09AM

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Brandon Neubert
Color Artist / Writer / Director
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I like Nofilmschool, it is very useful and I appreciate that they share articles from other sites.
I knew lots of thing thanks NFS, so I encourage to continue this way!

November 14, 2014 at 3:30AM, Edited November 14, 3:30AM

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Simone Salvatore
Filmmaker / Recording Engineer / Musician
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Recycle articles?

What are you people talking about.. ALL sites does this in EVERY media. And I think the people over at Film Riot is glad that NFS publish there videos here... Gives them more views, why should they care from where they are?

Hate people complaining over something that other people do for you free of charge.

November 14, 2014 at 3:59AM

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Viktor Ragnemar
Director/Cinematographer
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I agree. I'm always grateful when NFS posts a video of mine. If anything, they help us little content creation guys out! That said, I believe content creation should also be a priority rather than 95% curation.

July 19, 2016 at 6:16PM

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Caleb Pike
Shooter, Educator
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While I agree that some of these points are true, I think you make it sound much worse than it actually is. Are article titles filled with Hyperbole? Yes. Are some articles lacking in content? Yes.

But that doesn't mean what is here is bad. I like to read about film every day and many blogs don't post enough to warrant visiting their site that often (philipbloom). While NFS covers topics that might be Fringe, they are still writing content every day, which is what I find important.

You might argue that Quality is more important than Quantity. Typically I agree, but that would imply the articles here are not Quality articles. I think what people are missing is that many of these are posted to bring something to attention, not to explain or discuss at length about a subject. Understanding this, you should separate "News" posts with "Original" posts. Many posts are news related, and every so often lengthy informative pieces are also written.

I do wish they separated the posts a bit. Keeping the more in depth/informative write-ups in the light longer while having "news" style articles flow through the site after a day or two.

November 14, 2014 at 8:38PM, Edited November 14, 8:38PM

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Alex Smith
Documentary/Cinematographer
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Hey guys,

Your feedback is not falling on deaf ears. Gordon, I responded separately on the article you originally posted this to, but before I also repost my response, I want to clarify something as a filmmaker who has released a short film online:

http://nofilmschool.com/2013/11/wrapping-up-short-amateur-latest-on-feat...

Basically, when you post a video, the WORST thing that could happen is no one else picks it up. You WANT blogs to drive views — they are one of the primary drivers of traffic. You work hard on something and you want it to be seen, right? With my short I emailed so many sports blogs and was disappointed when someone DIDN'T post it. The best thing that can happen to a filmmaker releasing something online is to say, "my video got picked up by [so-and-so]!" So I don't know why it's seen as a bad thing when we share other people's videos. We always credit and link back to the source (and drive traffic), and many blogs do not.

While I think we have posted some great content in recent months, there is an inherent tension at the heart of being a "by filmmakers, for filmmakers" website: namely, when you are counting on filmmakers to write your articles, eventually they go off and... make a film. And then they're no longer available to write articles (see: myself, Joe). The solution, of course, is to hire more writers. And we'll be doing that soon, along with a hundred other improvements that have been on my list for years. But we've spent a lot of time and resources on relaunching the site, which, a few complaints notwithstanding (show me a redesign that hasn't been met with some detractors!), has gone really well, and we're only getting started on it.

We value our community highly -- thus the relaunch with a full community component -- and I appreciate your input.

Isn't "Why Nofilmschool Is No Longer a Film Blog Superpower" a click-bait title, by your definition? As far as I'm concerned we're just getting started!

November 15, 2014 at 12:33PM, Edited November 15, 12:36PM

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Ryan Koo
Founder
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Don't come back to NFS, simple as that.

November 15, 2014 at 3:39PM

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Tommy Plesky
Director / D.P / Editor
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this blog blew up because of timing and it was great. ryan koo to me was one of the early adopters and pioneers of dslr video communities.
i learned a lot. i purchased my first camera after reading is cinematography guide. i am forever grateful.
Even though the site wasn't always updated, i loved his writing. Because it read as if it was research of his own and he was sharing it with us.
i don't blame him for not being involved as much. He's grown up and he's busy. It happens with many successful business, sites, communities, groups, etc...
there's nothing wrong with it.
i was actually not involved after i became very busy with my work. fortunately im at a point that i dont have to take every job out there so i wanted to get re-involved with this site and community.
i am sure and i truly hope that once ryan is done with his feature, he'll be back!

November 17, 2014 at 10:11PM

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Kazu Okuda
Filmmaker
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Interesting thread... I too wonder what No Film School considers it's audience. It's a difficult question, because as Ryan pointed out, many of the original bloggers are making films. Real features. So posting on no budget techniques isn't really the best use of them as a resource or necessarily what the audience is looking for. But at the same time, "sub 2 grand" gimbals are still out of reach for many of the readers.

December 3, 2014 at 12:35PM

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Paul B
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actually all the links you shared are pretty standard - NFS is still the best. well I really like Andrew at EOSHD - he's doing some really interesting things. But still I think I reached the end of the internet. Time to move on with my (life)

December 17, 2014 at 12:31AM

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Ed David
Director of Photography
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Even if Koo doesn't contribute as much I find the compilation of links and videos to be invaluable.

December 6, 2015 at 11:19PM

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Sean Voysey
Creative Director
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