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OscarWe’ve talked quite a bit about online petitions lately. First it was Kentucker Audley satirically urging independent filmmakers to give up their dreams for the greater good of the film industry. Then, in the wake of the Sarah Jones tragedy, it was a petition to have her recognized during the “In Memoriam” segment at Sunday’s Academy Awards. And now, fellow No Film Schoolers, we have another petition to unleash on you, a petition to split the Oscar for “Best Cinematography” into two separate categories. Read on to see what all of the fuss is about. More »

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her1We’ve covered Spike Jonze’s romantic drama Her quite a bit since its release. In fact, this unconventional film has been studied, explored, and examined quite a bit — filmmakers, journalists, and critics alike delve into the narrative to find answers to the many questions the film poses — like, who really represents humanity in the film, Samantha or Theo? Kevin B. Lee shares yet another excellent video with Keyframe, this time not only discussing why Her deserves the Oscar for Best Picture, but goes further in suggesting that the film is about “more than just a tragic love story between human and machine,” but is also about “how much of being human is like being a machine.” More »

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The 2014 Academy Awards are now exactly two weeks away, which means advertisements, TV spots, interviews, and talk show appearances featuring nominated films and their actors are reaching their seasonal apices. But over at Keyframe, they’ve put together a video that pits each Best Director nominee against each other in a fight to see which one is most deserving of the Oscar. Continue on to take a closer look at the directorial styles, performances, and artistic approaches of some of the most talented directors working today. More »

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SupermanOne of the Academy Award categories that is fast becoming not only an industry favorite, but a fan favorite, is Best Visual Effects — and for good reason. VFX have made it possible to tell impossible stories, ever more adeptly selling the illusion that what’s up on-screen, be it Ryan Stone adrift in space or Tony Stark’s exoskeleton, is absolutely real. With this year’s Oscars is proving to be another big year for visual effects, with the nominations of Gravity and Iron Man 3 to name a couple, let’s take a look at the last 37 years of Academy Award-winning VFX in this great retrospective by Nelson Carvajal. More »

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The GrandmasterWhat qualifies as great cinematography to you? The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences have certainly run the gamut in their nominations for Best Cinematography; the group of honored films consists of a diverse selection of stories told by some of the most talented DPs of our time, which makes one wonder — what does the “best” cinematography look like anyway? Fandor has put together yet another compilation of footage from this year’s Oscar nominees in cinematography in an effort to dissect, break down, and study each of their visual artistry. More »

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Alone Yet Not AloneLet’s get this out of the way if you didn’t know it already: the Academy Awards are a popularity contest, just like any election. If you’re nominated in a category, it’s likely because millions of dollars were spent getting the word out. There are exceptions, of course, but just like with politics, it’s not necessarily the best candidate, but the best campaign that wins. With that said, the Academy has now done something that may be unprecedented: they’ve taken back a nomination. More »

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Searching for Sugar ManFor better or worse, winning an Oscar is as good as it gets within the Film Industry. Haven’t we all imagined our thank you speech where we acknowledge our moms or give the metaphorical middle finger to our enemies? However, getting nominated for an Academy Award requires more than just making a good film — and for a documentary, you have to start thinking about this early or risk disqualification, as filmmaker Hunter Weeks explains in the FilmCourage interview below. More »

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dr-strangelove-1964Set design is one of the most complicated elements in film. Ideally, it’s meant to serve the story and not call attention to itself, while still adding to the mood of the movie. In the second half of the 20th century, perhaps no set designer has been more influential than Sir Ken Adam: his set design on several James Bond films helped establish a cinematic aesthetic  for the 60s, and his work on Stanley Kubrick’s Dr. Strangelove cemented his place in cinema history. Kubrick and Adam would later collaborate on Barry Lyndon, for which Adam won an Oscar, and now he’s given an interview to the BBC on his work with the legendary director. More »

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It’s far too easy to get caught up in the technological aspects of filmmaking, whether it be with new cameras, lenses, NLEs, or anything else. Focusing on gear is easy when something new comes out practically every day, but all of this technology is in place for the purpose of helping us tell better stories. What better way to remind ourselves of this than to see a great story made with what is widely considered to be “less than adequate” equipment? Such is the case with Searching for Sugar Man, the Academy Award winner for Best Feature Documentary at this year’s Oscars, part of which was shot on, as you might have already guessed, an iPhone. Check out the trailer for this fascinating film below: More »

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Another year, another Oscars, but this one was very special to the indie community for one major reason: the documentary short Inocente made history as the first Kickstarter film to win an Academy Award. Hollywood might have just started noticing the crowdfunding platform recently, but independent films have benefitted greatly over the last few years, and Kickstarter has been involved in a number of festival and award-winning films — including a few Oscar nods. Also, if you missed it previously, embedded below is Paperman, which took home the best animated short film Academy Award, and the trailer for Curfew, shot on the RED ONE, which received the live action short film award. More »

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With the final major guild awards behind us, (Argo and Zero Dark Thirty won last night’s WGA awards for Adapted and Original Screenplays, respectively), pundits can finally channel all of their attention and prognostications on the big show, the Academy Awards (as if they weren’t already). Ten screenplays are nominated, but of course, only two will win. This year, however, that doesn’t mean we won’t get to hear from some of the other writing nominees about their Oscar experiences. More »

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In the spirit of consideration for the highest honors a work may receive in our field, we have been keeping you up to date with a number of scripts seeking nomination — one of the earliest of these was Moonrise Kingdom, which has in fact been nominated for Best Original Screenplay. Interestingly enough, and in contrast to the rest of the scripts you may have caught so far, the script for Moonrise Kingdom is now also available in a new, very unique textual-visual version, complete with an interactive navigator. Read on for the details of this ‘Screenplay 2.0′ below. More »

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It’s that time of year again, when Hollywood nominates the films that ran the best Oscar campaigns best films from the previous year in a number of categories. Even just being nominated for an Academy Award is usually an honor for most of these filmmakers and actors, and many of them have been on the ballot a number of times. Probably the most interesting selection is Benh Zeitlin’s Beasts of the Southern Wild, a true independent film not just in budget but in spirit, which was nominated for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay, and the youngest Best Actress nomination ever in Quvenzhané Wallis. What’s even more interesting is how many of these films were still shot on actual film, but how long will that last? More »