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Back in March, we posted five award-winning screenwriters discussing how they approach their craft. Personally, I find great value in hearing from successful professional screenwriters, learning about their strengths and weaknesses, finding out what works and doesn’t work for them as they work on their screenplays. After originally posting about five award-winning screenwriters, we naturally had to follow that up with five more award-winning screenwriters discussing how they approach their craft because everybody loves a sequel (right?). Grab a snack, sit back and learn from screenwriters Geoffrey Fletcher, Nat Faxon & Jim Rash, Sofia Coppola, Pedro Almodóvar, and Charlie Kaufman as they share their thoughts about crafting stories, writing screenplays and navigating the business. More »
A few months ago, Justin posted a series of videos of 10 renowned directors offering their advice on filmmaking. While this list isn’t quite as extensive, today I present to you five award-winning screenwriters discussing their approach to the craft of screenwriting. You may want to get a snack or even a small meal because some of these videos are long, but all of them offer unique insights into how each of these writers (or writing teams) approach a story, and then break the story down into screenplay format. Hopefully, these videos will educate and inspire you as you work on your own screenwriting craft.
Another Sundance Film Festival has come and gone, and it was a tremendous year for acquisitions, with the rights to at least a dozen films sold for over $1 million dollars. We’ve had a few great conversations with some of the filmmakers from this year’s festival, including Darci Picoult, writer of Mother of George, winner of one of the Cinematography Awards. The top prizes went to Fruitvale, for dramatic, and Blood Brother, for documentary, and we’ve got some material from both films, as well two of the award-winning short films embedded below. More »
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 »
IFP’s (Independent Film Project) Gotham Independent Film Awards took place last night, and the entire event was streamed live from their website. We already looked at a few of the nominees, but we’ve got the entire list of winners and some trailers below. I wasn’t able to find trailers or media for all of the films, but the majority have some sort of corresponding media. Click through to see who won the 2012 Gothams. More »
As the awards season goes into overdrive, we are seeing more and more (and more) screenplays available online for (legal) download from the studios and specialty arms. Most recently, two more screenplays have appeared after their limited release debuts here in the U.S. over the past two weeks: the French-language Rust and Bone (De Rouille et d’Os) from Sony Pictures Classics and the Tom Stoppard-penned adaptation of the novel Anna Karenina from Focus Features. More »
It’s that time of year again: Awards Season. While Hollywood’s major awards aren’t for another few months, Independent Film Project’s awards show, the Gotham Independent Film Awards, is just around the corner. The show, hosted by comedian Mike Birbiglia (who just starred in his own mostly true life story Sleepwalk With Me), will air live Monday, November 26th at 7:30PM Eastern Time. Check out the rest of the details below. More »
Now that the election is over, we can focus on voting that matters – voting for the unending parade of film awards. Or, as the case may be, figuring out how to dominate the Oscar night ballot for bragging rights among your non-film-obsessed friends who could really care less. Again. Last week, we shared with you the early releases of screenplays available for your consideration (and legal download in PDF format) from Universal Pictures and Focus Features. The remaining studios and specialty arms are rolling out their websites for awards consideration, and two contenders from Sony Pictures Classics, Smashed and Celeste and Jesse Forever, have kindly posted their screenplays for download. More »
One of the best ways to learn about screenwriting is to read produced screenplays. A little bit of Google research can certainly turn up several screenplays in various formats (some less helpful than others). Admittedly, finding a pirated copy of a screenplay online doesn’t make me feel that great, either, even if I’m just searching for it for my own educational purposes. This time of year, however, the Interwebs deliver a pleasant surprise for aspiring screenwriters everywhere: award-hopeful screenplays for your consideration (and available for legal downloading). More »
Back in July we covered the release of Source Filmmaker,
It’s film awards season (here’s an ongoing scorecard), which also makes it a good time to reflect on your personal favorites from the past year. I wish Netflix would let me sort the films I’ve rated by the date I rated them, which would allow me to provide an easy answer to “seen anything good lately?” Even this very handy script does not allow that. But I have some issues with Netflix, and this post is not about them but about Quentin Tarantino, who recently shared his own personal top 10 movies from 2011: More »
The 2012 Vimeo Festival + Awards are now open for entries. Divided into 13 categories, with each category winner receiving a $5k grant and one lucky winner receiving $25k, the submissions period runs until February 20, 2012. English (or English-subtitled) videos that premiered after July 31, 2010 are eligible. The launch trailer, and details: More »
As part of its Nonprofit Program, YouTube will be awarding grants to nonprofit organizations that have produced videos in the past year. Grants will be awarded for the Best Small, Medium, and Large Organization Videos, and there is a grant for the Best Thrifty Video as well (a video made for less than $500). The winning videos will also be featured on the YouTube homepage (a privilege for which for-profit corporations pay a lot more than $10k). Here’s the video announcement: More »
Creative Capital, according to their web site, is “the only national grantmaking and artist service organization for individual artists with an open application process.” Their 2011 grant cycle — which will hand out 20+ grants of $10,000 — just opened on February 1st, and runs until March 1st. If you’re a U.S. citizen (or permanent legal resident) 25 or older, check out the 2011 grant guidelines [PDF link]. Here are the details: More »
A raft of awards were handed out as the 2011 Sundance Film Festival drew to a close this weekend. But the awards were not the only story: with over 30 films acquired at the festival, this year’s Sundance Film Festival boasted the highest number of acquisitions in the festival’s history, according to NYmag. The aforementioned Canon 7D-shot Like Crazy won the Grand Jury Prize (Dramatic), whereas How to Die in Oregon took home the Documentary Grand Jury Prize. While the particular camera used to shoot a film is far less important than… well, everything else, from what I can tell there was no shortage of HDSLR-shot features in Park City this year. Also winning an award was the Danfung Dennis documentary Hell and Back Again, which took home the World Cinema Jury Prize. Shot on a Canon 5D Mark II, here’s its trailer (NSFW language): More »
The 2011 Total Film Blog Awards results are in, and NoFilmSchool has won the Best Creative Blog award. Thanks to everyone who made this possible by voting! In fact, so many of you voted for NoFilmSchool that I was accused of cheating by some commenters and temporarily removed from the contest by the organizers. The controversy stemmed from the fact that many of you voted within a narrow window of time, and some believed this could only be the result of fraud. It was no such thing. If you’re curious as to how this happened, read on; otherwise, thank you again for your support. The award should help this site grow and improve in the future. More »
I’m very pleasantly surprised to be nominated for Total Film’s Best Creative Blog Award. After just one year of running NoFilmSchool as a daily blog, I’m honored to be listed alongside the likes of Ted Hope’s Hope for Film and John August’s… um, John August. If you like what you’ve been reading here on NoFilmSchool, please head on over to the Total Film Movie Blog Awards and give this site a vote! The awards are also, of course, a good way to discover other film sites, so check ‘em out.
The Gotham Independent Film Awards took place last night here in New York, and despite being fairly plugged into the indie film world, I couldn’t help but notice when presented with the opportunity to vote for the audience awards online that I had seen less than half of the nominees. So now that the awards have been decided, I thought I’d call whatever attention I could to the winners, since indie films are too damn hard to see. Perhaps if one of these trailers piques your interest you’ll add it to your Netflix queue or even buy it via Amazon. Without further ado: More »
The Vimeo Festival + Awards this past weekend in NYC were a great time, with all sorts of panels, networking, and partying going on (I assume much of this will make it online at some point — it is Vimeo we’re talking about, after all). I met a lot of fellow filmmakers (and gave away some free passes too) and expect that the festival will be a staple of the NYC filmmaking community for years to come. As part of the festival, the Vimeo Awards were announced, and the winner of the first annual $25,000 Vimeo Grant is Last Minutes with ODEN, an emotional short about a dog’s battle with cancer, directed by Phos Pictures and shot on a Canon 7D: More »
Here, the nitty-gritty from our press release:
NEW YORK, NEW YORK – MAY 6, 2008 – The 12th Annual Webby Awards today named The West Side as Best Drama Series of 2008. The show is self-produced by co-creators Ryan Bilsborrow-Koo and Zachary Lieberman.
Described as an “Urban Western,” The West Side transforms contemporary New York City into a unique, alternate universe by melding together elements from two disparate film genres: the grit of an urban setting with the tradition of the American Western. Presented in episodic form on the Internet at http://thewestside.tv, the show is written, directed, produced, shot, edited, and designed by Bilsborrow-Koo and Lieberman.
“This award is a perfect example of the opportunity the Internet represents for truly independent filmmakers to showcase their abilities,” said Bilsborrow-Koo. Added Lieberman, “for the judges to recognize the quality and ambition of our show is a great honor.”
Bilsborrow-Koo and Lieberman will be honored at the star-studded Webby Film & Video Awards in New York City on June 9th.