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Comedy ContestIf you’re currently working on a comedy script, now might be the time to put your head down get that baby done, because ScreenCraft’s 2014 Comedy Script Contest is now officially open for early entries. This year is a little special, in that they’ve opened it up to short screenplay entries, as well as included some major comedy producers and execs (Funny or Die, Happy Madison) on the jury. So, if you’re itching to get your screenplay in front of some people who could potentially get you some exposure, continue on to find out how to enter. More »

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ramisOn Tuesday, the world lost one of the most talented comedic performers, writers and directors of his generation, Harold Ramis. He was 69 years old, and had been suffering from vasculitis, an autoimmune disorder, for some time. His filmography reads like a history of comedy in the 80s, and he will be greatly missed. Ramis believed in comedy as the medium of the underdog, once saying, “It’s hard for winners to do comedy. Comedy is inherently subversive… we attack the winners.” After the jump, a few videos to remind us of the greatness of this comic genius. More »

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Film Independent Spirit Awards March 1 10PMPatton Oswalt might be best known as a comedian, but he also happens to be an actor (and occasionally a host of festivities). He’s been in a range of productions, including a number of independent films, and that’s why he’s the perfect spokesperson for the INDIE-IZER, a new product that can turn any big budget Hollywood film into an endearing micro-budget indie film: More »

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David DobkinWhat is the funniest movie you’ve ever seen? Do you lean towards the slapstickiness of a Farrelly Bros. flick, or do you prefer Wes Anderson’s boarding school style of humor? There are all types and styles of comedy, but one thing they have in common, other than being laugh-inducing, is that those laughs were hard-won. Writing and directing comedy is not easy, despite how effortlessly people respond to it, and if you’re in need of a little guidance, check out this article Wedding Crashers director David Dobkin wrote for the Directors Guild of America: his 10 Commandments of Directing Comedy. More »

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Archer 1 (Color)Chances are if you’re between the ages of 16 to 35, you’ve watched the FX animated hit, ArcherIt’s one of those shows that appeals ever so perfectly to our inner man-child sensibilities. But I digress. It’s a show that combines an extremely basic animation style with a sleek, modern aesthetic, one that combines the mundanities and oddities of a dysfunctional office sitcom with the high-flying action of a well-choreographed spy thriller. In a recent photo set on the Rolling Stone website, Neal Holman, the show’s Art Director, walks us through the process of animating an action scene from Archer: More »

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Jason HortonHere at No Film School we’re massive fans of the folks at Film Courage, and we share their fantastic videos frequently. Recently, our fearless leader, Ryan Koo, sat down with them to discuss various filmmaking tools and how he grew this site into what it is today. This time we’ve got comedian Jason Horton, who bills himself as the “world’s only white male comedian.” In the video, Horton talks about a subject that many of us have on our minds these days: how to quit your day job and make a living doing what you love. Check out what he had to say below. More »

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Edgar Wright YoungThe third and final film in the Cornetto Trilogy, The World’s End, has been doing quite well so far since its U.S. theatrical release Friday. Watching it last night, it became apparent to me that I was in an auditorium full of uber-fans the first time Simon Pegg shows up on-screen — let alone when that green Cornetto wrapper finally made its appearance. For those of you wanting a little more from these filmmakers, Film School Rejects has shared a compilation of director Edgar Wright’s first films. Check them out after the break. More »

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this is how you dieWhat if there existed a machine which with a single drop of blood could predict how you were going to die? No dates or wider explanations, just a statement which was demonstrably always correct. Would you succumb to temptation and let it tell your fate? In his short THIS IS HOW YOU DIE., Michael Mohan sets out the swan songs for his soon to be departed characters, whilst playing fast and loose with the interpretations to great comedic effect. Find out what death has in store after the jump. More »

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Video thumbnail for vimeo video 'Video on Instagram' - nofilmschoolThis doesn’t have to be confusing, so let’s briefly recap: various apps and services have quested to achieve the status of being the ‘Instagram of Video.’ Instagram, of course, is known for essentially being the ‘Twitter of Photography.’ Twitter itself has stepped up as a favored contender in this quest with its 6-second-maximum micro-video service Vine. Now, Instagram itself is offering ‘Video on Instagram,’ which allows up to 15 seconds maximum micro-videos. All of which is — well, good — and hopefully fun, but how viable are these apps for the creation of artistic content? More »

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Comedy Writing MasterclassHow do you teach comedy? Comedy writers Sam Bain and Jesse Armstrong, creators of the award-winning British sitcoms Peep Show and Fresh Meat, attempt to do so, or at the very least offer some tips on how to make your comedy better in this BAFTA masterclass. The two sat down to talk about breaking into the industry, how to write funny characters and scenes, and even attempt to answer the age-old question of why we laugh. More »

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Expanding Godard’s classic assertion to include; “A man, a girl, a monster costume, gun toting villagers, a tragic end,” Supinfocom alumni Fx Goby, Matthieu Landour and Clement Bolla unite forces for their ‘reverse B-movie’ about a night watchman whose prank turns tragic when he gets stuck in a monster costume. Ready to suspend your disbelief? Hit the jump to watch the film and learn about the filmmakers’ inspirations, process, and regrets: More »

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All creative individuals have their own ways of working and specific quirks about their methods. I always think it’s fascinating to watch professionals at the top of any creative or artistic field, and see what parallels can be drawn between those fields and filmmaking. Patton Oswalt happens to be one of those rare few who has had major success in a number of different areas, including comedy, acting, and screenwriting, and even if you don’t recognize his face, you just might recognize his voice as Remy from Ratatouille. In the episode below of Thrash Lab’s Rituals, get an in-depth look at Patton Oswalt’s creative process. More »

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This is not new. It is so old, in fact, that it has been on the internet for over two months, so feel free to skip this if you’ve already heard it. However, I’ve found myself sharing Patton Oswalt’s recent keynote speech on comedy with more than one filmmaker/actor/creative over the past few months when they tell me about trying to make it via “traditional” routes. So here it is, because if you replace the term “comedian” with “filmmaker” it applies equally well. More »

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It’s obvious that we are in a very male-dominated industry, so it’s refreshing to see a female filmmaker getting attention for breaking stereotypes with her work. In this DP/30 interview, Leslye Headland, writer for the cancelled television series Terriers, and writer/director of the Sundance comedy Bachelorette, talks about the support she received from some comedy legends and geeks out about film narrative structure — specifically the movie Back to the Future. More »

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This is a guest post by Ryan E. Hoffman. Note: it contains NSFW content.

“If you build it, they will come.”
-Field of Dreams

Has a friend ever sent you a comedy clip on the web, and you thought something like, “I want to do stuff just like that!” or “That’s not that great. I could do better.” or EVEN “How do I do something like that?” The truth is simple: just get out and do it. Bust a move! My goal with this post is to give you a few tips, in layman’s terms, on how to create dynamic comedy web content and skip over a few of the mistakes that my fellow comedian Nick Ruggia and I made. That way, you can do it better and shoot your own hilarious web series or sketch. More »

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Among the many news stories that I missed recently, comedian Louis CK’s self-released Live at the Beacon Theater video might be the story that I feel the most remiss about missing. Louis is not only one of the funniest men alive, he’s also a writer/director/producer/editor (you may know his show on FX, which he not only writes and stars in, but also edited the entire second season himself). Louis recently shared some of his thoughts on the hot button topic of Final Cut Pro (X) (included below), but the larger story is that his self-produced, self-distributed downloadable video has raised over $1 million, and he’s been completely transparent about where that money is going (much of which is to charity). Here’s a sample of the routine, which includes NSFW language/subject matter: More »

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For anyone who’s been tempted to pander to studios, gotten notes on a screenplay, or struggled with self-doubt during the lonesome screenwriting process, this very NSFW audio routine from comedian Patton Oswalt about Death Bed: The Bed that Eats (People) will resonate: More »