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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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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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Duplass Brothers Mark and Jay Austin Film Festival Film CourageFor the past decade, the Duplass Brothers, Mark and Jay, have been one of the driving forces of the mumblecore movement. One of the misconceptions of the Duplass Brothers’ films (The Puffy Chair, Baghead, Cyrus, Jeff, Who Lives at Home) is that their dialogue-heavy, naturalistic scenes are all improvised. Certainly, this filmmaking duo gives actors space to explore their characters and situations within each scene, but their stories are scripted out well before they get to set. Film Courage recently asked writer/director Jay Duplass to describe his first seven days writing a screenplay while the Austin Film Festival’s On Story podcast featured an in-depth conversation with the Duplass Brothers, covering the evolution of their filmmaking career. You can watch and listen to both interviews below. More »

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If you’re at all curious as to how this site came about, why it exists, and what the early days were like, here’s an interview our friends at Film Courage did with me about the origins of No Film School. I suppose this post could be construed as self-serving, but hey — as the guy who started this site and ran it single-handedly for the first two years, I’m proud of what we’ve managed to build. We also talk about how I lied my way into MTV, as well as some strategies for growing a website that will hopefully be of interest to anyone launching a web presence. More »

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ryan_kooThanks to David Branin and Karen Worden of the great indie film show Film Courage for having me on recently. Given this website covers a lot of the “latest, greatest tools” in filmmaking, this particular interview question was a perfect chance for me to make it abundantly clear what my stance — and by extension the stance of nofilmschool — is when it comes to “gear addiction” and what tools filmmakers “need to have right now.” More »

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A few weeks ago Joss Whedon released a great video sarcastically addressing a growing concern involving independent films taking away precious screens from bigger Hollywood movies (like Whedon’s Avengers). Sleepwalk With Me, written and directed by comedian Mike Birbiglia and co-written and produced by This American Life’s Ira Glass, was singled out by Whedon as a particularly egregious offender. If your sarcastic nerve is broken you might not have found the humor in it, but Birbiglia and Glass have since responded. Now we have the pair sitting down with Film Courage and DP/30′s David Poland talking about their careers and the making of Sleepwalk With Me. More »

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Many of us have used crowdfunding platforms to get a project off the ground or at least to gauge interest in it — and many more of us have considered, or are planning, on doing so. But David Branin and Karen Worden from the indie film site Film Courage are utilizing a crowdfunding platform for another purpose: to distribute their finished film. Yesterday they released their DIY feature Goodbye Promise on Indiegogo — for just $1. David and Karen are seeking answers to the question we all face as filmmakers: how to best release our films to a changing world. I spoke to them via Skype about film festivals, online distribution, crowdfunding platforms, social media strategies, and more: More »