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Hulu SFSThere are so many ways to go about learning how to make films, with resources that won’t cost you tens of thousands of dollars or have you sitting in lecture halls for the greater part of your early 20s. One ironclad piece of advice that always seems to be in the mouths and repertoires of great filmmakers is to watch and study films, because they can offer invaluable guidance, inspiration, or even mentorship to those who are looking for it. And if you’ve decided that this summer will be the one in which you buckle down for some serious cinematic cogitation, Hulu’s Summer Film School, which is a series of blog posts that break down the filmmaking techniques of some of history’s greatest films, might be right up your alley. More »

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CropperCapture[77]There are many jobs in the filmmaking process. It all starts with a script, a story waiting to be told. Then there’s the director, the visionary, the person with the plan. But we all know that filmmaking is highly collaborative, so a team begins to emerge, with a group of like-minded artists all striving towards the same goal. You’ve got your art directors and production designers, and new worlds are created. You’ve got your editors, who lovingly craft the footage into the final piece of art. You’ve got your makeup artists and VFX artists and loads of other craftspeople who ultimately shape the film in some unique way. And then there’s the cinematographer, the person behind the lens. But what exactly does a cinematographer do, and what does it mean to be a cinematographer? The following short video from the EFTI School of Cinematography in Spain has the answer. More »

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Video thumbnail for youtube video Kevin Smith Talks About the Things You Can't Learn in Film School - No Film SchoolWhile this website might be called No Film School, we have always acknowledged that there are positives and negatives for attending or not attending film school. The mission that hasn’t changed since the site was created is to provide as much daily inspiration, knowledge, and news as possible on all sorts of topics related to filmmaking and shooting video, and this next clip is no different. Writer/director Kevin Smith, a film school dropout himself, talked during a Q&A about whether going to film school is worth it, and the skills that really can’t be taught in school. More »

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Full SailYes, we’re called No Film School, and yes, we get the irony of sharing information about a film school, but we caught up with Jacob Abercrombie and Alex Boyum at Full Sail University’s “mobile experience” truck at NAB, which travels around giving hands-on demos to potential film school students. Check out what they have to say about the kind of education you can expect to receive at FSU, which offers Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees both online and on their campus in Winter Park, Florida. More »

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Alfonso Cuaron BAFTABAFTA LA recently sat down with director Alfonso Cuarón for their Behind Closed Doors series, in which he answered questions surrounding everything from his childhood love of classic cinema to the motivation behind the choices he made on Gravity. It’s a rare look into not only an Academy Award-winning director’s life, but into a career that is marked with great boldness, mastery — and an expulsion from film school. Listen to Cuarón  share about his childhood discovery of films, turbulent years in film school, and his current approach to filmmaking after the jump. More »

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Despite the name of our website, there are many things to be learned in film school, and director Addison Mehr chose an especially interesting project for his NYU thesis film. Fort Apache is the story of small town escape, adapted from a popular short story by Alan Heathcock. Click through to watch the film and get Addison’s perspective on film school, reaching out to an established author, casting and finding stories that resonate. More »

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bolexFilm school is not for everyone and it is by no means required in order to make a movie. Plenty of great filmmakers decided to skip a formal education to go straight to making films, but if you’re interested in getting one, but either can’t afford it or don’t have the time or desire to sit in a crowded lecture hall, MIT offers their undergraduate and graduate level film coursework information online for free through OCW (OpenCourseWare), making quality (and very expensive) educational information, including lecture notes, videos, and exams accessible to anyone and everyone without the requirement of being matriculated. Continue on to find out what they’re offering. More »

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Jane CampionSo many great filmmakers got their start directing short films: Martin Scorsese made several well-received shorts while at NYU, David Lynch’s shorts contain the same unsettling DNA as his features, and Paul Thomas Anderson’s pre-Boogie Nights Dirk Diggler first existed in short film form. Jane Campion is no different. Her shorts demonstrate the dark humor and visual style, especially the ones she made while studying at the Australian Film and Television School in the 1980s — 3 of which Cinephilia and Beyond has compiled and shared. Continue on to check out these noteworthy shorts. More »

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notjustyoumurrayI just wrote about the early documentaries of Stanley Kubrick, and now, in an embarrassment of riches, we have three early student films by Martin Scorsese to look at. Unlike Kubrick, whose first efforts were commercial news reels and industrials, Martin Scorsese was a member of the so-called “film school generation,” attending NYU in the 60s. Filmmaker IQ has posted three of Scorsese’s early student films, and they are instructive viewing for any fan of Scorsese, or student of cinema. Click below to check out these three early works from a master!
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Spike LeeSpike Lee has been the talk of the town recently after  the launch of his Kickstarter campaign. However, I thought we should take a moment to look into the mind of the great filmmaker and find out what films he considers to be essential viewing. What movies and directors moved and shaped him into the filmmaker that told some of the greatest stories and created many imaginative filmmaking techniques. Hit the jump to view the list. More »

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This is a guest post by Cinematographer Ryan E. Walters.

With the rise of popularity and accessibility of film schools since the 1960′s & 1970′s, aspiring film professionals have had the difficult task of choosing where to begin their career path. Is it best to go to school to get formal training, or jump right in and start working? Today with the plethora of free online resources, it makes the choice of formal schooling less appealing. But what is the right choice, and the best way to prepare yourself for a career in the film industry? Let’s take a look at what you have to gain, and what you have to lose by following either path. More »

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There are already plenty of universities and colleges that teach communications and film, but very few schools below that level get much further than basic art and music classes. Teaching film in schools, or at least using the language of film to help teach communications, is rarely considered in these lower-level schools. Usually if films are even shown, it’s when there’s nothing to teach, or as a break from regular classes. In the videos below (which were recorded in 2006 and 2005, respectively), Martin Scorsese and George Lucas discuss the importance of visual literacy and using the language of cinema in education. More »

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Joachim Trier, the critically acclaimed Norwegian director of Reprise and the 2011 Cannes entry Oslo, August 31st, knows his way around cinema. From his time at film school to his many festival appearances, he’s garnered the respect of his peers and has earned numerous awards. He sat down with Scott Macaulay of Filmmaker Magazine to talk about Oslo, August 31st, which just opened in theaters, and the conversation shifted to his experiences at film school, literary adaptations, and some advice for amateur filmmakers. The video of that interview is embedded below. More »

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Amid the hubbub of new product announcements this item has flown a bit under the radar — this Fall, RED will start offering a 16 week digital-cinema training course.  It aims to take students from pre-production to production to post-production while developing their own projects with the guidance of working professionals.  At first glance, it looks like a pretty interesting opportunity — you get to make projects on RED equipment, while learning the tools, craft and technique from experts.  But what will it cost?  And what are the pros and cons of this sort of program?: More »

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The Hollywood Reporter sits down with many of the leading candidates for this year’s Best Director award (take your pick of the particular awards show). Here’s the lineup: Alexander Payne (The Descendants), Mike Mills (Beginners), Steve McQueen (Shame), Jason Reitman (Young Adult), Bennett Miller (Moneyball) and Michel Hazanavicius (The Artist). There are a lot of terrific moments here: More »

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This is a guest post by filmmaker Seth Hymes, who runs Film School Secrets. He previously posted about whether film school is worth is in 2011.

Since graduating from NYU, I have met many DIYers who have expressed a desire to go back to film school to learn more about the craft of filmmaking. But they are typically surprised when I explain what is typically taught in the first year at any major film school. In this blog post, I’d like to share with you a very simple way to get a similar filmmaking experience to what a student at NYU, USC, or New York Film Academy gets — without paying a lot in tuition. More »

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This is a guest post by freelance writer Donna Reish.

You don’t have to have a bachelor’s or graduate degree in film in order to become a successful film maker—but you do need to have talent and knowledge of the industry. Open courseware are online classes that are offered entirely for free. The catch? You can’t claim college credit or ask for a professor’s assistance. But you do have access to an abundance of educational resources with which you can teach yourself. Resources typically include recorded video lectures, course readings, project outlines and old exams with keys.  So no matter if you need to learn the basics or what to freshen up your knowledge, consider taking the open courseware featured below. More »

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Note: I have argued both for and against film school in the past, and as I say on this site’s about page, “different strokes for different folks.” This is a guest post by filmmaker Seth Hymes, who runs Film School Secrets. Image by LuMaxArt.

Film schools are a great place to learn the basics of filmmaking and meet like minded collaborators. They also provide a structured environment to experiment and hone your craft. Unfortunately, I’ve met more than my fair share of young NYU and USC film school alumni deeply in debt with no clear job leads or any idea how to start making movies for a living. I’ve also met many DIYers who wonder if they missed out by skipping school. With tuition costs continuing to rise, and HD equipment costs continuing to plummet, the film school debate is worth reopening in 2011. My goal in this post is to shed some light on the specifics of investing in film school and also share some cheaper alternatives to get a film education in a classroom setting. More »

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MIT’s Comparative Media Studies program is part of MIT’s OpenCourseWare initiative, wherein the top-tier school posts extensive course materials online. One of the reasons I named this site NoFilmSchool is because I didn’t think it made sense for me (and I’m not saying this is true for everyone) to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars to go to film school. But what if one of the most respected universities in the country posted their film and media courses online, for free? More »

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Indie auteur Jim Jarmusch made an appearance in Paris at the Fondation Cartier earlier this year. In this clip, filmed by Léa Rinaldi, Jarmusch talks about his time at NYU’s graduate film school, saying “I did learn a few things, but there were more things I was taught that I felt I had to then unlearn.” More »