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herzog uctv eveningIf Werner Herzog was staying for supper, what would you serve? You couldn’t very well offer Hamburger Helper to the director that’s been dubbed by some the “single most important film director on the planet.” If you were looking to color this fanciful dinner party in your head, or if you just can’t wait for the limited edition of Herzog: The Collection, check out UCTV’s “An Evening with Werner Herzog” below, and get a sense of the influences in Herzog’s life, how it influenced his filmmaking philosophy, and other humorous/infuriating/enlightening conversation. More »

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Richard LinkaterRichard Linklater is a DIY filmmaker hero for many reasons. He’s self-taught, completely obsessed with cinema and making films, and his approach to telling stories is one that I think many can relate to. And if you were just thinking about what an experience it would be to actually be able to sit in a room and pick his brain about all of this, you’re in luck. Linklater answers a bunch of questions from a small group of folks for one of Fox Searchlight’s Searchlab lectures, which gives us an inside look into how the director goes about writing screenplays, rehearsing with actors, and working on-set. More »

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Ryan Koo Visits Steve Weiss at the Zacuto Booth NAB 2014Zacuto are a mainstay of the NAB scene here in Vegas, and this year they’ve focussed their efforts on a new EVF and, for first the first time, a line of professional tripods. Ryan Koo met up with Steve Weiss at the Zacuto booth to play with the new toys and get all the details. Hit the jump to watch the video. More »

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I don’t know about you, but I’m always frustrated when I get excited about a good movie at a festival, only to see the film descend into the bowels of obscurity after distribution dead-ends. Why is it so hard for anyone but a handful of good independent films to make their way onto my screen at home? After a year of hard work, I am excited to see the atmospheric, underdog film Hide Your Smiling Faces finally making it somewhere. Around this time last year, director Daniel Patrick Carbone sat down with No Film School over Skype. Checkout our original interview below, and find out where you can download the film now! More »

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Teenage is not your grandma’s movie. Ok, well technically it is, but during the time when your grandma snuck out of the house, lived fast, and might have been part of a secret teenage society that innovated on the cultural norms of the day. Taking a ninety-degree turn from the Ken Burns-ian tradition of history as black and white pans with slow banjo music, this film is a visually poetic, punk-lensed rumination on what it means to be a teenager. Below, check out director Matt Wolf’s before-and-after footage, a short excerpt, and read about anything from finding techniques in old American Cinematographer to coming up with a transformative soundtrack by Deerhunter/Atlas Sound musician Bradford Cox. More »

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Last month, Conan O’Brien dedicated an episode of his show to the return of The Walking DeadIn honor of the widely loved AMC zombie drama, Team Coco put together a comedic Walking Dead-based opening sketch, featuring a decomposing, flesh-eating rendition of Conan. As a cinematography geek, I was blown away by how the production team managed to both emulate and parody the cinematographic style of The Walking Dead. Luckily for you, No Film Schoolers, I had the pleasure of interviewing Dylan Sanford, the talented DP who lensed this cold open. Stick around to hear Dylan explain exactly how it was done, from pre-production all the way through post. More »

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Have you ever considered making a film in a country that’s not your own? How about writing and directing a script in a language you don’t speak? In the interview below, Andrew Mudge talks to No Film School about doing just that in the awarding winning film The Forgotten Kingdom and touches on anything from why he gave up on DIY dollies to the inherent love/hate relationship a director has with a film. More »

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Writer's Block Cast & Crew

While on the set of the Tze Chun/Bryan Cranston thriller Cold Comes the Night in 2012, Hurricane Sandy rolled into New York. This led to some downtime on set, and that’s when Cranston — sport that he is — came up with a short film contest: the best script submitted by a production assistant gets to produce it with Cranston in the lead role. Click through to watch the film that was born from the contest and read our interview with director Brandon Polanco. More »

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Edgar Wright Close UpsWho doesn’t love a good close-up? They’re the shot that can heighten emotions, push the intensity, and look beautiful doing it, so learning all you can about not only composing such a shot, but its nature and narrative capabilities as well, is essential to grow as a storyteller. David Chen of Slash Film sat down with director Edgar Wright to discuss the art of the close-up — the result — an engaging 8 1/2 video essay. Enjoy! More »

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Martin ScorseseAny time Martin Scorsese talks about his approach to making movies, filmmakers would be wise to listen — especially when he’s being interviewed by fellow amazing director Paul Thomas Anderson. At a recent awards season screening for Wolf of Wall Street at the ICM Theater in Century City, Scorsese and his AD, Adam Somner, sit down with Anderson to talk about their approach to photographing the film, the controversies, and Awards Daily’s Sasha Stone was there to record the whole thing. Take a look after the jump. More »

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A Conversation with Jeff Nichols AFF part two
Today, we present the second part of the two-part conversation I had with writer/director Jeff Nichols (MudTake Shelter, Shotgun Stories) in front of a live audience at the 20th Austin Film Festival & Conference. If you haven’t already, be sure to check out Part One of the conversation in which Nichols discussed the origin of his characters, the thematic elements of his films, and lessons learned from directing that impact his writing. In the second part of the conversation, Nichols elaborates on how he chooses his characters’ names, the importance of settings and characters’ professions, his relationship with actor Michael Shannon, and the pacing of his films. More »

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A Conversation with Jeff Nichols AFF
Back in October, I had the opportunity to have a conversation with writer/director Jeff Nichols (Mud, Take ShelterShotgun Stories) in front of a live audience at the 20th Austin Film Festival & Conference. During our hour-long conversation, Nichols generously shared many details of his writing and directing processes, including the origins of his characters, the progression of his career as a storyteller, the importance of a story’s setting and a character’s profession, and the deliberate pacing of his films, plus much more. Thanks to the Austin Film Festival, we present this conversation with Jeff Nichols in two parts, the first of four AFF panel discussions we will be sharing over the coming weeks. More »

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Mr_Christmas

With a Vimeo Staff Pick under its belt in this the month of making merry, Nick Palmer’s documentary about the charmingly idiosyncratic Bruce Mertz, better known in Concord, California as Mr. Christmas, looks set to rack up views in numbers equal to its subject’s annual display of synchronized festive lights. A working Hollywood screenwriter who, with writing partner Jeremiah Friedman, has penned and sold scripts to studies and has the coveted distinction of being included on the much-lauded Black List, Palmer joins No Film School to discuss his writing career and how he brought the story of Mr. Christmas to screen. Prepared to be dazzled after the jump. More »

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Rock n’ roll is arguably an international language. A new documentary, Hard Rock Havana, currently in post, went to Cuba, a land not usually associated with face-melting solos, to profile Zeus (homepage in español), the country’s longest-running, most popular heavy metal band. No Film School talks to director Nicholas Brennan. Continue on and feel the noize! More »

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Medora Basketball Team

Directors Andrew Cohn and Davy Rothbart have just released Medoraa documentary about a winless high school basketball team from a small town in Indiana. The filmmakers moved to the town for 9 months to document the lives of 6 teenagers, and the result is the most quintessentially American film I’ve seen this year. Read on for our interview with Andrew Cohn about the importance of committing to a project, the relationship of a filmmaker to their subject and their strategy for the release of the film. More »

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Craft Truck In the Cut with Editor Lynzee KlingmanBy now we’re probably familiar with Craft Truck’s excellent interview pieces with cinematographers such as Andrij Parekh and Gordon Willis, but now they are bringing us a series focussing on the post-production heroes of cinema: the editors. Ever been tasked with turning 1.5 million feet of film into 12,000? Hit the jump to watch the interview with someone who did: laurel-studded editing legend Lynzee Klingman (One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Man on The Moon). More »

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Film festival programmers — those enigmatic figures in a dark screening room who decide the fate of so many films with one push of the eject button. Ever wonder who they are, and how they decide what films to program? Ben Fowlie, the Executive Director and Head Programmer of Camden International Film Festival was cool enough to sit down with NFS over Skype and give us a rare glimpse into the inner workings of his film festival. Continue on to check out our video interview. More »

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East Nashville Tonight Direct Distribution

Drugs and music go hand-in-hand arguably as well as independent filmmaking and direct distribution, and I can’t think of a better way to exemplify the parallel than the Barnes Brothers‘ latest “hypothetical documentary” East Nashville Tonight. The film follows songwriters Todd Snider and Elizabeth Cook (among others) in an honest and refreshing portrayal of the musician’s predicament. Hit the jump for NFS’ interview with the filmmakers and Bond360 front-man Marc Schiller as we discuss the film’s marketing and distribution strategies. More »

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Doin it in the park

Doin’ It In the Park: Pick-Up Basketball, NYC is an unabashed success story for first-time feature directors Bobbito García and Kevin Couliau, who filmed basketball on 180 courts across New York City’s five boroughs. They shot the feature on the Godfather of DSLR cinematography, the Canon 5D Mark II, and took advantage of being a mobile production unit by biking to the majority of their locations. Following a theatrical tour the world over and a successful direct digital release using VHX, DIITP is available today on iTunes, Amazon.com, VUDU, Google Play, PlayStation, Xbox, and cable VOD everywhere. As a basketball player who’s spent plenty of time on outdoor NYC courts, and as a Kickstarter backer of the project, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to sit down with the filmmakers to ask them how they did it. More »

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These Birds Walk

Last time we spoke with the filmmakers behind These Birds Walk, they were reeling from their world premiere at SXSW after three years of production in Pakistan on a poetic, run-and-gun film with no budget. Now, we’re proud to say that you can see their film in theaters, opening this week! Read an excerpt from our original interview, and support your fellow filmmakers by checking out where you can see it on the big screen below. More »