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LostWhen you sit down to watch a film or TV show, do you ever wonder what the original pitch was, and how much it differs from what you’re watching on-screen? One of the biggest shows of the last decade, Lost, could have been quite different from what it eventually became according to a leaked series guide for the show, detailing the writers’ early plans. Considering the fact that it was drafted to get the show picked up by ABC, it’s safe to say the process of writing a show and selling a show is pretty different, so check out the original document to not only see how much the pitched show and aired show differ, but also get an idea of what such a document contains (in case you needed an example.) More »

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JJ Abrams on FilmmakingJ.J. Abrams made a name for himself in television, but he’s become been one of the biggest film directors in Hollywood thanks to giant movies like Mission: Impossible III and the Star Trek reboot. Recently he sat down with BAFTA Guru to talk about his career, what his father told him before going to college, and his advice for aspiring filmmakers. Click through to check it out. More »

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Nowadays, major franchises get the royal treatment upon release. Some video game series are expanded with original novels or comic books between release dates. The opening of many big films occurs with novelizations and video games accompanying them. The problem is, I haven’t seen many video game adaptations I’ve been able to appreciate as good films in their own right, and all the while games seem to be getting more and more realistic. How comparable, or even compatible is storytelling between video games and movies? If anybody could figure it out, it’d be “Star Wars Episode VII director” J.J. Abrams and Valve co-founder/CEO Gabe Newell. Check out their full D.I.C.E. 2013 keynote discussion below. More »

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At the end of last year, Avid announced a free webinar exploring Bad Robot, the film and TV production company co-founded by J. J. Abrams — which, judging by the success of such projects as Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol, Lost, and Star Trek, is doing more than one thing very, very right. Don’t worry if you missed that webinar, though, because Avid has recently shared a 20-minute video breaking down Bad Robot’s studio space — and not only is it an enviable one for any independent because each step of the creative process is fostered there, but also because its Media Composer workflow of collaboration taps the future directly. More »

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Unless you’ve completely ignored any and all exposure to mainstream media over the past five to ten years — particularly television and cinema — you’ve probably heard of Bad Robot. With productions like Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol, Lost, Alias, and Cloverfield, there’s no doubt they exert major force on both popular culture and blockbuster art. All of which makes it very exciting to report that the next Avid Pro Video Webinar will feature none other than the post team of Bad Robot themselves, bringing you behind the scenes of their processes and workflows — and from the looks of things, specifically regarding CEO J.J. Abrams’ upcoming Star Trek Into Darkness. More »

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This is a guest post by writer Nadia Jones.

Using film as a means for communication, inspiration, and entertainment, humankind uses pictures and stories to further explore our thoughts, beliefs, and world. These seven TED talks given by famous filmmakers, producers, and directors tap into the amazing potential of film as an art form, exploring the nature of inspiration, creativity, and communication. More »

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I caught the 7D-shot French short USB Dream at HDSLR Shooter today. Note that its appearance here is not an endorsement of any kind — the fight scenes are laughable and there is a totally gratuitous stairway jump at the end that had me palming my forehead. But as I don’t speak French, I’ll give it the benefit of the doubt — maybe the dialogue is amazing? Anyway, the reason I’ve posted the short here at NoFilmSchool is to talk about lens flares — specifically, the software emulation of lens flares. More »