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The Jazz SingerNew technologies have been, and continue to be, developed for use in cinema since the dawn of the medium. From the invention of the projector to digital filmmaking, these additions have drastically changed the future of the art form, but perhaps none so much as the introduction of sound. In the first lesson of their 6-part course, Filmmaker IQ, in partnership with RØDE, presents the history of the development of sound in the moving pictures, including when, how, and by whom the technology was created, and how it affected the cinematic world. More »

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DIY BoomAudio, the oft looked over aspect of filmmaking, is indeed a difficult art to master. You can have the best professional in the booth during post, but if you didn’t get a decent capture from the get go, there’s little that can be done. Film Riot has uploaded a video dedicated to the microphone, which not only covers the basics of mic choice, placement, and accessories for beginners, but also gives a link to their video tutorial that shows you how to build your own boom pole for $25! More »

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Lights Film School SoundUnderstanding the limits of what you can do when recording sound will help inform your decisions from the very beginning — making your job easier and your work better in the end. Lights Online Film School is currently open for enrollment in their online film courses, and they’ve shared some material to give filmmakers a taste of what the coursework looks like in the form of several sound tutorials. Check them out after the jump. More »

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Kill Your Darlings_John KrokidasOkay, maybe you’ve done your homework so you’re sufficiently prepared to direct your first film. Maybe you’ve got some excellent ideas and have talent bursting from every pore, but guess what. You’re going to miss something. We all do. And when that happens, it’s usually the most inane, most seemingly unimportant damn thing in the world that messes up a take or keeps you from making the best movie you can make. Since completing his feature directorial debut, John Krokidas has shared 5 lessons he learned from directing his Allen Ginsberg biopic Kill Your Darlings — things that he never expected to happen, but did. More »

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DSLR DynamicsIf you’re looking to sharpen your filmmaking skills, then this might be something you should look into. Writer of The DSLR Filmmaker’s Handbook Barry Anderson and planetMitch of planet5D are teaming up to bring you the DSLR Dynamics Video Visuals Tour, with lessons aimed at providing participants with greater knowledge on how to take their craft to the next level. Continue reading to get more details on how to get involved, tour dates, and a special discount code for nofilmschool readers that’ll save you 15% when you sign up. More »

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John SturgesJohn Sturges is considered by many to be one of the most underrated filmmakers since the beginning of cinema. His films The Great Escape, The Magnificent Seven, and Bad Day at Black Rock tell stories about courage and the “essential decency of man,” all with the noble intention and ultimate goal of entertaining an audience. Director Paul Thomas Anderson once said that he learned everything he knows about directing from Sturges’ commentary on the Bad Day at Black Rock LaserDisc, so here’s the opportunity, if you haven’t already taken it, to listen to it and, as Anderson says, avoid 20 years of film school. More »

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Interaction of Color appOne of my absolute favorite aspects of aesthetic theory is color — their “meanings”, their composition and pairing, and how their aesthetic energy effects a human brain. Josef Albers basically rewrote the book on color theory with his 1963 Interaction of Colorand now Yale University Press has made his invaluable teachings available in an iPad app. Full of Albers’ texts, color studies, as well as 125 color plates, videos, interviews, and studies for users to complete, this free interactive app offers an engaging way to learn Albers essential color theories not only for filmmakers, but all creatives whose understanding of color is integral to their work. More »

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Alexander MackendrickHow does a director work? How does he start his preparations? What is the director listening for when actors read their lines? These questions and many more tumble around the mind of an aspiring director begging to be answered. As luck would have it, highly respected director turned film teacher at CalArts, Alexander Mackendrick, addresses some of these questions in an imperfect 43-minute collection of footage from his 6-hour video series on filmmaking, A Director Prepares. Click below to learn a thing or two about the craft of directing. More »

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ifp_labThe Independent Filmmaker Project is one of the oldest and largest indie film organizations, providing resources for filmmakers to navigate through a complex industry. One such resource, the IFP Narrative Labs, have existed for almost 10 years as a year-long program for first time filmmakers, guiding them through the process of completing, marketing, and distributing their movies. Over at Filmmaker Magazine, they have distilled some great wisdom from the last IFP Narrative Lab and it makes for required reading for any independent filmmaker. More »

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Vimeo Directing 101I’m sure that when we all decided we wanted to become film directors it was a very serious and impassioned decision. We watched films made by the best directors in the industry, read the books that documented their entire life’s work, and waited for the day when we could pull off screaming into a bullhorn while wearing safari jackets and jodhpurs. However — it is the weekend, so why don’t we take a little break from the weightiness of our dreams and take a lighthearted look at what Vimeo’s Video School says about what it takes to be a good director. More »

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A while back, I wrote a post about theatrical-on-demand services like Tugg, Gathr and OpenIndie that let individuals program one-night theatrical screenings of festival darlings, current documentaries and even catalog classics at their local movie theatres. Personally, I think these services will change how independent filmmakers use theatrical screenings as part of their release strategies: think theatrical tours after or conjunction with the festival circuit instead of or prior to traditional theatrical releases. Also, since I hope theatrical-on-demand services will survive so I may be able to use them one day when I have a feature film to share with audiences, I wanted to test out one of the services as a promoter. Today, I’d like to share the lessons I learned as a promoter of a successful Tugg screening in Albuquerque, New Mexico. More »

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Each year, The Black List surveys approximately 300 film executives and asks them to name up to ten of their favorite screenplays from the current calendar year that have yet to begin principal photography. The votes are tallied and published in order of screenplays with the most votes in, well, The Black List. As Franklin Leonard and his team at The Black List put it: “The Black List is not a ‘best of’ list. It is, at best, a ‘most liked’ list.” So, why should we care? Well, if you’re a screenwriter fortunate enough to have a screenplay on The Black List 2012, your stock just went up in Hollywood. If you’re a screenwriter outside of the system, The Black List can provide insights into what storylines, concepts and genres have recently made the rounds, picked up producers and found financing. In addition to the list itself (link below), here are five lessons screenwriters can learn from The Black List 2012: More »