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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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Behold our new logo! While our complete site redesign is still a ways off, we’re premiering this new logo, very cleanly designed by David Ceraso, right away on our present site. We are also no longer “NoFilmSchool” or “No Film School” — henceforth we are simply “nofilmschool,” which is how I wrote it when I originally launched the site anyway. We will thus save ourselves (and you) the trouble of hitting the space or shift keys. We hope you like the new logo (and if you’re lazy how could you not like the new capitalization, or lack thereof?). Read on for some further pontification, as well as some news on our coverage of this year’s installment of the world’s largest film/video tradeshow, NAB. More »

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You might still be celebrating the new year where you live (or recovering from the effects), but right now we’d like to take this opportunity and look back at some of the most popular posts from 2012. It was the best year NoFilmSchool has ever had traffic-wise, and it included a few new writers to assist Mr. Ryan Koo, the man responsible for making this site what it is today. Even though they still continue to perform well, the DSLR Cinematography and Hackintosh guides were not written in 2012, and will not be counted in the totals. Click through to see which posts made it into the top 10. More »

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UPDATE: applications are now closed. We’ll be responding this month (in January February), but give us some time to review them all. Thanks for your interest!

Want to write about something you love, and help build one of the fastest-growing filmmaking sites at the same time? We’ve got a few part-time jobs (with a lot of room to grow) available. We’re looking for General Film/Video writers, a Distribution/Marketing/Industry writer, and a Social Media/Traffic specialist. You can do any of these things from anywhere in the world. You can do them in your underwear. You don’t have to deal with the expense or hassle of commuting. You don’t have to stare at cubicle walls that are probably (and depressingly) beige. And you’ll hopefully learn a lot along the way, while building up your own abilities (as well as garnering name recognition for yourself). Read on if you’re interested! More »

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It’s been almost three years since I launched this site in its present form; the design as it is now is the same as it was then. Aesthetically I don’t mind it, but there are a lot of functions and features we could have that we don’t. A year ago I ran a poll about what should be in the next version, but I never ended up having the bandwidth to design it myself (I’m trying to make my first feature at the same time, after all), and so we’ll be working with a design firm to take the site to the next level. I’ve been preparing a design spec, and I have a good idea of what I want to see in the next iteration (and the next, and the next). However, above all else this site is here for you guys — so please let us know what you’d like to see in the relaunch and we will consider everything! More »

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NoFilmSchool is written by filmmakers, for filmmakers, and the upside of that is we bring real-world knowledge and experience to our daily writing. The downside, as far as the “daily” part is concerned, is that we are sometimes off working on projects and unable to blog (this is where that real-world experience comes from, though). So when I go AWOL for a couple of weeks (as I just did during the Tribeca Film Festival, as one of the Tribeca grantees), that means it’s up to another writer to pick up the slack. The same goes for Joe and E.M., who also have real-world projects and responsibilities. While I want to make sure we’re always covering the news, I also want the site to start focusing more on issues of art and craft — as well as sharing short films and other content from around the web — which requires more bandwidth. With this in mind, please give a warm welcome to our new writers, Justin Minich, Christopher Moore, and MarBelle! More »

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There hasn’t been a byline on my posts here because, for the past two years, I’ve written 1,054 out of the 1,078 total posts on this site. One of my favorite comments has been “you guys are doing a great job!” because it’s actually just been one guy (except for these great guest posts). But that last post was not written by me. Until I get author names/pictures below the post titles, it might be a bit of a mystery as to who’s writing here. So I’d like to introduce you to two new NoFilmSchool writers, Joe Marine and E.M. Taboada: More »

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Traffic is a funny thing (internet traffic, that is, not the kind at left). I don’t pay very close attention to which posts are getting the most hits, at least not on a day-to-day basis, but at the end of the year it’s easy to sort the hundreds of posts here by “most viewed.” Discounting the DSLR Cinematography and Hackintosh guides, here are the most-trafficked (not necessarily the best or most original) posts of 2011: More »

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UPDATE: the application form is now closed. Thanks for your interest and stay tuned for future opportunities!

As a writer/director I’ve done my best to learn a bit about every aspect of filmmaking, but I want to bring on more writers — with different areas of expertise — in order to take NoFilmSchool to the next level. I believe this site can become an even more valuable resource with a proper team. So after two years of building this site myself, it’s time to expand into a site with multiple bylines. Interested in a part-time job writing about something you love? Read on. More »

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I launched the current version of NoFilmSchool in January of last year, which makes this design 20 months old. It was the best I could do while living out of a suitcase and devoting a maximum of one week to the photoshopping of this design (I didn’t want to spend any longer launching the site, given I had no guarantees anyone was actually going to read it). But NFS could be so much more! However, it’s less about what I want to see here and more about what you would like to see. So please take this quick poll so I can build a better, more helpful site for you all going forward! You can select multiple answers — all of these things are possibilities, but I’m trying to figure out which ones should be highest priority. Here’s the poll: More »

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NAB film video dslr HDSLR coverageThe interesting thing about covering an event like NAB in person — especially one that stretches across several halls — is, when you’re on one floor, you don’t really know what’s going on elsewhere. It’s a maze. After missing Band-Pro’s announcement that they will sell Leica lenses bundled with RED EPICs because I couldn’t find the Band-Pro booth in time (it was right after James Cameron’s keynote across the street), I asked one of the RED reps, “hey, what did you guys just announce with Band-Pro?” Since he was stationed at the RED booth and the announcement had just happened at Band-Pro’s, he didn’t know himself. To be fair, it’s not like I was asking Jim Jannard — just the first rep I ran into — but the point is, sometimes the best way to monitor breaking news is to be in the press room connected to the internet, or at least on Twitter — not traipsing the show floor with video gear in tow. It’s no coincidence that I had no updates to share yesterday, as I was too busy lining up video interviews. Thus I’m scratching the video stand-ups and will try to do a better job with show updates throughout the day. Also, if I’m not glad-handing on camera, I think I can be more objective about the products on display. More »

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Top Stories from March

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If you don’t get the NoFilmSchool newsletter, which cleanly summarizes each week’s stories in one concise email — or if you’re just wondering which posts were the most trafficked this month — here are the top ten posts from the just-concluded month of March. Note: this favors posts earlier in the month, since something posted a day or two ago has not had as much time to rack up the pageviews. More »

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“Oh my God dude, you win this award and all the sudden you think your site’s too good to give away all the content for free?” Well, no, everything is staying free. I’ve even said no to some offers for sponsored posts. The only thing that’s changing is the RSS feed is going from full to partial, meaning those of you who get NoFilmSchool updates via a feed reader — and statistics show that there are not too many of you — will have to click through to this here site in order to read the full article. Most sites only offer a partial RSS feed as it is, and this is not an indicator that things are going to change around here in any other way. That’s it; move along, there’s nothing to see here.

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The 2011 Total Film Blog Awards results are in, and NoFilmSchool has won the Best Creative Blog award. Thanks to everyone who made this possible by voting! In fact, so many of you voted for NoFilmSchool that I was accused of cheating by some commenters and temporarily removed from the contest by the organizers. The controversy stemmed from the fact that many of you voted within a narrow window of time, and some believed this could only be the result of fraud. It was no such thing. If you’re curious as to how this happened, read on; otherwise, thank you again for your support. The award should help this site grow and improve in the future. More »

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I’m very pleasantly surprised to be nominated for Total Film’s Best Creative Blog Award. After just one year of running NoFilmSchool as a daily blog, I’m honored to be listed alongside the likes of Ted Hope’s Hope for Film and John August’s… um, John August. If you like what you’ve been reading here on NoFilmSchool, please head on over to the Total Film Movie Blog Awards and give this site a vote! The awards are also, of course, a good way to discover other film sites, so check ‘em out.

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Have a filmmaking experience you’d like to share? Got your hands on some good (or bad) equipment? Record a helpful tutorial? Interview another filmmaker? All of this content is of interest to us, but I simply don’t have the time or resources to cover every story out there. I have managed to build a site that’s read by thousands of filmmakers and other creatives every day, however, and as a result writing a guest post here can be a great source of exposure for you and/or your project. More »

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Are you a DSLR accessory manufacturera, camera company, software developer, or anyone whose customers are filmmakers and independent creatives? You can now advertise on NoFilmSchool for as little as $1/day. As far as readers are concerned, very little is going to change with this development, as there have long been ads on NoFilmSchool. More »

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For the first time since re-launching in January, I haven’t posted something to the site in a couple of days. Or maybe it was just one day — I can’t really remember, as I’ve been burning the midnight oil to finish a demo for my transmedia project 3rd Rail in preparation for Independent Film Week. And when I say “midnight oil,” I mean that I’ve seen the sun come up for the last five days. So — apologies and back to your regularly scheduled content in a day or two!

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Filmmaker Magazine called The DSLR Cinematography Guide “astonishingly detailed and useful” at launch. Now the guide is updated, expanded, and professionally designed into a proper eBook. Including the eBook-only bonus chapters, it’s now over a hundred pages long! This new PDF is printable, portable, and more comprehensive — but it’s still absolutely free. This marks the official launch of the NoFilmSchool newsletter, which will simply email you once a week with site updates and will also occasionally ping you with tips and tricks on digital filmmaking (and how to start an independent career). Get your own full color, high-resolution copy of the guide here: More »