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PolyphonyFilm is often thought of as being a visual medium, but sound (especially sound and visuals together) play a huge role in storytelling. This enlightening video essay from two students from the University of Groningen in the Netherlands breaks down the concept of contrapuntal music in film, a technique used famously by Stanley Kubrick and Quentin Tarantino that arranges independent, yet harmonious musical and filmic parts, expressing a deeper narrative meaning to the tune of Sergei Eisenstein’s theory of the montage. More »

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Video thumbnail for youtube video Creating Cinematic Music for Your Film - No Film SchoolWhile there are plenty of services out there that aim to give you quality music at an affordable price, sometimes the right piece just isn’t out there for the video project you’re working on. Creating your own music has been getting easier and easier over the last decade, and if you don’t necessarily have a background in music, knowing what certain sounds and samples can do for a specific piece can be extremely helpful. Luke Neumann of Neumann Films has been working on a sci-fi film called The Beacon that benefits from custom cinematic music, and he takes us through his process in the video below: More »

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musiDAvid editors and assistants working in long-format television or feature films know dealing with music can be cumbersome. Pulling large volumes of music tracks and tracking them through the licensing process can involve a lot of backtracking and headaches. Assistants need to scour the timeline to gather song titles, their start and endpoints, and how many times they were used, a manual process. It’s also limiting and inefficient for editors to sift through tracks without additional song details besides just their filenames. An AMA plugin called mus.iD that carries across the metadata embedded in the ID3 tag offers a solution. More »

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Bombay-4Interactive media may not be a staple of narrative filmmaking, but it’s certainly making itself known in music videos. Last year, we saw the work of several big name musicians and groups contain interactive elements, like the special navigation in Pharrell’s 24-hour “I’m Happy” video, the ability to “change channels” in Bob Dylan’s “Like a Rolling Stone”, and controlling animations in Arcade Fire’s “Neon Bible”. Now, we get to go behind the scenes with the creators of Bombay Bicycle Club’s music video for their single “Carry Me”, off the album So Long, See You Tomorrow, and find out what gear, techniques, and software they used to pull off their interactive “Orbital Video” project. More »

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WuTang ClanOne of the most influential musical groups of the last 20 years, the Wu-Tang Clan, recently announced the release of their secretly produced album, The Wu — Once Upon a Time in Shaolin, which will surely be one of a kind — literally. The hip-hop group has decided to release a single copy of the double album with a purchase price somewhere in the millions, hoping to shine a light on the value that is put on art and intellectual property — a hot button topic that has been in the mouths of many filmmakers since the proliferation of VOD. How much is art really worth in the modern age, and who stands to lose or gain as the value goes up or down? Join the discussion after the break. More »

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TMB-Launch_Full-WidthMusic can make or break any video or movie, but finding the right piece is the hardest part. If you don’t have an orchestra or band to record the perfect song every time you need it, there are many services now that offer music with different licensing options depending on your needs and budget. The Music Bed is one such service, and they have been used for all sorts of videos you’ve probably seen on the web. The company just introduced a brand new version of their site with a number of helpful new features. Continue on to check out the launch video. More »

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What is a city without its own music scene? Well personally speaking, it’s a place I want to escape from in favour of somewhere less lacking in the essential pulse that provides a locale with its underlying vibrancy. In his ongoing documentary series New Music Cities, created in collaboration with Dazed and AllSaints, director Jamie Jessett takes a counter-cultural look at some of the world’s global music centres. No Film School caught up with Jamie to find out how he’s been tapping into and capturing the diverse musical underground and how he managed to create an engaging documentary about an anonymous drug dealer for UK TV screens. More »

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Video thumbnail for vimeo video Sound of The Hobbit - No Film SchoolMichael Coleman is back with another terrific SoundWorks Collection video. This time we’ve got the sound team from Peter Jackson’s second film in the Hobbit trilogy, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. With such a large and expensive project, there is a lot that has to go into making the movie feel as large as it should, and the sound designers, mixers, and composer play a huge part in that. Check out that video below, as well as some more involving the sound from both films. More »

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BTS recording SmaugThough Peter Jackson’s prequel series, The Hobbit, hasn’t quite reached the level of acclaim as that of the Lord of the Rings trilogy, there are some aspects, including the score, that harken back to the tale of Frodo and the Shire. In yet another installment of Jackson’s production diary, The Hobbit Blog, we’re taken behind the scenes during the recording of the original score, which was composed by Academy Award winner Howard Shore, who worked on both series. Continue on to see just how these filmmakers captured the tone and themes for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. 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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The Music BedFinding the right music for your film can be a huge headache, and locating sources that allow you to get your hands on unique and original music for your films proves pretty difficult (though we did cover Marmoset back in September.) There are lots of royalty-free stock music sites out there — even archival stuff you can get for free, but the selection and quality can often be pretty disappointing. The Music Bed, however, is one site that offers good music (seriously, actually good) at an affordable price, while providing a mutually beneficial platform for indie filmmakers and indie musicians to find their audience. More »

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Arcade FireIf you watched through until the end of the season premiere of SNL last night, hosted by the glorious Tina Fey, you might’ve been slyly whisked away from musical guest Arcade Fire’s performance on the SNL stage into an uncanny valley of music and film, comedy and artistry — yet nothing is quite right. Directed by Roman Coppola, with guest appearances by Rainn Wilson, James Franco, Zach Galifianakis, Michael Cera, Ben Stiller, and even Bono,  Arcade Fire’s SNL concert special is a must see. So, without further ado, and to echo Fey’s sendoff , “It’s about to get a weird.” More »

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YouTube Logo1Rival service Vimeo launched their Music Store back in 2011, and now just two years later, Google is doing something similar for creators with their YouTube Audio Library. While the Music Store was designed as a way to allow creators to sell or give away their music with certain restrictions, the new YouTube Audio Library is designed to be completely free without any royalties, and the music can be used for any video you create (even outside of YouTube). Check out some samples from the new Audio Library below and read more about how you can use the files. More »

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Side by Side (Stillmotion/Marmoset Doc)

Art is a funny thing. As a form of personal expression, art, in its many forms, can be tremendously powerful and provide a sense of catharsis unlike anything else. However, when groups of people come together and creatively collaborate, something overwhelmingly powerful happens: a piece of content much larger than the individuals involved is born and takes flight. The product becomes a reflection of not only a time and a place, but an expression of what it means to be a human in that time and place. With this in mind, nofilmschool is proud to exclusively premiere a brand new short documentary from our peeps at stillmotion and Marmoset called Side by Side that celebrates the process of creative collaboration. More »

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Marmoset MusicFinding and licensing music for your film can be a bit, well, let’s just say that it makes violently tearing your hair out seem like a preferable alternative. Most music licensing sites force you to know what you’re looking for beforehand, which makes it quite difficult, if not impossible, to spontaneously find the right music for your film. Marmoset is different, in that it’s designed specifically for filmmakers who know how they want their stories to feel, but might not know which tunes or artists fit the bill. Read on to learn more about how Marmoset is revolutionizing the process of music licensing for filmmakers: More »

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Apple Logic Pro XApple has unveiled the next generation of their professional audio editing software Logic Pro X. Since we haven’t seen an upgrade for about 4 years (Logic Pro 9 came out in 2009,) a bunch of new features, like a wider collection of music, more advanced tools, like the “Drummer” feature, as well as a complete overhaul of the interface are just a few of Logic Pro X’s improvements. Find out more about what you can expect to get out of Logic Pro X, as well as how much it’s going to run you after the jump. More »

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daily freebie luke neumann royalty free musicIt might not be the first thing on your mind when producing content, but a quality music track can make a huge difference, and greatly improve the quality of the final piece. And who doesn’t love free stuff? That’s why we’re excited that Luke Neumann has brought back the Daily Freebie (not to be confused with his Weekly Freebie). Throughout the month of July, he’s giving away a Royalty Free music track every day, and they’ll be live only for the day they are released. Check out the first track below, as well as some other samples from Luke. More »

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the last of us naughty dog sony playstation ps3Developer Naughty Dog’s latest outing, The Last of Usis one of this year’s most anticipated gaming titles. After playing it for 5 minutes, I can tell you that it combines elements of Resident Evil, Silent Hill, Children of Men28 Days Later, Hillcoat’s The Road, Spielberg’s War of the Worlds, The Walking Dead, and the recent I Am Legend, all while engaging you emotionally more than any of those pieces could and, dare I say, improving upon them. It’s crazy, but it’s true. Here’s how, and here’s why. More »

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free-music-for-your-film-from-moby-at-mobygratis-com-nofilmschool-2For independent filmmakers making non-profit films and student filmmakers working on projects, budgets can be non-existent and favors are called in left and right just to get the projects “in the can.” Inevitably, these filmmakers find themselves cutting their projects and realize they need to add music to their films, but they have nothing left in their tiny budgets. For those lucky few who happen to be amazing musicians themselves or who know really talented composers looking to showcase their work, this is not a problem. For the rest of these student and non-profit filmmakers, they now have a free, professional music resource: Moby. Yes, that Moby. More »

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Chris Hadfield - Space Oddity - Space Station Music VideoIf you haven’t seen it yet, well, prepare for something that has never happened in the history of human existence: the first full music video shot in space. Chris Hadfield, a Canadian astronaut and the exiting commander of the International Space Station, just released a tribute music video to David Bowie’s Space Oddity, which was shot completely aboard the ISS. Check it out below: More »