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Tze Chun and Bryan Cranston

Director Tze Chun came up big in 2010 with his debut Sundance drama Children of Invention, which he also self-distributed. Now he’s back with his recently-released sophomore effort Cold Comes The Night, starring none other than America’s darling bad-boy Bryan Cranston. Read on for our interview with the filmmaker as he discusses what it’s like to build on his humble indie roots. More »

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Video thumbnail for youtube video Hitting Snooze on Your Alarm Before a Shoot? Here's Why it's the Worst Thing You Can Do - nofilmschoolGood sleep is key to keeping your body functioning normally, but as anyone in the production world can relate to, you’re probably not getting much of it before and during a shoot. While everyone’s circumstances and experiences are different, movies, especially low-budget films, tend to be crewed with lots of tired and overworked individuals, and the more tired you are, the worse you are going to perform physically and cognitively. If you’ve been in this situation at one time or another, there’s a good chance you’ve been hitting the snooze button a few times before you actually get up for the day, but this video from AsapSCIENCE explains why it’s one of the worst things you can do: More »

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Filmmaking ChecklistHitting the record button can be nerve-wracking. It’s the culmination of the entire pre-production phase of shooting your film, and by all accounts it should be a cathartic experience knowing that your vision is being translated into a tangible image. However, there are a few basic (and easily avoidable) missteps that can ruin your shoot and your final image. The folks over at Videomaker have compiled a list of 7 things that you should always do and/or check before hitting record. Check it out: More »

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If you’ve ever been on a film set, you know there’s a good amount of jargon and a lot to be mindful of. Chances are there have been times when you’ve heard terms that you’re unfamiliar with, or maybe you haven’t been exactly sure about how to conduct yourself (and maybe ended up making an inadvertent faux pas). But in this video, Marc A. Hutchins of Alexander Films will show you what you need to know regarding common terminology and proper etiquette on film sets. Whether you’re just starting out in film or feel you need to brush up on the basics before you walk on set, this is essential viewing. More »

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If you’re just starting out, or even an intermediate, you might be wondering why some people might get chosen for jobs over you even though you might have more experience. There could be lots of reason (and often it has to do with familiarity with the person that is ultimately chosen), but Adam Everett Miller, the editor for Aetuts+, sits down and goes over 5 reasons why a professional might be reluctant to want to work with you — or in his words, “5 Things That Tell Me You’re Not a Professional.” More »

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We talk a lot about specific crew positions at times, but if you’re just starting out, it’s hard to get a sense of what many of these people do unless you can see them in action. Thanks to Evan Luzi at The Black and Blue, you can check out this video he posted showing the major departments and some of their crew positions. These positions can vary slightly depending on the country you’re in, but for the most part, this is what you’ll encounter on pretty much any organized set. More »

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This is a guest post by Evan Luzi, a camera assistant who runs The Black and Blue.

You step on set for the first time ever on day one of a shoot and you’re ready to impress everyone. You’ve worked hard to get to this point and it feels like now — finally — you’re where you want to be. From here on out, it should be easy.

Well, if that were the case, we’d have a lot more people working in the film industry. Instead, there’s no doubt about it: it’s tough to make a living in Hollywood.

Getting on set is just the first step in a long process. In the beginning, you need to “wow” those who gave you your opportunity in the first place.

Lucky for you, I’ve got a secret to help and it’s bound to make your first day a better one. But before I reveal it to you, let me tell you a story. More »

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This is a guest post by cinematographer Angelo Lorenzo.

So there we were: my production partner rented some of our gear for a music video and roped both of us in to camera operate. The crew was made up mostly of film students still in, or just recently out of, an expedited 6 month film program. The director had bailed the night before principal photography and had left our DP in charge. Throughout the course of the two day shoot we watched the production slowly implode; not because these guys lacked knowledge or enthusiasm, but because they hadn’t gained the experience to “turn the ship around” when a production starts sinking into turmoil. With this recent experience in mind, I wanted to share some advice to novice filmmakers to help their days on set go as smoothly as humanly possible. If you’re battle worn then let this serve as a gut check when shooting lean. More »

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Evan Luzi, who runs the camera assistant blog The Black and Blue (and who also wrote a guest post here on NFS), takes a look at the crucial but unheralded position of data wrangler. The data wrangler is the person on set who is responsible for making sure that what gets recorded on camera makes it back to the editor without any data loss or corruption. This is not an action-packed video, but if you might find yourself doing work in this position it’s a nice and informative behind-the-scenes commentary. There, I warned you: I don’t want to hear any comments of “this was boring!” Hmm, that wasn’t a very good front page teaser. Well, check it out anyway: More »