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Shooting something entirely from a first person POV may not be new, but every once in a while an exceptionally well-done shot or scene (or even an entire short) makes you step back and appreciate what can be done with the technique and how difficult it is to pull off, especially when you need to cleverly hide cuts. That’s the case with Random Stop, a short film based on the tragic real-life shooting of Sheriff’s Deputy Kyle Dinkheller after a routine traffic stop. We’ve also got a behind the scenes video that is launching first on No Film School, so be sure to check that out after watching the short. More »

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David Cronenberg Short Film - The NestDavid Cronenberg’s new short film, shot on a GoPro in one continuous take, is certainly NSFW, but depending on your distaste for insects, may also be NSFL. The film is pure Cronenberg, and it’s clear that things are a little off right from the get-go as a shirtless woman is being examined by a less-than-trustworthy surgeon who is recording the entire consultation with a camera strapped to his head. (Just as a warning, the thumbnail of the video itself is also NSFW). More »

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Back in 2012, we covered the Kickstarter for a short film called Prospect, which would eventually go on to premiere at this year’s SXSW film festival. Besides using relatively inexpensive gear to create some fantastic visuals, the directing duo of Zeek Earl & Christopher Caldwell had quite a bit of help from enthusiastic volunteers who found out about the project after the Kickstarter campaign. The short film has finally been released to the public, and you can watch it below, and read about some of the lessons the team learned throughout the entire project. More »

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I have a confession to make. I am not, nor am ever likely to be a dog lover. OK, I know most of you are about to click away in disgust but stick with me for just a moment. My dislike of man’s best friend may be lifelong, but it stood not one wag of a tail’s chance of surviving the gut punch of feelings I experienced watching the deeply emotional bond captured in Jonna McIver’s kindred spirits documentary A Boy and His Dog. The film depicts the transformative relationship between a rescue dog called Haatchi and Owen Howkins, a boy suffering from the rare genetic disorder Schwartz Jampel Syndrome.

See just how far a little bit of three-legged love can go after the jump: More »

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stainlessAnyone who’s taken at least one trip on the underground will know by the beligered faces of their fellow travellers slogging to work or elsewhere that, buskers aside, there would seem to be little creativity to be found in underground transit. However, in his Stainless series of photographs, evolved into slow motion urban portrait films, Hungarian artist Adam Magyar demonstrates the hypnotic beauty that can be found in an everyday moment stretched out over a high-speed eternity. Watch an excerpt of how the denizens of New York’s Grand Central station make their commute after the jump. More »

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2013 Sundance Shorts TourIn case you weren’t at Sundance last year (like most of us), they’re now bringing 8 short films from the 2013 festival to audiences around the U.S. in the form of a 93 minute program. Has the comparison between indie filmmakers and touring musicians been made enough yet? Well, the proof is in the pudding — and these shorts are hitting the proverbial (and literal) road!  Hit the jump for tour dates and details. More »

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With a Vimeo Staff Pick under its belt in this the month of making merry, Nick Palmer’s documentary about the charmingly idiosyncratic Bruce Mertz, better known in Concord, California as Mr. Christmas, looks set to rack up views in numbers equal to its subject’s annual display of synchronized festive lights. A working Hollywood screenwriter who, with writing partner Jeremiah Friedman, has penned and sold scripts to studies and has the coveted distinction of being included on the much-lauded Black List, Palmer joins No Film School to discuss his writing career and how he brought the story of Mr. Christmas to screen. Prepared to be dazzled after the jump. More »

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The Bear & The HareSo I totally get we’re still in November and that seeing the Christmas decorations already polluting every inch of your local mall has got your blood boiling and that you expect No Film School to be a ho ho haven from such premature revelry but just bear with me (sorry couldn’t resist) as you take a look at Blink’s heartwarming spot for John Lewis’ The Bear & The Hare that, dare I say it, actually captures the spirit of Christmas. Get in the seasonal spirit after the jump: More »

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AningaaqFor a film to be at its best, right from the earliest stages of script development you have to be willing to cull those ideas which either don’t advance the narrative or break the dramatic tension you’ve worked so hard to build over the proceeding pages. Sometimes this can mean jettisoning a scene which perfectly encompasses the themes of your larger narrative as was the case in the early stages of Alfonso & Jonás Cuarón’s work on the epic space survival feature Gravity. Fortunately for us, Jonás Cuarón was able to convince Warner Home Video to fund a short called Aningaaq which gave life to the Earth side of Sandra Bullock’s desperate, lost in translation SOS radio contact and has now made its way online. More »

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Castello CavalcantiWes Anderson is at it again with his second branded film, Castello Cavalcanti, marketing the “Candy L’Eau” fragrance from Italian luxury fashion house Prada. Castello, like his and Roman Coppola’s first installment for Prada, is set in Europe, only instead of France, takes place in a small Italian town circa 1955. The director’s signature style is seen throughout the 8-minute short, however his specific nods to historical Italian cinema, namely the work of Fellini, offer an added bonus to Anderson’s fans. Continue on to check out the short. More »

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Robert McLellan - ABE FilmIt’s probably unfair to label Rob McLellan’s ARRI ALEXA-shot ABE as torture porn (and I know there are many horror aficionados that despise the term), but it certainly takes some inspiration from the genre. While the premise is simple enough, and films like Blinky have solidified the creepy vibe of intelligent, overly calm robots forever, ABE actually has quite a bit more going on underneath the hood than it might seem at first glance, and asks the audience some pretty deep questions about artificial intelligence, existence, and what being human really means. Check out the short film below. More »

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The CrewWith the sixth instalment of The Fast and the Furious franchise racking up a dizzying $788K+ worldwide gross earlier this year and an epidemic of sick days befalling the globe upon the release of Grand Theft Auto V, it’s clear that fast cars (and Vin Diesel) have somewhat of a large, content hungry fan base. Not being a gearhead myself, it’s a part of entertainment culture that’s largely passed me by — that is until The Andys and Unit Image’s adrenaline pumping trailer for Ubisoft’s The Crew slammed into my eyeballs at full speed and had me itching to jump behind the wheel. Strap in and ride shotgun after the jump. More »

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On a desolate planet a lone mercenary waits stranded, hoping against hope that rescue will come with only his ship’s computer for company, but he soon discovers that he’s not as alone as he initially thought. That’s the basic outline of Australian director Jesse O’Brien’s well received sci-fi short Arrowhead: Signal, but far from the full story of Jesse’s journey along the independent road to completing his debut feature Arrowhead. We talk to Jesse about working outside the tradition production model and the benefits of using a short to build interest in your future feature. More »

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Pezet - Slang 2Dress it up with bling, scantily clad ladies or hydraulic bouncing cars, but when it comes to hip-hop as an art form, it’s hard to beat the visceral pleasure of watching a skilled rapper staring into the lens, spitting rhymes. That is unless you could seamlessly condense multiple deliveries into a single kinetic performance as directing duo Kijek / Adamski do in their motion controlled promo for Pezet track Slang 2. Get caught up in the flow after the break. More »

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this is how you dieWhat if there existed a machine which with a single drop of blood could predict how you were going to die? No dates or wider explanations, just a statement which was demonstrably always correct. Would you succumb to temptation and let it tell your fate? In his short THIS IS HOW YOU DIE., Michael Mohan sets out the swan songs for his soon to be departed characters, whilst playing fast and loose with the interpretations to great comedic effect. Find out what death has in store after the jump. More »

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RequiemForRomanceAnyone who’s ever suffered through the heartache that comes from a romantic breakup knows that there are a plethora of songs which suddenly seem to speak to your fractured emotional state, merging the musician’s own experiences of a love lost with your own. In Montreal-based filmmaker Jonathan Ng’s beautifully expressive kung fu animation Requiem for Romance, he blends a personal story of heartbreak with a commentary on attitudes towards art within contemporary Chinese society by setting the emotional action of a phone call break up within feudal China. Click through to experience the raw emotion. More »

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benh_zeitlin_eggIt’s always interesting to look back at the early shorts of a director to see just how much of their current style and technique was present at a budget and resource level which could conceivably be attained without the support of deep pocketed backers. When Benh Zeitlin’s award-winning Beasts of the Southern Wild was released, much of the discussion about the director’s origins focussed on his 2008 short Glory at Sea, which sits as an obvious precursor to Beasts, yet that film isn’t how Zeitlin got his feet wet as a filmmaker. Watch 3 of his pre-Glory at Sea shorts recently uploaded to Court 13′s Vimeo account after the jump. More »

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AMATEUR MANCHILD court PR stillMy Q&A about MANCHILD (and its prequel short AMATEUR) just went live on my favorite sports/movie website, Grantland (if you like it, please click “Recommend”at the bottom of their article!). Grantland is ESPN’s in-depth, long-form journalism spin-off that features movies alongside sports coverage, which made it my #1 target for AMATEUR. Most sports websites, however, are accustomed to posting a quick highlight clip or an animated .gif. Thus, to spread the short to other sports sites, we’re doing a couple of things: one, releasing the short on YouTube, and two, cutting a 15-second teaser that (hopefully) whets the appetite. If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again (with a different strategy). Here’s the new teaser: More »

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Video thumbnail for youtube video How to Create Your First Short Documentary Promo Film with Dave Dugdale - nofilmschoolDave Dugdale of Learning DSLR Video is no stranger to nofilmschool, mostly because he has an incredible willingness to learn and is very open about what he does, and does not, know (something I’m sure plenty of us aren’t so eager to tell the world). Dave’s most recent video is a look into the creation of his first documentary promotional film for a local photographer, and how he went about the process without any prior knowledge or connections. Check it out below: More »

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Video thumbnail for vimeo video MS Painter - nofilmschoolPlenty of us are gearheads (myself included), and we enjoy discussing the latest and greatest technology for any number of reasons. But when should you just stick with the tool you have? What if you took well over a decade just to master that one tool? That’s pretty much what Hal Lasko, a former graphic artist, did with a little old program called Microsoft Paint. Hal is now legally blind, suffering from wet macular degeneration, but his patience and determination have allowed him to continue working to this day. You should probably check if you’re still alive if you don’t feel anything after watching the beautiful film below directed by Josh Bogdan and his grandson, Ryan Lasko. More »