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Ryan Connolly and Olivia Speranza talk to No Film School about the My Rode Reel ContestRøde’s latest promotional effort brings together top companies from every corner of the film industry to offer $70,000 in prizes to encourage filmmakers to get creative. By submitting a short film of up to 5 minutes in length with a supplemental behind-the-scenes video showing the use of a Røde microphone you can win cameras, gear and software from Adobe, Blackmagic, Miller, Kessler, and many others. No Film School’s Joe Marine caught up with Ryan Connolly and Olivia Speranza at NAB to talk about how it works, why they are excited to be involved and important deadlines for the contest. Watch the video after the jump and learn everything you need to know. More »

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Preparing yourself for any film festival can be a stressful situation, and for those of you getting ready to go to the Cannes Short Film Corner, the clock is ticking! If you’re finding yourself lost trying to figure out how to start preparing for your stay, filmmaker Lit Kilpatrick is here to share a few lessons he learned from his trip last year. This is Part 2 of his 3-part series on how to survive the Cannes Short Film Corner.

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First Kiss Viral Short FilmGaining 30 million views in just a couple days, this record-breaking filmvertisement directed by Tati Pilieva features 20 seemingly random couples engaging in a first kiss on camera. Is this heartwarming display of love and innocence an authentic one, or just another example of well executed viral marketing? Read on to watch the film and get all the details: More »

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The Cannes International Film Festival is one of the most prestigious film festivals in the world, but premiering, screening, and awarding the best feature films isn’t all that Cannes has to offer. Cannes Short Film Corner is an event that allows the creators of short films an opportunity to show their projects to a massive audience, pitch future projects, and hopefully make many important connections as well. However, the festivities can seem quite overwhelming, but Brooklyn-based filmmaker Lit Kilpatrick is here to walk you through Cannes and fill you in on how to make the most out of your visit. Lit describes all of the basics for those who aren’t familiar with the short film corner in part 1 of our 3-part series.

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Despite the name of our website, there are many things to be learned in film school, and director Addison Mehr chose an especially interesting project for his NYU thesis film. Fort Apache is the story of small town escape, adapted from a popular short story by Alan Heathcock. Click through to watch the film and get Addison’s perspective on film school, reaching out to an established author, casting and finding stories that resonate. 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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Zeiss OtusIn 2012, Zeiss announced that a brand new stills lens was in the works, one that would achieve perfection in optical performance through a no-compromise approach. Fast forward to November of 2013, and the company released the Otus 1.4/55, a prime lens that truly is uncompromising in all aspects of its design. While many of us are familiar with the Zeiss ZE glass for video work (great lenses), we have yet to see how the Otus would fare in a video setting. Luckily, filmmaker August Bradley managed to get his hands on an early pre-release version of the Otus, and he shot a delightful little concept piece called Zoetrope Optika that truly showcases the flawless performance of this marvelous lens. More »

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While on the set of the Tze Chun/Bryan Cranston thriller Cold Comes the Night in 2012, Hurricane Sandy rolled into New York. This led to some downtime on set, and that’s when Cranston — sport that he is — came up with a short film contest: the best script submitted by a production assistant gets to produce it with Cranston in the lead role. Click through to watch the film that was born from the contest and read our interview with director Brandon Polanco. More »

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Prieto C500 WideThe Canon C500 is one of those cameras that hasn’t been readily adopted by the film industry, at least not to the extent of ARRI and RED products. Sure, it played a very small role in the production of Scorsese’s The Wolf of Wall Street, and Shane Hurlbut chose it as his A-Cam on Need For Speed, but for the most part, it doesn’t get much love in the narrative filmmaking world. However, world-class cinematographer Rodrigo Prieto ASC, AMC, (The Wolf of Wall Street, Argo) recently lensed a short film called Human Voice on the high-end Canon camera, and offered his take on why it was the right choice for this project, and how specifically it was set up for this film. More »

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I'm HereSpike Jonze is one of those unique filmmakers that both takes huge narrative and visual risks in his films while still making them relatable and marketable. His latest project Her does just the same — a story about a man who develops a relationship with his operation system “Samantha”. However, Jonze’s entire body of work makes use of his strange, off-beat sensibility, and in this video by The Creators Project, we take a look behind the scenes of his 2010 I’m Here, and learn how Jonze and his team developed the emotion in a short film about two robots who fall in love. More »

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Making a SceneJanusz Kaminski is an industry legend. Since 1990, he has DP’d over 30 feature films, and been nominated for 6 cinematography Oscars (two of which he’s won). His most notable work has been with Steven Spielberg, for whom he’s shot just about every film in recent memory. This past month, Kaminski partnered up with The New York Times to direct 11 original short films for the NYT Magazine’s “Movies Issue.” Each film was shot on the RED EPIC MX (which is unusual for Kaminski since he normally shoots film) and features one of Hollywood’s most prominent actors, ranging from Bradley Cooper to Robert Redford, and a single line of dialogue written by one of today’s top screenwriters. Check out a few of the films below, as well as an excellent behind the scenes video showing Kaminski’s filmmaking process: 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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Jane CampionSo many great filmmakers got their start directing short films: Martin Scorsese made several well-received shorts while at NYU, David Lynch’s shorts contain the same unsettling DNA as his features, and Paul Thomas Anderson’s pre-Boogie Nights Dirk Diggler first existed in short film form. Jane Campion is no different. Her shorts demonstrate the dark humor and visual style, especially the ones she made while studying at the Australian Film and Television School in the 1980s — 3 of which Cinephilia and Beyond has compiled and shared. Continue on to check out these noteworthy shorts. More »

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Bloody Cuts Who's There ChallengeJust because Halloween has come and gone doesn’t mean that horror filmmakers get to take a vacation from scaring their audiences. If you’re itching to get a little creative and get some free gear doing it, UK-based production company Bloody Cuts, the online horror film anthology of which we’ve covered on NFS, has launched a brand new worldwide 3 minute horror film challenge entitled Who’s There?”. $13,000 worth of prizes and a panel of Hollywood judges, including Joe Dante, Gale Anne Hurd and the Soska Sisters, seems like a pretty decent reason to make a horror flick, so continue on to find out how to enter. 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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BTS Bot and Dolly BoxIn case you missed it, a few days ago we shared an incredible short film entitled Box, produced by design and engineering studio Bot & Dolly that must be seen to be believed. Using projection mapping, robots, and two 4×8 canvases, Bot & Dolly create an inspiring 3D landscape, all in-camera, all in real-time. And, as promised, the behind the scenes video has been released, giving us an inside look at the incredible digital “magic tricks.” So, if you were dying to know just how Bot & Dolly did it, read on. More »

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Bot and Dolly_The BoxEvery now and again you’ll see something that makes you stop and stare — eyes wide and mouth agape. Something that uses the film medium in a whole new way. This is one of those things. Bot & Dolly, a design and engineering studio based out of San Francisco surely combine automation, robotics, and filmmaking in a beautiful and awe-inspiring way. They recently shared their short film entitled Box that uses the live projection mapping of 3D computer graphics on two 2D screens attached to robotic arms to create stunning 3D effects — and everything on-screen is captured in-camera. If that description doesn’t do it for you, and it most certainly won’t (or shouldn’t,) check out the video after the jump. More »

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Fleisch_EnergieThe world of experimental or avant-garde (vanguard) cinema has a history just as rich as narrative film (it could be said that the two run on parallel tracks). While usually associated with European filmmakers, America has its own rich tradition of avant-garde and experimental filmmakers. Very loosely defined as any film that doesn’t use narrative cinematic technique to achieve its goals, the avant-garde is worthy of study for any filmmaker or student of film. The Dissolve recently featured two experimental avant-garde shorts — one by the filmmaker who made the amazing credits for Enter The VoidClick below to learn more about the history of the wonderfully strange world of avant-garde and experimental cinema, and watch some of its classics. More »

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little freakBirthdays are normally a time of joy and a celebration of the extra year you’ve just spent in the world. Not so for the star of Edwin Schaap’s animated short Little Freak – who despite the skilful nature of his hands in the craft of carving has been condemned to live life as an object of horror and disgust as a side-show freak. Watch his eloquent plea for recognition after the break. More »