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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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John Cassavetes once said, “Anyone who can make a film, I already love.” The decision to make any movie is a leap of faith, and more so when you’re a trained physicist who emigrated from the former Soviet Union and gives up a steady paycheck on Wall Street to follow your artistic, cinematic dreams. Such is the case with unlikely filmmaker Gleb Osatinski, whose new short is gaining him a lot of attention for its otherworldly appeal. We talk to him about life and film in the former USSR, the beauty of the open-ending, and risking everything for a dream. 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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SOTW AwardsShort films are one of the most under-appreciated forms of storytelling, especially when it comes to the general movie-going public. However, since 2007, Short of the Week has been making it their mission to spotlight some of the greatest short films created by some of today’s best and brightest filmmakers from all across the globe, sharing over 200 films just this past year alone that venture beyond traditional genres and open up new doors to style and artistic sensibilities. They have recently announced the winners of their 2014 SOTW Awards and we’re here to offer up a selection for your viewing pleasure. Continue on to check them out! More »

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HBOAccessHBO has launched HBOAccess, a 4-week program which gives diverse filmmakers the chance to receive not only valuable mentorship and learning opportunities, but actual short-form content for one of their many different platforms, including HBO Go, HBO, HBO’s YouTube channel, HBO.com, film festivals, charity screenings and other outlets as well. Applications are now being accepted, so continue on to find out more about the program, as well as eligibility. 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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“Do short films have monetary value?” Filmmaker Robin Schmidt, who after many short films and music videos recently completed his first feature film, digs in and offers some intriguing observations in the guest post below, as well as his idea for a solution with the help of Vimeo. After reading the post, we’d also like to know what you think. Do short films have monetary value? If so, what solutions can you come up with that will allow filmmakers to monetize their shorts?

This is a guest post by filmmaker Robin Schmidt. 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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The last time I posted about my MANCHILD prequel AMATEUR, I was asking for help and releasing a teaser trailer to help the short get picked up by sports and film websites. By releasing a short film directly online instead of waiting to get into festivals, I was accelerating the release schedule and — at least in theory — finding an audience everywhere, instead of just in a few select theaters. I’m glad to say that AMATEUR has now been featured on a lot of prominent websites and has enjoyed a lot of festival play as well — despite being free online. Let’s take a look at how we achieved this, the lessons I learned, and the status and schedule of the long-delayed but better-than-ever feature MANCHILD. 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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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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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 »

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NYT Op-DocsThe New York Times’ documentary series Op-Docs is calling for applications to compete in the first-ever Op-Docs pitching event. Taking place at the Points North Documentary Forum this September, The New York Times Op-Docs Pitch will allow selected filmmakers to contend for the chance to produce an opinionated 3-10 minute Op-Doc to premiere on NYTimes.com. Read on for the deets and how you can apply. More »

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Running Wild Roy W Dean Grant Winner
Self-described as “a covert underground operation started by a gentle 76-year-old man who just wanted to help give passionate filmmakers an opportunity to be heard,” the Roy W. Dean Film and Video Grant is no ordinary endowment. The large majority of the winner’s reward is not in the form of cash  – but if $30,000 in industry favors means anything to you, like getting your film’s trailer edited by the trailer editor of The Usual Suspects, then read on. More »

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pov-callforentries-2013PBS’ independent documentary series POV has opened its doors for submissions to the 2014 broadcast season, and you’ve got until the end of the month to finish that masterpiece before they slam shut again. And with a mission like “telling stories that are not often seen in the mainstream,” who wouldn’t feel inclined to enter? So if you have a doc in the glint of your eye, holla at POV right now like you know what’s up.  As always, details after the jump. More »

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Full house at Fletcher Hall for the Opening Night Film, "Guilty Pleasures"

Film festivals are to directors what higher education is to high school graduates: either a launchpad for success, or a hangover with a helluva price tag. Best fest lists are all over the interwebs, but lists of festivals that cover your costs are harder to find, and for good reason. Which fests treat filmmakers right, on and off the carpet? Read on for the definitive unscientific list. More »

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MirageAll too often the films that make the biggest splashes are those that race from one showy kinetic scene to the next, barely allowing a pause for breath before the final credits roll. So every once in a while its refreshing to find a film that takes a gentle stroll as its tempo, as Frederic Kokott’s short animation Mirage does as it portrays a city in picture and sound. Ease into it after the jump: More »

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Tropfest Short Film - Ben Howling - CargoIt’s a phenomenon that didn’t really exist before the internet: going viral. The term has come to mean quite a few things and can be applied to all sorts of different scenarios, but in this case, we’re talking about a video that is seen by millions of people in a relatively short amount of time — a near impossibility for the average person just a decade ago. Ben Howling had this exact situation happen to him about a month ago, when the movie he co-directed with Yolanda Ramke for the Australian Tropfest Film Festival was considered a finalist and then posted online, going viral long after. It has now been viewed over 2.7 million times in just a matter of weeks. Check out the short below, followed by a discussion about the production and how the sudden success of the film caught the filmmakers off-guard: More »

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Ryan Gosling Wont Eat His CerealVine, the Twitter-owned iOS app that lets you take, upload, and now embed 6 seconds of video, has been making the rounds since it was released back in January of this year. Tribeca held a contest for filmmakers to make movies with Vine, but similar to Twitter itself when it began, we haven’t quite figured out its true purpose. That is, until now. Ryan McHenry, who directed a BAFTA-winning short film called Zombie Musical, has created something of true genius with the app. Behold, Ryan Gosling Won’t Eat Cereal, the very reason Vine, and possibly the internet, was created: More »