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The Twilight ZoneBack in the day, before I was a teenager, and possessed neither status nor a pager, I stayed in every New Year’s, because New Year’s Eve is probably the least child-friendly holiday going (other than Administrative Professionals and Secretaries Day). While others froze in Times Square, I got to watch the 24-hour Twilight Zone marathon on Channel 11, aka WPIX. In retrospect, as a kid (okay, maybe a weird kid), what appealed to me most in the show was its uncanny allegories and just off-kilter aesthetic, its plots that were almost, but not quite, cheesy. More »

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Inside the Edit Paddy Bird

A few months ago, we shared an excellent short animation that detailed the ins and outs of what exactly an experienced editor does. Although we only briefly mentioned it at the time, that video was an advertisement for Inside the Edit, a soon-to-be-released online creative editing course. Yesterday marked the official release of Inside the Edit, and we here at No Film School couldn’t be more excited about the tremendous potential value that this course offers to aspiring editors wishing to break into the industry. I recently had the opportunity to chat with Paddy Bird, the founder of Inside the Edit, about what sets this course apart from any other editing course on the market today. More »

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project greenlightSurely many of us were bummed when we learned that the reality TV show Project Greenlight was being canceled back in 2005. (It seems unfair that audiences would rather keep up with the Kardashians than today’s burgeoning cinematic talent, but whatever.) However, you might’ve heard that the Ben Affleck/Matt Damon-produced series that puts first-time filmmakers head-to-head to compete for a chance to make a feature film is finally back for Season 4, this time on HBO, and are now looking for the next batch of short film submissions. More »

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FARGO -- Pictured: Billy Bob Thornton as Lorne Malvo -- CR: FX/Matthias ClamerWhen I first heard that the Coen brothers’ iconic Minnesota masterpiece Fargo was going to be adapted into an FX miniseries, my first thought was, “Well jeez, that sure is a swell idea,” (in a thick Minnesotan accent, of course). After my initial excitement, the skepticism set in. How could anybody possibly create an episodic variation on Fargo, while appealing to modern audiences and paying homage to the original? Despite the enormity of that undertaking, show-runner Noah Hawley and his team not only created a show that lives up to the Coen classic, but a show that is easily one of the year’s (if not the decade’s) best. The show’s DP Dana Gonzales recently sat down with Ben Consoli on the Go Creative Show to talk about everything from Fargo’s locations to its glorious, yet understated cinematography. More »

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Episodic_1VOD platforms are beginning to change everything about the creation and consumption of TV shows and movies, with one of the big changes being the sheer amount of media audiences are wanting to consume in a single binge. “TV” shows are making out like bandits, attracting more and more filmmakers to work in the world of “television”, and the Sundance Institute wants to lend a hand to them with their newly announced Episodic Story Lab, which will teach writers how to develop stories and characters that grow and develop over the course of a series. More »

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Black List TNT TBS Partnership New WritersI was a little busy last week, so we’re a bit behind on this announcement. In case you missed it, on Feb. 3, Time Warner announced a partnership with The Black List to find new writers for TNT and TBS in an effort to increase diversity. Considering The Black List already has a diversity initiative partnership with Warner Bros. for new feature film screenwriters, this announcement is a natural progression in the relationship between The Black List and Time Warner. The agreement should also draw attention to The Black List’s recent expansion into hosting original television pilots. Got a spec pilot script? Find out how you can opt into this new opportunity on The Black List. More »

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Archer 1 (Color)Chances are if you’re between the ages of 16 to 35, you’ve watched the FX animated hit, ArcherIt’s one of those shows that appeals ever so perfectly to our inner man-child sensibilities. But I digress. It’s a show that combines an extremely basic animation style with a sleek, modern aesthetic, one that combines the mundanities and oddities of a dysfunctional office sitcom with the high-flying action of a well-choreographed spy thriller. In a recent photo set on the Rolling Stone website, Neal Holman, the show’s Art Director, walks us through the process of animating an action scene from Archer: More »

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Polaroid 4kWith Netflix now streaming in 4K and Amazon releasing their original series in it, along with a plethora of UHD monitors finding their market, it looks as though 4K adoption is steadily on the incline. Maybe another indication of this is that a very unlikely contender in the 4K TV market has made themselves known. In a departure from their expertise in film and instant photography, Polaroid announced their very own UHD TV, which is one of the most inexpensive sets yet and is large enough to appeal to most consumers. Continue on for more info. More »

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Netflix 4KThe timetable for TVs adopting 4K has been up for debate since the 4K’s adoption rates began to rise themselves. Some look at the lagging success of 3D TVs as an indicator that not all consumers treat new technologies equally. However, with more and more TVs offering 4K, it might signify that in-home 4K viewing will become the norm. In fact, the fast-becoming in-home media viewing standard, Netflix, has started testing several 4K videos and even has plans to start offering 4K content as early as next year. More »

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Breaking BadAs I write this, there’s no doubt that a large number of you are sitting in your living rooms, bedrooms, or tucked quietly inside the bathroom at work watching the final episode of Breaking BadThe show has been captivating audiences and inspiring filmmakers and screenwriters for 5 seasons, and as we say goodbye to Walter White, let’s also take a look at one aspect of the show that made it one of the most important shows to watch and study: the writing — the process of taking a simple high school chemistry teacher and turning him into a deadly meth dealer. More »

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Home-TheaterThe term “home theater” has become a little bit archaic now with the advent of VOD platforms that allow you to watch films on computers and mobile devices, but still, the ability to watch films at home was a development that changed the world of cinema forever. In yet another excellent lesson, Filmmaker IQ brings us an exhaustive look inside the history of life before the home theater, the technology that made it possible, as well as the effects it has on our culture today. More »

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Rod SerlingTo many he’s just that eerie, stilted voice of The Twilight Zonebut to others he was an incredibly talented writer and mind behind one of the most popular TV shows of its time — and still today holding its own. Rod Serling was widely celebrated, winning 6 Emmies, the Peabody, 2 Golden Globes, and 2 Writer’s Guild of America awards during his unfortunately short career. Three months prior to his death, Serling gave his final interview in which he talks at length about screenwriting: his process, his motivation, and how he dealt with rejection early on in his career. More »

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Tim Staples and Joel Bergvall Fly or Die

BitTorrent’s alpha program Bundles is developing new release strategies every day and people in the content creation business are starting to catch on. Joel Bergvall & Tim Staples, the creators of the new “television” series Fly or Die, spoke to nofilmschool about eschewing traditional paths in favor of creative control and audience interaction. They will be turning to the people of the internet, the BitTorrent community specifically, to vote on whether they should pursue a network deal, a deal with an internet partner, or perhaps develop a series with each episode distributed as a BitTorrent Bundle. In other words, the audience has a much bigger say in what content is getting created. Read on for our interview with the creators of Fly or Die and find out how they chose the BitTorrent route — the answer might make you smile. More »

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Writers Guild WestFilm is dead (good thing we shoot digitally now). Theatrical distribution is a pipe dream (good thing we have new distribution outlets). And less and less screenwriters get paid to write movies for the big screen (good thing we have television). As aspiring screenwriters looking at the evolving landscape of storytelling on the screen, we should ask ourselves, “What exactly are we aspiring to do?” Maybe the answer should be: Write for television. Based on the earnings numbers for writers in the WGAW 2012 annual report, that looks like the answer for many professional screenwriters already. More »

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filmstockIt’s the debate of the decade; is film dead as a capture medium? The answer to that question is manifold, and you would likely get just as many different answers as the number of people who you asked. Sure, shooting film is no longer taught in most film schools (there are a few exceptions). And sure, the cost of raw stock, processing, and high-resolution DIs are up since Fuji stopped production of capture stocks, and local film labs have disappeared left and right. Based on those factors alone, it would seem safe to assume that film is headed the way of the dinosaurs, and rather quickly. More »

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James GandolfiniThere’s no doubt that James Gandolfini was an incredible actor. With countless awards under his belt, such as 3 Screen Actors Guild Awards, 3 Emmys, and a Golden Globe — all for his portrayal of Tony Soprano in The Sopranos – there is much to be learned from a talent like him. He appeared on Inside the Actor’s Studio, hosted by James Lipton, back in 2009, and shared with the audience many pearls of wisdom about acting: the struggles of portraying a violent man, working with directors, and the most important factors of choosing a role. Take a look inside the mind of the late, great James Gandolfini. More »

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Drama ShowrunnersOn-screen violence is a touchy and controversial topic — even for a veteran indie filmmaking maverick like Quentin Tarantino. However, 6 drama writer/creators, Alex Gansa, (Homeland), Aaron Sorkin (The Newsroom), D.B. Weiss (Game of Thrones), Beau Willimon (House of Cards), Kevin Williamson (The Following), and Matthew Weiner (Mad Men) sit down for a roundtable discussion for The Hollywood Reporter to talk openly and candidly about the subject of TV violence, as well as what it’s like to run some of the most popular shows on television.  More »

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On February 1st, Netflix released the first 13 episodes of the first season of House of Cards, marking a potentially monumental shift in the way we watch content. By now it’s very likely a number of you have seen the entirety of the series starring Kevin Spacey. While it’s not the first original series for Netflix (that would be Lilyhammer), House of Cards is one of the most (if not the most) expensive television shows in history, and has attracted some of the biggest names in Hollywood — like director David Fincher. But will the experiment work, or will binge-viewing ultimately hurt those who produce content? More »

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Several recent developments are helping to bring more 4K (or “more-K“) to your television screen than many of us might have anticipated, even a year ago. RED has big ideas for your home theater (pictured left), consumer electronics companies are starting to roll out some screens with very high pixel densities, media mega-vendors YouTube and Netflix will (or already do) support 4K, and to bring just about everything together, H.265 will be dilating streaming efficiency on 1 billion devices near you. 4K will likely find its way to you via the web a lot sooner than it will through your cable subscription — unless, of course, you live in Japan. To reinvigorate the country’s (somehow) floundering consumer electronics economy, its ministry of communications will be making 2014 the year of 4K in Japan. And perhaps beyond, not long after that. More »

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Technology’s progression sometimes moves with consistent momentum, and sometime comes in spurts. For instance, processors of mobile devices regularly decrease in size and price with relation to power — while, at the same time, the speed of your internet connection may not change much at all for several years, and make a great leap whenever it does. Both of these tendencies of advancement seem to inform High Efficiency Video Coding, A.K.A. H.265the successor to that other codec with which we’re all quite familiar (H.264). Improving efficiency by around double, H.265 aims to set the standard for the next decade in video streaming and encoding — and it’s going to ease mobile data congestion and likely make 4K a reality much sooner than many would have anticipated. More »