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Leaving your home to shoot a movie in different country is certainly not for the faint of heart, something cinematographer Richard Patterson knows all too well. When he traveled to Haiti from the U.S. to shoot a short documentary entitled Papa Machete about the slowly vanishing martial art of Haitian Machete Fencing, he was met with many different types of issues concerning gear, media management, you name it. Thankfully, Patterson decided to share what he learned with all of us.

This is a guest post by Richard Patterson. More »

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We’ve talked about travel sliders here at nofilmschool a couple of times before. However, even the smallest of sliders can be a hassle to get into your backpack, and most of them aren’t particularly useful if you want to slide any more than two or three feet (which, let’s face it, we all do). Enter Nice Industries, creator of the wildly popular Aviator Travel Jib, with a brand new product, the Red Rocket Travel Slider. This is no ordinary slider, however, as the components to get it all set up can be fit in a case the size of a shoe box. But that’s not all, with a track length of anywhere up to ten feet (yeah, you heard that correctly), the Red Rocket might just be one of the most versatile travel sliders ever. Check out the Kickstarter launch video below: More »

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Being an artist of any kind is difficult, and it’s even more difficult if you dedicate yourself fully to that art. Most people don’t choose to be musicians, or painters, or filmmakers because they want to make a lot of money. There are plenty of professions that will yield a better salary than being a filmmaker, and most of us will never reach that 1% in the entertainment industry who never have to worry where their next job is going to come from. I think as any kind of artist, it’s important to keep asking yourself if you’re doing what you want to be doing in life. Take a few minutes to watch the video below that forces you to ask yourself, “What do I desire?” More »

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We often forget (or at least, I do) the fact that the video functionality of DSLRs originated from the desire to put motion picture capabilities in the hands of non-fiction content creators. Specifically, photojournalists were given the option for recording that which could beneficially supplement stills, and though we DIY filmmakers have re-appropriated that functionality to our own benefit, there’s still something to be said for its use in generating journalistic content. In that vein I’d like to share a particularly beautiful non-fiction endeavor with everyone — Humanity.TV sets out to bring you an uncontrived, honest, and humanistic representation of people and places of interest — and do so via a custom interactive tablet system. More »

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It hasn’t been easy writing a blog about filmmaking without having a project of my own to show since my 2007 fly-by-night production of The West Side. The main reason for this? I tried to get something made in the studio system. 200 pages of screenplay and twenty-something meetings later, I arrived at the conclusion that I should’ve stuck to the DIY route. However, there’s another reason you haven’t seen a new project from me in a while: I haven’t had access to a camera, to actors, or to much of anything, because I’ve been living out of a suitcase for a year. Why did I decide to do this — and why do I recommend others do the same? More »

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Along with The West Side co-creator Zachary Lieberman, this is my house in Costa Rica for the next two months. Why are we here? To get some work done. Really! More »