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A podcast about how to build a career in filmmaking. No Film School shares the latest opportunities and trends for anyone working in film and TV. We break news on cameras, lighting, and apps. We interview leaders in screenwriting, directing, cinematography, editing, and producing. And we answer your questions! We are dedicated to sharing knowledge with filmmakers around the globe, “no film school” required.

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A podcast about how to build a career in filmmaking. No Film School shares the latest opportunities and trends for anyone working in film and TV. We break news on cameras, lighting, and apps. We interview leaders in screenwriting, directing, cinematography, editing, and producing. And we answer your questions! We are dedicated to sharing knowledge with filmmakers around the globe, “no film school” required.

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Love the new host.

By WyattMazetis - Apr 19 2020
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The show has consistently been great for years. But the new host may just be the best change they made. Extremely excited for future episodes.

If you listen to 1 filmmaking podcast make it NFS!

By JV editor - Sep 15 2019
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I have subscribed to six filmmaking and camera equipment podcasts over the past 3 years and especially enjoy the recent new format hosted by Charles Haines. Found with nofilmschool, I can now listen to a single program and get the latest gear news, learn about what's trending in the industry, and be entertained. I relied on NFS for insight on purchases of cameras, lenses, audio gear and lights. And Charles actually convinced me to NOT spend money now on gear that is not essential. Hosts are talented and include a USC Film School MFA grad who is a film school professor in New York. SUBSCRIBE!

iTunes Ratings

291 Ratings
Average Ratings
232
28
14
7
10

Love the new host.

By WyattMazetis - Apr 19 2020
Read more
The show has consistently been great for years. But the new host may just be the best change they made. Extremely excited for future episodes.

If you listen to 1 filmmaking podcast make it NFS!

By JV editor - Sep 15 2019
Read more
I have subscribed to six filmmaking and camera equipment podcasts over the past 3 years and especially enjoy the recent new format hosted by Charles Haines. Found with nofilmschool, I can now listen to a single program and get the latest gear news, learn about what's trending in the industry, and be entertained. I relied on NFS for insight on purchases of cameras, lenses, audio gear and lights. And Charles actually convinced me to NOT spend money now on gear that is not essential. Hosts are talented and include a USC Film School MFA grad who is a film school professor in New York. SUBSCRIBE!
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The No Film School Podcast

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A podcast about how to build a career in filmmaking. No Film School shares the latest opportunities and trends for anyone working in film and TV. We break news on cameras, lighting, and apps. We interview leaders in screenwriting, directing, cinematography, editing, and producing. And we answer your questions! We are dedicated to sharing knowledge with filmmakers around the globe, “no film school” required.

Rank #1: How Do You Know Which Idea to Pursue? The First Feature: AMATEUR [Episode 1]

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Here's Episode One of our new podcast series The First Feature. This is a step-by-step guide on how to get your first feature made, using Ryan Koo's new Netflix Original Film AMATEUR as a case study.

In this episode, we get into: The three questions you can ask yourself to help decide which movie to make; when you need an agent; how Koo lied his way into MTV (and New York); Koo's DIY web series with Zack Lieberman, The West Side; how new platforms represent an opportunity because of decreased competition; how failure can be more instructive than success.

AMATEUR will premiere on Netflix on April 6, 2018.

You can find all episodes of The First Feature at nofilmschool.com/firstfeature

Mar 28 2018

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Rank #2: How Do You Pitch Your Film and Find Financing? The First Feature: AMATEUR [Episode 4]

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In this episode of our step-by-step podcast on how to get your first feature made, we dive into the pitching and financing processes on Ryan Koo's Netflix Film AMATEUR. This episode covers his experiences pitching Amateur eighty (!) times and eventually getting it to Netflix, including the following points: Making a pitch into a back-and-forth conversation as early as possible; What goes into a pitch packet other than the script, including a rip-o-matic/multimedia lookbook; Using CRM software to track producers and financiers (Ryan used Streak); How rejection can be a development process unto itself; Why "producer" is an amorphous term and how to identify producers with complementary skill sets; Who his producers were (Jason Michael Berman, Chip Hourihan, and Mark Moran) and what their roles were; and finally, How he got the film to Netflix. Watch Amateur on Netflix, available now worldwide at netflix.com/amateur. You can find all other episodes of The First Feature at nofilmschool.com/firstfeature.

This episode of The First Feature is sponsored by Music Bed. Get 20% off you next on-site license with coupon code "FirstFeature20."

Apr 18 2018

1hr 7mins

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Rank #3: 'Don't be Afraid if You Didn't Go To Film School': The Method to Success Behind 'Greener Grass'

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Greener Grass is a project that has been on a whirlwind path to success since the very beginning.

Directors Jocelyn DeBoer and Dawn Luebbe's first iteration of the surreal comedy turned heads as a short film back in 2016, when it won awards at major festivals like SXSW and the Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival in France.

Upon its release online, it also achieved viral status and earned distinctions from Short of the Week and Vimeo. It's rare that a short finds success like that both on the festival circuit and online, but hey, when you watch Greener Grass, it's easy to see why.

Though they claim to have had no intention of doing so initially, the duo expanded the short into a feature film which hit Sundance in a big way back in January.

The film's meticulously crafted aesthetic places it on a level somewhere between Adult Swim and David Lynch. With the aid of talented production designers, costume designers, and a brilliantly specific script, DeBoer and Luebbe's film brings us into a candy-coated utopia that we've never seen the likes of in film before.

Of course, things descend into dystopia by the time the film's through. Suburban tensions reach their boiling point after one mom willingly gives up her daughter to a friend, who I might add later goes on to give birth to a bouncing baby soccer ball.

Things get weird. But not odd enough to sway IFC Midnight from purchasing the film earlier this week, or SXSW programming it into their festival to be seen in Austin later this week.

Jon Fusco sat down with the directors and producer Natalie Metzger at Sundance this year to talk about using characters to build a world, hiring geniuses as collaborators and more.

Mar 11 2019

29mins

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Rank #4: Alice Rohrwacher on Why You Have to Go into the Void to Make Good Movies

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Cannes-Winning director Alice Rohrwacher was selected to be this year's prestigious Film Society of Lincoln Center Filmmaker in Residence. Rohrwacher grew up in the Tuscan countryside and never saw a moving image until she was an adult. No Film School's Emily Buder discusses faking her way into her first directing gig, boredom's role in producing creativity, and why we need to go into the void to be great filmmakers.

Dec 05 2016

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Rank #5: How to Make a Movie Entirely on Your Own

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Before "Ramblin Freak'," Tacodeli employee Parker Smith had made only one movie featuring sound. The three three-time film school dropout was stuck between a rock and a hard place after realizing his internship at The Austin Film Society was little more than the theater job he had left in Boulder, Colorado to make a name for himself in Texas. Now, the task of making your first feature is a daunting one. Some would think that filming it entirely alone should make things a hundred times more difficult. For Parker, however, being the only member of his film crew provided him with exactly the freedom necessary to experiment, learn and shoot his movie right.   No Film School's Jon Fusco sat down with Smith at SXSW to learn how he pulled off making a movie about a guy who doesn't know how to make a movie. From watching five documentaries a night to finding a producer through Instagram, he provides us with tremendous insight into the art of learning as you go.

Mar 27 2017

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Rank #6: Indie Film Weekly 10.20.16: Filmmakers Tackle the US Political Circus

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With less than three weeks left until Americans vote for their next president, Indie Film Weekly discusses the film world’s take on the craziest election cycle on record. No Film School co-hosts Emily Buder, Charles Haine and Liz Nord investigate how the far left, the far right, and several creators in between are using film to respond to both the candidates and the issues. We also cover the recent arrest of filmmakers and journalists attempting to film oil pipeline protests in North Dakota, the passing of Polish filmmaker Andrzej Wajda, and how Razer's purchase of THX gets us one step closer to standardized calibration. Our Ask No Film School question is twofold: we talk about the difference in ISO for still photography and video, and about making creative choices in your documentary. As always, the show also brings news you can use about gear, upcoming grant and festival deadlines, this week’s indie film releases, and other notable things you might have missed while you were busy making films. You can see all the links from this show in this week’s podcast post at nofilmschool.com.

Oct 20 2016

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Rank #7: Sundance Institute Founder and Director Michelle Satter Predicts the Future of Indie Filmmaking

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There are few people who know the ever-shifting landscape of indie film as well as Michelle Satter. In fact, there may be no other people. Michelle helped found the Sundance Institute's feature film program alongside Robert Redford in 1981. All they've done since then is help build the very identity of indie film, developing and bringing audiences some of the most important voices in cinema. From Tarantino to PTA, Michelle has witnessed it all.

Dec 27 2019

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Rank #8: How Do You Attach Cast and Prep a Film? The First Feature: AMATEUR [Episode 5]

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In this episode of our step-by-step podcast on how to get your first feature made, using No Film School founder Ryan Koo's Netflix Film Amateur as a case study, we dive into how to cast your movie—and what to expect when you go into prep. This episode covers Ryan's experiences attaching cast to Amateur, including Michael Rainey Jr. (POWER, LUV), Josh Charles (THE GOOD WIFE, SPORTS NIGHT), Sharon Leal (ADDICTED, DREAMGIRLS), and Brian White (RAY DONOVAN, SCANDAL). We then move into the prep process on the film, and touch on: How a short film can help with attaching cast; The two-part process of auditioning Michael Rainey Jr. (who came us to via Jason Berman, who had produced a film with Michael in it, LUV); The value of a casting director (in Amateur's case, Jessica Kelly and Kate Geller; What an "offer" is and why you can only offer the part to one actor at a time; Doing street casting to find "real people," in this case, several basketball players who had never acted before; Location scouting and tax credits; Scheduling and what a "company move" is (and why we needed to avoid them); The challenges of working with a child actor and the resulting limitations on shooting hours; Rehearsing and read-throughs; Tech scouts... and more. Thank you to the Panavision New Filmmaker Program, Sony, G-technology, and Vision Research for their help in providing equipment on the film (which we'll cover more of in our forthcoming production episodes). Watch Amateur on Netflix, available now worldwide at netflix.com/amateur. You can find all other episodes of The First Feature at nofilmschool.com/firstfeature. This episode of The First Feature is sponsored by Music Bed. Get 20% off you next on-site license at musicbed.com/new with coupon code "FirstFeature20."

Apr 25 2018

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Rank #9: How to Start a Production Company: From Film School to Raising Money Out of Your Bedroom Office

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In this episode of the No Film School podcast, Emily Buder sits down with David Ethan Shapiro, CEO of Starlight Studios, and Jacob Schulsinger, editor ("Force Majeure," "Antichrist"), to discuss their Sundance premiere, "Come Swim," Kristen Stewart's experimental short film. We talk the merits of film school and why it's important to recreate that creative atmosphere in your career, the secret to raising money as a producer, why editors should help directors write movies, and more.

Mar 06 2017

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Rank #10: The Ultimate Screenwriting Masterclass with John Fusco and Jon Fusco

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Today is a very special episode of The No Film School Podcast and perhaps a momentous occasion in the history of the universe itself. The very balance of the cosmos hangs at a thread as Academy Award Nominated screenwriter John Fusco and former No Film School Producer Jon Fusco finally meet to discuss their craft.

John Fusco is, of course, the legendary screenwriter who dropped out of high school at age 16 to travel the south as a blues musician before returning to the Northeast and attending Tisch School of the Arts at New York University. He later went on to write such hit films as Young Guns, Hidalgo, and most recently Netflilx's The Highway Men, which made its debut at 2019's edition of the SXSW film festival.

The man has been writing films for over thirty years and has a wealth of knowledge to share with us all including practices on how to become disciplined (and stay that way), getting yourself into the screenwriting zone, and ways to retain control of your script once it hits the production stage.

Jun 03 2019

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Rank #11: How to Become a Sundance Worthy Documentary Cinematographer

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The documentary cinematographer is a special kind of cinematographer. Whereas in narrative, the role is more defined, DP’s of the more truthful persuasion may find themselves piling on more hats than their fiction bound counterparts. Take it from David Paul Jacobson of Ask Dr. Ruth and Kristy Tully of Raise Hell: The Life & Times of Molly Ivins, two Sundance caliber cinematographers who join us on today’s show.

Both of their projects revolve around strong women. Ask Dr. Ruth chronicles the incredible life of Dr. Ruth Wertheimer, a Holocaust survivor, former soldier, immigrant and two-time divorcee who became the world’s most influential sex therapist. Raise Hell: The Life & Times of Molly Ivins memorializes the former journalist who made a name for herself as rough talkin’ six foot Texan who was quick to expose corruption wherever she found it.

Together in this roundtable we talk about how to grab the most effective b-roll, the perfect kits for the job, and not overstepping boundaries with directors and editors as you must also direct and edit yourself.

Feb 04 2019

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Rank #12: Indie Film Weekly 11.11.16: What a Trump Presidency Means for Filmmakers

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In this episode of Indie Film Weekly, we break down the potential impact of America’s new government on artists and the press. No Film School co-hosts Liz Nord, Jon Fusco and Emily Buder also cover an ambitious Election Day documentary-in-the-making and the Cinema Eye Honors and IDA Awards nominees, say goodbye to French cinematographer Raoul Coutard, discuss how YouTube is branching into HDR, and talk about GoPro’s unfortunate recall of its new Karma drone. In the Ask No Film School segment, we advise on the best website builder for filmmakers. Tech writer Charles Haine joins us to bring the latest gear news, and we hear an excerpt from Liz’s interview with ‘Arrival’ DP Bradford Young. As always, we update you on upcoming grant and festival deadlines, this week’s indie film releases, and other notable things you might have missed while you were busy making films. You can see all the links from this show in this week’s podcast post at www.nofilmschool.com. http://nofilmschool.com/2017/07/indie-film-weekly-111116-podcast

Nov 11 2016

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Rank #13: IFW 2.15.18: The Worst Job On Set Gets Better & What Camera Should You Shoot Your Short On?

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In this episode of Indie Film Weekly, No Film School co-hosts Liz Nord, Jon Fusco, and Erik Luers discuss ‘Black Panther’ mania ahead of the groundbreaking film’s opening weekend. We also get into the Parking Production Assistants of New York decision to unionize, the results of the WGA Awards, and say a sad goodbye to Oscar-nominated film composer Jóhann Jóhannsson. Charles Haine joins us for gear news including some speculation about a potentially game-changing partnership between RED and Foxconn. Charles also answers an Ask No Film School question on whether you should shoot with RED or ARRI cameras for your short film. As always, we also bring you the latest gear news, upcoming grant and festival deadlines, new indie film releases, weekly words of industry wisdom, and other notable things you might have missed while you were busy making films. You can see all the links from this show in this week’s podcast post at nofilmschool.com. https://nofilmschool.com/2018/02/indie-film-weekly-021518

Feb 15 2018

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Rank #14: IFW 2.8.18: ARRI Finally Goes 4K & Tarantino's Big On-Set Boner

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In this episode of Indie Film Weekly, No Film School co-hosts Liz Nord, Jon Fusco, and Erik Luers discuss why the ‘Kill Bill’ car crash story matters for every filmmaker, how to create a winning Super Bowl ad, and the results of the recent DGA Awards. Liz also answers an Ask No Film School question about what to do if you don’t think you fit in at film school. Charles Haine joins us for a huge week in gear announcements, including ARRI’s new 4K Alexa LF. As always, we also bring you upcoming grant and festival deadlines, new indie film releases, weekly words of industry wisdom, and other notable things you might have missed while you were busy making films. You can see all the links from this show in this week’s podcast post at nofilmschool.com.

Feb 08 2018

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Rank #15: Why Making a Short is a Career Game-Changer

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Doc to narrative. Actor to director. Short to feature. There are many reasons to make a short, and five Sundance filmmakers tell us how to do it right.

Read more about this podcast, it's guests and their films here: https://nofilmschool.com/2020/03/why-making-short-career-game-changer

Mar 09 2020

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Rank #16: Indie Film Weekly 7.28.16: We Pick the Best Camera for First-Time Directors

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In this episode of Indie Film Weekly, No Film School Editor-in-Chief Liz Nord and Producer Jon Fusco are joined by Tech Writer Charles Haine to finally settle one of our most FAQs: which camera should I buy? We also get into the DNC's film connections, the new slate of super-trailers released at last week's Comic-Con, indies nominated for this year's News & Documentary Emmys, memorials to both director Garry Marshall (‘Pretty Woman’, ‘Beaches’) and the VCR, and some skyward drama around California's first drone-related arrest. As always, the show also brings news you can use about gear, upcoming grant and festival deadlines, this week’s indie film releases, our Ask No Film School segment, and other notable things you might have missed while you were busy making films.

Jul 28 2016

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Rank #17: How Larry Sher Shot 'Joker', Built a Career, and Almost Got Fired on His First Day of Filmmaking

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Director of Photography Lawrence Sher takes us through his career from the early days (he calls his first day "the worst first day in the history of first days") to how he lensed the most successful R-rated movie of all time, offering insights as well as practical tools.

Oct 31 2019

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Rank #18: How Starting a Production Company Can Help You Make Your First Film

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Ashley McKenzie is the type of director that does it all. The Canadian multi-hyphenate runs her own production company, writes her own scripts, and directs all of the company's films. When she’s on set, however, she gives up almost all notions of planning and control to make her shots as organic and in the moment as possible.

For her debut feature, Werewolf, which has won awards at almost every regional Canadian festival she’s brought it to, this included throwing the actors into real-life situations, adding events into scenes without telling them, keeping the camera rolling after the scene had cut, and even casting non-actors as key characters at locations on the fly.

The film itself follows a pair of outcast methadone users who push a rusty lawnmower door-to-door to cut grass for money to feed their addiction. No Film School’s Jon Fusco sat down with McKenzie and her two lead actors Andrew Gillis and Breagh MacNeil to discuss their intensely real collaboration.

Jun 26 2017

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Rank #19: 5.8.20: How will Netflix Get Back On Set?

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This week, we “Follow The Cheese” towards Netflix’s new on-set rules in the times of Covid-19, dig into Ken Burn’s burns of the Michael Jordan documentary "The Last Dance," share Frame.io’s new features, and we wonder: did Apple finally make a 13-inch laptop for filmmakers? Plus, deep cuts!

May 08 2020

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Rank #20: Write Characters With Room For Actors: Wayne Roberts and Christopher Abbott on 'Katie Says Goodbye'

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Katie Says Goodbye is screenwriter/director Wayne Roberts' first feature. Unlike most first features, however, it had its world premiere earlier this year in front of a packed house in the middle of one of the world's biggest film events: Toronto International Film Festival. In the film, Olivia Cooke throws her name into the best actress ring starring as the titular Katie, an ever optimistic diner waitress who doesn't let the harsh realities of her Arizona homestead break her down. Instead, she focuses on earning enough money to finally break out of her trailer park and make a move to San Francisco. Her preferred method in fundraising? Prostitution. Needless to say, this leads to some challenges in her life, especially when she starts dating Bruno, stoically portrayed by Christopher Abbott, a mechanic with a history of grand theft auto. No Film School’s Jon Fusco sat down with Abbott and Roberts to discuss how a writer's work is best achieved by getting rid of any hesitations and letting their characters speak through them.

Nov 21 2016

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This is How One Man Created a Thriving Indie Production Company with Hope

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It seems improbable or impossible to the more seasoned (or jaded) among us. A man, outside of the system and outside of the major cities like New York and LA, built a thriving indie production company with a full growing slate of movies and content... but that's not even the crazy part.

The crazy part is that the stories he's telling reflect his worldview, and a specific vision for humanity and the future. It sounds as bold as it sounds unlikely. Yet it is a reality.

BK's story is not just one of perseverance and making your own success, but it's a story of the type of self-education we love at No Film School.

It all sounds great... but how come it actually works? Listen to BK tell you in his own words.

Jul 07 2020

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7.3.20: To Sit Or Not To Sit?

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A Christopher Nolan rumor makes us consider on-set rules and philosophies and Fuji's new update makes us ponder how this will change upcoming cameras. Plus we time travel (not through a Nolan film) to see if we can answer a No Film School question that dates back more than 100 years ago.

Jul 03 2020

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What Will Creatives Do About Apple's Big News?

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Apple changes everything (again) and forces a decision for every filmmaker...and, no, it's not whether to use the handwashing feature in the watchOS. Plus, we pay tribute to legendary (and dividing) filmmaker Joel Schumacher and we answer an Ask No Film School question that pits an episodic approach vs. tackling an indie feature.

Jun 26 2020

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6.19.20: The Dinosaurs Are Going Back to Set, But Not The Writers

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This week's theme is how Dinosaurs will adjust to the new world. It's woven into a few of our topics. In addition to talking about Chris Pratt and his open invitation to discuss pizza with us on the podcast, we cover updates from Mac, Adobe's maybe intentional leak of Canon specs, and of course the news that writers are being mistreated by Hollywood. But is that really news?

Jun 19 2020

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What Is It like to Write a Spider-Man Movie?

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Chris McKenna tells us about his day job writing for Marvel, while his friend and longtime collaborator Bob Byington talks about carving his career through indie film.

Jun 15 2020

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6.12.20: Lights, Camera, Covid?

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Today is Friday, June 12th, which is the date given by Governor Gavin Newsom for film and television productions to (possibly) restart in the state of California. But with potential spikes and the need to implement safe sets, what else needs to be in place in order to safely jump back into work? Plus, we share our recommended viewing from our re-posted list of 30+ Films You Need to Watch About Race in America, chat about new offerings from Z Cam and GNARBOX, and share how the treatment of broccoli relates to filmmaking. Head on in to get your greens!

Jun 12 2020

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6.5.20: What Is the Role of the Filmmaker in a Time of Unprecedented Upheaval?

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We are living in interesting times, to say the least.

Prior generations have fought similar battles and faced similar challenges. Ashamedly, they faced this very battle time and again. But there is something very different about this time right now and it relates to you. You, the filmmaker.

Jun 05 2020

46mins

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5.26.20: Will 'Tenet' bring movie goers back to theaters?

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This week brings a lot of questions. Will Christopher Nolan’s 'Tenet' be movie theater's savior? Will we adopt 8K into our workflows? How does Red Komodo’s PDAF change the game? And, what can we learn from the extremely talented team that wrote 'The Sopranos'?

May 29 2020

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Getting a Camera Inside the Moment That Shook the NBA

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Former NBA owner Donald Sterling made a series of racist comments; this is how the men who worked for him responded.

Documentary subjects are rarely as camera savvy as these ones. The moment Blackballed covers unfolded on camera in the media. In order to get closer to the actual experience, emotions, honesty, and authenticity experienced by the men who lived this, filmmaker Michael Jacobs employed a unique tool.

He takes us through the challenges of telling this important story, the team he had around him in doing so, and the technology that made it possible.

May 25 2020

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5.22.20: Remembering Lynn Shelton, 'Unreal' Visuals, and Adobe Premiere Updates

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This week, we reminisce and share more about the impact, influence, and legacy of filmmaker Lynn Shelton. We also dive into the world of possibilities created by the Unreal Engine 5 and the new support of Apple ProRes in Adobe Premiere. Plus, a Deep Cuts Speed Round featuring TV Pilots.

May 22 2020

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5.15.20: Fake Artist... Real Weirdness. What Do We Make of Lil Miquela?

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In a world full of real artists, why not create a virtual one? We chat about CAA’s newest signing, the digital Lil Miquela, whether folks are saying Qui-bye to Quibi, and Aputure’s new 600d along with a new round of Deep Cuts.

A heads up as you dive into this week's conversation: we've been adjusting some of our sound settings and piloting our podcasting software. Our voices may sound a little different but we swear we're still entertaining to listen to.

May 15 2020

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Jonathan Frakes Shoots to Thrill

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Our guest this week is the unique and legendary Jonathan Frakes. He was a lead on 'Star Trek: The Next Generation' before he transitioned to the directing chair. To get his shot at directing he had to learn a ton from the craftspeople around him. But he also applied his history as an actor to his process, resulting in an ability to be an extremely economical actor's director.

May 12 2020

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5.8.20: How will Netflix Get Back On Set?

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This week, we “Follow The Cheese” towards Netflix’s new on-set rules in the times of Covid-19, dig into Ken Burn’s burns of the Michael Jordan documentary "The Last Dance," share Frame.io’s new features, and we wonder: did Apple finally make a 13-inch laptop for filmmakers? Plus, deep cuts!

May 08 2020

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'Rick and Morty' Creator Justin Roiland Gives Us a Tour of His New Show and His Twisted Mind

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Justin Roiland is best known as the co-creator and lead vocal talent behind the immensely popular show 'Rick and Morty'.

Mike McMahan went from a 'Rick and Morty' writer's assistant to a showrunner along with Roiland. Now they've got a new show 'Solar Opposites' (May 8 on Hulu).

We won't sugar coat it... this interview gets strange. But you should expect no less from these guys.

After warming up a bit, we get into the conceit and intent behind 'Solar Opposites', what properties they'd both love to reboot or work with, how they got started creating things, how to keep humor fresh and edgy in an era with so many topics off-limits, and more.

May 04 2020

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5.1.20: What Can You Do to Make the Most of Quarantine?

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We discuss two new cameras hitting the market. Jason Hellerman tells us about the new FREE eBook 'How to Write a Screenplay (During Quarantine)' taking us through the specific tools he's used writing numerous scripts (including some that were produced), and how he finishes them. We also talk a little bit about what to write (and what NOT to write).

Also: updates on coming changes to The Academy Awards, as well as our weekly streaming segment: 'deep cuts'.

May 01 2020

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These Two Filmmakers Heard About a Job, Wanted It, and Won It

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We talk to Rachel Lee Goldenberg(director) and Amy Talkington (writer)about their unique take on 'Valley Girl', how they won the jobs, and how the movie's release was impacted by COVID-19.

Apr 27 2020

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4.24.20: When Can Production Resume in the Time of Coronavirus?

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There may not be NAB in Vegas this week, but that didn't stop Canon from releasing several new products! We take a look at the new cameras from Canon, chat about what film sets and filmmaking may look like when we return to work, breakdown the new update from Blackmagic, and tackle an age-old question through an Ask No Film School: What do I do after I finish my script?

Apr 24 2020

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4.17.20: Adobe Productions Is Here and so Are Our Questions

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While week 5 of COVID shutdown has us forgetting what day it is, Adobe has been busy with a new workflow tool: Productions. This week, we discuss the new Adobe product as well as the interesting features of the upcoming RED Komodo camera, our viewing suggestions, and all things exposure for an Ask No Film School question. Let’s go!

Apr 17 2020

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How Colorists Help You Get the Best Finished Product

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A common mistake among indie filmmakers is not properly deploying the skill set and time of a colorist. In this podcast three professional colorists all with multiple films at Sundance 2020 shed light that clears up the common misunderstandings of color and finishing.

Whether you are going to take on this process yourself or work effectively with the pros who do it so well, this is a must-listen.

Apr 13 2020

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4.10.20: How to Get the Cash the Government is Giving Freelancers

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Filmmaker Zack Arnold has done the research so you don't have to. He joins us to discuss how filmmakers and freelancers can use the CARES act to claim government assistance that is (maybe) just there for the taking. We also talk streaming deep-cuts, a service with a not-so-exciting launch, and about how Tiltaing has impacted the BMPCC4K. Also, here is the link to the application discussed in the episode: https://covid19relief.sba.gov/#/

Apr 10 2020

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Love the new host.

By WyattMazetis - Apr 19 2020
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The show has consistently been great for years. But the new host may just be the best change they made. Extremely excited for future episodes.

If you listen to 1 filmmaking podcast make it NFS!

By JV editor - Sep 15 2019
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I have subscribed to six filmmaking and camera equipment podcasts over the past 3 years and especially enjoy the recent new format hosted by Charles Haines. Found with nofilmschool, I can now listen to a single program and get the latest gear news, learn about what's trending in the industry, and be entertained. I relied on NFS for insight on purchases of cameras, lenses, audio gear and lights. And Charles actually convinced me to NOT spend money now on gear that is not essential. Hosts are talented and include a USC Film School MFA grad who is a film school professor in New York. SUBSCRIBE!