Rank #1: How Do You Become a Filmmaker (And Other Questions)? The First Feature: AMATEUR [Episode 10]
May 30 2018
Rank #2: Indie Film Weekly 10.20.16: Filmmakers Tackle the US Political Circus
Oct 20 2016
Rank #3: Why Making a Short is a Career Game-Changer
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
Rank #4: The Ultimate Screenwriting Masterclass with John Fusco and Jon Fusco
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
Rank #5: Why You Need to Stop Making Excuses and Make a Short Film
Feb 26 2018
Rank #6: How to Take Advantage of Your Low Budget (and Get Into Sundance… Twice)
Sep 03 2019
Rank #7: How to Make a Movie Entirely on Your Own
Mar 27 2017
Rank #8: Indie Film Weekly 11.11.16: What a Trump Presidency Means for Filmmakers
Nov 11 2016
Rank #9: Indie Film Weekly 7.28.16: We Pick the Best Camera for First-Time Directors
Jul 28 2016
Rank #10: How to Start a Production Company: From Film School to Raising Money Out of Your Bedroom Office
Mar 06 2017
Rank #11: Indie Film Weekly 5.05.16: Online Video Grows Up
May 05 2016
Rank #12: Yorgos Lanthimos on How to Shoot Surrealist Film
To him, nothing is off limits and any dark side of the human psyche is worth exploring. In surrealist film, any image can be too much or too little. It's a delicate balance, but one that Lanthimos has truly mastered with his latest film The Favourite.
A period piece set in early 18th century England, a frail Queen Anne Olivia Colman, occupies the throne and her close friend Lady Sarah (Rachel Weisz) governs the country in her stead. When a new servant Abigail (Emma Stone) arrives, however, her charm endears her to Sarah and a competition to be the queens favorite emerges.
In this interview, Lanthimos is joined by screenwriter Tony McNamara to discuss how commercial work early in his career ended up steering him in the complete opposite direction, not conforming to filmic norms, and breaking every possible rule you can.
Nov 26 2018
Rank #13: Sundance Institute Founder and Director Michelle Satter Predicts the Future of Indie Filmmaking
Dec 27 2019
Rank #14: Indie Film Weekly 7.14.16: The Real Reason Pokemon Go Matters & RED Goes 8K for Bay
Jul 14 2016
Rank #15: Pitching Do's and Don’ts: How to Get Your Film Funded
Sep 25 2017
Rank #16: 8.9.19: Can You Tell When The Project You're Working On is Good?
From the silent era to porn in the 70's we touch on the whole lot this week.
Aug 09 2019
Rank #17: What It Takes to Get Your Short into Sundance
Feb 13 2017
Rank #18: 'Don't be Afraid if You Didn't Go To Film School': The Method to Success Behind 'Greener Grass'
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
Rank #19: How To Shoot Where You're Not Allowed
Nov 06 2017
Rank #20: How Do You Become a Screenwriter? The First Feature: AMATEUR [Episode 3]
Apr 11 2018