Rank #1: How Do You Know Which Idea to Pursue? The First Feature: AMATEUR [Episode 1]
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
Rank #2: How Do You Pitch Your Film and Find Financing? The First Feature: AMATEUR [Episode 4]
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Apr 18 2018
Rank #3: '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 #4: Alice Rohrwacher on Why You Have to Go into the Void to Make Good Movies
Dec 05 2016
Rank #5: How to Make a Movie Entirely on Your Own
Mar 27 2017
Rank #6: Indie Film Weekly 10.20.16: Filmmakers Tackle the US Political Circus
Oct 20 2016
Rank #7: Sundance Institute Founder and Director Michelle Satter Predicts the Future of Indie Filmmaking
Dec 27 2019
Rank #8: How Do You Attach Cast and Prep a Film? The First Feature: AMATEUR [Episode 5]
Apr 25 2018
Rank #9: How to Start a Production Company: From Film School to Raising Money Out of Your Bedroom Office
Mar 06 2017
Rank #10: 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 #11: How to Become a Sundance Worthy Documentary Cinematographer
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
Rank #12: Indie Film Weekly 11.11.16: What a Trump Presidency Means for Filmmakers
Nov 11 2016
Rank #13: IFW 2.15.18: The Worst Job On Set Gets Better & What Camera Should You Shoot Your Short On?
Feb 15 2018
Rank #14: IFW 2.8.18: ARRI Finally Goes 4K & Tarantino's Big On-Set Boner
Feb 08 2018
Rank #15: 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 #16: How Larry Sher Shot 'Joker', Built a Career, and Almost Got Fired on His First Day of Filmmaking
Oct 31 2019
Rank #17: How Starting a Production Company Can Help You Make Your First Film
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
Rank #18: Write Characters With Room For Actors: Wayne Roberts and Christopher Abbott on 'Katie Says Goodbye'
Nov 21 2016
Rank #19: What It Takes to Get Your Short into Sundance
Feb 13 2017
Rank #20: IFW 8.3.17: The Demise of DSLR & Soderbergh's Plan to Save Movies
Aug 03 2017