Rank #1: 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.
Rank #2: 8.1.2019: Once Upon A Time in (No) Film School
Rank #3: Pitching Do's and Don’ts: How to Get Your Film Funded
Rank #4: Why You Need to Stop Making Excuses and Make a Short Film
Rank #5: How to Shoot a Feature Film for Only $7000
Rank #6: How to Make a Movie Entirely on Your Own
Rank #7: What It Takes to Get Your Short into Sundance
Rank #8: Don't Wait for Somebody to Make Your Movie, Do it Yourself: The Winning Mantra Behind 'Thunder Road'
Rank #9: How Do You Make a Film with Zero Experience? The First Short: THE GUY [Episode 1]
In this episode, No Film School Producer Jon Fusco identifies the key crew you'll need to get started and how to them on your project, how to create a proper lookbook, what to plan for on a location scout, strategies in collaborating with your DP in pre-production and how to obtain the best gear for your project.
Rank #10: IFW 7.5.18: Where to Live for a Career in Film & How to Spend Your Camera Budget
Rank #11: How to Start a Production Company: From Film School to Raising Money Out of Your Bedroom Office
Rank #12: How to Avoid the Crucial Mistakes Everyone Makes on their First Movie
Rank #13: Best of the The No Film School Podcast 2017, Part 1
Rank #14: One Hundred Different Ways to Get Your Film Funded
Rank #15: How Do You Become a Screenwriter? The First Feature: AMATEUR [Episode 3]
Rank #16: How Post-Production Makes or Breaks a Film, Part 1: The Editor's Process
Rank #17: '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.
Rank #18: 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.
Rank #19: 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.