The No Film School Podcast

The No Film School Podcast Podcast

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.

What Grants Should You Be Looking At This Fall?
This week, Alamo Drafthouse allows folks the opportunity to rent out screens for a low, low price and the Avatar franchise gets put under scrutiny (by us). We are joined by our very own Oakley Anderson-Moore, who gives us the lowdown on the grants and contests of Fall 2020 that you need to be aware of. In Tech News, Charles Haine discusses the competing lens mounts favored by different brands. For this week’s 'Deep Cuts', we talk about our favorite political films in light of the upcoming election. Stories ...

’The Last Shift’ is a Masterclass in How to Make the Leap from DIY Nonfiction to Big-Time Narrative
Richard Jenkins was nominated for an Oscar in The Shape of Water. He's acted in a hundred movies (literally). How did writer-director Andrew Cohn get an experienced actor like Jenkins in his first narrative feature? How did the first-time director approach working with Jenkins? And how the heck did he go from making docs with his friends (and putting them on credit cards) to Sony Pictures releasing his first feature, The Last Shift, in theaters nationwide? Our podcast has all of these answers and more. Cohn...

9.24.20: Why the Canon C70 Is The Compact Camera We've Been Waiting For
This week: unions and studios come together on a new COVID-19 production agreement, Hulu tries their hand at deep fakes (with rather successful results), and Canon announces the ultimate small cinema camera (Charles Haine is beside himself). Also, in light of RBG's supreme court seat vacancy... we get political. Read more: Canon's C70 is a Fresh Take on a 4K Cinema Camera Unions and Studios Reach Safety Deal, Production Starts Soon Let's Compare the Canon C70 to the Competition This is Why Canon's C70 ...


9.17.20: How CAA Tried to Outsmart the WGA (And Failed)
This week on the No Film School Podcast, Creative Artists Agency tries to dupe the WGA by signing a made-up contract, Netflix passes on movie theater-buying, Disney+ demands major coin from its subscribers for Mulan, and the new diversity rules for the Best Picture Oscar are unveiled. Also, Sony drops its new extra-small, full-frame camera, the a7C. Topics covered: CAA (Sort Of) Signing of the WGA Code of Conduct All a Ploy The Early Numbers Show 'Mulan' Streaming Success Might Change Hollywood These Ar...

Cinematic Legend Walter Murch on Editing, Sound Design, and His Unique Methods
From his early days at USC making a little student film called THX 1138, to winning his third Oscar for The English Patient, Walter Murch has innovated the fields of sound design and film editing becoming one of the most respected and knowledgable figures in his profession. Murch details to us how he first got interested in filmmaking and discusses projects like The Godfather, The Conversation, American Graffiti and Apocalypse Now. He gets into the specific techniques and approaches he pioneered along the w...

9.10.20: Why Colourlab Will Be a Game-Changer (For Real!)
This week we discuss a new entertainment industry jobs report on Planet Money, how Sony and Canon are competing with parallel release dates for upcoming products, and an AI software called Colourlab which will revolutionize post-production workflows. Check out Charles Haine's article about Colourlab here. To wrap it up, we cover some of our favorite 'deep cut' movies about filmmaking itself. Links: AI Finally Comes to Grading With Colourlab New Canon EOS Cinema Camera to be Announced This Month Sony to...


You Need to Know the Miracle of "The Peanut Butter Falcon"
The making of the film is an amazing journey and a must-listen. Writer/director team Michael Schwartz and Tyler Nilson have an unbelievable story to tell: the arduous and joyful seven-year journey to make The Peanut Butter Falcon a reality. From the humblest of beginnings to creating a legitimate sleeper hit, these gentlemen lived out of cars and tents, gamed the vast network of industry emails and Twitter accounts, and executed an insane live-promotion strategy once the movie was finally released in theate...

9.03.20: What is Sync Sketch? And Remembering Chadwick Boseman
Is this new media collaboration tool ideal for making your remote work interactive? This week, we remember the great Chadwick Boseman and the impact of his work. We also discuss how to manage desperation as an emerging filmmaker. Writer Jason Hellerman joins us to continue to weigh the value of the new screenwriting app ScriptHop. Plus we answer a great question from the No Film School community regarding festival screening fees and if the fest you’re waiting to hear back from could be taking advantage of y...

David Fincher's Longtime DP Jeff Cronenweth has Advice, Insight, and Stories
Oscar-nominated camera wizard Jeff Cronenweth sat down with us to talk about his origins in the film industry. As a young man, Cronenweth spent time on the set of Blade Runner as his father, Jordan Cronenweth shot it. He walks us through the next chapter of his career, starting out as an AC for legendary DP Sven Nykvist and how his long term working relationship with David Fincher began when shooting pickups for a Madonna music video. We discuss his experiences crafting the look of Fight Club, The Social Ne...


8.27.20: The Good, Bad, and Ugly of Film Festival Strategy
Filmmakers are gearing up for submissions to festivals, including Sundance so we go over release and festival application strategy. We also discuss the pros and cons of the upcoming platform ScriptHop. For tech news, we cover the new Final Cut Pro. And finally, we tackle the million-dollar question: “Why are you the best person to tell this story?”...

How Logan Schneider Became the "Drunk History" DP
Logan Schneider walks us through his cinematography career, from starting out in the camera department, to shooting scrappy music videos, until bringing a film-caliber prowess to "Drunk History." We also talk about personal growth and maturity as an overlooked aspect of professional growth. *Edit*: Despite what we say in the intro, Schneider has not been nominated for an Emmy personally, but "Drunk History" is currently up for Production Design and Outstanding Variety Sketch Series....

8.20.20: A Middle-Class Moviemaking Manifesto?
In an informative new episode featuring guest Katherine Tolentino, we tackle the history of foreign influence in Hollywood, pay equality across departments, working overly long days, and what might be the birth of a new filmmaking manifesto á la Dogme 95. Plus, a new augmented reality software from FXhome and the pros and cons of crowdfunding....


8.6.20: Will families pay $30 for Mulan?
Unlike Hamilton, Mulan will hit Disney+ VOD... at a cost. Plus, 12-bit raw is coming for the a7S III through Atomos and we answer a question about master fees and a YouTube clip....

How Do You 'Just Shoot It' During a Pandemic?
Two years ago, Matt Enlow and Oren Kaplan started the Just Shoot It Podcast with a key question: What does a director do? Now, we come to them with our own key question in mind: What does a director do...during a pandemic? Listen in as we learn more about how to use this time creatively, how to shoot in the time of COVID, and other secrets of the trade....


7.24.20: Ks For Days
This week, Charles, George, and Michelle reflect on a recent conversation around terminology. Plus, Blackmagic's big news, a case for theaters to look like the Star Wars' Galactic Senate, and we have Tenet's new release date... kind of....


7.17.20: Is Canon feeling burned?
We're feeling hot, hot, hot as Canon cameras heat up and Palm Springs is a hit from the desert. Plus, we dive into a new app with a confusing name and the newest codec on the block....

7.10.20: Revolutions, Revelations, and Resolutions
We’re not throwing away our shot to talk about Hamilton. Disney+ and Hamilton change the game and the conversations around streaming platforms, Broadway musicals, and awards. Plus, this week, AMC heads to church (murch?), Zoom brings out an "Octo" monster, and...will filmmakers be "satisfied" with a recent camera announcement?...

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


7.3.20: To Sit Or Not To Sit?
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....

What Will Creatives Do About Apple's Big News?
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....

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


6.12.20: Lights, Camera, Covid?
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...


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

Getting a Camera Inside the Moment That Shook the NBA
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 hi...


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

Jonathan Frakes Shoots to Thrill
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....

5.8.20: How will Netflix Get Back On Set?
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!...


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

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


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

4.17.20: Adobe Productions Is Here and so Are Our Questions
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!...

How Colorists Help You Get the Best Finished Product
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....


4.10.20: How to Get the Cash the Government is Giving Freelancers
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/#/...

Does Making Midnight Movies Sharpen Your Style?
What makes something a 'midnight' film anyway? Is there a relationship between pushing boundaries in subject matter and innovation in visual style? Also, how do you set a room on fire, light for the most awkward romance ever, and get permission from the Trinity Broadcasting Network to use their audio recordings of Hell? These are a few of the great questions that are answered in this highly entertaining conversation with six filmmakers whose short films played in the Midnight program at the 2020 Sundance ...

Does Making Midnight Movies Sharpen Your Style?
What makes something a 'midnight' film anyway? Is there a relationship between pushing boundaries in subject matter and innovation in visual style? Also, how do you set a room on fire, light for the most awkward romance ever, and get permission from the Trinity Broadcasting Network to use their audio recordings of Hell? These are a few of the great questions that are answered in this highly entertaining conversation with six filmmakers whose short films played in the Midnight program at the 2020 Sundance ...


4.3.20: How Unemployment on a Shut-Down Production Works
Matrix 4 shut down, how the team set to work on it in Germany was impacted by COVID-19 is an interesting case study. This week we also talk about how Apple wants to play nice with Windows, what 'deep cut' movies we recommend you watch while stuck at home, and we tackle an interesting question from the community....

6 DPs Reveal Their Process and How They Built Their Careers
Charles Haine sits down with Sundance DPs to picks their brains. The conversation ranges on topics from how they got on the projects that ended up at Sundance, to what other career aspirations they have. Their projects range from short to feature, from doc to narrative. It's a wide range of skills and experience represented all opening up about how they do their jobs....

3.27.20: Who Will Get Netflix's $100 Million?
COVID-19 has hit the world, and industry, hard. This week we talk about who the Netflix funds might apply to, who else might do something similar, what other tech companies are up to that can help during this time, plus a great question from the community and of course... NFS60!...


3.20.20: Welcome to Quarantine... Now What?
The world, and our industry, has changed dramatically in a very short period of time. We talk through what filmmakers can do with this time, how to weather this storm, and what other major events we've witnessed the industry survive. We want to hear from all of you. In the comments, in our inboxes. On our social media pages. We're in this together. Let us know how you're approaching this time. And stay healthy....

3.12.20: How Will Coronavirus Impact Filmmakers?
Things are going to get complicated as the virus spreads. We discuss the cancellation of SXSW, how this will impact workflows, and what filmmakers can do when working from home. We also cover tech news and a question from the community. Read more:...

Why Making a Short is a Career Game-Changer
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...


3.4.20: What City Do You Need To Be in To Pursue a Career in Filmmaking?
COVID-19 continues to impact the world and we catch you up on all the ways this has begun seeping into the filmmaking industry. We also chat about getting agents and managers as a writer and/or director, plus a rundown of some grants and contests open for submissions currently, and tech news regarding Sigma and the Sigma fp. Also, Charles Haine pitches us on Law and Order: Hot Dog....

How Do You Find a Good Producer? Sundance Producers Show Us The Way
We've answered the question, "what does a producer do?" What happens when we ask some producers? What's invaluable about this round table discussion is that we get a variety of answers from a group of producers that cover the entire spectrum of experience, budget, role, and expertise. This podcast will help you find the types of producers you need, identify what your project needs to attract them, and give you an edge when it comes to mounting a project in the first place. We were lucky enough to gather ...

2.28.20: How Long Until The Tech Behind 'The Mandalorian' is Available to More of Us?
We are still drooling over the possibilities when it comes to the new kind of storytelling options StageCraft creates. Also, have you used Patreon? We're super curious how Patreon can help filmmakers, so we dive into the service and break down what it does and how it works. Speaking of which... yet another crowdfunding theatrical platform is dead. Get all the details for these stories, plus tech and more....


7 Editors Take Us Behind the Curtain on Cutting a Sundance Feature
Our editor's roundtable covers many important topics... Like what to do during renders. During Sundance 2020 we gathered a group of editors to discuss a variety of topics. Among them were how they got started, details on their editing setups, plus advice for future editors. They also discussed how the idea of a film evolves and how a story comes together in a cut, explaining their role in the process alongside their directors....

2.12.20: Canon Goes 8K, RED goes 6K, SNL Wants Smoke, Plus FCP7 Help!
Did these two manufacturers do a swap with their upcoming releases? In addition to the double dose on tech, we're talking about the what/where/why/who and how of a very strange kind of industry cyberbullying situation. How careful do you have to be about what you put on the web if you're an aspiring creative? There are a lot of questions to discuss. There is also the excitement over the currently open for submissions Sundance Ignite Program. Why should you be interested in this and does it apply to you? ...


Powerful Emotions, Exciting Innovations and Record Breaking Deals
This year's festival hit us right in the feels. There are a few reasons why. Some external, and others in the films we saw. We gained a lot of insight into what was working at the festival this year, why things were selected, and what tools filmmakers are using these days to change things up and put audiences in experiences they've never had before. Founder Ryan Koo joins EIC George Edelman, as well as writers Emily Buder and Oakley Anderson-Moore for this wrap up from Park City....

Fifteen Filmmakers, One Boat: How OMNIBOAT Became the First Film ‘Based on a PDF’
How do you go from making movies with your local high school friends, to playing festivals 400 times — including Sundance 17 different times? The Miami-based filmmaking collective Borscht Corp did just that. We dive into how on this episode of the No Film School podcast, which centers on Borscht's first feature-length film OMNIBOAT: A Fast Boat Fantasia....

1.27.20: What We Learned, Enjoyed, and Endured at Sundance 2020
Plus we debrief on an emotionally devastating interaction with a major entertainment power player, aka 'The Shushening'. Our NFS team has been at Sundance for a few days, and we've all had time to learn a little bit more about filmmaking and the festival itself. We talk about our favorite lessons including how and why Sundance mixes the mainstream with the innovative. Also, we're all getting tired and this podcast has the jokes to prove it. Subscribe to the podcast for tons of other roundtables with filmm...


How Dan Mirvish Started Slamdance Film Festival
Last year in Park City, we had the opportunity to talk to Dan Mirvish, a co-founder of the Slamdance Film Festival and accomplished filmmaker in his own right. We dive deep into the story of how Slamdance was born and how its reputation has blossomed and aided in Sundance’s credibility over the years. We touch on the byzantine confusion of downtown Park City, the myriad filmmakers committed to Slamdance (including Steven Soderbergh’s unique relationship to the festival....

What is The Future of Interactive Storytelling?
The New Frontier program is taking us new places, and talking to us about how. Virtual and Augmented realities are here, they are becoming more powerful every day and the possibilities seem endless. The creators behind the most innovative uses of the tech sat down with us and discussed the future of the tech, the endless possibilities, the opportunities to get in now on the ground floor, and what it's like the be in the nascent wild-west stage of a new art form....

1.26.20: What's Hot, Exciting, and New on the First Day of Sundance 2020
Sundance 2020 first impressions from the NFS team on the ground at Park City. Founder Ryan Koo joins George Edelman, Charles Haine, and Oakley Anderson-Moore to discuss their first impressions on the ground at Sundance. From New Frontiers Program to opening night films, to parties... we cover it all....


Attention Creators: This Might Be Your Best Way Into Sundance
Sundance's Indie Episodic Program presents filmmakers and creators with a new platform that reflects the exciting content we're seeing today. Sundance Programmer Charlie Sextro breaks down all things Indie Episodic for us. He offers insights into its creation, the selection process, and the purpose behind it....

1.21.20: Attend the Great Beating Heart of American Independent Film
Should you attend Sundance even if you don't have a film there? YES! We tell you why, how, and provide some tips about doing so. We also talk about an interesting new lens, an 8K Drone, and... Grownups 3. And sure, we talk a little bit about that big industry award show whose nominations just came out....

1.7.20: Unraveling '1917', Meet the Insta 360, and Chris Terrio taking on ILM
This week Michelle Delateur joins Charles Haine and George Edelman to discuss the genius behind '1917', what Chris Terrio meant when he insulted ILM, and the latest from Insta 360. This episode is brought to you by edelkrone. Reinventing filmmaking solutions for filmmakers. Learn more at http://edel.kr/nfs...


Sundance Institute Founder and Director Michelle Satter Predicts the Future of Indie Filmmaking
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....

12.13.19: Can You Distribute Your Short Film and is The Mandalorian Lying to Us?!
There is talk that Disney's The Mandalorian is not truly HDR, which we're not even sure should matter, but we get into that and all things baby Yoda anyway. If you've made a short film, and many of us have, you may have some questions or even answers about what it's future could be in terms of platforms. We talk about how that market has evolved, where it may be headed, and about Frame IO's new iPad app....


12.05.19: The Perks of Being a P.O.C. (Proof of Concept, That Is)
This week we are joined by Filmmaker Katherine Tolentino as we discuss the benefits and challenges of creating a proof of concept or sizzle reel. We also talk about Rian Johnson's Knives Out, and Charles updates us on the iPhone 11 Pro after some time using one....

11.27.19: Analyzing Every Corner of 'The Irishman'
Martin Scorsese's mob epic has come to Netflix. This week Charles Haine and George Edelman invite filmmaker Charlene Wang to help break down every aspect of the movie from the 9 cameras used to the groundbreaking de-aging effects. We also talk about Netflix purchasing a New York movie theater and some tech news regarding Frame IO....


11.14.19: Begun The Streaming War Has
This week we discuss the sudden arrival of multiple new major streaming platforms, and what's going on with the marketplace as a result. Guest Oakley Andeson-Moore shares her journey delivering a documentary to TV, and we talk about how and why Apple and RED have ended their patent battle. This week's episode is brought to you by PolarPro. Challenging the boundaries set by traditional camera gear, PolarPro is a team of designers who are trailblazing creative freedom for storytellers everywhere. Check out t...

11.07.19: Nothing Less Than The Future of Cinema Itself Is At Stake
This week, we talk the biggest stories out of Adobe MAX, specifically what auto-reframe means, plus Martin Scorsese's op-ed, Olivia Wilde taking on censorship, and in a really fun "ask no film school" we try to figure out which great HBO series are the most under-watched....




9.20.19: The Joker, Raw Wars, and BAD Vibrations!
How we went from Cesar Romero to Joaquin Phoenix, where we stand with all things raw, and does Charles live in a 1970s New York movie? Listen to find out! Editors note: George's children and dog were not cooperating with him this week. If you hear the crying of young children and animals we apologize....



8.16.19: The Pros and Cons of the BMPCC 6K
This week The No Film School Podcast covers the BMPCC 6K, plus a look back at Michael Mann's Collateral, why Olivia Wilde's deal is as exciting as it is important, and some more tech news....


7.26.19 Those Human-ish Cats Still Make Us Feel Weird and Other Stories of the Week
This week on The No Film School Podcast, Editor-in-Chief George Edelman and Charles Haine try to work through their nightmares over the Cats trailer, talk about Quentin Tarantino's Once Upon a Time in Hollywood and how Roman Polanksi feels about it (and if we should care), plus how we should feel about what Sony and Aputure are up to....


7.5.19: Deep Fakes, Netflix Victories and Gas Money
This week on The No Film School Podcast, Editor-in-Chief George Edelman joins host Charles Haine talk about tech news, a feel-good distribution story for an indie filmmaker, reimbursements on set, and most importantly, Superman's facial hair....


Jim Jarmusch on How to Pick Up on Your Actor's Needs
It's safe to say that legendary auteur Jim Jarmusch has a talented roster of actors at his disposal. Bill Murray, Adam Driver, and Tilda Swinton are just a few of the names that would rush to the director's beck and call if summoned. But this fact is not solely due to the director's uniquely wry vision and radiant cool, it's because Jarmusch has never taken the actor for granted. The relationship between the actor and the director is a collaboration as important, if not more important, than any other on se...


The Ultimate Screenwriting Masterclass with John Fusco and Jon Fusco
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 ...

How to Build the Perfect Lookbook with Adam Egypt Mortimer
Adam Egypt Mortimer's latest feature, like many others currently on the festival circuit, is the result of an enormous amount of careful planning and obsessing over details. About thirty-two pages or so's worth to be precise. In pre-production for Daniel Isn't Real Mortimer created what he calls a "style guide", which is essentially a heavily detailed look book that breaks down every single aspect of production for the key members of his crew. This includes not only notes on how the film should look aesthe...


5.23.19: Game of Thrones Ends, War Against ATA Rages On
The No Film School Podcast is a weekly show devoted to catching you up on all the notable things you may have missed while you were making films. Host Charles Haine and NFS Editor-in-Chief George Edelman discuss the myriad flaws and wonders of the ‘Game of Thrones’ finale (is Drogon smarter than we think?) and how Verve made a crucial move in the WGA vs. ATA battle. They also go over some exciting gear news: the MicroFogger blasting onto the scene, DJI taking on GoPro, and why normal-speed scenes in ‘Aveng...

Why You Should Experiment Early In Your Career: 'The Mountain'
If there's one universal truth about filmmaking, it's that it's hard as hell to get your picture made. So if you're going to go through all the trouble of making a movie, you better damn well make sure you're not scared to tell the story that you want to tell. Luckily, there's no better time to do this than at the very beginning. Rick Alverson is one of the most daring filmmakers on the planet. His latest film, The Mountain, is a surreal odyssey concerning the very heart of creativity itself: the mind. Or ...

NFS 5.19.19: Game of Thrones Goes Heavy Metal, ARRI Goes to Charleston
The No Film School Podcast is a weekly show devoted to catching you up on all the notable things you may have missed while you were making films. Host Charles Haine and NFS Editor George Edelman dive into the latest Game of Thrones controversy (this week style and content are at war), Roger Deakins’ old-school, single-LUT methods and why ARRI is invading Charleston, North Carolina....


How to Prove You Can Write With Just One Script - 'Big Time Adolescence' Director Jason Orley
Big Time Adolescence is a feature close to director Jason Orley's heart, and why shouldn't it be? In addition to making its world premiere at Sundance back in January, the film has the unique distinction of being the first screenplay he ever wrote. It's not often that the first thing you write ends up being your first feature. But the fact that this is Orley's first feature is not from lack of trying. In the process of achieving this seemingly unachievable feat, Orley penned multiple scripts with the goal ...

How to One-Man-Crew it like an Olympian
For his new film Olympic Dreams, filmmaker Jeremy Teicher was granted unprecedented access to one of the most exclusive residences in the world. This is a location so rare that it's only available once every four years. A place where pheromones course through the veins of some of the most beautiful and physically talented people alive: The Olympic Village. Teicher and his partner Alexi Pappas were provided a grant and, perhaps equally valuable, permission to shoot anywhere they wished at 2018's Winter Olym...

NFS 5.2.19: The Long Night is Over
Introducing the No Film School Podcast a weekly show devoted to catching you up on all the notable things you may have missed while you were making films. Host Charles Haine dives into the current state of the WGA - ATA conflict, discusses the perceived darkness of the most recent episode of Game of Thrones, and gives us some insight into a new LED cube light....


How to Ensure You are Taking Advantage of the Democratization of Film
Mariam Webster defines "democratization" as to make (something) available to all people: to make it possible for all people to understand (something). So when we talk the democratization of filmmaking, in a way we're talking about the evolution of filmmaking itself.  Over the past decade or so we have seen some radical changes in both the type of video content that is being created and the industry at large. Not only are filmmaking tools growing more sophisticated, they are becoming cheaper to access as we...

How to Subversively Film a Politically Subversive Film
Barry Jenkins once said, "Art is inherently political. Even trying to make a film that has nothing to do with politics is, in and of itself, a political act." Unfortunately for filmmakers, not everyone these days will jump at the chance to see a movie that advertises its own inherently political nature. So how do you subvert an audience's expectations with a film like The Wall of Mexico? The title itself implies one of the most controversial issues facing the United States of America today. Directors Zach...


Why Writing and Directing Comedy Go Hand in Hand: Will Forte & 'Extra Ordinary'
Will Forte never met Mike Ahern or Enda Loughman before jumping on board the pair of Irish director's debut feature. He didn't need to. The script for Extra Ordinary was just that good. All he needed to know was that they'd be directing. Why? Because according to Forte, in comedy, writing and directing go hand in hand. In that respect, writing and acting may go hand in hand as well. While Forte and scene partner Claudia O'Doherty may bring some star power to the project, it's the relatively unknown comedia...

How to Make a Coming of Age Movie that Doesn't Suck: Ninian Doff on 'Boyz in the Wood'
Making a coming of age film can be a tricky thing. There's a delicate line between teenagers keepin' it real and overly nostalgic reminiscing. Even though it's his first feature, it's clear that Ninian Doff will never have a problem toeing that line and is truly a master of keepin' it real. SXSW Midnight standout Boyz in the Wood follows a group of kids as they set off deep in the Scottish Highlands, as part of a camping program for troubled youth. As they push through the wilderness they encounter everyth...

Masturbation on Film: Karen Maine, Natalia Dyer & More on SXSW Standout 'Yes, God, Yes'
This week on the No Film School Podcast, we’re going to talk about one of the most largely undiscussed nuances of filmmaking: the portrayal of masturbation on film. Specifically, of the female kind. 'Yes, God, Yes' is a film unlike any you’ve seen before. In it, a Catholic teenager in the early aughts discovers masturbating and struggles to suppress her new urges on a religious retreat. But this ain’t no American Pie satire. Writer/Director Karen Maine (who you may know as half of the writing team from 201...


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

'There's No Business Like Slow Business': Lee Cronin on His Path to Horror Glory
For Lee Cronin, getting to the point where he could make his debut feature "The Hole in The Ground" was like climbing a greasy pole. For every step he took upwards it always seemed like he’d have to slip down a bit as well. His three horror shorts helped to boost his leverage, especially the 2014 award winner "Ghost Train", but none seemed to elevate him to a point where he could leave commercial work behind and commit to a career as a feature filmmaker. As the director so aptly puts it in our interview t...

How Young Filmmakers Can Take Advantage of Fellowships
Some filmmakers get their starts late, and some filmmakers get their starts early. Our guests on today’s roundtable fall under the latter. Since 2015, Sundance and Adobe have held the Sundance Ignite Fellowship a year long program for 18-to-25-year-old emerging filmmakers from around the world. Their fellowship kicks off with a free trip to the Sundance Film Festival, where they are paired with a Sundance mentor and attend special Sundance Ignite events that advance their films and careers. For the rest of...


DIAY: Do It ALL Yourself with Director Johannes Nyholhm
Johannes Nyholm, director of Sundance standout Koko-Di Koko-Da takes the whole wearing many hats thing to a whole other dimension. If you're looking for a filmmaker who has complete command over his material, then look no further than this Swedish auteur. It would take too long to list all of his credits on this film, but how about Writer, Director, Producer, Editor, Colorist, VFX Artist, and Shadow Puppet Designer/Performer for a start? Nyholm is a great believer in the "Do It Yourself" ideology and throu...

How To Put Yourself in the Room: Sundance Breakout ‘Them That Follow’
“In the rugged wilderness of Appalachia, the members of an isolated community of Pentecostal snake handlers led by Pastor Lemuel risk their lives to attest themselves before God.” This is a much different type of log-line than the others entries you’d find scrolling down the list of Dramatic Competition entries in Sundance’s program. It is the plot of Them That Follow, the feature film debut for writer/directors Britt Poulton and Dan Madison Savage and boy, is it a doozy. Though they didn’t have any direc...

How to Become a Sundance Worthy Documentary Cinematographer
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 ...


Does This Year's Sundance Signal the Death of Truly Independent Film? NFS Live Pt.2
Emily Buder, Erik Luers, George Edelman, Ryan Koo and Jon Fusco are all together again in Park City to give you a rundown of everything that happened at the Sundance Film Festival in 2019. It's been a crazy week full of screenings, interviews, and generally just trying to stay alive, so you best believe they've got more than a few hot takes to throw your way. In addition to sharing their favorite films and what they're sad they missed, the team identifies a few trends that could end up re-shaping the futur...

No Film School Live from Sundance 2019 Pt.1
Taking its rightful place at the very beginning of the 2019 festival circuit, the Sundance Film Festival is often an unpredictable beast. But Jon Fusco, Erik Luers, and George Edelman are live from Park City, Utah to try and make some sense of it all for you. In this special episode of The No Film School Podcast, they take an early stab at predicting what features end up as festival favorites, run down some of their most anticipated films and share some insights on how to survive the 2-week orgy of indepe...

Best of the 2018 No Film School Podcast Interviews, Part 3
It's not all about big names and big projects here on the No Film School Podcast. Some of our best conversations take place with artists who are just starting to find their way in the world. Really, all of should be able to relate to these guests on a deeper level since we hear problems that many of us are still struggling with as we make our own way through the industry. On today's, final installment of the best of the No Film School Podcast we'll take a look back at some of these conversations and trace ...


Best of the 2018 No Film School Podcast Interviews, Part 2
We had some of the biggest directors of the year on the show in 2018 and this batch of best ofs proves it. Yorogs Lanthimos, Debra Granik, Jeremy Saulnier, and the legendary Mike Leigh all make an appearance as does Denis Villeneuve and Steve McQueen's go-to-editor, Joe Walker....

IFW 1.10.19: The Final Episode
Liz Nord, Erik Luers, Charles Haine and (kind of) Jon Fusco are all together for the last time on this special, final episode of our long-running independent film news series Indie Film Weekly. There are three years worth of huge industry and gear stories to remember, but on this show, we identify a few that stand out that will forever change the future of filmmaking. We look back at some of our favorite films and directors from the show's lifetime, as well as a few movies that we're most excited to see in...

Best of the 2018 No Film School Podcast Interviews, Part 1
Depending on what stage of your career you’re at, you can learn as much from someone who's gotten a couple shorts into some major festivals as you can from a director like Yorgos Lanthimos. It’s in this realization where The No Film School Podcast really shines. For that reason, we treat our guests with the same level of respect across all boards, no matter who they are or how prestigious their film may be. Let’s face it, we are all filmmakers who have made, or are trying to make movies under difficult cir...


IFW 12.20.18: Indie Film Weekly Will Come to an End in 2019
It is with a heavy heart that today we are announcing that Indie Film Weekly will be entering an indefinite hiatus in 2019. We will have one final show airing Thursday, January 9th with the whole gang back together for the last time. There is a distinct possibility that the show will return in some form later on, but for now, it’s time to say goodbye....

IFW 12.13.18: How to Build Relationships in the Biz & 2018's Biggest Box Office Draw
Jon Fusco, Erik Luers, and Liz Nord are back together for the final show of 2018. It was an amazing year for film, but a recent study found that there was one key ingredient for the biggest box office successes. And yes, that ingredient may surprise you. Plus how MoviePass may be making a come back and the Oscars are off to a horrible start. Charles Haine joins us for gear news where he breaks down what's been a busy month in codec. On Ask No Film School - how do you build your filmmaking network online? ...

Why the Bolex is the World’s Most Beloved Camera
Filmmaker Alyssa Bolsey didn’t discover until she was in film school herself that her great-grandfather had invented the iconic Bolex 16mm camera. She spent the next decade-plus researching her enigmatic ancestor and interviewing several influential filmmakers who used his cameras, including Barbara Hammer, Wim Wenders, and Jonas Mekas, for a film called BEYOND THE BOLEX. Bolsey and the film’s producer and DP, Camilo Lara Jr., join No Film School’s Liz Nord to discuss why the Bolex is such an enduring and b...


IFW 12.6.18: Sundance Selections & Our Full Review of the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera
Sundance's own Liz Nord joins the show to give Jon Fusco and Erik Luers the down and dirty on all Sundance's Feature and Shorts selections for 2019 and what they could mean for future filmmakers. Plus what Lars Von Trier has done to upset the entire MPAA. Charles Haine joins us for gear news, where he gives us his full thoughts on Blackmagic's new Pocket Cinema Camera 4K. In what was a busy week for cameras, he also previews a new RED camera that will be hitting rental houses and stores shortly. On Ask No...

Making the Move from Producer to Director: Cristina Gallego on 'Birds of Passage'
While Cristina Gallego was busy working as a producer on her partner Ciro Guerra's magnificent film "Embrace of the Serpent", she caught wind of a story from one of the many indigenous non-actors onset. That story was one that perhaps many of us have heard before, a Colombian man finds partners in America that he can sell drugs to, becomes fantastically wealthy and ends up abandoning his morals as a result. Except "Birds of Passage" is so much more. With Gallego and Guerra at the helm, we get a glimpse at...

IFW 11.29.18: The First Film Awards of the Season & How to Shoot Safe Sex
Jon Fusco, Erik Luers, and Liz Nord are here to catch you up on all the stuff you missed while in a tryptophan coma last week. Believe it or not, awards season has officially begun and we have a full report on what could be the year's top contenders. Plus the perennial riddle of how to best shoot sex on film may be closer to being solved. Charles Haine joins us for gear news, where he discusses some rumors surrounding new cameras from Canon and Sony. On Ask No Film School - what program should you use fo...


Yorgos Lanthimos on How to Shoot Surrealist Film
If you've seen any of Yorgos Lanthimos' films, then you know the Greek director isn't afraid to put anything on the screen. Like many famous surrealists, Lanthimos isn't interested in exploring stories where things go right, he wants his audience to see what's wrong in the world. 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 late...

IFW 11.22.18: A Thanksgiving Miracle & Are Big Changes Coming for Final Cut?
Jon Fusco and Erik Luers are stranded together in Brooklyn for yet another turkey day, but a major announcement from The Criterion Collection has given them plenty to be thankful for. On the other side of the coin, we take a moment to remember one of the greatest American screenwriters of all time. Charles Haine joins us for gear news where big changes may soon be coming for Final Cut users and on Ask No Film School - how do you avoid casting shadows when setting up your lights? As always, the show also ...

Academy Award Winner László Nemes on Following Your Inspiration to Success
How we approach history and how we approach film are very similar. As László Nemes puts it, history doesn’t work the way we think it works, we think we know more about these events in our past, but there’s no way of ever knowing firsthand what the atmosphere at the time actually was. In much the same way, we can lean on popular conceptions of the way films should be made or we can question the existing language of cinema and follow our own inspiration. The truth is, you don’t have to start from ground zero...


IFW 11.15.18: Our Favorite Books on Cinema & The Death of a Real-Life Superhero
Jon Fusco, Erik Luers, and Liz Nord are here to recap what was a truly insane week in the world, even in the film industry. They discuss an unexpected loss in the epicenter of cinema as fires continue to rage through Southern California and say goodbye to one of the world's greatest storytellers - Stan Lee. Charles Haine joins us for gear news, where he reveals a major acquisition from Teradek, new features from Nikon and why RED's much-hyped Hydrogen may end up a major disappointment. On Ask No Film Sch...

Mike Leigh on How to Become Your Actor's Dream Director
Working with Mike Leigh is what you would call an actor’s dream true. Since his debut in 1972, the seventy-five-year-old legendary British director has made twenty films and consistently refined his craft to fit a process where the collaboration with actors is paramount. This is due in part to his own experiences at acting school in the 60’s, where he felt confined by rigid Shakespearian premeditation and hostile attitudes towards experimentation. Perhaps his only rule now is that he must discover what his...

IFW 11.8.18: The Greatest Foreign Films of All Time & How Much You Should Be Asking for Upfront?
Jon Fusco, Erik Luers, and Liz Nord are here this week to reveal a few of their favorites from what BBC has labeled their one hundred greatest foreign films of all time. Is your favorite on the list? Plus should "A Star is Born" really come with a trigger warning? Charles Haine joins us for gear news, where we talk Aputure's new venture into sound with Deity microphones and a new cage that actually may be worth checking out. On Ask No Film School - how much should you ask to be paid up front for a new gig...


'Diamantino': How to Make a Masterpiece Out of Your Mistakes
For co-directors Daniel Schmidt and Gabriel Abrantes, the making of Diamantino was just as, if not more complex, than the award-winning film's insane plot. It tells the story of Diamantino, the world's premier soccer star, who loses his special touch and ends his career in disgrace. Searching for a new purpose, the international icon sets on a delirious odyssey where he confronts neo-fascism, the refugee crisis, genetic modification, and the hunt for the source of genius. That's a whole lot of ground to co...

IFW 11.1.18: Farewell FilmStruck & Is Apple Finally Filmmaker Friendly?
Jon Fusco, Erik Luers, and Liz Nord are back together again, this time to mourn the loss of yet another brilliant streaming service. But while our home options dwindle, box offices around the country continue to put up big numbers. So much so that Alamo Drafthouse has given its employees half a day off...for a much-needed reason. Charles Haine joins us for gear news fresh off Apple's big event in Brooklyn where they announced a new MacBook Air and more products designed with the intention of enticing filmm...

For Paycheck or For Passion? Steven Yeun on 'Burning', 'Sorry to Bother You' and Building a Career
It's hard to coin Steven Yeun's year as "breakthrough" since the South Korean actor has been a figure in the public's eye since his first appearance as Glenn from AMC's The Walking Dead in 2010. But with starring roles in both Boots Riley's Sorry to Bother You and Chang Dong Lee's Burning in 2018, he has all but cemented himself as a leading man on the independent film scene. It's been a long road to get to this point. In the years between the role that made him famous and now, Yeun found himself on set fe...


IFW 10.25.18: Our Thoughts on the New MacBook Pro & Where to Submit Your Film Online
Jon Fusco is back this week with Liz Nord to lead you through the fallout of Withoutabox's shut down and what it could mean for your project. Plus, in what was a busy week on the internet, they discuss new financial opportunities for educational YouTubers and the demise of one of our favorite video platforms. Charles Haine joins us for gear news, where he reveals his long-awaited opinion on the 2018 MacBook and if its an improved product for the aspiring filmmaker. On Ask No Film School - how do you calcu...

Why You Should Edit Your Own Films
Irene Lusztig (‘Yours in Sisterhood’) and Dominic Gagnon (‘Going South’)—two filmmakers who edit their own films—join No Film School’s Liz Nord to make the case for editing your own work by sharing their processes and how they make the many decisions that go into an edit....

IFW 10.18.18: Why 2018 Has Been a Great Year for Movies & Where to Move if You Want to Make One
Erik Luers and Liz Nord are together again to discuss the state of the movie industry as we near the end of 2018 and how it could lead to a downward trend we'd all be happy to see take place. Plus there may be a new place on the map to move if you want to make movies, and it's not New York or LA. Charles Haine joins us for gear news and dishes on not one, not two, but twelve new lenses you may want to keep an eye on. In Ask No Film School - how the hell do you get a documentary funded anyway? As always, ...


One Hundred Different Ways to Get Your Film Funded
Hayley Pappas (Head of RYOT Films), Caroline von Kuhn (Director of Artist Development at SFFILM), and Leah Giblin (Head of Grants at Cinereach) are responsible for getting millions of dollars to independent filmmakers each year through grants and financing. They join No Film School’s Liz Nord to discuss the many ways independent films are being funded today, and how you can access these various funding sources for your films....

IFW 10.11.18: Your Favorite Filmmakers Defined & A New Mirrorless Camera from Fuji
Erik Luers, and Liz Nord get together this week to discuss two of their favorite things: movies and words. They also address some pretty spooky rumors that George Romero may soon be rising from the dead. Charles Haine joins them to discuss a new camera from his favorite camera company as well as new software from Mocha, Pomfort and Baselight that may end up greatly enhancing your workflow. And in Ask No Film School - what kind of background audio can you use in your short? As always, the show also brings...

How to Become a Top Notch Sound Designer with the Team Behind 'First Man'
Not many people with an interest in film have the direction to start pursuing sound at an early point in their career. It seems, rather, that through working on various projects they come to realize how powerful a tool sound really is and fall head over heels in love. If it's early enough in their career, there's plenty of work to be found and no turning back. For Milly Iatrou Morgan and Ai-Ling Lee, this was certainly the case. All it took was a simple choice followed by years of dedication to find their...


IFW 10.4.18: When to Move On to Freelancing & Why You Should Be Playing Video Games
Jon Fusco and Erik Luers buckle down and get serious this week to discuss one of the single biggest hacking controversies of our generation and what it could mean for Marvel's box office returns. There will only be one group of people to blame if Venom flops this weekend, and it's Lady Gaga fans. Also in the news, do people who play video games for ten hours or more a week somehow end up having more disposable income? Charles Haine joins us for gear news, where he details RED's massive new monochrome senso...

Jeremy Saulnier on Why Being a DP is More Fun than Being a Director
Jeremy Saulnier has carved out his own little place in film history. His second feature film Blue Ruin was the first of its kind in many ways, an artful genre thriller that is a spectacle to behold and shot on a shoestring budget. His next film, Green Room, cemented his place as one of today's most talented thriller auteurs. And it all stems back from blowing shit up as an eight-year-old in his backyard. There wasn't really a time when Saulnier's life didn't revolve around the camera. From making zombie fl...

IFW 9.27.18: How to Correctly Use a Fish & A New Mirrorless Camera From Panasonic?
It seems like the Toronto International Film Festival just wrapped up but Jon Fusco, Erik Luers and Liz Nord are all back together this week to preview the Fall's next big one, The 56th Annual New York Film Festival. The team drops some clues on what to look out for in addition to highlighting their most anticipated films at the fest. Charles Haine joins us for gear news, where Panasonic shocked the camera world with yet another full-frame mirrorless camera that may end up competing with their very own GH...


From Film School 'Failure' to Godard's Cinematographer: Fabrice Aragno on Working with Jean-Luc
When Fabrice Aragno went to film school, he was written off as a creator of meaningless images. What was the point of his thesis picture? Where was the emotion? These questions, however, didn't matter much to him, so he ignored them. What mattered was assembling work that he felt was sincere. In Aragno's opinion, cinema doesn't need an explanation. There is no objective. Don't explain it, just embrace it. Fortunately, that philosophy ended up aligning closely with another filmmaker some of you may have hea...

IFW 9.20.18: Two of the Years Biggest Cameras & How to Advertise Your Short Film
In this episode, Jon Fusco and Erik Luers talk TIFF takeaways, a successor to MoviePass that could actually work out and the Emmys' failures to get with the times. Charles Haine joins us for gear news, talking two of the biggest mirrorless cameras to come out this year and an exciting new pair of Cooke lenses. On Ask No Film School - some thoughts on how advertising could end up hurting your short film. As always, the show also brings news you can use about gear, upcoming grant and festival deadlines, thi...

'Think Slow, Act Fast': Joe Walker on Editing for Steve McQueen and Denis Villeneuve
Steve McQueen has made some great movies. So has Denis Villeneuve. So what do Hunger, Sicario, Shame, Blade Runner 2049, 12 Years a Slave and Arrival have in common? They were all edited by Joe Walker. McQueen and Walker's latest collaboration, Widows, made its world premiere to a sold-out crowd at the Toronto International Film Festival last week. It's the Academy Award winner's most accessible feature, a blockbuster heist movie with a stellar cast including Viola Davis, Liam Neeson, Colin Farrell, Daniel...


IFW 9.12.2018: The Academy Makes a Smart Decision & How Hard Should You Be Working?
In this episode, Erik Luers and Liz Nord reveal a couple of changes to awards season that everyone can agree on, Nicoloas Cage is in a really good movie, and the best new wireless kit to own. On Ask No Film School - a reminder to take it easy. As always, the show also brings news you can use about gear, upcoming grant and festival deadlines, this week’s indie film releases, industry wisdom, and other notable things you might have missed while you were busy making films....

How Do You Know What to Cut on the Editing Floor? The First Short: THE GUY [Episode 3]
It seems that many short films even after they wrap a successful shoot never end up seeing the light of day. And why is that? Because they dry up in the post-production process. Whether it's for lack of money, lack of inspiration, lack of enthusiasm, or just plain destitution at what your footage has revealed, the sad truth is that may directors decide to leave their precious projects on the cutting room floor. All their time and effort, wasted, for not. On the final episode of The First Short, No Film S...

IFW 9.6.18: Our Most Anticipated Films at TIFF & Other Movies to See in Fall 2018
Festival season is upon us once more and with it, a whole new class of award contenders have suddenly made themselves known. In this episode, Jon Fusco, Erik Luers, and Liz Nord reveal the films their most excited about, as well as countless others you should keep an eye on as Fall begins to heat up. In gear news, we highlight a couple of new wide angle lenses that caught our eyes and on Ask No Film School we explain why it's never ok to use an artist's music without permission. As always, the show also br...


How to Raise Money & What Should You Expect in Production? The First Short: THE GUY [Episode 2]
A short film is a tricky thing, you don’t know how much time or money to invest in such a personal thing that nobody may even end up seeing, so a lot of people don’t even try. The point of this podcast is to get you to stop worrying and just try. In this episode, No Film School Producer Jon Fusco breaks down the keys to running a successful Kickstarter, how to allocate your micro-budget, and keeping cool on set in the inevitable moments of failure....

IFW 8.30.18: Our Top Advice from Three Years of Filmmaker Interviews
In this episode of Indie Film Weekly, No Film School co-hosts Liz Nord, Jon Fusco, and Erik Luers discuss how Netflix is getting revenge on Cannes during this fall festival season, some big changes to the infamous film critics’ Tomatometer, and Disney finally announcing more solid details about its forthcoming streaming service. Charles Haine joins us for gear news, including two new, indie-friendly drones. Liz also shares the top five pieces of filmmaking advice she’s collected over hundreds of filmmaker i...

How Do You Make a Film with Zero Experience? The First Short: THE GUY [Episode 1]
A short film is a tricky thing, you don’t know how much time or money to invest in such a personal thing that nobody may even end up seeing, so a lot of people don’t even try. The point of this podcast is to get you to stop worrying and just try. 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-productio...


IFW 8.23.18: 360° Filmmaking Finally Makes Sense & How Old is Too Old to Make a Movie?
In this episode of Indie Film Weekly, No Film School co-hosts Liz Nord, Jon Fusco, Charles and Erik Luers discuss whether a new potential move by Amazon will change theatrical moviegoing as much as it changed shopping, a new Netflix feature that is sure to piss off some viewers, and a surprising turn in the #MeToo movement. In tech and gear news, a new upgrade to the ‘5D Mark II of 360 video’ means that immersive filmmaking might finally be hitting the masses. Liz and Charles also answer an Ask No Film Sch...

'Meow Wolf': How to Build an Immersive World Through Film
Oakley Anderson Moore sits down with co directors Morgan Capps and Jilann Spitzmiller to talk about making a documentary that captures the creative spirit of it’s subjects: “Meow Wolf: Origin Story.” With new found income at their disposal to hire more artists, the collective find themselves in a position to expand to more cities, and develop an entertainment wing that could be an amazing new opportunity for filmmakers. If you’re a filmmaker looking for a radical inclusive world to build, this could be a p...

IFW 8.16.18: Blackmagic's New Resolve is a Masterpiece & The Scariest Trailer Ever Made
With Liz Nord absent and on the hunt for Alfonso Cuaron's famed VR piece in Mexico City, Jon Fusco and Erik Luers fill in to tell you about the scariest movie trailer ever made, Hulu's imminent disaster, and Disney's double standards. In gear news, Charles Haine is back to break down the brand spanking new, all in one suite that is Da Vinci Resolve and reveal a cool new lens. This week on Ask No Film School we give some tips on how to stay on track and motivated while working on a feature screenplay or a m...


How to Make a Short Film for Only $4.50
What is the least amount of money you think you could spend on the production of a short film from pre to post production and still get into a major festival? Well if you guessed four dollars and fifty cents, then you probably read the title of this podcast, because its a figure that’s almost unimaginable in today's crowded short landscape. Nevertheless, performance artist/writer/actor Tony Grayson did just that back in 2017. Armed simply with his friend's old digital camcorder, he set off for his dad’s re...

IFW 8.9.18: How to Perfect Your Script & Why Docs Are the New Blockbusters
In this episode of Indie Film Weekly, No Film School co-hosts Liz Nord, Jon Fusco, and Erik Luers discuss how theatrical documentaries are taking over the summer box office, give a fall festival preview, and mull over a newly announced Oscar category. In gear news, we reveal two new mobile audio solutions and an affordable ultra-wide zoom. Jon answers an Ask No Film School question about how to make sure your film script is properly formatted—and the right length. As always, we also bring you the latest gea...

How to Shoot a Feature Film for Only $7000
With only $7K, fourteen days, and no crew, Alejandro Montoya Marín made a chockablock action-comedy feature. If you're wondering why these parameters, here's the reason: it took $7000 bucks for Robert Rodriguez to shoot his breakout film El Mariachi. And since it’s the 25th anniversary of that film, Rodriguez decided to host a show with El Rey called Rebel Without a Crew where he picks five filmmakers to each make a feature using the same arsenal. Marín was one of those filmmakers! The contingency of being ...


IFW 8.2.18: What to Know Before You Drone & The Best Way to Get Your Short Seen
In this episode of Indie Film Weekly, No Film School co-hosts Liz Nord, Jon Fusco, and Erik Luers discuss the union negotiations that might have the Hollywood film industry gearing up for a strike, and ponder what the heck is going on with Moviepass. Jon also shares wisdom from Short of the Week about how to develop a distribution strategy for your short film. In gear news, Liz reviews the Freefly Movi smartphone stabilizer. Aerial cinematographer Randall Esulto joins us to answer an Ask No Film School ques...

How to Become a Top TV Editor
Emmy-nominated TV editors A.M. Peters ('Queer Eye') and Tenille Uithoff ('Full Frontal with Samantha Bee’) join Liz Nord to discuss how to break into post-production for TV, what you can expect once you do, and how to make it in the television editing business....

IFW 7.26.18: Nikon Teases a Full Frame Mirrorless & What Should We Make of the James Gunn Firing?
In this episode of Indie Film Weekly, No Film School co-hosts Liz Nord, Jon Fusco, and Erik Luers discuss what we should make of James Gunn being fired from the ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ franchise over controversial tweets. We also reveal an industry trend worth watching from this year’s massive Comic-Con. Charles Haine joins us for gear news including confirmed rumors of Nikon's new mirrorless camera. Charles also answers an Ask No Film School question about building a portfolio website for your film work....


How to Make the Jump from Short to Feature with Award Winning Director Jim Cummings
Jim Cummings career is a case study in DIY Filmmaking. His short film Thunder Road redefined the path of a festival award winner. After earning the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance, the short took the internet by storm, bringing Jim and his crew ample exposure and a shot to turn their project into a feature. One would think that having a viral, Grand Jury Prize winning short would be enough to attract the attention of major studios, but despite the fact that they had a whole fifteen minutes of the film they c...

IFW 7.19.18: How to Start Your Own Netflix & Why You Should Buy a Still Camera Over Video
In this episode of Indie Film Weekly, No Film School co-hosts Liz Nord, Jon Fusco, Erik Luers, and Charles Haine discuss why you might be able to skip having your film on Netflix in favor of launching your own streaming service. We also discuss a new study on film critics and what it means for production funding, and say a sad goodbye to Blockbuster Video. In gear news, the MacBook Pro sort of wins us back. Charles also answers an Ask No Film School question about why you should buy a stills camera to shoot...

Why Making a Good Music Documentary Means Speaking Two Universal Languages
It’s very hard to make a film about music that’s better than actually just listening to music. That’s the challenge co-directors T.G. Herrington and Danny Clinch took on in A Tuba to Cuba, a documentary the revered New Orleans Jazz band as they travel to post-embargo Cuba. NFS writer Oakley Anderson Moore sat down with Herrington and producer Nicelle Herrington, as well as band leader and doc subject Ben Jaffe at the film's SXSW premiere. They talk The importance of knowing your story, whether or not you kn...


IFW 7.12.18: How to Properly Use a Green Screen & The 25 Coolest Festivals in the World
Jon Fusco, Erik Luers and Charles Haine are here this week to help you identify a few dozen film festivals that need to be on your radar, go bananas over just how many billions of dollars Netflix is spending in 2018 and Nicolas Winding Refn's shocking accusation about the film industry. In gear news, we get serious about some security measures you could take to ensure the protection of your projects. This week on Ask No Film School we answer whether you should be using a blue, green, or even a red screen t...

How Working Within Extreme Constraints Actually Benefits Your Film
Emmy-winning director Madeline Sackler, Cinematographer Wolfgang Held (BRÜNO, PARTICLE FEVER) , and actor/producer Boyd Holbrook (LOGAN, NARCOS) join No Film School’s Liz Nord to share how they pulled off one of the most amazing behind-the-scenes production stories we've ever heard. Their narrative feature O.G. and documentary IT’S A HARD TRUTH AIN’T IT were both shot simultaneously in an active maximum-security prison. The documentary is co-directed by 13 incarcerated men and the feature was cast with more...

IFW 7.5.18: Where to Live for a Career in Film & How to Spend Your Camera Budget
In this episode of Indie Film Weekly, No Film School co-hosts Liz Nord, Jon Fusco, Erik Luers, and Charles Haine discuss how the extension of California’s Production Tax Credits is affecting the film and TV business, and the fate of ‘Supersize Me 2’ in the wake of director Morgan Spurlock’s sexual assault accusations. We also say a sad goodbye to the journalists killed last week at the Capital Gazette newspaper. In gear news, we geek out about 10Gb ethernet. Charles answers an Ask No Film School question ab...


'Leave No Trace': The Secret Ingredient to Great Casting
Debra Granik is perhaps best known for her casting and direction of Jennifer Lawrence’s breakout role in WINTER’S BONE, which was nominated for an Oscar for Best Picture in 2011. In her latest, LEAVE NO TRACE, which premiered at Sundance earlier this year and is now hitting theaters, her casting is spot-on once again with a new young actress Thomasin McKenzie and actor Ben Foster of HELL OR HIGH WATER fame. In this episode, Liz Nord learned some of the secrets behind the organic feeling of her films, includ...

IFW 6.28.18: How YouTube and Instagram Are Competing For Your Videos
In this episode of Indie Film Weekly, No Film School co-hosts Liz Nord, Jon Fusco, and Erik Luers discuss how Instagram’s new IGTV service prompted YouTube to give more benefits to video creators, and other news from the massive VidCon event. We also cover the largest addition to the Academy of Motion Pictures ever, and yet another new addition to the movie theater subscription service arena. In gear news, Charles shares some exciting news in the post-production space. We also answers an Ask No Film School ...

What You Can Do in Distribution to Maximize the Life of Your Film
When you start out as a filmmaker, you think that all you have to do is make a great film. Unfortunately, it’s damn hard to get people to even hear about your film let alone watch it. Even if you play a prestigious festival like Sundance, for most filmmakers, the success of your film depends in large part on a well thought out and executed distribution strategy. Liz Manashil, manager of the Creative Distribution Initiative at the Sundance Institute sat down with NFS' Erik Luers and Oakley Anderson Moore...


IFW 6.21.18: Our First Impressions of ProRes RAW & The Movie Ticket Subscription Race Heats Up
In this episode of Indie Film Weekly, No Film School co-hosts Liz Nord, Jon Fusco, and Erik Luers discuss why a recent marketing stunt by MoviePass smells rotten, and what a major theater chain is doing to compete with the ticket subscription service. We also examine where development execs are looking (or listening) for projects today. Charles Haine joins us for gear news, including the results of our ProRes RAW testing. Charles also answers an Ask No Film School question about how to mark clips while reco...

How to Meld the Perfect Collaborative Atmosphere on Set
Making a movie is like making a good stew. Sure, that may not be the first analogy you’d jump to while racking your filmmaking ethos, but for Robert Schwartzman director of The Unicorn, one of 2018’s best comedies, it just makes sense. Every good stew requires fresh ingredients. Your cast and crew are the meat and potatoes. But that stew can't just be about the ingredients. Without the proper mixture, it would just be a bunch of vegetables. You've got balance them out in a way so the flavors come together ...

IFW 6.14.18: Why Renting Gear Just Got Easier & How to Overcome Your Creative Block
In this episode of Indie Film Weekly, No Film School co-hosts Liz Nord and Jon Fusco discuss the absurd reality that pits a film star against a TV star on the geopolitical stage, and why we will miss Anthony Bourdain. Charles Haine joins us for tech and gear news, including a move from ShareGrid that could change the gear rental market for the much, much better. Charles and Liz also answer an Ask No Film School question about what to do if you’re feeling stuck and having trouble moving forward on your films...


No Business School: How to Save Time and Money on Your Films
Stephen R. Morse (AMANDA KNOX, EUROTRUMP) joins Liz Nord to discuss how his education at Oxford Business School changed the way he makes movies, and he breaks down some business school lessons that we can all apply to make our films in the most efficient and cost-effective ways possible....

IFW 6.7.18: Our Favorite Gear from Cinegear 2018 & Why Movie Theaters are Failing Audiences
In this episode of Indie Film Weekly, No Film School co-hosts Liz Nord, Jon Fusco, and Erik Luers discuss the unexpected indie hit en route to becoming Magnolia’s highest-grossing film, how cinemas may actually be doing a disservice to great cinematography, and a new platform helping filmmakers make money. Charles Haine joins us fresh off the plane from Cinegear to report on all the latest in video tech from the expo, including some big announcements from Panavision. Charles also answers an Ask No Film Sch...

"Hearts Beat Loud": The Secrets to Recording Live Music for Film
For "Hearts Beat Loud", Director Brett Haley wanted to tell a story about people who make music, so he asked his stars, Nick Offerman and Kiersey Clemons to play all the music...completely live. When it comes to actors playing musicians on screen, he made sure not to follow the conventional standard of well, having no standards. No lip synching, no dubs, no inserts of a hairy-knuckled hand double who knows how to play the guitar. Oakley Anderson Moore sat down with Haley and Offerman at Sundance to talk ab...


How Do You Become a Filmmaker (And Other Questions)? The First Feature: AMATEUR [Episode 10]
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 answer questions from listeners. This is the final episode! 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 coup...

How Tech Can Be Used to Turn Your Movie into a Global Movement
Four-time Sundance filmmaker Tiffany Shlain and her Let It Ripple Studio have made and distributed films that have engaged over 50 Million people in dialogue with a new model that they developed to start global conversations with screenings and discussions across all continents on the same day, with a combination of live and virtual events. Shlain joins Liz Nord to discuss the mechanics behind these events, and how other filmmakers can turn their movies into far-reaching movements....

IFW 5.24.18: Netflix Nabs the Obamas & A Major Week for RED
In this episode of Indie Film Weekly, No Film School co-hosts Liz Nord, Jon Fusco, Erik Luers and Charles Haine discuss the quiet indie making a loud noise at the international box office and why now is the time to pitch your high-concept horror film, as well as Netflix’s newest independent filmmakers: Barack and Michelle Obama. We also say a sad goodbye to master movie poster designer Bill Gold and literary titan Philip Roth, who both passed away this week. In gear news, RED’s hot streak with three big ann...


How Do You Release Your Film? The First Feature: AMATEUR [Episode 9]
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 the final release of Amateur. 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 "FirstFeatur...

How Post-Production Makes or Breaks a Film, Part 2: The Secret Art of Colorists
If you've seen a few independent films that have come out of the festival circuit the past year or two, odds are you've seen the work of Sam Daley, Nat Jencks, or Seth Ricart. They are three talented colorists who have graded films like "The Florida Project", "City of Ghosts", and "Beach Rats". All three sat down with No Film School at this past Sundance Film Festival where they premiered their color work on some of the edgiest, loveliest, or grittiest films we've seen this year! How do they work? What are ...

IFW 5.17.18: How to Make Sure You Get Paid & Have We Discovered the New RED?
In this episode of Indie Film Weekly, No Film School co-hosts Liz Nord, Jon Fusco, and Erik Luers share loads of news from the 71st Cannes Film Festival, including the biggest acquisitions, what caused Agnes Varda and Ava DuVernay to team up, and Spike Lee’s Oscar contender. Charles Haine joins us for gear news including why a company known for monitors might be making your next camera. Charles also answers an Ask No Film School question about the best cloud storage for video editing. As always, we also bri...


How Do You Finish Your Film? The First Feature: AMATEUR [Episode 8]
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 the post-production stage of filmmaking. 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 "...

How Post-Production Makes or Breaks a Film, Part 1: The Editor's Process
The difference between a film that has some good moments and a full-fledged, unhindered story hinges on how it's treated in post-production. That success starts with the delicate navigation of the editor. Sitting down at this past Sundance Film Festival, a handful of talented post-production artists who worked on some of the most cutting-edge indie films of 2018, discuss how they work to make brilliant, award-winning films. In Part 1 of this podcast, we focus on the role of the editor, their process of work...

IFW 5.10.18: A Selfie-Free Cannes Kicks Off & Can Your Short Really Be a Calling Card?
In this episode of Indie Film Weekly, No Film School co-hosts Liz Nord, Jon Fusco, and Erik Luers discuss the opening of the 71st annual Cannes Film Festival and how Netlifx is playing nice—or are they? We also cover the first results of the Academy’s ethics enforcements, and say a sad goodbye to prolific editor of ‘Lawrence of Arabia’ and over 50 more films, Anne V. Coates. Jon also answers an Ask No Film School question about whether or not a short film should be used as an industry “calling card.” Charle...


How Do You Go Through Production? The First Feature: AMATEUR [Episode 7]
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 the production stage of filmmaking. 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 "First...

How Do You Protect Your Film’s Subjects, Data, and Yourself in Unsafe Situations?
Three filmmakers with documentary films in the 2018 Tribeca and HotDocs lineups—Assia Boundaoui of ‘The Feeling of Being Watched’, Nancy Schwartzman of ‘Roll Red Roll', and Cynthia Lowen of ’Netizens'—sit down with No Film School’s Liz Nord to discuss their powerful films and several behind-the-scenes topics like how to gain the trust of subjects who have been exploited by the media or other institutions in the past, how to make uncomfortable issues into conversation-starters, how to tackle films that chall...

IFW 5.3.18: Why RED is Partnering with Facebook & Is MoviePass Finished?
In this episode of Indie Film Weekly, No Film School co-hosts Liz Nord, Jon Fusco, and Erik Luers discuss two of the most important industry events that you might never have heard of, Cinemacon and the Newfronts, along with mayhem at Moviepass. We also say a sad goodbye to photojournalist Shah Marai, who was killed in a bombing in Afghanistan this week. Charles Haine joins us for gear news, including a potentially exciting partnership between RED and Facebook.Charles and Jon also answer an Ask No Film Schoo...


How Do You Tell Your Story Visually? The First Feature: AMATEUR [Episode 6]
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 the creative and visual side of prep including storyboarding, shotlisting, previz, and creating overheads. He also discusses some common pitfalls to avoid such as why it's challenging to rewrite the script during prep and why locking locations is so important before starting principal photography. Ryan gives us some tips into his favo...

What a Festival Programmer Looks for in a Short Film
We’ve discussed many different tactics for getting your short films into film festivals on this podcast, but at SXSW last month we decided to head straight for the source: the people in charge of selecting the films themselves. That’s right we’re talking about the all-powerful festival programmer. And to get the inside scope there’s no one better than SXSW Senior Film Programmer Claudette Godfrey. On today’s program, Claudette and NFS Producer Jon Fusco run through exactly what it is that attracts a festiva...

IFW 4.26.18: Has Tribeca Become New York’s Best Fest for Indie Filmmakers?
In this episode of Indie Film Weekly, No Film School co-hosts Liz Nord, Erik Luers and Jon Fusco share all the news, films, projects, and directors you need to know about from our on-the-ground coverage of the Tribeca Film Festival, and debate Tribeca’s importance for indie filmmakers. Charles Haine joins us for tech and gear news, including the lighting that was designed for Michael Haneke and is now available to you. Charles also answers an Ask No Film School question about whether or not you really need ...


How Do You Attach Cast and Prep a Film? The First Feature: AMATEUR [Episode 5]
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 fi...

Why Now is the Time to Make Your Doc Short
Three filmmakers with short nonfiction films in the SXSW 2018 lineup—Jury Award-winner Charlie Tyrell, Mohammad Gorjestani, and Leah Galant—sit down with No Film School’s Liz Nord to discuss why this is a golden age for documentary shorts, how they each got their projects made, and how shorts can fit into your filmmaking career’s bigger picture even if you’ve already worked on commercials or features....

IFW 4.19.18: The NAB Tech That You Need to Know & Does Netflix or Cannes Have Indie Film's Back?
In this episode of Indie Film Weekly, No Film School co-hosts Liz Nord and Erik Luers and discuss whether independent filmmakers ultimately pay the price in the ongoing war between Netflix and the Cannes Film Festival. We also preview the Tribeca Film Festival, which we will be covering in depth over the next two weeks, and say a sad goodbye to influential film director Milos Forman, who passed away last Friday. Charles Haine joins us for gear and tech news, wherein he recaps the best new filmmaking toys an...


How Do You Pitch Your Film and Find Financing? The First Feature: AMATEUR [Episode 4]
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 produ...

How to Get a Vimeo Staff Pick with DANIELS, Kirsten Lepore, and Head Curator Sam Morrill
The landscape for short films is changing quickly. One might say we're entering a "Golden Age," where content is being taken seriously and you can even make money off of a five-minute video...if you get the right eyes on it. Traditionally, getting those views used to be all about submitting your project onto the festival circuit. This also came with the stipulation that you couldn't exhibit your project online or anywhere else if you wanted to make it in. That's not the case anymore.  Many aspiring filmmake...

IFW 4.12.18: The Gear That Finally Made NAB Exciting Again
In this special episode of Indie Film Weekly, Charles Haine, Andy Zou, and Jon Fusco broadcast live from the historic Plaza Hotel in downtown Las Vegas. The trio of No Film School editors come together to discuss their first couple of days of non-stop coverage at the annual NAB Show. And man, did this year's convention come through in a big way. While we've seen less of the sexy lenses and cameras that were abundant earlier in the decade, certain pieces of gear (including major products in the lighting depa...


How Do You Become a Screenwriter? The First Feature: AMATEUR [Episode 3]
In this episode of our step-by-step podcast on how to get your first feature made, we dive into the screenwriting process on No Film School founder Ryan Koo's Netflix Film Amateur (out now!). This episode covers many screenwriting tips and tricks, including: Tracking your hours to ensure you prioritize screenwriting in your life; Brainstorming out loud and recording yourself so you don't forget a lightbulb moment; Writing your first draft by hand to ensure you finish it and you can't go back and edit; Spend...

How the Directors of 'Prospect' Built a Utopia in Pre-Production
What would you do if you were tasked with building an entire universe on an infinitesimally small budget? Where would you even start? This is probably the biggest problem that any independent filmmaker with a science fiction project must solve. Co-Directors Zeek Earl and Christopher Caldwell have found a solution. To put it plainly, you can't separate the money from the creativity. For Earl, Caldwell and producer Brice Budke, this meant that every creative decision was tied with a producing decision. Perhap...

IFW 4.5.18: Silicon Valley Takes on Hollywood & How Long Should Your Short Film Be?
In this episode of Indie Film Weekly, No Film School co-hosts Liz Nord and Jon Fusco discuss a new finding on the average length of Oscar-winning short films and what it means for you, which digital companies may be replacing the Hollywood studio system once and for all, and why some audiences in Asia may be missing out on the most popular indie films. In tech and gear news we get in the mood for NAB with some filmmaker-friendly updates from Adobe and more. Filmmaker and editor Josh Granger joins us to answ...


How Do You Turn a Short into a Feature? The First Feature: AMATEUR [Episode 2]
Here's Episode Two 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: Whether or not your short should be a proof-of-concept for a feature, how to make production manageable and cost-effective for a short film, auditioning, casting, and finding crew for a short without a lot of personal connections, production prep, how much money you need to make yo...

'First Match': Money-Saving Production Hacks to Make Low-Budget Features Shine
Director/Writer Olivia Newman, DP Ashley Connor, Editor Tamara Meem, and producers Chanelle Elaine and Bryan Unkeless of ‘First Match’ join No Film School’s Liz Nord to discuss how they took their film from short to Netflix Original feature, how they made a sports movie inside a personal narrative instead of the other way around, and the strategies they used to stretch a limited production budget into creating a very polished final product....

IFW 3.29.18: Canon Reveals its ARRI Competitor & Spielberg's Take on Netflix
In this episode of Indie Film Weekly, No Film School co-hosts Liz Nord, Jon Fusco, and Erik Luers discuss the MoviePass effect on indie films and a whole bunch of ways the industry is throwing shade on Netflix—including promising young upstart Steven Spielberg. Charles Haine joins us for gear news, including Canon’s entry into the Full Frame Cinema market with the C700 FF. Charles also answers an Ask No Film School question about recording pro-res. As always, we also bring you the latest gear news, upcoming...


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

Don't Wait for Somebody to Make Your Movie, Do it Yourself: The Winning Mantra Behind 'Thunder Road'
Some would say that Jim Cummings' journey to winning this year's SXSW Grand Jury Prize for best narrative feature started back in 2016 when his short film "Thunder Road" won the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance. Yes, the short, which many consider one of the greatest of all time, was the source for their feature adaptation, but in reality, Jim's journey to SXSW royalty started long before "Thunder Road." And while he's certainly the star of this film, it would also be unfair to say that Jim made this journey al...

IFW 3.22.18: No Film School's Greatest Piece of Original Content Ever & A New Cut of 'The Shining'?
Jon Fusco and Erik Luers are back from SXSW while Liz Nord has mysteriously disappeared, so get ready for a testosterone-fueled recap of the week's best news from the entertainment world! The resident men of the publication discuss the impact of what could be No Film's Greatest piece of original content ever, an intriguing new cut of Stanley Kubrick's classic The Shining, and how The Weinstein's Company bankruptcy could make things even worse for Harvey's victims. Charles Haine joins us for gear news, inclu...


The First Feature: AMATEUR Podcast Announcement
The First Feature is a new in-depth podcast series on No Film School about the making of a single film: in this case, NFS founder Ryan Koo's first feature AMATEUR. AMATEUR is a Netflix Original and premieres April 6; the trailer was released today. Every episode of The First Feature will cover a different phase of production, from screenwriting, to prep, to production, to release. It's meant to be a step-by-step guide to everything Koo did to get his first feature made, and the lessons he learned along the...

How to Film in the Face of Opposition
Can you imagine being pepper sprayed, pelted/bombarded with rubber bullets, or hit with water cannons while still managing to hold on to your camera and record? That’s what filmmaker Cody Lucich took on for eight months to document the Standing Rock protests of the Dakota Access Pipeline.  No Film School's Oakley Anderson Moore saw the first screening of Akicita: The Battle of Standing Rock at the Sundance film festival and sat down with Lucich and producer Ginger Shankar to talk about the process of making...

IFW 3.15.18: Why SXSW is More than Just a Film Festival
Co-hosts Jon Fusco, Erik Luers, Oakley Anderson-Moore and yours truly, Liz Nord have been running all over downtown Austin, Texas for the past week to bring you insights from America's coolest film event, the SXSW Film Festival and conference. In this episode, we forego our regular show format to share in-depth festival coverage, from news on the ground, to interviews with festival award-winners, to the best advice from industry panelists, to survival tips for navigating the massive event. We also talk abo...


Episodic Roundtable: How to Get Your Series Off the Ground
Nash Edgerton, Tonya Glanz, and Cesar Mazariegos are three creators of shows that were featured in the new Indie Episodic section at Sundance 2018. They Join No Film School’s Liz Nord to discuss how the got their series off the ground, stretched production dollars across multiple episodes, and how much freedom they felt working in this burgeoning medium, unrestricted by duration, platform and traditional production rules....

IFW 3.8.18: What to Look for at SXSW 2018 & How to Perfect Your Dolly Moves
In this episode of Indie Film Weekly, No Film School co-hosts Liz Nord, Jon Fusco, and Erik Luers get pumped for America’s coolest film festival, SXSW, and share our fun-fact-filled awards season recap. Charles Haine joins us for gear news including new and improved versions of three useful tools. Charles also answers an Ask No Film School question about the best way to get those surprisingly tricky super slow shots. As always, we also bring you the latest gear news, upcoming grant and festival deadlines, n...

How To Use Trends in Filmmaking to Your Advantage
If you haven’t picked up on the hottest trend in film and TV right now, then you may be living under a rock. Of course, we're talking about the “80’s Revival” a movement seemingly spurred by the success of Stranger Things. In reality, however, the 80’s Revival may just be the sign of a new wave of filmmakers coming to fruition in the masses. 80’s babies who are looking to re-live their childhood on the big screen are having their moment at just the right time. They have an eager audience at their disposal ...


IFW 3.1.18: Canon Finally Makes a Mirrorless Camera & Our 2018 Oscars Preview
In this episode of Indie Film Weekly, No Film School co-hosts Liz Nord, Jon Fusco, and Erik Luers preview the upcoming Academy Awards, ponder whether Netflix’s total dominance of original content is good for indie filmmakers, update you on the latest in the battle for Net Neutrality, and say a sad goodbye to veteran producer Benjamin Melniker. Charles Haine joins us for gear news, including new camera offerings from Sony and Canon in the affordable 4K mirrorless space. Charles also answers an Ask No Film Sc...

Why You Need to Stop Making Excuses and Make a Short Film
To say that it’s tough to play your short at Sundance is an understatement. In 2018, 69 shorts were picked from 8,740 submissions. While there’s no simple formula on how to make a short film will get into Sundance, programmer Dilcia Barerra told No Film School that there is one important guiding principle for filmmakers that do get in: be authentic to your reality and your style. Anything contrived is obvious to programmers. While at Sundance, Oakley Anderson Moore sat down with five filmmakers whose short ...

IFW 2.22.18: When to Use a Cine Lens & Has BitCoin Officially Hit the Film Industry?
In this episode of Indie Film Weekly, No Film School co-hosts Liz Nord, Jon Fusco, and Erik Luers and discuss how BitCoin and the blockchain are revolutionizing the film industry. We also update you on awards season and the Berlin International Film Festival, as well as marvel over ‘Black Panther's astonishing opening weekend and talk about what it means for indie filmmakers. Charles Haine joins us for gear news including official details of the Fujifilm X-H1 mirrorless camera. Charles also answers an Ask N...


'Piercing': How to Cultivate Tone and Style in Your Film
It’s no secret that filmmakers copy those other filmmakers in their lives who most inspire them. Whether that’s picking up on some sort of trademark dialogue, production design, pacing, music, performances, editing, or camerawork, many times it's easy to identify and trace a piece of style one director drew influence in from another. With two wildly different, yet eerily similar films under his belt, Nicolas Pesce is mastering the art of adapting his favorite filmmaker’s techniques in a way that serves his ...

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

How to Maintain Your Sanity as Director When Everything Descends Into Chaos
In his introduction speech prior to the premiere of "The Catcher Was a Spy," Sundance Director of Programming John Cooper described the film’s director Ben Lewin as the “nicest director you'll ever meet.” When you’ve got four decades of dealing with the chaos of filmmaking under your belt and can still be described as such, you know you must be doing something right. While Lewin may describe his career as a “career built on accidents,” in reality, it is his attitude and personality that keep people coming w...


IFW 2.8.18: ARRI Finally Goes 4K & Tarantino's Big On-Set Boner
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 festi...

DP Roundtable: How to be the Cinematographer Your Director Needs
Meet four powerhouse cinematographers who had nine projects between them at Sundance this year: Claudia Raschke, Shana Hagan, Ashley Connor and Mia Cioffi Henry. The talented group sat down at Sundance 2018 with No Film School’s Liz Nord to discuss the benefits of switching between docs & features instead of sticking to just one, how to be the cinematographer your director needs, what to do when a production starts to go off the rails, why cinematography is a people’s business, and much more. The group has ...

IFW 2.1.18: Why VR is Finally Hot & Has RED Developed Its Alexa Killer?
In this episode of Indie Film Weekly, No Film School co-hosts Liz Nord, Jon Fusco, and Erik Luers discuss two historic Sundance deals and what the festival sales tell us about the ever-changing indie distribution landscape. We also cover the Sundance awards and ponder whether MoviePass’s risky strategy will pay off. Liz answers an Ask No Film School question about perfecting your film's fundraising pitch. Charles Haine joins us for gear news, including RED’s limited edition Gemini sensor and an analysis of ...


The Zellner Brothers on Why You Need to Do Something New With Every Film You Make
Nathan and David Zellner are no strangers to Sundance, but perhaps they wish the festival was as new and exciting to them as it was when they premiered "Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter" back in 2014. That's not to say Park City has grown stale for the directing brothers, merely that they enjoy new experiences. So much so, in fact, that it has become the driving force in their creative mission over the course of their career. They make it a point not to explore material which they have already explored, so with ...

IFW 1.25.18: Did Streaming Deals Die at Sundance 2018?
In this episode of Indie Film Weekly, No Film School co-hosts Liz Nord and Jon Fusco are joined by Oakley Anderson-Moore and Erik Luers to give a full rundown from the snowy streets of Park City. The whole team has been trudging through the mountain snow for the past week to bring you all the most fascinating stories from America's preeminent independent film event. We forego our regular show format to share in-depth Sundance coverage, from the lay of the land, to celebrity run-ins, to the most intriguing f...

How to Build a Score That Raises Your Audience's Expectations
Well, here we are, live from Utah and our first interview out of Sundance is for a film called "Arizona." Bizarre right? Well not nearly as bizarre as the film itself. Set in the midst of the 2009 housing crisis, this darkly comedic story follows Cassie Fowler (played by Rosemary DeWitt), a single mom and struggling realtor whose life goes off the rails when she witnesses a murder. The man who commits the murder (played by Danny McBride) proceeds to take her hostage and she must do her best to escape the gr...


IFW 1.18.18: The Best Filmmaking Apps & Our Sundance 2018 Preview
In this episode of Indie Film Weekly, No Film School co-hosts Liz Nord and Jon Fusco are headed to Park City, Utah for the 34th Sundance Film Festival. They are joined by NFS Managing Editor Erik Luers to share everything you should know to get ready for the big event, whether you’ll be there in person or not. In gear news, Kodak makes a big gamble on a new version of old tech, and in Ask No Film School, Charles Haine reveals the most useful film production apps on the market. As always, we also bring you t...

Best of the The No Film School Podcast 2017, Part 3
This is the third and final episode of our “Best of 2017”, but honestly, with the quality of advice we received over the course of our interviews last year, we could keep this going forever. All of the excerpts featured in this week’s volume are part of what we here at No Film School like to call “Roundtable” episodes. We’ll try to get at least one or two of these done at every festival we travel to. The idea is really to get a group of filmmakers together and have them discuss their craft together in a for...

IFW 1.11.18: Our Pick for Best Mirrorless Camera & A Golden Globes to Remember
In this episode of Indie Film Weekly, No Film School co-hosts Liz Nord and Jon Fusco discuss one of the most memorable Golden Globes ever and other awards season news, as well as the group of industry women coming out *against* the #MeToo movement. Liz answers an Ask No Film School question about holding public screenings before your festival premiere. Charles Haine joins us to preview the new film and video gear being released at this year’s CES, including a very unusual entry from Kodak. As always, we als...


Best of the The No Film School Podcast 2017, Part 2
It’s officially a new year but we’re still not over how great our podcasts turned out in 2017. Last year, we started doing interview podcasts every single week in addition to our Indie Film Weekly episodes. We’ve had tons of great guests from Sean Baker to Flying Lotus and everything in between. In the first volume of our “Best Of” episodes, we heard from Flying Lotus, Gillian Robespierre, Brett Gelman and more. Today you’ll hear selections from Sean Baker, Ruben Ostlund, Parker Smith and Lloyd Kaufman of T...

IFW 1.4.18: The Most Popular Rental Gear of 2017 & Is Netflix About to Be Sold?
In this episode of Indie Film Weekly, No Film School co-hosts Liz Nord, Jon Fusco, and Charles Haine discuss rumors of a major merger that could change the industry as we know it, and results of the 2017 box office returns. We also say a sad goodbye to ‘Black Swan’ production designer Thérèse DePrez. In gear news, we reveal the most rented items on ShareGrid last year. Charles also answers an Ask No Film School question about how to choose vintage lenses for your next project. As always, we also bring you t...

Best of the The No Film School Podcast 2017, Part 1
Well, it's been quite a year. Here at No Film School, we started doing interview podcasts every single week in addition to our Indie Film Weekly episodes. We’ve had tons of great guests from Sean Baker to Flying Lotus and everything in between and we’re all really proud of the type of resource this podcast has become. Before we conduct each interview, we'll take the time to remind our guests that this will be a different sort of interview than the other ones they’ve been doing on the press junket or at the ...


IFW 12.21.17: The Best Movies, Gear, and Filmmaking Advice of 2017
This special, year-end episode of Indie Film Weekly reveals the best that 2017 had to offer while you were busy making films. This year was full of controversy and growing pains in the industry, balanced by stellar indie releases, gear innovations, and inspiring filmmaker journeys. In our final episode of 2017, co-hosts Liz Nord, Jon Fusco, and Charles Haine reveal our favorite films, top camera and gear choices, and predictions for the future of the film business. We also discuss our best takeaways from ta...

IFW 12.14.17: Netflix's Most Popular Shows Revealed & An Unexpected Way to Improve Your Script
In this episode of Indie Film Weekly, No Film School co-hosts Liz Nord and Jon Fusco discuss Louis CK’s ‘I Love You, Daddy’ distribution saga and awards season updates (and upsets) from the Golden Globes, European Film Awards, and IDA Documentary Awards. We also reveal Netflix's most binged shows of 2017, get into a pretty geeky debate about Star Wars, and share tips from filmmaker Ela Thier about how to become your own script doctor. Charles Haine joins us for gear news and answers an Ask No Film School qu...

How to Film in a War Zone
Directors Nathan Fitch and Daniel McCabe join No Film School’s Liz Nord to share their tips on preparing to film in a conflict zone, both practically and emotionally. Fitch embedded with the US Military in Afghanistan for his film 'Island Soldier', and McCabe filmed amidst various factions of the Congolese civil war for six years for his documentary 'This is Congo’. In this episode, the directors reflect on their experiences and give advice on what gear makes sense to bring into a conflict situation and how...


IFW 12.7.17: How a Filmmaker Brought Down the Russian Olympics & When Do You Hide Brand Logos?
In this episode of Indie Film Weekly, No Film School co-hosts Liz Nord, Jon Fusco, and Charles Haine discuss one filmmaker’s major role in Russia’s Olympic doping scandal, the first news from Sundance 2018, and the inaugural Los Angeles Online Film Critics Society Awards decision to split best male and female directors into two separate categories. We say goodbye to influential video essay series ‘Every Frame a Painting’ and Charles also answers an Ask No Film School question about how to deal with brands a...

IFW 11.30.17: Major Changes Coming To Awards Season & When Should You Shoot Anamorphic?
In this episode of Indie Film Weekly, No Film School co-hosts Liz Nord, Jon Fusco, and Charles Haine discuss the indie films that are changing the face of awards season after the results of the Gothams and the National Board of Review list results were revealed this week. We cover the questionable award categorizations of Jordan Peele’s ‘Get Out’ and Errol Morris’ ‘Wormwood’ and why they matter to other filmmakers. We also hear some unconventional lensing advice from rising star DP Katelin Arizmendi and deb...

A Pre-to-Post Primer on Documentary Filmmaking
Three producers with decades of combined experience under their belts join No Film School’s Liz Nord for a detailed primer on how to get a documentary made and seen. Geeta Gandbhir has been nominated for three Emmy Awards and has won two, as well as working professionally as an editor as such acclaimed titles as Oscar-winning 'O.J.: Made in America’, Chanda Chevannes is an award-winning documentarian as well as a film instructor at Centennial College in Toronto, and Chris Metzler is prolific documentarian k...


IFW 11.23.17: How the FCC is Screwing Filmmakers & Your Best Black Friday Deals
In this episode of Indie Film Weekly, No Film School co-hosts Liz Nord, Jon Fusco, and Charles Haine discuss discuss what the FCC's recent actions on Net Neutrality and the 600mhz band mean for filmmakers, along with the most bizarre and heartbreaking turns in the avalanche of sexual misconduct stories and how they're affecting productions everywhere. In gear news, we reveal some of the best Black Friday discounts for filmmakers. Charles also answers an Ask No Film School question about color grading for di...

How Do You Know if One Character Can Carry Your Whole Movie?
No Film School’s Liz Nord is joined by three directors who have taken on the challenge of telling character-based stories where their films center around the personal journeys of one or a small handful of subjects. Their characters couldn’t be more different—one is the tough guy frontman of a New York hardcore band, one is the first female Sharia Law judge in Palestine, and one is a woman who has started a traveling circus of cats—but the lessons the filmmakers learned and advice they share is surprisingly ...

IFW 11.16.17: How to Make Your Old Footage Look Great & Cash in with Kickstarter's Answer to Patreon
In this episode of Indie Film Weekly, No Film School co-hosts Liz Nord and Jon Fusco discuss Drip, Kickstarter's bold new move for filmmakers, plus a field report from DOC NYC that reveals why it's become the American documentary festival to pay attention to. We also cover the first Oscars handed out this year, marvel at Agnes Varda's infinite wisdom, and say farewell to Oscar-winning filmmaker Debra Chasnoff, who died last week. Charles Haine joins us for gear news, including the new Lumix G9 from Panasoni...


How Niche Filmmaking Can Move Your Filmmaking Career Ahead
We all know that getting your first film made is hard. With the added pressure of expectation, getting a second made can be even harder. And then there are the Julie Cohens of the world. Cohen is a documentary filmmaker who has completed and distributed 8 feature docs and 5 shorts in the past ten years, and won three Emmys along the way. And this is after a prolific career as a producer at NBC, where she produced more than 20 hour-long and two-hour programs for Dateline. Cohen’s latest, available on iTunes ...

How To Shoot Where You're Not Allowed
What happens when the community you’re filming doesn’t want you there? That is exactly the dilemma that faced celebrated documentarians Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady when they embarked on their latest project, the Netflix Original film 'One of Us'. The directing duo returns to the territory that garnered them an Oscar nomination in 2007 for 'Jesus Camp': extreme religious sects in America. In 'One of Us', we travel far from the rural Evangelical Christian summer camps of Jesus Camp to a very different world:...

Hitchcock 101: Everything You've Ever Wanted to Know About Psycho
Have you ever been at one of those parties where people talk about movies and Hitchcock comes up, but you’ve never seen any Hitchcock? So then you get all sweaty and start avoiding people’s gaze? It feels like everyone is watching you, the world is slowly closing in and you get so claustrophobic and insane that you feel like you want to scream? Us neither. Funnily enough, the experience of watching Psycho for the first time feels exactly the same way. So now that you know what you’re in for, it’s time to st...


IFW 10.26.17: Halloween Spooktacular II - Advice for the Aspiring Horror Auteur
In this episode of Indie Film Weekly, No Film School co-hosts Liz Nord, Jon Fusco, and Charles Haine get in the mood for Halloween by sharing some of No Film School's best horror filmmaking tips from the likes of Jeremy Saulnier and Rob Zombie. We discuss a lens so good that it got its own Emmy (plus this year's other Engineering Emmy winners) and why there's an uncertain future for Amazon Studios. We also say a sad goodbye to Oscar-winning cinematographer Walter Lassally. Gear news includes Sony's 42 megap...

How to Master the Art of Satire: Ruben Östlund on 'The Square'
Ruben Östlund has never been one to shy away from difficult themes. That's not to say that the themes he presents his audiences are controversial or difficult to watch. It's more that they're difficult to fully comprehend. Östlund's ability to translate his thoughts to screen, however, is unrivaled among his contemporaries. "The Square" is certainly one of these pictures. Östlund explores what exactly the concept of 'trust' means in a modern society where paranoia is the dominant human emotion and catastrop...

IFW 10.19.17: Welcome to a Post-Harvey Hollywood & Your Best Bet for a 360° Stereo Camera
In this episode of Indie Film Weekly, No Film School co-hosts Liz Nord, Jon Fusco, and Charles Haine predict what the Harvey Weinstein fallout could means for future film sets and discuss some steps being taken by the Academy, the PGA, and other film institutions to combat sexual misconduct in the industry. We also share a ton of news from Netflix, including the company's plans to release 80 original films in 2018. In gear news, we reveal how filmmakers can use Microsoft's new GPU, and Charles answers an As...


Spielberg: Behind the Scenes with the World’s Most Famous Filmmaker
Steven Spielberg is the highest grossing directors of all time, with over 50 influential titles under his belt. And yet, do we really know Spielberg? After all, he rarely does public appearances or gives in-depth interviews. Perhaps the director was just waiting for the right moment to tell his life’s story and the right person to tell it to. Fortunately, that time has come, and that person is our guest, Susan Lacy. As executive producer of the PBS series American Masters, she produced 250 films exploring t...

IFW 10.12.17: Two Cameras with Unprecedented Resolution & Must-Sees from the New York Film Festival
In this episode of Indie Film Weekly, No Film School co-hosts Liz Nord and Jon Fusco discuss the Harvey Weinstein sexual abuse accusations and what they mean for indie film, share highlights from our New York Film Festival coverage including conversations with Richard Linklater and Sean Baker, and ponder what exactly is the future of storytelling. In gear news, RED has finally released its Monstro sensor and DJI has released its highest resolution drone cinema camera yet. DP Open Soffer joins us to answer a...

'The Florida Project': Sean Baker on Why You Need to Invest in Yourself When No One Else Will
"The Florida Project" may be the first Sean Baker movie you'll go out to see in theaters, but he's been on the scene for a long, long time. Perhaps best known for the iPhone 5s filmed "Tangerine", Baker has been a champion of low-budget filmmaking for his entire career. More so than that, he has been a trailblazer in the democratization of film. Inspired by the Dogme 95 movement pioneered by Danish directors Lars von Trier and Thomas Vinterberg, he makes the absolute best use of the resources that are avail...


IFW 10.5.17: The Future of Buying and Selling Lenses & The Best Screenwriters of All Time
In this episode of Indie Film Weekly, No Film School co-hosts Liz Nord, Jon Fusco, and Charles Haine discuss Vulture’s list of the Top 100 Screenwriters of All Time, a new online marketplace for lenses, an indie distributor making bold moves, and how one filmmaker is changing the entire advertising industry. Charles also answers an Ask No Film School question about whether or not you need to buy a cage for your small camera. As always, we also bring you the latest gear news, upcoming grant and festival dead...

What is a Film Fellowship and Why Should You Do One?
Three directors who have been invited to and attended some of the most elite labs and fellowships in the business join No Film School's Liz Nord to define pitch forums, labs, retreats, and fellowships, and let other filmmakers know why participation in these opportunities can be extremely rewarding. Guests Sierra Pettengill ('The Reagan Show'), Sabaah Folayan ('Whose Streets’), and Jeff Unay (‘Cage Fighter’) share their own filmmaking journies and pitching processes, and also elaborate the value of fellowsh...

IFW 9.28.17: The Next Hottest Rental Camera & It's Time to Stop Putting Lives at Risk on Set
In this episode of Indie Film Weekly, No Film School co-hosts Liz Nord, Jon Fusco, and Charles Haine discuss the lifesaving info that every filmmaker can learn from recent Radiohead and NARCOS shoots, and a dirty debacle threatening the beloved indie institutions in the Alamo Drafthouse family. In gear news, we get a first look at Sony’s full-frame VENICE, and we answer an Ask No Film School question about what you can do in 8K that you can’t do in four. As always, we also bring you the latest filmmaking to...


Pitching Do's and Don’ts: How to Get Your Film Funded
This week’s guests have heard over 10,000 pitches between them and, in this episode, they reveal what works and what doesn't when you're trying to raise money for your films. No Film School’s Liz Nord is joined by Molly O’Brien (Chief Business Development Officer of Fork Films), Daniel Chalfen (Co-founder of Naked Edge Films), and Jose Rodriguez (Director of Documentary Programs at the Tribeca Film Institute) to discuss the art of the pitch....

IFW 9.21.17: Why Your Film Isn't Getting into Festivals & Tips From a Guerrilla Filmmaking Legend
In this episode of Indie Film Weekly, No Film School co-hosts Liz Nord and Jon Fusco discuss why the Emmys are actually worth noticing this year and what we should make of all the hubbub around Darren Aronofsky’s latest film, ‘mother!’. We also share wrap-ups from the Toronto and Camden International Film Festivals, including the movie made with 10,000 hours of surveillance footage. In Ask No Film School, we answer the perennial question of why your film isn’t getting into festivals. As always, we also brin...

How To Keep Your Production Running Smoothly Across Every Medium
Why do theater when you can do film? Why do film when you can do theater? Why do one when you can do both? Why do both when you can do VR? Director Dan Hasse and director/actor Taylor Myers are an ambitious pair of artists based in New York City who grappled with these pressing questions at length before finally coming to a conclusion. The answer? Just do all three. The duo went abroad earlier this year after conceiving the idea to fly to Ireland, rent a castle, and perform an immersive theater adaptation o...


IFW 9.14.17: All Things Apple & Panasonic's Surprisingly Affordable New Camera
In this episode of Indie Film Weekly, No Film School co-hosts Liz Nord, Jon Fusco, and Charles Haine bring you a fall gear preview. We discuss all the latest gear news coming out of Amsterdam's IBC expo, including more details of Panasonic's EVA-1 and major Resolve upgrades, plus the multiple Apple announcements made at the company's annual launch event and how they affect indie filmmakers. We also cover a bevy of indie acquisition news out of TIFF, Louis CK’s top-secret DIY movie, the Creative Arts Emmys, ...

How a 4-Day Journalism Assignment Became an Explosive Yearlong Doc Production
When Israeli journalist Maya Zinshtein took on a four-day assignment to cover the arrival of two foreign players to a local soccer club, she had no idea that it would turn into a year-long making of a feature documentary that dramatically reveals the skeletons in her own country’s closet. But this was no ordinary soccer team—and this is certainly not your average sports documentary. The team at the center of the film is Beitar Jerusalem, which had been historically known for the right wing politics and even...

IFW 9.7.17: From Werner Herzog to Barry Jenkins: Best Advice from Over 50 Filmmaker Interviews
In this episode of Indie Film Weekly, No Film School co-hosts Liz Nord, Jon Fusco, and Emily Buder jump into fall festival season with reports from Venice, Telluride, and TIFF. We also share some positive financial news for indies against the backdrop of the summer blockbuster fail. For her very last episode ever, Emily shares a compendium of all the best filmmaking advice she's received from dozens of interviews with groundbreaking filmmakers. Charles Haine joins us for gear news, including the world's hig...


'Expect That Everything Will Go Wrong': How to Ensure Your First Short Film is the Best it Can Be
Making a short should be an easy thing, right? That’s what No Film School Producer/Editor Jon Fusco thought when he decided he would finally shoot his own. He was wrong. Making any film, no matter the length is certain to be an ordeal. In both pre-production and on set, many more things are bound to go wrong than right. Fusco sits down with award-winning short director Hughes William Thompson to discuss some of the more common struggles first-time filmmakers face and the steps that you can take to ensure y...

IFW 8.31.17: The Best Way to Choose an Anamorphic Lens & Who Rules the Indie Box Office?
In this episode of Indie Film Weekly, No Film School co-hosts Liz Nord, Jon Fusco, and Charles Haine reveal the best anamorphic lens test we've ever seen and ponder the future of indie stalwart Fox Searchlight. We also discuss how one actor is proving that Hollywood really can change how it does casting, and say a sad goodbye to influential horror director Tobe Hooper. In gear news, we discuss ShareGrid's comprehensive new anamorphic lens test, and Charles answers an Ask No Film School question about how to...

What to Do When You've Lost All Hope for Your Film
Director Janicza Bravo and actor Brett Gelman were 'covered in blood' while trying to get their film ‘LEMON’ made, but now it's theatrically released by Magnolia Pictures. The pair are rising stars in both TV and independent film—she directed a Sundance-winning short and an episode of Emmy-winning ‘Atlanta’ and he has appeared in dozens of shows and his own Adult Swim comedy specials—but ‘LEMON’ was born out of the same creative frustrations and anxiety that plague the rest of us. The real-life married coup...


IFW 8.24.17: The Death of Final Cut 7 & Indie Film's Sex Abuse Scandal
In this episode of Indie Film Weekly, No Film School co-hosts Liz Nord, Jon Fusco, and Emily Buder discuss the CineFamily controversy that's shaking up LA's underground film scene, how much cash exactly is made by the films of top-grossing indie directors, and an update on last week's record-breaking story about whether or not MoviePass will mean the end of theater-going as we know it. We also say sad goodbyes to editor Eric Zumbrunnen, comedian and filmmaker Jerry Lewis, and the print edition of the Villag...

The First Family of DIY on How to ‘Make Your Own Damn Movie'
The reigning families of modern American movies are household names: the Coppolas, the Gyllenhaals, the Afflecks. But what about the Kaufmans? If you are a filmmaker, they have very likely affected your life.  Dad is Lloyd Kaufman, creator of the Toxic Avenger and king of B-movies, whose independent studio Troma Entertainment has produced and distributed more than 1,000 films. Mom is Pat Swinney Kaufman, who was the deputy film commissioner for New York State for 20 years. Their daughter is Lisbeth Kaufman,...

IFW 8.17.17: 8K is a Lie & Will the Controversial Plan to Make Movies Cheap Actually Kill Them?
In this episode of Indie Film Weekly, No Film School co-hosts Liz Nord, Jon Fusco, and Emily Buder ponder whether or not cameras have reached peak resolution, and debate the merits of MoviePass’s new plan to let you see unlimited movies in theaters for $10 a month. We also discuss Facebook's aim to become the new YouTube and Apple's billion-dollar content investment. I answer an Ask No Film School question about what the heck to do with your short film once it's finished, and we hear from the Safdie Brother...


Why Making a Film is the Only Thing That Can Ever Really Prepare You for Making Your First Film
The quality of this summer’s offering of independent films has just been utterly ridiculous. There have already been so many new voices, new perspectives, and unique stories hitting the big screen and now we can add Matt Spicer’s Ingrid Goes West to the list as yet another standout title. The film, which earned the coveted Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award at Sundance follows Ingrid Thorburn, an unhinged social media stalker, frenetically brought to life by Aubrey Plaza, who moves to LA in an attempt to make f...

IFW 8.10.17: Best Tripods for Your Budget & The Academy's Surprise President
In this episode of Indie Film Weekly, No Film School co-hosts Liz Nord, Jon Fusco,and Emily Buder discuss two new and very different industry studies: one about the use of swear words in movies, and the other about the future of the documentary film industry. We also talk about the new President of the Academy of Motion Pictures, updates from the Locarno, TIFF and NYFF festivals, and Netflix’s first acquisition of another company. Charles Haine joins us for gear news, including the Panasonic EVA-1 specs and...

The Worst Things a Director Can Do on Set
The experienced cast of ‘In the Radiant City’ joins No Film School’s Liz Nord to dish on how (and how not) to direct actors. 'In the Radiant City’ is directed by Jeff Nichols protégé Rachel Lambert and co-written by Lambert and Nathan Gregorski. The film is a quiet but very tense family drama about a man who testified against his brother in a murder trial when they were kids, and his return to their rural Kentucky hometown twenty years later to face the family that was left behind. Its talented ensemble cas...


IFW 8.3.17: The Demise of DSLR & Soderbergh's Plan to Save Movies
In this episode of Indie Film Weekly, No Film School co-hosts Liz Nord, Jon Fusco,and Emily Buder wonder if DSLR filmmaking is finally dead, and whether Soderbergh's new production model can revive indies. We also discuss a former Google Android exec who extols iPhone filmmaking, Netflix's $20.5 billion in debt, and say a sad goodbye to Pulitzer-Winning writer, director, and actor Sam Shepard. We hear from video essay guru Kogonada about his debut feature ‘Columbus,’ which hits theaters this week. In gear n...

How Stupid Videos Led to a $5 Million Deal For 'Brigsby Bear' & An 11 Year Trip to 'Killing Ground'
Back at Sundance, No Film School's Jon Fusco sat down with a few of the teams behind a few of this summer's best independent films while they were still fresh off their premiere highs. Brigsby Bear, which came out July 28, obtained a $5 million deal from Sony Pictures Classic for Distribution rights. Director Dave McCary and screenwriter Kevin Costello join the podcast to discuss the journey each of them took to get that deal. From stupid YouTube sketches with their comedy group Good Neighbor to Saturday Ni...

IFW 7.27.17: How to Break into Modern Hollywood & The Latest DSLR Fail
In this episode of Indie Film Weekly, No Film School co-hosts Liz Nord, Jon Fusco, and Emily Buder discuss the new rules for breaking into Hollywood and why "constantly reminding people you exist is now part of the job." We also share what we learned from last week's Comic-Con and the 38th News and Docs Emmy nominations, which were announced this week. We bid farewell to both Adobe Flash and the YouTube editing tool. Our rundown of this week's indie film releases is particularly robust, with no less than si...


'Landline': How to Avoid Sophomore Slump and Make Your Second Feature
‘Landline’ co-writers, Director Gillan Robespierre and Producer Elisabeth Holm join No Film School’s Liz Nord to discuss how they overcame the typical hurdles to get their second feature made and theatrically released. The pair first collaborated on 'Obvious Child', which premiered at Sundance 2014, where Holm won the Red Crown Producer’s Award, and went on to critical and audience acclaim and theatrical release. They joined efforts again for ‘Landline', which was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at Sunda...

IFW 7.20.17: The Dangers of Being on Set & Best Advice from Summer's Top Indie Directors
In this episode of Indie Film Weekly, No Film School co-hosts Liz Nord, Jon Fusco,and Emily Buder discuss George Romero's DIY Legacy, what filmmakers should note about last week's Emmy nominations, and a trio of stories about crucial on-set safety issues. We also share the best advice we've gotten from some of summer's biggest indie directors, and hear from ‘Killing Ground’ director Damien Power about his 11-year journey to get his newly released film made. Charles Haine joins us for gear news, and answers ...

Flying Lotus on How Rejecting Film School Made Him a Greater Director
You may know Steve Ellison better by his beat-making alias Flying Lotus, or perhaps even as Flying Lotus' MC alias, Captain Murphy. Music, however, was not his first love. The director, who now simply goes by "Steve" actually went to film school far before he laid down his first mixtape. Just don't call him a product of the cinematic education system. Steve's debut feature Kuso truly goes against every single rule his teachers may have taught him back in his days as a student. In fact, Steve says he had to ...


IFW 7.13.17: Russia's Plot to Kill Indies & RED's Hype Machine
In this episode of Indie Film Weekly, No Film School co-hosts Liz Nord, Jon Fusco,and Emily Buder discuss how even indie movies aren't safe from Russian interference, updates in the indie box office, the battle to save net neutrality, and a too-early goodbye to actor Nelsan Ellis. We also hear from director David Lowery about the challenges of making his summer indie hit ‘A Ghost Story.’ Charles Haine joins us for gear news, including RED’s incessant product teases and a TV that might replace movie screens ...

Nathan Silver on How a Director Can Pull off Making 8 Films in 8 Years
No Film School's Emily Buder sits down with prolific indie filmmaker Nathan Silver and the stars of his latest movie, Thirst Street, Lindsay Burdge and Damien Bonnard.  Silver has made a movie every year for the past 8 years. Last year, he had the film Actor Martinez at Tribeca. Needless to say, Silver is a staple in the New York indie film scene. In their conversation, they discuss how Silver manages to get his micro-budget projects off the ground, some tips for shooting with limited resources, Thirst Stre...

IFW 7.6.17: Canon's Big Misstep & Is Rotten Tomatoes Ruining Moviegoing?
In this episode of Indie Film Weekly, Emily Buder, Jon Fusco and Charles Haine discuss Hollywood studios' beef with Rotten Tomatoes and what the highest-grossing films of the year so far have to do with it all. They also talk about Canon's latest misfire with the 6D Mark II, Christopher Nolan's 70mm Dunkirk release, and Emily's favorite movie of the year thus far: David Lowery's A Ghost Story....


This Director Proves Everyone Can Act, If Only Given the Right Character
When Liz Nord spoke with first time Palestinian filmmaker Maysaloun Hamoud back at the Toronto International Film Festival last year, her narrative feature In Between (or Bar Bahar in Arabic) was just about to premiere. As with any new director, she had no idea what the response would be or what the coming year would bring. But her film’s path has been particularly unpredictable, leading to three awards in San Sebastian, Hamoud being hand-chosen by Isabelle Huppert to receive the Young Talents Award at Cann...

IFW 6.29.17: Star Wars' Systemic Problem & How to Avoid Getting Hacked
In this episode of Indie Film Weekly, No Film School co-hosts Liz Nord, Jon Fusco, Charles Haine and Emily Buder discuss the real problem with Lucasfilm's firing of Lord & Miller, and how to protect yourself from a cyberattack. We also reveal why a promising streaming subscription was killed before it even had a chance to live, and why you might never see Albert Maysles’ final film. In Ask No Film School, we outline the best color grading software for Premiere Pro. As always, we also bring you the latest ge...

How Starting a Production Company Can Help You Make Your First Film
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, addi...


IFW 6.22.17: Why You Should Go to Film School & How to Rent Your Gear for Profit
In this episode of Indie Film Weekly, No Film School co-hosts Liz Nord, Jon Fusco, and Charles Haine weigh the benefits of film school against its rising cost, and debates the merits of renting out your own gear. We share some fun facts about the crossover between TV directors and the year's biggest films, say a (possibly temporary) farewell to one of the world's greatest actors, and discuss whether or not Apple is finally a serious contender in the original content game with its latest hires. What’s more, ...

How to Tap into Your Animalistic Filmmaking Instincts and Become a 'Bitch'
We saw a lot of movies in the Midnight Section at Sundance this year. There were a lot of weird movies. 'Bitch,' however, is a batshit insane movie. In terms of understanding what we’re dealing with here, the premise really only gets you half the way there: an underappreciated mother finds out her jerk-off husband is cheating on her and as a result, well, she turns into a dog. The real insanity, however, comes across in a near constant destruction of genre conventions. Is it a horror? Is it a comedy? Is it ...

IFW 6.15.17: What to Look for in a Budget Lens & Why David Mamet is Anti-Film School
In this episode of Indie Film Weekly, No Film School co-hosts Liz Nord, Jon Fusco, and Emily Buder discuss the new coalition that has longtime rivals HBO and Netflix joining forces, why producers are losing money, and a new digital filmmaking initiative in LA. Charles Haine joins us for gear news and answers an Ask No Film School question about how to buy good lenses on a budget. In Weekly Words of Wisdom, we share tips from Steven Spielberg, Game of Thrones costume designer Michele Clapton, and David Mamet...


How to Make an Authentic Movie About Someone Else's Story
The Emmy award-winning co-directors of Berlinale premiere ‘For Ahkeem', Jeremy S. Levine and Landon Van Soest, and one of the film’s producers, Iyabo Boyd, join No Film School’s Liz Nord for a frank and fascinating discussion about how to overcome the challenges inherent in telling the story of someone whose background is entirely different from your own. In this case, the film’s co-directors are two, middle-class white men from New York City, and their subject is a charismatic, 17-year-old African-American...

IFW 6.8.17: Hollywood's Dark Overlord & Panasonic's Race for Indie Dominance
In this episode of Indie Film Weekly, No Film School co-hosts Liz Nord, Jon Fusco, and Emily Buder discuss the camera that Panasonic hopes will win back indie DPs, and the threat holding Hollywood ransom. We also uncover the indie heart of the Wonder Woman phenomenon, and how its director Patty Jenkins' next move is coming directly to a niche streaming service near you. The episode goes into Apple's first original program, and says goodbye to Peter Sallis, the voice of Wallace from the ‘Wallace and Gromit’ ...

How to Avoid the Crucial Mistakes Everyone Makes on their First Movie
At Tribeca, No Film School's Emily Buder sat down with first time director Sophie Brooks and her producer, David Brooks, who also happens to be her brother. Their film The Boy Downstairs went through a very well structured series of steps to prepare it for a premiere at a major festival. The duo talk the strategies they put in place to prevent Sophie from making the same mistakes any other first-time director would make. From test screenings to re-writes, they share some great tips that you can borrow on th...


IFW 6.1.17: Canon's Leaked Camera & Why the Judges Cried at Cannes
In this episode of Indie Film Weekly, No Film School co-hosts Liz Nord, Jon Fusco, and Emily Buder reveal the film that got Jessica Chastain and Pedro Almodovar teary-eyed at Cannes, and a lot more about the best and worst of the world's pre-eminent film festival from this year. We also discuss Canon's latest offering—an affordable camera whose specs were leaked ahead of this week's Cine Gear Expo in Los Angeles. In Ask No Film School, we share some tips on finding a job in the film industry. As always, we ...

How Do You Know if Your Film is Porn or Art?
'Flames' co-directors Josephine Decker and Zefrey Throwell waded into the most intimate waters with Ashley Connor, the DP who filmed them having sex. The threesome joins No Film School’s Liz Nord to discuss their provocative film—an art-docu-fiction-softcore porn-hybrid about Decker and Throwell's real-life relationship and its aftermath—after its Tribeca premiere. The conversation includes the fine line between porn and art, what happens when you add a third person and their camera to your relationship, ho...

IFW 5.25.17: How to Keep Your Actors in the Moment & Where Not to Pitch Your Project
In this episode of Indie Film Weekly, No Film School co-hosts Liz Nord, Jon Fusco and Charles Haine divulge how to get the most authentic performances out of your actors, and how this year’s television NewFronts affect indie filmmakers. We also discuss an alternative to YouTube where you might actually get paid for your work, and share advice for directors, producers and cinematographers from industry pros in our newest segment: Weekly Words of Wisdom. As always, we also bring you the latest gear news, upco...


Divide and Conquer: Why You Should be Working With a Co-Director
Brothers Eshom and Ian Nelms come from humble beginnings. Neither went to film school, instead, they learned from going out and shooting a lot of bad stuff. Their first feature, Squirrel Trap, may be the perfect example. Shot for $1500 in the woods behind their parent's house, their crew consisted of only three people. Their father lit the whole thing with a flashlight and a bounce board. After submitting to a ton of festivals, they only were accepted to about four or five. Things are much different now, to...

IFW 5.18.17: A Game-Changing Law for Freelancers & Are Indies Rising From the Blockbuster's Ashes?
In this episode of Indie Film Weekly, No Film School co-hosts Liz Nord, Jon Fusco, and Charles Haine wonder if the massive decline predicted for summer box office returns is a hidden boon for indie filmmakers. We also discuss the new rules that might affect every freelancer, new E-mount lenses from Sony, an obituary for the MP3, and why the war between Netflix and movie theaters rages on even at the Cannes Film Festival. In Ask No Film School, we reveal the best way to set up a 4:3 timeline (and whether you...

How to Turn an On-Set Day Job Into Your Own Film
Renée Felice Smith and C.A. Gabriel, co-writers and directors of ‘The Relationtrip,’ join No Film School’s Liz Nord after the film’s SXSW premiere to discuss how they parlayed everything they’ve learned on other people’s sets (Smith as a lead actress on 'NCIS: Los Angeles' for eight seasons, and Gabriel as a commercial composer for high-profile brands) into their own utterly charming indie feature. They made the film with their best friends, and used low-budget practical effects to make their weirdest fanta...


IFW 5.11.17: How to Beat the Film Fest System & David Lynch Leaves Movies Behind Forever
In this episode of Indie Film Weekly, No Film School co-hosts Liz Nord, Jon Fusco, and Emily Buder introduce a filmmaker who learned how to tell whether festivals have actually watched his movie, and mourn the inimitable David Lynch's retirement from cinema. We also discuss what the annual Newfronts advertising presentations can tell you about where to pitch or sell your films, the closure of Facebook's VR production wing Oculus Story Studios, and whether or not other movie awards should follow in MTV's foo...

What to Expect on the Road to Becoming an Ace Documentary Producer
What does it take to be a fantastic documentary producer? From sitting in a ditch in Greenland’s below freezing weather, to pulling out an intensely personal story from a cut that may be a few hours too long, experienced producers Kate McLean and Glen Zipper embody the sort of intrepid attitude that a producer on a non-fiction film tends to need. What exactly does a documentary producer do, and why become one? No Film School's Oakley Anderson-Moore sat down with Kate and Glen at SXSW after the premieres of...

Indie Film Weekly 5.4.17: 'The Handmaid's Tale' Backlash & Is Tribeca Secretly a Doc Fest?
In this special festival episode of Indie Film Weekly, No Film School co-hosts Liz Nord and Emily Buder ask whether the Tribeca Film Festival has a secret identity, and talk about why everyone is talking about 'The Handmaid's Tale.' We share tales and trivia from our on-the-ground coverage of Tribeca, including fest acquisitions, awards, dystopian premonitions, plant musicians and the most memorable festival films to look out for. We also discuss recent news outside of the festival bubble, including a major...


John Carroll Lynch on How to Be the Director Your Actors Have Always Wanted
Chances are, you know John Carroll Lynch’s face even if you don’t know his name. The actor, whose perhaps best known for his role as the Zodiac killer in David Fincher’s Zodiac, has a staggering 110 acting credits to his name. At this year’s SXSW, Lynch finally added another role to his resume: Director. His debut feature, Lucky, stars the legendary Harry Dean Stanton, another actor who is no slouch when it comes to having a prolific acting career. In fact, the ninety-year-old vet has amassed 199 acting cre...

Indie Film Weekly 4.27.17: Why This Year's NAB is the Most 'Terrifying' for Filmmakers Yet
In this special episode of Indie Film Weekly, Charles Haine, Micah Van Hove and Jon Fusco broadcast live from the historic Plaza Hotel in downtown Las Vegas. The trio of No Film School editors come together for a moment of solace to discuss a week of non-stop coverage at the annual NAB Show. What they identify is a worrying trend. Another year with no huge gear announcements and technological advances which signal the further automation of filmmaking. As cameras and accessories get more sophisticated, it ...

How to Make the Jump from Lowly PA to Almighty Director
Adam Leon made only one short before breaking onto the indie scene with his SXSW winning debut feature Gimme the Loot. With a budget around $60,000 the writer/director won the "Someone To Watch" award at the Film Independent Spirits and was able to get his film into almost every notable film festival on the market, including a run in the Un Certain Regard competition at Cannes. How did he pull it off? Hard work and humble beginnings. Leon's work ethic was noticed on set as a PA and as a result of his effor...


Indie Film Weekly 4.20.17: Tribeca Must-Sees & How to Create a DCP the Right Way
In this episode of Indie Film Weekly, No Film School co-hosts Liz Nord, Jon Fusco and Emily Buder get excited about the 16th edition of the Tribeca Film Festival opening this week, and discuss whether (finally!) Netflix might let us see its films in theaters. We also say goodbye to the genius cinematographer Michael Ballhaus and remember his storied career working with Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Martin Scorsese, and Francis Ford Coppola. Tech writer Charles Haine joins us to share more previews of the big NA...

DP Roundtable: The Shots That Almost Killed Us
Three cinematographers with three very different films at SXSW 2017 discuss their favorite gear, what DPs can do to stand out off set, how they make room for their actors or subjects in vulnerable situations, and of course, the shoots that almost killed them. Guests include Autumn Eakin, who shot Jessica M. Thompson's realist, contemporary THE LIGHT OF THE MOON, which won the SXSW Narrative Feature Audience Award; James Axel West, who shot Adam Keleman’s stylish, ‘70s-referencing drama EASY LIVING; and Shan...

Indie Film Weekly 4.12.17: NAB Sneak Peek & What’s Shutting Down Hollywood
In this episode of Indie Film Weekly, No Film School co-hosts Liz Nord and Emily Buder discuss the strike that threatens to bring Hollywood to a halt, while a big move by Netflix attempts to bring a whole new life to production in Tinsel Town. Charles Haine joins us to disclose all of the drone rumors from this year’s upcoming NAB show, and answers an Ask No Film School question about what focal lengths to consider when buying prime lenses. We also talk about what the new Oscar eligibility rules mean for yo...


'DRIB': What Happens When Reality and Fiction Collide?
The docu-fiction hybrid genre isn't necessarily a new thing. In fact, there are some festivals that are entirely devoted to those films that blur the line between what is real and what is written. It's the liberties in which the filmmakers choose to blur the lines where the real magic shines through.    Kristoffer Borgli, director of the SXSW standout DRIB and guest on today's episode of The No Film School Podcast, didn't realize the full potential of the genre until he was halfway through making his film. ...

Where VR Has Never Gone Before: The 40 Minute Narrative Feature ‘Miyubi’
NFS Writer Oakley Anderson-Moore talks with the talented artists behind Felix & Paul studios, one of the leading VR production companies in the film world. The cinematic quality that is a hallmark of their projects is very uncommon in these rudimentary days of VR. Virtual reality has been excelling in the realm of documentary because exhibiting an immersive experience of a location goes almost hand in hand with that genre. With narrative VR, however, it’s been a harder nut to crack. How do you create a char...

What it Takes to Get Your Midnight Short into SXSW
When attending film festivals, there is no more exciting prospect than catching a screening of a midnights shorts section. These are generally made up of the strangest, and in many ways, the most innovative projects accepted. They are playgrounds for exploration, coming from filmmakers who are absolutely fearless in exploding the themes and neurosis of their own daily lives. And SXSW selects the best of them.    NFS Producer Jon Fusco sat down with a handful of crew members from shorts featured in this year...


Indie Film Weekly 3.30.17: Here's Why Hollywood Studios Are Panicking and What it Means For You
In this week's episode, co-hosts Jon Fusco and Emily Buder discuss what's causing major panic in the studio world, why (and how) you should use Facebook to promote your movies, and why it may finally be time to concede to HDR. We also hear from Richard Kelly, writer/director of 'Donnie Darko,' about how his cult classic scared off distributors at Sundance and then flopped at the box office, and Charlie McDowell, director of Netflix's 'The Discovery,' about why he opted for a streaming deal out of Sundance....

How to Make a Movie Entirely on Your Own
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 Pa...

Indie Film Weekly 3.23.17: Has Netflix Replaced Cinema?
In this episode of Indie Film Weekly, No Film School co-hosts Liz Nord, Jon Fusco, and Emily Buder dissect Netflix’s balancing act between the indie and studio worlds, and how indie theater guru Tim League threw down the gauntlet against the streaming giant. We also cover why getting your film graded F could be a good thing, according to IMDB, and a sad goodbye to indie film producer Robin O’Hara (‘Raising Victor Vargas’, ‘Gummo’). We hear from two directors whose films are hitting theaters this month, Alic...


Nick Offerman and 'Infinity Baby' Crew: Being a Script Supervisor is the Best Path to Directing
This week, we’re kicking off our SXSW coverage on a particularly high note. That’s because this interview features arguably the best voice we’ve ever had on the podcast in Nick Offerman, and also one of the best laughs we’ve ever had on the show in actress Trieste Kelly Dunn. They are joined by acclaimed indie director Bob Byington to discuss the creation of Infinity Baby, a film that premiered to uproarious laughter at the festival last week. The film is a convergence of three separate narratives surroundi...

Indie Film Weekly 3.16.17: Why SXSW is the Festival for Fearless Filmmakers
Co-hosts Jon Fusco, Emily Buder, Oakley Anderson-Moore and Liz Nord have been running all over downtown Austin, Texas for the past week to bring you insights from America's coolest film event, the SXSW Film Festival and conference. In this episode, we forego our regular show format to share in-depth festival coverage, from keynotes with the likes of Rogue One director Gareth Edwards and legendary Muppeteer Frank Oz, to interviews with festival award-winners, to the best advice from industry panelists. Of co...

DP Roundtable: From Brilliant Color to Black and White, Lensing a Sundance Award-Winning Film
In today's episode of The New Film School Podcast, writer Oakley Anderson Moore talks with two DPs. Her guests are Andrew Ackerman, who shot the brilliant, colorful underwater documentary "Chasing Coral," and Ante Cheng who DPed the nuanced black and white narrative Gook, set during the 1992 LA riots. While the style of productions are practically polar opposites of each other, from underwater timelapse nightmares to stylized lighting for black and white, they find common ground in the joy of telling a stor...


Indie Film Weekly 3.9.17: Smooth Aperture Moves & How To Get the World Talking About Your Film
In this episode of Indie Film Weekly, No Film School co-hosts Liz Nord, Jon Fusco, and Emily Buder give the secret to shots that smoothly pan from dark to light and introduce a filmmaker whose work has started a global conversation. We celebrate Women’s History Month with Ava DuVernay’s Twitter takeover. We also get advice from four-time Sundance director Tiffany Shlain. Later, we preview this week’s SXSW Film Festival, tech writer Charles Haine joins us with gear news, including our lens test comparing fiv...

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

Indie Film Weekly 3.2.17: How To Make Your Actors Cry & Some Last Words From Bill Paxton
In the 50th episode of Indie Film Weekly, No Film School co-hosts Liz Nord, Jon Fusco and Emily Buder share our final conversation with Bill Paxton and advice on getting your actors to tear up on camera. We discuss what the Academy Awards can teach us about producing, along with this year’s indie-oriented results from both the Oscars and the Film Independent Spirit Awards, and how Netflix is already vying for next awards season with a Martin Scorsese pic. We also say goodbye to Seijun Suzuki and hear from d...