A Young Tony Soprano Will Keep It in “The Family”


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Like father like son? Tony Soprano left some big shoes to fill.


If you weren’t already excited at the casting of Vera Farmiga and Jon Bernthal in undisclosed roles, maybe the casting of Tony Soprano will get your heart racing: James Gandolfini’s son, Michael Gandolfini, has been cast as a young Tony Soprano in the upcoming Sopranos movie on HBO.





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‘The Beach Bum’ Trailer: An Auteur Filmmaker Returns


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How many films does it take to become an auteur filmmaker?


It seems like everyone in Hollywood was talking about Harmony Korine after the release of Spring Breakers. Which is sort of a shame, because Korine has been consistently making genre-bending films since 1995. He wrote Kids for Larry Clark, and wrote and directed Gummo in 1997. Gummo is a nihilist coming of age film. I want to say I highly recommend it, but it’s super weird. So enter at your own risk.

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The Most Inspirational Steven Spielberg Quotes


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What quotes get you through the hardest parts of your filmmaking struggles?


We all know that creating stories can be a slog. Whether you’re trying to write a feature or trying to write a pilot, or directing both, we all come across peaks and valleys in our careers. One person whose words I keep going back to is Steven Spielberg.



If you read No Film School a lot or know me outside of the digital world, you’ll know I am a massive Spielberg fan.



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What You Can Learn From The The Black Panther Script PDF


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The keys to writing a great screenplay might be in Wakanda.


You know we love diagramming the best scenes in screenplays here at No Film School. One of the coolest movies to come out in 2018 was Black Panther.



The screenplay was tight, had great protagonists, antagonists, and an excellent opening scene.



Today we’ll take a look at the Black Panther script PDF and read through what made this one of the best comic book movies of all time.



Let’s go!


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American Gods Has New Showrunners and a New Trailer


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American Gods is back and they have a lot to say about being human…


After a first season that was edgy, thrilling, diverse, and exciting, American Gods returns to Starz with new showrunner Jesse Alexander replacing Bryan Fuller and Michael Green on the second season.



While changing showrunners can be dramatic behind the scenes, the show promises to continue to focus on the humanity and drama on screen. Based on the Neil Gaiman masterpiece, Season Two looks to pick up where Season One left off, this time incorporating new cast members Continue reading “American Gods Has New Showrunners and a New Trailer”

This Interstellar Infographic Bends Space and Time


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Science is about admitting what you don’t know. Are you ready to go back to space?


Roger Ebert once called film the ultimate empathy machine. It’s a window into all kinds of humanity. A way to see more of the world and to confront what makes us human.



It’s hard to find a better example of this sentiment than Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar. It’s a movie about the sacrifices we make to ensure humanity continues to survive, even as the lead character watches his own children die from afar.


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The Long Take: How Creative Camera Work Controls The Audience


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How much information can you give to the audience in one long take?


You’ve had that moment before. You’re sitting there on the couch, watching a scene that feels like it’s been going on a few minutes when the realization hits you.



“Wait, has this all been one continuous shot?”



You rewind just to be sure and watch the scene again, and sure enough, it’s all one long take. You’re blown away.



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Check Out the Wild Cast of ‘Berlin, I Love You”


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Get ready for another edition of ensemble love stories!


Continuing the tradition of the city love stories, Berlin, I Love You comes in hot with a large cast looking for romance in Germany. What I love about these movies is that they’re often a window into a foreign destination. They’re also great showcases for directors to tell smaller, more compact stories.





Yes, that was Mickey Rourke, Keira Knightley, Helen Mirren, and Luke Wilson.



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How to Copyright Your Screenplay to Protect Your Ideas


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How can you protect your great screenplay or story idea before sending it out into the world? Copyright your script!


We’ve all been there. Finished a great script and excited to take it out to show everyone what we’ve done. It’s got plot twists, turns, and you know it’s going to sell. Maybe you spent the last few weeks working in our Free Screenwriting Seminar and are extremely proud of your work.



But you also have to be protective. If ideas are bought and sold in Hollywood, then you need to Continue reading “How to Copyright Your Screenplay to Protect Your Ideas”

Screenwriting Tips from 2018’s Best Screenwriters


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Whose advice rang true for you?

Variety recently assembled the Screenwriters of “A Quiet Place,” “BlacKkKlansman,”(you can download that screenplay here) “Uncle Drew,” “Nutcracker and the Four Realms” and more to offer their best advice for writers trying to break into the entertainment industry.

One of the big takeaways of this video is that you need to be true to your own voice. Follow the stories that you’d want to see in theaters, and above all else, finish what you’re writing!

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How To Write a TV Pilot: Free Drama Pilot Seminar (Week One)


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Hundreds of pilots sell to networks and streaming services every year. What’s stopping you from selling your idea?


Want to learn how to write a TV pilot? You’ve come to the right place.



Breaking into Hollywood with a writing career is one of the hardest things you can do. Fewer and fewer movies are being made every year, and now, many young writers are turning to television to find jobs. But to get a job in television you need a sample. Samples are speculative pilot scripts that your agent or manager Continue reading “How To Write a TV Pilot: Free Drama Pilot Seminar (Week One)”

What is Pilot Season And How Long Does It Last


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Got a great tv script? How do you get it to pilot? And what’s this “season” nonsense?


Since the dawn of television, pilots have ruled networks. Pilots are the first episode of any television show. This introduction to the audience matters a ton because you want to ingratiate the views, so they tune in week after week.



Today we’re going to go over a traditional pilot season, the Amazon pilot season, and talk about how the rise of streaming and cable services have altered even the idea of pilot season forever. Continue reading “What is Pilot Season And How Long Does It Last”

Check Out This Massive 2019 TV and Streaming Premiere Schedule


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When does your favorite show debut?


With so much content online, it can be hard to track when your favorite shows are coming out. I know I have to add things to my Google Calendar and write notes all over. No one wants to miss out on their favorite episodes.



Thanks to the folks at Rotten Tomatoes, we have this handy Television premiere calendar that gives us up to date information on when all your favorite shows come back in 2019.




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The ‘John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum’ Trailer is Here for Your Viewing Pleasure


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And so it begins…


John Wick is back…and everyone still wants to kill him. Except for…Halle Berry?



After assassinating Santino in the last chapter, John Wick is on the outs from the Continental. He’s got to escape from New York, and his hour head start looks like it hasn’t gotten him much of an advantage. Halle Berry joins as a character named Sophia, who loves dogs and guns as much as John. We also get a glimpse of Anjelica Huston, which not only brought a smile to my face Continue reading “The ‘John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum’ Trailer is Here for Your Viewing Pleasure”

What New Shows Went Straight to Pilot in 2019


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Which are you most excited to watch?


Every year, during pilot and staffing season, networks pick shows they want to bring to pilot. These are the shows they’re betting on. The ones they think will make the most noise when they debut and have the best chance of getting a series order.



Our friends at Deadline have compiled this list of the shows brought to pilot so far in 2019.




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Comedy


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New ‘Toxic Masculinity’ Gillette Commercial Sparks Conversation


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Gillette wants us to rethink “Boys will be boys.”


The #MeToo campaign has caused a lot of corporations to rethink both their internal practices and public image. As Hollywood has to reconcile a lot of their misbehaviors, it’s interesting to see how other parts of the industry have embraced or shunned the message. Advertising in particular.



Well this new campaign from Gillette, titled “We Believe” features no razors.



Instead, they went with a much more important message.

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Place Your Bets On The Game Of Thrones


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Now Vegas wants in on the Westeros action…


We all know the biggest question in Game Of Thrones is who will end up on the Iron Throne. Now, BetOnline has released a list of who they think the odds on favorites are to sit on the Iron Throne at the end of Season Eight. The odds are favoring the usual suspects, but you can place your bets on lots of longshots too.





Who Will Sit On The Iron Throne?


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Quentin Tarantino’s Best Screenwriting Advice


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What’s Tarantino’s best piece of advice?


It’s safe to say that Quentin Tarantino is one of the brightest film voices of the 20th and 21st centuries. His movies are all idiosyncratic and singular in their experiences.



Aside from being a fan of Tarantino’s movies, I think his vast knowledge about the film industry makes him an incredible person to listen to. My general problem is that there are very few long-form interviews with Tarantino that are just specific about screenwriting.



Well, that’s not the case anymore.

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What is a Dolly Shot and How to Use One


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If you were asked to reveal character, story, or details about the world of your movie using only your camera and no dialogue, how would you do it?


Creating mood and feeling with only a few camera angles can be tricky. Would you use a series of wide shots? A medium shot? A series of extreme close-ups? Perhaps.



But there’s also another tool at your disposal: the dolly shot (also known as the dolly film shot or dolly camera shot).



If you find yourself asking “What is Continue reading “What is a Dolly Shot and How to Use One”

Watch: Go BTS of the Upcoming ‘Captain Marvel’


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Carol Danvers is coming to save the Earth…

I don’t know about you, but I jumped for joy when we saw the Captain Marvel tag on the end of Avengers: Infinity War. I’ve loved what Marvel has done with the stories (and tone of the movies ) in their current phase. It feels like they have a lot of elbow room to be fun, engaging, and emotional.

It’s a great time to be a comic book movie fan.

Well, get ready to lose your mind because the final Captain Marvel trailer is here…

Aside from the trailer, Marvel even released Continue reading “Watch: Go BTS of the Upcoming ‘Captain Marvel’”