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.





The young Gandolfini told Variety, “It’s a profound honor to continue my dad’s legacy while stepping into the shoes of a young Tony Soprano. I’m thrilled Continue reading “A Young Tony Soprano Will Keep It in “The Family””

3 Big Takeaways from the ShareGrid Year In Review


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ShareGrid is generous with the amount of reporting it provides, giving worthwhile insights to the whole industry.


While it remains true that you should buy what you want to use and expect rental income to supplement that, sometimes it’s fascinating to see precisely what is going on in the rental market.



One of the beauties of online rental platforms like ShareGrid is that, from time to time, the company gives us a window in data that previously was fiercely protected by individual rental houses. One particularly fascinating aspect of this data Continue reading “3 Big Takeaways from the ShareGrid Year In Review”

RED Introduces New Touch 7.0” DSMC2 Ultra-Brite LCD Monitor


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Get lit with RED’s new “Ultra-Brite” 7” touchscreen LCD monitor for recording and viewing footage on DSMC2 cameras.


It’s been a big week in the world of attachable LCD camera monitors. Fresh off the news of SmallHD announcing a new line of FOCUS Bolt monitors, RED has unveiled its own “Ultra-Brite” 7” LCD monitor to partner with its line of DSMC2 cinema cameras.



This RED DSMC2 Touch 7.0” Ultra-Brite LCD Monitor promises to be one of brightest LCDs on the market with 2,200 nits of brightness at 1920×1200 resolution to Continue reading “RED Introduces New Touch 7.0” DSMC2 Ultra-Brite LCD Monitor”

‘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.



Sure, he made Continue reading “The Most Inspirational Steven Spielberg Quotes”

Mac Mini Might be “the” Mac for Filmmakers


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The Mac Mini has long been popular with production companies as a little “do anything” device. With Thunderbolt 3, it might be the best option as a main system.


Apple has been working very hard to get back into the good graces of professional users, with a huge wave of activity in 2018 letting us know that pros are a high priority. While we wait on the long-rumored 2019 Mac Pro and what wonders it might offer (Thunderbolt 3 AND USB-C ports! PCI card slots!), right now, in January 2019, we spent a few Continue reading “Mac Mini Might be “the” Mac for Filmmakers”

The Films We’re Most Excited to See at Sundance 2019


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Here’s what we can’t wait to catch in Park City.


The 2019 Sundance Film Festival kicks off tomorrow in Park City, Utah, and along with it comes hundreds of films being screened for an audience of filmmakers, industry employees, and select press.



As the line-up of films can prove quite daunting, No Film School is breaking down the top nine films that should be on your radar (as they are on our’s). Horror films, coming-of-age dramas, documentaries, and more are represented below, and while the list is by no means the Continue reading “The Films We’re Most Excited to See at Sundance 2019”

Learning from David Lynch’s Most Practical Directing Advice


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There are few storytellers as unique as David Lynch, who is often hailed as one of the most important filmmakers of recent cinema.


Known for his surrealist imagery and unconventional storytelling techniques, director David Lynch can captivate, confuse, or disturb audiences with his films. He challenged norms with his 1977 body horror film, Eraserhead, which went on to become a cult classic after playing midnight circuits.



In 1980, The Elephant Man jettisoned him into the mainstream. He went on to create critical successes like Blue Velvet and Mulholland Drive, the Continue reading “Learning from David Lynch’s Most Practical Directing Advice”

Which Cameras and Lenses Did the 2019 Oscar Noms Use? [Infographic]


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Despite the ARRI Alexa remaining the most popular camera option, this year’s Oscar-nominated filmmakers also opted to shoot their films on film.


Early this morning, the nominees for the 91st Academy Awards were announced. As predicted, Alfonso Cuarón’s Roma received its share of nominations, 10 to be exact, including Best Picture and Best Director, as well as Bradley Cooper’s A Star is Born receiving a not-too-shabby 8, with leads Lady Gaga and Cooper receiving noms for Best Actress and Best Actor.



While each nominee offers plenty of insight into the art Continue reading “Which Cameras and Lenses Did the 2019 Oscar Noms Use? [Infographic]”

Ryan Coogler, Morgan Neville, and More to Lead Inaugural Sundance Talent Forum


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Being a Sundance Alumni definitely has its perks.


The 2019 Sundance Film Festival is just two days away from kicking off, and as a result, a large base of the film community will descend upon snowy Park City, Utah, to watch movies, attend panels, and network with other industry talent. Now the Sundance Institute wants to make a greater effort to integrate its own into the mix.



The Sundance Institute has introduced its Talent Forum, a “new event for creators and industry at the Festival, bringing together a slate of artists Continue reading “Ryan Coogler, Morgan Neville, and More to Lead Inaugural Sundance Talent Forum”

New FOCUS Bolt Wireless Monitors are Here and Now Shipping


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Let’s take a look at the new FOCUS Bolt 500 TX, 500 RX and the Sidekick RX for your real-time wireless monitoring needs.


Well this is exciting news! After being teased as in the works for several months, and on the heels of Teradek’s acquisition of Amimon, it looks like the new line of Teradek / SmallHD wireless monitors are here and ready to ship.



Let’s take a look at these three new FOCUS Bolts (the FOCUS Bolt 500 TX, the FOCUS Bolt 500 RX and the FOCUS Bolt Sidekick RX) Continue reading “New FOCUS Bolt Wireless Monitors are Here and Now Shipping”

From Short to Feature: ‘Mobile Homes’ Director Vladimir de Fontenay on Finding the Heart of Your Story


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This film school student made a prominent short, but he wasn’t finished there.


Mobile Homes, the debut feature of Vladimir de Fontenay is, essentially two films in one. One film is a moody tone poem, exploring the backroads of an economically depressed America; the other is a story about the power of emotional bonds between people, and the struggle to maintain them.



Its two central figures, Ali and Evan, both on the sketchy side of legality and morality, not to mention economic stability, are both bound and not-bound to each Continue reading “From Short to Feature: ‘Mobile Homes’ Director Vladimir de Fontenay on Finding the Heart of Your Story”

Panasonic Unveils “All-in-One” 4K 10-bit 60fps AG-CX350 Camcorder


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Meet the AG-CX350, Panasonic’s impressive new run-and-gun camcorder that records 4K 60fps in 10bit.


Run-and-gun filmmakers, documentarians and – god help us all, Youtuber vloggers – rejoice! Panasonic has just announced their new “all-in-one” camcorder which boasts some impressive specs and functions.



Based around a new 1-inch 4K MOS sensor (which supports UHD, HD and SD), the Panasonic AG-CX350 packs some impressive recording capabilities (4k UHD 30fps 10bit 4:2:2) and a remarkable 20x optical zoom. It also looks to be another great rough-and-tumble workhorse camcorder by Panasonic that includes a trove Continue reading “Panasonic Unveils “All-in-One” 4K 10-bit 60fps AG-CX350 Camcorder”

Filmaka and Indie Film Hustle Team Up for Web-Pilot Competition


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Got an idea for a web series? Well then…get to submitting!


Better dust that killer web-series idea off and start honing your elevator pitch because Filmaka and Indie Film Hustle have teamed up to offer an incredible opportunity for a few select content creators: $30,000 to make a web-series. Here’s how it works…



1. From now until February 4th, you can submit a written pitch for a three-to-five minute pilot of a web-series you are interested in developing/directing that is based on the theme/topic: The Hustle. It can be any Continue reading “Filmaka and Indie Film Hustle Team Up for Web-Pilot Competition”

‘Roma,’ ‘A Star is Born,’ and More Lead the 2019 Oscar Nominations


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The 91st annual Academy Awards will take place on Sunday, February 24th.


Hosted by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS), the 2019 Academy Award nominations (honoring the very best in film from the year prior) were unveiled this morning, with Alfonso Cuarón’s Roma leading the way with 10 nominations, including Best Picture and Best Director.



Not far behind Roma‘s nomination count was A Star is Born with eight nominations, including Best Actress for its leading lady, Lady Gaga that is, and Best Actor for Bradley Cooper (who Continue reading “‘Roma,’ ‘A Star is Born,’ and More Lead the 2019 Oscar Nominations”

Ghostbusters Reboot Has a Director, What About Its Cast (and Gender)


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Is Jason Reitman, son of original Ghostbusters Director/Producer Ivan Reitman, here to right the ship?


When a valuable franchise falters oftentimes changes are made, and new voices are brought in. What we’ll watch closely here is if, in the instance of Ghostbusters, the decision to move forward with an all-female cast is scrapped.



That choice came with controversy. One that was ugly, unfortunate, and quite frankly ridiculous.



Ghostbusters is one of those iconic and beloved 1980’s franchises, so it’s no surprise that Sony wants to go Continue reading “Ghostbusters Reboot Has a Director, What About Its Cast (and Gender)”

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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Create Beautiful and Realistic Animations with Google Earth Studio


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Explore and capture amazing videos of Earth without ever leaving your office.


You’ve probably already seen Google Earth animations in documentaries or on the news. These videos are generally created with Google Earth and then captured via screen-recording software. With Google’s new Earth Studio web application, users now have a plethora of options for creating , customizing, and exporting animations.



And with Google’s massive collection of 3D and satellite imagery, these videos can look very realistic. Today we’re going to take an up-close look at the brand new Google Earth Studio. Continue reading “Create Beautiful and Realistic Animations with Google Earth Studio”

3 Things Kurosawa’s ‘High and Low’ Can Teach You about Blocking


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Akira Kurosawa was a master filmmaker, especially when it came to blocking.


Once hand-held cameras became all the rage, once in the early 1920s and again in the late 1950s, camera movement became an art form in and of itself. No longer did filmmakers have to bow down to the metallic three-legged beast, known only as “TRIPOD”. With the hand-cranked Parvo, 16mm Bolex, or the self-blimped Eclair 16, they were able to maneuver like gymnasts and perform feats of incredible acrobatic prowess without having to worry about fatigue or noisy motors ruining their sound recording. Continue reading “3 Things Kurosawa’s ‘High and Low’ Can Teach You about Blocking”

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”