WME Sues WGA Over Not Hiring Them


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The next chapter in Hollywood’s favorite abbreviation fight.


Mega-agency WME has filed a lawsuit against the WGA, as this Hollywood Reporter article outlines. WME is claiming the WGA has broken federal anti-trust regulations by ordering its writers to fire their agents after negotiations between the WGA and the ATA (Association of Talent Agents) broke down over the practice of packaging—or more accurately, packaging fees.



In case you missed it, you can check out our latest update on this delightfully convoluted saga or get completely up to speed by reading all of Continue reading “WME Sues WGA Over Not Hiring Them”

Get Your First Look Behind the Scenes of ‘Bond 25’


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It’s here! The first official look behind the scenes of “Bond 25”.


Today the official James Bond Twitter account released our first glimpse into the filming of untitled “Bond 25” with Daniel Craig returning as 007 and Cary Fukunaga (True Detective, Maniac) directing.



After much speculation, and even a leaked photo, this behind the scenes footage confirms that “Bond 25” is being filmed on 35mm Panavision cameras. Director of Photography Linus Sandgren and Fukunaga have a history of taking full advantage of film as a medium, and from what Continue reading “Get Your First Look Behind the Scenes of ‘Bond 25’”

Enter the Action Scene Challenge to Win $10K in Film Gear


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The Action Scene Challenge from LaCie and Ryan Connolly is giving filmmakers a chance to win some amazing new gear.


From June 24 to July 29, 2019, LaCie is partnering with Ryan Connolly of Film Riot for their Action Scene Challenge contest.



They invite filmmakers to produce and submit 60-second high-octane action shorts that showcase their directing prowess and high levels of technical skill. It should be a full story, with a hook, rising action, and a conclusion. (This might be a good time to remind yourself why story and character Continue reading “Enter the Action Scene Challenge to Win $10K in Film Gear”

3 Pillars of Editing: Cuts, Effects, and Motivation


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It’s not only important to know how to cut and apply effects but to also know why you should (or shouldn’t).


There are only three kinds of cuts to make when editing. Obviously, there are derivatives of the three kinds of cuts, but for all of the flashy, flamboyant, and fun-filled films we watch with magnificent, magical, mind-blowing visuals, they all utilize the same baseline of three unbelievably simple kinds of edits.




The three basic cuts


Before you type your fingers into bloody nubs at the end of Continue reading “3 Pillars of Editing: Cuts, Effects, and Motivation”

I Started This Film With Zero Dollars and It Ended Up on Netflix: ‘Paris is Us’


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It began with a simple observation.


Each year, more than 220 French feature films find their way to theaters but amongst them, very few actually move me. Though France has one of the most productive film industries in Europe, we lost the experimental curiosity and the creative freedom that defines our rich cinematic history.



There is a saying, “be the change you want to see in the world.”



So I decided to make a film outside the box.



In 2014, I gathered a Continue reading “I Started This Film With Zero Dollars and It Ended Up on Netflix: ‘Paris is Us’”

How Many Scenes Are in a Movie?


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When you sit down to write a movie or even cut one together, how do you know how many scenes are in a typical movie?


And beyond this question, how many scenes in a movie are long? How many scenes in a movie are those short little scenes that barely last a page?



How many scenes in a feature film appear around the same length as they were written?



You could really lose yourself in these kinds of questions and exit the writing zone. So if you’re Continue reading “How Many Scenes Are in a Movie?”

How Two First-Time Filmmakers Turned Their Lives Into the Year’s Best Film


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Joe Talbot’s “The Last Black Man in San Francisco” oozes with exquisite mise-en-scène and deeply felt emotion.


To love a city is to love a complex mosaic of things: the landscape, the energy, the architecture, the food, the culture, the weather, the opportunities. Most of all, though, a city is defined by the people who call it home.



Jimmie Fails and his family called San Francisco home for generations. They loved it, nurtured it, and, for the most part, felt like they belonged. But that’s all in the past tense now. Continue reading “How Two First-Time Filmmakers Turned Their Lives Into the Year’s Best Film”

Calculating Minutes Per Page of a Script? Here Are Some Helpful Tips


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Learn to master your runtime.


I know what it’s like to write a screenplay and want to be finished. There are many times I sit and wonder how many pages I have left? The simple answer to that question is, “Enough to tell the story,” but it’s more complicated than that.



How do we know when our story is a feature-length movie? Or a short? Or a pilot? Or a half hour?



We’re not answering all those questions today, but we’re going to help you master writing Continue reading “Calculating Minutes Per Page of a Script? Here Are Some Helpful Tips”

Rumor: Canon Ahead Of Schedule With New EOS-R Camera


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Does Canon have a new mirrorless camera coming sooner than expected?


The camera manufacturer is apparently working on a Canon 1D-X Mk II-equivalent mirrorless camera based on the architecture of the EOS-R line of mirrorless cameras. The exciting news about this is that the estimated announcement date is now late-2019 or early-2020, which is a considerable bump up from the previously estimated timeline, according to Canon Rumors.



The new camera is expected to be saturated with high-end professional features. We assume it’s meant to go toe-to-toe with the likes of Continue reading “Rumor: Canon Ahead Of Schedule With New EOS-R Camera”

Use AI to Fix Your Audio with a Single Switch with Accusonus


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The Athens Greece based company has updated their plugins for audio repair built around single-knob functionality.


While the goal is always to record good audio on set…. sometimes that just doesn’t happen.



Almost every production has some audio cleanup to do somewhere in the process.



And while the native tools in our editing platforms get more and more sophisticated, plugins still remain a vital part of most post-production workflows.



Accusonus, from Athens, Greece, have just released an update to their ERA (Enhancement and Continue reading “Use AI to Fix Your Audio with a Single Switch with Accusonus”

Would You Trust A.I. to Edit Your Videos for You? Meet the TRASH App


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You shoot and TRASH edits.


TRASH is a new A.I. powered mobile video app that wants to edit your videos for you.



Wait. what?



All you need to do is upload video clips, then TRASH creates a rough cut for you.



And it doesn’t simply randomly generate edits. An advanced technology is responsible for the editing choices. From there you can use TRASH’s edits as-is, or adjust to your heart’s content.



The app also features a platform to Continue reading “Would You Trust A.I. to Edit Your Videos for You? Meet the TRASH App”

Raspberry Pi, The Credit-Card Sized Computer, Quadruples Its Power in Version 4


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This little guy packs an even bigger punch, now supporting 4K with 4GB Of RAM


The tiniest, cheapest computer on the consumer market has just taken a quantum leap in functionality. The Raspberry Pi Foundation has announced the fourth version of its tiny computer, now available for as little as $35.



If you only know Raspberry Pi as something you’d eat, let’s back up a second!



For the uninitiated, a Raspberry Pi is a computer stripped down to its barest components: processor, RAM and a variety of ports: Continue reading “Raspberry Pi, The Credit-Card Sized Computer, Quadruples Its Power in Version 4”

DP Shane Hurlbut on His Process, Collaborators, and the Hurlbut Academy [Podcast]


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Shane Hurlbut chats with Charles Haine about his career and Hurlbut Academy.

This week on the No Film School Podcast, we have a very special guest in, DP Shane Hurlbut!

He and our host Charles Haine talk about the Hurlbut Academy, how Shane got started, and what he’s been busy with lately.

Check back next week for our next episode!

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How ‘Hereditary’ and ‘The Babadook’ Showcase the Horror of Family [Video]


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Some amazing independent horror films have emerged in the genre recently, and two stellar examples are “Hereditary” and “The Babadook”.


Both were Sundance standouts, and both were the debut features for writer/director Ari Aster and Australian writer/director Jennifer Kent, respectively. Both are shot and directed beautifully and feature incredible performances, especially from their female leads. And both have had an enormous impact on horror and film as a whole.



Richard DeZerga’s recent video examines what makes these two films so strong. Check it out below.



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Development Hell Robbed Us of a Brad Bird, Ray Bradbury, & Miyazaki film


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Brad Bird, Ray Bradbury, and Hayao Miyazaki…all visionaries that whiffed on a popular comic. Why and how?


Maybe you’ve heard the term “development hell” before and never learned what it meant. Essentially, it’s when drafts and notes of a script bog it down so much the movie never sees the light of day. But sometimes those movies do get made, and in the case of Little Nemo: Adventures in Slumberland, it wound up missing the boat on three auteurs.



Today I want to look at a video essay that Continue reading “Development Hell Robbed Us of a Brad Bird, Ray Bradbury, & Miyazaki film”

Get the Perfect Slow Push-In in Post with Vashi Nedomansky’s Premiere Pro Preset


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The slow push-in is a fundamental building block of cinematic storytelling. Here’s how you can achieve it in post.


We listed the slow push-in as one of our 8 camera moves that will help you tell better stories, and for good reason.



The push-in often takes place when the audience is receiving a key piece of information. The filmmaker is inviting the audience to lean forward. The camera slowly moves towards the subject to emphasize an important moment. It’s a way to subtly say, “Pay attention! This story beat is important. Continue reading “Get the Perfect Slow Push-In in Post with Vashi Nedomansky’s Premiere Pro Preset”

Hurry and Join This Group Buy to Get Up to 30% Savings On Professional Lighting Gear


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Don’t miss out on the Adorama group buy as it approaches tier three and offers even bigger discounts!


The offer includes Wescott’s Slim Jim Cine kit, their Bi-Color Flex lights(w/X-Bracket Kit), and Ice Light light wand. An easy to assemble diffusion, extremely adjustable LEDs, and a 50% more powerful light wand are all great tools for any level of filmmaker.



Got any questions about the gear?



Ask us in the comments and our own Charles Haine will reply!



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OWC Announces World’s Fastest Portable USB-C Drive


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OWC hits a sweet spot between speed, form, price and ruggedness with the new USB-C Envoy Pro EX.


Other World Computing has just announced a ruggedized USB-C version of the already well-regarded Envoy Pro EX line of external hard drives. These portable drives offer screaming fast data transfer speeds up to 980 MB/s in a tiny, weatherproof form factor. This brings great on-the-go performance to Windows users and a more affordable and durable option to Mac users who don’t need the 2,800 MB/s throughput of their Thunderbolt 3-only drives (while retaining Thunderbolt 3 compatibility).

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There’s Now An E-Mount Adapter For Nikon Z6/Z7 Cameras


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It’s the “world’s first Sony E to Nikon Z autofocus adapter.”


Techart Pro recently unveiled an adapter, the TZE-01, that fits Sony E-Mount lenses onto the new Nikon Z6 and Z7 cameras.



It offers support for AF-S, AF-C & MF modes for both still and video shooting, as well as Face & Eye Detection of Z-mount cameras, lens vibration reduction, and timelapse.



It’s still in the prototyping stage and, as such, is not expected to be a perfect performer.



That being said, the Continue reading “There’s Now An E-Mount Adapter For Nikon Z6/Z7 Cameras”

How to Create Horror on a No-Budget Production


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Andre Hyland gives a lesson in DIY horror filmmaking.


At a recent screening of Andre Hyland’s latest short film effort – a no-budget comedy horror called “Old Haunt” – at the Oak Cliff Film Festival in Dallas, Texas, Hyland opened up about his new fascination with the horror genre, and just how much it lends itself to his DIY and man-on-the-street comedy stylings.



“Old Haunt”, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival last January, is a slow-burn tone poem to the oddly comedic and creepy tropes of the horror genre’s hidden Continue reading “How to Create Horror on a No-Budget Production”