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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.
 
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There’s lots of important news in the film world this week that the gang is going to tackle and break down for you, many of which have implications for the future of the art of filmmaking. In this episode, we talk about... How Paramount is restructuring - the Chairman and CEO is being replaced. The new CEO has an interesting story, having ascended …
 
Matt Yoka, director, producer and editor of Whirlybird discusses why he made a film centered on high-speed chases and the family behind this medium of reporting and filmmaking, and how he mastered zen and the art of movie marketing during lockdown. In this episode, we talk about… How Los Angeles Plays Itself sparked the creation of Whirlybird Focus…
 
What made Shang-Chi’s opening so successful and when’s the last time you played Dance Dance Revolution? In this episode, we talk about… “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings”: 2nd biggest box office opening of the pandemic Preserving theatrical releases and “Petty” headlines Evolution of subtitles and reality of product placements in film budg…
 
Every once and awhile, a movie comes along that resonates and connects with people, becoming an instant classic. A screenwriter who makes multiple of these movies is even rarer, but Paul Schrader is one of those gems. In this episode, we talk about... The literary inspirations Paul drew from when creating the characters in his film Taxi Driver. Oth…
 
Should you be a writer’s room PA? What’s up with blockchain technology and what does it mean for Hollywood? Also, is it really okay to skip out on watching work you helped create but had no control over? In this episode, we talk about… Good deal or bad deal: Kath’s experience as a writer’s PA Lessons from the bad deals and the need for boundaries Q…
 
Shawn Levy, director, co-writer, and producer of “Free Guy”, joins the show to discuss how to approach failure, humility and why you’ve got to really know yourself and see yourself to find the path that’s right for you. In this episode, we talk about… What led to Levy’s “Hollywood System Career” The power of seeing yourself with harsh clarity to tr…
 
Details about Adobe’s multibillion-dollar deal to acquire Frame.io and why film industry workers deserve the same care as free range chickens... In this episode, we talk about… Frame.io’s capabilities The growing reality of video being made by collaborative teams 3 reasons Frame.io is worth what Adobe paid for the acquisition A common love-hate rel…
 
Cinematographer Andrew Droz Palermo takes us through his collaboration with David Lowery on 'The Green Knight’ in today’s interview. In this episode, we talk about... Palermo’s previous work as both a director and director of production. How ‘The Green Knight’ came to be - it’s been a long process! Some of the really cool production elements in the…
 
Make sure you listen to the whole episode for a new segment that we’re debuting at the end. In this episode, we talk about... How toxic fandom has become incredibly common on the internet. Director Alan Taylor losing the will to direct due to the toxic fandom he has to deal with. Why it's good that more big name people call out online harassment an…
 
Two of the film industry’s most prolific producers - John Davis and John Fox of Disney's Jungle Cruise - are giving us behind the scenes info and stories on many of the huge blockbusters they’ve been a part of. In this episode, we talk about... How these producers who work on movies with huge budgets and top stars still have to pitch their films an…
 
Today’s episode covers a range of film current event topics and some important food for thought for your film career. In this episode, we talk about... James Gunn’s use of a hot take about his new The Suicide Squad as a marketing tactic and (differing) opinions about whether or not it was ok to do. General thoughts about filmmakers criticizing each…
 
The DP of In the Heights, Alice Brooks, is chatting today about all the things that make this new movie musical so special. In this episode, we talk about... How Alice got the job on In the Heights and her longtime love for musicals. How Alice prepared and gathered inspiration or In the Heights, having not seen it on stage. Some of the amazing film…
 
George, Todd, Kath and Charles discuss the drama surrounding Scarlett Johansson’s lawsuit against Disney, Amanda Knox and the burden filmmakers have for research and talking to sources, how deep fakes have led to legit jobs and some exciting tech news! In this episode, we talk about… Details about Scarlett Johansson’s contract for Black Widow and w…
 
Many Americans grew up with the idea that there is a set career ladder that they can climb if they work hard enough - but unfortunately, it doesn’t quite work this way in the film industry. In this episode, we talk about... Whether or not Hollywood has a career ladder, whether the way the system currently works makes it impossible to move up in the…
 
The new movie 'Stillwater' is a tour-de-force and we are joined by writer/director Tom McCarthy as well as his co-writers. Later on, we also talk to the writer/director of 'Let Us In', Craig Moss. In this episode, we talk about... How the team for Stillwater decided which elements of the plot to reveal to the audience and when to create an aura of …
 
Writer/director Edson Oda's first feature NINE DAYS premiered at Sundance 2020, where it won the Screenwriting Award and was acquired by Sony Pictures Classics. A dream come true for a first-time filmmaker, right? The film, which is about social isolation and deep reflection on the meaning of life, was all set to debut theatrically later that year……
 
There are multiple filmmakers on the podcast today who have lots of mic drop moments about these two new releases In this episode, we talk about… How M. Night Shyamalan’s movie Old is one of those rare films that can completely change your perspective on life and make you appreciate every moment. How Shyamalan worked with his cast to hone in on wha…
 
In this episode, we talk about… How Chris Nolan and Zack Snyder have a heart-warming tradition of watching each other’s movies before release and not giving each other any notes. The difference between notes from people who just feel like they have to say something versus getting tactful and well-thought out notes at the right time in the process. …
 
New film Gunpowder Milkshake is a love letter to violence on screen, and the film’s director is here today to chat about the making of the movie! In this episode, we talk about… How Papushado got started and the combination of bravery and stupidity (his own words) that helped him get his first movie. Papushado’s influences and how they drive him cr…
 
Host George Edelman welcomes Ed Solomon to share how lessons from both success and failure—along with one wild night at an Alaskan Strip Club—have had a hand in shaping the writer he is today. In this episode, we talk about… How Ed’s high school experience inspired him to be a writer and why he tells himself he’s an imposter daily How shifting from…
 
George chats with Ben Mankiewicz and Julie Salamon about their podcast The Plot Thickens, Julie’s book The Devil’s Candy is the best book on movie making.... ever? In this episode, we talk about… Details about the Plot Thickens Why they chose The Devil’s Candy for the podcast What everyone thought was going to happen during filming Bonfire of the V…
 
Charles, George, Jo, and Kath break down all things Blackmagic such as using the 6K Pro for a night walk and talk, clarifying misinformation about 12K, and also whether you should bother learning Fusion and Fairlight. In this episode, we talk about… Night walk and talks and why they’re more complicated than you think. Why shooting raw is important …
 
Guest David Stump has worked on some of the biggest visual effects movies as well as being at the forefront of the shift to the digital medium, helping to develop the tech being used by filmmakers today. In this episode, we talk about… How David Stump got his career started, what made him want to get into visual effects, and how he made his break i…
 
DP John Brawley drops wisdom from years in the trenches, plus insights into the development of Blackmagic Design. In this episode, we talk about… John Brawley’s career journey and how he was able to keep moving forward toward his goal of being a cinematographer, even while going through rough patches. The various jobs Brawley did in the film indust…
 
In this episode, we talk about… How the British government has begun demanding data from streaming services about how many people are watching their shows. How the movie industry’s data - like box office numbers - has always been public, but streaming services have been very secretive about their data. How Netflix wants control over which of their …
 
While many topics seem off-limits for jokes these days, there is always value to poking fun at all the awful sides of human nature. Guest on the show John Lee created 'Wonder Showzen' to push boundaries and make people uncomfortable in an intelligent and meaningful way. He believes being political is a necessary part of being a creator. In this epi…
 
One of the most dynamic filmmakers working in the industry, Edgar Wright, is making a documentary about the band Sparks. All three are joining today to discuss this film, The Sparks Brothers! In this episode, we talk about… How Edgar Wright and Ron and Russell Mael (of Sparks) met over Twitter and ultimately decided to make a documentary about the …
 
Renny Harlin is one of the great action film directors who has had a huge influence on the genre and continues to have a lot of love and passion for his craft. He’s bringing that enthusiasm and lots of helpful insights to the conversation today. In this episode, we talk about… What made Renny Harlin decide he wanted to be a film director and his ea…
 
Tune in for some of the most exciting drone news in a while, plus discussions about a recent article exposing MoviePass and deep cuts by black filmmakers to honor Juneteenth. In this episode, we talk about… How MoviePass, for a while, was an amazing deal where you could see unlimited movies for one monthly fee. Venture Capital and how it factored i…
 
The group is chatting about hot topics in the industry (and world), like safety and consent for sex scenes. In this episode, we talk about… How Nathalie Emmanuel from Game of Thrones recently stated that just because she was nude in the show doesn’t mean she would do it for other shows, and how this is opening up conversations about nudity in film.…
 
Is AMC taking over other chains good? Bad? And what does it mean for filmmakers and film lovers? In this episode, we talk about… AMC Entertainment recently sold $230 million in stock in order to go on a buying spree. How the stock market encourages huge corporations and doesn’t support smaller businesses, like independent movie theaters. Whether or…
 
There are countless books, guides, and templates on writing screenplays - but how important are they? In this episode, we talk about… Guest Robert McKee, his background in both theatre and novels, and the role his books have played in the world of screenwriting. What makes writing exciting. Whether or not there are “rules” to good screenwriting. Th…
 
Charles and Kath are back to chat about big news in mergers and acquisitions, HD in television, and their thoughts on the smartest first film industry job you could take. In this episode, we talk about… HBO Max is getting merged with Discovery - which is exciting for filmmakers because whatever name it ends up with, it will have a much bigger docum…
 
Charles and George are joined by filmmaker and writer Kath Tolentino today to chat about lots of topics like AAPI movies, seeking representation, and tech news. Today’s big topic is one that’s sure to benefit filmmakers starting out: budgeting for independent features. Give this episode a listen for guidance on your next Indie film’s budget! In thi…
 
In 2021, it can be hard to figure out new ways to innovate on film, since it often feels like “it’s all been done before”. But today, we’re chatting with director Timur Bekmambetov, who found a new way to tell stories and is now deep in “screen life”, a new way of filmmaking that’s a great way to connect with younger audiences and push the boundari…
 
Charles Haine, a writer at No Film School, is joined by Editor-in-Chief George Edelman to chat about a fun assortment of topics like the Pacino-ing phenomenon, new products by tech company Atamos, and what’s going on with IMDB ratings! If you have concerns about how the dreaded algorithm is affecting your career, you’ll definitely want to check out…
 
This week on the No Film School Podcast, after mourning the loss of the Arclight and Pacific Theaters, we now speculate on hopes for its survival. Also, we offer the secrets of keeping a franchise fresh and exciting after many sequels or reboots. In Tech News: FilmConvert releases new software to get your iPhone to match the look of high-end cinema…
 
Channing Godfrey Peoples and Neil Creque Williams put everything on the line for a personal story, and it worked. How do you make the degree of difficulty even higher for a feature film debut? Channing and Neil found a way, but the commitment they had to the material, their faith in one another as sounding boards and creative visionaries helped the…
 
This week on the No Film School Podcast, we the low ratings of the Oscars -- and why it ain't just because of COVID. Also: Apple gets a class-action lawsuit filed against them for the misleading use of the word "BUY." For Ask No Film School, Katherine asks what the first steps should take are for producing an indie feature -- and some very useful t…
 
Borat Subsequent Moviefilm took over the culture for a minute or two back in the fall of 2020, not just because Sasha Baron-Cohen as a knack for this with his comedic stylings, but because timing is... everything. In the heat of an election cycle, Borat went for the jugular and put American culture on its heels once again. Hear how the editors saw …
 
This week on the No Film School Podcast: can an AI do a decent job writing additional scenes for Lady Bird? In our final segment, the creators of the new app Dynascore join us to explain how AI can help create music that fits your video. Also: some hot takes on why adding product placement to classic films may not be the craziest or worst idea ever…
 
Concrete Cowboy is a true story, a labor of love, and a star-studded debut. Writer/Director Ricky Staub cared about this story enough to invest a lot of time in bringing it to life. That care paid off when he got the chance to have his feature film debut with Concrete Cowboy for Netflix, starring Idris Elba and Caleb McLaughlin. I spoke to Ricky ab…
 
On this week's episode of the No Film School Podcast, we tackle the prickly subject of the upcoming Will Smith project 'Emancipation' choosing not to shoot in Georgia because of its recent election law. Also, Bong Joon-Ho offers some wisdom at a Chapman University Forum about how to deal with current events in movies. In Tech News: DJI drops a *rid…
 
Darius Wolski has a resume as eye-popping as many of the tentpole movies he's lensed. He's been a longtime collaborator of Ridley Scott's as well as Paul Greengrass, demonstrating that Wolski can get an amazing job done in a wide-ranging variety of styles. He breaks down shooting Hanks starrer News of the World, how he and Tim Burton survived exper…
 
Joined once again by Katherine Tolentino, this week on the No Film School Podcast: Ryan Coogler reveals an admirable distaste for the Oscars and Netflix gives an astonishingly phat new paycheck to Rian Johnson for two 'Knives Out' sequels. In Tech Talk, Charles explains exactly how autofocus works. For Ask No Film School, a question about the defau…
 
What does it mean to never have a plan B? For veteran award winning DP Nancy Schreiber it meant continuing the grind, but also adjusting to the opportunities and realities she was presented with. How can you do the same? When getting DP jobs was less likely because of her gender, she took more gaffing jobs. When she got the chance to shoot video (V…
 
Justice League, Zack Snyder, and Joss Whedon continue to hit headlines as we ask if Ray Fisher’s recent demands for the Justice League investigations should be released. We also talk about personality types of directors; debunking the myth that all directors should be extroverts. But what even IS an extrovert? In Tech News, Charles marvels at the a…
 
It's no surprise that David Fincher's Mank was nominated for the Best Production Design. Production designer Donald Graham Burt is a veteran Fincher collaborator and he has a perfectionist streak equal to the director. Along with set decorator Jan Pascale, Burt tells us how he helped craft a period-specific look for the celebrated film. From the da…
 
This week on the No Film School Podcast, we are joined by Michelle DeLateur to pick apart Zack Snyder's new 'Justice League' cut on HBOMax and discuss the current culture of emerging voices directing franchise films. Also, we celebrate the diversity of the 2021 Oscar nominees! In Tech News, Charles plugs an amazing new audio plug-in by Accusonus. F…
 
Mark Toia has been a commercial director based in Australia for decades and he's finally breaking out with his first feature. Wearing many hats as director-producer-cinematographer (and even the on-set VFX supervisor), he's able to bring his expertise to a passion project and make a film the way he wants to. Charles Haine sits down with Mark to spe…
 
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