IFP Film Week just wrapped up with a run from September 17 to 22 of this year. Though it has been around for a few years, you may be asking yourself, what exactly is IFP (Independent Filmmaker Project) Film Week anyways?? According to their website, they describe themselves as a “place where filmmakers, artists, and storytellers cross paths with people who help move their projects forward. Creators get funding, advice, and opportunities. Industry insiders get to discover new talent and ideas. The public gets to screen cutting-edge work. It’s a space where doors open, info is exchanged, and everybody gets creative.” One of their panels this year saw moderated discussion on the future of cinematic storytelling in the upcoming age of virtual reality. A variety of industry professionals, from Michael Deathless, Jump Into the Light VR gallery owner, to VR filmmakers, Lily Baldwin and Benjamin Dickinson, pondered the topic and offered their insight and thoughts on the future of film. From major shifts in storytelling rules and performance, click here to read about some of the takeaways from the panel discussion.
We all know filmmaking and "I sure could use more money" go hand-in-hand. If you're a filmmaker, you need all the help and support you can get. No Film School is here to make the process easier and has created a break down of some of the best Fall 2017 film grants all filmmakers should check out and apply for! Check out the full list here!
If you are in anyway associated with the film industry, you know without a doubt: making a movie is hard. Besides money, ideas and resources, one of the most important ingredients to have to be successful is creativity. And if you have no confidence in your creative abilities? Well, get ready to make a hard task even more impossible. Need a confidence boost? Check out No Film School’s list of ways to get your creative mojo back. From owning your failures to joining a community, there’s always a way to get your groove back!
After an inspiring week of watching innovative new indie films throughout the second annual Indie Street Film Festival in Red Bank, NJ, as a film lover, it seems only natural to keep thinking about what make or breaks a film. No Film School is here to help! Their recent opinion piece breaks down the three-act story structure we've come to recognize (and expect) in films and discusses whether this formula is helping or destroying what the concept of indie film actually offers to the world. Expand your thoughts on the subject matter and head over to No Film School to learn more!
Going by the calendar: It’s not quite summer yet. Going by the weather: Which way to the beach?! I must get there stat! Either way you look at it, the season of sun, sand and good times is upon us! Enjoying the hot weather goes hand in hand with also enjoying the relief of a darn good AC. If you’re looking to beat the heat this summer, get inside a frosty, cool movie theater and check out No Film School’s 17 indie films that are total must-sees over the next few months. From horror films like IT COMES AT NIGHT to highly anticipated romcoms like THE BIG SICK, there’s pretty much a cinematic sun escape for everyone this year!
So, you fancy yourself an artist, eh? A real tortured soul? Fighting against a world that just doesn’t understand you or your special brand of creativity? Whether that’s you to a T or not at all, the classic idea of the pessimistic, unhappy artist is definitely a stereotype we’ve all come to know. And Simon Cade of DSLRguide has created a video titled "Why Artists Are Never Happy" that shows this may not be such a bad cliché to fit into as a creator. Cade's suggestion? That the unhappiness and discontentment that come from failing to capture a certain artistic vision is the actual spark that ignites an artist's creativity. Watch the video below and then check out No Film School’s breakdown of Cade's logic. Now, go ask yourself, how can YOU fight against the pressures of perfectionism and make your work even better?
So you’ve made a film. Congrats! Now you need to get some eyes on it...pronto. Knowing how to identify and find an audience for your creation is one of the most important steps in a distribution campaign. No Film School & Christopher Rufo see the importance in finding a passionate audience and break down how to do it in 5 simple steps. From focusing on finding the smallest group possible (ironically, a great idea!) to creating mailing lists, check out how to maximize your film’s exposure by heading over to No Film School now!
Want to start a production company from scratch but don’t know where to start? David Ethan Shapiro, CEO of Starlight Studios, and Jacob Schulsinger, film editor, sat down with No Film School and discussed their latest film, "Come Swim", the merits of film school and how to start a production company from your own bedroom. Check out No Film School’s podcast now!
Drone. Aerial Footage. One take. One man’s total mental and emotional breakdown on film. Sound enticing? You better believe this suburban neighborhood drama is as good as it sounds. Imagined by the consistently impressive director Paul Trillo, this latest Vimeo Staff Pick, “At the End of the Cul-de-Sac”, is a mind-blowing feat of production work. Meticulous pre-production planning and overcoming daunting post-production challenges didn’t keep Trillo from delivering a one take drone shot short of epic proportions. Head to No Film School to read up on an interview with the director and to get an idea of the amount of work that goes into pulling off an entire short film as one continuous drone shot. And stay tuned for our mini-review of the short film later this week!
Filmmaker Parker Smith had never made a feature film before his debut “Ramblin’ Freak” played at SXSW a few weeks ago. And while the concept of first time filmmakers playing at top festivals is certainly not unheard of, try screening at SXSW with a feature documentary you made entirely on your own. A film school drop out with a remarkable vision, Parker Smith sat down with No Film School during the festival to offer up advice to new filmmakers on how to make a movie…entirely on your own. Watch the trailer for “Ramblin’ Freak”, Smith’s doc about seeking out legendary bodybuilder Gregg Valentino, below and then head over to No Film School to take a listen to his exclusive interview!
Dying to adapt your pretty stellar short film into a feature? Are your friends tired of hearing you constantly talk about it? Think maybe it’s time to do something about all those dreams of yours? Lauren Wolkstein and Christopher Radcliff, directors of SXSW stand-out “The Strange Ones”, did just that. They adapted their short film of the same name into a successful feature that just screened at SXSW. Rumors are that it’s kinda darn good. Want to get insight on how to adapt YOUR short into a future award-winning feature? Read Wolkstein and Radcliff’s interview with No Film School and start getting inspired!