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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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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.

    Live From Sundance: Festival Favorites, Acquisitions, and the Good/Bad/Ugly of Networking

    Live From Sundance: Festival Favorites, Acquisitions, and the Good/Bad/Ugly of Networking

    On today’s episode, No Film School founder Ryan Koo, writer Alyssa Miller, and podcast co-host GG Hawkins discuss their favorite aspects of Sundance 2023. They discuss the most impactful films they watched, the nature of networking at the festival, and the exciting film acquisitions that occurred. 

    In this episode, we talk about…

    Sundance films that we loved

    Mutual exhaustion and excitement everyone experienced at Sundance

    Understanding the currency of human emotion

    How, without Sundance, it would be difficult for certain films to be made

    Why you don't need a full scale production to make a brilliant film

    Having to navigate relationships in the industry with a guard up 

    The value in making connections in such a concentrated amount of time

    Multiple $20 million acquisitions for independent filmmakers



    Memorable Quotes


    “Diversity in emotion. The entirety of the human experience is found in this slate.” [1:32]

    “The currency of human emotion…will probably be one of the hardest things for A.I. to define.” [10:20]

    “Wow! Movies are so alive and well. Independent film is so alive and well.” [29:21]

    “You really bond when you’re freezing.” [30:26]

    “You are your own business as a filmmaker, and you have to be making these connections.” [37:50]




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    • 58 min
    “Don’t Follow the Rules, Rewrite the Rules” — Sundance Director Alison O'Daniel on Slow Burn Filmmaking by Design, Weaving Captioning into Film Narrative

    “Don’t Follow the Rules, Rewrite the Rules” — Sundance Director Alison O'Daniel on Slow Burn Filmmaking by Design, Weaving Captioning into Film Narrative

    Recently we were honored to interview the director of Sundance film, The Tuba Thieves, Alison O’Daniel. She shares what it was like to create a film that focused primarily on sound oversight. The Tuba Thieves not only challenges the rules of filmmaking, but it revolutionizes the way we do captioning.

    Full transcript available here.

    In this episode, we talk about:

    A film 11 years in the making. Slow burn by design… 

    The future of captioning and O'Daniel's How to Caption resource

    Breaking the rules of filmmaking

    Finding the champions of your project—both with labs and grants, and without ‘em

    Patient, piecemeal filmmaking



    No Film School's coverage of Sundance 2023 is brought to you by Adobe.

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    • 43 min
    Live from Sundance, plus Powderkeg Media’s Head of Development Approaches the Fest in a Time of Pure Flux

    Live from Sundance, plus Powderkeg Media’s Head of Development Approaches the Fest in a Time of Pure Flux

    No Film School writers, Alyssa Miller, GG Hawkins, and Ryan Koo discuss the opening weekend of the 2023 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah.
    We share why it has been so great to be back at Sundance in person. Also, we speak to a Powderkeg development executive about the future of indie films.
    In this episode, we talk about…

    The difficulty in choosing what to go to due to all the options

    Approaching your Sundance experience as if you are a character in a script

    Sharing our various objectives and goals for the festival

    Theories on the budget cuts Sundance has made

    The lack of distribution of the films at the festival

    Appreciating the happy energy of filmmakers at Sundance

    Powderkeg’s purpose for going to the festival

    How important it is to build relationships in this industry

    Staying true to your voice by not chasing mandates


    We also discuss the following Sundance films:

    Birth/rebirth

    In My Mother’s Skin

    Cassandro

    Claudio’s Song

    Chanshi

    Fantastic Machine

    Magazine Dreams



    Memorable Quotes

    “It’s so hard to watch a movie in the middle of your work day and feel like you’re actually at a festival.” [0:50]

    “Part of the filmmaker experience at Sundance is knowing where you sit in the pecking order.” [4:30]

    “Even if you have a film in the festival, it doesn’t mean you’re getting into the party.” [8:07]

    “The reality of Sundance is ditch or be ditched. And it’s gonna happen to you and you just have to accept it and go with the flow.” [8:19]

    “Be honest, be authentic and put yourself out there.” [35:05]



    Mentioned
    Adobe
    Alyssa Miller
    GG Hawkins
    Ryan Koo
    Powderkeg

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    • 46 min
    What We Wish We Knew About Film Festivals When We Were Younger

    What We Wish We Knew About Film Festivals When We Were Younger

    In today’s episode, we offer our suggestions for how to have a successful Sundance experience. Also, we chat about having our film gear robbed from our cars, and we share our thoughts on a recent lawsuit against A.I.

    In this episode, we talk about…

    How people, who live in the same city, will make plans to hang out at a film festival in a different state

    Why you need to volunteer or attend Sundance regularly 

    Getting over your ego and letting people think something was their idea

    How to avoid buying stolen gear

    Why we are worried about a particular A.I. lawsuit

    Figuring out how to wield the A.I. sword in the future


    Memorable Quotes

    “You start getting stuff into Sundance, five years after you go regularly.” [9:51]

    “You learn so much about whether or not you even have a chance.” [12:12]

    “My job is to make you think it’s your idea.” [27:07]

    “You’re a nerd. I can rent to you.” [36:56]

    “There’s so much happening underneath the surface that we don’t know about.” [45:53]



    Mentioned
    Artists Fight A.I in New Class Action Lawsuit

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    • 1 hr 6 min
    What is the 'Secret Sauce' of a Great Film? Oscar-Winning Editor Lee Smith Helps Us Find Out

    What is the 'Secret Sauce' of a Great Film? Oscar-Winning Editor Lee Smith Helps Us Find Out

    Today’s guest is Editor Lee Smith, editor of 'The Dark Knight', 'Dunkirk', '1917' and recently 'Empire of Light'. We chat with Lee and find out more about this invisible art. He also describes what it was like working on the recent film, Empire of Light, now in theaters.

    In this episode, we talk about…

    Comparing Empire of Light to other films he has done in the past

    The difficulty in choosing takes when working with great actors 

    Knowing how things will work in post production

    Solving rubik's cube situations in the edit

    Trusting your own instincts

    What Lee thinks is the secret sauce to a good film

    The defining film of his career

    Pacing and rhythm of a film


    Memorable Quotes

    “It’s the same kind of thing as cutting a bigger film, just in a shorter amount of time and with obviously less complexity in the visual world.” [4:50]

    “There’s a million things in editing that you can do to tweak anything.” [8:30]

    “I am a lover of most films. There are very few films I won’t watch.” [13:18]



    Mentioned
    Empire of Light is in theaters

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    • 39 min
    Why is Francis Ford Coppola Losing His Crew?

    Why is Francis Ford Coppola Losing His Crew?

    In today’s episode, we discuss the importance and benefits of diversity in filmmaking. Also, we chat about the problems with how the industry handles VFX work, and we discuss a big dilemma Francis Ford Coppola is now facing.

    In this episode, we talk about…

    The Golden Globes problem with diversity

    Proactively diversifying our teams 

    The clique-like nature of filmmaking

    How the industry doesn’t want to acknowledge good VFX work

    Our theories about Francis Ford Coppola losing his entire crew

    Why you should never self finance a movie



    Memorable Quotes

    “More diverse teams yield better products,stories, and films.” [5:53]

    “Culture fit tends to become this blanket term of something that’s hard to overcome.” [8:35]

    “Making conscious effort to find new collaborators is an exciting thing that should be pursued” [10:45]

    “There’s a danger in brushing aside the labor that goes into it.” [21:27]




    Mentioned

    Golden Globe winners

    Is Francis Ford Coppola’s ‘Megalopolis’ in Trouble?

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    • 38 min

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