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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.

    Dissecting Emerging AI and Why Your Human Voice Is So Important

    Dissecting Emerging AI and Why Your Human Voice Is So Important

    With the rise of AI, will Hollywood begin to neuter your voice? While AI isn’t creating anything original, the immediate convenience of this tool is already impacting our industry. Artificial intelligence is being applied to creative arts, so filmmakers need to understand how it can affect their careers. 

    In today’s episode, No Film School’s Jason Hellerman speaks with acquisition executive and script consultant, Evan Littman, to discuss:

    Why we should be concerned about text-to-video AI tools like Sora

    Why large studios have a better chance of going against generative AI models

    AI-generated screenplays and copyright laws

    Using AI to read and give feedback on scripts

    Examples of how unreliable AI can be

    Developing your voice as a screenwriter

    What newer writers need to understand about breaking into the industry

    Why 8/10 on a script isn’t good enough 


    Memorable Quotes

    “This is something a lot of people thought was coming, but it arrived faster than we anticipated.” [2:49]

    “A.I. is not making anything. It’s just recombining and generating an output based on what it already has.” [7:38]

    “A.I. at this point in time, can’t really generate anything good. What it makes is regurgitated slop.” [11:11]

    “You just really need one ‘yes’ to get a movie made. It doesn’t matter if you have a hundred ‘I like its.’ You really need one ‘I love it.’” [42:41]



    Mentioned:
    Get Made Consulting

    GG's survey


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    • 49 min
    Career-Sustaining Advice for a Consolidating Film Industry

    Career-Sustaining Advice for a Consolidating Film Industry

    If you are at square one in your filmmaking journey, you are probably confused about where to start. You’re not sure how you are going to pay the bills, let alone finance your projects. You’re also worried about the state of the industry and wondering if you have a shot at success. Our guest, Ana Liza Muravina, believes that if you’re serious about filmmaking, “it’s your responsibility to understand what kind of business you’re getting into.”

    In today’s episode, No Film School’s GG Hawkins speaks with filmmaker Ana Liza Muravina to discuss:

    How the industry has transformed

    The decline of tv and film consumption

    What a period of consolidation means for filmmakers

    The power of attaching certain elements to your project

    Ensuring the project you are pitching is financially viable 

    Foreign Sales - what are they and how are they impacted by streaming services

    Becoming clear on the project you are making

    Finding patrons and supporters in your local area

    The importance of casting valuable actors

    Figuring out what you want out of your career

    Having a collaboration agreement and what it should look like


    Memorable Quotes

    “Streaming tv is going to look a lot like how cable used to look. It’s going to be expensive.” [9:24]

    “In our industry and in our society, success is tied to money.” [11:41]

    Money is not all concentrated in Los Angeles and New York. Money is wherever there are people who have made money.” [26:45]

    “Please make the thing that’s most interesting to you otherwise it’s not going to be interesting and it’s not going to sell.” [28:35]


    Mentioned:
    Ana Liza Muravina

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    • 1 hr 2 min
    How To Ensure People Can Watch Your Movie (Hopefully) Forever

    How To Ensure People Can Watch Your Movie (Hopefully) Forever

    There’s a very important lesson can we learn from films like 28 Days Later, which is not available in physical format or on streamer. It’s hard to believe a film starring award-winning talent like Cillian Murphy, who is nominated for an Oscar this year, is not commercially available to audiences. Let’s find out how you can make sure your movie doesn’t succumb to the same fate. 

    In today’s episode, No Film School’s Charles Haine, GG Hawkins, and Jason Hellerman discuss:

    Staying conscious about the ways our contracts are written

    Thinking about where projects will be in 100 years

    Automating residual systems - is it a good idea?

    Feeling disturbed and disappointed by the lack of physical media available

    Pros and cons of text-to-video tools like Sora AI

    How AI can be a useful tool if it is subordinate to creatives

    Jaywalking in front of self-driving vehicles 

    What is causing the current short story phenomenon

    Why you should be reading screenplays every week



    Memorable Quotes

    Thinking about your digital legacy is a really interesting thing to try to negotiate and navigate.” [9:15]

    “Don’t get too attached to the movie you made because it might just completely go away.” [12:30]

    “Your scripts should be entertaining. Your goal is to create a great read.” [43:48]

    “I’m against building statues of anybody that’s alive. It’s expensive to take down a statue.” [48:24]



    Mentioned:
    OpenAI’s Insanely Powerful Text-to-Video Model ‘Sora’ is Here 

    What are the Ramifications of the New 'Sora' OpenAI App on Hollywood?

    Here’s How Sora’s AI Video Could Actually be Good for Filmmakers

    Why Are Short Stories Hot In Hollywood Right Now? 

    Rest of World article


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    • 55 min
    How First-Time Feature Director Katie Burrell Subverts Ski Comedy... Hilariously

    How First-Time Feature Director Katie Burrell Subverts Ski Comedy... Hilariously

    Weak Layers is Katie Burrell’s feature film, which she not only directed but co-wrote and acted in. The film invites us to truly understand ski culture, unlike many unrealistic ski movies of the past. With this film, Katie proves that a novice director can stay true to their vision while also leading with transparency, humility, and positivity along the way.

    In today’s episode, No Film School’s GG Hawkins, speaks with Katie Burrell to discuss:

    Feeling excited about theatrical releases in ski towns

    Creating such a niche film

    What Katie can’t stand about other ski movies

    The unique, diverse cast and what they brought to the film

    Directing in extreme climates

    Being honest about her lack of experience

    How she kept up morale on set

    Why they didn’t do any playback

    How they created an organic party vibe on set



    Memorable Quotes

    “I was militant about making sure that it felt like it was a Hollywood movie, something that could reach into the mainstream.” [6:34]

    “No pro skier would ever put their goggles on top of the helmet.” [10:49]

    “In all the auditions of the core cast, there was a uniqueness that came through in each of them.” [14:03]

    “I was having the best time, all of the time.” [31:26]

    “To be somebody’s scene partner and also their director, is a really tricky relationship dynamic.” [37:09]

    “Don’t be afraid to admit that you have no idea what you’re doing, because people will rally around you and want to support that kind of attitude.” [43:46]




    Mentioned:
    Weak Layers
    Follow Katie on IG 



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    • 48 min
    Are Super Bowl Ads Creative Anymore? Plus, a New Film Camera!

    Are Super Bowl Ads Creative Anymore? Plus, a New Film Camera!

    If you’re anything like us, we only watch the Super Bowl for the awesome commercials, but sadly this year’s ads leave much to be desired. While we are disappointed by the Super Bowl commercials, we are happily surprised by two major announcements in the filmmaking space. One announcement comes from The Academy Awards, and the other announcement comes from Kodak.

    In today’s episode, No Film School’s Charles Haine, GG Hawkins, and Jason Hellerman discuss:

    The lack of visuals and creativity in this year’s commercials

    Trusting your gut feeling

    The Academy Awards - they are introducing a new category 

    Why people don’t appreciate what a casting director does 

    Benefits to starting as a casting director

    Kodak’s new camera we have all been waiting for - for literally 8 years

    How this new camera is great for modern production sets

    Why per per-screen averages are more important than box office numbers



    Memorable Quotes

    “Celebrity gags. It’s not special anymore when literally everyone is doing it.” [7:11]

    “There was a moment in the internet where virality could occur organically, by people sharing things because of the joy of it.” [8:59]

    “Casting is truly an art and a science.” [15:55]

    “The only thing indie filmmakers care about is our per-screen ratio.” [29:14]




    Mentioned:
    Academy Awards Adding a "Casting" Category in 2026 
    First Footage From the Kodak Super 8 Camera
    Chrysler, Born of Fire


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    • 41 min
    ‘The Florida Project’ Producer Francesca Silvestri & ‘Suncoast’ Director Laura Chinn on Unlocking the Director-Producer Relationship

    ‘The Florida Project’ Producer Francesca Silvestri & ‘Suncoast’ Director Laura Chinn on Unlocking the Director-Producer Relationship

    Every year at Sundance, we aim to speak with indie filmmaking teams who have collaborated on some of our favorite movies. Learning from these successful collaborations can help us in our own future projects. Let’s take a look at the collaboration between filmmakers Francesca Silvestri and Laura Chinn, and how their undeniable chemistry helped them in the production of the film, Suncoast. 

    In today’s episode, No Film School’s GG Hawkins, speaks with Francesca Silvestri and Laura Chinn to discuss:

    Feeling both nervous and excited for the wide release of the film

    Not having to sell the film at Sundance

    Never taking no for an answer

    What Laura and Francesca love about working together 

    Challenges with shooting in certain locations

    Tapping into the 2000s nostalgia without overdoing it

    Seeing younger casts at Sundance this year 

    Being at shocked at how many writers don’t write

    Trusting that feedback is constructive and helpful

     Why self-development is so helpful for filmmakers 



    Memorable Quotes

    “There are so many that have come into my life, that I will never work with again after this experience.” [6:36]

    “The 2000s in my opinion were not inherently cool.” [10:54]

    “When they tell you it’s bad and they give you a bunch of notes, cry hard and then move on.” [17:28]

    “When you do write, you do get better at it. When you do listen to other people’s feedback, you get better at it.” [17:40]

    “Work on you man, because everything will get better. Everything will get easier. Writing, directing, producing, whatever it is.” [20:53]



    Mentioned:
    Suncoast - Streaming on Hulu, Feb 9, 2024


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    • 25 min

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