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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.

    'The Redeem Team' Director Jon Weinbach Teaches Us How to Sell The Stories We Love

    'The Redeem Team' Director Jon Weinbach Teaches Us How to Sell The Stories We Love

    Have you ever wondered how you can make your niche documentary appealing to a wider audience? Jon Weinbach, a sports documentary filmmaker, shares his techniques on how to do that very thing.

    In this episode, we talk about…

    What influenced Jon to pursue documentary filmmaking

    His background as a journalist for the Wall Street Journal

    Jon’s journey with sports docs such as 30 for 30 and The Last Dance



    The Redeem Team, a film about the 2008 U.S. Olympic Men's Basketball team

    Developing a deeper narrative to the basketball film

    Interview techniques - be authentic and ask new questions

    Pitching the documentary to the Netflix executives


    Mentioned in the episode:
    The Redeem Team on Netflix

    30 for 30

    The Last Dance


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    • 36 min
    How Do You Make Money While Pursuing a Filmmaking Career?

    How Do You Make Money While Pursuing a Filmmaking Career?

    Your confidence is low and so is your bank account. You are lacking work opportunities and need consistent work. In this episode, we discuss the steps you need to take to overcome this common struggle.

    In this episode, we talk about…

    Using A.I. voice generators for iconic characters instead of going for a fresh take

    Weird casting traditions on TV shows of the past

    Tom Hanks’ debut novel, The Making of Another Motion Picture Masterpiece


    What we think Hanks’ best films are

    Being a movie slut - loving movies so much you can’t choose the “best” one

    Maintaining the wide-eyed excitement for movies

    Eliminating shame and self-judgment 


    Memorable Quotes
    “It is interesting to think about the negotiation process of turning yourself over to a specific corporate entity.” [10:58]

    “Movies are like pizza, you can find something delicious in almost every one of them.” [40:15]

    “All of us forever, forever, at all levels, are just taking whatever work we can get and hoping to do cool shit next.” [41:28]

    Mentioned in the episode:
    Hanks announced the release of his upcoming novel


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    • 57 min
    Debunking and Decoding the Industry with 'Superbad' and 'Confess, Fletch' Director Greg Mottola

    Debunking and Decoding the Industry with 'Superbad' and 'Confess, Fletch' Director Greg Mottola

    Today’s guest is Greg Mottola, director of Superbad, Adventureland, and new film Confess,Fletch. Greg discusses how to navigate gatekeepers, his experiences working with great comedic talent, and today’s challenges within the film industry.

    In this episode, we talk about…

    Greg’s experience working on various television series, such as Arrested Development


    Staying confident when projects do not catch up in the mainstream

    How artists can survive financially and mentally in this tough industry

    The streaming industry and how it has changed the financial model

    Directing the films Superbad and Adventureland


    The differences between the original Fletch and Confess, Fletch


    Sneaking social commentary into comedy movies



    Mentioned in the episode:
    Confess, Fletch - Available streaming and in theaters

    Fletch - Original 1985 film

    Superbad

    Adventureland

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    • 50 min
    How to Shoot Sex Scenes Responsibly, Even Without A Big Budget

    How to Shoot Sex Scenes Responsibly, Even Without A Big Budget

    Are sex scenes a necessary part of the plot in your projects? If so, then there are ways to be intentional when filming these parts. Everyone will feel comfortable and you will get a great scene in the process.

    In this episode, we talk about…

    The premiere of The People’s Joker at the Toronto International Film Festival

    Classic indie films versus the “out there” indie films

    Intimacy Coordinators and the benefits to having one on set

    Being intentional and mindful in shooting sex scenes

    Feeling overwhelmed by infinite possibilities when starting a new project

    Not following the trend when developing your next project

    Being committed to the hard parts of a project means you will see it through to completion


    Mentioned in the episode:
    The People’s Joker

    Los Angeles Plays Itself

    House of the Dragon

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    • 45 min
    What's The Cost of Doing Work You Care About? Jerrod Carmichael Explains

    What's The Cost of Doing Work You Care About? Jerrod Carmichael Explains

    Filmmakers want to present our craft to the world, and that craft is made with a particular vision. Sometimes sticking to this vision means we will lose out on other opportunities. Comedian and filmmaker, Jerrod Carmichael, explains why he is willing to take that risk.

    In this episode, we talk about…

    Stand-up comedy and how it is an immediate art form

    Developing thick skin from being a stand-up comedian

    Getting the plug pulled on a major project

    How his film, On the Count of Three, melds comedy with darkness and honesty

    Jerrod’s perspective on what a film’s premise should be

    Protecting the main idea of a film - Keep the idea intact

    His multiple roles on the set of his film

    The premiere of his film at the 2021 Sundance Film Festival



    Mentioned in the episode:
    On the Count of Three
    Licorice Pizza


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    • 32 min
    Is There Still a Place in Cinema for Rule Breakers?

    Is There Still a Place in Cinema for Rule Breakers?

    Just because something is different doesn’t mean it is wrong. Sometimes “breaking the rules” is precisely what makes films so great. 

    In this episode, we talk about…

    Famous French-Swiss filmmaker, Jean-Luc Godard 

    The unique perspective French filmmakers brought to the industry in the mid-1900s

    Jean-Luc Godard and his malicious compliance to “the rules” in filmmaking

    Being careful in the edit room - Don’t fall in love with the temp score

    A list of Godard films to watch for those who are unfamiliar with his work

    How one needs to consider context when crossing the line in film

    The problem with flat fee distributors



    Mentioned in the episode:
    Jean-Luc Godard
    Contempt
    Alphaville
    Weekend
    Masculin Feminin
    2 or 3 Things I Know About Her

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    • 55 min

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