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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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    • 4.5 • 379 Ratings

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.

    Navigating Ego in Filmmaking

    Navigating Ego in Filmmaking

    Are you the type of person that gets walked on or are you the bossy one, doing the walking? In this episode we discuss checking one’s ego, changes in studio executives, and the things we are grateful for, this Thanksgiving week. 

    In this episode, we talk about…

    Disney bringing back a past CEO

    The art of managing talent relationships

    Thinking about things from the perspective of the studio

    Enjoying arguments with other filmmakers

    The recent collaboration between Tony Kushner and Steven Spielberg

    Productive disagreements and admitting when you are wrong

    How Charles and Todd were impersonated by criminals



    Memorable Quotes

    “You don’t go back to the old CEO. You just don’t.” [8:12]

    “The entertainment industry remains a relationship business.” [13:11]

    “Batman can be any guy and it can be any director.” [20:44]

    “It just looked like the general crap-fest we’ve been treated to.” [29:20]

    “I think the ego check gets easier, the bigger the rest of your life is.” [55:13]



    Mentioned in the episode:
    Tony Kushner Podcast Episode


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    • 1 hr 17 min
    How to Get Your Kinds of Movies Made with Dean Craig Writer/Director of 'The Estate'

    How to Get Your Kinds of Movies Made with Dean Craig Writer/Director of 'The Estate'

    There are those who write films and those who direct films. Today’s guest, Dean Craig was responsible for both roles in the recent film, The Estate. Craig, also known for writing Death at a Funeral, explains his process for both writing and directing.

    In this episode, we talk about…

    HBO denying his original script

    How having an appealing actor is a big piece of the puzzle

    Finding joy in the creative writing process

    Going back to first principles when facing obstacles

    Working on Death at a Funeral with director Frank Oz

    Being drawn to the challenges of being a director

    Appreciating the collaborative art of filmmaking

    Being a filter as well as the decision maker



    Memorable Quotes
    “Trying to create an eclectic range of eccentric characters and then bring them together and see what happens” [8:56]

    “I remember being four days in and thinking ‘This is not a job for one person.’” [15:59]

    “I really feel like the script is there and it’s there for everybody else to bring their expertise, talent, and brilliance to it.” [19:20]


    Mentioned in the episode:
    The Estate 

    Death at a Funeral


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    • 34 min
    Is This the Tool Filmmakers Need to Find Their Audience?

    Is This the Tool Filmmakers Need to Find Their Audience?

    If you have a short film that you want to get out to the world, you need to consider Shortverse. This platform offers filmmaker specific features that you won’t find anywhere else. In this episode, we speak to Andrew Allen and Jason Sondhi, founders of this incredible platform for emerging filmmakers.

    In this episode, we talk about…

    Supporting short films for over 15 years with Short of the Week

    The reason they created Shortverse

    Facilitating relationships between creators and industry professionals

    Numerous features such as: search filters, review system, and more.

    Interesting trends in the short film market

    The number one thing the industry is looking for in films



    Memorable Quotes
    “We’ve always thought of short film as this really powerful experimental media where filmmakers can really find their voice.” [4:44]

    “Imagine a platform that was built for emerging filmmakers to get their work out there, to connect with people.” [14:07]

    Reach for the thing that is fresh, that is new, that is risky and great. Rather than trying to cover your basis by creating something that is good and broadly accomplished.” [47:56]


    Mentioned in the episode:
    Short of the Week

    Shortverse

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    • 54 min
    Tony Kushner Breaks Down 'The Fabelmans' and Collaborating with Steven Spielberg

    Tony Kushner Breaks Down 'The Fabelmans' and Collaborating with Steven Spielberg

    Two of the biggest names in the industry, Tony Kushner and Steven Spielberg, collaborate on a film about Spielberg’s early life. Tony shares what it has been like to work with Spielberg over the years. The film, "The Fabelmans" is in limited release Nov 11 and everywhere Nov 23.

    In this episode, we talk about…

    Being fascinated by Steven Spielberg’s life story

    How filmmaking helped to protect Spielberg as a youth by giving him control

    Working together on films such as Munich and West Side Story

    Battling one another during filmmaking

    Recognizing when he can’t convince Spielberg and trusting his judgment

    Keeping everyone focused on the outcome

    A particular scene of The Fabelman’s - Spielberg’s genius idea



    Memorable Quotes
    “Because I think that’s the extraordinary thing about art, both for audiences and for artists. It’s a dream. But it has real life meaning and sometimes real life consequences.” [3:55]

    “There’s a flash of insight that he has and it feels somewhat, kinda superhuman to me.” [5:50]

    “Filming things is like a second nature to him…I think he makes things difficult for himself, to keep himself excited.” [9:55]

    "Steven is very open to the experiences of other human beings.” [11:39]


    Mentioned in the episode:
    The Fabelman’s

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    • 25 min
    You Finished Your Screenplay. Now What?

    You Finished Your Screenplay. Now What?

    Writing screenplays in our present time is challenging for a variety of reasons. There is more competition, lack of mentors, and less avid readers out there. In this episode, we cover what you should do as a screenplay writer when facing these challenges.

    In this episode, we talk about…

    Websites for screenwriting advice - The Black List and Wordplayer

    The cardinal sin of sending an unsolicited screenplay

    Making an effort to be better, more avid readers

    Advocating for your own material and overcoming the network effects 

    Why you need to be a person that people like

    The many reasons to love Fuji Film 

    Choosing a camera based on workflow integration and body ergonomics

    Switching from Twitter to Mastodon




    Memorable Quotes
    “If the screenplay is good enough, lock it in a drawer, and someone will come find it.” [2:09]

    “With every script, you have to decide…am I passionately trying to get this made? Or is this a spec to take me somewhere else?” [7:55]

    “With clarity of goal and purpose, steps after, start to become clearer.” [11:17]

    “Get in the arena and make the connections.” [24:23]




    Mentioned in the episode:
    The Black List

    Wordplayer

    Fujifilm X-T5
    Mastodon


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    • 1 hr 5 min
    “Smile” Director and DP Share the Secret Rules to Their On-Set Success

    “Smile” Director and DP Share the Secret Rules to Their On-Set Success

    In today’s episode, we talk to director Parker Finn and cinematographer Charlie Sarroff about working together on the set of horror film, Smile. They share their special process of creating the film. Smile is in theaters now!

    In this episode, we talk about…

    Parker looking for the right “partner in crime” to make the film with

    How Parker’s short spread like wildfire

    Selling the pitch to Paramount Pictures

    Using cinematic language to work toward themes of the story

    Why Parker prefers a shot list over a storyboard

    What influenced the camera choice

    Thinking about the audience and what the film is doing to them



    Mentioned in the episode:
    Smile 


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    • 42 min

Customer Reviews

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379 Ratings

JLAVELLE ,

Such great content!

I am loving this podcast. As an actor we don’t often see what goes on on the other side of the table. Listening to this podcast is insightful and compelling - it’s fascinating to know how we actors fit into this collaborative puzzle. Can’t wait to make my way through all of this great content.

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Bad Hosting

Good content but host interrupts way too much!

OfficiallyJustise ,

Can’t tell the difference between film and politics

I don’t even really disagree with their politics, but that’s not why I’m here. Way too much politics mixed in. Don’t care to hear people’s politics, agree or not. Just want to speak about the business and learn.

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