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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.

    Your Freelance Healthcare Questions Answered

    Your Freelance Healthcare Questions Answered

    Just how important are character introductions in film? What are the most important steps you need to take before sending out your script? How do you pay for healthcare as a freelance filmmaker? 

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

    Why writers need to improve their character introductions

    Examples of movie intros we love

    Copyright - should you copyright your script before sending it out

    Why you should join a writer’s group 

    Asking for honest, constructive feedback from your network

    The importance of log lines

    Why most production companies don’t offer health insurance 

    Exploring public healthcare exchanges



    Memorable Quotes

    “There’s a million reasons to put a screenplay down after a couple of pages. The reason to keep reading is because you’re interested in the characters.” [10:00]

    “Your first twenty pages are about developing a relationship with the reader and having them trust you and be confident in you. Typos break that ability to have that trust.” [24:14]

    “The most important people to you in your career are people one step down and one step up the ladder from you.” [40:10]

    “The problem with union benefits is the volume of work you have to do to keep them.” [48:57]



    Mentioned
    What is a Logline? 


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    • 59 min
    Choosing Your Next Project & Immediate Next Steps

    Choosing Your Next Project & Immediate Next Steps

    There's no better feeling than completing a project you’ve been working on for, what feels like, forever. On one hand, you’re relieved but you're also anxious to figure out what to work on next. How do you decide what your new project will be, and what is the most efficient strategy for getting started on it?

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

    The first questions you need to ask yourself before deciding on your next project

    Doing market research and getting feedback on your initial ideas

    Narrowing down on your ideas

    Writing with specific actors and directors in mind

    Developing relationships and keeping track of your interactions

    The draft-writing process

    Setting parameters for the people who will read your first drafts

    Being selective about who will receive your final spec

    Why you should give yourself time off



    Memorable Quotes

    “I do not start writing anything unless I can picture the actors in it.” [10:09]

    “I do not start writing until I’m one-hundred percent sure how that idea ends. What’s the ending of the story?” [13:26]

    “The best part about this cycle is you’re always cultivating, and you’re always getting better at it.” [33:57]

    “I need to live life to come up with ideas. I need to do things to come up with ideas.” [35:32]




    Mentioned
    Oscar-Winning Screenwriter Eric Roth Takes You on a Tour of His Writing Process 


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    • 43 min
    How to Get Your Short Out In the World & Write to Your Darkest Instincts

    How to Get Your Short Out In the World & Write to Your Darkest Instincts

    In life, we can’t please everyone. There will be people who “get us” and others who simply don’t. It’s the same when you’re a filmmaker. Your work won’t vibe with everyone who sees it, and that’s totally okay! It’s time to face your fears, give it your all, and create those projects that reveal your darkest instincts. 

    In today’s episode, No Film School’s GG Hawkins speaks with Sam Baron and Madison Lanesy to discuss: 

    What it’s like to receive polarized reactions 

    Feeling terrified to share projects with personal subject matter

    Career lessons from Ice Age and Mrs.Doubtfire 

    Having a YouTube video go viral at 17 years old

    The story behind the name of Sam’s short, The Orgy


    Turning in films as book reports in middle school

    The beauty and freedom of improv acting

    Sam’s process of submitting shorts

    Pushing past fear and discomfort

    Working with a team that believes in your project

    Making personal sacrifices while working on projects 



    Memorable Quotes

    “Working on any project takes so much from you…so you better make sure it’s a worthwhile project you really care about.” [18:51]

    “You need to take the temperature of the audience, but you also need to take the temperature of yourself. If you just do one or the other, you’re going to get out of balance.” [32:00]

    “I accidentally proved a concept by being true to my deep, creative nature.” [52:41]

    “Get to know yourself as a filmmaker. You are the only you.” [76:42]



    Mentioned
    Here's What Happens When You Win the Nicholl Fellowship in Screenwriting

    Is This the Tool Filmmakers Need to Find Their Audience?

    Short: Tall Dark and Handsome

    Short: The Orgy

    Short: YES, DADDY

    Follow Sam on IG

    Follow Madison on IG




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    • 1 hr 32 min
    Break Up With Your Temp Score & Other Placeholders; Plus, Blackmagic Won NAB

    Break Up With Your Temp Score & Other Placeholders; Plus, Blackmagic Won NAB

    If you’re a director who has become too attached to the temp score, you’re essentially falling in love with something you can’t have. While it may feel impossible to let go, it is possible. Let’s look at some ways you can break up with your temp score and move on. 

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

    Why you shouldn’t use temp scores from other movies

    Collaborating with composers early on

    The benefit of switching up scores in the edit

    How directors fall in love with what they see in the edit 

    How the score is almost like a character within a scene

    The dangers of placeholders

    Getting attached to character names

    NAB - why you should go

    Blackmagic cameras - affordable, efficient, and high-quality

    The Blackmagic camera phone app on Apple and Android

    Shooting with cinema lenses versus still photo lenses



    Memorable Quotes

    “I’m getting feelings from that movie and it’s impacting my ability to engage with your movie.” [4:30]

    “If a director spends six months editing a movie, they get kind of attached to how it looks and how it sounds.” [15:12]

    “In post-production, familiarity can breed affection.” [16:57]

    “Placeholders are a thing to be conscious of and used strategically.” [29:41]



    Mentioned
     Every Frame a Painting - The Marvel Symphonic Universe 

    The Art of the Score Podcast 

    Here’s Everything You May Have Missed at NAB 2024

     
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    • 48 min
    How To Cut Like an Anthropologist from 'Scrambled’ & ‘Alpha’ Editor Sandra Granovsky

    How To Cut Like an Anthropologist from 'Scrambled’ & ‘Alpha’ Editor Sandra Granovsky

    Editing is more than just assembling footage. According to editor Sandra Granovsky, the whole editing process requires an interest and understanding of human nature. 

    In today’s episode, No Film School’s GG Hawkins speaks with Sandra Torres Granovsky to discuss: 

    How studying anthropology affected her approach to editing

    Following your inner voice while editing

    Surrendering to the rhythm of the actor and the perspective of the director 

    Creating the first editor’s cut

    Making something out of nothing

    Sandra’s workstation setup

    What it was like to work with director Leah McKendrick

    Her new project with journalist-director Andrew Callaghan

    How text-based editing has improved the editing process



    Memorable Quotes

    “The way I approach all of it is with an understanding and curiosity of human nature.” [6:43]

    “Every decision I make in editing is based on instinct.” [8:56]

    “You have to become very creative, and you have to start creating something that’s not there.” [15:34]

    “There’s a lot of diplomacy involved in editing.” [16:22]

    “I do fifty percent of my editing not in front of the computer. It happens in my head.” [21:05]

    “You are writing in the edit. You’re just writing with images and sound.” [21:55]



    Mentioned:
    ALPHA

    Scrambled

    The Opening Act 

    This Place Rules 

    Channel 5 with Andrew Callaghan



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    • 39 min
    The Pause in Pipeline Programs & What It Means for You

    The Pause in Pipeline Programs & What It Means for You

    Is it ethical to encourage people to pursue a career in film when there are such high levels of unemployment in the industry? The Art Directors Guild certainly doesn’t think so which has led the union to pause their annual training program this year.

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

    The ADG announcement to suspend the Production Design Initiative program

    Being cautious when admitting students to film school

    Why we think the ADG made a reasonable decision 

    Why you should file for unemployment between jobs

    How LA and New York feel like smaller markets right now

    Seeing where you can fit into the system

    Accepting the opportunities that already exist

    The benefits of having multiple revenue streams as a filmmaker


    Memorable Quotes

    “Big production is back to work…but the volume isn’t there.” [13:08]

    “You need to be open to letting the industry tell you where it wants you to be for a while.” [15:25]

    “Knowing how to do a new thing is always beneficial.” [15:59]

    “If you can develop multiple revenue streams, it gives you power in negotiation.” [19:05]



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    • 29 min

Customer Reviews

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La Escuelita ,

Good People

Always good vibes with this show. I appreciate yall.

MegaPhilip ,

Good stuff

Went back to listen to the John Carroll Lynch episode to prep for an interview with him and it was great!

Fard2500 ,

Thank you GG, Charles and the rest of the crew!

Your podcast is the one thing during the week that I can always take something away from listening. It’s just a breath of fresh air, it’s honest talk and it inspires me sometimes when I don’t want to do the work.

Thank you for thinking like a filmmaker, relating to us like a filmmaker, but most of all thanks for just giving us a positive place to go and listen - not to be preached at but respected as equals who want to explore the same kinds of joy and rewards of a wonderful craft.

Keep up the great work!!!

U Guys Rock!

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