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The No Film School Podcast


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.

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.




What's the Best Cinema Camera for Under 10K?

What does the new deal struck between Cinemark and Universal mean for the industry? How can movie-goers support theaters while they are closed?Also, this just in: Quentin Tarantino writes books (including a novelization of Once Upon A Time in Hollywood)?? In Tech News, we share our hands-on experience with the new Apple Silicon. For Ask No Film School: what is the best entry-level cinema camera to invest in for music videos and corporate work? And lastly, our theme for Deep Cuts is...


Phedon Papamichael is an Actor's Cinematographer. What Does That Mean?

Phedon Papamichael's career as a cinematographer goes back to the 80's, but he's still a go-to DP for the best filmmakers in the business. You might call him an “actor’s cinematographer” or a stylistic chameleon. Phedon talks about his approach to the craft: rather than trying to put his visual stamp on a movie, his goal is to serve the story and overall vision. He compares his experiences working with Alexander Payne, George Clooney, Aaron Sorkin and James Mangold -- and what it was like...


How 'The Queen's Gambit' Editor Michelle Tesoro Became So Versatile In Cutting Prestige TV

Though her most recent triumph is the highly-praised Netflix miniseries The Queen's Gambit, Michelle Tesoro has built a career working with A-list showrunners and directors, within both film and television. From mastering the art of the dialog scene with the HBO series In Treatment, to her collaborations with luminaries like Michael Mann, David Fincher, Ava DuVernay, Mimi Leder and David Milch, she has plenty of stories to tell. Tesero managed to navigate the exact career she wanted and has...


Why Did Leonardo DiCaprio Want 'Killers of the Flower Moon' Rewritten?

Eric Roth spent much of this year doing significant rewrites to the script of the upcoming Martin Scorsese film, Killers of the Flower Moon. The biggest notes came from co-star Leonardo DiCaprio. On this week's NoFilmSchool, we talk about why the actor chose to play a different role in the movie and is taking the story in a slightly different direction. For Tech News, we give you the lowdown on a new, exciting 4k camera: the Sony FX6. For Ask No Film School, we talk about the do's and don'ts...


How Ross Emery Became a Go-To Cameraman for Modern Sci-Fi Classics

After serving as a second unit director of photography on movies like The Matrix Trilogy and Dark City, Ross Emery was tapped to be one of the key cinematographers on the new series Raised By Wolves, where he got to work with one of his all-time film heroes: Ridley Scott. In fact, it was Scott's 1982 classic Blade Runner that made Emery fall in love with movies as visual art. Emery regales us with stories that you don't want to miss, everything from working with the Wachowskis and the...


Malin Akerman Explains How to Attach Talent to a Project

Producer/star Malin Akerman has had a wide-ranging career, having worked with everyone from the Farrelly Brothers to Zack Snyder on the largest scale projects as well as smaller indies. Recently she made the leap into producing her own films. Malin talks about what she looks for in a screenplay, and how finding that “third door” helps you break into the industry. She also explains the trials, challenges, and survival mode of making in Hollywood. Her new Chick Fight is out now. Check out more...


DaVinci Resolve 17 Has Tons of New Features You'll Like

On this week's No Film School Podcast, Charles Haine and George Edelman gaze into their crystal ball once again and speculate how the new wave of coronavirus might affect set life. We also offer a trifecta of Tech News updates: a Sony drone, Teradek's autofocus system for cinema lenses and DaVinci Resolve 17's many perks and innovations. In honor of Veteran’s Day, we give you our favorite Deep Cuts about war veterans. Read more here: Jason Blum Says COVID-19 Has Changed Making Movies Forever...


Sony's New Virtual Sound Tech Was So Good These Veteran Mixers Couldn't Believe Their Ears

Kami Asgar and Jessica Parks are post-production heavyweights who work with major studios, namely Sony. As a sound designer (Asgar) and as a post executive (Parks), their collective resume touches on everything from Apocalypto to Grandma's Boy to Venom. Parks has recently shifted her focus from supervisor to hands-on sound design, and we talk about how it’s never too late to pivot on your career path and find thing you love doing wherever you are in life. We also talk about the new...


Daron Aronofsky's Rockstar DP Matthew Libatique Talks Career and 'Requiem For a Dream' Anniversary

It’s the 20th anniversary of Requiem for a Dream and Matthew Libatique is here to tell us the whole story. Starting in early days at AFI doing student projects with Darren Aronofsky, on to the $30,000 "stunt" known as Pi, this great DP/director collaboration was born. Libatique talks at length about the impact of music and music videos on his filmmaking approach, influencing key creative choices in Requiem. We discuss how he has managed to stay cool and relevant for over 20 years and how...


What You Can Do With the Blackmagic 12K... Oh And About That Election...

This week, joined once again by Oakley Anderson-Moore, we unpack the powerful, complicated legacy of the late Sean Connery. We also pick apart America’s political landscape in light of the obscure, inconsequential election taking place. We discuss what responsibilities we have as content creators who shape the national conversation. In Tech News, a deep dive into Blackmagic and their newly-released URSA Mini Pro 12K camera! Read more here: Here's How to Set Up a 12K Workflow for Independent...


‘Over The Moon’ Director Glen Keane Uncovers The Secret Sauce Of Story

Glen Keane animated lead characters in Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid, Pocahontas and many other classic Disney characters as he became a master of his craft. With his signature enthusiasm and optimism, Keane tells us the story of how this background led him to eventually directing his first feature film for Netflix: the heartwarming Over the Moon. Of course Keane had already become a director in his own right, winning an Oscar in 2018 for his short Dear Basketball, a collaboration...


The Ghost of Quibi Haunts The Entertainment Industry

This week we take a very, very biased look at Shushgate perpetrator Jeffrey Katzenberg's fallen streaming platform Quibi and why this failure was perhaps an inevitability. Also, as the new Borat Subsequent Moviefilm is released, we examine how much our culture has changed since the first Borat and Netflix drops streaming and viewership data. For Tech News, Hollyland unveils its new wireless video transmission system, the Mars 400 Pro. And for Ask No Film School, Charles helps you navigate...


'Lovecraft Country' DP Michael Watson On Shooting During Covid-19

In this informative, fascinating episode, we sit down with cinematographer Michael Watson to discuss his work on HBO’s genre-bending horror series Lovecraft Country. Watson details his process: finding the tone of a show that is both pulpy and thematically driven and getting on the same page with the entire HBO team. We also get into the nitty-gritty of on-set challenges as a television DP during COVID-19. Don't miss the one! And so long as you're soaking up wisdom of great DP's, you might...


Jim Cummings Might Owe His Directing Career to a Shopping Cart

Facing failure isn't scary. In fact, it might be exactly what you need. The ever-inspiring Jim Cummings joins us once again to discuss his new horror/comedy The Wolf of Snow Hollow, just in time for Halloween. As with his (proper) debut feature Thunder Road, Cummings writes, directs and stars. He tells us about the beauty of having a democratized film set, even on a production as large as Snow Hollow and why filmmakers should think of themselves as competition to the industry, rather than...


How Filmmaker Friendly is the iPhone 12?

This week on the No Film School Podcast, AMC follows Alamo Drafthouse's lead, letting consumers rent out their theaters for a low price -- and why this may be a sign of what the post-pandemic world will look like. For Tech News, a double whammy: Apple releases it's innovative, filmmaker-friendly iPhone 12 and DJI steps up it's gimbal game. And for this week's Ask No Film School, we discuss how a great character arc can sometimes be found in a not-so-great movie... Enjoy! DJI's RS 2 and RSC 2...


'Back to the Future' Writer Bob Gale Shares Timeless Screenwriting Advice

Here to celebrate the 35th Anniversary 4K Blu-Ray release of the beloved Back to the Future trilogy is its writer and producer Bob Gale. He gives us his own origin story including his years of collaborating with Robert Zemeckis which led up to their big hit. He highlights the integrity of executive producer Steven Spielberg, who made Back to the Future the first Amblin production. Bob Gale has been a protective gatekeeper of the franchise and he explains why. Make sure to stay until the end...


Not Coming to A Theater Near You? How Disney+ Is Changing Movies

On this week's podcast, joined once again by Oakley Anderson-Moore, we discuss how the rise of streaming not only impacts how films are distributed, but how they're made as well. We also take on the egregious pay disparity between men and women in the industry, including the example of the writers for the Crazy Rich Asians sequel. For Tech News, Charles praises the innovative new Sachtler Activ tripod. And finally for Deep Cuts, we reminisce on our favorite theatrical experiences. Enjoy! The...


No One Gives A Sh*t About Max Barbakow and Andy Siara, Creators of “Palm Springs”

Director Max Barbakow and writer Andy Siara tell us how their therapeutic writing process and friendship made Palm Springs what it is, and was ultimately the most rewarding part of the process. And why the fact that no one gave a sh*t about them was, in a way, their greatest strength. In case you've been living in a time-loop cave, Palm Springs, starring Andy Samberg and Cristin Milioti, came out earlier this year after netting the biggest sale in Sundance history with a Hulu + Neon deal for...


Why Can't The White House Find a Competent Video Editor?

This week Oakley Anderson-Moore joins the podcast as we discuss who edited that strange video from Walter Reed and why they don't know how to use a morph cut. Since it's election season, we also cover a "get out the vote" contest from M Night Shayamalan. We also dive into a certain tactic used in development to take advantage of screenwriters. Plus the closing of UK's Cineworld theaters, the miraculous Hocus Pocus re-release that's competing with brand new releases, and for this week’s Tech...


How One Filmmaker Gave Up A Successful Career to Make Documentaries... And How it Worked

Dawn Porter made the transition from a successful lawyer to a successful documentary filmmaker. But there were no guarantees. She took a big risk but she took it for very specific reasons, in a way that eventually led her to more success. Her new film The Way I See It, chronicles the story of Pete D’Souza, the official White House photographer for Ronald Reagan and Barrack Obama. Earlier this year, another Dawn Porter documentary, John Lewis: Good Trouble was released on Hulu. Her insights...