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IFW 12.14.17: Netflix's Most Popular Shows Revealed & An Unexpected Way to Improve Your Script

In this episode of Indie Film Weekly, No Film School co-hosts Liz Nord and Jon Fusco discuss Louis CK’s ‘I Love You, Daddy’ distribution saga and awards season updates (and upsets) from the Golden Globes, European Film Awards, and IDA Documentary Awards. We also reveal Netflix's most binged shows of 2017, get into a pretty geeky debate about Star Wars, and share tips from filmmaker Ela Thier about how to become your own script doctor. Charles Haine joins us for gear news and answers an Ask...

Duration: 00:50:38

How to Film in a War Zone

Directors Nathan Fitch and Daniel McCabe join No Film School’s Liz Nord to share their tips on preparing to film in a conflict zone, both practically and emotionally. Fitch embedded with the US Military in Afghanistan for his film 'Island Soldier', and McCabe filmed amidst various factions of the Congolese civil war for six years for his documentary 'This is Congo’. In this episode, the directors reflect on their experiences and give advice on what gear makes sense to bring into a conflict...

Duration: 00:44:04

IFW 12.7.17: How a Filmmaker Brought Down the Russian Olympics & When Do You Hide Brand Logos?

In this episode of Indie Film Weekly, No Film School co-hosts Liz Nord, Jon Fusco, and Charles Haine discuss one filmmaker’s major role in Russia’s Olympic doping scandal, the first news from Sundance 2018, and the inaugural Los Angeles Online Film Critics Society Awards decision to split best male and female directors into two separate categories. We say goodbye to influential video essay series ‘Every Frame a Painting’ and Charles also answers an Ask No Film School question about how to...

Duration: 00:46:51

IFW 11.30.17: Major Changes Coming To Awards Season & When Should You Shoot Anamorphic?

In this episode of Indie Film Weekly, No Film School co-hosts Liz Nord, Jon Fusco, and Charles Haine discuss the indie films that are changing the face of awards season after the results of the Gothams and the National Board of Review list results were revealed this week. We cover the questionable award categorizations of Jordan Peele’s ‘Get Out’ and Errol Morris’ ‘Wormwood’ and why they matter to other filmmakers. We also hear some unconventional lensing advice from rising star DP Katelin...

Duration: 00:41:34

A Pre-to-Post Primer on Documentary Filmmaking

Three producers with decades of combined experience under their belts join No Film School’s Liz Nord for a detailed primer on how to get a documentary made and seen. Geeta Gandbhir has been nominated for three Emmy Awards and has won two, as well as working professionally as an editor as such acclaimed titles as Oscar-winning 'O.J.: Made in America’, Chanda Chevannes is an award-winning documentarian as well as a film instructor at Centennial College in Toronto, and Chris Metzler is...

Duration: 00:55:53

IFW 11.23.17: How the FCC is Screwing Filmmakers & Your Best Black Friday Deals

In this episode of Indie Film Weekly, No Film School co-hosts Liz Nord, Jon Fusco, and Charles Haine discuss discuss what the FCC's recent actions on Net Neutrality and the 600mhz band mean for filmmakers, along with the most bizarre and heartbreaking turns in the avalanche of sexual misconduct stories and how they're affecting productions everywhere. In gear news, we reveal some of the best Black Friday discounts for filmmakers. Charles also answers an Ask No Film School question about...

Duration: 00:41:58

How Do You Know if One Character Can Carry Your Whole Movie?

No Film School’s Liz Nord is joined by three directors who have taken on the challenge of telling character-based stories where their films center around the personal journeys of one or a small handful of subjects. Their characters couldn’t be more different—one is the tough guy frontman of a New York hardcore band, one is the first female Sharia Law judge in Palestine, and one is a woman who has started a traveling circus of cats—but the lessons the filmmakers learned and advice they...

Duration: 00:48:19

IFW 11.16.17: How to Make Your Old Footage Look Great & Cash in with Kickstarter's Answer to Patreon

In this episode of Indie Film Weekly, No Film School co-hosts Liz Nord and Jon Fusco discuss Drip, Kickstarter's bold new move for filmmakers, plus a field report from DOC NYC that reveals why it's become the American documentary festival to pay attention to. We also cover the first Oscars handed out this year, marvel at Agnes Varda's infinite wisdom, and say farewell to Oscar-winning filmmaker Debra Chasnoff, who died last week. Charles Haine joins us for gear news, including the new...

Duration: 00:42:00

How Niche Filmmaking Can Move Your Filmmaking Career Ahead

We all know that getting your first film made is hard. With the added pressure of expectation, getting a second made can be even harder. And then there are the Julie Cohens of the world. Cohen is a documentary filmmaker who has completed and distributed 8 feature docs and 5 shorts in the past ten years, and won three Emmys along the way. And this is after a prolific career as a producer at NBC, where she produced more than 20 hour-long and two-hour programs for Dateline. Cohen’s latest,...

Duration: 00:52:34

How To Shoot Where You're Not Allowed

What happens when the community you’re filming doesn’t want you there? That is exactly the dilemma that faced celebrated documentarians Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady when they embarked on their latest project, the Netflix Original film 'One of Us'. The directing duo returns to the territory that garnered them an Oscar nomination in 2007 for 'Jesus Camp': extreme religious sects in America. In 'One of Us', we travel far from the rural Evangelical Christian summer camps of Jesus Camp to a...

Duration: 00:33:44

Hitchcock 101: Everything You've Ever Wanted to Know About Psycho

Have you ever been at one of those parties where people talk about movies and Hitchcock comes up, but you’ve never seen any Hitchcock? So then you get all sweaty and start avoiding people’s gaze? It feels like everyone is watching you, the world is slowly closing in and you get so claustrophobic and insane that you feel like you want to scream? Us neither. Funnily enough, the experience of watching Psycho for the first time feels exactly the same way. So now that you know what you’re in...

Duration: 00:36:49

IFW 10.26.17: Halloween Spooktacular II - Advice for the Aspiring Horror Auteur

In this episode of Indie Film Weekly, No Film School co-hosts Liz Nord, Jon Fusco, and Charles Haine get in the mood for Halloween by sharing some of No Film School's best horror filmmaking tips from the likes of Jeremy Saulnier and Rob Zombie. We discuss a lens so good that it got its own Emmy (plus this year's other Engineering Emmy winners) and why there's an uncertain future for Amazon Studios. We also say a sad goodbye to Oscar-winning cinematographer Walter Lassally. Gear news...

Duration: 00:40:05

How to Master the Art of Satire: Ruben Östlund on 'The Square'

Ruben Östlund has never been one to shy away from difficult themes. That's not to say that the themes he presents his audiences are controversial or difficult to watch. It's more that they're difficult to fully comprehend. Östlund's ability to translate his thoughts to screen, however, is unrivaled among his contemporaries. "The Square" is certainly one of these pictures. Östlund explores what exactly the concept of 'trust' means in a modern society where paranoia is the dominant human...

Duration: 00:19:13

IFW 10.19.17: Welcome to a Post-Harvey Hollywood & Your Best Bet for a 360° Stereo Camera

In this episode of Indie Film Weekly, No Film School co-hosts Liz Nord, Jon Fusco, and Charles Haine predict what the Harvey Weinstein fallout could means for future film sets and discuss some steps being taken by the Academy, the PGA, and other film institutions to combat sexual misconduct in the industry. We also share a ton of news from Netflix, including the company's plans to release 80 original films in 2018. In gear news, we reveal how filmmakers can use Microsoft's new GPU, and...

Duration: 00:43:40

Spielberg: Behind the Scenes with the World’s Most Famous Filmmaker

Steven Spielberg is the highest grossing directors of all time, with over 50 influential titles under his belt. And yet, do we really know Spielberg? After all, he rarely does public appearances or gives in-depth interviews. Perhaps the director was just waiting for the right moment to tell his life’s story and the right person to tell it to. Fortunately, that time has come, and that person is our guest, Susan Lacy. As executive producer of the PBS series American Masters, she produced 250...

Duration: 00:35:29

IFW 10.12.17: Two Cameras with Unprecedented Resolution & Must-Sees from the New York Film Festival

In this episode of Indie Film Weekly, No Film School co-hosts Liz Nord and Jon Fusco discuss the Harvey Weinstein sexual abuse accusations and what they mean for indie film, share highlights from our New York Film Festival coverage including conversations with Richard Linklater and Sean Baker, and ponder what exactly is the future of storytelling. In gear news, RED has finally released its Monstro sensor and DJI has released its highest resolution drone cinema camera yet. DP Open Soffer...

Duration: 00:34:18

'The Florida Project': Sean Baker on Why You Need to Invest in Yourself When No One Else Will

"The Florida Project" may be the first Sean Baker movie you'll go out to see in theaters, but he's been on the scene for a long, long time. Perhaps best known for the iPhone 5s filmed "Tangerine", Baker has been a champion of low-budget filmmaking for his entire career. More so than that, he has been a trailblazer in the democratization of film. Inspired by the Dogme 95 movement pioneered by Danish directors Lars von Trier and Thomas Vinterberg, he makes the absolute best use of the...

Duration: 00:32:10

IFW 10.5.17: The Future of Buying and Selling Lenses & The Best Screenwriters of All Time

In this episode of Indie Film Weekly, No Film School co-hosts Liz Nord, Jon Fusco, and Charles Haine discuss Vulture’s list of the Top 100 Screenwriters of All Time, a new online marketplace for lenses, an indie distributor making bold moves, and how one filmmaker is changing the entire advertising industry. Charles also answers an Ask No Film School question about whether or not you need to buy a cage for your small camera. As always, we also bring you the latest gear news, upcoming grant...

Duration: 00:45:27

What is a Film Fellowship and Why Should You Do One?

Three directors who have been invited to and attended some of the most elite labs and fellowships in the business join No Film School's Liz Nord to define pitch forums, labs, retreats, and fellowships, and let other filmmakers know why participation in these opportunities can be extremely rewarding. Guests Sierra Pettengill ('The Reagan Show'), Sabaah Folayan ('Whose Streets’), and Jeff Unay (‘Cage Fighter’) share their own filmmaking journies and pitching processes, and also elaborate the...

Duration: 00:51:36

IFW 9.28.17: The Next Hottest Rental Camera & It's Time to Stop Putting Lives at Risk on Set

In this episode of Indie Film Weekly, No Film School co-hosts Liz Nord, Jon Fusco, and Charles Haine discuss the lifesaving info that every filmmaker can learn from recent Radiohead and NARCOS shoots, and a dirty debacle threatening the beloved indie institutions in the Alamo Drafthouse family. In gear news, we get a first look at Sony’s full-frame VENICE, and we answer an Ask No Film School question about what you can do in 8K that you can’t do in four. As always, we also bring you the...

Duration: 00:39:43

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