BIZ OF CREATING

So, you fancy yourself an artist, eh? A real tortured soul? Fighting against a world that just doesn’t understand you or your special brand of creativity? Whether that’s you to a T or not at all, the classic idea of the pessimistic, unhappy artist is definitely a stereotype we’ve all come to know. And Simon Cade of DSLRguide has created a video titled "Why Artists Are Never Happy" that shows this may not be such a bad cliché to fit into as a creator. Cade's suggestion? That the unhappiness and discontentment that come from failing to capture a certain artistic vision is the actual spark that ignites an artist's creativity. Watch the video below and then check out No Film School’s breakdown of Cade's logic. Now, go ask yourself, how can YOU fight against the pressures of perfectionism and make your work even better? 

So you’ve made a film. Congrats! Now you need to get some eyes on it...pronto. Knowing how to identify and find an audience for your creation is one of the most important steps in a distribution campaign. No Film School & Christopher Rufo see the importance in finding a passionate audience and break down how to do it in 5 simple steps. From focusing on finding the smallest group possible (ironically, a great idea!) to creating mailing lists, check out how to maximize your film’s exposure by heading over to No Film School now!

Drone. Aerial Footage. One take. One man’s total mental and emotional breakdown on film. Sound enticing? You better believe this suburban neighborhood drama is as good as it sounds. Imagined by the consistently impressive director Paul Trillo, this latest Vimeo Staff Pick, “At the End of the Cul-de-Sac”, is a mind-blowing feat of production work. Meticulous pre-production planning and overcoming daunting post-production challenges didn’t keep Trillo from delivering a one take drone shot short of epic proportions. Head to No Film School to read up on an interview with the director and to get an idea of the amount of work that goes into pulling off an entire short film as one continuous drone shot. And stay tuned for our mini-review of the short film later this week!

Filmmaker Parker Smith had never made a feature film before his debut “Ramblin’ Freak” played at SXSW a few weeks ago. And while the concept of first time filmmakers playing at top festivals is certainly not unheard of, try screening at SXSW with a feature documentary you made entirely on your own. A film school drop out with a remarkable vision, Parker Smith sat down with No Film School during the festival to offer up advice to new filmmakers on how to make a movie…entirely on your own. Watch the trailer for “Ramblin’ Freak”, Smith’s doc about seeking out legendary bodybuilder Gregg Valentino, below and then head over to No Film School to take a listen to his exclusive interview

From simply being visually super stylized to actually defining the upcoming feeling/mood in a film, good opening titles sometimes have fanbases all their own. Interested in learning more about how the concept and usage of title slides have evolved over the past 100 years? Sure you are! And Danielle Del Plato has done all the work for you in her supercut “Evolution of Title Slides in American Cinema”! Check out the history ride below! 

Dying to adapt your pretty stellar short film into a feature? Are your friends tired of hearing you constantly talk about it? Think maybe it’s time to do something about all those dreams of yours? Lauren Wolkstein and Christopher Radcliff, directors of SXSW stand-out “The Strange Ones”, did just that. They adapted their short film of the same name into a successful feature that just screened at SXSW. Rumors are that it’s kinda darn good. Want to get insight on how to adapt YOUR short into a future award-winning feature? Read Wolkstein and Radcliff’s interview with No Film School and start getting inspired!

At only a mere 4 days away from Christmas, last minute gift lifts are being wrapped up and the final bow of shopping completion is being tied up and set. However, there are always a few stragglers on everyone’s list and at this point, shops are being overrun with people looking for last minute deals. And good luck being able to afford all of those next day shipping fees if you’re ordering online! If a few of those leftover gift recipients on your list are cinephiles, why not save yourself the trouble of fees and leaving the house to venture into the crowds?! Give them the unique gift of hands-on traditional analog filmmaking! MONO NO AWARE is a “non-profit organization working to promote connectivity through the cinematic experience”. Based in Brooklyn, the non-profit runs monthly artist-in-person screenings, filmmaker workshops that are affordable, helps to operate a distribution initiative, plans field trips and hosts exhibitions for filmmakers working with Super 8mm, 16mm, 35mm film or light as their mediums. Their next set of workshops, set to take place in March 2017, run the gamut from Intro to 16mm Filmmaking, Hand Processing B&W Reversal Film, Super 8mm Filmmaking, 3D Stop-Motion Puppet Animation, Contact Printing Techniques, and Building Your Own 16mm Looper! Affordable, educational and fun - Indie Street sees these as the perfect gifts! Get over to MONO NO AWARE’s site to check out some of these awesome throwback analog workshops and grab a spot for a friend or two…or hey, buying gifts for yourself is never frowned upon either! Just grab a spot quickly - workshops are intimate and limited to 10 people or less!

Over at Indie Street, Costa Rica may be a beloved, favorite locale, but its film industry doesn’t necessarily come to mind when we think about why we love the country. However, with the development of a film commission and a growing international film festival on the rise, everything we know about Costa Rica’s film community is about to change! Indiewire got to know 4 of the promising up-and-coming filmmakers associated with this beautiful, tropical region. Their work will be featured in the 2017 Costa Rica International Film Festival over the next week. Head over to Indiewire to get acquainted with the talents and insights of Roya Eshragi, Nathalie Alvarez Mesen, Sofia Quiros and Cristobal Serra Jorquera! Interested in learning more about Costa Rica and film? Read about how Costa Rica plans to build a new film industry.

What happens when you take a dash of Werner Herzog, a sprinkle of Cuba, a batch of 50 eager creative types, mix it altogether, and give it a shake? You’ll come out with one amazing and delicious opportunity being offered to filmmakers by Black Factory Cinema! They are now accepting applications for a ten day workshop in Cuba led by the one and only Werner Herzog. Filmmakers will be offered help in developing a project under his guidance. The workshop will take place next March at the Intenational School of Cinema and Television in San Antonio de los Baños, Cuba. Think you got what it takes to learn and work under a true legend? Head over to No Film School to get the full scoop on what qualifications you'll need. Fit the mold? Send in your PDF and start filling in the registration form today! Deadline is December 20th, 2016.

Video Essay: "Lessons for the No-Budget Feature"

You wouldn't expect some of the top filmmakers in Hollywood to have the most practical advice to offer up to emerging independent filmmakers making low budget films. However, one of the most important things to remember is that these big names all started their careers the same way: with shoestring budgets and abundant levels of creativity. Check out "Lessons for the No-Budget Feature" video essay from The Royal Ocean Film Society (created by Andrew Saladino) and discover some insightful tips and tricks from filmmakers such as Christopher Nolan, Richard Linklater and more!

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