What is the Secret History of 'Dune'?
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by Grant Vance
2d ago
Stumbling upon Jodorowsky's Dune was just about as eye-opening as Paul taking in that first hit of spice taking shelter in the sands of Arrakis (if you know what I'm saying). It's a documentary that serves as an autobiography of one of the most eccentric, creative auteurs in cinema that amounts to what is essentially an oral history of the sci-fi blockbuster as we know it today. It's also an essential watch for filmmakers on how to develop a film (in grandiose hyperbole), as well as how that can all be stripped away just behind the finish line. Credit where credit is due: Denis Villenueve's ..read more
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Is Daniel Plainview the Villain of 'There Will Be Blood'?
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by Jason Hellerman
2d ago
Antagonists are tricky. They have to fight the hero at every turn and have their own motivations. But what happens if your antagonist is your protagonist? Actually, is that even a thing? Today, I want to figure that out, using the movie There Will Be Blood. Paul Thomas Anderson's There Will Be Blood will go down in history as one of the best movies ever made. It's the study of a man who antagonizes the world in search of oil. The terrifying portrayal of Daniel Plainview by Daniel Day-Lewis is one of the greatest performances in history as well. Daniel Plainview is the backbone of There Will ..read more
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Unpacking The 'Psycho' Shower Scene with Hitchcock
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by Jason Hellerman
2d ago
Alfred Hitchcock was one of the first directors who could sell a movie just based on his name alone. Movie studios around the town had all turned down the rights to adapt Psycho because the book was so salacious and disturbing. Hitchcock saw that as a challenge and took it on, revolutionizing the way we watch movies today upon its release. If you've seen the movie recently, you see that it still holds up. The end of Psycho is as chilling now as it was then. I would never go to the real life Bates Motel! This is a movie lauded by film critics and eventually turned into a TV show and was even ..read more
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What Is The Pastiche Definition?
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by Jason Hellerman
2d ago
If you watch a lot of movies and TV shows, eventually you're going to see scenes across mediums that kind of look like each other. Maybe the artists are homaging what came before them, or maybe they are just directly stealing that idea and scene because it works so perfectly for them. As the saying goes, “Good artists copy, Great artists steal.” But when they steal to make something original, how do you describe it? And how can you identify what to steal for yourself? Today we're going to go over that idea, by exploring a term called "pastiche." We'll also dig into some examples of pastiche ..read more
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How Broadcast Dramas Work, With ‘Quantum Leap’ Writer Shakina
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by NFS Staff
2d ago
What does it look like to advocate for yourself as a creator? Well, it starts with understanding your value and knowing where you can serve. Then, you have to develop the courage to articulate and offer your expertise. This is exactly what Shakina did to land the role of executive story editor on the NBC series, Quantum Leap. In today’s episode, No Film School’s GG Hawkins speaks with multihyphenate creator, Shakina, to discuss: How she got her start as a storyteller Why framing is just as important in theater as it is on TV How her experience as a trans person helps her write for Quantum ..read more
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How AI-Powered Lip Sync Features Can Push AI Animated Characters Ahead
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by Jourdan Aldredge
3d ago
While the AI news just keeps coming in, we have more advancements in the world of AI to share with you. And, just like the last few major announcements, this one’s quite exciting and/or concerning to those in the animation space. In a partnership between the generative AI platform Pika Labs (which we’ve covered before) and the AI audio platform ElevenLabs (which we’ve also covered before), Pika’s platform will now provide a new Lip Sync feature that will allow creators to give words to their AI-generated characters in their AI-generated videos. Let’s take a look at how this new technology wo ..read more
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How to Pitch a Movie Idea in Hollywood
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by Jason Hellerman
3d ago
The most important skill any writer can have is not on the page. I know that sounds counter-intuitive, but I've found that the ability to pitch yourself, and your movie ideas, in a concise way is extremely powerful. Let's be honest—as much as budgets and marketing matter, it all starts with a great story. In the competitive world of filmmaking, a pitch focused on the narrative itself is your key to grabbing a producer's attention and making them yearn to see your vision on screen. But a compelling movie pitch isn't just about logistics—it's about selling the heart and soul of your story. So ..read more
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Got Questions About Cameras or Gear? Here’s How to Chat with an Expert
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by Jourdan Aldredge
3d ago
In these days of AI-automated text bots and non-personalized explainer videos, it can be quite rare to get the opportunity to actually speak with an expert when you have a question. And this is especially true in the film and video industry as there can be stigmas around asking for help or explanations from professionals when you’re just starting yourself. Luckily there are resources available to help you learn more about the craft of filmmaking, as well as answer any questions you might have about cameras and gear. And one of the best places to go is B&H’s live video chat. Let’s check i ..read more
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Editing Oscar-nominated documentary “The Eternal Memory”
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by Sponsored Content
3d ago
This post was written by Michelle Gallina and originally appeared on the Adobe Blog on February 27th, 2024. Augusto and Paulina have been together for 25 years, but their lives took an unexpected turn eight years ago when Augusto was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. Despite the challenges posed by his illness, Paulina has been by his side, providing unwavering care and support. Together, they confront the daily struggles brought on by Alzheimer's, yet they also find moments of tenderness and laughter that strengthen their bond. This heart wrenching documentary was edited by Carolina Siraq ..read more
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Free Film Simulation and Color Profiles for Your Nikon Zf
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by Jourdan Aldredge
3d ago
While we suppose that some folk might not get the hype surrounding the Nikon Zf camera, at least from a professional film and videography standpoint, we certainly aren’t judging those who are making this camera a big part of their personality going forward. We called it “sleek and sexy” when it was first released, and we’re perfectly fine admitting that its appeal to most is at least partly due to its aesthetic and ergonomic design. However, with its high image quality and beautiful UHD 4K video recording (plus a slow-mo adding firmware update already released) it's no slouch performance-wis ..read more
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