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Why Writing and Directing Comedy Go Hand in Hand: Will Forte & 'Extra Ordinary'

April 15th, 2019

19:15

Will Forte never met Mike Ahern or Enda Loughman before jumping on board the pair of Irish director's debut feature. He didn't need to. The script for Extra Ordinary was just that good. All he needed to know was that …

How to Make a Coming of Age Movie that Doesn't Suck: Ninian Doff on 'Boyz in the Wood'

April 8th, 2019

34:34

Making a coming of age film can be a tricky thing. There's a delicate line between teenagers keepin' it real and overly nostalgic reminiscing. Even though it's his first feature, it's clear that Ninian Doff will never …

Masturbation on Film: Karen Maine, Natalia Dyer & More on SXSW Standout 'Yes, God, Yes'

April 1st, 2019

22:18

This week on the No Film School Podcast, we’re going to talk about one of the most largely undiscussed nuances of filmmaking: the portrayal of …

'Don't be Afraid if You Didn't Go To Film School': The Method to Success Behind 'Greener Grass'

March 11th, 2019

29:49

Greener Grass is a project that has been on a whirlwind path to success since the very beginning.

Directors Jocelyn DeBoer and Dawn Luebbe's first iteration of the surreal comedy turned heads as a short film back in …

'There's No Business Like Slow Business': Lee Cronin on His Path to Horror Glory

March 4th, 2019

24:57

For Lee Cronin, getting to the point where he could make his debut feature "The Hole in The Ground" was like climbing a greasy pole. For every step …

How Young Filmmakers Can Take Advantage of Fellowships

February 25th, 2019

38:28

Some filmmakers get their starts late, and some filmmakers get their starts early. Our guests on today’s roundtable fall under the latter. Since 2015, Sundance and Adobe have held the Sundance Ignite Fellowship a year …

DIAY: Do It ALL Yourself with Director Johannes Nyholhm

February 18th, 2019

23:30

Johannes Nyholm, director of Sundance standout Koko-Di Koko-Da takes the whole wearing many hats thing to a whole other dimension. If you're looking …

How To Put Yourself in the Room: Sundance Breakout ‘Them That Follow’

February 11th, 2019

25:13

“In the rugged wilderness of Appalachia, the members of an isolated community of Pentecostal snake handlers led by Pastor Lemuel risk their lives to …

How to Become a Sundance Worthy Documentary Cinematographer

February 4th, 2019

36:31

The documentary cinematographer is a special kind of cinematographer. Whereas in narrative, the role is more defined, DP’s of the more truthful …

Does This Year's Sundance Signal the Death of Truly Independent Film? NFS Live Pt.2

January 31st, 2019

53:04

Emily Buder, Erik Luers, George Edelman, Ryan Koo and Jon Fusco are all together again in Park City to give you a rundown of everything that happened …

No Film School Live from Sundance 2019 Pt.1

January 28th, 2019

45:05

Taking its rightful place at the very beginning of the 2019 festival circuit, the Sundance Film Festival is often an unpredictable beast. But Jon …

Best of the 2018 No Film School Podcast Interviews, Part 3

January 21st, 2019

1:10:14

It's not all about big names and big projects here on the No Film School Podcast. Some of our best conversations take place with artists who are just …

Best of the 2018 No Film School Podcast Interviews, Part 2

January 14th, 2019

1:03:12

We had some of the biggest directors of the year on the show in 2018 and this batch of best ofs proves it. Yorogs Lanthimos, Debra Granik, Jeremy …

IFW 1.10.19: The Final Episode

January 10th, 2019

1:04:17

Liz Nord, Erik Luers, Charles Haine and (kind of) Jon Fusco are all together for the last time on this special, final episode of our long-running independent film news series Indie Film Weekly. There are three years …

Best of the 2018 No Film School Podcast Interviews, Part 1

January 7th, 2019

1:00:41

Depending on what stage of your career you’re at, you can learn as much from someone who's gotten a couple shorts into some major festivals as you can from a director like Yorgos Lanthimos. It’s in this realization …

IFW 12.20.18: Indie Film Weekly Will Come to an End in 2019

December 20th, 2018

2:01

It is with a heavy heart that today we are announcing that Indie Film Weekly will be entering an indefinite hiatus in 2019. We will have one final …

IFW 12.13.18: How to Build Relationships in the Biz & 2018's Biggest Box Office Draw

December 13th, 2018

47:35

Jon Fusco, Erik Luers, and Liz Nord are back together for the final show of 2018. It was an amazing year for film, but a recent study found that there was one key ingredient for the biggest box office successes. And …

Why the Bolex is the World’s Most Beloved Camera

December 10th, 2018

43:10

Filmmaker Alyssa Bolsey didn’t discover until she was in film school herself that her great-grandfather had invented the iconic Bolex 16mm camera. …

IFW 12.6.18: Sundance Selections & Our Full Review of the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera

December 6th, 2018

43:54

Sundance's own Liz Nord joins the show to give Jon Fusco and Erik Luers the down and dirty on all Sundance's Feature and Shorts selections for 2019 …

Making the Move from Producer to Director: Cristina Gallego on 'Birds of Passage'

December 3rd, 2018

29:05

While Cristina Gallego was busy working as a producer on her partner Ciro Guerra's magnificent film "Embrace of the Serpent", she caught wind of a story from one of the many indigenous non-actors onset. That story was …

IFW 11.29.18: The First Film Awards of the Season & How to Shoot Safe Sex

November 29th, 2018

48:04

Jon Fusco, Erik Luers, and Liz Nord are here to catch you up on all the stuff you missed while in a tryptophan coma last week. Believe it or not, …

Yorgos Lanthimos on How to Shoot Surrealist Film

November 26th, 2018

25:09

If you've seen any of Yorgos Lanthimos' films, then you know the Greek director isn't afraid to put anything on the screen. Like many famous surrealists, Lanthimos isn't interested in exploring stories where things go …

IFW 11.22.18: A Thanksgiving Miracle & Are Big Changes Coming for Final Cut?

November 22nd, 2018

45:01

Jon Fusco and Erik Luers are stranded together in Brooklyn for yet another turkey day, but a major announcement from The Criterion Collection has …

Academy Award Winner László Nemes on Following Your Inspiration to Success

November 19th, 2018

28:35

How we approach history and how we approach film are very similar. As László Nemes puts it, history doesn’t work the way we think it works, we think we know more about these events in our past, but there’s no way of …

IFW 11.15.18: Our Favorite Books on Cinema & The Death of a Real-Life Superhero

November 15th, 2018

43:41

Jon Fusco, Erik Luers, and Liz Nord are here to recap what was a truly insane week in the world, even in the film industry. They discuss an …

Mike Leigh on How to Become Your Actor's Dream Director

November 12th, 2018

23:32

Working with Mike Leigh is what you would call an actor’s dream true. Since his debut in 1972, the seventy-five-year-old legendary British director …

IFW 11.8.18: The Greatest Foreign Films of All Time & How Much You Should Be Asking for Upfront?

November 8th, 2018

46:58

Jon Fusco, Erik Luers, and Liz Nord are here this week to reveal a few of their favorites from what BBC has labeled their one hundred greatest …

'Diamantino': How to Make a Masterpiece Out of Your Mistakes

November 5th, 2018

34:36

For co-directors Daniel Schmidt and Gabriel Abrantes, the making of Diamantino was just as, if not more complex, than the award-winning film's insane plot. It tells the story of Diamantino, the world's premier soccer …

IFW 11.1.18: Farewell FilmStruck & Is Apple Finally Filmmaker Friendly?

November 1st, 2018

51:52

Jon Fusco, Erik Luers, and Liz Nord are back together again, this time to mourn the loss of yet another brilliant streaming service. But while our home options dwindle, box offices around the country continue to put up …

For Paycheck or For Passion? Steven Yeun on 'Burning', 'Sorry to Bother You' and Building a Career

October 29th, 2018

25:20

It's hard to coin Steven Yeun's year as "breakthrough" since the South Korean actor has been a figure in the public's eye since his first appearance …

IFW 10.25.18: Our Thoughts on the New MacBook Pro & Where to Submit Your Film Online

October 25th, 2018

42:24

Jon Fusco is back this week with Liz Nord to lead you through the fallout of Withoutabox's shut down and what it could mean for your project. Plus, …

Why You Should Edit Your Own Films

October 22nd, 2018

44:28

Irene Lusztig (‘Yours in Sisterhood’) and Dominic Gagnon (‘Going South’)—two filmmakers who edit their own films—join No Film School’s Liz Nord to …

IFW 10.18.18: Why 2018 Has Been a Great Year for Movies & Where to Move if You Want to Make One

October 18th, 2018

38:23

Erik Luers and Liz Nord are together again to discuss the state of the movie industry as we near the end of 2018 and how it could lead to a downward …

One Hundred Different Ways to Get Your Film Funded

October 15th, 2018

56:44

Hayley Pappas (Head of RYOT Films), Caroline von Kuhn (Director of Artist Development at SFFILM), and Leah Giblin (Head of Grants at Cinereach) are …

IFW 10.11.18: Your Favorite Filmmakers Defined & A New Mirrorless Camera from Fuji

October 11th, 2018

40:35

Erik Luers, and Liz Nord get together this week to discuss two of their favorite things: movies and words. They also address some pretty spooky rumors that George Romero may soon be rising from the dead.

Charles Haine …

How to Become a Top Notch Sound Designer with the Team Behind 'First Man'

October 8th, 2018

37:36

Not many people with an interest in film have the direction to start pursuing sound at an early point in their career. It seems, rather, that through …

IFW 10.4.18: When to Move On to Freelancing & Why You Should Be Playing Video Games

October 4th, 2018

42:19

Jon Fusco and Erik Luers buckle down and get serious this week to discuss one of the single biggest hacking controversies of our generation and what …

Jeremy Saulnier on Why Being a DP is More Fun than Being a Director

October 1st, 2018

23:02

Jeremy Saulnier has carved out his own little place in film history. His second feature film Blue Ruin was the first of its kind in many ways, an …

IFW 9.27.18: How to Correctly Use a Fish & A New Mirrorless Camera From Panasonic?

September 27th, 2018

39:10

It seems like the Toronto International Film Festival just wrapped up but Jon Fusco, Erik Luers and Liz Nord are all back together this week to preview the Fall's next big one, The 56th Annual New York Film Festival. …

From Film School 'Failure' to Godard's Cinematographer: Fabrice Aragno on Working with Jean-Luc

September 24th, 2018

35:53

When Fabrice Aragno went to film school, he was written off as a creator of meaningless images. What was the point of his thesis picture? Where was …

IFW 9.20.18: Two of the Years Biggest Cameras & How to Advertise Your Short Film

September 20th, 2018

49:06

In this episode, Jon Fusco and Erik Luers talk TIFF takeaways, a successor to MoviePass that could actually work out and the Emmys' failures to get …

'Think Slow, Act Fast': Joe Walker on Editing for Steve McQueen and Denis Villeneuve

September 17th, 2018

23:16

Steve McQueen has made some great movies. So has Denis Villeneuve. So what do Hunger, Sicario, Shame, Blade Runner 2049, 12 Years a Slave and Arrival have in common? They were all edited by Joe Walker.

McQueen and …

IFW 9.12.2018: The Academy Makes a Smart Decision & How Hard Should You Be Working?

September 13th, 2018

31:25

In this episode, Erik Luers and Liz Nord reveal a couple of changes to awards season that everyone can agree on, Nicoloas Cage is in a really good …

How Do You Know What to Cut on the Editing Floor? The First Short: THE GUY [Episode 3]

September 10th, 2018

1:06:52

It seems that many short films even after they wrap a successful shoot never end up seeing the light of day. And why is that? Because they dry up in …

IFW 9.6.18: Our Most Anticipated Films at TIFF & Other Movies to See in Fall 2018

September 6th, 2018

42:04

Festival season is upon us once more and with it, a whole new class of award contenders have suddenly made themselves known. In this episode, Jon …

How to Raise Money & What Should You Expect in Production? The First Short: THE GUY [Episode 2]

September 3rd, 2018

1:00:51

A short film is a tricky thing, you don’t know how much time or money to invest in such a personal thing that nobody may even end up seeing, so a lot of people don’t even try. The point of this podcast is to get you to …

IFW 8.30.18: Our Top Advice from Three Years of Filmmaker Interviews

August 30th, 2018

37:44

In this episode of Indie Film Weekly, No Film School co-hosts Liz Nord, Jon Fusco, and Erik Luers discuss how Netflix is getting revenge on Cannes …

How Do You Make a Film with Zero Experience? The First Short: THE GUY [Episode 1]

August 27th, 2018

59:34

A short film is a tricky thing, you don’t know how much time or money to invest in such a personal thing that nobody may even end up seeing, so a lot of people don’t even try. The point of this podcast is to get you to …

IFW 8.23.18: 360° Filmmaking Finally Makes Sense & How Old is Too Old to Make a Movie?

August 23rd, 2018

52:08

In this episode of Indie Film Weekly, No Film School co-hosts Liz Nord, Jon Fusco, Charles and Erik Luers discuss whether a new potential move by …

'Meow Wolf': How to Build an Immersive World Through Film

August 20th, 2018

32:00

Oakley Anderson Moore sits down with co directors Morgan Capps and Jilann Spitzmiller to talk about making a documentary that captures the creative …

IFW 8.16.18: Blackmagic's New Resolve is a Masterpiece & The Scariest Trailer Ever Made

August 16th, 2018

47:47

With Liz Nord absent and on the hunt for Alfonso Cuaron's famed VR piece in Mexico City, Jon Fusco and Erik Luers fill in to tell you about the …

How to Make a Short Film for Only $4.50

August 13th, 2018

33:26

What is the least amount of money you think you could spend on the production of a short film from pre to post production and still get into a major …

IFW 8.9.18: How to Perfect Your Script & Why Docs Are the New Blockbusters

August 9th, 2018

47:24

In this episode of Indie Film Weekly, No Film School co-hosts Liz Nord, Jon Fusco, and Erik Luers discuss how theatrical documentaries are taking …

How to Shoot a Feature Film for Only $7000

August 6th, 2018

52:40

With only $7K, fourteen days, and no crew, Alejandro Montoya Marín made a chockablock action-comedy feature. If you're wondering why these parameters, here's the reason: it took $7000 bucks for Robert Rodriguez to shoot …

IFW 8.2.18: What to Know Before You Drone & The Best Way to Get Your Short Seen

August 2nd, 2018

51:40

In this episode of Indie Film Weekly, No Film School co-hosts Liz Nord, Jon Fusco, and Erik Luers discuss the union negotiations that might have the …

How to Become a Top TV Editor

July 30th, 2018

38:09

Emmy-nominated TV editors A.M. Peters ('Queer Eye') and Tenille Uithoff ('Full Frontal with Samantha Bee’) join Liz Nord to discuss how to break into …

IFW 7.26.18: Nikon Teases a Full Frame Mirrorless & What Should We Make of the James Gunn Firing?

July 26th, 2018

44:48

In this episode of Indie Film Weekly, No Film School co-hosts Liz Nord, Jon Fusco, and Erik Luers discuss what we should make of James Gunn being …

How to Make the Jump from Short to Feature with Award Winning Director Jim Cummings

July 23rd, 2018

26:48

Jim Cummings career is a case study in DIY Filmmaking. His short film Thunder Road redefined the path of a festival award winner. After earning the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance, the short took the internet by storm, …

IFW 7.19.18: How to Start Your Own Netflix & Why You Should Buy a Still Camera Over Video

July 19th, 2018

51:04

In this episode of Indie Film Weekly, No Film School co-hosts Liz Nord, Jon Fusco, Erik Luers, and Charles Haine discuss why you might be able to …

Why Making a Good Music Documentary Means Speaking Two Universal Languages

July 16th, 2018

34:23

It’s very hard to make a film about music that’s better than actually just listening to music. That’s the challenge co-directors T.G. Herrington and Danny Clinch took on in A Tuba to Cuba, a documentary the revered New …

IFW 7.12.18: How to Properly Use a Green Screen & The 25 Coolest Festivals in the World

July 12th, 2018

45:07

Jon Fusco, Erik Luers and Charles Haine are here this week to help you identify a few dozen film festivals that need to be on your radar, go bananas …

How Working Within Extreme Constraints Actually Benefits Your Film

July 9th, 2018

44:24

Emmy-winning director Madeline Sackler, Cinematographer Wolfgang Held (BRÜNO, PARTICLE FEVER) , and actor/producer Boyd Holbrook (LOGAN, NARCOS) join …

IFW 7.5.18: Where to Live for a Career in Film & How to Spend Your Camera Budget

July 5th, 2018

46:13

In this episode of Indie Film Weekly, No Film School co-hosts Liz Nord, Jon Fusco, Erik Luers, and Charles Haine discuss how the extension of …

'Leave No Trace': The Secret Ingredient to Great Casting

July 2nd, 2018

33:44

Debra Granik is perhaps best known for her casting and direction of Jennifer Lawrence’s breakout role in WINTER’S BONE, which was nominated for an …

IFW 6.28.18: How YouTube and Instagram Are Competing For Your Videos

June 28th, 2018

44:04

In this episode of Indie Film Weekly, No Film School co-hosts Liz Nord, Jon Fusco, and Erik Luers discuss how Instagram’s new IGTV service prompted …

What You Can Do in Distribution to Maximize the Life of Your Film

June 25th, 2018

48:05

When you start out as a filmmaker, you think that all you have to do is make a great film. Unfortunately, it’s damn hard to get people to even hear about your film let alone watch it.

Even if you play a prestigious …

IFW 6.21.18: Our First Impressions of ProRes RAW & The Movie Ticket Subscription Race Heats Up

June 21st, 2018

49:51

In this episode of Indie Film Weekly, No Film School co-hosts Liz Nord, Jon Fusco, and Erik Luers discuss why a recent marketing stunt by MoviePass …

How to Meld the Perfect Collaborative Atmosphere on Set

June 18th, 2018

32:05

Making a movie is like making a good stew. Sure, that may not be the first analogy you’d jump to while racking your filmmaking ethos, but for Robert Schwartzman director of The Unicorn, one of 2018’s best comedies, it …

IFW 6.14.18: Why Renting Gear Just Got Easier & How to Overcome Your Creative Block

June 14th, 2018

45:56

In this episode of Indie Film Weekly, No Film School co-hosts Liz Nord and Jon Fusco discuss the absurd reality that pits a film star against a TV …

No Business School: How to Save Time and Money on Your Films

June 11th, 2018

38:23

Stephen R. Morse (AMANDA KNOX, EUROTRUMP) joins Liz Nord to discuss how his education at Oxford Business School changed the way he makes movies, and …

IFW 6.7.18: Our Favorite Gear from Cinegear 2018 & Why Movie Theaters are Failing Audiences

June 7th, 2018

51:16

In this episode of Indie Film Weekly, No Film School co-hosts Liz Nord, Jon Fusco, and Erik Luers discuss the unexpected indie hit en route to …

"Hearts Beat Loud": The Secrets to Recording Live Music for Film

June 4th, 2018

23:56

For "Hearts Beat Loud", Director Brett Haley wanted to tell a story about people who make music, so he asked his stars, Nick Offerman and Kiersey Clemons to play all the music...completely live. When it comes to actors …

How Do You Become a Filmmaker (And Other Questions)? The First Feature: AMATEUR [Episode 10]

May 30th, 2018

59:19

In this episode of our step-by-step podcast on how to get your first feature made, using No Film School founder Ryan Koo's Netflix Film Amateur as a …

How Tech Can Be Used to Turn Your Movie into a Global Movement

May 28th, 2018

50:46

Four-time Sundance filmmaker Tiffany Shlain and her Let It Ripple Studio have made and distributed films that have engaged over 50 Million people in dialogue with a new model that they developed to start global …

IFW 5.24.18: Netflix Nabs the Obamas & A Major Week for RED

May 24th, 2018

46:29

In this episode of Indie Film Weekly, No Film School co-hosts Liz Nord, Jon Fusco, Erik Luers and Charles Haine discuss the quiet indie making a loud …

How Do You Release Your Film? The First Feature: AMATEUR [Episode 9]

May 23rd, 2018

1:00:06

In this episode of our step-by-step podcast on how to get your first feature made, using No Film School founder Ryan Koo's Netflix Film Amateur as a …

How Post-Production Makes or Breaks a Film, Part 2: The Secret Art of Colorists

May 21st, 2018

49:54

If you've seen a few independent films that have come out of the festival circuit the past year or two, odds are you've seen the work of Sam Daley, …

IFW 5.17.18: How to Make Sure You Get Paid & Have We Discovered the New RED?

May 17th, 2018

39:40

In this episode of Indie Film Weekly, No Film School co-hosts Liz Nord, Jon Fusco, and Erik Luers share loads of news from the 71st Cannes Film …

How Do You Finish Your Film? The First Feature: AMATEUR [Episode 8]

May 16th, 2018

1:08:08

In this episode of our step-by-step podcast on how to get your first feature made, using No Film School founder Ryan Koo's Netflix Film Amateur as a …

How Post-Production Makes or Breaks a Film, Part 1: The Editor's Process

May 14th, 2018

43:23

The difference between a film that has some good moments and a full-fledged, unhindered story hinges on how it's treated in post-production. That …

IFW 5.10.18: A Selfie-Free Cannes Kicks Off & Can Your Short Really Be a Calling Card?

May 10th, 2018

50:25

In this episode of Indie Film Weekly, No Film School co-hosts Liz Nord, Jon Fusco, and Erik Luers discuss the opening of the 71st annual Cannes Film …

How Do You Go Through Production? The First Feature: AMATEUR [Episode 7]

May 9th, 2018

1:04:16

In this episode of our step-by-step podcast on how to get your first feature made, using No Film School founder Ryan Koo's Netflix Film Amateur as a …

How Do You Protect Your Film’s Subjects, Data, and Yourself in Unsafe Situations?

May 7th, 2018

46:30

Three filmmakers with documentary films in the 2018 Tribeca and HotDocs lineups—Assia Boundaoui of ‘The Feeling of Being Watched’, Nancy Schwartzman …

IFW 5.3.18: Why RED is Partnering with Facebook & Is MoviePass Finished?

May 3rd, 2018

51:05

In this episode of Indie Film Weekly, No Film School co-hosts Liz Nord, Jon Fusco, and Erik Luers discuss two of the most important industry events …

How Do You Tell Your Story Visually? The First Feature: AMATEUR [Episode 6]

May 2nd, 2018

56:18

In this episode of our step-by-step podcast on how to get your first feature made, using No Film School founder Ryan Koo's Netflix Film "Amateur" as …

What a Festival Programmer Looks for in a Short Film

April 30th, 2018

38:59

We’ve discussed many different tactics for getting your short films into film festivals on this podcast, but at SXSW last month we decided to head straight for the source: the people in charge of selecting the films …

IFW 4.26.18: Has Tribeca Become New York’s Best Fest for Indie Filmmakers?

April 26th, 2018

56:38

In this episode of Indie Film Weekly, No Film School co-hosts Liz Nord, Erik Luers and Jon Fusco share all the news, films, projects, and directors …

How Do You Attach Cast and Prep a Film? The First Feature: AMATEUR [Episode 5]

April 25th, 2018

1:15:45

In this episode of our step-by-step podcast on how to get your first feature made, using No Film School founder Ryan Koo's Netflix Film Amateur as a …

Why Now is the Time to Make Your Doc Short

April 23rd, 2018

49:25

Three filmmakers with short nonfiction films in the SXSW 2018 lineup—Jury Award-winner Charlie Tyrell, Mohammad Gorjestani, and Leah Galant—sit down …

IFW 4.19.18: The NAB Tech That You Need to Know & Does Netflix or Cannes Have Indie Film's Back?

April 19th, 2018

1:00:03

In this episode of Indie Film Weekly, No Film School co-hosts Liz Nord and Erik Luers and discuss whether independent filmmakers ultimately pay the …

How Do You Pitch Your Film and Find Financing? The First Feature: AMATEUR [Episode 4]

April 18th, 2018

1:07:22

In this episode of our step-by-step podcast on how to get your first feature made, we dive into the pitching and financing processes on Ryan Koo's Netflix Film AMATEUR. This episode covers his experiences pitching …

How to Get a Vimeo Staff Pick with DANIELS, Kirsten Lepore, and Head Curator Sam Morrill

April 16th, 2018

50:13

The landscape for short films is changing quickly. One might say we're entering a "Golden Age," where content is being taken seriously and you can …

IFW 4.12.18: The Gear That Finally Made NAB Exciting Again

April 12th, 2018

32:13

In this special episode of Indie Film Weekly, Charles Haine, Andy Zou, and Jon Fusco broadcast live from the historic Plaza Hotel in downtown Las …

How Do You Become a Screenwriter? The First Feature: AMATEUR [Episode 3]

April 11th, 2018

55:15

In this episode of our step-by-step podcast on how to get your first feature made, we dive into the screenwriting process on No Film School founder …

How the Directors of 'Prospect' Built a Utopia in Pre-Production

April 9th, 2018

22:33

What would you do if you were tasked with building an entire universe on an infinitesimally small budget? Where would you even start? This is …

IFW 4.5.18: Silicon Valley Takes on Hollywood & How Long Should Your Short Film Be?

April 5th, 2018

32:29

In this episode of Indie Film Weekly, No Film School co-hosts Liz Nord and Jon Fusco discuss a new finding on the average length of Oscar-winning …

How Do You Turn a Short into a Feature? The First Feature: AMATEUR [Episode 2]

April 4th, 2018

1:03:17

Here's Episode Two of our new podcast series The First Feature. This is a step-by-step guide on how to get your first feature made, using Ryan Koo's new Netflix Original Film AMATEUR as a case study. In this episode, we …

'First Match': Money-Saving Production Hacks to Make Low-Budget Features Shine

April 2nd, 2018

49:58

Director/Writer Olivia Newman, DP Ashley Connor, Editor Tamara Meem, and producers Chanelle Elaine and Bryan Unkeless of ‘First Match’ join No Film …

IFW 3.29.18: Canon Reveals its ARRI Competitor & Spielberg's Take on Netflix

March 29th, 2018

52:09

In this episode of Indie Film Weekly, No Film School co-hosts Liz Nord, Jon Fusco, and Erik Luers discuss the MoviePass effect on indie films and a …

How Do You Know Which Idea to Pursue? The First Feature: AMATEUR [Episode 1]

March 28th, 2018

48:49

Here's Episode One of our new podcast series The First Feature. This is a step-by-step guide on how to get your first feature made, using Ryan Koo's new Netflix Original Film AMATEUR as a case study.

In this episode, we …

Don't Wait for Somebody to Make Your Movie, Do it Yourself: The Winning Mantra Behind 'Thunder Road'

March 26th, 2018

26:56

Some would say that Jim Cummings' journey to winning this year's SXSW Grand Jury Prize for best narrative feature started back in 2016 when his short …

IFW 3.22.18: No Film School's Greatest Piece of Original Content Ever & A New Cut of 'The Shining'?

March 22nd, 2018

41:11

Jon Fusco and Erik Luers are back from SXSW while Liz Nord has mysteriously disappeared, so get ready for a testosterone-fueled recap of the week's best news from the entertainment world! The resident men of the …

The First Feature: AMATEUR Podcast Announcement

March 19th, 2018

2:23

The First Feature is a new in-depth podcast series on No Film School about the making of a single film: in this case, NFS founder Ryan Koo's first …

How to Film in the Face of Opposition

March 19th, 2018

37:51

Can you imagine being pepper sprayed, pelted/bombarded with rubber bullets, or hit with water cannons while still managing to hold on to your camera …

IFW 3.15.18: Why SXSW is More than Just a Film Festival

March 15th, 2018

42:10

Co-hosts Jon Fusco, Erik Luers, Oakley Anderson-Moore and yours truly, Liz Nord have been running all over downtown Austin, Texas for the past week …

Episodic Roundtable: How to Get Your Series Off the Ground

March 12th, 2018

38:06

Nash Edgerton, Tonya Glanz, and Cesar Mazariegos are three creators of shows that were featured in the new Indie Episodic section at Sundance 2018. …

IFW 3.8.18: What to Look for at SXSW 2018 & How to Perfect Your Dolly Moves

March 8th, 2018

42:56

In this episode of Indie Film Weekly, No Film School co-hosts Liz Nord, Jon Fusco, and Erik Luers get pumped for America’s coolest film festival, …

How To Use Trends in Filmmaking to Your Advantage

March 5th, 2018

28:54

If you haven’t picked up on the hottest trend in film and TV right now, then you may be living under a rock. Of course, we're talking about the “80’s Revival” a movement seemingly spurred by the success of Stranger …

IFW 3.1.18: Canon Finally Makes a Mirrorless Camera & Our 2018 Oscars Preview

March 1st, 2018

53:21

In this episode of Indie Film Weekly, No Film School co-hosts Liz Nord, Jon Fusco, and Erik Luers preview the upcoming Academy Awards, ponder whether …

Why You Need to Stop Making Excuses and Make a Short Film

February 26th, 2018

50:38

To say that it’s tough to play your short at Sundance is an understatement. In 2018, 69 shorts were picked from 8,740 submissions. While there’s no …

IFW 2.22.18: When to Use a Cine Lens & Has BitCoin Officially Hit the Film Industry?

February 22nd, 2018

52:36

In this episode of Indie Film Weekly, No Film School co-hosts Liz Nord, Jon Fusco, and Erik Luers and discuss how BitCoin and the blockchain are …

'Piercing': How to Cultivate Tone and Style in Your Film

February 19th, 2018

35:17

It’s no secret that filmmakers copy those other filmmakers in their lives who most inspire them. Whether that’s picking up on some sort of trademark dialogue, production design, pacing, music, performances, editing, or …

IFW 2.15.18: The Worst Job On Set Gets Better & What Camera Should You Shoot Your Short On?

February 15th, 2018

48:10

In this episode of Indie Film Weekly, No Film School co-hosts Liz Nord, Jon Fusco, and Erik Luers discuss ‘Black Panther’ mania ahead of the …

How to Maintain Your Sanity as Director When Everything Descends Into Chaos

February 12th, 2018

32:19

In his introduction speech prior to the premiere of "The Catcher Was a Spy," Sundance Director of Programming John Cooper described the film’s director Ben Lewin as the “nicest director you'll ever meet.” When you’ve …

IFW 2.8.18: ARRI Finally Goes 4K & Tarantino's Big On-Set Boner

February 8th, 2018

54:40

In this episode of Indie Film Weekly, No Film School co-hosts Liz Nord, Jon Fusco, and Erik Luers discuss why the ‘Kill Bill’ car crash story matters …

DP Roundtable: How to be the Cinematographer Your Director Needs

February 5th, 2018

59:34

Meet four powerhouse cinematographers who had nine projects between them at Sundance this year: Claudia Raschke, Shana Hagan, Ashley Connor and Mia Cioffi Henry. The talented group sat down at Sundance 2018 with No Film …

IFW 2.1.18: Why VR is Finally Hot & Has RED Developed Its Alexa Killer?

February 1st, 2018

44:50

In this episode of Indie Film Weekly, No Film School co-hosts Liz Nord, Jon Fusco, and Erik Luers discuss two historic Sundance deals and what the …

The Zellner Brothers on Why You Need to Do Something New With Every Film You Make

January 29th, 2018

24:04

Nathan and David Zellner are no strangers to Sundance, but perhaps they wish the festival was as new and exciting to them as it was when they premiered "Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter" back in 2014. That's not to say Park …

IFW 1.25.18: Did Streaming Deals Die at Sundance 2018?

January 25th, 2018

57:22

In this episode of Indie Film Weekly, No Film School co-hosts Liz Nord and Jon Fusco are joined by Oakley Anderson-Moore and Erik Luers to give a …

How to Build a Score That Raises Your Audience's Expectations

January 22nd, 2018

31:38

Well, here we are, live from Utah and our first interview out of Sundance is for a film called "Arizona." Bizarre right? Well not nearly as bizarre as the film itself. Set in the midst of the 2009 housing crisis, this …

IFW 1.18.18: The Best Filmmaking Apps & Our Sundance 2018 Preview

January 18th, 2018

44:46

In this episode of Indie Film Weekly, No Film School co-hosts Liz Nord and Jon Fusco are headed to Park City, Utah for the 34th Sundance Film …

Best of the The No Film School Podcast 2017, Part 3

January 15th, 2018

57:45

This is the third and final episode of our “Best of 2017”, but honestly, with the quality of advice we received over the course of our interviews …

IFW 1.11.18: Our Pick for Best Mirrorless Camera & A Golden Globes to Remember

January 11th, 2018

49:17

In this episode of Indie Film Weekly, No Film School co-hosts Liz Nord and Jon Fusco discuss one of the most memorable Golden Globes ever and other …

Best of the The No Film School Podcast 2017, Part 2

January 8th, 2018

50:55

It’s officially a new year but we’re still not over how great our podcasts turned out in 2017. Last year, we started doing interview podcasts every single week in addition to our Indie Film Weekly episodes. We’ve had …

IFW 1.4.18: The Most Popular Rental Gear of 2017 & Is Netflix About to Be Sold?

January 4th, 2018

43:01

In this episode of Indie Film Weekly, No Film School co-hosts Liz Nord, Jon Fusco, and Charles Haine discuss rumors of a major merger that could …

Best of the The No Film School Podcast 2017, Part 1

December 28th, 2017

41:00

Well, it's been quite a year. Here at No Film School, we started doing interview podcasts every single week in addition to our Indie Film Weekly …

IFW 12.21.17: The Best Movies, Gear, and Filmmaking Advice of 2017

December 21st, 2017

46:52

This special, year-end episode of Indie Film Weekly reveals the best that 2017 had to offer while you were busy making films. This year was full of …

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

December 14th, 2017

50:43

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 …

How to Film in a War Zone

December 11th, 2017

44:09

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 …

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

December 7th, 2017

46:55

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 …

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

November 30th, 2017

41:38

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 …

A Pre-to-Post Primer on Documentary Filmmaking

November 27th, 2017

55:59

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 …

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

November 22nd, 2017

42:02

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 …

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

November 17th, 2017

48:24

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 …

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

November 16th, 2017

42:04

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 …

How Niche Filmmaking Can Move Your Filmmaking Career Ahead

November 13th, 2017

52:39

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 …

How To Shoot Where You're Not Allowed

November 6th, 2017

33:48

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 …

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

October 30th, 2017

36:52

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 …

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

October 26th, 2017

40:09

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 …

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

October 23rd, 2017

19:15

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 …

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

October 19th, 2017

43:45

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 …

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

October 16th, 2017

35:33

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 …

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

October 12th, 2017

34:22

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 …

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

October 9th, 2017

32:13

"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 …

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

October 5th, 2017

45:32

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 …

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

October 2nd, 2017

51:41

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 …

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

September 28th, 2017

39:47

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 …

Pitching Do's and Don’ts: How to Get Your Film Funded

September 25th, 2017

34:52

This week’s guests have heard over 10,000 pitches between them and, in this episode, they reveal what works and what doesn't when you're trying to …

IFW 9.21.17: Why Your Film Isn't Getting into Festivals & Tips From a Guerrilla Filmmaking Legend

September 21st, 2017

37:00

In this episode of Indie Film Weekly, No Film School co-hosts Liz Nord and Jon Fusco discuss why the Emmys are actually worth noticing this year and …

How To Keep Your Production Running Smoothly Across Every Medium

September 18th, 2017

41:52

Why do theater when you can do film? Why do film when you can do theater? Why do one when you can do both? Why do both when you can do VR? Director Dan Hasse and director/actor Taylor Myers are an ambitious pair of …

IFW 9.14.17: All Things Apple & Panasonic's Surprisingly Affordable New Camera

September 14th, 2017

41:04

In this episode of Indie Film Weekly, No Film School co-hosts Liz Nord, Jon Fusco, and Charles Haine bring you a fall gear preview. We discuss all …

How a 4-Day Journalism Assignment Became an Explosive Yearlong Doc Production

September 11th, 2017

30:01

When Israeli journalist Maya Zinshtein took on a four-day assignment to cover the arrival of two foreign players to a local soccer club, she had no …

IFW 9.7.17: From Werner Herzog to Barry Jenkins: Best Advice from Over 50 Filmmaker Interviews

September 7th, 2017

50:06

In this episode of Indie Film Weekly, No Film School co-hosts Liz Nord, Jon Fusco, and Emily Buder jump into fall festival season with reports from …

'Expect That Everything Will Go Wrong': How to Ensure Your First Short Film is the Best it Can Be

September 4th, 2017

39:48

Making a short should be an easy thing, right? That’s what No Film School Producer/Editor Jon Fusco thought when he decided he would finally shoot …

IFW 8.31.17: The Best Way to Choose an Anamorphic Lens & Who Rules the Indie Box Office?

August 31st, 2017

41:55

In this episode of Indie Film Weekly, No Film School co-hosts Liz Nord, Jon Fusco, and Charles Haine reveal the best anamorphic lens test we've ever …

What to Do When You've Lost All Hope for Your Film

August 28th, 2017

41:18

Director Janicza Bravo and actor Brett Gelman were 'covered in blood' while trying to get their film ‘LEMON’ made, but now it's theatrically released …

IFW 8.24.17: The Death of Final Cut 7 & Indie Film's Sex Abuse Scandal

August 24th, 2017

39:48

In this episode of Indie Film Weekly, No Film School co-hosts Liz Nord, Jon Fusco, and Emily Buder discuss the CineFamily controversy that's shaking …

The First Family of DIY on How to ‘Make Your Own Damn Movie'

August 21st, 2017

43:26

The reigning families of modern American movies are household names: the Coppolas, the Gyllenhaals, the Afflecks. But what about the Kaufmans? If you …

IFW 8.17.17: 8K is a Lie & Will the Controversial Plan to Make Movies Cheap Actually Kill Them?

August 17th, 2017

41:59

In this episode of Indie Film Weekly, No Film School co-hosts Liz Nord, Jon Fusco, and Emily Buder ponder whether or not cameras have reached peak …

Why Making a Film is the Only Thing That Can Ever Really Prepare You for Making Your First Film

August 14th, 2017

28:50

The quality of this summer’s offering of independent films has just been utterly ridiculous. There have already been so many new voices, new …

IFW 8.10.17: Best Tripods for Your Budget & The Academy's Surprise President

August 10th, 2017

38:46

In this episode of Indie Film Weekly, No Film School co-hosts Liz Nord, Jon Fusco,and Emily Buder discuss two new and very different industry …

The Worst Things a Director Can Do on Set

August 7th, 2017

39:59

The experienced cast of ‘In the Radiant City’ joins No Film School’s Liz Nord to dish on how (and how not) to direct actors. 'In the Radiant City’ is …

IFW 8.3.17: The Demise of DSLR & Soderbergh's Plan to Save Movies

August 3rd, 2017

38:32

In this episode of Indie Film Weekly, No Film School co-hosts Liz Nord, Jon Fusco,and Emily Buder wonder if DSLR filmmaking is finally dead, and …

How Stupid Videos Led to a $5 Million Deal For 'Brigsby Bear' & An 11 Year Trip to 'Killing Ground'

July 31st, 2017

33:49

Back at Sundance, No Film School's Jon Fusco sat down with a few of the teams behind a few of this summer's best independent films while they were …

IFW 7.27.17: How to Break into Modern Hollywood & The Latest DSLR Fail

July 27th, 2017

45:44

In this episode of Indie Film Weekly, No Film School co-hosts Liz Nord, Jon Fusco, and Emily Buder discuss the new rules for breaking into Hollywood …

'Landline': How to Avoid Sophomore Slump and Make Your Second Feature

July 24th, 2017

36:33

‘Landline’ co-writers, Director Gillan Robespierre and Producer Elisabeth Holm join No Film School’s Liz Nord to discuss how they overcame the …

IFW 7.20.17: The Dangers of Being on Set & Best Advice from Summer's Top Indie Directors

July 20th, 2017

41:17

In this episode of Indie Film Weekly, No Film School co-hosts Liz Nord, Jon Fusco,and Emily Buder discuss George Romero's DIY Legacy, what filmmakers …

Flying Lotus on How Rejecting Film School Made Him a Greater Director

July 17th, 2017

26:46

You may know Steve Ellison better by his beat-making alias Flying Lotus, or perhaps even as Flying Lotus' MC alias, Captain Murphy. Music, however, was not his first love. The director, who now simply goes by "Steve" …

IFW 7.13.17: Russia's Plot to Kill Indies & RED's Hype Machine

July 13th, 2017

33:58

In this episode of Indie Film Weekly, No Film School co-hosts Liz Nord, Jon Fusco,and Emily Buder discuss how even indie movies aren't safe from …

Nathan Silver on How a Director Can Pull off Making 8 Films in 8 Years

July 10th, 2017

43:53

No Film School's Emily Buder sits down with prolific indie filmmaker Nathan Silver and the stars of his latest movie, Thirst Street, Lindsay Burdge …

IFW 7.6.17: Canon's Big Misstep & Is Rotten Tomatoes Ruining Moviegoing?

July 6th, 2017

35:54

In this episode of Indie Film Weekly, Emily Buder, Jon Fusco and Charles Haine discuss Hollywood studios' beef with Rotten Tomatoes and what the …

This Director Proves Everyone Can Act, If Only Given the Right Character

July 3rd, 2017

25:04

When Liz Nord spoke with first time Palestinian filmmaker Maysaloun Hamoud back at the Toronto International Film Festival last year, her narrative feature In Between (or Bar Bahar in Arabic) was just about to premiere. …

IFW 6.29.17: Star Wars' Systemic Problem & How to Avoid Getting Hacked

June 29th, 2017

37:30

In this episode of Indie Film Weekly, No Film School co-hosts Liz Nord, Jon Fusco, Charles Haine and Emily Buder discuss the real problem with …

How Starting a Production Company Can Help You Make Your First Film

June 26th, 2017

25:32

Ashley McKenzie is the type of director that does it all. The Canadian multi-hyphenate runs her own production company, writes her own scripts, and …

IFW 6.22.17: Why You Should Go to Film School & How to Rent Your Gear for Profit

June 22nd, 2017

36:36

In this episode of Indie Film Weekly, No Film School co-hosts Liz Nord, Jon Fusco, and Charles Haine weigh the benefits of film school against its …

How to Tap into Your Animalistic Filmmaking Instincts and Become a 'Bitch'

June 19th, 2017

21:31

We saw a lot of movies in the Midnight Section at Sundance this year. There were a lot of weird movies. 'Bitch,' however, is a batshit insane movie. In terms of understanding what we’re dealing with here, the premise …

IFW 6.15.17: What to Look for in a Budget Lens & Why David Mamet is Anti-Film School

June 15th, 2017

31:44

In this episode of Indie Film Weekly, No Film School co-hosts Liz Nord, Jon Fusco, and Emily Buder discuss the new coalition that has longtime rivals …

How to Make an Authentic Movie About Someone Else's Story

June 12th, 2017

34:06

The Emmy award-winning co-directors of Berlinale premiere ‘For Ahkeem', Jeremy S. Levine and Landon Van Soest, and one of the film’s producers, Iyabo …

IFW 6.8.17: Hollywood's Dark Overlord & Panasonic's Race for Indie Dominance

June 8th, 2017

44:24

In this episode of Indie Film Weekly, No Film School co-hosts Liz Nord, Jon Fusco, and Emily Buder discuss the camera that Panasonic hopes will win …

How to Avoid the Crucial Mistakes Everyone Makes on their First Movie

June 5th, 2017

49:25

At Tribeca, No Film School's Emily Buder sat down with first time director Sophie Brooks and her producer, David Brooks, who also happens to be her …

IFW 6.1.17: Canon's Leaked Camera & Why the Judges Cried at Cannes

June 1st, 2017

42:44

In this episode of Indie Film Weekly, No Film School co-hosts Liz Nord, Jon Fusco, and Emily Buder reveal the film that got Jessica Chastain and …

How Do You Know if Your Film is Porn or Art?

May 29th, 2017

33:31

'Flames' co-directors Josephine Decker and Zefrey Throwell waded into the most intimate waters with Ashley Connor, the DP who filmed them having sex. …

IFW 5.25.17: How to Keep Your Actors in the Moment & Where Not to Pitch Your Project

May 25th, 2017

35:26

In this episode of Indie Film Weekly, No Film School co-hosts Liz Nord, Jon Fusco and Charles Haine divulge how to get the most authentic …

Divide and Conquer: Why You Should be Working With a Co-Director

May 22nd, 2017

46:15

Brothers Eshom and Ian Nelms come from humble beginnings. Neither went to film school, instead, they learned from going out and shooting a lot of bad …

IFW 5.18.17: A Game-Changing Law for Freelancers & Are Indies Rising From the Blockbuster's Ashes?

May 18th, 2017

37:03

In this episode of Indie Film Weekly, No Film School co-hosts Liz Nord, Jon Fusco, and Charles Haine wonder if the massive decline predicted for …

How to Turn an On-Set Day Job Into Your Own Film

May 15th, 2017

39:19

Renée Felice Smith and C.A. Gabriel, co-writers and directors of ‘The Relationtrip,’ join No Film School’s Liz Nord after the film’s SXSW premiere to …

IFW 5.11.17: How to Beat the Film Fest System & David Lynch Leaves Movies Behind Forever

May 11th, 2017

46:03

In this episode of Indie Film Weekly, No Film School co-hosts Liz Nord, Jon Fusco, and Emily Buder introduce a filmmaker who learned how to tell …

What to Expect on the Road to Becoming an Ace Documentary Producer

May 8th, 2017

32:16

What does it take to be a fantastic documentary producer? From sitting in a ditch in Greenland’s below freezing weather, to pulling out an intensely …

Indie Film Weekly 5.4.17: 'The Handmaid's Tale' Backlash & Is Tribeca Secretly a Doc Fest?

May 4th, 2017

34:46

In this special festival episode of Indie Film Weekly, No Film School co-hosts Liz Nord and Emily Buder ask whether the Tribeca Film Festival has a …

John Carroll Lynch on How to Be the Director Your Actors Have Always Wanted

May 1st, 2017

29:04

Chances are, you know John Carroll Lynch’s face even if you don’t know his name. The actor, whose perhaps best known for his role as the Zodiac …

Indie Film Weekly 4.27.17: Why This Year's NAB is the Most 'Terrifying' for Filmmakers Yet

April 27th, 2017

35:44

In this special episode of Indie Film Weekly, Charles Haine, Micah Van Hove and Jon Fusco broadcast live from the historic Plaza Hotel in downtown …

How to Make the Jump from Lowly PA to Almighty Director

April 24th, 2017

26:16

Adam Leon made only one short before breaking onto the indie scene with his SXSW winning debut feature Gimme the Loot. With a budget around $60,000 the writer/director won the "Someone To Watch" award at the Film …

Indie Film Weekly 4.20.17: Tribeca Must-Sees & How to Create a DCP the Right Way

April 20th, 2017

36:51

In this episode of Indie Film Weekly, No Film School co-hosts Liz Nord, Jon Fusco and Emily Buder get excited about the 16th edition of the Tribeca …

DP Roundtable: The Shots That Almost Killed Us

April 17th, 2017

42:57

Three cinematographers with three very different films at SXSW 2017 discuss their favorite gear, what DPs can do to stand out off set, how they make …

Indie Film Weekly 4.12.17: NAB Sneak Peek & What’s Shutting Down Hollywood

April 13th, 2017

33:39

In this episode of Indie Film Weekly, No Film School co-hosts Liz Nord and Emily Buder discuss the strike that threatens to bring Hollywood to a …

'DRIB': What Happens When Reality and Fiction Collide?

April 10th, 2017

28:46

The docu-fiction hybrid genre isn't necessarily a new thing. In fact, there are some festivals that are entirely devoted to those films that blur the line between what is real and what is written. It's the liberties in …

Where VR Has Never Gone Before: The 40 Minute Narrative Feature ‘Miyubi’

April 6th, 2017

32:04

NFS Writer Oakley Anderson-Moore talks with the talented artists behind Felix & Paul studios, one of the leading VR production companies in the …

What it Takes to Get Your Midnight Short into SXSW

April 3rd, 2017

37:08

When attending film festivals, there is no more exciting prospect than catching a screening of a midnights shorts section. These are generally made up of the strangest, and in many ways, the most innovative projects …

Indie Film Weekly 3.30.17: Here's Why Hollywood Studios Are Panicking and What it Means For You

March 30th, 2017

43:42

In this week's episode, co-hosts Jon Fusco and Emily Buder discuss what's causing major panic in the studio world, why (and how) you should use …

How to Make a Movie Entirely on Your Own

March 27th, 2017

33:49

Before "Ramblin Freak'," Tacodeli employee Parker Smith had made only one movie featuring sound. The three three-time film school dropout was stuck …

Indie Film Weekly 3.23.17: Has Netflix Replaced Cinema?

March 23rd, 2017

35:18

In this episode of Indie Film Weekly, No Film School co-hosts Liz Nord, Jon Fusco, and Emily Buder dissect Netflix’s balancing act between the indie …

Nick Offerman and 'Infinity Baby' Crew: Being a Script Supervisor is the Best Path to Directing

March 20th, 2017

20:58

This week, we’re kicking off our SXSW coverage on a particularly high note. That’s because this interview features arguably the best voice we’ve ever …

Indie Film Weekly 3.16.17: Why SXSW is the Festival for Fearless Filmmakers

March 16th, 2017

58:03

Co-hosts Jon Fusco, Emily Buder, Oakley Anderson-Moore and Liz Nord have been running all over downtown Austin, Texas for the past week to bring you …

DP Roundtable: From Brilliant Color to Black and White, Lensing a Sundance Award-Winning Film

March 13th, 2017

31:37

In today's episode of The New Film School Podcast, writer Oakley Anderson Moore talks with two DPs. Her guests are Andrew Ackerman, who shot the …

Indie Film Weekly 3.9.17: Smooth Aperture Moves & How To Get the World Talking About Your Film

March 9th, 2017

46:41

In this episode of Indie Film Weekly, No Film School co-hosts Liz Nord, Jon Fusco, and Emily Buder give the secret to shots that smoothly pan from …

How to Start a Production Company: From Film School to Raising Money Out of Your Bedroom Office

March 6th, 2017

43:13

In this episode of the No Film School podcast, Emily Buder sits down with David Ethan Shapiro, CEO of Starlight Studios, and Jacob Schulsinger, …

Indie Film Weekly 3.2.17: How To Make Your Actors Cry & Some Last Words From Bill Paxton

March 2nd, 2017

42:38

In the 50th episode of Indie Film Weekly, No Film School co-hosts Liz Nord, Jon Fusco and Emily Buder share our final conversation with Bill Paxton …

Why VR is Not Filmmaking

February 27th, 2017

36:26

In a breakthrough year for virtual reality, No Film School’s Liz Nord sits down with four Sundance filmmakers who learned to get past convention and …

Indie Film Weekly 2.23.17: We Put RED and ARRI Head to Head & What Makes a Film 'Indie,' Anyway?

February 23rd, 2017

36:43

In this episode of Indie Film Weekly, No Film School co-hosts Liz Nord, Jon Fusco, and Emily Buder weigh in on how "independent film" should be …

Breaking the Algorithm: How to Make Your Video Stand Out Online

February 20th, 2017

28:16

Welcome to the world of modern filmmaking—a place where anyone can make anything at any time and put it online pretty much anywhere. Whether or not people actually watch it? Well, that's a different question. With the …

Indie Film Weekly 2.16.17: Most Anticipated Cameras of 2017 & How Not to Do a Guerrilla Film Shoot

February 16th, 2017

39:07

In this episode of Indie Film Weekly, No Film School co-hosts Liz Nord, Jon Fusco and Emily Buder reveal which cameras shooters are looking to buy …

What It Takes to Get Your Short into Sundance

February 13th, 2017

51:20

For all intents and purposes, the Sundance Film Festival is the Holy Grail for many short filmmakers around the world. Need proof? Just take a look …

Indie Film Weekly 2.9.17: Risks of Making a Super Bowl Ad & Secrets To Shooting a Perfect Long Take

February 9th, 2017

41:41

No Film School co-hosts Liz Nord, Jon Fusco, and Emily Buder discuss this year’s crop of filmmaker-helmed Super Bowl spots, and debate whether or not …

How an Unlikely Yiddish Indie Became A24's First Foreign Language Acquisition

February 6th, 2017

32:06

Yiddish is a language developed among the Jewish population of Central Europe in the 9th century as a mix of their Biblical Hebrew, and the German …

Indie Film Weekly 2.2.17: Netflix and Trump Go After The Oscars

February 2nd, 2017

31:14

In this episode of Indie Film Weekly, No Film School co-hosts Liz Nord, Jon Fusco, and Emily Buder discuss the Netflix acquisition of Oscar-worthy …

A Civil War in 'Bushwick': Getting Your Film Made, from Pitch to Production

January 30th, 2017

26:36

This week, No Film School producer Jon Fusco sits down with Jonathan Milott and Cary Murnion, co-directors of Bushwick, a film that premiered in …

Indie Film Weekly 1.26.17: The Good, The Bad, and The Weird of Sundance 2017

January 26th, 2017

51:56

This episode of Indie Film Weekly brings reports from the ground on the movies, the acquisitions, and the suspected Russian hacking of independent cinema's beating heart. Co-hosts Jon Fusco, Emily Buder, Oakley …

How to Use Documentary as a Call to Action: The Mobilization Tactics of 'Whose Streets?'

January 23rd, 2017

36:10

Producer Jon Fusco kicks off The No Film School Podcast's Sundance coverage with an incredibly important (and timely) discussion on how documentary …

Indie Film Weekly 1.19.17: The Sundance Hype is Real & RED Helium's Record-Breaking Sensor

January 19th, 2017

38:31

In this episode of Indie Film Weekly, we preview the best that Sundance 2017 has to offer, and reveal why RED's Helium 8K is even better than we …

How Filmmakers Can Conquer VR's Biggest Challenges

January 16th, 2017

31:53

In the emerging field of virtual reality filmmaking, there are still lots of basic questions about how best to tell a story in VR, which projects even make a worthwhile story in 360, and what conventions from …

Indie Film Weekly 1.12.17: Why Gear Trade Shows May Be Dying & Kodak Revives a Film Stock Favorite

January 12th, 2017

36:33

Co-hosts Jon Fusco, Emily Buder, and Charles Haine discuss Kodak's big reveal at CES—the revival of color reversal film stock Ektachrome—and why …

Indie Film Weekly 1.5.17: A Rough Start for American Filmmakers in 2017 & Full GH5 Specs Revealed

January 5th, 2017

33:00

In this episode of Indie Film Weekly, No Film School co-hosts Liz Nord, Jon Fusco, and Emily Buder discuss how the death of America’s Section 181 …

Johannes Nyholm on How to Film Contemporary Surrealism

January 2nd, 2017

26:12

The Giant is a film that's nearly impossible to pin down. Director Johannes Nyholm describes it as a western, a cheesy sports movie, a drama, a …

Justin Kurzel on Keeping Your Vision and Breaking the Video Game Curse with 'Assassin’s Creed'

December 29th, 2016

19:52

This week on The No Film School Podcast, Producer Jon Fusco sits down with Justin Kurzel, director of the new Assassin’s Creed movie. The film is, of …

Indie Film Weekly 12.22.16: Best Movies, Cameras & Filmmaker Advice of 2016

December 22nd, 2016

50:11

This special, year-end episode of Indie Film Weekly reveals the best that 2016 had to offer while you were busy making films. This year was full of …

'A Monster Calls': How to Direct Young Actors to Brilliant Performances

December 19th, 2016

23:10

On this week's episode of the No Film School Podcast, we lead a fascinating discussion on how directors can work with young actors to produce …

Indie Film Weekly 12.15.16: The Best 4K Under $4K & Netflix's Bad Deal

December 15th, 2016

35:32

In this episode of Indie Film Weekly, we reveal your best budget 4K camera options, and tell a cautionary distribution tale from the indie doc ‘Do …

Indie Film Weekly 12.8.16: Steadicam Inventor's Key to Creativity & 'Last Tango' Rape Controversy

December 8th, 2016

34:04

In this episode of Indie Film Weekly, we hear from one of the greatest influencers of modern cinema, Steadicam inventor Garrett Brown, and give our …

Alice Rohrwacher on Why You Have to Go into the Void to Make Good Movies

December 5th, 2016

44:19

Cannes-Winning director Alice Rohrwacher was selected to be this year's prestigious Film Society of Lincoln Center Filmmaker in Residence. Rohrwacher …

Indie Film Weekly 12.1.16: The Secret to a Great Screenplay & Hollywood's Math Problem

December 1st, 2016

40:47

In this episode of Indie Film Weekly, we ask why movie financiers are ignoring box office numbers, and divulge how math might help you tell the best …

Write Characters With Room For Actors: Wayne Roberts and Christopher Abbott on 'Katie Says Goodbye'

November 21st, 2016

17:48

Katie Says Goodbye is screenwriter/director Wayne Roberts' first feature. Unlike most first features, however, it had its world premiere earlier this year in front of a packed house in the middle of one of the world's …

Indie Film Weekly 11.17.16: Early Oscar News & Film Budget Fundamentals

November 17th, 2016

35:58

This episode of Indie Film Weekly celebrates Jackie Chan's just rewards and helps you get started on creating an indie film budget. Co-hosts Liz Nord, Jon Fusco, and Emily Buder discuss other early Oscar disclosures, …

Indie Film Weekly 11.11.16: What a Trump Presidency Means for Filmmakers

November 11th, 2016

32:07

In this episode of Indie Film Weekly, we break down the potential impact of America’s new government on artists and the press. No Film School …

'The Eagle Huntress': What You Can Expect After Sundance

November 7th, 2016

32:29

When No Film School's Liz Nord saw 'The Eagle Huntress' at TIFF this year, she wrote that she may have seen the perfect documentary. It’s got all the …

Indie Film Weekly 11.3.16: Apple vs. Microsoft - Who Wants Filmmakers More?

November 3rd, 2016

35:11

In this episode of Indie Film Weekly, we compare the releases of the new Macbook Pro and Microsoft Surface Studio to a high school popularity …

Indie Film Weekly 10.27.16: How Not to Ask Your Actors to Get Naked - A Halloween Spooktacular

October 27th, 2016

44:01

In this Halloween episode of Indie Film Weekly, we attack a scary question for many directors: how do I ask my cast to show some skin? No Film School …

How Directors Joe Wright and Owen Harris Built the Dystopian Worlds of 'Black Mirror’

October 24th, 2016

23:02

With an imagination like Charlie Brooker's at your disposal, translating language into imagery is "like butter." If you aren’t familiar with the …

Indie Film Weekly 10.20.16: Filmmakers Tackle the US Political Circus

October 20th, 2016

31:59

With less than three weeks left until Americans vote for their next president, Indie Film Weekly discusses the film world’s take on the craziest …

Indie Film Weekly 10.13.16: RED Evolves with New 8K Brains & How to Shoot Digital to Feel Like Film

October 13th, 2016

42:07

Three cheers for RED! It seems the company has finally conquered its longstanding PR issues by managing to ship something—the new 8K Helium …

Friction is Where the Good Stuff Comes: The Intense Writer/Director Collaboration Behind 'Christine'

October 10th, 2016

21:12

Antonio Campos and his collective, Borderline Films, have released some of the most exciting independent films of the past ten years. The group, …

Indie Film Weekly 10.6.16: VR Nazi Hunters & How Much To Charge Your Clients

October 6th, 2016

44:44

In this episode of Indie Film Weekly, No Film School co-hosts Liz Nord, Jon Fusco, and Charles Haine reveal how virtual reality is being used to take …

Indie Film Weekly 9.29.16: Hail the Disruptors!

September 29th, 2016

35:08

In this episode of Indie Film Weekly, No Film School co-hosts Liz Nord, Jon Fusco, and Emily Buder reveal companies, gear, and filmmakers that are …

How to Keep Your Subjects Safe: Nanette Burstein on Dangerous Documentary

September 26th, 2016

16:50

Nanette Burstein is well known for films like On the Ropes, American Teen, and The Kid Stays in the Picture. Part of her success likely comes from her insatiable curiosity and persistence in getting to the bottom of a …

Indie Film Weekly 9.22.16: Panasonic Gives Us The Camera We Need & Who to Choose, Agent or Manager?

September 22nd, 2016

28:26

In this episode of Indie Film Weekly, co-hosts Liz Nord, Jon Fusco, and Emily Buder answer one of our most pressing Ask No Film School questions: …

Indie Film Weekly 9.14.16: Why TIFF Matters for Filmmakers (and What You Missed This Year)

September 15th, 2016

41:29

In this special episode of Indie Film Weekly, No Film School co-hosts Liz Nord, Jon Fusco, and Emily Buder come to you from North America’s largest …

Indie Film Weekly 9.8.16: IBC Gear Sneak Peek, Canon's Redemption & Festival Madness

September 8th, 2016

34:36

In this episode of Indie Film Weekly, we kick off fall film fest season with the latest from Telluride and the Venice Biennale, and preview new gear …

Indie Film Weekly 9.1.16: Drone Laws Take Flight & What's Up With Canon’s Latest DSLR

September 1st, 2016

33:12

In this episode of Indie Film Weekly, No Film School’s Liz Nord, Jon Fusco, and Charles Haine get into how the FAA’s new unmanned aircraft …

Indie Film Weekly 8.25.16: The Best Budget Cameras & What’s Missing from BBC’s Top 100 Films

August 25th, 2016

39:36

In this episode of Indie Film Weekly, we take a deep dive into the BBC's new list of the 21st century's greatest films, as chosen by 177 film critics. Our discussion includes the all-important question: Why the f*ck …

Indie Film Weekly 8.18.16: The Unintentional DIY Episode

August 18th, 2016

31:59

This episode of Indie Film Weekly brings surprising DIY stories, from Hollywood to Nollywood and the filmmaker-fashioned gear in between. This week, …

Indie Film Weekly 8.11.16: A New Way to Shoot Magic Hour & What to Watch at Fall Fests

August 11th, 2016

34:00

In this episode of Indie Film Weekly, No Film School co-hosts Liz Nord, Emily Buder, and Jon Fusco reveal a new app that helps you channel your inner …

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