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February 21, 2020

Pitch Your Script Ideas to Industry Pros Through Coverfly Pitch Week (For Free)


Ready to take your screenwriting career to the next level? Coverfly wants to help you do it through Pitch Week.


Coverfly Pitch Week is now calling for entries for its Fall 2020 initiative.



Now in its 4th season, Pitch Week gives aspiring screenwriters the chance to get paired up with literary managers, agents, producers, and development executives via video conferences and pitch meetings.



Coverfly does this a few times a year. During its last month’s event, 85 writers were connected with industry pros who requested over 74 scripts. This time around, though, Coverfly is upping the ante and giving this opportunity to 100 writers.



If you haven’t heard of Coverfly before, it’s a huge database of carefully curated screenwriting competition entries. Think Match.com meets Rotten Tomatoes meets The Black List. Its algorithm helps track emerging screenwriters and hook them up with Hollywood reps.



And Pitch Week gives screenwriters the chance to pitch their screenplay ideas directly to professionals.

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Source: NoFilmSchool

February 21, 2020

How Do You Craft Artificial Intelligence for a Screenplay?


Writing humans is hard but writing artificial intelligence presents a whole new set of hoops to jump through.


We’ve already passed the original year from Blade Runner (2019), and while we live in a dystopia, we don’t have flying cars or robots posing as humans. Although, I get a lot of bot replies on Twitter, so maybe we’re coming close.



Humans have always been fascinated by science fiction. As technology gets better and better, we see great leaps in where our imaginations can take us. It’s not all aliens and time machines, but sometimes we even get nuanced looks at what makes us human, in the eyes of machines.



I’m talking about artificial intelligence.



Or the robots, computers, and mechanized life-forces created by humans to be…well…human.



Today I want to go over some challenges of writing artificial intelligence and things you should confront to make your screenplays deeper and more satisfying.



But first, check out this video from Richard DeZerga and let’s talk after the jump.



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Source: NoFilmSchool

February 21, 2020

How (and Why) I Made an Indie Sci-Fi Feature Film for $30K


I also managed to sell it to a distributor to get a theatrical and digital release… and you can, too.


I made a $30,000 sci-fi feature film. It won awards at festivals. I sold it to a distributor and it’s getting a limited theatrical release and a global digital release.



But I am NOT here to tell you that I took a $30,000 budget and made a feature film that looks like it cost $100 million dollars.



And I’m not here to claim that I think micro-budget films can, if we’re just clever enough, go toe-to-toe with Hollywood blockbusters.



I’m going to share five kinds of obstacles I overcame in idea generation, world-building, production, VFX workflow, and distribution that I hope will make it easier for you to make a micro-budget sci-fi.



But I also want to make an argument that we should rethink why we are making independent films in the first place, especially indie sci-fi and speculative films.



I don’t think we should even be trying to compete with Hollywood. We should be striving to make films that are strikingly different from big-budget films.

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Source: NoFilmSchool

February 21, 2020

Kinefinity's Price Drop, Coronavirus, Bond, and Working with Actors

Theories abound as to why Kinefinity has dropped its prices.

This week on the No Film School Podcast, we talk about a few big stories in tech, but also answer a question from the NFS community about working with actors that brings up some great stories, learning experiences, and a variety of approaches to directing.

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Source: NoFilmSchool

February 21, 2020

2020 SXSW Music Opening Party Lineup Announced

Opening Party

The SXSW Music Opening Party has become a cornerstone of the festival each year and we’re gearing up for what’s bound to be the best edition yet. This year, it will take place on Tuesday, March 17 at Empire Garage and Empire Control Room from 6-9 pm. Come help us kick off the SXSW 2020 Music Festival with complimentary beverages and a stacked 2-stage lineup of artists from around the globe.

We’re floored to announce this year’s lineup brings ever-evolving British post-punk greats Wire, hot on the heels of their critically aclaimed 17th LP Mind Hive, Wire; South Korean electronic-pop futurist CIFIKA; synthwave auteur Automelodi; cult German feminist art ensemble Chicks On Speed, psychedelic Afro-Columbian dance machine Ghetto Kumbe, andLondon rapper/vocalist and NUXXE co-founder ShyGirl to SXSW 2020

The SXSW Music Opening Party is open to Music and Platinum Badges as well as Artist Wristbands. We’ll see you there!

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Party On

There is still time to register to attend SXSW 2020. Don’t miss all the fun – register today to secure your spot! If you need somewhere to stay, hop on over to SXSW Housing & Travel for the best rates and deals.

Start planning your SXSW adventure early. Explore the 2020 Schedule, mark your favorites, sign up for SXSW Event Updates, and read SXSW News for the latest programming announcements. Even better, follow us on Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, and Facebook.

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Source: SxSW Music

February 21, 2020

A Filmmaker's Guide to Using Patreon


How can Patreon help filmmakers make enough money to work on their dream projects?


The internet and social media have changed the game for independent filmmakers. Now, more than ever, it’s easier to get your name out there. You can promote your projects, skills, and even your equipment.



But monetizing these platforms to help you work on your dream projects has never been easy. There are rules, regulations, and you usually need millions of followers to get a decent ad spend.



Enter Patreon, a website that has slowly risen to the top of the list for filmmakers looking to turn a side profit or even support themselves while running their own business.



Today I want to take a deeper look at the service and see how it’s helping some filmmakers achieve their dreams. Plus, we look at a few strategies to help you maximize your efforts.



Let’s get started.

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Source: NoFilmSchool

February 21, 2020

Valve will sell ‘far fewer’ Index VR headsets due to coronavirus outbreak

Headsets will be available before the release of Half-Life: Alyx … but not many
Source: Digital Trends VR

February 20, 2020

SXSW Music Weekly Roundup: Japanese Breakfast, Mr Eazi, Jose Feliciano, and More

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Source: SxSW Music

February 20, 2020

HTC Vive Cosmos Elite hands-on review: External tracking returns

With old-school external tracking, HTC’s VR faceplate gives Cosmos owners options.
Source: Digital Trends VR

February 20, 2020

With new swappable faceplates, the Vive Cosmos is now a modular VR platform

HTC’s new Vive Cosmos Elite VR headset is designed to be flexible with a modular design.
Source: Digital Trends VR