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April 3, 2020

HBO Releases 500 Hours of Free Programming


Get ready for #stayhomeboxoffice!


In an effort to encourage viewers to stay home, HBO (Home Box Office) has released 500 hours of programming for free. Starting today, Friday April 3rd, HBO fan favorites and classics will be available to watch on HBO platforms without a paid subscription. This marks the first time HBO has released content outside of a paid subscription or cable service. Current HBO hits such as Game of Thrones and Westworld are still behind the HBO paywall, but if you’ve been looking to binge The Wire or Veep, now’s your chance!



Other providers and networks that currently offer free entertainment include AMC Networks, which has made content from AMC, BBC America, IFC, and Sundance Now available, and Amazon, which currently provides kids’ shows for free. Many services are also offering extended free trials, including CBS All Access (one month free with the code GIFT; Patrick Stewart shared the code and information through an Instagram post).



To start your free HBO experience, head to HBONOW.com or HBOGO.com. Here’s the list of content now available without an HBO subscription:

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April 3, 2020

Some of the Biggest Names in Horror Film Want to Read Your Script


Get your script in front of the pros who brought you Sinister, Paranormal Activity, The Walking Dead, Get Out, and this year’s highest-grossing horror film, The Invisible Man.


If you’re a screenwriter who loves spending their time in the world of the macabre, now’s your chance to put your script in front of some of the biggest names in the genre.



ScreenCraft has announced that its Horror Screenwriting Competition is officially open for entries, offering participants the unique opportunity of having their scripts read by Sinister and Doctor Strange screenwriter C. Robert Cargill, as well as executives at Blumhouse, AMC, Jordan Peele’s Monkeypaw Productions, and Goalpost Pictures, which produced The Invisible Man this year.



As it usually goes with ScreenCraft competitions, the prizes focus primarily on giving screenwriters the opportunity to take their careers to the next level.

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April 3, 2020

Blackmagic Introduces ATEM Mini Pro, Pocket 4K and 6K Are Now Studio Ready


Blackmagic Design has rolled out new updates via live stream. Here’s what’s worth knowing.


Despite the canceled NAB show, which may find new legs as an online event, Blackmagic Design hosted a live stream that focused on live production and camera updates.



No Film School was thinking a new camera could have been introduced or a firmware update to its existing line that included ProRes RAW, but that wasn’t the case. Instead, the event focused on the new ATEM Mini Pro and an update to BMPCC to allow the 4K and 6K models to be used as studio cameras.

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April 3, 2020

Cine Gear Expo LA Considers Rescheduling To Later Date


Cine Gear Expo LA could be the next industry trade show to reschedule its event.


Like many of us adapting to a new reality, the producers behind Cine Gear Expo have started considering contingency plans for its Los Angeles show that is scheduled for June 4-7 at the Paramount Studios.



No Film School regularly covers the event that offers filmmakers and creatives an opportunity to get hands-on with the latest storytelling technology or attend seminars to expand skills and knowledge.



The trade show has become popular among attendees as it focuses mainly on filmmaking techniques and gear. In 2017, RED skipped the larger broadcast focused NAB show for Cine Gear, and it was a smart move. NAB can be very expensive for an exhibitor to attend, and Cine Gear Expo is in Hollywood’s backyard. All the major manufacturers in the industry exhibit and the show tends to bring out more of the bigger names in the filmmaking community.

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Source: NoFilmSchool

April 3, 2020

Tarantino Blesses Us with 3 Hours of Film Criticism Discussion


Quentin Tarantino joins this month’s Pure Cinema Podcast to discuss film criticism and culture in an incredible, nearly 3-hour episode.


Even though Tarantino is half a world away in Tel Aviv, he’s still connecting with his New Beverly Cinema family and chatting about movies for the Pure Cinema Podcast. The podcast normally looks at the New Beverly’s upcoming programming, but obviously, with Los Angeles under COVID-19 lockdown, they have no upcoming showings to promote.



Elric Kane, Brian Saur, Julie McLean, and Phil Blankenship join Tarantino, who serves as the New Beverly’s programmer.




Tarantino’s favorite “rip-offs”


To start, Tarantino brings up the podcast’s “Ripoffs” episode from 2017, in which the team talks about the sub-set of movies that are heavily inspired by other, extremely popular films of various periods. For instance, a key subject of the 2017 episode is Cathy’s Curse, which was panned as a rip-off of The Exorcist.

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March 30, 2020

Photos of the Week – Alameda & Beijing

Photos of the Week – Alameda & BeijingabduzeedoMar 30, 2020

Continuing with our series of free high-resolution photos I have been taking and sharing on Unsplash. This week I’d like to share some photos I took in Alameda, Bay Area and Beijing, China.

The photos were taken with the Sony A7 III with the cheap (not so great) Sony FE 50mm F1.8 as well as with the amazing Sony FE 85mm F1.8. I will talk a bit more about these lenses in a future post.

For more information make sure to visit my Unsplash page at https://unsplash.com/@abduzeedo

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March 27, 2020

Final Cut Pro X and Logic Both Now Have 90 Day Free Trials


Final Cut Pro X and Logic are offering 90-day free trials to give users more time to experiment before taking the plunge.


As the world adapts to distributed workflows, much of the support has been aimed towards helping students and educators. Apple has announced 90-day free trials on both Final Cut Pro and Logic software.



Final Cut Pro X has always had a 30-day free trial, but Logic, its audio software, previously didn’t have trials available. If you wanted to give it a shot, you had to buy it. In terms of licenses, Final Cut and Logic both behave similarly to DaVinci Resolve Studio in that they haven’t required upgrade fees in a long time. If you bought FCP X for $299 in 2011, you would still be using it today at that same purchase. That works out to about $2.75/month.

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Source: NoFilmSchool

March 27, 2020

What Are the Symbols in 'Parasite' and What Do They Mean?


Parasite is an incredibly deep social satire with expertly interwoven symbolism. So, how did director Bong Joon-ho do it?


As we deal with the rich having access to Covid-19 tests and tweeting out the music and lyrics of John Lennon from their palatial mansions while some of us plot to kill our roommates, I thought it was a great time to revisit Parasite.



While the news and the insane world seem to have slowed Parasite’s press tour, there’s no time like the present to dig into this masterpiece and talk about the symbolism at the core of its storytelling.



Check out the video from Lessons from the Screenplay and let’s talk after the jump.






How are Symbols Used in Film?


Before we get into the nitty-gritty inside the movie, let’s put down our peaches and talk about symbols. Symbols give you a way to sway the audience. They are tangible objects within the story that represent something larger than what they are.



They are objects bearing the weight of metaphor.



Sometimes we call these things “charged objects.”

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Source: NoFilmSchool

March 27, 2020

Who Will Get Netflix's $100 Million?

Find out all the other ways tech companies are supporting filmmakers through this process.

COVID-19 has hit the world, and industry, hard. This week we talk about who the Netflix funds might apply to, who else might do something similar, what tech companies are doing to help during this time, plus a great question from the community, and of course… NFS60!

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Source: NoFilmSchool

March 27, 2020

Win A Fuijifilm X-T4 Mirrorless Camera and $10K In Other Filmmaking Gear


Nothing to do? How about entering to win some free gear?


It’s a tough time for filmmakers and creatives right now. Fujifilm and Moment both recognize that and have partnered up to giveaway $10,000 worth of gear to one lucky person.



Entering is simple. Go to this website. Enter your name and email and post a “daily inspiration” to Instagram using the #FujixMoment. That’s it. But be sure your Instagram profile is public.



Better yet, the winner will be announced on March 30, 2020, so there’s no waiting for 3 months to see if you’ve won.



Here’s what you could win:


  • Fujifilm X-T4 Mirrorless Camera – Body Only
  • Fujinon XF 16-55mm F2.8 R LM WR
  • Fujinon XF 50-140mm F2.8 R LM OIS WR
  • Fujinon XF 8-16mm F2.8 R LM WR
  • Gear from the Moment Shop


Signing up will most likely automatically add you to Fujifilm and Moment newsletters, so be sure to note your preferred email address for that stuff. That said, No Film School has no affiliation with the contest, we’re only sharing the news.

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