Why Alfonso Cuaron Doesn’t Think Going to Film School Is Necessary Today and What He Got the Most Out Of It

About a month ago, BAFTA LA uploaded what is probably one of my favorite talk with a filmmaker, presently Alfonso Cuaron.  Mexican filmmaker Alfonso Cuaron belongs to the group of filmmakers who defeated the odds, coming from a middle-class family that had no ties with cinema, in a country  ...

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Why You Should NOT Shoot 4K if You’re an Indie Filmmaker

NAB might be behind us but the frenzy for the latest camera never seems to stop. Technical performances always make eyes shine, and with the equipment's price going down, there is a real temptation for indie filmmaker to listen to the 4k mermaid's song. Listening to the Post-Production Panel fr ...

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Everything Cronenberg: Enter TIFF’s Massive Virtual Exhibition

Canadian Filmmaker David Cronenberg is about to finish his fifth decade making films and is not slowing down, with Maps to the Stars to be released sometimes this year, his third feature in 4 years. Cronenberg's universe is not a mainstream one, the director isn't looking to create consensus o ...

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How The Brothers Lynch Created a No-Budget Hypnotizing Internet Hit with Public Domain Content

  I'm very excited about today's guest post, written by Keith Lynch, one half of The Brothers Lynch team.   The Brothers Lynch is the filmmaking tandem behind the hypnotic music video for The Hope of A Favorable Outcome by Carly Paradis. The video wa ...

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Nebraska Cinematographer Phedon Papamichael on The Best Piece of Advice He Received and How it Helped Him

Greek cinematographer Phedon Papamichael,who's been Alexander Payne's collaborator since Sideways (2004), talks in the video below about the full process him and Payne went through to create Nebraska's visual. Nebraska, a road trip across four states in America taken by a father and son that ...

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“The Best Education in Film is to Make One” or How Edwin Nieves Followed Kubrick’s Principle

I am pleased and honored to introduce today's guest post by none other that @eanieves, the filmmaker and peer behind the excellent tumblr A Bitter Sweet Life who is currently in post-production for his short film, 'The Gift'. The making of The Gift follows a personal and rich journey that Edwi ...

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The Art of Shooting B-Roll: Where to Start to Make Sure You’ll Get What You Need

If you ever had to shoot a video for a client, whether  a documentary or a more corporate one, there is one thing you probably quickly realized: B-Roll is key and getting good to great B-Roll is as important is it can be tricky. You need to stay alert and take quick decisions, and the bes ...

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8 Tips From Ken Loach to Capture Spontaneous Performances

Iconic British filmmaker Ken Loach has developed a very particular talent throughout his 20+ films: capturing performances that ring so true that it always feels like Loach has simply put on a invisible coat and shot real people living their life without asking them permission. If you've seen a ...

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What to Expect From Werner Herzog’s Film School? (Along With Required Reading & Watching)

UPDATE 12/04/2014: Dates for Herzog's fifth seminar have been shared. The three days seminar will be in LA from August 22 to August 25. There is a $25 non-refundable fee to apply and, if accepted, the seminar is $1,500. Apply here or read more here. Werner Herzog, the Bavarian filmmaker who ...

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Casey Neistat and the Myth of the Overnight Success

Casey Neistat is becoming a regular source of inspiration on mentorless.com. Since his Nike viral video, and his talk at the Vimeo Film Festival, Neistat has kept releasing videos after videos that reached more and more people, his latest, Snowboarding in New York having been viewed more than 5 ...

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