Gas Money, Netflix, and One Thing Every Superman Movie Needs

Deep Fakes, Netflix Victories, Gas Money, and more!

This week on The No Film School Podcast, Editor-in-Chief George Edelman joins host Charles Haine talk about tech news, a feel-good distribution story for an indie filmmaker, reimbursements on set, and most importantly, Superman’s facial hair.

Check back next week for our next episode!

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Canon RF 85mm f/1.2L Versus EF 85mm f/1.2L II: Which Is Better?

Canon RF 85mm f/1.2L Versus EF 85mm f/1.2L II: Which Is Better?

Portrait photographers who have shot with the Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II will probably tell you about how wonderful that lens is. Having this particular focal length with such a wide aperture produces very unique and beautiful results. The new RF mount lens looks to take the crown for the best portrait lens, however.

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Save 20% on FilmConvert and Get the Nitrate Upgrade for Free

FilmConvert’s Nitrate update will give users even more power and control over their color grading. And you can get it for free and save some money on a new FilmConvert license.

During NAB 2019, FilmConvert announced Nitrate, but for months, we had no idea when we were going to be able to take it for a spin. However, the company has just announced that it is coming soon.

We, at No Film School have made it no secret how much we love to use FilmConvert, so an entirely new version is exciting news.

To celebrate the pending release of Nitrate, FilmConvert is running a 20% off sale on all their software. And although Nitrate will be a paid upgrade, all FilmConvert licenses that are purchased now through the sale, with the exception of the FilmConvert Bundle and the Photoshop plugin, will be eligible for a free update to Nitrate.

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Introducing WriterSolo: A Powerful Pay-What-You Want Screenwriting Software

The leading cloud-based screenwriting tool goes offline.

WriterDuet has been around for many years now, and has been the only go-to option for real-time, cloud-based screenwriting collaboration. Though known as the Google-Docs-for-screenwriting, I’ve heard screenwriters say that WriterDuet is, in many ways, the best screenwriting software they’ve ever used.

Well, as of July 1st, 2019, WriterDuet is introducing the offline version of their feature-rich software: WriterSolo. With the high cost of Final Draft ($250) and the annoyance of watermarked free options (Celtx, Fade In), WriterSolo offers a pay-what-you-can model from $0 and up.

Now there’s really no more excuses to not be writing your next script.

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Creating a High-Key Look

Creating a High-Key Look

High-key lighting has a great look to it. It can be very clean and can be fun or elegant or edgy, depending of course on a few other factors of the shoot, such as makeup, hair, clothing, model/client, etc.

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Cosplay Photo Shoot with Huge Fake Rifle Prompts Public Warning

A cosplay photo shoot on a California beach has prompted a public warning from the local Sheriff’s Office after worried beachgoers informed authorities that someone was carrying around a large rifle.

According to KRON4, the incident took place at Seacliff State Beach in Monterey Bay on July 3rd. In pictures taken by onlookers, you can see the woman and a photographer walking along the beach, toting a large and very ominous looking rifle.

In response to the incident, the Santa Cruz Sheriff’s Office clarified that carrying any firearm, even a fake one, out on a public beach is a bad idea. “As we’ve seen in the picture they’re walking around having a good time with what they know may be a fake firearm,” said Sgt. Dee Baldwin, “but our responding officers don’t have any idea what they’re walking into.”

You can see the full news report below:

While the Sheriff’s Office didn’t get into the local laws regarding replica firearms, it’s important to note that many jurisdictions, including the entire state of California, do not allow you to “openly display or expose any imitation firearm in a ‘public place’” unless said firearm is “entirely transparent” or covered in “certain bright colors.”

It might seem like common sense, but it’s best if you leave your massive fake rifle at home if you’re planning to take photos on a public beach.

(via KRON4 via DPReview)

Florida Swimmers Scared Out of Water In Stunning Drone Image

Florida Swimmers Scared Out of Water In Stunning Drone Image

Drones often give us a new perspective, but a Florida dad was stunned to see what his DJI Mavic 2 Pro captured while he was recording his children swimming in shallow waters.

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What Is Motif in Film and How Do You Use Them to Tell Better Stories?

The motif in a film is the next level that gets everyone talking. But how can you utilize it in your writing and directing?

We’ve covered the ideas of the theme in writing, but I wanted to talk about something that commonly gets confused with the theme; the idea of a motif in film. Motif covers all genres. It’s that little something special that adds to the depth and meaning in your film. It’s the thing that film scholars will talk about for ages.

And it can set your work apart from the crowd.

Today we’re going to go over motif in film history, look at a few examples of motifs and leitmotifs, and talk about some spectacular films.

Let’s begin with a question…

What is a motif in film?

Motif in film definition

The motif refers to the recurring thematic elements in a film. These elements must be repeated in a significant way or a way that conveys a purposeful pattern.

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Sheriff’s Office issues public warning over cosplay photo shoot with large fake rifle

A cosplay photo shoot held on the public Seacliff State Beach in Monterey Bay, California prompted a warning from the Santa Cruz Sheriff’s Office. According to local news station KRON4, the photo shoot involved a very large replica rifle that, based on footage shared by the news agency, didn’t feature any sort of markers to indicate that it was fake.

The incident took place on July 3, according to KRON, and involved a police response after concerned beachgoers reported sightings of the fake rifle. Regardless of whether they suspect it is real or fake, the Santa Cruz Sheriff’s Office encourages the public to report the presence of any firearm spotted in public.

Speaking to the news agency, a Sheriff’s Office official warned that carrying a replica gun in public, such as for a cosplay photoshoot, may put people at risk. ‘They may know it’s a replica,’ a Sheriff’s Deputy explained. ‘but our responding officers don’t have any idea what they’re walking into, as well as the other public members that are on the beach.’

Regulations for displaying replica or imitation firearms in public vary based on jurisdiction. In California, imitation firearms are prohibited from display in public places unless they are entirely painted with certain approved bright colors or are entirely transparent. Violating these rules may result in fines for the first and second infractions potentially followed by a misdemeanor for any future violations.

Your Photography Should Be About Storytelling, Not Pixel-Counting or Gear-Collecting

Your Photography Should Be About Storytelling, Not Pixel-Counting or Gear-Collecting

Anyone can buy expensive cameras. And anyone can buy even more expensive lenses. But not everyone can create images that evoke emotion in viewers and really make you think about what’s going on in them.

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Tamron 17-28mm F/2.8 Di III RXD Lens for Sony E Mount Cameras

First reported at CES back in February, Tamron has finally announced all the details of its Tamron 17-28mm F/2.8 Di III RXD lens compatible with all Sony E mount full-frame cameras. This new compact and lightweight wide-angle zoom has a wide aperture of F/2.8 and is an excellent addition to the Tamron 28-75mm.


Tamron 17-28mm F/2.8 Di III RXD

The Tamron 17-28mm F/2.8 Di III RXD (codename A046) is a lightweight and compact wide-angle zoom lens. With a total weight of only 420g and small size of only 99mm long, it features a constant F/2.8 aperture through the entire range. The overall length does not change when you zoom/focus, making it an ideal lens for gimbal use. Otherwise, one thing I didn’t like about Tamron zoom lenses is that the zoom ring is at the front and the focus ring is at the rear of the glass.

This lens is a perfect addition next to the Tamron 28-75mm F/2.8 di III RXD that is already available for a year. This new 17-28mm has a relatively small 67mm front filter ring, similar to the 28-75mm.


The AF drive system uses a Rapid eXtra-silent stepping Drive motor (RXD). This motor should provide quick and precise autofocus in any circumstances. For video shooters, Tamron claims that this RXD motor makes this lens “suitable for shooting virtually noise-free video as well as still photographs.” The minimum focusing distance is only 0.19m (7.5 in) at the wide-angle end.


The lens design of the Tamron 17-28mm F/2.8 Di III RXD consists of 13 lenses in 11 groups. It includes three aspherical lens elements, two low dispersion lens elements, and one extra-low dispersion. These lens elements should suppress chromatic aberrations. On top of that, there is Tamron’s proprietary BBAR (Broad-Brand Anti-Reflection) coating to reduce ghosting and flare.

Finally, there is a fluorine coating applied to the front element making it less prone to fingerprints and more comfortable to clean. Also, the 17-28mm construction is moisture-resistant thanks to various seals at the lens mount area and other critical locations.


Pricing and Availability

The Tamron 17-28mm F/2.8 Di III RXD will be available at the end of this month. It retails for $899.99/1000€ and you can already pre-order it.

In terms of comparison, the Sony 16-35mm f/2.8 GM zoom lens retails for $2198 and is heavier at 680g.

What do you think of this new Tamron 17-28mm wide-angle zoom lens? Do you consider buying it over the Sony version? Let us know in the comments!

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What It’s Like to Shoot with Only a Smartphone for 6 Months

One of the most common pieces of advice when you’re stuck in a creative rut is to “limit yourself.” Pick one focal length, shoot JPEG only, try a style you’re not used to. But what about limiting yourself to just an iPhone? For the past six months, Seoul-based photographer Noealz Photo did just that.

Six months is a long time to limit yourself to a smartphone—in Noealz’ case, an iPhone 7 Plus—especially when your primary genre is nighttime street photography that looks like something straight out of Blade Runner:

But he’s adamant that there were benefits to the experiment. For one, because his phone was always on him and charged, he was almost always shooting:

“I have never shot so much in my life,” he explains. “There have been moments where I would just take a few steps, take a photo, then another few steps later I would want to take another photo.”

The other major advantage was the creative challenge that this posed. “Since I limited myself to only shoot with a phone, I had to push my creativity to its limit,” he says in the video. “There are so many pictures I never thought I could take with just my phone, if I hadn’t been forced to use only the phone.”

That includes “infrared” photography, which was done using a special Lightroom filter he created himself:

The other major surprise from the video is that Noelz was actually able to book client work with his phone. One major company approached him specifically because he was doing this 6-month project, but more importantly, he claims that “so far, I have not had a client turn me down because I was shooting with my phone […] none of them cared and they hired me anyways.”

In the end, the biggest lesson may have been just how much he could do with a “real camera” once this challenge was over. “It made me think,” says Noelz, “if I could do so much with a phone camera, think of all the things I could do with a regular camera. Even if it’s not the latest and greatest camera.”

A reminder we could all probably use from time to time.

Check out the full video up top to hear all of Noelz’ thoughts on this particularly limiting experiment in photography. The introduction lasts about 3 minutes, so skip to 3:03 if you wanna dive right into the meat of the video.

And if you want to see more from Noelz, head over to his website, Instagram, or YouTube channel.

(via Reddit)

How to Recreate the Totally Rad and Creepy ‘Stranger Things’ Title

If you want to typographically set a stylish, retro, and ominous tone with your film’s main title, look no further than “Stranger Things” to inspire you.

The title sequence of Stranger Things is a friggin’ minimalistic masterpiece. There’s not a whole lot going on…no funny gags like The Office or clever semiotic associations like Dexter…it’s just neon red typography floating in blackness—slightly flickering—to the dull beating sound of retro synthesizers.

It’s just begging to be recreated by you.

Luckily, Javert Valbarr of FXhome takes you step-by-step through the process of creating Stranger Things inspired titles in HitFilm Pro. You can also download the project files so you can follow along. (Link’s in the video description.)

Okay, let’s check it out:

We need to talk about title sequences.

I love them.

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Yongnuo shares portable YN200 Speedlite sporting a very familiar design

Yongnuo has launched its new YN200 Speedlite, an apparent clone of the Godox AD200 pocket flash. A placeholder for the model has appeared on the Yongnuo website, though no details are provided and very little remains officially known about the model at this time.

The YN200 was first spotted by Flash Havoc, which claims the bare bulb speedlight may offer around 200W output and compatibility with the new YN560-TX PRO trigger, as well as existing transmitters and master speedlights based on the YN560 and YN622.

Sure, flash designs have naturally remained similar to one another for decades, but the resemblance is uncanny between the YN200 and the above Godox AD200 unit.

According to the report, the new Yongnuo speedlight will offer full HSS, TTL, Remote Zoom and Remote Manual support (when applicable), an auto sensing radio Receiver mode for Sony, Canon, and Nikon systems, and a removable Lithium-ion battery. Unlike the Godox AD200, it appears the YN200 has a fixed bare bulb head design.

The company hasn’t launched a proper product page for the YN200 Speedlite at this time and official details are largely absent. Flash Havoc reports that Yongnuo has been showing off a prototype of its new flash at tradeshows, but availability and pricing remain unknown.

What Has Improved Your Photography the Most?

What Has Improved Your Photography the Most?

With more information available to us than we could consume in a thousand lifetimes, we’re forced to do what humanity has always had to do: look at what has been successful for others and emulate it.

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Ken Jeong and D’arcy Carden to Announce Emmy Nominations

The Television Academy has announced that Ken Jeong and D’arcy Carden will present the nominations for the 71st Emmy Awards from the Wolf Theatre at the Television Academy’s Saban Media Center on Tuesday, July 16th, at 8:30 a.m. PT/11:30 a.m. ET. Television Academy Chairman and CEO Frank Scherma will join Jeong and Carden at the […]

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SIRUI Releases New 400mm and Anamorphic Smartphone Lenses

These SIRUI lenses may up your mobile video and photography game.

In the market for some glass for your smartphone? SIRUI USA has launched a pair of intriguing new mobile lenses. The first is the TL-400, a 400mm telephoto lens, and the other is the VD-O1, a 2:4:1 anamorphic lens, and both have some pretty sweet specs.

Let’s take a closer look.

TL-400mm Lens

The TL-400 long focus lens has features not normally found on mobile phone lenses:

  • Aircraft aluminum housing components
  • German manufactured Schott Optical glass lens elements
  • Multilayer, anti-reflective coatings, with high light transmission levels
  • Precise color rendition
  • Reduced vignetting and distortion

The TL-400 is being sold as a kit, with, in addition to the lens:

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