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 or Here’s the list of content now available without an HBO subscription:

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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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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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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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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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Food Photography With Cheap Equipment

Food Photography With Cheap Equipment

It can be very easy to get sucked into thinking that you always need the latest and best gear out there to produce professional shots, but you might be surprised by just how much you can accomplish with entry-level gear. This excellent video will show you the sort of food photography you can do even with basic equipment.

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Update on the rankings from our recent ‘Microphone pre-amp shootout’

Following our recent microphone pre-amp shootout there was a lot of controversy around the results from the Sony a7 III. Our team tested a second a7 III body to verify the results, and in the process discovered some things that impact the rankings.

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The Power of Selective Color Adjustments in Photoshop

The Power of Selective Color Adjustments in Photoshop

When you hear about selective color, you probably think of aesthetically questionable decisions involving a partially black and white image, but that is not what we are talking about in this case. The selective color adjustment layer is one of the most powerful to ways to make highly precise adjustments to color in Photoshop, and this excellent video tutorial will show you what you can accomplish with it.

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