5 Tips for Making Your Motion Graphics Look Like a Pro Made Them

Even if you're not a professional animator or motion graphic designer, you can still create eye-catching motion graphics by using a few simple techniques.

The ability to wrap my head around the work that professional motion graphic designers do often eludes me. To my eye, it looks so incredibly complicated and time-consuming, requiring years upon years of training and practice, so much so that I have kind of resigned to be a humble admirer of the art form rather than an engaged participant. However, there have been so many instances in which a good motion graphic would've made my work look more amazing, but 1.) I didn't have the money to hire a pro, and 2.) I didn't think I'd be able to create anything other than utter garbage on my own.

But guess what—that's total horse shit.

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Introducing The Criterion Channel, Become a Charter Member

Hello Criterion Channel!

New of what was happening or not happening or kind of happening with FilmStruck has been all over the place. But now we have confirmation from Criterion themselves that a new channel for this content will be coming to us soon.

You can go sign up to be a charter member now.

From The Verge:

“The Criterion Channel will be picking up where the old service left off, programming director spotlights and actor retrospectives featuring major Hollywood and international classics and hard-to-find discoveries from around the world, complete with special features like commentaries, behind-the-scenes footage, and original documentaries,”

If we've learned one thing in all this it's that when Steven Spielberg gets behind a cause in this town, things happen very fast.

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20 Proven Ways To Impress A Script Reader With Your Writing

The script reader is the first major hurdle before getting your script read by decision makers. Here is how you can clear it.

Script readers are the gatekeepers of producers, studio executives, financiers, directors and actors. If you want to get your screenplay into the hands of the influential people in the entertainment industry, you first have to impress a script reader.

I can tell you how because I am a professional script reader!

You might think that readers are cynical people who are looking to keep you out, but we’re not!

We LOVE great scripts.

It’s easy to get through a compelling story quickly, and we’d all like to be the one to discover the next hit movie. However, script readers also get tired of seeing the same ideas over and over again.

So here are 20 ways you can impress us with your own screenwriting:

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Is FilmStruck Coming Back?

Reports of FilmStruck's death may have been greatly exaggerated.

We covered the initial sad news of FilmStruck's demise, then we updated you with news of a rescue mission to save FilmStruck.

Well, now we bring yet another development in the FilmStruck saga, what is now our own FilmStruck trilogy...

FilmStruck may be coming back.

But just like Mr. Spock is reborn on the Genesis planet in Star Trek III (not a FilmStruck movie, btw) this version may be slightly different.

First, according to Deadline, WarnerMedia CEO John Stankey is trying to find a way to bundle the indie movies, foreign films, and Criterion Collection classics into another streaming service in the fourth quarter of 2019.

Then we got news that according to The Wrap, WarnerMedia is teaming with the Criterion Collection to launch the new channel. Apparently, the new Criterion Channel will launch in the spring of 2019.

We're not a 100% clear on how this will work or what it will mean, but which is kind of like how Spock's brain was stuck inside of Dr. McCoy.

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Upcoming Fujifilm X-T3 Firmware Updates Drop 4GB Clip Limit, Add 4K HDR

Big news for the Fujifilm X-T3 with news of upcoming firmware update to help out with a few key features with the popular mirrorless camera.

Fujifilm’s X-T3 is certainly off to a hot start and getting a lot of buzz for its powerful 26.1MP CMOS sensor, 4K UHD video at 60fps and competitive price point with the other mirrorless cameras currently on the market. However, many owners (or renters and other interested parties) have had a few concerns.

Luckily, as reported News Shooter in an interview at Inter BEE 2018 in Japan, it looks like a firmware update is on its way to both add 4K HDR video recording in HLG and the removal of the 4GB clip limit (along with some other helpful updates). Let’s take a look at what’s in the works…

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William Goldman, Legendary and Prolific Screenwriter, Dies at 87

William Goldman, writer of 'Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid', 'All The President's Men, and 'The Princess Bride' has died at age 87.

Goldman's successful career spanned decades, a rarity for screenwriters in Hollywood. He won two academy awards and wrote one of the most beloved biographies about working in entertainment, "Adventures in The Screen Trade". It was in that book that he gave us perhaps the most honest and enduring quote about the place he made his career:

"Nobody knows anything... Every time out it's a guess..."

William Goldman's writing transcends one medium, having found success in many. He wrote original screenplays, novels, and adapted true stories and fiction for the screen. All with great success. In that regard as well as many others, he was truly one of a kind.

He wrote with great humor and deep pain. He wrote about the actual news and high fantasy. His heroes were mighty with the pen and sword.

There was no other William Goldman, and there will never be another.

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Free Screenwriting Seminar: Pages 10-20 (Week 2)

We're back for week two!

We’re back again with the Free Screenwriting Seminar: Week Two. My goal is to help you write a feature-length screenplay in 10 weeks. That’s about 1.42 pages a day. Can you handle that?

I bet you can.

This week we’re going to talk more about setting up the world, protagonists, and how pages 10-20 in your script will make a promise to the audience.

Let’s get going!

The Free Screenwriting Seminar Mission Statement

Most people access No Film School because they want to get free information about cameras, gear, and storytelling. We’re aware that the luxury of attending film school is not available to most of the world, so we do our best to keep you all up to date on what’s out there and how you can shoot and create with your utmost potential.

What’s at the root of all filmmaking? Storytelling.

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Give Your GH5/GH5s the ARRI Alexa Look with GHAlex LUT

Looking to make your Panasonic GH5 or GH5s more cinematic? Check out this new “ARRI ALEXA” GHAlex LUT!

Since first revealed at CES in 2015, we’ve been closely following Panasonic’s mirrorless flagship GH5 (and then the GH5s). While the micro-four thirds cameras offer powerful 4K video recording and have been an industry favorite for years - owners do have their concerns when it comes to the cameras’ ability to shoot cinematic footage.

Well, there is finally a possible new solution to ARRI Alexa-ize your GH5 and GH5s. But it just might cost you. Let’s take a look at Emotive Color’s GHAlex LUT!


First, let’s quell some expectations here. Emotive Color’s GHAlex LUT will not make your GH5 or GH5s footage really look like it was shot on an ARRI ALEXA. Once we can get that big notion out of the way, we can look at what this creative look-up table (LUT) can produce some cinema-styled colors which can add a more complex and dynamic look to your compositions.

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3 Ways to Add Cinematic Motion with the eMotimo Spectrum ST

We breakdown three ways to add cinematic motion to your video projects using the eMotimo Spectrum ST.

Since we’ve gotten a chance to do a full hands-on review of the eMotimo Spectrum ST (as well as with the full DanaDolly buildout), No Film School now has some key pieces of advice to offer for all filmmakers and videographers to consider.

Firstly though, we do have to shout-out the eMotimo Spectrum ST for its precision motion control options, which really are endless and open the door for a much more systematic (and cinematic) approach to setting shots and creating unique compositions. The Spectrum ST really shines when combined with the DanaDolly for everything from interviews, to product shots, to more advanced VFX plates (more on those below).

BONUS: if you’re interested in purchasing the eMotimo Spectrum ST, NFS has partnered up with Adorama to offer an exclusive GROUP BUY offer, which you can check out here, or find out more details at the bottom of the article! [Group Buy offer ends Nov. 30th, 2018!]

Cinematic Interviews

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What It Takes to Put On an Awards Ceremony: Inside the 2018 IFP Gotham Awards

The 28th Annual IFP Gotham Awards will take place Monday, November 26th.

Annually taking place the Monday after Thanksgiving at Cipriani Wall Street in downtown Manhattan, the IFP Gotham Awards remain both its own invention and a preview of what's to come further down the line through the awards season. With competitive categories including Best Feature, Actor, Actress, Screenplay, Documentary, Breakthrough Director, Series (Short-Form), and Series (Long-Form), the Gothams set the tone for the work that should be recognized but so often isn't.

Small juries (comprised primarily of film journalists) make up the committees that select the nominees and equally small juries (comprised of those working in the film industry) subsequently select the winners. Are these a small sample size of opinions? Sure, but as previous editions of the ceremony have proven, their voices are heard loud and clear once the winners are announced at the podium.

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