Get Started in Cinematic Storytelling with Philip Bloom’s New Masterclass

Can you learn filmmaking fundamentals in eight hours? Philip Bloom thinks so.

DP Philip Bloom has been on the film education and workshop circuit for as long as we can remember, and now he has released what looks to be his most comprehensive online course yet. Bloom’s Cinematic Masterclass contains seven, hour-long modules plus a bonus intro session that you can watch free just for signing up. The broad topics covered are: camera basics, visual storytelling, interviews, slow motion, timelapse, drones and aerial cinematography, story (putting all the pieces together in a real-world shooting scenario), and post-production. In his blog, Bloom says that the essential skills of lighting and audio are covered throughout the series, rather than in individual episodes.

In the free intro class, Bloom gives you the bare essentials of what gear you need for your first kit, like a fluid head tripod, camera, lens, monitor, mic and headphones, and, more importantly, what specific qualities you should look for in your purchases.

Read More

No Film School

Raindance VRX Awards & Masterclass Series

Virtual Reality

After keeping it tightly under wraps for a while now, we are so very excited to announce the launch of Raindance VRX Awards and a dedicated virtual reality strand within the annual Raindance Film Festival, running alongside the main Official Selection.

The new awards will celebrate pioneering VR experiences by independent creators from around the world. The winners in 10 categories will be announced at the 25th Raindance Film Festival.

Here’s what those 10 categories are:

  1. Best Interactive Narrative Experience
  2. Best Mobile Interactive Experience
  3. Best Cinematic Narrative Experience
  4. Best Documentary Experience
  5. Best Music Experience
  6. Best Animation Experience
  7. Best Branded Experience
  8. Best Sensual Experience
  9. Best Social Impact Experience
  10. Best Sound Design Experience

In addition, Raindance will continue to nurture and embrace education opportunities for creators and new talent by offering a number of VR courses taught by leading practitioners in the field.

“We are thrilled to be launching Raindance VRX awards and new courses for virtual reality. We believe VR is a powerful new medium and the most exciting change in filmmaking since the onslaught of internet distribution which started with Youtube in 2005.” Elliot Grove, Founder of Raindance Film Festival.

The Raindance VR strand will take place throughout the 25th Raindance Film Festival from 20th September – 1st October 2017 in London. It will feature a VR arcade and a jam-packed schedule of events with industry experts covering new advances in virtual reality narratives and technologies.

Mária Rakušanová, the brand new Director of VR and New Media at Raindance adds: “Raindance aims to champion and award pioneering VR experiences, and nurture a new generation of talent. As the possibilities of VR technologies continue to grow, more and more exciting opportunities for creators will arise. We are dedicated to finding new virtual reality experiences and helping fresh voices to be discovered.”

Submissions for VR experiences are open. For further information on how to submit visit:

The post Raindance VRX Awards & Masterclass Series appeared first on Raindance.


David Mamet’s Dramatic Writing MasterClass: ‘You Gotta Stand Being Bad if You Wanna Be a Writer’

The Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, screenwriter and director shares his advice on how to write great stories.

Glengarry Glen Ross. The Untouchables. American Buffalo. The Verdict. Wag the Dog. Oleanna. Many writers can create great dialogue, but only one inspired the adjective “Mametesque.” And yet, to focus only on David Mamet’s brilliant dialogue in his plays and screenplays is to miss the much bigger picture that Mamet is a master at crafting intricate tales that don’t waste a beat.

Now, Mamet wants to share his perspective on writing stories with his own MasterClass for only $ 90, joining previous MasterClass teachers Steve Martin, Aaron Sorkin, and Shonda Rhimes.

Read More

No Film School

Steve Martin’s Comedy Masterclass: ‘When the Word F*ck Gets the Laughs, Question It’

Steve Martin offers 50 years of industry insights in 25 video lessons.

The Jerk. Three Amigos. Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. These are pillars of American comedy on film. And now the face of those classics has a new role—Steve Martin is teaching his first-ever online course.

With Martin’s course on comedy, Masterclass continues its impressive wave of bringing top-level industry expertise to the masses at an affordable $ 90. Last year, the company rolled out master classes with screenwriter Aaron Sorkin, documentary filmmaker Werner Herzog, composer Hans Zimmer, and TV producer Shonda Rhimes.

The course description states that it will help you “find your voice, gather material, develop an act, and take your comedy to the next level.” Though it seems geared toward stand-up comedians, any comedy screenwriter or director can learn from Martin’s signature style, which deftly blends high-brow and low-brow comedy—often with a tinge of darkness—into an audience-pleasing concoction.

Read More

No Film School