IFH 119: Ask Alex - E&O Insurance, Music Rights and Copyright Oh My!

December 2, 2016
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E&O Insurance, Music Rights, and Copyright Oh My!

So after last week's huge success of the "Ask Alex" segment, I decided to bring it back this week. The IFH Tribe filled my inbox with tons of amazing questions, which I'll try to cover in future episodes.

If  you have a question that you would like for me to answer on a future episode of the podcast just email them to ifhsubmissions@gmail.com and I'll do my best to answer them. This week we have a bunch of question from tribe member Jake from Australia.

Here are the questions I answered in this week's podcast:

  • What happens if I'm shooting guerrilla style and accidentally catch a sign in the background or someone is wearing a brand logo in a shot? 
  • What is E&O Insurance (Errors and Ommissions) exactly? 
  • How does E&O Insurance work? 
  • Where are the best deals for E&O Insurance? 
  • What do you do if you want to use Licensed Music? 
  • What things might arise if using a track (or tracks)? 
  • What can copyrighting your film cost you? 

IFH 118: Kevin Smith, John Milius & Directing John Malkovich with Zak Knutson

November 29, 2016
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This week we have Zak Knutson on the show. Zak is a producer/writer/director/editor based out of Los Angeles. In 2005 he co-founded Chop Shop Entertainment, a filmed entertainment company that supplies added value materials to all of the major studios, and a large number of independents. Chop Shop Entertainment has supplied more movie based content for the internet than any other company in the industry.

The last Chop Shop project was Milius, a documentary on Hollywood rebel John Milius. The film opened at the SXSW Film Festival in 2013. The film also played at the Telluride Film Festival and the BFI London Film Festival. In 2014 Knutson directed Marvel 75: From Pulp to Pop for Marvel and ABC Television.

Zak Knutson directed "Shock the World" a documentary about Jesse Ventura's path from professional wrestler to governor of Minnesota. Shock the World premiered April 2015 at the Tribeca/ESPN Sports Film Festival.

His latest film Supercon starring Maggie Grace, Clancy Brown, Ryan Kwanten, Mike Epps and John Malkovich. Here's the logline:

A rag-tag group of former TV stars and comic book artists, who make their living working at conventions, decide to steal the loot from a crooked promoter and an overbearing former TV icon.

Enjoy my entertaining and funny interview with Zak Knutson.

THROWBACK FRIDAY Wakaliwood: Introducing Uganda’s Quentin Tarantino Isaac Nabwana with Alan Hofmanis

November 25, 2016
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Please note: Throwback Fridays are archival episodes from the Indie Film Hustle Podcast. After many requests from the IFH Tribe to bring back some of the show's best episodes I decided to create Throwback Fridays. These episodes will not be posted every week but at least twice a month...if not more. 

There's so much amazing info and knowledge bombs in many of these past episodes and I don't want them to be lost in the sea of IFH Content so I'll be putting a spotlight on them in Throwback Fridays. Enjoy! 

Wakaliwood - Introducing Uganda's Quentin Tarantino Isaac Nabwana

Imagine you were back in the early 1900’s, when the film industry was a newborn. People were learning and experimenting with the new technology of moving pictures.

Craftsmen were excited about discovering new ways of creating art with this powerful and amazing new technology. You would think that could never be recreated in todays high tech world but you would be mistaken.

May I introduce you to Wakaliwood. A remarkable filmmaker by the name of Isaac Nabwana from Ramon Film Productions has created the Ugandan film industry, almost single handily without having any of the filmmaking knowledge or updated filmmaking technology.

As we get to study the giants that came before us like Orson WellesStanley KubrickMartin ScorseseDavid Fincher, and Akira Kurosawa, Isaac only had his imagination and his undeniable passion for telling stories.

Isaac is easily one of the most passionate filmmakers I’ve ever met. With all the opportunities and technology we in the United States take for granted, he created an entire film industry with basically string and tape.

May I introduce you to Wakaliwood

I saw this amazing documentary on VICE about Isaac and Wakaliwood and was blown away. I had to have him on the Indie Film Hustle podcast. Take a look below.

Isaac and his team have created over 40 feature films in the past 8 years, with their most popular and successful film being “Who Killed Captain Alex.” Their passion oozes out of their films in a way you couldn't manufacture even if you tried.

Speaking to Isaac I discovered that some of his favorite films he had never even seen. How’s that possible you ask? Well his brothers would go to the movie screening room in the village, they then would rush back home and weave the tale of what they just saw for their little brother.

His favorite film is the 80’s classic action film “Commando” starring the legendary Arnold Schwarzenegger. When you watch Isaac’s films you see a strong influence of 80’s action films, Chuck Norris and Chinese kung fu films.

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The Ugandan Quentin Tarantino

Isaac Nabwana is a extremely brave filmmaker. He decided to become an artist in an environment that doesn’t exactly make it easy for an artist to make a living. He supports his family with his art and understood early on that this was a business. Something Indie Film Hustle preaches daily.

aasasas the-best-of-the-best-movies-0000601-v22n3-1424969026His stories of marketing his films on the streets and bazaars of Uganda are a hilarious and the definition of an indie film hustler.

He coined the term “Wakaliwood” in hopes of generating attention from the world filmmaking community, and it’s working.

He recently held a Kickstarter campaign asking for $160, the entire budget of one of his feature films, and ended up with over exceeded its target by more than 8,000%, bringing in more than $13,000.

Ramon Films Productions focuses on the action genre and bases the story lines of the films about life in Uganda, with an entertaining twist. This is what has made Isaac’s films so popular in Uganda and has made him a local celebrity.


An Ugandan Movie Theater

Ugandan cinemas, or video halls, typically have two television screens: one for a football game (with the sound turned off) and the other for the feature presentation. In lieu of subtitles, the VJ (Video Joker) provides the necessary exposition so the audience can better understand the movie. The joke was that VJ's didn't know the story either and just made it up - and a comedy act was born.

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A "Video Joker" is a live narrator that can best be described as a cross between a enthusiastic cheerleader, stand-up comedian, and slum tour guide. Uniquely Ugandan, the first VJs appeared in Kampala in the early 80s.


How to make Ugandan film gear

Uganda is an emerging film industry. Professional film equipment is extremely hard to come by, but in the Ugandan villages anything is possible.

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Wakaliwood's replica of Rambo's M60. Bullets are carved from wood!

Bisaso Dauda is Wakaliwood's prop master (and one of their leading actors). A mechanic, Dauda uses scrap metal to build their heavy weapons and camera gear including dollies, cranes, and even our 16' jib that works amazingly well for being built from spare car parts.

Watch these two videos on the behind the scenes on how they make their props and film gear.


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Ugandan Post Production and Visual Effects

Isaac builds his computers from whatever used and scrap parts he can conjure up. His computer systems last two or three months at best, eventually falling victim to heat, dust, and power surges.

He taught himself Adobe Premiere 1.5 and Adobe After Effects by reading the help files. There was no internet in his village when he started on his filmmaking journey, so no youtube tutorials for him.

Isaac's special effects have earned him the reputation in Uganda of being a powerful witch doctor – even by the local Police, who still do not understand how he can make a bullet come flying out of a wooden gun.

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Isaac's editing system (left) and his family getting DVDs ready for market (right)

Making things even tougher, there's no film distributors in Uganda. Wakaliwood must sell and market their films themselves, selling door-to-door in around the slums of Kampala, with the occasional road trip to larger towns when money is available.

When a film is ready for distribution Isaac and his family burn, label, and package the DVDs at home when electricity is available. Copies are sold for 2500 UGX (about 90 cents US). Half goes to the actors who do the selling (yes the actors are the sales force), the remaining goes back to Wakaliwood.

Expenses are as follows:

  • Blank DVD  500 UGX
  • Electricity    100 UGX
  • Label            100 UGX
  • Artwork         80 UGX
  • Packaging     40 UGX

This leaves approximately 400 UGX (14 cents US) for Isaac, his family, and Wakaliwood. The number is even lower when costs for transport and spoilage are factored in (DVDs that won't play, or are damaged due to power fluctuations when burning).

Wakaliwood actors face many challenges when attempting to sell their films. First, most Ugandans don't even know Uganda even makes movies. The first hurdle is to convince a potential buyer to take a chance on something they don't think is possible.

The second hurdle is the cost. A pirated copy of US action movies - Furious 7 or Jurassic World, for example - can cost as little as 500 UGX. So why would someone pay 2500 UGX for a Ugandan action film?

Because of the rampant piracy in Uganda, Wakaliwood has roughly 6 days to make money on each new release, as by that time the film has been copied and selling in Kampala for much less than Wakaliwood can afford.

Isaac receives phone calls every week from fans of Who Killed Captain Alex from all over the world. He has no idea how they were able to watch the film.

Alan Ssali Hofmanis: The Supa Fan

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Now if that was not enough of a story I’ve got a twist for you. Half a world away, in a bar in New York City, Alan Ssali Hofmanis is watching the trailer for “Who Killed Captain Alex” on a friend’s iPhone.

He’s in awe of what Isaac and his team are doing in Wakaliwood. Without having any contacts in Uganda or even knowing how to contact Isaac he purchases a one way plane ticket to Kampala, Uganda's capital, for $1,450.

Alan had saved $16,000 for a wedding and honeymoon, had almost twice that in available credit card limits, and had stockpiled a ton of frequent-flier miles and vacation time from his film festival programming job.

He did find Isaac and soon became a fixture at the studio. Since then he became a Ugandan action movie star. I can’t make this stuff up.

Adopted by the Nkima (monkey) clan and given the name Ssali, Alan sold everything he had and moved into Wakaliwood. He is now a partner in Ramon Film Productions and is helping to bring their films to the international market place.

 


The Inspiring Podcast

_82938790_624ximg_8249-copywebOn this podcast we get a true understanding of what the definition of “passion” is. Alan Hofmanis and Isaac Nabwana open up on how they make a Wakaliwood action film, how Isaac taught himself every aspect of the filmmaking process and what he would like to see Ramon Films Production and Wakaliwood become on the world stage.

I alway hear excuses why indie filmmakers don’t pull the trigger on making their independent film. Like not enough money, I don’t know any screenwriters, don’t have the camera I want, can’t get name actors, don’t understand post production, can’t find people to help and the list goes on and on. I hope this podcast lights a fire under the asses of every indie filmmaker that listens to it.

Isaac Nabwana understands his audience and how to market to them. He figured out his niche and exploited it. He has built a sustainable business as an artist in a world that has no RED Cameras, accessible hard drives, computer gear, VOD, IMAX, Netflix, iTunes or RedBox.

He isn't caught up on what the latest camera is, should I shoot 4K or what version of AVID am I editing this on. Isaac just wants to tell stories that mean something to him and his fans. Is there really anything purer an artist can do?

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He sells home-made DVDs of his films on the streets of Uganda. If Isaac can create an entire film industry with MiniDV cameras, editing on Adobe Premiere 1.5 and building all his grip equipment, dollies, tripods and jib arms from used car parts and lawn mowers imagine what you can do.

Be prepared to be inspired.

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SPONSORS

  1. VideoBlocks.com - (IFH Discount SAVE $50)
  2. Werner Herzog Filmmaking Master Class
  3. Aaron Sorkin Screenwriting Master Class
  4. Hollywood Screenwriting Directory
  5. Final Draft 10
  6. FreeFilmBook.com (Download Your FREE Filmmaking Audio Book)

KILLER RESOURCES!!!

  1. INDIE FILM SYNDICATE Filmmaking Community
  2. IFH's Online Film School
  3. Six Secrets to get into Film Festivals for FREE!

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IFH 117: Ask Alex - I’m Making My First Feature Film…HELP!

November 24, 2016
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So this episode is going to be fun. I'm starting a new segment I call "Ask Alex." Yes, I know it's very creative = ) I asked the IFH Tribe to submit questions to ifhsubmissions@gmail.com and I'll do my best to answer them. This week we have a bunch of question from tribe member Kenny from Sweden. Here are the question I answer in the podcast.

  • Which is the best type of camera to buy for your first feature that is cheap? (DSLR or anyone else. Also including lenses or where you can use one lens?)
  • Which is the most important person to hire, a DP or a sound guy for a film? I´ve heard both. Some say good footage and others good sound.
  • If you don´t have English as your first language should you make your films in your own language  since it is your mother tongue or in English(If you know how to speak of course) to reach a bigger market since more people understands and speak English? 
  • Which format is best to use for the finished film? (I know you had a podcast about this but I want to hear your personal opinion)
  • Which part of post cost most money on of following things, sound, colorist or foley. I think it is in that order. Is that correct?  How much of the budget should you save for post-production in your opinion?
  • Should you do this and if so the best ways to send an edited film over the internet for sound editing and colorization and maybe name a few companies that do this for small independent films. Would you be interested in doing that? 
  • What do you say about moving to LA to be a filmmaker if you come from another country? (You had a podcast about that but I am thinking based on an international perspective from a foreigner)

IFH 116: Fast and Cheap: Lessons Learned for the No-Budget Feature

November 22, 2016
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On this week's episode, I go way to a simpler time, the 90s, and discuss the lessons we can learn from some filmmaking legends. I'll discuss films by Robert RodriguezChristopher Nolanand Richard Linklater to break down and learn the techniques they used to make awesome, No-Budget Feature films with limited resources.

"In no-budget filmmaking, your limitations are your guide."

If you take note of what filmmakers did before you, you can jump start your filmmaking career. Enjoy!

THROWBACK FRIDAY: Don’t Only Hire a DP because they own a RED Camera!

November 18, 2016
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Please note: Throwback Fridays are archival episodes from the Indie Film Hustle Podcast. After many requests from the IFH Tribe to bring back some of the show's best episodes I decided to create Throwback Fridays. These episodes will not be posted every week but at least twice a month...if not more. 

There's so much amazing info and knowledge bombs in many of these past episodes and I don't want them to be lost in the sea of IFH Content so I'll be putting a spotlight on them in Throwback Fridays. Enjoy! 

Don't Only Hire a DP because they own a RED Camera!

Now before I get a bunch of hate mail please let me explain. I love cinematographers. You can't make a movie without one and I don't take their craft lightly. This is one of the reasons I wanted to do this podcast. Being a DP is by far one of the toughest positions on set. The pressure is immense.

With that said the explosion of low-cost cameras (RED Camera, Blackmagic, Canon 5D, Nikon, iPhones, etc) and lighting gear has thrown a huge amount of "cinematographers" into the marketplace.

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This podcast is a warning to young and inexperienced filmmakers not to hire, not only a director of photography, but any top level crew member solely because they own some of the latest cool gear.


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This advice also goes for sound department, editorial, lighting, visual effects and definitely color grading. When hiring any top level positions on a film production it should be based on resume, demo reel, credits and/or reputation.

Related: Why filmmaker SHOULDN'T Shoot 4k

It takes a lot of time to learn a craft as complex as cinematography so don't be fool by someone who happens to have the new 12K Camera that hit the market. Owning a RED Camera or equivalent doesn't make you a cinematographer, years of working and learning your craft does. BTW, that 12K camera doesn't exist yet just in case you were going to google it.

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Now if you have two cinematographers in the running to shoot your first indie feature film, short film or film project and one has a full RED Camera (DRAGON) or Arri ALEXA package and the other one doesn't then by all means hire the great DP that owns gear (only if you can handle the post workflow).

Listen to my podcast: Understand Post Production Workflow of DIE! for more on that.

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All I'm saying is don't hire a crew member just because of the gear he or she owns. You'll thank me. Take a listen to this episode to hear my horror story that cost me over $50,000. OUCH!

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LINKS AND RESOURCES MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE

SPONSORS

  1. VideoBlocks.com - (IFH Discount SAVE $50)
  2. Werner Herzog Filmmaking Master Class
  3. Aaron Sorkin Screenwriting Master Class
  4. Hollywood Screenwriting Directory
  5. Final Draft 10
  6. FreeFilmBook.com (Download Your FREE Filmmaking Audio Book)

KILLER RESOURCES!!!

  1. INDIE FILM SYNDICATE Filmmaking Community
  2. IFH's Online Film School
  3. Six Secrets to get into Film Festivals for FREE!

Action Items:


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IFH 115: How to Shoot Video That Doesn’t Suck with Steve Stockman

November 16, 2016
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How to Shoot Video That Doesn’t Suck with Steve Stockman

In this week’s episode, we have Steve Stockman. Steve is an author/writer/director/producer at Custom Productions, Inc. in Los Angeles.  He’s created and Executive Produced tv series Brew Dogs for the new Esquire Network, Dogs of War for A&E, Devils Ride for Discovery Channel and $24 in 24 for Food Network;  plus worked on over 200 commercials, music videos, and web series.

He also wrote and directed a film called Two Weeks starring legendary Oscar® Winning Actress Sally Field.

His book, How to Shoot Video that Doesn’t Suck, is now in its 6th printing from Workman Publishing.  It’s based on a course he’s been teaching to kids for the last 14 years, but adults understand it as well.

“Like two years of film school in 248 pages.” – Steven Pressfield, Author of The War of Art and The Legend of Bagger Vance

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It’s not technical—it doesn’t matter whether you’re shooting RED or iPhone. It’s about how to shoot video that’s entertaining, effective—and that actually gets watched. Enjoy my conservation with Steve Stockman.

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THROWBACK FRIDAY: Do I Need to Move to Los Angeles to Make it in the Film Business?

November 11, 2016
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Do I Need to Move to Los Angeles to Make it in the Film Business?

So you want to move to Los Angeles and make it big in Hollywood. The question is should you? Do you need to? When should you if you do? What kind of plan should I have in place? What should you do if you live in another country? All will be answered in this episode.

My journey to Los Angeles is a long and painful one, as I'm sure it is for many. The first time I attempted to leave my small pond of Miami, FL and make a go of it in Los Angeles I had my butt handed to me.

Los Angeles ate me alive and I had over $300 in parking tickets. Rough! I went back to Miami with my tail between my legs. It took me six years before I would make another attempt but this time I sold my house in Florida and almost everything I owned and had my girlfriend (my wife now) in tow.


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I knew three people in Los Angeles and had no job prospects but everything worked out great. Take a listen to this transplants story and see if moving to Hollywood makes sense for you.

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IFH 114: The Six Stages of Character Development with Michael Hauge

November 10, 2016
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The Six Stages of Character Development with Michael Hauge

This week we have a returning guest, screenwriting guru Michael Hauge. On this episode, he discussed The Six Stages Character Development. A very eye opening episode. Check it out.

 

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These videos on screenplay structure are from his best selling online course: Story and Screenwriting Blueprint - The Hero's Two Journeys.

In more than 4½ hours of lecture, discussion and Q&A, Michael Hauge, author of Writing Screenplays That Sell and Selling Your Story in 60 Seconds: The Guaranteed Way to Get Your Screenplay or Novel Read; and Christopher Vogler, story analyst and author of The Writer’s Journey: Mythic Structure For Writers, unite to reveal the essential principles of plot structure, character arc, myth and transformation.

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IFH 113: Post Production Process - Understand It or Suffer the Consequences

November 8, 2016
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Post Production Process: Understand It or Suffer the Consequences

Filmmaking is a long process and is divided into three stages. The first stage is pre-production stage, the second one is production, and the last one is post-production stage. In this podcast episode, I go into each of the following steps and add a few bonus ones as well. 

IFH 112: Stanley Kubrick: The Rare 1966 Interview of a 37 Year Old Kubrick

November 4, 2016
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This is a special edition of the IFH Podcast. We have for you a rare interview by Stanley Kubrick. A 37-year-old Kubrick sits down and speaks with Jeremy Bernstein. It's a remarkable look into the beginnings of the filmmaking master. Enjoy!

THROWBACK FRIDAY: Inside the Edit with Paddy Bird

November 4, 2016
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Going Inside the Edit with Paddy Bird

I've been an editor now for over twenty years. When I was starting out I looked everywhere for some course, book, video, or anything that could teach me the black art of creative editing. There are many courses design that teach you AVID, Adobe Premiere or Final Cut Pro software but nothing on the creative process.

One day I was surfing the net and found this site called "Inside the Edit." The site was boasting the it was the world's first "creative video editing course," which I found very hard to believe. I took the course for a test ride and OH MY GOD, they did it, they cracked the code.


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Take a look at this:

I would have killed for Inside the Edit

I would've killed for Inside the Edit when I was starting out. I looked up the crazy man who created this and found Paddy Bird hiding behind the curtain. Paddy Bird  is one of television’s most prolific and accomplished editors.

For the past fifteen years he has edited dozens of prime time documentary, entertainment and reality TV shows for British and American television. He has even worked in war zones, spending time editing news stories on location in Iraq.

I had to have him on the show and here we are today. This episode is one of the most enjoyable ones I've had to date. Just to old workhorse editors shooting the sh*t! Paddy Bird drops a ton of info on this episode.

If you want to become an editor or if you just want to have a better understanding of storytelling Inside the Edit is for you. You get over 60 tutorial videos (he plans over 200 when he's done) and new videos added every week.

Some of these tutorials are 2 hours long. The production quality is remarkable, he even lets you download footage so you can practice yourself.

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Paddy Bird: The Mad Scientist

I'm going to say it, Paddy Bird is a mad man or mental as he puts it. He has written over one million words creating this opus. What Paddy and his team have done is just remarkable. In a sea of crap video tutorials and courses Inside the Edit is just elegently amazing.

I talked Paddy and his team into giving the Indie Film Hustle Tribe a IFH DISCOUNT - 10% OFF the ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP, just email Inside the Edit to get your discount, click here: IFHDISCOUNT@insidetheedit.com

You can do monthly or a yearly membership. It will be one of the best investments you make on your storytelling journey.

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Are Film Festivals Even Relevent Anymore? - FFH 007

November 3, 2016
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Film Festivals: Are They Relevant Anymore?

Film Festival Hacks is the podcast that explores the festival circuit “from both sides of the badge.” Alex Ferrari is an award-winning filmmaker with nearly 600 international film festivals under his belt. He’s joined by Chris Holland, author of Film Festival Secrets: A Handbook for Independent Filmmakers who has worked closely with more than 200 film festivals including Sundance, AFI Fest, and SXSW. Together we explore the hidden world of film festival programming and pass along tips that give you that critical edge in the festival submissions game.

In episode seven discuss the relevance of film festivals in today's digital world. Enjoy!

IFH 111: Sean Baker: ‘Tangerine’ How to Shoot a Sundance Hit on Your iPhone

November 2, 2016
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Sean Baker: 'Tangerine' How to Shoot a Sundance Hit on Your iPhone

I've recently been looking and studying alternative shoot methods to shoot a feature film. One name that keeps coming up is Sean Baker. His ground-breaking film Tangerine made more noise at the Sundance Film Festival  than the winner that year. The film was also produced by the indie film legends, Jay and Mark Duplass.

Tangerine was shot completely on an iPhone. Yes, an iPhone. The great thing was that after his Sundance screening no one in the audience or at the film festival knew that the film was shot on an iPhone.

What I respect about Sean Baker as a filmmaker is that he didn't focus on the technology when promoting his film, he let the story, actors and film speak for itself. If you haven't seen Tangerine you are missing out. Take a look at the RED BAND trailer below.

I wanted to put together a post that highlighted what can be done with minimal filmmaking tech and a great story. Sean Baker has definitely what can be done in today's filmmaking world.

Below are a ton of videos explaining the process Sean Baker and his director of photography Radium Cheung, HKSC went through making Tangerine, as well as a bunch of video explaining tips and tricks on how to turn your something you shot on an iPhone into cinematic gold. Enjoy my conversation with Sean Baker.

THROWBACK FRIDAY: How to Make Terrifying Horror Films with Edwin Pagan

October 28, 2016
00:0000:00

Please note: Throwback Fridays are archival episodes from the Indie Film Hustle Podcast. After many requests from the IFH Tribe to bring back some of the show's best episodes I decided to create Throwback Fridays. These episodes will not be posted every week but at least twice a month...if not more. 

There's so much amazing info and knowledge bombs in many of these past episodes and I don't want them to be lost in the sea of IFH Content so I'll be putting a spotlight on them in Throwback Fridays. Enjoy! 


 Horror Films: How to Make Your Indie Films Terrifying.

Making  scary independent horror films in the current marketplace is difficult to say the least. Today's sophisticated audiences are getting harder and harder to scare every day.

When many filmmakers start out they make a film in the horror genre. It worked for famed filmmakers like Guillermo del ToroSam RaimiGeorge RomeroJames WanJohn CarpenterWes CravenRoman PolanskiDavid Cronenberg and Alfred Hitchcock just to name a few.

On this week's episode, I'm joined by the aficionado of horror films Edwin Pagan from LatinHorror.com. We discuss what it takes to make terrifying horror films, the difference between Latino horror films versus Korean or American horror films and what is truly terrifying.

We also packed this scary episode with indie filmmaking tips on the do's and do not's of indie horror filmmaking, adventures of a working cinematographer in New York City and what it really takes to scare the hell out of your audience.

Don't listen to episode alone. Happy Halloween and be safe everyone!

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SPONSORS

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  2. Werner Herzog Filmmaking Master Class
  3. Aaron Sorkin Screenwriting Master Class
  4. Hollywood Screenwriting Directory
  5. Final Draft 10
  6. FreeFilmBook.com (Download Your FREE Filmmaking Audio Book)

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  1. INDIE FILM SYNDICATE Filmmaking Community
  2. IFH's Online Film School
  3. Six Secrets to get into Film Festivals for FREE!

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IFH 110: Doing the Hustle with Better Off Single Director Benjamin Cox

October 27, 2016
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Today we have on the show the very talented writer/director Benjamin Cox. He is the founder of Red Square Pictures, a New York-based film production company. As creative head, Mr. Cox oversees all aspects of the company's development, production, and content-related activities. A producer, writer, and director, his Red Square Pictures projects include work for a wide range of commercial/fashion clients as well as narrative work in both television and feature films.

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A feature film that Mr. Cox produced, wrote and directed, NYC dating comedy Better Off Single starring Aaron Tveit, Abby Elliott, Lauren Miller Rogen, Kal Penn, Chris Elliott, Lewis Black, Shane McRae, Kelen Coleman and Annaleigh Ashford, is set for its theatrical release in the fall of 2016. Another of Mr. Cox’s feature projects, an untitled ethereal dramedy starring Mary Beth Hurt, Aidan Quinn, Olympia Dukakis, Macy Gray, Peter Gerety, Emmet Walsh and Rachel Brosnahan, has recently completed

Another of Mr. Cox’s feature projects, an untitled ethereal dramedy starring Mary Beth Hurt, Aidan Quinn, Olympia Dukakis, Macy Gray, Peter Gerety, Emmet Walsh and Rachel Brosnahan, has recently completed post-production and was produced by Mr. Cox, directed by Dianne Dreyer and executive produced by Kevin Spacey. Take a look at Ben's stylish short film Bionda Castana:

Check out his current film Better Off Single:

A new film from Red Square Pictures and writer/director Benjamin Cox, Better Off Single is the NYC dating comedy that follows one man’s hallucination-fueled, post-breakup quest to find new love… and himself.  Better Off Single stars Aaron Tveit, Abby Elliott, Lauren Miller Rogen, Kal Penn, Chris Elliott, Lewis Black, Shane McRae, Kelen Coleman and Annaleigh Ashford.

Doing the Hustle with Better Off Single Director Benjamin Cox

Today we have on the show the very talented writer/director Benjamin Cox. He is the founder of Red Square Pictures, a New York-based film production company. As creative head, Mr. Cox oversees all aspects of the company's development, production, and content-related activities. A producer, writer, and director, his Red Square Pictures projects include work for a wide range of commercial/fashion clients as well as narrative work in both television and feature films.

better off single, Benjamin Cox, Gravitas Ventures

A feature film that Mr. Cox produced, wrote and directed, NYC dating comedy Better Off Single starring Aaron Tveit, Abby Elliott, Lauren Miller Rogen, Kal Penn, Chris Elliott, Lewis Black, Shane McRae, Kelen Coleman and Annaleigh Ashford, is set for its theatrical release in the fall of 2016. Another of Mr. Cox’s feature projects, an untitled ethereal dramedy starring Mary Beth Hurt, Aidan Quinn, Olympia Dukakis, Macy Gray, Peter Gerety, Emmet Walsh and Rachel Brosnahan, has recently completed

Another of Mr. Cox’s feature projects, an untitled ethereal dramedy starring Mary Beth Hurt, Aidan Quinn, Olympia Dukakis, Macy Gray, Peter Gerety, Emmet Walsh and Rachel Brosnahan, has recently completed post-production and was produced by Mr. Cox, directed by Dianne Dreyer and executive produced by Kevin Spacey. Take a look at Ben's stylish short film Bionda Castana:

Check out his current film Better Off Single:

A new film from Red Square Pictures and writer/director Benjamin Cox, Better Off Single is the NYC dating comedy that follows one man’s hallucination-fueled, post-breakup quest to find new love… and himself.  Better Off Single stars Aaron Tveit, Abby Elliott, Lauren Miller Rogen, Kal Penn, Chris Elliott, Lewis Black, Shane McRae, Kelen Coleman and Annaleigh Ashford.

When Charlie Carroll quits his job and his girlfriend on the same day, it seems as though he’s finally found freedom. But after a quick dip in the dark waters of the NYC dating pool, Charlie begins to wonder if he’s made a mistake. He’s not equipped for single life. In fact, Charlie might not be equipped for life in general. With no job and no love, Charlie is forced to go on a journey of self-discovery so intense that he begins to suffer from surreal hallucinations, flashbacks, and fantasies. Will he find “the one?” Or did that ship already sail, taking with it his only hopes for relationship sanity?

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Get ready for some major knowledge bombs. Enjoy my conversation with cult classic writer/producer Benjamin Cox.

IFH 109: Top 10 Film Distribution Rules for Success

October 25, 2016
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Film Distribution: Top 10 Rules for Success

When filmmakers go out into the world to try to sell their indie film it can be a bit dangerous. The shark infested waters that make up film distribution can be brutal. Since I'm now going down the same dangerous road with my film This is MegI decided to write up a few rules I found useful over the years when it comes to film distribution.

  1. Split Up Your Rights
  2. The Bigger the Deal the Less Control You Have
  3. Cap Your Film Distribution Expenses
  4. The Middle Men - Beware of the Deal
  5. Nothing is Guaranteed
  6. Cost vs Sale or R.O.I.
  7. Film Festivals Help...Sometimes
  8. Beware of Exclusive 5 Year Distribution Contract
  9. Don't get caught with your pants down in Post Production
  10. E/O Insurance...gotta have it

I go into great detail about the list below in the podcast episode so take a listen. I hope to have the transcript for this episode up by next week. Happy selling.

SPECIAL EDITION: The Walking Dead – Working on the Dead Set with Vince Gonzales

October 24, 2016
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Special Edition: Thought I’d bring this episode back since the new season of The Walking Dead premiered yesterday and it was a brutal one.  

The Walking Dead – Working on the Dead Set

If you are a Walking Dead fan you are going to LOVE this episode. If you ever wanted to know what an assistant director does on set you are going to LOVE this episode.

On today’s episode, we have a long time friend Vince Gonzales. Vince has been working in the film industry for over top decades. His IMDB page is pretty crazy. He’s worked on 90 classics like The Sandlot, Speed, and What Dreams May Come. Now after 2000 his credits start to heat up: Pearl Harbor, Six Feet Under, Charmed, Boston Legal, Grey’s Anatomy, Transformers: Age of Extinction and of course The Walking Dead.

I wanted to bring Vince on the show to discuss his time on The Walking Dead but also what it takes to be an assistant director on both small and “monstrous” sets. Don’t listen to this episode in the dark.

THROWBACK FRIDAY: American Film Market: Selling Your Independent Film with Ben Yennie

October 21, 2016
00:0000:00

Please note: Throwback Fridays are archival episodes from the Indie Film Hustle Podcast. After many requests from the IFH Tribe to bring back some of the show's best episodes I decided to create Throwback Fridays. These episodes will not be posted every week but at least twice a month...if not more. 

There's so much amazing info and knowledge bombs in many of these past episodes and I don't want them to be lost in the sea of IFH Content so I'll be putting a spotlight on them in Throwback Fridays. Enjoy! 


THROWBACK FRIDAY: American Film Market: Selling Your Independent Film

If you have ever looked into selling your film at a film market then you more than likely have heard of the North America's largest film market, AFM or the American Film Market.

The American Film Market is a labyrinth of crazy characters, thieves, wannabes, filmmakers hustling their latest film, distributors, industry professionals and of course buyers and sellers from around the globe.

My guest this week is Ben Yennie who has written the only real guide to this carnival called "The Guerilla Rep: American Film Market Distribution Success on No Budget." You should not go to the "any" film market without reading this book.

It's a no-nonsense guide to establishing relationships with distributors at The American Film Market or any film market around the globe like:

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Ben Yennie is a producer's rep. Yes I know I did an earlier podcast warning you to stay away from evil producer's reps (What’s a Producer’s Rep and How Not to be Ripped off!) but Ben is one of the good guys. He doesn't take cash upfront to sell or represent your film at a film market.

His new book The Entrepreneurial Producer: A Series of Articles on Growing your Filmmaking Career is great as well. Here's the down low on this remarkable book:

Film Schools are great at teaching you how to make a film, but not great at teaching you how to make money making film.  The Entrepreneurial Producer: A Series of Articles on Growing your Filmmaking Career  is designed to help bridge that gap, and teach the basics of Film Financing, Film Distribution, film Marketing, and general best business practices for filmmakers of all kinds.

Are you a filmmaker wanting to know the real "skinny" on what goes on at the buying and selling of films at film markets? Then, this podcast is for you. Ben Yennie spits some major gold on the American Film Market in this episode.

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LINKS AND RESOURCES MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE

SPONSORS

  1. VideoBlocks.com - (IFH Discount SAVE $50)
  2. Werner Herzog Filmmaking Master Class
  3. Aaron Sorkin Screenwriting Master Class
  4. Hollywood Screenwriting Directory
  5. Final Draft 10
  6. FreeFilmBook.com (Download Your FREE Filmmaking Audio Book)

KILLER RESOURCES!!!

  1. INDIE FILM SYNDICATE Filmmaking Community
  2. IFH's Online Film School
  3. Six Secrets to get into Film Festivals for FREE!

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IFH 108: How to Create a Cult Classic with Rafael Diaz Wagner

October 20, 2016
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This week we have Rafael Diaz Wagner, co-writer, and producer of the new Cult Classic "Attack of the Killer Donuts." Yes, that is really the name of the film and it's glorious. He started making films with a Beta Camera when he was 10 years old. Since then Rafael has written or co-written over 15 screenplays

I wanted to find out how this film was made, marketed and sold. It's a wonderful case study. Check out the trailer below and get ready to laugh.

Here a quote from the Hollywood Report review of the :

"If John Waters and George Romero dropped acid together and then spent the night at their local Krispy Kreme, they might have concocted something like Attack of the Killer Donuts. But the fact that such a film actually exists, and is exactly what it claims to be about, is something that even the best drugs can’t help explain."

And here is the poster that got me interested in  speaking to Rafael. They knew who their market was and marketed directly to them.

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Enjoy my conversation with writer/producer Rafael Diaz Wagner.

IFH 107: How to Shoot Super 16mm Film with Egon Stephen Jr.

October 17, 2016
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How to Shoot Super 16mm Film with Egon Stephen Jr.

So you want to be a filmmaker. You want to put the FILM back into FILMmaking. Well this episode is for you. Film is not dead. It has been quietly working in the background of the industry.

Some of the productions that shooting film these days are:

  • Mad Max: Fury Road
  • Noah
  • The Avengers
  • The Bourne Legacy
  • Captain America: The First Avenger
  • Iron Man 2
  • The Magnificent Seven
  • Westworld
  • The Girl on the Train
  • The Walking Dead
  • Jack Reacher
  • Batman vs Superman
  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens
  • Star Wars: Rogue One
  • Spectre
  • The Hateful Eight
  • Jurassic World
  • Wonder Woman
  • American Horror Story
  • Star Trek

The knowledge to shoot film is dying. There's nowhere online where you can take a course on how to shoot Super 16mm film. The "workshops" available are extremely expensive and don't really give you practical knowledge from someone who has actually shot in the field.

I wanted to put together an online course to preserve that knowledge for future filmmakers. Today's guest, Director of Photography Egon Stephen Jr, and I got together and shot The Definitive Super 16 mm Film Masterclass.

So in today's show Egon and I drop some knowledge bombs on shooting film. So if you ever wanted to know if shoot "real" was an option for your indie feature or short film then perk up those ears. Enjoy my conversation with Egon Stephen Jr.

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IFH 106: Directing Actors & Creating Memorable Performances with Per Holmes

October 13, 2016
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Directing Actors & Creating Memorable Performances with Per Holmes

Directing actors can be one of the most difficult parts of wearing the director's hat. Actors speak a language that a director must understand if they are to pull and nurture an amazing performance. Unfortunately film schools do not teach this must need "foreign language" course.

I've worked with every kind of actor there is. From Oscar® Nominated to fresh out of acting class. Pulling a good performance can be tough and I would get very frustrated sometimes because I couldn't speak there language.

Then I met Per Holmes. Per created a gaming change course years ago called "Hollywood Camera Work: Mastering High-End Blocking and Staging." I loved this course and it's a must for any filmmaker.

When I heard he was creating a "Directing Actors" course I was in. I was able to take the course right before I shot my first feature film "This is Meg" and it helped me immensely. I was able to speak the actor's language and nurture the performance I needed for the story.

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I asked Per Holmes to be a guest on the show because I've never taken a course where the instructor was so detailed, thought out and passionate about the subject. Directing Actors is INSANE.  Here's a bit on the course.

Years in the making, Directing Actors is the most comprehensive acting and directing training in the world. Created by Per Holmes, the course teaches a better way to be a Director, by having extremely strong technique, and the right philosophy and personality on the set.

Through almost a thousand examples, we cover literally every acting and directing technique, every interaction between Actor and Director, and we cast, rehearse and shoot 9 scenes.

Directing Actors is the result of Per Holmes' personal obsession with resolving once and for all the best way to work with Actors. Every known technique has been tested, and the results are surprising, sometimes shocking. Directing Actors has involved almost 150 people through 7 years of development and 3 years of shooting and editing, including almost a hundred talented Actors who have gracefully allowed us to show the process without any filters.

IFH 105: Secrets of Indie Film Producing with Suzanne Lyons

October 10, 2016
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Secrets of Indie Film Producing with Suzanne Lyons

This week on the show we have a returning guest, Indie Film Producing guru Suzaane Lyons.

Suzanne Lyons is president/producer of Snowfall Films, Inc. and to date has produced or exec produced twelve feature films with budgets that range from $200,000 to $10 million.  Suzanne has worked with talent that including Brenda Blethyn, Christopher Walken, Naomi Watts, Alfred Molina, James Caan, Dean Cain, Ariel Winter, Susan Sarandon, Donald Sutherland, Ellen Burstyn, Jennifer Tilly, Jon Lovitz, Asia Argento, Winona Ryder, Peter Fonda, Ed Begley, Jr. and more. 

Suzanne’s films have won a gamut of awards and festivals from the prestigious BAFTA award, a premier at the Directors Fortnight at the Cannes Film Festival, best picture at Shockerfest, the UK Horror Fest and acceptance into the Toronto, Berlin. LA and Montreal Film Festivals.  

In addition to her work as a film producer, Suzanne designed and ran the film school, Flash Forward Institute, with a focus on marketing oneself in the industry. She has guest lectured at over 60 industry events, guilds and organization. In 2012 she published her book through Focal Press (Taylor and Francis) called Indie Film Producing: The Craft of Low Budget Filmmaking.” 

IFH 104: ‘Blue Jay’ & Directing Mark Duplass with Alex Lehmann

October 4, 2016
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'Blue Jay' & Directing Mark Duplass with Alex Lehmann

On today's episode I have the pleasure of interviewing first-time feature film director Alex Lehmann. And his first film is a hell of way to launch a directing career. His new film is called Blue Jay starring Mark Duplass (who also wrote and produced) and Sarah Paulson (recent Emmy Winner for The People vs OJ Simpson).

Blue Jay just had it's world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival to rave reviews:

"If the hour and a half spent inside this story seems fleeting, it's only because sometimes that's the best you can ask of a good nostalgia trip." - IndieWire

"Mark Duplass and Sarah Paulson have extraordinary chemistry, painting a cumulative portrait of the fragility and rareness of being truly in sync with a partner." - Slate Magazine

Meeting by chance when they return to their tiny California hometown, two former high-school sweethearts (Mark Duplass and Sarah Paulson) reflect on their shared past through the lens of their differently dissatisfied presents, in this tender, wise and affecting chamber drama from first-time feature director Alex Lehmann.

Check out my conversation with Alex Lehmann and if you listen to until the end he promises to give out Mark Duplass' personal cell number. Apparently this is how Mark likes to be pitched. Enjoy!

THROWBACK FRIDAY: Suki Medencevic ASC & the Art of Cinematography

September 30, 2016
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Suki Medencevic ASC and the Art of Cinematography

I have found over the years that cinematography is one of the biggest technical issues in independent film. Someone borrows a friends RED Camera or Arri Alexa and thinks that's all you need. Cinematography is not only a mystical art but imperative in today's gluttony of indie films in the market place.

Just because you own or have access to a RED Camera or Arri Alexa does not make you a cinematographer. Many first time directors get fooled by this time and time again.

Good cinematography can really make your independent film project rise out of the gluttony of poorly produced indie films. Today on the show I interviewed Suki Medencevic ASC (American Society of Cinematographers).

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Cinematography over Espresso

I've known Suki Medencevic for many years and I loved talking shop with him over an espresso at Starbucks on the Westside of Los Angeles. I wanted to bring that experience to the Indie Film Hustle Tribe.

He's a wealth of knowledge when it comes to cinematography, lights, cameras, lenses, and so on. He also is shooting on film, yes 35mm film on the hit FX Show America Horror Story: Hotel.

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He works along side the show's lead cinematographer Michael Goi, ASC, a legend in the business. He also has a new Walt Disney film "Invisible Sister" coming out Oct 9th, 2015. He's a busy guy! Prepare to be enlighten on the art of cinematography.