IFH 093: How to Brand, Market and Build an Audience Using Social Media & Marketing Hustle

August 17, 2016
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How to Brand, Market and Build an Audience Using Social Media & Marketing Hustle

So I had the plesure of speaking at the HollyShorts! Film Festival at a "fireside chat" with my brotha from another mutha RB Blotto from Stage32.com. We sat down and discussed How to Brand, Market and Build an Audience Using Social Media & Marketing Hustle. 

I had a ball and as promised I recorded the evening for those of you who couldn't make it. Check it out below:

You’ve got an amazing script, now what? The first step is to identify your audience and create a brand for yourself that you can leverage when crowdfunding or selling your film. Once your film is done, the next step is marketing and promotion. Join us for a fireside chat with Writer/Director and Indie Film Hustle founder, Alex Ferrari, and RB Blotto, Stage32.com founder, as they offer best practices on building an audience, creating a brand, marketing yourself and your film, and finally, getting the word out via social media, which is crucial to your success.

Sit back and enjoy this knowledge bomb filled episode. 

IFH 092: Why Having No Money Makes You a Better Filmmaker

August 15, 2016
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What is this guy talking about? No money = better filmmaker? He must be nuts. We'll I'll have to disagree with you. As I  am going through my adventure on the making of my first feature film THIS IS MEGI have discovered that is the truth.  Having less resources has made me a better filmmaker. 

When you have no money and limited resources you discover new and creative ways to solve problems. The creative ways end up on the screen and that is where innovation comes from. Doing something people say is nuts. 

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"No one can stop you from doing exactly what you want to do. If you can accept that the cavalry won't come, and if you can be the cavalry, it gives you a chance to be happy." - Mark Duplass

When I announced I was going to direct This is Meg with a micro budget I can't tell you how many people said I was nuts. BTW, I love it when people do that, it lights my fire. I still think most of the cast and crew still don't know how we're going to pull this off. 

In this podcast I go over the techinques I used to not only get the ball rolling but also get the film shot and edited. Enjoy!

Screening Formats & Technical Specs for Film Festivals - Film Festival Hacks Podcast: 005

August 12, 2016
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Film Festivals: Screening Formats & Technical Specs

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 6 you'll get the skinny on what are the proper screening formats for film festivals today. We talk about techincal specs, formats, what Sundance requires and where and when to spend money on deliverables. Enjoy!

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IFH 091: What Filmmakers Can Do About the Diversity Problem in Hollywood

August 4, 2016
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This podcast episode comes straight from the heart. Diversity in the film industry is a problem. The numbers do not lie.

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The film business needs to have many points of views and not just a select few. The more points of views you have, the better the industry as a how will be. 

Filmmakers can not use their gender or race as an excuse for "not making it". The diversity problem in Hollywood is SLOWLY getting better. Ava DuVernay, the director of Selma, has become the first African-American Female director to helm a major studio film with a $100 million dollar budget. (Source: Business Insider)

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Their are many examples of the industry changing. Robert Rodriguez, Guillermo del Toro, Tyler Perry, Spike Lee, Alejandro González Iñárritu, Ava DuVernay, Gale Anne Hurd, Kathryn Bigelow, Sofia Coppola, and many more have cracked the diversity wall. 

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Now that being said, I'm not saying it has been easy for the filmmakers I've listed. It was DAMN HARD! Things are changing but very slowly. I've never allowed being latino stop me from creating my own opportunities. Indie Filmmakers have to create their own opportunities and stop waiting around for "Hollywood" to give it to them. I hope this episode inspires filmmakers to go out and make it happen...no matter what! 

Keep hustlin' my friends!

IFH 090: Life After Winning Sundance with Diane Bell

July 28, 2016
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Life After Winning Sundance with Diane Bell

I always talk about not counting on the "lottery ticket" mentality that so many filmmakers today count on. Winning Sundance is not a distribution plan. Well I was involved in a project, written and directed by Diane Bell, that did just that. It won not one but two awards at Sundance. She didn't count on winning, hell she didn't think in her wildest dreams that she would even be accepted. Here's the story.

In 2010, 16 feature films were selected out of 1,058 submissions to be screened in the US Dramatic Competition at the Sundance Film Festival.  Diane Bell's OBSELIDIA was one of them.  It was made for less than $140,000, it had no movie stars in it, and none of the cast or crew had connections to Sundance.  And yet it was picked out of the slush pile, and selected to premier on this world stage, alongside movies that had cost 100 times as much with big name movie stars and recognized directors.

OBSELIDIA, premiered in the US Dramatic Competition at the Sundance Film Festival 2010, where it won the Alfred P. Sloan Award and the award for Excellence in Cinematography. It was nominated for two Independent Spirit Awards 2011, including one for Best First Screenplay. It won acclaim at festivals around the world, including being named as Best of Fest at the Edinburgh Film Festival, Best Narrative Feature at Ashland Independent Film Festival, and winning the Youth Jury Prize for Best Film at the Valladolid Festival, Spain.

If you ever wanted to know what it was like to be accepted and win awards at the Sundance Film Festival sit back and enjoy on conversation with Diane Bell.

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IFH 089: How To Write A Screenplay with Fight Club Screenwriter Jim Uhls

July 20, 2016
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We I have a MAJOR treat for the tribe this week. I have no other than Jim Uhls, the master screenwriter behind David Fincher's "Fight Club", one of the greatest films in my generation, in my humble option.

When Chuck Palahniuk's Fight Club was making the rounds in Hollywood, it was a tough sale to be adapted for the screen. But then Brad Pitt got involved; add David Fincher and Ed Norton, throw Jim Uhls into the mix and you've got a modern classic.

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Jim’s sceenwriting credits include of course the modern classic “Fight Club” the feature-film "Jumper" the NBC television film "Semper Fi" and the SyFy miniseries "Spin".

In this remarkable discussion Jim Uhls breaks the first rule of Fight Club: He talks about it, working with David Fincher, why he hates outlines and why you should interview your characters. Step inside the mind of the man who figured out how to conquer Hollywood as he lays down knowledge bomb after knowledge bomb in this eye opening interview.

Towards the end of the interview Jim gives easily the GREATEST ADVICE ON HOW TO BECOME A WORKING SCREENWRITER I'VE EVER HEARD! This podcast is not to be missed.

IFH 088: Why Filmmakers are Always So F*ckin’ Broke & What They Can Do to Change It

July 18, 2016
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Why Filmmakers are Always So F*ckin' Broke

I'm truly PISSED OFF guys and am tired of seeing my fellow indie filmmakers and artist struggle to make a living doing what they love. I decided to put together a lists of steps that every indie filmmaker needs to do in order to thrive in the film business.

Since this website is call INDIE FILM HUSTLE the terminology I'll be using will be aimed at filmmaking or screenwriting but all of these concepts can be applied to any art form.

PLEASE NOTE: If you were to ever listen to a podcast of mine, this is the one. I'll be laying out the steps in the article but I go MUCH DEEPER into each one on the podcast. CLICK HERE TO LISTEN.

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IFH 087: Into the Madness: Shooting a Micro Budget Feature Film w/ Jill-Michele Meleán

July 15, 2016
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You knew it was bound to happen. Well the time is here. Please welcome the talented Jill-Michele Meleán to the Indie Film Hustle Tribe. Jill is the star of my debut feature film "This is Meg". She is one of the most talented actors/comedian I've ever worked with and we have worked on a ton of projects of the years. 

Jill-Michele Meleán, “Jilly” was born and raised in Miami, Florida (aka Cuba). She declared at a young age that she wanted to be like Bette Davis, Joan Crawford and Benny Hill. Jilly started in Theatre and toured with The Coconut Grove Playhouse (which is the Broadway of Miami). In 2000, she moved to Los Angeles and needed to be on stage.

She took her natural comedic timing to the Standup Stage, headlining across the country while continuing her Acting career. After many years of hard work, she’s made a name for herself in the Comedy Television world with memorable performances on FOX’s “MadTV” and Comedy Central’s “Reno 911”. However, her first love is her dramatic acting career. As she continues her theatrical Film and Television career, she’ll never stop making people laugh.

Which brings us to This is Meg. Take a listen and get a window into how we are creating this "micro budget" film. 

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IFH 086: Jenica Bergere - Insanity in Acting & Directing a Micro Budget Feature Film

July 12, 2016
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What do you get when you add a stand up comedian, a fearless actress and a great personality? You get today's guest Jenica Bergere. This is one of the reason we cast here in my debut feature film This is Meg as the bitchy nut job Ruby

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Jenica Bergere began her career as a stand up comedienne becoming a paid regular at The Comedy Store as well as the Improv when she was barely old enough to vote. Jenica credits Russell Simmons for discovering and representing her as the only “crazy white girl” on his Def Jam slate. 

Since then she has continued to hone her craft becoming an accomplished writer, actress, comedienne and now award winning director with her feature film Come Simi for which Jenica co-wrote the screenplay with Doc Pedrolie (2010 Jack Nicholson Award for Screenwriting). Filmed ‘guerilla style’ in only 6 days, Bergere brought the film in for $10,000 and sites being a micro budget filmmaker as something she actually enjoyed. 

Distributors have called the film “brave”, a word that also defines Jenica Bergere as a director. Willing to take risks and do whatever it takes to get the desired results, Jenica brought her camera crew into the hospital room to film her labor and delivery, ensuring the shots were captured as she envisioned, directing everyone all the whilst.

Take a look at the trailer for Jenica's Micro Budget Film Come Simi:

Get ready to laugh out load in this amazing interview with Jenica Bergere.

How to Network Like a Pro at Film Festivals - Film Festival Hacks Podcast: 005

July 8, 2016
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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 5 you'll get some great tips on networking at festivals – what exactly we mean by the word, why it's so darn scary, and what the potential benefits are. Alex reveals the thinking behind his core principles of making connections at industry events and some specific tactics for earning the attention of the people you seek. ("Be a human first" is a big part of it.) 
We also talk about why face-to-face networking is so much more effective than solicitation by email or social media, and some open-ended question to help you break the ice.

IFH 085: Why You Don’t Need a Screenplay to Make an Amazing Film

July 4, 2016
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Why You Don't Need a Screenplay to Make an Amazing Film

As indie filmmakers we throw a lot of obstacles on our own path to creating a feature or short film. No obstacle is larger then the almighty screenplay. How many screenwriters and filmmakers do you know that have been working on the movie script for 3, 5, or 7 years? They keep chipping at it in hopes of cracking that nut or it gives them an excuse for not actually making a feature film.

I was no different. One of the biggest things that slowed, if not stopped my filmmaking journey was "the screenplay." I decided to see if there was a different way to approach making a movie with my first feature film This is Meg.

In doing my research I came to  realize that in the last few years, some of my favorite films happen to be (almost) entirely improvised. No structured screenplay. Some were huge tent pole studio movies, Oscar winners (Ironically for best screenplay) and small indie films. It certainly seemed to be a more prolific style among independent filmmakers and I find that it can mean success when they cast the right actors. Especially in the "Mumblecore" and "Dogma 95" indie film movements.

Iron Man had no screenplay?

My favorite "lack of screenplay" story was the Marvel Studios tent-pole Iron Man. You heard me correctly. The film that launched the Marvel Cinematic Universe and that show the word what a great leading  Robert Downey Jr could be. It remains one of the most enjoyable adaptations of a Marvel comic book to date.

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Take a listen to what Jeff Bridges revealed in a recent interview.

"They had no script, man! They had an outline. We would show up for big scenes every day and we wouldn't know what we were going to say. We would have to go into our trailer and work on this scene and call up writers on the phone, 'You got any ideas?' Meanwhile the crew is tapping their foot on the stage waiting for us to come on."

Although a story and structure was firmly in place, the dialogue wasn't - leading to much improvisation on set, which accounts for the film's energetic, sparky atmosphere.

"I said, ‘Oh, what we're doing here, we're making a $200 million student film. We're all just fuckin' around! We're playin'. Oh, great!. That took all the pressure off. Oh, just jam, man, just play. And it turned out great!" Bridges recalled.

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Take a listen on why you don't need a screenplay to make an awesome movie.

IFH 084: How Filmmakers & Artists Should Deal with Haters!

June 30, 2016
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How Filmmakers & Artists Should Deal with Haters!

Haters, a problem that artists, filmmakers or anybody who puts themselves out there have to deal with. I know of many filmmakers who are crippled by what other people think or say about them. The fact is that you are going to create anything; a poem, writer a novel, make a movie, write a song, cook a meal or build a house, there will be people who have opinions. 

Now opinions are fine. As they say ever has an opinion and the internet has given everyone with an opinion a voice. Now there is constructive, mature opinions and there are straight up haters. People who want to bring you down for a myriad of reasons. 

I decide to shine a bit of light on this topic because it is so important on your filmmaking journey to be free of the good opinions of others, as the late Wayne Dyer used to say. You can not allow other peoples opinions or thoughts bring you down or stop your forward momentum when making art of any kind. 

Take a listen to my experience with haters I've dealt with over the years. I hope it inspires you to continue creating regardless of the good opinion of others. 

"Don't let compliments get to your head and don't let their criticism get to your heart." - Anoyomous

IFH 083: 11 Golden Rules for Filmmakers on Social Media

June 28, 2016
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11 Golden Rules for Filmmakers on Social Media

With social media taking over the world it is more necessary than ever to use it to get the word out on yourself, you film project or your production company. Most indie filmmakers have no idea on how to build an audience or how to use social media to promote and engage with that audience.

In this podcast I go into great detail on each of the 11 Golden Rules for Filmmakers on Social Media.

IFH 082: How to Work with a Music Composer with Cris Velasco

June 23, 2016
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So I entitled this podcast "How to Work with a Music Composer" because it is a mystery to many filmmakers. As visual storytellers we focus so much energy and effort to the moving image. For many of us music is an after thought.

What would JawsIndiana Jones or Star Wars be without the musical score? With technology it has become more and more affordable to have a beautiful score added to your indie film. A computer can't do it alone, you still need a maestro to compose that music for you.

A good score can add a great deal of production value to your little indie film. This is why I invited composer Cris Velasco on the show. Cris and I have worked on many projects together. His music has definitely elevated my projects.

Here's some info on the man:

Cris Velasco is a multiple award-winning composer of epic orchestral, dark experimental and modern hybrid music scores for video games, film and television. After graduating from UCLA with a degree in Music Composition, Velasco pursued his passion to write music for visual media; his first major release was composing for Sony’s blockbuster God of War. 

A prolific and versatile composer, Velasco has become one of the most sought-after composers in interactive entertainment, scoring many major titles including Company of Heroes 2, Mass Effect 3, Borderlands 2, ZombiU, Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine, God of War 3, Tron: Evolution, Borderlands, God of War 2, Darksiders, Clive Barker’s Jericho, and many more.

I wanted Cris to go into his creative process and how he likes to work with filmmakers and creatives. Plus you get a bonus "Star Wars" themed music score he created on the Warner Brothers backlot.

IFH 081: Top 10 Tips to Launch a Film Crowdfunding Campaign

June 21, 2016
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Film Crowdfunding Campaign

So today is the day. The THIS IS MEG Film Crowdfunding Campaign is LIVE! Click here to check it out: Down the Filmmaking Rabbit Hole. I've been working for months on the campaign and am very proud of what I and the team has done. So below I wanted to share the Top ten tip I have learned from the many experts, guest and successful campaigns I've reviewed in prepping for my launch. 

I'll be going in greater detail on all these topics in the podcast so definitly take a listen: Top 10 Tips to Launch a Film Crowdfunding Campaign


Top 10 Tips to Launch a Film Crowdfunding Campaign

Assemble a Team Ahead of Time: You are not an island! You need a group of amazing people who are willing to help you on this journey. Check out our Launch Team for THIS IS MEG - Click here

30 day campaigns works best: Of all the film campaigns that met their goals, 32.71% of them ran their campaigns for 30-39 days, while only 13.87% of successful campaigns ran for 60 days.

Keep your campaign page updated: On average, successful film campaigns post 5 updates. Updates can include anything from press mentions, new incentives, celebrity endorsements, events, – anything that you think your community would be interested in. After all, your contributors are giving their money to help bring your film to the screen, so naturally they’ll be interested in any updates you provide. Continually updating your campaign page is one of the best ways to keep your community and fans involved in the process.

Estimate Costs Carefully: So many filmmakers just pull a budget out of their butts. Breakdown what you really need for your entire filmmaking journey.

Study Successes and Failures: I studied sooooooo many campaigns before we launched. I took courses (see free crowdfunding campain below) and analized both successes and failures.

Give Fans An Inside Look: People want to be part of the process. Bring them into your process, your filmmaking craftmanship.

Add New Perks through the Campaign: One unique aspect of film campaigns is that filmmakers have an huge range of creativity for your incentives. From signed memorbilia to meet-and-greets to set visits, you have lots of ways to incentivize your backers to help you reach your goal.

Include affordable perks: Don't make the incentives for the private sky boxes, create incentives for the bleachers too. Make the journey accessable to all who want to join the trip.

Include a pitch video: For God's sake make a good pitch video. I go into a ton of detail on this in the podcast. Check out our pitch video and let us know what you think:

Build an Audience & Networking: I can not stress the importance of building and audience before you launch. Not only that but also know where the audience for your film hangs out online so you can reach them.

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The Power of Humor in Festival Submissions - Film Festival Hacks Podcast: 004

June 16, 2016
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Film Festival Hacks Podcast: The Power of Humor in Festival Submissions 

In this episode we discuss the power of humor not only in the film itself but in the film festival summission process as well. Filmmaker really under estimate the power of humor. You have to remember that people enjoy to laugh, in the movie theater or durning the submission process. 
Adding a bit of chuckles or even full blown laughs might help your chances durning the submission process. The creativity does not stop at the end of the edit. Ask yourself which marketing campaign or Super Bowl commercial stuck with you the most?
Chris and I go over our experiences using humor and share a few tips. 

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IFH 080: FREE Crowdfunding Course & Why I Choose Seed & Spark.com

June 14, 2016
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Why I Choose Seed & Spark.com to Crowdfund THIS IS MEG

With all the choices out there to crowdfund your film, it can get kinda crazy! Kickstarter and Indiegogo are the two Goliath's in the arena with Seed&Spark.com play David. If you know the story the two Goliaths don't fear David but this David has a hella of a punch. 

I choose Seed and Spark to crowdfund my new feature film THIS IS MEG, because of a few reasons.

  • They have a 75% Success Rate (2 times any other platform)
  • The average raise is $17K (2.5 times any other platform)
  • There average fee is only 3% (40% Less than anyone else)
  • They guarentee distribution if you hit a certain benchmark

How is this possible because they focus on one thing...FILMMAKERS. They don't crowdfund for the next transforming coffeemaking pen. Seed and Spark is all about indie filmmakers and creating independence for film artists. Take a listen to this episodes and find out how we are putting our crowdfunding campaign together for THIS IS MEG

When you're done listening to the episode take a look at the remarkable FREE Crowdfunding Course created by Seed & Spark to entertain, educate and make you a truly "independent" filmmaker. 

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IFH 079: From Micro Budget to Million Dollar Budget Films with Christian Sesma

June 9, 2016
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From Micro Budget to Million Dollar Budget Films with Christian Sesma

Many indie filmmakers dream of going from micro budget to million dollar budget films. Well my friends on this weeks episode I've got a guy who not only did exactly that but also had fun doing it. Christian Sesma is a indie film writer/director based in Palm Spring, CA. I've know Christian for probably over 10 years now and I've watched him grow from a small $15,000 horror film (On Bloody Sundayto his latest action blood fest Vigilante Diaries starring Paul Sloan, Michael Madsen, Michael Jai White, Jason Mewes and UFC legend Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson. 

Take a look at the trailer below.


Vigilante Diaries will hit select theaters and be available on iTunes on June 24, 2016.

Synopsis:
Jason Mewes of CLERKS and JAY AND SILENT BOB STRIKE BACK stars as an in-your-face filmmaker known for his web videos of an urban avenger known only as ‘The Vigilante’ (Paul Sloan). But when The Vigilante terminates a creep with deep connections, it’ll trigger a live-feed bloodbath between the Armenian mob, Mexican cartels, a rogue team of Special Forces commandos, and an international black ops conspiracy that’s about to make things very personal. UFC legend Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson, Michael Jai White (BLACK DYNAMITE), Jaqueline Lord (MERCENARY FOR JUSTICE), WWE star Sal ‘Chavo’ Guerrero, Jr., James Russo (DJANGO UNCHAINED) and Michael Madsen (THE HATEFUL EIGHT) co-star in this explosive throwback packed with badass swagger, hardcore firepower and bone-crunching action.

I wanted to pick his brain and share his unique journey with the IFH Tribe. Enjoy this one, it's a blast!

Best Film Festival Submission Practices - Film Festival Hacks Podcast: 003

June 7, 2016
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Film Festival Hacks Podcast: Best Film Festival Submission Practices

Our third episode is the second part of our discussion of Withoutabox and FilmFreeway, the two most commonly used film festival submissions platforms. We talk about some of the best practices for using both platforms, including the importance of strong still images from your film, the dark art of writing a film synopsis, and what exactly you should put in your submission’s cover letter. Better yet, you’ll hear how these things can affect a festival programmer’s thinking.
Our conversation also covers the larger question of film submissions as a marketing exercise. We discuss the reasons that the submissions game is much like a sales process, with festival programmers (and their audiences) as customers for your product. We’ll explain the basics of the marketing elements you’ll need for festivals as well as for selling your film to general audiences later on, laying out which assets you’ll need as well as what should be in them. From trailers to web sites to poster art, this episode runs the gamut of marketing materials you should have for your film in these early stages of its life.

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IFH 078: Follow Your Passion, No Matter What!

June 1, 2016
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Follow Your Passion, No Matter What!

This is a special episode of the podcast guys. I recently had a good friend of mine pass, Allan Wertheim. He was a legendary First Assistant Director and Unit Production Manager. Allan and I worked together almost 20 years ago on one of my first directing gigs. 

This is by far the most difficult project I have ever worked on and Allan was kind enough to mentor me and protect me from the siutation. He passed a few days ago at the age of 72 and my friend left it all on the field. He worked with legendary directors like Martin Scorsese and David Fincher but more importantly lived a happy life with his family. 

I wanted this episode to spotlight the fact that you can't leave with the music still inside of you. Take a listen to this special episode. I hope it inspires you a bit. 

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Decoding WithoutaBox & Film Freeway - Film Festival Hacks Podcast: 002

May 31, 2016
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Film Festival Hacks Podcast: Decoding WithoutaBox & Film Freeway

In this second episode we explore the essential tools of submitting to film festivals. Withoutabox and FilmFreeway are the two most prominent festival submissions platforms online. Although there are a number of prominent festivals that do not accept submissions on these submissions engines, together the sites represent the majority of film festival submissions opportunities. They are major players on the film festival scene and influence not only how festivals accept films for submissions but also how much they charge and how films are promoted.
 
Our overview covers the reasons filmmakers love and hate the submissions platforms, how they are viewed and used by festivals, and the ways that both Withoutabox and FilmFreeway have shaped the festival industry over the last 16 years. Plus we’ll talk about how the platforms help festivals grow and all about the submissions mixup that taught Alex what he has in common with Winnie from “The Wonder Years.”

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IFH 077: Acting & the Art of Being Yourself with Adrian Martinez

May 26, 2016
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Acting & the Art of Being Yourself with Adrian Martinez

Being yourself in any situation in life is hard for many people. Actors do make a living playing other people but the art of being comfortable in your own skin is a lesson we can all learn. I invited on the show Adrian Martinez, a actor, writer, producer, and soon-to-be-director, with nearly 100 film and TV credits.

Adrian's career began as a high school track star on NBC's "Unsolved Mysteries". Some in casting have called Adrian, "the sidekick to the stars," as evidenced by his recent sidekick trifecta-- Will Smith's sidekick in Warner Bros' "Focus," , Ben Stiller's sidekick in his Fox remake of "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty," Will Ferrell's sidekick in Lionsgate's "Casa de mi Padre," to name a few.

Mr. Martinez's TV work includes over forty guest spots, including a recurring guest star in CBS' "A Gifted Man," opposite Patrick Wilson, FX's "Louie" opposite Louis CK, HBO's "Flight of the Conchords," "Sex and the City," and is recurring on Comedy Central's "Inside Amy Schumer."

Adrian is currently making his directorial debut with the film "iCreep," through his production company, Paloma Pictures.

I wanted have Adrian Martinez on the show to see if he would share some of his secret sauce for maintaining such a long and successful career...and he did. Whether your an actor, director, writer, or artist the knowledge bombs Adrian drops are massive. 

BTW, this happens to be one of the funniest episodes I've ever done. Adrian is not only generous with his knowledge but he's FUNNY AS HELL! Enjoy.

IFH 076: How to Blaze Your Own Path in the Film Industry

May 23, 2016
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How to Blaze Your Own Path in the Film Industry

Have you been banging your head against the wall trying to figure out what you need to do to break into the film industry? Me too. This episode  is dedicated to all the indie filmmakers out there trying to make a living as a filmmaker. 

After studying so many success stories of directors, writers, producers, and actors who finally broke through and made it into the exclusive party I found one common denominator among every single one of them. 

I discuss that truth and make a major announcement to the Indie Film Hustle Tribe about what I'll be doing over the next year and how it applies to the topic of "Blazing Your Own Path in the Film Industry."

THIS IS MEG, Jill Michele-Meleán, Indie Film Hustle, Seed and Spark, Crowdfunding, Micro budget film, director alex Ferrari, alex Ferrari

If your a bit lost or just keep running into walls trying to make it as a filmmaker then this is the podcast you need to listen to. I hope you find some value in it. Good luck!

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Secrets on How to Submit to Film Festivals - Film Festival Hacks Podcast: 001

May 20, 2016
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This is it! The inaugural episode of Film Festival Hacks, 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.

Getting the most out of your film festival investment takes careful planning ahead. In this first episode we look at what filmmakers can do during the submissions process to make sure they get the best results and how to avoid some common pitfalls.

The primary topic of conversation of today's show is the top 3 things that annoy festival programmers. These are typical mistakes that most festival rookies make, which is why we're here to teach you the important do's and don'ts of getting your film in front of these crucial gatekeepers while keeping them in a good mood. They're the little things that may not seem like a big deal to you but are major annoyances to festival directors.

IFH 075: GUT CHECK! What Does It Really Take to Make in Hollywood with Sebastian Twardosz

May 19, 2016
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Every once in a while we all need to get a gut check. A "gut check" is when some new situation, or in this case knowledge, that tests your belief on what it takes to achieve your goal.

I invited Sebastian Twardosz to give us that gut check and lay down some major knowledge bombs on the Indie Film Hustle Tribe. Now Sebastian has been playing the Hollywood game for close to two decades and has ranked up some major experience. Hollywood and the film business in general is a "relationship business". Here's what Sebastian said:

"Some of you will be successful and some of you will be less successful—it’s a numbers game, but regardless of the stats, you will likely fail if you don’t help each other."

Sebastian Twardosz’s first production job was from 1995-1999 for Tom Cruise and Paula Wagner’s Paramount-based company where he started as an assistant and was promoted to executive, actively participating in the making of Mission Impossible 1-2 and Without Limits.

Like many hopefuls wanting to get into the film biz, Sebastian Twardosz started as an agent's assistant in the motion picture department at ICM. He graduated from the USC School of Cinematic Arts in 1993. His short film, Silent Rain, received a Student Academy Award from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences as well as the Student Emmy.

Sebastian co-produced the independent feature Small Town Saturday Night starring Chris Pine, and he has been an adjunct professor at both UCLA and USC Film Schools teaching about the art and business of film since 2006.

He also hosted a weekly show called The Insiders which aims to shed light on the “behind-the-scenes world of Hollywood” for aspiring filmmakers. Sebastian is currently a partner in Circus Road Films, which advises and represents emerging filmmakers. Take a listen to this eye opening interview.