IFH 189: How NOT to Direct a Television Pilot with Dave Bullis

October 17, 2017
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How NOT to Direct a Television Pilot with Dave Bullis

Before I get any hate mail I wanted to let you know that our guest today reached out to me and offered to do this episode. So I didn't ask a fellow filmmaker to come on the show and tell us all how not to direct a television pilot. Dave Bullis is a director, writer, and director. He approached me with this idea and I said let's do it. The more truth bombs I can lay on the IFH Tribe the better.

Game Over (GO) was a TV pilot I filmed a few years ago about five employees at a video game store struggling to get to the next level in their lives. Dave went through hell making it and his stories even surprised me. Dave also decided to write a length guide to help filmmakers shoot their own projects.

IFH 188: Making a Micro Budget Film That Cracks iTunes’s Top 3 with Julian Galea

October 11, 2017
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Today on the show we have writer/cinematographer/director Julian Galea. He directed a micro-budget film called Love to Paradise.

Set in the magical Mediterranean islands of Malta, this indie travel romance proves it’s not love until it’s paradise.

When American tourist Giovanni falls for local artist Carmen, they embark on a passionate and unforgettable journey across the Maltese islands only to be broken by the truth. Now at a crossroads, Giovanni choose between his livelihood or a fight to win the love of a woman that forever changed him.

Check out the trailer below.

 

I wanted Julian on the show, not only because he made a steller micro-budget film but I wanted him to give us the secrets on how he cracked the top 3 of iTunes Pre-orders with his little indie film. Check out the picture below and see which Big budget Hollywood tentpole films he was beating.

LOVE TO PARADISE, Julian Galea, Malta, Myko Olivier, Marysia S. Peres

Julian Galea is a Maltese-Australian filmmaker. He studied at New York Film Academy as a writer-director. His work includes a series of awarded short films and his latest feature film debut, LOVE TO PARADISE. Enjoy my conversation with Julian Galea.

IFH 187: How to Create an Amazon Exclusive Streaming Series with Chris Sobchak

October 8, 2017
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How to Create an Amazon Exclusive Streaming Series with Chris Sobchak

This week on the show we have filmmaker Chris Sobchak. Chris co-created an Amazon Streaming Series with star Nicole Sobchack, “Please Tell Me I’m Adopted!” follows free-spirited, wide-eyed, disaster magnet Tiffany who is forced to move in with her newly married sister, roping them into crazy, often culturally-current escapades with outrageous and hilarious consequences. What began as a project for a sketch comedy class is now an original short-form comedy series, which premiered exclusively on Amazon on March 6, 2017.

The entire production was crowdfunded by friends, family and even strangers, so it was important for Executive Producer Chris Sobchak to keep costs down as much as possible. This led to him and Nicole doing the entire post process, including CGI, sound design, VFX, color and editing, themselves. The project took about two years to complete, with Chris needing to do some of the work on the road while working as the Drum and Percussion Technician for Elton John. 

Enjoy my conversation with Chris Sobchak.

THROWBACK FRIDAY: How to Write a Screenplay FAST with Jeff Bollow

October 6, 2017
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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! 


How to Write a Screenplay with FAST with Jeff Bollow

Have you ever wanted to learn how to write a screenplay fast? I know I do. This is why I invited on the show award-winning producer/director, best-selling author, film festival organizer and public speaker, Jeff Bollow.

He is the author of Writing FAST: How to Write Anything with Lightning SpeedJeff Bollow began as an actor at age 12 in his native Los Angeles (credits include Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead and TV's Columbo) before working nearly every job in production, from camera to sound to lighting — and including jobs in development, post-production and distribution.

Jeff has worked on feature films, TV series, commercials, music videos, radio, and corporate productions for companies such as Universal, Castle Rock, Propaganda Films, DNA and the Oxygen Network.

After migrating to New Zealand, where he directed television for TV3 and co-founded the Big Mountain Short Film Festival, he moved to Australia, where he launched Embryo Films. Through his company, Jeff has reviewed over 20,000 project submissions, and has edited, assessed and/or mentored over 350 projects. He has script doctored in Singapore, Australia, NZ and the US; and has conducted over 80 live weekend workshops to over 1200 writers in 9 cities in 5 countries, with a unanimous "recommend" approval rating.

His students have been optioned, produced and won (and placed) in competitions worldwide. He designed FAST Screenplay in 2004, and began officially building it in November 2009. It was finally completed in July 2016, nearly 7 years later. Alongside it, he created the FASTscreenplay YouTube Channel, which now includes over 30 detailed and insightful free videos to encourage writers and screenwriters around the world.

In May 2015, Jeff Bollow delivered his first TED Talk, "Expand Your Imagination... Exponentially" (see video below) at TEDxDocklands in Melbourne, Australia, to prepare for the next phase of the larger plan. Jeff's aim is build an independent film studio that inspires creativity worldwide, to help prepare humanity for the dramatic changes our future holds. When he's not busy helping writers with FAST Screenplay, he is working on a new book, developing a television series, and planning two feature film projects.

I've added below Jeff Bollow's TEDTalk and a series of amazing video on screenwriting. Enjoy!

IFH 186: How to Make a Killer Horror Film in One Location with Michael Williams

October 2, 2017
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How to Make a Killer Horror Film in One Location with Michael Williams

If you have a micro or no budget feature film shooting in one location will make life a lot easier. Now, how do you make that one location look great and not boring through your film? Indie Filmmaker Michael Williams did just that with his new horror film The Atoning. Check out the trailer below.

 

Michael Williams began creating short films in 2004 and since has consistently produced short films and screened them for audiences at annual film festivals and screenings across the U.S.

Williams earned his bachelor of arts in film in 2009 from the University of Southern Mississippi and was awarded the Top Film Student of 2009 Award. In 2007 Williams began his professional film career, accumulating a multitude of credits ranging from assistant camera to director of photography for many independent short and feature-length films.

After writing, directing and producing more than 20 short films, Williams broke into the feature-length film territory with the award-winning film OzLand". While his desire to tell complex stories visually drew him to a career in cinematography, as an artist and storyteller, Williams writes and directs films like "OzLand" in order to share his stories with those interested in experiencing them while eagerly pursuing the opportunity to bring other people's stories to life as a director of photography.

For his 2nd feature film, Williams turned to the horror/supernatural thriller genre for "The Atoning", an award-winning family drama explored through a fresh take on the thriller/horror genre.

Today, the filmmaker owns and operates Shendopen films in West Point, Mississippi and continues to write and direct his own independent films, produce films by other regional filmmakers and works regionally in the industry as a director of photography. Enjoy my conversation with Michael Williams.

THROWBACK FRIDAY: How to Make $500,000 Selling a No Budget DSLR Indie Film with Michael Polish

September 29, 2017
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How to Make $500,000 Selling a No Budget DSLR Indie Film with Michael Polish

I'm always looking for indie filmmaking models to study. I like to analyze how other filmmakers make successful indie films while doing through a new DIY method, self-distributing their film or achieving critical and fan respect for their work.

Well, I found a film that checks all the boxes, For Lovers Only create by the Polish Brothers, Michael and Mark Polish (more on that film later). These filmmakers have been making films, on their terms, for over a decade now.

Since premiering at Sundance with their debut feature, 1999's Twin Falls Idahothe brothers have remained steadfast in their commitment to creating personal, character-driven films.

Michael Polish has created a filmography of critically-acclaimed features, including the karaoke-themed Jackpot (2001), the self-financed period piece Northfork (2003) and the sci-fi drama The Astronaut Farmer (2006). Yet the Polish brothers have always maintained a collaborative—as opposed to competitive—spirit when it comes to finding success in Hollywood

In 2005, he and his brother published the must-read book The Declaration of Independent Filmmaking: An Insider's Guide to Making Movies Outside of Hollywood, a how-to guide for first-time filmmakers.

How to Make $500,000 on a DSLR Feature Film

How does one make money shooting a feature film on a DSLR? The film in question came from a screenplay that Mark Polish wrote more than a decade ago called For Lovers Only, about an American photographer who runs into an old flame while on assignment in Paris. The film follows the rekindled lovers around Paris, France in a series of quiet vignettes that gradually reveal more about the complications in the couples' lives.

Related: DSLR Video Tips: How to Make Your DSLR Film or Video Look More Cinematic

Inspired by the guerilla style of the French New Wave filmmakers of yesteryear, Mark and Michael Polish came up with a simple plan: they'd fly over to France with only a Canon 5D Mark II camera (which they already owned) and one actress (Castle star Stana Katic) in tow and just go out and shoot feature film. Oh did I mention it was in black and white?

 

With no budget to speak of they went out into Paris and captured it's stunning beauty for free. Additionally, shooting solely on a DSLR had quite a few advantages. Not only was the camera extremely portable, and allowed for filming in tight spaces (such as the small alcoves in French churches), it gave the film the level of intimacy it needed.

No one stopped them since they were such a small crew and the camera was a still camera (with video capablities) everyone thought they were a married couple simply on vacation.

Screenwriter and actor Mark Polish explained the process.

“It was me, Mike and Stana, and that was it. We shot for 12 days, and the whole point was to capture this really intense intimacy between the two characters.”

Most of the team’s hotels and meals were comped by their contacts and friends; their only expenses were food and a few taxis, but Mark and Michael Polish don’t consider that part of the budget since those charges would have been incurred if they took a vacation instead.

Michael Polish said that their hotels and some meals were comped; they shot and edited with equipment they already owned; and they don’t consider the few grand worth of meals, taxis and the like to be part of an actual budget.

“There was not one dime that came out of our pocket specifically for this movie — besides the food we ate, but we had to eat, anyway."

Now what makes the filmmaking story really interesting is the film made of $500,000 through self-distribution. Yup, that's right. How might you ask?

Using Social Media to SELL!

Michael Polish was extremely smart for casting Stana Katic not only for her amazing beauty and talent but she also had a huge fan base from her hit ABC television show Castle. At Michael Polish's request, Stana tweeted out to her over 67,000 twitter followers that the film was available on iTunes and word spread very quickly.

Michael Polish leveraged not only his and his brother's own social networks and also Stana's. Katic's rabid Twitter and Facebook followings spread the word.

Then Michael Polish found that the film's #hashtag was drawing over 1,000 tweets an hour, he drafted up posters using the Twitter raves in place of critics' quotes. Those posters went viral on Twitter and Tumblr, and further helped create an amazing amount of iTune pre-sales.

I can't express to you enough that they created this enter film completely in the DIY, no budget filmmaking process. From shooting it to marketing and selling it. This is a model that should be studied by all indie filmmakers. Now you can find the film on all the usual suspects of VOD (Netflix, iTunes, YouTube, Amazon & Movies on Demand via FilmBuff). Since he and his brother own the film, they keep all the profit.

IFH 185: How Screenwriters Can Navigate the Hollywood System with Scott Myers

September 25, 2017
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How Screenwriters Can Navigate the Hollywood System with Scott Myers

For screenwriters, navigating the shark-infested waters of the Hollywood system can be a daunting task. You never know what the producer or studio is looking for. How do you pitch your story properly? So many questions. I hope today's guest can help guide you a bit through those waters.

Scott Myers has been a professional Hollywood screenwriter for over 30 years. Since selling his spec script K-9 in 1987, Scott has written 30 projects for every major Hollywood studio and broadcast network. His film writing credits include K-9 starring Jim Belushi, Alaska starring Vincent Kartheiser, and Trojan War starring Jennifer Love Hewitt.

From 2002–2010, Scott was an executive producer at Trailblazer Studios, a television production company. In 2002, he began teaching screenwriting in his spare time. He won the UCLA Extension Writers’ Program Outstanding Instructor Award in 2005 and for eight years taught in the Writing for Screen and Stage program at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill.

He has hosted Go Into The Story, an amazing screenwriting website, since its launch May 16, 2008, and is partnered with the Black List as its official screenwriting blog.

Scott breaks down the Hollywood system, talks about story and structure and just tells it how it really is in the business. Enjoy my conversation with Scott Myers.

 

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IFH 184: How to Location Scout on a Budget with Brian L. Tan

September 21, 2017
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Anytime I location scout a property we are going to shoot at I always look out for the boobie traps that might hurt the shoot. Finding an dealing with locations can be a nightmare, especially when you have little or no budget.

Today on the show I have locations guru Brian L. Tan. Brian is the founder of Wrapal.com, a site built to help filmmakers and property owner find location love. We discuss a bunch of tips and tricks to get locations on the cheap, if not for free and we go over the pitfalls that many filmmakers fall into when shooting on location.

Below you'll find a great guide on how to location scout on a budget, written by Brian, as well as some genius videos they created. Enjoy and happy hunting!

IFH TV: My 2003 Project Greenlight Submission Tape

September 20, 2017
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It's the summer of 2003 and the second season of the filmmaking reality show, Project Greenlight, is taking submissions from directors and screenwriters. Before Batman and Jason Bourne, there was Project Greenlight, the brainchild of Oscar Winners Ben Affleck and Matt Damon.

I had just a few student short films and a commercial demo reel under my belt. So I submitted and to my surprise, I made it pretty high in the selection process, top 25 directors. When you get to that point in the competition you need to submit an audition tape.

I've been getting emails and message over the past year because of a few Tweets on Twitter. They cut a small, embarrassing clip of a young, cocky of my submission tape into the first episode of season two.

Many of the IFH tribe kept asking me if I still had the full audition tape so they could watch it. I went digging in the VHS, Mini-DV archives and I found it. It was fun to see that 28-year-old filmmaker with stars in his eyes, but it was cringe-worthy as well.

I decided to pop it up on YouTube to see what you all think. It's really interesting to see myself so young, with visions of what he wanted his life to be not knowing what was in store for him. I hope the tribe will get something out of this, or at least you'll have a great laugh. Please be gentle in the comments. Enjoy!

IFH 183: How to Have a Sustainable Career in the Film Business with Straw Weisman

September 18, 2017
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How to Have a Sustainable Career in the Film Business with Straw Weisman

I always talk about "hustle" and that "you have to keep moving forward no matter what" to make it in this business. Today's guest is the most authentic example of those concepts I've ever met. Straw Weisman is a writer, director, producer, post supervisor, movie trailer writer/producer, film consultant, and film market guru. These are just some of jobs Straw has done in his over 40 years in the indie film business.

Through his own company, Marquee Productions, Straw has supervised post-production and/or associate produced or produced over 75 films, including “Without Men”, starring Eva Longoria and Christian Slater, "Abel's Field", starring Kevin Sorbo, “Shine On”, starring Jenna Dewan-Tatum, “Order of Redemption” with Busta Rhymes, Armand Assante and Tom Berenger,  the multi-festival award-winning biopic “Crazy” featuring“Heroes” Ali Larder,  “Magic”, a family film starring Christopher Lloyd as a talking dog, Richard Gere’s “The Flock”, “Sex and Breakfast”, starring Macaulay Culkin, “Say It In Russian”, featuring Faye Dunaway, the spiritually based sleeper hit “What The Bleep Do We Know!?”(which grossed over $16 Million at the box office), Tobe Hooper’s “The Toolbox Murders”, and the horror feature “Hatchet." Marquee Productions has also played host to over 25 independent films, which have used its editing and audio facilities and Straw’s creative consultancy.

Straw and I have been working together on projects for close to 10 years. I wanted him to come on the show to discuss his career, how he keeps going, and what skills helped him to have such a long and sustainable career. Straw also shares a very intense story that will illustrate how tough and brutal this business can be.

My hope is that this interview not only inspires you but sheds a light on what is really needed to make it in the business. Enjoy my conversation with Straw Weisman.

IFH 182: The Indie Film Hustle Tribe Interrogates Alex Ferrari with Rob Alicea

September 13, 2017
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The Indie Film Hustle Tribe Interrogates Alex Ferrari with Rob Alicea

Today’s episode is a first for the IFH Podcast. I had Indie Film Hustle Tribe Member Rob Alicea reach out to me with a crazy idea. He wanted to interview me for the podcast. He thought that the tribe would like to know more about me and my personal journey. I have to say I was skeptical. I didn’t think you guys would be that interested but Rob convinced me so here we are. Rob asked questions I never answered before and I have to say Rob was a great interviewer. I hope you find some value in it.

So here we go. Enjoy Rob’s interview with…I guess me. = )

IFH 181: Trailer Editing Techniques to Cut a Badass Movie Trailer

September 11, 2017
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Trailer Editing Techniques to Cut a Badass Movie Trailer

I've probably edited over 500 movie trailers, network promos, and commercials in my career. So many indie filmmakers and feature film editors think they can just throw together a trailer for their feature film and make it work. Over the years, I've shared my Trailer Editing Techniques with many of the indie filmmakers that have walked into my post suite.

Trailer editing requires a very different set of skills from feature film or other long-form editing. I've seen way too many bad movie trailers in my day. I wanted to bring on today's guest Chris from FilmEditingPro to drop some knowledge bombs on the IFH Tribe on what it takes to really edit an effect and kick ass movie trailer, regardless of genre.

Enjoy my conversation with Chris from FilmEditingPro.

IFH 180: How to Cast a No Budget Indie Film with Backstage’s Veronika Lee

September 7, 2017
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How to Cast a No Budget Indie Film with Backstage's Veronika Lee

Ahhhh casting. It’s probably the last thing a director or producer wants to think about during production. But it’s true: casting can make or break a film. A bad casting decision can be glaringly obvious at the worst possible time. So it’s important to get started thinking about your process early on. 

On today's show, we have casting director Veronika Lee from Backstage. We go into how to cast a no budget indie film, finding the right actors for the part and much more.

 

(Note: IFH listeners can always cast for free by entering promo code HUSTLE at checkout at Backstage.com.)

Enjoy my conversation with Veronika Lee.

 

LINKS AND RESOURCES MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE

SPONSORS

  1. Hollywood Film & Television Directing Masterclass (EXCLUSIVE 50% OFF)
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  3. Directing Actors Master Course – (30% OFF – CODE: HUSTLE)
  4. Get Your Film on Netflix, Hulu & Amazon & Keep 100% off the Revenue - Distribber
  5. Hollywood Camera Work: Mastering High-End Blocking and Staging (30% OFF – CODE: HUSTLE)
  6. Werner Herzog's Filmmaking MasterClass
  7. Aaron Sorkin Screenwriting Master Class

KILLER RESOURCES!!!

  1. IFH Masters Circle Filmmaking Community
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  3. Six Secrets to get into Film Festivals for FREE!

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IFH 179: Oscar-Winner Russell Carpenter ASC - Shooting Blockbusters, Titanic & James Cameron

September 5, 2017
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Oscar-Winner Russell Carpenter ASC - Shooting Blockbusters, Titanic & James Cameron

I can't tell you how excited I am about today's guest. I sat down with the legendary and Oscar® Winning Cinematographer Russell Carpenter ASC Russell has been shooting blockbusters for over 40 years and has shot films like Ant-Man,  xXx: Return of Xander Cage, Charlie's Angels, The Negotiator, True Lies, Monster-in-Law and classic 90's action flicks like Hard Target, The Perfect Weapon, and Death Warrant.

He won the Oscar® for his cinematography on the second highest-grossing film of all time, Titanic. We go down the rabbit hole on shooting Titanic, working with James Cameron, crazy Hollywood stories, how he approaches each project and much more. This episode is a treasure chest of behind the scenes stories and cinematic techniques from the highest levels of Hollywood.

Get ready to be entertained and have your mind blown. Enjoy my epic conversation with Russell Carpenter A.S.C.

IFH 178: How a 19 Yr Old Directed & Sold 6 Feature Films with Dylan Mars

September 1, 2017
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How a 19 Yr Old Directed & Sold 6 Feature Films with Dylan Mars

I always talk about the grind, doing the work and just going out and shoot your film. Today's guest does just that, Dylan Mars Greenberg. Dylan has directed 6 feature films at the ripe old age of 19 years old. I can't tell you what a treat it was to speak to this young filmmaker. I hope Dylan's drive, excitement to tell stories and good old fashion hustle rubs off on you all. Enjoy my conversation with Dylan Mars Greenberg.

Keep Hustlin!

IFH 177: Why Facebook Watch is a Game Changer for Indie Filmmakers

August 29, 2017
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Why Facebook Watch is a Game Changer for Indie Filmmakers

The online video landscape is changing on a daily basis. The newest gladiator to step into the ring is Facebook. Facebook is launching Facebook Watch, a new "show tab" that will host original shows produced exclusively for Facebook. Considering that Facebook has 1.32 Billion people who come to the site on a daily basis this is a game changer for filmmakers and content creators.

Facebook Watch will launch with a handful of shows first but they plan to open the platform up to independent filmmakers, production companies, and content creators.  They will also be adding REVENUE SHARE option for all content creators. My sources tell me that the revenue will be higher than YouTube. Many are saying that this could be a YouTube killer, only time will tell. Personally, I don't think Facebook Watch will kill Youtube but it will injure it for sure.

We are living in an "Attention Economy." Whoever can command the most attention will be successful. Take a listen to the podcast as I go into a bit more detail about Facebook Watch and how indie filmmakers can use it to build their brand and/or companies.

Keep Hustlin and enjoy!

IFH 176: How to Become a “Jack of All Trades” Indie Filmmaker

August 23, 2017
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How to Become a "Jack of All Trades" Indie Filmmaker

On today's episode, I want to discuss the need for indie filmmakers to become a "Jack of All Trades." As you travel down your filmmaking path you need to be adding tools to your tool box. You have to be adding new skills, knowledge, and experience to your tool box every day.

I go over not just the basic skills you need to know but some tool you never thought you needed to add to that box. The more tools you have in your tool box, the more dangerous of a filmmaker you become.

Keep Hustlin and enjoy!

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IFH 175: How to Build an Audience w/ Social Media & Hustle - Hollyshorts! Conference

August 16, 2017
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How to Build an Audience w/ Social Media & Hustle - Hollyshorts! Film Festival Conference

In today's episode, I wanted to share the talk I did with RB Botto (Stage 32) at the Hollyshorts! Film Festival Conference 2017. RB and I spoke about a lot of different topics covering, crowdfunding, crowdsourcing, building an audience, self-distribution, and much more. There's truly one knowledge bomb dropped after another. I thought the IFH Tribe could get a lot out of it.

Also, if you are in the LA area This is Meg is LA Priemering at the TCL Chinese Theater, I know crazy! We are the closing night feature film of the Hollyshorts! Film Festival. The screening is August 19th, 8pm. For discount tickets read below. The entire cast will be there and it'll be a fun time! Hope to see you there.

Enjoy!

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LINKS AND RESOURCES MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE

SPONSORS

  1. Directing Actors Master Course – (30% OFF – CODE: HUSTLE)
  2. Get Your Film on Netflix, Hulu & Amazon & Keep 100% off the Revenue - Distribber
  3. Hollywood Camera Work: Mastering High-End Blocking and Staging (30% OFF – CODE: HUSTLE)
  4. Werner Herzog's Filmmaking MasterClass
  5. Aaron Sorkin Screenwriting Master Class
  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 174: Hollywood Directing: How to Choose the Right Lens for Your Shot

August 9, 2017
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Hollywood Directing: How to Choose the Right Lens for Your Shot

On today's episode, I wanted to give you a sneak peek of one of the best selling filmmaking courses on Udemy right now, Hollywood Film & Television Directing Masterclass with former guest and master film instructor Gil Bettman. On the show, you'll hear a lesson on how you can AMP UP your static shots by the choosing the right lenses.

Enjoy!


LINKS AND RESOURCES MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE

SPONSORS

  1. Directing Actors Master Course – (30% OFF – CODE: HUSTLE)
  2. Get Your Film on Netflix, Hulu & Amazon & Keep 100% off the Revenue - Distribber
  3. Hollywood Camera Work: Mastering High-End Blocking and Staging (30% OFF – CODE: HUSTLE)
  4. Werner Herzog's Filmmaking MasterClass
  5. Aaron Sorkin Screenwriting Master Class
  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!

To share your thoughts:

To help the show:


Filmmaking Resources

IFH 173: This is Meg is LIVE on iTunes & Some Other Surprises

August 4, 2017
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This is Meg is LIVE on iTunes & Some Other Surprises

Today is the day. This is Meg is FINALLY been released to the world on iTunes. It's pretty incredible that an idea I had over a year ago is now a feature film that has been released on mutha f'in iTunes. It's humbling. I'm so grateful to you, the IFH Tribe for your support, love and well wishes. I know that I wouldn't have been able to do this with you guys. 

The power of community is pretty powerful and from the bottom of my heart thank you all so much for the support!

So today is a big day. The more transactions we get on iTunes the higher we get ranked on their algorithm. This means sales and rentals (it's available for rental too today) count towards that goal. So if you are going to buy or rent This is Meg do it TODAY!

Let's see how this experiment does and I'll report back the results. Here's the link to buy or rent the film today ---> This is Meg on iTunes

By the way, I have a few surprises for you in this episodes so listen all the way through = ) Enjoy and thank you again!

IFH 172: Spielberg, Take Me & Directing for the Duplass Brothers with Pat Healy

August 1, 2017
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Spielberg, Take Me & Directing for the Duplass Brothers with Pat Healy

Today's guest prolific actor/writer/director Pat Healy. Pat discuss his new Netflix film Take Me starring himself and Orange is the New Black's Taylor Schilling. He also talks about his experience working with the Duplass Brothers, working with the legend Steven Speilberg, and how he has made a living being a script doctor over the years. Pay Healy's feature film screenplays Strange Skies and Snow Ponies found their way on the Black List in 2006 and 2007.

 Enjoy my conversation with Pat Healy.

IFH 171: How to Make Money with Your Indie Film (Crazy Case Studies)

July 26, 2017
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How to Make Money with Your Indie Film (Crazy Case Studies)

So you want to make money with your film. Who doesn't? I've always been a hustler, and I used that word in the most positive way I can. Filmmakers need to stop just thinking about the art and start thinking about the business of filmmaking. They need to become entrepreneurs. That is the only way filmmakers from this and future generations will survive in the business.

Sure for every Chris Nolan they're millions of indie filmmakers that are broke, frustrated, angry or just quit the business altogether but it doesn't have to be that rough. Sure the world of self-distribution has exploded and there are some many revenue avenues for filmmakers today but it doesn't have to stop there.

In this episode, I break down and analyze a bunch of successful filmmakers that created multiple revenue streams leveraging their feature film, doc, web series or short film.

IFH 170: How a Screenwriter Becomes a First Time Director with Kelly Fremon Craig

July 25, 2017
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How a Screenwriter Becomes a First Time Director with Kelly Fremon Craig

I'm asked all the time

"How does a screenwriter get the opportunity to direct one of their screenplays?"

That is the question. In Hollywood, more times than not, writers don't have the power or ability to direct their own material. It took a few screenplays before Quentin Tarantino got the shot with Reservoir Dogs. Today's guest is writer/director Kelly Fremon Craig. She got her shot to director her own screenplay on the 2016 critical darling Edge of Seventeen.

Kelly's adventures through Hollyweird is inspiring to say the least. Enjoy my conversation with Kelly Fremon Craig.

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IFH 169: How to Make Money Renting Your Film Gear with ShareGrid

July 20, 2017
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How to Make Money Renting Your Film Gear with ShareGrid's Brent Barbano

Have you ever wanted to make a little extra cash with that film gear sitting in your closet? Have you ever wanted o rent that new Arri ALEXA but were afraid you couldn't afford it? Well, I came across the solution for both problems, it's call ShareGrid.

ShareGrid is a per to per community, think Airbnb for filmmakers, that allows list film gear for rental or rent gear directly from other filmmakers with instant insurance. I reached out to Brent Barbano, co-founder of Sharegrid to discuss how he built this community up, talk about how to be a working cinematographer and just talk shop.

Heres a couple of videos explain what ShareGrid is all about.

 

 

Enjoy my conversation with ShareGrid Co-Founder Brent Barbano.

IFH 168: How To Be Creative - The War of Art & Turning Pro

July 19, 2017
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How To Be Creative - The War of Art & Turning Pro

How to be creative? This is a question that surprisingly has a simple answer. DO THE WORK! In this episode, I'll be going over a remarkable book I've read that has truly changed the way I think about life, the creative process and making films. The book is [easyazon_link identifier="1936891026" locale="US" tag="whatisbroke-20"]The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles[/easyazon_link] by Steven Pressfield.

If you have writer's block, can't break through the fear or just want some tips on how to be creative this is the episode you need to hear. I'm also running the FIRST EVER Indie Film Hustle Contest. Steve Pressfield sent me a bounty of books to give away to the tribe. All you have to do to enter is "mail me", not email, but actually mail me a letter or video telling me your break through story, when you decided to do the work and stopped being afraid of following that dream

Winner's story will be read on an episode of the IFH Podcast. You can send letters or videos to:

Indie Film Hustle Contest - Pressfield
c/o Alex Ferrari
531-A North Hollywood Way #257
Burbank, CA 91505

I can't wait to read your stories. So stop reading this and listen to the podcast already.