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)
  2. Editing with DaVinci Resolve Course ($15 Special)
  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
  2. IFH's Online Film School
  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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Download on iTunes Direct
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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!

To share your thoughts:

To help the show:

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.

LINKS AND RESOURCES MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE

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.

IFH 167: How to Make $3 Million Selling Your Indie Film on iTunes & Amazon w/ Range 15

July 13, 2017
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How to Make $3 Million Selling Your Indie Film on iTunes & Amazon w/ with Nick Palmisciano of Range 15

We all hear that self-distribution is the future for indie filmmakers. Build an audience and make a film for that audience but finding real world examples of a "true" indie film breaking $1,000,000+ using that model is tough. Well, I'm happy to introduce you to Range 15, the indie film that not only made $1 million selling on iTunes and Amazon but they have made $3 million+ to date, and growing.

Today's guest is Nick Palmisciano, one of the writers, producers, and actors in Range 15. His story of how this film came into the world is truly inspiring.

Nick and Mat Best, his co-producer/writer/lead of Range 15, had a crazy idea to create a feature film for the communities they had built up over the years. They are both military veterans and own military themed apparel companies Ranger up Article 15, respectively.

They wanted to make a film that the military community would enjoy and they did just that. Check out the fun trailer below.

 

They crowdfunded $1.2 million to make the film. Their goal was $350,000 but they made that in the first 30 hours of the campaign. With the extra cash, they were able to get William Shatner, Keith David, Sean Astin and Danny Trejo in the film. Check out the crowdfunding video below.

 

As you can tell from the videos above Nick and the gang don't take themselves too seriously but what is serious is how much dinero Range 15 has pulled in. For an indie film with no studio and no distributer to break $3 million bucks is a miracle. My hats off to Range 15.

Enjoy my inspirational conversation with Nick Palmisciano.

IFH 166: Indie Film Self Distribution & Marketing Blueprint with This is Meg

July 12, 2017
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Independent Film Self Distribution & Marketing Blueprint with This is Meg

Over the past 6 months or so I've been getting an enormous amount of emails and messages asking me the same question:

What is your distribution and marketing plan for This is Meg?

I hear you IFH Tribe, so I decide to put this podcast together and lay out the marketing and distribution blueprint I created to get This is Meg out into the world.

In this episode, I break down:

  • Why I didn't go through a traditional distributor
  • Why I didn't do a theatrical run through TUGG
  • How I will be self-distributing This is Meg
  • What platforms I'll be selling on and why
  • What my marketing strategy is

This is Meg has been a giant experiment to see what happens and I wanted to share the ride with you, the IFH Tribe. Thank you for all the support. Take a listen and keep on hustlin'.

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Below you can check out some of the marketing I'm doing to promote This is Meg and content I'm giving my cast so they can push the film on their platforms.

THROWBACK FRIDAY: How Not to Get Ripped Off in Post Production

July 7, 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 Not to Get Ripped Off in Post Production

Over the years I've seen many of my fellow indie filmmakers get completely ripped off when they entered the post-production process. So many promises are given and the rates they charge are criminal. I wanted to put together a podcast to pull the curtain back on the "true" pricing of post production services.

Now, this is based on my experience working in Los Angeles so the prices might differ depending where you are in the country or the world.

I hope this episode provides a great amount of value and that it saves you your hard earned cash while making your next indie film. Enjoy!

This is Meg (2017) - The YouTube Star (Jill-Michele Melean, Lahna Turner & Rubin Dario)

July 6, 2017
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This is Meg (2017) - The YouTube Star  (Jill-Michele Melean, Lahna Turner & Rubin Dario)

BUY THE MOVIE on iTunes: http://www.thisismeg.com/itunes & Support Indie Film!

Watch the best This is Meg scenes & clips:
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLHw-MoPtklee-XRQ65rAw-zrD2k9GMxt9

FILM DESCRIPTION:
30 is the new 50 here, lose 15 pounds, Meg! You need to be on new age social media, Meg!” From nagging agents to nagging parents, aspiring comedienne/actress Meg finds herself in a rut as she evaluates how far she is from making it big in Los Angeles.

Even the girl singing nude (with tasteful pasties) reached 2 million subscribers. How many chakras need to be awakened to be truly happy in this rough industry? Based on true events (of ANY woman in Hollywood), This is Meg sends us on a whirlwind of an adventure from struggle to enlightenment, the Los Angeles way.

SOCIAL MEDIA:
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/thisismegfilm
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/thisismegfilm
Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/thisismegfilm

CREDITS:
Director/Producer: Alex Ferrari (http://www.alexferrari.com)
Writer/Producer: Jill-Michele Meleán (http://www.jillyonline.com)

CAST:
MEG - Jill-Michele Melean
ERIC - Joseph Reitman
RUBY - Jenica Bergere
SASHA - Debra Wilson
SUZANNE WALKER - Holly Wortell
BROOKE - Krista Allen
AL THE EDITOR - Ruben Dario
CHERYL COLLINS - Shawn Pelofsky
ANGEL - Lahna Turner
MIKE THE BOOKER - Carlos Oscar
KYLE - Roarke Walker
TONY ECKHART - Carlos Alazraqui

OFFICIAL SITES:
http://www.thisismeg.com
http://www.indiefilmhustle.com

IFH 165: Why Creating Systems is Better Than Setting Goals

July 5, 2017
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Why Creating Systems is Better Than Setting Goals

We've all been taught that creating goals is important and they are but creating systems is even more powerful. How many times have you lost weight just to gain it back? How many half-written screenplays do you have sitting on your computer? 

When your focus is only the goal then what happens after you achieve that goal? In this episode, I discuss how to create systems that will get you to your goals faster and keep you motivated along the way. 

Shameless plug: This is Meg is now available for pre-order on iTunes at an early bird discount $9.99. Just go to www.thisismeg.com/itunes. I have a ton of content coming on how we are releasing the film so stay tuned.

LINKS AND RESOURCES MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE

SPONSORS

  1. FilmConvert - (10% OFF - CODE: HUSTLE)
  2. Hollywood Film & Television Directing Masterclass (EXCLUSIVE 50% OFF)
  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
  8. 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:

IFH 164: Vintage Lenses for Indie Filmmakers MasterClass w/ Alan Besedin

July 4, 2017
00:0000:00

Vintage Lenses for Indie Filmmakers MasterClass w/ Alan Besedin

One of the main goals of Indie Film Hustle is to give real world knowledge and resources to indie filmmakers so they can make a living doing what they love. Film gear is a big part of that equation. I always am on the lookout for the best bang for the buck when it comes to film gear.

I recently began to dip my toes into the world of vintage lenses. Vintages lenses are exactly that, vintage. You may be asking

"Alex, why would I but a 50-year-old lens that has color redition issues or is soft on the corners when the lenses of today are perfect, clean and more advanced?"

The main reason I've fallen in love with vintage lenses is exactly for that reason, they are not perfect. Years ago lenses were made by hand. Each lens had its own personality. Many of them have beautiful mistakes that made them stand out.

Case in point Stanley Kubrick. If you watch A Clockwork Orange you'll notice a wide shot as the doorbell rings about 20min into the film. The crazy wide shot was filmed with a Kinoptik 9.8 F2.3. The lens is far from perfect but it has character. Kubrick was more focused in achieving an interesting shot rather than a perfect one. This coming from a legendary perfectionist.

Kubrick lenses collection was made up of most vintage lenses. He would buy 10 copies of the same lenses, test them all and pick the best of the bunch and return the rest.

Using vintages lenses can also take the "digital bite" off of modern day camera sensors. The best thing about getting into vintage glass is the cost. You can get a beautiful "nifty 50mm" for between $20-$80. They're literally thousands of lens you can choose from, each one special in its own way.  Vintage lenses can truly give your film a unique look and make you stand out from the crowd.

Today's guest Alan Besedin has been running in the filmmaking trenches for years and runs my go-to resource for vintages lenses VintageLensesforVideo.com. I've watched every video and read every article on the site. It's a wealth of info.

So enjoy my conversation with Alan Besedin from VintageLensesforVideo.com.

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This is Meg (2017) - The Yogi (EXCLUSIVE CLIP)

June 28, 2017
Watch Now:

This is Meg (2017) - The Yogi (EXCLUSIVE CLIP)

BUY THE MOVIE on iTunes: http://www.thisismeg.com/itunes & Support Indie Film!

Watch the best This is Meg scenes & clips:
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLHw-MoPtklee-XRQ65rAw-zrD2k9GMxt9

FILM DESCRIPTION:
30 is the new 50 here, lose 15 pounds, Meg! You need to be on new age social media, Meg!” From nagging agents to nagging parents, aspiring comedienne/actress Meg finds herself in a rut as she evaluates how far she is from making it big in Los Angeles.

Even the girl singing nude (with tasteful pasties) reached 2 million subscribers. How many chakras need to be awakened to be truly happy in this rough industry? Based on true events (of ANY woman in Hollywood), This is Meg sends us on a whirlwind of an adventure from struggle to enlightenment, the Los Angeles way.

SOCIAL MEDIA:
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/thisismegfilm
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/thisismegfilm
Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/thisismegfilm

CREDITS:
Director/Producer: Alex Ferrari (http://www.alexferrari.com)
Writer/Producer: Jill-Michele Meleán (http://www.jillyonline.com)

CAST:
MEG - Jill-Michele Melean
ERIC - Joseph Reitman
RUBY - Jenica Bergere
SASHA - Debra Wilson
SUZANNE WALKER - Holly Wortell
BROOKE - Krista Allen
AL THE EDITOR - Ruben Dario
CHERYL COLLINS - Shawn Pelofsky
ANGEL - Lahna Turner
MIKE THE BOOKER - Carlos Oscar
KYLE - Roarke Walker
TONY ECKHART - Carlos Alazraqui

OFFICIAL SITES:
http://www.thisismeg.com
http://www.indiefilmhustle.com