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!

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
Watch Now:

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
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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.

Right click here to download the MP3
Download on iTunes Direct
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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

IFH 163: Why Indie Filmmakers Need to Break the Rules

June 27, 2017
00:0000:00

Why Indie Filmmakers Need to Break the Rules

In this episode, I discuss breaking the rules. why it is important to your career as an indie filmmaker and how it can make you stand out from the crowd. 

I share examples on rule breakers in throughout Hollywood history and the impact it had on their careers. So get ready to break some mutha f'**kin rules!

Also, I have some HUGE news. 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. 

THROWBACK FRIDAY: The 5 Lies of Indie Film Distribution

June 23, 2017
00:0000:00

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

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

The 5 Lies of Indie Film Distribution

Indie film distribution in a mystery to most indie filmmakers. It is filled with deception, scams, misinformation and straight out LIES! I wanted to put together an episode spotlighting the five major lies filmmakers hear about film distribution.

Like many truths in the world, these might not be easy to swallow but there is hope. If you have a plan "BEFORE YOU SHOOT YOUR FILM" your odds of success go up greatly.

I see so many indie filmmakers killing themselves to make their films but have no idea how to recoup their money or actually make a living doing what they love to do. I hope this podcast helps.

IFH 162: 7 Tips To Nail Your First Week On a Film Set

June 21, 2017
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7 Tips To Nail Your First Week On a Film Set

Your first week on a film set will be an intimidating experience. It takes time to find your feet and feel comfortable in such a unique working environment. You may have experience from college working on short film sets, but it is usually completely different working on blockbusters with hundreds of crew, cast, and extras. There can be large machinery moving around, lots of noise, multiple cameras, and camera cranes, equipment everywhere and on the stages, it is generally quite dark. You need to be aware, confident and know what happens on a film set to complete your tasks to the best of your ability. Here are some tips to help you get through your first week:

THROWBACK FRIDAY: Chris Vogler - Screenwriting & The Writer’s Journey Blueprint

June 16, 2017
00:0000:00

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

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

Chris Vogler: Screenwriting & The Writer's Journey Blueprint

If you have seen Star Wars then you know Joseph Campbell's work. If you ever have seen The Lion King then you have seen one of Campbell's best student's, Chris Vogler, work.

Related: Michael Hauge: Writing a Screenplay That Sells

Chris Vogler wrote the game-changing book  The Writers Journey: Mythic Structure for WritersI read this book over 20 years ago and it changed the way I look at story. Chris studied the work and principles of the late master Joseph Campbell. His book The Hero with a Thousand Faces was the bases for Star Wars as well as almost every other Hollywood feature film in the past 60 years.

What Chris Vogler did so well is that he translated Campbell's work and applied it to movies. The Writer's Journey explores the powerful relationship between mythology and storytelling in a clear, concise style that's made it required reading for movie executives, screenwriters, playwrights, scholars, and fans of pop culture all over the world. He has influenced the screenplays of movies from THE LION KING to FIGHT CLUB to BLACK SWAN to NOAH.

Pretty high praise from one of the best filmmakers working today. In this episode, I ask Chris to breakdown a bunch of concepts of the Hero's Journey, why it resinates with people around the world and what makes an amazing hero and villain.

Enjoy my conversation with Chris Vogler.

IFH 161: Building an Affordable Cinema Lens w/ Veydra Lenses’ Ryan Avery

June 15, 2017
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Veydra Mini Cinema Primes: Real Cinema Lenses You Can Afford

If you're an indie filmmaker and shoot your own stuff, the price of really good glass is generally too damn expensive and cinema-style primes lenses are totally out of reach...until now.

Until recently, the most cost effective cinema-style primes lenses have been pre-existing stills lenses, which can create problems with matching and physical layout. You have the "pulling focus issue" that still lenses have (top marks vs side marks for the 1st AC to pull focus).

Enter Veydra's Mini Cinema Primes. This amazing company has put the power back in the hands of the indie filmmaker at an affordable cost. These extremely compact lenses have an amazing build and image quality. They are light, compact and just gorgeous.

Today's guest is the co-founder of Veydra lenses Ryan Avery. We discuss all things lenses, what cinematographers are looking for and the core mission of Veydra, to help filmmakers. If you want to learn a bit more about how cinema lenses work or how a couple of filmmaking entrepreneurs built a killer company then take a listen.

THROWBACK FRIDAY: August Rush: The Million Dollar Screenplay Paul Castro

June 9, 2017
00:0000:00

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

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

August Rush: The Million Dollar Screenplay Paul Castro

We've all read in Variety or The Hollywood Reporter of some no name screenwriter selling his or her screenplay for a million bucks. Ever wonder how they did it? What structure did they use? What "tricks of the trade were" employed?

May I introduce Paul Castro, the original writer of one of my favorite films August Rush. Paul Castro is a produced, award winning screenwriter and world-renowned screenwriting professor.

"Structure...is the canvas on which we paint with words." - Paul Castro

His project, August Rush was produced by Warner Brothers and starred the late great Robin Williams, Keri Russell, Freddie Highmore and Jonathan Rhys Meyers. The film took Paul Castro into the belly of the Hollywood beast.

he business of screenwriting can be tough, but while a student at the UCLA School of Theater, Film, and Television, he was a finalist for the Coca-Cola Refreshing Filmmaker's Award for directing and producing his original screenplay Healing, and landed a three-picture screenwriting deal worth $1 million.

The lessons he learned not only from selling August Rush but many other Hollywood screenwriting adventures were invaluable. He later went back and became a screenwriting professor at UCLA School of Theater, Film, and Television, teaching thousands of students over his ten years of teaching.

Paul Castro teaches screenwriting from the inside out.” - Richard Walter, UCLA Screenwriting Chairperson.

After being a screenwriting professor, script doctoring and consulting Paul decided to create the ultimate screenwriting course. He calls it "The Million Dollar Screenplay." - IFH SPECIAL $10

I took the course myself and all I have to say is WOW! Paul teaches with an elegant style that's extremely understandable and straight to the point. Success leaves clues and so do masterfully crafted screenplays that sell for millions of dollars.

Paul Castro shows you those secrets. Not trying to do a hard sell here but I just love this course.

What clearly resonates with me is Paul’s love for and dedication to his students and to storytelling. He is a composed and practical artist and teacher, yet highly imaginative in his approach.” - Michael Eisner, Former CEO of The Walt Disney Company.

Here's some of what Paul covers in his course:

  • Professional screenwriting techniques
  • Plot development for the big screen
  • Creating compelling characters to attract movie stars
  • Winning dialogue
  • Structure to serve as the blueprint for your movie
  • Scene construction to evoke suspense
  • Sequence writing to manage an ensemble cast

After taking his course I reached out to him and asked him to be a guest on the podcast. What followed was not only a master class in screenwriting but also lessons on the film business and he also discussed how to discover your own voice as an artist. Pretty mind-blowing.

Enjoy this whopper of a podcast episode and if you haven't seen August Rush do yourself a favor and watch it. It's worth watching for Robin Williams alone!

If you're interested in downloading his course click here:
The Million Dollar Screenplay - IFH SPECIAL $10

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