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Author: Ian O'Neill

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How They Did It: Filmmaking is a podcast that shares how others have succeeded at filmmaking; we learn from those who have gone before us. Whether you’re striving to complete your short, experimental, documentary, web series or feature, you’ll learn what it takes from those who’ve already met the challenge.
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In this, the final episode of Season One, I talk about the effect of the Coronavirus on filmmakers and how now is a great time to delve into screenwriting. 
Kate Madison is mostly known for directing, producing and acting in her Lord of the Rings prequel, Born of Hope, but more recently she produced and directed her award-winning fantasy series Ren: The Girl with the Mark. She is an actor, director, writer, producer, editor and has held numerous other roles in the film industry which makes her a great source of information. Kate's Game of Thrones style mini-epic, Ren: The Girl with the Mark, has launched a Kickstarter campaign for its second season. Visit https://www.rentheseries.com/ to learn everything about the series, to view first season episodes and the Kickstarter campaign. If you have any comments or questions about the show, please stop by my Facebook page @howtheydiditpodcast I’m on twitter at @hfilmmaking and on Instagram at How They Did It: Filmmaking. Please show your support for the show by subscribing on iTunes, Spotify, Google Play or wherever you listen to your podcasts. Please take a few minutes to give me a positive review on any of these platforms...it would be so helpful and greatly appreciated.  Thanks again for joining me and I’ll be back with another show soon. Until then, Keep Shooting! 
Lisa Crawford was born in Durban, South Africa. After living in Curacao in the Caribbean for 20 years, she immigrated to Canada in 2007. In 2016 she followed her childhood dream to be in the film industry. In 2017 she took acting lessons and earned her first role on "Captured". She went on to play various roles in TV & web series. In 2018 she ventured into filmmaking and wrote, produced and directed her first two films "Death Game" & "What if?". To learn what Lisa is up to, check out her IMDB Page or find her on Facebook.Have any questions or comments, feel free to email Lisa: Lisa@canasun.caIf you have any comments or questions about the show, please stop by my Facebook page @howtheydiditpodcast I’m on twitter at @hfilmmaking and on Instagram at How They Did It: Filmmaking. Please show your support for the show by subscribing on iTunes, Spotify, Google Play or wherever you listen to your podcasts. Please take a few minutes to give me a positive review on any of these platforms...it would be so helpful and greatly appreciated.  Thanks again for joining me and I’ll be back with another show soon. Until then, Keep Shooting! 
I'm not a believer in New Year's Resolutions and this episode explains why. I believe that we should all seize the day!You can see this episode on video:Seize The Day VideoIf you have any comments or questions about the show, please stop by my Facebook page @howtheydiditpodcast I’m on twitter at @hfilmmaking and on Instagram at How They Did It: Filmmaking. Please show your support for the show by subscribing on iTunes, Spotify, Google Play or wherever you listen to your podcasts. Please take a few minutes to give me a review on any of these platforms...it would be so helpful and greatly appreciated.  Thanks again for joining me and I’ll be back with another show soon. Until then, Keep Shooting! 
Morgan Sandler is a professor of Digital Film Production at the University of La Verne in Southern California who has spent nearly 20 years working professionally as a cinematographer and camera operator for the film and television industries, which he continues to do when outside of the classroom. Morgan and I delve into his book Visual Storytelling; How to Speak to Your Audience Without Saying a Word.If you have any comments or questions for Morgan, reach out to him by email at msandler@laverne.eduIf you have any comments or questions about the show, please stop by my Facebook page @howtheydiditpodcast I’m on twitter at @hfilmmaking and on Instagram at How They Did It: Filmmaking. Please show your support for the show by subscribing on iTunes, Spotify, Google Play or wherever you listen to your podcasts. Please take a few minutes to give me a review on any of these platforms...it would be so helpful and greatly appreciated.  Thanks again for joining me and I’ll be back with another show soon. Until then, Keep Shooting! 
Renaldo Kell is a writer, director, producer, and editor from South Africa who has several short films and a TV series under his belt. He’s here to talk about his latest, a feature film called The Bush Knife which can be seen right now on Amazon Prime. Find out more about The Bush Knife on FacebookYou can connect with Renaldo on Facebook and Twitter: @thekellleagueIf you have any comments or questions about the show, please stop by my Facebook page @howtheydiditpodcast I’m on twitter at @hfilmmaking and on Instagram at How They Did It: Filmmaking. Please show your support for the show by subscribing on iTunes, Spotify, Google Play or wherever you listen to your podcasts. Please take a few minutes to give me a review on any of these platforms...it would be so helpful and greatly appreciated.   Thanks again for joining me and I’ll be back with another show soon. Until then, Keep Shooting!
Ian David Diaz is a writer and director but has also been a producer, editor, casting director, cinematographer, and even tried his hand at acting. He’s written, produced and directed The Killing Zone, Bad Day and now he’s written, produced and directed the multi-award-winning web series Rebecca Gold: The Series. He gives loads of tips, tricks and hacks that any filmmaker can use. You can connect with Ian on Twitter @iandaviddiaz If you have any comments or questions about the show, please stop by my Facebook page @howtheydiditpodcast I’m on twitter at @hfilmmaking and on Instagram at How They Did It: Filmmaking. Please show your support for the show by subscribing on iTunes, Spotify, Google Play or wherever you listen to your podcasts. Please take a few minutes to give me a review on any of these platforms...it would be so helpful and greatly appreciated.   Thanks again for joining me and I’ll be back with another show soon. Until then, Keep Shooting!
This episode I talk about faith. No, not religious faith or faith in a higher power. I talk about having faith in yourself and why that is so important to your success. I also mention a very good podcast called Film Pro Productivity hosted by Carter Ferguson. Check it out at the link below.https://www.filmproproductivity.com/episodesIf you have any comments or questions about the show, please stop by my Facebook page @howtheydiditpodcast I’m on twitter at @hfilmmaking and on Instagram at How They Did It: Filmmaking. Please show your support for the show by subscribing on iTunes, Spotify, Google Play or wherever you listen to your podcasts. Please take a few minutes to give me a review on any of these platforms...it would be so helpful and greatly appreciated.   Thanks again for joining me and I’ll be back with another show soon. Until then, Keep Shooting!
I had an amazing conversation with award-winning indie filmmaker, Tucky Williams who talks about her film, Girl/Girl Scene and the controversy of having it removed from Amazon before having it relisted (thanks to pressure from fans of the film). We talk building an indie filmmaking family, always being nice (don't be an asshole), budgeting, resource filmmaking and a whole lot more. Tucky is amazing and I can't wait to have her drop by again. Here’s where you can find out all about Tucky and her projects:Tucky Williams WebsiteDagger Kiss Girl/Girl Scene Series Official WebsiteGirl/Girl Scene Series VimeoGirl/Girl Scene MovieIf you have any comments or questions about the show, please stop by my Facebook page @howtheydiditpodcast I’m on twitter at @hfilmmaking and on Instagram at How They Did It: Filmmaking. Please show your support for the show by subscribing on iTunes, Spotify, Google Play or wherever you listen to your podcasts. Please take a few minutes to give me a review on any of these platforms...it would be so helpful and greatly appreciated.   Thanks again for joining me and I’ll be back with another show soon. Until then, Keep Shooting!
I've discovered there are two main reasons why filmmakers don't make their own films; money and fear. I tackle both of those reasons and show why they're not the block you thought they were. If you have any comments or questions about the show, please stop by my Facebook page @howtheydiditpodcast I’m on twitter at @hfilmmaking and on Instagram at How They Did It: Filmmaking. Please show your support for the show by subscribing on iTunes, Spotify or Google Play or wherever you listen to your podcasts. Please take a few minutes to give me a review on any of these platforms...it would be so helpful.  Thanks again for joining me and I’ll be back with another show soon. Until then, Keep Shooting!
This week I want to introduce you to my three P's of filmmaking: polite, professional and persistent. If you have any comments or questions about the show, please stop by my Facebook page @howtheydiditpodcast I’m on twitter at @hfilmmaking and on Instagram at How They Did It: Filmmaking. Please show your support for the show by subscribing on iTunes, Spotify or Google Play or wherever you listen to your podcasts. Please take a few minutes to give me a review on any of these platforms...it would be so helpful.  Thanks again for joining me and I’ll be back with another show soon. Until then, Keep Shooting!
This week I’m joined by filmmaker, Maureen Maloney. I urge you to subscribe to her web series, Girl Aspiring; a documentary style series focusing on the success of woman in the workforce. It’s essential viewing for any parent with young children, especially girls. Maureen is also hard at work on her first full length documentary, Voice Of Vanilla, where she explores the difficult and dangerous process of vanilla cultivation in Madagascar through the eyes of the women who grow it. Further to that, she now hosts a podcast on her documentary journey called, appropriately me thinks, My Doc Journey.Find Maureen on Twitter @maureenleemHere’s where to find all of Maureen’s projects:Voice of Vanillahttps://www.voiceofvanilla.comhttps://www.facebook.com/voiceofvanillaGirl Aspiringhttps://www.youtube.com/c/GirlAspiringhttps://www.facebook.com/girlaspiring/My Doc Journey, podcasthttp://mydocjourney.comhttps://facebook.com//mydocjourneyIf you have any comments or questions about the show, please stop by my Facebook page @howtheydiditpodcast I’m on twitter at @hfilmmaking and on Instagram at How They Did It: Filmmaking. Please show your support for the show by subscribing on iTunes, Spotify or Google Play or wherever you listen to your podcasts. Please take a few minutes to give me a review on any of these platforms...it would be so helpful.  Thanks again for joining me and I’ll be back with another show soon. Until then, Keep Shooting!
You've decided to make your film yourself and that's absolutely fantastic. Before you jump in with both feet, consider the benefits of resource filmmaking. You start right at the beginning of the process - your screenplay. Making a list of your resources will help you determine what story to tell and will keep that budget in check. If you have any comments or questions about the show, please stop by my Facebook page @howtheydiditpodcast I’m on twitter at @hfilmmaking and on Instagram at How They Did It: Filmmaking. Please show your support for the show by subscribing on iTunes, Spotify or Google Play or wherever you listen to your podcasts. Please take a few minutes to give me a review on any of these platforms...it would be so helpful. Thanks again for joining me and I’ll be back with another show soon. Until then, Keep Shooting!
Lately, in conversation with other filmmakers and in posts online, I’ve been hearing a lot of talk about doubt; doubting one’s self as a creative person, a writer, a filmmaker. I want to explore where that doubt comes from and hopefully give you some ways to overcome doubt in your life.  If you have any comments or questions about the show, please stop by my Facebook page @howtheydiditpodcast I’m on twitter at @hfilmmaking and on Instagram at How They Did It: Filmmaking. Please show your support for the show by subscribing on iTunes, Spotify or Google Play or wherever you listen to your podcasts. Thanks again for joining me and I’ll be back with another show next week. Until then, Keep Shooting!
This week I interview Jacob Smith, who, along with his co-producers, John D. Erickson and Kathryn Goldman, made the wonderful feature documentary Waking the Sleeping Giant: The Making of a Political Revolution. Jacob reveals a tremendous amount about the filmmaking process which I know will help you on your filmmaking journey. Find out all about Jacob and what he’s up to on his website:Jacob Z. SmithFind out where you can see his film by visiting:Waking The Sleeping Giant You can also find Jacob on Twitter:@jacobzsmith Need some editing done. Check out Brad Johanson's site:Alter Creative MediaIf you have any comments or questions about the show, please stop by my Facebook page @howtheydiditpodcast I’m on twitter at @hfilmmaking and on Instagram at How They Did It: Filmmaking. Please show your support for the show by subscribing on iTunes, Spotify or Google Play or wherever you listen to your podcasts. Thanks again for joining me and I’ll be back with another show next week. Until then, Keep Shooting!
My guest this week is Marc Unger, an actor, stand up comedian and filmmaker from Baltimore. He’s the writer, producer, director, editor and lead actor of his wonderful web series, Thespian. He talks about how he did it and gives all the information you need to make a web series, too. Find out all about Thespian and where to watch at:Thespian Series Official WebsiteHelp contribute to the crowdfunding campaign for season two of Thespian:Fundraising by Fractured Atlas for ThespianWatch Thespian on Vimeo:Thespian Series As always if you have any comments or questions about the show, please stop by my Facebook page @howtheydiditpodcast I’m on twitter at @hfilmmaking and on Instagram at How They Did It: Filmmaking. Please show your support for the show by subscribing on iTunes, Spotify or Google Play. Thanks again for joining me and I’ll be back with another show next week. Until then, Keep Shooting!
My guest this week is Mike Finazzo, a wonderful filmmaker from Baltimore, Maryland. He opens up about the making of his feature films, Wits End and Bored in the U.S.A.; how he wrote them, funded them, cast and crewed them, locations, gear... everything. I loved having Mike on the show; I learned a lot and I know you will, too. You can learn all about what Mike is up to and find out where to watch his great films on his website: BoredintheUSAfilm.com As always if you have any comments or questions about the show, please stop by my Facebook page @howtheydiditpodcast I’m on twitter at @hfilmmaking and on Instagram at How They Did It: Filmmaking. Please show your support for the show by subscribing on iTunes, Spotify or Google Play. Thanks again for joining me and I’ll be back with another show next week. Until then, Keep Shooting!
I had a great conversation with Shaun Rose, an award winning filmmaker who talks about how he made his film Upstate Story in four years for $500. There was a lot for him to overcome including him having a stroke! This true indie filmmaker persevered and finished his film. Upstate Story on Youtube Upstate Story on FacebookWest Side Outsiders Film Group on FacebookShaun’s documentary Making and Unmaking on FacebookAs always if you have any comments or questions about the show, please stop by my Facebook page @howtheydiditpodcast I’m on twitter at @hfilmmaking and on Instagram at How They Did It: Filmmaking. Please show your support for the show by subscribing on iTunes, Spotify or Google Play. Thanks again for joining me and I’ll be back with another show next week. Until then, Keep Shooting!
Ian David Diaz is a writer and director but has also been a producer, editor, casting director, cinematographer, and even tried his hand at acting. He’s written, produced and directed The Killing Zone, Bad Day and now he’s written, produced and directed a web series called Rebecca Gold: The Series. We’re also joined by the lead actress in that series, Katie Sheridan, who plays Rebecca Gold. She’s been acting for many years and has appeared in numerous TV shows and films including Genie in the House, 50 Kisses, Together, The Convent and she’s written, produced and acted in the TV series Match Not Found. Rebecca Gold: The SeriesCatch Ian on twitter @iandaviddiaz Catch Katie on twitter @K_sheridantweetAs always if you have any comments or questions about the show, please stop by my Facebook page @howtheydiditpodcast I’m on twitter at @hfilmmaking and on Instagram at How They Did It: Filmmaking. Please show your support for the show by subscribing on iTunes, Spotify or Google Play. Thanks again for joining me and I’ll be back with another show next week. Until then, Keep Shooting!
Jenna Laurenzo wrote, produced, directed and starred in the movie Lez Bomb which was executive produced by Bobby Farrelly of There’s Something About Mary fame. We discuss how she got the movie made, from writing and funding to casting and directing plus everything in between. You can learn all about Jenna and her film Lez Bomb at her website:www.jennalaurenzo.comFind her on Twitter @jennalaurenzoAnd Instagram jennalaurenzo Lez Bomb is available on Netflix right now!As always if you have any comments or questions about the show, please stop by my Facebook page @howtheydiditpodcast I’m on twitter at @hfilmmaking and on Instagram at How They Did It: Filmmaking. Please show your support for the show by subscribing on iTunes, Spotify or Google Play. Thanks again for joining me and I’ll be back with another show next week. Until then, Keep Shooting!
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