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The Indie Film Academy® Podcast features interviews with industry insiders in every aspect of the filmmaking process. Our goal is to give filmmakers as much information as possible about the entire filmmaking process so that they don't make the mistakes that many filmmakers have made in the past.

Our focus is not simply on one way to make a film, but of the many different ways that filmmakers have found success with a variety of funding and distribution strategies. We also discuss technical details like ways to attract investors and build an audience.

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I've been working on a new podcast for sometime now. Introduction Next Level Soul. The podcast that asks the big questions about living, evolving and thriving in the world today. The show attempts to answer those questions by having candid and inspiring conversations with thought leaders from every walk of life.Global icon, musician, and animal rights activist, Moby(né, Richard Melville Hall) has lived many lives right before the gazes and judgment of the world. Self-discovery is a continual process that each time, when done right, unravels a new purpose and even newer challenges. This conversation is about the rise and fall of ego, fame, fortune, self-destruction, and eventually self-rediscovery and redemption.Moby came onto the entertainment scene with his 1991 single, ‘Go’ --- the start of a remarkable critical and commercial success. He went on to sell over 20 million records globally; especially with his 1999 album ‘Play’. In the interview, Moby describes the success of the PLAY album as unanticipated. Each track on the record was licensed to films, television shows, and commercials making it one of the most licensed albums in history.The accomplishments brought in a wave, and he rode it. Alcohol and drugs became part of that wave, even missing his mother’s funeral because he was passed out drunk in bed.Moby’s journey to healing, self-peace, and sobriety has not been all unicorns and rainbows. In spite of living the dream life and having the world at his feet, the peak of his career was a period when he suffered deep depression. He sought to turn the course of his fears into a vision of purpose. By, regaining control of his life - sobering up since 2008, finding spirituality that works for him, and crystalizing his imperfect, yet extraordinary life and career in his new documentary, Moby Doc.Moby doc is the creative, offbeat, wry, music-filled chronicle of an eventful life examined. filled with existential discussions, extraordinary concert footage, deep cuts from 30 years of moby’s music, unconventional narrative, quirky animation, rare clips, and thoughts from moby’s friend David Lynch, it’s a vibrant, eclectic conversation between a man and his past. as music and a commitment to veganism and animal rights guide him, moby delves into himself to share honestly what he’s gone through, what it might mean to others, how he turned confusion about life into the beauty of art…and why the answers to some of the deepest questions we can ask as human beings may not be found in the way we’re actually living.It was an honor to have this conversation with this remarkable artist and human being. Please, enjoy my sit-down with the iconic, Moby.
After working in the IFH labs for the first part of 2021 I can finally announce what it is. May I introduce Indie Film Hustle's FILMMAKER PROCESS?Filmmaker Process offers comprehensive professional services for hire to help filmmakers and screenwriters, working at any budget level, get their film project to the finish line. I wanted to put the much-needed services filmmakers need but rarely have access to all under one roof.Filmmakers and screenwriters usually could only get access to these services if they "knew someone." Here are the services and products Filmmaker Process gives you access to:- Pitch Decks- Budget and Scheduling- Domestic and International Sales Estimates- Legal Contracts and Form Templates- Indie Film Investor Package- Consulting and Coaching- Script Coverage- Post Production Services- Trailer Editing- Poster, VOD, and DVD/Blu-Ray Artwork- Film Deliverables (Both Physical and Legal)- Production PayrollIn this episode, I go over what each service is and how you can use it to get your film project to the finish line.For more info go to: www.filmmakerprocess.com
Today’s guest is a writer, director, producer, actor and indie filmmaking legend Edward Burns.Many of you might have heard of the Sundance Film Festival winning film called The Brothers McMullen, his iconic first film that tells the story of three Irish Catholic brothers from Long Island who struggle to deal with love, marriage, and infidelity. His cinderella story of making the film, getting into Sundance and launching his career is the stuff of legend.The Brothers McMullen was sold to Fox Searchlight and went on to make over $10 million at the box office on a $27,000 budget, making it one of the most successful indie films of the decade.Ed went off to star in huge films like Saving Private Ryan for Steven Spielberg and direct studio films like the box office hit She’s The One. The films about the love lives of two brothers, Mickey and Francis, interconnect as Francis cheats on his wife with Mickey’s ex-girlfriend, while Mickey impulsively marries a stranger.Even after his mainstream success as an actor, writer and director he still never forgot his indie roots. He continued to quietly produce completely independent feature films on really low budgets. How low, how about $9000. As with any smart filmmaker, Ed has continued to not only produce films but to consider new methods of getting his projects to the world.In 2007, he teamed up with Apple iTunes to release an exclusive film Purple Violets. It was a sign of the times that the director was branching out to new methods of release for his projects.In addition, he also continued to release works with his signature tried-and-true method of filmmaking. Using a very small $25,000 budget and a lot of resourcefulness, Burns created Nice Guy Johnny in 2010.In his book, Independent Ed: Inside a Career of Big Dreams, Little Movies, and the Twelve Best Days of My Life (which I recommend ALL filmmakers read), Ed mentions some rules he dubbed “McMullen 2.0” which were basically a set of rules for independent filmmakers to shoot by.Actors would have to work for virtually nothing.The film should take no longer than 12 days to film and get into the canDon’t shoot with any more than a three-man crewActor’s use their own clothesActors do their own hair and make-upAsk and beg for any locationsUse the resources you have at your disposalI used similar rules when I shot my feature films This is Meg, which I shot that in 8 days and On the Corner of Ego and Desire which I shot in 4 days. To be honest Ed was one of my main inspirations when I decided to make my first micro-budget feature film, along with Mark and Jay Duplass, Joe Swanberg and Michael and Mark Polish. Ed has continued to have an amazing career directing films like The Fitzgerald Family Christmas, The Groomsmen, Looking for Kitty, Ash Wednesday, Sidewalks of New York, No Looking Back and many more.Ed has continued to give back to the indie film community with his amazing book, lectures and his knowledge bomb packed director commentaries. Trust me go out and buy the DVD versions of all his films. His commentaries are worth the price of admission.When I first spoke to Ed he told that he had been a fan of the podcast for a while. As you can imagine I was floored and humbled at the same time. Getting to sit-down and speak to a filmmaker that had such an impact my own directing career was a dream come true. Ed is an inspiration to so many indie filmmakers around the world and I’m honored to bring this epic conversation to the tribe.Enjoy my conversation with Edward Burns.
Well I put out an episode back in 2019 putting my dream list of guests out into the universe and in the past four months I've been humbled to have some amazing filmmakers and screenwriters on the show. Incredibly one of those dream guests has made his way on the show today. We are joined by indie film icon and Oscar® nominated writer/director Richard Linklater. Richard was one of the filmmakers who helped to launch the independent film movement that we know today with his classic 1991 indie film Slacker. So today, we will not only dive into the extraordinary career of Richard Linklater but also that of collaborator and longtime friend writer/director Katie Cokinos.If this is your introduction to Linklater and his work, here are a few highlights you must know; Linklater helped launch the 90s indie film renaissance with his film Slacker.The producer, director has juggled the TV, film, short-film, and documentary genres seamlessly over his career - typically focusing in fine detail on generational rites and mores with rare compassion and understanding while definitively capturing the 20-something culture of his era through a series of nuanced, illuminating ensemble pieces which introduced any number of talented young actors into the Hollywood eco-system.One of the talents to emerge from this era is the Texas native, Matthew McConaughey in Linklater’s third movie and VHS smash hit, Dazed and Confused. Based on Linklater’s years at Huntsville High School and the people he encountered there, the film shadows the adventures of high school and junior high students on the last day of school in May 1976.Throughout his career Richard has chosen to tell stories about the human condition, while many times making us laugh and cry at the same time. I found an immense philosophical under current to most of his life's work. From The Before Trilogy to Boyhood, his films tackle topics in an honest, raw and deeper way that is not normally seen in filmmaking.Many of the actors who work with Richard call him the "Zen Director" on set. His philosophy can be felt throughout his work. He often tells long and transformative coming of age stories over years, if not decades, something that is unique to him.His Oscar® nominated film Boyhood is a groundbreaking story of growing up as seen through the eyes of a child named Mason (a breakthrough performance by Ellar Coltrane), who literally grows up on screen before our eyes. Starring Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette as Mason's parents and newcomer Lorelei Linklater as his sister Samantha, BOYHOOD charts the rocky terrain of childhood like no other film has before.Snapshots of adolescence from road trips and family dinners to birthdays and graduations and all the moments in between become transcendent, set to a soundtrack spanning the years from Coldplay's Yellow to Arcade Fire's Deep Blue. BOYHOOD is both a nostalgic time capsule of the recent past and an ode to growing up and parenting. It's impossible to watch Mason and his family without thinking about our own journey.Now the other remarkable filmmaker in this conversation is Katie Cokinos. She has made over ten short films and in 2000 wrote, directed, and acted in the feature film, Portrait of a Girl as a Young Catwhich premiered at SXSW.  Katie produced Eagle Pennell’s film, Heart Full of Soul (1990); was a publicist for Richard Linklater’s Slacker, (1990).  She was the Managing Director of the Austin Film Society, 1990-95.Her latest film is the coming of age story I Dream Too Much, co-produced by Richard. Here's a bit about the film:Presents a day in the life in Austin, Texas among its social outcasts and misfits, predominantly the twenty-something set, using a series of linear vignettes. These characters, who in some manner just don't fit into the establishment norms, move seamlessly from one scene to the next, randomly coming and going into one another's lives. Highlights include a UFO buff who adamantly insists that the U.S. has been on the moon since the 1950s, a woman who produces a glass slide purportedly of Madonna's pap smear, and an old anarchist who sympathetically shares his philosophy of life with a robber.So much was covered in this EPIC 2 hours conversation. I need to stop here and let you dive in.Enjoy my conversation with Richard Linklater and Katie Cokinos.
Today on the show I bring you one of the most influential and iconic filmmakers in the history of cinema, three-time Oscar® winner Oliver Stone. Throughout his legendary career, Oliver Stone has served as director, writer, and producer on a variety of films, documentaries, and television movies. His films have been nominated for forthy two Oscars® and have won twelve.I hope this conversation inspires filmmakers and screenwriters to never give up. Oliver struggled for years taking jobs as a production assistant, cab driver, office assistant, and any other gig he could find to help him survive while he was chasing his dream. He wrote and wrote, meeting his goal of one to two screenplays a year, no matter what. Never give up, never surrender. Enjoy my epic conversation with Oliver Stone.
Welcome to the SNEAK PEAK of THE DIRECTORS SERIES PODCAST, a show dedicated to appreciating and deconstructing the work of contemporary and classic film directors. In the show, we breakdown the careers of film directors like Christopher Nolan, Stanley Kubrick, Quentin Tarantino, David Fincher, The Coen Brothers, and Paul Thomas Anderson just to name a few. From their early works and short films to their blockbuster achievements and Oscar glory.In season two we will be deconstructing David Fincher.
Today we have a special CROSSOVER episode of the BPS Podcast. Our guest is Derek Kolstad, the genius behind the extremely successful John Wick franchise. An ex-hitman comes out of retirement to track down the gangsters that took everything from him. With New York City as his bullet-riddled playground, JOHN WICK (Keanu Reeves) is a fresh and stylized take on the "assassin genre”.He is also the screenwriter of One in the Chamber, The Package (starring Steve Austin & Dolph Lundgren). This episode is from the archives of The Make Your Movie Podcast with Dave Bullis available from the IFH Podcast Network. Dave chats with Derek about bad movies, screenwriting, the film business, and working with Keanu Reeves.I wanted to bring this amazing episode to the BPS Tribe. Get ready to dive into the ultra-violent world of Derek Kolstad.
I've been thinking about doing this podcast for a long time. In the tradition of Why Filmmakers are Always So Damn Broke & What They Can Do to Change It this episode is going to be a cold bucket of water over your head if you are not ready for it. In the insane world we are all living in today, filmmakers need to break out of the mindset that we are living in the golden age of indie cinema.The rules have changed dramatically since the 90s and even more so in the last 8 months of the COVID pandemic. The rules aren't the only thing that has changed but the game has as well. The film distribution infrastructure is broken and has been broken for many decades. It is not set up to help filmmakers make money. It is purely designed to put more money into the pockets of film distributors.I have written extensively about this in my book Rise of the Filmtrepreneur: How to Turn Your Indie Film into a Moneymaking Business. I want to put together one of my hard truths episodes to help filmmakers better understand the indie film marketplace and how to best position themselves to actually make money.There is so much talk about new cameras, lenses, rigs, post-production software, and other more interesting aspects of the filmmaking process but when it comes to selling and making money with movies filmmakers rely on old information that is no longer relevant in the current marketplace. I hope this episode empowers you to not only make more movies but to also make money while doing it.Strap yourself in because for some of you it will be a rough episode to listen to. Be well, stay safe, and keep that hustle going.
Today on the show we have a filmmaker that was able to crack the Amazon code and actually make money self-distributing his low-budget film on the platform. His name is Ismael Gomez.Ismael Gomez is a Cuban-American filmmaker. In 2009, he received an Artist Fellowship grant to pursue his B.A in Film Production. After completing his studies, he began to work as lead editor on several motion pictures and commercials for theatrical and TV release. Some of his projects have screened at Cannes, Starz Denver, Tribeca, and Miami International film festivals.His film is Death of a Fool. A teenager and his dying grandfather conduct afterlife investigations in Miami when a mysterious man hires them to find the secret to immortality.Ismael was able to generate close to $75,000 in rentals and sales on Amazon using about $9000 in Facebook Ads. In this conversation, I dig in deep on how he did this, his techniques, and how he used the Filmtrepreneur Method to create additional revenue outside of TVOD.Enjoy my conversation with Ismael Gomez.
Welcome to the SNEAK PEAK of THE DIRECTORS SERIES PODCAST, a show dedicated to appreciating and deconstructing the work of contemporary and classic film directors. In the show, we breakdown the careers of film directors like Christopher Nolan, Stanley Kubrick, Quentin Tarantino, David Fincher, The Coen Brothers, and Paul Thomas Anderson just to name a few. From their early works and short films to their blockbuster achievements and Oscar glory.In season one we will be deconstructing Christopher Nolan.
The IFH Podcast Network makes it easy for you to discover, connect, and engage with industry-leading filmmaking and screenwriting podcasts, all in one place. We curate the best podcasts that will help you on your filmmaking and screenwriting journey. You can listen to any of our shows on your favorite podcast platform. #IndieFilmUnitewww.ifhpodcastnetwork.com
Screenwriter, Actor, Director...Todd Berger is a triple threat. Today we sit down and talk with Todd about his life and how it has led him to direct the film "It's A Disaster" starring David Cross, Julia Stiles, and America Ferrera.Here's more about Todd from the Wikipedia:Todd Berger (born April 5, 1979) is an American actor, screenwriter, and film director, most prominently known for writing, directing, and appearing in the films The Scenesters and It's a Disaster. Berger has also appeared as an actor in films such as Southland Tales and on the television show Parks and Recreation. Berger is a graduate of The University of Texas at Austin, where he worked for the student television station KVR-TV and wrote and directed the nationally syndicated comedy show Campus Loop.[1]Berger also wrote The Happytime Murders, an upcoming noir-comedy puppet film being directed by Brian Henson, and is currently writing a screenplay for a film adaptation of Where's Waldo.Proud Member of the IFH Podcast Network!For more great filmmaking and screenwriting podcasts:👉 http:///www.ifhpodcastnetwork.comAccess IFH Academy's Film Distribution: Confidential Course👉 http://www.indiefilmhustle.com/letmeinListen to more at Indie Film Hustle:👉 http://www.indiefilmhustle.comRead the Making of this film in Rise of the Filmtrepreneur: How to Turn Your Indie Film Into a Moneymaking Business👉 http://www.filmbizbook.com
Jon S. Baird is best known for his 2013 film Filth.[2] Baird has also directed for television, e.g., Vinyl (on HBO), season 1, episode 8, "E.A.B."Proud Member of the IFH Podcast Network!For more great filmmaking and screenwriting podcasts:👉 http:///www.ifhpodcastnetwork.comAccess IFH Academy's Film Distribution: Confidential Course👉 http://www.indiefilmhustle.com/letmeinListen to more at Indie Film Hustle:👉 http://www.indiefilmhustle.comRead the Making of this film in Rise of the Filmtrepreneur: How to Turn Your Indie Film Into a Moneymaking Business👉 http://www.filmbizbook.com
In this episode I am talking with Jeremy Gardener and Christian Stella. Two of the creators behind the wildly popular zombie film "The Battery" and the upcoming "Tex Montana Will Survive". We discuss what it was like to make an indie film for 6k dollars, what happened after the film came out, and how their experiences have made them want to change the way they approach distribution by offering their latest film for free. To learn more about their crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter go to www.texmontana.comProud Member of the IFH Podcast Network!For more great filmmaking and screenwriting podcasts:👉 http:///www.ifhpodcastnetwork.comAccess IFH Academy's Film Distribution: Confidential Course👉 http://www.indiefilmhustle.com/letmeinListen to more at Indie Film Hustle:👉 http://www.indiefilmhustle.comRead the Making of this film in Rise of the Filmtrepreneur: How to Turn Your Indie Film Into a Moneymaking Business👉 http://www.filmbizbook.com
In 2013, David F. Sandberg made a little horror short film "Lights Out" for an online Horror Short competition. The film not only won, but became a viral sensation. Not too long after that, Sandberg started getting calls from Los Angeles from agents and managers.Fast forward to Sandberg sitting in an office with James Wan (The Conjuring, Saw) talking about making "Lights Out" into a feature. Proud Member of the IFH Podcast Network!For more great filmmaking and screenwriting podcasts:👉 http:///www.ifhpodcastnetwork.comAccess IFH Academy's Film Distribution: Confidential Course👉 http://www.indiefilmhustle.com/letmeinListen to more at Indie Film Hustle:👉 http://www.indiefilmhustle.comRead the Making of this film in Rise of the Filmtrepreneur: How to Turn Your Indie Film Into a Moneymaking Business👉 http://www.filmbizbook.com
Simon Cade is the founder or DSLRGuide, a popular blog, and YouTube Channel. To learn more about Simon you can visit his website at http://dslrguide.tv/ or check out all of the great videos on his YouTube Page.On this episode, we talk all about YouTube as well as how to start making short films. Proud Member of the IFH Podcast Network!For more great filmmaking and screenwriting podcasts:👉 http:///www.ifhpodcastnetwork.comAccess IFH Academy's Film Distribution: Confidential Course👉 http://www.indiefilmhustle.com/letmeinListen to more at Indie Film Hustle:👉 http://www.indiefilmhustle.comRead the Making of this film in Rise of the Filmtrepreneur: How to Turn Your Indie Film Into a Moneymaking Business👉 http://www.filmbizbook.com
If you have watched The Fresh Prince, In Living Color, Roc or the Disney hits The Princess and the Frog or Treasure Planet, you have most likely laughed at something that came out of writer Rob Edwards' imagination. Rob is not only an amazing writer and teacher, he is also funny as hell. So it was a pleasure to sit down for almost 2 hours and talk with rob about his way of approaching things such as story, character and plot.Proud Member of the IFH Podcast Network!For more great filmmaking and screenwriting podcasts:👉 http:///www.ifhpodcastnetwork.comAccess IFH Academy's Film Distribution: Confidential Course👉 http://www.indiefilmhustle.com/letmeinListen to more at Indie Film Hustle:👉 http://www.indiefilmhustle.comRead the Making of this film in Rise of the Filmtrepreneur: How to Turn Your Indie Film Into a Moneymaking Business👉 http://www.filmbizbook.com
Ryan Bellgardt is a writer and director, known for Army of Frankensteins (2013), Adventures of Rufus: The Fantastic Pet (2020), The Jurassic Games (2018), and The Adventures of Jurassic Pet: Chapter 1 (2019).Proud Member of the IFH Podcast Network!For more great filmmaking and screenwriting podcasts:👉 http:///www.ifhpodcastnetwork.comAccess IFH Academy's Film Distribution: Confidential Course👉 http://www.indiefilmhustle.com/letmeinListen to more at Indie Film Hustle:👉 http://www.indiefilmhustle.comRead the Making of this film in Rise of the Filmtrepreneur: How to Turn Your Indie Film Into a Moneymaking Business👉 http://www.filmbizbook.com
James Cullen Bressack has directed more films before his 25th birthday than most filmmakers make their whole life. At 23 he had already directed 11 features and he shows no signs of slowing down. His latest film Bethany comes out in early 2016. Proud Member of the IFH Podcast Network!For more great filmmaking and screenwriting podcasts:👉 http:///www.ifhpodcastnetwork.comAccess IFH Academy's Film Distribution: Confidential Course👉 http://www.indiefilmhustle.com/letmeinListen to more at Indie Film Hustle:👉 http://www.indiefilmhustle.comRead the Making of this film in Rise of the Filmtrepreneur: How to Turn Your Indie Film Into a Moneymaking Business👉 http://www.filmbizbook.com
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