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Go For Production with Brandon Riley: A Filmmaking Podcast

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Film production veteran Brandon Riley does a deep dive with film industry leaders in the production sphere that work in Film, Television and Online Productions. Brandon's conversations focus on strategies, systems, technology, and overall best practices in creating media in the world of indie filmmaking and film production.

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In this episode we chat with Brent Emery (@brentalanemery on instagram) about packaging and financing projects.About Brent EmerySundance award-winning producer Brent Emery brings over fifteen years of international film strategy and business consulting experience to Resonate Entertainment. He has worked extensively as an independent film finance, sales and production specialist at multiple executive posts, including U.S. Head of Co-Productions for ECI (a global entertainment company focused on Chinese Co-Productions) and Executive Vice President of Production and Development at Madonna’s Maverick Films.During his seven years at Maverick Films, Emery oversaw development of a slate of over fifty studio and independent film and television projects. He also managed the deals of a dozen independent producers with deals at Maverick. Some projects that emerged from Emery’s tenure as an executive overseeing development include box office record breaking Twilight, which was eventually financed by Summit Entertainment, the hit film Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief, and the young adult hit movies Agent Cody Banks I and II.Emery’s critically acclaimed 2015 film, The Stanford Prison Experiment, won the Alfred P. Sloan Award and Waldo Salt screenwriting award at The Sundance Film Festival. The Road Within, starring Kyra Sedgwick, produced by Emery and written and directed by Emery’s wife, Gren Wells, has garnered multiple international awards, including Best Youth Film at The Rome Film Festival.Emery recently produced Carrie Pilby with his Resonate cofounders, Suzanne Farwell and Susan Cartsonis.About Resonate Entertainment (@resonateentertainment on instagram)Resonate Entertainment is an innovative new entertainment company formed by film industry leaders who bring their unparalleled combination of creative filmmaking, technical production and film finance expertise to their company. They have a commitment to female gender representation and inclusion, and develop, finance and produce high-quality commercial films in all genres for the underserved yet highly lucrative female audience.
In this episode we chat with Luke DeBoer (CEO of Set Hero) about all things digital with call sheets, production reports and more....Visit the website and
In this episode we check in with Josh Weinberg and Ashlyn Hodges (RABS team) to see how the pandemic has effected their business and what new and interesting insights they have learned. Visit the website to sign up and learn more about their APP
In this Episode we speak with Robin Kincade (@kincadeproductions on instagram) about working as a successful production assistant in film and tv.Robin has over 20 years experience as a freelance producer, location scout and photographer for some of the biggest names in the business including NBC, ABC, MTV, CMT, Showtime, HBO, Reality Television and many more.After 4 years in development, she launched Kincade Productions and is proud to launch this one of a kind course that gives step- by-step direction on how to break into the film industry. Website:
In this episode we talk with Bruce Van Dusen (@brucevandusen1 on instagram) about his new book and his experience working as a Commercial Director.Bruce has directed over a thousand commercials, three movies and a documentary. Recently he released a book titled 60 stories about 30 seconds that explores his four-decade long career and a ton of weird crazy stuff that happened along the way.Buy the Book:'s Website:'s Portfolio:
In this episode we talk with Phillip Rush about his recent adventure filming a movie during the Covid-19 Pandemic. Phillip Rush (@philliprush on instagram) is an experienced 1st AD based in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania who has worked on numerous independent films and series. --- Support this podcast:
Abraham Martinez (_abemartinez_ on instagram) is a Director of Photography who has traveled across the world to nearly 60 countries. He started out working on many studio feature films in Hollywood within the camera department on movies such as Flight Plan, Spider-Man 3, and Fast and Furious to name a few.Abe recently broke ground in television filming two shows back to back, Queen of the South and The Chi. He has experience filming internationally and has shot two independent feature films overseas, in India and Kenya. While on location in Kenya, along with his wife and two boys, Abraham resourcefully produced a children's show pilot targeting vulnerable children. Working on films has proved more than simply an adventurous career but has triggered a passion to impact culture and shoot compelling stories along the way.--- Support this podcast:
In this episode I’m going to share with you the latest books I’m reading that I highly recommend.Deep Work by Cal NewportThe 15 Commitments of Conscious Leadership by Jim Dethmer, Diana Chapman and Kaley Warner KlempThe Obstacle is the way by Ryan HollidayMasterclass--- Support this podcast:
In this episode we talk with Gad Tisch.Gad is the founder and president of Croogloo a film and television operations platform. He has a background in film production having worked on numerous films and tv shows. Currently Gad has a mission to remedy inefficient productions and costly practices by centralizing productions to unlock data and generate tax credits.--- Support this podcast:
In this episode we discuss the COVID-19 White Paper guidelines with Lisa Mall.Lisa is a DGA 2nd AD-based in Dallas, TX but frequently works across the US in various cities such as New York City, Portland, OR and many others. Her recent projects include Halle Berry's "Bruised," Netflix's unreleased "Grand Army," USA Network's "Queen of the South," and a handful of indie feature films.  Past projects include IFC's "Portlandia," Marvel's "Daredevil" and "Jessica Jones," and a smattering of movies the likes of "Olympus Has Fallen," "The Maze Runner," and "Get On Up," to name a few.Please enjoy!Subscribe on Youtube: the Host - Brandon Riley:Brandon Riley is a seasoned Producer, Line Producer, UPM and Assistant Director (1st AD & 2nd AD) with 10+ years’ experience creating and managing high-profile film, TV, digital media and live events. He’s worked with numerous a-list Actors and talented Directors in 10 states with budgets under $10 million.  His ability to problem solve, think clearly in difficult situations and continually pull off the impossible make him an invaluable team player. He holds a Bachelors degree in Radio/TV/Film and a minor in Philosophy from the University of North Texas and is currently a member of both the Directors Guild of America and the Producers Guild of America. In his spare time Brandon enjoys developing and packaging projects (features and tv series) under his company Radiant First Productions for various markets and is often hired as a consultant to assist with the development process for numerous companies.Connect with Brandon Riley:Visit the BLOG: http://www.assistantdirecting.comVisit the SITE: https://www.thefilmfixer.usFollow Brandon Riley on TWITTER: Brandon Riley on INSTAGRAM: Assistant Directing on FACEBOOK: Support this podcast:
In this episode Brent Barbano talks about his experience as a Cinematographer and journey as one of the Co-Founders of Sharegrid.Sharegrid (@sharegrid on instagram) is the largest, most trusted camera sharing community in the world.--- Support this podcast:
In this episode we talk with Jules Kovisars (@JKovisars on twitter)Jules is a Producer, Production Executive and DGA Unit Production Manager.Following graduation from Vassar, Jules was admitted to the DGA trainee program and upon graduation worked as a Key 2nd AD for many years on shows ranging from lower budget TV to blockbuster feature films like Men In Black: 2.She spent some time working in Spain as the Head of Production for Palma Pictures, the largest commercial service company in the EU.Returning to Los Angeles, Jules continued to work as a UPM and Producer on acclaimed series including THE FOSTERS (Freeform TV) and EPISODES (Showtime), as well as myriad pilots and one-offs. From this experience, Jules was recruited to the rebranding of truTV network, based in New York City, where she remained until the finalization of the merger with AT&T.Currently in LA Jules works as a producer and UPM on numerous scripted projects, and is repped by UTA.--- Support this podcast:
In this episode Brandon Riley (@radiantfirst on instagram) the host of Go For Production unpacks 20 ways to advance your entertainment career in 2020. --- Support this podcast:
In this episode we talk with 1st AD Doug Torres (@suckafish1102 on instagram) about getting into the mind of the Director and creating a style that works. Doug is a verteran DGA 1st AD who has worked on countless movies. A few of the films that Doug has worked on include Drumline, Mr. 3000, We Own the Night, The Scorcer's Apprentice, The Beaver, 12 Years a Slave, Tripe 9, Bright, Ad Adstra and the upcoming trilogy Fear Street.--- Support this podcast:
In this episode we talk with Alex Ferrari (@ifilmhustle on instagram) about producing micro budget movies and the rise of the Filmtrepreneur.Alex is an author, blogger, speaker, consultant, the host of the #1 filmmaking podcast on iTunes the Indie Film Hustle Podcast, and an award-winning writer/director with 25 years of experience in the film industry. As a director, his films have screened in over 500 international film festivals.Alex recently released his second book Rise of the Filmtrepreneur® How to Turn Your Indie Film into a Money Making Business.Rise of the Filmtrepreneur: How to Turn Your Indie Film into a Moneymaking Business - http://www.filmbizbook.comIndie Film Hustle: http://www.indiefilmhustle.comIndie Film Hustle TV: http://www.indiefilmhustle.tvFilmtrepreneur: http://www.filmtrepreneur.comBulletproof Screenwriting: www.bulletproofscreenwriting.tvOn the Corner of Ego and Desire (Sundance Film): http://www.egoanddesirefilm.comShooting for the Mob (Based on the Incredible True Filmmaking Story): Support this podcast:
In this episode we talk with Butch Kaplan about the various roles of producers, hiring practices and maintaining longevity in the film/tv industryButch (@butchkaplan on instagram) has been working as a Producer & Production Manager in Film and Television for over 30 years. Some of Butch’s credits include Fear The Walking Dead, John Q,  The Notebook, Alpha Dog, Bablyon AD and Oldboy.--- Support this podcast:
Matt Compton (@mattcproducer on twitter) has been working as a Producer & Production Manager in Film and Television for over 20 years.  He began his career with the independent feature film “Dreamers” in 1999. From there, Matt has served as either a Producer or Production Manager on many other feature films, including “Slip Dream”, “Callback”, “The Hillside Strangler”, “Altered”, “Seventh Moon”, and “Midnight Son”.In addition to feature films, Matt has also worked on various promos and commercials.  His promos include spots for Disney Channel, Disney XD, Toon Disney, Playboy Television, and Animal Planet.  He’s also Produced two Public Service Announcements for The Michael J. Fox Parkinson’s Disease Foundation.For Television, Matt has produced the specials “The Burkittsville 7” for Showtime, “The B.P.R.D. Declassified” for Sony TV/FX, and “Disney Channel’s Cast Party: Andi Mack” for Disney Channel.Recently Matt developed a budgeting and actualizing app for short form productions called True Budget.--- Support this podcast:
Jason Waggenspack is the founder and CEO of Neutral Ground Films and The Ranch Film Studios. He has recently produced "The True Don Quixote" with Tim Blake Nelson and Jacob Batalon as well as "Arceneaux" with Lance Nichols and is currently directing the medicinal cannabis documentary called "Abby's Joy". He has played an integral part in landing several major motion pictures to the state of Louisiana for over a decade. He is the Treasure of the Louisiana Film Entertainment Association (LFEA) and is the 2018 Champions Of Tourism Award Winner by the Lt. Governor.--- Support this podcast:
Keith Alan Morris (@keithalanmorris on twitter) is a practicing filmmaker and film professor.Keith has been involved in numerous films as a writer/producer/director and cinematographer. Some of his films include "The Motorcycle Thief, The Clinic and Gutter King which was Keith’s breakthrough film.In addition to being a film-maker Keith has served as a production consultant on numbers films (Old, Boy, The Magnificent Seven, Elvis & Nixon, and Mr. Right) are just a few...Currently Keith is a tenured Associate Professor of Film at Dillard University in New Orleans, an HBCU, where he runs the film program as the Program Coordinator. In 2015, the Film program was named one of two Signature Programs at Dillard.  Keith also won the 2012 Media Educator of the Year Award by the Social Change Film Fest and Institute and helps 3 to 9 features get made per semester.--- Support this podcast:
In this episode we talk with Alex Peron (@setkeeper on instagram) one of the co-founders of Setkeeper. Alex is passionate about bringing new technologies to make life easier for production office teams and helping them make great content. --- Support this podcast:
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