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This is the radio documentary anthology series about filmmaking, cinema, and the creative arts. Every week we bring you personal, passionate, and sometimes provocative stories from filmmakers and artists all over the globe; stories that will help you mature as an artist and find more fulfillment in your craft and career. NoFilmSchool called this "The filmmaking podcast we've all been waiting for." // Filmmaking is the ONE art form into which all other art forms are absorbed. Photography. Graphic design. Architecture. Music. Sound. Writing. As such, this is a show that will speak to the heart, head and soul of any creative artist.

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This is the radio documentary anthology series about filmmaking, cinema, and the creative arts. Every week we bring you personal, passionate, and sometimes provocative stories from filmmakers and artists all over the globe; stories that will help you mature as an artist and find more fulfillment in your craft and career. NoFilmSchool called this "The filmmaking podcast we've all been waiting for." // Filmmaking is the ONE art form into which all other art forms are absorbed. Photography. Graphic design. Architecture. Music. Sound. Writing. As such, this is a show that will speak to the heart, head and soul of any creative artist.

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Wonderfully produced, varied interviews and guests, great topics! All around a super podcast if you're an indie filmmaker or video artist.

Fresh approach

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Listened to most of these episodes in the last few years. Ron is a great storyteller. Sometimes when listening to back to back episodes I get a little tired of re-treading the same quotes or recaps in the middle of episodes but that is a huge benefit to people who are new to the podcast. Really dig the shows with in the show.

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78 Ratings
Average Ratings
69
5
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Awesome Podcast

By DeadEyesSmiling - Jun 12 2017
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Wonderfully produced, varied interviews and guests, great topics! All around a super podcast if you're an indie filmmaker or video artist.

Fresh approach

By Nic biz - Jun 06 2017
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Listened to most of these episodes in the last few years. Ron is a great storyteller. Sometimes when listening to back to back episodes I get a little tired of re-treading the same quotes or recaps in the middle of episodes but that is a huge benefit to people who are new to the podcast. Really dig the shows with in the show.

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This is the radio documentary anthology series about filmmaking, cinema, and the creative arts. Every week we bring you personal, passionate, and sometimes provocative stories from filmmakers and artists all over the globe; stories that will help you mature as an artist and find more fulfillment in your craft and career. NoFilmSchool called this "The filmmaking podcast we've all been waiting for." // Filmmaking is the ONE art form into which all other art forms are absorbed. Photography. Graphic design. Architecture. Music. Sound. Writing. As such, this is a show that will speak to the heart, head and soul of any creative artist.

001 - "Of Fathers & Filmmaking" - Part 1

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Have you ever noticed how father figures (or the lack thereof) have traditionally played a key role in the history of cinema? It's a common theme you see in the works of Spielberg, P.T. Anderson, Coppola, and even as far back as Capra. But I was fascinated to see how often the topic came up in my own conversations with filmmakers and artists.

In this official premiere episode, we look at the role that fathers play in cinema, and how being open to the vulnerability that comes with sharing those stories will elevate your craft.

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Sep 01 2015

28mins

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Quentin Tarantino Vol. 1 - THE AUTEUR [FJ012]

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With a directorial filmography that only has 8 feature films, Quentin Tarantino has made an indelible mark on the cinematic landscape and has solidified his spot in cinematic history. We explore why.

Ever since his bold and brilliant 1992 feature film, "Reservoir Dogs", Quentin Tarantino has been an undeniable force in cinema. From his encyclopedic knowledge of film history, to his bold imagery, to his captivating dialog, to his iconic characters, and of course, his controversial rhetoric, every Tarantino film release is an event.

Today we continue our "Filmmakers with Style" series by looking at the work of the "filmmaker's filmmaker." And in true Tarantino form, this episode is 1) long (our longest "regular" episode to date) and 2) "Volume 1". In this volume we look at Tarantino the auteur. In volume II we'll look at Tarantino the provocateur.

In this 8-chapter episode, we'll explore such themes as:

  • The meta element of Tarantino's dialog as a metaphor for Tarantino himself as filmmaker
  • His use of music how the music is itself a "character"
  • How, despite the fact he borrows so heavily from other classic or obscure films, he's still able to make it his own
  • And so much more

Stay tuned past the credits for a special bonus segment as well.

Starring...

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Stillmotion has a New Class - "Conducting Remarkable Interviews"

Stillmotion's Muse Storytelling is the process they use to tell the kind of stories that has helped them garner five Emmys, and go from shooting weddings to shooting the Super Bowl. They also have a brand new course on their site called “Conducting Remarkable Interviews” and it’s based on years of experience in the field and research of psychology, sociology, and neurology. Go to learnstory.org to learn more.

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Mar 24 2016

1hr 6mins

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[MAD01] Making a Documentary #1: The Reluctant Filmmaker

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Have you ever been afraid to do something you knew was the right thing to do?

Today is the inaugural episode of the “Making a Documentary” mini-series, wherein we document, well, the making of a documentary. Specifically, my first feature-length documentary. Except, I’m not the director. My wife Tasra is (pronounced TOZ-ra).

On this episode, Tasra shares the deeply personal story that motivated her to take up the mantle of “filmmaker” and create “Invisible Illness”, a documentary about what it’s like living with an illness (or illnesses) where you look fine on the outside, but inside you’re suffering. She shares why she felt this story had to be told, why it has to be told as a film, and why she is reluctantly considering herself a filmmaker.

To learn more about the documentary visit InvisibleIllnessFilm.com.

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Jan 24 2017

32mins

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[FJ30] Tell Deeper & More Meaningful Stories with Iceberg Storytelling

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"For sale. Baby shoes. Never worn." These are the words from Ernest Hemingway's famous 6-word short story. And they're the impetus for today's guest-produced and highly anticipated episode.

"We only give each other the top layers, the top; we dont give each other what lies beneath." ~ Kassim Harris, Director of It Eats You Up

Robert Hardy is a filmmaker and writer who used to write for the popular filmmaking website No Film School. Robert has since left the behemoth site to start his own filmmaker resource for inspiration, Filmmakers Process. I love what Robert is doing with his site. It's very much in line with the spirit and goals of Radio Film School--helping filmmakers become better artists by connecting with what it means to be an artist. As I read the articles on his site, I knew I wanted him to adapt one as a segment for the podcast. That's what you're going to hear on today's episode.

Robert connects with director, cinematographer, colorist and 16mm film fanatic Kassim Norris. His award-winning short film "It Eats You Up" is an excellent example of what Robert calls Iceberg Storytelling. You will be immensely inspired.

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Kassim's film "It Eats You Up".

Feb 28 2017

27mins

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What makes for a great Science Fiction film? [SE15]

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What exactly makes a science fiction film great? Numerous filmmakers and sci-fi cinephiles chime.

Science fiction is one of the most popular film and book genres. It has the power to ignite the imaginations of storytellers and audiences from five to ninety-five. But what makes for a good, or great, sci-fi story? Is it how cool the gadgets are? Is it the plausibility of the science presented in the story? Or is it something entirely different, that has nothing to even do with science? Today on the show we find out.

In this episode we hear from:

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Muse Storytelling has a New Class - "Conducting Remarkable Interviews"

Stillmotion's Muse Storytelling is the process they use to tell the kind of stories that has helped them garner five Emmys, and go from shooting weddings to shooting the Super Bowl. They also have a brand new course on their site called “Conducting Remarkable Interviews” and it’s based on years of experience in the field and research of psychology, sociology, and neurology. Go to learnstory.org to learn more.

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Apr 19 2016

46mins

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[RFS-Rerun] Lessons from the Twilight Zone

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This week we have a re-run of our Twilight Zone specail from last Thanksgiving. Definitely worth a listen if you've never heard it before. Worth listening to again if you HAVE. You can read the original blog here.

Oct 25 2016

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Proof It's the Talent Not the Tools [SE17]

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I originally thought about calling this Radio Film School episode "Brandon McCormick's Incredible Infinite Catalog of Creative Compositions". But Talent v. Tools was easier. Find out why and what you'll learn.

What started out as a simple research project to study the scenes and compositions of world-class master directors, turned into a treasure trove of a database with nearly 9,000 high-resolution screenshots and 10 GB of data. Whitestone Motion Pictures co-founder and director Brandon McCormick is back on the show with more engaging insight. Learn how this database project of his revealed some amazing discoveries about focal length, shot selection, composition, editing, storytelling, and prioritization. Here are the lessons he learned about feature filmmaking from studying the minutia of master filmmakers films. You may be surprised at what you learn.

And stick around after the credits in the bonus segment as Brandon addresses the question, "Why do directors often get credit for work that seems should be accredited to others who worked on a film?"

Click here to see screenshots from Brandon's database.

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Muse Storytelling has a New Class - "Conducting Remarkable Interviews"

Stillmotion's Muse Storytelling is the process they use to tell the kind of stories that has helped them garner five Emmys, and go from shooting weddings to shooting the Super Bowl. They also have a brand new course on their site called “Conducting Remarkable Interviews” and it’s based on years of experience in the field and research of psychology, sociology, and neurology. Go to learnstory.org to learn more.

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May 06 2016

32mins

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Truth in Media Pt. 1 [SE24]

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Today we have a provocative issue about the power of media to shape public opinion and perception. But how do we discern what's true?

The ability to carry a high-definition video camera in your pocket has literally changed the face of an industry. Now any John or Jane Doe with an iPhone can be a DIY Anderson Cooper. Well, a conversation I had with world-renown wedding filmmaker Ray Roman about the controversy over police shootings led me down a path to explore this topic further. Today on the show you'll hear part of my conversation with Ray that prompted this exploration. We also hear from show regulars JD and Yolanda Cochran on the topic, as well as Legends of the Knight director and founder of the Rising Heroe's Project, Brett Culp. (With Legends of the Knight, Brettt raised over $100,000 for charities. He's hoping to do better than that with the next movie, but needs help raising the last set of funds. Click here to learn more.)

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Nov 30 2016

57mins

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"Filmmakers with Style" - The Coen Bros. [FJ11]

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Today we begin a series looking at filmmakers whose work is so distinctive, you know the filmmaker within moments of watching one of their films; and the Coen Brothers have one of the most signature styles in contemporary filmmaking. Love 'em or hate 'em, when you come out of a Coen Brothers film, you will be talking about it.In this episode we hear from music video directors

In this episode we hear from music video directors Nathan Corona and Isaac Deitz; show regular Brandon McCormick of Whitestone Motion Pictures; and movie and entertainment journalists David Griffin and Clarke Wolfe. This discussion is a fascinating one; one that will give insight into what makes their work unique, and what we as filmmakers and artists can learn from them in the development of our own craft.

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Learn How Stillmotion Tells Emmy Award-winning Stories

Stillmotion's Muse Storytelling is the process they use to tell the kind of stories that has helped them garner five Emmys, and go from shooting weddings to shooting the Super Bowl. They've generously offered our listeners a special offer. Details are in the episode.

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Be Inspired

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Feb 23 2016

46mins

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One Man Bands [FJ23]

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Filmmaking is a collaborative artform. Yet, tens of thousands of filmmakers all over the world shoot projects each week with no dedicated DP, no sound guy, and no assistants. It's just them, a camera, some lenses, lights, and mics. They are one-man/one-woman bands.

This week on the show we hear from a small group of filmmakers who are making waves in the industry despite shooting much, if not most of their work alone -- and in two of the cases, with small, prosumer cameras.

  • There's multi-Vimeo Staff Pick recipient Brandon Li, who's travel docs often feel like narrative shorts.
  • Salvatore "Sal" D'Alia is a New York filmmaker (by way of Italy) who's the brainchild and filmmaker behind Adorama TV's "Through the Lens" Series.
  • And internationally renown director and DP Philip Bloom is back to offer his two cents on what to call yourself if you wear many hats.

Share Your Story with Us

For season 2 of the show, we're looking for filmmakers with stories about overcoming great challenges to complete their projects. Whether or not you succeeded or failed, if you think there's a juicy and educational story with sharing, we want to know about it. The first six people we pick will each get a free music license from show sponsor Song Freedom. Just email radiofilmschool@daredreamer.fm and put "My Story" in the subject line.

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Reach Out

If you have a question about the movie business you'd like answered, or if you just want to drop us a line to say "Hi", email us at radiofilmschool@daredreamer.fm. Better yet, use the "Send Voicemail" button at the bottom of our website to leave a voicemail message. Follow Ron on Twitter @DareDreamerFM, or follow the show @RadioFilmSchool. Join the discussion at facebook.com/radiofilmschool.

Jul 19 2016

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The Role of a Producer and How to Finance a Film

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Today we have two professionals in the world of filmmaking to give expert information on 1) the role of "producer" and 2) how to finance a film.

Last week we got a voicemail from a listener of the show wanting to know more information about how you go about financing a film. While in Los Angeles to film our new "women in film" upcoming documentary series, I took advantage of the opportunity to interview show regular Yolanda Cochran.Based on her experience as EVP of Alcon Entertainment, then a consultant to Netflix, Yolanda is a wealth of knowledge with regards to both of these topics. We also hear from Mara Tasker in this episode. Mara is the head of original content production a Seed&Spark, a crowdsourcing site for filmmakers by filmmakers. In this episode you'll learn: what is it exactly that all those different types of producers do (e.g. Producer, Co-produce, Executive Producer, etc.); different strategies for financing a film; tips for using crowdfunding sites like Seed&Spark and Kickstarter.

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Music was curated from FreeMusicArchive.org. In order of appearance, the music in this episode:

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Jun 17 2016

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Short Ends: Tarantino, the "N-word" & PC Filmmaking [SE-10]

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Quentin Tarantino has arguably created some of the most strong and iconic African American characters in cinema: Jules. Marsellus Wallace. Jackie Brown. Django. And most recently, Major Marquis Warren. Ironically, he also gets a lot of flack for his more than generous use of the infamous "N-word." On today's episode, I'm joined by friends of the show JD & Yolanda Cochran (indie filmmaker and ex-production company executive, respectively) to address this topic and the overall PC climate in entertainment.

WARNING: there is a generous use of the aforementioned N-word in this episode. You may squirm in discomfort as you listen. Or, more than likely, you'll laugh heartily with only a slight twinge of uneasiness. Either way, our discussion will give you some provocative and deep ideas to ponder.

Check out Bret Easton Ellis' podcast. The Quentin Tarantino episode is December 7. As of this writing, it's the most recent episode.

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Feb 02 2016

28mins

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RFS004 - "Your First Time"

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Our firsts always hold a special place in our hearts. Your first kiss. Your first time driving. The first time you got to stay up past your bedtime. Your first, you know... the first time seeing Star Wars. Firsts make a lasting imprint that we just...can’t...seem...to shake. Today on the show we look at "first times" as they relate to filmmaking and seen through the metaphor of love. We'll hear from various filmmakers about their respective "first times" falling in love with cinema and filmmaking. We'll also hear the story about my filmmaking first and how it lead to me becoming enamored with the craft.

Also, the “Gayle” to my “Oprah”; the “Fresh Prince” to my “Carlton” is back for another round of “How to be a Black Filmmaker in the 90s.” JD Cochran and I have an insightful conversation regarding my very first scripted short film, including how I DIDN’T pick two actors who have gone on to star in big TV shows. It’s a story about going with your gut as an artist.

Finally, after the credits we have another bonus segment that may crack you up.

This episode is sponsored by Song Freedom. Be sure to listen to the episode to get a special discount code granting you one free song credit.

Click here for the link to get two free months on IndieFlix.

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"12 Lost Love Letters" and "Erik" by Fog Lake. CC BY.

"Ragtime Dance" by Scott Joplin. Public Domain.

"Shower Scene" (Instrumental) by Josh Woodward. CC BY.

"Tech Toys" by Lee Rosevere. CC BY-SA.

"I Don't Think" by Alec's Band. CC BY.

"Air Hockey Saloon" by Chris Zabriskei. CC BY.

"Nake Street" by Cosmic Analog Ensember.CC BY.

"Preachin' Dem Blues" by The Good Lawdz. CC BY.

"Montmartre" by Jahzzar. CC BY.

"At Last" and "Let's Get It On" courtesy of Song Freedom. All rights reserved.

Oct 13 2015

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Bridging "The Gap" [RFS-FJ008]

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Every artist deals with it in their career—the difference between what they envision, and what they actually create. How to deal?

There's a well-known video of "This American Life" host Ira Glass sharing his thoughts about what he calls "The Gap." It's the difference between your taste (what you know to be good work) and your talent (what it is you're actually able to create, which is often not as good as you'd like it to be). This week, on the first main "Radio Film School" episode of 2016, we dive into this issue. You'll hear from Sam Mestman, CEO of We Make Movies; Ryan Booth, filmmaker, DP and creator of the music performance web series "Serial Box Presents"; and Patrick Moreau, co-founder of Stillmotion and LearnStory.org. If you've ever faced "the Gap," this is the episode for you.

"Shooting Sunshine" Returns

We also have the next installment of my "Shooting Sunshine" segment. The behind the scenes look at the making of "Little Mixed Sunshine", the first episode in my short film documentary series about bi-racial people. In it, I answer the question: "Why is this film STILL NOT DONE?!"

Support Our Sponsor and You Support the Show

A huge way you can support the show is by checking out our sponsors. We're supported in part by Song Freedom. Click here and use offer code radio for a one-time Standard Gold Level license worth $30.

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Music in this episode was curated from Free Music Archive, Kevin Macleod's Incompetech.com and Song Freedom.

Songs used during the Song Freedom sponsor segment are courtesy of SongFreedom.com. (All rights reserved). Click here for the mixtape of songs.

  • Counting Stars by One Republic. All rights reserved.
  • Ain’t too Proud by the Temptations
  • Inspirational Ambient Build by Banvard

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Two other interpretations of "The Gap" on video:

Jan 12 2016

35mins

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[MAD03] Creative & Ethical Choices in Doc Filmmaking

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A veteran documentary filmmaker reaches out to lend us a helping hand in the making of our first feature documentary.

This week we have part 3 of our “Making a Documentary” miniseries, wherein we document the making of my first low-budget feature-length documentary "Invisible Illness." During this series, it's my goal to share not only what I've learned, but what other documentary filmmakers have learned.

On this episode we have CEO and founder of Life is My Movie, Vincent Vittorio. Vincent has produced over a dozen feature length documentaries and has just finished a successful Kickstarter for another. Like me, he's drawn to topics that tackle important causes and social justice. This week we tackle the difference between journalism and documentary filmmaking; making ethical choices; and making creative choices in the doc filmmaking process.

We also recently launched the Kickstarter for our feature doc.

CHECK OUT OUR KICKSTARTER. We'll be covering what we learned on the podcast.

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Mar 14 2017

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Whiteston Motion Pictures Making "History" [FJ014]

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The inspirational rise and fall (and rise again) story of how Whitestone Motion Pictures came from the brink of throwing in the towel, to shooting a project for The History Channel.

If you've been listening to this podcast since the beginning, you know that there is only one person who's been featured on the show more times than show regulars JD and Yolanda. That person is Atlanta filmmaker Brandon McCormick of Whitestone Motion Pictures. After posting last week's bonus episode about Brandon's incredible database of feature film screenshots, it occurred to me that out of all the episodes in which he's appeared, I've never really given any kind of in-depth story about the history of Whitestone and his journey as a filmmaker. So today, that's what I have. This week's episode is a tad longer than normal, but I promise you'll savor every inspirational minute.

We cover such topics as:

  • How and why they do the kind of work they do
  • His affection for nostalgic and period pieces
  • His thoughts on artists vs. artisans and the significance of the difference
  • The trials and tribulations of almost making their first feature film and the lessons he learned
  • How the History Channel project came about
  • And of course, it wouldn't be a Brandon McCormick episode without some profoundly poignant ending that makes you wanna go out and conquer the world!

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In order of appearance, the music in this episode:

The rest of the songs are from the soundtrack of "That's Magic," music and lyrics by Nicholas Kirk, courtesy of Whitestone Motion Pictures. All rights reserved.

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Whitestone's Work

Click here to see a clip of the Roanoke Film. Left/Right is the New York production company that handled the shoot and post. Brandon and his team handled the creative (writing, directing, exec producing, production design, etc.)

Here are some other films worth checking out:

  • That's Magic: The film that inspired this episode.
  • Tiny Little Words: The touching story about the first heart transplant. All shot in one take.
  • Blood on My Name: This was the film that got Brandon and Nick meetings in Hollywood: their "southern gothic Americana folklore musical."

Learn How Stillmotion Tells Emmy Award-winning Stories

Stillmotion’s Muse Storytelling is the process they use to tell the kind of stories that has helped them garner five Emmys, and go from shooting weddings to shooting the Super Bowl. They’ve generously offered our listeners a special offer. Details are in the episode.

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Speaking of which, click here to go to the blog post where Premium Members can listen to two bonus tracks:

  • An early access to the extended 15-minute bonus clip mentioned in the episode where Brandon gives more details about the History Channel production.
  • My old "Crossing the 180" podcast interview with Brandon from 2010 that has more specific details about Whitestone's history: how Brandon got started at 12Stone; their production process while there; the importance of story; and much more.
  • My follow-up "Crossing the 180" interview with Brandon about the making of the Whitestone film "The Candy Shop: A Fairytale about the Sexual Exploitation of Children", using candy as a metaphor for under-aged girls. It's a powerful and creative film about an important topic. It stars the famous character actor Doug Jones ("Silver Surfer", "Pan's Labyrinth", and "Arrow", to name a paltry few) as The Candy Man.

Only Premium Members will get access to these bonus clips, so sign up today.

May 10 2016

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RFS Bonus: 3 Lessons Filmmakers Can Learn from "The Twilight Zone"

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"The Twilight Zone" and its creator Rod Serling provide three lessons all filmmakers should heed.

As a tribute to my other yearly Thanksgiving Day tradition growing up, today we have a bonus episode devoted to one of the most influential television shows of all time.

This is the first episode co-written and co-starring one of my partners in crime, assistant producer Chris Huslage. Chris provided most of the episode research.

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Mike Wallace 1959 TV interview of Rod Serling.

Nov 26 2015

15mins

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My War of Art [FJ19]

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Practical lessons on finding the time to pursue passion projects which might not yet pay the bills. Plus, a literal "road to Damascus" experience.

We're told time and again that personal projects are a key strategy for creatives to both find personal fulfillment, as well as market their business. But the realities of life are such that, it's often easier said than done. In today's episode, we explore this theme vis-a-vis my "Mixed in America" short film documentary project. In this episode we'll hear from the boys at Gnarly Bay as well as Patrick Moreau of Stillmotion and Muse Storytelling.

Reach Out

If you have a question about the movie business you'd like answered, or if you just want to drop us a line to say "Hi", email us at radiofilmschool@daredreamer.fm. Better yet, use the "Send Voicemail" button at the bottom of our website to leave a voicemail message. Follow Ron on Twitter @DareDreamerFM, or follow the show @RadioFilmSchool. Join the discussion at facebook.com/radiofilmschool.

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  • Oprah’s Super Soul Sunday with Steven Pressfield on Resistance
  • Oprah/Pressfield Clip on Finding Your Calling

Jun 21 2016

23mins

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[SE08] Style & Story Lessons from Pixar & South Park

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Since 2015 marks the 20th anniversary of Disney-Pixar's Toy Story, I thought it would be fun to do a special about animation. Actually, the truth is, one of my conversations with frequent show guest JD Cochran got off on a 45-minute tangent about South Park...so I used it as a basis for an episode. I also talk with Slashfilmcast co-host Jeff Cannata and wedding filmmaking master and USC film grad Kevin Shahinian about why Pixar is arguably the most successful studio in Hollywood.

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Dec 29 2015

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RFS006 - Mind Your Masters Pt. 1 & Women in Film

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Do up-and-coming filmmakers of today really need to study the masters of yesterday? Also, we begin our "Women in Film" series.

About five years ago I wrote a blog post posing the question, "Should young filmmakers of today study the masters?" It generated a lot of great debate and conversation. That question has always sat with me, particularly now in an age where YouTube celebrities gain millions of views with little to no formal filmmaking education (let alone film history). So, what value, if any, is there to know the work of master filmmakers like Kurosawa, Hitchcock, Ford, Ophuls or Chaplain? This week we hear from six filmmakers and one master photographer on the topic.

Women in Film

Today we also formally begin our "Women in Film" series as we hear an excerpt from a 4-person panel I conducted on the topic. Is that fact that I even have to make a special "series" a problem in itself?

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Nov 10 2015

34mins

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[FJ31] Love, Loss & Looking Ahead

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What is it like working with your spouse? Why is it important to create art that is unique to you? What is the future of Radio Film School? Tune in to find out.

"If we make what we know to be true for ourselves, that edge gives it an individuality that can't be found anywhere else." ~ Kelly Clark, Artist

It has been quite a while since we've had a new episode of the show. A lot has been going on with me. New job (blog editor for Frame.io), moving out of my house, and becoming a nomad. But for this season finale, we have something that'll make you laugh and cry. And isn't that what makes a Radio Film School episode special?

Video Mentioned in This Episode

The profile film for Kelly Clark.

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Aug 03 2017

29mins

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[FJ10-REPLAY] What Makes a Good Story?

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A blast from the past. One of my personal faves. Insightful. Inspiring. Potent. Definitely worth listening to again. And if it's your first time, enjoy.

This week on the show we delve into one of the most important topics we’ll discuss all season. It’s at the core of what we do as filmmakers. Telling stories. Chris Huntley from The Write Bros. talks about the narrative story development theory Dramatica and the connection story has to psychology. We’ll hear from Patrick Moreau of Muse Storytelling and Stillmotion on how they find and tell the kind of stories that have won them five Emmys. We’ll hear from Dan Duncan of Remedy Films on the lengths he goes to tell authentic stories. And we hear from a filmmaker we last heard from way back in the first main episode — Alex Vo from the San Francisco Bay Area shares how he finds real life “Hero’s Journey” stories.

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Jun 20 2017

27mins

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[FJ Replay] A Look Back Celebrating 15 Years of My Video Biz

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This May marks the 15th anniversary of my video business and this summer marks the 25th anniversary of going to film school. Wow!

This past weekend was Memorial Day so I had just enough time to put together a flashback to some past episode segments. In this 15th/25th anniversary special, I replay the story of my first time on a film set (from RFS004 "Your First Time") and the start and evolution of my video business (from FJ24 "Making a Difference with Your Art"). As usual, stick around after the credits for a fun discussion with friend of the show JD Cochran and I reminiscing on making my first narrative, scripted short film.

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May 30 2017

33mins

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[MAD05] Making a Documentary #5: Giving Credit

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A popular reward level for crowdfunded films is a credit in the movie. Apparently, this is a bigger deal than I originally thought. Today we find out why.

In this episode of our "Making a Documentary" mini-series of Radio Film School, friend of the show Yolanda T. Cochran (with her husband JD offering his usual comic relief) gives us some detailed information on film and television credits. If you have thought about giving away a movie credit on your crowdfunded film for anything less than at LEAST $100 (or more), you need to listen to this episode. Or, if you're curious about union regulations regarding credits, or just the logistics that go into making credits, then stick around. It's actually pretty fascinating.

The Role of "Producer"

Ever wonder what all those different "producers" you see in movie credits actually do? The second half of this episode is a replay of a "Short Ends" segment from last year wherein Yolanda tells us. Get the 411 on executive producers, co-producers, producers, line producers, etc.

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May 23 2017

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[SE28] MCU v DCEU and Lessons for Creators

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Today we explore why the Marvel Cinematic Universe has been able to out-pace the DC Extended Universe in box office and critical acclaim, and what lessons we creators can learn from it.

Throughout history, there have been some pretty epic rivalries. Mac vs. PC. Canon vs. Nikon. Marvel vs. DC. There's a lot of discussion and analysis on the internet about this latest topic, specifically the MCU vs. the DCEU. And on this episode of the show, we hear from some experts who help us contribute to that debate. In the end, you'll hear a perspective about how to look at it that I almost guarantee you've never considered.

This week we hear from:

  • Robert Meyer Burnett: A 25+ year veteran of Hollywood, Rob is a director, editor, frequent co-host on Collider Heroes, and self-proclaimed comic book geek.
  • Edu Black: production coordinator on "The Simpsons," one of my co-hosts on the "Wrestling with Westworld" podcast, and huge comic fan.
  • Jevon Phillips: online producer and writer for the L.A. Times Calendar section writing about entertainment.
  • Brett Culp: director of the documentary “Legends of the Knight“, a feature-length documentary about the legend and story of Batman inspiring people living with debilitating or even life-threatening illnesses. Through the success of that film, Brett has since founded “The Rising Heroes Project,” a non-profit that creates uplifting films to support charitable organizations and inspire communities. They are currently touring with their follow-up to “Legends” with “Look to the Sky.”

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May 09 2017

33mins

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[BTG08] Breaking the Glass: The Definitive Solution for Change in the Biz

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How long will change take? Should we all just settle in and "wait for a new generation"?

Rahm Emmanuel, former White House Chief of Staff, Mayor of Chicago and brother of Ari Emmanual of WME was once quoted in the New York Times saying, "We can't kick the can down the road because we've run out of road." In today's episode, miniseries co-producer and a recurring guest on the show, Yolanda T. Cochran takes the reigns again to ponder what we should realistically expect by way of change in gender parity and politics.

Fellow podcaster, Julie Harris Walker (of "the other 50%" - a Herstory of Hollywood and Herstory of Tech) joins us in the early days of her podcast to share thoughts on: what she's learned from talking to women executives in the business, where the women's movement may have had some shortcomings, and what the outlook of change is looking like.

Likewise, Courtney Daniels, actress, producer and founder of Busted Buggy Entertainment gives some input on whether a "united front" from women is either viable or effective for women in high places in the biz.

And finally, an excerpt from Ryan Murphy's acceptance speech for The Hollywood Reporter's inaugural Equity in Entertainment award makes a case for the argument that patience may not be a virtue.

About the Mini-series

Breaking the Glass is a Radio Film School podcast mini-series and short film docu-series addressing the issues of gender inequality in film and television. You can catch all the podcast and video episodes at daredreamer.fm/breakingtheglass.

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May 04 2017

42mins

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[SE27] Pepsi's Challenge: Brand Authenticity & Knowing Your Audience

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The #1 question I've had about the ridiculous Pepsi ad from a month ago is "How?" How did so many smart people in a room get this so wrong? I think today's episode of Radio Film School has some potential answers.

I wanted to talk to some professionals who could give us informed and experienced insight into this debacle and PR mess. So I got on the line with Blake Howard, Creative Director of Matchsic, a brand consulting and design firm who has done work for companies like Coke and other national brands; and Chris Chan, the resident visual anthropologist at the viral video factory and social experiment production company Cut. They provide some new perspective on a topic that admittedly has been discussed ad nauseam. But I'm confident you'll dig this one!

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May 02 2017

26mins

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[SE26] Technology & Filmmaking: Form Following Function

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It's NAB this week, and we have a new technology and filmmaking episode you must hear before you spend a dime!

Because the nature of this show involves taking bits and pieces of longer episodes, I have a veritable vault full of as yet unmined content from fantastic interviews. In honor of it being NAB this week (that annual mecca to Las Vegas for media professionals all over the world), we have as yet unaired excerpts from interviews I conducted last season.

Peabody award-winning filmmaker and documentarian Elaine McMillion Sheldon, who won that acclaimed award for her interactive documentary experience "Hollow", chimes in on how the architectural design concept of "form following function" should be applied to storytelling and technology. Also, Seattle Film Institute executive director David Shulman uses makes an appearance with an example of how a master's approach to filmmaking can be applied to our use of the latest and greatest. And it all starts with a simple (or not so simple) question asked by my 12-year-old aspiring filmmaking son.

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Apr 25 2017

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[MAD Bonus] Kickstarter Video Feedback

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In this bonus episode of our "Making a Documentary" miniseries, I read feedback on our Kickstarter video from Amina Moreau of the Emmy award-winning studio Stillmotion, as well as from Patrick Moreau of Muse Storytelling. Show regulars JD and Yolanda Cochran chime in with their 2 cents as well. If you haven't listened to episode 4 of the miniseries, you may want to go listen to that first.

Click here to see the current version of the crowdfunding video.

Visit the Videos section of the Invisible Illness Film website to see the other short video vignettes JD references ("There Must Be a Reason" and "What It Means to Thrive").

Music in this episode was "And So Then" by Lee Rosevere (CC BY).

Apr 20 2017

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[MAD04] Making a Documentary - Getting Feedback

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Feedback, in all of its forms, is essential for any artist to grow in his or her craft.

This week we have part 4 of our “Making a Documentary” miniseries, wherein we document the making of my first low-budget feature-length documentary "Invisible Illness." During this series, it's my goal to share not only what I've learned, but what other documentary filmmakers have learned.

On this episode, we have the second part of my interview with Vincent Vittorio, CEO and founder of Life is My Movie. Vincent gives some specific feedback on our crowdfunding video and our plans for the film in general. He also poses a question about the format of the film that has a profound impact on the direction we take it. Show regular JD Cochran throws in his two cents as well. Here's the current version of our crowdfunding video.

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Apr 12 2017

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[SE05-Replay] It's Personal: The Power & Importance of Personal Work

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This was one of my favorite episodes from season 1. Interviews with...

  • Dan Riordan and Dana Saint of Gnarly Bay
  • Canadian filmmaker Bren Foster of "While I'm Here: The Legacy Project"
  • Brandon McCormick of Whitestone Motion Pictures

Original air date October 2015. See music credits and original show notes on the blog.

Mar 28 2017

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[MAD03] Creative & Ethical Choices in Doc Filmmaking

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A veteran documentary filmmaker reaches out to lend us a helping hand in the making of our first feature documentary.

This week we have part 3 of our “Making a Documentary” miniseries, wherein we document the making of my first low-budget feature-length documentary "Invisible Illness." During this series, it's my goal to share not only what I've learned, but what other documentary filmmakers have learned.

On this episode we have CEO and founder of Life is My Movie, Vincent Vittorio. Vincent has produced over a dozen feature length documentaries and has just finished a successful Kickstarter for another. Like me, he's drawn to topics that tackle important causes and social justice. This week we tackle the difference between journalism and documentary filmmaking; making ethical choices; and making creative choices in the doc filmmaking process.

We also recently launched the Kickstarter for our feature doc.

CHECK OUT OUR KICKSTARTER. We'll be covering what we learned on the podcast.

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Mar 14 2017

39mins

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[FJ30] Tell Deeper & More Meaningful Stories with Iceberg Storytelling

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"For sale. Baby shoes. Never worn." These are the words from Ernest Hemingway's famous 6-word short story. And they're the impetus for today's guest-produced and highly anticipated episode.

"We only give each other the top layers, the top; we dont give each other what lies beneath." ~ Kassim Harris, Director of It Eats You Up

Robert Hardy is a filmmaker and writer who used to write for the popular filmmaking website No Film School. Robert has since left the behemoth site to start his own filmmaker resource for inspiration, Filmmakers Process. I love what Robert is doing with his site. It's very much in line with the spirit and goals of Radio Film School--helping filmmakers become better artists by connecting with what it means to be an artist. As I read the articles on his site, I knew I wanted him to adapt one as a segment for the podcast. That's what you're going to hear on today's episode.

Robert connects with director, cinematographer, colorist and 16mm film fanatic Kassim Norris. His award-winning short film "It Eats You Up" is an excellent example of what Robert calls Iceberg Storytelling. You will be immensely inspired.

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Kassim's film "It Eats You Up".

Feb 28 2017

27mins

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[BTG07] Quotas, the Gender Gap, and the Case for Diversity

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Is the EEOC's investigation into Hollywood's hiring practices of women valid? Are women really not treated equitably in Hollywood. According to Scott Baio, the answer is a resounding "No!"

From teen heart-throb to conservative political activist, Scott Baio has some provocative political ideologies that is fair to say isn't the common mindset in what has traditionally been a very liberally-minded, Democrat-populated town. From speaking at the Republic National Convention to appearing on the conservative Fox News program The Five to decry the government's investigation into hiring practices, Mr. Baio is unafraid and unashamed to make his thoughts and politics known. Good for him! I mean that. I totally disagree with his opinion on the matter, but I do commend his fortitude to speak up for what he believes in a town where he has to know it will be met with criticism.

Well, it was the appearance on the aforementioned Fox News program that prompted today's episode of our miniseries "Breaking the Glass." I had miniseries co-producer and recurring guest on the show, Yolanda Cochran, listen to the entire segment. We then hopped on Skype to have a conversation about it. She gives some valuable insight into the business from the perspective of a person who has worked in the business for over 20 years (more than half of that time in some kind of producing role).

In the last part of the show today, guest podcast producer Stefanie Malone (Emmy award-winning documentary producer and Executive Director of the National Film Festival for Talented Youth) arranges a conversation with director Jen McGowan. Jen's first feature film, "Kelly and Cal", starred Juliet Lewis and won the Gamechanger Director Award at the 2014 SXSW Film Festival. Jen is also the creator of Filmpowered.com, a site for connecting with and hiring female filmmakers. Jen gives a look at the situation from the point of view of a person currently in the system trying to get the next job, just like every other hard-working director, man or woman. Her thoughts about why we should have diversity in hiring practices are inspiring.

About the Mini-series

Breaking the Glass is a Radio Film School podcast mini-series and short film docu-series addressing the issues of gender inequality in film and television. You can catch all the podcast and video episodes at daredreamer.fm/breakingtheglass.

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Feb 16 2017

34mins

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[FJ29] Filmmaking, Race Relations & Having Tough Conversations

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Is a white director the best person to tell what is traditionally a black story? Is that a question that's even fair to ask?

"I was terrified. I'll be totally honest with you. But that's why I knew I needed to make it. I just gotta be bold. 'Cuz why do the safe thing." ~ Spencer Gillis, Director of "Sweep"

Spencer Gillis is an A-camera operator for the hit Netflix series "Orange is the New Black." But his passion is telling stories--stories that drum up tough conversations. Last summer I interviewed him about his Vimeo Staff Pick, Short of the Week winner "Sweep." Today's episode is part of my conversation with Spencer where we discuss the key story points of the film, and what they say about today's society.

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  • Fire Ahead by Jahzzar (CC BY-SA)
  • Referent Power by Cullah (CC BY-SA)
  • My Dignity by Cullah (CC BY-SA)
  • "This is What I Smoke To" by Mo Green. Courtesy of 235 Films. All rights served.

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Spencer's Film "Sweep".

Feb 14 2017

36mins

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[MAD02] Brett Culp: Crowdfunding "Legend"

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If you're about to start a crowdfunding campaign or are even thinking about one, this is a must-listen episode?

This week we have part 2 of our “Making a Documentary” miniseries, wherein we document the making of my low-budget feature-length documentary "Invisible Illness." During this series, it's my goal to share not only what I've learned, but what other documentary filmmakers have learned.

On this episode, documentary filmmaker Brett Culp is back on the show to talk about the successes and failures he's had with his three crowdfunding film campaigns over the past five years. Brett had a successful IndigGoGo campaign and then later a successful Kickstarter campaign to create is first feature length documentary "Legends of the Knight." He's now in the middle of his second feature length doc and third crowdfunding campaign, this time on IndieGoGo's Generosit.com platform. Among many things, he gives some great insight on when you'd want to use IndieGoGo vs Kickstarter (his answer may surprise if you think you know. It's not just about ow much money you get to keep). And he talks about why he's using Generority.org and for whom that platform is ideal.

To learn more about the documentary my wife and I are creating, visit InvisibleIllnessFilm.com.

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Feb 07 2017

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[SE04-replay] Do I Sound Black?

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A blast back to the past with a replay with one of my favorite episodes from season 1. In honor of "Black History Month," I present to you again, "Do I Sound Black." Here was the original episode description...

I have a confession to make. I’m black. Yes, I know. You probably had no idea, right? If all you’ve heard was my voice, I’m almost certain you didn’t know. I just don’t have that rugged, deep, recognizable “African American” signature to my voice. I’m not talking about grammar usage or cultural vernacular. I’m talking about my actual tone and vocal quality. Beyond that, I also just don’t like my voice. It’s totally ironic that I even have a podcast.

What is an artist to do when they feel like they severely lack the inherent skill or talent necessary for their craft? That’s what we’re exploring in today’s “Short Ends” episode with good advice and an hilarious anecdote from friend of the show, spoken word artist Marshall Davis Jones. He recounts the story of how he came to have that rugged, rich texture to his voice (it wasn’t always so). His lesson is a great one for any filmmaker looking to excel at their craft.

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Feb 02 2017

15mins

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[MAD01] Making a Documentary #1: The Reluctant Filmmaker

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Have you ever been afraid to do something you knew was the right thing to do?

Today is the inaugural episode of the “Making a Documentary” mini-series, wherein we document, well, the making of a documentary. Specifically, my first feature-length documentary. Except, I’m not the director. My wife Tasra is (pronounced TOZ-ra).

On this episode, Tasra shares the deeply personal story that motivated her to take up the mantle of “filmmaker” and create “Invisible Illness”, a documentary about what it’s like living with an illness (or illnesses) where you look fine on the outside, but inside you’re suffering. She shares why she felt this story had to be told, why it has to be told as a film, and why she is reluctantly considering herself a filmmaker.

To learn more about the documentary visit InvisibleIllnessFilm.com.

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Jan 24 2017

32mins

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[FJ28] Lessons Learned in 2016

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In this our first episode of 2017, we look back at four of the most important lessons learned on the show last year. Plus, a look at a new mini-series on the making of my first feature-length documentary.

Happy New Year boys and girls out there in podcast land! I'm excited to be back behind the microphone and bring you weekly and/or biweekly stories about filmmaking, creative arts, and pursuing your passion. To kick us off, we're going to look back at some of my favorite episodes last season. You'll hear clips from:

The Making of a Feature Documentary

This year I embark upon one of my greatest challenges as a filmmaker. The making of my first feature length documentary. My wife is actually the director as this is a passion topic of hers. My greatest fears are not the challenges of the filmmaking. Nope. My biggest fear has to do with how this collaboration will affect MY MARRIAGE! It's sure to make for some great podcast fodder. Be sure to subscribe to the show so as not to miss one juicy episode.

To learn more about the documentary visit tasra.me/invisible. Here's the trailer.

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Videos Mentioned

Here's that hilarious trailer spoof.

Reach Out

If you have a question about the movie business you'd like answered, or if you just want to drop us a line to say "Hi", email us at radiofilmschool@daredreamer.fm. Better yet, use the "Send Voicemail" button at the bottom of our website to leave a voicemail message. Follow Ron on Twitter @DareDreamerRon, or follow the show @RadioFilmSchool. Join the discussion at facebook.com/radiofilmschool.

Jan 10 2017

33mins

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[Breaking the Glass] Star Wars Special

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In keeping with our Star Wars theme this week, today we discuss their strong female characters and how well the series passes the Bechdel Test.

The latest two entries into the Star Wars universe have had strong female leads at the center. Show regulars JD and Yolanda T. Cochran join me today in this special episode to discuss that role that strong women have played in the various franchise installments.

We also get into how many of the films pass the Bechdel Test. The test sets up three simple parameters for a movie: 1) you have two or more female characters, 2) they talk to one another, and 3) they talk about something other than a man. Is the test a valid one for determining a film's gender diversity?

About the Mini-series

Breaking the Glass is a Radio Film School podcast mini-series and short film docu-series addressing the issues of gender inequality in film and television. You can catch all the podcast and video episodes at daredreamer.fm/breakingtheglass.

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Music in this episode was actually curated from Kevin MacLeod's Incompetech.com. "Rynos Theme" (CC BY).

Dec 22 2016

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