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Liz Manashil and Alrik Bursell discuss independent filmmaking, everything from writing, producing and directing to working as crew. But this is not just a podcast about "making it," it's also about struggling with rejection, self-doubt and everything else that comes with pursuing a career in film. Follow along as we forge our own way through the industry and talk to guests who are also making it happen.

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Liz Manashil and Alrik Bursell discuss independent filmmaking, everything from writing, producing and directing to working as crew. But this is not just a podcast about "making it," it's also about struggling with rejection, self-doubt and everything else that comes with pursuing a career in film. Follow along as we forge our own way through the industry and talk to guests who are also making it happen.

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141 Ratings
Average Ratings
130
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So good!

By walkncandyapple - Apr 25 2020
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Interesting guests and great advice! Love the new segments they’ve added in addition to the interview.

The essential podcast for any filmmaker

By IzayuhS - May 01 2019
Read more
An endless sea of information and resources

iTunes Ratings

141 Ratings
Average Ratings
130
7
2
0
2

So good!

By walkncandyapple - Apr 25 2020
Read more
Interesting guests and great advice! Love the new segments they’ve added in addition to the interview.

The essential podcast for any filmmaker

By IzayuhS - May 01 2019
Read more
An endless sea of information and resources
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Making Movies is HARD!!!

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Liz Manashil and Alrik Bursell discuss independent filmmaking, everything from writing, producing and directing to working as crew. But this is not just a podcast about "making it," it's also about struggling with rejection, self-doubt and everything else that comes with pursuing a career in film. Follow along as we forge our own way through the industry and talk to guests who are also making it happen.

Rank #1: Episode 79 - Feature Films: Funding and Pitching

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We focus on feature films this week with several discussions including "what does a $100k feature really look like?" "How do you ask investors for money?" and "what does a good pitch sound like?"

Dec 12 2016

1hr 19mins

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Rank #2: Episode 2 - First Time Filmmaker Myths

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Alrik and Timothy talk about the myths first time filmmakers often believe when starting to make their first films.

Jun 14 2015

35mins

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Rank #3: Episode 83 - A Self-Distribution Success Story with Griffin Hammond

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Griffin Hammond made a 33-minute documentary about Sriracha that he self-distributed and made money. That's right. Real money. We follow his journey to success from Facebook and Kickstarter all the way to Amazon Prime.

Jan 09 2017

59mins

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Rank #4: Episode 46 - Being a Filmmaker in Los Angeles with Hassan Said

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After his films played at 50 film festivals and won a handful of awards, Hassan made the move to Los Angeles to pursue a directing career.

May 02 2016

50mins

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Rank #5: Episode 73 - Fundraising and Filmmaker Bios

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This week we give pointers on writing a filmmaker bio and Alrik downloads us on everything he's learned about fundraising

Oct 31 2016

1hr 8mins

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Rank #6: Episode 122 - How to Budget a $12k Feature

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We talk to Noam Kroll about the ins and outs of shooting an affordable feature film.

Oct 09 2017

1hr 35mins

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Rank #7: Episode 150 - Elizabeth & Sean - Starting Your Own Production Company

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After high school, Sean McCarthy started his own production company and more than 15 years later they are going strong. He now works with his partner Elizabeth Mitchell making commercials, music videos and their own passion projects, like Doucheaholics

Apr 23 2018

1hr 23mins

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Rank #8: Episode 41 - Filmmaker = Artist + Businessperson

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This week Timothy and Alrik talk about the balance between the artistic and business side of being a filmmaker.

Apr 02 2016

1hr

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Rank #9: Episode 133 - Christmas Special with Lisa Donato, Colin Levy and Kyle McCauley

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Welcome to the 2017 MMIH Christmas extravaganza! We decided to do something special this year and bring back a bunch of our previous guests to see how they are doing and what's changed in their career's since we last heard from them.

Dec 25 2017

2hr 8mins

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Rank #10: Episode 68 - Long Takes with Jim Cummings

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Jim Cummings is the writer/director of Thunder Road, a single take 12-minute short that won the Sundance Grand Jury Prize this year. This week, we ask Jim questions about long takes. When to use them? How to create them? And why they are a powerful tool.

Sep 26 2016

1hr 8mins

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Rank #11: Episode 203 - Co-Host Liz Manashil on Why Indie Film Distribution is HARD!!!

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This week Alrik is joined by new co-host/friend of the show, Liz Manashil to talk about her second feature, The Speed of Life, filmmaking as a new mother and most importantly about the struggles of indie film distribution!

Apr 29 2019

1hr 8mins

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Rank #12: Episode 137 - Megaera Stephens - Working as a 1st AC

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This week we have woman 1st AC Megaera Stephens on the show to talk about how she got started in the camera department, being woman in a technical role and transitioning from the SF Bay Area to New York.

Jan 22 2018

1hr 5mins

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Rank #13: Episode 128 - Advertising on Facebook

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Alrik shares his experience screening The Rage at the Pictoclick film festival. Then we delve into Facebook Advertising using a $30 experiment on two different ads.

Nov 20 2017

1hr 4mins

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Rank #14: Episode 42 - Winning the Filmmaking Lottery

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Many filmmakers think there's an easy path to making it big. This week, we discuss winning the filmmaking lottery. Is it really as simple as entering contests and festivals, getting noticed, and starting your career?

Apr 04 2016

1hr 2mins

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Rank #15: Episode 90 - Prepping a Production

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How do you prep a production? Where do you start? This week, Alrik and Timothy describe the process of prepping a music video that Timothy is directing and Alrik is producing.

Feb 27 2017

1hr 2mins

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Rank #16: Episode 49 - Good Deals, Bad Deals, Contracts and Lawyers

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Timothy is back on Making Movies is Hard! Alrik and Timothy catch up on the last few weeks and talk a deal Timothy was offered from Crypt TV and how that all went down.

May 23 2016

1hr 2mins

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Rank #17: Episode 142 - Sophia LaPaglia - Approaching Nudity, Sex & Violence in Your Film

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We dedicate an entire episode to working with nudity, sex and violence. Here to join us is actress Sophia LaPaglia who gives us the dos and dont's of nudity, sex and violence.

Feb 26 2018

1hr 33mins

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Rank #18: Episode 201 - Alex Ferrari - Talking the Indie Film Hustle

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This week Kellerman and Alrik welcome Alex Ferrari from Indie Film Hustle to the show! Alex is a filmmaker, editor, colorist and podcast guru, known for the podcasts Indie Film Hustle, Bulletproof Screenplay Podcast and two time feature filmmaker!

Apr 15 2019

1hr 33mins

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Rank #19: Episode 141 - Chloe Weaver - Transitioning from an AC to a DP

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Director of Photography Chloe Weaver talks to us about how she got started in the industry, her career in the camera department and how she went from AC to DPing an episode of The Chef's Table.

Feb 19 2018

1hr 7mins

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Rank #20: Episode 229 - The Alternate Check In with Andrew Schrader and Gavin Murray!

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Andrew Schrader and Gavin Murray join Alrik this week to talk about the Just Shoot It Live show they all went to the night before and to grill Alrik on how he feels about the crowdfunding campaign for The Alternate which now only has 3 days left!

Oct 27 2019

51mins

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Episode 270 - Flexing Your Storytelling Muscles and BIG NEWS! w/Terilyn Shropshire

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WE HAVE A HUGE ANNOUNCEMENT!!!!

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We are starting our own YouTube Channel and need your help! Please click the link in our bio and subscribe! We need 100 subscribers by September and you should definitely be one of them! 

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We also welcome Terilyn Shropshire to the show! Teri is a superstar editor who recently worked on the Charlize Theron Netflix film, The Old Guard. She speaks about how she approached editing an action film, how she got her start, and her path as an editor. She also breaks down one of the best scenes in the film and how she approached it from an editorial standpoint.

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Additionally, we welcome our Players of the Week, Yoko Okumora, Azadeh Nikzadeh, and Mary McGloin to speak about how they are coping and staying creative during the pandemic.

Where to Find Terilyn and The Players of the Week!

The Old Guard is on Netflix, watch it now!

Terilyn Shropshire on IMDB

Mary McGloin's Website

Yoko Okumura's Website

Azadeh Nikzadeh's Website

Lisa Donato's Website

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Aug 03 2020

56mins

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Episode 269 - Quality Over Quantity and Doing Things With Intention with Julia Swain

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On episode 269, Alrik and Liz are joined by Julia Swain who speaks about her prolific career as a director of cinematography. Julia shares her thoughts on budgeting, shot lists, and her personal heroes. Additionally, in this week's "Get Shorty" segment, Nate Ruegger joins to talk about the making of his short film Trust Me: A Witness Account of the Goat Man, and taking the short on the festival circuit (including Nightmares Film Festival, which he HIGHLY recommends you check out!) and his plans for making it into a feature.  Trust Me is available now on Alter, one of YouTube's top horror channels. 

This week Players of the Week Amy Adrion and Rhodes Phire speak on imposter syndrome and the feeling of faking it till you're making it. 

Where to Find Julia and The Players of the Week!

Julia Swain's Website

Amy Adrion's Website

Rodes Phire's Website

Nate Ruegger's Website

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Jul 27 2020

1hr 31mins

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Episode 268 - How to Get on Set and Make It in This Crazy Industry with Robin Kincade!

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 On episode 268, Liz and Alrik welcome Robin Kincade to the show! Robin is a producer, among many other titles, and is a part of the Bay Area film production community. She talks about her unorthodox career path, her passion for supporting people on set, and how she strives to help others climb the ladder to success. In fact, she is currently offering a course on how to move up as a production assistant! 

Additionally, on this week's Get Shorty segment, we meet Brittany Noel! A writer, producer, and actress, Brittany wrote and starred in the very personal short film, "The Other."  

Where to Find Robin and The Players of the Week!

Here's Kincaid Productions and her PA Training Program!

Here's Robin's Producer Website

Diane Bell's Website

Brittani Noel on IMDB

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Jul 20 2020

1hr 15mins

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Episode 267 - A Dream Come True with Natalie Erika James

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This week we speak with Australian writer and filmmaker Natalie Erika James about the making of her horror film, Relic, that had its world premiere at Sundance Film Festival. Natalie also talks about the adventure of making a horror film as a woman, from proof of concept to getting Jake Gyllenhal on board as a producer and the Russo brothers as executive producers and if she suffered from any sort of imposter syndrome directing Emily Mortimer as a first time director.

Additionally our Players of the week, Independent Female Storytellers Cassandra Chowdhury and Amy Oden also talk about if they've ever felt like an imposter on set. 

Where to Find Natalie and The Players of the Week!

Natalie Erika James Website

Cassandra Chowdhury on Vimeo

Amy Oden's Website

Nate Ruegger's Website

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Jul 13 2020

57mins

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Episode 266 - Don't focus on the problem, focus on the opportunity - with J. Lee

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This week On episode #266, Liz and Alrik have writer, director and actor J. Lee on the show to talk about working with Seth McFarland, making a feature film in 12 days, and working his way from PA to writer, to actor, to director! 

We also have segments from our Players of the week, female filmmakers Felicity Tillack and Erika Longo, as well as our first ever edition of the new segment Get Shorty, featuring a short film from Television writer, Felicia Pride!

Where to Find J and The Players of the Week!

Watch Atypical Wednesday on Amazon Now!

J Lee on IMDB

J Lee on Twitter

Felicia Pride's Website

Felicia Pride on Twitter

Erika Longo's Website

Felicity Tillack on LinkedIn

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Jul 06 2020

1hr 23mins

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Episode 265 - From Acting to Directing to Writing a Studio Feature with Leah McKendrick!

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This week Liz and Alrik have actor, producer, writer, and director Leah McKendrick on the show to talk about producing, writing, and starring in her first feature film, MFA. Additionally, Leah discusses writing on her first studio feature for Paramount, Summer Loving, the prequel to Grease! We also have two stories of why filmmakers got into filmmaking from our Players of the week, Jessica Jacobs and Molly Ratermann!

Listen to this episode now or subscribe to us wherever you find your podcasts: Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Google Play, Youtube and Spotify.

Where to Find Leah and The Players of the Week!

Watch MFA on Amazon Prime Now!

Leah's Website

Jessica Jacob's on Linkedin

Molly Ratermann's Website

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Jun 29 2020

1hr 42mins

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Episode 264 - Directing Television and Getting to Sundance with Rashaad Ernesto Green!

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This week Liz and Alrik have indie filmmaker and television director Rashaad Ernesto Green on the show to talk about what it's like to get into Sundance, making the leap to directing television, and how he got his second feature, Premature, made and what it was like going back to Sundance! We also have segments from our three Players of the week, filmmakers, Dineta Williams-Trigg, Mithra B. Alavi, and Paula Vaccaro!

Listen to this episode now or subscribe to us wherever you find your podcasts: Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Google Play, Youtube and Spotify.

Where to Find Rashaad and The Players of the Week!

Watch Premature Now!

Rashaad Ernesto Green on IMBD!

Dineta Williams-Trigg on IMBD!

Mithra B. Alavi on IMDB!

Paula Vaccaro on Twitter!

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Jun 22 2020

1hr 26mins

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Episode 263 - Creating a Sustainable Career as an Indie Director with Bruce McDonald!

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This week Liz and Alrik have on indie filmmaker Bruce McDonald to talk about his latest film Dreamland (which hit VOD on Friday, June 5th), starring Stephen McHattie, Henry Rollins and Juliette Lewis!  Some of his other films include Pontypool, Hard Core Logo and the cult classic Roadkill, among many others! We also have three editors on the show as our The Players of the week, including Jill D'Agnenica, Josie Azzam and Kelly Walker! 

Listen to this episode now or subscribe to us wherever you find your podcasts: Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Google Play, Youtube and Spotify.

Where to Find Bruce and The Players of the Week!

Watch Dreamland Now!

Bruce McDonald on IMDB

Jill D'Agnenica's Website

Josie Azzam's Website

Kelly Walker's Website

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Jun 15 2020

1hr 29mins

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Episode 262 - Pitching and Packaging Your Third Feature with Jonathan Milott and Cary Murnion!

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This week Liz and Alrik have directing duo Cary Murnion and Jonathan Milott on the show to talk about how they pitched, packaged and made their third feature film, Becky starring Lulu Wilson, Kevin James and Joel McHale. They talk about how they won the pitch for the film, got the film off the ground and worked with their management to get it packaged and finally get the film in the can. They also talk about the article Liz wrote for Movie Maker Magazine, what you should do when you get into a film festival and we have two stories from our Players of the week Jessica Ellis and Zoe Malhotra on why they got into filmmaking! 

Listen to this episode now or subscribe to us wherever you find your podcasts: Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Google Play

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Jun 08 2020

1hr 36mins

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Episode 261 - Navigating a SXSW Feature Film Premiere with Kestrin Pantera!

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This week Liz and Alrik are joined by writer/director and actor Kestrin Pantera, whose film Mother's Little Helpers was just released on VOD in May. Kestrin talks to us about how she got the film produced, how she got the cast involved and gives us a step by step breakdown of what it's like to have your feature film premiere at SXSW (pre-pandemic). We also have the Player of the Week segments by First Assistant Directors Daniella Eisman and Haley Lannon talking about their craft.

Where to Find Kestrin Pantera and The Players of the Week!

Watch Mother's Little Helper's Now!

Mother's Little Helper's Website!

Kestrin's Website

Kestrin's Instagram

Daniella Eisman's Website

Haley Lannon on Twitter

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Jun 01 2020

1hr 18mins

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Episode 260 - Creating a Sustainable Career Making Feature Films with Bradley Gallo!

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This week Liz and Alrik are joined by producer Bradley Gallo from Amasia Entertainment, known for films such as The Call, Mr. Right, Them That Follow, the upcoming Wild Mountain Thyme and Green Hornet and Kato which was recently announced! Bradley talks to us about how he got started in filmmaking, produced his first film and what he looks for in future projects and collaborators. We also hear from two players of the week, director Ali Scher and Jill from the Art Department about what they bring with them to set. 

Where to Find Bradley Gallo and The Players of the Week!

Bradley Gallo's Website

Amasia Entertainment's Website

Bradley Gallo on Twitter

Ali Scher's Website

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May 25 2020

1hr 33mins

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Episode 259 - Winning an Emmy with Your First Film with Cameo Wood!

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This week Liz and Alrik are joined by part time co-host Samiat Salami and Indie Filmmaker Cameo Wood to talk about making her first film the Emmy Award winning Real Artists, how she approached her incredible 300 festival run with the film and how important inclusion is on set, not just on camera. We also have three stories of finding the perfect frame from cinematographers Sarah Phillips, Tracy Cring and Elif Koyutük! Additionally, Liz and Alrik talk about Amazon Video taking advantage of us, handling residual checks for your films and much more!

Listen to this episode now or subscribe to us wherever you find your podcasts: Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Google Play

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May 18 2020

1hr 39mins

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Episode 258 - Directing Famous Actors in the True History of the Kelly Gang with Justin Kurzel!

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This week Liz and Alrik are joined by director Justin Kurzel to talk about the making of his most recent film, True History of The Kelly Gang, which hit VOD and select drive in theaters around the country on April 24th. The film stars Russell Crowe, George MacKay, Charlie Hunnam, Nicholas Hoult and Essie Davis and Justin talks with us about how he prepped for the film, why he decided to approach the film the way he did and how he directs a legendary actor like Russell Crowe on set! We also have filmmakers Amy Taylor, Kelsey Maples and Stefanie Davis tells us about how they raised the budget for their projects.

Listen to this episode now or subscribe to us wherever you find your podcasts: Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Google Play

Where to Find Justin Kurzel and The Players of the Week!

Watch True History of the Kelly Gang Now!

Justin Kurzel on IMDb

Stefanie Davis on Twitter

Amy Taylor's Website

Kelsey Maple's Website

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May 11 2020

1hr 12mins

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Episode 257 - Making Netflix Feature Sergio After a Career of Making Documentaries with Greg Barker!

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This week Liz and Alrik are joined by documentary filmmaker Greg Barker to talk about making his first fiction narrative feature, Sergio, which is currently streaming exclusively on Netflix! Greg talks to us about how get got Sergio made, what he learned on set, and how a career of making documentary films has prepared him to make this film. We also have segments from featured weekly filmmakers Bianca Beyrouti and Christine Weatherup!

Listen to this episode now or subscribe to us wherever you find your podcasts: Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Google Play

For more on Bianca Beyrouti check out her episode of the podcast from a few months ago about her film, Bring Me an Avocado!

Watch Sergio on Netflix!

Greg Barker on Twitter

Greg Barker's Website

Bianca Beyrouti's Website

Christine Weatherup's Website

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May 04 2020

1hr 12mins

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Episode 256 - Going Home For Feature #2 'The Wretched' with Brett and Drew Pierce

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This week Liz and Alrik are joined by brother directing duo Brett and Drew Pierce to talk about directing their second feature, The Wretched that hits VOD and select drive-in movie theaters on Friday May 1st! The brothers talk about how they got from their first feature to their second, what they took into their second film that they learned on their first and why they decided to go back to their home town in Michigan to make the film! The Player of the week Lex McNaughton also swings by to tell a story about working with a celebrity on set!

Here is the link to the article  on deadline about filmmaking after the corona virus quarantine is lifted!

Here is the trailer for Brett and Drew's The Wretched!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=08I6e1eG08I

Where to Find More About Brett, Drew and Lex!

Watch The Wretched On Friday May 1st!

Lex McNaughton on IMDB

Brett Pierce on Twitter

Drew Pierce on Twitter

Thanks to Allison Stoney for Editing the Show!

Big shout out to the editor of this week's episode Allison Stoney, thanks Allison! To learn more about Allison click on the link!

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Apr 27 2020

1hr 31mins

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Bonus Episode - Just Shoot It/Making Movies is HARD Crossover #3 - How to Pick a DP!

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This week Liz and Alrik chat with Matt Enlow and Oren Kaplan from the Just Shoot It Podcast about how to choose a cinematographer for your projects.

This all started with a text that Matt sent Alrik in regards to his series of daily logs from the set of his feature The Alternate and how Alrik really feels about working with his cinematographer.

If you missed the daily logs from The Alternate you can find the first one at this link: http://www.makingmoviesishard.com/ep238/

And for the rest of them you can hunt them down at www.makingmoviesishard.com and listen through all the madness.

 

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Apr 24 2020

1hr 32mins

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Episode 255 - Neasa Hardiman - Shooting Sea Fever Across Four Different Countries!

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This week Liz and Alrik welcome Irish Filmmaker Neasa Hardiman on the show to talk about making her latest film, Sea Fever! Neasa talks about how she made her most recent feature film Sea Fever with support from four different countries!

Apr 20 2020

1hr 8mins

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Episode 254 - Malgorzata Szumowska - Directing a Film in Another Language!

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This week Liz and Alrik welcome acclaimed Polish Filmmaker Malgorzata Szumowska to the show to talk about directing her first film in english, The Other Lamb!

Apr 13 2020

52mins

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Episode 253 - Andrew Schrader - Filmmaking during COVID 19!

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This week Liz and Alrik welcome back filmmaker and friend of the show Andrew Schrader to talk about how we are all dealing with our filmmaking lives during the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Apr 06 2020

54mins

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Episode 252 - Josie Azzam - Editing at the Speed of Life!

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This week Liz and Alrik welcome film editor Josie Azzam, editor of Liz's second feature, Speed of Life! We talk to Josie about her process, how she and Liz met and what her biggest challenge was in getting the film put together.

Mar 30 2020

1hr 23mins

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iTunes Ratings

141 Ratings
Average Ratings
130
7
2
0
2

So good!

By walkncandyapple - Apr 25 2020
Read more
Interesting guests and great advice! Love the new segments they’ve added in addition to the interview.

The essential podcast for any filmmaker

By IzayuhS - May 01 2019
Read more
An endless sea of information and resources