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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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Making movies is actually hard

By DbigDude - Oct 19 2019
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I’m thankful that this show exists, it’s a great place to hear people discussing roadblocks that maybe you yourself have gone through, see coming, or maybe even more importantly don’t see coming. The community here is great and I basically love everything about it. Excited to hear the format keep evolving, and to hear updates as Alrik enters production on his feature The Alternate.

The essential podcast for any filmmaker

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

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133 Ratings
Average Ratings
124
5
2
0
2

Making movies is actually hard

By DbigDude - Oct 19 2019
Read more
I’m thankful that this show exists, it’s a great place to hear people discussing roadblocks that maybe you yourself have gone through, see coming, or maybe even more importantly don’t see coming. The community here is great and I basically love everything about it. Excited to hear the format keep evolving, and to hear updates as Alrik enters production on his feature The Alternate.

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.

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

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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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Episode 131 - How We Write Stories

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This week Timothy talks a bit about restructuring his approach to his script, which leads to a deep conversation about how he and Alrik come up with the stories they write, plus some big news from Alrik about The Alternate.

Dec 11 2017

1hr 5mins

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Episode 88 - Microbudget Filmmaking with Liz Manashil

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This week we hear how Liz Manashil is making her movies on a microbudget, finding name actors, getting distribution and sustaining her career as a filmmaker.

Feb 13 2017

1hr 34mins

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Episode 135 - Paul Schneider - Casting Known Actors

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This week we have commercial director Paul Schneider on the show to talk about making a living as a director, making the transition from commercials to narrative and how he casted two known actors in his short film, Fifty Minutes.

Jan 08 2018

1hr 24mins

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Episode 45 - Making a $3,000 Feature with Evan Kidd

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This week Timothy and Alrik welcome North Carolina Filmmaker Evan Kidd to the show to talk about his independent filmmaking experience and how he made his first feature narrative, 'Son of Clowns'.

Apr 25 2016

1hr 2mins

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Episode 204 - Justin Warren - Setting the Value of Your Feature Film

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This week Alrik and co-host Liz Manashil welcome special guest Justin Warren to talk about making and releasing his first feature film, Then There Was Joe. Justin talks about how he set the value of his movie and turned down multiple distribution offers.

May 22 2019

1hr 11mins

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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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Episode 36 - Where to Put the Camera? Which lenses to use? How to direct like Tarantino!

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We're breaking format this week to talk about a few smaller topics. First is where to put the camera. Then we have a clip from Roger Deakins about lenses. And finally, we theorize on how Quentin Tarantino gets such great performances from his actors.

Feb 22 2016

56mins

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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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Episode 214 - Foster Wilson - From Acting to Directing in LA

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This week Alrik and co-host Andrew Schrader welcome director Foster Wilson to the show! Foster is an LA based filmmaker who went from a career in acting to directing and her latest short films Made Public and Platypus have just hit online!

Jul 15 2019

1hr 6mins

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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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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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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 212 - Rob Smat - Making The Last Whistle

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This week Alrik and co-host Liz Anderson sit down with writer/director Rob Smat to talk about his new film, The Last Whistle! Rob is a graduate of USC and he talks through the making of his first feature and how he made it for $100k!

Jul 01 2019

1hr 23mins

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Episode 153 - Jeffrey Allard - Producing Indie Films

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Indie Film Producer Jeffrey Allard has made over 14 movies in about 15 years in the business, today he tells us about his process, how he finds his projects and how he's managed to get distribution for all his films.

May 14 2018

1hr 32mins

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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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Episode 228 - Just Shoot It & Making Movies is HARD Cross Over #2!

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Matt, Oren, Alrik and new co-host Liz Manashil sit down and talk about a variety of topics including why we podcast, Liz's film Speed of Life, Alrik's film The Alternate and we even have a little talk about the first cross over episode from 3 years ago!

Oct 23 2019

1hr 19mins

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Episode 50 - Discipline and Shane Carruth

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What's the relationship between discipline and art? And what's the deal with Shane Carruth?

May 30 2016

55mins

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Episode 58 - What Producers Do

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Timothy just got back from producing a big budget commercial in Barcelona, but what did he do all day? This week we talk about the different types of producers, what we thought producers did before we were in the industry.

Jul 18 2016

1hr 6mins

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Episode 235 - Alex Ferrari Number 2 - What is a Filmtrepreneur?

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This week Liz and Alrik welcome back multi-hyphenate writer, director, author, podcaster and indie film podcast mogul Alex Ferrari to the show! Alex talks to us about his newest book, the Rise of the Filmtrepreneur!

Dec 09 2019

1hr 3mins

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Episode 234 - Jennifer Reeder - Directing Knives and Skin in Chicago!

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This week Liz Manashil and Alrik welcome Writer/Director Jennifer Reeder to the show to talk about her career as a director and her newest film, Knives and Skin which hits theaters and VOD on Friday December 6th!

Dec 02 2019

55mins

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Episode 232 - Bruce Nachsin - From Acting to Producing Action Shorts!

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On this Turkey Two-Fer we start off with L. Jeffrey Moore and Alrik talking with LA Based Actor/Writer/Producer Bruce Nachsin about his path as a filmmaker, making action shorts and his Super Hero shorts Dark Specter and Dark Specter 2!

Nov 28 2019

1hr 38mins

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Episode 233 - Dominic Mercurio - Directing a Short Film After 8 Years!

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On our second part of our Turkey Day Special co-host Winnie Wong and Alrik chat with filmmaker, musician, writer and director Dominic Mercurio! Dominic talks to us about his work in music videos and returning to filmmaking after an eight year break!

Nov 28 2019

1hr 15mins

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Episode 231 - Dave Bundtzen - Making Horror Short Films

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This week special co-host Samiat Salami and Alrik talk to writer/director/producer Dave Bundtzen about making horror short films and his strategy to make his filmmaking profitable! This and much more on this weeks Making Movies is HARD!

Nov 14 2019

1hr 25mins

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Episode 230 - Alex Wolff - From Acting in Blockbusters to Directing an Indie Feature!

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This week Liz and Alrik talk to actor turned writer/director Alex Wolff about growing up in front of the camera and discovering himself as a writer/director as a teenager which lead him down a five year journey to get The Cat and The Moon made!

Nov 06 2019

57mins

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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 228 - Just Shoot It & Making Movies is HARD Cross Over #2!

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Matt, Oren, Alrik and new co-host Liz Manashil sit down and talk about a variety of topics including why we podcast, Liz's film Speed of Life, Alrik's film The Alternate and we even have a little talk about the first cross over episode from 3 years ago!

Oct 23 2019

1hr 19mins

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Episode 227 - Michael Molina - Writing His Way to LA!

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This week co-host Andrew Schrader and Alrik talk to writer Michael Molina who is a staff writer on Nickelodeon's The Casagrandes! Michael talks to us about starting in sketch comedy in New York, making his first feature film and moving to LA to write!

Oct 14 2019

1hr 13mins

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Episode 226 - Eduardo Castrillo - Consistently Making Feature Films

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This week Liz and Alrik talk to local independent filmmaker Eduardo Castrillo about his life of making features, from making his first feature in college to getting paid by a distributor to make a feature, we cover it all!

Oct 08 2019

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Episode 225 - The Alternate Update w/Special Guest Andrew Schrader!

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This week special guest host Andrew Schrader joins Alrik to talk all things The Alternate on this very special episode of MMIH! Also Alrik gives his pitch for why you should join The Alternate Team and support the Seed and Spark Campaign!

Sep 30 2019

1hr 13mins

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Episode 224 - Davey Williams - Acting in Hollywood to China and Back Again!

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This week special guest host Alex Kellerman joins Alrik to talk to Davey Williams, an American actor who moved to China and spent 10 years acting in Chinese films, commercials and TV, then came back to Hollywood tackle his career in the states!

Sep 23 2019

1hr 19mins

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Episode 223 - Amy Taylor - Filmmaking from Virginia!

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Alrik and Liz welcome writer/director Amy Taylor to talk about her time in LA, moving back home to Virginia and how she's kept her directing/writing career going in LA from afar!

Sep 17 2019

1hr 2mins

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Episode 222 - Jason Ragosta - Crowdfunding for ZTV: Sympathy for the Devil!

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Alrik and Liz welcome SF filmmaker Jason Ragosta to talk about ZTV! Jason tells us about his crowdfunding campaign for ZTV: Sympathy for the Devil, how he put it together and we debate the many different ways you can approach your crowdfunding campaign!

Sep 09 2019

1hr 28mins

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Episode 221 - New Full Time Co Host Liz Manashil Talks Crowdfunding!

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After ten months of going it alone Alrik welcomes new full time co-host Liz Manashil to the show! Liz and Alrik spend the whole episode talking about crowdfunding, their experiences in the past and Alrik really grills Liz on all things Crowdfunding!

Sep 02 2019

1hr 15mins

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Episode 220 - Jeff Dragomanovich - Creating a Career in On Set Sound

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This week Alrik and co-host Isaac Pingree sit down with Bay Area field Sound Mixer Jeff Dragomanovich to talk about how he got into sound as a second career, why he picked sound and how he makes a living recording sound on set in the SF Bay Area.

Aug 26 2019

1hr 7mins

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Episode 219 - MMIH Iphone Challenge w/L. Jeffrey Moore

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This week Alrik and co-host L. Jeffrey Moore have a very special episode that started way back in November 2018. Jeff challenged Alrik to make a movie with just an iphone with zero budget.

Aug 19 2019

1hr 26mins

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Episode 218 - Hassan Said - Briana Walsh - Jordan Potch - Making a One Take Feature

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This week Alrik and co-host L. Jeffrey Moore talk to Write/Director Hassan Said and stars Briana Walsh and Jordan Potch about the making of their one take feature, This Is Your Song!

Aug 12 2019

1hr 35mins

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Episode 217 - Kevin O'Brien - Making At the End of The Day

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This week Liz Manashil and Alrik welcome Florida filmmaker Kevin O'Brien to the show! Kevin's first feature film 'At The End of the Day' was just released on Amazon Video on Demand and iTunes earlier this year.

Aug 05 2019

1hr 10mins

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Episode 216 - Jake Richardson Co-Host Episode

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This week Alrik welcomes co-host Jake Richardson to the show! Jake is a freelance crew member, writer and filmmaker based out of Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Jul 30 2019

1hr 6mins

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