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Making Movies is HARD!!!: The Struggles of Indie Filmmaking

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.Episodes 238-299 are available at our patreon page: https://www.patreon.com/mmihpodcast

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Episode 79 - Feature Films: Funding and Pitching

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?"

1hr 19mins

12 Dec 2016

Rank #1

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Episode 2 - First Time Filmmaker Myths

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


14 Jun 2015

Rank #2

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Episode 83 - A Self-Distribution Success Story with Griffin Hammond

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.


9 Jan 2017

Rank #3

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Episode 46 - Being a Filmmaker in Los Angeles with Hassan Said

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.


2 May 2016

Rank #4

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Episode 73 - Fundraising and Filmmaker Bios

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

1hr 8mins

31 Oct 2016

Rank #5

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Episode 122 - How to Budget a $12k Feature

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

1hr 35mins

9 Oct 2017

Rank #6

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Episode 150 - Elizabeth & Sean - Starting Your Own Production Company

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

1hr 23mins

23 Apr 2018

Rank #7

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Episode 41 - Filmmaker = Artist + Businessperson

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


2 Apr 2016

Rank #8

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Episode 133 - Christmas Special with Lisa Donato, Colin Levy and Kyle McCauley

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.

2hr 8mins

25 Dec 2017

Rank #9

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Episode 68 - Long Takes with Jim Cummings

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.

1hr 8mins

26 Sep 2016

Rank #10

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Episode 203 - Co-Host Liz Manashil on Why Indie Film Distribution is HARD!!!

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!

1hr 8mins

29 Apr 2019

Rank #11

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Episode 137 - Megaera Stephens - Working as a 1st AC

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.

1hr 5mins

22 Jan 2018

Rank #12

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Episode 128 - Advertising on Facebook

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.

1hr 4mins

20 Nov 2017

Rank #13

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Episode 42 - Winning the Filmmaking Lottery

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?

1hr 2mins

4 Apr 2016

Rank #14

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Episode 90 - Prepping a Production

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.

1hr 2mins

27 Feb 2017

Rank #15

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Episode 49 - Good Deals, Bad Deals, Contracts and Lawyers

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.

1hr 2mins

23 May 2016

Rank #16

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Episode 142 - Sophia LaPaglia - Approaching Nudity, Sex & Violence in Your Film

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.

1hr 33mins

26 Feb 2018

Rank #17

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Episode 201 - Alex Ferrari - Talking the Indie Film Hustle

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!

1hr 33mins

15 Apr 2019

Rank #18

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Episode 141 - Chloe Weaver - Transitioning from an AC to a DP

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.

1hr 7mins

19 Feb 2018

Rank #19

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Episode 229 - The Alternate Check In with Andrew Schrader and Gavin Murray!

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!


27 Oct 2019

Rank #20