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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.

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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
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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
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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!!!

Latest release on Dec 01, 2020

The Best Episodes Ranked Using User Listens

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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

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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

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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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Apr 23 2018

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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