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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

All 296 episodes from oldest to newest

Episode 287 - Building a Consistent Directing Career at a Young Age with Scare Package’s Emily Hagins!

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This week Liz and Alrik welcome writer/director and filmmaking Wunderkin, Emily Hagins on the show to talk about directing the segment ‘Cold Open’ for the new horror anthology Scare Package which is out now on Shudder! Emily, Liz and Alrik have a classic filmmakers conversation, covering how Emily got started, what it was like to have your third feature film accepted into SXSW at age 17 and how Emily is still dealing with ageism and sexism ten years later. This conversation is on the longer side so pull up a chair and join in on this open and honest filmmaking discussion! Filmmaker, writer, actor and director Rakefet Abergel also joins the show to talk about her short film, Boo!, another must see short film, which Alrik and Liz both loved discussing!

Dec 01 2020

1hr 37mins

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Episode 286 - Taking the Time to Make Your First Feature Right w/ Aleem Hossain!

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This week Liz and Alrik talk with indie filmmaker Aleem Hossain about the process of making his first feature film, After We Leave, which he shot across over eight years and made it on a budget under $50k. Aleem talks about his decision to make his film over a long period of time, not rush the process and make sure he got each frame just the way he wanted. This is a great episode just to show that there are more options to tackling your first feature than trying to get it shot in as little time as possible. They also have short filmmaker Kate McCoid on the show to talk about her film ‘It’s Not Custard’ which Liz is a big fan of.

Nov 23 2020

1hr 11mins

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Episode 285 - Film Development and Working in the Pandemic with Escape Artists Becky Sanderman!

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This week we have a very exciting episode featuring development executive and Senior Vice President of Film/TV at Escape Artists, Becky Sanderman. Becky joins Liz and Alrik to talk about what her job entails, what she looks for in a project and how she likes to work with up and coming writers and directors. Becky also talks about her day to day and how that has all changed with the pandemic! If you want to learn more about how filmmaking works on a studio level, this is the episode for you! Also, Liz and Alrik answer a listener question and read a new itunes review!

Nov 16 2020

1hr 9mins

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: Episode 284 - Making a Great Low Budget Genre film with the legendary Joe Bob Briggs!

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 Oh do we have a special episode for you! This week Liz and Alrik invite legendary film critic, film aficionado and Drive-In movie specialist Joe Bob Briggs to talk about all things genre filmmaking! Joe Bob talks about the rants on his show ‘The Last Drive In’, the mistakes young filmmakers make and what kind of movies he would love to see more of in the world of low budget genre filmmaking! Alrik and Liz loved talking to Joe Bob so much that they had an extra post show wrap up talk so once Joe Bob logs off stick around for more fun!

Nov 10 2020

59mins

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Episode 283 - Writing, Directing and Producing a Feature Film After Full Careers with Jeff Kerr and Ray Spivey!

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This week Alrik and Liz welcome writers and directors Jeff Kerr and Ray Spivey to talk about the making of their brand new feature film, Writers Block which comes out on VOD, Itunes and Amazon on November 3rd! Jeff and Ray talk about reconnecting after thirty years since they knew each other in high school, starting to collaborating together and what it was like to write, direct and produce their first feature later in life. This episode truly proves that it's never too late to follow your dreams! We also have filmmaker Michael Groves on the show to share his short film Left Behind!

Where to Find Michael Groves, Jeff Kerr and Ray Spivey!

Watch Writer's Block Now!

Jeff Kerr's Website

Ray Spivey on IMDB

Michael Grove's On Youtube

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Nov 02 2020

1hr 20mins

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Episode 282 - Writing and Directing Vampires vs. The Bronx with Oz Rodriguez!

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 This week Alrik and Liz welcome writer and director Oz Rodriguez on the show to talk about the making of his latest film Vampires vs. The Bronx which is now streaming on Netflix! Oz also talks about how he came up in the world of comedy, how he made it as a director on SNL and taking the leap from directing television to telling a story that is very important to him and that captures his vision start to finish. We also have a new get shorty segment featuring friend of the show Dave Bundtzen's horror short 'The Devil's Passenger' and we have a Soapdish segment from filmmaker and author Sarah Moshman!

Oct 26 2020

57mins

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Episode 281 - Collaborating on a First Feature and Writing Around The Sun with Jonathan Kiefer!

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This week Alrik and Liz welcome San Francisco Bay Area Filmmaker and Writer Jonathan Kiefer onto the show to talk about his process in collaborating on making and writing his first feature film, Around The Sun. Jonathan talks about how he and the director collaborated on the film, where the concept came from and the steps he took in writing the project. We also talk about being a filmmaker in these crazy times and the artistic motivations to decide if you should write or direct a certain project! Liz and Alrik also answer a listener question and talk about their all time favorite episodes of the podcast!

Where to Find Jonathan Kiefer!

Watch Around The Sun Now!

Jonathan Kiefer's Website!

Jonathan Kiefer on IMDB!

Contact Liz & Alrik

Oct 19 2020

1hr 10mins

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Episode 280 - Moving to LA at 35 and Hustling Your Dreams Into Existence with Felicia Pride!

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This week Alrik and Liz welcome back previous 'Get Shorty' Filmmaker Felicia Pride on the show to talk about how she moved to LA at 35 and forged her filmmaking career through her own sheer will and hustle. Felicia talks about the steps she took in crucial points in her career, how she hit career milestones for herself and how she managed to sell a feature, land management and get staffed in a writers room all in the same year. This episode is a must listen if you feel like you missed your chance to have the career that you wanted because it really just shows that putting in the work and staying focused on your goals really pays off. We also have short filmmaker Parrish Stikeleather on the show to talk about his short film 'Long Drive to Yadkin' which we have deemed as a serious ode to the Cohen Brothers!

Oct 12 2020

1hr 12mins

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Episode 279 - Making That First Feature Film, Writing and Surviving the Pandemic with Jessica Ellis!

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Alrik and Liz welcome writer, director and social media queen Jessica Ellis on the show to talk about making her first feature film, What Lies West! Jessica also talks about her life as a working writer, how she is staying motivated during the pandemic and the reality of what 50k twitter followers actually means when you are running a crowdfunding campaign. We also have producer and filmmaking sales consultant Alec Trachtenberg on the show to  give us some tips on advertising your film and finally we've got a the short film 'We Are Having Sex' from writer/director Michael Callahan!

Where to Find Jessica, Alec and Michael!

Jessica Ellis' Website

Jessica Ellis on Twitter

Alec Trachtenberg's New Book!

Alec Trachtenberg on Instagram!

Michael Callahan's Website!

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Oct 05 2020

1hr 9mins

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Episode 278 - Directing Maggie Q and Luke Hemsworth on a Tropical Island with Darren Lynn Bousman!

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On episode 278 of the show, Alrik and Liz welcome iconic horror director Darren Lynn Bousman (Spiral, Saw II-IV, Repo! The Genetic Opera) to talk about his latest film, Death of Me starring Maggie Q and Luke Hemsworth, which was shot on a remote island off the coast of Thailand. Darren talks about the struggles of shooting a film on a remote island, working with actors who don’t speak english (and who have little experience) and how they pulled off some of the amazing practical effects in the film. We also have listener and filmmaker Oscar Sanudo on the show to talk about his short film Modus Vivendi which he shot on an Iphone 11!

Where to Find Darren and Oscar!

DEATH OF ME is available in select theaters, on demand and digital October 2nd!

Darren's One Day Die Halloween Event!

Darren's Website

Oscar Sañudo on IMDB

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Sep 28 2020

1hr 19mins

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