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Storyteller - becoming a film director

If you want to direct films, this podcast is for you. We don't shy away from tough topics & real life. We explore different routes to become a director, including how to improve yourself, navigate the ever-changing industry of filmmaking, and forge a career even if you work full-time. We also discuss directing craft: how to tell compelling stories, visual storytelling (lenses, light, camera, movement, etc.), directing skills (working with actors, leading a crew, etc.), and the biggest question of all; how to fund your movie, sell it, and make another.Find us at www.totalstoryteller.com.

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Ep. 4 | 15 important lessons for new year 2020

Welcome to episode 4 of the Storyteller podcast. This is our New Year's episode. Traditionally, most people use New Year's to think about the past year and how they will carry themselves into the next year. It's a good time to think about what you did that worked and didn't work. That's exactly what I did for this episode. I condensed everything I talked about and wrote about this year into 15 key lessons we can take to heart for 2020 to become better filmmakers and better humans. Enjoy. Interested in getting more content like this? Check out the Storyteller community: Join the weekly newsletter to get weekly tips/motivation at http://bit.ly/StorytellerNewsletter Find helpful articles at www.totalstoryteller.com/blog Join discussions & connect with filmmakers at https://www.facebook.com/groups/storyteller--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/storypod/message

42mins

31 Dec 2019

Rank #1

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Ep. 3 | From 1st feature film to Netflix w/ Joseph Mbah

This episode, I have a discussion with writer/director Joseph Mbah. Joseph has directed 4 feature films and written 2 of the 4. We discuss his experience making his first feature film and what he recommends for those who want to do the same, including how to approach filming, funding, and distribution.  We also talk about his experience getting his recent film "Expo" on Netflix, and how that came about as well as what filmmakers can expect when looking to get better noticed for their work. This episode is full of experience and wisdom from Joe - so don't miss out, especially if you've been feeling 'stuck' and unable to get enough wind under your sails to get your first feature film off the ground. You can find Joseph's film "Expo" here. Follow him on Instagram @Joseph_Mbah.--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/storypod/message

1hr 10mins

25 Dec 2019

Rank #2

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Ep. 2 | 19 attributes of a great director (pursuit of the ideal)

Today, I discuss 19 attributes I think are important for the director who wishes to be truly great, in all senses of the word. What does the ideal film director look like? What values/skills can we aspire to master? I have some (possibly) unpopular opinions when it comes to filmmaking and modelling certain behaviors. How can you be the type of person who can tell moving stories, but also be one whose behavior inspires and commands respect with whom you work? Why should you even strive for such a thing? How will doing so help you in the long-term, practically? Let's talk about it. This podcast episode is based on a previous article of mine, located here: https://totalstoryteller.com/19-attributes-you-need-to-be-a-great-film-director/ Interested in getting more content like this? Check out the Storyteller community: Join the weekly newsletter to get weekly tips/motivation at http://bit.ly/StorytellerNewsletter Find helpful articles at www.totalstoryteller.com/blog Join discussions & connect with filmmakers at https://www.facebook.com/groups/storyteller--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/storypod/message

49mins

3 Dec 2019

Rank #3

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Ep. 1 | 5 bare-bones essentials of a good story

Welcome to episode 1 of the Storyteller podcast. Today, I discuss what the 5 barebones essentials of a good story are. What are the bare-bones essentials of a good story? What makes for a good story? I was recently reading “The Working Film Director” by Charles Wilkinson, and something he said really stuck with me. This is one of the clearest explanations of good storytelling I’ve ever heard: “Here’s what Aristotle said about the basics of Western-style storytelling. You need a sympathetic hero on a vital quest against insurmountable obstacles. In addition, the ending needs to be surprising, but inevitable.” (Charles Wilkinson) Does your story meet all of those elements? Let's discuss it. Based on the Storyteller article here: https://totalstoryteller.com/5-elements-of-a-great-film/ Interested in getting more content like this? Check out the Storyteller community: Join the weekly newsletter to get weekly tips/motivation at http://bit.ly/StorytellerNewsletter Find helpful articles at www.totalstoryteller.com/blog Join discussions & connect with filmmakers at https://www.facebook.com/groups/storyteller--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/storypod/message

29mins

19 Nov 2019

Rank #4

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