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This is the radio documentary anthology series about filmmaking, cinema, and the creative arts. Every week we bring you personal, passionate, and sometimes provocative stories from filmmakers and artists all over the globe; stories that will help you mature as an artist and find more fulfillment in your craft and career. NoFilmSchool called this "The filmmaking podcast we've all been waiting for." // Filmmaking is the ONE art form into which all other art forms are absorbed. Photography. Graphic design. Architecture. Music. Sound. Writing. As such, this is a show that will speak to the heart, head and soul of any creative artist.

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This is the radio documentary anthology series about filmmaking, cinema, and the creative arts. Every week we bring you personal, passionate, and sometimes provocative stories from filmmakers and artists all over the globe; stories that will help you mature as an artist and find more fulfillment in your craft and career. NoFilmSchool called this "The filmmaking podcast we've all been waiting for." // Filmmaking is the ONE art form into which all other art forms are absorbed. Photography. Graphic design. Architecture. Music. Sound. Writing. As such, this is a show that will speak to the heart, head and soul of any creative artist.

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Awesome Podcast

By DeadEyesSmiling - Jun 12 2017
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Wonderfully produced, varied interviews and guests, great topics! All around a super podcast if you're an indie filmmaker or video artist.

Fresh approach

By Nic biz - Jun 06 2017
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Listened to most of these episodes in the last few years. Ron is a great storyteller. Sometimes when listening to back to back episodes I get a little tired of re-treading the same quotes or recaps in the middle of episodes but that is a huge benefit to people who are new to the podcast. Really dig the shows with in the show.

iTunes Ratings

78 Ratings
Average Ratings
69
5
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1
2

Awesome Podcast

By DeadEyesSmiling - Jun 12 2017
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Wonderfully produced, varied interviews and guests, great topics! All around a super podcast if you're an indie filmmaker or video artist.

Fresh approach

By Nic biz - Jun 06 2017
Read more
Listened to most of these episodes in the last few years. Ron is a great storyteller. Sometimes when listening to back to back episodes I get a little tired of re-treading the same quotes or recaps in the middle of episodes but that is a huge benefit to people who are new to the podcast. Really dig the shows with in the show.
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Radio Film School

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This is the radio documentary anthology series about filmmaking, cinema, and the creative arts. Every week we bring you personal, passionate, and sometimes provocative stories from filmmakers and artists all over the globe; stories that will help you mature as an artist and find more fulfillment in your craft and career. NoFilmSchool called this "The filmmaking podcast we've all been waiting for." // Filmmaking is the ONE art form into which all other art forms are absorbed. Photography. Graphic design. Architecture. Music. Sound. Writing. As such, this is a show that will speak to the heart, head and soul of any creative artist.

Rank #1: Quentin Tarantino Vol. 1 - THE AUTEUR [FJ012]

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With a directorial filmography that only has 8 feature films, Quentin Tarantino has made an indelible mark on the cinematic landscape and has solidified his spot in cinematic history. We explore why.

Ever since his bold and brilliant 1992 feature film, "Reservoir Dogs", Quentin Tarantino has been an undeniable force in cinema. From his encyclopedic knowledge of film history, to his bold imagery, to his captivating dialog, to his iconic characters, and of course, his controversial rhetoric, every Tarantino film release is an event.

Today we continue our "Filmmakers with Style" series by looking at the work of the "filmmaker's filmmaker." And in true Tarantino form, this episode is 1) long (our longest "regular" episode to date) and 2) "Volume 1". In this volume we look at Tarantino the auteur. In volume II we'll look at Tarantino the provocateur.

In this 8-chapter episode, we'll explore such themes as:

  • The meta element of Tarantino's dialog as a metaphor for Tarantino himself as filmmaker
  • His use of music how the music is itself a "character"
  • How, despite the fact he borrows so heavily from other classic or obscure films, he's still able to make it his own
  • And so much more

Stay tuned past the credits for a special bonus segment as well.

Starring...

In this episode we hear from:

Stillmotion has a New Class - "Conducting Remarkable Interviews"

Stillmotion's Muse Storytelling is the process they use to tell the kind of stories that has helped them garner five Emmys, and go from shooting weddings to shooting the Super Bowl.  They also have a brand new course on their site called “Conducting Remarkable Interviews” and it’s based on years of experience in the field and research of psychology, sociology, and neurology. Go to learnstory.org to learn more.

Legally License Music for Your Production

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We're also supported by YOU, the listeners. Become a Dare Dreamer FM Premium member and gain access to bonus episodes, ebooks, templates, and other resources to help you grow in your craft and career.

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Mar 24 2016

1hr 6mins

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Rank #2: [RFS-Rerun] Lessons from the Twilight Zone

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This week we have a re-run of our Twilight Zone specail from last Thanksgiving. Definitely worth a listen if you've never heard it before. Worth listening to again if you HAVE. You can read the original blog here.

Oct 25 2016

16mins

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Rank #3: 001 - "Of Fathers & Filmmaking" - Part 1

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Have you ever noticed how father figures (or the lack thereof) have traditionally played a key role in the history of cinema? It's a common theme you see in the works of Spielberg, P.T. Anderson, Coppola, and even as far back as Capra. But I was fascinated to see how often the topic came up in my own conversations with filmmakers and artists.

In this official premiere episode, we look at the role that fathers play in cinema, and how being open to the vulnerability that comes with sharing those stories will elevate your craft.

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All music is creative commons and was curated from FreeMusicArchive.org. You can get links to artists and tracks at daredreamer.fm/rfs001.

Sep 01 2015

28mins

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Rank #4: Proof It's the Talent Not the Tools [SE17]

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I originally thought about calling this Radio Film School episode "Brandon McCormick's Incredible Infinite Catalog of Creative Compositions". But Talent v. Tools was easier. Find out why and what you'll learn.

What started out as a simple research project to study the scenes and compositions of world-class master directors, turned into a treasure trove of a database with nearly 9,000 high-resolution screenshots and 10 GB of data. Whitestone Motion Pictures co-founder and director Brandon McCormick is back on the show with more engaging insight. Learn how this database project of his revealed some amazing discoveries about focal length, shot selection, composition, editing, storytelling, and prioritization. Here are the lessons he learned about feature filmmaking from studying the minutia of master filmmakers films. You may be surprised at what you learn.

And stick around after the credits in the bonus segment as Brandon addresses the question, "Why do directors often get credit for work that seems should be accredited to others who worked on a film?" 

Click here to see screenshots from Brandon's database.

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Muse Storytelling has a New Class - "Conducting Remarkable Interviews"

Stillmotion's Muse Storytelling is the process they use to tell the kind of stories that has helped them garner five Emmys, and go from shooting weddings to shooting the Super Bowl.  They also have a brand new course on their site called “Conducting Remarkable Interviews” and it’s based on years of experience in the field and research of psychology, sociology, and neurology. Go to learnstory.org to learn more.

Grow in Your Craft and Career

We're also supported by YOU, the listeners. Become a Dare Dreamer FM Premium member and gain access to bonus episodes, ebooks, templates, and other resources to help you grow in your craft and career.

May 06 2016

32mins

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Rank #5: What makes for a great Science Fiction film? [SE15]

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What exactly makes a science fiction film great? Numerous filmmakers and sci-fi cinephiles chime.

Science fiction is one of the most popular film and book genres. It has the power to ignite the imaginations of storytellers and audiences from five to ninety-five. But what makes for a good, or great, sci-fi story? Is it how cool the gadgets are? Is it the plausibility of the science presented in the story? Or is it something entirely different, that has nothing to even do with science? Today on the show we find out.

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Muse Storytelling has a New Class - "Conducting Remarkable Interviews"

Stillmotion's Muse Storytelling is the process they use to tell the kind of stories that has helped them garner five Emmys, and go from shooting weddings to shooting the Super Bowl.  They also have a brand new course on their site called “Conducting Remarkable Interviews” and it’s based on years of experience in the field and research of psychology, sociology, and neurology. Go to learnstory.org to learn more.

Grow in Your Craft and Career

We're also supported by YOU, the listeners. Become a Dare Dreamer FM Premium member and gain access to bonus episodes, ebooks, templates, and other resources to help you grow in your craft and career.

Apr 19 2016

46mins

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Rank #6: The Role of a Producer and How to Finance a Film

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Today we have two professionals in the world of filmmaking to give expert information on 1) the role of "producer" and 2) how to finance a film.

Last week we got a voicemail from a listener of the show wanting to know more information about how you go about financing a film. While in Los Angeles to film our new "women in film" upcoming documentary series, I took advantage of the opportunity to interview show regular Yolanda Cochran.Based on her experience as EVP of Alcon Entertainment, then a consultant to Netflix, Yolanda is a wealth of knowledge with regards to both of these topics. We also hear from Mara Tasker in this episode. Mara is  the head of original content production a Seed&Spark, a crowdsourcing site for filmmakers by filmmakers. In this episode you'll learn: what is it exactly that all those different types of producers do (e.g. Producer, Co-produce, Executive Producer, etc.); different strategies for financing a film; tips for using crowdfunding sites like Seed&Spark and Kickstarter.

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Music was curated from FreeMusicArchive.org. In order of appearance, the music in this episode:

Click here to learn about Creative Commons licenses and meanings.

Grow in Your Craft and Career

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Jun 17 2016

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Rank #7: One Man Bands [FJ23]

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Filmmaking is a collaborative artform. Yet, tens of thousands of filmmakers all over the world shoot projects each week with no dedicated DP, no sound guy, and no assistants. It's just them, a camera, some lenses, lights, and mics. They are one-man/one-woman bands.

This week on the show we hear from a small group of filmmakers who are making waves in the industry despite shooting much, if not most of their work alone -- and in two of the cases, with small, prosumer cameras.

  • There's multi-Vimeo Staff Pick recipient Brandon Li, who's travel docs often feel like narrative shorts.
  • Salvatore "Sal" D'Alia is a New York filmmaker (by way of Italy) who's the brainchild and filmmaker behind Adorama TV's "Through the Lens" Series.
  • And internationally renown director and DP Philip Bloom is back to offer his two cents on what to call yourself if you wear many hats.
Share Your Story with Us

For season 2 of the show, we're looking for filmmakers with stories about overcoming great challenges to complete their projects. Whether or not you succeeded or failed, if you think there's a juicy and educational story with sharing, we want to know about it. The first six people we pick will each get a free music license from show sponsor Song Freedom. Just email radiofilmschool@daredreamer.fm and put "My Story" in the subject line.

Music in this Episode

Music was curated from FreeMusicArchive.org. In order of appearance, the music in this episode:

Click here to learn about Creative Commons licenses and meanings.

Legally License Music for Your Production

If you need to legally license music for your productions, from every genre (including mainstream music) look no further than Song Freedom. Click here to unlock a one-time Standard Gold Level license worth $30.

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Reach Out

If you have a question about the movie business you'd like answered, or if you just want to drop us a line to say "Hi", email us at radiofilmschool@daredreamer.fm. Better yet, use the "Send Voicemail" button at the bottom of our website to leave a voicemail message. Follow Ron on Twitter @DareDreamerFM, or follow the show @RadioFilmSchool. Join the discussion at facebook.com/radiofilmschool.

Jul 19 2016

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Rank #8: "Filmmakers with Style" - The Coen Bros. [FJ11]

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Today we begin a series looking at filmmakers whose work is so distinctive, you know the filmmaker within moments of watching one of their films; and the Coen Brothers have one of the most signature styles in contemporary filmmaking. Love 'em or hate 'em, when you come out of a Coen Brothers film, you will be talking about it.In this episode we hear from music video directors

In this episode we hear from music video directors Nathan Corona and Isaac Deitz; show regular Brandon McCormick of Whitestone Motion Pictures; and movie and entertainment journalists David Griffin and Clarke Wolfe. This discussion is a fascinating one; one that will give insight into what makes their work unique, and what we as filmmakers and artists can learn from them in the development of our own craft.  

Legally License Music for Your Production

If you need to legally license music for your productions, from every genre, look no further than Song Freedom. Click here and use offer code radio for a one-time Standard Gold Level license worth $30.

Learn How Stillmotion Tells Emmy Award-winning Stories

Stillmotion's Muse Storytelling is the process they use to tell the kind of stories that has helped them garner five Emmys, and go from shooting weddings to shooting the Super Bowl. They've generously offered our listeners a special offer. Details are in the episode.

Grow in Your Craft and Career

We're also supported by YOU, the listeners. Become a Dare Dreamer FM Premium member and gain access to bonus episodes, ebooks, templates, and other resources to help you grow in your craft and career.

Music in this Episode

Except where noted, music in this episode was curated from FreeMusicArchive.org. In order of appearance:

Be Inspired

Here are some selected videos by or starring this week's guests:

Feb 23 2016

46mins

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Rank #9: Short Ends: Tarantino, the "N-word" & PC Filmmaking [SE-10]

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Quentin Tarantino has arguably created some of the most strong and iconic African American characters in cinema: Jules. Marsellus Wallace. Jackie Brown. Django. And most recently, Major Marquis Warren. Ironically, he also gets a lot of flack for his more than generous use of the infamous "N-word." On today's episode, I'm joined by friends of the show JD & Yolanda Cochran (indie filmmaker and ex-production company executive, respectively) to address this topic and the overall PC climate in entertainment.

WARNING: there is a generous use of the aforementioned N-word in this episode. You may squirm in discomfort as you listen. Or, more than likely, you'll laugh heartily with only a slight twinge of uneasiness. Either way, our discussion will give you some provocative and deep ideas to ponder.

Check out Bret Easton Ellis' podcast. The Quentin Tarantino episode is December 7.  As of this writing, it's the most recent episode.

Legally License Music for Your Production

If you need to legally license music for your productions, from every genre, look no further than Song Freedom. Click here and use offer code radio for a one-time Standard Gold Level license worth $30.

Grow in Your Craft and Career

We're also supported by YOU, the listeners. Become a Dare Dreamer FM Premium member and gain access to bonus episodes, ebooks, templates, and other resources to help you grow in your craft and career.

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Feb 02 2016

28mins

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Rank #10: Bridging "The Gap" [RFS-FJ008]

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Every artist deals with it in their career—the difference between what they envision, and what they actually create. How to deal?

There's a well-known video of "This American Life" host Ira Glass sharing his thoughts about what he calls "The Gap." It's the difference between your taste (what you know to be good work) and your talent (what it is you're actually able to create, which is often not as good as you'd like it to be). This week, on the first main "Radio Film School" episode of 2016, we dive into this issue. You'll hear from Sam Mestman, CEO of We Make Movies; Ryan Booth, filmmaker, DP and creator of the music performance web series "Serial Box Presents"; and Patrick Moreau, co-founder of Stillmotion and LearnStory.org. If you've ever faced "the Gap," this is the episode for you.

"Shooting Sunshine" Returns

We also have the next installment of my "Shooting Sunshine" segment. The behind the scenes look at the making of "Little Mixed Sunshine", the first episode in my short film documentary series about bi-racial people. In it, I answer the question: "Why is this film STILL NOT DONE?!" 

Support Our Sponsor and You Support the Show

A huge way you can support the show is by checking out our sponsors. We're supported in part by Song Freedom. Click here and use offer code radio for a one-time Standard Gold Level license worth $30.

We're also supported by YOU, the listeners. Become a Dare Dreamer FM Premium member and gain access to bonus episodes, ebooks, templates, and other resources to help you grow in your craft and career.

Music in this Episode

Music in this episode was curated from Free Music Archive, Kevin Macleod's Incompetech.com and Song Freedom.

Songs used during the Song Freedom sponsor segment are courtesy of SongFreedom.com. (All rights reserved). Click here for the mixtape of songs.

  • Counting Stars by One Republic. All rights reserved.
  • Ain’t too Proud by the Temptations
  • Inspirational Ambient Build by Banvard
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Two other interpretations of "The Gap" on video:

Jan 12 2016

35mins

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Rank #11: Whiteston Motion Pictures Making "History" [FJ014]

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The inspirational rise and fall (and rise again) story of how Whitestone Motion Pictures came from the brink of throwing in the towel, to shooting a project for The History Channel.

If you've been listening to this podcast since the beginning, you know that there is only one person who's been featured on the show more times than show regulars JD and Yolanda. That person is Atlanta filmmaker Brandon McCormick of Whitestone Motion Pictures. After posting last week's bonus episode about Brandon's incredible database of feature film screenshots, it occurred to me that out of all the episodes in which he's appeared, I've never really given any kind of in-depth story about the history of Whitestone and his journey as a filmmaker. So today, that's what I have. This week's episode is a tad longer than normal, but I promise you'll savor every inspirational minute.

We cover such topics as:

  • How and why they do the kind of work they do
  • His affection for nostalgic and period pieces
  • His thoughts on artists vs. artisans and the significance of the difference
  • The trials and tribulations of almost making their first feature film and the lessons he learned
  • How the History Channel project came about
  • And of course, it wouldn't be a Brandon McCormick episode without some profoundly poignant ending that makes you wanna go out and conquer the world!
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In order of appearance, the music in this episode:

The rest of the songs are from the soundtrack of "That's Magic," music and lyrics by Nicholas Kirk, courtesy of Whitestone Motion Pictures. All rights reserved.

Click here to learn about Creative Commons licenses and meanings.

Whitestone's Work

Click here to see a clip of the Roanoke Film. Left/Right is the New York production company that handled the shoot and post. Brandon and his team handled the creative (writing, directing, exec producing, production design, etc.)

Here are some other films worth checking out:

  • That's Magic: The film that inspired this episode.
  • Tiny Little Words: The touching story about the first heart transplant. All shot in one take.
  • Blood on My Name: This was the film that got Brandon and Nick meetings in Hollywood: their "southern gothic Americana folklore musical."
Learn How Stillmotion Tells Emmy Award-winning Stories

Stillmotion’s Muse Storytelling is the process they use to tell the kind of stories that has helped them garner five Emmys, and go from shooting weddings to shooting the Super Bowl. They’ve generously offered our listeners a special offer. Details are in the episode.

Grow in Your Craft and Career

We're also supported by YOU, the listeners. Become a Dare Dreamer FM Premium member and gain access to bonus episodes, ebooks, templates, and other resources to help you grow in your craft and career.

Speaking of which, click here to go to the blog post where Premium Members can listen to two bonus tracks:

  • An early access to the extended 15-minute bonus clip mentioned in the episode where Brandon gives more details about the History Channel production.
  • My old "Crossing the 180" podcast interview with Brandon from 2010 that has more specific details about Whitestone's history: how Brandon got started at 12Stone; their production process while there; the importance of story; and much more.
  • My follow-up "Crossing the 180" interview with Brandon about the making of the Whitestone film "The Candy Shop: A Fairytale about the Sexual Exploitation of Children", using candy as a metaphor for under-aged girls. It's a powerful and creative film about an important topic. It stars the famous character actor Doug Jones ("Silver Surfer", "Pan's Labyrinth", and "Arrow", to name a paltry few) as The Candy Man.

Only Premium Members will get access to these bonus clips, so sign up today.

May 10 2016

1hr 2mins

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Rank #12: RFS Bonus: 3 Lessons Filmmakers Can Learn from "The Twilight Zone"

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"The Twilight Zone" and its creator Rod Serling provide three lessons all filmmakers should heed.

As a tribute to my other yearly Thanksgiving Day tradition growing up, today we have a bonus episode devoted to one of the most influential television shows of all time.

This is the first episode co-written and co-starring one of my partners in crime, assistant producer Chris Huslage. Chris provided most of the episode research.

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Music from today's episode was curated from the Free Music Archive, Incompetech and SoundCloud. In order of appearance:

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Mike Wallace 1959 TV interview of Rod Serling.

Nov 26 2015

15mins

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Rank #13: My War of Art [FJ19]

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Practical lessons on finding the time to pursue passion projects which might not yet pay the bills. Plus, a literal "road to Damascus" experience.

We're told time and again that personal projects are a key strategy for creatives to both find personal fulfillment, as well as market their business. But the realities of life are such that, it's often easier said than done. In today's episode, we explore this theme vis-a-vis my "Mixed in America" short film documentary project. In this episode we'll hear from the boys at Gnarly Bay as well as Patrick Moreau of Stillmotion and Muse Storytelling.

Reach Out

If you have a question about the movie business you'd like answered, or if you just want to drop us a line to say "Hi", email us at radiofilmschool@daredreamer.fm. Better yet, use the "Send Voicemail" button at the bottom of our website to leave a voicemail message. Follow Ron on Twitter @DareDreamerFM, or follow the show @RadioFilmSchool. Join the discussion at facebook.com/radiofilmschool.

Music in this Episode

Music was curated from FreeMusicArchive.org. In order of appearance, the music in this episode:

Click here to learn about Creative Commons licenses and meanings.

Videos

Visit the blog post for this episode to see the video mentioned:

  • Study.com Momentum Lesson
  • Oprah’s Super Soul Sunday with Steven Pressfield on Resistance
  • Oprah/Pressfield Clip on Finding Your Calling

Jun 21 2016

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Rank #14: [SE08] Style & Story Lessons from Pixar & South Park

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Since 2015 marks the 20th anniversary of Disney-Pixar's Toy Story, I thought it would be fun to do a special about animation. Actually, the truth is, one of my conversations with frequent show guest JD Cochran got off on a 45-minute tangent about South Park...so I used it as a basis for an episode. I also talk with Slashfilmcast co-host Jeff Cannata and wedding filmmaking master and USC film grad Kevin Shahinian about why Pixar is arguably the most successful studio in Hollywood.

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The opening pre-roll music is "Never Knew" by Dani Elliott courtesy of Song Freedom. The rest of the music is curated from Free Music Archive:

Dec 29 2015

32mins

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Rank #15: RFS006 - Mind Your Masters Pt. 1 & Women in Film

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Do up-and-coming filmmakers of today really need to study the masters of yesterday? Also, we begin our "Women in Film" series.

About five years ago I wrote a blog post posing the question, "Should young filmmakers of today study the masters?" It generated a lot of great debate and conversation. That question has always sat with me, particularly now in an age where YouTube celebrities gain millions of views with little to no formal filmmaking education (let alone film history). So, what value, if any, is there to know the work of master filmmakers like Kurosawa, Hitchcock, Ford, Ophuls or Chaplain? This week we hear from six filmmakers and one master photographer on the topic.

Women in Film

Today we also formally begin our "Women in Film" series as we hear an excerpt from a 4-person panel I conducted on the topic. Is that fact that I even have to make a special "series" a problem in itself?

Support our Sponsor

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Who You Heard

Featured in today's episode:

Music in this Episode

Music from today's episode was curated from the Free Music Archive and Song Freedom. Click here to see the Song Freedom mixtape for this episode (All rights reserved). In order of appearance:

  • Brandenburg Concerto by Johann S. Bach
  • "Ho Hey" and "Stubborn Love" by the Lumineers

Free Music Archive Songs used:

Nov 10 2015

34mins

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Rank #16: Superheroes in Cinema Pt. 1: The Art of Adaptation [SE18]

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Superhero movies are all the rage lately. Believe it or not, there is a lot filmmakers can learn from them. Today is Part 1 in a new Short Ends series.

This week we hear from:

  • Robert Meyer Burnett: A 25+ year veteran of Hollywood, Rob is a director, editor, frequent co-host on Collider Heroes, and self-proclaimed comic book geek. Currently directing the Star Trek fan film Axanar (which raised over $1 million in crowdfunding).
  • Sasha Perl-Raver: movie critic, television journalist, actress, and co-host of Collider TV Talk as well as FX Download.
  • Brett Culp: director of the documentary "Legends of the Knight", a feature-length documentary about the legend and story of Batman inspiring people living with debilitating or even life-threatening illnesses. Through the success of that film, Brett has since founded "The Rising Heroes Project," a non-profit that creates uplifting films to support charitable organizations and inspire communities. They are now working on their follow-up to "Legends" with "Look to the Sky."
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Music was curated from FreeMusicArchive.org. In order of appearance, the music in this episode:

Click here to learn about Creative Commons licenses and meanings.

Videos There's A New StoryBuilder App from Muse Storytelling by Stillmotion

Muse Storytelling by Stillmotion has released a new app that will change the way you tell stories. Use it to work out the four essential "P's" of every story: People, Places, Plot and Purpose. Add photos to help you visualize the story. You can even join a community of like-minded creatives who can all collaborate with you on your story's development. Head on over to buildstory.org and sign up for a free 14-day trial. No credit card is required.

Wipster + Adobe Premiere Pro. Wipster + Vimeo.

We're thrilled to have Wipster join the Radio Film School family. Wipster is a leading video collaboration tool, allowing you to share your video with clients and colleagues and collect feedback. Go to Wipster.io to sign up. And if you're used to using Vimeo to share links with clients, no worries. Wipster has exclusive integration with Vimeo. Go from Vimeo to Wipster and back again, seamlessly.

Wipster also has a built-in panel that allows you to share your video directly from within Premiere Pro, and you'll be able to see client's feedback on that video directly within Premiere. Check out their 1-minute walk-through.

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We're also supported by YOU, the listeners. Become a Dare Dreamer FM Premium member and gain access to bonus episodes, ebooks, templates, and other resources to help you grow in your craft and career.

May 31 2016

34mins

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Rank #17: SEASON FINALE: 4 Steps to Find Your Voice & Develop a Signature Style [FJ20]

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For the past 10 months, we've explored a theme that is pertinent to all artists. Let's sum this season up and get the definitive answer to this crucial question.

If you're any kind of artist, but especially if you're one trying to earn a living at your craft, it's vital to both your creative fulfillment as well as your professional longevity, to find "your voice" and develop a signature style. On September 1 of last year, Radio Film School launched with a mission to get to the bottom of this answer. After almost 90 interviews, we have determined what I can safely proclaim is a definitive strategy.

In our season 1 finale, we'll revisit old interviews, introduce new ones, and summarize what essentially amounts to a 4-stop process; and we do it in a way that is classic Radio Film School--from stories to movie clips to an eclectic score, you'll be inspired after hearing this episode.

Be sure to listen past the credits to get a sneak peek at season 2 and the collaboration we're doing with Stillmotion and Muse Storytelling to document the making of their The Remarkable Ones series. It's very cool! Sign up for our email list to be notified when we start. Also, email subscribers will get access and see my short film, "Mixed in America: Little Mixed Sunshine."

Who You Heard

In this episode, we hear from:

Who You Heard in the Audio Montages

In the opening montage of soundbites, here's who you heard:

In the Radio Film School Preview you heard:

 In the credits montage you heard:
  • Brett Culp
  • Patrick Moreau
  • Sasha Perl-Raver
Reach Out

If you have a question about the movie business you'd like answered, or if you just want to drop us a line to say "Hi", email us at radiofilmschool@daredreamer.fm. Better yet, use the "Send Voicemail" button at the bottom of our website to leave a voicemail message. Follow Ron on Twitter @DareDreamerFM, or follow the show @RadioFilmSchool. Join the discussion at facebook.com/radiofilmschool.

Music in this Episode

Music was curated from FreeMusicArchive.org. In order of appearance, the music in this episode:

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Videos The Podcasts Which Have Influenced Radio Film School the Most

Jun 29 2016

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Rank #18: RFS004 - "Your First Time"

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Our firsts always hold a special place in our hearts. Your first kiss. Your first time driving. The first time you got to stay up past your bedtime. Your first, you know... the first time seeing Star Wars. Firsts make a lasting imprint that we just...can’t...seem...to shake. Today on the show we look at "first times" as they relate to filmmaking and seen through the metaphor of love. We'll hear from various filmmakers about their respective "first times" falling in love with cinema and filmmaking. We'll also hear the story about my filmmaking first and how it lead to me becoming enamored with the craft. 

Also, the “Gayle” to my “Oprah”; the “Fresh Prince” to my “Carlton” is back for another round of “How to be a Black Filmmaker in the 90s.” JD Cochran and I have an insightful conversation regarding my very first scripted short film, including how I DIDN’T pick two actors who have gone on to star in big TV shows. It’s a story about going with your gut as an artist.

Finally, after the credits we have another bonus segment that may crack you up.

This episode is sponsored by Song Freedom. Be sure to listen to the episode to get a special discount code granting you one free song credit.

Click here for the link to get two free months on IndieFlix.

Music in this Episode

"12 Lost Love Letters" and "Erik" by Fog Lake. CC BY.

"Ragtime Dance" by Scott Joplin. Public Domain.

"Shower Scene" (Instrumental) by Josh WoodwardCC BY.

"Tech Toys" by Lee Rosevere.  CC BY-SA.

"I Don't Think" by Alec's BandCC BY.

"Air Hockey Saloon" by Chris Zabriskei. CC BY.

"Nake Street" by Cosmic Analog Ensember.CC BY.

"Preachin' Dem Blues" by The Good Lawdz. CC BY.

"Montmartre" by Jahzzar. CC BY.

"At Last" and "Let's Get It On" courtesy of Song Freedom. All rights reserved.

Oct 13 2015

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Rank #19: A Brief History of Cinema | A Circa Podcast Collaboration [SE13]

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This week we premiere our first podcast collaboration with the Circa Podcast as we look at a history of cinema.

Last summer when interviewing David Shulman, executive director of the Seattle Film Institute, we got into a lively discussion about how the history of cinema, in many ways, has come full circle. I wanted to explore this idea, so I enlisted the help of Zac Lovelace, creator and host of another 6-month old podcast, Circa. I like to call Circa "the 99% Invisible" of history. Zac describes it like this: a podcast about the stories lost in time, and how they can help us understand ourselves better.

Today's show delves into the rich beginnings of cinema (starting with Thomas Edison and the Lumiere Bros) then takes us through the advent of television, and finally ends up at the smart phone. Zac's storytelling style is immersive and engaging. You'll immediately know why I chose Circa as a collaboration partner on this episode.

After the credits there is one of the funniest bonus segments we've had. So be sure to stick around for that too.

Stillmotion has a New Class - "Conducting Remarkable Interviews"

Stillmotion's Muse Storytelling is the process they use to tell the kind of stories that has helped them garner five Emmys, and go from shooting weddings to shooting the Super Bowl.  They also have a brand new course on their site called “Conducting Remarkable Interviews” and it’s based on years of experience in the field and research of psychology, sociology, and neurology. Go to learnstory.org to learn more.

Legally License Music for Your Production

If you need to legally license music for your productions, from every genre, look no further than Song Freedom. Click here and use offer code radio for a one-time Standard Gold Level license worth $30. 

Grow in Your Craft and Career

We're also supported by YOU, the listeners. Become a Dare Dreamer FM Premium member and gain access to bonus episodes, ebooks, templates, and other resources to help you grow in your craft and career.

Music in this Episode
  • Brooks by Kai Engel. CC BY
  • Pigalle by Jahzzar. CC BY-SA
  • Porch Blues by Kevin MacLeod. CC BY
  • Sunset by Kai Engel. CC BY
Circa Podcast Episode

Check out Circa's Nat Turner episode, "Middle Class Manifesto."

Cinema History Photos

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Mar 15 2016

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Rank #20: "The Salieri Syndrome: Feeling Mediocre - A New Perspective" [RFS-FJ009]

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For all you artists who've ever felt mediocre, this episode is for you.

"Amadeus" is easily one of my favorite movies. I can watch it over and over. It tells the tragic and fictional tale of Italian composer Antonio Salieri and his "complicated" relationship with Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. It won F. Murray Abraham his first (and I think only) Oscar for Best Support Actor. In the film, Salieri laments at being just a mediocre composer when compared to the likes of Mozart (whom he claims to have killed).

As artists, we sometimes feel like Salieri, don't we? We see other people's work and feel like we pale in comparison. That we're just...mediocre. Today on the show we're going to explore this topic and see if we can't come to a new perspective that is healthier for our craft (and career).

On this episode, we'll hear from some talented Atlanta-based filmmakers, namely Chris Fenner (who you may remember from the very first "Short Ends" episode "What the Hell Are You?"); Dan Duncan of Remedy Films; and music video filmmaker Isaac Deitz. We also hear again from a Radio Film School favorite, Brandon McCormick of Whitestone Motion Pictures. Lastly, we hear from Yolanda Cochran, who recently finished a 6-month consulting gig at Netflix.

Music Tips - Picking Music for Your Production

This week during the sponsor segment I start a series of tips related to music and film. This week's tip is on picking music for your production. Remember, a huge way you can support the show is by checking out our sponsors. We're supported in part by Song Freedom. Click here and use offer code radio for a one-time Standard Gold Level license worth $30.

We're also supported by YOU, the listeners. Become a Dare Dreamer FM Premium member and gain access to bonus episodes, ebooks, templates, and other resources to help you grow in your craft and career.

Music in this Episode

Music in this episode was curated from FreeMusicArchive.org, Kevin MacLeod's Incompetech.com and Song Freedom. In order of appearance:

Jan 26 2016

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