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The Make Your Movie Podcast: A Filmmaking and Screenwriting Show
49 minutes | Jun 21, 2021
BONUS EPISODE: Introducing My New Weekly Podcast with Guest Musical Icon Moby
I've been working on a new podcast for sometime now. Introduction Next Level Soul. The podcast that asks the big questions about living, evolving and thriving in the world today. The show attempts to answer those questions by having candid and inspiring conversations with thought leaders from every walk of life.
9 minutes | Jun 2, 2021
ANNOUNCEMENT: Filmmaker Process - Need Help Getting Your Film Funded, Finished and Distributed?
After working in the IFH labs for the first part of 2021 I can finally announce what it is. May I introduce Indie Film Hustle's FILMMAKER PROCESS?Filmmaker Process offers comprehensive professional services for hire to help filmmakers and screenwriters, working at any budget level, get their film project to the finish line. I wanted to put the much-needed services filmmakers need but rarely have access to all under one roof.Filmmakers and screenwriters usually could only get access to these services if they "knew someone." Here are the services and products Filmmaker Process gives you access to:- Pitch Decks- Budget and Scheduling- Domestic and International Sales Estimates- Legal Contracts and Form Templates- Indie Film Investor Package- Consulting and Coaching- Script Coverage- Post Production Services- Trailer Editing- Poster, VOD, and DVD/Blu-Ray Artwork- Film Deliverables (Both Physical and Legal)- Production PayrollIn this episode, I go over what each service is and how you can use it to get your film project to the finish line.For more info go to: www.filmmakerprocess.com
75 minutes | May 26, 2021
BONUS EPISODE: From Forrest Gump to Dune - Adventures Screenwriting in Hollywood with Oscar® Winner Eric Roth
105 minutes | May 3, 2021
Edward Burns: The Art of the $9000 Micro Budget Indie Film
Today’s guest is a writer, director, producer, actor and indie filmmaking legend Edward Burns.Many of you might have heard of the Sundance Film Festival winning film called The Brothers McMullen, his iconic first film that tells the story of three Irish Catholic brothers from Long Island who struggle to deal with love, marriage, and infidelity. His cinderella story of making the film, getting into Sundance and launching his career is the stuff of legend.The Brothers McMullen was sold to Fox Searchlight and went on to make over $10 million at the box office on a $27,000 budget, making it one of the most successful indie films of the decade.Ed went off to star in huge films like Saving Private Ryan for Steven Spielberg and direct studio films like the box office hit She’s The One. The films about the love lives of two brothers, Mickey and Francis, interconnect as Francis cheats on his wife with Mickey’s ex-girlfriend, while Mickey impulsively marries a stranger.Even after his mainstream success as an actor, writer and director he still never forgot his indie roots. He continued to quietly produce completely independent feature films on really low budgets. How low, how about $9000. As with any smart filmmaker, Ed has continued to not only produce films but to consider new methods of getting his projects to the world.In 2007, he teamed up with Apple iTunes to release an exclusive film Purple Violets. It was a sign of the times that the director was branching out to new methods of release for his projects.In addition, he also continued to release works with his signature tried-and-true method of filmmaking. Using a very small $25,000 budget and a lot of resourcefulness, Burns created Nice Guy Johnny in 2010.In his book, Independent Ed: Inside a Career of Big Dreams, Little Movies, and the Twelve Best Days of My Life (which I recommend ALL filmmakers read), Ed mentions some rules he dubbed “McMullen 2.0” which were basically a set of rules for independent filmmakers to shoot by.Actors would have to work for virtually nothing.The film should take no longer than 12 days to film and get into the canDon’t shoot with any more than a three-man crewActor’s use their own clothesActors do their own hair and make-upAsk and beg for any locationsUse the resources you have at your disposalI used similar rules when I shot my feature films This is Meg, which I shot that in 8 days and On the Corner of Ego and Desire which I shot in 4 days. To be honest Ed was one of my main inspirations when I decided to make my first micro-budget feature film, along with Mark and Jay Duplass, Joe Swanberg and Michael and Mark Polish. Ed has continued to have an amazing career directing films like The Fitzgerald Family Christmas, The Groomsmen, Looking for Kitty, Ash Wednesday, Sidewalks of New York, No Looking Back and many more.Ed has continued to give back to the indie film community with his amazing book, lectures and his knowledge bomb packed director commentaries. Trust me go out and buy the DVD versions of all his films. His commentaries are worth the price of admission.When I first spoke to Ed he told that he had been a fan of the podcast for a while. As you can imagine I was floored and humbled at the same time. Getting to sit-down and speak to a filmmaker that had such an impact my own directing career was a dream come true. Ed is an inspiration to so many indie filmmakers around the world and I’m honored to bring this epic conversation to the tribe.Enjoy my conversation with Edward Burns.
127 minutes | Apr 20, 2021
BONUS EPISODE: Richard Linklater - Slacker, Indie Cinema & How to Become a Filmmaker
Well I put out an episode back in 2019 putting my dream list of guests out into the universe and in the past four months I've been humbled to have some amazing filmmakers and screenwriters on the show. Incredibly one of those dream guests has made his way on the show today. We are joined by indie film icon and Oscar® nominated writer/director Richard Linklater. Richard was one of the filmmakers who helped to launch the independent film movement that we know today with his classic 1991 indie film Slacker. So today, we will not only dive into the extraordinary career of Richard Linklater but also that of collaborator and longtime friend writer/director Katie Cokinos.If this is your introduction to Linklater and his work, here are a few highlights you must know; Linklater helped launch the 90s indie film renaissance with his film Slacker.The producer, director has juggled the TV, film, short-film, and documentary genres seamlessly over his career - typically focusing in fine detail on generational rites and mores with rare compassion and understanding while definitively capturing the 20-something culture of his era through a series of nuanced, illuminating ensemble pieces which introduced any number of talented young actors into the Hollywood eco-system.One of the talents to emerge from this era is the Texas native, Matthew McConaughey in Linklater’s third movie and VHS smash hit, Dazed and Confused. Based on Linklater’s years at Huntsville High School and the people he encountered there, the film shadows the adventures of high school and junior high students on the last day of school in May 1976.Throughout his career Richard has chosen to tell stories about the human condition, while many times making us laugh and cry at the same time. I found an immense philosophical under current to most of his life's work. From The Before Trilogy to Boyhood, his films tackle topics in an honest, raw and deeper way that is not normally seen in filmmaking.Many of the actors who work with Richard call him the "Zen Director" on set. His philosophy can be felt throughout his work. He often tells long and transformative coming of age stories over years, if not decades, something that is unique to him.His Oscar® nominated film Boyhood is a groundbreaking story of growing up as seen through the eyes of a child named Mason (a breakthrough performance by Ellar Coltrane), who literally grows up on screen before our eyes. Starring Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette as Mason's parents and newcomer Lorelei Linklater as his sister Samantha, BOYHOOD charts the rocky terrain of childhood like no other film has before.Snapshots of adolescence from road trips and family dinners to birthdays and graduations and all the moments in between become transcendent, set to a soundtrack spanning the years from Coldplay's Yellow to Arcade Fire's Deep Blue. BOYHOOD is both a nostalgic time capsule of the recent past and an ode to growing up and parenting. It's impossible to watch Mason and his family without thinking about our own journey.Now the other remarkable filmmaker in this conversation is Katie Cokinos. She has made over ten short films and in 2000 wrote, directed, and acted in the feature film, Portrait of a Girl as a Young Catwhich premiered at SXSW. Katie produced Eagle Pennell’s film, Heart Full of Soul (1990); was a publicist for Richard Linklater’s Slacker, (1990). She was the Managing Director of the Austin Film Society, 1990-95.Her latest film is the coming of age story I Dream Too Much, co-produced by Richard. Here's a bit about the film:Presents a day in the life in Austin, Texas among its social outcasts and misfits, predominantly the twenty-something set, using a series of linear vignettes. These characters, who in some manner just don't fit into the establishment norms, move seamlessly from one scene to the next, randomly coming and going into one another's lives. Highlights include a UFO buff who adamantly insists that the U.S. has been on the moon since the 1950s, a woman who produces a glass slide purportedly of Madonna's pap smear, and an old anarchist who sympathetically shares his philosophy of life with a robber.So much was covered in this EPIC 2 hours conversation. I need to stop here and let you dive in.Enjoy my conversation with Richard Linklater and Katie Cokinos.
57 minutes | Dec 28, 2020
CROSSOVER: Oliver Stone - Directing, Screenwriting and Surviving the Vicious Hollywood Game
Today on the show I bring you one of the most influential and iconic filmmakers in the history of cinema, three-time Oscar® winner Oliver Stone. Throughout his legendary career, Oliver Stone has served as director, writer, and producer on a variety of films, documentaries, and television movies. His films have been nominated for forthy two Oscars® and have won twelve.I hope this conversation inspires filmmakers and screenwriters to never give up. Oliver struggled for years taking jobs as a production assistant, cab driver, office assistant, and any other gig he could find to help him survive while he was chasing his dream. He wrote and wrote, meeting his goal of one to two screenplays a year, no matter what. Never give up, never surrender. Enjoy my epic conversation with Oliver Stone.
106 minutes | Dec 25, 2020
CHRISTMAS THROWBACK: Is Die Hard The Greatest Christmas Movie Ever - Yippee ki-yay!
CHRISTMAS THROWBACK: I'm here to finally put to rest one of the greatest cinematic arguments of all time, is Die Hard a Christmas movie? I thought I'd tackle this epic question with my good friend Stephen Follows. In this Special Christmas Edition of the Indie Film Hustle Podcast Stephen and I use data to finally put this debate to rest.I believe without a shadow of a doubt that Die Hard is the greatest Christmas movie of all time. Stephen is not so sure so we go to the data to find out. Stephen wrote an EPIC article about this a while ago where he does what only Stephen does. Below are some of the graphs he created for his dissection of this issue.From google trends to actual frames from the film that we see actual Christmas references. We leave no stone unturned in this debate. I promise you after this episode you will be armed to debate and film nerd at the next Christmas party. I wanted to create a fun episode for all the film geeks out there.Enjoy my ridiculous and entertaining conversation with Stephen Follows. And don't forget to have a Yippee ki-yay mutha f**king Merry Christmas!
35 minutes | Nov 19, 2020
CROSSOVER: Why Most Independent Films Never Make Money
I've been thinking about doing this podcast for a long time. In the tradition of Why Filmmakers are Always So Damn Broke & What They Can Do to Change It this episode is going to be a cold bucket of water over your head if you are not ready for it. In the insane world we are all living in today, filmmakers need to break out of the mindset that we are living in the golden age of indie cinema.The rules have changed dramatically since the 90s and even more so in the last 8 months of the COVID pandemic. The rules aren't the only thing that has changed but the game has as well. The film distribution infrastructure is broken and has been broken for many decades. It is not set up to help filmmakers make money. It is purely designed to put more money into the pockets of film distributors.I have written extensively about this in my book Rise of the Filmtrepreneur: How to Turn Your Indie Film into a Moneymaking Business. I want to put together one of my hard truths episodes to help filmmakers better understand the indie film marketplace and how to best position themselves to actually make money.There is so much talk about new cameras, lenses, rigs, post-production software, and other more interesting aspects of the filmmaking process but when it comes to selling and making money with movies filmmakers rely on old information that is no longer relevant in the current marketplace. I hope this episode empowers you to not only make more movies but to also make money while doing it.Strap yourself in because for some of you it will be a rough episode to listen to. Be well, stay safe, and keep that hustle going.
73 minutes | Oct 6, 2020
CROSSOVER: The Art of Low-Budget Cinematography with Suki Medencevic, A.S.C
Today I welcome back returning champion award-winning cinematographer Suki Medencevic A.S.C. I brought Suki back on the show to discuss Covid-19 and what Hollywood will look like after it passes, how to approach low-budget filmmaking from the cinematography side, and his game-changing cinematography course Light and Face - The Art of Cinematography from IFH Academy.This workshop will walk you through how to light the most important and emotional subject you could put in front of your lens, the enigmatic face on a low budget. This workshop is unique in that it will literally guide you through the entire process of making your film. Suki attended the renowned National Film School (FAMU), Prague, Czech Republic, where he earned a Master’s Degree with Honors in cinematography. Shortly thereafter, he went to the USA looking for his big break. Since his first feature film shoot in 1994, he has been working steadily in the film industry, making numerous features and made-for-TV films, television shows, commercials, and documentaries including American Horror Story for FX.He was involved in several high profile documentaries for Pixar, ILM, The Hearst Corporation, and he recently completed The History of Imagineering for Disney+.In 2010, he became a member of the American Cinematographers Society (ASC), the world’s most prestigious cinematographers’ organization.I can't tell you how excited I am to bring this interview to you.
27 minutes | Sep 13, 2020
SNEAK PEEK - Christopher Nolan: The Directors Series Podcast
Welcome to the SNEAK PEAK of THE DIRECTORS SERIES PODCAST, a show dedicated to appreciating and deconstructing the work of contemporary and classic film directors. In the show, we breakdown the careers of film directors like Christopher Nolan, Stanley Kubrick, Quentin Tarantino, David Fincher, The Coen Brothers, and Paul Thomas Anderson just to name a few. From their early works and short films to their blockbuster achievements and Oscar glory.In season one we will be deconstructing Christopher Nolan.
4 minutes | Jul 27, 2020
Annoucing the IFH Podcast Network for Filmmakers
The IFH Podcast Network makes it easy for you to discover, connect, and engage with industry-leading filmmaking and screenwriting podcasts, all in one place. We curate the best podcasts that will help you on your filmmaking and screenwriting journey. You can listen to any of our shows on your favorite podcast platform. #IndieFilmUnitewww.ifhpodcastnetwork.com
67 minutes | Jul 17, 2020
Episode 236 - Alex Ferrari (Rise of the Filmtrepreneur)
Alex Ferrari is the mastermind behind Indie Film Hustle, and the host of the #1 Filmmaking podcast, Indie Film Hustle Podcast.His new book, Rise of the Filmtrepreneur, is out now. www.filmbizbook.com SHOUT OUTS- Tom Ribeiro and and the latest film he produced, Stray, with Fat Foot Films- Carter at Film Productivity Podcast
51 minutes | Dec 8, 2019
Episode 235 - Sean Buckley (Building a Media Company)
Sean Buckley is the Founder and CEO of Buck Productions.Buck Productions’ has over 80+ TV/film/digital projects ranging from across scripted, unscripted, and documentary genres.ContactSean Buckley-- Official Site-- Twitter-- Facebook
49 minutes | Nov 17, 2019
Episode 234 - Jameson Parker (Producing for TV & Film)
Jameson Parker is the Director of Development for Brightlight Pictures. Jameson is the producer of SUMMER OF ‘84, PRODIGALS,and is currently producing the upcoming series Julie and the Phantoms which is set or release in 2020.Support the Podcast!— Fiverr – Need help with your podcast? Need ideas to start a podcast? Need your questions about life answered? Hire me on Fiverr for as little as... you guessed it... $5! http://www.fiverr.com/s2/721fafa5f8 — VistaPrint – Need business cards? Posters?http://reward.vistaprint.com/go.axd?ref=F1MPED — Shop on Amazon with my link — Shop on Ebay with my link — Podbean – Starting your own podcast?podbean.com/TheDaveBullisPodcast SHOW NOTES2:32 - Episode START3:01 - Producing own material & meeting Shaun Williamson10:02 - Networking event14:39 - Making a Movie You'd Want to See16:33 - Reboots and Remakes18:05 - TV is where it's at22:31 - Summer of 84 & RKSS26:02 - Finding Talent30:29 - White Ninja33:02 - Julie & The Phantoms36:12 - Miranda Sings38:31 - Biggest Production Problem44:35 - Parting ThoughtsContactJameson Parker-- Official Site-- IMDB-- Twitter-- Instagram Dave Bullis— Official Site— Youtube— Twitter— Instagram— Facebook— Stage 32— LetterboxdSupport the Podcast1. Sign Up for Dave’s email list2. Rate the Podcast on iTunes3. Shop on Amazon with my link4. Shop on Ebay with my link5. Use my Blackbox Affiliate linkSubscribe to the Podcast— Podbean — Stitcher— Google Play
63 minutes | Jun 19, 2019
Episode 232 - Shelley Pack & Josh Sutherland (Chasing Molly)
Shelley Pack is an actress, writer, and producer. Shelley has performed with the The Groundlings, Second City Alumni, Drew Carey and the cast of "Whose Line is it Anyway?," Ryan Stiles and Kristen Wiig.Josh Sutherland is a director and SFX editor known for his work Looper (2012), The Avengers (2012), and Escape Plan (2013). Chasing Molly - "Molly (Shelley Pack) a paranormal con artist who cleans people of their valuables instead of their demons, accidentally rips off a Drug Kinpin (Kurt Angle). She now has to save her kidnapped partner (Jim Cashman) and herself while battling through the under belly of Los Angeles." Also starring Jim Cashman & Felicia Day Chasing Molly is out now! - Amazon Prime- iTunes- Vimeo Support the Podcast!— VistaPrint – Need business cards? Posters?http://reward.vistaprint.com/go.axd?ref=F1MPED — Shop on Amazon with my link — Shop on Ebay with my link — Fiverr – Looking to hire someone short term? Each gig starts at $5.http://www.fiverr.com/s2/721fafa5f8 — Podbean – Starting your own podcast?podbean.com/TheDaveBullisPodcast SHOW NOTES3:00 - Podcast Starts & Intros10:41 - Deciding to make a movie they could make themselves13:21 - Casting the film with Jim Cashman, Felicia Day and Kurt Angle17:37 - Setting yourself up to win18:14 - Pitching Kurt Angle20:40 - Meticulous and Resourceful23:08 - Getting Indie Movies Made24:46 - Securing Locations27:53 - Scheduling31:36 - Star Waggons33:14 - When the Stars Align aka Getting a Model of Kurt Angle's Head35:39 - Soundtrack37:22 - Making it Happen39:42 - Grapefruit Technique 58:04 - Chasing Molly- Amazon Prime- iTunes- Vimeo 58:36 - Parting Thoughts ContactShelley Pack- Twitter- Instagram Josh Sutherland- Twitter- Instagram Dave Bullis— Official Site— Youtube— Twitter— Instagram— Facebook— Stage 32— LetterboxdSupport the Podcast1. Sign Up for Dave’s email list2. Rate the Podcast on iTunes3. Shop on Amazon with my link4. Shop on Ebay with my link5. Use my Blackbox Affiliate linkSubscribe to the Podcast— Podbean — Stitcher— Google Play
59 minutes | Mar 13, 2019
Episode 230 - Ron Bonk (House Shark)
Ron Bonk is a filmmaker and the founder and head of the distributor SRS Cinema. His latest new film, House Shark, is on Amazon Prime now. PRE SHOW NOTES— Support the Podcast!— VistaPrint – Need business cards? Posters?http://reward.vistaprint.com/go.axd?ref=F1MPED — Shop on Amazon with my link — Shop on Ebay with my link — Acorns – Invest with your Spare Change – Earn $5 and an Oak Tree planted when you sign uphttps://www.acorns.com/invite/EFEXW8 — Fiverr – Looking to hire someone short term? Each gig starts at $5.http://www.fiverr.com/s2/721fafa5f8 — Podbean – Starting your own podcast?podbean.com/TheDaveBullisPodcast-- Episode 169 – Matthew T Burns (aka ‘Sick’ Nick Mondo) – From Pro Wrestler to Filmmaker-- King Kong Bundy passes away at 61 SHOW NOTES-- 03:24 - Show Start & Background-- 10:30 - Shooting without permits-- 11:02 - Getting Locations-- 17:14 - Strategies for Films-- 19:50 - Mistakes in Crowdfunding & Funding-- 31:56 - Empire State of the Dead - The recently deceased rise, feasting upon the living as a zombie outbreak spreads across the globe. In Central New York, a small Marine patrol, led by Seargent Ritter, tries to keep order. But while battling the living dead they are also faced with roving gangs going unchecked and entire military units defecting. Amid the chaos, a drug lord named Ray sees an opportunity to rule the new world rising, and he is sabotaging rescue centers and military bases to help further break down the Government's attempts to restore order.--43:25 - House SharkHOUSE SHARK: When Frank (Trey Harrison) finds his happy home under attack by a dangerous but largely unknown breed of shark, he's enlists the aid of the world's only "House Shark" Expert, Zachary (Michael Merchant), and a grizzled former real estate agent, Abraham (Wes Reid), to embark on a desperate quest to destroy the beast and claim back his life. It's Jaws in a house! -- 56:45 -- Parting Advice, AFM, and Killer One Sheets ContactRon Bonk— Official Site— House Shark-- Instagram -- TwitterDave Bullis— Official Site— Youtube— Twitter— Instagram— Facebook— Stage 32— LetterboxdSupport the Podcast1. Sign Up for Dave’s email list2. Rate the Podcast on iTunes3. Shop on Amazon with my link4. Shop on Ebay with my link5. Use my Blackbox Affiliate linkSubscribe to the Podcast— Podbean — Stitcher— Google Play
79 minutes | Feb 3, 2019
Episode 229 - Alex Ferrari (Shooting for the Mob)
Alex Ferrari is the founder of Indie Film Hustle blog, and the ultra popular podcast of the same name. Alex's feature film debut was the award winning This is Meg. The film stars comic actress Jill-Michele Meleán (Reno 911, MadTV), along with Krista Allen, Joseph Reitman, Debra Wilson, Carlos Alazraqui, & Jenica Bergere. Alex wore many hats on this indie film including directing, producing, cinematographer, cameraman, editor, and colorist. The film is currently playing on Hulu, iTunes, and Amazon. Alex's follow up project was the feature film, 'On the Corner of Ego and Desire,' a satirical look at the indie film world, shot entirely at the Sundance Film Festival. Alex's new book, Shooting for the Mob, will be released on February 22, 2019 Show Notes-- [00:04:50.44] - Episode Starts-- [00:08:48.25] - Alex's daily routine-- [00:19:14.00] - Controlling emails-- [00:25:02.28] - Audiobooks and podcasts-- [00:27:43.06] - IFH TV-- [00:32:53.57] - Birdbox challenge'Bird Box Challenge' crash: Teen was driving with eyes covered, police say-- [00:33:58.41] - Motivational SpeechesArnold Schwarzenegger 2018 - The speech that broke the internet - Most Inspiring everEric Thomas - Change the Way You See Yourself [00:34:41.83] - Grant Cardone's 10x[00:38:17.42] - Overnight Successes[00:49:18.24] - Shooting for the Mob - A bipolar gangster, a naive young film director, and Batman--what could go wrong? Alex Ferrari is a first-time film director who just got hired to direct a $20 million feature film. The only problem is that the film is about Jimmy, an egomaniacal gangster who wants the film to be about his life in the mob. From the backwater towns of Louisiana to the Hollywood Hills, Alex is taken on a crazy misadventure through the world of the mafia and Hollywood. Huge movie stars, billion-dollar producers, studio heads, and, of course, a few gangsters populate this unbelievable journey down the rabbit hole of chasing one's dream. Would you sell your soul to the devil to make your dream come true? By the way, did I mention that this story is based on true events? No, seriously it is.[01:03:42.39] - Fate and Karma[01:05:27.70] - How Alex Checked His Ego[01:13:12.35] - Alex wants to give you $30,000 to make a Web Series [01:16:19.61] - Closing Thoughts ContactAlex Ferrari— Official Site— Pre-Order: Shooting for the Mob (available 2/22/19)-- Alex Wants to Give You $30,000 to Make a Web SeriesDave Bullis— Official Site— Youtube— Twitter— Instagram— Facebook— Stage 32— LetterboxdSupport the Podcast1. Sign Up for Dave’s email list2. Rate the Podcast on iTunes3. Shop on Amazon with my link4. Shop on Ebay with my link5. Use my Blackbox Affiliate linkSubscribe to the Podcast— Podbean — Stitcher— Google Play
55 minutes | Jan 19, 2019
Episode 228 - Steve Kaplan (The Comic Hero's Journey)
Steve Kaplan has been the industry’s most sought-after expert on comedy. In addition to having taught at UCLA, NYU, Yale and other top universities, Steve created the HBO Workspace, the HBO New Writers Program and was co-founder and Artistic Director of Manhattan Punch Line Theatre. He has consulted and taught workshops at companies such as HBO, DreamWorks, Disney, Aardman Animation, Sony Pictures Network India, Globo Brazil, and others. Steve's first book, The Hidden Tools of Comedy, is a international best seller.Steve's new book, The Comic Hero's Journey is on sale now. Pre Show Notes— Shop at your favorites sites AND Support the Podcast!— VistaPrint – Need business cards? Posters?http://reward.vistaprint.com/go.axd?ref=F1MPED — Shop on Amazon with my link — Shop on Ebay with my link — Acorns – Invest with your Spare Change – Earn $5 and an Oak Tree planted when you sign uphttps://www.acorns.com/invite/EFEXW8 — Fiverr – Looking to hire someone short term? Each gig starts at $5.http://www.fiverr.com/s2/721fafa5f8 — Podbean – Starting your own podcast?podbean.com/TheDaveBullisPodcast-- I was featured on No Film School for my Tarantino screenwriting video. Thanks to Jason Hellerman for the write up! Show Notes-- Show Start [00:02:45]-- Steve Kaplan's interviews with Film Courage [00:05:16] -- Character Development [00:09:36.]-- The best comedies nowadays [00:13:58]-- Creating a comedy which is telling the truth [00:16:50]-- Groundhog's Day - Theme and Character [00:18:31]-- Judd Apatow Comedies [00:21:59]-- Dumb and Dumber [00:27:35]-- Empathy vs Sympathy [00:29:45]"Somebody once said. That all fiction is autobiography. Every piece of fiction is that it's actually telling you more about the person who's writing it than about the characters who are in it. And I think that's true"-- The Comic Hero's Journey [00:41:31]"A comic hero or heroine also goes on a journey, but for the comic hero, it’s often quite, quite different. The hero decides to go on the adventure; the comic hero often has no choice. The hero has a wise old man; the comic hero often meets an idiot who inadvertently says something that can teach him a thing or two. Steve Kaplan will show you the diverse paths that comedy takes in The Comic Hero’s Journey." -- The Hero's Journey [00:43:13]In narratology and comparative mythology, the monomyth, or the hero's journey, is the common template of a broad category of tales that involve a hero who goes on an adventure, and in a decisive crisis wins a victory, and then comes home changed or transformed.The study of hero myth narratives started in 1871 with anthropologist Edward Burnett Tylor's observations of common patterns in plots of heroes' journeys. Later on, others introduced various theories on hero myth narratives such as Otto Rank and his Freudian psychoanalytic approach to myth, Lord Raglan's unification of myth and rituals, and eventually hero myth pattern studies were popularized by Joseph Campbell, who was influenced by Carl Jung's view of myth. In his 1949 work The Hero with a Thousand Faces, Campbell described the basic narrative pattern as follows:A hero ventures forth from the world of common day into a region of supernatural wonder: fabulous forces are there encountered and a decisive victory is won: the hero comes back from this mysterious adventure with the power to bestow boons on his fellow man.Campbell and other scholars, such as Erich Neumann, describe narratives of Gautama Buddha, Moses, and Christ in terms of the monomyth. While others, such as Otto Rank and Lord Raglan, describe hero narrative patterns in terms of Freudian psychoanalysis and ritualistic senses. Critics argue that the concept is too broad or general to be of much usefulness in comparative mythology. Others say that the hero's journey is only a part of the monomyth; the other part is a sort of different form, or color, of the hero's journey. "There's a comedy story everywhere. That's that's the whole point. Our lives are comedies and we just have to be brave enough to tell them."-- Parting Thoughts [00:51:30]ContactSteve Kaplan— Official Site— The Comic Hero's JourneyDave Bullis— Official Site— Youtube— Twitter— Instagram— Facebook— Stage 32— LetterboxdSupport the Podcast1. Sign Up for Dave’s email list2. Rate the Podcast on iTunes3. Shop on Amazon with my link4. Shop on Ebay with my link5. Use my Blackbox Affiliate linkSubscribe to the Podcast— Podbean — Stitcher-- Google Play
78 minutes | Dec 8, 2018
Episode 227 - Ashley Scott Meyers (Indie Film Masterclass)
Ashley Scott Meyers is a screenwriter and host of the Selling Your Screenplay podcast.After graduating from college Ashley moved from his childhood home in Annapolis, Maryland, to Los Angeles, California to pursue a career as a screenwriter. During his first three years in Los Angeles, Meyers wrote or co-wrote eight feature length screenplays, earned his first few dollars as a screenwriter, and saw two of his original screenplays get produced.Meyers sold Dish Dogs to 7.23 Productions. Dish Dogs was co-written with long time friend and writing partner, Nathan Ives. It's a semi-fictitious account of their travels across the country working as dish washers ("dish dogs") in various restaurants. Dish Dogs stars Sean Astin, Mattew Lillard, Brian Dennehy, Shannon Elizabeth, Maitland Ward, and Richard Moll.Independent producer / director Douglas DeMarco produced Meyers' screenplay Reunion which eventually found distribution in some art house theaters around the world.During his initial years in Los Angeles, Meyers returned to school and earned a Masters degree in Mass Communications, with a screenwriting emphasis, at Cal State, Northridge (CSUN). Over the next few years Meyers continued to option and sell many screenplays. Some of the highlights include Rushlight, a film noir script Meyers wrote while at CSUN was produced and stars Josh Henderson, Beau Bridges, Aidan Quinn, and Haley Webb. Meyers was hired to write a martial arts action screenplay by Big Boss Creative entitled, Ninja Apocalypse. It stars Ernie Reyes Jr, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa and Christian Oliver. Man Overboard, also co-written with Nathan Ives, was sold to and produced by Treasure Entertainment. It's a broad comedy anchored in the world of boat sales. It won the Los Angeles Film & Script Festival. Meyers co-wrote a feature comedy script, Turkey Day, with Mark Brown (Barbershop) that was optioned to Evergreen Pictures, LLC (based at Universal).His directorial debut, The Pinch, is out now.When a low level mobster is nearly rubbed out by the boss, he decides to take the bonus he was promised by force, so he kidnaps the boss and demands a hefty ransom. Pre Show Notes-- Shop at your favorites sites AND Support the Podcast! — VistaPrint – Need business cards? Posters?http://reward.vistaprint.com/go.axd?ref=F1MPED — Shop on Amazon with my link — Shop on Ebay with my link — Acorns – Invest with your Spare Change – Earn $5 and an Oak Tree planted when you sign uphttps://www.acorns.com/invite/EFEXW8 — Fiverr – Looking to hire someone short term? Each gig starts at $5.http://www.fiverr.com/s2/721fafa5f8 — Podbean – Starting your own podcast?podbean.com/TheDaveBullisPodcast - Stan Lee Writing Masterclass Show Notes-- [00:03:03] - Show starts-- [00:04:29] - Writing the Script-- [00:07:46] - Finding Locations-- [00:12:22] - Finding time to write-- [00:15:29] - Project Management Triangle-- [00:18:23] - What do Producers Look For?-- [00:28:56] - Experience putting the Pinch on The Black List-- [00:31:34] - Experience putting the Pinch on Inktip-- [00:35:07] - What if my screenplay doesn't do well in a competition?-- [00:38:18] - Scripts that make better movies than scripts-- [00:42:08] - Crowdfunding-- [00:59:48] - Filming the Pinch-- [01:06:28] - Biggest Challenge-- [01:08:34] - Distribution-- [01:11:03] - Buying The Pinch online and a free 3 hour making of webinarContactAshley Scott Meyers— Official Site— Selling Your Screenplay-- The Pinch on Amazon-- IMDBDave Bullis— Official Site— Youtube— Twitter— Instagram— Facebook— Stage 32— LetterboxdSupport the Podcast1. Sign Up for Dave’s email list2. Rate the Podcast on iTunes3. Shop on Amazon with my link4. Shop on Ebay with my link5. Use my Blackbox Affiliate linkSubscribe to the Podcast— Podbean — iTunes — Stitcher
56 minutes | Oct 22, 2018
Episode 226 - Madman Pondo (Memoirs of a Madman)
Madman Pondo aka Kevin Canady, is an American professional wrestler, TV personality, and author. Best known for his hardcore wrestling style, Canady has wrestled for various wrestling promotions, including Independent Wrestling Association Mid-South, Combat Zone Wrestling, Big Japan Pro Wrestling, and Juggalo Championship Wrestling. He's book, Memoirs of A Madman, beyond 'just a pro wrestling' book which covers his entire 30 year career is out now.In this episode we'll chat starting out, the price to follow your dreams, driving Friday the 13th a horror inspired car in a demolition derby, starting his own X rated public access show that ignites a war between two TV evangelists, becoming an agent for the Jerry Springer show, and TONS more! Pre Show NotesShop at your favorites sites AND Support the Podcast! -- VistaPrint – Need business cards? Posters?http://reward.vistaprint.com/go.axd?ref=F1MPED -- Shop on Amazon with my link -- Shop on Ebay with my link -- Acorns – Invest with your Spare Change – Earn $5 and an Oak Tree planted when you sign uphttps://www.acorns.com/invite/EFEXW8 -- Fiverr – Looking to hire someone short term? Each gig starts at $5.http://www.fiverr.com/s2/721fafa5f8 -- Podbean – Starting your own podcast?podbean.com/TheDaveBullisPodcast— Shane Black Writing Masterclass – The 2nd Masterclass video I’ve put together. Show Notes[00:02:34] - Show Begins[00:04:24] - Pondo Growing Up[00:09:12] - What are some good pro wrestling schools? [00:14:17] - Following Your Dreams[00:18:53] - Feeling of Accomplishing A Dream[00:19:56] - Demolition Derby[00:22:53] - Starting Skull Talk - a X rated public access show where Pondo would introduce wrestling clips [00:36:15] - BadNumbers - is a free reverse telephone database of phone numbers reported to be from telemarketers, scammers, and bill collectors. To date over 968,639 complaints have been reported.[00:37:29] - Jerry Springer Show - is an American syndicated tabloid talk show hosted by Jerry Springer.[00:42:22] - The Brawl For All - was a shootfighting tournament held in the World Wrestling Federation that lasted from June 29, 1998 to August 24, 1998. The creation of then-WWF writer Vince Russo, Brawl for All resulted in a number of legit injuries for WWF performers and was received negatively by some industry figures. The winner, Bart Gunn, later fought pro boxer/toughman contest winner, Butterbean. Gunn was knocked out 35 seconds into the bout and was fired by the WWF afterward.-- Butterbean - is an American former professional boxer, kickboxer, mixed martial artist, and professional wrestler who competed in the heavyweight division. He is also a television personality, having appeared in several programs and been referenced by many others. Esch transitioned to professional boxing in 1994 following a successful stint on the Toughman Contest scene and went on to capture the World Athletic Association (WAA) heavyweight and IBA super heavyweight championships. Beginning in 2003, he began fighting regularly as a kickboxer and mixed martial artist, most notably in K-1 and the Pride Fighting Championships. Butterbean's combined fight record stands at 97–24–5 with 66 knockouts and 10 submissions.-- [00:45:50] - Memoirs of a Madman - “He’s just a bleeder,” they said. “He can’t wrestle. All he can do is bleed!” Mad Man Pondo never argued when people called him “just a bleeder.” He knows who he is, and he’s embraced it. He knows that his high tolerance for pain, his fearless nature, and his talent for bleeding are the reason he’s wrestled all around the world, starred in three video games, appeared in a horror film with one of his great heroes, befriended celebrities from the A-list to the D-list, and become a legend to deathmatch wrestling fans everywhere. Now, Mad Man Pondo is telling his story his way. He takes you from his early days as a wrestling fan in Flora, Illinois who accidentally got his butt kicked by Jos LeDuc to his glory days as a headliner for Big Japan. You’ll read about in-ring encounters with Junkyard Dog, Terry Funk, and Kevin Sullivan; real life run-ins with David Blaine and Benny Hinn; and unexpected confrontations outside the ring with crazed fans and the Yakuza. You’ll learn how his small cable access show Skull Talk led him to become a casting agent for Jerry Springer and how a deathmatch legend gets to rub shoulders with the likes of MC Hammer, Jonny Fairplay, Mick Foley, Eli Roth, and Robert Englund. Pondo shares stories about his most legendary deathmatch encounters and the inspirational story behind his all-women’s promotion, Girl Fight. And you’ll read his unforgettable speech from the Juggalo March on Washington D.C. at the Lincoln Memorial where Forrest Gump once cried out, “Jenny!!!” With a foreword by Vanilla Ice (yes, THE Vanilla Ice!), dozens of must-see photos, and countless stories from friends, fans, and fellow grapplers, Memoirs of a Mad Man is an all-out extreme autobiography as graphic and over the top as a Four Corners of Pain Deathmatch.-- [00:50:11] - What's Pondo's Favorite story from the book?-- [00:52:12] - Parting Thoughts-- Girl Fight Wrestling ContactMadman Pondo-- Facebook-- Official T-Shirt storeDave Bullis— Official Site— Youtube— Twitter— Instagram— Facebook— Stage 32— LetterboxdSupport the Podcast1. Sign Up for Dave’s email list2. Rate the Podcast on iTunes3. Shop on Amazon with my link4. Shop on Ebay with my link5. Use my Blackbox Affiliate linkSubscribe to the Podcast— Podbean — iTunes — Stitcher
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