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Film Trooper Podcast with Scott McMahon: A Filmmaking Podcast
127 minutes | a month ago
BONUS EPISODE: Richard Linklater - Inside the 90's Indie Film Revolution
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.
105 minutes | a month ago
CROSSOVER: The Art of the $9000 Micro Budget Indie Film with Edward Burns
We have made it to 450 episodes of the Indie Film Hustle Podcast. The IFH Tribe has given me 450 opportunities to serve them and for that I am humbled. Thank you all for allowing me to do what I love to do so much. With that said I wanted to bring you a massive guest for this remarkable milestone. 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.Johnny Rizzo is about to trade his dream job in talk radio for some snooze-ville gig that’ll pay enough to please his fiancée. Enter Uncle Terry, a rascally womanizer set on turning a weekend in the Hamptons into an eye-opening fling for his nephew. Nice Guy Johnny’s not interested, of course, but then he meets the lovely Brooke, who challenges Johnny to make the toughest decision of his life.The film debuted at the Tribeca Film Festival. While he was releasing that film, Burns wrote, starred and directed Newlyweds. He filmed this on a small Canon 5D camera in only 12 days and on a budget of only $9,000. Newlyweds Buzzy and Katie find their blissful life disrupted by the arrival of his half-sister and news of her sister’s marriage troubles.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 jumped into television with the Spielberg produced TNT drama Public Morals, where he wrote, directed and starred in every episode.Set in the early 1960s in New York City’s Public Morals Division, where cops walk the line between morality and criminality as the temptations that come from dealing with all kinds of vice can get the better of them.His latest project is EPIX’s Bridge and Tunnel is a dramedy series set in 1980 that revolves around a group of recent college grads setting out to pursue their dreams in Manhattan while still clinging to the familiarity of their working-class Long Island hometown. He also pulls writing, producing and directing duties for all the episodes.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.
57 minutes | 5 months ago
SPECIAL EVENT: 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.
72 minutes | 6 months ago
CROSSOVER: How to Make $1.5 Million Self Distributing an Indie Film with Christopher Rufo (CROSSOVER EVENT)
Today we have a very special episode. I am doing a cross-over episode with a member of the IFH Podcast Network, the Indie Film Academy Podcast. I will, from time to time, be highlighting Filmtrepreneurial stories and interviews from the network that I believe will be of value to the Filmtrepreneur Tribe. This interview does that and more.In today’s episode, we talk to Documentary filmmaker Christopher Rufo about how his documentary, Age of Champions, went on to generate over $1.5 million+ through mostly self-distribution and the Filmtrepreneurial Method.This is truly an inspirational story that I needed to bring the Tribe. Enjoy!
35 minutes | 7 months ago
CROSSOVER: Why Most Independent Films Never Make Money
Alex Ferrari has 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.
72 minutes | 7 months ago
CROSSOVER: Big Budget Visual Effects on a Micro-Budget with Kevin Good
Today on the show we have low-budget visual effects master Kevin Good. Kevin is a freelance cinematographer, VFX artist, and director. He has worked on diverse projects from creating television pilots for Fox Television Studios to shooting interactive feature-length films for the U.S. Army.His work has been featured in the Independent TV Festival in Los Angeles, the New York Television Festival, the Cannes Film Festival, the Edinburgh International TV Festival, the Festival Internacional de Televisão in Rio de Janeiro, the Boston International Film Festival, and others. Kevin now balances his time between teaching at Boston University’s Center for Digital Imaging Arts, freelance production work, and developing his own crazy projects, many of which are featured on his site.Kevin Good’s debut feature, Dinner with the Alchemist premieres at the Chinese Theatre in Hollywood as part of the Dances With Films festival. Dinner with the Alchemist is a masterclass in low-budget filmmaking and using visual effects to create scale and production value.Enjoy my eye-opening conversation with Kevin Good.
63 minutes | 8 months ago
CROSSOVER: Making Money & Cracking the Amazon Code for Self Distribution with Ismael Gomez
Today on the show we have a filmmaker that was able to crack the Amazon code and actually make money self-distributing his low-budget film on the platform. His name is Ismael Gomez.Ismael Gomez is a Cuban-American filmmaker. In 2009, he received an Artist Fellowship grant to pursue his B.A in Film Production. After completing his studies, he began to work as lead editor on several motion pictures and commercials for theatrical and TV release. Some of his projects have screened at Cannes, Starz Denver, Tribeca, and Miami International film festivals.CROSSOVER EVENT with the Indie Film Hustle Podcast.
27 minutes | 8 months ago
SNEAK PEEK - Christopher Nolan: The Directors Series Podcast
This season we will be deconstructing the work and career of film director Christopher Nolan on The Directors Series Podcast hosted by Cameron Beyl.Proud Member of the IFH Podcast Networkhttp://www.ifhpodcastnetwork.com
4 minutes | 10 months ago
160: Announcing 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. #IndieFilmUnitehttp://www.ifhpodcastnetwork.com
149 minutes | a year ago
159: Rise of the Filmtrepreneur with Alex Ferrari
FINAL EPISODE: Lessons LearnedIn this episode, I'm joined once again by my good friend and fellow podcaster, Alex Ferrari of Indie Film Hustle. Since this is the final episode for the Film Trooper podcast, Alex and I discuss everything that we've learned while running our podcasts. It's a long episode, but contains a lot of value bombs! Enjoy and thank you for listening :-)Get more from Alex!Rise of the Filmtrepreneur: How to Turn Your Indie Film into a Moneymaking Business - http://www,filmbizbook.com Indie Film Hustle: http://www.indiefilmhustle.comIndie Film Hustle TV: http://www.indiefilmhustle.tv Filmtrepreneur: http://www.filmtrepreneur.comBulletproof Screenwriting: www.bulletproofscreenwriting.tv On the Corner of Ego and Desire (Sundance Film): http://www.egoanddesirefilm.com Shooting for the Mob (Based on the Incredible True Filmmaking Story): http://www.shootingforthemob.com Buy the book!
91 minutes | 2 years ago
158: What Happens When You Make A Movie For The Mob?
What Happens When You Make A Movie For The Mob?In this episode, I'm joined again by my good friend and fellow podcaster, Alex Ferrari of Indie Film Hustle. Alex shares with us how he wrote the true life story of trying to make a feature film for the mob and it nearly broke him. In addition to the book, we get into other important industry topics. Shooting For The Mob (Based on an incredible true story)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. Buy the book!
41 minutes | 2 years ago
157: How To Make Films For China
[Podcast] How To Make Films For ChinaIn this episode, returning guest, Thomas Lim from Sun Entertainment Culture Shares with us how filmmakers can make films for the Chinese market.Sun Entertainment Culture ...Sun Entertainment Culture (SEC), established in 2011, aims at bringing top quality entertainment to audiences worldwide by producing and distributing film and TV projects, organizing live concerts, and creating strategic marketing events.Under CEO Alex Dong, Sun Entertainment has invested in, produced, and distributed over 100 films in the last 7 years, with profits totaling over US$1billion at the box office. Our films have also won multiple prestigious awards particularly in Asia, and gave current action stars like Wu Jing and Tony Jaa their break into becoming A-list actors. (Read More) Sea of MirrorsFilm Website: Sea of Mirrors Do you think you can help make films for China?Contact Thomas Lim at: thomas.lim (AT) suneg.comBe sure to CC Thomas's assistant, Ivana Yee at: ivana.yee (AT) suneg.com
88 minutes | 2 years ago
156: Film Distribution Secrets with Tucia Lyman
In this episode, I am joined by Tucia Lyman, filmmaker of "M.O.M." as we discuss what to do with your film when it's finished and you are searching for film distribution.
93 minutes | 2 years ago
155: What Really To Do With Your Indie Film
In this episode, Ashley Scott Meyers from the SellingYourScreenplay.com joins us to discuss what filmmakers really should do when they finish their indie films. Listen in as Meyers shares what he's doing with his film, "The Pinch".Selling Your Screenplay "The Pinch"https://youtu.be/Di4J1ZLkdJY Free 3-Hour WebinarAshley Scott Meyers offers a free 3-hour webinar on all aspects of productions for "The Pinch".Click here to gain access: http://www.sellingyourscreenplay.com/the-pinch/
67 minutes | 2 years ago
154: Creating an Epic Viking Horror Film
In this episode, Indie Film Coach, Ron Newcomb, interviews Titus Paar, the filmmaker behind the epic Viking Horror film, "The Legend of Dark Rider".
63 minutes | 2 years ago
153: How To Create VR and Augmented Reality Films
In this episode, the Indie Film Coach, Ron Newcomb, interviews VR and Augmented Reality filmmaker, Craig Stiff. Dimension Studio ... Links ...Site: https://www.dimensionstudio.co/
65 minutes | 2 years ago
152: How To Create Practical Effects For Your Film
In this episode, Indie Film Coach, Ron Newcomb, interviews the filmmakers of "Slice of Life", Dino Julius & Luka Hrgovic. You'll discover how they made practical effects work in their low budget Sci-Fi film that is very reminiscent of the original Blade Runner.
64 minutes | 3 years ago
151: How Do You Start Your CGI Filmmaking Career?
In this episode, we discover what happens when a CGI artist and his wife double down on a Kickstarter campaign to make their short film series featuring a lot of CGI shots. Listen in as Indie Film Coach, Ron Newcomb interviews CGI Artist and filmmaker, Miguel Ortega, on his film series, "The Ningyo".
47 minutes | 3 years ago
150: How To Level Up Your Filmmaking Career
In this episode, VIP Film Summit creator, Ron Newcomb, talks with legendary filmmaker Eduardo Sanchez about "The Blair Witch Project" and what life was like after that pivotal movie.
68 minutes | 3 years ago
149: Lessons Learned From Indie Film Hustle
In this episode, Alex Ferrari returns to share what he's learned in the years since launching "Indie Film Hustle". In addition, Alex shares with us what he's learned from crowdfunding and self-distributing his feature film, "This is Meg" and the launch of his new film, "On the Corner of Ego and Desire", a comedy about selling a film at the Sundance Film Festival, made over the course of 4 days while attending the Sundance Film Festival.
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