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Low-Budget Rebels: An Indie Filmmaking Conversation with Josh Stifter
71 minutes | Mar 29, 2021
What to do with a Short Film with Filmmaker Brian Lonano
I stumbled onto Brian Lonano's short films on Arrow Player and instantly knew I needed to talk to this guy. His sort of insanity is not only entertaining as hell, but also inspiring for any filmmaker or artist who has crazy ideas they just need to get out of their head.On this episode we talked about the struggles of making "trash", the importance of knowing what kind of films you're making, content, paying for your art out of your own pocket, trying to strive for more than mediocrity, and staying grounded. This and so much more.Follow Brian on social media and check out his work at http://www.brianlonano.com/Cheers, everyone!Have a great week.Josh
102 minutes | Mar 22, 2021
Women in Independent Filmmaking with Theresa Frankel, Amalia May, and Julianna Pitt
This was a very special episode to me! Not only is the most guests I've ever had on one episode, but it also was the first time I tried to tackle a specific topic like this - Woman in independent filmmaking.Theresa, Amalia, and Julianna all work in varying degrees in the film industry, so having them on the show to express their perspective was not only insightful, but also completely entertaining! Topics for this week included how they started on a new projects during the pandemic, the struggles of bringing your own voice to a film, Seed&Spark funding for films, the importance of different voices in storytelling, the writing process and attempting to find the right tone in any story, directing a project that isn't your own, producing and scheduling in the independent world of film, and how you can learn something on any project!Make sure to check out https://www.onepercent2021.com/ and sign up for their mailing list update.And make sure to check out seedandspark.com in the coming week and help support their film One Percent!Have a great week everyone!Cheers,Josh
66 minutes | Mar 15, 2021
How to Make a Grindhouse Movie with MJ Dixon
This week on the podcast I had the chance to talk with horror exploitation filmmaker M.J. Dixon about his movies, what it's like making movies in Great Britain, the struggles of getting the take, and how to limit yourself.I love how many filmmakers I've been able to find who truly embody this concept of low-budget, independent spirit, and MJ is now exception!Make sure to check out all of his stuff at mycho.co.ukCheers! Have a great week everyone.Josh
66 minutes | Mar 1, 2021
Where Do You Get an Idea with Filmmaker Timothy Troy
This week I had the pleasure of sitting down with Timothy Troy, a really talented short film director and veteran to the industry. He's work as a dolly grip on MANY really amazing features and his resume is incredibly impressive.We discussed where our ideas come from, learning from professional film sets, exploring the concept of what actually fuels our inspiration and who we're making our movies for, where money should go when you do have some funding, Mike Flanagan, how ego can get in the way, and watching old projects.Have a great day everyone! CHEERS!Josh
67 minutes | Feb 21, 2021
Filmmaker Rachel S. Thomas-Medwid
On this weeks Low-Budget Rebels episode, I sat down with filmmaker Rachel S. Thomas-Medwid to talk about her adventures in indie filmmaking, the problem with squirrels, filmmaking with your family, trying to stay creative during the pandemic, finding your genre, and so much more. Rachel is a wealth of experience, coming from a very unconventional path into filmmaking, and I believe her story is one that will inspire a lot of you.Make sure to check out her website: rachelspoonerthomas.com and follow her adventures to see In the Company of Crows soon!Have a great weekend, everyone!
62 minutes | Feb 15, 2021
Producer and Director Cameron Fife
HEYO!I took a week off from podcasting but I'm back now and SUPER excited to get back to work on getting new shows recorded, promoting the podcast, and hopefully making this show a little more interactive. Anyone listening probably know about speakpipe.com/lowbudgetrebels, the site you can go to and leave me audio messages to play on the show! This weeks guest was great.Cameron Fife has not only directed two feature films and a bunch of shorts, he's also an actor and performer, as well as working on countless music videos and other professional projects. He has a very interesting background, with a family that worked in show business and entertainment for years! We discuss what motivates us, odd film festival experiences, being told you aren't good enough, faking it til you make it, and Jordan Peele. This and much more!Thanks, everyone, for listening!Cheers,Josh
82 minutes | Feb 1, 2021
Producer Gina Gomez Dunn & Director Scotty Dunn
PostsMy membershipCommunityFLUSH STUDIOSis creating Independent Films81PATRONSPrivate$280PER MONTHPostsMedia typeTierMonthSearch postsSearch posts129 more...Newest to oldestPINNEDPinned only for patronsMAY 29, 2020 AT 2:38 PMUnlockedGREYWOOD'S PLOT | The Second Flush Moving PictureThere are only a few short days until Greywood's Plot will be screening online with the live Q&A - but I wanted to share the movie early with all my subscribers in case you aren't able to watch Sunday.Password is: alchemyIf you have any questions you'd like Daniel and I to answer in the Q&A, leave them in the comments. Continue readingGreywood's Plotfeature film4 LikesJoin the conversation...JAN 29, 2021 AT 9:48 AMUnlockedEARLY ACCESS: Podcast - Filmmaking Team Gina and Scott DunnLowBudgetRebels_ProducerGinaDunnDirectorScottDunn.mp3Hey, everyone!On this weeks podcast I was able to sit down with filmmaking couple Gina Gomez Dunn and Scott Dunn to talk about their film Mandao Returns. We discuss little tricks to improve independent films, use of props, vhs tapes, adding proper visual effects, finding funding, and learning about distribution. This was such a fun episode and I highly recommend following Gina and Scott on social media and supporting their filmmaking endeavors in the future.Follow Scott at @ScottyDUNNi on twitter and check out his youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/scottdunnjadedactorFollow Gina on twitter at @GinaGomezDunn.And make sure to check out more of their stuff and keep up to date with their new projects at dunnitfilms.com--------------------------Help support independent filmmaking.SUBSCRIBE TO THE FLUSH STUDIOS PATREON TODAY!patreon.com/flushstudiosGet early access to the podcastExclusive features and short filmsBehind-the-ScenesLive StreamsAnd More!
59 minutes | Jan 25, 2021
Director Justin Rodriguez
One of the things I love about this podcast is the variety of filmmakers I can find. Low-budget filmmaking is a diverse topic ranging from people just running and gunning, to folks running kickstarters to just get that extra little bit of cash to help bring their vision to life. I've talked to filmmakers who have been doing this half their lives and people just starting out. This week, I had the pleasure to chat with Justin Rodriguez, a Texas based filmmaker who is early on in his career, but has a vision and eye for what he's doing that captured my imagination. We talked about the importance of forming a community, finding a rawness in your process, working with new people on every project, and kinds of art we surround ourselves with. If you like this episode, make sure to go check out Justin's film GLOSSOLALIA on Amazon Prime and follow Justin as he continues to make movies in 2021. Cheers,Josh
90 minutes | Jan 18, 2021
Writer and Director Vincente DiSanti
Hey everyone,This weeks episode I had the pleasure to chat with Vincente DiSanti about his film Never Hike Alone. We discussed the process of making a fan film, the things you can learn from working in animation, what can go wrong working with old vehicles, tricks we've learned from watching other directors, Hitchcock, and so much more.Make sure to check out his Womp Stomp Films youtube channel!Cheers,Josh
86 minutes | Jan 11, 2021
Flickmaker Jeremy Sumrall
This week I had the amazing opportunity to chat with exploitation filmmaker Jeremy Sumrall about why we do what we do. His movie Pickaxe is the type of boobs and blood movie a lot of us grew up on in the 80's and he is continuing to make grindhouse style movies. We discuss everything from how covid could change indie filmmaking and film audiences, to film audio, how we got into the genre we work in, John Carpenter , and so much more!Go check out Jeremy's work at firstweekofwinterfilms.com and check out Pickaxe on Amazon Prime!
75 minutes | Dec 21, 2020
Film Festival Director Nathan Ludwig
It's Friday and I'm actually on time to post an episode on Patreon!This week I had the pleasure to sit down and chat with Nathan Ludwig. Nathan is the film festival director of GenreBlast Film Fest, a festival I met many of my past guests at. Because Nathan was a pretty open book and is putting on a fest I truly respect, I thought he would be the perfect guest to chat with about the inner workings of festivals. We also discuss going from being filmmaker and attending fests to starting a festival, the stress that goes along with a massive event like a film festival, what the best practices for submitting your film to a festival would be, problems festivals see with submissions, the fun of attending festivals, and so much more!Thank you to everyone who sent in comments and questions to speakpipe.com/lowbudgetrebels! If you have anything you'd like to ask, advice for filmmakers that you have to offer, or low-budget film recommendations, don't be afraid to send 'em. I love hearing from you.If you're a filmmaker thinking about sending your films to festivals soon, this episode might just be for you :)CHEERS!
65 minutes | Dec 14, 2020
Filmmaker BJ Colangelo
I had no idea what to expect from this podcast with filmmaker and producer B.J. Colangelo. I started following her on twitter a few years ago, and since then she's become one of those people that I truly look forward to seeing tweets from. She has a completely original take on things, especially horror movies - never just being negative to be negative, which she talks about in this episode. We discuss lots of things including her overcoming cancer and realizing she wanted to make movies, starting as a film critic, the cringe writings of our youth, people saying we "wear a lot of hats", being a poor filmmaker, staying outspoken and honest, and John Waters. All of this and so much more! Make sure to follow her on twitter @bjcolangelo. Go watch Powerbomb and all of her shorts. Check her out on imdb at https://www.imdb.com/name/nm2432090/?ref_=fn_al_nm_1#director. Cheers and thanks for listening!
85 minutes | Dec 7, 2020
Filmmaker and Documentary Director Taylor Morden
On this weeks episode, I hopped on Zoom to talk with documentary filmmaker Taylor Morden (for the second time) to talk about his new feature film The Last Blockbuster. We not only talked about his new movies but also chatted about finding talent to be in his movie, looking for what's around you to make a movie about, watching The Net, movies we've watched the most, Terminator and special effects, old rental stores we went to, Orgazmo, the future of movie rentals and film conversations, being mentored by people who have already mentored us with their movies, Troma, and much more!Make sure to check out The Last Blockbuster when it releases on 12/15 and follow them at @LastBlockDoc on twitter. There's also a really fun, little Speakpipe segment at the end of this episode where a few folks sent in messages about their favorite low-budget films! Make sure to send in your comments and questions and favorite low-budget recommendations to speakpipe.com/lowbudgetrebels !!You can follow Taylow Morden on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/TayloR2D2 and on instagram https://www.instagram.com/taylor2d2Cheers! Have a great week everyone.
71 minutes | Nov 24, 2020
Director and Animator Eric Power
It's amazing how unique each of my guests on Low-Budget Rebels has been. Each one has brought different insight and a different take on what low-budget filmmaking is. This week is definitely not an exception to that. Eric Power is an extremely talented cut out animation filmmaker. He's not only created multiple animation for youtube, many of which have hit viral success, but he's also directed and animated TWO feature length animated films. His style is completely original and his take on the medium is like nothing I've ever seen.In this episode, we discuss the differences between live-action and animation directing, the challenges of asking friends to help on work, how good food on set can make a complete difference, cut out animation versus traditional animation, how to overcome your own shortcomings, the tedium of creating art, different steps to making animation, and comfort movies. Make sure to follower Eric on social media:@ericpowerupericpowerup.netCheers, everyone!
75 minutes | Nov 16, 2020
Editor and VFX Artist Jeremy Wanek
This is a special episode for me.Jeremy Wanek and I have been friends for many years and worked together on more projects than I can even remember. He's one of the hardest working people I've met in the industry and has worn all kinds of hats from editor to camera operator to colorist to vfx artist. He's done it all.Our conversation goes all over the place, as you'd expect a chat between two friends would. We talk about why Jeremy and I like to jump around from different types of work, how he started in the industry, being understanding and kind to each other and the effect that can have on a career, and much more!Remember to head over to speakpipe.com/lowbudgetrebels and leave me a message! It's a great way to get involved with the show and to let us know what YOU'D like to learn more about in the venture of low-budget filmmaking. Cheers!
74 minutes | Nov 9, 2020
Punk Rock Filmmaker Jason Zink
I like to use the term "punk rock filmmaker" a lot recently.It's not only a nod to an "edgy" style, but also a nice way to discuss folks who use what they have, break the rules of the process, and do whatever the hell they want to get their movie made. This weeks guest, Jason Zink, embodies this idea of doing whatever you can to get your movie made and then doing whatever you can to get your movie seen, and working your ass off to find an audience for what you do. From his start of just pushing out a few features and shorts, doing whatever he can to learn and prepare to make Straight Edge Kegger, to his crazy adventure of getting the movie on Shudder - Jason Zink is one of those filmmakers that plays by his own rules and proves that the crazy amount of work and blood and ideas and money can pay off if you keep hustling.Go watch Straight Edge Kegger when it drops on Shudder soon and make sure to follow and watch Jason as he continues his adventure in filmmaking!Website: weirdontoppictures.comIMBD: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm3679749/Staight Edge Kegger: https://screamteamreleasing.com/products/straight-edge-kegger-blu-ray
64 minutes | Nov 2, 2020
Director and Actress Elena Weinberg
It seems like a lot of my episodes of this Low-Budget Rebels podcast start out the same. I ask the guest how they started, they say they picked up a camera when they were 7, and the rest is history. But not this week. Elena Weinberg didn't get into actually directing until later, starting as an actress in Austin, Texas (a place we both have very fond and interesting relationships with) and slipping into directing out of necessity with her husband - Elena tells an inspiring story of how she made her way from a series of shorts to her first feature film A Room Full of Nothing. We discuss everything from transitioning from shorts to features, the benefits and challenges of working with a partner, the ups and downs of filming in different cities, and our favorite event in the world.... but you'll have to listen to find out what it is! You can follow Elena on social media at:Twitter: @ElenaWeinbergInstagram: @ElenaIsRadelenaweinberg.comCheers everyone! Make sure to leave me a voice message at speakpipe.com/lowbudgetrebels
71 minutes | Oct 26, 2020
Filmmaker Noam Kroll
After a week off, I think I've come back with one of the most knowledgeable guests yet. Noam Kroll is known for many things. A jack of all trades in every regard, Noam has not only made multiple feature films and shorts, he's created a reputation as making some of the best LUTs for cameras and editing, film grain packages, the wonderful "Show Don't Tell" podcast, and much more. He's become one of those people in the film community that we all are constantly looking to for inspiration and new ideas. As you'll find out, I'm also extremely jealous that he got to shoot on Super 16mm.... We cover a lot of topics including how Noam started out filming videos with his brother, the benefits of being a jack of all trades, the importance of good casting, filming with 16mm, getting back to the roots of why we started a project, and the importance of managing your restrictions on any project. You can follow Noam @noamkroll on most social medias and check out his movies, podcasts, blog, and LUTs at noamkroll.com Cheers!
84 minutes | Oct 11, 2020
Director John Hale
This week on Low-Budget Rebels, I'm joined by one of the coolest humans I know, and someone who I might have more in common with than anyone I've ever met. John Hale started making stop-motion movies as a kid (sound familiar?) and taught himself every part of the process of low-budget monster movie making (again, sound familiar?). We talk about his short film The Conduit and struggles that came along with it. Waking up in cold sweats, obsessing over little details, and finding ways to fix overlooked mistakes are only a few of the topics John covers in this conversation. We also discuss being dads as well as artists, and the unconventional paths we may have taken to get where we are.You can follow John all over the social medias as @darkdragonfilms and check out his website https://www.darkdragonfilms.net/The Conduit is available on BluRay and DVD, as well as on Amazon Prime!CHEERS!
64 minutes | Oct 5, 2020
Director and Documentarian Tommy Avallone
On this episode of the Low-Budget Rebels Podcast, I sat down with the incredible documentary filmmaker Tommy Avallone to talk about his 3 doc features, his one narrative film, his process coming up with documentary ideas, movies that are hard to watch, filming Santa, talking about Bill Murray, SXSW 2018, distribution, finding the interesting character in any moment of filming, how I got on Rebel Without A Crew (again), being patient in the process, finding your take on an idea, and famous houses.Make sure to check out all of Tommy's movies I Am Santa Clause (which apparently IS on Amazon Prime and I'm just an idiot), The Bill Murray Stories: Life Lessons Learned from a Mythical Man, and Waldo on Weed - along with everything else he's created in the past!IMDB: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm2056650/Twitter: @TommyAvallone3Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/rockhardkilla
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