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75 minutes | Jun 17, 2021
315: Shooting an Indie Feature with TONS of Locations in NYC in Eleven Days with Kate Forsatz and Meredith Veach!
This week Liz and Alrik welcome star and co-director Kate Forsatz and editor Meredith Veach to come on the show to talk about their first feature, Threebound which they shot in NYC in eleven days with a large amount of locations and a pretty sizable crew. Kate and Meredith talk about how they originally spent $14k on a teaser trailer that they were hoping to raise a million dollar budget with and when that didn’t work out, they pivoted to making the whole film for around $70k. This is a great conversation about perseverance and really making sure you bring the right group of people together to make a film. We also have filmmaker Roy Ellis IV on the show to talk about his short film POME (Product of My Environment) and Liz and Alrik read an Itunes review and some youtube comments!
83 minutes | Jun 8, 2021
314: The Life of a Documentarian and Making It’s Not a Burden with Director Michelle Boyaner!
This week we have documentary filmmaker and director Michelle Boyaner on the show to talk about making her latest: It’s Not a Burden, about adult children taking care of their elderly parents. Michelle talks about why she decided to make this film, how they raised the funds and her process of getting this story onto the screen. This is Michelle’s third feature doc and she talks about why she keeps returning to documentaries, the struggle to raise funds and how she is able to live off of storytelling. We also have another Australian filmmaker Ambrosia Miller on the show to talk about his first short film, Banana Peel Man which is really a lot of fun. Liz and Alrik read a listener email, Alrik gives an update on The Alternate and Liz and Alrik discuss pitch decks for features, if you need them and how to present them at and/or after meetings!
89 minutes | Jun 4, 2021
313: Shooting and Distributing a Genre Feature for $30k with Hudson Phillips and Jordan Noel!
This week Liz and Alrik welcome Writer/Producer Hudson Phillips and Director/Editor Jordan Noel on the show to talk about their feature film This World Alone which they made out in Atlanta on a budget of $30k. They talk about how they came up with the idea for the film, how production was prepped in a very short amount of time and how they were able to make the film happen with such a small budget. This is a great conversation if you want to hear about a team who decided to stop asking for permission and just went out and made their film. We also have Australian filmmaker Jennifer Gareski on the show to talk about her short film ‘The Non-Love Story’, we read another listener's letter and Liz and Alrik continue their deep conversation about being filmmakers.
87 minutes | May 25, 2021
312: Planning and Executing Your Career with Deadly Illusions Director Anna Elizabeth James!
This week Liz and Alrik welcome writer and director Anna Elizabeth James on the show to talk about the making of her smash hit Netflix film, Deadly Illusions starring Kristen Davis, Greer Grammer and Dermot Mulroney. Anna talks about how the film was conceived, how they secured the funding and the amazing story of how it was sold, skipping festivals altogether. This conversation really shows that if you put intention behind your career you can make your dreams a reality, along with a ton of hard work of course! We also have filmmaker Cassandra Warner on the show to talk about her short film Night Light which she made as a student four years ago and we read a letter from a listener!
77 minutes | May 17, 2021
311: Burning Pustules of Regret AKA Making Your First Feature Film with Chelsea Christer!
This week Liz and Alrik sit down with filmmaker and commercial director Chelsea Christer to talk about her first feature film, Bleeding Audio, which she made over the course of six years and which played at the 2021 Slamdance Film Festival, winning the George Starks Spirit of Slamdance Award. Chelsea talks about the evolution of the documentary and how the story changed over the years. She also talks about how she always thought she would make a fiction film as her first feature and that Bleeding Audio just was the right film for her to make first. This is a great conversation about the grit and grind that goes into making a film and how things don’t always end up the way you planned. We also welcome filmmaker Leena Pendharkar onto the show to talk about her latest film Awaken and we have another edition of You’ve Got Mail!
88 minutes | May 11, 2021
310: Transforming From Actor to Director w/ Nitzan Mager!
Liz and Alrik chat with Actor, writer, producer and director Nitzan Mager to talk about her web series Quarantine I Love You which she wrote/produced/directed three seasons of since the start of the pandemic. Nitzan talks about her process for the show and how she really honed her directing skills through making the show and really gained her confidence as a director. This is a really great conversation to highlight how you can make the jump from being in front of the camera to behind the camera and what that transition can look like. We also have our very first ever repeat filmmaker for Get Shorty with friend of the show Charnstar Anderson returning to talk about his short film, Pizza Deliverance. Lastly, Liz and Alrik chat about movies and talk a bit about their goals, why they matter and what their future careers might look like!
79 minutes | May 6, 2021
309: Living The Filmmaking Dream with Director Jen McGowan!
In our second episode in our double episode week we welcome Director Jen McGowan on the show to talk about her second feature Rust Creek and making the leap from indie features to directing episodic television. Jen drops all kinds of knowledge bombs on us throughout this episode, including how she handles pitches/meetings, her approach to her career and what it takes to make the leap to directing television. This was a really fantastic conversation about setting specific goals and what it really means to be a director so if you are heading down that path, this is a must listen! We also have filmmaker Karl Richteron the show to talk about his latest film Mirror Site and we do another installment of You’ve Got Mail, as always!
80 minutes | May 5, 2021
308: Sustaining a Producing Career with Andrew Carlberg!
Sorry for the delay but this week Liz and Alrik chat with Producer Andrew Carlberg, who talks about his process for getting a film made, how he chooses his projects and why he continues to work on short films after producing over a dozen feature films. We have never had a producer break down their process of getting a film from script to screen so clearly! We also have another installment of Get Shorty with filmmaker Dave DeVos’ film ‘A Senseless Act’ and we have five filmmaking tips from filmmaker Jeff Ryan who’s first feature ‘YouthMin’ is out now!
65 minutes | Apr 20, 2021
307: Acting, Filmmaking and Living the Artist's Life with Larry Fessenden!
This week Liz and Alrik welcome writer, director, producer and actor, Larry Fessenden on the show to talk about his latest role in the new film Jakob’s Wife. Larry talks about how he got the role in the film, how he treats his acting work differently than when he is behind the camera and we dive into how he has produced over 80 projects and directed over 20, including ten feature films. This is a really great conversation to illustrate the struggles of an indie filmmaker and to see how a sustainable career can be achieved with a ton of hard work. We also have filmmaker AJ Starzak on the show to talk about his new short film, My Monster and I, which is currently raising money on indiegogo and we read a slew of new youtube comments!
73 minutes | Dec 14, 2020
Episode 289 - Living Off Your Films, Firing 1.21 Gigawatts of Love into Project 88 and Finding The Last Blockbuster with Filmmaker Taylor Morden!
This week Liz and Alrik welcome long time listener and documentary filmmaker Taylor Morden on the show to talk about his latest film The Last Blockbuster which is dropping on VOD and digital on Tuesday December 15th! We also talk to Taylor about his amazingly crazy and endearing film project, Project 88: Back to the Future Too in which he wrangled filmmakers and fans from all over the world to recreate Back to the Future 2 during the early days of the pandemic! We also have filmmaker Brittany Synman on the show to talk about her short film Goodbye which spurs a very constructive conversation!
68 minutes | Apr 20, 2020
Episode 255 - Neasa Hardiman - Shooting Sea Fever Across Four Different Countries!
This week Liz and Alrik welcome Irish Filmmaker Neasa Hardiman on the show to talk about making her latest film, Sea Fever! Neasa talks about how she made her most recent feature film Sea Fever with support from four different countries!
52 minutes | Apr 13, 2020
Episode 254 - Malgorzata Szumowska - Directing a Film in Another Language!
This week Liz and Alrik welcome acclaimed Polish Filmmaker Malgorzata Szumowska to the show to talk about directing her first film in english, The Other Lamb!
55 minutes | Apr 6, 2020
Episode 253 - Andrew Schrader - Filmmaking during COVID 19!
This week Liz and Alrik welcome back filmmaker and friend of the show Andrew Schrader to talk about how we are all dealing with our filmmaking lives during the COVID-19 Pandemic.
83 minutes | Mar 30, 2020
Episode 252 - Josie Azzam - Editing at the Speed of Life!
This week Liz and Alrik welcome film editor Josie Azzam, editor of Liz's second feature, Speed of Life! We talk to Josie about her process, how she and Liz met and what her biggest challenge was in getting the film put together.
98 minutes | Mar 23, 2020
Episode 251 - The Final The Alternate Update w/Andrew Schrader!
This week Andrew Schrader and Alrik are back with the final update from the set of The Alternate. The updates become less frequent in the last couple days of the shoot and something crazy happens at the end of day 16 so strap in and hear how it went down.
73 minutes | Mar 16, 2020
Episode 250 - Chris Mollica - Kenneth R. Frank - Making Micro Budget Films Sustainably!
This week Liz and Alrik welcome Independent Filmmakers Kenneth R. Frank and Chris Mollica to talk about their indie films The Mix and their latest release, Family Obligations!
68 minutes | Mar 9, 2020
Episode 249 - Anthony Aguiar - Micro Budget Filmmaking on Your Own Terms!
This week Liz and Alrik welcome Bay Area Independent filmmaker Anthony Aguiar to talk about his first feature film, How to Grow a Tiger Lilly. Anthony talks about why he thinks micro budget filmmaking is so important!
75 minutes | Mar 2, 2020
Episode 248 - Tom Huang - Finding Your Path as an Indie Filmmaker!
This week Liz and Alrik welcome independent filmmaker Tom Huang to the show to talk about his latest film, 'Find Me'. In addition to writing/directing Tom also stars in his films and he talks about how he gets his films made and his filmmaking philosophy.
66 minutes | Feb 23, 2020
Episode 247 - Naomi McDougall Jones - Acting, Writing and Producing in Hollywood!
This week Liz and Alrik are joined by Actor, Writer and Producer Naomi McDougall to talk about her journey making films in Hollywood. Naomi talks about producing her first feature and her experience making and releasing her second feature, Bite Me.
81 minutes | Feb 21, 2020
Episode 246 - The Alternate Update #5 w/Andrew Schrader!
This week Andrew Schrader and Alrik are back with another update from the set of The Alternate. Things start to get better going into the last three weeks and Andrew and Alrik talk over what it is like to be in the middle of making a feature film!
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