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The Imperfect Podcast
30 minutes | 3 years ago
What It's Like To Play Groot In Marvel Universe Live
This we interview long time friend, actor, stunt man and martial experts expert Dylan Libby who is currently on tour with Marvel Universe Live as Groot! We dive into the world of theatrical stunts and what it takes to be involved in a production of this magnitude. Dylan dishes on everything from his audition process to focusing on his health and what it means to being play such a beloved character like Groot. Involvement in a show like Marvel Universe Live is probably not something the average actor considers an opportunity. It's also not something every actor or actress could participate because of the special physical requirements and skills needed. Dylan Libby Interview Highlights Confessions of his love for GrootLearning to walk on hybrid stilts standing over 9 feet tallWe reveal Joe's former teacher / student relationship in theaterDylan discusses his martial arts backgroundDitching a traditional education for the patch of acting at AdelphiHow he found out about the audition through Backstage.comLevering martial arts to nail his first round of auditions Listen to the rest of the episode
42 minutes | 3 years ago
Commercial Video Contest Hurdles & Insights
Get show notes and watch the video we created: http://hecklerkane.com/2018/02/commercial-video-contest-production/ This week we share our experience participating in a video contest. These types of contests are generally open to the public and can be a great way to test your production skills in number of areas such as budget, schedule, cinematography and creativity. Incentives for participating in these types of contests include cash prizes, merchandise and of course bragging rights. To see a full list of video contests available at any time visit onlinevideocontests.com. While we've participated in competitions before, this was our first video contest that carried a $10,000 grand prize. One of our hurdles was that we didn't find out about it until 2 weeks prior to the submission date. If two weeks sounds like a lot of time, it isn't. Think about making a video for $10,000, how much time would you need to plan, shoot and edit that video? The video was submitted on February 4th, 2018 and we'd love feedback from other filmmakers. What would you have done? How could you improve this video? Leave us feedback in the comments.
44 minutes | 3 years ago
A Masterclass in Documentary Film Making with Tom Jennings
Get the show notes at http://hecklerkane.com/2018/02/diana-in-her-words-tom-jennings/ Tom Jennings is an award winning filmmaker and journalist. Tom has written, directed and produced more than 400 hours of programming on a variety of topics including politics, religion, history, crime and sports to name a few. His documentaries have been seen on channels like National Geographic, The History Channel The best way to sum up our interview with Tom was that it was like taking a masterclass in documentary film making. We reached out Tom's production company 1895 Films, to talk about his latest release on Netflix, Diana: In Her Own Words that was produced for the 20th anniversary of Princess Diana's passing. The journey of producing a documentary of this magnitude is a true test in problem solving and ingenuity that every filmmaker should take notes on. Tom stresses you need to love what you do. There are a growing number of hours for documentary television but Tom says it's probably easier to sell a reality show. Don't ever give up. If one network doesn't want your story, maybe you can tailor for someone else. Sometimes you just have to step and figure out how to make things work the best you can. Keep Up with Tom Jennings Online at http://1895films.com
31 minutes | 3 years ago
A Script Competition That Embraces The Rewrite with Founder Jenny Frankfurt
This week's guest on the Imperfect Podcast is Jenny Frankfurt who is the founder of the Finish Line Script Competition currently in its third year. The Finish Line Script Competition is based on the premise that rewrites are essential to be a successful writer. The panel of judges provides development notes when requested in order for writers to rewrite and resubmit new drafts for free throughout the entire script competition. Rather than submitting your script and hoping for the best, the Finish Line Script Competition acts as a partner to up and coming writers with feedback from their mentors that have worked in every aspect of the film and television industry. The competition essentially echoes the reality of the business. Writers that work for a studio or even sell a feature film based on their script will go through a number of rewrites based on criticism and feedback. The Finish Line Script Competition is essential for any writer that wants honest feedback and takes their craft seriously enough to bring it to the next level. Get show notes and submit to the competition: http://hecklerkane.com/2018/01/finish-line-script-competition/
31 minutes | 3 years ago
How to Produce a Stand-Up Comedy Streaming Series For Amazon Video
This week's guest on the Imperfect Podcast is Kevin Gootee, creator and producer of the streaming series Comics Watching Comics available on Amazon Video. We talk to Kevin about everything from how he came up with the idea for Comics Watching Comics to what it takes to make the show available on Amazon Video. You may be familiar with shows such as Last Comic Standing but Comics Watching Comics takes things in a different direction featuring amateur comedians that Kevin and his panel critique and decide whether or not they have what it takes to make a living as a stand-up comedian. We dive into what it takes to produce a streaming series for 5 seasons and the process of making it available on Amazon. Kevin Gootee also has a number of ideas for more series based content that he'll be unleashing in the near future. Keep up with Comics Watching Comics Website: https://comicswatchingcomics.comFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/comicswatchingcomics/Twitter: https://twitter.com/comicswatchingWatch Season 5 Interview Highlights What Is Comics Watching Comics Why Distribute Comics Watching Comics on Amazon? What Does it Take to Produce Comics Watching Comics Who are the Panelists The Future of Comics Watching Comics Have more questions for Kevin Gootee and Comics Watching Comics? Leave them in the comments and we'll get back to you!
30 minutes | 3 years ago
Indie Film Financing & Distribution at AFM w/Producer Robert Sciglimpaglia
Today's guest is Robert Sciglimpaglia, an actor and accomplished voice over artist who is also a practicing attorney has been producing his own feature films as an Executive Producer. the past few years. We had the pleasure of meeting Robert at the American Film Market in 2017 where we spoke about film funding and film distribution. What we learn in today's interview is that there is a delicate balance between financing, casting and distribution that may lead to the success of your film project. In the early days, Robert hosted a local radio program back in the mid 1990's called "The Law Show", and more recently, hosted a radio show called "Ask the Lawyer." Robert's first venture into the acting field was a show called "American Experience: Hijacked!" which aired nationally on PBS-TV and was narrated by Campbell Scott. Since that time, he has appeared in numerous national projects with many big name stars, both in acting and voice overs. His latest project in post-production is an independent feature film, called One, featuring Lance Henriksen. Keep up with Robert's Independent Film Projects IMDB - http://www.imdb.com/name/nm2215197/Website - http://www.robpaglia.comTwitter - https://twitter.com/robscigYouTube - https://www.youtube.com/user/robscig
41 minutes | 3 years ago
Producing a Trending Music Documentary with Hired Gun's Fran Strine
This week's guest on the Imperfect Podcast is Director, Fran Strine who created the music documentary Hired Gun now available on Netflix. Fran captures the stories of the music industries elite musicians who are only "20 feet from stardom" yet rarely receive credit for their work. Featured in the documentary are Alice Cooper, Rob Zombie, Liberty DeVitto (Billy Joel), Ray Parker Jr. (Ghostbusters), Rudy Sarzo (Quiet Riot), Jason Newsted (Metallica) and dozens more. Fran Strine talks with us about his passion for music and why telling this story was important. As a touring music photographer for bands like Staind, Nickelback, Shinedown & Seether he lived alongside some of the greatest musicians in the world. From finding investors to shooting 2 years of footage to having the music produced at Skywalker Ranch this interview is both inspiring and educational for filmmakers looking to break into the documentary world. Hired Gun worked so well as a documentary because someone like Fran was so passionate and dedicated to the story and seeing the vision through to completion. There is no substitute for hard work when it comes to making a documentary of this magnitude and with the caliber of talent that was involved on and off screen. Read the show notes: http://hecklerkane.com/2018/01/hired-gun-fran-strine/
14 minutes | 3 years ago
Happy Holidays from the Imperfect Podcast
The Imperfect Podcast wants to thank its fans, guests, friends and the indie film community. It's been a hell of a year and we can't wait to see what 2018 holds. We get into the holiday spirit with some funny renditions of Ding Fries Are Done, The Hanukah Song, Jingle Bells and a bonus clip of Dominick the Donkey. Happy Holidays and a fantastic New Year! Don't forget to visit http://hecklerkane.com and sign up to become an Imperfect Podcast Insider.
30 minutes | 3 years ago
Tom Malloy: How To Finance Your Independent Feature Film
A critically acclaimed actor, Tom Malloy wowed Hollywood with his stunning turn in the indie-cult favorite Gravesend in 1998, which was produced by Oliver Stone. Tom became a trend setter as one of the first successful triple-hyphenate Actor/Writer/Producers and made it his business to learn as much about the filmmaking industry as possible. Over the years, Tom has raised more than $25 million in private equity from independent financiers and has written, produced and starred or co-starred in nearly all the films that his company Trick Candle Productions has made. Tom Malloy is the author of the book Bankroll that is a must read for filmmakers, actors and producers that want to finance their independent feature films. Tom has now turned Bankroll into a video course for filmmakers as a new approach financing feature films. Get the Course. In our interview you can hear Tom talk about his experiences financing films and the great stories he has to share from behind and in front of the camera. Keep up with Tom Malloy Online Website: http://tommalloy.com Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/TommyMalloy Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Tom-Malloy/69665101522 Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/tommalloy/
33 minutes | 3 years ago
Why You Should Contact a Film Office For Your Next Movie
Jon Foley began his journey into film & video production at the age of 11 in Las Cruces, New Mexico. His path has had many detours; Digital Video Content Manager for an online ethical hacking university, video production company owner, 1 feature and countless smaller projects as a Director of Photography, Producer of short films premiering at festivals like Festival de Cannes, Brussels Short Film Festival, and Hollyshorts, viral content creation (5+ million views across the web), landscape photographer, and the list goes on. Currently, he is the Film Liaison for Las Cruces and has his full attention on bringing more film and television productions to his area. Have an interesting story about working with your local film office or film commission? Share it with us in the comments Film Las Cruces Links: http://www.filmlascruces.com https://www.facebook.com/filmlc Keep in Touch with Jon Foley https://www.instagram.com/jonathon_foley/ https://www.facebook.com/offroadnewmexico/videos/1782038265362262/ Don't forget to visit http://hecklerkane.com & signup to be an Imperfect Podcast Insider.
34 minutes | 3 years ago
Jill-Michelle Melean: How To Survive & Thrive As An Actress & Comedian
This week’s guest is actress and comedian, Jill-Michelle Melean was introduced to us by our good friend Alex Ferrari of Indie Film Hustle. Jill is known for her work on the sketch comedy show MadTV where she had memorable moments impersonating Hollywood stars such as Drew Barrymore and Britney Spears. You may have also seen Jill in Comedy Central’s Reno 911 and most recently in This is Meg which she co-produced and wrote with Alex Ferrari. We talk about Jill’s family life growing up in Miami, her transition to Hollywood and her worst moments as a female comedian. She’s held her own on the road with the big boys of comedy such as Carlos Mencia and has a unique perspective as a white latina. Look out for her 1 hour comedy special, called White Latina coming soon. Follow Jill-Michelle Melean Online Website: http://jillyonline.com IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0577549/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jillyonline/ Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/jillyonline
7 minutes | 3 years ago
How to Start a Fire With Your Mind Like Pyro From X-Men (DIY Practical Effect)
Pyrotechnics and fire are always a serious matter on set. Joe explains how to start a fire with a battery and matches which is a useful technique for indie filmmakers to be able to start a fire off camera, from a distance. With some household supplies, this DIY practical movie effect can be effective and looks better than any CGI fire effects you would otherwise have to use. Keep in mind, anytime you're working with fire, safety is important and we recommend supervision while attempting this practical fire effect at home. Materials To Start a Fire For Your Movie MatchesPlywoodCopper WireSpeaker WireLighter FluidBattery Powered DrillDuct tape How To Start a Fire with a Battery Start by drilling a hole in the plywood and laying it over a hole in the table you're using.Strip the copper wire and leave the metal exposed.Strip the ends of the speaker wire leaving the ends exposed.Tape several matches together.Wind the copper wire like a spring. You can use a match stick as a guide.Wrap the wire around the heads of the matches leaving room on each end. Wrap one end of the speaker wire to the copper and secure with tape. Repeat on the other end.Using your drill battery touch the end of the speaker wires to the leads on the battery. This will light the matches from a distance.Snake the wire through the hole and place the matches heads up in the hole. Center your prop over the hole that you're going to light on fire. Douse in lighter fluid!
46 minutes | 3 years ago
How To Break Into the Film Business with Gavin Michael Booth
Gavin Michael Booth is a producer, editor and director who's known for his indie horror film The Scarehouse. "The Scarehouse" was distributed by NBC/Universal (USA) and D Films (Canada) in early 2015 with international releasing starting August 2015. The Scarehouse was funded in part by Telefilm Canada and the film won Best Feature at the New York City Horror Film Festival in 2014. Booth has worked with some of the top entertainers in the music industry including Music Videos and documentary projects for Eminem's D-12, Third Eye Blind, The Tea Party, Our Lady Peace, Vanessa Carlton and The Afters. In our interview Gavin talks about his extensive career and how he used to sneak into concerts that led to a career in music videos, feature films and more. He's insightful, creative and has a ton of experience. Future filmmakers won't want to miss this interview.
34 minutes | 3 years ago
The American Film Market, Filmmaker Tips for Success
We are back from the American Film Market in sunny Santa Monica, California where we spent three days learning, pitching and meeting the film industries biggest players from around the world. The American Film Market hosts one of the industries biggest events for film makers, screenwriters and distributors. Our #1 tip for success at the American Film Market is preparation. Setup your meetings in advance, don't wait for the last minute to schedule them because the likelihood of getting into a meeting without an appointment is very low. Even if you have an appointment the odds of it being on time may dwindle the later you wait to make that meeting. Not only do you have to prepared to schedule meetings with buyers and distributors, you have to be prepared with your pitch. You need to be professional and have a plan and understand why your film may be saleable and even more importantly what aspects of your film may not be saleable. Tip #2 for success at the American Film Market is having a completed project. Nobody wants to hear about your concept or idea. Everyone has ideas. Distributors won't even touch you if you don't have a completed production. Screenwriters need completed scripts. Networking and building relationships take time. If you're a first time filmmaker, nobody is going to hand you a check after a 15 minute pitch meeting. If they do, we'd love to hear about it on our podcast! We interviewed filmmakers, screenwriters, distributors and film industry heavy hitters including: Pilar Alessandra from OnthePage.tv Alex Ferarri from IndieFilmHustle.com Jason Brubaker at Distribber & FilmMaking Stuff Actor Branscombe Richmond at the Southern Kentucky Film Commission Susan Yang Translator Beijing Paul Ayre from SevereComedy.com Sean Crayne filmmaker of Twisted the movie Mike Lippert filmmaker of Expecting
29 minutes | 3 years ago
Phantom of the Opera Actor Derrick Davis
This week’s guest on the Imperfect Podcast is opera singer and actor Derrick Davis. Derrick is currently starring in The North American Tour of The Phantom of the Opera as The Phantom. The grueling pace of a touring Broadway actor is no joke. Derrick shared his journey with us including the intense audition process it takes to land a role on Broadway. Having been hand selected by Andew Lloyd Weber himself Derrick remains humble to his roots and is so thankful for the wonderful fans that have supported him along the way. Other roles for Derrick Davis include the Broadway production of Disney's The Lion King understudying the roles of Mufasa and Scar as well playing Mufasa in the National Touring company of The Lion King and the Las Vegas production. Derrick has 2 albums available online, "A Christmas Journey" featuring holiday favorites and his all original project "Life Music." Keep up with Derrick Davis online: Website: http://www.therealderrickdavis.com Twitter: @dreamclimber Instagram: @dreamclimber Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/dreamclimber
47 minutes | 3 years ago
Top 5 Indie Horror Films
Joe and Sal discuss their favorite indie horror movies to watch on Halloween. We may catch some flack for what's included as a true indie horror movie since companies like Lions Gate are known for their big budget horrors. They hardest part for us was only being able to choose 5! We also find out Joe's obsession with Bruce Campbell may be cause for concern. All we can say in advance about the list is that Sal and Joe only agreed on two movies but not where they belong on the list. From classics to modern terror, let us know what horror movies you love or who's picks you disagree with. When you're done, sign up to be an Imperfect Podcast Insider at http://hecklerkane.com Subscribe to our YouTube channel at http://youtube.comhecklerkanecreations Watch our short horror film TWiSTED: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mfOabcpjPDQ Follow our series Seymour the Unfortunate Vampire on Seed&Spark: https://www.seedandspark.com/fund/seymour-the-unfortunate-vampire/
27 minutes | 3 years ago
How To Film Dialogue and Make It Visually Interesting
Cupids is the latest comedy short film from Angelo Calarco. Cupids is currently on its festival run and was recently featured at the Soho International Film Festival and will be in New York again at the Gold Coast Film Festival. We discuss the challenges of shooting dialogue with 4 people on screen and how to not make it feel boring. Angelo has a unique perspective using visuals and sound, crossing from fantasy to reality to keep the audience engaged. Angelo Calarco is an Italian freelance Producer/Director living in London operating under the name of Beware Of The Dog Films. His career started as a comedy writer and an award winning stand-up comedian. Angelo moved to London in 2010 and learned the art of filmmaking by working as a Production Assistant, Marketing Assistant, Assistant Producer and Assistant Script Editor for several Film Production companies in London such as JetSet Films, Wo-Ho! Productions and One Eyed Dog Films while also experimenting with his own passion projects. Trailer: https://vimeo.com/173517990 Watch Cupids on Amazon: http://fave.co/2xiWKFk Cupids Cast & Crew Director: Angelo Calarco Writer: Nick Grills Starring Jenny Delisle, Tiernan Douieb, Michelle Fahrenheim & Daniel Knight Logline: Two cupids must team up to face one of the greatest challenges of modern times: getting two strangers to talk to each other! Filmmakers!! Never Miss an Interview. Become an Imperfect Podcast Insider at http://hecklerkane.com
54 minutes | 4 years ago
This is Meg, Making Money With Your Micro Budget Film With Alex Ferrari
This week's guest is your humble host, Alex Ferrari, known for his film making blog and podcast, Indie Film Hustle. With his 20 years of experience in the industry Alex dishes the straight line on making it in the film industry. He shared his experiences with us as a film maker, making the rounds at every film festival imaginable and why film festivals may or may not be a good idea for film makers. This year he put is money where is his mouth is and shot the feature film This is Meg starring Jill-Michelle Melean who also co-wrote the film with Alex. You won't want to miss this exclusive interview. Here are some of the questions and highlights. Indie Film Hustle Roots And Why Alex Started the Popular Film Making Blog Where does Alex find the time to create so much content? How Does Alex Feel About Film Festivals For Film Makers? Sundance Film Festival: Alex recounts his experience What is Alex's opinion of The American Film Market? Where did the concept This is Meg start? What was the distribution plan for This is Meg? What did you shoot This is Meg on? Our Indie Film Hustle Episode Recommendations Visit http://hecklerkane.com to become an Imperfect Podcast Insider and never miss and interview.
39 minutes | 4 years ago
The Importance of Personal Branding in Entertainment with Brimstone
Talking to Brimstone, you can see how important his personal brand has been to his success and what it takes to make it as a diverse entertainer. Brimstone is an actor, pro wrestler and Long Island radio personality that has been responsible for his own success as an entertainer for over three decades. He’s been called a Renaissance man by many, but is more accurately described as a well-seasoned entertainer and entertainment entrepreneur. We had some laughs discussing his roots dating back to an appearance on Sesame Street and relived some memories as a musician right here on Long Island. Brimstone is the co-founder, President, and CEO of Hound Comics, Inc. (Hound Entertainment Group), that launched a comic book series, Brimstone and The Borderhounds that went worldwide via Barnes & Noble, B.Dalton, BN.com, and Amazon. You can listen to Brimstone on The Grindhouse Radio, a pop culture talk-based podcast and series that is currently syndicated on eighteen digital & terrestrial radio networks (including iHeartRadio & Google Play Radio) with a listenership of between 3.5 – 4 million weekly worldwide. Keep up with Brimstone on Twitter @entrancetohell and look for him as Hagar in our upcoming web series Seymour the Unfortunate Vampire.
37 minutes | 4 years ago
How Film Festivals Have Evolved Over The Years with Bill Ostroff
This week’s guest is Bill Ostroff, the First Glance Film Festival Director who tells us how indie film festivals have evolved in the past 20 years. Bill shares his insights on festival submission trends, storytelling, camera technology and most importantly marketing. First Glance Films is the creator of the hashtag #SupportIndieFilm that has engaged and united thousands of indie film makers around the world. William Ostroff, the FirstGlance Film Festival’s creator and director, is a Producer, Independent Media Consultant and DGA Assistant Director who has worked on over 100 film and television productions. He graduated from Temple University in 1993 with a degree in film and video and has since worked with major studios such as Disney, Warner Bros, Universal, Dreamworks, and Paramount on feature films and television series. As the FirstGlance Film Festival Director, he has produced 37 film festivals to date, has watched over 20,000 indie films and is hands on with programming and decision making of all aspects of the Film Festivals. In 2013, he created the World’s Largest Traveling Comic Con Film Festival, which has screened genre indie films to over 5 million attendees over the 1st fours year in 2 countries, with plans of taking this concept global. He continues to work on expansion and new avenues for exposure for filmmakers including creating the hashtag #SupportIndieFilm which is globally accepted as the go to branding on all social media platforms.
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