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The Filmmakers Podcast is a podcast about how to make films. From studio films to micro budget films and get them made, how to make them and how to try not to f.. it up in our very humble opinions.

Regular hosts Giles Alderson (The Dare), Dan Richardson (Retribution), Andrew Rodger (World of Darkness) and Christian James (Fanged Up) discuss how to get films made, how to actually make them and how to try not to f... it up in their very humble opinion.

Chatting with regular guests which have included Neil Marshall (Dog Soldiers) Mark Strong (Kingsman), Beck & Woods (A Quiet Place) Colin Goudie (Star Wars: Rogue One), Jack Tarling (God's Own Country), Scott Adkins (Expendables), Andy Nyman (Ghost Stories), Rupert Graves (Sherlock), Ben Caron (The Crown) Mark Sanger (Gravity) Joey Ansah (Bourne) Stu Bennett (Fanged Up) Scott Mann (Final Score) Jim Cummings (Thunder Road), Timothy Spall (Harry Potter) and many more all about the craft of making films.

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How to make a 17 year micro budget sci-fi passion project with Simon Cox


Director and screenwriter Simon Cox joins us to talk how he made his epic sci-fi passion project Invasion of Planet Earth with very little money and managed to get a cinema release!

Simon sits down with Giles Alderson to talk about his journey as an director, his first film Driven, how that nearly broke him, how to deal with disappointments in film-making and what he learnt from that experience.

Simon goes into detail about how he learnt as an editor on kids TV and how he made his first short film through to his passion fro sci-f and wanting to write a film he believed in.

How with Invasion Planet Earth he managed to crowdfund most of the movie and also persuade 900! extras to hi set through social media!

They talk about depression in film-making and how you have to pick yourself up and why you have to enjoy the journey and Giles explains why this is his last podcast for a month!

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How to Cast and work with huge actors incl Henry Cavill on your debut film


Director and screenwriter David Raymond joins Giles Alderson on this weeks podcast to talk casting and working with huge named talent including Henry Cavill and Sir Ben Kingsley on his debut film NOMIS aka Night Hunter.

They chat how David went from politics to watching The Lord of The Rings to wanting to make movies and how he managed to charm his way into big meeting rooms to begin his creative turnaround.

How he wrote his first feature Heroes and Villians and starred in the movie with James Corden then learned fmor that experience he wanted to direct.

How he made his debut feature and managed to attract an incredible cast.

The issues he had on set and has some amazing advice for feature film directors and producers and how he tenacity and willingness to keep going and make his feature film got the movie finished and in cinemas around the world

ALSO How to write a script that gets attention. Being challenged and inspired by seeing how a script is adapted. Working in developing low to mid budget action genre films. Casting, securing actors - Henry Cavill, Stanley Tucci and having a shorthand with Actors - Ben Kingsley, Brendan Fletcher and a Troubled production, logistics, candid, budget problems and how lacking coverage on set is a huge leason.

Why the films name changed and why in Russia it is called Game of Hanibal.

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How to Prepare as Filmmakers and Make Indie films with Adam Egypt Mortimer


On this weeks Filmmakers' Podcast director and screenwriter Adam Egypt Mortimer joins Giles Alderson (The Dare) to talk about his how important it is to prep before coming on set and his latest feature film the excellent Daniel Isn't Real'

They talk about working with actors, advice for directors and being worthy to make a feature in the first place.

How he worked with DP Benji Bakshi (Bone Tomahawk) on Some Kind of Hate after he presented him with a emotional chart/graff of the film.

How he got Elijah Wood's company Spectre Vision on board and they talk how to prepare to meet big execs.

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Make Your Film 5 The next Make Your Film event is Sept 3rd 6.30 onwards for networking, Q&A and guest speakers. Which is sponsored by Performance Insurance First guest announced is: Anthony Woodley (The Flood) and Leon Clarance (Sense8) Tickets

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This episode is in collaboration with ScreenCraft. If you're writing a action/adventure screenplay, you'll want to know about ScreenCraft's latest Screenplay Competition, open to feature film screenplays. This year's industry jury includes executives from Fox Searchlight, Paramount, Kaplan/Perrone and LBI Entertainment. ScreenCraft's past winners have gone on to sign with major agencies and management companies, and they've been hired to write for studios and sold screenplays to producers. Get your feature film screenplay to the 2019 ScreenCraft Action/Adventure Screenplay Competition! Early bird deadline now available. Learn more at


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