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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), 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) and many more all about the craft of making films.

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How to Tell Unique Stories by Producing and Directing Indie Films & Documentaries

 

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Shout out to producer/editor Robbie McKane (follow him here @RobbiemcKane)

On this WEEKS PODCAST Bert Marcus dropped in for a chat with Giles Alderson to discuss how he makes his Indie films and documentaries.

Bert Marcus’ production company BMP has been in the industry for over a decade and has released critically acclaimed documentaries such as Teenage Paparazzo (2010), How To Make Money Selling Drugs (2013), Champs (2015), What We Started (2018) and The American Meme (2018) that was most recently released on Netflix and has been trending for over a month since its release. He’s also worked with A-listers like Matt Damon50 CentEminemMary J. BligeSusan SarandonDenzel WashingtonMike Tyson, Paris Hilton, Hailey Baldwin and more.

Giles and Bert talked about using the documentary form as an accessible, lower budget start for filmmakers including his produced features - Teenage Paparazzo, How to Make Money Selling Drugs.

How starting starting small, simple, basic and creating a track record of good work can take you a long way. The talk pitching unique views on each project, selling on concepts and selling on characters and having an open approach to storytelling, being flexible with the documentary form
They discuss Champs - his directorial debut, a boxing Doc starring Mike Tyson. How he acquired big names, reaching out to high grade talent on a personal level and he gets honest interviews in documentaries.
We talk Documentary work vs. Fiction, different approaches and his future ambitions
And we discuss The American Meme - his latest doc, which was selected at the Tribeca Film Festival 2018 and was acquired by Netflix, How it came about, observing the over saturation of social media with stars such as Paris Hilton and following key influencers, documenting a current trend, and sparking a dialogue.

BERT MARCUS WEBSITE https://www.bertmarcus.com/

AMERICAN MEME trailer https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ms8OdjWJRPY

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MAKE YOUR FILM returns with hosts Giles Alderson and Dom Lenoir for a fourth installment after three incredible past events. Tickets http://bit.ly/2Zjma3s Bridging the gap between Independent and high budget films, with the most insightful panel talks and network around - we are delighted to announce.... OUR FIRST SPEAKER : Director & Producer James Kent James has Directed some of Hollywood’s greatest talents including Alicia Vikander, James Franco, Kiera Knightley, Taron Egerton, Kit Harington, Dominic West, Rebecca Ferguson and George MacKay on films such as ‘The Aftermath’ and ‘Testament of Youth’ and an expansive catalogue of high level Television projects. Moving from documentary, to tv drama to film in quick succession he has rapidly risen to be one of our top Directing talents. Join us from 6.45 at our brand new location at THEATRE DELI which has a full bar for a more relaxed networking time before the incredible guests arrive to talk. Tickets: https://apple.co/2Z9SWnB

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This episode is sponsored by The Tracking Board, featuring the Launch Pad screenwriting competitions. The Launch Pad competitions are the industry's most effective writing competitions. To date, over 400 writers have signed with managers and agents through Launch Pad's annual competitions. Over 100 screenplays have been optioned or purchased. And 6 Launch Pad-winning screenplays have stared bidding wars among the major studios. Learn more at TBLaunchPad.com - and consider joining The Tracking Board as a member to get real-time access to The Tracking Board's industry tracking. The Tracking Board covers spec screenplay sales for Hollywood, industry news and jobs. Learn more at Tracking-Board.com.

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Jim Cummings on how he wrote, directed & starred in his feature film Thunder Road

 

Jim Cummings joins Giles Alderson (The Dare) and Christian James (Fanged Up) to talk about his debut feature film Thunder Road.

Jim wrote, directed and starred in the film which was developed from his short film of the same name which won the grand Jury prize in Sundance.

He tells us about his journey from making shorts as a producer to doing it yourself, where the idea for Thunder Road came from and how he ended up the lead in his own short and subsequent feature film.

Thunder Road is a hilarious tragi-comedy which follows the life of Jim, a police officer on the verge of a mental breakdown following the death of his mother and the breakdown of his marriage.  Thunder Road is released i the UK on Friday 31st May

Having self-funded the film via Kickstarter, it’s a testament to independent film-making and is a real passion project for Jim. The film also has lots of interesting angles to explore such as how it has had the seal of approval from Bruce Springsteen whose song it is named after, how it deals with topical mental health including the stigma around men being able to show emotion and it’s comment on the current state of the American police force.

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Thunder Road trailer https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LFSrtVN1i6A

Thunder Road CINEMA LISTINGS https://www.thunderroadfeature.com/screenings

Jim Cummings on Twitter @jimmycthatsme

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SCREENCRAFT - The ScreenCraft team are dedicated to helping connect emerging writers and filmmakers with career opportunities. Through talent-discovery programs and education for screenwriters, ScreenCraft has helped hundreds of writers meet and sign with literary managers, option their screenplays to Hollywood producers, get hired by major studios, get staffed on TV shows, and meet other industry creative professionals.. If you are planning to make a short film, check out ScreenCraft's 2019 Short Screenplay Competition which is now accepting submissions, featuring judges from Cannes, Sundance, Short of The Week, and Shorts TV. Submit your short screenplay before the final deadline on July 31st. Learn more about the ScreenCraft Short Screenplay Competition at ScreenCraft.org.

Additionally, ScreenCraft has partnered with BondIt Media Capital to offer grants of up to $30,000 dollars to independent filmmakers worldwide. The ScreenCraft Film Fund is currently accepting applications at ScreenCraft.org.

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How to make go from VFX to making sci fi indie films with Hasraf ‘Haz’ Dulull

 

The wonderful and highly talented and fun director, writer and VFX superstar Hasraf 'Haz' Dulull sat down with Giles Alderson and Robbie McKane to chat how he went from VFX work on The Dark Knight to making his own films 'The Beyond' and '2036 Origin Unknown' and his TV show Fast Layne.

We chat about his star in video games making cut scene graphics in an autonomous self-starting role. How he moved into the VFX film industry - specialised in compositing (combining different VFX elements into the final film) and pioneered the use of Shake and Combustible applications

How he worked on studio films culmulating in The Dark Knight for Christopher Nolan where a custom version of Shake was used to accommodate the 5K IMAX film

How he worked on commercials in VFX - moved up the rungs to lead compositor then VFX supervisor and As VFX supervisor was able to get a good perspective of production - began to work as a 'shadow director' on some CG sequences in documentary work.

We discuss how he began working on short films and building his own team where he gathered attention for his shorts in Cannes, developed relationships with Paramount and Fox for screenwriting and developing projects.

How he put is own money he had planned to buy a house on the line for his first feature - The Beyond, based on his successful short Project Cronos.

Used caché from The Beyond to push his next feature '2036 Origin Unknown' over the line and then used both of those features to pitch for Fast Layne a VFX heavy Disney TV series

HASRAF HAZ DULULL - website

The Beyond - Trailer https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PCiTs0JRky4

2036 Origin Unknown - Trailer https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CUYeBmFUt1M

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Our NEW collaborators and Sponsors - ScreenCraft.org

SCREENCRAFT - The ScreenCraft team are dedicated to helping connect emerging writers and filmmakers with career opportunities. Through talent-discovery programs and education for screenwriters, ScreenCraft has helped hundreds of writers meet and sign with literary managers, option their screenplays to Hollywood producers, get hired by major studios, get staffed on TV shows, and meet other industry creative professionals.. If you are planning to make a short film, check out ScreenCraft's 2019 Short Screenplay Competition which is now accepting submissions, featuring judges from Cannes, Sundance, Short of The Week, and Shorts TV. Submit your short screenplay before the final deadline on July 31st. Learn more about the ScreenCraft Short Screenplay Competition at ScreenCraft.org.

Additionally, ScreenCraft has partnered with BondIt Media Capital to offer grants of up to $30,000 dollars to independent filmmakers worldwide. The ScreenCraft Film Fund is currently accepting applications at ScreenCraft.org.

WATCH World of Darkness https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B07BS35KQ2?pf_rd_p=855cdcfd-05d9-474f-b84d-8286a3530ba1&pf_rd_r=G5Q5NNQZR9PRZNQ4ME5D

WATCH Fanged Up https://www.amazon.co.uk/Fanged-Up-Daniel-OReilly/dp/B07F83JN6G/ref=sr_1_1?s=instant-video&ie=UTF8&qid=1542670909&sr=1-1&keywords=fanged

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