The Filmmakers Podcast is all about film making. From studio films to micro budget films and everything in between.
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 include Mark Strong (Kingsman), Jack Tarling (God's Own Country), Joey Ansah (Bourne), Andy Nyman (Ghost Stories), Rupert Graves (Sherlock), Ben Caron (The Crown) Mark Sanger (Gravity) and many more all about the craft of making films.
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The Filmmakers Podcast meets the Indie Film Hustle !!
Giles Alderson (The Dare) and Alex Ferrari (This Is Meg) chat together about making indie films, podcasting and how Alex made his latest film On The Corner of Ego and Desire at the Sundance Film Festival when the festival was in full swing right under the noses of the every day public and staff.
We start at the beginning though and how Alex got started in film-making and his ups and downs before he finally made his first feature film This is Meg.
Alex discusses how being the problem as a first timer filmmaker/director and being the issue is one of the reasons why your film might not get made but sometimes it's good not to happen too early or he would have self imploded and destroyed himself with all that came with it.
Being so close before it gets taken away is brutal and devastating.
How he went after his dream and made This Is Meg. and wrote the Scriptment with the star of the film Jill-Michele Melean .
He decided to do what he preaches about and went out and made a movie. "Just do it. Find the resources you know and make it happen". and How he put it out on various platforms including Hulu.
People always think your first film has to be a breakthrough hit . It doesn’t. Just make a film and learn from your failings
Making On The Corner of Ego and Desire, a feature film at the Sundance Film Festival during the festival was a challenge but he made it happen. Getting the cast and crew together and making the ‘director’ role a female. Wanted to make a movie about trying to sell a movie at Sundance. A this is Spinal Tap for the movie makers
How people at teh festival were happy to help out. Managed to shoot in amazing places, Molly’s, outside nightclubs, on buses and Sundance head quarters without getting kicked out.
The only issue was the party scene they had at their own Sundance party were people were having too much fun to care about someone making a movie.
But Alex tells us how making the whole movie was like improvisation Jazz. It’s emotional and semi autobiographical
Distribution side of things . Going to see where the festivals takes it.
“Get out of your own way, stop being afraid and get out and do it. Don't wait for it to be perfect”
Fail as often as you can so you can get down to the work
You have to love this,
Not only does Alex run the Indie Film Hustle podcast and website but also now hosts the Bullet proof screenwriters podcast
BUY This is Meg www.amazon.com/This-Meg-Jill-Mic…A1n/dp/B074DQQN1M
Twitter @indiefilmhustle @IamAlexFerrari
WATCH World of Darkness documentary: www.amazon.co.uk/World-Darkness-D…ee/dp/B07BS35KQ2
The team behind ace action thriller Tango One, Trish Rybarczyk & Sacha Bennett sit down with Giles Alderson (The Dare) and Dan Richardson (Retribution) in Just Voices Studio to chat about how they made it.
Trish started out working on Scorsese's The Departed and American Gangster and Spiderman3. Got to see how a huge company worked on set. She wanted to learn the craft of filmmaking and not jump into it. So did loads of jobs in film to get the experience.
Sacha “Id still argue being on set, watching a film play out is the best film school”
How Sacha worked as an actor on Blackadder and the amazing learning experience he had from that. "Even if it’s you going out with some mates and an i-phone, by doing some acting you’ll become a much better director that way"
If you’ve been a runner and had to mop up the toilets you understand the vitals of that.
If you are making a short, just ask actors. They are always looking for work
After Sacha made Devilwood, the investors asked if he could make a feature for 150k, so he quickly went through the scripts he had and made it work with Tuesday his bank heist film
Getting his cast of John Simm, Kevin McNally and Ashley Walters.
How they made Tango One. Getting all the money from the investor and getting Universal on board. Only issue with that is having to wait behind the big releases to come out first and hoping yours is next. But hearing the universal theme on at the beg of your movie is incredible.
How adapting a book can be difficult and ho turning away from the book and changing the character can be very benificial. And changing the dialogue to fit. How they didn't want it to be a gangster film. Making Tango One more international and thriller esk and less London drug dealers .
It’s all about prep. If you want something done do it yourself.
Buy the film www.amazon.co.uk/Tango-One-DVD-Vi…an/dp/B078XY2JL9
Watch the trailer www.youtube.com/watch?v=LRXiDGtg3vo
Follow the guys here: https://3wmproductions.co.uk
Support Dan's crowdfunding campaign 'Roar 4 Lions' here: www.bornfree.org.uk/roar-for-lions
Listen to our other podcasts here: www.thefilmmakerspodcast,com
Recorded at www.justvoicesagency.com
Or how to go from being a Assistant Director to directing your own feature film. Giles Alderson (The Dare) and Christian James (Fanged Up) chat with director Daniel Jerome Gill about going from an AD on many big movies to taking Modern Life is Rubbish award winning short into a feature film.
After University and his gap year Daniel made a pact to make it in the film industry and sent 100s of emails our to productions companies asking for a job. He got a few responses but that is all he needed to start work as a runner
To get a AD job with need perseverance. First job taking rushes at end of night. Making Teas. Doing a few unpaid short films you will eventually meet somebody who can take your career to the next level.
First paid job on worst film ‘Sex Lives of the Potato Men’ then that team brought him in on Matthew Vaugn's Layer Cake.
Standing by monitor on Danny Boyle's Sunshine and he learnt loads. And then started make short films from the crew he had met. He made Modern Life is Rubbish as a short film with no intention of making a feature, He got camera kit for free, begged borrowed and stole. Amazing how many people will help you.
He tells us how he got actor Rafe Spall into that short film. "Fortune favours the bold and you have to brave and ask".
Learning while working as an AD from successful directors. The main lesson he learnt was planning. Plan your shots. But be able to adapt.
How to turn to short film into a feature.
After getting into the Cannes short film corner. Mapped it out with the writer Phillip Gawthorne. Then after the success of the short he got an agent (42 Management) who sent the feature off and Universal liked it. Eventually he attached producer Dom Norris who raised the remaining funding to match Universal. How having a sales agent on board helps your investor to think it is real.
He tells us while working as crowd AD on The Crown he got the call saying his feature was happening and he had to leave.
How he shot the feature in 55 locations in 5 weeks
How it is important to trim down scenes in the edit. If they didn’t move the story forward you have to loose it. Lost 20 mins.
Getting the incredible music/score and how he cast the names who are in his film.
This film has opened loads of doors. Signed with CAA in America.
Advice: Bang on people’s doors and make a movie or short.
Modern Life is Rubbish is on at Picture House cinema now and can be purchased on line.
Short Film: www.youtube.com/watch?v=60DZBoK1QhU
Buy the feature: www.amazon.co.uk/Modern-Life-Rubb…or/dp/B07BF5TH63
Follow Daniel here: Twitter: twitter.com/danieljgill
Recorded at JustVoicesAgency.com