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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Director Mark AC Brown and actor David Whitney talk about how they made their new indie film Guardians.
We also chat about how Mark made a film for his degree but it was a great experiment and not to be seen again. How he wrote a feature script for Nu Image but the 'Expendables' ruined it and how it is best to write something to make yourself for free or on a micro budget with what you have available to you.
How when making an indie film, continuity is not as important as the story. How the establishing scene of a character is so important. But don’t waste time on drone shots. Then get the most amount of permissions you can get. And if not shoot anyway.
Suzanne Smith - their DoP was a runner on a Brainehound short and worked her way up. Made short film Beard with David and Mark and proved herself as a brilliant DoP and How having great all rounders like Fred Fournier and Joe Starrs as editor and 1st AD respectively is vital as is keeping your ‘team’ from your shorts/music videos and bringing them with you.
With low budget movies you have to juggle and workaround peoples schedules and how 'Withnails' - Richard E Grant's marvelous book was an inspiration (as was The Wah Wah Diaries)
When you are supposed to be doing he scene in 4 shots but end up doing it in one due to time constraints but it’s one of the best moments in the film so it's not always best to stick to your shot lists.
Why post can take so long when you are asking for favours on a micro budget film.
How they learned from other filmmakers on how they distributed their films - Ben Cookson, Fizz and Ginger's Two Down and James Rumsey's Drunk on Love.
Mark wanted to have a cinema run so chose Our Screen to have a theatrical release. Then the release got extended as it sold out for the second night.
And how they opened a festival in a double bill with recent horror film IT.
The Film: www.guardiansfilm.co.uk/
Mark AC Brown www.markacbrown.com/ Twitter : twitter.com/Brainehowndfilm
David Whitney www.davidwhitney.org/ Twitter: twitter.com/DWhitney
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Oliver Veysey (The Railway Man) and Bryn Higgins (Black Mirror / Electricity) join host Giles Alderson (The Dare) to chat about their latest film Access All Areas which was shot at Bestival music festival and stars Ella Purnell, Jordan Stephens, Georgie Henley, Jason Flemying and Phil Daniels.
For one of his first jobs in film we learn how Oliver, while working as Robert de Niro's assistant on Starfish had to make the best Martini or risk being fired. How he got a assistant job at Working Title after cold calling every film company he could.
Bryn talks about his background in documentaries and how they are a great way into feature films. How and why he made Unconditional - an LGBTQ movie and from there made the brilliant Electricity starring Anges Deyn
His process of working with actors “The camera photographs thoughts so if you think it right, you are there". And how he would rather have a floor plan rather than story board.
Making sure to block the scenes with the DOP in the room.
Oliver's experience producing The Railway man and how having a great mentor (in his case, Andy Patterson) is the best training a producer can have. How it took 14 years to get it made. Even with Colin Firth and Nicole Kidman on board there was still no guarantee the film would go ahead.
Filming at a music festival. Noise levels, crowds, performing live to track on the real stage and other issues of filming at a festival full of mud, blood and kids
How learning from making the Bourne Ultimatum helped shoot the crowd scenes in AAA and trying not to pick a toilet people were having sex in also helps.
Access All Areas Trailer www.youtube.com/watch?v=VqHGryajEgQ
Buy the film www.amazon.co.uk/Access-All-Areas…ll/dp/B076JJ675W
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Part 2 of our chat with the Dark Beacon film team on How to Make Indie Horror Films and Get Investors & Distributors on board. Coz Greenop, Lee Apsey and The Film Label's Nick Sadler join host Giles Alderson (The Dare) to talk about their latest indie films Dark Beacon and House Red. Part 1 is available here: goo.gl/q4UYjL
On this episode we chat working with kids, are storyboards useful, finding creative moments in a small space, getting coverage and how learning to edit is very useful as a director.
As a Producer it is sometimes a good thing to just do the ground work and let the director get on with it.
We chat distribution and Sales with Nick who talks Film Label and First Flights and how getting press and print promotion is difficult these days but if you fly/bring out a journalist for an on set visit they will likely do you a piece.
How Coz got Kubrik’s dop Doug Millsome on board his latest feature and how amazing it is to see your film on set when it came from an idea you had one day.
Dark Beacon Trailer here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=UHlgEcGl6I4
Buy Dark Beacon here: www.amazon.co.uk/Dark-Beacon-Apri…on/dp/B079VXRJLD
First Flights www.goldfinchstudios.co.uk/other-compa…st-flights/
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