Ep 77 How to Make and Sell a Micro Budget Debut Indie Drama with the director of SINK, Mark Gillis and hosts Giles Alderson & Dan Richardson

Director, Producer, Screenwriter, actor and debut feature film maker Mark Gillis joins us in the booth to chat making his new indie drama Sink which is released in cinema and DVD on Friday Oct 12 2018.

We also talk about screenwriting and the different processes we all use, having rehearsals before you shoot, first time directing, raising finance, kickstarter, casting a real father and son, having no budget to pay people and cast and crew working for deferred fees and the issue of post on a low budget indie film and why it took four years before it was officially released.

About Mark Gillis

Mark began his career with the comedy act 76a touring extensively as a writer and performer whilst writing for Radio 4s topical comedy show Week Ending. He has combined writing performing and directing ever since. As an actor he most recently played Agrippa in the Chichester production of Antony & Cleopatra with Sex and the City’s Kim Cattrall.

Television and Film includes: Silent Witness, Eastenders, Holby, The Brittas Empire, The Bill, Emmerdale, Grange Hill, Absolute Hell, Prick, Jean Moulin, Either/Or, Going Home feature An Ideal Husband and new channel 4 comedy Lee And Dean which is on More4 now.

He produced the short film Either/Or and has written and directed the short films Landing’ and ‘A Quiet Drink which was funded and produced by UK Film Council. Two of his feature length screenplays have been optioned and are now in development.


SINK website: http://www.sinklondon.com/ Sink on Twitter @SINKlondon

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Ep 76 How to Make Indie Films & Getting into Film Festivals with the director, Justin McConnell and producer Avi Federgreen who chat Shape Shifting Body Horror Film ‘Lifechanger’

Award winning Director Justin McConnell and award winning Producer Avi Federgreen sit down with Giles Alderson (The Dare) and Christian James (Fanged Up) at Frightfest HQ to talk making movies, the best way to get into a festival, get picked up for distribution, dealing with bad reviews and how they made their latest film the Shape Shifting Body Horror feature ‘Lifechanger’, which is screening at Grimmfest in Manchester, England on the 5th Oct and Toronto Afterdark in Canada on the 16th Oct.

Avi Federgreen has been making films for almost 20 years: Still Mine, One Week, Score: A Hockey Musical, I’m Yours, Moon Point, High Life, and many more. His projects have received widespread recognition at international film festivals, including the prestigious Toronto International Film Festival, and nominations for a Gemini and the Directors Guild of Canada awards.

Justin McConnell runs Toronto-based production/post company UNSTABLE GROUND, is the founder of the monthly horror short-film festival LITTLE TERRORS (which he co-runs with Rue Morgue Magazine), a Programmer for TORONTO AFTER DARK FILM FESTIVAL, and is an acquisitions rep for two Canadian distribution companies.

Most notably, Justin has multiple feature films in distribution as director and/or producer: the single-take thriller ‘Broken Mile’ (Gravitas Ventures), the anthologies ‘Minutes Past Midnight’ and ‘Galaxy of Horrors’, the horror/thriller ‘The Collapsed’ (released in over 12 countries worldwide, via companies such as Anchor Bay & Lions Gate), the counter-culture documentary ‘Skull World’ (available worldwide), the crime drama ‘Cold Deck’ (producer only), the dark comedy ‘Junkie’ (producer only), and the documentary ‘Working Class Rock Star’.  His co-written/co-produced project ‘Mark of Kane’ (2014 Off-Frontieres selection) will begin shooting in Australia mid 2018, his new feature ‘Lifechanger’ is will be released later in the year, and the anthology ‘Blood, Sweat & Terrors’ will soon see release via RLJ Entertainment and is currently in production on his new documentary ‘Clapboard Jungle: Surviving the Independent Film Business’.


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Lifechanger Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q8IP2Im_m3Y

Lifechanger website: http://lifechangermovie.com/

Justin’s Post House Website: http://www.unstableground.net/

Avi Federgreen distribution company Website http://indiecanent.com/