Raising finance, getting named cast & writing, producing & starring in your own indie feature films with Sarah Megan Thomas

This week across, producer and screenwriter Sarah Megan Thomas joins Giles Alderson to talk about her latest movie Libertè: A Call to Spy

They talk about raising finance and getting to know your investors, how she approached her financiers and kept them for the next film and how you can wear multiple hats on a film set.

They natter about Sundance and the film festival lottery, her screenwriting process, casting and how she got star names attached to her first feature film and how to budget, deal with rejections, working with directors as a producer and actor and we talk about her journey as a female filmmaker and her latest brilliant film that she wrote, produced, raised the money for and starred in: Libertè: A Call to Spy .

WATCH Libertè: A Call to Spy at Whistler Film Festival on 6th Dec 2019

Follow Sarah Megan Thomas on Twitter here www.twitter.com/SarahMeganT

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How to Make a Zombie Comedy Drama starring Lupita Nyong’o & Josh Gad with ‘Little Monsters’ Director Abe Forsyth

What happens when you take a George A Romero zombie apocalypse and place the focus on a class of 6 year olds? Director of Little Monsters Abe Forsythe shares with us how he approaches comedy, satire and blending genres in his highly original style of film-making.

Robbie McKane sat down with Abe to talk about Abe’s influences, his debut feature Ned, based on Australian hero Ned Kelly, and his follow up feature Down Under, which covers on the bizarre landscape of modern polarised social politics with a brutal bite of black humour.
Finally we discuss Little Monsters, its inception, how it was financed and how Abe got his dream cast, including Josh Gad (Frozen) and Lupita Nyong’o )12 Years a Slave) in addition, we look at the challenges of filming with child actors in a zombie movie and striking the perfect tone between horror and comedy.

WATCH Little Monsters TRAILER here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cn3G_VoJjYk&feature=emb_logo

Check the film out on Sky Movies now

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Frozen & Frozen 2 Producer Peter Del Vecho talks how to make an Oscar winning animated movie with Giles Alderson & Dom Lenoir

This week Oscar winning producer Peter Del Vecho drops by Cameo PR studio to talk his new movie Frozen 2. He discusses what goes into an animated movie, how it is all about the story and teamwork and what it was like winning the Oscar for best animated picture.

He goes into detail about his career and became a producer at Walk Disney animation studios and how he fell in love with Disney and their ethos of making movies. He talks how Frozen came about and the songs as well as the casting and the phenomenon that followed it and we delve into Frozen 2 and how making a sequel can not only be wonderful to bring the gang back together but it has it’s own problems to.

Contact Peter on Instagram here https://www.instagram.com/peterdelvecho/

This week Giles has been in the edit for his latest feature film Knights of Camelot and delivered his first rough cut to the execs. He also has some news on The Dare and how it has been picked up for distribution in the us by the newly formed The Horror Collective and will be released in 2020.

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How to make more than one Indie Film with Ed Boase director of Trick or Treat with hosts Tori & Matthew Butler-Hart and Giles Alderson

Filmmaker Ed Boase drops in to the Union in Soho to talk how he makes his Indie films, how he raises the finance and his latest feature Trick or Treat!

Ed talks about making a short now after making features and how that differs.

How he got his start in film-making by getting James Bond legend Desmond Llewelyn to star in his first short film at 17 yrs old. And how Desmond was very generous and helping him become a filmmaker

He talks about top tips for a premiere. whether you should go to Film school or not and how important it is to help other filmmakers 

He chats making his first feature ‘Bloodied’ and how it felt being dumped by the distributions and not getting the release he wanted or hoped for. 

Not knowing what film to make after his first feature. After his second film he got depressed after projects kept falling apart. And how not to have all your eggs in one basket and have multiple projects at one time and how that can be better for all projects as well.

The upside and downside to being a Director for hire. Shooting a film at night and what to be aware of when shooting with no sleep. All this and much more.

WATCH Trick of Treat trailer here

Ed’s Young Film Academy link here

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The Aeronauts, Peaky Blinders & Wild Rose director Tom Harper joins Giles Alderson, Dom Lenoir and Robbie McKane

Director Tom Harper drops by Cameo Recording Studios to chat with Giles Alderson (The Dare), Dom Lenoir (Winter Ridge) and producer/editor Robbie McKane to talk about how he makes his films and TV shows including ‘Scouting Book For Boys’, ‘Woman in Black 2’, ‘Peaky Blinders’, ‘War Book’, ‘Wild Rose’ & ‘The Aeronauts’ which is OUT NOW in cinemas.

We talk about he made his start in film-making by making tea in a post house, making short films and his attitude to networking and pitching to TV and film bodies and working with wonderful actors such as Jessie Buckley and Felicity Jones.

We talk about BAFTA’s and how it might not make a difference to your career, working with your best mates, building a career and fox wrangling.

The golden moment before you show your film to the world, working with actors and how you will always find people who will hate your work.

The Aeronauts is OUT NOW in Cinema

The Aeronauts TRAILER

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How to Make a thrilling, chilling horror in the wilderness with Casper Seale Jones director and writer of ‘To Tokyo’ with hosts Giles Alderson, Tori & Matthew Butler-Hart

This week director and screenwriter Caspar Seale Jones joins Giles Alderson (The Dare) and Fizz and Ginger to talk about his debut feature To Tokyo.

He talks about coming from a film-making family and how he originally trained in a animation background .

He talks about the importance of story boarding and how important it is to prep a movie. Working on the script is so important and how he set out to make four shorts.

Using his families money for the first section and how he found his investors to fund the rest of principal photography on the film.

Caspar learnt that getting notes back on a story board is cheaper than notes on the shoot and how he wrote the script for To Tokyo 

How you have to learn from your mistakes and how he got at arrested during filming in Tokyo

To Tokyo Website and Trailer https://www.totokyofilm.com/

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How to Make Indie Films and World War II movie ‘The Birdcatcher’ with Director & Screenwriter Ross Clarke and hosts Giles Alderson & Andrew Rodger

This week director and screenwriter Ross Clarke chats about his career in film and his latest feature The Birdcatcher. A world War II period drama set in Norway.

Giles Alderson (The Dare) & Andrew Rodger (Plebs) fresh from filming Arthur & Merlin: Knights of Camelot in Wales talk about making the historical action film in wales and join Ross to talk indie film-making, how to make feature films as creatives and Ross’ latest film.

Ross talks about asking actor Mark Strong to be in his short film after spotting him in his local area and how he raised finance for his films. He talks about making his documentary Skid Row in LA and the differences between doc and fiction film-making.

Ross talks about his feature The Birdcatcher, filming in the snow, in freezing water, working with his DP, being a leader on set, shot lists and story boards and the importance of believing in your vision for the film.

They all discuss how difficult film-making can be, give some great feedback and advice for filmmakers and talk about the benefits and disappointments of being a director.

WATCH The Birdcatcher – cinema listings: https://www.filmdates.co.uk/films/1005656-the-birdcatcher/

WATCH The Birdcatcher TRAILER here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IndzithIMzg

WATCH Ross’ short film starring Mark Strong https://youtu.be/SSfAJLUT690

WATCH Skid Row https://www.snagfilms.com/films/title/skid_row

WATCH Demaphoria AKA The Chemist https://www.amazon.co.uk/Chemist-Joseph-Morgan/dp/B07HBMRK7T/ref=nodl_

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How to Direct a Folklore Horror Film, The Village in the Woods, with Director Raine McCormack

Today we’re joined by Director and Composer Raine McCormack to talk classic Hammer horror, and share our mutual love for The Wicker Man as we discuss his film The Village in the Woods, out on-demand in the UK now.

Producer Robbie McKane catches up with Raine at the BFI LFF 2019 whilst Creator and host Giles Alderson gets some much deserved rest after his shoot on the upcoming Arthur & Merlin: Knights of Camelot. Eager listeners may be in for a bonus episode later this week…

Robbie and Raine chat about staying motivated throughout a lengthly production, using music to help with the writing process, getting funding together for a feature film the Kevin Smith/Robert Rodriguez way.

We also talk film scores and sound design, as Raine has a background in music and in true John Carpenter fashion scored The Village in the Woods himself.

Follow Raine on Twitter @RaineMccormack

Follow The Village in the Woods Film @village_movie

Watch The Village in the Woods https://www.amazon.co.uk/Village-Woods-Richard-Hope/dp/B07YP2K2GH

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How to Direct a Character-Led Mystery Thriller with Rowan Athale discussing his feature Strange But True

Director and screenwriter Rowan Athale joins us today to discuss his new film Strange But True, out on-demand in the UK now.

We learn about how Rowan broke into the industry by producing shorts and commercials, eventually leading to his debut film Wasteland (known in the UK as The Rise) starring Timothy Spalland Vanessa Kirby, a script that he refused to sell without being attached as director (a trick he learned from Stallone’s fight to make Rocky).

We also take a deep dive into Rowan’s latest film Strange But True, starring Margaret QualleyAmy Ryan, Greg KinnearandBrian Cox, we chat thriller conventions, directing actors, editing ensemble pieces and more.

Producer Robbie McKane flies solo on this episode, and we hear from Giles as he hits the halfway mark on his location-based shoot for Arthur & Merlin: Knights of Camelot

Follow Rowan on Twitter @RowanAthale

Watch Strange But True https://www.amazon.co.uk/Strange-But-True-Nick-Robinson/dp/B07Y2BNVXD/ref=tmm_aiv_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1570494314&sr=8-15

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How to Write and Direct a Literary Coming-of-Age Drama, Good Posture, with actor / writer Emily Mortimer and writer / director Dolly Wells

Actors, writers and lifelong friends Emily Mortimer and Dolly Wells join us today to discuss their new film Good Posture, out in cinemas this week on October 4th.

We learn about their inspirations, how they write, co-create and collaborate on set, in both Good Posture and their hit sitcom Doll & Em

Dolly tells us a bit about her own background and her inspiration from childhood to act, write and now direct, the pair discuss the politics of being friends whilst dealing with the director/actor dynamic. Emily shares insight from the actor’s perspective and good approaches filmmakers can have.

Giles is still fighting dragons in Wales whilst shooting Arthur and Merlin: Knights of Camelot, so sitting in today are directors Phil Hawkins and Christian James with producer Robbie McKane.

Follow Emily on Instagram @emortimer

Follow Dolly on Instagram @dollywells

Curzon showings for Good Posture https://www.curzoncinemas.com/soho/film-info/good-posture

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WATCH Star Wars Origins trailer https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zdFjOXphx5E

WATCH The Dare trailer https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c5aZVm2drjY

Giles Alderson website

Robbie McKane website

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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WATCH The Dare trailer https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c5aZVm2drjY

Giles Alderson website

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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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