Lorcan Finnegan ‘Vivarium’ – How to direct a social sci-fi thriller starring Imogen Poots and Jesse Eisenberg

Chilling sci fi satire on this week’s episode with an interview with Vivarium director Lorcan Finnegan, appropriately atmospheric for isolated viewing.

Giles and Robbie open the pod with news on the latest MakeYourFilm event plans amid the lockdown, followed by Robbie’s interview with the writer/director.

Lorcan discusses his roots in graphic design, beginnings in TV, commercials and webisodes before charting his route into film with award-winning short Foxes, which gave him the kudos to launce two features, his first film Without Name and the much longer gestating Vivarium, out now on demand.

For the more analytical we talk colour theory and set design, and for producers taking notes we talk finance, as Lorcan reveals the story of how the film came together from an impressive array of European funding bodies.

We also discuss casting the leads, Imogen and Jesse, and how folklore and parable play into the film’s story.  

Watch Vivarium here: https://www.amazon.com/Vivarium-Imogen-Poots/dp/B0868SXKPZ

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Francis Annan – writing and directing the political prison thriller ‘Escape from Pretoria’ starring Daniel Radcliffe

For those who have been following the journey, director Giles Alderson’s feature THE DARE is now out in the US – track it down and seek it out if you’re listening stateside on itunes here: apple.co/32fSWox

Today Giles and DOP Andrew Rodger are joined by writer and director Francis Annan to discuss his stunning debut feature ‘Escape from Pretoria’ starring Daniel Radcliffe which is OUT NOW!

Francis speaks on some of the key influences and motivations in making the film, the importance of key collaborators, the screenwriting process and how he came to work with the producers of the film.   

Escape from Pretoria Trailerhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KkOitsfMKGY 

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Aleem Hossain – How to make a Micro Budget Award-winning Sci-fi feature ‘After We Leave’

On ep 152 Giles joins you from LA in his intro this week to celebrate the US release of his long-awaited feature film THE DARE. Headlining today’s episode, we chat with Aleem Hossain director of sci-fi feature After We Leave, winner of best feature film at sci-fi London 2019 and best director at Berlin Sci-Fi. 

Aleem gives Giles some insight into his process, in going low-budget, creating convincing VFX and eschewing a traditional production process to allow for more improvisation from his actors. He also touches on funding the film and targeting smaller festivals to win awards. 

We also talk on the importance of key collaborators, the formation of the film’s concept and script, working to a budget across the shooting and editing and getting great performances from a new cast.  

After We Leave Trailer https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W-UY0uV-X9Q 

WATCH After We Leave here https://itunes.apple.com/us/movie/after-we-leave/id1492221168?mt=6&ign-mpt=uo%3D4

Aleem’s website https://www.aleemhossain.com

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Kate Madison, How to make a web series and receive over 8 million hits and crowdfunding ‘Ren: The Girl with the Mark’

Giles and Robbie sit down with Kate Madison, director of the phenomenal web series Ren, a fantasy saga complete with swordplay, magic and homages to everything Tolkienesque. Kate tells us about how she gathered a loyal following of fans, from helming the Lord of the Rings fan film Born of Hope, all the way through to financing the first season of Ren with an impressive crowdfunding campaign. 

We discuss the benefits of enjoying a production as much as the final result, the best ways of motivating your crew and how to make the most of your locations when working on a tight budget. Kate and her team are currently rallying the troops again with a Kickstarter campaign for the second season of Ren, find out why it’s worth backing and why even the smallest pledge can change the course of the future…  REN season 2

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A Serial Killers Guide To Life. Making a micro budget indie film with Staten Cousins Roe, Poppy Roe & Giles Alderson

This week we’re joined by filmmakers Staten Cousins Roe and Poppy Roe where they discuss their killing spree filled black comedy A Serial Killer’s Guide to Life with host and co-producer Giles Alderson 

Poppy and Staten discuss the importance of appreciating the collaborators and creators around you, savvy ways to keep a cost-effective shoot, and the knack of running a successful Kickstarter campaign to raise £27,500.

The trio also chat about knowing your audience and how to target it, honing a film in the edit, and Giles reveals some of the more glamorous tasks of his role as a producer on the film.

A Serial Killer’s Guide to Life – Official Trailer

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How to write a Netflix hit with The Two Popes Bohemian Rhapsody, The Theory of Everything & Darkest Hour screenwriter & producer Anthony McCarten.

Screenwriter and producer Anthony McCarten joins Giles Alderson (The Dare) and Dom Lenoir (Winter Ridge) to talk about writing The Two Popes, Bohemian Rhapsody, The Theory of Everything & Darkest Hour. He talks about where the ideas come from. How to work through the script and how to write the characters who are real whilst re- checking the research 

Anthony discusses getting permission to write The Theory of Everything. The Stephen Hawkings biopic which took 8 years. After that film became a hit how the doors suddenly opened to the Hollywood rooms.

How to live with doubt and how this industry is full of rejection. The moment the phone rang and it was Queen asking him to write the script to Bohemian Rhapsody 

Turning his play into a screenplay with the Two Popes and how he got the feeedom with Netflix to make the movie they wanted to make.

How he pitches his stories and Anthony Hopkins’ advice to actors and as a screenwriter how important it is to know your ending before you start writing.

The Two Popes Trailer here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T5OhkFY1PQE&feature=emb_logo

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

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WATCH Star Wars Origins https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SVSox0qApO4 Phil Hawkins’ already cult ‘fan film’

Dirt in the Gate screenings https://www.cineplo.com/GB/Bournemouth/1735230893370573/Dirt-In-The-Gate-Movies

Giles Alderson’s 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

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Tom Cullen: How to make a debut indie film in 9 days & raise finance on his written and directed feature Pink Wall starring Tatiana Maslany & Jay Duplass. Hosted by Giles Alderson

Actor, writer and director Tom Cullen joins Giles Alderson to discuss in depth his John Cassavetes-inspired romantic drama feature Pink Wall starring Tatiana Maslany & Jay Duplass.


Giles and Tom discuss football, shared inspiration to become an actor/director, a 13-year old’s ideal DJ name, challenging yourself at drama school and more.


Tom shares some insight on how he collaborates on set, using a semi-improvised style with actors to give them space to explore, working with a limited shooting window, getting the right material for the edit and ultimately letting a film be its own beast.

WATCH Pink Wall from 13th Dec 2019 in the UK

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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

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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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