Ep 58 (Part 1) TIMOTHY SPALL & STEPHEN COOKSON TALK ACTING, DIRECTING, INDIE FILMS AND STANLEY A MAN OF VARIETY with Giles Alderson & Andrew Rodger

Part 1 of our great chat with acting legend Timothy Spall and director Stephen Cookson.

We discuss working with Tom Cruise & Cameron Crow. Making ‘Rock Star’ with Jennifer Aniston and Mark Walberg and how going to a Hollywood movie from indie films is the same but bigger. The difference between the two.

How Tim and Stephen worked together for The first time on ‘My Angel’ feature film. Casting and delivering a project together after that.

The go into detail about how they wrote STANLEY, A MAN OF VARIETY together.

How Tim managed to play all 16 characters and be the only actor in the film and how directors differ.

Raising the finance through Red Rock and working with a small crew

Mark Brailsford who was a stand in actor and deserves a shout out.

“The older I get the more worried I get about getting it right”.

We learn how Stephen went for being an extra to wanting to be a film director

Working with directors and what makes them good.

“The only thing as an actor you have to do is turn and be the part and make people believe you ”

& working with Clint Eastwood.

 

Part TWO will be out on Friday where we discuss Tim’s work on Harry Potter, we learn about Stephen’s directing background and whether an agent or manager is a good thing for a director to have.

Links

Stanley A Man of Variety is OUT NOW at Picture House Cinema’s.

Link to screenings: https://www.picturehouses.com/film/stanley-a-man-of-variety

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=1&v=QV5y7hN9bp4

Raindance www.raindance.org

Raindance offer http://bit.ly/DeepCharacterisation use the code RDPODCAST20 for % off

INDIE FILM SHOUT OUTS

Eaten By Lions https://www.eatenbylions.com/

Our Song – Scott Lyus IndieGoGo https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/our-song-a-sci-fi-story-about-dementia/x/3041448#/

Official SITE of the podcast www.thefilmmakerspodcast.com

Part of the www.podfixnetwork.com

Giles Alderson Official site http://www.directedbygiles.com

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Ep 51 HOW TO TURN YOUR ROM-COM SHORT FILM INTO A FEATURE with MODERN LIFE IS RUBBISH director Daniel Jerome Gill

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 turning his award winning rom-com short of Modern Life is Rubbish 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 the worst film ‘Sex Lives of the Potato Men’ then that team brought him in on Matthew Vaughn’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.

Links:

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7W5R2f6UO0k&t=4s
Short Film: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=60DZBoK1QhU
Buy the feature: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Modern-Life-Rubbish-Freya-Mavor/dp/B07BF5TH63

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Ep 49 HOW TO MAKE AN INDIE FILM NOIR ON THE STREETS OF LA with the team behind LA OVERNIGHT

Screenwriter and Producer Guy J Jackson and stars of the movie Arielle Brachfeld and Ashley Park  join Giles Alderson (The Dare) to talk about their new indie noir thriller LA Overnight

How Arielle jumped into the indie world by making Return of the Ghostbusters – A Ghostbusters fan film and her second written feature Chemical Peel and  how LA is often not very welcoming to filmmakers but it does have a base and group of people who will help out to make indie films but with technology around now there is no excuse not to make a film.

Ashley has also recently produced the film Surviving Theatre 9 which is out soon and how it differs from being just an actress. “It’s so useful as an actress to also produce. You will never complain again. You get used to everything, nothing fazes you. It’s a really great learning experience”

Arielle found out she was auditioning for the lead role in LA Overnight at the read through and how she brought in lead actor Azim Rizk.

As the screenwriter and producer, Guy talks about getting a job by writing good emails. How tough Hollywood is. Michael Chrisoulakis, the director gave have a chance. But gave him boundaries to go with it and How Noir has pitter patter style to it’s dialogue and their work to get the script as strong as it can be.

Ho they cast Hollywood names Lin Shay (Insidious) and Peter Bogdanovich (The Last Picture Show).

How to Film in LA. People will try and get money by playing the radio loudly and will want money for them to go away. Avoiding permits but getting insurance is key. “If you’re a dude with a camera and another dude with a mic no one usually bothers you. Just make sure you have insurance”.

Shooting with a drone. Was so nervous you might be arrested. But director Micheal saw LA through a foreigners eyes and saw the beauty.

How they shot for nine months, shooting on weekends.

How you become Battle Buddies from your time on set and how you can be so proud of a film and proud of your co-stars and team

The secret is… getting someone else’s money

LINKS

Watch the film https://www.amazon.co.uk/Los-Angeles-Overnight-Arielle-Brachfeld/dp/B079KHK1TF

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

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TWITTER @LA_Overnight

INSTA AxAshleyPark Twitter @abrachfeld @GuyJJackson

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Ep 48 HOW TO MAKE A MICRO BUDGET INDIE FILM, WIN AWARDS & GET A CINEMA RELEASE with the team behind ‘Guardians’

Director Mark AC Brown and actor David Whitney talk about how they made their new quite brilliant indie film Guardians.

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. What do 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 (their production company) 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 you have to juggle and Workaround people schedules and how ‘Withnails’ – Richard E Grant’s marvelous book was an inspiration (and The Wah Wah Diaries)

When you are supposed to be doing he scene in 4 shots but end up doing it in one but it’s one of the best moments in the film so don’t have to stick to your shot lists.

Tried to plan it but played the moment when it came to it.

Why post can take so long when you are asking for favours on a micro budget film

How they learned from other filmmakers and 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 choose 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.

Links

The Film: http://www.guardiansfilm.co.uk/
Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pq25LXWmsps&t=10s
Twitter https://twitter.com/guardiansbhf
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/guardiansfilm/
Mark AC Brown http://www.markacbrown.com/ Twitter : https://twitter.com/Brainehowndfilm
David Whitney http://www.davidwhitney.org/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/DWhitney

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Ep 46 Part 2 HOW TO MAKE INDIE HORROR FILMS with Dark Beacon’s Coz Greenop, Lee Apsey and Nick Sadler

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: https://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 Milsome 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: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UHlgEcGl6I4

Buy Dark Beacon here: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Dark-Beacon-April-Pearson/dp/B079VXRJLD

First Flights https://www.goldfinchstudios.co.uk/other-companies/first-flights/

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Ep 45 Part1. HOW TO MAKE INDIE HORROR FILMS & GET INVESTORS INTERESTED IN YOU with Dark Beacon’s Coz Greenop, Lee Apsey and Nick Sadler with host Giles Alderson

Part 1 of How to Make Indie Horror Films and Get Investors & Distributors on Board Your Film with Coz Greenop, Lee Apsey and The Film Label’s Nick Sadler who join Giles Alderson (The Dare) to talk about their latest indie film Dark Beacon starring April Pearson, Jon Campling and Toby Osmond. Part 2 is out on Friday.

They talk about how finding out your debut feature film is renamed from Wandering Rose to Demon Baby by the distributors with neither a Demon or a Baby in it.

How they went to Cannes with 50 DVD’s in a rucksack. Sleeping on floors and trying to sell you film
and finding the indie community is vital but attending events, listening to podcasts and actually going out and making a film is the best advice you can get.

How they threw a party in Cannes and got investors to come along. Gave away caps and t-shirts with their logo Green13 and becoming one of the top 3 villa parties in Cannes which created a buzz and made the film Dark Beacon actually happen as they could also show investors their last project and how it earned money.
Getting locations and filming in Jersey. Casting – April Pearson, Lynne Anne Rodgers , Toby Osmond and Jon Campling

Screenwriting. Working well as a team and how they gender flipped between drafts to female leads. Having to re-write on set at low budget level by thinking on your feet.
And how filming is like an event company. All prepped for one day. Over and over again.

Trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UHlgEcGl6I4

Buy Dark Beacon here: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Dark-Beacon-April-Pearson/dp/B079VXRJLD

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Ep 43 Five Essentials To Know Before Making Your Feature Films with Giles Alderson, Andrew Rodger & Dan Richardson

Our Podcast Hosts and Filmmakers Giles Alderson (The Dare), Dan Richardson (Retribution) and Andrew Rodger (World of Darkness) sit down to chat about the Five Things they Wish they Known Before Making their first Feature Films.
They chat about who you know and if that could be Ridley Scott!
How less is more and how you should make yourself useful on set regardless of your role.
How you should try and enjoy it and be in the moment.
how having a solid script is essential before getting to set and how vital it is to get feedback.
They talk film-making tricks and tips and what is important on set. Why you should have the best art direction and costume designer you can.
Having responsibility as a leader on set and don’t be afraid to ask or to answer any questions.
How you as a filmmaker have the power to make positive change in the people you hire and work with in the industry and so much more.

Links:
www.thefilmmakerspodcast.com
@filmmakerspod
www.directedbygiles.com
@gilesalderson
www.facebook.com/search/top/?q=dan%20richardson
@Dan710ths
www.35mmdop.com
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Ep 40 HOW TO GET FREE DISTRIBUTION FOR YOUR FEATURE, SHORT FILM OR WEBSERIES with Klaus Badelt from Filmhub & Giles Alderson

Klaus Badelt, composer of Gladiator & Pirates of the Caribbean and CEO of distribution platform Filmhub joins Giles Alderson to chat indie film, getting his first job, making ‘movie-movies’ and how to distribute your short film, web-series or feature film for FREE. .
They talk about how Klaus went from a low budget first movie to a $100m second movie.
From making coffee to working and composing with Hans Zimmer.
How he learned as a creative to play to an audience.
And when working on a giant film like Gladiator you still have to keep that indie spirit.
How in lower budget movies you have to be creative and make your movie for your audience. “Take them on a ride and take them out of the world for a few hours”
This year, 14,000 films were submitted to Sundance and 97 films got accepted. Which makes your odds very low.
Filmhub gives you Multi national distribution where your film can get worldwide distribution as there were 53 new streaming service in states last year all looking for films like yours.
With Filmhub, your film goes into the market place, software based algorithms send it to the right distributor for you. 13,000 projects on film hub. They promote it and get it on watch lists for the buyers to buy. Get your films on the platform now. It’s FREE and a great way to get your film seen.
A wonderful in-depth chat about how to distribute your short films, feature films or series and cut out the middle man.

Head to www.filmhub.com
Follow Klaus @Kbadelt
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Ep 39 RUPERT GRAVES & HOW TO MAKE AN INDIE SCI-FI with director Daniel Fitzsimmons, Giles Alderson & Dan Richardson

Joining us this week is actor Rupert Graves and director Daniel Fitzsimmons to chat about their latest film, the indie sci-fi ‘Native’
We talk about both their starts in film and TV to getting roles and films made. Rupert chats about how Directors should work with actors and Daniel tells us how actors should work with directors.
Both insightful, frank and informative about the film-making business and how finding stories first then find the genre can help you make any film let alone a sci fi.

Hosts Giles Alderson (the Dare) and Dan Richardson (Retribution)

Get info on how to WATCH the film here: www.nativemovie.co.uk

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Ep 37 HOW TO GO FROM DIRECTING WEBSERIES TO DIRECTING SHERLOCK, WALLANDER & SKINS with director Ben Caron

We sit down with Bafta nominated The Crown director Ben Caron to discuss his film-making journey. Starting out making Music videos for Jay Z, then onto directing Sam King with Giles in it; and The Heist for Darren Brown before moving into TV dramas with Skins, Scott & Bailey. Working with the legend sir Kenneth Branagh and directing the last three episodes of Wallander before making the final episode of Sherlock with Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman and Rupert Graves. And most recently The bafta and emmy winning The Crown which he is now working on Series Three. So much insights and filmmaking knowledge it had to be a two parter. Part two is OUT on Friday.
Directors Giles Alderson (The Dare) and Christian James (Stalled) host.

Follow Ben on Instagram @benjamincaron www.benjamincaron.co.uk/

Watch Jay-Z video here: https://vimeo.com/11053196

Watch Darren Brown’s The Heist teaser https://vimeo.com/11063373

Watch Sherlock Season 4 Teaser https://vimeo.com/182783935

Watch Wallander finale teaser https://vimeo.com/182785066

Watch The Crown sizzle reel: https://vimeo.com/182783018

 

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