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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Krysty Wilson-Cairns (1917), Phin Glynn (Mad To Be Normal), Colin Goudie (Star Wars:Rogue One) & Jack Binder (First Reformed)
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How to make a 10K indie film in 8 Days with ’24 Little Hours’ film-makers Diane and Paul Knight

This week husband and wife film-making team Paul and Diane Knight stop by to chat with Giles Alderson (The Dare) ad Ian Sharp (The Marker) about making their latest movie ’24 Little Hours’ for just 10k in 8 Days!

A real treat for filmmakers as returning favorite Paul Knight continues his chat from episodes 31 & 32, where he talked very openly about the issue he had when his film Landscape of Lies was involved in a £19.6M tax scam and how he over came it, and now he is back with his wife and fellow producer Diane Knight to talk about how they made a feature film in 8 days with just 10k to play with.

They talk about their process, their day to day on set, casting, asking for favours, getting the film distributed and released to the world.

WATCH 24 Little Hours here: https://www.amazon.co.uk/24-Hours-London-Fiona-Skinner/dp/B0829GNHZ6/ref=sr_1_1?crid=1YS7JS03AM4TH&dchild=1&keywords=24+hours+in+london&qid=1585019910&s=instant-video&sprefix=24+lhours+in+London%2Cinstant-video%2C211&sr=1-1&swrs=42EC4D5742C2C3B8DAFD31DBFB13ABEB

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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

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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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How to Make A Female driven Action Feature with ‘The Courier’ Director Zackary Adler & Producer and Composer James Edward Baker

Director Zackary Adler (Rise of The Krays) and producer and composer James Edward Barker (Mara) discuss the merits of film-making with Giles Alderson (The Dare) and Christian James (Fanged Up)

Zack discusses how he got The Krays directing job and the importace of a director composer relationship while James talks through the importance of producer/director relationships as well.

The discuss how their latest feature ‘The Courier’ came to be, casting and working with Gary Oldman & Olga Kurylenko and how they finance movies

WATCH The Courier TRAILER here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cERrVZk94wY

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Director Fernando Meirelles on making The Two Popes, City of God & The Constant Gardener with Giles Alderson & Dom Lenoir

Legendary director Fernando Meirelles joins us to talk about how he made his latest feature The Two Popes starring Anthony Hopkins and Jonathan Pryce. He discussed how the film came about, what his process is like on set, how he worked with massive names including Anthony Hopkins, how he prepares and performs on the day and how he cast Jonathan Pryce.

He talks about lighting The Two Popes and his process working with his DoP and how they used oil paintings as reference and used a flat light. 

How he uses music in his films and why he used Jazz 

How he edited 45 minutes out of The Two Popes and the importance of a good editor. Being aware of pace in the edit. 

How he made The Constant Gardner and created the film into 45 minutes in the edit room .

He explains how his breakthrough film City of God came about and why he put his own money into the film and what happened after he sold City of God at Cannes 

And how on The Two Popes Netflix helped and were a brilliant support. 

The Two Popes is out in cinemas and on Netflix on Dec 20th 2020

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

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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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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

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