For our 150th BONUS episode we sat down with acclaimed writer and director Alejandro Landes to talk about how he made his award winning feature, the thought provoking, unsettling look at human nature in the stunning looking survivalist saga ‘MONOS’! (OUT NOW)
He talks to Giles Alderson (The Dare) about how he wrote the movie, raised finance and even started shooting before he had all the money, How he cast and directed the kids, how he prepped MONOS and how it felt to win big at Sundance.
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How to direct indie films with Simon Rumley who talks with Giles Alderson about how he made his latest feature films Fashionista, Crowhurst and Once Upon A Time in London.
And he tells us about his Hollywood experience making Johnny Frank Garret’s Last Stand and the dramas that surrounded the film.
How he met many influential and future collaborators on the festival circuits, the problems shooting on a small boat and making, going head to head with Colin Firth’s The Mercy and making a film that wasn’t script ready.
Simon’s feature film credits include: Club Le Monde, Strong Language, The Truth Game. The Living and the Dead, starring Roger Lloyd-Pack. Red White & Blue which starred Noah Taylor, Marc Senter and Amanda Fuller.
Segments in the features Little Deaths which starred Tom Sawyer and Kate Braithwaite, The ABCs of Death, produced by Tim League and 60 Seconds of Solitude in Year Zero
Johnny Frank Garret’s The Last Word starring Sean Patrick Flanery.
And the recently released Fashionista and
Crowhurst which is based on the tragic real-life story of amateur sailor Donald Crowhurst,
And recently filmed Once Upon a Time in London staring Geoff Bell, Lee Gregory, Terry Stone, Kate Braithwaite, Micheal McKell and Jamie Forman
The team behind ace action thriller Tango One, Trish Rybarczyk & Sacha Bennett sit down with Giles Alderson (The Dare) and Dan Richardson (Retribution) in Just Voices Studio to chat about how they made it.
Trish started out working on Scorsese’s The Departed and American Gangster and Spiderman3. Got to see how a huge company worked on set. She wanted to learn the craft of film-making and not jump into it. So did loads of jobs in film to get the experience.
Sacha “Id still argue being on set, watching a film play out is the best film school”
How Sacha worked as an actor on Blackadder and the amazing learning experience he had from that. “Even if it’s you going out with some mates and an i-phone, by doing some acting you’ll become a much better director that way”
If you’ve been a runner and had to mop up the toilets you understand the vitals of how important it is to be a producer.
If you are making a short, just ask actors. They are always looking for work and you have nothing to loose.
After Sacha made Devilwood, the investors asked if he could make a feature for 150k, so he quickly went through the scripts he had and made it work with Tuesday his bank heist film
Getting his cast of John Simm, Kevin McNally and Ashley Walters.
This is Part 1. Part 2 out on FRIDAY
Buy the film https://www.amazon.co.uk/Tango-One-DVD-Vincent-Regan/dp/B078XY2JL9
Watch the trailer https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LRXiDGtg3vo
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.
Short Film: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=60DZBoK1QhU
Buy the feature: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Modern-Life-Rubbish-Freya-Mavor/dp/B07BF5TH63
Host Giles Alderson (The Dare) heads to the the London Independent Film Festival and chats to the filmmakers attending including the team behind Winter Ridge, Dom Lenoir, Matt Hookings, Michael McKell, Hannah Waddingham, Alistair Ager and Ian Pirie as well as filmmakers and actors Jon Campling, Simeon Willis, Toby Osmond, Ben Richards, Andromeda Godfrey, the team behind short film Stationary and the festival director Natasha Marberger.
NEW WINTER RIDGE TRAILER https://vimeo.com/267988064
The festival director Natasha Marberger tells us that to get selected film entrants just need good stories.
Stars of Winter Ridge Hannah Waddingham and Michael McKell talk about getting into film for the right reasons their approach to scripts on what parts they get to play. How when acting try and lock in so you ignore the producing side of things.
Some of the really good directors have been actors. Least direction was Robert Zemekis
Producer and actor Andromeda Godfrey discusses finding someone you want to work with and make it happen. It can be a lonely business so find people you want to work with. Believe in your project and yourself.
“Producing is putting out fires. Or even better not letting the fire start in the first place”
We chat to the team behind the short film Stationary and how a good team that works together well is very important and the main issues of being tight for time. Know your project well and submit to the right festivals. Being realistic makes you have a better chance.
We talked to Little Shit director Richard Gorodecky and Philip Ilson, the London short film festival director who looks for films with a voice
Actor and director Simeon Willis is now writing a screenplay after being inspired by the podcast and how he directed a film for the 48hr film challenge.
Actor and producer Toby Osmond on how he does it “I’m just a doer. I like starting stuff”.
Actor of Winter Ridge Ian Pirie on making Bond film, Die Another Day, how director Lee Tamahori brought rawness and thought on his feet. Bringing indie film process to a huge budget. Working with Christopher Nolan on The Dark Night and getting advice on his frst ever film. A little know Scorsese piece called Gangs of New York.
Jon Campling talks about the difference between shooting an indie film and shooting Harry Potter . The huge machine behind a huge film and everything serves the actor. Indie film is a collaboration between everyone working on it.
Winter Ridge script editor (and screenwriter) Alistair Ager chats about the process of script writing and being a script editor. “You can be a fresh pair of eyes and you can spot things that the writer didn’t”. How he looks for character arcs or plot points that aren’t needed and too much dialogue.
And Dom Lenoir and Matt Hookings make a little appearance too.
Oliver Veysey (The Railway Man) and Bryn Higgins (Black Mirror / Electricity) join host Giles Alderson (The Dare) to chat about their latest film Access All Areas which was shot at Bestival music festival and stars Ella Purnell, Jordan Stephens, Georgie Henley, Jason Flemying and Phil Daniels.
For one of his first jobs in film we learn how Oliver, while working as Robert de Niro’s assistant on Starfish had to make the best Martini or risk being fired. How he got a assistant job at Working Title after cold calling every film company he could.
Bryn talks about his background in documentaries and how they are a great way into feature films. How and why he made Unconditional – an LGBTQ movie and from there made the brilliant Electricity starring Anges Deyn
His process of working with actors “The camera photographs thoughts so if you think it right, you are there”. And how he would rather have a floor plan rather than story board.
Making sure to block the scenes with the DOP in the room.
Oliver’s experience producing The Railway man and how having a great mentor (in his case, Andy Patterson) is the best training a producer can have. How it took 14 years to get it made. Even with Colin Firth and Nicole Kidman on board there was still no guarantee the film would go ahead.
Filming at a music festival. Noise levels, crowds, performing live to track on the real stage and other issues of filming at a festival full of mud, blood and kids
How learning from making the Bourne Ultimatum helped shoot the crowd scenes in AAA and trying not to pick a toilet where people are having sex in, also helps.
Access All Areas Trailer https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VqHGryajEgQ
Buy the film https://www.amazon.co.uk/Access-All-Areas-Ella-Purnell/dp/B076JJ675W
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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/
Follow the boys on twitter here: @cozgreenop @leeapsey @green13 @thefilmlabel @MikeFury
Producer, Director and screenwriter, Lee Chambers joins Giles Alderson (The Dare) and Christian James (Fanged Up) to talk about his new indie movie The Pineville Heist.
Made for under 100k and with a lot of help from local crew, students and nearby locations in Thunder Bay, Cananda, Lee set out to make his debut feature film and came across a whole heap of film-making problems.
We chat about his award winning short film Hugh Jackman Saves the World, His time helping out on a movie LVJ, which was Giles’ first ever feature film and then how the same DoP, Dave Le-May, worked on both films. Casting a named talent (BooBoo Stewart) and having to re-cast due to time. restraints
Questioning yourself on set and working creatively with your cinematographer and how sometimes as the director it’s actually ok to tell people to f… off.
THE PINEVILLE HEIST, stars PRESLEY MASSARA, PRISCILLA-ANNE FORDER, CARL BAILEY, DARRYL DOUGHERTY, JACOB BROWN and BASIL HOFFMAN Produced & Directed by Lee Chambers Co-Written by Todd Gordon & Lee Chambers Co-Produced by Tara Dixon, Cinematographer David Le May. WATCH Trailer https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z81JGqHrMFQ
BUY the Pineville Heist https://www.amazon.co.uk/Pineville-Heist-Mr-Lee-Chambers/dp/0986494313
Lee Chambers is a graphic design graduate from Sault College in Canada and a film graduate from Leeds Metropolitan University in the UK. Chambers spent ten years working professionally in England and Los Angeles writing and directing drama shorts, music videos and commercials. He has attended and screened his short film productions at top festivals, such as the Cannes Film Festival and the Edinburgh International Film Festival, with critical acclaim coming from Total Film Magazine and Fox Television. Chambers currently teaches in the Film Production Program at Confederation College in Thunder Bay. He created the award-winning Make It Short Film Project in 2005, which has attracted executive support from Academy Award winners, Paul Haggis, Denys Arcand and Roger Corman. In 2012, Lee won the NOMFA Screenwriter of the Year Award for his Australian short film, ‘Hugh Jackman Saves The World’.
Joining us this week is actor Rupert Graves (Sherlock, A Room with a View) 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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Part two of our podcast with director Ben Caron (The Crown, Wallander) chatting in-depth all things The Crown, from casting to being on set and directing the TV show. Creating a great atmosphere and getting stuck in working with actors Claire Foy, Vanessa Kirby, Matthew Goode and Stephen Dillane. How large sets are no different to indies, just more mouths to feed. Some great and essential tips for when you are on set and his wonderful technique when ‘auditioning’ for the directors chair.
Directors Giles Alderson (The Dare) and Christian James (Stalled) host.
Follow Ben on Instagram @benjamincaron Or see his work at www.benjamincaron.co.uk/
Watch The Crown sizzle reel: https://vimeo.com/182783018
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