How to Make a 17 year sci-fi Micro Budget Passion Project and get it released in cinemas with Invasion Planet Earth’s director and screenwriter Simon Cox

Director and screenwriter Simon Cox joins us to talk how he made his epic sci-fi passion project Invasion of Planet Earth with very little money and managed to get a cinema release!

Simon sits down with Giles Alderson to talk about his journey as an director, his first film Driven, how that nearly broke him, how to deal with disappointments in film-making and what he learnt from that experience.

Simon goes into detail about how he learnt as an editor on kids TV and how he made his first short film through to his passion fro sci-f and wanting to write a film he believed in.

How with Invasion Planet Earth he managed to crowdfund most of the movie and also persuade 900! extras to hi set through social media!

They talk about depression in film-making and how you have to pick yourself up and why you have to enjoy the journey and Giles explains why this is his last podcast for a month!

Follow Simon on Twitter here www.twitter/simoncoxfilm

Check out the website https://www.invasionplanetearth.com/

LINKS

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How to Prepare as Filmmakers & Make Indie films with Adam Egypt Mortimer director of ‘Daniel Isn’t Real’ with Giles Alderson

On this weeks Filmmakers’ Podcast director and screenwriter Adam Egypt Mortimer joins Giles Alderson (The Dare) to talk about his how important it is to prep before coming on set and his latest feature film the excellent Daniel Isn’t Real’

They talk about working with actors, advice for directors and being worthy to make a feature in the first place.

How he worked with DP Benji Bakshi (Bone Tomahawk) on Some Kind of Hate after he presented him with a emotional chart/graff of the film.

How he got Elijah Wood’s company Spectre Vision on board and they talk how to prepare to meet big execs.

Adam Egypt Mortimer WEBSITE https://www.adamegyptmortimer.com

Adam Egypt Mortimer Twitter https://twitter.com/adamegypt

Daniel Isn’t Real TRAILER https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=1&v=5MRcPjtUHPk

LINKS

Make Your Film 5 The next Make Your Film event is Sept 3rd 6.30 onwards for networking, Q&A and guest speakers. Which is sponsored by Performance Insurance First guest announced is: Anthony Woodley (The Flood) and Leon Clarance (Sense8) Tickets https://makeyourfilm-5.eventbrite.co.uk

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Giles Alderson website

Our collaborators

SCREENCRAFT

This episode is in collaboration with ScreenCraft. If you’re writing a action/adventure screenplay, you’ll want to know about ScreenCraft’s latest Screenplay Competition, open to feature film screenplays. This year’s industry jury includes executives from Fox Searchlight, Paramount, Kaplan/Perrone and LBI Entertainment. ScreenCraft’s past winners have gone on to sign with major agencies and management companies, and they’ve been hired to write for studios and sold screenplays to producers. Get your feature film screenplay to the 2019 ScreenCraft Action/Adventure Screenplay Competition! Early bird deadline now available. Learn more at ScreenCraft.org

RAINDANCE

If you haven’t heard of Raindance yet, you definitely need to check them out! They’re a Film School and Film Festival based in London, and they’ve been supporting independent film for the past 27 years. The best way to find out more about what they do is to attend their upcoming  Taster Day on Saturday 31st August at 11am at the Raindance Film Training Centre. You’ll get a real taste of their world-renowned evening and weekend filmmaking courses and workshops about directing, screenwriting and producing, while gaining invaluable introductory knowledge and tips on how to break in the film industry. And, there’s a networking drinks session at the end where you’ll be able to start building your film-making contacts. Because you’re listening to the Filmmakers Podcast, you can get all this for free! Just enter our exclusive discount code:  OPENPODCAST19 when booking at checkout”. Booking link:  http://bit.ly/RDOpenHouse

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How to Make a Period Drama Feature with James Kent director of ‘The Aftermath’ starring Keira Knightley and Alexander Skarsgard

Giles Alderson (The Dare) sits down with Film and TV director James Kent to chat his feature films Testament of Youth and The Aftermath

We start by talking about DirectorsUK and how important and useful it is to filmmakers https://directors.uk.com/

How the freedom in Documentary film-making that you can use in feature film or TV work as a director and when your in edit suite it is just you and the editor and you need to have got your coverage and material on set. With docs there is not often a story until you are in the edit

Making the leap from docs to TV and features. Working with actors. Respecting them. Working with young up and coming acting talent. And moving into directing features and how important rehearsal time is.

Making period drama The Aftermath. And how the actors have transformed into something else when in costume. A different character and they can come with preconceived ideas. Rehearsal can help over come this. And he gives some great Directing tips to work with actors on set.

Working with Will Smith on a Documentary. And watching Darren Aronofsky working was a education.

And shooting AMERICAN TV and the difference between U.K. TV.

Working with A list stars on The Aftermath with Keira Knightley, Jason Clarke and Alexander Skarsgard and feeling intimidated and shooting sex scenes

We chat Mother Father Son starring Billy Howle and Richard Gere which is OUT NOW on BBC

The Aftermath TRAILER https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dr0tQYX6PSE

Testament of Youth WATCH

James Kent CV https://www.unitedagents.co.uk/james-kent

LINKS, SPONSORS & EVENTS

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20% DISCOUNT at the Raindance Independent Filmmakers Ball.

Our friends at Raindance are getting ready for the annual Independent Filmmaker’s Ball on May 1st – this year, they’re back with a swing-era special! Join them for an evening of live swing & jazz music, networking, and a fundraising raffle with special guests at the hottest party in town. Taking place at the lavish Café de Paris in the heart of London’s West End, the Ball will bring together 600 film industry professionals to celebrate independent film and have a great party. Enter the code PODCAST20 at checkout to get 20% off on your tickets: http://bit.ly/IndieFilmBall19

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Ep 62 HOW TO MAKE A SWORD AND SANDALS EPIC STARRING TERENCE STAMP with ‘Of Gods and Warriors’ director David LG Hughes

Making ‘Of Gods and Warriors’ an Indie action adventure with director and screenwriter David LG Hughes.

He talks how he made the film, got the cast and got a cinematic release.

Joined by Giles Alderson and Christian James who talk about ‘Fanged Up’ being released on the 30th July and Giles’ new producing job on new feature film ‘Cassette’.

David LG Hughes is a screenwriter and director

After Film School, where he won a Fuji Film Scholarship for screenwriting, David began an award winning career in film advertising which allowed him to work directly with acclaimed directors including Darren Aronofsky, Roman Polanski and Guillermo Del Toro.

David’s short film, A GIRL AND A GUN, was released internationally on iTunes, becoming one of the best selling shorts ever. A Top Ten hit in every country it was released in – including the US – it spent over 2 years in the UK Top 20 download chart.

His first feature, HARD BOILED SWEETS, was made for just $60k. Bought by Universal and released theatrically in the UK it has secured distribution in the US, China, Germany, Latin America, Australia, the Middle East and many other territories.

His 2nd Feature ‘Of Gods and Warriors’ (AKA Vicking Destiny) is OUT on the 17th July and stars Terrance Stamp, Will Mellor, Martyn Ford and Anna Demetriou

LINKS

‘Of Gods and Warriors’ Trailer https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zCAJm7dlxoM

Website with details of screenings https://www.ourscreen.com/film/Of-gods-and-warriors

Fanged Up Film PRE ORDER https://www.amazon.co.uk/Fanged-Steven-Berkoff-Lauren-Socha/dp/B07D4VBSN7/

The Power of Editing – Raindance course DISCOUNT 20% OFF Click the LINK http://bit.ly/PowerOfEditing and type in the code: RDPODCAST20 just before you pay

BritPodScene Podcast https://britpodscene.podbean.com/e/episode-4-girls-on-film/

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Ep 59 (Part2) Timothy Spall & Stephen Cookson talk Acting, Harry Potter, On set Directing tips and their new film Stanley A Man of Variety with Giles Alderson & Andrew Rodger

Part 2 – Actor Timothy Spall & director Stephen Cookson talk acting, working on Harry Potter, directing tips and their new film Stanley A Man of Variety with Giles Alderson and Andrew Rodger

We talk with Stephen about finding the locations, Shooting black and white. The look and visuals of a feature film, VFX and the Editing process. Making his debut film My Angel where he brought in Timothy who made calls to bring on Brenda Blethyn and it snowballed from there

Learning not to give to many notes to actors & being very respectful of older actors and their ability to be the role. We discuss that if you want to be a director. Direct something see if you like it.

How the idea is the most important thing. No point spending years trying to make something of the idea is bad

We learn how Stephen met Star Wars director Irvin Kershner on the tube and asking him questions and advice which he duly gave.

Should we having agents as a director? Stephen gives a compelling argument regarding this.

Timothy talks about being in Harry Potter and being seduced by director Alphonso Cuaron to take the part. How being in a massive franchise like that is a blessing and a curse.

“Your either right for the part or you ain’t”

There is a difference between film stars and actors. Film stars can fit into wish-fulfillment roles. Character actors can fit it different roles”

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

ASerialKiIIersGuidetoLife facebook link

Official SITE of the podcast www.thefilmmakerspodcast.com

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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#/

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Ep 55 HOW TO MAKE A PERIOD INDIE FILM with the team behind The Bromley Boys – Steve Kelly, Dean Fisher, TJ Herbert and host Giles Alderson

Full of wisdom and knowledge about filmmaking from experienced directors and producers who have been there and done that and the fact ‘The Bromley Boys’ took seven years to get to the silver screen explains the hard work and dedication that went into it.

They debate about when to shout out that you are making films. Should you scream from the rooftops or keep it under wraps ? When is the best time to say I am making a film.

Wanting to prove yourself as a filmmaker. Do it as soon as possible

For director Steve Kelly how looking so young when he first started at ITV was a detriment. You need to learn to tell a story. One of the great ways to do this is to learn to edit.

They discuss how to not set your expectations too high on your first film and be realistic with what you can achieve and how you can only succeed by failing more than the person next to you.

We learn how Dean quit acting because he knew he was a better producer and how short films are the best way to learn how to make feature films and If you haven’t got the skill-set to write yourself find writers

How making The Bromley Boys was a testament to how well they worked together as if you are still speaking after trying to make a project after 7 years then you have done something right.

Getting the right team around you and collaborating well is vital. It should be a family and be happy to come to work.

They also give us invaluable advice for raising funds for films.

“You trip up once and the investor is out. They are looking for you to make a mistake” – Dean Fisher

They also discuss how to make a period film and the tricks to making it work. So how can you make it work?  Shoot it in a 70’s style? Have a great costume and make design and art department is so important. Also you can paint our satellite dishes. But you can shoot in most places in London then shoot big close ups with a shallow depth of field.

Going for self distribution as got P&A spend on the Bromley Boys. Having the right strategy for the film. If they don’t get with a major studio they decided they should distribute this themselves. Make sure you get a theatrical booker and experts in poster deign and trailer producing and how word of mouth is huge.

Why releasing a film yourself can be very worthwhile. Just get the best people around you. It’s the same as when you are making the film

Links

The Bromley Boys.co.uk

Trailer https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RnXhdQ3fa4E

World of Darkness: Documentary WATCH https://www.amazon.co.uk/World-Darkness-Documentary-Kevin-Lee/dp/B07BS35KQ2/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1528120473&sr=8-1&keywords=world+of+darkness+documentary

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Ep 52 HOW TO MAKE INDIE FEATURES and THE BENEFIT OF SHORT FILMS with Trish Rybarczyk & Sacha Bennett

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

LINKS

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

Follow the guys here: www.threewisemonkeys.com

Twitter @trish_ster & @SachaBennett 

 

Support Dan’s crowdfunding campaign ‘Roar 4 Lions’ here: https://www.bornfree.org.uk/roar-for-lions

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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

Follow Daniel here: Twitter: https://twitter.com/danieljgill

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Twitter: @filmmakerspod @gilesalderson @Cjamesdirect

BONUS EP – LIVE from the LONDON INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL with Hannah Waddingham, Michael McKell, Dom Lenoir, Matt Hookings, Ian Pirie, Jon Campling, Toby Osmond Giles Alderson & many other Filmmakers at the Festival

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.

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