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Mar 30, 2015

The Art of Film Production with Nicholas Tabarrock. On today's episode of the Indie Film Academy Podcast we talk about the current state of film production including topics such as film funding, the role of the producer, the current state of distribution, and how to create a successful film in the current atmosphere.

A Toronto Native, Tabarrock worked his way up from the bottom. He started as a Production assistant on a soap opera and gradually moved up the ranks as a production accountant, production manager, line producer and finally into the role as producer.

Nicholas's credits include: The Intruders (2015), The Calling (2014), The Art of the Steal (2013), and Defendor (2009)

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About Darius Films:

Darius Films is a pretty cool little film and TV production company. Yah, we’re a small company, it’s true, but we work hard and we know what we’re doing and we manage to actually get pictures made.

We made this picture DEFENDOR which kinda made a big splash at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2009. After that, we made a film called A BEGINNER’S GUIDE TO ENDINGS, that played as a Gala Presentation at the Toronto International Film Festival which means it screened in the huge symphony hall to 3,000 people. That was pretty neat. Harvey Keitel was in that one.

Our film WEIRDSVILLE, which Allan Moyle directed (he’s the guy who made PUMP UP THE VOLUME and EMPIRE RECORDS), got some awesome reviews; this one from Variety was my favorite.

Before that we made a movie called THE LIFE AND HARD TIMES OF GUY TERRIFICO that starred some really awesome musicians, including Kris Kristofferson who’s just about the coolest guy on the planet. TERRIFICO won the ‘best first time director’ award at the Toronto International Film Festival in ’05 and then it was voted the Best Canadian Film of 2005 by the readers of “Inside Entertainment” magazine. That was pretty cool.

A couple of years ago the Austin Film Festival had over 3,000 submissions and they chose 10 feature films for competition, can you believe that 2 of them were produced by us? What are the odds of that? It’s true, RUN ROBOT RUN a sci-fi romantic comedy and A LOBSTER TALE were both in the Austin Film Fest that year. That was a fun week (ate a lot of brisket).

We also made a movie about Easter bunnies called HANK AND MIKE, but it’s definitely not for kids. It’s kinda BAD SANTA for Easter. We made a film called COOPERS’ CHRISTMAS about one crazy Christmas Day with the world’s most dysfunctional family (but in a funny way).

We’ve made a bunch of other films too, nearly twenty now, that have played and sold all over the world so that’s kinda nifty.

We love movies and we’re gonna keep making them but we also dig television in a big way. Our first series just started its second season. It’s an adult animated series called Fugget About It about a mob family living in witness protection. We’re working with some great writers and broadcasters around the world on a bunch of really other exciting ideas too.

Anyway… check out some trailers and stuff if you want by clicking around on this site, and if you want to call us or anything our number’s on here too. Thanks for visiting…


Mar 23, 2015

Oscar Winner Alex Dinelaris (Birdman) talks with us about screenwriting and what it was like working with Alejandro González Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, and Armando Bo. We discuss Alex's process for putting together a story and do a deep analysis of various scenes of Birdman.

Alex was in a rare position to be on-set during the filming of Birdman, so of course I took the opportunity to ask about what it was like to watch Alejandro and Chivo on set with Michael Keaton, Emma Stone, Edward Norton, Naomi Watts and Zach Galifianakis.

Alex also mentions that he is currently working with Guillermo del Toro.



Alexander Dinelaris is a writer and producer, known for Birdman: Or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) (2014), The Year of the Monarchs and The One Percent (2015).


Alex is active on twitter: @alexdinelaris


Mar 16, 2015

Today we are talking with Seed&Spark founder Emily Best. Emily talks to us about the ways that Seed&Spark has been able to not only survive but thrive in the midst of other larger crowdfunding platforms. What makes Seed & Spark unique is that it is the only crowdfunding platform specifically designed for filmmakers. They have created a number of innovations, such as their own platform for distribution as well as the concept of creating a gift registry where supporters can offer things other than money.

You can find Emily on twitter at @emilybest

From Emily's profile on Seed&Spark:

Emily Best is the Founder and CEO of Seed&Spark. She loves storytelling, storytellers, and stories. She was lucky enough to make a movie with some of her closest friends, a project called "Like the Water" that inspired this whole crazy idea.

Mar 10, 2015

Youtube allstars Neumann Films has been delivering high quality and entertaining tutorials for filmmakers since before it was cool. Today I talk with Luke Neumann about the origin of Neumann Films, their Web Series "The Beacon", shooting with a 3 person crew, diy filmmaking, visual fx, and film scoring using virtual instruments.

To learn more about Luke and Neumann Films, check out their Youtube channel at


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Mar 3, 2015

Distribution Nightmares! Many filmmakers spend years making their film only to give away the rights to an unscrupulous distribution company. Today we're talking with Jerome Courshon about things you can do to protect yourself when it comes to distribution.

Jerome is offering a very special discount on his training program "The Secrets of Distribution" to the listeners of this podcast for a very limited time. So if you're seeing this, you're probably too late.


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Film producer, distribution expert, and today's "go-to" authority of how to get a film to market, Jerome Courshon has broken open the "exclusive club" of successful independent producers with his innovative 3-Day Program, "THE SECRETS TO DISTRIBUTION: Get Your Movie Distributed Now!"

Along with his Master Classes, varied lectures and an elite consulting service under his banner Film Distribution Solutions, Courshon provides valuable strategies to Producers & Directors in getting their films into the top distribution markets. Clients have achieved distribution with Warner Bros., Sony Pictures, Lionsgate, among numerous others.

Jerome Courshon knows the "game," and his core lesson: How to play it.

A producer in his own right (he secured a profitable distribution deal with Warner Bros. on his very first indie movie), Courshon is called upon by many sources for his savvy. From beginning to veteran producers, as well as the press, they contact him regularly to gain access to his unparalleled expertise and invaluable knowledge.

Regarded as one of the world's chief experts in distribution, he tracks the ever-changing film industry distribution markets to present relevant, trending and successful strategies in his lectures, classes and 3-Day Program. His ultimate goal for every filmmaker? Get your movie or documentary to the marketplace successfully.

Citing his own personal journeys of releasing films and working with distributors, Courshon highlights the many obstacles & challenges filmmakers face today -- and how to overcome them. His teachings also pack powerful messages on how to stay in the game for the long haul. At the heart of every lesson on distribution is a focus on "what works and what doesn't" in reaching your audience.

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