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May 25, 2015

Brendan McCarthy is a legend in the world of comics and now the world of Mad Max. His series Freakwave was inpired by Mad Max 2, The Road Warrior and was later copied by the film Waterworld (without giving credit to McCarthy). In this episode we talk with McCarthy about his relationship with Mad Max and how he went from being a film of The Road Warrior to actually co writing the latest installment with writer/director George Miller.

Here is more about McCarthy from his website artbrendan.com

About Brendan McCarthy

Brendan McCarthy studied Painting and Film at Chelsea school of Art under the celebrated British Pop Artist Patrick Caulfield.

Brendan is one of the UK's most gifted graphic novelists. His ground-breaking comics of the early 80s (Strange Days, Skin, Rogan Gosh) as part of 'The British Invasion' paved the way for comics’ increasing popularity in Hollywood.

He was also one of the pioneers of computer animation, creating the visuals for the 90s computer animated TV series ReBoot, the first long-form digital narrative that preceded Pixar and Dreamworks' later successes. He has spent more than 20 years working in Hollywood, and is the co-writer and a designer on Mad Max Fury Road.

More recently, Brendan has created new graphic novels including Spider-Man Fever (for Marvel), Solo (for DC Comics) and Swimini Purpose, The Zaucer of Zilk and Dream Gang for independent US publishers. A best-selling retrospective collection of his classic comic book work was released last year, The Best of Milligan & McCarthy.

 

 

May 13, 2015

Want to raise money for your film? In his book Bankroll, Tom Malloy goes into detail about he has been able to fund his own projects. Today we're talking with Tom about how filmmakers can raise the money to make their films as well as the things to avoid.

 

Here's more about Tom from Wikipedia.

 

Malloy wrote, produced and acted in The Alphabet Killer[4] , a psychological thriller directed by Rob Schmidt and starring Eliza Dushku, Cary Elwes, Timothy Hutton and Michael Ironside; and The Attic,[5] a thriller directed by Mary Lambert and starring John Savage, Jason Lewis, and Elisabeth Moss.He has written, produced and starred in the 2009 film Love N' Dancing,[6] a dance film/romantic comedy directed by Rob Iscove that stars Amy Smart, Billy Zane, Betty White and Rachel Dratch.[7][8][9]

 

Malloy has acted in other films, including Gravesend, and on television shows including Law & Order, Third Watch and Kidnapped.

 

He wrote the book Bankroll: A New Approach To Financing Feature Films in 2009, which garnered an Amazon Average Customer Review of four-and-a-half stars. A 2nd Edition of the book came out in 2012.[10]

 

In 2013, Malloy partnered with LA based independent film producer Jason Brubaker to create The Film Finance Guide.

 

May 6, 2015

 

Today I'm talking with producers Briand Udovich and Justin Duprie of Rough and Tumble Films. We discuss the ways independent filmmakers working in the sub 1 million dollar range can compete with other larger budget films. Starting with his film All the Boys Love Mandy Lane , Udovich has had a track record of delivering high productoin value and star power at a fraction of the cost of independent films in the same league. His latest filme, Bad Turn Worse, stars Mackenzie Davis, Jeremy Allen White, and Mark Pelligrino.

 

From IMDB:

Brian Udovich has a Masters degree from the AFI (American Film Institute) and bachelors from Illinois Wesleyan University.

Awarded a grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation for his AFI Thesis The Monster And The Peanut. Awarded the Robert M. Mongomery Outstanding Young Alumnus award by Illinois Wesleyan University.

A 4-year varsity letterman in football at Wesleyan as a defensive lineman. Attended famed high school football powerhouse Joliet Catholic Academy (Mike Alstott, Dan "Rudy" Ruettiger).

Former Senior Business Consultant for the French firm Cap Gemini.

Currently resides in Los Angeles.

 

 

 

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