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Mar 21, 2017

On today's episode we're talking with Wyrmwood director Kiah Roache-Turner.

May 30, 2016

Jon S. Baird  is best known for his 2013 film Filth.[2]

Baird has also directed for television, e.g., Vinyl (on HBO), season 1, episode 8, "E.A.B."

Feb 18, 2016

In this episode I am talking with Jeremy Gardener and Christian Stella. Two of the creators behind the wildly popular zombie film "The Battery" and the upcoming "Tex Montana Will Survive". We discuss what it was like to make an indie film for 6k dollars, what happened after the film came out, and how their experiences have made them want to change the way they approach distribution by offering their latest film for free. 

To learn more about their crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter go to

Jan 26, 2016

PILAR ALESSANDRA is the director of the popular writing program “On The Page” and author of “The Coffee Break Screenwriter.” A sought-after teacher and lecturer, she’s traveled the world teaching screenwriting, pitching and story analysis. As a consultant, Pilar has helped thousands of writers create, refine and sell their scripts and was named “Cream of the Crop” in Creative Screenwriting’s Script Consultant Survey. Her students and clients have sold to Disney, DreamWorks, Warner Brothers and Sony and have won prestigious competitions, including the Austin Film Festival and Nicholl Fellowship.

Pilar jump-started her career in film as a script reader for Amblin Entertainment. With the formation of DreamWorks, she became Senior Story Analyst and a reader liaison between the studio and Robert Zemeckis’s company ImageMovers. Her expert script analysis was also sought out by The Robert Evans Company, Cineville Entertainment, Handprint Entertainment and Saturday Night Live Studios. Work at Interscope Communications led her to a position as Senior Story Analyst for Scott Kroopf’s production company Radar Pictures.

Pilar was later bitten by the “teaching bug” while teaching screenwriting and story analysis at the UCLA Writers’ Program. In 2001, she started her own company “On the Page,” and in 2004 opened the On the Page Writers Studio in Sherman Oaks, California. In the interest of expanding access to her teaching tools, Pilar created the instructional DVD “On the Page” and presents the weekly “On the Page Podcast” with guests from within the industry. Recently, Pilar was listed as one of LA Weekly’s top 100 people in their “Best of LA People” issue.


Dec 16, 2015

The 90 Day Screenplay with Alan Watt

When it comes to learning screenwriting, it is rare to find a book from someone who is actually a working writer. In this episode of the Indie Film Academy Podcast, I talk with Alan Watt about his career as a screenwriter and many of the ideas in his book The 90-Day Screenplay.

Alan is also the founder of the L.A. Writer's Lab and can be followed on Twitter.

Show Notes:

Free Film Audiobook
Secrets To Sell Your First Film ($50 Off!)
L.A. Writer's Lab
The 90-Day Screenplay
It's A Wonderful Life
Star Wars

Dec 1, 2015

Music Supervisor Dan Wilcox discusses what filmmakers need to know about licensing music for your film and some of the ways to get great songs for cheap. We also discuss topics such as royalty free music, right free music and the wacky world of music licenses. 

Nov 25, 2015

Darious Britt (aka D4Darious) started posting filmmaking videos back in 2012. Through the years he has learned what works and what doesn't and ways that filmmakers can grow their personal brand by connecting with an audience. 


Check out D4Darious on YouTube.

Nov 17, 2015

If you have watched The Fresh Prince, In Living Color, Roc or the Disney hits The Princess and the Frog or Treasure Planet, you have most likely laughed at something that came out of writer Rob Edwards' imagination. Rob is not only an amazing writer and teacher, he is also funny as hell. So it was a pleasure to sit down for almost 2 hours and talk with rob about his way of approaching things such as story, character and plot.