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Feb 17, 2015

Geeking out with Caleb about camera gear and discussing the real difference between consumer dslr's as well as lenses and other gear. Whoever you are, if you want to be a filmmaker there has never been a better time to run out, buy an inexpensive dslr like the Canon t3i and a 50mm f1.8 lens and start shooting absolutely beautiful video.

Two of the main cameras that Caleb recommends are the Panasonic GH3 and the Sony A7s. We also talk about why, at the time of this taping in 2015, there is really no reason for filmmakers to buy a Canon 5D mkIII. Caleb himself has started shooting with the Canon C100 which is specifically made for filmmaking. So we talk about the advantages of shooting with high end cameras vs. dslrs.

 

Caleb Pike is a camera operator, editor, and podcaster based in Chicago, IL. His experience branches from documentary and commercial, to film and educational material.

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Feb 9, 2015

Screenwriter, Actor, Director...Todd Berger is a triple threat. Today we sit down and talk with Todd about his life and how it has led him to direct the film "It's A Disaster" starring David Cross, Julia Stiles, and America Ferrera.

Here's more about Todd from the Wikipedia:

Todd Berger (born April 5, 1979) is an American actor, screenwriter, and film director, most prominently known for writing, directing, and appearing in the films The Scenesters and It's a Disaster. Berger has also appeared as an actor in films such as Southland Tales and on the television show Parks and Recreation.

 

Berger is a graduate of The University of Texas at Austin, where he worked for the student television station KVR-TV and wrote and directed the nationally syndicated comedy show Campus Loop.[1]

Berger also wrote The Happytime Murders, an upcoming noir-comedy puppet film being directed by Brian Henson, and is currently writing a screenplay for a film adaptation of Where's Waldo.

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Feb 3, 2015

I first became aware of Kevin Shahinian's work a few weeks ago while watching some of the presentations at Cinesummit. Kevin's company Pacific Pictures specializes in ultra high end films for weddings however, I want to stay away from using a term like Wedding Videographer, because if you have seens Kevin's work, it is truly inspiring. His company specializes not only in creating films that spotlight weddings, but also in creating short narrative films starring members of the wedding party along side real actors.

One of the things that stood out for me especially regarding indie filmmaking was Kevin's description of shooting the short film Matroshka, where he shot almost everything on his own, including directing non actors and running his own sound. Honestly, describing his work doesn't do it justice. You need to check out his videos for yourself. 

You can see his work here: http://www.pacificpicturesblog.com/blog/

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Jan 28, 2015

John Trigonis, Film Campaign Specialist at Indiegogo, discusses strategies for making sure you're film's crowdfunding campaign is successful.

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From:  http://johntrigonis.com

I’m a published poet, writer, and storyteller, independent filmmaker, and author of Crowdfunding for Filmmakers: The Way to a Successful Film Campaign. Raised right on coffee, comics, and red wine.

 

Crowdfunding for Filmmakers: The Way to a Successful Film Campaign, is now available for purchase at Michael Wiese Productions!

 

A book about crowdfunding? Specifically for filmmakers?
As a crowdfunding success story myself –– raising $6,300 to make my award-winning short film Cerise –– I’ve realized that most filmmakers don’t consider themselves crowdfunders, never mind entrepreneurs, and therefore rarely take the time to research other campaign strategies like I had done. Instead, they navigate this brave new landscape blindfolded with only a hope and a dream. That’s why Crowdfunding for Filmmakers: The Way to a Successful Film Campaign will be an invaluable tool to ensure a triumphant climax to a rigorous crowdfunding campaign.

So what’s the book about?
Crowdfunding for Filmmakers
centers around offering practical information, tips, and tactics about how to launch a successful film campaign by going with the flow of traditional models of fundraising, utilizing today’s technological and social innovations, and augmenting each with an added personal touch. The book examines various ways to meet and exceed one’s crowdfunding goal through chapters that home in on team building, audience outreach, and crowdfunder etiquette, along with a section containing case studies from successful film campaigns, as well as a few unsuccessful ones and what they could’ve done to remedy their unfavorable outcomes.

Jan 25, 2015

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About Thunder Levin:

Thunder Levin was born and raised in New York City, graduated from Hunter College High School, and received a BFA in Film from NYU before moving to Los Angeles at age 23. His father Michael was an award-winning journalist before retiring from WCBS radio. His mother Glenis was an immigrant from Liverpool, England, where she worked across the street from the Cavern Club while the Beatles were playing there... and never went to see them! He credits the original Star Trek television series with opening his mind to both the wonders of science fiction and filmmaking as a child, while the original Star Wars solidified his desire to make movies when he grew up. A high school TV production class sealed the deal.

Mutant Vampire Zombies from the 'Hood! (2008) starring C. Thomas Howell was Thunder's feature film directorial debut. This led to him writing and/or directing several films for production company The Asylum, including American Warships (2012) and AE: Apocalypse Earth (2013), culminating in the pop culture phenomenon Sharknado (2013). While continuing to write and direct feature films, he is also developing episodic television projects.

Thunder is a lifelong sailor and car enthusiast who's recently taken up motorcycle riding. In addition to his film and television work, he is writing his first novel. He lives in Santa Monica, CA, but considers himself a "temporarily misassigned New Yorker". Thunder is his real name. Please don't ask why.

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Jan 23, 2015

Don't make these legal mistakes that will make you unable to sell your film. 

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Biography of Mark Litwak from http://www.marklitwak.com

 

Mark Litwak is a veteran entertainment attorney and founder of the Law Offices of Mark Litwak & Associates based in Los Angeles,  California. His practice includes work in the areas of copyright, trademark, contract, multimedia law, intellectual property and book publishing. As a Producer’s Representative, he assists filmmakers in arranging financing, marketing and distribution of their films.  He is a law professor and serves as an expert witness on motion picture industry cases.

 

Litwak is the author of six books:  Reel Power, The Struggle for Influence and Success in the New Hollywood (William Morrow, 1986), Courtroom Crusaders (William Morrow, 1989), Dealmaking in the Film & Television Industry (Silman-James Press, 1994) (winner of the 1996 Kraszna-Krausz award for best book in the world on the film business), Contracts for the Film & Television Industry (Silman-James Press, 3rd Ed. 2012), Litwak's Multimedia Producer's Handbook (Silman-James Press, 1998), and  Risky Business: Financing and Distributing Independent Film  (Silman-James Press, 2004). 

 

He has contributed articles to The Los Angeles Times, The Business of Film, The Hollywood Reporter, Moviemaker and Daily Journal.  He is the creator of the CD-ROM program Movie Magic Contracts. He also writes a blog for Independent Filmmaker Project (IFP). 

 

Litwak has been a lawyer since 1977 and worked in New York and California. He has an AV Peer Review Rating from Martindale-Hubbell and has been designated a Southern California Super Lawyer numerous  times by  Thomson Reuters.  His cases include winning nearly two million dollars against a major distributor for failing to pay a filmmaker his share of revenue.

 

As a law professor he has taught  entertainment law, copyright or torts at  Loyola Law School and the University of Puget Sound School of Law. He is an adjunct professor at the U.S.C. Gould School of Law. He has taught entertainment law courses at U.C.L.A. Extension for more than 25 years and has has lectured for the American Bar Association as well as for the California and Texas state bar associations. A frequent speaker, he has presented seminars across the United States, and in England, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and Canada including presentations for Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts, the American Film Institute, Harvard University, Columbia University,  the University of British Columbia and the Royal College of Art in London. 

 

Litwak has represented clients in entertainment industry arbitrations. He has also served as an arbitrator on the AAA and IFTA entertainment panels. 

 

His background also includes stints as a television journalist, writing and producing news segments for Telepictures, and as a television producer with Marble Arch Productions. He is a former Vice President and General Counsel for  a merchant banking and communications company.  Litwak has packaged movie projects and served as executive producer on such feature films as “The Proposal,” “Out Of Line,” “Pressure,” and “Diamond Dog.” He has provided legal services or worked as a producer rep on more than 200 feature films. He is production counsel for several television shows including the Emmy Award winning “Childrens Hospital."

 

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Jan 23, 2015

Today we're talking with Script Consultant and Author Linda Seger about how to develop as a screenwriter.

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For a list of all the films Linda has consulted on, check out her IMDB Page.

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Jan 22, 2015

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Today we talk with Producer Suzanne Lyons. Suzanne was recently the co-executive producer for the filme "The Calling" starring Susan Sarandon, Ellen Burstyn, Donal Sutherland and Topher Grace.

She is also produced the thriller "Most Likely To..." with MarVista Entertainment. She is also set to produce the film "The Final Hour."

Suzanne's book "Indie Film Producing: The Craft of Low Budget Filmmaking" is available on Amazon.

 

She also has 10 free tips on YouTube at www.youtube.com/suzannelyons

 

Suzanne also teaches workshops on Film Production at Singapore Media Academy, National University, Columbia College, and New York Film School. For more information go to www.snowfallfilms.com

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Jan 22, 2015

How can you sell your film? We're talking with Jason Brubaker of Filmmaking Stuff about the different options for filmmakers. We discuss the AFM American Film Market, options for filmmakers to self distribute using platforms such as Netflix, iTunes, and Amazon. We also talk about ways that filmmakers can build their following through social media on Facebook, Twitter, and building a mailing list.

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