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Filmmaking Confidential

50 EpisodesProduced by Steve BaldersonWebsite

The Filmmaking Confidential podcast is the quintessential resource for independent filmmakers – from aspiring students to seasoned pros. Each episode is filled with invaluable perspective, secret tips, how-tos and general philosophy about making films, no matter the budget, no matter the location. H… read more

50 Episodes | 2020 - 2023

BONUS: "Alchemy of the Spirit" release week revisits cult icon Mink Stole

January 17th, 2023


To celebrate the release of our film "Alchemy Of The Spirit" this week we revisit Mr. Balderson's discussion with cult icon Mink Stole!  Mink …

BONUS: "Alchemy of the Spirit" release week revisits Dr. Joseph Suglia

January 11th, 2023


To celebrate the release of our film "Alchemy Of The Spirit" this week we revisit Mr. Balderson's discussion with Dr. Joseph Suglia, who offers his analysis of the film.   

Philosopher and Author Dr. Joseph Suglia

The One & Only Tony Pedone!

October 4th, 2022


This special Season Two finale features producer/director Anthony Pedone.  Pedone has produced, written, directed, or shot over 24 features, documentaries, and short films.

In 2015, he produced THE STRONGEST MAN, which …

Clara Ritger "Film, Curiosity & Adventure"

September 20th, 2022


Clara Ritger grew up in the small town of Huntington Beach, California, where she learned what real Mexican food tastes like and how to cut the line …

Filmmaker & Author John Gaspard

September 6th, 2022


John Gaspard is author of the Eli Marks mystery series as well as four other stand-alone novels, "The Greyhound of the Baskervilles," "A Christmas …

Contemporary Artist Austin Young

August 23rd, 2022


Austin Young is from Reno, Nevada and currently lives and works in Los Angeles. The foundation of his career is from studying at Parsons in Paris. Early in his career, Austin transferred his interests from traditional …

Magician Mentalist Felix Jones

August 9th, 2022


Felix Jones is a member of the International Brotherhood of Magicians and a Magician Member of the Academy of Magical Arts and a regular performer in …

Musician Kristian Hoffman

July 26th, 2022


Kristian Hoffman ran away from his boyhood home in Santa Barbara, California, to New York City where he and his high school friend, Lance Loud, …

Iris Berry "Punk Hostage Press"

July 12th, 2022


Iris Berry is the co-founder of Punk Hostage Press.  She is the author and editor of several books and has a vast fan base for her unique voice and …

James Oseland "Film, Punk Rock & Food"

June 28th, 2022


JAMES OSELAND travels extensively in search of the world’s best restaurants, street food stalls, markets, and home cooks. Long before he was a judge on Top Chef Masters, he was a teenage rebel growing up in the …

Peaches Christ (aka Joshua Grannell) is "All About Evil"

June 14th, 2022


Peaches Christ (aka Joshua Grannell) is a filmmaker and cult leader living in San Francisco. Her infamous movie events at the Castro Theatre …

Elliott Hunter "Olympian of Magic"

May 31st, 2022


Elliott Hunter is an international award winning magician and sleight of hand artist.  Elliott began magic after seeing his first magic show at the …

Filmmaker & Actress Susan Traylor

May 17th, 2022


Susan Traylor is an award-winning actress, writer and film director.  She was born in New York and raised in Los Angeles in and around the theater. Her parents were legendary acting teachers Peggy Feury and William …

Davey Wavey "Himeros.TV"

April 27th, 2022


Davey Wavey is an American Producer who covers LGBT topics related to sex, relationships, and coming out. His YouTube channel has over 1.4 million subscribers.  Wavey is also the creator of Himeros.TV - a site that …

Brian Sonia-Wallace "The Poetry of Strangers"

April 13th, 2022


Before he became an award-winning writer and poet, Brian Sonia-Wallace set up a typewriter on the street with a sign that said “Poetry Store” and discovered something surprising: all over America, people want poems. An …

Filmmaker Bruce LaBruce

March 29th, 2022


Bruce LaBruce is an internationally acclaimed filmmaker, photographer, writer, and artist based in Toronto. His latest film is "St. Narcisse" a comedy-drama starring Félix-Antoine Duval as a pair of identical twins who …

Dr. Joseph Suglia dissects "Alchemy of the Spirit"

March 19th, 2022


Season Two is officially here!  For our premiere episode, Philosopher and Author Dr. Joseph Suglia dissects Steve Balderson's new art film ALCHEMY OF …

BONUS 3/3: Reading From "Filmmaking Confidential" The Book

January 19th, 2022


While Season Two is being produced, I'd love to share an excerpt from the Audible version of my book "Filmmaking Confidential."  Today I'll read the chapters:
"Distribution Middlemen"
"You Don't Need to Yell"
"What …

BONUS 2/3: Reading From "Filmmaking Confidential" The Book

December 9th, 2021


While Season Two is being produced, I'd love to share an excerpt from the Audible version of my book "Filmmaking Confidential."  Today I'll read the chapters:
"Marketing: You vs The Big Boys"
"How to Read a Screenplay"

BONUS 1/3: Reading From "Filmmaking Confidential" The Book

November 4th, 2021


While Season Two is being produced, I'd love to share an excerpt from the Audible version of my book "Filmmaking Confidential."  Today I'll read the …

The One & Only Betti O!

May 25th, 2021


Today's special Season One finale is The One & Only Betti O!  Betti O. has appeared on stage from New York to Japan, performing with incredible people including Sally Struthers, Ben Vereen and Sandy Duncan. In 2008 …

Actress & Writer Jennifer Grace

May 18th, 2021


Today's guest is actress and writer Jennifer Grace. Jennifer received her BA from Kansas State University in 1997. She has been working as a professional actor since, most notably in a record-shattering run as Emily …

Filmmaker & Actor Aaron Dean Eisenberg

May 11th, 2021


Today's guest is actor Aaron Dean Eisenberg. He is best known for portraying "Todd Lang" in HBO Series The Deuce alongside James Franco and Maggie Gyllenhaal; and "Richard Kane" in Ed Burns' series Public Morals.

The Fabulous Rena Riffel

May 4th, 2021


Today's guest is the fabulous Rena Riffel. Rena is an American actress, singer, dancer, model, writer, producer, and director. She is best known for …

Filmmaker & Actor Doug Hurley

April 27th, 2021


Today's guest is filmmaker and actor Doug Hurley.  Doug is originally from Kansas, lived in New York City for a while, and now calls Los Angeles home. As a writer/director, his most recent short film, Suicide Date, …

Emma Elizabeth Tillman

April 20th, 2021


Today's guest is photographer, writer, and filmmaker Emma Elizabeth Tillman. Her family lived on a sailboat from the time she was born. Tillman grew up on the water in Southern California, and the ocean has informed and …

The Filmmakers of "Alien Country"

April 13th, 2021


Today's guests are Renny Grames and Boston McConnaughey - the team behind the new film ALIEN COUNTRY.

Boston McConnaughey - Director, Writer
With a background in filmmaking and next generation VR storytelling, Boston and …

Comedian Preston Taylor of "Farm to TV"

April 6th, 2021


Today's guest is Preston Taylor - an American comedian, actor, producer and writer from Gatesville, Texas. Preston started his illustrious career in …

Filmmaker Adam Barnick

March 30th, 2021


Adam Barnick attended New York's School of Visual Arts for filmmaking, while assisting in production and special effects for theater and independent …

Film Set Etiquette with Elizabeth Spear

March 23rd, 2021


Join film directors Elizabeth Spear & Steve Balderson as they discuss the sometimes insane behavior and on-set antics of other Directors, Primadonnas, Assistant Directors, Explosive Producers, Egomaniacs, and how …

Film Director Billy Clift

March 16th, 2021


William Clift, a Hollywood native, started his career as a Make-up and Hair man for the fashion, film, television and Music Video industry. In mid …

Amazon Studios Producer Rebecca Breithaupt

March 9th, 2021


In an industry where the word "Producer" is misused and overused, it's nearly impossible to tell what it means anymore. Amazon Studios Social Producer Rebecca Breithaupt discusses the different kinds of producers …

Australian Filmmaker Adrian Powers

March 2nd, 2021


Adrian is an Australian film director, screenwriter and editor.  His film BROLGA is a short film which has just completed a successful international …

Actress Starina Johnson

February 23rd, 2021


Starina Johnson is a multidisciplinary artist who can be seen in award-winning films such as “West Hollywood Motel”, “More Scenes from a Gay …

Filmmaker Nathan Adloff

February 16th, 2021


Nathan Adloff's feature film “Miles” is semi-autobiographical and centers on a high school senior who joins the girls volleyball team in hopes of …

Musician Eric Himan

February 9th, 2021


Eric Himan is an award-winning nationally-touring soulful/folk/rock artist.  His music has been featured on Sirius/XM's Coffeehouse radio station.  …

Film & TV Editor Elliott Diviney

February 2nd, 2021


Elliot Diviney began editing for Best Buy and the Minnesota Orchestra. In 2009, Elliot directed his first feature film, an indie crime comedy called “Paper-Maché.” Between 2011 and 2012, Elliot directed two sequels, …

Scream Queen Debbie Rochon

January 26th, 2021


By the early 1990s, Debbie was working with multiple theatre companies in NYC including The Tribeca Lab where she played multiple characters in …

Garrett Swann of the Santa Barbara Swanns

January 19th, 2021


Garrett Swann is a Santa Barbara native, now New Yorker, full-time realist, gym rat, go-getter, and a wannabe millennial.  Obsessed with great convos …

Filmmaker Ronni Thomas

January 12th, 2021


Like many film hopefuls, Ronni started making films at about 9 years old when his father bought one of the first camcorder backpack units that had …

Sharknado's "The Asylum"

January 5th, 2021


The Asylum is one of the world's leading brand-oriented motion picture and television studios. With a focus on high-concept, market-driven …

Cult Icon Mink Stole

December 29th, 2020


Mink Stole is best known for her work in the films of John Waters. Her film career began as a party guest in Waters' film Roman Candles. Since then, …

Documentary Filmmaker Desh Amila

December 22nd, 2020


Desh Amila is a documentary filmmaker and serial entrepreneur. Originally from Sri Lanka and migrated to Australia in 2000. With a desire to inspire, Desh is on a mission to educate, entertain and enhance the lives of …

Actor Marek Probosz

December 15th, 2020


Marek Probosz is a preeminent film, television and stage actor in his native Poland, and likened across Eastern Europe as "the DeNiro of Poland,” …

Academy Award nominee Sally Kirkland

December 8th, 2020


Sally Kirkland is a film, TV, and theater veteran since the 1960s and is probably best known for the film "Anna," for which she garnered the Best …

Princess of Hollywood Pleasant Gehman

December 1st, 2020


Her Royal Highness the Princess of Hollywood Pleasant Gehman is a true renaissance woman: best-selling author and journalist, international dance …

Writer Amanda Deibert

November 24th, 2020


Join Steve for a dialog with New York Times #1 Bestselling Comic Book and television writer Amanda Deibert. Amanda is currently writing for the animated series He-Man and The Masters Of The Universe for Netflix. Her …

Lloyd Kaufman of Troma

November 17th, 2020


Legendary director Lloyd Kaufman is president of New York-based production and distribution company Troma Entertainment, which he and partner Michael Herz founded in 1974 shortly after they graduated from Yale …

The Enigma

November 10th, 2020


The Enigma, completely tattooed from head to toe in blue jigsaw puzzle pieces, is a legendary performer cultivating audiences for over 20 years …

Cinematographer Hanuman Brown-Eagle

November 3rd, 2020


Emmy winning Cinematographer Hanuman Brown-Eagle visits with Steve about motion picture photography and his interest in light and space.  Hanuman also offers insight and tips about the best cameras, lenses, and the …

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