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303 - Chris Greene, Actor - Don't Let Fear Prevent You From Representing Yourself - (Mistakes In The Making)

September 25th, 2022

7:40

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In this edition of Mistakes In The Making, we explore Actor Chris Greene's experiences around learning to honor the business side of show business and not letting fear decide whether or not to question a …

302 - Indie Talk w/ Chris and Nick - Emmy Awards Low Ratings & Highlights And Types of Currency To Guarantee Indie Film ROI

September 20th, 2022

58:12

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In this edition of Indie Talk, Chris and Nick talk about being able to compartmentalize the art and the artist, provide an explanation for this year's low Emmy ratings, and expound about what we loved …

301 - Brandon Hirsch, Actor - Scrutinize Every Offer - (Mistakes In The Making)

September 18th, 2022

7:46

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In this edition of Mistakes In The Making, we learn from Actor Brandon Hirsch. He talks about a time when he accepted a writing job that didn't pan out. 

Through this experience, he learned to value his …

299 - Kris Wente, Actor - Don't Be Afraid To Ask For What You Need - (Mistakes In The Making)

September 11th, 2022

4:23

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In this edition of Mistakes In The Making, we learn from Actor Kris Wente about the dangers of not asking for what you need on set. 

Especially when things change in the project or script. Enjoy!

 

 

298 - Indie Talk! What Indie Creators Can Learn From Serena WIlliams and The Return of MoviePass

September 5th, 2022

1:07:21

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In this episode, Chris and Nick talk about the branding genius of Serena Williams, the potentially creepy return of MoviePass, Neil …

297 - Actor, Writer Ted Welch - Avoiding The Trap Of Easy Success - Mistakes In The Making

September 4th, 2022

7:47

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In this edition of Mistakes In The Making, we hear from Actor and Writer Ted Welch. He expounds upon his experiences in the film industry after booking hit films like 'The Help' and hit shows like 'True …

295 - Live From DEFY @ The Premier of ‘Chest’ - Aaron Irons, Director/Writer And Josh Croft, Producer/Actor On The Challenges Of Making Found Footage Film ‘Chest’

August 28th, 2022

53:02

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In this special episode, we have a conversation with Director, Writer Aaron Irons, and Producer, Actor Josh Croft. We talk about their new Found Footage film, ‘Chest,’ the process of making a $30K SAG …

292 - Who Influences What Movies You Watch And The Reality Of Comparison Thinking - (Indie Talk)

August 9th, 2022

1:07:32

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In this episode of Indie Talk, Chris and Nick talk about the artists they thought would be more successful, how fake tv singing …

291 - Denise Greene, Producer & Director Of Program Initiatives At Black Public Media - The Power Of The Creative Incubator, Producing Winning Documentaries, And Why Story Is King

August 2nd, 2022

1:13:04

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In this episode, we have a conversation with Producer and Director of Programming at Black Public Media, Denise Greene. We talk …

290 - Ryan Hartsock, Producer - The Perils of Unearned Confidence - (Mistakes In The Making)

July 31st, 2022

11:14

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In this edition of Mistakes In The Making, we hear from Producer Ryan Hartsock. Ryan walks us through his mistake of hubris through metaphor and humble confession. Enjoy!

 

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289 - Theaters Are Back Despite MCU Fan Disappointment in Thor - (Indie Talk)

July 26th, 2022

56:27

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In this edition of Indie Talk, Chris and Nick talk about their recent experiences at the theater, the surprise at the end of the new Thor movie, Winnie The Pooh (and other well-known characters) becoming …

288 - Logen Christopher, Director & Cinematographer - The Dangers Of Creative Isolation - Mistakes In The Making

July 24th, 2022

10:53

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In this edition of Mistakes In The Making, we talk with Cinematographer Logen Christopher. Logen talks about the mistake of creative …

287 - Julia Rosengren, Filmmaker, Actor, & Philanthropist - Protect The Planet, Make Great Art, And Use Money To Help People

July 19th, 2022

56:10

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In this episode, we have a conversation with filmmaker, actor, and philanthropist Julia Rosengren. We talk about her challenging …

286 - What Filmmakers Can Learn From Simone Biles - Industry Insights

July 17th, 2022

8:47

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In this edition of Industry Insights, Nick expounds on the challenges faced by Simone Biles during her latest Olympic experience and her response to those challenges while contrasting those trials with …

285 - Entertainment Publicist Amy Prenner - Why You Should Take The Emotion Out Of Business And Never Hire PR Too Quickly

July 14th, 2022

1:00:40

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In this episode, we have a conversation with Entertainment Publicist Amy Prenner. Chris and Amy talk about her documentary ‘Have You Heard About Greg’, her fascination with news as a child, how Zoom …

284 - Writer, Actor, and Musician Korby Lenker - Stay Curious About Your Passions - (Mistakes In The Making)

July 10th, 2022

9:49

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In this edition of Mistakes In The Making, we hear from Writer, Actor, Author, and Musician Korby Lenker. Korby opens up about a time in his career when he was forced to slow down, take a 9-to-5 job, and …

283 - Whistleblower, Documentary Filmmaker, And Author Michael McCray On The Role Of Filmmaking In Successful Whistleblowing

July 5th, 2022

1:18:57

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In this episode, we have a conversation with Whistleblower, Documentarian, and Author Michael McCray. We talk about the upcoming Whistleblower Summit and Film Festival, the art of pitching, the film …

282 - The Bechdel Test w/ Kd Amond, Elisabeth Donaldson, Tammy Hyler, Vicki Yates, and Sarah Zanotti

July 3rd, 2022

50:38

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In this episode, we hear from a brilliant panel of female filmmakers and creatives - Kd Amond (AZIF Productions), Elisabeth Donaldson

281 - Knowing When and Where To Be Yourself, Media Dog Whistles, and What To Make Once You Make Some Money - (Indie Talk)

June 28th, 2022

50:08

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In this edition of Indie Talk, Chris and Nick review this week in podcast guests, discuss the usefulness of the DISC profile, take …

280 - Best Practices For Navigating The Film Festival Circuit w/ NaFF Creative Director Lauren Ponto & Filmmaker Ava Leigh Stewart

June 26th, 2022

52:55

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In this episode, Chris joins the Creative Director of the Nashville Film Festival, Lauren Ponto, and Filmmaker Ava Leigh Stewart on a panel to discuss the best practices and pitfalls of deploying your …

279 - Director Chris St. Croix - The Truth About Selling Your Movie To Streamers and Rising Above Your Demons

June 21st, 2022

2:11:08

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In this conversant episode, we have a conversation with Director Chris St. Croix. We talk about his films 'In The Dark,' 'Shattered,' and 'Final,' the details behind the streaming wars, working with …

278 - Juneteenth/Pride Month/Father's Day Special - Author And Actor Chris Haley - The Power of Poetry, Managing Anxiety and Notoriety As A Creative, and Losing Work With Wayne Brady

June 19th, 2022

2:00:46

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In this special Juneteenth, Pride Month, and Father’s Day episode, we have a conversation with Author & Actor Chris Haley. We talk about his #1 Amazon Best-Selling book of poetry, ‘Fists & …

277 - Maverick, McConaughey, and Making a Statement - (Indie Talk)

June 14th, 2022

1:00:55

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In this Indie Talk episode, Chris and Nick coin the term, “Non-Priority To-Do List,” they address the ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ lawsuit, share opinions on Matthew McConaughey’s White House speech and discuss …

276 - How to Get To The Core Of The Message - (Industry Insights)

June 12th, 2022

6:49

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In this edition of Industry Insights, Nick details the sentiments of Director Nick Frangione about getting to the core of the message in your film. Enjoy!

 

Our conversation with Nick

 

275 - Director Janlatae' Mullins - Pitching Dawson’s Creek, Working With Gavin DeGraw, and Recognizing Procrastination As Imposter Syndrome

June 7th, 2022

1:15:51

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In this episode, we have a conversation with Director Janlatae' Mullins. We talk about the incredible lengths she went through to …

274 - Writer Sandrene Mathews - The Compound Effect of Losing Confidence - (Mistakes In The Making)

June 5th, 2022

5:02

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In this edition of Mistakes In The Making, Writer Sandrene Mathews shares an experience in which she lost her confidence and then her job. Enjoy!

 

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273 - Pitching, Funding, And Distributing Your Film Project (Indie Talk At The SWIFT Summit Conference)

May 31st, 2022

57:07
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This episode brings you a special panel conversation from the recent SWIFT Summit Conference hosted by Women In Film and Television. Chris joins executive and creative panelists Ken Carpenter, Stuart …

272 - How To Be An Adaptive Filmmaker - (Industry Insights)

May 29th, 2022

7:23

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In this edition of Industry Insights, Nick explores and expounds on the wisdom of actor Joshua Noble. If change is a constant, it's not about who we are but who we are willing to be. Enjoy!

 

271 - Director & Actor Sam Brooks - The Tools & Tactics That Landed Him Roles in Fear Street 2: 1978 and Stargirl and How He Found His Courage To Act and Direct

May 24th, 2022

1:16:51
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In this episode, we have a conversation with Director and Actor, Sam Brooks. We talk about the tools he uses to book high-profile …

270 - How to Manage Feast & Famine in Filmmaking - (Industry Insights)

May 22nd, 2022

5:46
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In this edition of Industry Insights, Nick expounds on the confession and wisdom of Actor & Director Matt Williams. Nick talks about how to mitigate the feast and famine swings while living and …

269 - How AI Will Leverage You To Improve Story And Test Screenings - (Indie Talk)

May 17th, 2022

1:05:12

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In this Indie Talk, Chris and Nick talk about the diminishing effects of caffeine during the creative flow state, when and if artists …

268 - Writer & Actor Joshua Noble - Diversify Your Creative Approach - (Mistakes In The Making)

May 15th, 2022

7:12

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In this episode, Writer & Actor Joshua Noble talks about his early career experience of putting all of his eggs in one basket and how that taught him to take a diversified approach to his creative …

267 - Director Traci Hays - Going From Crew To Director, Finding A Mentor, and Learning To Prove Yourself Again and Again

May 10th, 2022

1:14:46

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In this episode, we have a conversation with Director Traci Hays. We talk about her latest feature film ‘Tangled’ streaming on Passionflix now, how she overcame childhood health and learning issues to …

266 - The Value of Positivity - (Industry Insights)

May 8th, 2022

7:08

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In this edition of Industry Insights, Nick borrows wisdom from Writer and Director, Kali Bailey to deep dive into the mindset of positivity. Enjoy! 

 

“Never underestimate the importance of a good …

265 - Protecting Your Script, Keeping Your Rights, And The Non-Negotiables of Indie Film (Indie Talk)

May 3rd, 2022

1:03:47

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In this episode, Chris and Nick follow up on Chris' massive films to watch list, discuss why 'Power Of The Dog' didn't win …

264 - The Business Side of Film - (Industry Insights)

May 1st, 2022

7:14

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In this edition of Industry Insights, Nick expounds upon the wisdom of Producer David Perry. He covers the concepts of Pathos, Ethos, Logos, Branding, and Marketing. Enjoy!

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263 - Producer, Media Futurist Susan Johnston - Charge A Price Worth Working For In Film & Television

April 26th, 2022

1:39:57

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In this episode, we have a conversation with Producer, Media Futurist, and Executive Director of the New Media Film Festival, Susan Johnston. 

We talk about the importance of being kind and being on time, …

262 - Writer AJ Bermudez - Envy Is A Big Waste Of Time - (Mistakes In The Making)

April 24th, 2022

10:19

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In this episode, Film and Television writer AJ Bermudez bravely shares her experiences with envy and her learned understanding of …

261 - Landing a Streaming Deal, Negotiating a Contract, and Putting Diversity In Film in Perspective - (Indie Talk)

April 19th, 2022

57:19

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Chris and Nick are back to answer your burning questions in this episode! We talk about what it takes to land a streaming deal with a mini-major or a major streamer, what rights to fight for during …

260 - Actor Dean Shortland - Take Risks, Go For It - (Mistakes In The Making)

April 17th, 2022

6:29

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In this edition of Mistakes In The Making, we hear from Actor Dean Shortland (Best Laid Plans, The Vanished, Nashville). He lets us see behind the curtain into the layers of insecurities all actors must …

259 - Todd Looby - Executive Director & Filmmaker - Filmmakers Need To Be Insanely Curious

April 12th, 2022

1:26:25

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In this episode, we have a conversation with Filmmaker and Executive Director of the Bend Film Festival, Todd Looby.

We talk about the advantages of submitting and attending the Bend Film Festival, why …

258 - Indie Filmmakers Need Each Other - (Industry Insights)

April 10th, 2022

6:25

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In this edition of Industry Insights, Nick deconstructs the following piece of wisdom from Director and Writer Motke Dapp, “Part of …

257 - Kathryn Hecht - Executive Director AV FIlm Festival - Everyone In The Boat Has To Look For Rocks

April 5th, 2022

1:05:19

Hello, Hello! In this episode, we have a conversation with the Founder and Executive Director of the AV Film Festival (formerly the Alexander Valley Film Festival). We talk about Sean Baker, why we can and can't forgive …

256 - Costume Designer Ciciley Hoffman - Manage Expectations & Trust Your Expertise - (Mistakes In The Making)

April 3rd, 2022

5:06
Hello, Hello! In this edition of Mistakes In The Making, we hear from  Costume Designer and Wardrobe Stylist, Ciciley Hoffman. Ciciley recounts a moment in her career in which she didn't set the correct expectations on …

255 - The Slap Heard 'Round The World - (Indie Talk)

March 29th, 2022

51:25

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In this special episode, Chris and Nick give their one-of-a-kind take on the Will Smith and Chris Rock Academy Awards confrontation, a situation we are terming “The Slap Heard ‘Round The World.” Enjoy!

254 - DP & Director Rick Page On Lighting, Production Design, Camera Tech, and The Calm of Surrender

March 29th, 2022

1:32:53

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In this episode, we have a conversation with the Director of Photography and Director Rick Page. We talk about his first editing hack, the harmony between Cinematography, Lighting, and Production Design, …

253 - The Five Minute Rule For Writers - (Industry Insights)

March 27th, 2022

6:32

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In this edition of Industry Insights, Nick expounds on the insights of Writer and VP of Operations at Worldwide Stages, Priscilla Wise. …

252 - Making A Short Instead Of A Feature Could Save You Millions - (Indie Talk)

March 23rd, 2022

43:27

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After a short hiatus, Chris and Nick are back with a new edition of Indie Talk. In this conversation, we cover Academy Award …

251 - Actor & Filmmaker Stefanie Black - You're Worth It, Say Yes To Yourself - (Mistakes In The Making)

March 21st, 2022

6:55

Hello, Indie Film Creatives!

In this edition of Mistakes In The Making, we hear from Actor and Filmmaker Stefanie Black. She details a casting …

250 - Documentary Filmmaker Sarah Klein - Treat Your Art Like A Dog With A Bone

March 15th, 2022

59:27

Hello, Indie Film Creatives! 

In this episode, we have a conversation with Documentary Director and Producer Sarah Klein. We talk about her partnership at Redglass Pictures, why knowing your audience is essential for …

249 - Brilliance In The Basics - (Industry Insights)

March 13th, 2022

8:46

Hello, Indie Film Creatives!

In this edition of Industry Insights, Nick outlines the importance of being brilliant in doing the basic things well - a sentiment shared with us by filmmaker Amanda Paige Young. Enjoy!

248 - Indie Film Investment From A to Z - EVERYTHING You Need To Know Before You Wire Funds

March 8th, 2022

1:35:48

Hello, Indie Film Creatives!

In this special in-depth episode, writer Jason McConnell and Executive Producer Chris Barkley take an essential deep dive into investing in Independent Film. You'll learn everything you need …

247 - Screenwriter Shannan E. Johnson - Don't Let Your Talents Distract You From Your Purpose - (Mistakes In The Making)

March 6th, 2022

7:47

Hello, Indie Film Creatives! 

In this edition of Mistakes In The Making, we hear from writer and former studio executive, Shannan E. Johnson. She talks about the mistake of lack of focus. This episode is perfect for …

246 - Leslie Raymond - Ann Arbor Film Festival Executive Director - Pushing The Film Medium Into The Experimental

March 1st, 2022

1:14:59

Hello, Indie Film Creatives! 

In this episode, we have a conversation with Ann Arbor Film Festival Executive Director Leslie Raymond. We talk about what it takes to push the film medium beyond the status quo, balancing …

245 - Ignore What They Say (Industry Insights)

February 27th, 2022

5:47

Hello, Indie Film Creatives!

In this edition of Industry Insights, Nick borrows from the following wisdom, "Learn to ignore what people say, because …

244 - Encanto Conspiracy - (Indie Talk)

February 22nd, 2022

49:06

Hello, Indie Film Creatives!

This is an Indie Talk week, and in this edition, we talk about men with unusual names, how 'Encanto' has remained in our …

243 - Actor JesseJames Locorriere - Be Careful Not To Let Your Craft Define You (Mistakes In The Making)

February 20th, 2022

14:29

Hello, Indie Film Creatives! 

In this edition of Mistakes In The Making, Actor JesseJames Locorriere talks about the lesson of finding out that he wasn't special and that acting is a great job, but not a great identity. …

242 - Brian Frankel - Filmmakers Either Have Reasons or Results

February 15th, 2022

1:26:27

Hello, Indie Film Creatives! 

In this episode, we have a conversation with filmmaker, lawyer, and Executive Director of the Wheaton Film Festival, Brian Frankel. We talk about the Wheaton Film Festival, his experience …

241 - Filmmaking Is Hard Enough (Industry Insights)

February 13th, 2022

6:01

Hello, Indie Film Creatives! 

In this edition of Industry Insights, Nick shares the wisdom of Director and Writer Robert Broadhurst and expounds upon Robert's quote, “It’s really hard to make art, to begin with, it’s …

240 - Can Jennifer Lopez Save The Rom-Com? (Indie Talk)

February 8th, 2022

54:17

Hello, Indie Film Creatives!

In this edition of Indie Talk, Chris and Nick talk about slow sales activity at this year's Sundance Film Festival and what might help, Jennifer Lopez's new Rom-Com 'Marry Me' and the …

239 - Michelle McGregor - You're In Graduate School To Become A Professional Actor Not To Be A Student (Mistakes In The Making)

February 6th, 2022

14:04

Hello Indie Film Creatives!

In this episode of 'Mistakes In The Making,' we hear from comedian, actor, and writer Michelle McGregor. She talks about what she learned from the mistakes she made attending a graduate …

238 - Nick Frangione - Focus On The Experience Of The Audience, Not Perfection

February 1st, 2022

1:14:06

Hello, Indie Film Creatives!

In this episode, we have a conversation with Director/Writer Nick Frangione. We talk about his fantastic feature 'Buck Run,' his work on a forthcoming musical and why he's making it, how …

237 - Terry Gingles - Don't Make This Mistake Directing an Animation (Mistakes In The Making)

January 30th, 2022

5:40

Hello, Indie Film Creatives!

In this episode of ‘Mistakes In The Making,’ we hear from Director and Writer Terry Gingles. He breaks down the mistakes …

236 - Is "Fake It 'Til You Make It" Legit or Fraud? (Indie Talk)

January 25th, 2022

56:27

Hello, Indie Film Creatives!

In this episode, we talk about creative lying versus fraudulent lying. When is selling or pitching using Puffery …

235 - Drew Maynard - Pick The Right Project (Mistakes In The Making)

January 24th, 2022

19:40

Hello, Indie Film Creatives! 

In this episode, we hear from Writer and Director Drew Maynard as he talks about the mistakes of taking on the wrong projects, how to know it when it happens, and how to fix it. Enjoy!

234 - Brighid Wheeler - The Power of Story vs. Technical Ability

January 18th, 2022

1:25:57
Hello, Indie Film Creatives!

In this episode, we have a conversation with the Atlanta Film Society and Atlanta Film Festival Programming Director Brighid Wheeler. We talk about life as a gay creative, fighting …

233 - Motke Dapp - Beware of the Scoundrels In Film (Mistakes in the Making)

January 17th, 2022

6:46

Hello, Indie Film Creatives!

This is the introductory episode of our podcast series, 'Mistakes In The Making'. In this volume, Motke Dapp talks about …

232- The Best of Indie Film 2021 feat. Director Robert Broadhurst, Producer & Writer Tony Scott, and Director and Animator Valerie Barnhart (Indie Talk)

January 13th, 2022

2:14:36

Hello, Indie Film Creatives!

In this episode, we bring on guest hosts Director Robert Broadhurst, Producer, and Writer Tony Scott, and Director and Animator Valerie Barnhart to review the best in Indie Film and the MAKE …

231- What Do Filmmakers Want? (Indie Talk)

January 4th, 2022

46:38

Hello, Indie Film Creatives!

In this episode, Chris and Nick get back together for their first Indie Talk of 2022! They talk about what they believe filmmakers genuinely aspire to, how they can get it, and where the …

230 - Andy Edmunds - How To Succeed As the Person in the Arena

December 28th, 2021

1:45:55
Hello, Indie Film Creatives! 

In this episode, we have a conversation with Virginia Film Office Director Andy Edmunds. We talk about his philosophy …

229 - Sarah Kunin - Give Yourself Permission To Be Creative

December 21st, 2021

1:24:29

Hello, Indie Film Creatives!

In this episode, we have a conversation with Producer and Showrunner Sarah Kunin. We talk about the mistake that made her a better Producer, her work with 'Good Morning America' host Michael …

228 - Travis Nicholson - Filmmaking and the Power Of Kindness, Meditation, And Saying Yes

December 14th, 2021

2:07:53

Hello, Indie Film Creatives! 

In this episode, we have a conversation with Actor, Musician, and Writer Travis Nicholson. We talk about growing up …

227 - Mr. Beast Proves That the "5th Wave" Is Upon Us (Indie Talk)

December 10th, 2021

52:55

Hello, Indie Film Creators!

In this episode, we talk about our go-to Holiday movies, explain why Indie Filmmakers tend to make Horror and Holiday …

226 - Michael McCray - Everybody Loves Whistleblower Stories

November 30th, 2021

1:22:49

Hello, Indie Film Creators!

In this episode, we have a conversation with Whistleblower, Author and Film Festival Founder Michael McCray. We talk about the process of becoming a Whistleblowing Filmmaker, The Clinton …

225 - Indie Film Isn't Bad, But There Are Bad People In It (Indie Talk)

November 23rd, 2021

48:29

Hello, Indie Creatives!

In this episode, Chris and Nick talk about the people that give the Indie Film Industry a bad name, how to spot them and stop them, and what it takes to be one of the good guys. Enjoy!

224 - Chris Haley - Swallow Your Pride, Be The Real You, and Stop Judging Yourself

November 18th, 2021

1:52:10

Hello, Indie Film Creatives!

In this episode, we have a conversation with the Documentarian, Author, Poet, and Nephew of ‘Roots’ author, Alex Haley, Chris Haley. We talk about John Brown’s place in history, how his life …

223 - Adam Schartoff - How to Learn from the Greats in Film and the Making of an Indie Film Show Host

November 9th, 2021

1:14:40

Hello, Indie Film Creatives!

In this episode, we have a conversation with Filmwax Radio and Filmwax TV host Adam Schartoff. We talk about how to keep …

222 - How to Get $100K for Your Short Film and What Facebook's Change to Meta Means for Indie Creators (Indie Talk)

November 2nd, 2021

51:35

Hello, Indie Film Creatives!

In this edition of Indie Talk, Chris and Nick share a few opinions on the "Rust" saga, Lena Waithe's Hillman Rising …

221 - Alex Schmider - LGBTQ Representation in Film & Media

October 26th, 2021

1:14:01

Hello, Indie Film Creatives!

In this episode, we have a conversation with Filmmaker and Activist Alex Schmider. We talk about the impact of his …

220 - Panel Talk: Knoxville Film Festival 2021 w/ Ava Leigh Stewart (Festival Bonus)

October 25th, 2021

1:13:54

Hello, Indie Film Creatives! 

In this special episode, Chris joins fellow filmmaker and Women In Film & Television (WIFT) board member Ava Leigh Stewart on a panel talk at the Knoxville Film Festival. We talk about …

219 - Bored Apes, Indie NFT's, AppleTV's Secret Strategy, and What Indies Can Learn From The Squid Game (Indie Talk)

October 20th, 2021

1:04:40

Hello, Indie Film Creatives!

In this episode, Chris and Nick talk about the film, television, and gaming future of NFT company Bored Ape Yacht Club, Apple's competitive differentiators, and why they are the most …

218 - Knox Shelton & Miriam Bale - How to Be a Courageous and Compassionate Filmmaker

October 12th, 2021

1:23:59

Hello, Indie Creatives!

In this episode, we have a conversation with the Executive and Artistic Directors of the Indie Memphis Film Festival, Knox Shelton and Miriam Bale. We talk about why Festivals around the country …

217 - Alex Ferrari - How to Make Profitable Indie Films as a Filmtrepreneur

October 5th, 2021

1:16:59

Hello, Indie Creatives!

In this episode, we have a conversation with Filmmaker, Entrepreneur, and Podcaster Alex Ferrari. In addition to his best-selling books, 'Shooting for the Mob' and 'Rise of the Filmtrepreneur,' …

216 - What It's All About - (Film Investment Series)

October 3rd, 2021

2:27

Hello, Indie Producers & Investors! 

In this final episode of the Film Investment Series, Chris and Jason talk about when to use your gut and when to use the investment playbook, and why investing in your brand is a …

215 - Forbidden Festival Knowledge, Addison Rae, and the Irony of the IATSE Protests (Indie Talk)

September 28th, 2021

55:38

Hello, Indie Creatives! 

In this episode, Chris and Nick talk about the stacked deck experience for Indie Filmmakers at most Festivals, Addison Rae's Netflix deal and how Indie actors can best respond, and why stronger …

214 - Bet on Story, Invest In Founder Filmmakers (Film Investment Series)

September 26th, 2021

1:34

Hello, Indie Investors and Producers! 

In this episode, Chris and Jason highlight the importance of all of the "Why Questions" and what they reveal about the temperament of the Founder Filmmaker. Enjoy!

213 - Lee Abrams - How to Succeed with Great Programming

September 21st, 2021

1:05:46

Hello, Indie Creatives!

In this episode, we have a conversation with the Co-Founder of XM Radio and Media Innovator and Legend, Lee Abrams. We discuss why he created the Album-Oriented Rock format for radio, the concept …

212 - Helping Your Film Succeed Beyond Investment (Film Investment Series)

September 19th, 2021

2:32

Hello, Indie Investors and Producers!

In this episode, Chris and Jason talk about what investors can do to help their films be financially successful …

211 - Scilla Andreen - How to Get Creative, Address Your Audience, and Make Money as a Filmmaker

September 14th, 2021

1:34:59

Hello, Indie Creatives!

In this episode, we have a conversation with the Co-Founder and CEO of IndieFlix, Scilla Andreen. We discuss how a chance catering job transformed into a career in film, her time working on the …

210 - Which Investment Strategy Is Best - Unicorn or Slate (Film Investment Series)

September 12th, 2021

2:44

Hello, Indie Creatives and Producers! 

In this episode, Chris and Jason talk about the upsides and risks of investing in a slate versus a single film project and break down the meaning of a Pseudo-Indie Film. Enjoy!

209 - Market Your Film Like Ryan Reynolds (Indie Talk)

September 7th, 2021

47:51

Hello, Indie Creatives! 

In this Indie Talk, Chris and Nick talk about the self-directed marketing initiatives deployed by actor Ryan Reynolds on his …

208 - Trust Games Increase Deal Flow (Film Investment Series)

September 5th, 2021

2:14

Hello, Indie Investors and Producers!

In this episode, Chris and Jason discuss "trust games", examples of trust games, and why they are so invaluable to an investors risk mitigation and deal flow. Enjoy!

207 - Julius Ritter - How To Harness Pain Into Creativity and Appreciate the Filmmaking Journey

August 31st, 2021

1:07:34

Hello, Indie Creatives!

In this episode, we have a conversation with former Actor and current Writer and Director, Julius Ritter. We discuss growing …

206 - Trust Is An Observance of Patterns (Film Investment Series)

August 29th, 2021

1:42

Hello, Indie Investors and Producers! 

In this episode, Chris and Jason discuss trust patterns to look for in your filmmakers and what are the three …

205 - DEFYing Expectations In Film - Live From The DEFY Film Festival (Festival Bonus)

August 28th, 2021

51:51

Hello, Indie Creatives! 

In this week's episode, Chris is live at the Defy Film Festival where he was tasked with asking one question: How would you …

204 - Jasmine Kenya - How to Harness the Power of Animation To Forge A Better World

August 24th, 2021

49:34

Hello, Indie Creatives!

In this episode, we have a conversation with 2D Animator Jasmine Kenya. We talk about her Netflix short film 'Cops & Robbers', her five-star book 'Hair As Big As My Dreams,' why being likable …

203 - Investors Need To Travel To Lower Risk (Film Investment Series)

August 22nd, 2021

1:32

Hello, Indie Investor and Producers! 

In this episode, Chris and Jason talk about why it's critical to travel to the proximity of your investments and deal flows as an outside investor. Enjoy!

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202 - How Theaters Can Thrive After COVID-19 & a PSA on Marvel's Shang-Chi (Indie Talk)

August 17th, 2021

55:10

Hello, Indie Creatives!

In this episode, Executive Producers Chris Barkley and Nick Buggs talk about what the theater business will be like after …

201 - Why Investors Flock To Film Investment (Film Investment Series)

August 15th, 2021

2:27

Hello, Indie Investors and Producers! 

In this episode, Chris and Jason discuss why investments in Film continue to get made despite the high risk and time commitment. Enjoy!

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200 - Keith McDaniel - How To Start A Film Festival, Make Impactful Documentaries, and Have Creative Conviction

August 10th, 2021

1:28:31

Hello, Indie Creatives! 

In this episode, we have a conversation with Documentarian Keith McDaniel. We talk about his nationally distributed documentary 'The Clinton 12', working with James Earl Jones, how he got his …

198 - Alexis Gambis - Film, Science, Art , and Sundance Award-Winning Filmmaking

August 4th, 2021

1:12:57

Hello, Indie Creatives!

In this episode, we have a conversation with Filmmaker and Biologist Alexis Gambis (@agambis on IG, @alexisgambis on …

197 - Set an "Off the Record" Meeting Before You Invest (Film Investment Series)

August 1st, 2021

2:31

Hello, Indie Investors and Producers!

In this installment of the Film Investment Series, Chris and Jason discuss what measures you can take to expose or discover potential points of conflict within your film crew and …

196 - How To Play the "Hollywood" IP Game and Win As An Indie (Indie Talk)

July 27th, 2021

36:04

Hello, Indie Creatives!

In this episode, Chris and Nick talk about why film creatives tend to fight Imposter Syndrome, why the major players in the movie business are snapping up Intellectual Property at an alarming …

195 - Not Everything That Counts Can Be Counted (Film Investment Series)

July 25th, 2021

2:04

Hello, Indie Investors and Producers!

In this episode, Chris and Jason talk about the little things every investor and producer should be aware of on …

194 - Confidence and The Struggle Mindset (Industry Insights)

July 22nd, 2021

6:04

Hello, Indie Creatives! 

In this edition of Industry Insights, we spotlight the wisdom and advice of Actor, Writer, Producer Brandon Hirsch. Nick explores Brandon's feelings on what his biggest challenges are as a …

193 - Chris Conner - Be Humble, Keep Calm, Show Up, and Know Why You're Doing It

July 20th, 2021

1:16:36

Hello, Indie Creatives!

In this episode, we have a conversation with TV & Film Producer Chris Conner. We talk about his anonymity on social media, why Steve Guttenberg was the first Tom Hanks, how to find a mentor, …

192 - How To Find Film Investments and Increase Deal Flow (Film Investment Series)

July 18th, 2021

2:25

Hello, Indie Investors and Producers! 

In this episode, Chris and Jason talk about methods and tools for finding film projects in need of investment …

191 - Kevin Christopher - How to Protect the Intellectual Property Rights of Your Film

July 13th, 2021

1:15:59

Hello, Indie Creatives!

In this episode, we have a conversation with Founder and Principle at Rockridge Venture Law, Kevin Christopher. We talk about how to protect your Intellectual Property rights, the rights of the …

190 - Every Indie Film Has The Opportunity To Be Profitable (Film Investment Series)

July 12th, 2021

1:42

Hello, Indie Investors & Producers!

In this episode, Chris and Jason talk about whether or not every Independent Film can be profitable and what opportunities exist along the way to increase the probability of …

189 - Dr. Christian Gregory - Becoming Healthy, Wealthy, and Wise - The Legacy and Impact of Dick Gregory

July 6th, 2021

2:24:25

Hello, Indie Creatives! 

In this episode, we have a conversation with the Executive Producer, Producer, Filmmaker, Author, and son of the late Dick Gregory, Dr. Christian Gregory. This was a marathon conversation that …

188 - Measuring Success In Indie Filmmaking (Film Investment Series)

July 4th, 2021

2:10

Hello, Indie Producers and Investors! 

Happy Independence Day! In this episode, Chris and Jason talk about the leverage your project needs to be "in …

187 - Finding a Mentor and Doing Your Part To Create a Film Community (Indie Talk)

June 29th, 2021

34:32

Hello, Indie Creatives!

In this edition of Indie Talk, Chris and Nick talk about why mentorship is so important, ask the listeners for support in finding mentors globally, and why films can't be made without community …

186 - Distributors Face Normal Business Obstacles Like Any Other Business (Film Investment Series)

June 27th, 2021

1:53

Hello, Indie Film Investors and Producers! 

In this episode, Chris and Jason talk about being prepared as an investor or producer for the business shortcomings of your buyer or distributor. Enjoy!

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185 - Jeffrey Pittle - How To Build A Creative Life, Stay In Business, and Pitch Your Best Work

June 22nd, 2021

1:33:08

Hello, Indie Creatives!

In this episode, we have a conversation with multi-hyphenate, Oscar-Nominated Creative & Art Director Jeffrey Pittle. We …

184 - Festivals Are Live! Align Your Film With The Right Film Festival (Indie Talk)

June 15th, 2021

35:19

Hello, Indie Creatives! 

In this edition of Indie Talk, Chris and Nick talk about the "new normal" of film festivals, what worked for virtual festivals last year and developing a festival run by aligning your film with …

183 - A Hit Movie Is the Icing, Not the Cake for Indie Film Distributors (Film Investment Series)

June 13th, 2021

1:32

Hello Indie Film Investor & Producers! 

In this edition of FIS, Chris and Jason break down why Indie Film distributors don't need a film to be a runaway success to be profitable. Enjoy!

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182 - Nathaniel Nuon - How to Leverage Ingenuity In Indie Filmmaking

June 8th, 2021

1:20:55

Hello, Indie Creatives!

In this week's episode, we have a conversation with award-winning director Nathaniel Nuon. We go deep on the influences …

181 - Is Every Film Sale a Win? (Film Investment Series)

June 6th, 2021

3:17

Hello, Indie Investors & Producers!

In this episode, Chris and Jason talk about why "Services Deals" are all they seem and what type of distribution methods are best for investors. Enjoy!

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180 - Wanting To Be Better (Industry Insights)

June 4th, 2021

5:04

Hello, Indie Creatives! 

In this edition of Industry Insights, Nick talks about making sure not to comprise your creative goals to satistfy someone elses expectations of you. He borrows wisdom from Actress & Writer …

179 - Media Consolidation, Amazon Buys Bond, and Buyers Want The Promise of Profit and The Certainty of Value (Indie Talk)

June 1st, 2021

52:14

Hello, Indie Creatives! 

In this episode, Chris and Nick talk about the whirlwind of M&A activity in media and movies, another reminder of the coming fifth wave of the movie business and distribution, and what …

178 - The Pros & Cons of Big Name Talent in Your Indie Film (Film Investment Series)

May 30th, 2021

2:27

Hello, Indie Investors and Producers! 

In this episode, Chris and Jason discuss why Star Talent often acts in small roles in Indie Films and why an …

177 - Paula Landry - Film Financing and the Importance of Theaters to Indie Filmmakers

May 28th, 2021

1:08:12

Hello, Indie Creatives!

In this episode, we have a conversation with writer/producer Paula Landry. We talk about how to find and close film …

176 - Caroline Locorriere - Actors: It's a Mistake to Get An Agent Before You Have Training

May 18th, 2021

1:15:51

Hello, Indie Creatives! 

In this episode, we have a conversation with the owner of Nashville Acting Studio and Acting Coach extraordinaire Caroline …

175 - Great Producers Should Get Distribution In Pre-Production (Film Investment Series)

May 16th, 2021

2:31

Hello, Indie Investors and Producers! 

In this episode, Chris and Jason talk about what it takes from Producers to get distributors interested in your investment during pre-production. Enjoy!

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174 - Josh Bishop - How to Win at the Business of Film Before the Film Gets Made

May 11th, 2021

1:28:12

Hello, Indie Creatives! 

In this episode, we have a conversation with award-winning Director Josh Bishop. Josh shares his experiences making his …

173 - Invest In Filmmakers That Are True To Their Audience (Film Investment Series)

May 9th, 2021

1:55

Hello, Indie Investors and Producers! 

In this episode, Chris and Jason break down target markets, audience types, and sticking to your storytelling guns through the lens of the auteur filmmaker and the investor. Enjoy!

172 - People Buy On Emotions (Industry Insights)

May 7th, 2021

5:57

Hello, Indie Creatives! 

In this edition of Industry Insights, we borrow the wisdom of the CEO of 850 Entertainment, producer, and actor Chris DeBlasio. We talk about leveraging the knowledge that people buy based on …

171 - What the Girl Scouts Can Teach Us About First Principle Branding and How to Turn an Investor Into a Financier (Indie Talk)

May 4th, 2021

43:29

Hello, Indie Creatives! 

In this episode, Chris and Nick talk about the first principles of branding and marketing and what we can learn about it from Girl Scouts. We also discuss what gets angel investors excited and …

170 - The Marketing Holy Grail (Film Investment Series)

May 2nd, 2021

1:38

Hello, Indie Investors and Producers! 

In this episode, Chris and Jason talk about having the correct Branding and Marketing spend, finding your …

169 - Magali Barbe - Finding Your Own Way as a Filmmaker

April 27th, 2021

1:03:31

Hello, Indie Creatives! 

In this episode, we have a conversation with Writer/Director/Producer and PreVis (Pre-Visualization), VFX, and Animation Artist Magali Barbe. We discuss her award-winning films "Strange Beasts" …

168 - Producers Should Pursue Distribution in Pre-Production (Film Investment Series)

April 25th, 2021

1:46

Hello, Indie Film Investors & Producers! 

In this episode, Chris and Jason talk about what to look for in pre-production from the filmmakers through an investment lens. Enjoy! 

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167 - Monetizing Your Short Film w/ Disney & Hulu and The Future of Sequels and Spin-Offs (Indie Talk)

April 20th, 2021

43:59

Hello, Indie Creatives! 

In this episode, we talk about the recent ruling between Google and Oracle and how it could affect digital art, Netflix's …

166 - The Risks and Advantages of Being First Money In (Film Investment Series)

April 18th, 2021

1:36

Hello, Indie Investors & Producers! 

In this edition of the Film Investment Series, Chris and Jason talk about the risk/reward balance of being "first money in" on investment and what to do if you're not. Enjoy!

165 - Danielle Vega - Finding Yourself in a Character

April 13th, 2021

1:08:29

Hello, Indie Creatives! 

In this episode, we have a conversation with Emmy nominated Actress Danielle Vega. Danielle talks about her life as a child …

164 - Film Should Drive Density or Subscribers (Film Investment Series)

April 11th, 2021

1:48

Hello, Indie Investors & Producers, 

In this episode, Chris and Jason talk about the differences between creating a film for a theatrical run and creating a film or series for an SVOD. Enjoy!

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163 - Bob Raines - The TN Entertainment Commission & Filmmaking in Tennessee

April 6th, 2021

1:02:09

Hello, Indie Film Creatives!

In this episode, we have a conversation with the Executive Director of TN Entertainment, Bob Raines. We talk about how …

162 - Anti-Specialization Is Better For Film Execution (Film Investment Series)

April 4th, 2021

1:31

Hello, Indie Investors & Producers, 

In this edition of the Film Investment Series, Chris and Jason talk about the best way to know if your prospective filmmaking team can execute. Enjoy!

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161 - The Best Plans in Filmmaking Are Highly-Specific (Indie Talk)

March 30th, 2021

54:59

Hello, Indie Creatives! 

In this edition of Indie Talk, Chris and Nick talk about the lie we all tell about the Academy Award Best Film Nominations and breakdown the details of what a highly-specific prospectus and film …

160 - Execute A Plan (Film Investment Series)

March 28th, 2021

2:00

Hello, Indie Investors and Producers!

In this episode, Chris and Jason talk about Chris' fourth essential film investment principle, Execute A Plan. Enjoy!

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159 - Alan Powell - Netflix Film: A Week Away (Bonus)

March 25th, 2021

54:42

Hello, Indie Creatives!

In this week's episode, we have a conversation with the actor, director, and writer, Alan Powell. We talk about not being afraid to give up the good to go for the great, writing screenplays for a …

A Conversation w/ Actor & Producer Alan Powell (Best of MAKE IT)

March 25th, 2021

53:38

Hello, Indie Creatives!

In this week's episode, we have a conversation with the actor, director, and writer, Alan Powell. We talk about not being afraid to give up the good to go for the great, writing screenplays for a …

158 - Jennica Schwartzman - Filmmaking is Human

March 23rd, 2021

1:13:23

Hello, Indie Creatives! 

In this episode, we have a conversation with actress, writer, producer Jennica Schwartzman. In this deep-dive chat, we talk …

157 - Ask Good Questions (Film Investment Series)

March 21st, 2021

2:32

Hello Indie Investors and Producers!

In this edition of the Film Investment Series, Chris and Jason talk about the importance of asking good …

156 - Vital Film Friends (Industry Insights)

March 18th, 2021

5:27

Hello, Indie Creatives! 

In this edition of Industry Insights, Nick breakdown the primary tenants of the Tom Rath book Vital Friends, with a little help from the wisdom of Actress/Director and friend of the podcast, …

155 - Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion in Indie Film (Indie Talk)

March 16th, 2021

45:17

Hello, Indie Creatives! 

In this episode of Indie Talk, Chris and Nick talk about Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) in Indie Film, the diversity …

154 - Do the Work (Film Investment Series)

March 14th, 2021

1:55

Hello, Indie Investors and Producers!

In this episode, Chris and Jason talk about the second vital principle in foundational thinking in the world of film investment, Do the Work. Enjoy!

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153 - Sevan Najarian - VFX, Animation, Comedy, and Channel 101

March 9th, 2021

1:11:01

Hello, Indie Creatives!

In this episode, we have a conversation with Director/VFX Artist and Animator Sevan Najarian. We talk about pursuing a …

152 - Do The Math (Film Investment Series)

March 7th, 2021

1:49

Hello, Indie Investors and Producers! 

In this edition of the Film Investment Series, Chris and Jason talk about the importance of first-principles thinking and breakdown the first of Chris' four favorite principles, Do …

151 - An Editor's Hard Drive is Indie Gold (Industry Insights)

March 4th, 2021

5:01

Hello, Indie Creatives!

In this edition of Industry Insights, Nick borrows wisdom from editor and former podcast guest Wes Powers. We discuss the importance of an organized hard drive and how being diligent in this one …

150 - How to Find and Maintain Inspiration as an Indie Film Creative (Indie Talk)

March 2nd, 2021

44:31

Hello, Indie Creatives! 

In this edition of Indie Talk, Chris and Nick talk about whether it's best to wait for inspiration to strike or better to find inspiration through your creative discipline. The answer isn't as …

149 - Picking the Right Entertainment Lawyer (Film Investment Series)

February 28th, 2021

1:46

Hello, Indie Investors & Producers! 

In this episode, Chris and Jason talk about the necessity of hiring an Entertainment Lawyer and how to avoid detrimental conflicts of interest. Enjoy!

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148 - Korby Lenker - Making Music and Making Movies

February 23rd, 2021

1:29:19

Hello, Indie Creatives! 

In this episode, we have a conversation with singer-songwriter, author, and actor Korby Lenker. We talk about his …

147 - The Unavoidable FOMO (Film Investment Series)

February 21st, 2021

1:31

Hello, Indie Producers and Investors, 

In this episode, Chris and Jason talk about how to avoid FOMO (Fear of Missing Out) and the times in which it's impossible to completely stamp FOMO out. Enjoy!

146 - The Story of 'Black Bodies' in Canada (Indie Talk)

February 16th, 2021

40:02

Hello, Indie Creatives! 

In this Indie Talk, Chris and Nick talk about Canadian filmmaker Kelly Fyffe-Marshall, her film 'Black Bodies,' and why it took a shout out from Ava DuVerney for Canada to recognize its success …

145 - Emil Gallardo - Ethnicity, Culture, and Filmmaking

February 9th, 2021

54:53

Hello, Indie Creatives!

In this week's episode, we have a deep-dive conversation with Director & Writer Emil Gallardo. We talk about his award-winning and Oscar-nominated short film '1, 2, 3, All Eyes On Me,' what …

144 - Valerie Barnhart - Talented Filmmakers Find A Way

February 2nd, 2021

1:07:44

Hello, Indie Creatives! 

In this week's episode, we have a conversation with Animator and Director Valerie Barnhart. We talk about her award-winning short film 'Girl In the Hallway', the method she used to teach herself …

143 - How to Develop Your "Walk Away" Point (Film Investment Series)

January 31st, 2021

1:32

Hello, Indie Investors and Producers, 

In this installment of FIS, Jason and Chris discuss how to develop contract terms that set the floor (or walk away point) instead of focusing on getting the best terms on every …

142 - Robert Broadhurst - Filmmaking as Introspective Art

January 26th, 2021

56:10

Hello, Indie Creatives! 

In this episode, we have a conversation with Writer/Director Robert Broadhurst. We talk about his award-winning film 'An Occurrence at Arverne,' how his film reveals bias across racial and …

141 - Social Desire, WW84, and the Great Dr. King (Indie Talk)

January 21st, 2021

1:00:10

Hello, Indie Creatives!

In this Indie Talk, Chris and Nick discuss the effect of Mimetic Desire on branding and creative within filmmaking communities, the unfortunate failings of WW84 (potential spoilers), and the rich …

140 - Upfront Contracting as a Force-Multiplier (Film Investment Series)

January 17th, 2021

1:34

Hello, Indie Investors, 

In this episode, Jason and Chris talk about the value to an investor to receive the contract terms at the same time you receive the project prospectus.

Enjoy!

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139 - Nick Lopez - Highlighting the Stories of Working Class Humans

January 12th, 2021

57:40

Hello, Indie Creatives! 

In this week's episode, we have a conversation with emerging filmmaker Nick Lopez. Nick talks about his experience coming out as a Queer filmmaker, the underserved groups he believes needs their …

138 - Negotiating Contract Terms (Film Investment Series)

January 10th, 2021

1:57

Hello, Indie Investors, 

In this week's episode, Jason and Chris talk about Pari Passu payment and Gross versus Net profit returns.

Enjoy!

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137 - A Look Back On The Events That Shaped 2020 And a Look Ahead to 2021 (Indie Talk)

January 5th, 2021

54:10

Hello, Indie Creatives!

This is an Indie Talk week with Executive and Advisory Producers Christopher Barkley and Nicholas Buggs. Chris and Nick look …

136 - Tom Stajmiger - From Stage to Film

December 29th, 2020

1:01:21

Hello, Indie Creatives! 

In this year ending episode, we have a conversation with Producer, Actor, and Co-Owner of Pollen Path Entertainment, Tom …

135 - Chris DeBlasio - Understanding and Targeting the Market for Your Film

December 22nd, 2020

51:48

Hello, Indie Creatives!

In this episode, we have a conversation with the Executive Producer and Owner of Agency 850 and 850 Entertainment, Chris DeBlasio. We talk about how he turned a commercial gig into a reality …

134 - Persistence (Industry Insights)

December 16th, 2020

6:53

Hello, Indie Creatives!

In this edition of Industry Insights, Nick explores the actions and principles of persistence by tapping into the wisdom of …

133 - Sandra Garcia - You are the Brand

December 15th, 2020

55:10

Hello, Indie Creatives!

In this episode, we have a conversation with Marketing and Brand Elevation Strategist Sandra Garcia. We talk about the best ways to overcome introversion, the future of digital advertising, and …

132 - Fall Out of Love (Film Investment Series)

December 13th, 2020

1:27

Hello, Indie Investors and Producers! 

In this week's episode, Jason and Chris continue on the topic of allowing for a cooling-off period, falling …

131 - Why Your Digital Branding and Marketing Didn't Work and What To Do About It (Indie Talk)

December 12th, 2020

1:04:01

Hello, Indie Creatives!

In this week's episode of Indie Talk, Chris and Nick talk about how to set your film's branding and marketing plan up for success, and the lessons we can learn from Warner Brothers Studio …

130 - The Cooling-Off Period (Film Investment Series)

December 6th, 2020

1:49

Hello, Indie Investors and Producers! 

In this week's Film Investment Series, Jason and Chris talk about why taking a 48-hour "cooling-off" period is …

129 - Don't Be Afraid to Ask Questions (Industry Insights)

December 3rd, 2020

4:23

Hello, Indie Creatives! 

In this episode, Nick taps into the wisdom of writer/ director/producer Dycee Wildman about the importance of letting go of petty pride, admitting when you don't know, and allowing yourself to …

128 - Dr. Nicholas Quin Serenati - Self-expression, Recontextualization, and Mindfulness in Art

December 1st, 2020

1:08:34

Hello, Indie Creatives! 

In this episode, we talk with Interdisciplinary Artist and Filmmaker Dr. Nicholas Quin Serenati. We talk about how art …

127 - The Market Wants You to Do the Same Thing (Industry Insights)

November 26th, 2020

4:44

Happy Thanksgiving! 

In this episode, Nick taps into the wisdom of writer, producer, director Tony Scott to explore the concept of doing the same thing, but differently. 

Enjoy!

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126 - The Queen's Gambit and The Holy Grail (Indie Talk)

November 24th, 2020

1:07:12

Hello, Indie Creatives! 

In this episode, Chris and Nick talk about the threat to Indie Filmmakers by well-funded production companies making social content, the why behind the success of The Queen's Gambit, how to …

125 - The Importance of References (Film Investment Series)

November 22nd, 2020

2:29

Hello, Indie Investors and Producers! 

In this episode, Jason and Chris talk about the importance of getting good references that you can call, instead of just a list of names or logos. 

Enjoy!

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124 - Brandon Rhiness - Writing for Comics, Films, & Novels

November 17th, 2020

1:05:17

Hello, Indie Creatives! 

In this episode, we talk with Writer and Director Brandon Rhiness. We talk about the importance of bootstrapping as an Indie, how he overcame addiction to reach success, and his method of …

123 - Coffee Shop Meetings (Film Investment Series)

November 15th, 2020

1:42

Hello, Indie Investors and Producers,

In this episode, Jason and Chris talk about why coffee shop meetings are good for getting cordial but not great for making investment decisions. 

Enjoy! 

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122 - Streaming Oscar Contention (Indie Talk)

November 10th, 2020

1:00:34

Hello, Indie Creatives! 

In this episode, Chris and Nick talk about what Awards season will look like this year, how to make sense of all the conflicting streaming data, what content people can't live without, and the …

121 - What's In A Plan? (Film Investment Series)

November 8th, 2020

2:23

In this episode, Jason and Chris discuss what a plan to 100X your film investment might look like, and the questions all profitable films answer. 

Enjoy! 

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120 - Kim Petrosky & Talent Agent Kim “Cookie” McCray - The Importance of Talent Agents in the Internet Age

November 3rd, 2020

1:00:51

In this episode, we have a conversation with Casting Director Kim Petrosky and Talent Agent Kim "Cookie" McCray. We talk about how to get your start as a Casting Director, the dangers of Social Casting and Direct Hires, …

119 - A Producers Plan to 100X (Film Investment Series)

November 1st, 2020

1:32

In this episode, Chris and Jason talk about whether or not it makes sense to ask a producer what their plan is to 100X your money and what the goal …

118 - The Five Minute Rule for Success in Writing (Industry Insights)

October 30th, 2020

5:27

"You have to take those opportunities to write, even if it's a small amount. I've found that five minutes turns to thirty." Priscilla Wise

In this episode, Nick explores a piece of advice provided by writer Priscilla …

117 - Guilty Pleasures, Quibi's End, and Virtual Festivals (Indie Talk)

October 27th, 2020

58:47

In this episode, Executive and Advisory Producers Christopher Barkley and Nicholas Buggs talk about why "Guilty Pleasures" exist and how Indie's can …

116 - Where Are All the Gurus? (Film Investment Series)

October 25th, 2020

3:21

In this episode, Jason and Chris talk about why investing in Independent Film is different from other types of investment and why we aren't inundated with film investment gurus. 

Enjoy!

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115 - Success Takes Time and a Plan (Industry Insights)

October 24th, 2020

4:27

In this episode of Industry insights, Nick goes deep on the advice given by the Writer/Director and podcast guest, Rasheena Nash.

Enjoy! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Questions or Comments? Reach out to us at contact@bonsai.film or on …

114 - Tony Scott - Telling Universal Stories and Changing Careers

October 20th, 2020

1:12:50

In this episode, we have a conversation with Writer/Director Tony Scott. We talk about his mid-life heart-change from finance to a filmmaker, how the Civil Rights movement inspired his storytelling, and why we have to …

113 - Building A Moat (Film Investment Series)

October 18th, 2020

3:02

In this episode, Jason and Chris talk about what a business moat is, how a filmmaker can build one, and how an investor can spot a filmmaker or producer that is leveraging a moat. 

Enjoy! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Questions or …

112 - If You Can't See the Script, Don't Take the Part (Industry Insights)

October 15th, 2020

8:55

Hello, Indie Creatives! 

In this week's episode, we introduce a new podcast series titled 'Industry Insights.' In this series, co-host Nicholas Buggs …

111 - Good Answers to the Why Question (Film Investment Series)

October 11th, 2020

1:38

In this episode, Jason asks Chris to give some examples of bad and good answers to the "Why You, Why Now, and Why This Film" questions.

Enjoy!

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110 - Valerie Jane Parker - Acting and Living a Creative Life

October 6th, 2020

59:57

A Conversation with Valerie Jane Parker

In this episode, we have a conversation with actress Valerie Jane Parker. We talk about the right reasons to …

109 - The Other Three "Why's" (Film Investment Series)

October 4th, 2020

1:36

In this episode, Jason and Chris continue their conversation from last week and get to the heart of the other three "Why's" of film investment.

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107 - Should I Get An Agent or a Manager? (Indie Talk)

September 29th, 2020

56:23

In this episode, Advisory and Executive Producers Christopher Barkley and Nicholas Buggs discuss why the industry thinks Tenet is a flop, the …

106 - How Do I Know the Filmmakers Can Execute? (Film Investment Series)

September 27th, 2020

2:04

In this episode, Chris and Jason discuss what to look for in Producers and Directors pitching a project, and they provide a short introduction into the "Four Why's" of investing. 

Enjoy! 

Questions or Comments? Reach …

105 - Dycee Wildman & Sarah Saturday - Running a Virtual Film Festival

September 22nd, 2020

1:19:02

In this episode, we have twice the fun in a conversation with filmmakers and creative multi-hyphenates, Dycee Wildman and Sarah Saturday. We talk …

104 - Should I Invest in Crazy or Niche? (Film Investment Series)

September 20th, 2020

1:29

In this episode, Jason and Chris talk about the best kind of film projects to invest in and why you shouldn't be scared off by "crazy" filmmakers …

103 - Tenet vs Mulan: A Battle of Long Term Strategies (Indie Talk)

September 15th, 2020

50:08

In this episode, Advisory and Executive Producers Christopher Barkley and Nicholas Buggs talk about Christopher Nolen's Tenet and Disney's Mulan's …

102 - Understanding Contract Risks (Film Investment Series)

September 13th, 2020

1:31

In this episode, Jason and Chris discuss from an investor and filmmaker perspective what macro terms and red flags to look for when negotiating a buyer or distribution deal. 

Enjoy! 

Questions or Comments? Reach out to …

101 - Teri Ritter - Unions, Representing Kid Actors, and Working in Canada

September 8th, 2020

50:16

In this episode, we have a conversation with IMDb Top 50 Talent Agent Teri Ritter. We talk about the challenges of representing child talent, the best methods for getting an agent, and how your social media approach can …

100 - Avoid Short-Term Players and Over-Leveraged Buyers (Film Investment Series)

September 6th, 2020

1:46

In this edition of the Film Investment Series, Jason and Chris talk about why you should look for long-term players in producing and filmmaking and …

99 - Are Pre-Sales Real and the PGA Releases Back to Set Guidelines (Indie Talk)

September 1st, 2020

49:55

In this week's episode, Executive and Advisory Producers Christopher Barkley and Nicholas Buggs discuss the role of foreign pre-sales in Indie Film, …

98 - Investors in Film Are Clients - Film Investment Series #04

August 30th, 2020

2:08

In this edition of the Film Investment Series, Jason and Chris talk about what makes a project intriguing and why the investor needs to be in the client position. 

Enjoy!

Questions or Comments? Reach out to us at 

Filmmaking is Problem Solving - A Conversation w/ Producer, Writer & Director Derek Estlin Purvis

August 25th, 2020

1:18:36

In this week's episode, we have an incredibly valuable conversation with producer, writer, director Derek Estlin Purvis. We talk about why your …

96 - Why You Need Some Creative Control (Film Investment Series)

August 23rd, 2020

2:14

In this episode of the Film Investment Series, Chris and Jason talk about why investors need to negotiate for some creative and decision-making …

AMC is back, Why Hamilton Crushed All Competition in July, and What You Can Learn from Watching Indie Films - Indie Talk #27

August 18th, 2020

49:46

In this week's episode, Executive and Advisory Producers Christopher Barkley and Nicholas Buggs talk about AMC's plan to reopen, what Indie Creatives …

Knowing How Much To Invest - Film Investment Series #02

August 16th, 2020

1:38

In this episode of the Film Investment Series, Jason and Chris talk about knowing how much to invest in an Indie Film.

Enjoy! 

Questions or Comments? Reach out to us at contact@bonsai.film or on Instagram or Twitter @ …

Consistency is the Key to Success - A Conversation w/ Writer & Director Rasheena Nash

August 11th, 2020

53:46

In this week's episode, we have a wide-ranging conversation with writer and filmmaker Rasheena Nash. We talk about how to gain the respect of the Writer's Room, what it takes to accomplish a dream, and the importance of …

92 - Good Judgment (Film Investment Series)

August 9th, 2020

1:55

**Introducing - The Film Investment Series**

In this podcast series, you're going to hear snippets of conversations between the writer and Indie Creative Jason McConnell and Chris Barkley, host of the Make It Podcast, …

First Principles - Positioning Your Film for Success Through Branding and Audience - Indie Talk #26

August 4th, 2020

53:19

Hello, Indie Creatives!

In this week's episode, Executive and Advisory Producers Christopher Barkley and Nicholas Buggs talk about going back to …

Co-Writing, Short Films, & the Pros of Specialization - A Conversation w/ A Week Away Co-Writer Kali Bailey

July 28th, 2020

1:04:01

Hello, Indie Creatives!

In this week's episode, we have a conversation with the director and writer Kali Bailey. We talk about her upcoming film, 'A Week Away,' how working as a crew member will make you a better …

Mistakes In The Making - Vol. 02 - Drew Maynard

July 24th, 2020

19:35

Writer and Director Drew Maynard talks about mistakes. 

Enjoy!

 

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Why Netflix and Not IFC? Indie Talk #25

July 21st, 2020

51:21

Hello, Indie Creatives! 

 

In this week's episode, Executive and Advisory Producers Christopher Barkley and Nicholas Buggs talk about why filmmakers …

The Cash Flow Hasn't Changed, AI Actors, FAST Trends for Filmmakers - Indie Talk #24

July 7th, 2020

1:07:32

Hello, Indie Creatives!

In this week's episode, Executive and Advisory Producers Chris Barkley and Nick Buggs talk about why the money and interest …

Mistakes In The Making - Vol. 01 - Motke Dapp

July 3rd, 2020

7:24

Indie Film Creatives,

This is the introductory episode of our podcast series, Mistakes In The Making. In this volume, Motke Dapp talks about his …

Earning Actors’ Trust through Empathy - A Conversation w / Talent Agent Kim “Cookie” McCray

June 30th, 2020

1:33:59

Hello, Indie Creatives!

In this week's episode, we have a conversation with Talent Agent extraordinaire, Kim "Cookie" McCray. We talk about how she …

Making a Feature Film in High School - A Conversation w/ Tanner Peterson and Dayton Edwards (of Peterson Films)

June 23rd, 2020

1:02:28

Hello, Indie Creatives! 

In this week's episode, we have a treat. We speak with the youngest filmmakers to ever grace the MAKE IT mic, Tanner Peterson and Dayton Edwards. We talk about what it takes to make a feature …

Streaming Loss Leaders & What If Coronavirus Hit In 1985? Indie Talk #23

June 16th, 2020

43:38

Hello, indie Creatives!

In this week's episode, Executive and Advisory Producers Chris Barkley and Nick Buggs talk about the funding crisis behind …

How Art Comments on Life - A Conversation w/ Actor Chris Greene

June 9th, 2020

1:18:19

Hello Indie Creatives,

In this week's episode, we have an essential conversation with Actor Chris Greene. We talk about the recent protests, racism, and injustice in film and the world, and how our media causes life to …

Unprecedented Times for Indie Creatives - Indie Talk #22

June 2nd, 2020

49:47

Hello, Indie Creatives!

In this week's episode, Executive and Advisory Producers Christopher Barkley and Nicholas Buggs talk about possible roles for …

Find a Mentor and Learn the Business - A Conversation w/ VP of International Distribution Malee Nerenhausen

May 26th, 2020

1:07:27

Hello, Indie Creatives!

In this week's episode, we have a conversation with VP of International Distribution at The Solution Entertainment Malee …

Alternative Distribution Streams, Short Film Funding, and Industry Data Galore - Indie Talk #21

May 19th, 2020

53:17

Hello Indie Creatives,

In this week's episode, Executive and Advisory Producers Christopher Barkley and Nicholas Buggs talk about alternative …

Digital Photography & Short Documentaries - A Conversation w/ Photographer/Videographer Tim Duggan

May 12th, 2020

1:01:21

Hello Indie Creatives, In this week's podcast, we talk with creative extraordinaire, Tim Duggan. He's a master of photography, but his talents and pursuits don't stop there. He's a documentary filmmaker, a music video …

Back to Set Guidelines for Indie Filmmakers - Indie Talk #20

May 5th, 2020

45:30

Hello, Indie Creatives!

In this week's episode, Advisory Producers Christopher Barkley and Nicholas Buggs talk about COVID-19 fears in the film …

Creating Horror Films on a Budget - A Conversation w AZ If Productions (Writer/Director Kd Amond & Actress/Writer Sarah Zanotti)

April 28th, 2020

59:15

Hello, Indie Creatives!

In this week's episode, we have a hilarious conversation with the dynamic duo that makes up the AZ If Productions team, Kd Amond and Sarah Zanotti. We run through a gambit of subjects including …

Got Leverage? Why COVID Provides A Great Opportunity for Success - Indie Talk #19

April 21st, 2020

42:55

Hello, Indie Creatives! 

In this week's episode, Advisory Producers Chris Barkley and Nicholas Buggs talk about making short-form content for Quibi …

Being Bold and Authentic in Your Art and Relationships - A Conversation w/ Actress & Creative Elisabeth Donaldson

April 14th, 2020

1:27:15

Hello Indie Creatives!

In this week's episode, we talk with the actor and creative multi-hyphenate, Elisabeth Donaldson. We cover the creative life …

A Second Chance for Unsold or Undersold Indie Films - Indie Talk #18

April 7th, 2020

54:53

Hello, Indie Creatives!

In this week's episode, Indie Producers Chris Barkley and Nicholas Buggs talk about the "run on the banks" scenario playing …

Be Brilliant in the Basics - A Conversation w/ Director/Producer Amanda Paige Young

March 31st, 2020

1:11:58

Hello, Indie Creatives!

In this week's episode, we have a conversation with Director and Producer Amanda Paige Young. We talk about how to create extremely personal art, why it's important to focus on the brilliance in …

How to Respond to Hollywood's Free Fall - Indie Talk #17

March 24th, 2020

43:49

Hello! 

In this week's episode, Executive and Advisory Producers, Chris Barkley and Nicholas Buggs talk about brand building during the Great Social …

COVID-19 - An Opportunity for Indie Filmmakers to Educate, Inspire, and Entertain - Indie Talk #16

March 13th, 2020

43:56

Hello! 

In this week's episode, we talk about the effect of COVID-19 on Independent Filmmakers and the tools and concepts needed to Educate, Inspire, …

Removing the Blinders - Indie Talk #15

March 3rd, 2020

37:55

Hello! 

In this week's episode, Advisory Producers Chris Barkley & Nicholas Buggs talk about the harsh realities facing Independent Filmmakers in …

Ethnic Ambiguity in Indie Filmmaking - A Conversation w/ Actress Sara Antonio (plus some podcast housekeeping)

February 18th, 2020

1:16:19

In this week's episode, we correct a mistake from our 2019 wrap-up show (sorry, Dean!) and we reair one of the most liked podcasts of last year, the conversation with Sara Antonio. 

Listen+Subscribe+Rate = Love 

Enjoy!

2019 Wrap-Up Show - Indie Talk #14

January 14th, 2020

1:23:14

In this week's episode, we take the key quotes from each of our guests from the 2019's interviews and provide our opinions on them. We go a bit deeper on the meaning of each, whether we agree or not, and offer some …

The Five Deadly Myths of Indie Filmmaking - Indie Talk #13

January 12th, 2020

1:36:21

In this episode, we talk about the five deadly myths of Independent Filmmaking and how to prepare yourself to avoid or counter each of them. If you're a Director, Producer, or Executive Producer, you'll want to listen …

The Difference Between Indie Filmmaking and Skit Making - A Conversation w/ Motke Dapp

December 4th, 2019

1:33:57

In this episode, we have a conversation with writer/director Motke Dapp. We talk about his magical childhood, how Indie Film can help itself, and his new latest feature film, Another Version of You. Enjoy! 

Questions: …

The Path to Profitability - Indie Talk #12

November 21st, 2019

57:25

Hello! In this week's episode, we continue our Indie Talk conversation from last week to discuss a topic near and dear to an Indie filmmaker's heart: the path to profitability. Enjoy! 

Questions? Reach out to us @

The Future of Film Is IP - Indie Talk #11

November 12th, 2019

46:53

Hello! In this week's episode, we talk about the slow-moving theatrical trend toward only making IP (Intellectual Property) and franchise films for big-box theater. We ask the question, Does it make sense to write an …

Filming Five Women Locked in a Room - A Conversation w/ Kd Amond & Tiffany Montgomery

November 1st, 2019

42:38

In this episode, we have a conversation with Director and Writer, Kd Amond, and Producer and Actress Tiffany Montgomery. We did this one live in the VIP tent at the Nashville Film Festival, where Kd and Tiffany's …

Breaking old Paradigms of Filmmaking - A Conversation w/ Joey von Haeger

October 23rd, 2019

45:04

In this week's episode, we have a conversation with Writer and Director Joey von Haeger. We talk about the biggest pitfalls new filmmakers should …

How To Get the Most Out of Your Festival Run - Indie Talk #10

October 15th, 2019

49:44

Hello! On this Indie Talk week, we get tactical about how to get the most out of your festival run. We dive into how to ensure a sellout at your feature film premiere, how to break the ice when networking, and some of …

59 - Actor/Director Matt Williams - Getting Naked as an Artist

October 1st, 2019

1:04:01
"If you can figuratively get naked in front of your audience as an artist...that's what creates the best art." - Matt Williams 

 

In this episode, we have a conversation with Actor and Writer Matt Williams. We chat …

58 - Chris & Nick - Great Art, Using the Emmys to Cast Your Film, and Living Forever (Indie Talk)

September 24th, 2019

1:04:17

Hello all, on this week's episode of Indie Talk, we discuss the nature of great art versus highly derivative art (and how to avoid the latter), a new …

57 - Filmmaker & Comedian Rasheed Stephens - Stand-Up Comedy, Low Budget Filmmaking, & The Value of Resourcefulness

September 17th, 2019

53:38

"Live your life for a short period of time the way most people won't, to live the rest of your life the way most people can't." - Rasheed Stephens

On this episode, we have a conversation with comedian, writer, actor, …

56 - Chris & Guest Host Sandrene Matthews - How to Get Into the WGA & PGA (Indie Talk)

September 7th, 2019

57:27

On this episode, Chris and guest host Sandrene Mathews talk about the requirements to get into the Writers and Producers guilds, how to spot a snake in the grass in the movie business, and how Deep Fakes might change …

55 - Actor Ted Welch - Stick with Bold Acting Choices

August 30th, 2019

56:10

"If we're rehearsing something, writing something, do not waste my time, let's get to work. Come over, let's work on what we're going to work on, and then if you want to go get a beer, we'll go get a beer." - Ted Welch

54 - Chris & Nick - 8 Choices & Obstacles That Hold Indie Filmmakers Back (Indie Talk)

August 16th, 2019

1:07:15

On this weeks episode, Chris & Nick discuss four choices all Indie Filmmakers need to make and four systematic walls that the Indie Film community needs to topple. Enjoy! 

To learn more about Chris & Nick, …

53 - Producer & Writer Sarena Khan - How to Connect Across Cultures Through Layered Stories

August 10th, 2019

56:12

On this weeks episode, we talk with Producer and Writer, Sarena Khan. We explore what it takes to be a great producer, going all-in on acting parts, …

52 - Chris & Nick - Tarantino, Awkwafina, and Why Film Goals Should Influence Distribution (Indie Talk)

August 4th, 2019

41:06

On this episode, Chris & Nick talk about The Farewell and Once Upon A Time in Hollywood, how your goals for your film should influence your …

51 - Producer Jennifer Bonior - Storytelling and Subversion in Horror Films

July 26th, 2019

1:00:47

In this episode, we have a conversation with the writer, director, producer, Jennifer Bonior. We talk about why horror is such an influential social genre, the 48 Hour Film Project as a proving ground, and why …

50 - Chris & Nick - In the Hot Seat Answering Our Own Questions (Indie Talk)

July 19th, 2019

52:38

On this week's episode, we turn the tables on ourselves and answer the questions we usually ask of our guests. We answer questions on favorite resources, teaching someone to be a capable Executive Producer, and what …

49 - Brian and Jake Jalbert (The Jalbert Brothers) - Hacking Hollywood

July 12th, 2019

1:04:34

On this episode, we have a conversation with the dynamic film Producing duo, Brian and Jake Jalbert, known affectionately as the Jalbert Brothers.

We talk about making a feature film for $5K and under, the pros and cons …

48 - Special Episode - Advice, Tactics, and Teachings from the Indie Pros

July 12th, 2019

57:17

On this week's episode, we take some of the best pieces of advice, tips, tricks, tactics, and teaching from our previous conversations to arm you …

47 - Chris & Nick - How to Pitch Your Film (Indie Talk)

June 28th, 2019

1:01:46

On this week's episode, Chris Barkley and Nick Buggs share their experiences from the feature film pitch room at this year's Film-Com conference and …

46 - Director Jacquie Phillips - Switching Careers & the Importance of Networking

June 21st, 2019

1:12:30

“The best thing you can do for yourself is not to be limited by what you have, but to just go and make it.” - Jacquie Phillips

On this week's episode, we have a conversation with Director, Jacquie Phillips. We talk …

45 - Actress & Singer Christine Woods - Auditioning, Singing, & Defining Success

June 7th, 2019

1:20:23

“Even when you feel like you did a bad audition, make them tell you why (it was bad).” - Christine Woods 

On this week’s episode of The MAKE IT Podcast, we have a conversation with actress and singer Christine Woods …

44 - Assistant Director & Writer Sandrene Mathews - The Importance of Collaboration & Quietly Leading

May 31st, 2019

57:36

"Your character needs to have a reason for being in the story and interacting with other people." - Sandrene Mathews 

On this week's episode, we have a conversation with Assistant Director Sandrene Mathews. We talk …

43 - Chris & Nick - How to Brand Your Film (Indie Talk)

May 26th, 2019

50:36

Hello! This week on the podcast co-hosts and Bonsai Creative co-founders Chris Barkley and Nicholas Buggs talk about Korber Lenker's web series Morse …

42 - Actor Sara Antonio - Ethnic Ambiguity in Filmmaking

May 17th, 2019

1:09:49

"Don't hate the audition process. Do the work, create the character. [The part] was either yours or it wasn't yours." - Sara Antonio  Hello! This week we have a conversation with actress Sara Antonio. Sara talks about …

41 - Chris & Nick - Tribeca, Phillip Youmans, & Low Budget Films (Indie Talk)

May 10th, 2019

43:34

Hello! In this conversation, Chris & Nick talk about the 19-year-old filmmaking phenom Phillip Youmans and how his success relates to minding his …

40 - Musician/Author/Actor Korby Lenker - Music, Web Series, & Making a Living

May 3rd, 2019

1:16:57
"The number one thing, way more important than talent, is persistence." - Korby Lenker 

This week we talk with musician, writer, actor, and producer Korby Lenker.

Korby is a heavy-touring, award-winning …

39 - Chris & Nick - How to Create a Winning Pitch Deck (Indie Talk)

April 26th, 2019

44:50
This week I bring in Nick Buggs, co-founder of Bonsai Creative as my Podcast co-host to expound upon the topic of creating a winning pitch deck and prospectus for your film. For those that hope to gain the attention of …

38 - Nathan Edwards (Producer, Director) - Producing, Shooting Political Ads, & the Benefits of Improv

April 20th, 2019

1:24:25
“If all you see is the frame and the light, you’re not a Director. You can’t be a Director if you don’t know how actors work.” - Nathan Edwards⠀⠀⠀ 

On this episode, we have a conversation with Producer and Director …

37 - Brandon Hirsch (Actor) - Confidence, Reading, & Losing Yourself in a Role (Rebroadcast)

April 16th, 2019

1:03:39
Hello Bonsai Creatives! Chris here, and this week I'm out of town, so I thought I'd provide you all with a mid-week motivational "bump" be rebroadcasting one our most inspiring episodes (and one of my favorite …

36 - Chris and Nick - Indie Film: State of the Industry (Indie Talk)

April 5th, 2019

56:38
"Filmmakers are too quick to jump over their own communities and forget that there are hundreds, to thousands, to hundreds of thousands of people …

35 - Lesley Powers (Director, Producer) - Hosting v Acting, & Discovering What You Love To Do

March 29th, 2019

1:13:32
“Go after one thing and do it and don’t feel like you’re wasting your time if it doesn’t work out in the end.” - Lesley Powers⠀⠀

On this episode, we have a conversation with Filmmaker Lesley Powers (@lmpowers15 on IG …

34 - Priscilla Wise (Writer) - Just Sit Down and Write

March 22nd, 2019

57:16
"You've gotta get your ass in the chair." - Priscilla Wise

On this episode, we have a conversation with writer Priscilla Wise.

Priscilla is a …

33 - Dycee Wildman (Director/Writer/Festival Creator) - Hustle, Collaboration, & Hosting an Inclusive Film Festival

March 15th, 2019

1:14:51
“It’s okay not to know something, as long as you’re willing to ask.” - Dycee Wildman 

On this week’s episode of The MAKE IT Podcast, we have a conversation with Director and Writer Dycee Wildman (@diceydycee). We chat …

32 - Ciciley Hoffman (Costume Designer & Stylist) - How to Use Costumes to Communicate a Message

March 8th, 2019

1:08:31

“There was a care in how clothes used to be made that no longer exists with fast fashion.” - Ciciley Hoffman On this week’s episode of The MAKE IT Podcast, we have a conversation with Costume Designer and stylist …

31 - Shannan E. Johnson - Writing, Theater, & Taking Risks

March 1st, 2019

1:05:35
“Hollywood is the largest gated community in the world.” - Shannan E. Johnson

On this week’s episode of The MAKE IT Podcast, we have a conversation …

30 - Wes Powers - The Importance of Collaboration & Editing Folder Structure

February 22nd, 2019

1:22:17

On this week’s episode of The MAKE IT Podcast, we have a conversation with Editor Wes Powers (@wesslesprouts). We chat about what it means to be married to another creative, how to prepare for a move to Los Angeles, and …

29 - Christine Woods - Auditioning, Singing, & Defining Success

February 15th, 2019

1:19:00

“Even when you feel like you did a bad audition, make them tell you why (it was bad).” - Christine Woods ⠀

On this week’s episode of The MAKE IT Podcast, we have a conversation with actress and singer Christine Woods …

28 - Stefanie Black - Theater, The Importance of Relationships, & the Pros of Going to Art School

February 8th, 2019

59:49

“I learned how important close relationships and friendships are because this business is chock-full of negativity, and comparison, and ambition -- …

27 - Dean Shortland - Pursuing Your Goals, Working Hard, & Learning to Say No

January 25th, 2019

1:28:17

On this week’s episode of The MAKE IT Podcast, we have a conversation with actor Dean Shortland, (@deanshortland everywhere). We talk about growing up in Australia, performing in highly religious environments, and doing …

26 - Ryan Hartsock - Teaching the Next Generation & Understanding the Realities of Producing

January 18th, 2019

1:05:55

"Produce where you are. Creativity isn't bottled up in some location. There isn't a secret elixir that can only be found in [Los Angeles]" - Ryan Hartsock

In this week's episode, we chat with Producer Ryan Hartsock …

25 - Logen Christopher - Making Your Own Way

January 11th, 2019

58:41

“In today’s world, spending all of your budget on one project is not smart.” - Logen Christopher

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On this week’s episode of The MAKE IT Podcast, we have a conversation with Filmmaker Logen Christopher, …

24 - Drew Maynard - Being Humble, Making Short Films, & Getting Feedback

January 4th, 2019

1:27:10

"If you have the means to make something, give it a shot and learn." - Drew Maynard 

On this week's episode, we have a conversation with Director and Writer Drew Maynard.

Drew Maynard is a Nashville-based filmmaker who …

23 - Joshua Bermudez - Acting Comfortably, Fighting Imposter Syndrome, & Cocktails

December 28th, 2018

1:14:44

“What are you willing to invest, in something that may not have an [immediate] return?” - Joshua Bermudez

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On this week’s episode of The MAKE IT Podcast, we have a conversation with Actor, Joshua Bermudez …

22 - Matthew Hankins - Approaching Films as Art and the Importance of Collaboration

December 26th, 2018

34:42

"You aren't influenced later in life, you're inspired." - Matthew Hankins

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays, Santa Chris here, Bonsai Chris is …

21 - Chris Greene - Creating a Fictional Reality, Typecasting, & Being Emotionally Honest

December 21st, 2018

1:41:19

“Our job is to make people realize the truth, but also give them the courage to change the narrative.” - Chris Greene

On this week’s episode of The MAKE IT Podcast, we have a conversation with Actor and Filmmaker, Chris …

20 - Matt Williams - Overcoming Self Doubt, Putting in the Work, & Mastering Your Craft

December 14th, 2018

1:01:01

“People like the idea of being an artist more than the idea of practicing and becoming the absolute best.” - Matt Williams

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On this week’s …

19 - Writer Amanda Bermudez - Research vs Writing, & Listening to the Right People

December 7th, 2018

1:09:22
On the show today we have Screenwriter, Amanda Bermudez.

Amanda J. Bermudez is an award-winning writer and filmmaker. Her past works include The Face of the Earth, Hunt, and an adaptation of W.H. Auden’s The Sea and the …

18 - Director & Producer Sabyn Mayfield - Learning What Not to Do & How to Focus

November 30th, 2018

37:59

"I'm not always learning what to do, as much as learning what not to do.” - Sabyn Mayfield This week we have a conversation with Director Sabyn Mayfield

Sabyn Mayfield is a producer and director, known for Boomtown …

17 - Writer & Director Terry Gingles - Why You Should Study the Classics & Learn the Craft

November 23rd, 2018

53:17

"If I'm not crying when I'm done with the last sentence or that last word, then it's not good." This week we have a conversation with Director & …

16 - Director Spencer Glover - The Importance of Focusing on Casting & Preproduction

November 16th, 2018

55:14
This week we chat with Director, Writer, Editor, and Cinematographer Spencer Glover.

Spencer is a Los Angeles-based creative recognized for his filmmaking work including, short films, pilot episodes, music videos, and …

15 - Actor Jessejames Locorriere - How to Leverage Your Individuality and Create a Work-Life Balance

November 9th, 2018

1:49:04

“There are no more Jack Nicholson's. There are no more Marlon Brando's.” - Jessejames Locorriere⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

On this week's episode, we have a conversation …

14 - Writer & Director Chad McClarnon - How to Be Assertive, Improve Your Skills, & Define the Story

November 2nd, 2018

1:37:08
“The thing I love about filmmaking is how human it is. There’s humanity in every part of it.” - Chad McClarnon ⠀⠀⠀⠀

On this week's episode, we have a conversation with Chad McClarnon.

Chad is a writer, director, …

13 - Actor Ashley Pereira - How to Be Comfortable on Camera & Embrace Your Individuality

October 26th, 2018

59:44
On this week's episode, we have a conversation with Ashely Pereira. 

Ashley is an actress, a survivor, a mother, and a bad-ass rock star. Ashley's …

12 - Actor Aaron Muñoz - The Importance of Improv, Believing the Story, & Respecting Every Job

October 19th, 2018

1:02:38
This week we have a conversation with Aaron Muñoz.

AARON MUÑOZ is an actor, writer, producer, arts educator, cigar smoker, facial hair enthusiast, and proud husband & father.

As an actor, he can be seen in STRANGER …

11 - Cinematographer & Producer Josh Moody - Why You Should Study Films & Create a Long-Term Plan

October 12th, 2018

51:42
This week we have a conversation with Cinematographer and Producer Josh Moody.

Josh was born on March 24, 1988, in Charlotte, North Carolina, USA. He …

10 - Writer & Director Chris Blake - How to Find and Work with a Talented Crew

October 5th, 2018

34:10

This week we have a conversation with director, writer, and producer Chris Blake. Chris is an award-winning screenwriter and director and in-demand script revisionist. He has done rewrites for indie-films and …

09 - Actor & Writer Brandon Hirsch - Confidence, Reading, & Losing Yourself in a Role

September 28th, 2018

1:03:39
A Conversation with Brandon Hirsch

This week we talk with actor, writer, and photographer Brandon Hirsch. Brandon is a broad guy, and we loved exploring his wisdom. We believe you’re going to love this high-energy …

08 - Director Motke Dapp - Filmmaking Success Takes Time & Hard Work

September 21st, 2018

58:29
A Conversation with Motke Dapp

Now Available @ApplePodcasts and at our page in our bio (bonsai.film/makeit)

Motke Dapp is an award-winning filmmaker (Director, writer, producer, editor, and sometimes actor, but only …

07 - Actor Ted Welch - How to Be Prepared for Your Lucky Film Break

September 14th, 2018

35:04
In this week's episode, we speak with actor and writer Ted Welch. He shares his experiences working with and learning from William H. Macy, working in Los Angeles and Nashville, and being at a point in his career in …

06 - Writer & Director Kali Bailey - How A Good Attitude Will Take You Places

September 7th, 2018

42:34
This week Kali Bailey shares her experiences in Indie film as a classic multi-hyphenate. She works as a director, editor, and writer and provides …

05 - Actress & Comedian Michelle McGregor - Knowing Your Worth, Joining SAG, & Actor’s Intent

August 31st, 2018

36:02
This week we chat with Actress Michelle McGregor

Michelle is an L.A.based actress, comedian, singer, and producer. She has an MFA in acting from the …

04 - Actor & Director Isaiah Stratton - Know Your Shortcomings, Market Yourself, & Watch Commentaries

August 24th, 2018

34:53
In this week's episode, we chat with actor Isaiah Stratton. 

Isaiah Stratton is an actor and director, known for Homeland (2011), MacGyver (2016) and Mr. Mercedes (2017). With a penchant for finding the humanity in …

03 - Actor & Comedian Rasheed Stephens - How to Be Brave & Never Give Up

August 17th, 2018

38:47
In this week's episode, we chat with comedian, actor, and writer Rasheed Stephens. 

Rasheed Stephens is a Los Angeles-based Filmmaker and Stand-Up Comedian. Originally born and raised in the poor inner-cities of …

02 - Producer David Perry - The Business Side of Film & the Real World of Filmmaking

August 10th, 2018

35:43
In this week's episode, we speak with Producer, Writer, and Director David Perry. 

Raised in Riga, Latvia, David Perry is a partner and film producer at a boutique production company, Bella Veritas Productions (a …

01 - Actor Kris Wente - Starving Artists, Perseverance, and Standards for Male Actors

August 3rd, 2018

42:41

Kristopher Wente is an actor, writer, producer, and director that recently starred in the feature film, Other Versions of You (Audience Award Winner, Best Feature Film - Nashville Film Festival) and directed and wrote …

00 - Welcome to the MAKE IT Podcast

July 20th, 2018

3:17

Welcome! In this episode, we announce and explain the what the podcast is, when you can start listening, and why we believe the podcast is so essential and how we expect it to help you (the independent creative film).

 

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