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Respect The Process is a filmmaker's podcast. Scroll to hear intimate chats with working professionals about making compelling advertising, indie films, and other groovy creative endeavors. Mostly, we talk about commercials.

Respect The Process is a filmmaker's podcast. Scroll to hear intimate chats with working professionals about making compelling advertising, indie films, and other groovy creative endeavors. Mostly, we talk about commercials.
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Respect The Process is a filmmaker's podcast. Scroll to hear intimate chats with working professionals about making compelling advertising, indie films, and other groovy creative endeavors. Mostly, we talk about commercials.




The Life Of A Always-Working Actress With The Incomparable Meredith Thomas.

The uber-fabulous Meredith Thomas is always working as an actress yet she finds time for her charity work, producing and organizing stellar events. In fact, Meredith arranged everything for the “Disconnected” + “I Am Battle Comic” double feature Friday, November 16th, 2018 at the Van Nuys/Reseda Elks Lodge to benefit Elks’ Families in Need, the VA. FreeRead More


Contagious LA’s Jordan Flack Returns To Talk Commercial Production.

While his official title on the Contagious LA website is “Premier of the Cabinet”, Jordan Flack is a producer, EP, talent scout, problem solver and all ’round bon vivant. Jordan returns to the show to talk about what has changed in the business. Always great to have him on the show. Thank you, Jordan This episode isRead More


The Frequency Of Love With Nia Peeples.

Nia Peeples is an entertainment icon, well-known for her successful, prolific acting career, so when a mutual friend said she wanted to come on the show, I leaped at the opportunity. Instead of tech talk and behind the scenes stories, we dove immediately into her personal journey, which she openly shared. The result is a deepRead More


Docu Filmmaker Tommy Avallone Celebrates Bill Murray Stories.

“The Bill Murray Stories: Life Lessons Learned from a Mythical Man” is Filmmaker Tommy Avallone’s latest documentary. And Tommy is back to chat how he made the movie and what he indeed learned from everyone’s favorite comic genius. The documentary follows Tommy’s quest to find meaning in Bill Murray’s many unexpected adventures. Featuring rare andRead More


Rise Of The Freelance Commercial Director With Filmmaker Todd Heyman.

Director Todd Heyman is quite prolific, staying busy and in demand despite remaining freelance versus signing with any one particular production shoppe. Todd began his career by developing marketing campaigns for top Hollywood studios. His first film as writer/director was a finalist at the Tribeca Film Festival, and landed at HBO. From there… well hey justRead More


Voiceover Artist, Actor, Model Jimmy Franzo Got A Heart Transplant To Play Santa Claus.

Actor/Model/VO Artist Jimmy Fanzo didn’t get his heart transplant just so he could play hipster Santa in my Fiat spots a few Christmas’ ago, but it all happened. Learn Jimmy’s journey into the biz and how I knew the moment he walked in the casting session that he was the guy, despite no white hair,Read More


Filmmaker Jens Gehlhaar Directs Commercials With Style And Grace.

LA-based director Jens Gehlhaar’s spots for Nissan, Square, Skylanders, and Sodastream are just a few examples of his design sensibility and impeccable ability to merge immediacy, timeliness and humor through a variety of different projects. As a creative director, Jens has worked on a broad range of styles and concepts for Coca-Cola and MTV, KCRW, and ThisRead More


Commercial Director Kiran Koshy Shoots What Makes Him Happy.

Kiran Koshy is both an agency Creative Director and Commercial Director. His story is compelling because like many of us, he followed his bliss into filmmaking. His journey just earned more frequent flyer miles. His voice as a storyteller rings out so loud and clear in his work. You’ll be inspired by what he accomplishesRead More


How Commercial Director Clay Williams Makes Great Comedy Spots.

Commercial Director Clay Williams makes the kind of spots I see on tv and salivate over. His humor is sly, subtle and understated even when the premise is crazy.


How Director Toby Wosskow’s BMW Spec Spot Landed Him An Ad During the NBA Finals.

Director Toby Wosskow hit it out the park with his spec spot for BMW and shares his tedious plot that made it work. Not only did BMW run the spot on their site, but the agency hired him to shoot everything under the sun, including the Foot Locker’s “House of Hoops x Nike” for theRead More


How PRETTYBIRD President & Co-Founder Kerstin Emhoff Has Built A Powerhouse ProdCo.

PRETTYBIRD President & Co Founder Kerstin Emhoff is recognized for her successful and enduring relationships with top agencies, clients, artists and managers, and her experience and unique style across various mediums and platforms. Under her leadership, PRETTYBIRD has collected Grammys, Emmys, D&AD Awards, Cannes Lions & Grand Prix, Clio’s and MTV Video Music Awards –Read More


Director Amy Adrion Discusses Her Debut Docu “Half The Picture” – A Must See!

“Half The Picture” Director Amy Adrion stops by the podcast to talk about her amazing, insightful film. HALF THE PICTURE consists of interviews with high profile women directors including Ava DuVernay, Jill Soloway, Lena Dunham, Catherine Hardwicke and Miranda July, among many others, who discuss their early careers, how they transitioned to studio films or television,Read More


Copywriter/ACD Tal Wagman Fights Sexual Misconduct With Rotten Apples.

I love chatting with innately funny people, and Tal Wagman is one such a person. We met shooting our wildly popular “Built To Amaze” campaign for Toyota via Saacthi. Now Tal has moved his humor mill over to Zambezi working on Vitaminwater and Venmo. We chat about RottenApples, a website database that informs us whether orRead More


How Filmmakers Can Deliver Gorgeous Treatments With Katniss of The Moon Unit.

The Moon Unit is a creative services boutique that helps storytellers develop ideas into words, gorgeous visual treatments, mood boards and pitch decks and more. Katniss and I skyped to cover a lot of ground. After describing a great pitch and treatments, we dive into how a director can best manage her career. Katniss andRead More


Mr. Marc Kelly Shares How The Filmmaking Team Of “Blindspotting” Made Their Magic.

Mr. Marc Kelly is a Director, 1st AD and more. When I saw his name role up in the credits of “Blindspotting,” I cheered and had to hear more about this film. Marc takes us behind the scenes with filmmaking tips and tidbits, working with Director Carlos López Estrada, Daveed Diggs, Rafael Casal and theRead More


Filmmaker Liz Hinlein Directs Commercials, Branded Films, VR and Features With Aplomb & Grace.

Director Liz Hinlein shares how she has successfully navigated her career making brand films, VR gigs, tons of spots and her feature, “Other People Children.” You’ve seen Liz’s Dove Real Beauty starring Shonda Rhimes, I promise. We chat about the commonality in directing these various gigs, staying humble while leading, and the fun in teachingRead More


Filmmaker Ramaa Mosley On Creating One’s Own Opportunities.

Filmmaker Ramaa Mosley directs commercials, documentaries, feature narratives and more. Like myself, she believes we do different jobs for different reasons and creates her own opportunities. You’ll love the part of this chat when she explains how originality is overrated. I disagreed but then came around. Ramaa is also the Executive Creative Director and oneRead More


Hollywood War Stories: How To Survive In The Trenches with Veteran Comedy Director Rick Friedberg.

Veteran comedy director Rick Friedberg has written a book you must buy. You learn and laugh as this “rule book” for success tells you, as the title says, how to survive the Hollywood machine. It’s aptly called “Hollywood War Stories: How To Survive In The Trenches” and I love it. We chat comedy, managing aRead More


Why Ad Agency Creatives Make Excellent Filmmakers With Comedy Directing Duo Jeff and Pete.

Dynamite directing duo Jeff & Pete, aka Jeff Gonick and Peter Novosel, are following their dreams by leaving their cushy advertising agency jobs as creatives to become helmers of comedy commercials. And boy are they good. Landing at top shoppe Caviar, they’ve helmed funny stuff for Dr. Pepper, SunTrust and more. Plus their fun fellows. AfterRead More


Why I Reluctantly Cut A Montage Of My Visual Effects & Filmmaking Trickery.

Commercial Directors are not well-served by montages, the collection of coolest shots of their career. Advertising agency folks and clients want to see you can tell a good story in :15, :30 or :60 seconds. So for years, I have resisted the montage reel. But friends, this weekend I succumbed to the siren of the montage.Read More