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IFH 272: How to Sell Ancillary Products for Your Indie Film (Pool Party Massacre) with Drew Marvick

For years now I've been preaching how filmmakers need to create ancillary products for their indie films. (listen to this episode for more on that.) Today's guest has done an amazing job at doing just that. Drew Marvick is the writer/director of the 80's style horror indie film Pool Party Massacre. Drew not only made his film, which took over a year to complete, but decided to target his core audience and sell amazing assortments​​ of products based on his film. The audience ate it up. Drew...


IFH 271: Going Undercover and Directing for VICE with Natalia Leite

Today's guest is writer/director Natalia Leite. This director is one of the bravest filmmakers I've ever met. Her work on the VICE documentary ‘Life as a Truck-Stop Stripper was breathtaking. Not only did she direct the piece but one of the subjects in the film as well. Enjoy my conversation with Natalia Leite.


BPS 027: How to Story Map and Break Down Your Screenplay with Daniel Calvisi

Today's guest is author Daniel Calvisi. Dan wrote the book Story Maps: How to Write a GREAT Screenplay. He breaks down stories and shows you how to map out your own by analyzing how the masters construct their screenplays. Here's a bit more on today's guest. Daniel Calvisi is a story analyst, speaker, screenwriter and an author. He is a former Story Analyst for major studios like Twentieth Century Fox, Miramax, Twentieth Century Fox, Miramax Films, and New Line Cinema. He coaches writers,...


IFH 270: Changing the World with Your Documentary with Susan Kucera

Today on the show we have documentarian, Susan Kucera. Here new film Living in the Future's Past stars Academy Award® winner Jeff Bridges.


THROWBACK FRIDAY: Secrets to Directing a Killer Action Sequence with Gil Bettman

You are in for treat guys​. Today's guest is directing and camera movement guru Gil Bettman. Gil is a seasoned director directing features, television shows, commercial, ​ and music videos for over 30 years. Did I mention one of his filmmaking mentors is Academy Award-winning director Robert Zemeckis. We discuss what lessons he learned from Mr. Zemeckis and he also goes into great detail on how to shoot a killer action sequence. Gil and I have teamed up to bring his amazing course Hollywood...


IFH 269: IFHTV - The World's 1st Streaming Service for Filmmakers & Screenwriters

The wait is over! This is what I've been working on for months. May I introduce you to IFHTV (Indie Film Hustle TV), the world's first streaming service dedicated to filmmakers, screenwriters, creatives and content creators. I wanted to create a place where film creatives and storytellers could be informed and inspired, no matter where you lived in the world. When I was younger I would hunt for any content on filmmaking, behind the scenes, screenwriting, etc. Combing through DVDs, Laserdiscs...


THROWBACK FRIDAY: The Art of the $6000 Feature Film with Joshua Caldwell

Please note: Throwback Fridays are archival episodes from the Indie Film Hustle Podcast. After many requests from the IFH Tribe to bring back some of the show’s best episodes, I decided to create Throwback Fridays. These episodes will not be posted every week but at least twice a month…if not more. There are so much amazing info and knowledge bombs in many of these past episodes and I don’t want them to be lost in the sea of IFH Content so I’ll be putting a spotlight on them in Throwback...


BPS 025: Writing Screenplays that Actually Sell with Lucy V. Hay

Today on the show we have Lucy V. Hay from Bang2Write. Lucy is an author and script editor, living in Devon with her husband, three children, and six cats. Lucy is the associate producer of Brit Thrillers Deviation (2012) and Assassin (2015) both starring Danny Dyer. In addition to script reading and writing her own novels, Lucy also blogs about the writing process, screenwriting, genre, careers and motivation and much more at her blog Bang2write, one of the most-hit writing sites in the UK.


IFH 268: Leaving the Money to Chase that Filmmaking Dream with Drew Waters

Have you ever been in a job you hate? Would you leave a stable job to follow your dream? Meet producer, director and actor Drew Waters. He did just that. Drew became an entrepreneur with three retail businesses and a commercial/residential construction company with partners. One day he woke up at the age of 30 and realized I wasn't fulfilled with what he was doing, so he thought back to the moment he was the happiest. That moment turned out to be a time, nearly ten years earlier when he was...


IFH 267: The RAW TRUTH - Self Distribution vs Traditional Distribution

LET'S GET READY TO RUMBLE, self-distribution vs traditional distribution!!! I wanted to finally create an HONEST resource for indie filmmakers to learn the TRUTH about both forms of distributing their films. I get into the weeds on this one and talk about my experience self-distributing my film, This is Meg, what my experience was working with multiple domestic and international distribution companies and give examples on how and why self-distribution is a great path just not for every film....


IFH 266: Insiders Guide to Self Distribution with Nick Soares

If you have a film and want to learn a bit more about self-distribution​ and getting your film out into the world, then this is the episode for you. Today on the show we have returning self-distribution​ champion Nick Soares from Distribber. The last time Nick was on the show it was downloaded tens of thousands of times. He was dropping knowledge bombs left and right. The world of distribution is a tricky road to travel and the self distribution path is even rockier. Nick sheds some light on...


THROWBACK FRIDAY: No Budget Filmmaking with Mark Stolaroff

THROWBACK FRIDAY: I've been trying to get today's guest on the show for months. Mark Stolaroff is a No Budget Filmmaking maestro. Here's a bit about our guest. Mark Stolaroff is an independent producer and a founding partner of Antic Pictures, an LA-based production company producing a slate of low-budget, high-quality digital features. He recently finished principal photography on DriverX, his 5th collaboration with award-winning writer/director Henry Barrial. DriverX stars Patrick Fabian...


BPS 024: Screenwriting Confidential - Inside the Dark World of the Script Reader with Deepthroat

Have you ever really wanted to know what goes on behind the scenes at Hollywood's major production companies and studios? How do new screenplays get read, approved and pass on by the script reader? What are the politics behind the scenes that make it almost impossible for a screenplay to make it through the Hollywood System? Today on the show we have a former development executive, current script coverage reader and professional screenwriter. In order for him to be completely honest, he...


IFH 265: Indie Film Producing - The Craft of Low Budget Filmmaking with Suzanne Lyons

Today on the show we have returning champion producer Suzanne Lyons. Suzanne was one of my first guests (IFH 015) on the podcast. Her episodes are some of my most downloaded episodes so I had to have her back on to talk shop. Suzanne will go over a ton of information on how to produce an indie feature film. She covers: The dos and don'ts of Low Budget Filmmaking What is Soft Prep? Contracts Working with unions The hell of deliverables and much more We also discuss Suzanne's new course Indie...


IFH 264: Shooting an IMPROV Feature, with Movie Stars, in 5 Days with Jamie Adams

As promised today's guest is Jamie Adams, the writer/director of the new film Alright Now starring (Cobie Smulders, “How I Met Your Mother, Avengers”) You can listen to her interview here. I wanted to chat with Jamie because he has made a career of shooting feature films fast, cheap and completely improv. As you all know I shot my first two features, This is Meg and On the Corner of Ego and Desire, using the same style and techniques. They're not a ton of film directors shooting features...


IFH 263: From Avengers to Shooting Improv Indie Films with Cobie Smulders

Today's guest is actress Cobie Smulders. You may recognize Cobie from blockbuster films like The Avengers, The Avengers: Age of Ultron, Captain America: Winter Soldier and Jack Reacher: Never Go Back. She'll also be in the new Spidey film Spider-Man: Far from Home. I've been a fan of Cobie's for a while now. Her ability to jump from mega-blockbuster to ultra-low budget indie film has always fascinated me. One of the main reasons I wanted to chat with Cobie was to discuss her new film Alright...


IFH 262: Top Ten Books That Will Change Your Life

On today's episode, I go over my top ten books that ROCKED my world! I get asked all the time what are a few books I could recommend. So I decided to just put a list together of these books. The books on the list have transformed me into the person I am today. They have opened my mind, showed me new ideas, changed the way I thought about life and most importantly shook the foundations of my existence. Enjoy and may you find value in this list, my friends. Now get to reading!


BPS 023: The Nutshell Technique - Cracking the Secret of Successful Screenwriting

Today on the show we have author/veteran script consultant Jill Chamberlain who's book The Nutshell Technique: Crack the Secret of Successful Screenwriting has taken the screenwriting world by storm. Jill Chamberlain discovered in her work that an astounding 99 percent of first-time screenwriters don't know how to tell a story. What the 99 percent do instead is present a situation. In order to explain the difference, Chamberlain created the Nutshell Technique, a method whereby writers...


IFH 261: Making Indie Films as a BLIND Director with Gough

Today's guest gough, from Berrnuts Productions, really doesn't let anything get in his way. When the rest of us are making excuses on why we can't do this or that this legally BLIND director is making films he wants to make. You heard correctly, gough is legally blind and yet he's a prolific film director running a production company, with employees I might add, and doing it his way. He has shot 14 short films and 1 feature film. He's a true inspiration to any filmmaker out there who says...


BONUS EPISODE: On the the Corner of Ego and Desire gets into RAINDANCE!

Well, I finally have news for all of you IFH Tribe members who have been asking what the heck is going on with On the Corner of Ego and Desire. Our film has been accepted to the Raindance Film Festival in London, England. It will be the UK Premiere of Ego and Desire. Raindance is the largest and most prestigious film festival in all of the United Kingdom and we can't be more excited to be a part of it. I wanted to do this quick bonus episode for the IFH Tribe to show you all that dreams do...