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THROWBACK FRIDAY: How to Blaze Your Own Path in the Film Industry

Have you been banging your head against the wall trying to figure out what you need to do to break into the film industry? Me too. This episode is dedicated to all the indie filmmakers out there trying to make a living as a filmmaker. After studying so many success stories of directors, writers, producers, and actors who finally broke through and made it into the exclusive party I found one common denominator among every single one of them. I discuss that truth and make a major announcement...


BPS 017: How to Write a Super Natural Hit Film with Beetlejuice Creator Larry Wilson

If you were a kid of the late 80s or early 90s then today's guest definitely had an impact on your life. Larry Wilson is the co-creator of the cult classic Beetlejuice (directed by Tim Burton), writer of Addams Family and worked on the legendary television show Tales from the Crypt. Larry Wilson was also a screenwriting teacher at UCLA, arguably one of the best screenwriting programs in the world. He has continued to teach through his very popular workshops. Enjoy my spooky and funny...


IFH 248: Bomb City - Tapping into Your Audience and Selling Your Indie Film with Major Dodge

Today's guest is producer Major Dodge. His new film Bomb City is quite frankly...da bomb (sorry I couldn't help myself). Here's some info on his film. Bomb City is a crime-drama, about the cultural aversion of a group of punk rockers in a conservative Texas town. Their ongoing battle with a rival, more-affluent clique leads to a controversial hate crime that questions the morality of American justice. Based on the true story of Brian Deneke. Directed by Jameson Brooks. I wanted Major Dodge...


BPS 016: How to Sell Your Idea to Television with TV Agent Matthew Doyle

Today's guest cracked open a door to a part of the industry I had no idea about, television. Matthew Doyle is a television lit agent at the Verve Talent and Literary Agency. He's an up and comer in the industry and definitely a hustler. My co-host Sebastian Twardos and I wanted to get an "in the trenches" perceptive on the television market and Matthew delivered. He tells a great story on how he got promoted to an agent with a prank by the partners at Verve. Here's a bit on Matthew Doyle:...


IFH 247: How NOT to Screw Up Your Sound in Post Production with Studio Unknown

In over 240 episodes of the Indie Film Hustle Podcast I have never tackle one of the most important topics filmmakers need to know...AUDIO. Understanding sound is imperative if you are going to become a successful indie filmmaker. Today on the show we have Matt Davies and Rich Bussey from Studio Unknown. We discuss how to capture good audio, the entire sound post workflow and finally sound deliverables​. This episode is a must listen to for all filmmakers. Here is what Studio Unknown is all...


IFH 246: Directing Color on Set with Ollie Kenchington

Today on the show we have color master Ollie Kenchington. Ollie is a filmmaker, editor, and colorist. He has released an amazing new course called Directing Color. The course focuses on the use of color not only in color grading but also on-set. Since I've been a colorist for over a decade I know the importance of color and want to share that info with the IFH Tribe. Ollie's company, Korro Films, produces commercials, short films, documentaries and branded content for major international...


IFH 245: How to Get a Theatrical Release through Fathom Events with Caleb Price

Today on the show we have director Caleb Price. Caleb has directed a great documentary called Connect. Here's a bit about the film. In a social media-centered world, the smartphone​ has become a cultural rite of passage for kids. But is that rite all wrong? With six teens, Kirk Cameron fully understands this dilemma. So he went to the experts and what he learned will enlighten, challenge, and encourage parents. And best of all: it can help strengthen your family! Connect isn't the only...


IFH 244: Inside the Worst Movie Ever Made (The Room) with Robyn Paris

Many of you know I have an obsession with Tommy Wiseau's horrible masterpiece The Room. The joy I have when I watch is something that can't put into words. So when I ran into Robyn Paris, she played Michelle in The Room, I lost my mind and completely fanboyed out. If you don't know about The Room check out the trailer for The Disaster Artist, the film about the making of the worst film ever made. She was awesome to chat to so I invited here on the show to discuss her experience making The...


IFH 243: How to Make SERIOUS Money as a Filmmaker

How to Make Money as a Filmmaker I always get asked, "How to make money as a filmmaker or can you make money as a filmmaker?" The short answer is yes, of course, you can but will it be easy, HELL NO! What's a filmmaker to do? I've been able to develop an over 20-year career making money as a filmmaker. So if I can do it you can too. In this podcast episode, I go into details on all the money making ideas filmmakers can do to make money. I give examples, tell stories and show you how I and...


IFH 242: Indie Film Producing Masterclass - How to Option a Screenplay with Suzanne Lyons

On today's episode, I'll be giving you a sneak peek of producer Suzanne Lyons' new course Indie Film Producing Masterclass. This is part one of two so enjoy this look inside the best selling indie producing course. How do you legally option a screenplay? What are the agreements you need? Suzanne goes over everything you need to know in this episode. Enjoy! Here's some info on the course: Have you ever wondered what it really takes to produce an independent film? How raise money, dealing with...


IFH 241: An Evening with the Duplass Brothers | From a $3 Short Film to Netflix & HBO

I had the pleasure the other night to see two of my inspirations speak on stage. Mark and Jay Duplass or as they are known The Duplass Brothers, were at a book signing for their new book, Like Brothers, and gave an awesome talk about how they got started, playing the Hollywood game and making​ up your own rules. Many of you know that the Duplass Brothers are the reason why I got off my ass and made my first feature film This is Meg. Their “just go out and do it” attitude inspired me to go...


BPS 012: How to Create a Bulletproof Character Arc with K.M. Weiland (CROSSOVER EVENT)

Today we have a special crossover event between The Indie Film Hustle Podcast and The Bulletproof Screenplay podcast. Since I'm the host of both podcasts I thought it would be fun and educational to do these kinds of episodes every once in a while. Today's guest is best selling author K.M. Weiland, the author of Creating Character Arcs: The Masterful Author's Guide to Uniting Story Structure, Plot, and Character Development. K.M. Weiland lives in make-believe worlds, talks to imaginary...


BPS 011: Inside the Spec Script Market with Agent David Boxerbaum

We all have heard about screenwriter selling a spec script for seven figures (see Max Landis) but who are the power brokers who are helping that process along? Enter Verve Literary Agent David Boxerbaum. David is a senior agent at VERVE Talent & Literary Agency, and his impressive client roster includes the likes of David Guggenheim, writer of Safehouse; Ken Marino, writer/producer of Wanderlust and writer of Role Models; Maria Maggenti, writer of MTV’s Finding Carter; and Ransom Riggs,...


IFH 238: How to Make Money Shooting Short Films with Carter Pilcher

Have you ever wondered if you could actually make money making short films? Take it from the guy who made over $90,000 selling a short film, yes you can). Today on the show we have the founder of the world's largest short film distribution company SHORTS International, Carter Pilcher. Carter Pilcher founded Shorts International in 2000. Coming from a background in both investment banking and law, Carter has made Shorts International the world's leading short movie entertainment company,...


IFH 238: How to Make Money Shooting Short Films with Carter Pilcher

Have you ever wondered if you could actually make money making short films? Take it from the guy who made over $90,000 selling a short film, yes you can). Today on the show we have the founder of the world's largest short film distribution company SHORTS International, Carter Pilcher. Carter Pilcher founded Shorts International in 2000. Coming from a background in both investment banking and law, Carter has made Shorts International the world's leading short movie entertainment company,...


THROWBACK FRIDAY: Lloyd Kaufman & Troma: How I Make Money Selling Movies

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 is 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 010: How to Write a Screenplay That Sells with Michael Hauge

You are in for a treat. This week's guest, MICHAEL HAUGE has been one of Hollywood’s top script consultants, story experts, and authors for more than 30 years. He coaches screenwriters, novelists, filmmakers, professional speakers, internet marketers and corporate leaders, helping transform their stories and their audiences using the principles and methods of Hollywood’s most successful movies. Michael has consulted on films starring – among many others - Will Smith, Tom Cruise, Reese...


IFH 237: Why You Need to Get Up Off Your Ass NOW & Follow Your Dreams

If you are fans of episode IFH 088: Why Filmmakers are Always So Damn Broke & What They Can Do to Change It, then you are going to love this one. I wanted to put together an episode as a wake-up call for the IFH Tribe. I wanted to scare the hell out of you a bit but in a good way. So many people talk about their dreams and so few actually doing anything about it. This episode is hopefully the kick in the ass you need to get start TODAY and follow your dreams. I share some personal and raw...


IFH 236: Sundance, Hollywood and How to Break-Through as a Director with Qasim Basir

We have a very special episode of the Indie Film Hustle podcast today. Our amazing guest is Qasim Basir, co-writer, and director of the Sundance 2018 hit film A Boy. A Girl. A Dream. The film stars Power‘s Omari Hardwick and Meagan Good is the story of two people who meet in Los Angeles on the night Donald Trump is elected President of the United States. The film was just picked up by Samual Goldwyn Company for a theatrical release. Check out a few clips below. Qasim Basir wrote and directed...


BPS 009: How Marketable is Your Film Idea or Screenplay?

So how marketable is your film idea or screenplay? I know so many screenwriters and filmmakers who spend months and sometimes years on an idea that is cool to just themselves. Depending on what you are attempting to achieve with your story, you should always figure out if you idea is marketable or if you have a fighting chance of selling the screenplay or final film. Paul Castro, the writer of the Warner Brothers feature film August Rush (Starring Robin Williams) shares with us his thoughts...