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The MAKE IT podcast amplifies the voice of the filmmaker by exploring the filmmaking journeys of actors, writers, directors, producers, and a host of other creatives from across the film industry. We provide a platform for filmmakers to provide advice, lessons learned, personal reflections, and insights through our Filmmaker Conversations, Mistakes in the Making, Industry Insights, Indie Talks, and Film Investment Series. We are the go-to film podcast for the independent creative!

The MAKE IT podcast amplifies the voice of the filmmaker by exploring the filmmaking journeys of actors, writers, directors, producers, and a host of other creatives from across the film industry. We provide a platform for filmmakers to provide advice, lessons learned, personal reflections, and insights through our Filmmaker Conversations, Mistakes in the Making, Industry Insights, Indie Talks, and Film Investment Series. We are the go-to film podcast for the independent creative!

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United States

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The MAKE IT podcast amplifies the voice of the filmmaker by exploring the filmmaking journeys of actors, writers, directors, producers, and a host of other creatives from across the film industry. We provide a platform for filmmakers to provide advice, lessons learned, personal reflections, and insights through our Filmmaker Conversations, Mistakes in the Making, Industry Insights, Indie Talks, and Film Investment Series. We are the go-to film podcast for the independent creative!

Language:

English


Episodes

316 - Charla Lauriston - Grand Crew Writer and Comedian - Beating Writer's Block, Focusing On Skill Over Networking, and Why Dave Chappelle Sucks Up All The Air In The Room

12/6/2022
Hello, Hello! In this episode, we have a conversation with writer and comedian Charla Lauriston. We talk about working on the NBC series Grand Crew, writing her web series 'Clinch & Release,' her excellent new course for writers, The Werking Writer School, comedy as a defense mechanism, the importance of being seen, racism in Boston, why it's harder to get a laugh from a fellow comedian, the joke she wishes she'd written, how she deals with writer's block, and her best advice for would-be...

Duration:01:21:39

315 - Emmy Award Winning Director Fr3deR1ck - Keys To Documentary Filmmaking, Systematic Inequity, and Who And What Black Filmmakers Fear

11/25/2022
Hello, Hello! In this episode, we have a conversation with Emmy-winning director and Creative Consultant, Fr3deR1ck. In this hard-hitting, no-holds-barred interview, we talk about his award-winning documentary film, 'Counter Histories: Rock Hill,' his production company Tomorrow Pictures, life-changing experiences in Kenya and Romania, the many roles race plays in film opportunities in America, the plight of the Black male intellectual, who and what Black people are afraid of, how he...

Duration:02:21:08

314 - People Hate A Fake Contrarian - Indie Talk w/ Actor, Writer, Comedian Jessica Anderson

11/22/2022
Hello, Hello! In this special edition of Indie Talk, Actor, Writer, and Comedian Jessica Anderson (@jesstation) stands in as co-host for Nick. We talk about the problem of social media being good for validation but bad for kids, Neal Brennan's new stand-up special, 'Blocks,' we discuss the Dave Chappelle SNL monologue and appearance criticisms, Wakanda Forever's colossal opening weekend box office, and P&A spend, the strange polar reviews of Dwayne Johnson's and DC Comics, 'Black Adam,'...

Duration:01:12:22

313 - Mark Maxey, Producer and Executive Vice President of Rolling Pictures - The Power Of Networking, Following The Fun, and Using Tech To Become A Successful Producer

11/11/2022
Hello, Hello! In this episode, we have a conversation with the Executive Vice President of Rolling Pictures and Producer Mark Maxey. We talk about his films, ‘Space Oddity,’ ‘As They Made Us,’ and ‘Rare Objects,’ his relationship with Snuffy Walden, the subject of his documentary, ‘Up To Snuff,’ the types of films he likes to produce, how he accesses a screenplay, how to create proper financing structure, and so much more. Enjoy! The MAKE IT podcast is brought to you by the Voice of the...

Duration:01:30:27

312 - Zair Montes, Actress, Producer - The Secrets Of Filming in Cuba, Producing Without Electricity, and Getting Started In Filmmaking (Even When You Don’t Think You’re Ready)

11/1/2022
Hello, Hello! In this episode, we have a conversation with Actress and Producer Zair Montes. We talk about growing up as a creative in Venezuela, her company Golden Ceiba Productions, how she produced a feature film without access to electricity, the secrets of shooting a film in Cuba, advice on acting school, her experience falling in love on set, her films Dopamine (post-production), Rumba Love, Havana Instant, and much more. Enjoy! The MAKE IT podcast is brought to you by the Voice...

Duration:01:35:17

311 - Why We Aren’t Watching Netflix’s Dahmer, Our Take on Ye, and Why ‘Black Adam’ Disappointed At The Box Office - (Indie Talk)

10/31/2022
Hello, Hello! In this episode, Chris and Nick talk about why they aren’t watching Netflix’s ‘Dahmer,’ our take on the Ye antisemitic saga, predatory contracts in the Indie Film industry, why ‘Black Adam’ didn’t sell as expected in the box office, and we provide an update on Meg Smaker’s progress with her documentary, ‘Unredacted.’ Enjoy! The MAKE IT podcast is brought to you by the Voice of the Filmmaker program, which is sponsored by Women in Film and Television, Nashville (a...

Duration:01:16:01

310 - What Filmmakers Can Learn From Naomi Osaka - (Industry Insights)

10/25/2022
Hello, Hello! In this Industry Insight, Nick breaks down a branding and marketing snafu that Naomi Osaka recently worked through and what we, as film creatives, can do to avoid the same obstacles. Enjoy! Listen+Subscribe+Rate = Love The MAKE IT podcast is the platform for the Voice of the Filmmaker (https://www.bonsai.film/voiceofthefilmmaker) program, which is brought to you in partnership with Women in Film and Television, Nashville (a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization). Indie...

Duration:00:07:36

309 - Dr. Mark Goulston, Former UCLA Professor Of Psychiatry, Suicide Prevention Expert, And Author On How To Never Lose A Life To Suicide And Depression

10/18/2022
Hello, Hello! In this special Mental Health Awareness Month release, we have a conversation with Former UCLA Professor of Psychiatry, Author, Documentarian, Podcaster, and Suicide Prevention Expert, Dr. Mark Goulston. We talk about how he treated his undiagnosed depression, "Surgical Empathy," the "Four Prompts for Suicide Prevention," the stories of Patient Nancy, Kevin Hines, Jason Reid, Frank Kilpatrick, and Musician Rayko, "The Five Really's," how to help creatives stave off sadness...

Duration:01:57:04

308 - Frances Hernandez, Art Director - Sell Your Ideas, Organizing A Set, and Art Design On Spiderman: No Way Home, Star Wars, and Working With Taika Waititi

10/11/2022
Hello, Hello! In this episode, we have a conversation with Designer and Art Director Frances Hernandez. We talk about her work on 'Spiderman: No Way Home,' 'Star Wars,' 'House Party,' Mura Masa and Shura's 'Love for That,' growing up in the North Carolina "sticks," why LeBron James is fantastic, but not the greatest of all-time, falling out of love with basketball, dealing with abusive coaches, finding love in lonely places, her stolen short film, working with Taika Waititi (Jojo Rabbit,...

Duration:01:44:16

307 - Spencer Glover, Director - You're Not Going To Be A Great Filmmaker In The Beginning - (Mistakes In The Making)

10/9/2022
Hello, Hello! In this edition of Mistakes In The Making, we learn from Director Spencer Glover. Spencer expounds on the frustration of knowing what you want to see on the screen in your mind’s eye but not being able to reproduce those qualities in the real world starting out as a neophyte Director. His advice? Let your good taste guide you until you get it right. Enjoy! Listen+Subscribe+Rate = Love The MAKE IT podcast is the platform for the Voice of the Filmmaker...

Duration:00:14:53

306 - Sundance About Face and Preparing For The Film Pitch - (Indie Talk)

10/4/2022
Hello, Hello! It’s an Indie Talk week, and Chris and Nick have a conversation about the about-face of Sundance on the festival acceptance turned rejection of the Meg Smaker documentary, ‘Jihad Rehab,’ fake Twitter fights, the bombast and publicity genius of Ye (formerly Kanye West), and we break down what we learned from the Nashville Film Festival pitch contest and provide the tactics, tools, and tips on how to present a successful pitch. Enjoy! Listen+Subscribe+Rate = Love The...

Duration:01:08:57

305 - Aaron Muñoz, Actor - Filmmakers, Don’t Paralyze Yourself With Over Preparation - (Mistakes In The Making)

10/2/2022
Hello, Hello! In this episode, Actor Aaron Muñoz teaches us not to psyche ourselves out from over-preparation. Aaron expounds on an experience in which he was cast in a significant role and wanted to be prepared—but that readily turned into an obsession with minutia and over-preparation that didn't help him perform better but instead put too much in his head about his character. Enjoy! Follow Aaron: Website Instagram Listen+Subscribe+Rate = Love The MAKE IT podcast is the...

Duration:00:09:02

304 - Haley Watson, Director, Producer, Cinematographer - On Winning An Oscar, Working With Ben Proudfoot, and Building Community To Make A Great Film

9/27/2022
Hello, Hello! In this episode, we have a conversation with Director, Producer, and Cinematographer Haley Watson. We talk about the Academy Award Winning film ‘Queen Of Basketball,’ her film ‘The Getaway,’ working with Director Ben Proudfoot, the concept of “measurable error,” the challenges of shooting outside of her home country (U.S.), the importance of building community, and her formula for getting incredible shots. Enjoy! Follow...

Duration:01:10:36

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

9/25/2022
Hello, Hello! 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 less than straightforward agent. Enjoy! Connect with Chris: Instagram Twitter Website Listen+Subscribe+Rate = Love The MAKE IT podcast is the platform for the Voice of the Filmmaker (https://www.bonsai.film/voiceofthefilmmaker) program, which is brought to you...

Duration:00:06:21

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

9/20/2022
Hello, Hello! 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 about the Emmys (including the Cheryl Lee Ralph speech), and introduce the concept of non-fiscal currency, and it's importance in guaranteeing Indie Film ROI. Enjoy! Listen+Subscribe+Rate = Love The MAKE IT podcast is the platform for the Voice of the Filmmaker...

Duration:00:56:01

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

9/18/2022
Hello, Hello! 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 time better and always scrutinize opportunities and the people that offer them. Enjoy! Listen+Subscribe+Rate = Love The MAKE IT podcast is the platform for the Voice of the Filmmaker (https://www.bonsai.film/voiceofthefilmmaker) program, which is brought to you in...

Duration:00:07:27

300 - Brian Owens, Artistic Director Calgary International Film Festival - Curating Festivals For Maximum Engagement, The Importance Of Scoring, and Editing Your Film To The Essential

9/13/2022
Hello, Hello! In this episode, we have a conversation with Artistic Director Brian Owens. We talk about the upcoming Calgary International Film Festival (CIFF) beginning on September 22nd, the importance of The Royal Theater in Danville, Indiana and the story of their "Big Pickle," why Jaws changed his life, what mistake kills the chances of a film being accepted into a major film festival, how he balances the needs of the local filmmakers while expanding CIFF to new audiences, why...

Duration:01:19:41

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

9/11/2022
Hello, Hello! 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! Listen+Subscribe+Rate = Love The MAKE IT podcast is the platform for the Voice of the Filmmaker (https://www.bonsai.film/voiceofthefilmmaker) program, which is brought to you in partnership with Women in Film and Television, Nashville (a 501 (c)(3) non-profit...

Duration:00:04:18

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

9/5/2022
Hello, Hello! In this episode, Chris and Nick talk about the branding genius of Serena Williams, the potentially creepy return of MoviePass, Neil Gaiman’s rule of two-thirds, the arms race for the future of media, branding rules to follow before you start marketing, Indie Film scoring, Nick defends his “triple aloha,” and Chris talks art diversification. Enjoy! Listen+Subscribe+Rate = Love The MAKE IT podcast is the platform for the Voice of the Filmmaker...

Duration:01:04:53

297 - Actor, Writer Ted Welch - How Filmmakers Can Avoid The Trap Of Easy Success - Mistakes In The Making

9/4/2022
Hello, Hello! 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 Blood' and how he overcame hubris to form a true community. Enjoy! Listen+Subscribe+Rate = Love The MAKE IT podcast is the platform for the Voice of the Filmmaker (https://www.bonsai.film/voiceofthefilmmaker) program, which is brought to you in partnership with Women in...

Duration:00:06:47