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IFH 183: How to Have a Sustainable Career in the Film Business with Straw Weisman

9/18/2017
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I always talk about “hustle” and that “you have to keep moving forward no matter what” to make it in this business. Today’s guest is the most authentic example of those concepts I’ve ever met. Straw Weisman is a writer, director, producer, post supervisor, movie trailer writer/producer, film consultant, and film market guru. These are just some of jobs Straw has done in his over 40 years in the indie film business. Through his own company, Marquee Productions, Straw has supervised...

Duration: 01:10:01


IFH 182: The Indie Film Hustle Tribe Interrogates Alex Ferrari with Rob Alicea

9/13/2017
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The Indie Film Hustle Tribe Interrogates Alex Ferrari with Rob Alicea Today’s episode is a first for the IFH Podcast. I had Indie Film Hustle Tribe Member Rob Alicea reach out to me with a crazy idea. He wanted to interview me for the podcast. He thought that the tribe would like to know more about me and my personal journey. I have to say I was skeptical. I didn’t think you guys would be that interested but Rob convinced me so here we are. Rob asked questions I never answered before and I...

Duration: 01:03:24


IFH 181: Trailer Editing Techniques to Cut a Badass Movie Trailer

9/11/2017
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Trailer Editing Techniques to Cut a Badass Movie Trailer I've probably edited over 500 movie trailers, network promos, and commercials in my career. So many indie filmmakers and feature film editors think they can just throw together a trailer for their feature film and make it work. Over the years, I've shared my Trailer Editing Techniques with many of the indie filmmakers that have walked into my post suite. Trailer editing requires a very different set of skills from feature film or other...

Duration: 01:05:02


IFH 180: How to Cast a No Budget Indie Film with Backstage's Veronika Lee

9/7/2017
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How to Cast a No Budget Indie Film with Backstage's Veronika Lee Ahhhh casting. It’s probably the last thing a director or producer wants to think about during production. But it’s true: casting can make or break a film. A bad casting decision can be glaringly obvious at the worst possible time. So it’s important to get started thinking about your process early on. On today's show, we have casting director Veronika Lee from Backstage. We go into how to cast a no budget indie film, finding...

Duration: 01:14:53


IFH 179: Oscar-Winner Russell Carpenter A.S.C. - Shooting Blockbusters, Titanic & James Cameron

9/5/2017
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Oscar-Winner Russell Carpenter A.S.C. – Shooting Blockbusters, Titanic & James Cameron I can’t tell you how excited I am about today’s guest. I sat down with the legendary and Oscar® Winning Cinematographer Russell Carpenter A.S.C. Russell has been shooting blockbusters for over 40 years and has shot films like Ant-Man, xXx: Return of Xander Cage, Charlie’s Angels, The Negotiator, True Lies, Monster-in-Law and classic 90’s action flicks like Hard Target, The Perfect Weapon, and Death...

Duration: 01:34:27


IFH 178: How a 19 Yr Old Directed & Sold 6 Feature Films with Dylan Mars

9/1/2017
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How a 19 Yr Old Directed & Sold 6 Feature Films with Dylan Mars I always talk about the grind, doing the work and just going out and shoot your film. Today's guest does just that, Dylan Mars Greenberg. Dylan has directed 6 feature films at the ripe old age of 19 years old. I can't tell you what a treat it was to speak to this young filmmaker. I hope Dylan's drive, excitement to tell stories and good old fashion hustle rubs off on you all. Enjoy my conversation with Dylan Mars Greenberg.

Duration: 00:36:09


IFH 177: Why Facebook Watch is a Game Changer for Indie Filmmakers

8/28/2017
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Why Facebook Watch is a Game Changer for Indie Filmmakers The online video landscape is changing on a daily basis. The newest gladiator to step into the ring is Facebook. Facebook is launching Facebook Watch, a new "show tab" that will host original shows produced exclusively for Facebook. Considering that Facebook has 1.32 Billion people who come to the site on a daily basis this is a game changer for filmmakers and content creators. Facebook Watch will launch with a handful of shows...

Duration: 00:08:48


IFH 176: How to Become a "Jack of All Trades" Indie Filmmaker

8/23/2017
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How to Become a "Jack of All Trades" Indie Filmmaker On today's episode, I want to discuss the need for indie filmmakers to become a "Jack of All Trades." As you travel down your filmmaking path you need to be adding tools to your tool box. You have to be adding new skills, knowledge, and experience to your tool box every day. I go over not just the basic skills you need to know but some tool you never thought you needed to add to that box. The more tools you have in your tool box, the...

Duration: 00:26:18


IFH 175: How to Build an Audience w/ Social Media & Hustle - Hollyshorts! Conference

8/16/2017
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IFH 175: How to Build an Audience w/ Social Media & Hustle - Hollyshorts! Conference by Alex Ferrari | Filmmaker, Directing, Visual Effects, Crowdfunding, DP, Film Distribution & Film Business

Duration: 01:36:04


IFH 174: Hollywood Directing: How to Choose the Right Lens for Your Shot

8/9/2017
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Hollywood Directing: How to Choose the Right Lens for Your Shot On today's episode, I wanted to give you a sneak peek of one of the best selling filmmaking courses on Udemy right now, Hollywood Film & Television Directing Masterclass with former guest and master film instructor Gil Bettman. On the show, you'll hear a lesson on how you can AMP UP your static shots by the choosing the right lenses. Enjoy!

Duration: 00:11:45


IFH 173: This is Meg is LIVE on iTunes & Some Other Surprises

8/4/2017
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This is Meg is LIVE on iTunes & Some Other Surprises Today is the day. This is Meg is FINALLY been released to the world on iTunes. It's pretty incredible that an idea I had over a year ago is now a feature film that has been released on mutha f'in iTunes. It's humbling. I'm so grateful to you, the IFH Tribe for your support, love and well wishes. I know that I wouldn't have been able to do this with you guys. The power of community is pretty powerful and from the bottom of my heart thank...

Duration: 00:14:09


IFH 172: Spielberg, Take Me & Directing for the Duplass Brothers with Pat Healy

8/1/2017
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Spielberg, Take Me & Directing for the Duplass Brothers with Pat Healy Today's guest prolific actor/writer/director Pat Healy. Pat discuss his new Netflix film Take Me starring himself and Orange is the New Black's Taylor Schilling. He also talks about his experience working with the Duplass Brothers, working with the legend Steven Speilberg, and how he has made a living being a script doctor over the years. Pay Healy's feature film screenplays Strange Skies and Snow Ponies found their way...

Duration: 00:55:49


IFH 171: How to Make Money with Your Indie Film (Crazy Case Studies)

7/26/2017
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How to Make Money with Your Indie Film (Crazy Case Studies) So you want to make money with your film. Who doesn't? I've always been a hustler, and I used that word in the most positive way I can. Filmmakers need to stop just thinking about the art and start thinking about the business of filmmaking. They need to become entrepreneurs. That is the only way filmmakers from this and future generations will survive in the business. Sure for every Chris Nolan they're millions of indie filmmakers...

Duration: 00:28:18


IFH 170: How a Screenwriter Becomes a First Time Director w/ Kelly Fremon Craig

7/25/2017
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How a Screenwriter Becomes a First Time Director with Kelly Fremon Craig I'm asked all the time "How does a screenwriter get the opportunity to direct one of their screenplays?" That is the question. In Hollywood, more times than not, writers don't have the power or ability to direct their own material. It took a few screenplays before Quentin Tarantino got the shot with Reservoir Dogs. Today's guest is writer/director Kelly Fremon Craig. She got her shot to director her own screenplay on...

Duration: 00:46:26


IFH 169: How to Make Money Renting Your Film Gear with ShareGrid

7/21/2017
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How to Make Money Renting Your Film Gear with ShareGrid's Brent Barbano Have you ever wanted to make a little extra cash with that film gear sitting in your closet? Have you ever wanted o rent that new Arri ALEXA but were afraid you couldn't afford it? Well, I came across the solution for both problems, it's call ShareGrid. ShareGrid is a per to per community, think Airbnb for filmmakers, that allows list film gear for rental or rent gear directly from other filmmakers with instant...

Duration: 01:02:57


IFH 168: How To Be Creative - The War of Art & Turning Pro

7/18/2017
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How To Be Creative - The War of Art & Turning Pro How to be creative? This is a question that surprisingly has a simple answer. DO THE WORK! In this episode, I'll be going over a remarkable book I've read that has truly changed the way I think about life, the creative process and making films. The book is [easyazon_link identifier="1936891026" locale="US" tag="whatisbroke-20"]The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles[/easyazon_link] by Steven Pressfield....

Duration: 00:21:58


IFH 167: How to Make $3 Million Selling Your Indie Film on iTunes & Amazon w/ Range 15

7/12/2017
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We all hear that self-distribution is the future for indie filmmakers. Build an audience and make a film for that audience but finding real world examples of a "true" indie film breaking $1,000,000+ using that model is tough. Well, I'm happy to introduce you to Range 15, the indie film that not only made $1 million selling on iTunes and Amazon but they have made $3 million+ to date, and growing. Today's guest is Nick Palmisciano, one of the writers, producers, and actors in Range 15. His...

Duration: 01:14:38


IFH 166: Independent Film Distribution & Marketing Blueprint with This is Meg

7/11/2017
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Independent Film Self Distribution & Marketing Blueprint with This is Meg Over the past 6 months or so I've been getting an enormous amount of emails and messages asking me the same question: What is your distribution and marketing plan for This is Meg? I hear you IFH Tribe, so I decide to put this podcast together and lay out the marketing and distribution blueprint I created to get This is Meg out into the world. In this episode, I break down: Why I didn't go through a traditional...

Duration: 00:25:09


IFH 165: Why Creating Systems is Better Than Setting Goals

7/5/2017
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Why Creating Systems is Better Than Setting Goals We've all been taught that creating goals is important and they are but creating systems is even more powerful. How many times have you lost weight just to gain it back? How many half-written screenplays do you have sitting on your computer? When your focus is only the goal then what happens after you achieve that goal? In this episode, I discuss how to create systems that will get you to your goals faster and keep you motivated along the...

Duration: 00:13:52


IFH 164: Vintage Lenses for Indie Filmmakers MasterClass w/ Alan Besedin

7/3/2017
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Vintage Lenses for Indie Filmmakers MasterClass w/ Alan Besedin One of the main goals of Indie Film Hustle is to give real world knowledge and resources to indie filmmakers so they can make a living doing what they love. Film gear is a big part of that equation. I always am on the lookout for the best bang for the buck when it comes to film gear. I recently began to dip my toes into the world of vintage lenses. Vintages lenses are exactly that, vintage. You may be asking "Alex, why would I...

Duration: 01:59:34

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