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Radio Film School: Stories About Filmmaking, Creative Arts & Pursuing Your Passion

Ron Dawson of Dare Dreamer FM hosts this radio documentary series about filmmaking, movies, TV and the creative arts. A Podcastica network podcast.

This is the radio documentary anthology series about filmmaking, cinema, and the creative arts. Every week we bring you personal, passionate, and sometimes provocative stories from filmmakers and artists all over the globe; stories that will help you mature as an artist and find more fulfillment in your craft and career. NoFilmSchool called this "The filmmaking podcast we've all been waiting for." // Filmmaking is the ONE art form into which all other art forms are absorbed. Photography. Graphic design. Architecture. Music. Sound. Writing. As such, this is a show that will speak to the heart, head and soul of any creative artist.

Episodes

[FJ31] Love, Loss & Looking Ahead
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2017-09-21 04:56:50 UTC 29:47
[FJ31] Love, Loss & Looking Ahead

What is it like working with your spouse? Why is it important to create art that is unique to you? What is the future of Radio Film School? Tune in to find out.

"If we make what we know to be true for ourselves, that edge gives it an individuality that can't be found anywhere else." ~ Kelly Clark, Artist

It has been quite a while since we've had a new episode of the show. A lot has been going on with me. New job (blog editor for Frame.io), moving out of my house, and becoming a nomad. But for this season finale, we have something that'll make you laugh and cry. And isn't that what makes a Radio Film School episode special?

Video Mentioned in This Episode

The profile film for Kelly Clark.

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[FJ10-REPLAY] What Makes a Good Story?
27:37
2017-09-21 04:56:50 UTC 27:37
[FJ10-REPLAY] What Makes a Good Story?

A blast from the past. One of my personal faves. Insightful. Inspiring. Potent. Definitely worth listening to again. And if it's your first time, enjoy.

This week on the show we delve into one of the most important topics we’ll discuss all season. It’s at the core of what we do as filmmakers. Telling stories. Chris Huntley from The Write Bros. talks about the narrative story development theory Dramatica and the connection story has to psychology. We’ll hear from Patrick Moreau of Muse Storytelling and Stillmotion on how they find and tell the kind of stories that have won them five Emmys. We’ll hear from Dan Duncan of Remedy Films on the lengths he goes to tell authentic stories. And we hear from a filmmaker we last heard from way back in the first main episode — Alex Vo from the San Francisco Bay Area shares how he finds real life “Hero’s Journey” stories.

Music in this Episode

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[FJ Replay] A Look Back Celebrating 15 Years of My Video Biz
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2017-09-21 04:56:50 UTC 33:17
[FJ Replay] A Look Back Celebrating 15 Years of My Video Biz

This May marks the 15th anniversary of my video business and this summer marks the 25th anniversary of going to film school. Wow!

This past weekend was Memorial Day so I had just enough time to put together a flashback to some past episode segments. In this 15th/25th anniversary special, I replay the story of my first time on a film set (from RFS004 "Your First Time") and the start and evolution of my video business (from FJ24 "Making a Difference with Your Art"). As usual, stick around after the credits for a fun discussion with friend of the show JD Cochran and I reminiscing on making my first narrative, scripted short film.

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[MAD05] Making a Documentary #5: Giving Credit
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2017-09-21 04:56:50 UTC 34:26
[MAD05] Making a Documentary #5: Giving Credit

A popular reward level for crowdfunded films is a credit in the movie. Apparently, this is a bigger deal than I originally thought. Today we find out why.

In this episode of our "Making a Documentary" mini-series of Radio Film School, friend of the show Yolanda T. Cochran (with her husband JD offering his usual comic relief) gives us some detailed information on film and television credits. If you have thought about giving away a movie credit on your crowdfunded film for anything less than at LEAST $100 (or more), you need to listen to this episode. Or, if you're curious about union regulations regarding credits, or just the logistics that go into making credits, then stick around. It's actually pretty fascinating.

The Role of "Producer"

Ever wonder what all those different "producers" you see in movie credits actually do? The second half of this episode is a replay of a "Short Ends" segment from last year wherein Yolanda tells us. Get the 411 on executive producers, co-producers, producers, line producers, etc.

Music in this Episode

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[SE28] MCU v DCEU and Lessons for Creators
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2017-09-21 04:56:50 UTC 33:55
[SE28] MCU v DCEU and Lessons for Creators

Today we explore why the Marvel Cinematic Universe has been able to out-pace the DC Extended Universe in box office and critical acclaim, and what lessons we creators can learn from it.

Throughout history, there have been some pretty epic rivalries. Mac vs. PC. Canon vs. Nikon. Marvel vs. DC. There's a lot of discussion and analysis on the internet about this latest topic, specifically the MCU vs. the DCEU. And on this episode of the show, we hear from some experts who help us contribute to that debate. In the end, you'll hear a perspective about how to look at it that I almost guarantee you've never considered.

This week we hear from:

  • Robert Meyer Burnett: A 25+ year veteran of Hollywood, Rob is a director, editor, frequent co-host on Collider Heroes, and self-proclaimed comic book geek.
  • Edu Black: production coordinator on "The Simpsons," one of my co-hosts on the "Wrestling with Westworld" podcast, and huge comic fan.
  • Jevon Phillips: online producer and writer for the L.A. Times Calendar section writing about entertainment.
  • Brett Culp: director of the documentary “Legends of the Knight“, a feature-length documentary about the legend and story of Batman inspiring people living with debilitating or even life-threatening illnesses. Through the success of that film, Brett has since founded “The Rising Heroes Project,” a non-profit that creates uplifting films to support charitable organizations and inspire communities. They are currently touring with their follow-up to “Legends” with “Look to the Sky.”
Music in this Episode

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[BTG08] Breaking the Glass: The Definitive Solution for Change in the Biz
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2017-09-21 04:56:50 UTC 42:40
[BTG08] Breaking the Glass: The Definitive Solution for Change in the Biz

How long will change take?  Should we all just settle in and "wait for a new generation"?

Rahm Emmanuel, former White House Chief of Staff, Mayor of Chicago and brother of Ari Emmanual of WME was once quoted in the New York Times saying, "We can't kick the can down the road because we've run out of road."  In today's episode, miniseries co-producer and a recurring guest on the show, Yolanda T. Cochran takes the reigns again to ponder what we should realistically expect by way of change in gender parity and politics.

Fellow podcaster, Julie Harris Walker (of "the other 50%" - a Herstory of Hollywood and Herstory of Tech) joins us in the early days of her podcast to share thoughts on: what she's learned from talking to women executives in the business, where the women's movement may have had some shortcomings, and what the outlook of change is looking like.

Likewise, Courtney Daniels, actress, producer and founder of Busted Buggy Entertainment gives some input on whether a "united front" from women is either viable or effective for women in high places in the biz.

And finally, an excerpt from Ryan Murphy's acceptance speech for The Hollywood Reporter's inaugural Equity in Entertainment award makes a case for the argument that patience may not be a virtue.

About the Mini-series

Breaking the Glass is a Radio Film School podcast mini-series and short film docu-series addressing the issues of gender inequality in film and television. You can catch all the podcast and video episodes at daredreamer.fm/breakingtheglass.

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[SE27] Pepsi's Challenge: Brand Authenticity & Knowing Your Audience
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2017-09-21 04:56:50 UTC 26:49
[SE27] Pepsi's Challenge: Brand Authenticity & Knowing Your Audience

The #1 question I've had about the ridiculous Pepsi ad from a month ago is "How?" How did so many smart people in a room get this so wrong? I think today's episode of Radio Film School has some potential answers.

I wanted to talk to some professionals who could give us informed and experienced insight into this debacle and PR mess. So I got on the line with Blake Howard, Creative Director of Matchsic, a brand consulting and design firm who has done work for companies like Coke and other national brands; and Chris Chan, the resident visual anthropologist at the viral video factory and social experiment production company Cut. They provide some new perspective on a topic that admittedly has been discussed ad nauseam. But I'm confident you'll dig this one!

Music in this Episode

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[SE26] Technology & Filmmaking: Form Following Function
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2017-09-21 04:56:50 UTC 24:32
[SE26] Technology & Filmmaking: Form Following Function

It's NAB this week, and we have a new technology and filmmaking episode you must hear before you spend a dime!

Because the nature of this show involves taking bits and pieces of longer episodes, I have a veritable vault full of as yet unmined content from fantastic interviews.  In honor of it being NAB this week (that annual mecca to Las Vegas for media professionals all over the world), we have as yet unaired excerpts from interviews I conducted last season.

Peabody award-winning filmmaker and documentarian Elaine McMillion Sheldon, who won that acclaimed award for her interactive documentary experience "Hollow", chimes in on how the architectural design concept of "form following function" should be applied to storytelling and technology. Also, Seattle Film Institute executive director David Shulman uses makes an appearance with an example of how a master's approach to filmmaking can be applied to our use of the latest and greatest. And it all starts with a simple (or not so simple) question asked by my 12-year-old aspiring filmmaking son.

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[MAD Bonus] Kickstarter Video Feedback
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2017-09-21 04:56:50 UTC 16:30
[MAD Bonus] Kickstarter Video Feedback

In this bonus episode of our "Making a Documentary" miniseries, I read feedback on our Kickstarter video from Amina Moreau of the Emmy award-winning studio Stillmotion, as well as from Patrick Moreau of Muse Storytelling. Show regulars JD and Yolanda Cochran chime in with their 2 cents as well. If you haven't listened to episode 4 of the miniseries, you may want to go listen to that first.

Click here to see the current version of the crowdfunding video.

Visit the Videos section of the Invisible Illness Film website to see the other short video vignettes JD references ("There Must Be a Reason" and "What It Means to Thrive").

Music in this episode was "And So Then" by Lee Rosevere (CC BY).

[MAD04] Making a Documentary - Getting Feedback
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2017-09-21 04:56:50 UTC 44:43
[MAD04] Making a Documentary - Getting Feedback

Feedback, in all of its forms, is essential for any artist to grow in his or her craft.

This week we have part 4 of our “Making a Documentary” miniseries, wherein we document the making of my first low-budget feature-length documentary "Invisible Illness." During this series, it's my goal to share not only what I've learned, but what other documentary filmmakers have learned.

On this episode, we have the second part of my interview with Vincent Vittorio, CEO and founder of Life is My Movie. Vincent gives some specific feedback on our crowdfunding video and our plans for the film in general. He also poses a question about the format of the film that has a profound impact on the direction we take it. Show regular JD Cochran throws in his two cents as well. Here's the current version of our crowdfunding video.

Music in this Episode

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[SE05-Replay] It's Personal: The Power & Importance of Personal Work
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2017-09-21 04:56:50 UTC 21:04
[SE05-Replay] It's Personal: The Power & Importance of Personal Work

This was one of my favorite episodes from season 1. Interviews with...

  • Dan Riordan and Dana Saint of Gnarly Bay
  • Canadian filmmaker Bren Foster of "While I'm Here: The Legacy Project"
  • Brandon McCormick of Whitestone Motion Pictures

Original air date October 2015. See music credits and original show notes on the blog.

[MAD03] Creative & Ethical Choices in Doc Filmmaking
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2017-09-21 04:56:50 UTC 39:07
[MAD03] Creative & Ethical Choices in Doc Filmmaking

A veteran documentary filmmaker reaches out to lend us a helping hand in the making of our first feature documentary.

This week we have part 3 of our “Making a Documentary” miniseries, wherein we document the making of my first  low-budget feature-length documentary "Invisible Illness." During this series, it's my goal to share not only what I've learned, but what other documentary filmmakers have learned.

On this episode we have CEO and founder of Life is My Movie, Vincent Vittorio. Vincent has produced over a dozen feature length documentaries and has just finished a successful Kickstarter for another. Like me, he's drawn to topics that tackle important causes and social justice. This week we tackle the difference between journalism and documentary filmmaking; making ethical choices; and making creative choices in the doc filmmaking process.

We also recently launched the Kickstarter for our feature doc.

CHECK OUT OUR KICKSTARTER. We'll be covering what we learned on the podcast.

Music in this Episode

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[FJ30] Tell Deeper & More Meaningful Stories with Iceberg Storytelling
27:49
2017-09-21 04:56:50 UTC 27:49
[FJ30] Tell Deeper & More Meaningful Stories with Iceberg Storytelling

"For sale. Baby shoes. Never worn." These are the words from Ernest Hemingway's famous 6-word short story. And they're the impetus for today's guest-produced and highly anticipated episode.

"We only give each other the top layers, the top; we dont give each other what lies beneath." ~ Kassim Harris, Director of It Eats You Up

Robert Hardy is a filmmaker and writer who used to write for the popular filmmaking website No Film School. Robert has since left the behemoth site to start his own filmmaker resource for inspiration, Filmmakers Process. I love what Robert is doing with his site. It's very much in line with the spirit and goals of Radio Film School--helping filmmakers become better artists by connecting with what it means to be an artist. As I read the articles on his site, I knew I wanted him to adapt one as a segment for the podcast. That's what you're going to hear on today's episode.

Robert connects with director, cinematographer, colorist and 16mm film fanatic Kassim Norris. His award-winning short film "It Eats You Up" is an excellent example of what Robert calls Iceberg Storytelling. You will be immensely inspired.

Music in this Episode

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Kassim's film "It Eats You Up".

[BTG07] Quotas, the Gender Gap, and the Case for Diversity
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2017-09-21 04:56:50 UTC 34:43
[BTG07] Quotas, the Gender Gap, and the Case for Diversity

Is the EEOC's investigation into Hollywood's hiring practices of women valid? Are women really not treated equitably in Hollywood. According to Scott Baio, the answer is a resounding "No!"

From teen heart-throb to conservative political activist, Scott Baio has some provocative political ideologies that is fair to say isn't the common mindset in what has traditionally been a very liberally-minded, Democrat-populated town. From speaking at the Republic National Convention to appearing on the conservative Fox News program The Five to decry the government's investigation into hiring practices, Mr. Baio is unafraid and unashamed to make his thoughts and politics known. Good for him! I mean that. I totally disagree with his opinion on the matter, but I do commend his fortitude to speak up for what he believes in a town where he has to know it will be met with criticism.

Well, it was the appearance on the aforementioned Fox News program that prompted today's episode of our miniseries "Breaking the Glass." I had miniseries co-producer and recurring guest on the show, Yolanda Cochran, listen to the entire segment. We then hopped on Skype to have a conversation about it. She gives some valuable insight into the business from the perspective of a person who has worked in the business for over 20 years (more than half of that time in some kind of producing role).

In the last part of the show today, guest podcast producer Stefanie Malone (Emmy award-winning documentary producer and Executive Director of the National Film Festival for Talented Youth) arranges a conversation with director Jen McGowan. Jen's first feature film, "Kelly and Cal", starred Juliet Lewis and won the Gamechanger Director Award at the 2014 SXSW Film Festival. Jen is also the creator of Filmpowered.com, a site for connecting with and hiring female filmmakers. Jen gives a look at the situation from the point of view of a person currently in the system trying to get the next job, just like every other hard-working director, man or woman. Her thoughts about why we should have diversity in hiring practices are inspiring.

About the Mini-series

Breaking the Glass is a Radio Film School podcast mini-series and short film docu-series addressing the issues of gender inequality in film and television. You can catch all the podcast and video episodes at daredreamer.fm/breakingtheglass.

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Song Freedom: when you need high-quality music for your productions, including mainstream music as well as "oldies but goodies". Sign up for a new account at songfreedom.com/radio and get a free standard gold level license worth $30.

VideoBlocks: a subscription-based stock media company that gives you unlimited access to premium stock footage everyone can afford. Unlimited daily downloads from a library of 115,000+ HD video clips, After Effects templates, motion backgrounds, and cinemagraphs. Click here for a 7-day free trial allowing you to download up to 140 pieces of content. You can also sign up for their annual plan which is $99 for unlimited access to their library.

Music

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[FJ29] Filmmaking, Race Relations & Having Tough Conversations
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2017-09-21 04:56:50 UTC 36:47
[FJ29] Filmmaking, Race Relations & Having Tough Conversations

Is a white director the best person to tell what is traditionally a black story? Is that a question that's even fair to ask?

"I was terrified. I'll be totally honest with you. But that's why I knew I needed to make it. I just gotta be bold. 'Cuz why do the safe thing." ~ Spencer Gillis, Director of "Sweep"

Spencer Gillis is an A-camera operator for the hit Netflix series "Orange is the New Black." But his passion is telling stories--stories that drum up tough conversations. Last summer I interviewed him about his Vimeo Staff Pick, Short of the Week winner "Sweep." Today's episode is part of my conversation with Spencer where we discuss the key story points of the film, and what they say about today's society.

Music in this Episode

Music was curated from FreeMusicArchive.org. In order of appearance, the music in this episode was:

  • Fire Ahead by Jahzzar (CC BY-SA)
  • Referent Power by Cullah (CC BY-SA)
  • My Dignity by Cullah (CC BY-SA)
  • "This is What I Smoke To" by Mo Green. Courtesy of 235 Films. All rights served.

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Spencer's Film "Sweep".

[MAD02] Brett Culp: Crowdfunding "Legend"
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2017-09-21 04:56:50 UTC 47:42
[MAD02] Brett Culp: Crowdfunding "Legend"

If you're about to start a crowdfunding campaign or are even thinking about one, this is a must-listen episode?

This week we have part 2 of our “Making a Documentary” miniseries, wherein we document the making of my low-budget feature-length documentary "Invisible Illness." During this series, it's my goal to share not only what I've learned, but what other documentary filmmakers have learned.

On this episode, documentary filmmaker Brett Culp is back on the show to talk about the successes and failures he's had with his three crowdfunding film campaigns over the past five years. Brett had a successful IndigGoGo campaign and then later a successful Kickstarter campaign to create is first feature length documentary "Legends of the Knight." He's now in the middle of his second feature length doc and third crowdfunding campaign, this time on IndieGoGo's Generosit.com platform. Among many things, he gives some great insight on when you'd want to use IndieGoGo vs Kickstarter (his answer may surprise if you think you know. It's not just about ow much money you get to keep). And he talks about why he's using Generority.org and for whom that platform is ideal.

To learn more about the documentary my wife and I are creating, visit InvisibleIllnessFilm.com.

Music in this Episode

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[SE04-replay] Do I Sound Black?
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2017-09-21 04:56:50 UTC 15:04
[SE04-replay] Do I Sound Black?

A blast back to the past with a replay with one of my favorite episodes from season 1. In honor of "Black History Month," I present to you again, "Do I Sound Black." Here was the original episode description...

I have a confession to make. I’m black. Yes, I know. You probably had no idea, right? If all you’ve heard was my voice, I’m almost certain you didn’t know. I just don’t have that rugged, deep, recognizable “African American” signature to my voice. I’m not talking about grammar usage or cultural vernacular. I’m talking about my actual tone and vocal quality. Beyond that, I also just don’t like my voice. It’s totally ironic that I even have a podcast.

What is an artist to do when they feel like they severely lack the inherent skill or talent necessary for their craft? That’s what we’re exploring in today’s “Short Ends” episode with good advice and an hilarious anecdote from friend of the show, spoken word artist Marshall Davis Jones. He recounts the story of how he came to have that rugged, rich texture to his voice (it wasn’t always so). His lesson is a great one for any filmmaker looking to excel at their craft.

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[MAD01] Making a Documentary #1: The Reluctant Filmmaker
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2017-09-21 04:56:50 UTC 32:45
[MAD01] Making a Documentary #1: The Reluctant Filmmaker

Have you ever been afraid to do something you knew was the right thing to do?

Today is the inaugural episode of the “Making a Documentary” mini-series, wherein we document, well, the making of a documentary. Specifically, my first feature-length documentary. Except, I’m not the director. My wife Tasra is (pronounced TOZ-ra).

On this episode, Tasra shares the deeply personal story that motivated her to take up the mantle of “filmmaker” and create “Invisible Illness”, a documentary about what it’s like living with an illness (or illnesses) where you look fine on the outside, but inside you’re suffering. She shares why she felt this story had to be told, why it has to be told as a film, and why she is reluctantly considering herself a filmmaker.

To learn more about the documentary visit InvisibleIllnessFilm.com.

 Music in this Episode

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[FJ28] Lessons Learned in 2016
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2017-09-21 04:56:50 UTC 33:22
[FJ28] Lessons Learned in 2016

In this our first episode of 2017, we look back at four of the most important lessons learned on the show last year. Plus, a look at a new mini-series on the making of my first feature-length documentary.

Happy New Year boys and girls out there in podcast land! I'm excited to be back behind the microphone and bring you weekly and/or biweekly stories about filmmaking, creative arts, and pursuing your passion. To kick us off, we're going to look back at some of my favorite episodes last season. You'll hear clips from:

The Making of a Feature Documentary

This year I embark upon one of my greatest challenges as a filmmaker. The making of my first feature length documentary. My wife is actually the director as this is a passion topic of hers. My greatest fears are not the challenges of the filmmaking. Nope. My biggest fear has to do with how this collaboration will affect MY MARRIAGE! It's sure to make for some great podcast fodder. Be sure to subscribe to the show so as not to miss one juicy episode.

To learn more about the documentary visit tasra.me/invisibleHere's the trailer.

Music in this Episode

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Videos Mentioned

Here's that hilarious trailer spoof.

Reach Out

If you have a question about the movie business you'd like answered, or if you just want to drop us a line to say "Hi", email us at radiofilmschool@daredreamer.fm. Better yet, use the "Send Voicemail" button at the bottom of our website to leave a voicemail message. Follow Ron on Twitter @DareDreamerRon, or follow the show @RadioFilmSchool. Join the discussion at facebook.com/radiofilmschool.

[Breaking the Glass] Star Wars Special
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2017-09-21 04:56:50 UTC 46:16
[Breaking the Glass] Star Wars Special

In keeping with our Star Wars theme this week, today we discuss their strong female characters and how well the series passes the Bechdel Test.

The latest two entries into the Star Wars universe have had strong female leads at the center. Show regulars JD and Yolanda T. Cochran join me today in this special episode to discuss that role that strong women have played in the various franchise installments.

We also get into how many of the films pass the Bechdel Test. The test sets up three simple parameters for a movie: 1) you have two or more female characters, 2) they talk to one another, and 3) they talk about something other than a man. Is the test a valid one for determining a film's gender diversity?  

About the Mini-series

Breaking the Glass is a Radio Film School podcast mini-series and short film docu-series addressing the issues of gender inequality in film and television. You can catch all the podcast and video episodes at daredreamer.fm/breakingtheglass.

Support Our Sponsors and You Support the Show

Song Freedom: when you need high-quality music for your productions, including mainstream music as well as "oldies but goodies". Sign up for a new account at songfreedom.com/radio and get a free standard gold level license worth $30.

VideoBlocks: a subscription-based stock media company that gives you unlimited access to premium stock footage everyone can afford. Unlimited daily downloads from a library of 115,000+ HD video clips, After Effects templates, motion backgrounds, and cinemagraphs. Click here for a 7-day free trial allowing you to download up to 140 pieces of content. You can also sign up for their annual plan which is $99 for unlimited access to their library.

 

Music

Music in this episode was actually curated from Kevin MacLeod's Incompetech.com. "Rynos Theme" (CC BY).

Star Wars Special "Lessons Learned" [RFS-Rerun]
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2017-09-21 04:56:50 UTC 28:47
Star Wars Special "Lessons Learned" [RFS-Rerun]

Today we look at three specific lessons filmmakers can learn from the missteps of the prequels and the re-mastered original trilogy. [Rebroadcast]

In honor of the release of "Rogue One", we're re-broadcasting the Star Wars special we first ran last December before the release of "The Force Awakens." In this episode, we look at the making of the Prequels and the remastered Trilogy. I know the issues that Star Wars fans have had with these films have been discussed ad nauseam. But in this special, I look at three aspects of these films from which filmmakers can glean valuable insight into the making of their own films. We hear from Write Bros. partner and Dramatica co-creator Chris Huntley; Loyd Calomay of Red 5 Studios; film genre journalist and founder of Etheria Film Night Heidi Honeycut; and frequent show guest JD Cochran

Music in this Episode

Music from today’s episode is courtesy of Song Freedom and also curated from FreeMusicArchive.org. Click here to see the Song Freedom mixtape with all the songs. Here’s a list of songs used from Song Freedom:

  • “Interstellar”
  • “Main Title”
  • “Helga Stella”
  • “Can Can”

Scott Joplin’s “Original Rags” was used from FreeMusicArchive.org. Public Domain.

Videos

Here’s the “Jive Walkin'” video I reference in the funny deleted “scene” at the end of the credits.

Truth in Media Pt.2 - Documentaries [SE25]
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2017-09-21 04:56:50 UTC 27:10
Truth in Media Pt.2 - Documentaries [SE25]

We follow up our conversation about "YouTube Journalism" with a look at the responsibility of the documentary filmmaker to capture and convey truth. From Nanook to Nuptials.

Robert Flaherty's 1922 docu-drama "Nanook of the North" is widely regarded as the first commercially successful feature length documentary. But even as early as then, controversy surrounded the documentary filmmaking art form as it was revealed that many of the scenes from Nanook were staged, and even the main characters name was not his real name.

Do true documentaries have to be strictly photojournalistic style, hands-off productions that just capture moments and interviews? Is it okay for a documentary filmmaker to use creative editing to re-arrange and juxtapose imagery and audio to better fit his or her narrative, even if such juxtaposition implies something that never really happened? Is a wedding film that has posed shots and scripted voice over any less "real" than a straight-forward document of the day? These are the questions we explore in this episode of Radio Film School: Short Ends. 

Music in this Episode

Music from today’s episode was curated from FreeMusicArchive.org. In order of appearance they were: 

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Videos Referenced

Truth in Media Pt. 1 [SE24]
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2017-09-21 04:56:50 UTC 57:01
Truth in Media Pt. 1 [SE24]

Today we have a provocative issue about the power of media to shape public opinion and perception. But how do we discern what's true?

The ability to carry a high-definition video camera in your pocket has literally changed the face of an industry. Now any John or Jane Doe with an iPhone can be a DIY Anderson Cooper. Well, a conversation I had with world-renown wedding filmmaker Ray Roman about the controversy over police shootings led me down a path to explore this topic further. Today on the show you'll hear part of my conversation with Ray that prompted this exploration. We also hear from show regulars JD and Yolanda Cochran on the topic, as well as Legends of the Knight director and founder of the Rising Heroe's Project, Brett Culp. (With Legends of the Knight, Brettt raised over $100,000 for charities. He's hoping to do better than that with  the next movie, but needs help raising the last set of funds. Click here to learn more.)  

Music in this Episode

Music from today’s episode was curated from FreeMusicArchive.org:

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Films Referenced

Film Composer Nick Kirk & Lessons from the Tin-Man [SE Thanksgiving Special]
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2017-09-21 04:56:50 UTC 43:55
Film Composer Nick Kirk & Lessons from the Tin-Man [SE Thanksgiving Special]

This Thanksgiving Day special brings back one of my favorite episodes from last year, plus an all-new interview with Whitestone Motions Pictures producer and film composer Nick Kirk.

Last year during Thanksgiving, we had a special about the dark origin of the Tin-Man from the Wizard of Oz and the lessons filmmakers and other artists can learn from that story. The basis for that episode was Whitestone Motion Pictures director Brandon McCormick talking about the making of their film "Heartless," their version of the aforementioned Tin-Man origin story. This Thanksgiving we bring that episode back, plus a brand new interview with Whitestone's film composer Nick Kirk. This whole episode is chock full of artistic inspiration.

  

Music in this Episode

Music from today’s episode was curated from the Song Freedom. Click here to see the Song Freedom mixtape for this episode (All rights reserved). The Song Freedom songs were Le Jazz – Hot A and Le Jazz – Hot B.

Songs used during the interview with Nick (from "That's Magic", courtesy of Whitestone  Motion Pictures, all rights reserved):

The rest of the songs were from the “Heartless” soundtrack, courtesy of Whitestone Motion Pictures (all rights reserved). Music and Lyrics by Nick Kirk and The Brothers Bright. Songs used (in order of appearance):

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Films Referenced

[Breaking the Glass] Ep. 6b - Stand on a Chair Pt. 2
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2017-09-21 04:56:50 UTC 41:47
[Breaking the Glass] Ep. 6b - Stand on a Chair Pt. 2

Last month I had a great conversation with 30+ year editing and producing veteran Chris Fenwick about what it takes to make it in this business. He used the analogy of "standing on a chair" to make a point. In the context of that conversation was his commentary about a female assistant editor in Hollywood who as featured in  the second installment of our Breaking the Glass docu-film series. The editor, Christine Haslett, shared frustrations about not advancing as far as she would've liked in her field. JD heard Chris' commentary on her situation and felt in the context of Christine, the "stand on a chair" analogy was not only way off the mark, but he felt it also sabotaged the very message "Breaking the Glass" series is trying to convey. As he put it, "He wanted to knock the guy over who was standing in the chair" (albeit, the way he described it was a tad more, um, colorful. :)

This is an episode that will make you laugh and/or get pissed (I'm sure you'll get mad at somebody in this episode). But most of all, I hope it makes you think.

Here's the first episode of FCPX Grill after its 14-month hiatus.

About the Mini-series

Breaking the Glass is a Radio Film School podcast mini-series and short film docu-series addressing the issues of gender inequality in film and television. You can catch all the podcast and video episodes at daredreamer.fm/breakingtheglass.

Videos

Here's the BTG film episode referenced in this episode.

Here's Dane Sanders' keynote address at Engage15 that is referenced (the inspiration for Chris' "Stand on a Chair" metaphor).

When you visit or support our sponsors you support the show.

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We also want to give special thanks to these companies who are helping to spread the word to achieve gender equality in the biz:

Music

Music in this episode was curated from FreeMusicArchive.org. Songs in order of appearance were:

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A Special Message to the Creative Arts Community
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2017-09-21 04:56:50 UTC 15:33
A Special Message to the Creative Arts Community

I've had a heavy heart as of late during this U.S. Presidential election. I wanted to take some time to share my plea to the leaders in the creative arts community.

Last week we had a special post-election "Breaking the Glass" bonus produced and largely recorded by breaking the glass co-producer Yolanda T. Cochran. The episode was bittersweet in that it was written and recorded before the election results, so there was a certain sense of hopefulness in Yolanda’s voice that we were on the verge of having our first woman president. So I recorded an epilogue to her episode to provide context. I also used that epilogue to address what I’ve seen going on in the photography and filmmaking communities. That part of the epilogue is what you’re about to hear.

So, if you listened to that entire "Breaking the Glass" episode, you don’t need to listen to this. But I wanted to share my thoughts and feelings with this industry that has meant so much to me for so long.

I think this message is self-explanatory. If it resonates with you, please share it.  

Music in this Episode

Music was curated from FreeMusicArchive.org. In order of appearance, the music in this episode was:

  • That Kid In the Fourth Grade Who Really Liked the Denver Broncos by Chris Zabriskie (CC BY)
  • I Can’t Imagine Where I’d Be Without You by Chris Zabriskie (CC BY)

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[Breaking the Glass...(or Not)] A Post-Election Bonus: Pursuing the Presidency
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2017-09-21 04:56:50 UTC 31:18
[Breaking the Glass...(or Not)] A Post-Election Bonus: Pursuing the Presidency

Radio Film School show regular and Breaking the Glass co-producer Yolanda T. Cochran has a special episode created for you today. It's a message of what it means to be a woman pursuing power and influence in today's culture. It's centered around the events of the 2016 presidential election, but it holds value and meaning for women (and men frankly) in the film and television business, and in all walks of life.

Then afterward, I give my own post-election commentary and epilogue specifically aimed at my friends and colleagues in the creative arts industry.  

About the Mini-series

Breaking the Glass is a Radio Film School podcast mini-series and short film docu-series addressing the issues of gender inequality in film and television. You can catch all the podcast and video episodes at daredreamer.fm/breakingtheglass.

Videos Other Resources Music

Music in this episode was curated from FreeMusicArchive.org. Songs in order of appearance were:

  • It's Always Too Late to Star Over by Chris Zabriskie 
  • Montmarte by Jahzzar (CC BY-SA)
  • Another Version of You by Chris Zabriskie (CC BY)
  • I Am the Man Who Will Fight for Your Honor (CC BY)
  • Rewound by Chris Zabriskie (CC BY)
  • That Kid In the Fourth Grade Who Really Liked the Denver Broncos by Chris Zabriskie (CC BY)
  • I Can't Imagine Where I'd Be Without You by Chris Zabriskie (CC BY)

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Westworld, Do the Right Thing & Managing Audience Reception
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2017-09-21 04:56:50 UTC 32:43
Westworld, Do the Right Thing & Managing Audience Reception

An excerpt from our new podcast about HBO's "Westworld" and a discussion about Spike Lee's "Do the Right Thing" set the stage for an insightful discussion about how an audience responds to your film.

A few weeks ago JD, Yolanda and I apparently felt like we didn't have enough time arguing and debating with each other on "Radio Film School", so we decided to take our passionate debates to a new "frontier"—HBO's "Westworld." Our new podcast "Wrestling with Westworld" is a weekly fun, funny, and engaging discussion about the new hit show. On the very first episode, we had a great conversation about audience reception and a filmmaker's ability to effectively and accurately convey their message to the audience. I felt it would be very informative to share with my RFS audience.

As a follow up to the "Westworld" convo, I share a discussion that JD and I originally had last year about "Do the Right Thing". In it we address Spike Lee's comments that he believes the Danny Aiello character, Sal, is a racist, whereas both JD and I don't necessarily think he is. As the writer/director, did Spike do a good job of communicating to the audience that Sal is indeed a racist? That's what we explore. Special "guest star" appearance by filmmaker Ryan Booth

Music in this Episode

Music was curated from FreeMusicArchive.org. In order of appearance, the music in this episode was:

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Reach Out

If you have a question about the movie business you'd like answered, or if you just want to drop us a line to say "Hi", email us at radiofilmschool@daredreamer.fm. Better yet, use the "Send Voicemail" button at the bottom of our website to leave a voicemail message. Follow Ron on Twitter @DareDreamerFM, or follow the show @RadioFilmSchool. Join the discussion at facebook.com/radiofilmschool.

[RFS-Rerun] Lessons from the Twilight Zone
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2017-09-21 04:56:50 UTC 16:13
[RFS-Rerun] Lessons from the Twilight Zone

This week we have a re-run of our Twilight Zone specail from last Thanksgiving. Definitely worth a listen if you've never heard it before. Worth listening to again if you HAVE. You can read the original blog here.

[Breaking the Glass] Ep. 06 - Stand on a Chair Pt. 1
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2017-09-21 04:56:50 UTC 33:50
[Breaking the Glass] Ep. 06 - Stand on a Chair Pt. 1

On last week's season 2 premiere of Radio Film School, 30+ year editing and producing veteran Chris Fenwick provided some great perspective. But during my conversation with him, we talked about a number of things. One of them was his comment made about the second installment of our "Breaking the Glass" docu-film series wherein animation editor Christine Haslett shared frustrations about not advancing as far as she would've liked in her field. Chris' commentary on her situation is the impetus for today's discussion.

After the credits, there's a fun preview of our brand new podcast about HBO's hit new series "Westworld." I like to refer to it as "The Westworld podcast Samuel L. Jackson would love!" You can subscribe to the new show in iTunes. Find it online at daredreamer.fm/westworldpod.

About the Mini-series

Breaking the Glass is a Radio Film School podcast mini-series and short film docu-series addressing the issues of gender inequality in film and television. You can catch all the podcast and video episodes at daredreamer.fm/breakingtheglass.

Videos Sponsors

When you visit or support our sponsors you support the show.

Song Freedom: when you need high-quality music for your productions, including mainstream music as well as "oldies but goodies". Sign up for a new account at songfreedom.com/radio and get a free standard gold level license worth $30.

VideoBlocks: a subscription-based stock media company that gives you unlimited access to premium stock footage everyone can afford. Unlimited daily downloads from a library of 115,000+ HD video clips, After Effects templates, motion backgrounds, and cinemagraphs. Click here for a 7-day free trial allowing you to download up to 140 pieces of content. You can also sign up for their annual plan which is $99 for unlimited access to their library.

We also want to give special thanks Wipster for helping to spread the word to achieve gender equality in the biz.

Music

Music in this episode was curated from FreeMusicArchive.org. Songs in order of appearance were:

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Of Flying Kites & Selling Air Conditioners [FJ26]
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2017-09-21 04:56:50 UTC 01:03:14
Of Flying Kites & Selling Air Conditioners [FJ26]

Today we have the season 2 premiere of Radio Film School and we look at four essential characteristics to have fulfilling longevity in any artistic endeavor.

Season 1 of the show explored the theme of "finding your voice and developing a signature style." In season 2, the central theme will be "pursuing your passion" To kick the season off, we're going to look at 4 characteristics that are essential for filmmakers (or any artist) to go the distance. And in the process of looking at those characteristics, boy, do we have a show for you. Everything that makes a Radio Film School episode special—funny anecdotes, silly stories, sound design, a great soundtrack, pop culture movie references, and engaging, enlighting, and insightful interviews with amazing and eloquent filmmakers and artists.

Be sure to listen past the credits to get a sneak peek at season 2 and some of the cool projects we have lined up. Sign up for our email list to get access to the special resources mentioned in the episode.

Who You Heard

In this episode, we hear from:

Tell Us Your Story

We want to hear the story of your first movie memory. Email us at radiofilmschool@daredreamer.fm. Better yet, use the "Send Voicemail" button at the bottom of our website to leave a voicemail message. Follow Ron on Twitter @DareDreamerFM, or follow the show @RadioFilmSchool. Join the discussion at facebook.com/radiofilmschool.

Music in this Episode

Music was curated from FreeMusicArchive.org. In order of appearance, the music in this episode:

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[Breaking the Glass] Ep. 05 - Boys Will Be Boys
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2017-09-21 04:56:50 UTC 31:15
[Breaking the Glass] Ep. 05 - Boys Will Be Boys

Perhaps one of the reasons the gender inequality issue in the entertainment business is so pervasive is how we men interact with one another.

Sexual harassment is no joking matter, and the topic has become a focus in the entertainment biz with the recent resignation of Fox News president Roger Ailes after allegations by popular Fox anchors like Megyn Kelly and Gretchen Carlson of sexual harassment and inappropriate conduct . In today's episode, miniseries co-producer Yolanda T. Cochran is back with her business partner Christina Kremer to discuss an issue related to this topic that may literally frighten you.

We also get some funny yet pointed perspective from my friend and Being Boss podcast co-host Kathleen Shannon of Braid Creative.

About the Mini-series

Breaking the Glass is a Radio Film School podcast mini-series and short film docu-series addressing the issues of gender inequality in film and television. You can catch all the podcast and video episodes at daredreamer.fm/breakingtheglass.

The Docu-Series is Now Live

The first installment of the short film docu-seires is now live. Check it out!

Sponsors

When you visit or support our sponsors you support the show.

Song Freedom: when you need high-quality music for your productions, including mainstream music as well as "oldies but goodies". Sign up for a new account at songfreedom.com/radio and get a free standard gold level license worth $30.

VideoBlocks: a subscription-based stock media company that gives you unlimited access to premium stock footage everyone can afford. Unlimited daily downloads from a library of 115,000+ HD video clips, After Effects templates, motion backgrounds, and cinemagraphs. Click here for a 7-day free trial allowing you to download up to 140 pieces of content. You can also sign up for their annual plan which is $99 for unlimited access to their library.

We also want to give special thanks to these companies who are helping to spread the word to achieve gender equality in the biz:

Music

Music in this episode was curated from FreeMusicArchive.org. Songs in order of appearance were:

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Videos Mentioned

[RFS Rewind] A Look Ahead + A Brief History of Cinema
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2017-09-21 04:56:50 UTC 32:48
[RFS Rewind] A Look Ahead + A Brief History of Cinema

This week we have a teeny peek at what's ahead in season 2 of Radio Film School, then revisit one of my favorite episodes from season 1.

As we count down to the official premiere of season 2 of Radio Film School on Tuesday, October 11, I want to take take a stroll down memory lane and revisit our podcast collaboration with the Circa podcast -- "A Brief History of Cinema." But before that, there's a brief rundown of what you can expect in the upcoming season: new segments, new producers, new theme, and of course, our ongoing miniseries about gender, race, and making it in the biz, "Breaking the Glass."

About the Rewind

Today’s rewind delves into the rich beginnings of cinema (starting with Thomas Edison and the Lumiere Bros) then takes us through the advent of television, and finally ends up at the smart phone. Zac’s storytelling style is immersive and engaging. You’ll immediately know why I chose Circa as a collaboration partner on this episode.

After the credits there is one of the funniest bonus segments we’ve had. So be sure to stick around for that too. 

Music in this Episode

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[Breaking the Glass] BONUS - Calling Bullsh*t
09:44
2017-09-21 04:56:50 UTC 09:44
[Breaking the Glass] BONUS - Calling Bullsh*t

One of the goals that Yolanda and I have for this special series is finding concrete solutions to the whole gender inequality issue in the entertainment business. One solution that is often bandied about (and in fact was an impetus for this mini-series) is for women to adopt more of the headstrong, confident, dare I say, "aggressive" tendencies of their male counterparts. But in this special bonus episode, Yolanda shares a heartfelt and personal sentiment that makes her want to call bullsh*t on that notion. It's a short episode, so I really encourage you to take the ten minutes or so and hear what she has to say. 

We'd love to hear YOUR story as it relates to what Yolanda shares. Feel free to do so anonymously if you so desire. You can email us your story to radiofilmschool@daredreamer.fm. Or, if you're so inclined, send a voice memo to that email address, or leave a voicemail at the bottom of any page on daredreamer.fm. Your story just might be what some woman out there needs to hear right now to change their whole life.

About the Mini-series

Breaking the Glass is a Radio Film School podcast mini-series and short film docu-series addressing the issues of gender inequality in film and television. Learn more and see the trailer at daredreamer.fm/breaking-the-glass.

Sponsors

When you visit or support our sponsors you support the show.

Song Freedom: when you need high-quality music for your productions, including mainstream music as well as "oldies but goodies". Sign up for a new account at songfreedom.com/radio and get a free standard gold level license worth $30.

VideoBlocks: a subscription-based stock media company that gives you unlimited access to premium stock footage everyone can afford. Unlimited daily downloads from a library of 115,000+ HD video clips, After Effects templates, motion backgrounds, and cinemagraphs. Click here for a 7-day free trial allowing you to download up to 140 pieces of content. You can also sign up for their annual plan which is $99 for unlimited access to their library.

We also want to give special thanks to Wipster for helping to spread the word to achieve gender equality in the biz:

Music

Music in this episode was curated from FreeMusicArchive.org. Songs in order of appearance were:

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[Breaking the Glass] Ep. 04 - Hear My Voice
38:06
2017-09-21 04:56:51 UTC 38:06
[Breaking the Glass] Ep. 04 - Hear My Voice

A lack of or poor communication is often at the heart of conflict. Today we explore how this has a profound effect on gender inequality in business.

If you ever need a great movie or television scene to creatively illustrate a life lesson, you need look no further than Star Trek. You read that right. Star Trek. Everything you ever need to know about life, love, friendship, family, politics, whatever, can be learned from the annals of the various starships Enterprise and their respective ongoing missions. And today, I use an episode from Star Trek TNG as a metaphor for this issue of communication between men and women and the role it plays in gender inequality.

Radio Film School regular and Breaking the Glass co-producer Yolanda Cochran takes the helm of the discussion and as a segment producer engages in a conversation with her business partner Christina Kremer. A conversation that will give you an important perspective. 

About the Mini-series

Breaking the Glass is a Radio Film School podcast mini-series and short film docu-series addressing the issues of gender inequality in film and television. Learn more and see the trailer at daredreamer.fm/breaking-the-glass.

Be Notified When Film Series Starts

The film series portion of Breaking the Glass will begin next week.  Subscribe to our email list to be notified of when it drops!

Only a Few Days Left

We want to include your talent in the short film docu-series. Each winning entry will get almost $1,000 in prizes from LensProToGo, Song Freedom, Muse Storytelling, and Shane's Inner Circle. Click here to learn more.

Sponsors

When you visit or support our sponsors you support the show.

Song Freedom: when you need high-quality music for your productions, including mainstream music as well as "oldies but goodies". Sign up for a new account at songfreedom.com/radio and get a free standard gold level license worth $30.

VideoBlocks: a subscription-based stock media company that gives you unlimited access to premium stock footage everyone can afford. Unlimited daily downloads from a library of 115,000+ HD video clips, After Effects templates, motion backgrounds, and cinemagraphs. Click here for a 7-day free trial allowing you to download up to 140 pieces of content. You can also sign up for their annual plan which is $99 for unlimited access to their library.

We also want to give special thanks to Wipster for helping to spread the word to achieve gender equality in the biz.

Music

Music in this episode was curated from FreeMusicArchive.org. Songs in order of appearance were:

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[RFS:RAW] Adam Westbrook - Video Essayist Extraordinaire
01:07:53
2017-09-21 04:56:51 UTC 01:07:53
[RFS:RAW] Adam Westbrook - Video Essayist Extraordinaire

Today I have my full, uncut interview with video essayist extraordinaire and multiple Vimeo Staff pick "winner," Adam Westbrook.

The video essay has become one of the most popular forms of edutainment in recent years. Video series like Tony Zhou's "Every Frame a Painting" or Evan Puschak's "Nerdwriter" rack up hundreds of thousands, even millions of views every week. Well, there's a relatively new kid on the block who for the past two years has been making his mark in the video essay world.

Adam Westbrook of Delve.tv only has 8 video essays under his belt, and in just two years, he's generated over a million views, 6 of his 8 videos have garnered the highly coveted Vimeo Staff Pick. I was fortuitous enough to catch Adam on his crest of fame (i.e. as of this writing, he's not too busy or "famous" to do podcast interviews ;) ). In this episode of Radio Film School: RAW, Adam and I discuss:

  • How he got into video essays and his laborious process
  • His life as a freelancer
  • His views on success and pursuing your passion
  • Hitchcock
  • And more.

I promise you'll be inspired and encouraged by what Adam has to say. Special thanks to our show's co-producer Chris Huslage who hosted and lead-produced this episode.

Music in this Episode

Music was curated from FreeMusicArchive.org. In order of appearance, the music in this episode was:

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Adam's Work

See samples of Adam's work on the blog post for this episode.

Reach Out

If you have a question about the movie business you'd like answered, or if you just want to drop us a line to say "Hi", email us at radiofilmschool@daredreamer.fm. Better yet, use the "Send Voicemail" button at the bottom of our website to leave a voicemail message. Follow Ron on Twitter @DareDreamerFM, or follow the show @RadioFilmSchool. Join the discussion at facebook.com/radiofilmschool.

[BREAKING THE GLASS] Ep. 03: Climbing Waterfalls & Jumping Creeks
38:21
2017-09-21 04:56:51 UTC 38:21
[BREAKING THE GLASS] Ep. 03: Climbing Waterfalls & Jumping Creeks

Today on our biweekly miniseries addressing gender inequality in the business, we discuss perhaps the most pervasive and insidious issue holding women back.Earlier in season 1 of the podcast, during our first "Women in Film" series, we had an episode that set the show on a path to have what would become

Earlier in season 1 of the podcast, during our first "Women in Film" series, we had an episode that set the show on a path to have what would become Breaking the Glass. In that episode, there was one particular topic discussed that affects women from as high up as the ivory towers of studio executive offices, to the trenches of post production houses: self-confidence and the "imposter syndrome." In this episode we'll hear from:

  • Elaine McMillion Sheldon, director of Hollow and co-host of the She Does Podcast.
  • Julie Harris Walker, host and producer of the podcast "The Other Fifty Percent: A Herstory of Hollywood"
  • Breaking the Glass panel participant Nichelle Protho, VP of Sander-Moses and COO of Slam Digital
  • Show regular Yolanda Cochran (Producer) and Christina Kremer (post-production supervisor)
  • Amina Moreau, executive creative director of Stillmotion
  • Kathleen Shannon, owner of Braid Creative and co-host of the Being Boss podcast
About the Mini-series

Breaking the Glass is a Radio Film School podcast mini-series and short film docu-series addressing the issues of gender inequality in film and television. Learn more and see the trailer at daredreamer.fm/breaking-the-glass.

Podcasts & Videos Mentioned Deadline Extended for Female Filmmaker Video Vignette Challenge

We want to include your talent in the short film docu-series. Each winning entries will get almost $1,000 in prizes from LensProToGo, Song Freedom, Muse Storytelling, and Shane's Inner Circle. Click here to learn more.

Sponsors

When you visit or support our sponsors you support the show.

Song Freedom: when you need high-quality music for your productions, including mainstream music as well as "oldies but goodies". Sign up for a new account at songfreedom.com/radio and get a free standard gold level license worth $30.

VideoBlocks: a subscription-based stock media company that gives you unlimited access to premium stock footage everyone can afford. Unlimited daily downloads from a library of 115,000+ HD video clips, After Effects templates, motion backgrounds, and cinemagraphs. Click here for a 7-day free trial allowing you to download up to 140 pieces of content. You can also sign up for their annual plan which is $99 for unlimited access to their library.

We also want to give special thanks to these companies who are helping to spread the word to achieve gender equality in the biz:

Music

Music in this episode was curated from FreeMusicArchive.org. Songs in order of appearance were:

Click here to learn about Creative Commons licenses and meanings.

A Special Announcement About the Future of the Show [FJ25]
17:56
2017-09-21 04:56:51 UTC 17:56
A Special Announcement About the Future of the Show [FJ25]

Today I bring you a special announcement about the history, and more importantly, the future of the show.

September 1, 2016, marks the 1-year anniversary of Radio Film School's official premiere. It's been quite a year. Since launching, we've been #1 in our podcast category on iTunes, have been on iTunes New and Noteworthy (we still frequently make it into the top 50), named by No Film School as "the filmmaker's podcast we've all been waiting for", and this summer, Cinema5D  named us one of the top 5 filmmaking podcasts to binge listen during the summer. As we approach the beginning of season 2, I want to share some thoughts I have about what we've been able to accomplish, where we're going, and other important changes you'll want to know about if you're a fan. 

In This Episode

We hear from...

Music in this Episode

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If you have a question about the movie business you'd like answered, or if you just want to drop us a line to say "Hi", email us at radiofilmschool@daredreamer.fm. Better yet, use the "Send Voicemail" button at the bottom of our website to leave a voicemail message. Follow Ron on Twitter @DareDreamerFM, or follow the show @RadioFilmSchool. Join the discussion at facebook.com/radiofilmschool.

Making a Difference with Your Art [FJ24]
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Making a Difference with Your Art [FJ24]

Filmmaking is one of the most powerful mediums there is to affect change and make a difference in the world.

This week we have a special episode wherein I share personal filmmaking experiences that have made a difference in people's lives. I encourage you to use your craft to do the same. 

Videos Mentioned in This Episode

Visit the blog post for this episode to watch the videos mentioned. 

  • In Pursuit of Dreams
  • The Creative Process
  • Breathe
Legally License Music for Your Production

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Share Your Story with Us

For season 2 of the show, we're looking for filmmakers with stories about overcoming great challenges to complete their projects. Whether or not you succeeded or failed, if you think there's a juicy and educational story with sharing, we want to know about it. The first six people we pick will each get a free music license from show sponsor Song Freedom. Just email radiofilmschool@daredreamer.fm and put "My Story" in the subject line.

Reach Out

If you have a question about the movie business you'd like answered, or if you just want to drop us a line to say "Hi", email us at radiofilmschool@daredreamer.fm. Better yet, use the "Send Voicemail" button at the bottom of our website to leave a voicemail message. Follow Ron on Twitter @DareDreamerFM, or follow the show @RadioFilmSchool. Join the discussion at facebook.com/radiofilmschool.

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[Breaking the Glass] Ep. 02: Are you really listening?
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2017-09-21 04:56:51 UTC 30:26
[Breaking the Glass] Ep. 02: Are you really listening?

A key ingredient to solving the issue of gender inequality in this, or any industry, is for those in the positions of power to listen empathetically. But that's not always the case.Before any kind of real change can occur, the side of the "table" that has the power and influence, has to be able to really hear and listen to what the demarginalized side is saying. But societal norms and prejudices often tend to get in the way. And when it comes to issues of gender inequality, the natural tendencies of us men can also get in the way. Specifically, our penchant to not always be great listeners. Today on the show we hear from

Before any kind of real change can occur, the side of the "table" that has the power and influence, has to be able to really hear and listen to what the demarginalized side is saying. But societal norms and prejudices often tend to get in the way. And when it comes to issues of gender inequality, the natural tendencies of us men can also get in the way. Specifically, our penchant to not always be great listeners. Today on the show we hear from address that issue. We'll hear from:

About the Mini-series

Breaking the Glass is a Radio Film School podcast mini-series and short film docu-series addressing the issues of gender inequality in film and television. Learn more and see the trailer at daredreamer.fm/breaking-the-glass.

Deadline Extended for Female Filmmaker Video Vignette Challenge

We want to include your talent in the short film docu-series. Each winning entries will get almost $1,000 in prizes from LensProToGo, Song Freedom, Muse Storytelling, and Shane's Inner Circle. Click here to learn more.

Sponsors

When you visit or support our sponsors you support the show.

Song Freedom: when you need high-quality music for your productions, including mainstream music as well as "oldies but goodies". Sign up for a new account at songfreedom.com/radio and get a free standard gold level license worth $30.

VideoBlocks: a subscription-based stock media company that gives you unlimited access to premium stock footage everyone can afford. Unlimited daily downloads from a library of 115,000+ HD video clips, After Effects templates, motion backgrounds, and cinemagraphs. Click here for a 7-day free trial allowing you to download up to 140 pieces of content. You can also sign up for their annual plan which is $99 for unlimited access to their library.

Videos Mentioned

Visit the blog post for this episode to see the videos mentioned:

  • It's Not About the Nail
  • The White Privilege Facebook video post
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Fair Use in Documentary Filmmaking Pt. 2 [SE22]
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2017-09-21 04:56:51 UTC 45:20
Fair Use in Documentary Filmmaking Pt. 2 [SE22]

We continue our discussion about fair use, particularly as it relates to documentaries. You will be surprised by what you learn in this episode.

Show regular Yolanda Cochran (who also is a co-producer for the "Breaking the Glass" short film docu-series), showed a lawyer friend our trailer for the series to get his take on our use of movie and television clips. His answer prompted me to do investigative reporting on the topic of fair use. My search leads me to Pat Aufderheide, a research fellow and founder for the Center for Media and Social Impact at American University in Washington, D.C. She and legal scholar Peter Jaszi lead the charge to create the Documentary Filmmakers' Statement of Best Practices in Fair Use, a simple to read, yet comprehensive report that sets standards for documentary filmmakers to follow in order to stay within the law when employing copyrighted material under Fair Use. In this episode we discuss

  • What part of copyright law does fair use fall under
  • What are the four common situations in which a documentary filmmaker might utilize fair use
  • The surprising origins of the Best Practices document
  • Surprising examples of when even music might be deemed fair use
Videos Mentioned in This Episode Calling All Female Filmmakers

There's still a chance for all you female filmmakers out there to submit your vignettes to be included in the "Breaking the Glass" docu-series. Deadline has been extended to September 18. Winning entries will get almost $1,000 in prizes from LensProToGo, Song Freedom, Muse Storytelling, and Shane’s Inner Circle. Click here to learn more.

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Share Your Story with Us

For season 2 of the show, we're looking for filmmakers with stories about overcoming great challenges to complete their projects. Whether or not you succeeded or failed, if you think there's a juicy and educational story with sharing, we want to know about it. The first six people we pick will each get a free music license from show sponsor Song Freedom. Just email radiofilmschool@daredreamer.fm and put "My Story" in the subject line.

Reach Out

If you have a question about the movie business you'd like answered, or if you just want to drop us a line to say "Hi", email us at radiofilmschool@daredreamer.fm. Better yet, use the "Send Voicemail" button at the bottom of our website to leave a voicemail message. Follow Ron on Twitter @DareDreamerFM, or follow the show @RadioFilmSchool. Join the discussion at facebook.com/radiofilmschool.

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Fair Use in Filmmaking Pt. 1 [SE21]
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2017-09-21 04:56:51 UTC 31:33
Fair Use in Filmmaking Pt. 1 [SE21]

If you thought you knew all there was to know about fair use and copyrights in filmmaking, you don't know jack! Part 1 of a series on copyrights, fair use, and filmmaking. Save yourself a potential lawsuit and listen.

For the past ten years or so, I've written and blogged about the film, video and photography industries. During that time, I've addressed the issue of copyright usage and fair use in filmmaking. But even I was surprised (shocked even) to learn what I learned when talking with this week's guest, Salima Koroma. Salima is an African-American woman who runs the K-pop website The OneShots and is the director of the documentary "Bad Rap." In the process of speaking with her attorneys regarding the rights she needed to clear for her doc, she had an eye-opening experience that shared with us. We covered topics like:

  • The real reason logos are grayed or blurred out on television shows
  • Why a random shot of Time Square might be a copyright clearance nightmare
  • Why clearing music has gotten exponentially harder over the years
  • And more.
Calling All Female Filmmakers

We want to include your talent in the short film docu-series. Each winning entries will get almost $1,000 in prizes from LensProToGo, Song Freedom, Muse Storytelling, and Shane’s Inner Circle. Click here to learn more.

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Check These Videos Out

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Share Your Story with Us

For season 2 of the show, we're looking for filmmakers with stories about overcoming great challenges to complete their projects. Whether or not you succeeded or failed, if you think there's a juicy and educational story with sharing, we want to know about it. The first six people we pick will each get a free music license from show sponsor Song Freedom. Just email radiofilmschool@daredreamer.fm and put "My Story" in the subject line.

Reach Out

If you have a question about the movie business you'd like answered, or if you just want to drop us a line to say "Hi", email us at radiofilmschool@daredreamer.fm. Better yet, use the "Send Voicemail" button at the bottom of our website to leave a voicemail message. Follow Ron on Twitter @DareDreamerFM, or follow the show @RadioFilmSchool. Join the discussion at facebook.com/radiofilmschool.

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[BREAKING THE GLASS] Ep. 01 - The Elephant in the Room
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2017-09-21 04:56:51 UTC 40:59
[BREAKING THE GLASS] Ep. 01 - The Elephant in the Room

Today is the first official episode of the Radio Film School mini-series, and Ron addresses the elephant in the room.

It's great that Ron wants this podcast series to make a difference in the industry; but is he really the best person for the job? He has a discussion with JD and Yolanda that you might not expect. We also here from 1st AC Austin Lewis giving his input on what men can do to help bridge the gap of gender inequality in the business. And Stefanie Malone, Executive Director of the National Film Festival for Talented Youth (NFFTY) comes on board as a new podcast producer. She provides an eye-opening  insight about Affirmative Action you might not have ever heard.

About the Show

Breaking the Glass is a Radio Film School podcast mini-series and short film docu-series addressing the issues of gender inequality in film and television. Learn more and see the trailer at daredreamer.fm/breaking-the-glass.

Calling All Female Filmmakers

We want to include your talent in the short film docu-series. Each winning entries will get almost $1,000 in prizes from LensProToGo, Song Freedom, Muse Storytelling, and Shane's Inner Circle. Click here to learn more.

Sponsors

When you visit or support our sponsors you support the show.

  • Song Freedom: when you need high-quality music for your productions, including mainstream music as well as "oldies but goodies". Sign up for a new account at songfreedom.com/radio and get a free standard gold level license worth $30.
  • VideoBlocks: a subscription-based stock media company that gives you unlimited access to premium stock footage everyone can afford. Unlimited daily downloads from a library of 115,000+ HD video clips, After Effects templates, motion backgrounds, and cinemagraphs. Click here for a 7-day free trial allowing you to download up to 140 pieces of content. You can also sign up for their annual plan which is $99 for unlimited access to their library.

[BREAKING THE GLASS] Preview: "It all started when..."
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2017-09-21 04:56:51 UTC 24:05
[BREAKING THE GLASS] Preview: "It all started when..."

A new Radio Film School podcast mini-series that takes the first season's "Women in Film" series to a "whole 'nuther level!"

What began as a simple suggestion by show regular Yolanda T. Cochran, grew to become both a podcast and a short film documentary series starring an impressive line-up of women in the film and television industry.

This preview will sample what you will hear and see.

Go to daredreamer.fm/breaking-the-glass to watch the film series trailer and learn about the female filmmaker video vignette submission guidelines and challenge.

SPONSORS

When you visit or support our sponsors you support the show.

  • Song Freedom: when you need high-quality music for your productions, including mainstream music as well as "oldies but goodies". Sign up for a new account at songfreedom.com/radio and get a free standard gold level license worth $30.
  • VideoBlocks: a subscription-based stock media company that gives you unlimited access to premium stock footage everyone can afford. Unlimited daily downloads from a library of 115,000+ HD video clips, After Effects templates, motion backgrounds and cinemagraphs. Click here for a 7-day free trial allowing you to download up to 140 pieces of content. You can also sign up for their annual plan which is $99 for unlimited access to their library.
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Star Trek Axanar & the History & Future of Fan Films [SE20]
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2017-09-21 04:56:51 UTC 41:50
Star Trek Axanar & the History & Future of Fan Films [SE20]

Star Trek fan films have been around over four decades. They've come in all shapes, sizes, and varying levels of quality. In all that time, the copyright owners of Star Trek have remained quiet. So why has one fan film elicited a lawsuit that has the fan community in an uproar?

Fan films for genre properties are extremely popular. You can probably find fan films for every sci-fi, superhero, or fantasy-based intellectual property from games to films to TV shows. And one of the most popular sci-fi franchises of all time, Star Trek, has one of the highest numbers of fan films on the internet. One of the most popular was a 21-minute short released in 2014 called "Prelude to Axanar." It has won over 45 film festivals and racked up almost 2.5 million views as of this podcast. So popular was this short, that the filmmakers raised a record-setting $1.2 million dollars from two crowdfunding campaigns to make a feature film version.

Then in December of 2015, the filmmakers behind Axanar were hit with a full-blown lawsuit from CBS and Paramount, something they've never done in the 40+ years that fan films have been around. Why now has the "sleeping giant" awakened?

Today on the show we talk to Robert Meyer Burnett, the director of the film (which has not yet begun production due to the suit). He talks about it origins and insight into their side of this argument.

We also hear from Richard "RB" Botter, CEO and founder of Stage32, whose connections to the Hollywood machine give him an insightful POV. Show regulars JD and Yolanda Cochran chime in as well. And show co-producer Chris Huslage is back to give us some history about fan films.

Support Axanar Productions

Hop on over to AxanarProductions.com if you would like to support this film and the team behind it.

Share Your Story with Us

For season 2 of the show, we're looking for filmmakers with stories about overcoming great challenges to complete their projects. Whether or not you succeeded or failed, if you think there's a juicy and educational story with sharing, we want to know about it. The first six people we pick will each get a free music license from show sponsor Song Freedom. Just email radiofilmschool@daredreamer.fm and put "My Story" in the subject line.

Music in this Episode

Music was curated from FreeMusicArchive.org. In order of appearance, the music in this episode:

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Check These Videos Out

Visit the blog page to see these videos:

  • Joseph Kahn's Power/Rangers
  • Prelude to Axanar
  • Reason.tv Spot About Axanar Case
  • JJ Abrams Lawsuit Announcement
Reach Out

If you have a question about the movie business you'd like answered, or if you just want to drop us a line to say "Hi", email us at radiofilmschool@daredreamer.fm. Better yet, use the "Send Voicemail" button at the bottom of our website to leave a voicemail message. Follow Ron on Twitter @DareDreamerFM, or follow the show @RadioFilmSchool. Join the discussion at facebook.com/radiofilmschool.

PHILIP BLOOM: RAW. Uncut. Unfiltered. Unbelievable.
01:07:56
2017-09-21 04:56:51 UTC 01:07:56
PHILIP BLOOM: RAW. Uncut. Unfiltered. Unbelievable.

Today we introduce an official new segment on Radio Film School..."RAW": Radio Film School interviews uncut, unfiltered and unbelievable. Today we have my uncut interview with Philip Bloom.

There's a reason I like to call this show the "This American Life" for filmmakers. Our main episodes are craftily edited audio documentaries where I pull soundbites from disparate interviews to fit any particular episode. But many of my raw interviews with guests are so chock full of wonderful insights, seems like a shame not to share the whole thing. Sometimes I'll post them as exclusive bonuses for Premium Members. But many will be shared for the whole world to hear. And that's what we're doing today as we launch an official new segment of the show wherein I share full, uncut guest interviews.

Today we have world renowned DP and director Philip Bloom, and we cover a gamut of topics like:

  • His take on the "style" question
  • How he got his start
  • Why he calls himself a “filmmaker”
  • Why he does his reviews the way he does
  • How he deals with online criticism
  • The biggest misconception people have about him
  • And the proverbial "much, much, more!"

Excerpts of this interview were used in RFS episodes "What the Hell Are You", "Plan E from Outerspace" and this week's "One Man Bands."

Music in this Episode

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Check These Videos Out

Visit the blog post to see Phil's Blackmagic Design 4K Ursa review and his NAB2016 post mortem Vlog.

Reach Out

If you have a question about the movie business you'd like answered, or if you just want to drop us a line to say "Hi", email us at radiofilmschool@daredreamer.fm. Better yet, use the "Send Voicemail" button at the bottom of our website to leave a voicemail message. Follow Ron on Twitter @DareDreamerFM, or follow the show @RadioFilmSchool. Join the discussion at facebook.com/radiofilmschool.

One Man Bands [FJ23]
28:49
2017-09-21 04:56:51 UTC 28:49
One Man Bands [FJ23]

Filmmaking is a collaborative artform. Yet, tens of thousands of filmmakers all over the world shoot projects each week with no dedicated DP, no sound guy, and no assistants. It's just them, a camera, some lenses, lights, and mics. They are one-man/one-woman bands.

This week on the show we hear from a small group of filmmakers who are making waves in the industry despite shooting much, if not most of their work alone -- and in two of the cases, with small, prosumer cameras.

  • There's multi-Vimeo Staff Pick recipient Brandon Li, who's travel docs often feel like narrative shorts.
  • Salvatore "Sal" D'Alia is a New York filmmaker (by way of Italy) who's the brainchild and filmmaker behind Adorama TV's "Through the Lens" Series.
  • And internationally renown director and DP Philip Bloom is back to offer his two cents on what to call yourself if you wear many hats.
Share Your Story with Us

For season 2 of the show, we're looking for filmmakers with stories about overcoming great challenges to complete their projects. Whether or not you succeeded or failed, if you think there's a juicy and educational story with sharing, we want to know about it. The first six people we pick will each get a free music license from show sponsor Song Freedom. Just email radiofilmschool@daredreamer.fm and put "My Story" in the subject line.

Music in this Episode

Music was curated from FreeMusicArchive.org. In order of appearance, the music in this episode:

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Check These Videos Out

 

Reach Out

If you have a question about the movie business you'd like answered, or if you just want to drop us a line to say "Hi", email us at radiofilmschool@daredreamer.fm. Better yet, use the "Send Voicemail" button at the bottom of our website to leave a voicemail message. Follow Ron on Twitter @DareDreamerFM, or follow the show @RadioFilmSchool. Join the discussion at facebook.com/radiofilmschool.

Fixing it in Post: A Mixed in America "Post" Mortem [FJ22]
47:38
2017-09-21 04:56:51 UTC 47:38
Fixing it in Post: A Mixed in America "Post" Mortem [FJ22]

In this week's episode of Radio Film School, we explore valuable filmmaking lessons learned the hard way.

Have you ever had a vision for a film that you were so adamant about achieving, with an Ahab-like stubbornness you made creative decisions that you regretted later? Perhaps it's just me. Five+ years ago when I recorded the interview of my daughter Imahni for "Mixed in America," I purposefully only recorded the audio. It was a creative decision akin to the conquistadors burning their ships (i.e. there was  no going back. I would be forced to produce creative b-roll for the film.) Today we explore the ramifications of that decision and how I overcame them. Show regulars JD & Yolanda Cochran return as they give me critical feedback on the rough draft, as well as give their input on the decision I made.

Music in this Episode

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Videos Mentioned Reach Out

If you have a question about the movie business you'd like answered, or if you just want to drop us a line to say "Hi", email us at radiofilmschool@daredreamer.fm. Better yet, use the "Send Voicemail" button at the bottom of our website to leave a voicemail message. Follow Ron on Twitter @DareDreamerFM, or follow the show @RadioFilmSchool. Join the discussion at facebook.com/radiofilmschool.

Birth of a Documentary: Shooting Sunshine Mini-series Finale Pt. 1 [FJ21]
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2017-09-21 04:56:51 UTC 37:21
Birth of a Documentary: Shooting Sunshine Mini-series Finale Pt. 1 [FJ21]

After 5-1/2 years, Mixed in America: Little Mixed Sunshine if FINALLY finished. Here's part 1 of a 2-part finale of the mini-series where we've followed the film's progress.

Throughout this first season of Radio Film School, we've followed the progress of my short film documentary "Little Mixed Sunshine," the first installment of my "Mixed in America" short film documentary series which tells the stories of biracial people in America. So much has gone into the making of this film that I want to discuss. If you've been listening to the show and the mini-series "Shooting Sunshine," you've heard a lot of the creative challenges I've faced. These are all important lessons from which any filmmaker can glean valuable insight. And in part 2 of this mini-series finale we'll get into the details of the final creative decisions I made and how I arrived at them. That will be next week.

This week I want to tackle a more complex topic—that is the roles that race and culture have played in my life, and how a filmmaker's personal background can have such a profound effect on his or her work. Show regulars JD & Yolanda Cochran return as they give me critical feedback on the rough draft of the film I shared with them back in March.

And as is often the case on this show, we start with a couple of funny, yet poignant stories to set the stage.

Reach Out

If you have a question about the movie business you'd like answered, or if you just want to drop us a line to say "Hi", email us at radiofilmschool@daredreamer.fm. Better yet, use the "Send Voicemail" button at the bottom of our website to leave a voicemail message. Follow Ron on Twitter @DareDreamerFM, or follow the show @RadioFilmSchool. Join the discussion at facebook.com/radiofilmschool.

Music in this Episode

Music was curated from FreeMusicArchive.org. In order of appearance, the music in this episode:

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Legally License Music for Your Production

If you need to legally license music for your productions, from every genre (including mainstream music) look no further than Song Freedom. Click here to unlock a one-time Standard Gold Level license worth $30.

SEASON FINALE: 4 Steps to Find Your Voice & Develop a Signature Style [FJ20]
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2017-09-21 04:56:51 UTC 49:03
SEASON FINALE: 4 Steps to Find Your Voice & Develop a Signature Style [FJ20]

For the past 10 months, we've explored a theme that is pertinent to all artists. Let's sum this season up and get the definitive answer to this crucial question.

If you're any kind of artist, but especially if you're one trying to earn a living at your craft, it's vital to both your creative fulfillment as well as your professional longevity, to find "your voice" and develop a signature style. On September 1 of last year, Radio Film School launched with a mission to get to the bottom of this answer. After almost 90 interviews, we have determined what I can safely proclaim is a definitive strategy.

In our season 1 finale, we'll revisit old interviews, introduce new ones, and summarize what essentially amounts to a 4-stop process; and we do it in a way that is classic Radio Film School--from stories to movie clips to an eclectic score, you'll be inspired after hearing this episode.

Be sure to listen past the credits to get a sneak peek at season 2 and the collaboration we're doing with Stillmotion and Muse Storytelling to document the making of their The Remarkable Ones series. It's very cool! Sign up for our email list to be notified when we start. Also, email subscribers will get access and see my short film, "Mixed in America: Little Mixed Sunshine."

Who You Heard

In this episode, we hear from:

Who You Heard in the Audio Montages

In the opening montage of soundbites, here's who you heard:

In the Radio Film School Preview you heard:

 In the credits montage you heard:
  • Brett Culp
  • Patrick Moreau
  • Sasha Perl-Raver
Reach Out

If you have a question about the movie business you'd like answered, or if you just want to drop us a line to say "Hi", email us at radiofilmschool@daredreamer.fm. Better yet, use the "Send Voicemail" button at the bottom of our website to leave a voicemail message. Follow Ron on Twitter @DareDreamerFM, or follow the show @RadioFilmSchool. Join the discussion at facebook.com/radiofilmschool.

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Videos The Podcasts Which Have Influenced Radio Film School the Most

My War of Art [FJ19]
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2017-09-21 04:56:51 UTC 23:47
My War of Art [FJ19]

Practical lessons on finding the time to pursue passion projects which might not yet pay the bills. Plus, a literal "road to Damascus" experience.

We're told time and again that personal projects are a key strategy for creatives to both find personal fulfillment, as well as market their business. But the realities of life are such that, it's often easier said than done. In today's episode, we explore this theme vis-a-vis my "Mixed in America" short film documentary project. In this episode we'll hear from the boys at Gnarly Bay as well as Patrick Moreau of Stillmotion and Muse Storytelling.

Reach Out

If you have a question about the movie business you'd like answered, or if you just want to drop us a line to say "Hi", email us at radiofilmschool@daredreamer.fm. Better yet, use the "Send Voicemail" button at the bottom of our website to leave a voicemail message. Follow Ron on Twitter @DareDreamerFM, or follow the show @RadioFilmSchool. Join the discussion at facebook.com/radiofilmschool.

Music in this Episode

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Videos

Visit the blog post for this episode to see the video mentioned:

  • Study.com Momentum Lesson
  • Oprah’s Super Soul Sunday with Steven Pressfield on Resistance
  • Oprah/Pressfield Clip on Finding Your Calling

A Father's Day Special
16:49
2017-09-21 04:56:51 UTC 16:49
A Father's Day Special

It's only fitting that as we head into the week that kicks off the Radio Film School season finales, we end the season where we began. With fathers.

Today we have a Father's Day special. The first half of the show are selected reruns of stories from our first official episode "Of Fathers and Filmmaking Part 1." At about the 9-minute mark I introduce a brand new story. It was actually the story that inspired me to post this special in the first place. It's from Ryan Koral, founder and president of TELL, a corporate video production agency, and co-founder of Studio Sherpas, a community and resource for small business video producers. I have no doubt you'll be moved and inspired by his story.

Happy Father's Day!

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The Role of a Producer and How to Finance a Film
41:16
2017-09-21 04:56:51 UTC 41:16
The Role of a Producer and How to Finance a Film

Today we have two professionals in the world of filmmaking to give expert information on 1) the role of "producer" and 2) how to finance a film.

Last week we got a voicemail from a listener of the show wanting to know more information about how you go about financing a film. While in Los Angeles to film our new "women in film" upcoming documentary series, I took advantage of the opportunity to interview show regular Yolanda Cochran.Based on her experience as EVP of Alcon Entertainment, then a consultant to Netflix, Yolanda is a wealth of knowledge with regards to both of these topics. We also hear from Mara Tasker in this episode. Mara is  the head of original content production a Seed&Spark, a crowdsourcing site for filmmakers by filmmakers. In this episode you'll learn: what is it exactly that all those different types of producers do (e.g. Producer, Co-produce, Executive Producer, etc.); different strategies for financing a film; tips for using crowdfunding sites like Seed&Spark and Kickstarter.

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SPECIAL: Season Update and Series Trailer
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2017-09-21 04:56:51 UTC 18:37
SPECIAL: Season Update and Series Trailer

This week we have a special episode and update that includes listener voicemail, a trailer for a new podcast and film series, and a provocative if not fun behind the scenes discussion about a past episode.

These past few days I've been in Los Angeles to film an update to our "Women in Film" series. So I don't have a regular episode. It's more of an update wherein we hear a listener's voicemail, a trailer for the aforementioned series, and show regulars JD and Yolanda take me to task on a past episode.

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Alfred Hitchcock: Anatomy of a Genius [FJ17]
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2017-09-21 04:56:51 UTC 46:23
Alfred Hitchcock: Anatomy of a Genius [FJ17]

There are few filmmakers in the history of the craft who are as revered for their work, and as associated with a particular style, as Sir Alfred Hitchcock.

Hitchcock's work is so distinctive, his name has become an adjective to describe a well-executed, suspense thriller or drama (e.g. David Fincher's "Se7en" is a Hitchcockian thriller filled with mystery, murder, and suspense-filled thrills worthy of the master of suspense himself.)

No doubt that if you're passionate about filmmaking and cinema, you've seen plenty of interviews and/or video essays about Hitch. But as usual, my hope is to share some insight that you might not have heretofore come across.

This week's episode is chock full of experts:

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Videos

Check out the blog post for this episode to see some of the films and videos mentioned in this episode, including:

  • The Episode of Hitch20 Ron participated in.
  • Ron's favorite video essay by Adam Westbrook
  • Brandon McCormick's "Fear Itself"
  • BTS video of "Fear Itself"
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Superheroes in Cinema Pt. 1: The Art of Adaptation [SE18]
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2017-09-21 04:56:51 UTC 34:47
Superheroes in Cinema Pt. 1: The Art of Adaptation [SE18]

Superhero movies are all the rage lately. Believe it or not, there is a lot filmmakers can learn from them. Today is Part 1 in a new Short Ends series.

This week we hear from:

  • Robert Meyer Burnett: A 25+ year veteran of Hollywood, Rob is a director, editor, frequent co-host on Collider Heroes, and self-proclaimed comic book geek. Currently directing the Star Trek fan film Axanar (which raised over $1 million in crowdfunding).
  • Sasha Perl-Raver: movie critic, television journalist, actress, and co-host of Collider TV Talk as well as FX Download.
  • Brett Culp: director of the documentary "Legends of the Knight", a feature-length documentary about the legend and story of Batman inspiring people living with debilitating or even life-threatening illnesses. Through the success of that film, Brett has since founded "The Rising Heroes Project," a non-profit that creates uplifting films to support charitable organizations and inspire communities. They are now working on their follow-up to "Legends" with "Look to the Sky."
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Videos There's A New StoryBuilder App from Muse Storytelling by Stillmotion

Muse Storytelling by Stillmotion has released a new app that will change the way you tell stories. Use it to work out the four essential "P's" of every story: People, Places, Plot and Purpose. Add photos to help you visualize the story. You can even join a community of like-minded creatives who can all collaborate with you on your story's development. Head on over to buildstory.org and sign up for a free 14-day trial. No credit card is required.

Wipster + Adobe Premiere Pro. Wipster + Vimeo.

We're thrilled to have Wipster join the Radio Film School family. Wipster is a leading video collaboration tool, allowing you to share your video with clients and colleagues and collect feedback. Go to Wipster.io to sign up. And if you're used to using Vimeo to share links with clients, no worries. Wipster has exclusive integration with Vimeo. Go from Vimeo to Wipster and back again, seamlessly.

Wipster also has a built-in panel that allows you to share your video directly from within Premiere Pro, and you'll be able to see client's feedback on that video directly within Premiere. Check out their 1-minute walk-through.

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BONUS: Ron-On-1 with Dave Dugdale of LearningVideo.com
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2017-09-21 04:56:51 UTC 35:33
BONUS: Ron-On-1 with Dave Dugdale of LearningVideo.com

If you're serious about learning video, chances are you've come across one of the videos of Dave Dugdale of LearningVideo.com. Today we have a bonus episode of Radio Film School where I have an in-depth chat with Dave.

When Dave Dugdale talks, companies listen. Why? Because he has one of the most popular video education channels on  YouTube—with over 170,000 subscribers and 20+ million views. What sets Dave apart from many other "professionals" in this industry, is that Dave will be the first to tell you he doesn't consider himself a pro. He's just a regular guy trying to learn video and sharing what he learns with the world. He doesn't put on a face and try to make himself cooler or smarter than he really is. He's like the friendly neighborhood dad down the street...who just happens to be a minor YouTube celebrity.

Today's bonus episode of the show is my full, uncut interview with Dave. This was actually an interview I did with Dave for my now defunct podcast, The Solo Creative. I don't want the Solo Creative interviews I did to go to waste, so periodically I'll post them in the Radio Film School feed as bonuses.

In this interview with Dave, he covers how he got started, his strategy for making passive income with his websites, mistakes he’s made, where and how he learns, his philosophy on life and work, and the value of just putting yourself out there. I have no doubt you’ll be inspired.

Other 1-on-1 Filmmaker Interviews: Crossing the 180

If you like these one-on-one style interviews where I dig deep and wide with filmmakers, you'll love my back catalog of Crossing the 180. This was my first filmmakers podcast. Over 100 interviews with filmmakers from just about every facet of the business: from Hollywood DPs and directors, to DSLR luminaries, to wedding "rock stars." Become a Dare Dreamer FM Premium Member, and you get free access to these sets of interviews as I make them available. Go to daredreamer.fm/x180 to learn more.

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Videos There's A New StoryBuilder App from Muse Storytelling by Stillmotion

Muse Storytelling by Stillmotion has released a new app that will change the way you tell stories. Use it to work out the four essential "P's" of every story: People, Places, Plot and Purpose. Add photos to help you visualize the story. You can even join a community of like-minded creatives who can all collaborate with you on your story's development. Head on over to buildstory.org and sign up for a free 14-day trial. No credit card is required.

Wipster + Adobe Premiere Pro. Wipster + Vimeo.

We're thrilled to have Wipster join the Radio Film School family. Wipster is a leading video collaboration tool, allowing you to share your video with clients and colleagues and collect feedback. Go to Wipster.io to sign up. And if you're used to using Vimeo to share links with clients, no worries. Wipster has exclusive integration with Vimeo. Go from Vimeo to Wipster and back again, seamlessly.

Wipster also has a built-in panel that allows you to share your video directly from within Premiere Pro, and you'll be able to see client's feedback on that video directly within Premiere. Check out their 1-minute walk-through.

Get 'er Done: A Mixed in America Documentary Update [FJ16]
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2017-09-21 04:56:51 UTC 47:54
Get 'er Done: A Mixed in America Documentary Update [FJ16]

Today's episode is a must-listen episode for anyone out there who has procrastinated or dragged their butt on getting a project done. An update on my documentary "Mixed in America".

Five years ago I embarked on a personal project to create a short film documentary series about biracial people in America. It's called "Mixed in America" and the first installment of the series is about my daughter, Imahni. The name of the installment is "Little Mixed Sunshine" and it combines a personal interview various b-roll and re-enactments. Well, five years after first interviewing her and even uploading a 1-minute teaser, the project still isn't done.

Out of a desire to educate and inspire other filmmakers and creatives (or, quite possibly, a temporary loss of sanity) I made the decision to share my progress of the film on this podcast. The segment has been cleverly called "Shooting Sunshine." Today you'll hear the latest installment of the series with an update on where I am exactly with "Mixed in America." Show regular JD Cochran is back to give me some "tough love." If you've ever dragged your feet on getting a project done, particularly a film project, this is the episode for you.

 project done. An update on my documentary "Mixed in America".

Five years ago I embarked on a personal project to create a short film documentary series about biracial people in America. It's called "Mixed in America" and the first installment of the series is about my daughter, Imahni. The name of the installment is "Little Mixed Sunshine" and it combines a personal interview various b-roll and re-enactments. Well, five years after first interviewing her and even uploading a 1-minute teaser, the project still isn't done.

Out of a desire to educate and inspire other filmmakers and creatives (or, quite possibly, a temporary loss of sanity) I made the decision to share my progress of the film on this podcast. The segment has been cleverly called "Shooting Sunshine." Today you'll hear the latest installment of the series with an update on where I am exactly with "Mixed in America." Show regular JD Cochran is back to give me some "tough love." If you've ever dragged your feet on getting a project done, particularly a film project, this is the episode for you.

Another great bonus segment is at 37:01. It gives additional insight into the making of "Mixed in America."

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Videos Mentioned There's A New StoryBuilder App from Stillmotion

Muse Storytelling by Stillmotion has released a new app that will change the way you tell stories. Use it to work out the four essential "P's" of every story: People, Places, Plot and Purpose. Add photos to help you visualize the story. You can even join a community of like-minded creatives who can all collaborate with you on your story's development. Head on over to buildstory.org and sign up for a free 14-day trial. No credit card is required.

Wipster + Adobe Premiere Pro. Wipster + Vimeo.

We're thrilled to have Wipster join the Radio Film School family. Wipster is a leading video collaboration tool, allowing you to share your video with clients and colleagues and collect feedback. Go to Wipster.io to sign up. And if you're used to using Vimeo to share links with clients, no worries. Wipster has exclusive integration with Vimeo. Go from Vimeo to Wipster and back again, seamlessly.

Wipster also has a built-in panel that allows you to share your video directly from within Premiere Pro, and you'll be able to see client's feedback on that video directly within Premiere. Check out their 1-minute walk-through.

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Technology & Filmmaking: This Is Not Your Mother's NAB Wrap-up [FJ15]
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2017-09-21 04:56:51 UTC 43:48
Technology & Filmmaking: This Is Not Your Mother's NAB Wrap-up [FJ15]

Last month we had one of the most attended NAB Shows ever. But in true Radio Film School style, our "coverage" of it won't be what you expect.

The National Association of Broadcasters (aka NAB) had its annual expo and convention last month. There were over 100,000 people in attendance. And as is the case every year, NAB was the place to find all the most anticipated tech, tools, and toys that will be the next, over-hyped "game-changer." This week on the show we're going to talk about technology and the role it plays in the lives of storytellers and filmmakers. But if you are expecting a run-down of the latest and greatest cameras, drones, lenses, microphones, digital recorders and capture cards, I'm sorry to disappoint you. You won't find that here.

However, if you enjoy a deeper conversation about technology and how we as filmmakers relate to it, the good and the bad, then sit back, relax, and enjoy the show.

This week we hear from:

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Videos Mentioned Learn How Stillmotion Tells Emmy Award-winning Stories

Stillmotion’s Muse Storytelling is the process they use to tell the kind of stories that has helped them garner five Emmys, and go from shooting weddings to shooting the Super Bowl. They’ve generously offered our listeners a special offer. Details are in the episode.

Wipster + Adobe Premiere Pro

We’re thrilled to have Wipster join the Radio Film School family. Use the offer code “RFSandWipster” and get your first seat for just $13/month. Go to Wipster.io to sign up.

Wipster now has a built-in panel that allows you to share your video directly from within Premiere Pro, and you'll be able to see client's feedback on that video directly within Premiere. Check out their 1-minute walk-through.

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RFS Bonus: More Details About Whitestone's History Channel Shoot
15:52
2017-09-21 04:56:51 UTC 15:52
RFS Bonus: More Details About Whitestone's History Channel Shoot

An additional 15 minutes of my interview with Brandon McCormick of Whitestone Motion Pictures about their History Channel shoot.

Whiteston Motion Pictures Making "History" [FJ014]
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2017-09-21 04:56:51 UTC 01:02:43
Whiteston Motion Pictures Making "History" [FJ014]

The inspirational rise and fall (and rise again) story of how Whitestone Motion Pictures came from the brink of throwing in the towel, to shooting a project for The History Channel.

If you've been listening to this podcast since the beginning, you know that there is only one person who's been featured on the show more times than show regulars JD and Yolanda. That person is Atlanta filmmaker Brandon McCormick of Whitestone Motion Pictures. After posting last week's bonus episode about Brandon's incredible database of feature film screenshots, it occurred to me that out of all the episodes in which he's appeared, I've never really given any kind of in-depth story about the history of Whitestone and his journey as a filmmaker. So today, that's what I have. This week's episode is a tad longer than normal, but I promise you'll savor every inspirational minute.

We cover such topics as:

  • How and why they do the kind of work they do
  • His affection for nostalgic and period pieces
  • His thoughts on artists vs. artisans and the significance of the difference
  • The trials and tribulations of almost making their first feature film and the lessons he learned
  • How the History Channel project came about
  • And of course, it wouldn't be a Brandon McCormick episode without some profoundly poignant ending that makes you wanna go out and conquer the world!
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The rest of the songs are from the soundtrack of "That's Magic," music and lyrics by Nicholas Kirk, courtesy of Whitestone Motion Pictures. All rights reserved.

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Whitestone's Work

Click here to see a clip of the Roanoke Film. Left/Right is the New York production company that handled the shoot and post. Brandon and his team handled the creative (writing, directing, exec producing, production design, etc.)

Here are some other films worth checking out:

  • That's Magic: The film that inspired this episode.
  • Tiny Little Words: The touching story about the first heart transplant. All shot in one take.
  • Blood on My Name: This was the film that got Brandon and Nick meetings in Hollywood: their "southern gothic Americana folklore musical."
Learn How Stillmotion Tells Emmy Award-winning Stories

Stillmotion’s Muse Storytelling is the process they use to tell the kind of stories that has helped them garner five Emmys, and go from shooting weddings to shooting the Super Bowl. They’ve generously offered our listeners a special offer. Details are in the episode.

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Speaking of which, click here to go to the blog post where Premium Members can listen to two bonus tracks:

  • An early access to the extended 15-minute bonus clip mentioned in the episode where Brandon gives more details about the History Channel production.
  • My old "Crossing the 180" podcast interview with Brandon from 2010 that has more specific details about Whitestone's history: how Brandon got started at 12Stone; their production process while there; the importance of story; and much more.
  • My follow-up "Crossing the 180" interview with Brandon about the making of the Whitestone film "The Candy Shop: A Fairytale about the Sexual Exploitation of Children", using candy as a metaphor for under-aged girls. It's a powerful and creative film about an important topic. It stars the famous character actor Doug Jones ("Silver Surfer", "Pan's Labyrinth", and "Arrow", to name a paltry few) as The Candy Man.

Only Premium Members will get access to these bonus clips, so sign up today.

Proof It's the Talent Not the Tools [SE17]
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2017-09-21 04:56:51 UTC 32:07
Proof It's the Talent Not the Tools [SE17]

I originally thought about calling this Radio Film School episode "Brandon McCormick's Incredible Infinite Catalog of Creative Compositions". But Talent v. Tools was easier. Find out why and what you'll learn.

What started out as a simple research project to study the scenes and compositions of world-class master directors, turned into a treasure trove of a database with nearly 9,000 high-resolution screenshots and 10 GB of data. Whitestone Motion Pictures co-founder and director Brandon McCormick is back on the show with more engaging insight. Learn how this database project of his revealed some amazing discoveries about focal length, shot selection, composition, editing, storytelling, and prioritization. Here are the lessons he learned about feature filmmaking from studying the minutia of master filmmakers films. You may be surprised at what you learn.

And stick around after the credits in the bonus segment as Brandon addresses the question, "Why do directors often get credit for work that seems should be accredited to others who worked on a film?" 

Click here to see screenshots from Brandon's database.

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Muse Storytelling has a New Class - "Conducting Remarkable Interviews"

Stillmotion's Muse Storytelling is the process they use to tell the kind of stories that has helped them garner five Emmys, and go from shooting weddings to shooting the Super Bowl.  They also have a brand new course on their site called “Conducting Remarkable Interviews” and it’s based on years of experience in the field and research of psychology, sociology, and neurology. Go to learnstory.org to learn more.

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Screening Room: Cineplex vs. Living Room [SE16]
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2017-09-21 04:56:51 UTC 23:12
Screening Room: Cineplex vs. Living Room [SE16]

Sean Parker first helped bring the music industry to its knees with his co-creation of Napster. Now he has his sights on the movie business.

Sean is proposing a new device and service called "Screening Room". You pay $150 for the device, then $50 for a movie, and voila, the same night that a major motion picture opens in theaters, you can see it at home. What can theaters do to combat services like this? Do they need to see it as a combat at all? That's the topic we discuss today.

Today we have the program director for Seattle's Northwest Film Forum, Courtney Shehan. Courtney is a real mover and shaker with a fresh and confident perspective on how theaters should respond to the changing.  

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Muse Storytelling has a New Class - "Conducting Remarkable Interviews"

Stillmotion's Muse Storytelling is the process they use to tell the kind of stories that has helped them garner five Emmys, and go from shooting weddings to shooting the Super Bowl.  They also have a brand new course on their site called “Conducting Remarkable Interviews” and it’s based on years of experience in the field and research of psychology, sociology, and neurology. Go to learnstory.org to learn more.

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What makes for a great Science Fiction film? [SE15]
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2017-09-21 04:56:51 UTC 46:08
What makes for a great Science Fiction film? [SE15]

What exactly makes a science fiction film great? Numerous filmmakers and sci-fi cinephiles chime.

Science fiction is one of the most popular film and book genres. It has the power to ignite the imaginations of storytellers and audiences from five to ninety-five. But what makes for a good, or great, sci-fi story? Is it how cool the gadgets are? Is it the plausibility of the science presented in the story? Or is it something entirely different, that has nothing to even do with science? Today on the show we find out.

In this episode we hear from:

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Muse Storytelling has a New Class - "Conducting Remarkable Interviews"

Stillmotion's Muse Storytelling is the process they use to tell the kind of stories that has helped them garner five Emmys, and go from shooting weddings to shooting the Super Bowl.  They also have a brand new course on their site called “Conducting Remarkable Interviews” and it’s based on years of experience in the field and research of psychology, sociology, and neurology. Go to learnstory.org to learn more.

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RFS Uncut: Rich "RB" Botto, Founder and CEO of Stage 32
01:10:30
2017-09-21 04:56:51 UTC 01:10:30
RFS Uncut: Rich "RB" Botto, Founder and CEO of Stage 32

My full, uncut Radio Film School interview with Richard "RB" Botto, the CEO and founder of the creative arts social media juggernaut Stage 32.

As you know, Radio Film School is a documentary series. It's kind of like This American Life or TED Radio Hour, but devoted specifically to filmmaking and the creative arts. As a radio documentary, you seldom, if ever, hear full interviews of my guests. I just pull from each interview the soundbites and clips I need for any particular episode.

But every now and then I’ll make a full uncut interview available as a bonus. And after I finished my interview with Richard Botto (or RB for short), I knew I had to post this baby.

If you heard last week's Vol. 2 of my Quentin Tarantino regular episode, you’ve already heard part of my interview with RB. But naturally, we go far beyond what you heard. As most Radio Film School conversations go, this discussion was more about the art and soul of filmmaking. We cover topics like:

  • How do you go about separating the artist from his or her art. Can you look at Woody Allen or Polanski films the same? Can you admire DW Griffith's “Birth of a Nation” for its technical achievement despite its racist tone. How do you feel about John Ford the filmmaker or Lilian Gish the actor knowing they were in that film (Ford actually plays a Klansman).
  • We discuss fan films and what role they should play in today’s filmmaking landscape
  • We get into why Citizen Kane is his favorite film and whether or not it really deserves the title “Best film of all time.”
  • We geek out over what makes a good sci-fi film
  • That state of fan filmdom and whether or not they should continue
  • And of course, we talk about some effective strategies for using social media in this biz.

It’s over an hour of inspirational goodness.

Music used in this episode include:

BONUS: Star Wars - Science Fiction...or Fantasy?
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2017-09-21 04:56:51 UTC 42:13
BONUS: Star Wars - Science Fiction...or Fantasy?

With the release of the Rogue One teaser trailer last week, I had to do something special to commemorate it. So today we ponder the question: is Star Wars science fiction...or fantasy?

Whether or not Star Wars is science fiction or fantasy is one of those questions that can send you spiraling down a geeked-out debate faster than Matthew McConaughey falling into a black hole. Today we speak with a number of filmmakers, podcasters and cinephiles who all chime in.

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Muse Storytelling has a New Class - "Conducting Remarkable Interviews"

Stillmotion's Muse Storytelling is the process they use to tell the kind of stories that has helped them garner five Emmys, and go from shooting weddings to shooting the Super Bowl.  They also have a brand new course on their site called “Conducting Remarkable Interviews” and it’s based on years of experience in the field and research of psychology, sociology, and neurology. Go to learnstory.org to learn more.

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Quentin Tarantino Vol. 2 - The PROVOCATEUR [FJ13]
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2017-09-21 04:56:51 UTC 45:45
Quentin Tarantino Vol. 2 - The PROVOCATEUR [FJ13]

We conclude our look at rebel filmmaker Quentin Tarantino with a discussion of the provocative nature of Tarantino's work.

There's probably no filmmaker alive today who elicits the kind of visceral emotion and discussion as Quentin Tarantino. Every one of the eight feature films he's directed (and even the ones where he's just the credited writer) have some dialog and/or visuals that will either offend you and/or make you squirm in discomfort. From  the excessive, almost cartoonish violence, to his treatment of women to his infamous use of the N-word. Tarantino knows how to push buttons. But does his button-pushing truly serve the story, or is it just a device to provoke you? That's what this week's guests discuss with me. Two weeks ago we looked at Tarantino the AUTEUR. Today we look at Tarantino, the PROVOCATEUR.

Starring...

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Muse Storytelling has a New Class - "Conducting Remarkable Interviews"

Stillmotion's Muse Storytelling is the process they use to tell the kind of stories that has helped them garner five Emmys, and go from shooting weddings to shooting the Super Bowl.  They also have a brand new course on their site called “Conducting Remarkable Interviews” and it’s based on years of experience in the field and research of psychology, sociology, and neurology. Go to learnstory.org to learn more.

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Short Ends: Think Like a Man [SE14]
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2017-09-21 04:56:51 UTC 21:53
Short Ends: Think Like a Man [SE14]

A few weeks ago I posted my "best of..." series, and made a comment that sparked a great conversation with show regular Yolanda Cochran (former head of physical production at Alcon Entertainment). The comment was part of my "moral to the story" summary for the "Women in Film" series episode from last fall (daredreamer.fm/wif3). Essentially I said that one of the things women should do to gain parity with men in Hollywood is to act and think like a man.

But should they? Yolanda has a different take on the topic and that is the basis for today's discussion. I'd love to get your take on this topic. Comment here or join the discussion at our Facebook page: facebook.com/radiofilmschool.

Also in this episode is a short clip from one of our fellow Podcastica network shows, the Sci-Fi Movie podcast. It's a clip from their "Top 5 Robots in Sci-Fi" and they define the parameters that make a cyborg. 

Stillmotion has a New Class - "Conducting Remarkable Interviews"

Stillmotion's Muse Storytelling is the process they use to tell the kind of stories that has helped them garner five Emmys, and go from shooting weddings to shooting the Super Bowl.  They also have a brand new course on their site called “Conducting Remarkable Interviews” and it’s based on years of experience in the field and research of psychology, sociology, and neurology. Go to learnstory.org to learn more.

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Quentin Tarantino Vol. 1 - THE AUTEUR [FJ012]
01:06:58
2017-09-21 04:56:51 UTC 01:06:58
Quentin Tarantino Vol. 1 - THE AUTEUR [FJ012]

With a directorial filmography that only has 8 feature films, Quentin Tarantino has made an indelible mark on the cinematic landscape and has solidified his spot in cinematic history. We explore why.

Ever since his bold and brilliant 1992 feature film, "Reservoir Dogs", Quentin Tarantino has been an undeniable force in cinema. From his encyclopedic knowledge of film history, to his bold imagery, to his captivating dialog, to his iconic characters, and of course, his controversial rhetoric, every Tarantino film release is an event.

Today we continue our "Filmmakers with Style" series by looking at the work of the "filmmaker's filmmaker." And in true Tarantino form, this episode is 1) long (our longest "regular" episode to date) and 2) "Volume 1". In this volume we look at Tarantino the auteur. In volume II we'll look at Tarantino the provocateur.

In this 8-chapter episode, we'll explore such themes as:

  • The meta element of Tarantino's dialog as a metaphor for Tarantino himself as filmmaker
  • His use of music how the music is itself a "character"
  • How, despite the fact he borrows so heavily from other classic or obscure films, he's still able to make it his own
  • And so much more

Stay tuned past the credits for a special bonus segment as well.

Starring...

In this episode we hear from:

Stillmotion has a New Class - "Conducting Remarkable Interviews"

Stillmotion's Muse Storytelling is the process they use to tell the kind of stories that has helped them garner five Emmys, and go from shooting weddings to shooting the Super Bowl.  They also have a brand new course on their site called “Conducting Remarkable Interviews” and it’s based on years of experience in the field and research of psychology, sociology, and neurology. Go to learnstory.org to learn more.

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A Brief History of Cinema | A Circa Podcast Collaboration [SE13]
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2017-09-21 04:56:51 UTC 28:08
A Brief History of Cinema | A Circa Podcast Collaboration [SE13]

This week we premiere our first podcast collaboration with the Circa Podcast as we look at a history of cinema.

Last summer when interviewing David Shulman, executive director of the Seattle Film Institute, we got into a lively discussion about how the history of cinema, in many ways, has come full circle. I wanted to explore this idea, so I enlisted the help of Zac Lovelace, creator and host of another 6-month old podcast, Circa. I like to call Circa "the 99% Invisible" of history. Zac describes it like this: a podcast about the stories lost in time, and how they can help us understand ourselves better.

Today's show delves into the rich beginnings of cinema (starting with Thomas Edison and the Lumiere Bros) then takes us through the advent of television, and finally ends up at the smart phone. Zac's storytelling style is immersive and engaging. You'll immediately know why I chose Circa as a collaboration partner on this episode.

After the credits there is one of the funniest bonus segments we've had. So be sure to stick around for that too.

Stillmotion has a New Class - "Conducting Remarkable Interviews"

Stillmotion's Muse Storytelling is the process they use to tell the kind of stories that has helped them garner five Emmys, and go from shooting weddings to shooting the Super Bowl.  They also have a brand new course on their site called “Conducting Remarkable Interviews” and it’s based on years of experience in the field and research of psychology, sociology, and neurology. Go to learnstory.org to learn more.

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Music in this Episode
  • Brooks by Kai Engel. CC BY
  • Pigalle by Jahzzar. CC BY-SA
  • Porch Blues by Kevin MacLeod. CC BY
  • Sunset by Kai Engel. CC BY
Circa Podcast Episode

Check out Circa's Nat Turner episode, "Middle Class Manifesto."

Cinema History Photos

Check our website to see photos.

The Best of RFS Stories Pt. 2 - GUEST Stories
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2017-09-21 04:56:51 UTC 41:25
The Best of RFS Stories Pt. 2 - GUEST Stories

Statistics show that most podcasts peter off in the first six weeks. We're now six MONTHS strong into ours, and it's only getting better (IMHO). Six months of a "Radiolab" and "This American Life" style show about the art and craft of cinema and filmmaking, delivered EVERY WEEK, has been quite a feat. Six months of stories that will inspire, encourage and/or just flat-out entertain. Whether you're a filmmaker, a photographer, or any other kind of artist, the themes and topics we explore will connect with you.

To celebrate this milestone, we're looking back at some of our favorite stories. Tuesday I shared a few of my favorite personal stories. Today, I'm sharing a few guest stories that have stood out to me:

  • Sky City Haya producer Thom Weinland's funny discovery" about the "Wizard of Oz"
  • Me and show regular JD get into one of our typical debates
  • Celebrated spoken word artist Marshall Davis Jones is back with the funny story behind how he trained his voice and testing it out on John Leguizamo
  • FilmRiot host Ryan Connolly shares how absolutely everything went wrong on his "U.F. Oh Yeah" film set
  • Phillip Bloom offers filmmaking perspective
  • Peabody award-winning filmmaker Elaine McMillion Sheldon and I talk about women in film
  • And award-winning wedding filmmaker Kevin Shahinian gives valuable insight about finding your style 
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Learn How Stillmotion Tells Emmy Award-winning Stories

Stillmotion's Muse Storytelling is the process they use to tell the kind of stories that has helped them garner five Emmys, and go from shooting weddings to shooting the Super Bowl. They've generously offered our listeners a special offer. Details are in the episode.

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The Best of RFS Stories - Part 1
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2017-09-21 04:56:51 UTC 41:48
The Best of RFS Stories - Part 1

Today we’re excited to announce that Radio Film School is now part of the Podcastica network. Think of it as a sort of indie label of 8 (or rather, now, 9) podcasts. To acquaint our new family of Podcastica listeners with the show, and to celebrate the 6-month mark into the season, today we start a 2 part “Best of…” series. In part 1 we’ll cover some of my favorite personal stories told on the show; from father figures to first loves. This episode also includes the moving story of why spoken word artist Marshall Davis Jones changed his famous "Spelling Father" spoken word performance to no longer refer to his dad as a deadbeat. (Powerful stuff! That story alone is worth the price of admission.)

In part 2 (later this week), we’ll share some of my favorite guest stories and conversations.

Even if you’ve been an avid listener, I am confident you'll enjoy this trip down memory lane as I'll also offer some additional insight into the episodes I highlight. And in today's bonus segment, I finally give the definition of the term "Short Ends" and why I chose that name for the interim episodes.

Enjoy!

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Learn How Stillmotion Tells Emmy Award-winning Stories

Stillmotion's Muse Storytelling is the process they use to tell the kind of stories that has helped them garner five Emmys, and go from shooting weddings to shooting the Super Bowl. They've generously offered our listeners a special offer. Details are in the episode.

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Music in this Episode

BONUS: Artists, Awards & Acceptance - A Post Oscars Special
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2017-09-21 04:56:51 UTC 16:44
BONUS: Artists, Awards & Acceptance - A Post Oscars Special

Leave it to Radio Film School to turn a funny anecdote about swing dancing into a valuable lesson for filmmakers and artists of all kinds.

Why are we artists and creatives so obsessed with awards and competitions? There’s a perverse irony in the fact that something as personal and subjective as “art” can be judged in the first place. With the 2016 Academy Awards Oscar celebration behind us, I felt compelled to produce a bonus episode of the show to address what I feel is an important lesson we filmmakers, and artists in general, should heed. Enjoy! 

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Learn How Stillmotion Tells Emmy Award-winning Stories

Stillmotion's Muse Storytelling is the process they use to tell the kind of stories that has helped them garner five Emmys, and go from shooting weddings to shooting the Super Bowl. They've generously offered our listeners a special offer. Details are in the episode.

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Music in this Episode

Short Ends: Actors, Agents & Managers, Oh My! - Pt. 2
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2017-09-21 04:56:51 UTC 31:01
Short Ends: Actors, Agents & Managers, Oh My! - Pt. 2

Today I continue my discussion with show regulars JD & Yolanda about the role that agents and managers play in Hollywood. In this installment, we get insight into the contractual obligations of agents and actors, why agents get 10%, and what happens if an actor gets a new agent mid-negotiation of a movie deal.

We end the conversation with a comical display of my inability to grasp why it is an agent can't also serve as a manager, and why managers typically get 15% (or even more). Will JD and Yolanda be able to explain this concept to me? Tune in to find out.  

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Learn How Stillmotion Tells Emmy Award-winning Stories

Stillmotion's Muse Storytelling is the process they use to tell the kind of stories that has helped them garner five Emmys, and go from shooting weddings to shooting the Super Bowl. They've generously offered our listeners a special offer. Details are in the episode.

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Music in this Episode

[BONUS] Oscar Special: Conversations on Controversies
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2017-09-21 04:56:51 UTC 01:32:36
[BONUS] Oscar Special: Conversations on Controversies

One of the most divisive controversies in the Oscar race this season has been the fact that for the second consecutive year, no people of color were nominated in any of the acting categories. This topic has been thoroughly discussed in all sorts of blogs and podcasts; so in my constant quest to stand out from the pack, I deliberately chose NOT to make a regular Radio Film School episode about the topic.

But as an African American filmmaker, I felt I would be remiss if I didn’t contribute to the conversation in some way. But I want to do it in a way that hasn't been quite done before.

Today's bonus includes TWO conversations sharing FOUR perspectives on the topic, all falling on varying degrees of the spectrum.

First is an excerpt from my interview on the  NSavides Podcast, hosted by Nick Savides. Nick and I got into a discussion about the topic and he was gracious enough to let me post that Oscar portion of our discussion on my show. I strongly encourage you to listen to my full interview with Nick on his podcast. We cover a wide range of topics about passion projects, networking, finding clients, processing feedback, and so much more.

Second, show regulars JD & Yolanda Cochran (indie filmmaker and former Alcon Entertainment executive, respectively) join me in a provocative debate/discussion about racial representation, how Oscar voting works, boycotts, and possible solutions.

Over 90 minutes of engaging and invigorating conversation that will give you pause to think...no matter which side of the controversy you stand.

JOIN THE CONVERSATION at facebook.com/radiofilmschool

Enjoy!

Musci Credits:

Declaration of Independence by Cullah. CC BY-SA.

"Filmmakers with Style" - The Coen Bros. [FJ11]
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2017-09-21 04:56:51 UTC 46:47
"Filmmakers with Style" - The Coen Bros. [FJ11]

Today we begin a series looking at filmmakers whose work is so distinctive, you know the filmmaker within moments of watching one of their films; and the Coen Brothers have one of the most signature styles in contemporary filmmaking. Love 'em or hate 'em, when you come out of a Coen Brothers film, you will be talking about it.In this episode we hear from music video directors

In this episode we hear from music video directors Nathan Corona and Isaac Deitz; show regular Brandon McCormick of Whitestone Motion Pictures; and movie and entertainment journalists David Griffin and Clarke Wolfe. This discussion is a fascinating one; one that will give insight into what makes their work unique, and what we as filmmakers and artists can learn from them in the development of our own craft.  

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Learn How Stillmotion Tells Emmy Award-winning Stories

Stillmotion's Muse Storytelling is the process they use to tell the kind of stories that has helped them garner five Emmys, and go from shooting weddings to shooting the Super Bowl. They've generously offered our listeners a special offer. Details are in the episode.

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Music in this Episode

Except where noted, music in this episode was curated from FreeMusicArchive.org. In order of appearance:

Be Inspired

Here are some selected videos by or starring this week's guests:

Short Ends: Actors, Agents & Managers, Oh My!
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2017-09-21 04:56:51 UTC 24:30
Short Ends: Actors, Agents & Managers, Oh My!

HBO's hit show "Entourage" told the wacky and comedic adventures of movie star Vincent Chase and his entourage of friends. A lot of the show dealt with his love/hate relationship with his agent Ari Gold (made hilariously iconic by Jeremy Piven), and his complicated friendship with his manager and childhood best friends Eric "E" Murphy. Ever wonder what the relationship between an actor and his/her agent is like in real life? Do you have a "famous" or well-connected friend in "the biz" that you want to send a script to and want to know what's the etiquette? Well, then today's episode of "Short Ends" is a must for you.

JD & Yolanda are back to talk about the goings-on of navigating a real-life "Entourage" and share one of the most important lessons they learned when shooting their independent feature films. And you know that when JD & Yo are on the show, you're gonna laugh while you learn.

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Learn How Stillmotion Tells Emmy Award-winning Stories

We're excited to announce that Stillmotion's Muse Storytelling is the newest sponsor of the show. Over the next few months we'll get some behind the scenes look at their films. Also, they've generously offered our listeners a special offer. Be sure to listen past the credits to find out.

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Music in this Episode

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Finding & Telling Good Stories [FJ10]
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2017-09-21 04:56:51 UTC 36:00
Finding & Telling Good Stories [FJ10]

This week on the show we delve into one of the most important topics we'll discuss all season. It's at the core of what we do as filmmakers. Telling stories.

Chris Huntley from The Write Bros. talks about the narrative story development theory Dramatica and the connection story has to psychology. We'll hear from Patrick Moreau of Muse Storytelling and Stillmotion on how they find and tell the kind of stories that have won them five Emmys. We'll hear from Dan Duncan of Remedy Films on the lengths he goes to tell authentic stories. And we hear from a filmmaker we last heard from way back in the first main episode -- Alex Vo from the San Francisco Bay Area shares how he finds real life "Hero's Journey" stories. 

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Learn How Stillmotion Tells Emmy Award-winning Stories

We're excited to announce that Stillmotion's Muse Storytelling is the newest sponsor of the show. Over the next few months we'll get some behind the scenes look at their films. Also, they've generously offered our listeners a special offer. Be sure to listen past the credits to find out.

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Music in this Episode Except where noted, music in this episode was curated from FreeMusicArchive.org. In order of appearance:

Short Ends: Tarantino, the "N-word" & PC Filmmaking [SE-10]
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2017-09-21 04:56:51 UTC 28:57
Short Ends: Tarantino, the "N-word" & PC Filmmaking [SE-10]

Quentin Tarantino has arguably created some of the most strong and iconic African American characters in cinema: Jules. Marsellus Wallace. Jackie Brown. Django. And most recently, Major Marquis Warren. Ironically, he also gets a lot of flack for his more than generous use of the infamous "N-word." On today's episode, I'm joined by friends of the show JD & Yolanda Cochran (indie filmmaker and ex-production company executive, respectively) to address this topic and the overall PC climate in entertainment.

WARNING: there is a generous use of the aforementioned N-word in this episode. You may squirm in discomfort as you listen. Or, more than likely, you'll laugh heartily with only a slight twinge of uneasiness. Either way, our discussion will give you some provocative and deep ideas to ponder.

Check out Bret Easton Ellis' podcast. The Quentin Tarantino episode is December 7.  As of this writing, it's the most recent episode.

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"The Salieri Syndrome: Feeling Mediocre - A New Perspective" [RFS-FJ009]
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2017-09-21 04:56:51 UTC 29:56
"The Salieri Syndrome: Feeling Mediocre - A New Perspective" [RFS-FJ009]

For all you artists who've ever felt mediocre, this episode is for you.

"Amadeus" is easily one of my favorite movies. I can watch it over and over. It tells the tragic and fictional tale of Italian composer Antonio Salieri and his "complicated" relationship with Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. It won F. Murray Abraham his first (and I think only) Oscar for Best Support Actor. In the film, Salieri laments at being just a mediocre composer when compared to the likes of Mozart (whom he claims to have killed).

As artists, we sometimes feel like Salieri, don't we? We see other people's work and feel like we pale in comparison. That we're just...mediocre. Today on the show we're going to explore this topic and see if we can't come to a new perspective that is healthier for our craft (and career).

On this episode, we'll hear from some talented Atlanta-based filmmakers, namely Chris Fenner (who you may remember from the very first "Short Ends" episode "What the Hell Are You?"); Dan Duncan of Remedy Films; and music video filmmaker Isaac Deitz. We also hear again from a Radio Film School favorite, Brandon McCormick of Whitestone Motion Pictures. Lastly, we hear from Yolanda Cochran, who recently finished a 6-month consulting gig at Netflix.

Music Tips - Picking Music for Your Production

This week during the sponsor segment I start a series of tips related to music and film. This week's tip is on picking music for your production. Remember, a huge way you can support the show is by checking out our sponsors. We're supported in part by Song Freedom. Click here and use offer code radio for a one-time Standard Gold Level license worth $30.

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Music in this Episode

Music in this episode was curated from FreeMusicArchive.org, Kevin MacLeod's Incompetech.com and Song Freedom. In order of appearance:

The Binge: Today's TV & Content Creation Landscape [RFS-SE09]
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2017-09-21 04:56:51 UTC 29:30
The Binge: Today's TV & Content Creation Landscape [RFS-SE09]

Technology has dramatically changed both how we create and consume content. Today YOU can be your own show runner.

On today's episode of "Short Ends" I'm joined by frequent guest and my good friend JD Cochran; and this time we're joined by his wife, Yolanda. In fact, in this week's episode, Yolanda does most of the talking (which, if you know my buddy JD, this is quite a feat! ;) Yolanda spent over 12 years at Alcon Entertainment and when she ended her stint, she was head of physical production. As a follow-up, she worked as a consultant at Netflix for about six months. So she brings a wealth of knowledge about "the biz". We all talk about the effect that binge watching and social media has on content creation, the studios that distribute that content, and how we content creators can benefit.   

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Music in this Episode

Music in this episode was curated from FreeMusicArchive.org from the band "The Insider."

 

Bridging "The Gap" [RFS-FJ008]
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2017-09-21 04:56:51 UTC 35:25
Bridging "The Gap" [RFS-FJ008]

Every artist deals with it in their career—the difference between what they envision, and what they actually create. How to deal?

There's a well-known video of "This American Life" host Ira Glass sharing his thoughts about what he calls "The Gap." It's the difference between your taste (what you know to be good work) and your talent (what it is you're actually able to create, which is often not as good as you'd like it to be). This week, on the first main "Radio Film School" episode of 2016, we dive into this issue. You'll hear from Sam Mestman, CEO of We Make Movies; Ryan Booth, filmmaker, DP and creator of the music performance web series "Serial Box Presents"; and Patrick Moreau, co-founder of Stillmotion and LearnStory.org. If you've ever faced "the Gap," this is the episode for you.

"Shooting Sunshine" Returns

We also have the next installment of my "Shooting Sunshine" segment. The behind the scenes look at the making of "Little Mixed Sunshine", the first episode in my short film documentary series about bi-racial people. In it, I answer the question: "Why is this film STILL NOT DONE?!" 

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Music in this Episode

Music in this episode was curated from Free Music Archive, Kevin Macleod's Incompetech.com and Song Freedom.

Songs used during the Song Freedom sponsor segment are courtesy of SongFreedom.com. (All rights reserved). Click here for the mixtape of songs.

  • Counting Stars by One Republic. All rights reserved.
  • Ain’t too Proud by the Temptations
  • Inspirational Ambient Build by Banvard
Videos Featured in Today's Show

Two other interpretations of "The Gap" on video:

 

BONUS: "Jeff Cannata - Uncut & Unsullied"
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2017-09-21 04:56:51 UTC 57:25
BONUS: "Jeff Cannata - Uncut & Unsullied"

This week we have a special bonus episode while we get ramped up editing new regular episodes. And this bonus is a doozy. It's an interview with Jeff Cannata. Jeff is an actor, husband, artist, cinephile, comedian and co-host of one of my favorite movie review podcasts, the Slashfilmcast.

As is the case with all my interviews, I normally use bits and pieces as they relate to the topic of any particular episode. Every now and then I'll put up a full, uncut interview for your enjoyment. This is one such interview.

During my conversation with Jeff, we talked about a veritable plethora to topics. we talked about his career; we talked about Bill Cosby and Woody Allen and the difficulty of appreciating art when the artist has done terrible things; we talk about story and the love of movies; we talk about finding your voice as an artist; and of course, we talk about living life "unsullied." This is an interview that will inspire and encourage you.

Besides the Slashfilmcast, Jeff can also be found...

[SE08] Style & Story Lessons from Pixar & South Park
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[SE08] Style & Story Lessons from Pixar & South Park

Since 2015 marks the 20th anniversary of Disney-Pixar's Toy Story, I thought it would be fun to do a special about animation. Actually, the truth is, one of my conversations with frequent show guest JD Cochran got off on a 45-minute tangent about South Park...so I used it as a basis for an episode. I also talk with Slashfilmcast co-host Jeff Cannata and wedding filmmaking master and USC film grad Kevin Shahinian about why Pixar is arguably the most successful studio in Hollywood.

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Music in this Episode

The opening pre-roll music is "Never Knew" by Dani Elliott courtesy of Song Freedom. The rest of the music is curated from Free Music Archive:

SE07 Short Ends: Star Wars Special Pt. 1 - "Less Is More"
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2017-09-21 04:56:51 UTC 27:35
SE07 Short Ends: Star Wars Special Pt. 1 - "Less Is More"

Today is part 1 of a multi-part mini-series we're doing to coincide with the release of Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens. Today we look at three specific lessons filmmakers can learn from the missteps of the prequels and the re-mastered original trilogy.

Yes, I know. The issues that Star Wars fans have had with these films have been beaten to death. But in this week's "Short Ends" episode, I want to look at three aspects of these films from which filmmakers can glean valuable insight into the making of their own films. We hear from Write Bros. partner and Dramatica co-creator Chris Huntley; Loyd Calomay of Red 5 Studios; film genre journalist and founder of Etheria Film Night Heidi Honeycut; and frequent show guest JD Cochran.

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Music in this Episode

Music from today's episode is courtesy of Song Freedom and also curated from FreeMusicArchive.org. Click here to see the Song Freedom mixtape with all the songs. Here's a list of songs used from Song Freedom:

  • "Interstellar"
  • "Main Title"
  • "Helga Stella"
  • "Can Can"

Scott Joplin's "Original Rags" was used from FreeMusicArchive.org. Public Domain.

Videos

Here's the "Jive Walkin'" video I reference in the funny deleted "scene" at the end of the credits.

 

BONUS: The Making of the "Sky City Haya" Promo
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2017-09-21 04:56:51 UTC 01:07:43
BONUS: The Making of the "Sky City Haya" Promo

As Star Wars Episode VII quickly approaches, we keep the sci-fi spirit alive with this bonus episode of my full interview with Sky City Haya director Adad Warda.

Adad is the director, writer, creator and producer for the proposed sci-fi TV series, Sky City Haya. Haya is a production of epic proportions with a vast international cast, exotic locations, and amazing visual effects and set design. All for a promotional video! That's right, Adad and his team put in as much work as some filmmakers put into a full film to make a badass promo video that he and his producing partner Thom Wineland plan to use to get funding for making the actual series.

I think you’ll love this interview as we cover issues like: sci-fi stereotypes; world building; racial variety; their strategy to make a promo video about the series as a way to find investors; what makes a good sci-fi; lessons learned from mishaps during production; and running a successful Kickstarter campaign.

Read Adad's guest blog post about the making of the video.

Music for this episode is "Aeterna" by APM, courtesy of our show sponsor, Song Freedom.  Click here and use offer code radio for a one-time Standard Gold Level license worth $30.

Check out the Haya Kickstarter video and teaser trailer.

Women in Film Pt. 3: What Role do Women Play in Their Own Prosperity
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2017-09-21 04:56:51 UTC 36:54
Women in Film Pt. 3: What Role do Women Play in Their Own Prosperity

This week we continue our Women in Film series with part 3: "What role do women play in their own hindrance or advancement in the business?"

I honestly believe this is one of the most important episodes I ever have, or will, publish. I strongly feel this episode should be heard by everyone woman in the industry. Heck, I think it would be great for women in any profession to hear from the various guests on the show today. We have a full slate of women at the top of their game in their respective fields.

First, we bring back my 4-person panel in Seattle: Scilla Andreen (CEO of IndieFlix), Stefanie Malone (executive director of NFFTY), Ryan Davis (co-founder of Smarthouse Creative) and Nancy Chang (executive director of ReelGrrls). I also speak to Nichelle Protho, VP of the television and online video production company Sander/Moses; Lauren Haroutunian, dean of Freddie Wong's Rocket Jump Film School; and the director of the interactive documentary "Hollow," and co-host of the She Does Podcast, Elaine McMillion Sheldon. We also hear from Universal Pictures Chairman Donna Langley and 20th Century Fox co-chairman Stacey Snider, in excerpts from Hollywood Reporter's studio executive roundtable; and Sheryl Sandberg in a clip from the TED Radio Hour has some poignant commentary as well.

Oh, and I contribute a few halfway-decent comments now and then too. :)

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Music in this Episode

Music from today's episode was curated from the Free Music Archive:

Media Featured in Today's Show

RFS007 Mind Your Masters Pt. 2 - Invisible Influences
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2017-09-21 04:56:51 UTC 30:32
RFS007 Mind Your Masters Pt. 2 - Invisible Influences

Today we continue our discussion - should filmmakers of today study the masters of yesterday?

When we left off on this discussion, we heard from a wide range of filmmakers (and a photographer) that studying the masters was important. Today we hear from a wide range of filmmakers (and a photographer again) who will give insight into 1) why it’s important to study the masters, and 2) the issue of copying. We'll hear from David Shulman, Director of the Seattle Film Institute, Julieanne Kost (Adobe's leading Photoshop evangelist), my film school prof, Zaki Lisha of De Anza College, and the director of the interactive documentary "Hollow," Elaine McMillion Sheldon.

You'll also hear some listener feedback and I'll give you a quick primer on song licensing. (Travis Johansen of Provid Films has a great question about podcast use of songs.)

Lastly, after the credits, we have a sneak peek at upcoming shows.

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Music in this Episode

Music from today's episode was curated from the Free Music Archive and Song Freedom:

Videos Featured in Today's Show

RFS Bonus: 3 Lessons Filmmakers Can Learn from "The Twilight Zone"
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2017-09-21 04:56:51 UTC 15:19
RFS Bonus: 3 Lessons Filmmakers Can Learn from "The Twilight Zone"

"The Twilight Zone" and its creator Rod Serling provide three lessons all filmmakers should heed.

As a tribute to my other yearly Thanksgiving Day tradition growing up, today we have a bonus episode devoted to one of the most influential television shows of all time.

This is the first episode co-written and co-starring one of my partners in crime, assistant producer Chris Huslage. Chris provided most of the episode research.

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Music in this Episode

Music from today's episode was curated from the Free Music Archive, Incompetech and SoundCloud. In order of appearance:

Videos Featured in Today's Show

Mike Wallace 1959 TV interview of Rod Serling.

Thanksgiving "Wizard of Oz" Special: Lessons from the Dark Origin of the Tin Man
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2017-09-21 04:56:51 UTC 27:06
Thanksgiving "Wizard of Oz" Special: Lessons from the Dark Origin of the Tin Man

This week we have a Thanksgiving holiday special episode of Radio Film School that will give you a profound outlook on life and your art.

Growing up as a kid, one of my favorite Thanksgiving Day pastimes was watching "The Wizard of Oz" on TV with my mom and brother. (Largely because I was hopelessly infatuated with Dorothy.) This week we have a special episode of the show where we look at the history of that MGM classic. We'll hear fun stories from me and Sky City Haya producer Tom Wineland about our experiences with that movie; and most importantly, friend of the show Brandon McCormick of Whitestone Motion Pictures gives us a profound and poignant lesson based on the dark origin story of the Tin Man.

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Music in this Episode

Music from today's episode was curated from the Song Freedom. Click here to see the Song Freedom mixtape for this episode (All rights reserved). The Song Freedom songs were Le Jazz - Hot A and Le Jazz - Hot B.

The rest of the songs were from the "Heartless" soundtrack, courtesy of Whitestone Motion Pictures (all rights reserved). Music and Lyrics by Nick Kirk and The Brothers Bright. Songs used (in order of appearance):

Videos Featured in Today's Show

"Heartless: The Story of the Tin Man"

"Heartless: Behind the Scenes"

"Making the Tin Man: Art Department"

"Making the Tin Man: Camera"

"Making the Tin Man: Music & Sound"

 

RFS006.5 [Bonus] - Who are the Women "Masters" of Filmmaking?
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2017-09-21 04:56:51 UTC 17:48
RFS006.5 [Bonus] - Who are the Women "Masters" of Filmmaking?

Today we have a bonus episode of Radio Film School dedicated solely to one of the topics we started last week—women in film. Specifically we discuss, "Who are the women masters of yesteryear?"

The "women in film" segment we aired last week only begins to scratch the surface of this deep, broad and complex topic. In today's episode we bring back Scilla Andreen (CEO of IndieFlix), Stefanie Malone (executive director of NFFTY), Ryan Davis (co-founder of Smarthouse Creative) and Nancy Chang (executive director of ReelGrrls). I also speak to Nichelle Protho, VP of the television and online video production company Sander/Moses. As they discuss the women filmmakers that could be considered masters in the field, some of their answers may surprise you. Names like Maya Deren, Barbara Kopple and...Lucille Ball?

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Music in this Episode

Music from today's episode was curated from the Free Music Archive and Song Freedom. Click here to see the Song Freedom mixtape for this episode (All rights reserved). The Song Freedom song used was:

  • Little Kyoto by Dream City Orchestra

Free Music Archive Songs used:

RFS006 - Mind Your Masters Pt. 1 & Women in Film
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2017-09-21 04:56:51 UTC 34:54
RFS006 - Mind Your Masters Pt. 1 & Women in Film

Do up-and-coming filmmakers of today really need to study the masters of yesterday? Also, we begin our "Women in Film" series.

About five years ago I wrote a blog post posing the question, "Should young filmmakers of today study the masters?" It generated a lot of great debate and conversation. That question has always sat with me, particularly now in an age where YouTube celebrities gain millions of views with little to no formal filmmaking education (let alone film history). So, what value, if any, is there to know the work of master filmmakers like Kurosawa, Hitchcock, Ford, Ophuls or Chaplain? This week we hear from six filmmakers and one master photographer on the topic.

Women in Film

Today we also formally begin our "Women in Film" series as we hear an excerpt from a 4-person panel I conducted on the topic. Is that fact that I even have to make a special "series" a problem in itself?

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Who You Heard

Featured in today's episode:

Music in this Episode

Music from today's episode was curated from the Free Music Archive and Song Freedom. Click here to see the Song Freedom mixtape for this episode (All rights reserved). In order of appearance:

  • Brandenburg Concerto by Johann S. Bach
  • "Ho Hey" and "Stubborn Love" by the Lumineers

Free Music Archive Songs used:

Short Ends Special: Rocky Horror Picture Show
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2017-09-21 04:56:51 UTC 15:51
Short Ends Special: Rocky Horror Picture Show

What is it about "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" that has made it the longest-running theatrical release in history? This year marks the 40th anniversary of the film's release, and as a post-Halloween special, I interview two people who can give particularly poignant insight into that question.

Music was curated was "Metaphysik" by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) and "Simple Hop" by Broke for Free from freemusicarchive.org.

RFS005 - In Search of...Style (ft. Kevin Shahinian, Ryan Connolly & Brett Culp)
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2017-09-21 04:56:51 UTC 45:32
RFS005 - In Search of...Style (ft. Kevin Shahinian, Ryan Connolly & Brett Culp)

Today we start our journey to find that elusive creature known as one's signature style. 

What exactly does it mean for a filmmaker, or any artist for that matter, to have a signature style? How does he or she get one? How do they develop it? Why should we care? Today we start in earnest the core topic for this first season of Radio Film School. Everything beforehand has been building up and preparing us for this journey. And we have some very inspiring interviews to start us off.

Award-winning filmmaking Kevin Shahinian, renown for his Bollywood-style wedding films and Hollywood-calibre production values, provides incredible and poignant insight into the style question from a sophisticated point of view. I have a discussion with Film Riot host Ryan Connolly about his style (and whether or not he thinks he has one). And "Legends of the Knight" director Brett Culp rounds us off with some sage advice on how to develop one's personal style.

In the bonus segment post-credits, I FINALLY get around to discussing with JD how it was he that prompted me to pursue filmmaking full-time as a profession.

Music in this Episode

We have some more great use of Song Freedom songs. Tune it to find out how you can get a FREE Song Freedom song license.

Music from today's episode was curated from the Free Music Archive and Song Freedom. Click here to see the Song Freedom mixtape for this episode (All rights reserved). In order of appearance:

  • "Save the Last Dance for Me" by the Drifters
  • "Dancing Machine" by the Jackson 5
  • "Party Rock Anthem" by LMFAO
  • "Early News" by Dream City Orchestra
  • "Forever Young" by Bob Dylan

Free Music Archive Songs used:

Photos

Go to today's blog post to check out old photos of yours truly.

Short Ends - "It's Personal: The Power & Purpose of Passion Projects"
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2017-09-21 04:56:51 UTC 20:12
Short Ends - "It's Personal: The Power & Purpose of Passion Projects"

If you've ever had a desire to start (or finish) that passion project, THIS is the episode for you. 

In all the years I've interviewed creatives from filmmaking to photography to music, a common theme I always hear is the necessity and desire to produce passion projects and personal work. In today's "Short Ends" episode, you will be inspired to complete your own. You'll glean insights into both the artistic and commercial justifications for doing personal work.

I follow up on my own journey to produce my passion project "Mixed in America," first referenced in RFS episode 3 "S.O.S. Atlantis." You'll hear me share some raw emotions via audio diaries I kept during the production.

You'll hear from Vimeo darlings Dan Riordan and Dana Saint of Gnarly Bay Productions. They share why they do personal work and how it's helped their business.

Canadian filmmaker Brent Foster of Foster Visuals shares how regret led him to produce his popular personal project "While I'm Here: The Legacy Project."

Finally, you'll be inspired by the words of Atlanta filmmaker Brandon McCormick of Whitestone Motion Pictures on why he perseveres as a filmmaker, despite dark times.

Music in this Episode

In a dramatic change from the norm, ALL the music from today's episode is courtesy of Song Freedom. Tune in to learn how you can get a free song. Click here to see the Song Freedom mixtape with all the songs. Here's a list of songs used:

  • "How Sweet You Are" - Opening
  • "Thinking",which starts at 8:28 (the two songs prior to that are part of Gnarly Bay's videos. See below)
  • "Scars" - during Brent's interview
  • "Candle Light" at 15:14
  • "Gravity" - final song through the credits
Videos

Check the blog post for this episode to see the short films mentioned in this episode.

RFS004 - "Your First Time"
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2017-09-21 04:56:51 UTC 44:21
RFS004 - "Your First Time"

Our firsts always hold a special place in our hearts. Your first kiss. Your first time driving. The first time you got to stay up past your bedtime. Your first, you know... the first time seeing Star Wars. Firsts make a lasting imprint that we just...can’t...seem...to shake. Today on the show we look at "first times" as they relate to filmmaking and seen through the metaphor of love. We'll hear from various filmmakers about their respective "first times" falling in love with cinema and filmmaking. We'll also hear the story about my filmmaking first and how it lead to me becoming enamored with the craft. 

Also, the “Gayle” to my “Oprah”; the “Fresh Prince” to my “Carlton” is back for another round of “How to be a Black Filmmaker in the 90s.” JD Cochran and I have an insightful conversation regarding my very first scripted short film, including how I DIDN’T pick two actors who have gone on to star in big TV shows. It’s a story about going with your gut as an artist.

Finally, after the credits we have another bonus segment that may crack you up.

This episode is sponsored by Song Freedom. Be sure to listen to the episode to get a special discount code granting you one free song credit.

Click here for the link to get two free months on IndieFlix.

Music in this Episode

"12 Lost Love Letters" and "Erik" by Fog Lake. CC BY.

"Ragtime Dance" by Scott Joplin. Public Domain.

"Shower Scene" (Instrumental) by Josh WoodwardCC BY.

"Tech Toys" by Lee Rosevere.  CC BY-SA.

"I Don't Think" by Alec's BandCC BY.

"Air Hockey Saloon" by Chris Zabriskei. CC BY.

"Nake Street" by Cosmic Analog Ensember.CC BY.

"Preachin' Dem Blues" by The Good Lawdz. CC BY.

"Montmartre" by Jahzzar. CC BY.

"At Last" and "Let's Get It On" courtesy of Song Freedom. All rights reserved.

BONUS - "A Tale of Two Ryans: The Art of Picking a DP"
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2017-09-21 04:56:51 UTC 13:21
BONUS - "A Tale of Two Ryans: The Art of Picking a DP"

Today we have a very special bonus episode of the show. A couple of weeks ago we had Ryan Connolly of Film Riot fame talking about the disasters he encountered making his short film “U.F. Oh Yeah.” Ryan's DP on that shoot was the talented Mr. Ryan Booth. Ryan Booth is the creator of Serialbox.tv, a cinematic sensation whereby Booth and his team record one-take acoustical performances of indie bands, shoot them with multiple cameras, and edit it music video style. If you’ve never seen them, go check ‘em out at Serialbox.tv.

But here’s the thing, Ryan Booth’s style of cinematography is very different from the type of work Ryan Connolly usually puts out. I was curious as to why Connolly chose Booth to DP this film. In today’s bonus episode we hear from both of them regarding that decision.

Short Ends: "Do I Sound Black" (How to improve your craft)
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2017-09-21 04:56:51 UTC 13:53
Short Ends: "Do I Sound Black" (How to improve your craft)

I have a confession to make. I'm black. Yes, I know. You probably had no idea, right? If all you've heard was my voice, I'm almost certain you didn't know. I just don't have that rugged, deep, recognizable "African American" signature to my voice. I'm not talking about grammar usage or cultural vernacular. I'm talking about my actual tone and vocal quality. Beyond that, I also just don't like my voice. It's totally ironic that I even have a podcast.

What is an artist to do when they feel like they severely lack the inherent skill or talent necessary for their craft? That's what we're exploring in today's "Short Ends" episode with good advice and an hilarious anecdote from friend of the show, spoken word artist Marshall Davis Jones. He recounts the story of how he came to have that rugged, rich texture to his voice (it wasn't always so). His lesson is a great one for any filmmaker looking to excel at their craft.

"Short Ends" are mini-documentary episodes during the weeks between main episodes of the show. They cover all things cinema. Check the sidebar of this blog post to learn about the original meaning of the term "short ends."

Music in this Episode

"Simple Hop" by Broke for Free. CC BY.

"A Young Griffin Boyle in Drag" by Alec's BandCC BY.

"Porch Blues" by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com). CC BY.

RFS Bonus - "Spelling Father" Stories
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2017-09-21 04:56:51 UTC 14:11
RFS Bonus - "Spelling Father" Stories

In this special stand-alone bonus episode, I bring back the "Spelling Father" post-credits bonus segments from episodes 1 & 2. Whether or not you heard them originally, listen to them now because...

  1. The first story is funny
  2. The second one is profound. You'll be inspired by the end with Marshall's words (which make a great analogy for the nature of art), and...
  3. There's a special offer for Radio Film School listeners at the end.

Music for this episode:

RFS003 - S.O.S. Atlantis (or Tragedy Plus Time Equals Birth of a Filmmaker)
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2017-09-21 04:56:51 UTC 39:29
RFS003 - S.O.S. Atlantis (or Tragedy Plus Time Equals Birth of a Filmmaker)

Today I tell the story of how 4 unlikely partners, 3 hip-hop artists, 2 epic failures and 1 ulcer lead to me becoming a filmmaker.

What as the last funny anecdote you heard, or perhaps told. I bet you a million dollars it was tied to yours of someone else's pain, suffering and/or unfortunate mishap. Naturally, you couldn't laugh about it then. But today it's fair game. Why is there such an uncanny relationship between tragedy and time? Pain and posterity? Today we're going to look at that dynamic and use as a case study my short-lived experience as a wannabe hip-hop mogul. Hilarity will ensue.

In the second segment of the show I introduce a new segment called "Shooting Sunshine." It's a mini Radio Film School series about the making of a short documentary film series called Mixed in America: Stories of Race Relations & Identity in the Proverbial Melting Pot. This is a personal project I started way back in 2011.

Finally, after the credits we have another funny bonus segment.

This episode is sponsored by Song Freedom. Be sure to listen to the episode to get a special discount code granting you one free song credit.

Music in this Episode

Music used in order of appearance:

"Marty Gots a Plan" and "Run Amok" by Kevin MacLeod (incompetch.com). CC-BY.

"Sly and the Family Jones" by Mike Spitz and Phys Edison. CC BY.

"Warm Up Suit" by Broke for Free. CC BY-SA.

"My Girl" by the Temptations. Song courtesy of Song Freedom. All rights reserved.

"Bonfire Music" by David Mumford. CC BY.

The official show theme music is "Please Listen Carefully" by Jahzzar. CC BY-SA.

"I Know (Prod. MVSIC)" by Hi Rez. CC BY.

"In the Night - Game of Thrones Remix (J. Glaze Remix)" by Kellee Maize & J. Glaze Prods. CC BY.

"Hall of the Mountain King" by Kevin MacLeod (incompetch.com). CC-BY.

RFS002.5 - Short Ends: "Plan E from Outer Space" (ft. Sam Mestman, Ryan Connolly & Phil Bloom)
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2017-09-21 04:56:51 UTC 12:52
RFS002.5 - Short Ends: "Plan E from Outer Space" (ft. Sam Mestman, Ryan Connolly & Phil Bloom)

A film set is kinda like a spaceship barreling through space. Something almost always goes wrong.

This week we have one of my favorite episodes of the show so far. It's fun, funny, yet still packs a potent and poignant punch. We hear from We Make Movies CEO Sam Mestman and Film Riot host Ryan Connolly about some of the most disastrous film shoots they've directed. As is always the case in life, from these challenges came great lessons. Then that international dapper DP Philip Bloom ties it all very nicely with a bow at the end. This episode is quite special. Enjoy!

Music in this Episode

"Cylinder Three" by Chris ZabriskieCC BY.

"Requiem for a Fish" by The Freak Fandango OrchestraCC BY-SA.

"Wake Up!" by Kai EngelCC BY.

Extras

RFS002: "Of Fathers & Filmmaking Pt. 2: Origin Stories"
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2017-09-21 04:56:51 UTC 34:17
RFS002: "Of Fathers & Filmmaking Pt. 2: Origin Stories"

This week on "Radio Film School" is perhaps the most personal story I've ever publicly shared. And we see why that it is key to your journey as a filmmaker.

Every self-respecting comic book nerd knows that the most iconic superheroes have origin stories tied to parents, and in many cases, fathers or father figures. Superman. Batman. Spider-Man. Thor. These are just a few whose origins as heroes are intimately tied to their parents and father figures.

In this week's episode of "Radio Film School: Cinemaverick" we look at the role my father played in my own origin story as a filmmaker. We also meet my long-time friend and frequent podcast partner in crime, JD Cochran. And finally, we return where we left off last episode with Patrick Moreau of Stillmotion commenting about the death of his mother and the profound impact that had on him as an artist. In doing so, I delve into my own perilous territory as it relates to that subject.

Music

Music in this episode was curated from FreeMusicArchive.org.

Check out the blog post for this episode for family photos (including me and my brother in the bathtub). Subscribers get access to the episode early. Blog post won't go live until 6 am PST Sept 15.

001.5 - Short-Ends - "Shut-up & Direct"
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2017-09-21 04:56:51 UTC 10:06
001.5 - Short-Ends - "Shut-up & Direct"

Filmmaker Ryan Booth, creator of SerialBox.tv, bumps up against the famous Ron Dawson push-back, but offers some push-back of his own as they discuss the topic of directing actors.  We also get introduced to someone who will be a recurring show guest—indie filmmaker, father, a groomsmen in Ron’s wedding, and man with no shortage of words, JD Cochran. JD offers his own, pointed and blunt take on the topic, as someone who’s worked both in front of and behind the camera.

Music for this episodes was "Bailando Boogaloo" by Juanitos curated from the FreeMusicArchive.org. CC BY-SA.

001 - "Of Fathers & Filmmaking" - Part 1
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2017-09-21 04:56:51 UTC 28:08
001 - "Of Fathers & Filmmaking" - Part 1

Have you ever noticed how father figures (or the lack thereof) have traditionally played a key role in the history of cinema? It's a common theme you see in the works of Spielberg, P.T. Anderson, Coppola, and even as far back as Capra. But I was fascinated to see how often the topic came up in my own conversations with filmmakers and artists.

In this official premiere episode, we look at the role that fathers play in cinema, and how being open to the vulnerability that comes with sharing those stories will elevate your craft.

Who You Heard

This episode featured interviews with...

Films Featured

All music is creative commons and was curated from FreeMusicArchive.org. You can get links to artists and tracks at daredreamer.fm/rfs001.

What the Hell Are You?
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2017-09-21 04:56:51 UTC 09:59
What the Hell Are You?

This is the premiere episode of our "Short Ends" segments: stand-alone mini radio documentaries, discussions or narrative readings about all things cinema. These are usually topics that don't fit within the context of the main show.

This week we look at "what we filmmakers call ourselves."

Names mean things. A name can immediately convey information about your race, gender, socio-economic background, whether or not your parents were permanently high in the 60s… In his book “How to Win Friends and Influence People,” Dale Carnegie suggests that you speak a person’s name when addressing them because it is one of the sweetest sounds to their ears.

Because names have such a profound impact on how people perceive us, it stands to reason that the professional titles we have are equally, if not more poignant. Nowhere is that fact more prevalent, and at times as hotly debated or discussed, as among filmmakers (or videograhers, or video producers or… well, I think you see where I’m going with this).

In this episode of “Short Ends”, we look at how some filmmakers call (or don’t call) themselves, why, and whether it even matters.

Music Credits

"Boulevard St. Germain" by Jahzzar from FreeMusicArchive.org. CC BY-SA.

Extended Season Preview
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2017-09-21 04:56:51 UTC 12:03
Extended Season Preview

In a sea of great filmmaking podcasts about just about everything under the sun, do we really need another one? We believe so.

"Radio Film School" is the first radio documentary series about filmmaking. Host Ron Dawson speaks with filmmakers (and other artists) from around the world, exploring the central theme of what it means to be a filmmaker. In season one, we'll specifically be discussing the topic "Finding your voice and developing a signature style."

This extended preview will give you a sense for the style and format of the show.

Music for this episode included:

[FJ31] Love, Loss & Looking Ahead
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2017-09-21 13:56:48 UTC 29:47
[FJ31] Love, Loss & Looking Ahead

What is it like working with your spouse? Why is it important to create art that is unique to you? What is the future of Radio Film School? Tune in to find out.

"If we make what we know to be true for ourselves, that edge gives it an individuality that can't be found anywhere else." ~ Kelly Clark, Artist

It has been quite a while since we've had a new episode of the show. A lot has been going on with me. New job (blog editor for Frame.io), moving out of my house, and becoming a nomad. But for this season finale, we have something that'll make you laugh and cry. And isn't that what makes a Radio Film School episode special?

Video Mentioned in This Episode

The profile film for Kelly Clark.

Music in this Episode

Music was curated from FreeMusicArchive.org . In order of appearance, the music in this episode was:

Click here to learn about Creative Commons licenses and meanings.

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[FJ10-REPLAY] What Makes a Good Story?
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2017-09-21 13:56:48 UTC 27:37
[FJ10-REPLAY] What Makes a Good Story?

A blast from the past. One of my personal faves. Insightful. Inspiring. Potent. Definitely worth listening to again. And if it's your first time, enjoy.

This week on the show we delve into one of the most important topics we’ll discuss all season. It’s at the core of what we do as filmmakers. Telling stories. Chris Huntley from The Write Bros. talks about the narrative story development theory Dramatica and the connection story has to psychology. We’ll hear from Patrick Moreau of Muse Storytelling and Stillmotion on how they find and tell the kind of stories that have won them five Emmys. We’ll hear from Dan Duncan of Remedy Films on the lengths he goes to tell authentic stories. And we hear from a filmmaker we last heard from way back in the first main episode — Alex Vo from the San Francisco Bay Area shares how he finds real life “Hero’s Journey” stories.

Music in this Episode

Except where noted, music in this episode was curated from FreeMusicArchive.org. In order of appearance:

[FJ Replay] A Look Back Celebrating 15 Years of My Video Biz
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2017-09-21 13:56:48 UTC 33:17
[FJ Replay] A Look Back Celebrating 15 Years of My Video Biz

This May marks the 15th anniversary of my video business and this summer marks the 25th anniversary of going to film school. Wow!

This past weekend was Memorial Day so I had just enough time to put together a flashback to some past episode segments. In this 15th/25th anniversary special, I replay the story of my first time on a film set (from RFS004 "Your First Time") and the start and evolution of my video business (from FJ24 "Making a Difference with Your Art"). As usual, stick around after the credits for a fun discussion with friend of the show JD Cochran and I reminiscing on making my first narrative, scripted short film.

Music in this Episode

Music was curated from FreeMusicArchive.org:

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[MAD05] Making a Documentary #5: Giving Credit
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[MAD05] Making a Documentary #5: Giving Credit

A popular reward level for crowdfunded films is a credit in the movie. Apparently, this is a bigger deal than I originally thought. Today we find out why.

In this episode of our "Making a Documentary" mini-series of Radio Film School, friend of the show Yolanda T. Cochran (with her husband JD offering his usual comic relief) gives us some detailed information on film and television credits. If you have thought about giving away a movie credit on your crowdfunded film for anything less than at LEAST $100 (or more), you need to listen to this episode. Or, if you're curious about union regulations regarding credits, or just the logistics that go into making credits, then stick around. It's actually pretty fascinating.

The Role of "Producer"

Ever wonder what all those different "producers" you see in movie credits actually do? The second half of this episode is a replay of a "Short Ends" segment from last year wherein Yolanda tells us. Get the 411 on executive producers, co-producers, producers, line producers, etc.

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[SE28] MCU v DCEU and Lessons for Creators
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[SE28] MCU v DCEU and Lessons for Creators

Today we explore why the Marvel Cinematic Universe has been able to out-pace the DC Extended Universe in box office and critical acclaim, and what lessons we creators can learn from it.

Throughout history, there have been some pretty epic rivalries. Mac vs. PC. Canon vs. Nikon. Marvel vs. DC. There's a lot of discussion and analysis on the internet about this latest topic, specifically the MCU vs. the DCEU. And on this episode of the show, we hear from some experts who help us contribute to that debate. In the end, you'll hear a perspective about how to look at it that I almost guarantee you've never considered.

This week we hear from:

  • Robert Meyer Burnett: A 25+ year veteran of Hollywood, Rob is a director, editor, frequent co-host on Collider Heroes, and self-proclaimed comic book geek.
  • Edu Black: production coordinator on "The Simpsons," one of my co-hosts on the "Wrestling with Westworld" podcast, and huge comic fan.
  • Jevon Phillips: online producer and writer for the L.A. Times Calendar section writing about entertainment.
  • Brett Culp: director of the documentary “Legends of the Knight“, a feature-length documentary about the legend and story of Batman inspiring people living with debilitating or even life-threatening illnesses. Through the success of that film, Brett has since founded “The Rising Heroes Project,” a non-profit that creates uplifting films to support charitable organizations and inspire communities. They are currently touring with their follow-up to “Legends” with “Look to the Sky.”
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[BTG08] Breaking the Glass: The Definitive Solution for Change in the Biz
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[BTG08] Breaking the Glass: The Definitive Solution for Change in the Biz

How long will change take?  Should we all just settle in and "wait for a new generation"?

Rahm Emmanuel, former White House Chief of Staff, Mayor of Chicago and brother of Ari Emmanual of WME was once quoted in the New York Times saying, "We can't kick the can down the road because we've run out of road."  In today's episode, miniseries co-producer and a recurring guest on the show, Yolanda T. Cochran takes the reigns again to ponder what we should realistically expect by way of change in gender parity and politics.

Fellow podcaster, Julie Harris Walker (of "the other 50%" - a Herstory of Hollywood and Herstory of Tech) joins us in the early days of her podcast to share thoughts on: what she's learned from talking to women executives in the business, where the women's movement may have had some shortcomings, and what the outlook of change is looking like.

Likewise, Courtney Daniels, actress, producer and founder of Busted Buggy Entertainment gives some input on whether a "united front" from women is either viable or effective for women in high places in the biz.

And finally, an excerpt from Ryan Murphy's acceptance speech for The Hollywood Reporter's inaugural Equity in Entertainment award makes a case for the argument that patience may not be a virtue.

About the Mini-series

Breaking the Glass is a Radio Film School podcast mini-series and short film docu-series addressing the issues of gender inequality in film and television. You can catch all the podcast and video episodes at daredreamer.fm/breakingtheglass.

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[SE27] Pepsi's Challenge: Brand Authenticity & Knowing Your Audience
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[SE27] Pepsi's Challenge: Brand Authenticity & Knowing Your Audience

The #1 question I've had about the ridiculous Pepsi ad from a month ago is "How?" How did so many smart people in a room get this so wrong? I think today's episode of Radio Film School has some potential answers.

I wanted to talk to some professionals who could give us informed and experienced insight into this debacle and PR mess. So I got on the line with Blake Howard, Creative Director of Matchsic, a brand consulting and design firm who has done work for companies like Coke and other national brands; and Chris Chan, the resident visual anthropologist at the viral video factory and social experiment production company Cut. They provide some new perspective on a topic that admittedly has been discussed ad nauseam. But I'm confident you'll dig this one!

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[SE26] Technology & Filmmaking: Form Following Function
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[SE26] Technology & Filmmaking: Form Following Function

It's NAB this week, and we have a new technology and filmmaking episode you must hear before you spend a dime!

Because the nature of this show involves taking bits and pieces of longer episodes, I have a veritable vault full of as yet unmined content from fantastic interviews.  In honor of it being NAB this week (that annual mecca to Las Vegas for media professionals all over the world), we have as yet unaired excerpts from interviews I conducted last season.

Peabody award-winning filmmaker and documentarian Elaine McMillion Sheldon, who won that acclaimed award for her interactive documentary experience "Hollow", chimes in on how the architectural design concept of "form following function" should be applied to storytelling and technology. Also, Seattle Film Institute executive director David Shulman uses makes an appearance with an example of how a master's approach to filmmaking can be applied to our use of the latest and greatest. And it all starts with a simple (or not so simple) question asked by my 12-year-old aspiring filmmaking son.

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[MAD Bonus] Kickstarter Video Feedback
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[MAD Bonus] Kickstarter Video Feedback

In this bonus episode of our "Making a Documentary" miniseries, I read feedback on our Kickstarter video from Amina Moreau of the Emmy award-winning studio Stillmotion, as well as from Patrick Moreau of Muse Storytelling. Show regulars JD and Yolanda Cochran chime in with their 2 cents as well. If you haven't listened to episode 4 of the miniseries, you may want to go listen to that first.

Click here to see the current version of the crowdfunding video.

Visit the Videos section of the Invisible Illness Film website to see the other short video vignettes JD references ("There Must Be a Reason" and "What It Means to Thrive").

Music in this episode was "And So Then" by Lee Rosevere (CC BY).

[MAD04] Making a Documentary - Getting Feedback
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[MAD04] Making a Documentary - Getting Feedback

Feedback, in all of its forms, is essential for any artist to grow in his or her craft.

This week we have part 4 of our “Making a Documentary” miniseries, wherein we document the making of my first low-budget feature-length documentary "Invisible Illness." During this series, it's my goal to share not only what I've learned, but what other documentary filmmakers have learned.

On this episode, we have the second part of my interview with Vincent Vittorio, CEO and founder of Life is My Movie. Vincent gives some specific feedback on our crowdfunding video and our plans for the film in general. He also poses a question about the format of the film that has a profound impact on the direction we take it. Show regular JD Cochran throws in his two cents as well. Here's the current version of our crowdfunding video.

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[SE05-Replay] It's Personal: The Power & Importance of Personal Work
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[SE05-Replay] It's Personal: The Power & Importance of Personal Work

This was one of my favorite episodes from season 1. Interviews with...

  • Dan Riordan and Dana Saint of Gnarly Bay
  • Canadian filmmaker Bren Foster of "While I'm Here: The Legacy Project"
  • Brandon McCormick of Whitestone Motion Pictures

Original air date October 2015. See music credits and original show notes on the blog.

[MAD03] Creative & Ethical Choices in Doc Filmmaking
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[MAD03] Creative & Ethical Choices in Doc Filmmaking

A veteran documentary filmmaker reaches out to lend us a helping hand in the making of our first feature documentary.

This week we have part 3 of our “Making a Documentary” miniseries, wherein we document the making of my first  low-budget feature-length documentary "Invisible Illness." During this series, it's my goal to share not only what I've learned, but what other documentary filmmakers have learned.

On this episode we have CEO and founder of Life is My Movie, Vincent Vittorio. Vincent has produced over a dozen feature length documentaries and has just finished a successful Kickstarter for another. Like me, he's drawn to topics that tackle important causes and social justice. This week we tackle the difference between journalism and documentary filmmaking; making ethical choices; and making creative choices in the doc filmmaking process.

We also recently launched the Kickstarter for our feature doc.

CHECK OUT OUR KICKSTARTER. We'll be covering what we learned on the podcast.

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[FJ30] Tell Deeper & More Meaningful Stories with Iceberg Storytelling
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[FJ30] Tell Deeper & More Meaningful Stories with Iceberg Storytelling

"For sale. Baby shoes. Never worn." These are the words from Ernest Hemingway's famous 6-word short story. And they're the impetus for today's guest-produced and highly anticipated episode.

"We only give each other the top layers, the top; we dont give each other what lies beneath." ~ Kassim Harris, Director of It Eats You Up

Robert Hardy is a filmmaker and writer who used to write for the popular filmmaking website No Film School. Robert has since left the behemoth site to start his own filmmaker resource for inspiration, Filmmakers Process. I love what Robert is doing with his site. It's very much in line with the spirit and goals of Radio Film School--helping filmmakers become better artists by connecting with what it means to be an artist. As I read the articles on his site, I knew I wanted him to adapt one as a segment for the podcast. That's what you're going to hear on today's episode.

Robert connects with director, cinematographer, colorist and 16mm film fanatic Kassim Norris. His award-winning short film "It Eats You Up" is an excellent example of what Robert calls Iceberg Storytelling. You will be immensely inspired.

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Kassim's film "It Eats You Up".

[BTG07] Quotas, the Gender Gap, and the Case for Diversity
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[BTG07] Quotas, the Gender Gap, and the Case for Diversity

Is the EEOC's investigation into Hollywood's hiring practices of women valid? Are women really not treated equitably in Hollywood. According to Scott Baio, the answer is a resounding "No!"

From teen heart-throb to conservative political activist, Scott Baio has some provocative political ideologies that is fair to say isn't the common mindset in what has traditionally been a very liberally-minded, Democrat-populated town. From speaking at the Republic National Convention to appearing on the conservative Fox News program The Five to decry the government's investigation into hiring practices, Mr. Baio is unafraid and unashamed to make his thoughts and politics known. Good for him! I mean that. I totally disagree with his opinion on the matter, but I do commend his fortitude to speak up for what he believes in a town where he has to know it will be met with criticism.

Well, it was the appearance on the aforementioned Fox News program that prompted today's episode of our miniseries "Breaking the Glass." I had miniseries co-producer and recurring guest on the show, Yolanda Cochran, listen to the entire segment. We then hopped on Skype to have a conversation about it. She gives some valuable insight into the business from the perspective of a person who has worked in the business for over 20 years (more than half of that time in some kind of producing role).

In the last part of the show today, guest podcast producer Stefanie Malone (Emmy award-winning documentary producer and Executive Director of the National Film Festival for Talented Youth) arranges a conversation with director Jen McGowan. Jen's first feature film, "Kelly and Cal", starred Juliet Lewis and won the Gamechanger Director Award at the 2014 SXSW Film Festival. Jen is also the creator of Filmpowered.com, a site for connecting with and hiring female filmmakers. Jen gives a look at the situation from the point of view of a person currently in the system trying to get the next job, just like every other hard-working director, man or woman. Her thoughts about why we should have diversity in hiring practices are inspiring.

About the Mini-series

Breaking the Glass is a Radio Film School podcast mini-series and short film docu-series addressing the issues of gender inequality in film and television. You can catch all the podcast and video episodes at daredreamer.fm/breakingtheglass.

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[FJ29] Filmmaking, Race Relations & Having Tough Conversations
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[FJ29] Filmmaking, Race Relations & Having Tough Conversations

Is a white director the best person to tell what is traditionally a black story? Is that a question that's even fair to ask?

"I was terrified. I'll be totally honest with you. But that's why I knew I needed to make it. I just gotta be bold. 'Cuz why do the safe thing." ~ Spencer Gillis, Director of "Sweep"

Spencer Gillis is an A-camera operator for the hit Netflix series "Orange is the New Black." But his passion is telling stories--stories that drum up tough conversations. Last summer I interviewed him about his Vimeo Staff Pick, Short of the Week winner "Sweep." Today's episode is part of my conversation with Spencer where we discuss the key story points of the film, and what they say about today's society.

Music in this Episode

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  • Fire Ahead by Jahzzar (CC BY-SA)
  • Referent Power by Cullah (CC BY-SA)
  • My Dignity by Cullah (CC BY-SA)
  • "This is What I Smoke To" by Mo Green. Courtesy of 235 Films. All rights served.

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Spencer's Film "Sweep".

[MAD02] Brett Culp: Crowdfunding "Legend"
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[MAD02] Brett Culp: Crowdfunding "Legend"

If you're about to start a crowdfunding campaign or are even thinking about one, this is a must-listen episode?

This week we have part 2 of our “Making a Documentary” miniseries, wherein we document the making of my low-budget feature-length documentary "Invisible Illness." During this series, it's my goal to share not only what I've learned, but what other documentary filmmakers have learned.

On this episode, documentary filmmaker Brett Culp is back on the show to talk about the successes and failures he's had with his three crowdfunding film campaigns over the past five years. Brett had a successful IndigGoGo campaign and then later a successful Kickstarter campaign to create is first feature length documentary "Legends of the Knight." He's now in the middle of his second feature length doc and third crowdfunding campaign, this time on IndieGoGo's Generosit.com platform. Among many things, he gives some great insight on when you'd want to use IndieGoGo vs Kickstarter (his answer may surprise if you think you know. It's not just about ow much money you get to keep). And he talks about why he's using Generority.org and for whom that platform is ideal.

To learn more about the documentary my wife and I are creating, visit InvisibleIllnessFilm.com.

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[SE04-replay] Do I Sound Black?
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[SE04-replay] Do I Sound Black?

A blast back to the past with a replay with one of my favorite episodes from season 1. In honor of "Black History Month," I present to you again, "Do I Sound Black." Here was the original episode description...

I have a confession to make. I’m black. Yes, I know. You probably had no idea, right? If all you’ve heard was my voice, I’m almost certain you didn’t know. I just don’t have that rugged, deep, recognizable “African American” signature to my voice. I’m not talking about grammar usage or cultural vernacular. I’m talking about my actual tone and vocal quality. Beyond that, I also just don’t like my voice. It’s totally ironic that I even have a podcast.

What is an artist to do when they feel like they severely lack the inherent skill or talent necessary for their craft? That’s what we’re exploring in today’s “Short Ends” episode with good advice and an hilarious anecdote from friend of the show, spoken word artist Marshall Davis Jones. He recounts the story of how he came to have that rugged, rich texture to his voice (it wasn’t always so). His lesson is a great one for any filmmaker looking to excel at their craft.

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[MAD01] Making a Documentary #1: The Reluctant Filmmaker
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[MAD01] Making a Documentary #1: The Reluctant Filmmaker

Have you ever been afraid to do something you knew was the right thing to do?

Today is the inaugural episode of the “Making a Documentary” mini-series, wherein we document, well, the making of a documentary. Specifically, my first feature-length documentary. Except, I’m not the director. My wife Tasra is (pronounced TOZ-ra).

On this episode, Tasra shares the deeply personal story that motivated her to take up the mantle of “filmmaker” and create “Invisible Illness”, a documentary about what it’s like living with an illness (or illnesses) where you look fine on the outside, but inside you’re suffering. She shares why she felt this story had to be told, why it has to be told as a film, and why she is reluctantly considering herself a filmmaker.

To learn more about the documentary visit InvisibleIllnessFilm.com.

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[FJ28] Lessons Learned in 2016
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[FJ28] Lessons Learned in 2016

In this our first episode of 2017, we look back at four of the most important lessons learned on the show last year. Plus, a look at a new mini-series on the making of my first feature-length documentary.

Happy New Year boys and girls out there in podcast land! I'm excited to be back behind the microphone and bring you weekly and/or biweekly stories about filmmaking, creative arts, and pursuing your passion. To kick us off, we're going to look back at some of my favorite episodes last season. You'll hear clips from:

The Making of a Feature Documentary

This year I embark upon one of my greatest challenges as a filmmaker. The making of my first feature length documentary. My wife is actually the director as this is a passion topic of hers. My greatest fears are not the challenges of the filmmaking. Nope. My biggest fear has to do with how this collaboration will affect MY MARRIAGE! It's sure to make for some great podcast fodder. Be sure to subscribe to the show so as not to miss one juicy episode.

To learn more about the documentary visit tasra.me/invisibleHere's the trailer.

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Videos Mentioned

Here's that hilarious trailer spoof.

Reach Out

If you have a question about the movie business you'd like answered, or if you just want to drop us a line to say "Hi", email us at radiofilmschool@daredreamer.fm. Better yet, use the "Send Voicemail" button at the bottom of our website to leave a voicemail message. Follow Ron on Twitter @DareDreamerRon, or follow the show @RadioFilmSchool. Join the discussion at facebook.com/radiofilmschool.

[Breaking the Glass] Star Wars Special
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[Breaking the Glass] Star Wars Special

In keeping with our Star Wars theme this week, today we discuss their strong female characters and how well the series passes the Bechdel Test.

The latest two entries into the Star Wars universe have had strong female leads at the center. Show regulars JD and Yolanda T. Cochran join me today in this special episode to discuss that role that strong women have played in the various franchise installments.

We also get into how many of the films pass the Bechdel Test. The test sets up three simple parameters for a movie: 1) you have two or more female characters, 2) they talk to one another, and 3) they talk about something other than a man. Is the test a valid one for determining a film's gender diversity?  

About the Mini-series

Breaking the Glass is a Radio Film School podcast mini-series and short film docu-series addressing the issues of gender inequality in film and television. You can catch all the podcast and video episodes at daredreamer.fm/breakingtheglass.

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Music

Music in this episode was actually curated from Kevin MacLeod's Incompetech.com. "Rynos Theme" (CC BY).

Star Wars Special "Lessons Learned" [RFS-Rerun]
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Star Wars Special "Lessons Learned" [RFS-Rerun]

Today we look at three specific lessons filmmakers can learn from the missteps of the prequels and the re-mastered original trilogy. [Rebroadcast]

In honor of the release of "Rogue One", we're re-broadcasting the Star Wars special we first ran last December before the release of "The Force Awakens." In this episode, we look at the making of the Prequels and the remastered Trilogy. I know the issues that Star Wars fans have had with these films have been discussed ad nauseam. But in this special, I look at three aspects of these films from which filmmakers can glean valuable insight into the making of their own films. We hear from Write Bros. partner and Dramatica co-creator Chris Huntley; Loyd Calomay of Red 5 Studios; film genre journalist and founder of Etheria Film Night Heidi Honeycut; and frequent show guest JD Cochran

Music in this Episode

Music from today’s episode is courtesy of Song Freedom and also curated from FreeMusicArchive.org. Click here to see the Song Freedom mixtape with all the songs. Here’s a list of songs used from Song Freedom:

  • “Interstellar”
  • “Main Title”
  • “Helga Stella”
  • “Can Can”

Scott Joplin’s “Original Rags” was used from FreeMusicArchive.org. Public Domain.

Videos

Here’s the “Jive Walkin'” video I reference in the funny deleted “scene” at the end of the credits.

Truth in Media Pt.2 - Documentaries [SE25]
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Truth in Media Pt.2 - Documentaries [SE25]

We follow up our conversation about "YouTube Journalism" with a look at the responsibility of the documentary filmmaker to capture and convey truth. From Nanook to Nuptials.

Robert Flaherty's 1922 docu-drama "Nanook of the North" is widely regarded as the first commercially successful feature length documentary. But even as early as then, controversy surrounded the documentary filmmaking art form as it was revealed that many of the scenes from Nanook were staged, and even the main characters name was not his real name.

Do true documentaries have to be strictly photojournalistic style, hands-off productions that just capture moments and interviews? Is it okay for a documentary filmmaker to use creative editing to re-arrange and juxtapose imagery and audio to better fit his or her narrative, even if such juxtaposition implies something that never really happened? Is a wedding film that has posed shots and scripted voice over any less "real" than a straight-forward document of the day? These are the questions we explore in this episode of Radio Film School: Short Ends. 

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Videos Referenced

Truth in Media Pt. 1 [SE24]
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Truth in Media Pt. 1 [SE24]

Today we have a provocative issue about the power of media to shape public opinion and perception. But how do we discern what's true?

The ability to carry a high-definition video camera in your pocket has literally changed the face of an industry. Now any John or Jane Doe with an iPhone can be a DIY Anderson Cooper. Well, a conversation I had with world-renown wedding filmmaker Ray Roman about the controversy over police shootings led me down a path to explore this topic further. Today on the show you'll hear part of my conversation with Ray that prompted this exploration. We also hear from show regulars JD and Yolanda Cochran on the topic, as well as Legends of the Knight director and founder of the Rising Heroe's Project, Brett Culp. (With Legends of the Knight, Brettt raised over $100,000 for charities. He's hoping to do better than that with  the next movie, but needs help raising the last set of funds. Click here to learn more.)  

Music in this Episode

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Films Referenced

Film Composer Nick Kirk & Lessons from the Tin-Man [SE Thanksgiving Special]
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Film Composer Nick Kirk & Lessons from the Tin-Man [SE Thanksgiving Special]

This Thanksgiving Day special brings back one of my favorite episodes from last year, plus an all-new interview with Whitestone Motions Pictures producer and film composer Nick Kirk.

Last year during Thanksgiving, we had a special about the dark origin of the Tin-Man from the Wizard of Oz and the lessons filmmakers and other artists can learn from that story. The basis for that episode was Whitestone Motion Pictures director Brandon McCormick talking about the making of their film "Heartless," their version of the aforementioned Tin-Man origin story. This Thanksgiving we bring that episode back, plus a brand new interview with Whitestone's film composer Nick Kirk. This whole episode is chock full of artistic inspiration.

  

Music in this Episode

Music from today’s episode was curated from the Song Freedom. Click here to see the Song Freedom mixtape for this episode (All rights reserved). The Song Freedom songs were Le Jazz – Hot A and Le Jazz – Hot B.

Songs used during the interview with Nick (from "That's Magic", courtesy of Whitestone  Motion Pictures, all rights reserved):

The rest of the songs were from the “Heartless” soundtrack, courtesy of Whitestone Motion Pictures (all rights reserved). Music and Lyrics by Nick Kirk and The Brothers Bright. Songs used (in order of appearance):

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Films Referenced

[Breaking the Glass] Ep. 6b - Stand on a Chair Pt. 2
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2017-09-21 13:56:49 UTC 41:47
[Breaking the Glass] Ep. 6b - Stand on a Chair Pt. 2

Last month I had a great conversation with 30+ year editing and producing veteran Chris Fenwick about what it takes to make it in this business. He used the analogy of "standing on a chair" to make a point. In the context of that conversation was his commentary about a female assistant editor in Hollywood who as featured in  the second installment of our Breaking the Glass docu-film series. The editor, Christine Haslett, shared frustrations about not advancing as far as she would've liked in her field. JD heard Chris' commentary on her situation and felt in the context of Christine, the "stand on a chair" analogy was not only way off the mark, but he felt it also sabotaged the very message "Breaking the Glass" series is trying to convey. As he put it, "He wanted to knock the guy over who was standing in the chair" (albeit, the way he described it was a tad more, um, colorful. :)

This is an episode that will make you laugh and/or get pissed (I'm sure you'll get mad at somebody in this episode). But most of all, I hope it makes you think.

Here's the first episode of FCPX Grill after its 14-month hiatus.

About the Mini-series

Breaking the Glass is a Radio Film School podcast mini-series and short film docu-series addressing the issues of gender inequality in film and television. You can catch all the podcast and video episodes at daredreamer.fm/breakingtheglass.

Videos

Here's the BTG film episode referenced in this episode.

Here's Dane Sanders' keynote address at Engage15 that is referenced (the inspiration for Chris' "Stand on a Chair" metaphor).

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We also want to give special thanks to these companies who are helping to spread the word to achieve gender equality in the biz:

Music

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A Special Message to the Creative Arts Community
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A Special Message to the Creative Arts Community

I've had a heavy heart as of late during this U.S. Presidential election. I wanted to take some time to share my plea to the leaders in the creative arts community.

Last week we had a special post-election "Breaking the Glass" bonus produced and largely recorded by breaking the glass co-producer Yolanda T. Cochran. The episode was bittersweet in that it was written and recorded before the election results, so there was a certain sense of hopefulness in Yolanda’s voice that we were on the verge of having our first woman president. So I recorded an epilogue to her episode to provide context. I also used that epilogue to address what I’ve seen going on in the photography and filmmaking communities. That part of the epilogue is what you’re about to hear.

So, if you listened to that entire "Breaking the Glass" episode, you don’t need to listen to this. But I wanted to share my thoughts and feelings with this industry that has meant so much to me for so long.

I think this message is self-explanatory. If it resonates with you, please share it.  

Music in this Episode

Music was curated from FreeMusicArchive.org. In order of appearance, the music in this episode was:

  • That Kid In the Fourth Grade Who Really Liked the Denver Broncos by Chris Zabriskie (CC BY)
  • I Can’t Imagine Where I’d Be Without You by Chris Zabriskie (CC BY)

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[Breaking the Glass...(or Not)] A Post-Election Bonus: Pursuing the Presidency
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[Breaking the Glass...(or Not)] A Post-Election Bonus: Pursuing the Presidency

Radio Film School show regular and Breaking the Glass co-producer Yolanda T. Cochran has a special episode created for you today. It's a message of what it means to be a woman pursuing power and influence in today's culture. It's centered around the events of the 2016 presidential election, but it holds value and meaning for women (and men frankly) in the film and television business, and in all walks of life.

Then afterward, I give my own post-election commentary and epilogue specifically aimed at my friends and colleagues in the creative arts industry.  

About the Mini-series

Breaking the Glass is a Radio Film School podcast mini-series and short film docu-series addressing the issues of gender inequality in film and television. You can catch all the podcast and video episodes at daredreamer.fm/breakingtheglass.

Videos Other Resources Music

Music in this episode was curated from FreeMusicArchive.org. Songs in order of appearance were:

  • It's Always Too Late to Star Over by Chris Zabriskie 
  • Montmarte by Jahzzar (CC BY-SA)
  • Another Version of You by Chris Zabriskie (CC BY)
  • I Am the Man Who Will Fight for Your Honor (CC BY)
  • Rewound by Chris Zabriskie (CC BY)
  • That Kid In the Fourth Grade Who Really Liked the Denver Broncos by Chris Zabriskie (CC BY)
  • I Can't Imagine Where I'd Be Without You by Chris Zabriskie (CC BY)

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Westworld, Do the Right Thing & Managing Audience Reception
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Westworld, Do the Right Thing & Managing Audience Reception

An excerpt from our new podcast about HBO's "Westworld" and a discussion about Spike Lee's "Do the Right Thing" set the stage for an insightful discussion about how an audience responds to your film.

A few weeks ago JD, Yolanda and I apparently felt like we didn't have enough time arguing and debating with each other on "Radio Film School", so we decided to take our passionate debates to a new "frontier"—HBO's "Westworld." Our new podcast "Wrestling with Westworld" is a weekly fun, funny, and engaging discussion about the new hit show. On the very first episode, we had a great conversation about audience reception and a filmmaker's ability to effectively and accurately convey their message to the audience. I felt it would be very informative to share with my RFS audience.

As a follow up to the "Westworld" convo, I share a discussion that JD and I originally had last year about "Do the Right Thing". In it we address Spike Lee's comments that he believes the Danny Aiello character, Sal, is a racist, whereas both JD and I don't necessarily think he is. As the writer/director, did Spike do a good job of communicating to the audience that Sal is indeed a racist? That's what we explore. Special "guest star" appearance by filmmaker Ryan Booth

Music in this Episode

Music was curated from FreeMusicArchive.org. In order of appearance, the music in this episode was:

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Reach Out

If you have a question about the movie business you'd like answered, or if you just want to drop us a line to say "Hi", email us at radiofilmschool@daredreamer.fm. Better yet, use the "Send Voicemail" button at the bottom of our website to leave a voicemail message. Follow Ron on Twitter @DareDreamerFM, or follow the show @RadioFilmSchool. Join the discussion at facebook.com/radiofilmschool.

[RFS-Rerun] Lessons from the Twilight Zone
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[RFS-Rerun] Lessons from the Twilight Zone

This week we have a re-run of our Twilight Zone specail from last Thanksgiving. Definitely worth a listen if you've never heard it before. Worth listening to again if you HAVE. You can read the original blog here.

[Breaking the Glass] Ep. 06 - Stand on a Chair Pt. 1
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[Breaking the Glass] Ep. 06 - Stand on a Chair Pt. 1

On last week's season 2 premiere of Radio Film School, 30+ year editing and producing veteran Chris Fenwick provided some great perspective. But during my conversation with him, we talked about a number of things. One of them was his comment made about the second installment of our "Breaking the Glass" docu-film series wherein animation editor Christine Haslett shared frustrations about not advancing as far as she would've liked in her field. Chris' commentary on her situation is the impetus for today's discussion.

After the credits, there's a fun preview of our brand new podcast about HBO's hit new series "Westworld." I like to refer to it as "The Westworld podcast Samuel L. Jackson would love!" You can subscribe to the new show in iTunes. Find it online at daredreamer.fm/westworldpod.

About the Mini-series

Breaking the Glass is a Radio Film School podcast mini-series and short film docu-series addressing the issues of gender inequality in film and television. You can catch all the podcast and video episodes at daredreamer.fm/breakingtheglass.

Videos Sponsors

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We also want to give special thanks Wipster for helping to spread the word to achieve gender equality in the biz.

Music

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Of Flying Kites & Selling Air Conditioners [FJ26]
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Of Flying Kites & Selling Air Conditioners [FJ26]

Today we have the season 2 premiere of Radio Film School and we look at four essential characteristics to have fulfilling longevity in any artistic endeavor.

Season 1 of the show explored the theme of "finding your voice and developing a signature style." In season 2, the central theme will be "pursuing your passion" To kick the season off, we're going to look at 4 characteristics that are essential for filmmakers (or any artist) to go the distance. And in the process of looking at those characteristics, boy, do we have a show for you. Everything that makes a Radio Film School episode special—funny anecdotes, silly stories, sound design, a great soundtrack, pop culture movie references, and engaging, enlighting, and insightful interviews with amazing and eloquent filmmakers and artists.

Be sure to listen past the credits to get a sneak peek at season 2 and some of the cool projects we have lined up. Sign up for our email list to get access to the special resources mentioned in the episode.

Who You Heard

In this episode, we hear from:

Tell Us Your Story

We want to hear the story of your first movie memory. Email us at radiofilmschool@daredreamer.fm. Better yet, use the "Send Voicemail" button at the bottom of our website to leave a voicemail message. Follow Ron on Twitter @DareDreamerFM, or follow the show @RadioFilmSchool. Join the discussion at facebook.com/radiofilmschool.

Music in this Episode

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[Breaking the Glass] Ep. 05 - Boys Will Be Boys
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2017-09-21 13:56:49 UTC 31:15
[Breaking the Glass] Ep. 05 - Boys Will Be Boys

Perhaps one of the reasons the gender inequality issue in the entertainment business is so pervasive is how we men interact with one another.

Sexual harassment is no joking matter, and the topic has become a focus in the entertainment biz with the recent resignation of Fox News president Roger Ailes after allegations by popular Fox anchors like Megyn Kelly and Gretchen Carlson of sexual harassment and inappropriate conduct . In today's episode, miniseries co-producer Yolanda T. Cochran is back with her business partner Christina Kremer to discuss an issue related to this topic that may literally frighten you.

We also get some funny yet pointed perspective from my friend and Being Boss podcast co-host Kathleen Shannon of Braid Creative.

About the Mini-series

Breaking the Glass is a Radio Film School podcast mini-series and short film docu-series addressing the issues of gender inequality in film and television. You can catch all the podcast and video episodes at daredreamer.fm/breakingtheglass.

The Docu-Series is Now Live

The first installment of the short film docu-seires is now live. Check it out!

Sponsors

When you visit or support our sponsors you support the show.

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We also want to give special thanks to these companies who are helping to spread the word to achieve gender equality in the biz:

Music

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Videos Mentioned

[RFS Rewind] A Look Ahead + A Brief History of Cinema
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2017-09-21 13:56:49 UTC 32:48
[RFS Rewind] A Look Ahead + A Brief History of Cinema

This week we have a teeny peek at what's ahead in season 2 of Radio Film School, then revisit one of my favorite episodes from season 1.

As we count down to the official premiere of season 2 of Radio Film School on Tuesday, October 11, I want to take take a stroll down memory lane and revisit our podcast collaboration with the Circa podcast -- "A Brief History of Cinema." But before that, there's a brief rundown of what you can expect in the upcoming season: new segments, new producers, new theme, and of course, our ongoing miniseries about gender, race, and making it in the biz, "Breaking the Glass."

About the Rewind

Today’s rewind delves into the rich beginnings of cinema (starting with Thomas Edison and the Lumiere Bros) then takes us through the advent of television, and finally ends up at the smart phone. Zac’s storytelling style is immersive and engaging. You’ll immediately know why I chose Circa as a collaboration partner on this episode.

After the credits there is one of the funniest bonus segments we’ve had. So be sure to stick around for that too. 

Music in this Episode

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[Breaking the Glass] BONUS - Calling Bullsh*t
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[Breaking the Glass] BONUS - Calling Bullsh*t

One of the goals that Yolanda and I have for this special series is finding concrete solutions to the whole gender inequality issue in the entertainment business. One solution that is often bandied about (and in fact was an impetus for this mini-series) is for women to adopt more of the headstrong, confident, dare I say, "aggressive" tendencies of their male counterparts. But in this special bonus episode, Yolanda shares a heartfelt and personal sentiment that makes her want to call bullsh*t on that notion. It's a short episode, so I really encourage you to take the ten minutes or so and hear what she has to say. 

We'd love to hear YOUR story as it relates to what Yolanda shares. Feel free to do so anonymously if you so desire. You can email us your story to radiofilmschool@daredreamer.fm. Or, if you're so inclined, send a voice memo to that email address, or leave a voicemail at the bottom of any page on daredreamer.fm. Your story just might be what some woman out there needs to hear right now to change their whole life.

About the Mini-series

Breaking the Glass is a Radio Film School podcast mini-series and short film docu-series addressing the issues of gender inequality in film and television. Learn more and see the trailer at daredreamer.fm/breaking-the-glass.

Sponsors

When you visit or support our sponsors you support the show.

Song Freedom: when you need high-quality music for your productions, including mainstream music as well as "oldies but goodies". Sign up for a new account at songfreedom.com/radio and get a free standard gold level license worth $30.

VideoBlocks: a subscription-based stock media company that gives you unlimited access to premium stock footage everyone can afford. Unlimited daily downloads from a library of 115,000+ HD video clips, After Effects templates, motion backgrounds, and cinemagraphs. Click here for a 7-day free trial allowing you to download up to 140 pieces of content. You can also sign up for their annual plan which is $99 for unlimited access to their library.

We also want to give special thanks to Wipster for helping to spread the word to achieve gender equality in the biz:

Music

Music in this episode was curated from FreeMusicArchive.org. Songs in order of appearance were:

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[Breaking the Glass] Ep. 04 - Hear My Voice
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2017-09-21 13:56:49 UTC 38:06
[Breaking the Glass] Ep. 04 - Hear My Voice

A lack of or poor communication is often at the heart of conflict. Today we explore how this has a profound effect on gender inequality in business.

If you ever need a great movie or television scene to creatively illustrate a life lesson, you need look no further than Star Trek. You read that right. Star Trek. Everything you ever need to know about life, love, friendship, family, politics, whatever, can be learned from the annals of the various starships Enterprise and their respective ongoing missions. And today, I use an episode from Star Trek TNG as a metaphor for this issue of communication between men and women and the role it plays in gender inequality.

Radio Film School regular and Breaking the Glass co-producer Yolanda Cochran takes the helm of the discussion and as a segment producer engages in a conversation with her business partner Christina Kremer. A conversation that will give you an important perspective. 

About the Mini-series

Breaking the Glass is a Radio Film School podcast mini-series and short film docu-series addressing the issues of gender inequality in film and television. Learn more and see the trailer at daredreamer.fm/breaking-the-glass.

Be Notified When Film Series Starts

The film series portion of Breaking the Glass will begin next week.  Subscribe to our email list to be notified of when it drops!

Only a Few Days Left

We want to include your talent in the short film docu-series. Each winning entry will get almost $1,000 in prizes from LensProToGo, Song Freedom, Muse Storytelling, and Shane's Inner Circle. Click here to learn more.

Sponsors

When you visit or support our sponsors you support the show.

Song Freedom: when you need high-quality music for your productions, including mainstream music as well as "oldies but goodies". Sign up for a new account at songfreedom.com/radio and get a free standard gold level license worth $30.

VideoBlocks: a subscription-based stock media company that gives you unlimited access to premium stock footage everyone can afford. Unlimited daily downloads from a library of 115,000+ HD video clips, After Effects templates, motion backgrounds, and cinemagraphs. Click here for a 7-day free trial allowing you to download up to 140 pieces of content. You can also sign up for their annual plan which is $99 for unlimited access to their library.

We also want to give special thanks to Wipster for helping to spread the word to achieve gender equality in the biz.

Music

Music in this episode was curated from FreeMusicArchive.org. Songs in order of appearance were:

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[RFS:RAW] Adam Westbrook - Video Essayist Extraordinaire
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[RFS:RAW] Adam Westbrook - Video Essayist Extraordinaire

Today I have my full, uncut interview with video essayist extraordinaire and multiple Vimeo Staff pick "winner," Adam Westbrook.

The video essay has become one of the most popular forms of edutainment in recent years. Video series like Tony Zhou's "Every Frame a Painting" or Evan Puschak's "Nerdwriter" rack up hundreds of thousands, even millions of views every week. Well, there's a relatively new kid on the block who for the past two years has been making his mark in the video essay world.

Adam Westbrook of Delve.tv only has 8 video essays under his belt, and in just two years, he's generated over a million views, 6 of his 8 videos have garnered the highly coveted Vimeo Staff Pick. I was fortuitous enough to catch Adam on his crest of fame (i.e. as of this writing, he's not too busy or "famous" to do podcast interviews ;) ). In this episode of Radio Film School: RAW, Adam and I discuss:

  • How he got into video essays and his laborious process
  • His life as a freelancer
  • His views on success and pursuing your passion
  • Hitchcock
  • And more.

I promise you'll be inspired and encouraged by what Adam has to say. Special thanks to our show's co-producer Chris Huslage who hosted and lead-produced this episode.

Music in this Episode

Music was curated from FreeMusicArchive.org. In order of appearance, the music in this episode was:

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Adam's Work

See samples of Adam's work on the blog post for this episode.

Reach Out

If you have a question about the movie business you'd like answered, or if you just want to drop us a line to say "Hi", email us at radiofilmschool@daredreamer.fm. Better yet, use the "Send Voicemail" button at the bottom of our website to leave a voicemail message. Follow Ron on Twitter @DareDreamerFM, or follow the show @RadioFilmSchool. Join the discussion at facebook.com/radiofilmschool.

[BREAKING THE GLASS] Ep. 03: Climbing Waterfalls & Jumping Creeks
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[BREAKING THE GLASS] Ep. 03: Climbing Waterfalls & Jumping Creeks

Today on our biweekly miniseries addressing gender inequality in the business, we discuss perhaps the most pervasive and insidious issue holding women back.Earlier in season 1 of the podcast, during our first "Women in Film" series, we had an episode that set the show on a path to have what would become

Earlier in season 1 of the podcast, during our first "Women in Film" series, we had an episode that set the show on a path to have what would become Breaking the Glass. In that episode, there was one particular topic discussed that affects women from as high up as the ivory towers of studio executive offices, to the trenches of post production houses: self-confidence and the "imposter syndrome." In this episode we'll hear from:

  • Elaine McMillion Sheldon, director of Hollow and co-host of the She Does Podcast.
  • Julie Harris Walker, host and producer of the podcast "The Other Fifty Percent: A Herstory of Hollywood"
  • Breaking the Glass panel participant Nichelle Protho, VP of Sander-Moses and COO of Slam Digital
  • Show regular Yolanda Cochran (Producer) and Christina Kremer (post-production supervisor)
  • Amina Moreau, executive creative director of Stillmotion
  • Kathleen Shannon, owner of Braid Creative and co-host of the Being Boss podcast
About the Mini-series

Breaking the Glass is a Radio Film School podcast mini-series and short film docu-series addressing the issues of gender inequality in film and television. Learn more and see the trailer at daredreamer.fm/breaking-the-glass.

Podcasts & Videos Mentioned Deadline Extended for Female Filmmaker Video Vignette Challenge

We want to include your talent in the short film docu-series. Each winning entries will get almost $1,000 in prizes from LensProToGo, Song Freedom, Muse Storytelling, and Shane's Inner Circle. Click here to learn more.

Sponsors

When you visit or support our sponsors you support the show.

Song Freedom: when you need high-quality music for your productions, including mainstream music as well as "oldies but goodies". Sign up for a new account at songfreedom.com/radio and get a free standard gold level license worth $30.

VideoBlocks: a subscription-based stock media company that gives you unlimited access to premium stock footage everyone can afford. Unlimited daily downloads from a library of 115,000+ HD video clips, After Effects templates, motion backgrounds, and cinemagraphs. Click here for a 7-day free trial allowing you to download up to 140 pieces of content. You can also sign up for their annual plan which is $99 for unlimited access to their library.

We also want to give special thanks to these companies who are helping to spread the word to achieve gender equality in the biz:

Music

Music in this episode was curated from FreeMusicArchive.org. Songs in order of appearance were:

Click here to learn about Creative Commons licenses and meanings.

A Special Announcement About the Future of the Show [FJ25]
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A Special Announcement About the Future of the Show [FJ25]

Today I bring you a special announcement about the history, and more importantly, the future of the show.

September 1, 2016, marks the 1-year anniversary of Radio Film School's official premiere. It's been quite a year. Since launching, we've been #1 in our podcast category on iTunes, have been on iTunes New and Noteworthy (we still frequently make it into the top 50), named by No Film School as "the filmmaker's podcast we've all been waiting for", and this summer, Cinema5D  named us one of the top 5 filmmaking podcasts to binge listen during the summer. As we approach the beginning of season 2, I want to share some thoughts I have about what we've been able to accomplish, where we're going, and other important changes you'll want to know about if you're a fan. 

In This Episode

We hear from...

Music in this Episode

Music was curated from FreeMusicArchive.org. In order of appearance, the music in this episode was:

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Reach Out

If you have a question about the movie business you'd like answered, or if you just want to drop us a line to say "Hi", email us at radiofilmschool@daredreamer.fm. Better yet, use the "Send Voicemail" button at the bottom of our website to leave a voicemail message. Follow Ron on Twitter @DareDreamerFM, or follow the show @RadioFilmSchool. Join the discussion at facebook.com/radiofilmschool.

Making a Difference with Your Art [FJ24]
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Making a Difference with Your Art [FJ24]

Filmmaking is one of the most powerful mediums there is to affect change and make a difference in the world.

This week we have a special episode wherein I share personal filmmaking experiences that have made a difference in people's lives. I encourage you to use your craft to do the same. 

Videos Mentioned in This Episode

Visit the blog post for this episode to watch the videos mentioned. 

  • In Pursuit of Dreams
  • The Creative Process
  • Breathe
Legally License Music for Your Production

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Share Your Story with Us

For season 2 of the show, we're looking for filmmakers with stories about overcoming great challenges to complete their projects. Whether or not you succeeded or failed, if you think there's a juicy and educational story with sharing, we want to know about it. The first six people we pick will each get a free music license from show sponsor Song Freedom. Just email radiofilmschool@daredreamer.fm and put "My Story" in the subject line.

Reach Out

If you have a question about the movie business you'd like answered, or if you just want to drop us a line to say "Hi", email us at radiofilmschool@daredreamer.fm. Better yet, use the "Send Voicemail" button at the bottom of our website to leave a voicemail message. Follow Ron on Twitter @DareDreamerFM, or follow the show @RadioFilmSchool. Join the discussion at facebook.com/radiofilmschool.

Music in this Episode

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[Breaking the Glass] Ep. 02: Are you really listening?
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2017-09-21 13:56:49 UTC 30:26
[Breaking the Glass] Ep. 02: Are you really listening?

A key ingredient to solving the issue of gender inequality in this, or any industry, is for those in the positions of power to listen empathetically. But that's not always the case.Before any kind of real change can occur, the side of the "table" that has the power and influence, has to be able to really hear and listen to what the demarginalized side is saying. But societal norms and prejudices often tend to get in the way. And when it comes to issues of gender inequality, the natural tendencies of us men can also get in the way. Specifically, our penchant to not always be great listeners. Today on the show we hear from

Before any kind of real change can occur, the side of the "table" that has the power and influence, has to be able to really hear and listen to what the demarginalized side is saying. But societal norms and prejudices often tend to get in the way. And when it comes to issues of gender inequality, the natural tendencies of us men can also get in the way. Specifically, our penchant to not always be great listeners. Today on the show we hear from address that issue. We'll hear from:

About the Mini-series

Breaking the Glass is a Radio Film School podcast mini-series and short film docu-series addressing the issues of gender inequality in film and television. Learn more and see the trailer at daredreamer.fm/breaking-the-glass.

Deadline Extended for Female Filmmaker Video Vignette Challenge

We want to include your talent in the short film docu-series. Each winning entries will get almost $1,000 in prizes from LensProToGo, Song Freedom, Muse Storytelling, and Shane's Inner Circle. Click here to learn more.

Sponsors

When you visit or support our sponsors you support the show.

Song Freedom: when you need high-quality music for your productions, including mainstream music as well as "oldies but goodies". Sign up for a new account at songfreedom.com/radio and get a free standard gold level license worth $30.

VideoBlocks: a subscription-based stock media company that gives you unlimited access to premium stock footage everyone can afford. Unlimited daily downloads from a library of 115,000+ HD video clips, After Effects templates, motion backgrounds, and cinemagraphs. Click here for a 7-day free trial allowing you to download up to 140 pieces of content. You can also sign up for their annual plan which is $99 for unlimited access to their library.

Videos Mentioned

Visit the blog post for this episode to see the videos mentioned:

  • It's Not About the Nail
  • The White Privilege Facebook video post
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Fair Use in Documentary Filmmaking Pt. 2 [SE22]
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Fair Use in Documentary Filmmaking Pt. 2 [SE22]

We continue our discussion about fair use, particularly as it relates to documentaries. You will be surprised by what you learn in this episode.

Show regular Yolanda Cochran (who also is a co-producer for the "Breaking the Glass" short film docu-series), showed a lawyer friend our trailer for the series to get his take on our use of movie and television clips. His answer prompted me to do investigative reporting on the topic of fair use. My search leads me to Pat Aufderheide, a research fellow and founder for the Center for Media and Social Impact at American University in Washington, D.C. She and legal scholar Peter Jaszi lead the charge to create the Documentary Filmmakers' Statement of Best Practices in Fair Use, a simple to read, yet comprehensive report that sets standards for documentary filmmakers to follow in order to stay within the law when employing copyrighted material under Fair Use. In this episode we discuss

  • What part of copyright law does fair use fall under
  • What are the four common situations in which a documentary filmmaker might utilize fair use
  • The surprising origins of the Best Practices document
  • Surprising examples of when even music might be deemed fair use
Videos Mentioned in This Episode Calling All Female Filmmakers

There's still a chance for all you female filmmakers out there to submit your vignettes to be included in the "Breaking the Glass" docu-series. Deadline has been extended to September 18. Winning entries will get almost $1,000 in prizes from LensProToGo, Song Freedom, Muse Storytelling, and Shane’s Inner Circle. Click here to learn more.

Legally License Music for Your Production

If you need to legally license music for your productions, from every genre (including mainstream music) look no further than Song Freedom. Click here to unlock a one-time Standard Gold Level license worth $30.

Share Your Story with Us

For season 2 of the show, we're looking for filmmakers with stories about overcoming great challenges to complete their projects. Whether or not you succeeded or failed, if you think there's a juicy and educational story with sharing, we want to know about it. The first six people we pick will each get a free music license from show sponsor Song Freedom. Just email radiofilmschool@daredreamer.fm and put "My Story" in the subject line.

Reach Out

If you have a question about the movie business you'd like answered, or if you just want to drop us a line to say "Hi", email us at radiofilmschool@daredreamer.fm. Better yet, use the "Send Voicemail" button at the bottom of our website to leave a voicemail message. Follow Ron on Twitter @DareDreamerFM, or follow the show @RadioFilmSchool. Join the discussion at facebook.com/radiofilmschool.

Music in this Episode

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Fair Use in Filmmaking Pt. 1 [SE21]
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Fair Use in Filmmaking Pt. 1 [SE21]

If you thought you knew all there was to know about fair use and copyrights in filmmaking, you don't know jack! Part 1 of a series on copyrights, fair use, and filmmaking. Save yourself a potential lawsuit and listen.

For the past ten years or so, I've written and blogged about the film, video and photography industries. During that time, I've addressed the issue of copyright usage and fair use in filmmaking. But even I was surprised (shocked even) to learn what I learned when talking with this week's guest, Salima Koroma. Salima is an African-American woman who runs the K-pop website The OneShots and is the director of the documentary "Bad Rap." In the process of speaking with her attorneys regarding the rights she needed to clear for her doc, she had an eye-opening experience that shared with us. We covered topics like:

  • The real reason logos are grayed or blurred out on television shows
  • Why a random shot of Time Square might be a copyright clearance nightmare
  • Why clearing music has gotten exponentially harder over the years
  • And more.
Calling All Female Filmmakers

We want to include your talent in the short film docu-series. Each winning entries will get almost $1,000 in prizes from LensProToGo, Song Freedom, Muse Storytelling, and Shane’s Inner Circle. Click here to learn more.

Legally License Music for Your Production

If you need to legally license music for your productions, from every genre (including mainstream music) look no further than Song Freedom. Click here to unlock a one-time Standard Gold Level license worth $30.

Check These Videos Out

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Share Your Story with Us

For season 2 of the show, we're looking for filmmakers with stories about overcoming great challenges to complete their projects. Whether or not you succeeded or failed, if you think there's a juicy and educational story with sharing, we want to know about it. The first six people we pick will each get a free music license from show sponsor Song Freedom. Just email radiofilmschool@daredreamer.fm and put "My Story" in the subject line.

Reach Out

If you have a question about the movie business you'd like answered, or if you just want to drop us a line to say "Hi", email us at radiofilmschool@daredreamer.fm. Better yet, use the "Send Voicemail" button at the bottom of our website to leave a voicemail message. Follow Ron on Twitter @DareDreamerFM, or follow the show @RadioFilmSchool. Join the discussion at facebook.com/radiofilmschool.

Music in this Episode

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[BREAKING THE GLASS] Ep. 01 - The Elephant in the Room
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2017-09-21 13:56:49 UTC 40:59
[BREAKING THE GLASS] Ep. 01 - The Elephant in the Room

Today is the first official episode of the Radio Film School mini-series, and Ron addresses the elephant in the room.

It's great that Ron wants this podcast series to make a difference in the industry; but is he really the best person for the job? He has a discussion with JD and Yolanda that you might not expect. We also here from 1st AC Austin Lewis giving his input on what men can do to help bridge the gap of gender inequality in the business. And Stefanie Malone, Executive Director of the National Film Festival for Talented Youth (NFFTY) comes on board as a new podcast producer. She provides an eye-opening  insight about Affirmative Action you might not have ever heard.

About the Show

Breaking the Glass is a Radio Film School podcast mini-series and short film docu-series addressing the issues of gender inequality in film and television. Learn more and see the trailer at daredreamer.fm/breaking-the-glass.

Calling All Female Filmmakers

We want to include your talent in the short film docu-series. Each winning entries will get almost $1,000 in prizes from LensProToGo, Song Freedom, Muse Storytelling, and Shane's Inner Circle. Click here to learn more.

Sponsors

When you visit or support our sponsors you support the show.

  • Song Freedom: when you need high-quality music for your productions, including mainstream music as well as "oldies but goodies". Sign up for a new account at songfreedom.com/radio and get a free standard gold level license worth $30.
  • VideoBlocks: a subscription-based stock media company that gives you unlimited access to premium stock footage everyone can afford. Unlimited daily downloads from a library of 115,000+ HD video clips, After Effects templates, motion backgrounds, and cinemagraphs. Click here for a 7-day free trial allowing you to download up to 140 pieces of content. You can also sign up for their annual plan which is $99 for unlimited access to their library.

[BREAKING THE GLASS] Preview: "It all started when..."
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2017-09-21 13:56:49 UTC 24:05
[BREAKING THE GLASS] Preview: "It all started when..."

A new Radio Film School podcast mini-series that takes the first season's "Women in Film" series to a "whole 'nuther level!"

What began as a simple suggestion by show regular Yolanda T. Cochran, grew to become both a podcast and a short film documentary series starring an impressive line-up of women in the film and television industry.

This preview will sample what you will hear and see.

Go to daredreamer.fm/breaking-the-glass to watch the film series trailer and learn about the female filmmaker video vignette submission guidelines and challenge.

SPONSORS

When you visit or support our sponsors you support the show.

  • Song Freedom: when you need high-quality music for your productions, including mainstream music as well as "oldies but goodies". Sign up for a new account at songfreedom.com/radio and get a free standard gold level license worth $30.
  • VideoBlocks: a subscription-based stock media company that gives you unlimited access to premium stock footage everyone can afford. Unlimited daily downloads from a library of 115,000+ HD video clips, After Effects templates, motion backgrounds and cinemagraphs. Click here for a 7-day free trial allowing you to download up to 140 pieces of content. You can also sign up for their annual plan which is $99 for unlimited access to their library.
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Star Trek Axanar & the History & Future of Fan Films [SE20]
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2017-09-21 13:56:49 UTC 41:50
Star Trek Axanar & the History & Future of Fan Films [SE20]

Star Trek fan films have been around over four decades. They've come in all shapes, sizes, and varying levels of quality. In all that time, the copyright owners of Star Trek have remained quiet. So why has one fan film elicited a lawsuit that has the fan community in an uproar?

Fan films for genre properties are extremely popular. You can probably find fan films for every sci-fi, superhero, or fantasy-based intellectual property from games to films to TV shows. And one of the most popular sci-fi franchises of all time, Star Trek, has one of the highest numbers of fan films on the internet. One of the most popular was a 21-minute short released in 2014 called "Prelude to Axanar." It has won over 45 film festivals and racked up almost 2.5 million views as of this podcast. So popular was this short, that the filmmakers raised a record-setting $1.2 million dollars from two crowdfunding campaigns to make a feature film version.

Then in December of 2015, the filmmakers behind Axanar were hit with a full-blown lawsuit from CBS and Paramount, something they've never done in the 40+ years that fan films have been around. Why now has the "sleeping giant" awakened?

Today on the show we talk to Robert Meyer Burnett, the director of the film (which has not yet begun production due to the suit). He talks about it origins and insight into their side of this argument.

We also hear from Richard "RB" Botter, CEO and founder of Stage32, whose connections to the Hollywood machine give him an insightful POV. Show regulars JD and Yolanda Cochran chime in as well. And show co-producer Chris Huslage is back to give us some history about fan films.

Support Axanar Productions

Hop on over to AxanarProductions.com if you would like to support this film and the team behind it.

Share Your Story with Us

For season 2 of the show, we're looking for filmmakers with stories about overcoming great challenges to complete their projects. Whether or not you succeeded or failed, if you think there's a juicy and educational story with sharing, we want to know about it. The first six people we pick will each get a free music license from show sponsor Song Freedom. Just email radiofilmschool@daredreamer.fm and put "My Story" in the subject line.

Music in this Episode

Music was curated from FreeMusicArchive.org. In order of appearance, the music in this episode:

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Legally License Music for Your Production

If you need to legally license music for your productions, from every genre (including mainstream music) look no further than Song Freedom. Click here to unlock a one-time Standard Gold Level license worth $30.

Check These Videos Out

Visit the blog page to see these videos:

  • Joseph Kahn's Power/Rangers
  • Prelude to Axanar
  • Reason.tv Spot About Axanar Case
  • JJ Abrams Lawsuit Announcement
Reach Out

If you have a question about the movie business you'd like answered, or if you just want to drop us a line to say "Hi", email us at radiofilmschool@daredreamer.fm. Better yet, use the "Send Voicemail" button at the bottom of our website to leave a voicemail message. Follow Ron on Twitter @DareDreamerFM, or follow the show @RadioFilmSchool. Join the discussion at facebook.com/radiofilmschool.

PHILIP BLOOM: RAW. Uncut. Unfiltered. Unbelievable.
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2017-09-21 13:56:49 UTC 01:07:56
PHILIP BLOOM: RAW. Uncut. Unfiltered. Unbelievable.

Today we introduce an official new segment on Radio Film School..."RAW": Radio Film School interviews uncut, unfiltered and unbelievable. Today we have my uncut interview with Philip Bloom.

There's a reason I like to call this show the "This American Life" for filmmakers. Our main episodes are craftily edited audio documentaries where I pull soundbites from disparate interviews to fit any particular episode. But many of my raw interviews with guests are so chock full of wonderful insights, seems like a shame not to share the whole thing. Sometimes I'll post them as exclusive bonuses for Premium Members. But many will be shared for the whole world to hear. And that's what we're doing today as we launch an official new segment of the show wherein I share full, uncut guest interviews.

Today we have world renowned DP and director Philip Bloom, and we cover a gamut of topics like:

  • His take on the "style" question
  • How he got his start
  • Why he calls himself a “filmmaker”
  • Why he does his reviews the way he does
  • How he deals with online criticism
  • The biggest misconception people have about him
  • And the proverbial "much, much, more!"

Excerpts of this interview were used in RFS episodes "What the Hell Are You", "Plan E from Outerspace" and this week's "One Man Bands."

Music in this Episode

Music was curated from FreeMusicArchive.org. In order of appearance, the music in this episode:

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Legally License Music for Your Production

If you need to legally license music for your productions, from every genre (including mainstream music) look no further than Song Freedom. Click here to unlock a one-time Standard Gold Level license worth $30.

Check These Videos Out

Visit the blog post to see Phil's Blackmagic Design 4K Ursa review and his NAB2016 post mortem Vlog.

Reach Out

If you have a question about the movie business you'd like answered, or if you just want to drop us a line to say "Hi", email us at radiofilmschool@daredreamer.fm. Better yet, use the "Send Voicemail" button at the bottom of our website to leave a voicemail message. Follow Ron on Twitter @DareDreamerFM, or follow the show @RadioFilmSchool. Join the discussion at facebook.com/radiofilmschool.

One Man Bands [FJ23]
28:49
2017-09-21 13:56:49 UTC 28:49
One Man Bands [FJ23]

Filmmaking is a collaborative artform. Yet, tens of thousands of filmmakers all over the world shoot projects each week with no dedicated DP, no sound guy, and no assistants. It's just them, a camera, some lenses, lights, and mics. They are one-man/one-woman bands.

This week on the show we hear from a small group of filmmakers who are making waves in the industry despite shooting much, if not most of their work alone -- and in two of the cases, with small, prosumer cameras.

  • There's multi-Vimeo Staff Pick recipient Brandon Li, who's travel docs often feel like narrative shorts.
  • Salvatore "Sal" D'Alia is a New York filmmaker (by way of Italy) who's the brainchild and filmmaker behind Adorama TV's "Through the Lens" Series.
  • And internationally renown director and DP Philip Bloom is back to offer his two cents on what to call yourself if you wear many hats.
Share Your Story with Us

For season 2 of the show, we're looking for filmmakers with stories about overcoming great challenges to complete their projects. Whether or not you succeeded or failed, if you think there's a juicy and educational story with sharing, we want to know about it. The first six people we pick will each get a free music license from show sponsor Song Freedom. Just email radiofilmschool@daredreamer.fm and put "My Story" in the subject line.

Music in this Episode

Music was curated from FreeMusicArchive.org. In order of appearance, the music in this episode:

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Legally License Music for Your Production

If you need to legally license music for your productions, from every genre (including mainstream music) look no further than Song Freedom. Click here to unlock a one-time Standard Gold Level license worth $30.

Check These Videos Out

 

Reach Out

If you have a question about the movie business you'd like answered, or if you just want to drop us a line to say "Hi", email us at radiofilmschool@daredreamer.fm. Better yet, use the "Send Voicemail" button at the bottom of our website to leave a voicemail message. Follow Ron on Twitter @DareDreamerFM, or follow the show @RadioFilmSchool. Join the discussion at facebook.com/radiofilmschool.

Fixing it in Post: A Mixed in America "Post" Mortem [FJ22]
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2017-09-21 13:56:49 UTC 47:38
Fixing it in Post: A Mixed in America "Post" Mortem [FJ22]

In this week's episode of Radio Film School, we explore valuable filmmaking lessons learned the hard way.

Have you ever had a vision for a film that you were so adamant about achieving, with an Ahab-like stubbornness you made creative decisions that you regretted later? Perhaps it's just me. Five+ years ago when I recorded the interview of my daughter Imahni for "Mixed in America," I purposefully only recorded the audio. It was a creative decision akin to the conquistadors burning their ships (i.e. there was  no going back. I would be forced to produce creative b-roll for the film.) Today we explore the ramifications of that decision and how I overcame them. Show regulars JD & Yolanda Cochran return as they give me critical feedback on the rough draft, as well as give their input on the decision I made.

Music in this Episode

Music was curated from FreeMusicArchive.org. In order of appearance, the music in this episode:

Click here to learn about Creative Commons licenses and meanings.

Legally License Music for Your Production

If you need to legally license music for your productions, from every genre (including mainstream music) look no further than Song Freedom. Click here to unlock a one-time Standard Gold Level license worth $30.

Videos Mentioned Reach Out

If you have a question about the movie business you'd like answered, or if you just want to drop us a line to say "Hi", email us at radiofilmschool@daredreamer.fm. Better yet, use the "Send Voicemail" button at the bottom of our website to leave a voicemail message. Follow Ron on Twitter @DareDreamerFM, or follow the show @RadioFilmSchool. Join the discussion at facebook.com/radiofilmschool.

Birth of a Documentary: Shooting Sunshine Mini-series Finale Pt. 1 [FJ21]
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2017-09-21 13:56:49 UTC 37:21
Birth of a Documentary: Shooting Sunshine Mini-series Finale Pt. 1 [FJ21]

After 5-1/2 years, Mixed in America: Little Mixed Sunshine if FINALLY finished. Here's part 1 of a 2-part finale of the mini-series where we've followed the film's progress.

Throughout this first season of Radio Film School, we've followed the progress of my short film documentary "Little Mixed Sunshine," the first installment of my "Mixed in America" short film documentary series which tells the stories of biracial people in America. So much has gone into the making of this film that I want to discuss. If you've been listening to the show and the mini-series "Shooting Sunshine," you've heard a lot of the creative challenges I've faced. These are all important lessons from which any filmmaker can glean valuable insight. And in part 2 of this mini-series finale we'll get into the details of the final creative decisions I made and how I arrived at them. That will be next week.

This week I want to tackle a more complex topic—that is the roles that race and culture have played in my life, and how a filmmaker's personal background can have such a profound effect on his or her work. Show regulars JD & Yolanda Cochran return as they give me critical feedback on the rough draft of the film I shared with them back in March.

And as is often the case on this show, we start with a couple of funny, yet poignant stories to set the stage.

Reach Out

If you have a question about the movie business you'd like answered, or if you just want to drop us a line to say "Hi", email us at radiofilmschool@daredreamer.fm. Better yet, use the "Send Voicemail" button at the bottom of our website to leave a voicemail message. Follow Ron on Twitter @DareDreamerFM, or follow the show @RadioFilmSchool. Join the discussion at facebook.com/radiofilmschool.

Music in this Episode

Music was curated from FreeMusicArchive.org. In order of appearance, the music in this episode:

Click here to learn about Creative Commons licenses and meanings.

Legally License Music for Your Production

If you need to legally license music for your productions, from every genre (including mainstream music) look no further than Song Freedom. Click here to unlock a one-time Standard Gold Level license worth $30.

SEASON FINALE: 4 Steps to Find Your Voice & Develop a Signature Style [FJ20]
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2017-09-21 13:56:49 UTC 49:03
SEASON FINALE: 4 Steps to Find Your Voice & Develop a Signature Style [FJ20]

For the past 10 months, we've explored a theme that is pertinent to all artists. Let's sum this season up and get the definitive answer to this crucial question.

If you're any kind of artist, but especially if you're one trying to earn a living at your craft, it's vital to both your creative fulfillment as well as your professional longevity, to find "your voice" and develop a signature style. On September 1 of last year, Radio Film School launched with a mission to get to the bottom of this answer. After almost 90 interviews, we have determined what I can safely proclaim is a definitive strategy.

In our season 1 finale, we'll revisit old interviews, introduce new ones, and summarize what essentially amounts to a 4-stop process; and we do it in a way that is classic Radio Film School--from stories to movie clips to an eclectic score, you'll be inspired after hearing this episode.

Be sure to listen past the credits to get a sneak peek at season 2 and the collaboration we're doing with Stillmotion and Muse Storytelling to document the making of their The Remarkable Ones series. It's very cool! Sign up for our email list to be notified when we start. Also, email subscribers will get access and see my short film, "Mixed in America: Little Mixed Sunshine."

Who You Heard

In this episode, we hear from:

Who You Heard in the Audio Montages

In the opening montage of soundbites, here's who you heard:

In the Radio Film School Preview you heard:

 In the credits montage you heard:
  • Brett Culp
  • Patrick Moreau
  • Sasha Perl-Raver
Reach Out

If you have a question about the movie business you'd like answered, or if you just want to drop us a line to say "Hi", email us at radiofilmschool@daredreamer.fm. Better yet, use the "Send Voicemail" button at the bottom of our website to leave a voicemail message. Follow Ron on Twitter @DareDreamerFM, or follow the show @RadioFilmSchool. Join the discussion at facebook.com/radiofilmschool.

Music in this Episode

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Videos The Podcasts Which Have Influenced Radio Film School the Most

My War of Art [FJ19]
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2017-09-21 13:56:49 UTC 23:47
My War of Art [FJ19]

Practical lessons on finding the time to pursue passion projects which might not yet pay the bills. Plus, a literal "road to Damascus" experience.

We're told time and again that personal projects are a key strategy for creatives to both find personal fulfillment, as well as market their business. But the realities of life are such that, it's often easier said than done. In today's episode, we explore this theme vis-a-vis my "Mixed in America" short film documentary project. In this episode we'll hear from the boys at Gnarly Bay as well as Patrick Moreau of Stillmotion and Muse Storytelling.

Reach Out

If you have a question about the movie business you'd like answered, or if you just want to drop us a line to say "Hi", email us at radiofilmschool@daredreamer.fm. Better yet, use the "Send Voicemail" button at the bottom of our website to leave a voicemail message. Follow Ron on Twitter @DareDreamerFM, or follow the show @RadioFilmSchool. Join the discussion at facebook.com/radiofilmschool.

Music in this Episode

Music was curated from FreeMusicArchive.org. In order of appearance, the music in this episode:

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Videos

Visit the blog post for this episode to see the video mentioned:

  • Study.com Momentum Lesson
  • Oprah’s Super Soul Sunday with Steven Pressfield on Resistance
  • Oprah/Pressfield Clip on Finding Your Calling

A Father's Day Special
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2017-09-21 13:56:49 UTC 16:49
A Father's Day Special

It's only fitting that as we head into the week that kicks off the Radio Film School season finales, we end the season where we began. With fathers.

Today we have a Father's Day special. The first half of the show are selected reruns of stories from our first official episode "Of Fathers and Filmmaking Part 1." At about the 9-minute mark I introduce a brand new story. It was actually the story that inspired me to post this special in the first place. It's from Ryan Koral, founder and president of TELL, a corporate video production agency, and co-founder of Studio Sherpas, a community and resource for small business video producers. I have no doubt you'll be moved and inspired by his story.

Happy Father's Day!

Music in this Episode

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The Role of a Producer and How to Finance a Film
41:16
2017-09-21 13:56:49 UTC 41:16
The Role of a Producer and How to Finance a Film

Today we have two professionals in the world of filmmaking to give expert information on 1) the role of "producer" and 2) how to finance a film.

Last week we got a voicemail from a listener of the show wanting to know more information about how you go about financing a film. While in Los Angeles to film our new "women in film" upcoming documentary series, I took advantage of the opportunity to interview show regular Yolanda Cochran.Based on her experience as EVP of Alcon Entertainment, then a consultant to Netflix, Yolanda is a wealth of knowledge with regards to both of these topics. We also hear from Mara Tasker in this episode. Mara is  the head of original content production a Seed&Spark, a crowdsourcing site for filmmakers by filmmakers. In this episode you'll learn: what is it exactly that all those different types of producers do (e.g. Producer, Co-produce, Executive Producer, etc.); different strategies for financing a film; tips for using crowdfunding sites like Seed&Spark and Kickstarter.

Music in this Episode

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SPECIAL: Season Update and Series Trailer
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2017-09-21 13:56:49 UTC 18:37
SPECIAL: Season Update and Series Trailer

This week we have a special episode and update that includes listener voicemail, a trailer for a new podcast and film series, and a provocative if not fun behind the scenes discussion about a past episode.

These past few days I've been in Los Angeles to film an update to our "Women in Film" series. So I don't have a regular episode. It's more of an update wherein we hear a listener's voicemail, a trailer for the aforementioned series, and show regulars JD and Yolanda take me to task on a past episode.

Music in this Episode

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Alfred Hitchcock: Anatomy of a Genius [FJ17]
46:23
2017-09-21 13:56:49 UTC 46:23
Alfred Hitchcock: Anatomy of a Genius [FJ17]

There are few filmmakers in the history of the craft who are as revered for their work, and as associated with a particular style, as Sir Alfred Hitchcock.

Hitchcock's work is so distinctive, his name has become an adjective to describe a well-executed, suspense thriller or drama (e.g. David Fincher's "Se7en" is a Hitchcockian thriller filled with mystery, murder, and suspense-filled thrills worthy of the master of suspense himself.)

No doubt that if you're passionate about filmmaking and cinema, you've seen plenty of interviews and/or video essays about Hitch. But as usual, my hope is to share some insight that you might not have heretofore come across.

This week's episode is chock full of experts:

Music in this Episode

Music was curated from FreeMusicArchive.org. In order of appearance, the music in this episode:

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Videos

Check out the blog post for this episode to see some of the films and videos mentioned in this episode, including:

  • The Episode of Hitch20 Ron participated in.
  • Ron's favorite video essay by Adam Westbrook
  • Brandon McCormick's "Fear Itself"
  • BTS video of "Fear Itself"
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Superheroes in Cinema Pt. 1: The Art of Adaptation [SE18]
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2017-09-21 13:56:49 UTC 34:47
Superheroes in Cinema Pt. 1: The Art of Adaptation [SE18]

Superhero movies are all the rage lately. Believe it or not, there is a lot filmmakers can learn from them. Today is Part 1 in a new Short Ends series.

This week we hear from:

  • Robert Meyer Burnett: A 25+ year veteran of Hollywood, Rob is a director, editor, frequent co-host on Collider Heroes, and self-proclaimed comic book geek. Currently directing the Star Trek fan film Axanar (which raised over $1 million in crowdfunding).
  • Sasha Perl-Raver: movie critic, television journalist, actress, and co-host of Collider TV Talk as well as FX Download.
  • Brett Culp: director of the documentary "Legends of the Knight", a feature-length documentary about the legend and story of Batman inspiring people living with debilitating or even life-threatening illnesses. Through the success of that film, Brett has since founded "The Rising Heroes Project," a non-profit that creates uplifting films to support charitable organizations and inspire communities. They are now working on their follow-up to "Legends" with "Look to the Sky."
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Videos There's A New StoryBuilder App from Muse Storytelling by Stillmotion

Muse Storytelling by Stillmotion has released a new app that will change the way you tell stories. Use it to work out the four essential "P's" of every story: People, Places, Plot and Purpose. Add photos to help you visualize the story. You can even join a community of like-minded creatives who can all collaborate with you on your story's development. Head on over to buildstory.org and sign up for a free 14-day trial. No credit card is required.

Wipster + Adobe Premiere Pro. Wipster + Vimeo.

We're thrilled to have Wipster join the Radio Film School family. Wipster is a leading video collaboration tool, allowing you to share your video with clients and colleagues and collect feedback. Go to Wipster.io to sign up. And if you're used to using Vimeo to share links with clients, no worries. Wipster has exclusive integration with Vimeo. Go from Vimeo to Wipster and back again, seamlessly.

Wipster also has a built-in panel that allows you to share your video directly from within Premiere Pro, and you'll be able to see client's feedback on that video directly within Premiere. Check out their 1-minute walk-through.

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BONUS: Ron-On-1 with Dave Dugdale of LearningVideo.com
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BONUS: Ron-On-1 with Dave Dugdale of LearningVideo.com

If you're serious about learning video, chances are you've come across one of the videos of Dave Dugdale of LearningVideo.com. Today we have a bonus episode of Radio Film School where I have an in-depth chat with Dave.

When Dave Dugdale talks, companies listen. Why? Because he has one of the most popular video education channels on  YouTube—with over 170,000 subscribers and 20+ million views. What sets Dave apart from many other "professionals" in this industry, is that Dave will be the first to tell you he doesn't consider himself a pro. He's just a regular guy trying to learn video and sharing what he learns with the world. He doesn't put on a face and try to make himself cooler or smarter than he really is. He's like the friendly neighborhood dad down the street...who just happens to be a minor YouTube celebrity.

Today's bonus episode of the show is my full, uncut interview with Dave. This was actually an interview I did with Dave for my now defunct podcast, The Solo Creative. I don't want the Solo Creative interviews I did to go to waste, so periodically I'll post them in the Radio Film School feed as bonuses.

In this interview with Dave, he covers how he got started, his strategy for making passive income with his websites, mistakes he’s made, where and how he learns, his philosophy on life and work, and the value of just putting yourself out there. I have no doubt you’ll be inspired.

Other 1-on-1 Filmmaker Interviews: Crossing the 180

If you like these one-on-one style interviews where I dig deep and wide with filmmakers, you'll love my back catalog of Crossing the 180. This was my first filmmakers podcast. Over 100 interviews with filmmakers from just about every facet of the business: from Hollywood DPs and directors, to DSLR luminaries, to wedding "rock stars." Become a Dare Dreamer FM Premium Member, and you get free access to these sets of interviews as I make them available. Go to daredreamer.fm/x180 to learn more.

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Videos There's A New StoryBuilder App from Muse Storytelling by Stillmotion

Muse Storytelling by Stillmotion has released a new app that will change the way you tell stories. Use it to work out the four essential "P's" of every story: People, Places, Plot and Purpose. Add photos to help you visualize the story. You can even join a community of like-minded creatives who can all collaborate with you on your story's development. Head on over to buildstory.org and sign up for a free 14-day trial. No credit card is required.

Wipster + Adobe Premiere Pro. Wipster + Vimeo.

We're thrilled to have Wipster join the Radio Film School family. Wipster is a leading video collaboration tool, allowing you to share your video with clients and colleagues and collect feedback. Go to Wipster.io to sign up. And if you're used to using Vimeo to share links with clients, no worries. Wipster has exclusive integration with Vimeo. Go from Vimeo to Wipster and back again, seamlessly.

Wipster also has a built-in panel that allows you to share your video directly from within Premiere Pro, and you'll be able to see client's feedback on that video directly within Premiere. Check out their 1-minute walk-through.

Get 'er Done: A Mixed in America Documentary Update [FJ16]
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2017-09-21 13:56:49 UTC 47:54
Get 'er Done: A Mixed in America Documentary Update [FJ16]

Today's episode is a must-listen episode for anyone out there who has procrastinated or dragged their butt on getting a project done. An update on my documentary "Mixed in America".

Five years ago I embarked on a personal project to create a short film documentary series about biracial people in America. It's called "Mixed in America" and the first installment of the series is about my daughter, Imahni. The name of the installment is "Little Mixed Sunshine" and it combines a personal interview various b-roll and re-enactments. Well, five years after first interviewing her and even uploading a 1-minute teaser, the project still isn't done.

Out of a desire to educate and inspire other filmmakers and creatives (or, quite possibly, a temporary loss of sanity) I made the decision to share my progress of the film on this podcast. The segment has been cleverly called "Shooting Sunshine." Today you'll hear the latest installment of the series with an update on where I am exactly with "Mixed in America." Show regular JD Cochran is back to give me some "tough love." If you've ever dragged your feet on getting a project done, particularly a film project, this is the episode for you.

 project done. An update on my documentary "Mixed in America".

Five years ago I embarked on a personal project to create a short film documentary series about biracial people in America. It's called "Mixed in America" and the first installment of the series is about my daughter, Imahni. The name of the installment is "Little Mixed Sunshine" and it combines a personal interview various b-roll and re-enactments. Well, five years after first interviewing her and even uploading a 1-minute teaser, the project still isn't done.

Out of a desire to educate and inspire other filmmakers and creatives (or, quite possibly, a temporary loss of sanity) I made the decision to share my progress of the film on this podcast. The segment has been cleverly called "Shooting Sunshine." Today you'll hear the latest installment of the series with an update on where I am exactly with "Mixed in America." Show regular JD Cochran is back to give me some "tough love." If you've ever dragged your feet on getting a project done, particularly a film project, this is the episode for you.

Another great bonus segment is at 37:01. It gives additional insight into the making of "Mixed in America."

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Videos Mentioned There's A New StoryBuilder App from Stillmotion

Muse Storytelling by Stillmotion has released a new app that will change the way you tell stories. Use it to work out the four essential "P's" of every story: People, Places, Plot and Purpose. Add photos to help you visualize the story. You can even join a community of like-minded creatives who can all collaborate with you on your story's development. Head on over to buildstory.org and sign up for a free 14-day trial. No credit card is required.

Wipster + Adobe Premiere Pro. Wipster + Vimeo.

We're thrilled to have Wipster join the Radio Film School family. Wipster is a leading video collaboration tool, allowing you to share your video with clients and colleagues and collect feedback. Go to Wipster.io to sign up. And if you're used to using Vimeo to share links with clients, no worries. Wipster has exclusive integration with Vimeo. Go from Vimeo to Wipster and back again, seamlessly.

Wipster also has a built-in panel that allows you to share your video directly from within Premiere Pro, and you'll be able to see client's feedback on that video directly within Premiere. Check out their 1-minute walk-through.

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Technology & Filmmaking: This Is Not Your Mother's NAB Wrap-up [FJ15]
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Technology & Filmmaking: This Is Not Your Mother's NAB Wrap-up [FJ15]

Last month we had one of the most attended NAB Shows ever. But in true Radio Film School style, our "coverage" of it won't be what you expect.

The National Association of Broadcasters (aka NAB) had its annual expo and convention last month. There were over 100,000 people in attendance. And as is the case every year, NAB was the place to find all the most anticipated tech, tools, and toys that will be the next, over-hyped "game-changer." This week on the show we're going to talk about technology and the role it plays in the lives of storytellers and filmmakers. But if you are expecting a run-down of the latest and greatest cameras, drones, lenses, microphones, digital recorders and capture cards, I'm sorry to disappoint you. You won't find that here.

However, if you enjoy a deeper conversation about technology and how we as filmmakers relate to it, the good and the bad, then sit back, relax, and enjoy the show.

This week we hear from:

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Videos Mentioned Learn How Stillmotion Tells Emmy Award-winning Stories

Stillmotion’s Muse Storytelling is the process they use to tell the kind of stories that has helped them garner five Emmys, and go from shooting weddings to shooting the Super Bowl. They’ve generously offered our listeners a special offer. Details are in the episode.

Wipster + Adobe Premiere Pro

We’re thrilled to have Wipster join the Radio Film School family. Use the offer code “RFSandWipster” and get your first seat for just $13/month. Go to Wipster.io to sign up.

Wipster now has a built-in panel that allows you to share your video directly from within Premiere Pro, and you'll be able to see client's feedback on that video directly within Premiere. Check out their 1-minute walk-through.

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RFS Bonus: More Details About Whitestone's History Channel Shoot
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RFS Bonus: More Details About Whitestone's History Channel Shoot

An additional 15 minutes of my interview with Brandon McCormick of Whitestone Motion Pictures about their History Channel shoot.

Whiteston Motion Pictures Making "History" [FJ014]
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Whiteston Motion Pictures Making "History" [FJ014]

The inspirational rise and fall (and rise again) story of how Whitestone Motion Pictures came from the brink of throwing in the towel, to shooting a project for The History Channel.

If you've been listening to this podcast since the beginning, you know that there is only one person who's been featured on the show more times than show regulars JD and Yolanda. That person is Atlanta filmmaker Brandon McCormick of Whitestone Motion Pictures. After posting last week's bonus episode about Brandon's incredible database of feature film screenshots, it occurred to me that out of all the episodes in which he's appeared, I've never really given any kind of in-depth story about the history of Whitestone and his journey as a filmmaker. So today, that's what I have. This week's episode is a tad longer than normal, but I promise you'll savor every inspirational minute.

We cover such topics as:

  • How and why they do the kind of work they do
  • His affection for nostalgic and period pieces
  • His thoughts on artists vs. artisans and the significance of the difference
  • The trials and tribulations of almost making their first feature film and the lessons he learned
  • How the History Channel project came about
  • And of course, it wouldn't be a Brandon McCormick episode without some profoundly poignant ending that makes you wanna go out and conquer the world!
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The rest of the songs are from the soundtrack of "That's Magic," music and lyrics by Nicholas Kirk, courtesy of Whitestone Motion Pictures. All rights reserved.

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Whitestone's Work

Click here to see a clip of the Roanoke Film. Left/Right is the New York production company that handled the shoot and post. Brandon and his team handled the creative (writing, directing, exec producing, production design, etc.)

Here are some other films worth checking out:

  • That's Magic: The film that inspired this episode.
  • Tiny Little Words: The touching story about the first heart transplant. All shot in one take.
  • Blood on My Name: This was the film that got Brandon and Nick meetings in Hollywood: their "southern gothic Americana folklore musical."
Learn How Stillmotion Tells Emmy Award-winning Stories

Stillmotion’s Muse Storytelling is the process they use to tell the kind of stories that has helped them garner five Emmys, and go from shooting weddings to shooting the Super Bowl. They’ve generously offered our listeners a special offer. Details are in the episode.

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Speaking of which, click here to go to the blog post where Premium Members can listen to two bonus tracks:

  • An early access to the extended 15-minute bonus clip mentioned in the episode where Brandon gives more details about the History Channel production.
  • My old "Crossing the 180" podcast interview with Brandon from 2010 that has more specific details about Whitestone's history: how Brandon got started at 12Stone; their production process while there; the importance of story; and much more.
  • My follow-up "Crossing the 180" interview with Brandon about the making of the Whitestone film "The Candy Shop: A Fairytale about the Sexual Exploitation of Children", using candy as a metaphor for under-aged girls. It's a powerful and creative film about an important topic. It stars the famous character actor Doug Jones ("Silver Surfer", "Pan's Labyrinth", and "Arrow", to name a paltry few) as The Candy Man.

Only Premium Members will get access to these bonus clips, so sign up today.

Proof It's the Talent Not the Tools [SE17]
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Proof It's the Talent Not the Tools [SE17]

I originally thought about calling this Radio Film School episode "Brandon McCormick's Incredible Infinite Catalog of Creative Compositions". But Talent v. Tools was easier. Find out why and what you'll learn.

What started out as a simple research project to study the scenes and compositions of world-class master directors, turned into a treasure trove of a database with nearly 9,000 high-resolution screenshots and 10 GB of data. Whitestone Motion Pictures co-founder and director Brandon McCormick is back on the show with more engaging insight. Learn how this database project of his revealed some amazing discoveries about focal length, shot selection, composition, editing, storytelling, and prioritization. Here are the lessons he learned about feature filmmaking from studying the minutia of master filmmakers films. You may be surprised at what you learn.

And stick around after the credits in the bonus segment as Brandon addresses the question, "Why do directors often get credit for work that seems should be accredited to others who worked on a film?" 

Click here to see screenshots from Brandon's database.

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Muse Storytelling has a New Class - "Conducting Remarkable Interviews"

Stillmotion's Muse Storytelling is the process they use to tell the kind of stories that has helped them garner five Emmys, and go from shooting weddings to shooting the Super Bowl.  They also have a brand new course on their site called “Conducting Remarkable Interviews” and it’s based on years of experience in the field and research of psychology, sociology, and neurology. Go to learnstory.org to learn more.

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Screening Room: Cineplex vs. Living Room [SE16]
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Screening Room: Cineplex vs. Living Room [SE16]

Sean Parker first helped bring the music industry to its knees with his co-creation of Napster. Now he has his sights on the movie business.

Sean is proposing a new device and service called "Screening Room". You pay $150 for the device, then $50 for a movie, and voila, the same night that a major motion picture opens in theaters, you can see it at home. What can theaters do to combat services like this? Do they need to see it as a combat at all? That's the topic we discuss today.

Today we have the program director for Seattle's Northwest Film Forum, Courtney Shehan. Courtney is a real mover and shaker with a fresh and confident perspective on how theaters should respond to the changing.  

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Muse Storytelling has a New Class - "Conducting Remarkable Interviews"

Stillmotion's Muse Storytelling is the process they use to tell the kind of stories that has helped them garner five Emmys, and go from shooting weddings to shooting the Super Bowl.  They also have a brand new course on their site called “Conducting Remarkable Interviews” and it’s based on years of experience in the field and research of psychology, sociology, and neurology. Go to learnstory.org to learn more.

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What makes for a great Science Fiction film? [SE15]
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What makes for a great Science Fiction film? [SE15]

What exactly makes a science fiction film great? Numerous filmmakers and sci-fi cinephiles chime.

Science fiction is one of the most popular film and book genres. It has the power to ignite the imaginations of storytellers and audiences from five to ninety-five. But what makes for a good, or great, sci-fi story? Is it how cool the gadgets are? Is it the plausibility of the science presented in the story? Or is it something entirely different, that has nothing to even do with science? Today on the show we find out.

In this episode we hear from:

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Muse Storytelling has a New Class - "Conducting Remarkable Interviews"

Stillmotion's Muse Storytelling is the process they use to tell the kind of stories that has helped them garner five Emmys, and go from shooting weddings to shooting the Super Bowl.  They also have a brand new course on their site called “Conducting Remarkable Interviews” and it’s based on years of experience in the field and research of psychology, sociology, and neurology. Go to learnstory.org to learn more.

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RFS Uncut: Rich "RB" Botto, Founder and CEO of Stage 32
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RFS Uncut: Rich "RB" Botto, Founder and CEO of Stage 32

My full, uncut Radio Film School interview with Richard "RB" Botto, the CEO and founder of the creative arts social media juggernaut Stage 32.

As you know, Radio Film School is a documentary series. It's kind of like This American Life or TED Radio Hour, but devoted specifically to filmmaking and the creative arts. As a radio documentary, you seldom, if ever, hear full interviews of my guests. I just pull from each interview the soundbites and clips I need for any particular episode.

But every now and then I’ll make a full uncut interview available as a bonus. And after I finished my interview with Richard Botto (or RB for short), I knew I had to post this baby.

If you heard last week's Vol. 2 of my Quentin Tarantino regular episode, you’ve already heard part of my interview with RB. But naturally, we go far beyond what you heard. As most Radio Film School conversations go, this discussion was more about the art and soul of filmmaking. We cover topics like:

  • How do you go about separating the artist from his or her art. Can you look at Woody Allen or Polanski films the same? Can you admire DW Griffith's “Birth of a Nation” for its technical achievement despite its racist tone. How do you feel about John Ford the filmmaker or Lilian Gish the actor knowing they were in that film (Ford actually plays a Klansman).
  • We discuss fan films and what role they should play in today’s filmmaking landscape
  • We get into why Citizen Kane is his favorite film and whether or not it really deserves the title “Best film of all time.”
  • We geek out over what makes a good sci-fi film
  • That state of fan filmdom and whether or not they should continue
  • And of course, we talk about some effective strategies for using social media in this biz.

It’s over an hour of inspirational goodness.

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BONUS: Star Wars - Science Fiction...or Fantasy?
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BONUS: Star Wars - Science Fiction...or Fantasy?

With the release of the Rogue One teaser trailer last week, I had to do something special to commemorate it. So today we ponder the question: is Star Wars science fiction...or fantasy?

Whether or not Star Wars is science fiction or fantasy is one of those questions that can send you spiraling down a geeked-out debate faster than Matthew McConaughey falling into a black hole. Today we speak with a number of filmmakers, podcasters and cinephiles who all chime in.

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Muse Storytelling has a New Class - "Conducting Remarkable Interviews"

Stillmotion's Muse Storytelling is the process they use to tell the kind of stories that has helped them garner five Emmys, and go from shooting weddings to shooting the Super Bowl.  They also have a brand new course on their site called “Conducting Remarkable Interviews” and it’s based on years of experience in the field and research of psychology, sociology, and neurology. Go to learnstory.org to learn more.

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Quentin Tarantino Vol. 2 - The PROVOCATEUR [FJ13]
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Quentin Tarantino Vol. 2 - The PROVOCATEUR [FJ13]

We conclude our look at rebel filmmaker Quentin Tarantino with a discussion of the provocative nature of Tarantino's work.

There's probably no filmmaker alive today who elicits the kind of visceral emotion and discussion as Quentin Tarantino. Every one of the eight feature films he's directed (and even the ones where he's just the credited writer) have some dialog and/or visuals that will either offend you and/or make you squirm in discomfort. From  the excessive, almost cartoonish violence, to his treatment of women to his infamous use of the N-word. Tarantino knows how to push buttons. But does his button-pushing truly serve the story, or is it just a device to provoke you? That's what this week's guests discuss with me. Two weeks ago we looked at Tarantino the AUTEUR. Today we look at Tarantino, the PROVOCATEUR.

Starring...

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Muse Storytelling has a New Class - "Conducting Remarkable Interviews"

Stillmotion's Muse Storytelling is the process they use to tell the kind of stories that has helped them garner five Emmys, and go from shooting weddings to shooting the Super Bowl.  They also have a brand new course on their site called “Conducting Remarkable Interviews” and it’s based on years of experience in the field and research of psychology, sociology, and neurology. Go to learnstory.org to learn more.

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Short Ends: Think Like a Man [SE14]
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Short Ends: Think Like a Man [SE14]

A few weeks ago I posted my "best of..." series, and made a comment that sparked a great conversation with show regular Yolanda Cochran (former head of physical production at Alcon Entertainment). The comment was part of my "moral to the story" summary for the "Women in Film" series episode from last fall (daredreamer.fm/wif3). Essentially I said that one of the things women should do to gain parity with men in Hollywood is to act and think like a man.

But should they? Yolanda has a different take on the topic and that is the basis for today's discussion. I'd love to get your take on this topic. Comment here or join the discussion at our Facebook page: facebook.com/radiofilmschool.

Also in this episode is a short clip from one of our fellow Podcastica network shows, the Sci-Fi Movie podcast. It's a clip from their "Top 5 Robots in Sci-Fi" and they define the parameters that make a cyborg. 

Stillmotion has a New Class - "Conducting Remarkable Interviews"

Stillmotion's Muse Storytelling is the process they use to tell the kind of stories that has helped them garner five Emmys, and go from shooting weddings to shooting the Super Bowl.  They also have a brand new course on their site called “Conducting Remarkable Interviews” and it’s based on years of experience in the field and research of psychology, sociology, and neurology. Go to learnstory.org to learn more.

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Quentin Tarantino Vol. 1 - THE AUTEUR [FJ012]
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Quentin Tarantino Vol. 1 - THE AUTEUR [FJ012]

With a directorial filmography that only has 8 feature films, Quentin Tarantino has made an indelible mark on the cinematic landscape and has solidified his spot in cinematic history. We explore why.

Ever since his bold and brilliant 1992 feature film, "Reservoir Dogs", Quentin Tarantino has been an undeniable force in cinema. From his encyclopedic knowledge of film history, to his bold imagery, to his captivating dialog, to his iconic characters, and of course, his controversial rhetoric, every Tarantino film release is an event.

Today we continue our "Filmmakers with Style" series by looking at the work of the "filmmaker's filmmaker." And in true Tarantino form, this episode is 1) long (our longest "regular" episode to date) and 2) "Volume 1". In this volume we look at Tarantino the auteur. In volume II we'll look at Tarantino the provocateur.

In this 8-chapter episode, we'll explore such themes as:

  • The meta element of Tarantino's dialog as a metaphor for Tarantino himself as filmmaker
  • His use of music how the music is itself a "character"
  • How, despite the fact he borrows so heavily from other classic or obscure films, he's still able to make it his own
  • And so much more

Stay tuned past the credits for a special bonus segment as well.

Starring...

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Stillmotion has a New Class - "Conducting Remarkable Interviews"

Stillmotion's Muse Storytelling is the process they use to tell the kind of stories that has helped them garner five Emmys, and go from shooting weddings to shooting the Super Bowl.  They also have a brand new course on their site called “Conducting Remarkable Interviews” and it’s based on years of experience in the field and research of psychology, sociology, and neurology. Go to learnstory.org to learn more.

Legally License Music for Your Production

If you need to legally license music for your productions, from every genre, look no further than Song Freedom. Click here and use offer code radio for a one-time Standard Gold Level license worth $30. 

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A Brief History of Cinema | A Circa Podcast Collaboration [SE13]
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A Brief History of Cinema | A Circa Podcast Collaboration [SE13]

This week we premiere our first podcast collaboration with the Circa Podcast as we look at a history of cinema.

Last summer when interviewing David Shulman, executive director of the Seattle Film Institute, we got into a lively discussion about how the history of cinema, in many ways, has come full circle. I wanted to explore this idea, so I enlisted the help of Zac Lovelace, creator and host of another 6-month old podcast, Circa. I like to call Circa "the 99% Invisible" of history. Zac describes it like this: a podcast about the stories lost in time, and how they can help us understand ourselves better.

Today's show delves into the rich beginnings of cinema (starting with Thomas Edison and the Lumiere Bros) then takes us through the advent of television, and finally ends up at the smart phone. Zac's storytelling style is immersive and engaging. You'll immediately know why I chose Circa as a collaboration partner on this episode.

After the credits there is one of the funniest bonus segments we've had. So be sure to stick around for that too.

Stillmotion has a New Class - "Conducting Remarkable Interviews"

Stillmotion's Muse Storytelling is the process they use to tell the kind of stories that has helped them garner five Emmys, and go from shooting weddings to shooting the Super Bowl.  They also have a brand new course on their site called “Conducting Remarkable Interviews” and it’s based on years of experience in the field and research of psychology, sociology, and neurology. Go to learnstory.org to learn more.

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Music in this Episode
  • Brooks by Kai Engel. CC BY
  • Pigalle by Jahzzar. CC BY-SA
  • Porch Blues by Kevin MacLeod. CC BY
  • Sunset by Kai Engel. CC BY
Circa Podcast Episode

Check out Circa's Nat Turner episode, "Middle Class Manifesto."

Cinema History Photos

Check our website to see photos.

The Best of RFS Stories Pt. 2 - GUEST Stories
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The Best of RFS Stories Pt. 2 - GUEST Stories

Statistics show that most podcasts peter off in the first six weeks. We're now six MONTHS strong into ours, and it's only getting better (IMHO). Six months of a "Radiolab" and "This American Life" style show about the art and craft of cinema and filmmaking, delivered EVERY WEEK, has been quite a feat. Six months of stories that will inspire, encourage and/or just flat-out entertain. Whether you're a filmmaker, a photographer, or any other kind of artist, the themes and topics we explore will connect with you.

To celebrate this milestone, we're looking back at some of our favorite stories. Tuesday I shared a few of my favorite personal stories. Today, I'm sharing a few guest stories that have stood out to me:

  • Sky City Haya producer Thom Weinland's funny discovery" about the "Wizard of Oz"
  • Me and show regular JD get into one of our typical debates
  • Celebrated spoken word artist Marshall Davis Jones is back with the funny story behind how he trained his voice and testing it out on John Leguizamo
  • FilmRiot host Ryan Connolly shares how absolutely everything went wrong on his "U.F. Oh Yeah" film set
  • Phillip Bloom offers filmmaking perspective
  • Peabody award-winning filmmaker Elaine McMillion Sheldon and I talk about women in film
  • And award-winning wedding filmmaker Kevin Shahinian gives valuable insight about finding your style 
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Learn How Stillmotion Tells Emmy Award-winning Stories

Stillmotion's Muse Storytelling is the process they use to tell the kind of stories that has helped them garner five Emmys, and go from shooting weddings to shooting the Super Bowl. They've generously offered our listeners a special offer. Details are in the episode.

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Music in this Episode

The Best of RFS Stories - Part 1
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The Best of RFS Stories - Part 1

Today we’re excited to announce that Radio Film School is now part of the Podcastica network. Think of it as a sort of indie label of 8 (or rather, now, 9) podcasts. To acquaint our new family of Podcastica listeners with the show, and to celebrate the 6-month mark into the season, today we start a 2 part “Best of…” series. In part 1 we’ll cover some of my favorite personal stories told on the show; from father figures to first loves. This episode also includes the moving story of why spoken word artist Marshall Davis Jones changed his famous "Spelling Father" spoken word performance to no longer refer to his dad as a deadbeat. (Powerful stuff! That story alone is worth the price of admission.)

In part 2 (later this week), we’ll share some of my favorite guest stories and conversations.

Even if you’ve been an avid listener, I am confident you'll enjoy this trip down memory lane as I'll also offer some additional insight into the episodes I highlight. And in today's bonus segment, I finally give the definition of the term "Short Ends" and why I chose that name for the interim episodes.

Enjoy!

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Learn How Stillmotion Tells Emmy Award-winning Stories

Stillmotion's Muse Storytelling is the process they use to tell the kind of stories that has helped them garner five Emmys, and go from shooting weddings to shooting the Super Bowl. They've generously offered our listeners a special offer. Details are in the episode.

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Music in this Episode

BONUS: Artists, Awards & Acceptance - A Post Oscars Special
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BONUS: Artists, Awards & Acceptance - A Post Oscars Special

Leave it to Radio Film School to turn a funny anecdote about swing dancing into a valuable lesson for filmmakers and artists of all kinds.

Why are we artists and creatives so obsessed with awards and competitions? There’s a perverse irony in the fact that something as personal and subjective as “art” can be judged in the first place. With the 2016 Academy Awards Oscar celebration behind us, I felt compelled to produce a bonus episode of the show to address what I feel is an important lesson we filmmakers, and artists in general, should heed. Enjoy! 

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Learn How Stillmotion Tells Emmy Award-winning Stories

Stillmotion's Muse Storytelling is the process they use to tell the kind of stories that has helped them garner five Emmys, and go from shooting weddings to shooting the Super Bowl. They've generously offered our listeners a special offer. Details are in the episode.

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Music in this Episode

Short Ends: Actors, Agents & Managers, Oh My! - Pt. 2
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Short Ends: Actors, Agents & Managers, Oh My! - Pt. 2

Today I continue my discussion with show regulars JD & Yolanda about the role that agents and managers play in Hollywood. In this installment, we get insight into the contractual obligations of agents and actors, why agents get 10%, and what happens if an actor gets a new agent mid-negotiation of a movie deal.

We end the conversation with a comical display of my inability to grasp why it is an agent can't also serve as a manager, and why managers typically get 15% (or even more). Will JD and Yolanda be able to explain this concept to me? Tune in to find out.  

Legally License Music for Your Production

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Learn How Stillmotion Tells Emmy Award-winning Stories

Stillmotion's Muse Storytelling is the process they use to tell the kind of stories that has helped them garner five Emmys, and go from shooting weddings to shooting the Super Bowl. They've generously offered our listeners a special offer. Details are in the episode.

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Music in this Episode

[BONUS] Oscar Special: Conversations on Controversies
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[BONUS] Oscar Special: Conversations on Controversies

One of the most divisive controversies in the Oscar race this season has been the fact that for the second consecutive year, no people of color were nominated in any of the acting categories. This topic has been thoroughly discussed in all sorts of blogs and podcasts; so in my constant quest to stand out from the pack, I deliberately chose NOT to make a regular Radio Film School episode about the topic.

But as an African American filmmaker, I felt I would be remiss if I didn’t contribute to the conversation in some way. But I want to do it in a way that hasn't been quite done before.

Today's bonus includes TWO conversations sharing FOUR perspectives on the topic, all falling on varying degrees of the spectrum.

First is an excerpt from my interview on the  NSavides Podcast, hosted by Nick Savides. Nick and I got into a discussion about the topic and he was gracious enough to let me post that Oscar portion of our discussion on my show. I strongly encourage you to listen to my full interview with Nick on his podcast. We cover a wide range of topics about passion projects, networking, finding clients, processing feedback, and so much more.

Second, show regulars JD & Yolanda Cochran (indie filmmaker and former Alcon Entertainment executive, respectively) join me in a provocative debate/discussion about racial representation, how Oscar voting works, boycotts, and possible solutions.

Over 90 minutes of engaging and invigorating conversation that will give you pause to think...no matter which side of the controversy you stand.

JOIN THE CONVERSATION at facebook.com/radiofilmschool

Enjoy!

Musci Credits:

Declaration of Independence by Cullah. CC BY-SA.

"Filmmakers with Style" - The Coen Bros. [FJ11]
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"Filmmakers with Style" - The Coen Bros. [FJ11]

Today we begin a series looking at filmmakers whose work is so distinctive, you know the filmmaker within moments of watching one of their films; and the Coen Brothers have one of the most signature styles in contemporary filmmaking. Love 'em or hate 'em, when you come out of a Coen Brothers film, you will be talking about it.In this episode we hear from music video directors

In this episode we hear from music video directors Nathan Corona and Isaac Deitz; show regular Brandon McCormick of Whitestone Motion Pictures; and movie and entertainment journalists David Griffin and Clarke Wolfe. This discussion is a fascinating one; one that will give insight into what makes their work unique, and what we as filmmakers and artists can learn from them in the development of our own craft.  

Legally License Music for Your Production

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Learn How Stillmotion Tells Emmy Award-winning Stories

Stillmotion's Muse Storytelling is the process they use to tell the kind of stories that has helped them garner five Emmys, and go from shooting weddings to shooting the Super Bowl. They've generously offered our listeners a special offer. Details are in the episode.

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Music in this Episode

Except where noted, music in this episode was curated from FreeMusicArchive.org. In order of appearance:

Be Inspired

Here are some selected videos by or starring this week's guests:

Short Ends: Actors, Agents & Managers, Oh My!
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Short Ends: Actors, Agents & Managers, Oh My!

HBO's hit show "Entourage" told the wacky and comedic adventures of movie star Vincent Chase and his entourage of friends. A lot of the show dealt with his love/hate relationship with his agent Ari Gold (made hilariously iconic by Jeremy Piven), and his complicated friendship with his manager and childhood best friends Eric "E" Murphy. Ever wonder what the relationship between an actor and his/her agent is like in real life? Do you have a "famous" or well-connected friend in "the biz" that you want to send a script to and want to know what's the etiquette? Well, then today's episode of "Short Ends" is a must for you.

JD & Yolanda are back to talk about the goings-on of navigating a real-life "Entourage" and share one of the most important lessons they learned when shooting their independent feature films. And you know that when JD & Yo are on the show, you're gonna laugh while you learn.

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Learn How Stillmotion Tells Emmy Award-winning Stories

We're excited to announce that Stillmotion's Muse Storytelling is the newest sponsor of the show. Over the next few months we'll get some behind the scenes look at their films. Also, they've generously offered our listeners a special offer. Be sure to listen past the credits to find out.

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Music in this Episode

Except where noted, music in this episode was curated from FreeMusicArchive.org. In order of appearance:

Finding & Telling Good Stories [FJ10]
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Finding & Telling Good Stories [FJ10]

This week on the show we delve into one of the most important topics we'll discuss all season. It's at the core of what we do as filmmakers. Telling stories.

Chris Huntley from The Write Bros. talks about the narrative story development theory Dramatica and the connection story has to psychology. We'll hear from Patrick Moreau of Muse Storytelling and Stillmotion on how they find and tell the kind of stories that have won them five Emmys. We'll hear from Dan Duncan of Remedy Films on the lengths he goes to tell authentic stories. And we hear from a filmmaker we last heard from way back in the first main episode -- Alex Vo from the San Francisco Bay Area shares how he finds real life "Hero's Journey" stories. 

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If you need to legally license music for your productions, from every genre, look no further than Song Freedom. Click here and use offer code radio for a one-time Standard Gold Level license worth $30.

Learn How Stillmotion Tells Emmy Award-winning Stories

We're excited to announce that Stillmotion's Muse Storytelling is the newest sponsor of the show. Over the next few months we'll get some behind the scenes look at their films. Also, they've generously offered our listeners a special offer. Be sure to listen past the credits to find out.

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Music in this Episode Except where noted, music in this episode was curated from FreeMusicArchive.org. In order of appearance:

Short Ends: Tarantino, the "N-word" & PC Filmmaking [SE-10]
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Short Ends: Tarantino, the "N-word" & PC Filmmaking [SE-10]

Quentin Tarantino has arguably created some of the most strong and iconic African American characters in cinema: Jules. Marsellus Wallace. Jackie Brown. Django. And most recently, Major Marquis Warren. Ironically, he also gets a lot of flack for his more than generous use of the infamous "N-word." On today's episode, I'm joined by friends of the show JD & Yolanda Cochran (indie filmmaker and ex-production company executive, respectively) to address this topic and the overall PC climate in entertainment.

WARNING: there is a generous use of the aforementioned N-word in this episode. You may squirm in discomfort as you listen. Or, more than likely, you'll laugh heartily with only a slight twinge of uneasiness. Either way, our discussion will give you some provocative and deep ideas to ponder.

Check out Bret Easton Ellis' podcast. The Quentin Tarantino episode is December 7.  As of this writing, it's the most recent episode.

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Music in this Episode

Music in this episode was curated from FreeMusicArchive.org. In order of appearance:

"The Salieri Syndrome: Feeling Mediocre - A New Perspective" [RFS-FJ009]
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"The Salieri Syndrome: Feeling Mediocre - A New Perspective" [RFS-FJ009]

For all you artists who've ever felt mediocre, this episode is for you.

"Amadeus" is easily one of my favorite movies. I can watch it over and over. It tells the tragic and fictional tale of Italian composer Antonio Salieri and his "complicated" relationship with Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. It won F. Murray Abraham his first (and I think only) Oscar for Best Support Actor. In the film, Salieri laments at being just a mediocre composer when compared to the likes of Mozart (whom he claims to have killed).

As artists, we sometimes feel like Salieri, don't we? We see other people's work and feel like we pale in comparison. That we're just...mediocre. Today on the show we're going to explore this topic and see if we can't come to a new perspective that is healthier for our craft (and career).

On this episode, we'll hear from some talented Atlanta-based filmmakers, namely Chris Fenner (who you may remember from the very first "Short Ends" episode "What the Hell Are You?"); Dan Duncan of Remedy Films; and music video filmmaker Isaac Deitz. We also hear again from a Radio Film School favorite, Brandon McCormick of Whitestone Motion Pictures. Lastly, we hear from Yolanda Cochran, who recently finished a 6-month consulting gig at Netflix.

Music Tips - Picking Music for Your Production

This week during the sponsor segment I start a series of tips related to music and film. This week's tip is on picking music for your production. Remember, a huge way you can support the show is by checking out our sponsors. We're supported in part by Song Freedom. Click here and use offer code radio for a one-time Standard Gold Level license worth $30.

We're also supported by YOU, the listeners. Become a Dare Dreamer FM Premium member and gain access to bonus episodes, ebooks, templates, and other resources to help you grow in your craft and career.

Music in this Episode

Music in this episode was curated from FreeMusicArchive.org, Kevin MacLeod's Incompetech.com and Song Freedom. In order of appearance:

The Binge: Today's TV & Content Creation Landscape [RFS-SE09]
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The Binge: Today's TV & Content Creation Landscape [RFS-SE09]

Technology has dramatically changed both how we create and consume content. Today YOU can be your own show runner.

On today's episode of "Short Ends" I'm joined by frequent guest and my good friend JD Cochran; and this time we're joined by his wife, Yolanda. In fact, in this week's episode, Yolanda does most of the talking (which, if you know my buddy JD, this is quite a feat! ;) Yolanda spent over 12 years at Alcon Entertainment and when she ended her stint, she was head of physical production. As a follow-up, she worked as a consultant at Netflix for about six months. So she brings a wealth of knowledge about "the biz". We all talk about the effect that binge watching and social media has on content creation, the studios that distribute that content, and how we content creators can benefit.   

Support Our Sponsor and You Support the Show

A huge way you can support the show is by checking out our sponsors. We're supported in part by Song Freedom. Click here and use offer code radio for a one-time Standard Gold Level license worth $30.

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Music in this Episode

Music in this episode was curated from FreeMusicArchive.org from the band "The Insider."

 

Bridging "The Gap" [RFS-FJ008]
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Bridging "The Gap" [RFS-FJ008]

Every artist deals with it in their career—the difference between what they envision, and what they actually create. How to deal?

There's a well-known video of "This American Life" host Ira Glass sharing his thoughts about what he calls "The Gap." It's the difference between your taste (what you know to be good work) and your talent (what it is you're actually able to create, which is often not as good as you'd like it to be). This week, on the first main "Radio Film School" episode of 2016, we dive into this issue. You'll hear from Sam Mestman, CEO of We Make Movies; Ryan Booth, filmmaker, DP and creator of the music performance web series "Serial Box Presents"; and Patrick Moreau, co-founder of Stillmotion and LearnStory.org. If you've ever faced "the Gap," this is the episode for you.

"Shooting Sunshine" Returns

We also have the next installment of my "Shooting Sunshine" segment. The behind the scenes look at the making of "Little Mixed Sunshine", the first episode in my short film documentary series about bi-racial people. In it, I answer the question: "Why is this film STILL NOT DONE?!" 

Support Our Sponsor and You Support the Show

A huge way you can support the show is by checking out our sponsors. We're supported in part by Song Freedom. Click here and use offer code radio for a one-time Standard Gold Level license worth $30.

We're also supported by YOU, the listeners. Become a Dare Dreamer FM Premium member and gain access to bonus episodes, ebooks, templates, and other resources to help you grow in your craft and career.

Music in this Episode

Music in this episode was curated from Free Music Archive, Kevin Macleod's Incompetech.com and Song Freedom.

Songs used during the Song Freedom sponsor segment are courtesy of SongFreedom.com. (All rights reserved). Click here for the mixtape of songs.

  • Counting Stars by One Republic. All rights reserved.
  • Ain’t too Proud by the Temptations
  • Inspirational Ambient Build by Banvard
Videos Featured in Today's Show

Two other interpretations of "The Gap" on video:

 

BONUS: "Jeff Cannata - Uncut & Unsullied"
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BONUS: "Jeff Cannata - Uncut & Unsullied"

This week we have a special bonus episode while we get ramped up editing new regular episodes. And this bonus is a doozy. It's an interview with Jeff Cannata. Jeff is an actor, husband, artist, cinephile, comedian and co-host of one of my favorite movie review podcasts, the Slashfilmcast.

As is the case with all my interviews, I normally use bits and pieces as they relate to the topic of any particular episode. Every now and then I'll put up a full, uncut interview for your enjoyment. This is one such interview.

During my conversation with Jeff, we talked about a veritable plethora to topics. we talked about his career; we talked about Bill Cosby and Woody Allen and the difficulty of appreciating art when the artist has done terrible things; we talk about story and the love of movies; we talk about finding your voice as an artist; and of course, we talk about living life "unsullied." This is an interview that will inspire and encourage you.

Besides the Slashfilmcast, Jeff can also be found...

[SE08] Style & Story Lessons from Pixar & South Park
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[SE08] Style & Story Lessons from Pixar & South Park

Since 2015 marks the 20th anniversary of Disney-Pixar's Toy Story, I thought it would be fun to do a special about animation. Actually, the truth is, one of my conversations with frequent show guest JD Cochran got off on a 45-minute tangent about South Park...so I used it as a basis for an episode. I also talk with Slashfilmcast co-host Jeff Cannata and wedding filmmaking master and USC film grad Kevin Shahinian about why Pixar is arguably the most successful studio in Hollywood.

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Music in this Episode

The opening pre-roll music is "Never Knew" by Dani Elliott courtesy of Song Freedom. The rest of the music is curated from Free Music Archive:

SE07 Short Ends: Star Wars Special Pt. 1 - "Less Is More"
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SE07 Short Ends: Star Wars Special Pt. 1 - "Less Is More"

Today is part 1 of a multi-part mini-series we're doing to coincide with the release of Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens. Today we look at three specific lessons filmmakers can learn from the missteps of the prequels and the re-mastered original trilogy.

Yes, I know. The issues that Star Wars fans have had with these films have been beaten to death. But in this week's "Short Ends" episode, I want to look at three aspects of these films from which filmmakers can glean valuable insight into the making of their own films. We hear from Write Bros. partner and Dramatica co-creator Chris Huntley; Loyd Calomay of Red 5 Studios; film genre journalist and founder of Etheria Film Night Heidi Honeycut; and frequent show guest JD Cochran.

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Music in this Episode

Music from today's episode is courtesy of Song Freedom and also curated from FreeMusicArchive.org. Click here to see the Song Freedom mixtape with all the songs. Here's a list of songs used from Song Freedom:

  • "Interstellar"
  • "Main Title"
  • "Helga Stella"
  • "Can Can"

Scott Joplin's "Original Rags" was used from FreeMusicArchive.org. Public Domain.

Videos

Here's the "Jive Walkin'" video I reference in the funny deleted "scene" at the end of the credits.

 

BONUS: The Making of the "Sky City Haya" Promo
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BONUS: The Making of the "Sky City Haya" Promo

As Star Wars Episode VII quickly approaches, we keep the sci-fi spirit alive with this bonus episode of my full interview with Sky City Haya director Adad Warda.

Adad is the director, writer, creator and producer for the proposed sci-fi TV series, Sky City Haya. Haya is a production of epic proportions with a vast international cast, exotic locations, and amazing visual effects and set design. All for a promotional video! That's right, Adad and his team put in as much work as some filmmakers put into a full film to make a badass promo video that he and his producing partner Thom Wineland plan to use to get funding for making the actual series.

I think you’ll love this interview as we cover issues like: sci-fi stereotypes; world building; racial variety; their strategy to make a promo video about the series as a way to find investors; what makes a good sci-fi; lessons learned from mishaps during production; and running a successful Kickstarter campaign.

Read Adad's guest blog post about the making of the video.

Music for this episode is "Aeterna" by APM, courtesy of our show sponsor, Song Freedom.  Click here and use offer code radio for a one-time Standard Gold Level license worth $30.

Check out the Haya Kickstarter video and teaser trailer.

Women in Film Pt. 3: What Role do Women Play in Their Own Prosperity
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Women in Film Pt. 3: What Role do Women Play in Their Own Prosperity

This week we continue our Women in Film series with part 3: "What role do women play in their own hindrance or advancement in the business?"

I honestly believe this is one of the most important episodes I ever have, or will, publish. I strongly feel this episode should be heard by everyone woman in the industry. Heck, I think it would be great for women in any profession to hear from the various guests on the show today. We have a full slate of women at the top of their game in their respective fields.

First, we bring back my 4-person panel in Seattle: Scilla Andreen (CEO of IndieFlix), Stefanie Malone (executive director of NFFTY), Ryan Davis (co-founder of Smarthouse Creative) and Nancy Chang (executive director of ReelGrrls). I also speak to Nichelle Protho, VP of the television and online video production company Sander/Moses; Lauren Haroutunian, dean of Freddie Wong's Rocket Jump Film School; and the director of the interactive documentary "Hollow," and co-host of the She Does Podcast, Elaine McMillion Sheldon. We also hear from Universal Pictures Chairman Donna Langley and 20th Century Fox co-chairman Stacey Snider, in excerpts from Hollywood Reporter's studio executive roundtable; and Sheryl Sandberg in a clip from the TED Radio Hour has some poignant commentary as well.

Oh, and I contribute a few halfway-decent comments now and then too. :)

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Music in this Episode

Music from today's episode was curated from the Free Music Archive:

Media Featured in Today's Show

RFS007 Mind Your Masters Pt. 2 - Invisible Influences
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RFS007 Mind Your Masters Pt. 2 - Invisible Influences

Today we continue our discussion - should filmmakers of today study the masters of yesterday?

When we left off on this discussion, we heard from a wide range of filmmakers (and a photographer) that studying the masters was important. Today we hear from a wide range of filmmakers (and a photographer again) who will give insight into 1) why it’s important to study the masters, and 2) the issue of copying. We'll hear from David Shulman, Director of the Seattle Film Institute, Julieanne Kost (Adobe's leading Photoshop evangelist), my film school prof, Zaki Lisha of De Anza College, and the director of the interactive documentary "Hollow," Elaine McMillion Sheldon.

You'll also hear some listener feedback and I'll give you a quick primer on song licensing. (Travis Johansen of Provid Films has a great question about podcast use of songs.)

Lastly, after the credits, we have a sneak peek at upcoming shows.

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Music in this Episode

Music from today's episode was curated from the Free Music Archive and Song Freedom:

Videos Featured in Today's Show

RFS Bonus: 3 Lessons Filmmakers Can Learn from "The Twilight Zone"
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RFS Bonus: 3 Lessons Filmmakers Can Learn from "The Twilight Zone"

"The Twilight Zone" and its creator Rod Serling provide three lessons all filmmakers should heed.

As a tribute to my other yearly Thanksgiving Day tradition growing up, today we have a bonus episode devoted to one of the most influential television shows of all time.

This is the first episode co-written and co-starring one of my partners in crime, assistant producer Chris Huslage. Chris provided most of the episode research.

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Music in this Episode

Music from today's episode was curated from the Free Music Archive, Incompetech and SoundCloud. In order of appearance:

Videos Featured in Today's Show

Mike Wallace 1959 TV interview of Rod Serling.

Thanksgiving "Wizard of Oz" Special: Lessons from the Dark Origin of the Tin Man
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Thanksgiving "Wizard of Oz" Special: Lessons from the Dark Origin of the Tin Man

This week we have a Thanksgiving holiday special episode of Radio Film School that will give you a profound outlook on life and your art.

Growing up as a kid, one of my favorite Thanksgiving Day pastimes was watching "The Wizard of Oz" on TV with my mom and brother. (Largely because I was hopelessly infatuated with Dorothy.) This week we have a special episode of the show where we look at the history of that MGM classic. We'll hear fun stories from me and Sky City Haya producer Tom Wineland about our experiences with that movie; and most importantly, friend of the show Brandon McCormick of Whitestone Motion Pictures gives us a profound and poignant lesson based on the dark origin story of the Tin Man.

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Music in this Episode

Music from today's episode was curated from the Song Freedom. Click here to see the Song Freedom mixtape for this episode (All rights reserved). The Song Freedom songs were Le Jazz - Hot A and Le Jazz - Hot B.

The rest of the songs were from the "Heartless" soundtrack, courtesy of Whitestone Motion Pictures (all rights reserved). Music and Lyrics by Nick Kirk and The Brothers Bright. Songs used (in order of appearance):

Videos Featured in Today's Show

"Heartless: The Story of the Tin Man"

"Heartless: Behind the Scenes"

"Making the Tin Man: Art Department"

"Making the Tin Man: Camera"

"Making the Tin Man: Music & Sound"

 

RFS006.5 [Bonus] - Who are the Women "Masters" of Filmmaking?
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RFS006.5 [Bonus] - Who are the Women "Masters" of Filmmaking?

Today we have a bonus episode of Radio Film School dedicated solely to one of the topics we started last week—women in film. Specifically we discuss, "Who are the women masters of yesteryear?"

The "women in film" segment we aired last week only begins to scratch the surface of this deep, broad and complex topic. In today's episode we bring back Scilla Andreen (CEO of IndieFlix), Stefanie Malone (executive director of NFFTY), Ryan Davis (co-founder of Smarthouse Creative) and Nancy Chang (executive director of ReelGrrls). I also speak to Nichelle Protho, VP of the television and online video production company Sander/Moses. As they discuss the women filmmakers that could be considered masters in the field, some of their answers may surprise you. Names like Maya Deren, Barbara Kopple and...Lucille Ball?

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Music in this Episode

Music from today's episode was curated from the Free Music Archive and Song Freedom. Click here to see the Song Freedom mixtape for this episode (All rights reserved). The Song Freedom song used was:

  • Little Kyoto by Dream City Orchestra

Free Music Archive Songs used:

RFS006 - Mind Your Masters Pt. 1 & Women in Film
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RFS006 - Mind Your Masters Pt. 1 & Women in Film

Do up-and-coming filmmakers of today really need to study the masters of yesterday? Also, we begin our "Women in Film" series.

About five years ago I wrote a blog post posing the question, "Should young filmmakers of today study the masters?" It generated a lot of great debate and conversation. That question has always sat with me, particularly now in an age where YouTube celebrities gain millions of views with little to no formal filmmaking education (let alone film history). So, what value, if any, is there to know the work of master filmmakers like Kurosawa, Hitchcock, Ford, Ophuls or Chaplain? This week we hear from six filmmakers and one master photographer on the topic.

Women in Film

Today we also formally begin our "Women in Film" series as we hear an excerpt from a 4-person panel I conducted on the topic. Is that fact that I even have to make a special "series" a problem in itself?

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Who You Heard

Featured in today's episode:

Music in this Episode

Music from today's episode was curated from the Free Music Archive and Song Freedom. Click here to see the Song Freedom mixtape for this episode (All rights reserved). In order of appearance:

  • Brandenburg Concerto by Johann S. Bach
  • "Ho Hey" and "Stubborn Love" by the Lumineers

Free Music Archive Songs used:

Short Ends Special: Rocky Horror Picture Show
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Short Ends Special: Rocky Horror Picture Show

What is it about "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" that has made it the longest-running theatrical release in history? This year marks the 40th anniversary of the film's release, and as a post-Halloween special, I interview two people who can give particularly poignant insight into that question.

Music was curated was "Metaphysik" by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) and "Simple Hop" by Broke for Free from freemusicarchive.org.

RFS005 - In Search of...Style (ft. Kevin Shahinian, Ryan Connolly & Brett Culp)
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RFS005 - In Search of...Style (ft. Kevin Shahinian, Ryan Connolly & Brett Culp)

Today we start our journey to find that elusive creature known as one's signature style. 

What exactly does it mean for a filmmaker, or any artist for that matter, to have a signature style? How does he or she get one? How do they develop it? Why should we care? Today we start in earnest the core topic for this first season of Radio Film School. Everything beforehand has been building up and preparing us for this journey. And we have some very inspiring interviews to start us off.

Award-winning filmmaking Kevin Shahinian, renown for his Bollywood-style wedding films and Hollywood-calibre production values, provides incredible and poignant insight into the style question from a sophisticated point of view. I have a discussion with Film Riot host Ryan Connolly about his style (and whether or not he thinks he has one). And "Legends of the Knight" director Brett Culp rounds us off with some sage advice on how to develop one's personal style.

In the bonus segment post-credits, I FINALLY get around to discussing with JD how it was he that prompted me to pursue filmmaking full-time as a profession.

Music in this Episode

We have some more great use of Song Freedom songs. Tune it to find out how you can get a FREE Song Freedom song license.

Music from today's episode was curated from the Free Music Archive and Song Freedom. Click here to see the Song Freedom mixtape for this episode (All rights reserved). In order of appearance:

  • "Save the Last Dance for Me" by the Drifters
  • "Dancing Machine" by the Jackson 5
  • "Party Rock Anthem" by LMFAO
  • "Early News" by Dream City Orchestra
  • "Forever Young" by Bob Dylan

Free Music Archive Songs used:

Photos

Go to today's blog post to check out old photos of yours truly.

Short Ends - "It's Personal: The Power & Purpose of Passion Projects"
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Short Ends - "It's Personal: The Power & Purpose of Passion Projects"

If you've ever had a desire to start (or finish) that passion project, THIS is the episode for you. 

In all the years I've interviewed creatives from filmmaking to photography to music, a common theme I always hear is the necessity and desire to produce passion projects and personal work. In today's "Short Ends" episode, you will be inspired to complete your own. You'll glean insights into both the artistic and commercial justifications for doing personal work.

I follow up on my own journey to produce my passion project "Mixed in America," first referenced in RFS episode 3 "S.O.S. Atlantis." You'll hear me share some raw emotions via audio diaries I kept during the production.

You'll hear from Vimeo darlings Dan Riordan and Dana Saint of Gnarly Bay Productions. They share why they do personal work and how it's helped their business.

Canadian filmmaker Brent Foster of Foster Visuals shares how regret led him to produce his popular personal project "While I'm Here: The Legacy Project."

Finally, you'll be inspired by the words of Atlanta filmmaker Brandon McCormick of Whitestone Motion Pictures on why he perseveres as a filmmaker, despite dark times.

Music in this Episode

In a dramatic change from the norm, ALL the music from today's episode is courtesy of Song Freedom. Tune in to learn how you can get a free song. Click here to see the Song Freedom mixtape with all the songs. Here's a list of songs used:

  • "How Sweet You Are" - Opening
  • "Thinking",which starts at 8:28 (the two songs prior to that are part of Gnarly Bay's videos. See below)
  • "Scars" - during Brent's interview
  • "Candle Light" at 15:14
  • "Gravity" - final song through the credits
Videos

Check the blog post for this episode to see the short films mentioned in this episode.

RFS004 - "Your First Time"
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RFS004 - "Your First Time"

Our firsts always hold a special place in our hearts. Your first kiss. Your first time driving. The first time you got to stay up past your bedtime. Your first, you know... the first time seeing Star Wars. Firsts make a lasting imprint that we just...can’t...seem...to shake. Today on the show we look at "first times" as they relate to filmmaking and seen through the metaphor of love. We'll hear from various filmmakers about their respective "first times" falling in love with cinema and filmmaking. We'll also hear the story about my filmmaking first and how it lead to me becoming enamored with the craft. 

Also, the “Gayle” to my “Oprah”; the “Fresh Prince” to my “Carlton” is back for another round of “How to be a Black Filmmaker in the 90s.” JD Cochran and I have an insightful conversation regarding my very first scripted short film, including how I DIDN’T pick two actors who have gone on to star in big TV shows. It’s a story about going with your gut as an artist.

Finally, after the credits we have another bonus segment that may crack you up.

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Music in this Episode

"12 Lost Love Letters" and "Erik" by Fog Lake. CC BY.

"Ragtime Dance" by Scott Joplin. Public Domain.

"Shower Scene" (Instrumental) by Josh WoodwardCC BY.

"Tech Toys" by Lee Rosevere.  CC BY-SA.

"I Don't Think" by Alec's BandCC BY.

"Air Hockey Saloon" by Chris Zabriskei. CC BY.

"Nake Street" by Cosmic Analog Ensember.CC BY.

"Preachin' Dem Blues" by The Good Lawdz. CC BY.

"Montmartre" by Jahzzar. CC BY.

"At Last" and "Let's Get It On" courtesy of Song Freedom. All rights reserved.

BONUS - "A Tale of Two Ryans: The Art of Picking a DP"
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BONUS - "A Tale of Two Ryans: The Art of Picking a DP"

Today we have a very special bonus episode of the show. A couple of weeks ago we had Ryan Connolly of Film Riot fame talking about the disasters he encountered making his short film “U.F. Oh Yeah.” Ryan's DP on that shoot was the talented Mr. Ryan Booth. Ryan Booth is the creator of Serialbox.tv, a cinematic sensation whereby Booth and his team record one-take acoustical performances of indie bands, shoot them with multiple cameras, and edit it music video style. If you’ve never seen them, go check ‘em out at Serialbox.tv.

But here’s the thing, Ryan Booth’s style of cinematography is very different from the type of work Ryan Connolly usually puts out. I was curious as to why Connolly chose Booth to DP this film. In today’s bonus episode we hear from both of them regarding that decision.

Short Ends: "Do I Sound Black" (How to improve your craft)
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Short Ends: "Do I Sound Black" (How to improve your craft)

I have a confession to make. I'm black. Yes, I know. You probably had no idea, right? If all you've heard was my voice, I'm almost certain you didn't know. I just don't have that rugged, deep, recognizable "African American" signature to my voice. I'm not talking about grammar usage or cultural vernacular. I'm talking about my actual tone and vocal quality. Beyond that, I also just don't like my voice. It's totally ironic that I even have a podcast.

What is an artist to do when they feel like they severely lack the inherent skill or talent necessary for their craft? That's what we're exploring in today's "Short Ends" episode with good advice and an hilarious anecdote from friend of the show, spoken word artist Marshall Davis Jones. He recounts the story of how he came to have that rugged, rich texture to his voice (it wasn't always so). His lesson is a great one for any filmmaker looking to excel at their craft.

"Short Ends" are mini-documentary episodes during the weeks between main episodes of the show. They cover all things cinema. Check the sidebar of this blog post to learn about the original meaning of the term "short ends."

Music in this Episode

"Simple Hop" by Broke for Free. CC BY.

"A Young Griffin Boyle in Drag" by Alec's BandCC BY.

"Porch Blues" by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com). CC BY.

RFS Bonus - "Spelling Father" Stories
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RFS Bonus - "Spelling Father" Stories

In this special stand-alone bonus episode, I bring back the "Spelling Father" post-credits bonus segments from episodes 1 & 2. Whether or not you heard them originally, listen to them now because...

  1. The first story is funny
  2. The second one is profound. You'll be inspired by the end with Marshall's words (which make a great analogy for the nature of art), and...
  3. There's a special offer for Radio Film School listeners at the end.

Music for this episode:

RFS003 - S.O.S. Atlantis (or Tragedy Plus Time Equals Birth of a Filmmaker)
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RFS003 - S.O.S. Atlantis (or Tragedy Plus Time Equals Birth of a Filmmaker)

Today I tell the story of how 4 unlikely partners, 3 hip-hop artists, 2 epic failures and 1 ulcer lead to me becoming a filmmaker.

What as the last funny anecdote you heard, or perhaps told. I bet you a million dollars it was tied to yours of someone else's pain, suffering and/or unfortunate mishap. Naturally, you couldn't laugh about it then. But today it's fair game. Why is there such an uncanny relationship between tragedy and time? Pain and posterity? Today we're going to look at that dynamic and use as a case study my short-lived experience as a wannabe hip-hop mogul. Hilarity will ensue.

In the second segment of the show I introduce a new segment called "Shooting Sunshine." It's a mini Radio Film School series about the making of a short documentary film series called Mixed in America: Stories of Race Relations & Identity in the Proverbial Melting Pot. This is a personal project I started way back in 2011.

Finally, after the credits we have another funny bonus segment.

This episode is sponsored by Song Freedom. Be sure to listen to the episode to get a special discount code granting you one free song credit.

Music in this Episode

Music used in order of appearance:

"Marty Gots a Plan" and "Run Amok" by Kevin MacLeod (incompetch.com). CC-BY.

"Sly and the Family Jones" by Mike Spitz and Phys Edison. CC BY.

"Warm Up Suit" by Broke for Free. CC BY-SA.

"My Girl" by the Temptations. Song courtesy of Song Freedom. All rights reserved.

"Bonfire Music" by David Mumford. CC BY.

The official show theme music is "Please Listen Carefully" by Jahzzar. CC BY-SA.

"I Know (Prod. MVSIC)" by Hi Rez. CC BY.

"In the Night - Game of Thrones Remix (J. Glaze Remix)" by Kellee Maize & J. Glaze Prods. CC BY.

"Hall of the Mountain King" by Kevin MacLeod (incompetch.com). CC-BY.

RFS002.5 - Short Ends: "Plan E from Outer Space" (ft. Sam Mestman, Ryan Connolly & Phil Bloom)
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RFS002.5 - Short Ends: "Plan E from Outer Space" (ft. Sam Mestman, Ryan Connolly & Phil Bloom)

A film set is kinda like a spaceship barreling through space. Something almost always goes wrong.

This week we have one of my favorite episodes of the show so far. It's fun, funny, yet still packs a potent and poignant punch. We hear from We Make Movies CEO Sam Mestman and Film Riot host Ryan Connolly about some of the most disastrous film shoots they've directed. As is always the case in life, from these challenges came great lessons. Then that international dapper DP Philip Bloom ties it all very nicely with a bow at the end. This episode is quite special. Enjoy!

Music in this Episode

"Cylinder Three" by Chris ZabriskieCC BY.

"Requiem for a Fish" by The Freak Fandango OrchestraCC BY-SA.

"Wake Up!" by Kai EngelCC BY.

Extras

RFS002: "Of Fathers & Filmmaking Pt. 2: Origin Stories"
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RFS002: "Of Fathers & Filmmaking Pt. 2: Origin Stories"

This week on "Radio Film School" is perhaps the most personal story I've ever publicly shared. And we see why that it is key to your journey as a filmmaker.

Every self-respecting comic book nerd knows that the most iconic superheroes have origin stories tied to parents, and in many cases, fathers or father figures. Superman. Batman. Spider-Man. Thor. These are just a few whose origins as heroes are intimately tied to their parents and father figures.

In this week's episode of "Radio Film School: Cinemaverick" we look at the role my father played in my own origin story as a filmmaker. We also meet my long-time friend and frequent podcast partner in crime, JD Cochran. And finally, we return where we left off last episode with Patrick Moreau of Stillmotion commenting about the death of his mother and the profound impact that had on him as an artist. In doing so, I delve into my own perilous territory as it relates to that subject.

Music

Music in this episode was curated from FreeMusicArchive.org.

Check out the blog post for this episode for family photos (including me and my brother in the bathtub). Subscribers get access to the episode early. Blog post won't go live until 6 am PST Sept 15.

001.5 - Short-Ends - "Shut-up & Direct"
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001.5 - Short-Ends - "Shut-up & Direct"

Filmmaker Ryan Booth, creator of SerialBox.tv, bumps up against the famous Ron Dawson push-back, but offers some push-back of his own as they discuss the topic of directing actors.  We also get introduced to someone who will be a recurring show guest—indie filmmaker, father, a groomsmen in Ron’s wedding, and man with no shortage of words, JD Cochran. JD offers his own, pointed and blunt take on the topic, as someone who’s worked both in front of and behind the camera.

Music for this episodes was "Bailando Boogaloo" by Juanitos curated from the FreeMusicArchive.org. CC BY-SA.

001 - "Of Fathers & Filmmaking" - Part 1
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001 - "Of Fathers & Filmmaking" - Part 1

Have you ever noticed how father figures (or the lack thereof) have traditionally played a key role in the history of cinema? It's a common theme you see in the works of Spielberg, P.T. Anderson, Coppola, and even as far back as Capra. But I was fascinated to see how often the topic came up in my own conversations with filmmakers and artists.

In this official premiere episode, we look at the role that fathers play in cinema, and how being open to the vulnerability that comes with sharing those stories will elevate your craft.

Who You Heard

This episode featured interviews with...

Films Featured

All music is creative commons and was curated from FreeMusicArchive.org. You can get links to artists and tracks at daredreamer.fm/rfs001.

What the Hell Are You?
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What the Hell Are You?

This is the premiere episode of our "Short Ends" segments: stand-alone mini radio documentaries, discussions or narrative readings about all things cinema. These are usually topics that don't fit within the context of the main show.

This week we look at "what we filmmakers call ourselves."

Names mean things. A name can immediately convey information about your race, gender, socio-economic background, whether or not your parents were permanently high in the 60s… In his book “How to Win Friends and Influence People,” Dale Carnegie suggests that you speak a person’s name when addressing them because it is one of the sweetest sounds to their ears.

Because names have such a profound impact on how people perceive us, it stands to reason that the professional titles we have are equally, if not more poignant. Nowhere is that fact more prevalent, and at times as hotly debated or discussed, as among filmmakers (or videograhers, or video producers or… well, I think you see where I’m going with this).

In this episode of “Short Ends”, we look at how some filmmakers call (or don’t call) themselves, why, and whether it even matters.

Music Credits

"Boulevard St. Germain" by Jahzzar from FreeMusicArchive.org. CC BY-SA.

Extended Season Preview
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Extended Season Preview

In a sea of great filmmaking podcasts about just about everything under the sun, do we really need another one? We believe so.

"Radio Film School" is the first radio documentary series about filmmaking. Host Ron Dawson speaks with filmmakers (and other artists) from around the world, exploring the central theme of what it means to be a filmmaker. In season one, we'll specifically be discussing the topic "Finding your voice and developing a signature style."

This extended preview will give you a sense for the style and format of the show.

Music for this episode included:

[FJ31] Love, Loss & Looking Ahead
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[FJ31] Love, Loss & Looking Ahead

What is it like working with your spouse? Why is it important to create art that is unique to you? What is the future of Radio Film School? Tune in to find out.

"If we make what we know to be true for ourselves, that edge gives it an individuality that can't be found anywhere else." ~ Kelly Clark, Artist

It has been quite a while since we've had a new episode of the show. A lot has been going on with me. New job (blog editor for Frame.io), moving out of my house, and becoming a nomad. But for this season finale, we have something that'll make you laugh and cry. And isn't that what makes a Radio Film School episode special?

Video Mentioned in This Episode

The profile film for Kelly Clark.

Music in this Episode

Music was curated from FreeMusicArchive.org . In order of appearance, the music in this episode was:

Click here to learn about Creative Commons licenses and meanings.

Save Big on Your Next Gig

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[FJ10-REPLAY] What Makes a Good Story?
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[FJ10-REPLAY] What Makes a Good Story?

A blast from the past. One of my personal faves. Insightful. Inspiring. Potent. Definitely worth listening to again. And if it's your first time, enjoy.

This week on the show we delve into one of the most important topics we’ll discuss all season. It’s at the core of what we do as filmmakers. Telling stories. Chris Huntley from The Write Bros. talks about the narrative story development theory Dramatica and the connection story has to psychology. We’ll hear from Patrick Moreau of Muse Storytelling and Stillmotion on how they find and tell the kind of stories that have won them five Emmys. We’ll hear from Dan Duncan of Remedy Films on the lengths he goes to tell authentic stories. And we hear from a filmmaker we last heard from way back in the first main episode — Alex Vo from the San Francisco Bay Area shares how he finds real life “Hero’s Journey” stories.

Music in this Episode

Except where noted, music in this episode was curated from FreeMusicArchive.org. In order of appearance:

[FJ Replay] A Look Back Celebrating 15 Years of My Video Biz
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[FJ Replay] A Look Back Celebrating 15 Years of My Video Biz

This May marks the 15th anniversary of my video business and this summer marks the 25th anniversary of going to film school. Wow!

This past weekend was Memorial Day so I had just enough time to put together a flashback to some past episode segments. In this 15th/25th anniversary special, I replay the story of my first time on a film set (from RFS004 "Your First Time") and the start and evolution of my video business (from FJ24 "Making a Difference with Your Art"). As usual, stick around after the credits for a fun discussion with friend of the show JD Cochran and I reminiscing on making my first narrative, scripted short film.

Music in this Episode

Music was curated from FreeMusicArchive.org:

Click here to learn about Creative Commons licenses and meanings.

Save Big On Your Next Gig

If you have a film or photo shoot here in the U.S., look no further than Lens Pro To Go for all your rental needs. Get premium service and support from people who are themselves working filmmakers and photographers. Podcast listeners get a 10% discount when you use the offer code "radio."

[MAD05] Making a Documentary #5: Giving Credit
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2017-09-23 00:51:01 UTC 34:26
[MAD05] Making a Documentary #5: Giving Credit

A popular reward level for crowdfunded films is a credit in the movie. Apparently, this is a bigger deal than I originally thought. Today we find out why.

In this episode of our "Making a Documentary" mini-series of Radio Film School, friend of the show Yolanda T. Cochran (with her husband JD offering his usual comic relief) gives us some detailed information on film and television credits. If you have thought about giving away a movie credit on your crowdfunded film for anything less than at LEAST $100 (or more), you need to listen to this episode. Or, if you're curious about union regulations regarding credits, or just the logistics that go into making credits, then stick around. It's actually pretty fascinating.

The Role of "Producer"

Ever wonder what all those different "producers" you see in movie credits actually do? The second half of this episode is a replay of a "Short Ends" segment from last year wherein Yolanda tells us. Get the 411 on executive producers, co-producers, producers, line producers, etc.

Music in this Episode

Music was curated from Kevin MacLeod's Incompetch.com and FreeMusicArchive.org. In order of appearance, the music in this episode was:

Click here to learn about Creative Commons licenses and meanings.

Save Big on Your Next Gig

If you have a film or photo shoot here in the U.S., look no further than Lens Pro To Go for all your rental needs. Get premium service and support from people who are themselves working filmmakers and photographers. Podcast listeners get a 10% discount when you use the offer code "radio."

[SE28] MCU v DCEU and Lessons for Creators
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[SE28] MCU v DCEU and Lessons for Creators

Today we explore why the Marvel Cinematic Universe has been able to out-pace the DC Extended Universe in box office and critical acclaim, and what lessons we creators can learn from it.

Throughout history, there have been some pretty epic rivalries. Mac vs. PC. Canon vs. Nikon. Marvel vs. DC. There's a lot of discussion and analysis on the internet about this latest topic, specifically the MCU vs. the DCEU. And on this episode of the show, we hear from some experts who help us contribute to that debate. In the end, you'll hear a perspective about how to look at it that I almost guarantee you've never considered.

This week we hear from:

  • Robert Meyer Burnett: A 25+ year veteran of Hollywood, Rob is a director, editor, frequent co-host on Collider Heroes, and self-proclaimed comic book geek.
  • Edu Black: production coordinator on "The Simpsons," one of my co-hosts on the "Wrestling with Westworld" podcast, and huge comic fan.
  • Jevon Phillips: online producer and writer for the L.A. Times Calendar section writing about entertainment.
  • Brett Culp: director of the documentary “Legends of the Knight“, a feature-length documentary about the legend and story of Batman inspiring people living with debilitating or even life-threatening illnesses. Through the success of that film, Brett has since founded “The Rising Heroes Project,” a non-profit that creates uplifting films to support charitable organizations and inspire communities. They are currently touring with their follow-up to “Legends” with “Look to the Sky.”
Music in this Episode

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[BTG08] Breaking the Glass: The Definitive Solution for Change in the Biz
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2017-09-23 00:51:01 UTC 42:40
[BTG08] Breaking the Glass: The Definitive Solution for Change in the Biz

How long will change take?  Should we all just settle in and "wait for a new generation"?

Rahm Emmanuel, former White House Chief of Staff, Mayor of Chicago and brother of Ari Emmanual of WME was once quoted in the New York Times saying, "We can't kick the can down the road because we've run out of road."  In today's episode, miniseries co-producer and a recurring guest on the show, Yolanda T. Cochran takes the reigns again to ponder what we should realistically expect by way of change in gender parity and politics.

Fellow podcaster, Julie Harris Walker (of "the other 50%" - a Herstory of Hollywood and Herstory of Tech) joins us in the early days of her podcast to share thoughts on: what she's learned from talking to women executives in the business, where the women's movement may have had some shortcomings, and what the outlook of change is looking like.

Likewise, Courtney Daniels, actress, producer and founder of Busted Buggy Entertainment gives some input on whether a "united front" from women is either viable or effective for women in high places in the biz.

And finally, an excerpt from Ryan Murphy's acceptance speech for The Hollywood Reporter's inaugural Equity in Entertainment award makes a case for the argument that patience may not be a virtue.

About the Mini-series

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[SE27] Pepsi's Challenge: Brand Authenticity & Knowing Your Audience
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2017-09-23 00:51:01 UTC 26:49
[SE27] Pepsi's Challenge: Brand Authenticity & Knowing Your Audience

The #1 question I've had about the ridiculous Pepsi ad from a month ago is "How?" How did so many smart people in a room get this so wrong? I think today's episode of Radio Film School has some potential answers.

I wanted to talk to some professionals who could give us informed and experienced insight into this debacle and PR mess. So I got on the line with Blake Howard, Creative Director of Matchsic, a brand consulting and design firm who has done work for companies like Coke and other national brands; and Chris Chan, the resident visual anthropologist at the viral video factory and social experiment production company Cut. They provide some new perspective on a topic that admittedly has been discussed ad nauseam. But I'm confident you'll dig this one!

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[SE26] Technology & Filmmaking: Form Following Function
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2017-09-23 00:51:01 UTC 24:32
[SE26] Technology & Filmmaking: Form Following Function

It's NAB this week, and we have a new technology and filmmaking episode you must hear before you spend a dime!

Because the nature of this show involves taking bits and pieces of longer episodes, I have a veritable vault full of as yet unmined content from fantastic interviews.  In honor of it being NAB this week (that annual mecca to Las Vegas for media professionals all over the world), we have as yet unaired excerpts from interviews I conducted last season.

Peabody award-winning filmmaker and documentarian Elaine McMillion Sheldon, who won that acclaimed award for her interactive documentary experience "Hollow", chimes in on how the architectural design concept of "form following function" should be applied to storytelling and technology. Also, Seattle Film Institute executive director David Shulman uses makes an appearance with an example of how a master's approach to filmmaking can be applied to our use of the latest and greatest. And it all starts with a simple (or not so simple) question asked by my 12-year-old aspiring filmmaking son.

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[MAD Bonus] Kickstarter Video Feedback
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2017-09-23 00:51:01 UTC 16:30
[MAD Bonus] Kickstarter Video Feedback

In this bonus episode of our "Making a Documentary" miniseries, I read feedback on our Kickstarter video from Amina Moreau of the Emmy award-winning studio Stillmotion, as well as from Patrick Moreau of Muse Storytelling. Show regulars JD and Yolanda Cochran chime in with their 2 cents as well. If you haven't listened to episode 4 of the miniseries, you may want to go listen to that first.

Click here to see the current version of the crowdfunding video.

Visit the Videos section of the Invisible Illness Film website to see the other short video vignettes JD references ("There Must Be a Reason" and "What It Means to Thrive").

Music in this episode was "And So Then" by Lee Rosevere (CC BY).

[MAD04] Making a Documentary - Getting Feedback
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[MAD04] Making a Documentary - Getting Feedback

Feedback, in all of its forms, is essential for any artist to grow in his or her craft.

This week we have part 4 of our “Making a Documentary” miniseries, wherein we document the making of my first low-budget feature-length documentary "Invisible Illness." During this series, it's my goal to share not only what I've learned, but what other documentary filmmakers have learned.

On this episode, we have the second part of my interview with Vincent Vittorio, CEO and founder of Life is My Movie. Vincent gives some specific feedback on our crowdfunding video and our plans for the film in general. He also poses a question about the format of the film that has a profound impact on the direction we take it. Show regular JD Cochran throws in his two cents as well. Here's the current version of our crowdfunding video.

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[SE05-Replay] It's Personal: The Power & Importance of Personal Work
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2017-09-23 00:51:01 UTC 21:04
[SE05-Replay] It's Personal: The Power & Importance of Personal Work

This was one of my favorite episodes from season 1. Interviews with...

  • Dan Riordan and Dana Saint of Gnarly Bay
  • Canadian filmmaker Bren Foster of "While I'm Here: The Legacy Project"
  • Brandon McCormick of Whitestone Motion Pictures

Original air date October 2015. See music credits and original show notes on the blog.

[MAD03] Creative & Ethical Choices in Doc Filmmaking
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[MAD03] Creative & Ethical Choices in Doc Filmmaking

A veteran documentary filmmaker reaches out to lend us a helping hand in the making of our first feature documentary.

This week we have part 3 of our “Making a Documentary” miniseries, wherein we document the making of my first  low-budget feature-length documentary "Invisible Illness." During this series, it's my goal to share not only what I've learned, but what other documentary filmmakers have learned.

On this episode we have CEO and founder of Life is My Movie, Vincent Vittorio. Vincent has produced over a dozen feature length documentaries and has just finished a successful Kickstarter for another. Like me, he's drawn to topics that tackle important causes and social justice. This week we tackle the difference between journalism and documentary filmmaking; making ethical choices; and making creative choices in the doc filmmaking process.

We also recently launched the Kickstarter for our feature doc.

CHECK OUT OUR KICKSTARTER. We'll be covering what we learned on the podcast.

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[FJ30] Tell Deeper & More Meaningful Stories with Iceberg Storytelling
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2017-09-23 00:51:01 UTC 27:49
[FJ30] Tell Deeper & More Meaningful Stories with Iceberg Storytelling

"For sale. Baby shoes. Never worn." These are the words from Ernest Hemingway's famous 6-word short story. And they're the impetus for today's guest-produced and highly anticipated episode.

"We only give each other the top layers, the top; we dont give each other what lies beneath." ~ Kassim Harris, Director of It Eats You Up

Robert Hardy is a filmmaker and writer who used to write for the popular filmmaking website No Film School. Robert has since left the behemoth site to start his own filmmaker resource for inspiration, Filmmakers Process. I love what Robert is doing with his site. It's very much in line with the spirit and goals of Radio Film School--helping filmmakers become better artists by connecting with what it means to be an artist. As I read the articles on his site, I knew I wanted him to adapt one as a segment for the podcast. That's what you're going to hear on today's episode.

Robert connects with director, cinematographer, colorist and 16mm film fanatic Kassim Norris. His award-winning short film "It Eats You Up" is an excellent example of what Robert calls Iceberg Storytelling. You will be immensely inspired.

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Kassim's film "It Eats You Up".

[BTG07] Quotas, the Gender Gap, and the Case for Diversity
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2017-09-23 00:51:01 UTC 34:43
[BTG07] Quotas, the Gender Gap, and the Case for Diversity

Is the EEOC's investigation into Hollywood's hiring practices of women valid? Are women really not treated equitably in Hollywood. According to Scott Baio, the answer is a resounding "No!"

From teen heart-throb to conservative political activist, Scott Baio has some provocative political ideologies that is fair to say isn't the common mindset in what has traditionally been a very liberally-minded, Democrat-populated town. From speaking at the Republic National Convention to appearing on the conservative Fox News program The Five to decry the government's investigation into hiring practices, Mr. Baio is unafraid and unashamed to make his thoughts and politics known. Good for him! I mean that. I totally disagree with his opinion on the matter, but I do commend his fortitude to speak up for what he believes in a town where he has to know it will be met with criticism.

Well, it was the appearance on the aforementioned Fox News program that prompted today's episode of our miniseries "Breaking the Glass." I had miniseries co-producer and recurring guest on the show, Yolanda Cochran, listen to the entire segment. We then hopped on Skype to have a conversation about it. She gives some valuable insight into the business from the perspective of a person who has worked in the business for over 20 years (more than half of that time in some kind of producing role).

In the last part of the show today, guest podcast producer Stefanie Malone (Emmy award-winning documentary producer and Executive Director of the National Film Festival for Talented Youth) arranges a conversation with director Jen McGowan. Jen's first feature film, "Kelly and Cal", starred Juliet Lewis and won the Gamechanger Director Award at the 2014 SXSW Film Festival. Jen is also the creator of Filmpowered.com, a site for connecting with and hiring female filmmakers. Jen gives a look at the situation from the point of view of a person currently in the system trying to get the next job, just like every other hard-working director, man or woman. Her thoughts about why we should have diversity in hiring practices are inspiring.

About the Mini-series

Breaking the Glass is a Radio Film School podcast mini-series and short film docu-series addressing the issues of gender inequality in film and television. You can catch all the podcast and video episodes at daredreamer.fm/breakingtheglass.

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[FJ29] Filmmaking, Race Relations & Having Tough Conversations
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2017-09-23 00:51:01 UTC 36:47
[FJ29] Filmmaking, Race Relations & Having Tough Conversations

Is a white director the best person to tell what is traditionally a black story? Is that a question that's even fair to ask?

"I was terrified. I'll be totally honest with you. But that's why I knew I needed to make it. I just gotta be bold. 'Cuz why do the safe thing." ~ Spencer Gillis, Director of "Sweep"

Spencer Gillis is an A-camera operator for the hit Netflix series "Orange is the New Black." But his passion is telling stories--stories that drum up tough conversations. Last summer I interviewed him about his Vimeo Staff Pick, Short of the Week winner "Sweep." Today's episode is part of my conversation with Spencer where we discuss the key story points of the film, and what they say about today's society.

Music in this Episode

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  • Fire Ahead by Jahzzar (CC BY-SA)
  • Referent Power by Cullah (CC BY-SA)
  • My Dignity by Cullah (CC BY-SA)
  • "This is What I Smoke To" by Mo Green. Courtesy of 235 Films. All rights served.

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Spencer's Film "Sweep".

[MAD02] Brett Culp: Crowdfunding "Legend"
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2017-09-23 00:51:01 UTC 47:42
[MAD02] Brett Culp: Crowdfunding "Legend"

If you're about to start a crowdfunding campaign or are even thinking about one, this is a must-listen episode?

This week we have part 2 of our “Making a Documentary” miniseries, wherein we document the making of my low-budget feature-length documentary "Invisible Illness." During this series, it's my goal to share not only what I've learned, but what other documentary filmmakers have learned.

On this episode, documentary filmmaker Brett Culp is back on the show to talk about the successes and failures he's had with his three crowdfunding film campaigns over the past five years. Brett had a successful IndigGoGo campaign and then later a successful Kickstarter campaign to create is first feature length documentary "Legends of the Knight." He's now in the middle of his second feature length doc and third crowdfunding campaign, this time on IndieGoGo's Generosit.com platform. Among many things, he gives some great insight on when you'd want to use IndieGoGo vs Kickstarter (his answer may surprise if you think you know. It's not just about ow much money you get to keep). And he talks about why he's using Generority.org and for whom that platform is ideal.

To learn more about the documentary my wife and I are creating, visit InvisibleIllnessFilm.com.

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[SE04-replay] Do I Sound Black?
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2017-09-23 00:51:01 UTC 15:04
[SE04-replay] Do I Sound Black?

A blast back to the past with a replay with one of my favorite episodes from season 1. In honor of "Black History Month," I present to you again, "Do I Sound Black." Here was the original episode description...

I have a confession to make. I’m black. Yes, I know. You probably had no idea, right? If all you’ve heard was my voice, I’m almost certain you didn’t know. I just don’t have that rugged, deep, recognizable “African American” signature to my voice. I’m not talking about grammar usage or cultural vernacular. I’m talking about my actual tone and vocal quality. Beyond that, I also just don’t like my voice. It’s totally ironic that I even have a podcast.

What is an artist to do when they feel like they severely lack the inherent skill or talent necessary for their craft? That’s what we’re exploring in today’s “Short Ends” episode with good advice and an hilarious anecdote from friend of the show, spoken word artist Marshall Davis Jones. He recounts the story of how he came to have that rugged, rich texture to his voice (it wasn’t always so). His lesson is a great one for any filmmaker looking to excel at their craft.

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[MAD01] Making a Documentary #1: The Reluctant Filmmaker
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[MAD01] Making a Documentary #1: The Reluctant Filmmaker

Have you ever been afraid to do something you knew was the right thing to do?

Today is the inaugural episode of the “Making a Documentary” mini-series, wherein we document, well, the making of a documentary. Specifically, my first feature-length documentary. Except, I’m not the director. My wife Tasra is (pronounced TOZ-ra).

On this episode, Tasra shares the deeply personal story that motivated her to take up the mantle of “filmmaker” and create “Invisible Illness”, a documentary about what it’s like living with an illness (or illnesses) where you look fine on the outside, but inside you’re suffering. She shares why she felt this story had to be told, why it has to be told as a film, and why she is reluctantly considering herself a filmmaker.

To learn more about the documentary visit InvisibleIllnessFilm.com.

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[FJ28] Lessons Learned in 2016
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2017-09-23 00:51:01 UTC 33:22
[FJ28] Lessons Learned in 2016

In this our first episode of 2017, we look back at four of the most important lessons learned on the show last year. Plus, a look at a new mini-series on the making of my first feature-length documentary.

Happy New Year boys and girls out there in podcast land! I'm excited to be back behind the microphone and bring you weekly and/or biweekly stories about filmmaking, creative arts, and pursuing your passion. To kick us off, we're going to look back at some of my favorite episodes last season. You'll hear clips from:

The Making of a Feature Documentary

This year I embark upon one of my greatest challenges as a filmmaker. The making of my first feature length documentary. My wife is actually the director as this is a passion topic of hers. My greatest fears are not the challenges of the filmmaking. Nope. My biggest fear has to do with how this collaboration will affect MY MARRIAGE! It's sure to make for some great podcast fodder. Be sure to subscribe to the show so as not to miss one juicy episode.

To learn more about the documentary visit tasra.me/invisibleHere's the trailer.

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Videos Mentioned

Here's that hilarious trailer spoof.

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[Breaking the Glass] Star Wars Special
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2017-09-23 00:51:01 UTC 46:16
[Breaking the Glass] Star Wars Special

In keeping with our Star Wars theme this week, today we discuss their strong female characters and how well the series passes the Bechdel Test.

The latest two entries into the Star Wars universe have had strong female leads at the center. Show regulars JD and Yolanda T. Cochran join me today in this special episode to discuss that role that strong women have played in the various franchise installments.

We also get into how many of the films pass the Bechdel Test. The test sets up three simple parameters for a movie: 1) you have two or more female characters, 2) they talk to one another, and 3) they talk about something other than a man. Is the test a valid one for determining a film's gender diversity?  

About the Mini-series

Breaking the Glass is a Radio Film School podcast mini-series and short film docu-series addressing the issues of gender inequality in film and television. You can catch all the podcast and video episodes at daredreamer.fm/breakingtheglass.

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Music

Music in this episode was actually curated from Kevin MacLeod's Incompetech.com. "Rynos Theme" (CC BY).

Star Wars Special "Lessons Learned" [RFS-Rerun]
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Star Wars Special "Lessons Learned" [RFS-Rerun]

Today we look at three specific lessons filmmakers can learn from the missteps of the prequels and the re-mastered original trilogy. [Rebroadcast]

In honor of the release of "Rogue One", we're re-broadcasting the Star Wars special we first ran last December before the release of "The Force Awakens." In this episode, we look at the making of the Prequels and the remastered Trilogy. I know the issues that Star Wars fans have had with these films have been discussed ad nauseam. But in this special, I look at three aspects of these films from which filmmakers can glean valuable insight into the making of their own films. We hear from Write Bros. partner and Dramatica co-creator Chris Huntley; Loyd Calomay of Red 5 Studios; film genre journalist and founder of Etheria Film Night Heidi Honeycut; and frequent show guest JD Cochran

Music in this Episode

Music from today’s episode is courtesy of Song Freedom and also curated from FreeMusicArchive.org. Click here to see the Song Freedom mixtape with all the songs. Here’s a list of songs used from Song Freedom:

  • “Interstellar”
  • “Main Title”
  • “Helga Stella”
  • “Can Can”

Scott Joplin’s “Original Rags” was used from FreeMusicArchive.org. Public Domain.

Videos

Here’s the “Jive Walkin'” video I reference in the funny deleted “scene” at the end of the credits.

Truth in Media Pt.2 - Documentaries [SE25]
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Truth in Media Pt.2 - Documentaries [SE25]

We follow up our conversation about "YouTube Journalism" with a look at the responsibility of the documentary filmmaker to capture and convey truth. From Nanook to Nuptials.

Robert Flaherty's 1922 docu-drama "Nanook of the North" is widely regarded as the first commercially successful feature length documentary. But even as early as then, controversy surrounded the documentary filmmaking art form as it was revealed that many of the scenes from Nanook were staged, and even the main characters name was not his real name.

Do true documentaries have to be strictly photojournalistic style, hands-off productions that just capture moments and interviews? Is it okay for a documentary filmmaker to use creative editing to re-arrange and juxtapose imagery and audio to better fit his or her narrative, even if such juxtaposition implies something that never really happened? Is a wedding film that has posed shots and scripted voice over any less "real" than a straight-forward document of the day? These are the questions we explore in this episode of Radio Film School: Short Ends. 

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Videos Referenced

Truth in Media Pt. 1 [SE24]
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Truth in Media Pt. 1 [SE24]

Today we have a provocative issue about the power of media to shape public opinion and perception. But how do we discern what's true?

The ability to carry a high-definition video camera in your pocket has literally changed the face of an industry. Now any John or Jane Doe with an iPhone can be a DIY Anderson Cooper. Well, a conversation I had with world-renown wedding filmmaker Ray Roman about the controversy over police shootings led me down a path to explore this topic further. Today on the show you'll hear part of my conversation with Ray that prompted this exploration. We also hear from show regulars JD and Yolanda Cochran on the topic, as well as Legends of the Knight director and founder of the Rising Heroe's Project, Brett Culp. (With Legends of the Knight, Brettt raised over $100,000 for charities. He's hoping to do better than that with  the next movie, but needs help raising the last set of funds. Click here to learn more.)  

Music in this Episode

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Films Referenced

Film Composer Nick Kirk & Lessons from the Tin-Man [SE Thanksgiving Special]
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2017-09-23 00:51:01 UTC 43:55
Film Composer Nick Kirk & Lessons from the Tin-Man [SE Thanksgiving Special]

This Thanksgiving Day special brings back one of my favorite episodes from last year, plus an all-new interview with Whitestone Motions Pictures producer and film composer Nick Kirk.

Last year during Thanksgiving, we had a special about the dark origin of the Tin-Man from the Wizard of Oz and the lessons filmmakers and other artists can learn from that story. The basis for that episode was Whitestone Motion Pictures director Brandon McCormick talking about the making of their film "Heartless," their version of the aforementioned Tin-Man origin story. This Thanksgiving we bring that episode back, plus a brand new interview with Whitestone's film composer Nick Kirk. This whole episode is chock full of artistic inspiration.

  

Music in this Episode

Music from today’s episode was curated from the Song Freedom. Click here to see the Song Freedom mixtape for this episode (All rights reserved). The Song Freedom songs were Le Jazz – Hot A and Le Jazz – Hot B.

Songs used during the interview with Nick (from "That's Magic", courtesy of Whitestone  Motion Pictures, all rights reserved):

The rest of the songs were from the “Heartless” soundtrack, courtesy of Whitestone Motion Pictures (all rights reserved). Music and Lyrics by Nick Kirk and The Brothers Bright. Songs used (in order of appearance):

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Films Referenced

[Breaking the Glass] Ep. 6b - Stand on a Chair Pt. 2
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2017-09-23 00:51:01 UTC 41:47
[Breaking the Glass] Ep. 6b - Stand on a Chair Pt. 2

Last month I had a great conversation with 30+ year editing and producing veteran Chris Fenwick about what it takes to make it in this business. He used the analogy of "standing on a chair" to make a point. In the context of that conversation was his commentary about a female assistant editor in Hollywood who as featured in  the second installment of our Breaking the Glass docu-film series. The editor, Christine Haslett, shared frustrations about not advancing as far as she would've liked in her field. JD heard Chris' commentary on her situation and felt in the context of Christine, the "stand on a chair" analogy was not only way off the mark, but he felt it also sabotaged the very message "Breaking the Glass" series is trying to convey. As he put it, "He wanted to knock the guy over who was standing in the chair" (albeit, the way he described it was a tad more, um, colorful. :)

This is an episode that will make you laugh and/or get pissed (I'm sure you'll get mad at somebody in this episode). But most of all, I hope it makes you think.

Here's the first episode of FCPX Grill after its 14-month hiatus.

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Videos

Here's the BTG film episode referenced in this episode.

Here's Dane Sanders' keynote address at Engage15 that is referenced (the inspiration for Chris' "Stand on a Chair" metaphor).

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VideoBlocks: a subscription-based stock media company that gives you unlimited access to premium stock footage everyone can afford. Unlimited daily downloads from a library of 115,000+ HD video clips, After Effects templates, motion backgrounds, and cinemagraphs. Click here for a 7-day free trial allowing you to download up to 140 pieces of content. You can also sign up for their annual plan which is $99 for unlimited access to their library.

We also want to give special thanks to these companies who are helping to spread the word to achieve gender equality in the biz:

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A Special Message to the Creative Arts Community
15:33
2017-09-23 00:51:01 UTC 15:33
A Special Message to the Creative Arts Community

I've had a heavy heart as of late during this U.S. Presidential election. I wanted to take some time to share my plea to the leaders in the creative arts community.

Last week we had a special post-election "Breaking the Glass" bonus produced and largely recorded by breaking the glass co-producer Yolanda T. Cochran. The episode was bittersweet in that it was written and recorded before the election results, so there was a certain sense of hopefulness in Yolanda’s voice that we were on the verge of having our first woman president. So I recorded an epilogue to her episode to provide context. I also used that epilogue to address what I’ve seen going on in the photography and filmmaking communities. That part of the epilogue is what you’re about to hear.

So, if you listened to that entire "Breaking the Glass" episode, you don’t need to listen to this. But I wanted to share my thoughts and feelings with this industry that has meant so much to me for so long.

I think this message is self-explanatory. If it resonates with you, please share it.  

Music in this Episode

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  • That Kid In the Fourth Grade Who Really Liked the Denver Broncos by Chris Zabriskie (CC BY)
  • I Can’t Imagine Where I’d Be Without You by Chris Zabriskie (CC BY)

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[Breaking the Glass...(or Not)] A Post-Election Bonus: Pursuing the Presidency
31:18
2017-09-23 00:51:01 UTC 31:18
[Breaking the Glass...(or Not)] A Post-Election Bonus: Pursuing the Presidency

Radio Film School show regular and Breaking the Glass co-producer Yolanda T. Cochran has a special episode created for you today. It's a message of what it means to be a woman pursuing power and influence in today's culture. It's centered around the events of the 2016 presidential election, but it holds value and meaning for women (and men frankly) in the film and television business, and in all walks of life.

Then afterward, I give my own post-election commentary and epilogue specifically aimed at my friends and colleagues in the creative arts industry.  

About the Mini-series

Breaking the Glass is a Radio Film School podcast mini-series and short film docu-series addressing the issues of gender inequality in film and television. You can catch all the podcast and video episodes at daredreamer.fm/breakingtheglass.

Videos Other Resources Music

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  • It's Always Too Late to Star Over by Chris Zabriskie 
  • Montmarte by Jahzzar (CC BY-SA)
  • Another Version of You by Chris Zabriskie (CC BY)
  • I Am the Man Who Will Fight for Your Honor (CC BY)
  • Rewound by Chris Zabriskie (CC BY)
  • That Kid In the Fourth Grade Who Really Liked the Denver Broncos by Chris Zabriskie (CC BY)
  • I Can't Imagine Where I'd Be Without You by Chris Zabriskie (CC BY)

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Westworld, Do the Right Thing & Managing Audience Reception
32:43
2017-09-23 00:51:01 UTC 32:43
Westworld, Do the Right Thing & Managing Audience Reception

An excerpt from our new podcast about HBO's "Westworld" and a discussion about Spike Lee's "Do the Right Thing" set the stage for an insightful discussion about how an audience responds to your film.

A few weeks ago JD, Yolanda and I apparently felt like we didn't have enough time arguing and debating with each other on "Radio Film School", so we decided to take our passionate debates to a new "frontier"—HBO's "Westworld." Our new podcast "Wrestling with Westworld" is a weekly fun, funny, and engaging discussion about the new hit show. On the very first episode, we had a great conversation about audience reception and a filmmaker's ability to effectively and accurately convey their message to the audience. I felt it would be very informative to share with my RFS audience.

As a follow up to the "Westworld" convo, I share a discussion that JD and I originally had last year about "Do the Right Thing". In it we address Spike Lee's comments that he believes the Danny Aiello character, Sal, is a racist, whereas both JD and I don't necessarily think he is. As the writer/director, did Spike do a good job of communicating to the audience that Sal is indeed a racist? That's what we explore. Special "guest star" appearance by filmmaker Ryan Booth

Music in this Episode

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Reach Out

If you have a question about the movie business you'd like answered, or if you just want to drop us a line to say "Hi", email us at radiofilmschool@daredreamer.fm. Better yet, use the "Send Voicemail" button at the bottom of our website to leave a voicemail message. Follow Ron on Twitter @DareDreamerFM, or follow the show @RadioFilmSchool. Join the discussion at facebook.com/radiofilmschool.

[RFS-Rerun] Lessons from the Twilight Zone
16:13
2017-09-23 00:51:01 UTC 16:13
[RFS-Rerun] Lessons from the Twilight Zone

This week we have a re-run of our Twilight Zone specail from last Thanksgiving. Definitely worth a listen if you've never heard it before. Worth listening to again if you HAVE. You can read the original blog here.

[Breaking the Glass] Ep. 06 - Stand on a Chair Pt. 1
33:50
2017-09-23 00:51:01 UTC 33:50
[Breaking the Glass] Ep. 06 - Stand on a Chair Pt. 1

On last week's season 2 premiere of Radio Film School, 30+ year editing and producing veteran Chris Fenwick provided some great perspective. But during my conversation with him, we talked about a number of things. One of them was his comment made about the second installment of our "Breaking the Glass" docu-film series wherein animation editor Christine Haslett shared frustrations about not advancing as far as she would've liked in her field. Chris' commentary on her situation is the impetus for today's discussion.

After the credits, there's a fun preview of our brand new podcast about HBO's hit new series "Westworld." I like to refer to it as "The Westworld podcast Samuel L. Jackson would love!" You can subscribe to the new show in iTunes. Find it online at daredreamer.fm/westworldpod.

About the Mini-series

Breaking the Glass is a Radio Film School podcast mini-series and short film docu-series addressing the issues of gender inequality in film and television. You can catch all the podcast and video episodes at daredreamer.fm/breakingtheglass.

Videos Sponsors

When you visit or support our sponsors you support the show.

Song Freedom: when you need high-quality music for your productions, including mainstream music as well as "oldies but goodies". Sign up for a new account at songfreedom.com/radio and get a free standard gold level license worth $30.

VideoBlocks: a subscription-based stock media company that gives you unlimited access to premium stock footage everyone can afford. Unlimited daily downloads from a library of 115,000+ HD video clips, After Effects templates, motion backgrounds, and cinemagraphs. Click here for a 7-day free trial allowing you to download up to 140 pieces of content. You can also sign up for their annual plan which is $99 for unlimited access to their library.

We also want to give special thanks Wipster for helping to spread the word to achieve gender equality in the biz.

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Of Flying Kites & Selling Air Conditioners [FJ26]
01:03:14
2017-09-23 00:51:01 UTC 01:03:14
Of Flying Kites & Selling Air Conditioners [FJ26]

Today we have the season 2 premiere of Radio Film School and we look at four essential characteristics to have fulfilling longevity in any artistic endeavor.

Season 1 of the show explored the theme of "finding your voice and developing a signature style." In season 2, the central theme will be "pursuing your passion" To kick the season off, we're going to look at 4 characteristics that are essential for filmmakers (or any artist) to go the distance. And in the process of looking at those characteristics, boy, do we have a show for you. Everything that makes a Radio Film School episode special—funny anecdotes, silly stories, sound design, a great soundtrack, pop culture movie references, and engaging, enlighting, and insightful interviews with amazing and eloquent filmmakers and artists.

Be sure to listen past the credits to get a sneak peek at season 2 and some of the cool projects we have lined up. Sign up for our email list to get access to the special resources mentioned in the episode.

Who You Heard

In this episode, we hear from:

Tell Us Your Story

We want to hear the story of your first movie memory. Email us at radiofilmschool@daredreamer.fm. Better yet, use the "Send Voicemail" button at the bottom of our website to leave a voicemail message. Follow Ron on Twitter @DareDreamerFM, or follow the show @RadioFilmSchool. Join the discussion at facebook.com/radiofilmschool.

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[Breaking the Glass] Ep. 05 - Boys Will Be Boys
31:15
2017-09-23 00:51:01 UTC 31:15
[Breaking the Glass] Ep. 05 - Boys Will Be Boys

Perhaps one of the reasons the gender inequality issue in the entertainment business is so pervasive is how we men interact with one another.

Sexual harassment is no joking matter, and the topic has become a focus in the entertainment biz with the recent resignation of Fox News president Roger Ailes after allegations by popular Fox anchors like Megyn Kelly and Gretchen Carlson of sexual harassment and inappropriate conduct . In today's episode, miniseries co-producer Yolanda T. Cochran is back with her business partner Christina Kremer to discuss an issue related to this topic that may literally frighten you.

We also get some funny yet pointed perspective from my friend and Being Boss podcast co-host Kathleen Shannon of Braid Creative.

About the Mini-series

Breaking the Glass is a Radio Film School podcast mini-series and short film docu-series addressing the issues of gender inequality in film and television. You can catch all the podcast and video episodes at daredreamer.fm/breakingtheglass.

The Docu-Series is Now Live

The first installment of the short film docu-seires is now live. Check it out!

Sponsors

When you visit or support our sponsors you support the show.

Song Freedom: when you need high-quality music for your productions, including mainstream music as well as "oldies but goodies". Sign up for a new account at songfreedom.com/radio and get a free standard gold level license worth $30.

VideoBlocks: a subscription-based stock media company that gives you unlimited access to premium stock footage everyone can afford. Unlimited daily downloads from a library of 115,000+ HD video clips, After Effects templates, motion backgrounds, and cinemagraphs. Click here for a 7-day free trial allowing you to download up to 140 pieces of content. You can also sign up for their annual plan which is $99 for unlimited access to their library.

We also want to give special thanks to these companies who are helping to spread the word to achieve gender equality in the biz:

Music

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[RFS Rewind] A Look Ahead + A Brief History of Cinema
32:48
2017-09-23 00:51:01 UTC 32:48
[RFS Rewind] A Look Ahead + A Brief History of Cinema

This week we have a teeny peek at what's ahead in season 2 of Radio Film School, then revisit one of my favorite episodes from season 1.

As we count down to the official premiere of season 2 of Radio Film School on Tuesday, October 11, I want to take take a stroll down memory lane and revisit our podcast collaboration with the Circa podcast -- "A Brief History of Cinema." But before that, there's a brief rundown of what you can expect in the upcoming season: new segments, new producers, new theme, and of course, our ongoing miniseries about gender, race, and making it in the biz, "Breaking the Glass."

About the Rewind

Today’s rewind delves into the rich beginnings of cinema (starting with Thomas Edison and the Lumiere Bros) then takes us through the advent of television, and finally ends up at the smart phone. Zac’s storytelling style is immersive and engaging. You’ll immediately know why I chose Circa as a collaboration partner on this episode.

After the credits there is one of the funniest bonus segments we’ve had. So be sure to stick around for that too. 

Music in this Episode

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[Breaking the Glass] BONUS - Calling Bullsh*t
09:44
2017-09-23 00:51:01 UTC 09:44
[Breaking the Glass] BONUS - Calling Bullsh*t

One of the goals that Yolanda and I have for this special series is finding concrete solutions to the whole gender inequality issue in the entertainment business. One solution that is often bandied about (and in fact was an impetus for this mini-series) is for women to adopt more of the headstrong, confident, dare I say, "aggressive" tendencies of their male counterparts. But in this special bonus episode, Yolanda shares a heartfelt and personal sentiment that makes her want to call bullsh*t on that notion. It's a short episode, so I really encourage you to take the ten minutes or so and hear what she has to say. 

We'd love to hear YOUR story as it relates to what Yolanda shares. Feel free to do so anonymously if you so desire. You can email us your story to radiofilmschool@daredreamer.fm. Or, if you're so inclined, send a voice memo to that email address, or leave a voicemail at the bottom of any page on daredreamer.fm. Your story just might be what some woman out there needs to hear right now to change their whole life.

About the Mini-series

Breaking the Glass is a Radio Film School podcast mini-series and short film docu-series addressing the issues of gender inequality in film and television. Learn more and see the trailer at daredreamer.fm/breaking-the-glass.

Sponsors

When you visit or support our sponsors you support the show.

Song Freedom: when you need high-quality music for your productions, including mainstream music as well as "oldies but goodies". Sign up for a new account at songfreedom.com/radio and get a free standard gold level license worth $30.

VideoBlocks: a subscription-based stock media company that gives you unlimited access to premium stock footage everyone can afford. Unlimited daily downloads from a library of 115,000+ HD video clips, After Effects templates, motion backgrounds, and cinemagraphs. Click here for a 7-day free trial allowing you to download up to 140 pieces of content. You can also sign up for their annual plan which is $99 for unlimited access to their library.

We also want to give special thanks to Wipster for helping to spread the word to achieve gender equality in the biz:

Music

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[Breaking the Glass] Ep. 04 - Hear My Voice
38:06
2017-09-23 00:51:01 UTC 38:06
[Breaking the Glass] Ep. 04 - Hear My Voice

A lack of or poor communication is often at the heart of conflict. Today we explore how this has a profound effect on gender inequality in business.

If you ever need a great movie or television scene to creatively illustrate a life lesson, you need look no further than Star Trek. You read that right. Star Trek. Everything you ever need to know about life, love, friendship, family, politics, whatever, can be learned from the annals of the various starships Enterprise and their respective ongoing missions. And today, I use an episode from Star Trek TNG as a metaphor for this issue of communication between men and women and the role it plays in gender inequality.

Radio Film School regular and Breaking the Glass co-producer Yolanda Cochran takes the helm of the discussion and as a segment producer engages in a conversation with her business partner Christina Kremer. A conversation that will give you an important perspective. 

About the Mini-series

Breaking the Glass is a Radio Film School podcast mini-series and short film docu-series addressing the issues of gender inequality in film and television. Learn more and see the trailer at daredreamer.fm/breaking-the-glass.

Be Notified When Film Series Starts

The film series portion of Breaking the Glass will begin next week.  Subscribe to our email list to be notified of when it drops!

Only a Few Days Left

We want to include your talent in the short film docu-series. Each winning entry will get almost $1,000 in prizes from LensProToGo, Song Freedom, Muse Storytelling, and Shane's Inner Circle. Click here to learn more.

Sponsors

When you visit or support our sponsors you support the show.

Song Freedom: when you need high-quality music for your productions, including mainstream music as well as "oldies but goodies". Sign up for a new account at songfreedom.com/radio and get a free standard gold level license worth $30.

VideoBlocks: a subscription-based stock media company that gives you unlimited access to premium stock footage everyone can afford. Unlimited daily downloads from a library of 115,000+ HD video clips, After Effects templates, motion backgrounds, and cinemagraphs. Click here for a 7-day free trial allowing you to download up to 140 pieces of content. You can also sign up for their annual plan which is $99 for unlimited access to their library.

We also want to give special thanks to Wipster for helping to spread the word to achieve gender equality in the biz.

Music

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[RFS:RAW] Adam Westbrook - Video Essayist Extraordinaire
01:07:53
2017-09-23 00:51:01 UTC 01:07:53
[RFS:RAW] Adam Westbrook - Video Essayist Extraordinaire

Today I have my full, uncut interview with video essayist extraordinaire and multiple Vimeo Staff pick "winner," Adam Westbrook.

The video essay has become one of the most popular forms of edutainment in recent years. Video series like Tony Zhou's "Every Frame a Painting" or Evan Puschak's "Nerdwriter" rack up hundreds of thousands, even millions of views every week. Well, there's a relatively new kid on the block who for the past two years has been making his mark in the video essay world.

Adam Westbrook of Delve.tv only has 8 video essays under his belt, and in just two years, he's generated over a million views, 6 of his 8 videos have garnered the highly coveted Vimeo Staff Pick. I was fortuitous enough to catch Adam on his crest of fame (i.e. as of this writing, he's not too busy or "famous" to do podcast interviews ;) ). In this episode of Radio Film School: RAW, Adam and I discuss:

  • How he got into video essays and his laborious process
  • His life as a freelancer
  • His views on success and pursuing your passion
  • Hitchcock
  • And more.

I promise you'll be inspired and encouraged by what Adam has to say. Special thanks to our show's co-producer Chris Huslage who hosted and lead-produced this episode.

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Adam's Work

See samples of Adam's work on the blog post for this episode.

Reach Out

If you have a question about the movie business you'd like answered, or if you just want to drop us a line to say "Hi", email us at radiofilmschool@daredreamer.fm. Better yet, use the "Send Voicemail" button at the bottom of our website to leave a voicemail message. Follow Ron on Twitter @DareDreamerFM, or follow the show @RadioFilmSchool. Join the discussion at facebook.com/radiofilmschool.

[BREAKING THE GLASS] Ep. 03: Climbing Waterfalls & Jumping Creeks
38:21
2017-09-23 00:51:01 UTC 38:21
[BREAKING THE GLASS] Ep. 03: Climbing Waterfalls & Jumping Creeks

Today on our biweekly miniseries addressing gender inequality in the business, we discuss perhaps the most pervasive and insidious issue holding women back.Earlier in season 1 of the podcast, during our first "Women in Film" series, we had an episode that set the show on a path to have what would become

Earlier in season 1 of the podcast, during our first "Women in Film" series, we had an episode that set the show on a path to have what would become Breaking the Glass. In that episode, there was one particular topic discussed that affects women from as high up as the ivory towers of studio executive offices, to the trenches of post production houses: self-confidence and the "imposter syndrome." In this episode we'll hear from:

  • Elaine McMillion Sheldon, director of Hollow and co-host of the She Does Podcast.
  • Julie Harris Walker, host and producer of the podcast "The Other Fifty Percent: A Herstory of Hollywood"
  • Breaking the Glass panel participant Nichelle Protho, VP of Sander-Moses and COO of Slam Digital
  • Show regular Yolanda Cochran (Producer) and Christina Kremer (post-production supervisor)
  • Amina Moreau, executive creative director of Stillmotion
  • Kathleen Shannon, owner of Braid Creative and co-host of the Being Boss podcast
About the Mini-series

Breaking the Glass is a Radio Film School podcast mini-series and short film docu-series addressing the issues of gender inequality in film and television. Learn more and see the trailer at daredreamer.fm/breaking-the-glass.

Podcasts & Videos Mentioned Deadline Extended for Female Filmmaker Video Vignette Challenge

We want to include your talent in the short film docu-series. Each winning entries will get almost $1,000 in prizes from LensProToGo, Song Freedom, Muse Storytelling, and Shane's Inner Circle. Click here to learn more.

Sponsors

When you visit or support our sponsors you support the show.

Song Freedom: when you need high-quality music for your productions, including mainstream music as well as "oldies but goodies". Sign up for a new account at songfreedom.com/radio and get a free standard gold level license worth $30.

VideoBlocks: a subscription-based stock media company that gives you unlimited access to premium stock footage everyone can afford. Unlimited daily downloads from a library of 115,000+ HD video clips, After Effects templates, motion backgrounds, and cinemagraphs. Click here for a 7-day free trial allowing you to download up to 140 pieces of content. You can also sign up for their annual plan which is $99 for unlimited access to their library.

We also want to give special thanks to these companies who are helping to spread the word to achieve gender equality in the biz:

Music

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A Special Announcement About the Future of the Show [FJ25]
17:56
2017-09-23 00:51:01 UTC 17:56
A Special Announcement About the Future of the Show [FJ25]

Today I bring you a special announcement about the history, and more importantly, the future of the show.

September 1, 2016, marks the 1-year anniversary of Radio Film School's official premiere. It's been quite a year. Since launching, we've been #1 in our podcast category on iTunes, have been on iTunes New and Noteworthy (we still frequently make it into the top 50), named by No Film School as "the filmmaker's podcast we've all been waiting for", and this summer, Cinema5D  named us one of the top 5 filmmaking podcasts to binge listen during the summer. As we approach the beginning of season 2, I want to share some thoughts I have about what we've been able to accomplish, where we're going, and other important changes you'll want to know about if you're a fan. 

In This Episode

We hear from...

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Reach Out

If you have a question about the movie business you'd like answered, or if you just want to drop us a line to say "Hi", email us at radiofilmschool@daredreamer.fm. Better yet, use the "Send Voicemail" button at the bottom of our website to leave a voicemail message. Follow Ron on Twitter @DareDreamerFM, or follow the show @RadioFilmSchool. Join the discussion at facebook.com/radiofilmschool.

Making a Difference with Your Art [FJ24]
26:02
2017-09-23 00:51:01 UTC 26:02
Making a Difference with Your Art [FJ24]

Filmmaking is one of the most powerful mediums there is to affect change and make a difference in the world.

This week we have a special episode wherein I share personal filmmaking experiences that have made a difference in people's lives. I encourage you to use your craft to do the same. 

Videos Mentioned in This Episode

Visit the blog post for this episode to watch the videos mentioned. 

  • In Pursuit of Dreams
  • The Creative Process
  • Breathe
Legally License Music for Your Production

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Share Your Story with Us

For season 2 of the show, we're looking for filmmakers with stories about overcoming great challenges to complete their projects. Whether or not you succeeded or failed, if you think there's a juicy and educational story with sharing, we want to know about it. The first six people we pick will each get a free music license from show sponsor Song Freedom. Just email radiofilmschool@daredreamer.fm and put "My Story" in the subject line.

Reach Out

If you have a question about the movie business you'd like answered, or if you just want to drop us a line to say "Hi", email us at radiofilmschool@daredreamer.fm. Better yet, use the "Send Voicemail" button at the bottom of our website to leave a voicemail message. Follow Ron on Twitter @DareDreamerFM, or follow the show @RadioFilmSchool. Join the discussion at facebook.com/radiofilmschool.

Music in this Episode

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[Breaking the Glass] Ep. 02: Are you really listening?
30:26
2017-09-23 00:51:01 UTC 30:26
[Breaking the Glass] Ep. 02: Are you really listening?

A key ingredient to solving the issue of gender inequality in this, or any industry, is for those in the positions of power to listen empathetically. But that's not always the case.Before any kind of real change can occur, the side of the "table" that has the power and influence, has to be able to really hear and listen to what the demarginalized side is saying. But societal norms and prejudices often tend to get in the way. And when it comes to issues of gender inequality, the natural tendencies of us men can also get in the way. Specifically, our penchant to not always be great listeners. Today on the show we hear from

Before any kind of real change can occur, the side of the "table" that has the power and influence, has to be able to really hear and listen to what the demarginalized side is saying. But societal norms and prejudices often tend to get in the way. And when it comes to issues of gender inequality, the natural tendencies of us men can also get in the way. Specifically, our penchant to not always be great listeners. Today on the show we hear from address that issue. We'll hear from:

About the Mini-series

Breaking the Glass is a Radio Film School podcast mini-series and short film docu-series addressing the issues of gender inequality in film and television. Learn more and see the trailer at daredreamer.fm/breaking-the-glass.

Deadline Extended for Female Filmmaker Video Vignette Challenge

We want to include your talent in the short film docu-series. Each winning entries will get almost $1,000 in prizes from LensProToGo, Song Freedom, Muse Storytelling, and Shane's Inner Circle. Click here to learn more.

Sponsors

When you visit or support our sponsors you support the show.

Song Freedom: when you need high-quality music for your productions, including mainstream music as well as "oldies but goodies". Sign up for a new account at songfreedom.com/radio and get a free standard gold level license worth $30.

VideoBlocks: a subscription-based stock media company that gives you unlimited access to premium stock footage everyone can afford. Unlimited daily downloads from a library of 115,000+ HD video clips, After Effects templates, motion backgrounds, and cinemagraphs. Click here for a 7-day free trial allowing you to download up to 140 pieces of content. You can also sign up for their annual plan which is $99 for unlimited access to their library.

Videos Mentioned

Visit the blog post for this episode to see the videos mentioned:

  • It's Not About the Nail
  • The White Privilege Facebook video post
Music

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Fair Use in Documentary Filmmaking Pt. 2 [SE22]
45:20
2017-09-23 00:51:01 UTC 45:20
Fair Use in Documentary Filmmaking Pt. 2 [SE22]

We continue our discussion about fair use, particularly as it relates to documentaries. You will be surprised by what you learn in this episode.

Show regular Yolanda Cochran (who also is a co-producer for the "Breaking the Glass" short film docu-series), showed a lawyer friend our trailer for the series to get his take on our use of movie and television clips. His answer prompted me to do investigative reporting on the topic of fair use. My search leads me to Pat Aufderheide, a research fellow and founder for the Center for Media and Social Impact at American University in Washington, D.C. She and legal scholar Peter Jaszi lead the charge to create the Documentary Filmmakers' Statement of Best Practices in Fair Use, a simple to read, yet comprehensive report that sets standards for documentary filmmakers to follow in order to stay within the law when employing copyrighted material under Fair Use. In this episode we discuss

  • What part of copyright law does fair use fall under
  • What are the four common situations in which a documentary filmmaker might utilize fair use
  • The surprising origins of the Best Practices document
  • Surprising examples of when even music might be deemed fair use
Videos Mentioned in This Episode Calling All Female Filmmakers

There's still a chance for all you female filmmakers out there to submit your vignettes to be included in the "Breaking the Glass" docu-series. Deadline has been extended to September 18. Winning entries will get almost $1,000 in prizes from LensProToGo, Song Freedom, Muse Storytelling, and Shane’s Inner Circle. Click here to learn more.

Legally License Music for Your Production

If you need to legally license music for your productions, from every genre (including mainstream music) look no further than Song Freedom. Click here to unlock a one-time Standard Gold Level license worth $30.

Share Your Story with Us

For season 2 of the show, we're looking for filmmakers with stories about overcoming great challenges to complete their projects. Whether or not you succeeded or failed, if you think there's a juicy and educational story with sharing, we want to know about it. The first six people we pick will each get a free music license from show sponsor Song Freedom. Just email radiofilmschool@daredreamer.fm and put "My Story" in the subject line.

Reach Out

If you have a question about the movie business you'd like answered, or if you just want to drop us a line to say "Hi", email us at radiofilmschool@daredreamer.fm. Better yet, use the "Send Voicemail" button at the bottom of our website to leave a voicemail message. Follow Ron on Twitter @DareDreamerFM, or follow the show @RadioFilmSchool. Join the discussion at facebook.com/radiofilmschool.

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Fair Use in Filmmaking Pt. 1 [SE21]
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Fair Use in Filmmaking Pt. 1 [SE21]

If you thought you knew all there was to know about fair use and copyrights in filmmaking, you don't know jack! Part 1 of a series on copyrights, fair use, and filmmaking. Save yourself a potential lawsuit and listen.

For the past ten years or so, I've written and blogged about the film, video and photography industries. During that time, I've addressed the issue of copyright usage and fair use in filmmaking. But even I was surprised (shocked even) to learn what I learned when talking with this week's guest, Salima Koroma. Salima is an African-American woman who runs the K-pop website The OneShots and is the director of the documentary "Bad Rap." In the process of speaking with her attorneys regarding the rights she needed to clear for her doc, she had an eye-opening experience that shared with us. We covered topics like:

  • The real reason logos are grayed or blurred out on television shows
  • Why a random shot of Time Square might be a copyright clearance nightmare
  • Why clearing music has gotten exponentially harder over the years
  • And more.
Calling All Female Filmmakers

We want to include your talent in the short film docu-series. Each winning entries will get almost $1,000 in prizes from LensProToGo, Song Freedom, Muse Storytelling, and Shane’s Inner Circle. Click here to learn more.

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Share Your Story with Us

For season 2 of the show, we're looking for filmmakers with stories about overcoming great challenges to complete their projects. Whether or not you succeeded or failed, if you think there's a juicy and educational story with sharing, we want to know about it. The first six people we pick will each get a free music license from show sponsor Song Freedom. Just email radiofilmschool@daredreamer.fm and put "My Story" in the subject line.

Reach Out

If you have a question about the movie business you'd like answered, or if you just want to drop us a line to say "Hi", email us at radiofilmschool@daredreamer.fm. Better yet, use the "Send Voicemail" button at the bottom of our website to leave a voicemail message. Follow Ron on Twitter @DareDreamerFM, or follow the show @RadioFilmSchool. Join the discussion at facebook.com/radiofilmschool.

Music in this Episode

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[BREAKING THE GLASS] Ep. 01 - The Elephant in the Room
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2017-09-23 00:51:01 UTC 40:59
[BREAKING THE GLASS] Ep. 01 - The Elephant in the Room

Today is the first official episode of the Radio Film School mini-series, and Ron addresses the elephant in the room.

It's great that Ron wants this podcast series to make a difference in the industry; but is he really the best person for the job? He has a discussion with JD and Yolanda that you might not expect. We also here from 1st AC Austin Lewis giving his input on what men can do to help bridge the gap of gender inequality in the business. And Stefanie Malone, Executive Director of the National Film Festival for Talented Youth (NFFTY) comes on board as a new podcast producer. She provides an eye-opening  insight about Affirmative Action you might not have ever heard.

About the Show

Breaking the Glass is a Radio Film School podcast mini-series and short film docu-series addressing the issues of gender inequality in film and television. Learn more and see the trailer at daredreamer.fm/breaking-the-glass.

Calling All Female Filmmakers

We want to include your talent in the short film docu-series. Each winning entries will get almost $1,000 in prizes from LensProToGo, Song Freedom, Muse Storytelling, and Shane's Inner Circle. Click here to learn more.

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[BREAKING THE GLASS] Preview: "It all started when..."
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[BREAKING THE GLASS] Preview: "It all started when..."

A new Radio Film School podcast mini-series that takes the first season's "Women in Film" series to a "whole 'nuther level!"

What began as a simple suggestion by show regular Yolanda T. Cochran, grew to become both a podcast and a short film documentary series starring an impressive line-up of women in the film and television industry.

This preview will sample what you will hear and see.

Go to daredreamer.fm/breaking-the-glass to watch the film series trailer and learn about the female filmmaker video vignette submission guidelines and challenge.

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  • Song Freedom: when you need high-quality music for your productions, including mainstream music as well as "oldies but goodies". Sign up for a new account at songfreedom.com/radio and get a free standard gold level license worth $30.
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Star Trek Axanar & the History & Future of Fan Films [SE20]
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2017-09-23 00:51:01 UTC 41:50
Star Trek Axanar & the History & Future of Fan Films [SE20]

Star Trek fan films have been around over four decades. They've come in all shapes, sizes, and varying levels of quality. In all that time, the copyright owners of Star Trek have remained quiet. So why has one fan film elicited a lawsuit that has the fan community in an uproar?

Fan films for genre properties are extremely popular. You can probably find fan films for every sci-fi, superhero, or fantasy-based intellectual property from games to films to TV shows. And one of the most popular sci-fi franchises of all time, Star Trek, has one of the highest numbers of fan films on the internet. One of the most popular was a 21-minute short released in 2014 called "Prelude to Axanar." It has won over 45 film festivals and racked up almost 2.5 million views as of this podcast. So popular was this short, that the filmmakers raised a record-setting $1.2 million dollars from two crowdfunding campaigns to make a feature film version.

Then in December of 2015, the filmmakers behind Axanar were hit with a full-blown lawsuit from CBS and Paramount, something they've never done in the 40+ years that fan films have been around. Why now has the "sleeping giant" awakened?

Today on the show we talk to Robert Meyer Burnett, the director of the film (which has not yet begun production due to the suit). He talks about it origins and insight into their side of this argument.

We also hear from Richard "RB" Botter, CEO and founder of Stage32, whose connections to the Hollywood machine give him an insightful POV. Show regulars JD and Yolanda Cochran chime in as well. And show co-producer Chris Huslage is back to give us some history about fan films.

Support Axanar Productions

Hop on over to AxanarProductions.com if you would like to support this film and the team behind it.

Share Your Story with Us

For season 2 of the show, we're looking for filmmakers with stories about overcoming great challenges to complete their projects. Whether or not you succeeded or failed, if you think there's a juicy and educational story with sharing, we want to know about it. The first six people we pick will each get a free music license from show sponsor Song Freedom. Just email radiofilmschool@daredreamer.fm and put "My Story" in the subject line.

Music in this Episode

Music was curated from FreeMusicArchive.org. In order of appearance, the music in this episode:

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Check These Videos Out

Visit the blog page to see these videos:

  • Joseph Kahn's Power/Rangers
  • Prelude to Axanar
  • Reason.tv Spot About Axanar Case
  • JJ Abrams Lawsuit Announcement
Reach Out

If you have a question about the movie business you'd like answered, or if you just want to drop us a line to say "Hi", email us at radiofilmschool@daredreamer.fm. Better yet, use the "Send Voicemail" button at the bottom of our website to leave a voicemail message. Follow Ron on Twitter @DareDreamerFM, or follow the show @RadioFilmSchool. Join the discussion at facebook.com/radiofilmschool.

PHILIP BLOOM: RAW. Uncut. Unfiltered. Unbelievable.
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2017-09-23 00:51:01 UTC 01:07:56
PHILIP BLOOM: RAW. Uncut. Unfiltered. Unbelievable.

Today we introduce an official new segment on Radio Film School..."RAW": Radio Film School interviews uncut, unfiltered and unbelievable. Today we have my uncut interview with Philip Bloom.

There's a reason I like to call this show the "This American Life" for filmmakers. Our main episodes are craftily edited audio documentaries where I pull soundbites from disparate interviews to fit any particular episode. But many of my raw interviews with guests are so chock full of wonderful insights, seems like a shame not to share the whole thing. Sometimes I'll post them as exclusive bonuses for Premium Members. But many will be shared for the whole world to hear. And that's what we're doing today as we launch an official new segment of the show wherein I share full, uncut guest interviews.

Today we have world renowned DP and director Philip Bloom, and we cover a gamut of topics like:

  • His take on the "style" question
  • How he got his start
  • Why he calls himself a “filmmaker”
  • Why he does his reviews the way he does
  • How he deals with online criticism
  • The biggest misconception people have about him
  • And the proverbial "much, much, more!"

Excerpts of this interview were used in RFS episodes "What the Hell Are You", "Plan E from Outerspace" and this week's "One Man Bands."

Music in this Episode

Music was curated from FreeMusicArchive.org. In order of appearance, the music in this episode:

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Check These Videos Out

Visit the blog post to see Phil's Blackmagic Design 4K Ursa review and his NAB2016 post mortem Vlog.

Reach Out

If you have a question about the movie business you'd like answered, or if you just want to drop us a line to say "Hi", email us at radiofilmschool@daredreamer.fm. Better yet, use the "Send Voicemail" button at the bottom of our website to leave a voicemail message. Follow Ron on Twitter @DareDreamerFM, or follow the show @RadioFilmSchool. Join the discussion at facebook.com/radiofilmschool.

One Man Bands [FJ23]
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One Man Bands [FJ23]

Filmmaking is a collaborative artform. Yet, tens of thousands of filmmakers all over the world shoot projects each week with no dedicated DP, no sound guy, and no assistants. It's just them, a camera, some lenses, lights, and mics. They are one-man/one-woman bands.

This week on the show we hear from a small group of filmmakers who are making waves in the industry despite shooting much, if not most of their work alone -- and in two of the cases, with small, prosumer cameras.

  • There's multi-Vimeo Staff Pick recipient Brandon Li, who's travel docs often feel like narrative shorts.
  • Salvatore "Sal" D'Alia is a New York filmmaker (by way of Italy) who's the brainchild and filmmaker behind Adorama TV's "Through the Lens" Series.
  • And internationally renown director and DP Philip Bloom is back to offer his two cents on what to call yourself if you wear many hats.
Share Your Story with Us

For season 2 of the show, we're looking for filmmakers with stories about overcoming great challenges to complete their projects. Whether or not you succeeded or failed, if you think there's a juicy and educational story with sharing, we want to know about it. The first six people we pick will each get a free music license from show sponsor Song Freedom. Just email radiofilmschool@daredreamer.fm and put "My Story" in the subject line.

Music in this Episode

Music was curated from FreeMusicArchive.org. In order of appearance, the music in this episode:

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Check These Videos Out

 

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If you have a question about the movie business you'd like answered, or if you just want to drop us a line to say "Hi", email us at radiofilmschool@daredreamer.fm. Better yet, use the "Send Voicemail" button at the bottom of our website to leave a voicemail message. Follow Ron on Twitter @DareDreamerFM, or follow the show @RadioFilmSchool. Join the discussion at facebook.com/radiofilmschool.

Fixing it in Post: A Mixed in America "Post" Mortem [FJ22]
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2017-09-23 00:51:01 UTC 47:38
Fixing it in Post: A Mixed in America "Post" Mortem [FJ22]

In this week's episode of Radio Film School, we explore valuable filmmaking lessons learned the hard way.

Have you ever had a vision for a film that you were so adamant about achieving, with an Ahab-like stubbornness you made creative decisions that you regretted later? Perhaps it's just me. Five+ years ago when I recorded the interview of my daughter Imahni for "Mixed in America," I purposefully only recorded the audio. It was a creative decision akin to the conquistadors burning their ships (i.e. there was  no going back. I would be forced to produce creative b-roll for the film.) Today we explore the ramifications of that decision and how I overcame them. Show regulars JD & Yolanda Cochran return as they give me critical feedback on the rough draft, as well as give their input on the decision I made.

Music in this Episode

Music was curated from FreeMusicArchive.org. In order of appearance, the music in this episode:

Click here to learn about Creative Commons licenses and meanings.

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Videos Mentioned Reach Out

If you have a question about the movie business you'd like answered, or if you just want to drop us a line to say "Hi", email us at radiofilmschool@daredreamer.fm. Better yet, use the "Send Voicemail" button at the bottom of our website to leave a voicemail message. Follow Ron on Twitter @DareDreamerFM, or follow the show @RadioFilmSchool. Join the discussion at facebook.com/radiofilmschool.

Birth of a Documentary: Shooting Sunshine Mini-series Finale Pt. 1 [FJ21]
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Birth of a Documentary: Shooting Sunshine Mini-series Finale Pt. 1 [FJ21]

After 5-1/2 years, Mixed in America: Little Mixed Sunshine if FINALLY finished. Here's part 1 of a 2-part finale of the mini-series where we've followed the film's progress.

Throughout this first season of Radio Film School, we've followed the progress of my short film documentary "Little Mixed Sunshine," the first installment of my "Mixed in America" short film documentary series which tells the stories of biracial people in America. So much has gone into the making of this film that I want to discuss. If you've been listening to the show and the mini-series "Shooting Sunshine," you've heard a lot of the creative challenges I've faced. These are all important lessons from which any filmmaker can glean valuable insight. And in part 2 of this mini-series finale we'll get into the details of the final creative decisions I made and how I arrived at them. That will be next week.

This week I want to tackle a more complex topic—that is the roles that race and culture have played in my life, and how a filmmaker's personal background can have such a profound effect on his or her work. Show regulars JD & Yolanda Cochran return as they give me critical feedback on the rough draft of the film I shared with them back in March.

And as is often the case on this show, we start with a couple of funny, yet poignant stories to set the stage.

Reach Out

If you have a question about the movie business you'd like answered, or if you just want to drop us a line to say "Hi", email us at radiofilmschool@daredreamer.fm. Better yet, use the "Send Voicemail" button at the bottom of our website to leave a voicemail message. Follow Ron on Twitter @DareDreamerFM, or follow the show @RadioFilmSchool. Join the discussion at facebook.com/radiofilmschool.

Music in this Episode

Music was curated from FreeMusicArchive.org. In order of appearance, the music in this episode:

Click here to learn about Creative Commons licenses and meanings.

Legally License Music for Your Production

If you need to legally license music for your productions, from every genre (including mainstream music) look no further than Song Freedom. Click here to unlock a one-time Standard Gold Level license worth $30.

SEASON FINALE: 4 Steps to Find Your Voice & Develop a Signature Style [FJ20]
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2017-09-23 00:51:01 UTC 49:03
SEASON FINALE: 4 Steps to Find Your Voice & Develop a Signature Style [FJ20]

For the past 10 months, we've explored a theme that is pertinent to all artists. Let's sum this season up and get the definitive answer to this crucial question.

If you're any kind of artist, but especially if you're one trying to earn a living at your craft, it's vital to both your creative fulfillment as well as your professional longevity, to find "your voice" and develop a signature style. On September 1 of last year, Radio Film School launched with a mission to get to the bottom of this answer. After almost 90 interviews, we have determined what I can safely proclaim is a definitive strategy.

In our season 1 finale, we'll revisit old interviews, introduce new ones, and summarize what essentially amounts to a 4-stop process; and we do it in a way that is classic Radio Film School--from stories to movie clips to an eclectic score, you'll be inspired after hearing this episode.

Be sure to listen past the credits to get a sneak peek at season 2 and the collaboration we're doing with Stillmotion and Muse Storytelling to document the making of their The Remarkable Ones series. It's very cool! Sign up for our email list to be notified when we start. Also, email subscribers will get access and see my short film, "Mixed in America: Little Mixed Sunshine."

Who You Heard

In this episode, we hear from:

Who You Heard in the Audio Montages

In the opening montage of soundbites, here's who you heard:

In the Radio Film School Preview you heard:

 In the credits montage you heard:
  • Brett Culp
  • Patrick Moreau
  • Sasha Perl-Raver
Reach Out

If you have a question about the movie business you'd like answered, or if you just want to drop us a line to say "Hi", email us at radiofilmschool@daredreamer.fm. Better yet, use the "Send Voicemail" button at the bottom of our website to leave a voicemail message. Follow Ron on Twitter @DareDreamerFM, or follow the show @RadioFilmSchool. Join the discussion at facebook.com/radiofilmschool.

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Videos The Podcasts Which Have Influenced Radio Film School the Most

My War of Art [FJ19]
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2017-09-23 00:51:01 UTC 23:47
My War of Art [FJ19]

Practical lessons on finding the time to pursue passion projects which might not yet pay the bills. Plus, a literal "road to Damascus" experience.

We're told time and again that personal projects are a key strategy for creatives to both find personal fulfillment, as well as market their business. But the realities of life are such that, it's often easier said than done. In today's episode, we explore this theme vis-a-vis my "Mixed in America" short film documentary project. In this episode we'll hear from the boys at Gnarly Bay as well as Patrick Moreau of Stillmotion and Muse Storytelling.

Reach Out

If you have a question about the movie business you'd like answered, or if you just want to drop us a line to say "Hi", email us at radiofilmschool@daredreamer.fm. Better yet, use the "Send Voicemail" button at the bottom of our website to leave a voicemail message. Follow Ron on Twitter @DareDreamerFM, or follow the show @RadioFilmSchool. Join the discussion at facebook.com/radiofilmschool.

Music in this Episode

Music was curated from FreeMusicArchive.org. In order of appearance, the music in this episode:

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Videos

Visit the blog post for this episode to see the video mentioned:

  • Study.com Momentum Lesson
  • Oprah’s Super Soul Sunday with Steven Pressfield on Resistance
  • Oprah/Pressfield Clip on Finding Your Calling

A Father's Day Special
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2017-09-23 00:51:01 UTC 16:49
A Father's Day Special

It's only fitting that as we head into the week that kicks off the Radio Film School season finales, we end the season where we began. With fathers.

Today we have a Father's Day special. The first half of the show are selected reruns of stories from our first official episode "Of Fathers and Filmmaking Part 1." At about the 9-minute mark I introduce a brand new story. It was actually the story that inspired me to post this special in the first place. It's from Ryan Koral, founder and president of TELL, a corporate video production agency, and co-founder of Studio Sherpas, a community and resource for small business video producers. I have no doubt you'll be moved and inspired by his story.

Happy Father's Day!

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The Role of a Producer and How to Finance a Film
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2017-09-23 00:51:01 UTC 41:16
The Role of a Producer and How to Finance a Film

Today we have two professionals in the world of filmmaking to give expert information on 1) the role of "producer" and 2) how to finance a film.

Last week we got a voicemail from a listener of the show wanting to know more information about how you go about financing a film. While in Los Angeles to film our new "women in film" upcoming documentary series, I took advantage of the opportunity to interview show regular Yolanda Cochran.Based on her experience as EVP of Alcon Entertainment, then a consultant to Netflix, Yolanda is a wealth of knowledge with regards to both of these topics. We also hear from Mara Tasker in this episode. Mara is  the head of original content production a Seed&Spark, a crowdsourcing site for filmmakers by filmmakers. In this episode you'll learn: what is it exactly that all those different types of producers do (e.g. Producer, Co-produce, Executive Producer, etc.); different strategies for financing a film; tips for using crowdfunding sites like Seed&Spark and Kickstarter.

Music in this Episode

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SPECIAL: Season Update and Series Trailer
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2017-09-23 00:51:01 UTC 18:37
SPECIAL: Season Update and Series Trailer

This week we have a special episode and update that includes listener voicemail, a trailer for a new podcast and film series, and a provocative if not fun behind the scenes discussion about a past episode.

These past few days I've been in Los Angeles to film an update to our "Women in Film" series. So I don't have a regular episode. It's more of an update wherein we hear a listener's voicemail, a trailer for the aforementioned series, and show regulars JD and Yolanda take me to task on a past episode.

Music in this Episode

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Alfred Hitchcock: Anatomy of a Genius [FJ17]
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2017-09-23 00:51:01 UTC 46:23
Alfred Hitchcock: Anatomy of a Genius [FJ17]

There are few filmmakers in the history of the craft who are as revered for their work, and as associated with a particular style, as Sir Alfred Hitchcock.

Hitchcock's work is so distinctive, his name has become an adjective to describe a well-executed, suspense thriller or drama (e.g. David Fincher's "Se7en" is a Hitchcockian thriller filled with mystery, murder, and suspense-filled thrills worthy of the master of suspense himself.)

No doubt that if you're passionate about filmmaking and cinema, you've seen plenty of interviews and/or video essays about Hitch. But as usual, my hope is to share some insight that you might not have heretofore come across.

This week's episode is chock full of experts:

Music in this Episode

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Videos

Check out the blog post for this episode to see some of the films and videos mentioned in this episode, including:

  • The Episode of Hitch20 Ron participated in.
  • Ron's favorite video essay by Adam Westbrook
  • Brandon McCormick's "Fear Itself"
  • BTS video of "Fear Itself"
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Superheroes in Cinema Pt. 1: The Art of Adaptation [SE18]
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2017-09-23 00:51:01 UTC 34:47
Superheroes in Cinema Pt. 1: The Art of Adaptation [SE18]

Superhero movies are all the rage lately. Believe it or not, there is a lot filmmakers can learn from them. Today is Part 1 in a new Short Ends series.

This week we hear from:

  • Robert Meyer Burnett: A 25+ year veteran of Hollywood, Rob is a director, editor, frequent co-host on Collider Heroes, and self-proclaimed comic book geek. Currently directing the Star Trek fan film Axanar (which raised over $1 million in crowdfunding).
  • Sasha Perl-Raver: movie critic, television journalist, actress, and co-host of Collider TV Talk as well as FX Download.
  • Brett Culp: director of the documentary "Legends of the Knight", a feature-length documentary about the legend and story of Batman inspiring people living with debilitating or even life-threatening illnesses. Through the success of that film, Brett has since founded "The Rising Heroes Project," a non-profit that creates uplifting films to support charitable organizations and inspire communities. They are now working on their follow-up to "Legends" with "Look to the Sky."
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Videos There's A New StoryBuilder App from Muse Storytelling by Stillmotion

Muse Storytelling by Stillmotion has released a new app that will change the way you tell stories. Use it to work out the four essential "P's" of every story: People, Places, Plot and Purpose. Add photos to help you visualize the story. You can even join a community of like-minded creatives who can all collaborate with you on your story's development. Head on over to buildstory.org and sign up for a free 14-day trial. No credit card is required.

Wipster + Adobe Premiere Pro. Wipster + Vimeo.

We're thrilled to have Wipster join the Radio Film School family. Wipster is a leading video collaboration tool, allowing you to share your video with clients and colleagues and collect feedback. Go to Wipster.io to sign up. And if you're used to using Vimeo to share links with clients, no worries. Wipster has exclusive integration with Vimeo. Go from Vimeo to Wipster and back again, seamlessly.

Wipster also has a built-in panel that allows you to share your video directly from within Premiere Pro, and you'll be able to see client's feedback on that video directly within Premiere. Check out their 1-minute walk-through.

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BONUS: Ron-On-1 with Dave Dugdale of LearningVideo.com
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2017-09-23 00:51:02 UTC 35:33
BONUS: Ron-On-1 with Dave Dugdale of LearningVideo.com

If you're serious about learning video, chances are you've come across one of the videos of Dave Dugdale of LearningVideo.com. Today we have a bonus episode of Radio Film School where I have an in-depth chat with Dave.

When Dave Dugdale talks, companies listen. Why? Because he has one of the most popular video education channels on  YouTube—with over 170,000 subscribers and 20+ million views. What sets Dave apart from many other "professionals" in this industry, is that Dave will be the first to tell you he doesn't consider himself a pro. He's just a regular guy trying to learn video and sharing what he learns with the world. He doesn't put on a face and try to make himself cooler or smarter than he really is. He's like the friendly neighborhood dad down the street...who just happens to be a minor YouTube celebrity.

Today's bonus episode of the show is my full, uncut interview with Dave. This was actually an interview I did with Dave for my now defunct podcast, The Solo Creative. I don't want the Solo Creative interviews I did to go to waste, so periodically I'll post them in the Radio Film School feed as bonuses.

In this interview with Dave, he covers how he got started, his strategy for making passive income with his websites, mistakes he’s made, where and how he learns, his philosophy on life and work, and the value of just putting yourself out there. I have no doubt you’ll be inspired.

Other 1-on-1 Filmmaker Interviews: Crossing the 180

If you like these one-on-one style interviews where I dig deep and wide with filmmakers, you'll love my back catalog of Crossing the 180. This was my first filmmakers podcast. Over 100 interviews with filmmakers from just about every facet of the business: from Hollywood DPs and directors, to DSLR luminaries, to wedding "rock stars." Become a Dare Dreamer FM Premium Member, and you get free access to these sets of interviews as I make them available. Go to daredreamer.fm/x180 to learn more.

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Videos There's A New StoryBuilder App from Muse Storytelling by Stillmotion

Muse Storytelling by Stillmotion has released a new app that will change the way you tell stories. Use it to work out the four essential "P's" of every story: People, Places, Plot and Purpose. Add photos to help you visualize the story. You can even join a community of like-minded creatives who can all collaborate with you on your story's development. Head on over to buildstory.org and sign up for a free 14-day trial. No credit card is required.

Wipster + Adobe Premiere Pro. Wipster + Vimeo.

We're thrilled to have Wipster join the Radio Film School family. Wipster is a leading video collaboration tool, allowing you to share your video with clients and colleagues and collect feedback. Go to Wipster.io to sign up. And if you're used to using Vimeo to share links with clients, no worries. Wipster has exclusive integration with Vimeo. Go from Vimeo to Wipster and back again, seamlessly.

Wipster also has a built-in panel that allows you to share your video directly from within Premiere Pro, and you'll be able to see client's feedback on that video directly within Premiere. Check out their 1-minute walk-through.

Get 'er Done: A Mixed in America Documentary Update [FJ16]
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Get 'er Done: A Mixed in America Documentary Update [FJ16]

Today's episode is a must-listen episode for anyone out there who has procrastinated or dragged their butt on getting a project done. An update on my documentary "Mixed in America".

Five years ago I embarked on a personal project to create a short film documentary series about biracial people in America. It's called "Mixed in America" and the first installment of the series is about my daughter, Imahni. The name of the installment is "Little Mixed Sunshine" and it combines a personal interview various b-roll and re-enactments. Well, five years after first interviewing her and even uploading a 1-minute teaser, the project still isn't done.

Out of a desire to educate and inspire other filmmakers and creatives (or, quite possibly, a temporary loss of sanity) I made the decision to share my progress of the film on this podcast. The segment has been cleverly called "Shooting Sunshine." Today you'll hear the latest installment of the series with an update on where I am exactly with "Mixed in America." Show regular JD Cochran is back to give me some "tough love." If you've ever dragged your feet on getting a project done, particularly a film project, this is the episode for you.

 project done. An update on my documentary "Mixed in America".

Five years ago I embarked on a personal project to create a short film documentary series about biracial people in America. It's called "Mixed in America" and the first installment of the series is about my daughter, Imahni. The name of the installment is "Little Mixed Sunshine" and it combines a personal interview various b-roll and re-enactments. Well, five years after first interviewing her and even uploading a 1-minute teaser, the project still isn't done.

Out of a desire to educate and inspire other filmmakers and creatives (or, quite possibly, a temporary loss of sanity) I made the decision to share my progress of the film on this podcast. The segment has been cleverly called "Shooting Sunshine." Today you'll hear the latest installment of the series with an update on where I am exactly with "Mixed in America." Show regular JD Cochran is back to give me some "tough love." If you've ever dragged your feet on getting a project done, particularly a film project, this is the episode for you.

Another great bonus segment is at 37:01. It gives additional insight into the making of "Mixed in America."

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