Episode Sixty-Eight: Lessons From Making Your First Feature

April 13, 2011 by cindy  
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Some people will tell you that you should go to film school if you want to be a filmmaker. Others will tell you that you should use that money to make your first feature instead. Rukmani and Derek decided to do both: they made their first feature while in film school. Listen as they share their experiences and the ups and downs of making a feature and then approaching the film festival circuit.

Rukmani Bachal- Producer

At 19, Bachal heeded her intuition and ventured on a path away from a conventional Indian life. A formative trainee-ship emphasized ‘plusthought’ that became the foundation for the quality of work and applicability of intelligence Bachal sought in every project she undertook. Bachal received tremendous support from her family that was crucial in making the decisions to move base constantly, working in various parts of the Advertising and Film Industry in India and then finally moving to Los Angeles, a step that to her felt like arriving at her core.
In Los Angeles, Bachal furthered her passion into Producing, seeking out and producing for talented filmmakers, a diverse variety of promising short films, under her production label ‘burning ghat cinema’. Bachal’s zealous attitude, meticulous professionalism and creative problem-solving have been critical in the making of her films.

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Derek LaPorte- Director

Born in Pensacola, Florida, Derek LaPorte, has written and directed numerous short films, gaining increased technical competence while constantly testing his boundaries as a storyteller. On the verge of enrolling in law school, he decided to move to Los Angeles in 2007 and pursue his vision as a filmmaker, a career fraught with uncertainty albeit one for which he showed much promise.
He constantly imbibes from the films of Michelangelo Antonioni, Andrei Tarkovsky, Robert Bresson, Bela Tarr and Terrence Malick, renowned names in American and Foreign cinema; filmmakers whose stories and style he considers unshakable. Not unlike his influences, Laporte’s films aspire to bring to the fore strong thematic concepts, compelling characters and situations that aim to arrive at the truth and evoke real emotions in the viewer.

From the austere style of One Note Song to the allegorical plot in The Pitch, LaPorte’s films showcase this emerging filmmaker’s visionary directing style, keenly attuned sense for perceptive story lines and cinematically appealing compositions.

Jenna Edwards- Producer

Jenna Edwards began her film career in Minnesota where she was signed on as talent with Easter Hailey. Quickly after being signed Edwards was hired by the agency as a full time employee giving her a head-start on her Hollywood education. After two years of rising through the Minnesota film community Edwards made the move to Los Angeles.

Soon after Edwards moved to Los Angeles she was hired by agent Jamie Ferrar. It was while Edwards was working for Ferrar that she developed an interest in the casting process. Before long she had moved from talent agencies to working in casting with such industry leaders as; Sally Steiner (Fresh Prince of Bel Air, Boy Meets World), Barbie Block (Jonas, Pepper Dennis) and Allison Jones (Superbad, The Office).

During this time Edwards was also able to gain valuable production experience working with studios like Disney, MTV, FOX and CBS.

After several years of successfully navigating her career through the Hollywood studio system Edwards made the leap to independent film with her first feature April Showers and has since successfully produced 4 feature films as well as co-hosting the Film Method podcast and teaching producing classes at New York Film Academy.

After her success with April Showers Edwards formed Mattoid Entertainment with partners Jeremy McGovern and Andrew Robinson where they produced the first ever made-for-internet movie, In the Darkness, which premiered on Hulu.com. Mattoid has recently made the leap to distribution, where they have acquired three feature documentaries to be released in 2011.  The first, Adopting Haiti premiered as the #1 documentary on Hulu.com.

Aside from continuing to work at Mattoid, Jenna is busy working on budgets for several independent films, producing 2 feature films and developing projects for television as well as teaching producing at New York Film Academy.

Producing Sunflowers Website

Episode Fifty-Five: Introducing the FM Mail Bag with a Filmmaker Q&A

October 11, 2010 by cindy  
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We’re excited to announce a new feature called the Film Method Mail Bag! You, the listener, now have the opportunity to get those pressing questions answered about making your own film. Join producers Jenna Edwards and Cooper Harris and Producer/Director/DP Ace Underhill as we kick off this new feature and answer some listener questions. To have your questions answered, email info@film-method.com or send your Tweet with #fmmailbag or #filmmethod.

Cooper Harris- Producer/Actor

A recent graduate of the prestigious North Carolina School of the Arts, Cooper happily herself paying her bills acting and producing!  She recently starred in the SyFy Channel’s upcoming thriller, Meteor Apocalypse and just wrapped the title role in a rom-com opposite Josh Sussman (Glee) and Lochlyn Munro. Cooper was seen this summer as the new host for Red Bull, as well as in campaigns for DishNetwork, POM, Microsoft and the groundbreaking new LG campaign. Cooper produced and stars in DailyMotion’s first original comedy series, Squatters. She is also a writer/producer of award-winning transmedia commercial campaigns for companies such as Post It Notes, Kimberly Clark, and Krazy Glue. Upcoming, Cooper can be seen as the title character in the upcoming thriller, The Resurrection of Serious Rogers. www.CooperHarris.net

Ace Underhill- Director of Photography

Ace Underhill has worked in the film and television industry for over 13 years, blending extensive technical knowledge with an award-winning artistic edge.  He founded Brilliant Screen Studios, a full service film & television studio as well as a feature film production company.  He has served on the San Diego Filmmakers Board of Directors and was part of the Advisory Group to the San Diego Film Commission.  Brilliant Screen also supplies productions of all sizes with crew, consultation, and equipment. Brilliant Screen Studios

Jenna Edwards- Producer

Jenna Edwards began her film career in Minnesota where she was signed on as talent with Easter Hailey. Quickly after being signed Edwards was hired by the agency as a full time employee giving her a head-start on her Hollywood education. After two years of rising through the Minnesota film community Edwards made the move to Los Angeles.

Soon after Edwards moved to Los Angeles she was hired by Agent Jamie Ferrar. It was while Edwards was working for Ferrar that she developed an interest in the casting process, before long she had moved from talent agencies to working in casting with such industry leaders as Sally Steiner (Fresh Prince of Bel Air, Boy Meets World), Barbie Block (Jonas, Pepper Dennis) and Allison Jones (Super Bad, The Office). During this time Edwards was also able to gain valuable production experience working on shows such as Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Malcolm in the Middle, and working with studios like Disney, MTV, FOX and CBS.

After several years of successfully navigating her career through the Hollywood studio system Edwards made the leap to independent film with her first feature April Showers. After her success with April Showers Edwards formed Mattoid Entertainment with partners Jeremy McGovern and Andrew Robinson where they made, In the Darkness,  the first narrative feature to ever premiere on Hulu.com.  Most recently Edwards made her way back to Nebraska, where she shot April Showers, to team up with some new filmmakers on a comedy film called Trunk’d.

Mattoid Entertainment’s Website
Mattoid on Facebook

Episode Thirty-Seven: Film Finance Revisited

May 5, 2010 by cindy  
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Raising money for your film can be the most daunting task in all of filmmaking. In this episode, Securities Attorney John Cones and filmmaker Justin Evans give their pearls of wisdom about raising money and making the hard sell of getting financing for your film more attractive to potential investors.

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John & Justin’s Links

For Info on Tax Code 181- Google info on Bill HR4213
Books by John Cones
John’s Website
Hard Money- Article in Los Angeles Lawyer Magazine by John Cones
Jeff Steele’s Film Closings Blog
Justin Evans Twitter Page
Humble Magi Facebook Fan Page
Humble Magi Website

Books about Business Plans:

Getting the Money: A Step by Step Guide for Writing Business Plans for Film by Jeremy Juuso
Filmmakers and Financing, Fifth Edition: Business Plans for Independents by Louise Levison

Jenna & Jeremy’s Links
In the Darkness on Netflix
Indiegogo for Who Killed Jane Finch?

John Cones- Securities Attorney

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John Cones is a securities/entertainment attorney who has practiced in Los Angeles for eighteen years advising independent feature film producers and others on matters relating to investor financing of feature film and other entertainment projects.  He has prepared or participated in the preparation of business plans and/or the required securities disclosure documents, along with Blue Sky compliance for more than 250 such offerings during his 18 year securities law career, including public and private production-money offerings for feature films, television pilots, documentaries, infomercials, live stage plays and Internet companies. His clients have produced or distributed some 51 feature and documentary films with funds raised through such offerings. Mr. Cones also works with entrepreneurs on investor financing of business start-ups. In addition to several articles, he has authored six books on those same topics including Introduction to the Film Industry- A Guide for Students, Filmmakers and Scholars, Dictionary of Film Finance and Distribution- A Guide for Independent Filmmakers, Film Industry Contracts, 43 Ways to Finance Your Film, The Feature Film Distribution Deal and Hollywood Wars.  He also hosts a Q&A Internet site about investor financing of entertainment projects at http://www.mecfilms.com/coneslaw/finforum.htm He is a member of the California and Texas bar associations. Mr. Cones resides in Westlake Village, California.

Justin Evans- Producer/Writer/Director

Justin Eugene Evans began his first theatre company at 14 and began making films at 15. He is the only undergraduate in NYU’s history to complete a feature film while in school. Justin is the founder, former CEO & Creative Director of Mystic Arts in Beijing as well as the owner and producer of Humble Magi, LLC and Oojah, LLC, which have offices in New Mexico and Michigan. He has been a film professor and art director in the video game industry. Justin was also the writer, director, cinematographer, producer, editor and art director for the 2007 film, Saturday Night Special.

Recently, Justin finished the feature film, A Lonely Place For Dying. The preview screening of this film won the Heineken Red Star Award at The Santa Fe Film Festival in 2008 and won rave reviews at its premiere at the KiMo Theater in Albuquerque, NM in 2009.

Justin has been featured twice in Variety, twice in Moviemaker Magazine, and a mini-doc about his film aired on IFC throughout January 2009. Justin is a skilled graphic designer, photographer, production designer, screenwriter, cinematographer, director & producer and resides in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Episode Thirty-Six: Erik Proulx from Lemonade

April 28, 2010 by cindy  
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What do people who were once paid to be creative for a living do when they’re laid off? They get creative with their own lives. Lemonade is an inspirational film about 16 advertising professionals who lost their jobs and found their calling, encouraging people to listen to that little voice inside their head that asks, What if?

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Links
Lemonade Facebook Page
Lemonade Movie Website
Erik’s Twitter Page

Episode Thirty-Five: Jeff Lewis and Sean Becker of The Guild

April 21, 2010 by cindy  
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Sean Becker and Jeff Lewis of The Guild and The Jeff Lewis 5-Minute Comedy Hour join us to talk about what it’s like to work on the most popular web series!

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Links
The Guild
Jeff Lewis 5 Minute Comedy Hour Facebook Page
Jeff’s Taco Bell Video
Jeff Lewis’ Twitter Page
Jeff’s Facebook page
Sean Becker’s Twitter
Sean’s Awkward Pictures Page

Episode Thirty-Four: Scilla Andreen of IndieFlix

April 14, 2010 by cindy  
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Join us as we speak with IndieFlix CEO Scilla Andreen.

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Scilla’s Links:
Scilla on Twitter
Crowd Controls
WorkBook Project
Beyond the Box
Fans, Friends and Followers

About Scilla Andreen

CEO and Co-Founder of IndieFlix.com Scilla Andreen is a producer, director and Emmy nominated costume designer with deep roots in the entertainment industry; producing several award winning films including festival favorites, “Outpatient”, “The Flats” and Sundance hit, “Bit Players”. Her first film, “Mutual Love Life”, received Oscar Consideration. She began her career in film while attending NYU as a political science major, working part time as a photographer covering the United Nations for the Wall Street Diplomatic World Bulletin. She and her partner Carlo Scandiuzzi created IndieFlix to be a fee-free, one-stop shop for filmmakers to reach the broadest on-line audience while keeping their rights and the lion share of the profits. She has spoken on numerous panels and immersed herself in film related organizations worldwide. Her favorite past times are thinking up tag lines, reading, sailing, Fly fishing, cooking and napping on the beach. She is best known for her contagious loud laughter and when she’s not staying up too late working or buying domain names, Scilla can usually be found hanging out with friends and family.

April Live Series Kicks Off!

March 31, 2010 by cindy  
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Join us for a great live interview with IndieFlix CEO Scilla Andreen! Click here to listen to the episode on Monday, April 5th at 7:00pm PST.

Episode Thirty-Three: The Creators of In the Darkness

March 31, 2010 by cindy  
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Producers Jenna Edwards and Jeremy McGovern and Writer/Director Andrew Robinson of In the Darkness join us to talk about the making of their movie. In the Darkness was the first narrative feature to release exclusively on Hulu.

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Episode Thirty-Two: Web World

March 24, 2010 by cindy  
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In the world of entertainment, no medium is more exciting these days than the World of the Wide Web. This still-new outlet is breaking new ground everyday and changing the way we view television and movies. The Web has even sparked its own new format and no, we’re not talking about clips of cats playing piano. What we are referring to is the webisode, which is, episodic content made just for the Web. One of the most popular Web shows is The Guild, which is a show about a group of online gamers who decide to take their virtual friendships to the next level by meeting in the “real world”. Join us as we speak with the director of The Guild, Sean Becker and ask him what it’s like to be apart of this exciting new medium.

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Sean Becker- Director/Editor

Sean Becker is an Emmy award-winning director as well as a Streamy Award-nominated director and editor. After graduating from San Jose State University in 2003, Sean directed video segments for a variety show which aired on the UPN network. This resulted in a regional Emmy award in 2005 for the short film Parallel/Parallel. In 2006, Sean co-founded Awkward Pictures along with producing/writing partner, Payman Benz. Together they created Comedy Gumbo for Sony Pictures’ online division, Crackle.com. Just recently, Sean completed production on season 3 of the popular Microsoft-Sponsored online series, The Guild, and is currently in production on a new sketch show entitled The Jeff Lewis 5-Minute Comedy Hour.


The Guild Website
Awkward Pictures Website
Sean’s Twitter Page

Episode Thirty-One: Directing Your PR Campaign

March 17, 2010 by cindy  
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We feel that we really can’t talk too much about publicity since it is the key to getting your film seen and distributed. In this digital age there are many opportunities to take advantage of new publicity mediums such as social networking tools. Come listen as we banter with director Jenine Mayring about press releases, Twitter and our OT topic, Star Wars.

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Jenine Mayring- Producer/Director/Writer

Born and raised in the Big Apple, award-winning multi-hyphenate Jenine Mayring began her career as a stage actor. Today, she is a producer/director/writer and President of Brooklyn Girl Productions. Jenine has won numerous awards including a Davey Award and a Telly Award. Her producer/director credits range from theater in New York to films and commercials in Los Angeles. Simone, a psychological thriller that she wrote, produced and directed, had its world premiere at the 2009 LA Femme Film Festival and was nominated for Best Short Thriller at the 2010 Trail Dance Film Festival. Jenine produced the award-winning documentary From Silence to Sound (Best Inspirational Documentary, New York International Film Festival) which tells the miraculous story of a deaf man who hears for the first time at age 27 (available on IndieFlix and Amazon). A former American Sign Language (ASL) interpreter and instructor, Jenine’s credits as an ASL consultant include the hit TV shows ER and Nip/Tuck. Jenine earned her bachelor’s degree in Theater Arts (Acting & Directing) from the State University of New York at New Paltz (alma mater of John Turturro) in only three years. Prior to that, she graduated with honors from the prestigious Brooklyn Technical High School with a major in Graphic Communications.

A certified SCUBA diver, tennis player and four-time marathoner, Jenine lives in West Hollywood.

To find out more about Jenine or her projects, please see one of the following links:

Brooklyn Girl Productions Webpage
Brooklyn Girl Productions Twitter Page
Jenine’s Twitter Page
From Silence to Sound
Getting Started on Twitter

Jeremy McGovern- Producer

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Jeremy McGovern was born and raised in Pueblo, Colorado.  From a young age McGovern showed a knack for the arts and his interest was cultivated by his Grandmother (a prominent local artist).  In Colorado McGovern was accepted to and finished several rigorous art programs with honors.  After graduation McGovern took his first independent leap into the business world when he owned and operated his own successful business and founded a non-profit organization while attending Colorado State University where he studied Clinical Psychology and Biology.

In 2003 McGovern relocated to Los Angeles.  Since his arrival in Los Angeles McGovern has been selected to be a part of the opening management team for flagship locations of several Fortune 500 companies as well as working as an independent contractor for smaller local upstart companies. While continuing to work McGovern returned to school to complete his film education and in 2007 graduated Magna Cum-Laude from Columbia College Hollywood with a double emphasis in Cinema and Television.  Recently McGovern co-founded Mattoid Entertainment with Producer Jenna Edwards and Director Andrew Robinson. Their film In the Darkness releases on Hulu on March 30, 2010.

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