100 episodes

I'm Taku Mbudzi and this podcast is dedicated to my love of writing and storytelling. Season 2 is the step-by-step story of how, against the odds, I'm making my first live action kids' TV show in Australia. The podcast focuses on screenwriting and all the behind-the-scenes things I’m learning. I also include interviews with the amazing people who are helping me along the way. Podcast recorded in Melbourne, Australia.

Two Words with Taku Taku Mbudzi

    • TV & Film
    • 5.0 • 12 Ratings

I'm Taku Mbudzi and this podcast is dedicated to my love of writing and storytelling. Season 2 is the step-by-step story of how, against the odds, I'm making my first live action kids' TV show in Australia. The podcast focuses on screenwriting and all the behind-the-scenes things I’m learning. I also include interviews with the amazing people who are helping me along the way. Podcast recorded in Melbourne, Australia.

    Episode 100 — Answering Your Podcasting Questions on Instagram LIVE

    Episode 100 — Answering Your Podcasting Questions on Instagram LIVE

    Episode 100! I finally took to Instagram LIVE to answer your burning questions about podcasting. Watch the whole video, complete with show-and-tell of my recording gear at https://www.instagram.com/takumbudzi.

    Thank you for listening and supporting Two Words with Taku since 2017 — here's to 100 more episodes!

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    • 55 min
    99 Episodes but a TV Show Ain't One

    99 Episodes but a TV Show Ain't One

    I've finally made it to Episode 99 of this podcast! Here's a quick update on what's happening with my TV stuff and what I'm planning for my 100th podcast episode. Thanks for listening and stay safe! x

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    • 11 min
    Pitch Perfectin' with Producer and Filmmaker Sher-Li Tan

    Pitch Perfectin' with Producer and Filmmaker Sher-Li Tan

    "Pitching is a verbal way of selling your story, and I like to leave something visual so they remember my pitch." — Sher-Li Tan

    I thought I was the Queen of Pitch Preparation until I met producer and filmmaker Sher-Li Tan. We first met at YouTube conference VidCon and she blew me away with how passionately she spruiked her projects. In this episode we talk about how she prepares for pitching her shows — everything from the documents she creates to how she researches her audience and the people she's pitching to.

    We also discuss how pitching can be a way to test the market for your ideas, and different ways to measure the success of your pitches. Sher-Li's full of great insights and stresses the importance of nurturing relationships with the people you pitch to along the way. 

    Podcast Guest Profile

    Sher-Li Tan is an early-career producer with an interest in storytelling and production excellence. She strongly believes in the power of the film to connect and engage.

    Raised in both Mauritius and Singapore, she aspires to use her exposure to different cultures and backgrounds to inform her filmmaking. She is also a trained speech pathologist and hence a vocal advocate for communities from various under-represented populations.

    Time Stamps

    0:53 | How I've approached pitching my TV ideas

    5:45 | Interview with Sher-Li Tan

    Interesting Links
    Sher-Li's website https://www.passport-productions.com/
    Sher-Li's LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/sherlitan/
    VidCon Australia https://vidconaustralia.com/
    Screen Forever Conference https://www.screenforever.org.au/

    Say Hello!

    I'm at taku.com.au, Instagram/Twitter: @takuspeaks or Facebook: @TakuTV.

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    • 44 min
    Short Courses with Wendy Gray, AFTRS Head of Industry Program

    Short Courses with Wendy Gray, AFTRS Head of Industry Program

    "Children's television is wonderful for people starting out in the industry because there tends to be more opportunity for people who don't have a long list of credits." — Wendy Gray

    I've fast-tracked a few skills after discovering the short courses offered by the Australian Film Television Radio School (AFTRS). In this episode, I chat to Wendy Gray from AFTRS about their courses and who they're designed for. We also chat about Wendy's career in the screen industry, including her extensive experience working in children's television. 

    Friendly manners: this is not a paid endorsement.

    Podcast Guest Profile

    Wendy Gray currently runs the short course and industry certificate programs at the Australian Film Television Radio School (AFTRS). Over the last seven years she has been Head of the Open Program, Head of the TV Unit and began life at AFTRS as the Industry Program Manager. In her current role she liaises with Industry through the Industry Advisory Panels, runs industry-related events and oversees the development and delivery of industry short courses and industry certificates.

    Wendy started her career in the media at ABC TV, where she worked for twelve years in a wide variety of production roles, across all genres. Her final years at the ABC saw her devising, producing and directing a number of children’s television series including AFI-award winning series The Ferals and forty episodes of Play School.

    Subsequently as a freelance producer Wendy worked on a wide range of television productions, including documentary series Greatest Cities of the World with Griff Rhys-Jones, and The Upside Down Show, an award-winning children’s series with The Umbilical Brothers, Nickelodeon US and the Children’s Television Workshop. She returned to the ABC joining the (then) New Media Division to work on the launch of ABC2, designing and executing channel branding and program development and production.

    Wendy has also worked on a number of online projects including working as Online Content Producer in the marketing department for Southern Cross and as a senior website producer for Gadfly Media, supervising website content for clients such as SOCOG and NRMA.
    She also worked for the Australian Film Commission (now Screen Australia) on a major online content project Australian Screen Online and taught production at SAE Byron Bay.

    She has a BA (Communications) from Macquarie University and a Grad Dip in Interactive Multimedia from UTS.

    Time Stamps

    0:53 | Why I've been doing short courses through AFTRS

    8:01 | Interview with Wendy Gray

    Interesting Links
    Australian Film Television Radio School https://www.aftrs.edu.au/; Telephone (Australia): 1300065 281
    Australian Writers' Guild https://www.awg.com.au/
    Film Victoria https://www.film.vic.gov.au/

    Say Hello!

    I'm at taku.com.au, Instagram/Twitter: @takuspeaks or Facebook: @TakuTV.

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    • 23 min
    Chain of Title with Lawyer Dee Mbugua

    Chain of Title with Lawyer Dee Mbugua

    "…without the proper documentation proving the ownership of the work, there’s no protection from legal action."

    The world of television is full of great ideas and magic...and contracts and legal agreements that underpin how all that magic comes together. In this episode, lawyer Dee Mbugua explains what 'chain of title' means and why it's so important in the media industry. She also gives useful tips for seeking legal advice, especially when it comes to the fineprint. If in doubt, don't make a wild guess and definitely don't sign anything!

    Podcast Guest Profile

    Dee Mbugua is the Deputy Director, Industrial, Advice and Advocacy at Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance. She’s an experienced lawyer and writer with a demonstrated history of working in the alternative dispute resolution industry. Dee enjoys sharing her stories via social media, radio broadcasting, digital media, public speaking, and writing.

    Time Stamps

    0:53 | Why I needed to find a lawyer

    3:07 | Interview with Dee Mbugua

    Interesting Links
    Dee's Instagram https://www.instagram.com/thingsdeesays/
    Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance https://www.meaa.org/
    Arts Law Centre of Australia https://www.artslaw.com.au/

    Say Hello!

    I'm at taku.com.au, Instagram/Twitter: @takuspeaks or Facebook: @TakuTV.

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    • 25 min
    Writers' Guild with Screenwriter and Podcaster Evrim Şen

    Writers' Guild with Screenwriter and Podcaster Evrim Şen

    "The way that we can tell stories if we use audio, specifically fiction, is so interesting and diverse. Audio is such a freeing medium." 

    I joined the Australian Writers’ Guild (AWG) so I could meet inspiring young screenwriters like Evrim Şen. We met at an Animation Writing Workshop and hit it off instantly — we're both fired up about stories for and about young people. In this episode, Evrim shares how joining the AWG is helping her writing career and how things are different in real-life writers' rooms vs what she learnt at film school.

    We also chat about her fun podcast Script Roulette, where in each episode, she and her team produce an audio drama based on a random prompt, written by an emerging writer. 

    Podcast Guest Profile

    Evrim Şen is a podcast producer and screenwriter, working in creative and youth sector non-for-profits with a focus on social enterprise and social impact.

    She has a Masters in Screenwriting from the Victorian College of the Arts, and her passion is representing the perspectives of and writing for young people and children.

    She’s been part of the production of numerous podcasts including, the fiction / talked-based podcast Script Roulette, and radio play series Troll Foods.

    Time Stamps

    0:53 | Why I joined the Australian Writers' Guild

    8:08 | Interview with Evrim Şen

    Interesting Links
    Australian Writers' Guild https://www.awg.com.au/
    Evrim's website https://www.evrimsen.com.au/
    Script Roulette Podcast https://podcasts.apple.com/au/podcast/script-roulette-podcast
    Script Roulette Facebook https://www.facebook.com/scriptroulettepodcast/
    Troll Foods Podcast http://syn.org.au/show/troll-foods/

    Say Hello!

    I'm at taku.com.au, Instagram/Twitter: @takuspeaks or Facebook: @TakuTV.

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    • 26 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
12 Ratings

12 Ratings

RebelProduuctions ,

Great!

Binge listened quite a few, extremely well spoken, insightful and funny when it needs to be! I’ll be listening from now on. And you should too!

SabinaOnTheMountian ,

Inspirational

What a wonderful project you did with those young teenagers. I feel certain you will have impacted their life considerably, giving them the gift of confidence and hope! Well done.
I listen to another podcast hosted by Brett Robbo ‘Your Life of Impact’. I’d like to suggest to him that he invite you onto his podcast as a guest.
All the best!

jokalutz ,

Oozing with enthusiasm!!!

I absolutely love Taku’s enthusiasm for all things big and small! She has an ability to present things in a relatable way and show us that we all have access to all kinds of spaces!

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