295 episodes

Liz Manashil and Alrik Bursell discuss independent filmmaking, everything from writing, producing and directing to working as crew. But this is not just a podcast about "making it," it's also about struggling with rejection, self-doubt and everything else that comes with pursuing a career in film. Follow along as we forge our own way through the industry and talk to guests who are also making it happen.

Making Movies is HARD!!! Liz Manashil & Alrik Bursell

    • TV & Film
    • 4.8 • 9 Ratings

Liz Manashil and Alrik Bursell discuss independent filmmaking, everything from writing, producing and directing to working as crew. But this is not just a podcast about "making it," it's also about struggling with rejection, self-doubt and everything else that comes with pursuing a career in film. Follow along as we forge our own way through the industry and talk to guests who are also making it happen.

    Episode 286 - Taking the Time to Make Your First Feature Right w/ Aleem Hossain!

    Episode 286 - Taking the Time to Make Your First Feature Right w/ Aleem Hossain!

    This week Liz and Alrik talk with indie filmmaker Aleem Hossain about the process of making his first feature film, After We Leave, which he shot across over eight years and made it on a budget under $50k. Aleem talks about his decision to make his film over a long period of time, not rush the process and make sure he got each frame just the way he wanted. This is a great episode just to show that there are more options to tackling your first feature than trying to get it shot in as little time as possible. They also have short filmmaker Kate McCoid on the show to talk about her film ‘It’s Not Custard’ which Liz is a big fan of.

    • 1 hr 11 min
    Episode 285 - Film Development and Working in the Pandemic with Escape Artists Becky Sanderman!

    Episode 285 - Film Development and Working in the Pandemic with Escape Artists Becky Sanderman!

    This week we have a very exciting episode featuring development executive and Senior Vice President of Film/TV at Escape Artists, Becky Sanderman. Becky joins Liz and Alrik to talk about what her job entails, what she looks for in a project and how she likes to work with up and coming writers and directors. Becky also talks about her day to day and how that has all changed with the pandemic! If you want to learn more about how filmmaking works on a studio level, this is the episode for you! Also, Liz and Alrik answer a listener question and read a new itunes review!

    • 1 hr 9 min
    : Episode 284 - Making a Great Low Budget Genre film with the legendary Joe Bob Briggs!

    : Episode 284 - Making a Great Low Budget Genre film with the legendary Joe Bob Briggs!

     Oh do we have a special episode for you! This week Liz and Alrik invite legendary film critic, film aficionado and Drive-In movie specialist Joe Bob Briggs to talk about all things genre filmmaking! Joe Bob talks about the rants on his show ‘The Last Drive In’, the mistakes young filmmakers make and what kind of movies he would love to see more of in the world of low budget genre filmmaking! Alrik and Liz loved talking to Joe Bob so much that they had an extra post show wrap up talk so once Joe Bob logs off stick around for more fun!

    • 59 min
    Episode 283 - Writing, Directing and Producing a Feature Film After Full Careers with Jeff Kerr and Ray Spivey!

    Episode 283 - Writing, Directing and Producing a Feature Film After Full Careers with Jeff Kerr and Ray Spivey!

    This week Alrik and Liz welcome writers and directors Jeff Kerr and Ray Spivey to talk about the making of their brand new feature film, Writers Block which comes out on VOD, Itunes and Amazon on November 3rd! Jeff and Ray talk about reconnecting after thirty years since they knew each other in high school, starting to collaborating together and what it was like to write, direct and produce their first feature later in life. This episode truly proves that it's never too late to follow your dreams! We also have filmmaker Michael Groves on the show to share his short film Left Behind!
     
    Where to Find Michael Groves, Jeff Kerr and Ray Spivey!
    Watch Writer's Block Now!
    Jeff Kerr's Website
    Ray Spivey on IMDB
    Michael Grove's On Youtube
    Contact Liz & Alrik Send us an email You can find Liz Manashil @ www.lizmanashil.com You can find Alrik @ www.alrikbursell.com MMIH is now in video and on Youtube @ www.youtube.com/c/MakingMoviesisHARDPodcast

    • 1 hr 20 min
    Episode 282 - Writing and Directing Vampires vs. The Bronx with Oz Rodriguez!

    Episode 282 - Writing and Directing Vampires vs. The Bronx with Oz Rodriguez!

     This week Alrik and Liz welcome writer and director Oz Rodriguez on the show to talk about the making of his latest film Vampires vs. The Bronx which is now streaming on Netflix! Oz also talks about how he came up in the world of comedy, how he made it as a director on SNL and taking the leap from directing television to telling a story that is very important to him and that captures his vision start to finish. We also have a new get shorty segment featuring friend of the show Dave Bundtzen's horror short 'The Devil's Passenger' and we have a Soapdish segment from filmmaker and author Sarah Moshman!

    • 57 min
    Episode 281 - Collaborating on a First Feature and Writing Around The Sun with Jonathan Kiefer!

    Episode 281 - Collaborating on a First Feature and Writing Around The Sun with Jonathan Kiefer!

    This week Alrik and Liz welcome San Francisco Bay Area Filmmaker and Writer Jonathan Kiefer onto the show to talk about his process in collaborating on making and writing his first feature film, Around The Sun. Jonathan talks about how he and the director collaborated on the film, where the concept came from and the steps he took in writing the project. We also talk about being a filmmaker in these crazy times and the artistic motivations to decide if you should write or direct a certain project! Liz and Alrik also answer a listener question and talk about their all time favorite episodes of the podcast!
     
    Where to Find Jonathan Kiefer!
    Watch Around The Sun Now!
    Jonathan Kiefer's Website!
    Jonathan Kiefer on IMDB!
    Contact Liz & Alrik Send us an email You can find Liz Manashil @ www.lizmanashil.com You can find Alrik @ www.alrikbursell.com MMIH is now in video and on Youtube @ www.youtube.com/c/MakingMoviesisHARDPodcast You can now find MMIH @ mmihpodcast on instagram! Leave a comment on our website Find us on our Facebook Community Page Contact us on Twitter and Facebook  

    • 1 hr 10 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
9 Ratings

9 Ratings

Jamie|francisbrothersfilms.com ,

MMIH is becoming one of my favourite podcasts!

Tim and Alrik have a great podcast here. They are very skilled filmmakers in their own right, but don't at all come across as guys that know it all. It's the main strength of the podcast. Too many filmmaking podcasts come off as preachy and even condescending, not MMIH. They are straight shooters and they both display a very humble attitude towards their filmmaking careers. It's very refreshing. Long time listener, first time reviewer.

a1robot ,

Honest and knowledgable

These guys analyze and dissect the world of indie filmmaking from the inside out. They are in the trenches and they speak of their experiences, triumphs, and tribulations with an
Emotional honesty that is refreshing to hear and easily understood by any struggling artist. They speak about all aspects of the craft intelligently both seeking answers and supplying them as filmmakers doing their best to make it happen. Awesome.

CanadaTradesToo ,

Real filmmakers sharing their struggles…. awesome!

This is my favourite podcast to date because the hosts discuss the real struggles of indie filmmaking and how they confront the many challenges faced. They don’t hold back and they're not pretentious or conceited (which seems to plague the industry unfortunately)…and that’s the charm. Keep it up guys! I look forward to every single episode.

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