The Film Riot Podcast is a conversation with talented and innovative filmmakers. From directors, editors, stunt coordinators, DPs, Actors, VFX artists, and so on... We will be diving into the process, art, and lifestyle of filmmaking from every aspect.
Telling Stories that Matter
The journey toward making the feature film “CLOUDS”—now available on Disney+—was a long one for director Justin Baldoni. In 2013 Justin released a short doc on Zach Sobiech, a remarkable 17-year-old diagnosed with osteosarcoma. The story of Zach’s life struck a chord with Justin. Since then, bringing that story to the screen has been both a passion and a promise to keep. With the film’s release, Justin has kept his promise to Zach and gave us all the gift of perspective with this touching story.
Making a Creature Feature
Brett and Drew Pierce are the writer/director team behind the new horror film THE WRETCHED, an old school creature feature with more going on under the hood than just scares.
While having a background in Hollywood productions, the brothers still approach their work with a "do-it-yourself" attitude. Their infectious passion has led to them releasing their latest feature under IFC Films and will undoubtedly grant them more great features to come.
Don't wait for Hollywood to Make Your Film
Make your film! That is what drives the team behind the new comedy FAITH BASED. From shooting with iPhones in their living rooms, to what it ultimately became—a full-blown feature film with an impressive cast (Jason Alexander, Lance Riddick, and David Koechner, just to name a few). Vincent Masciale, Luke Barnett, and Tanner Thomason were going to make this film, come "hell" or high water.
Finding Success in Filmmaking
“Proceed as if” is some of the best advice a young filmmaker can hear. But that isn’t the only gem Quincy Ledbetter drops in this latest episode. From the beginning of his infatuation with film, to finding his way into writing and directing through music and photography - Quincy has always done just that, “Proceed as if”.
Now in post on his first feature film “Alieu the Dreamer”, Quincy looks back on what led him here and all the things he learned along the way.
Making and Distributing Your Film Independently
"Just make your film" is a rallying cry for many, but very few back up those words with action. Today's guest, the multifaceted Jim Cummings, is absolutely one of those few.
Through crowdfunding and self-distribution, Jim has found a lot of success for his first feature "Thunder Road". He's following that up with his next two features: the thriller "The Beta Test" and the horror film "The Werewolf" (his first studio film).
How a Hollywood Legend Directs Actors
With films like Saturday Night Fever, Short Circuit, WarGames, and Dracula in his filmography, the term “legendary director” flows out of your mouth when talking about John Badham.
His incredible career has led to a wealth of knowledge about the craft. Lucky for us, John is passionate about sharing, and in this episode, Ryan and John dive deep into working with actors. They cover everything from staging a scene to managing big-name talent.