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Welcome to The Austin Meyer Podcast, hosted by documentary filmmaker and photographer, Austin Meyer. On this podcast, Austin sits down with the world’s best storytellers in all sorts of genres — journalists, novelists, filmmakers, documentarians, photographers, actors, improvisers, artists, and others — to discover how they got their start and how they tell stories.

The Austin Meyer Podcast Austin Meyer: Documentary Filmmaker and Photographer, National Geographic Explorer

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Welcome to The Austin Meyer Podcast, hosted by documentary filmmaker and photographer, Austin Meyer. On this podcast, Austin sits down with the world’s best storytellers in all sorts of genres — journalists, novelists, filmmakers, documentarians, photographers, actors, improvisers, artists, and others — to discover how they got their start and how they tell stories.

    Shining a Light on Neglected Stories with Nicholas Kristof | Ep. 033

    Shining a Light on Neglected Stories with Nicholas Kristof | Ep. 033

    Nicholas Kristof is a columnist for the New York Times, an author, and a 2-time Pulitzer prize winner who covers humanitarian crises at home and around the world.

    In this conversation, Nick and I talk about how he came up with his wild idea to invite university students (me in 2015) into remote communities and conflict zones, how he builds compelling stories around individual characters and statistics, his new book Tightrope (out today!), and what he hopes his legacy will be as a journalist.

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    Pursuing the Dream: Reflecting on my 2019 | Ep. 032

    Pursuing the Dream: Reflecting on my 2019 | Ep. 032

    Happy New Year! In this special edition of the podcast, I am reflecting on my past year's storytelling journey. I distill the lessons I have learned, discuss my goals as a filmmaker, and reflect on the experiences that impacted me most this year.



    Thank you so much for listening to the podcast in 2019. I hope you learned something, felt entertained, and that it helped you on your own storytelling journey.



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    Music Composition is an Act of Discovery with Paul Bessenbacher | Ep. 031

    Music Composition is an Act of Discovery with Paul Bessenbacher | Ep. 031

    Paul Bessenbacher, or PB, is an esteemed composer for film and TV, and also the lead of the band Opus Orange. His music has been featured on TV shows like Broad City, Grey’s Anatomy, and The Detour, national ads for Apple, Google, and Samsung, feature films and documentaries, and is the theme song for this very podcast!



    In this conversation PB and I talk about the musical and life lessons he learned from studying classical piano at a conservatory, why he doesn't consider himself a quote, creator, and the differences between writing albums and composing for film. I hope you enjoy the episode!



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    Why You Should Be Prototyping Your Stories with Seamus Harte | Ep. 030

    Why You Should Be Prototyping Your Stories with Seamus Harte | Ep. 030

    Seamus Harte is the cofounder of Only People Media, a media company that helps people working to change our world by making media to share their story. Seamus also teaches story at the Stanford Design School, where he has taught classes such as creative gym and movie design.

    In this conversation, Seamus and I talk about how he is found his unique voice as a storyteller, how working on the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus developed his directing skills, and why prototyping early and often should be a critical part of the storytelling process.

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    The Power of Poetry with Pulitzer Prize Winner Forrest Gander | Ep. 029

    The Power of Poetry with Pulitzer Prize Winner Forrest Gander | Ep. 029

    Forrest Gander is a poet, novelist, and essayist based in Northern California, whose most recent book of poems, Be With, was awarded the 2019 Pulitzer Prize for poetry.



    In this conversation, Forrest and I discuss the life changing moment that made him forego a safe and stable career to pursue life as a poet, what he thinks makes a poem not just good, but great, and why poetry continues to be such a significant art form for allowing people to express themselves and process both the beauty and tragedy in life.



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    How to Make Your Documentary Stand Out with Charlie Phillips | Ep. 028

    How to Make Your Documentary Stand Out with Charlie Phillips | Ep. 028

    Charlie Phillips is the head of video at The Guardian. Before working at The Guardian, Charlie was deputy director at Sheffield DocFest and an editor at FourDocs.



    In this conversation, Charlie and I discuss the trends shaping the documentary industry, what kind of access and consent lead to great films, and what qualities make a film stand out from the crowd as one that The Guardian wants to commission and share with the world.



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