Film Forums Podcast focuses on the people of film and how they have put their work in the public eye with success. We ask all your burning questions about screenwriting, pitching to studios, raising finance, submitting to BAFTA qualifying film festivals, distribution, marketing and more!We are interested in all aspects of the film industry from independent to blockbuster - all can find a home at Film Forums. We interview directors, actors and screenwriters about movies starring the likes of of Bruce Willis (Die Hard), Sean Young (Blade Runner), Ferdinand Kingsley (Mank), Barry Primus (The Irishman, American Hustle), Jason Biggs (American Pie, Orange is the New Black), as well as Eduardo Sanchez (The Blair Witch Project).
BORAT & BRIDGET JONES WRITER MAKING AN INDIE COMEDY | Film Director Dan Mazer | The Exchange (2021)
Dan Mazer is a British filmmaker who just so happens to be Sacha Baron Cohen's co-producer and co-writer on Da Ali G Show (2000 - 2004), the Borat movies, Bruno (2009) and The Dictator (2012).
Yes, if you've seen any of those, you know what you're getting into with Dan. Edgy? Tick. Comedy? Tick. Borderline uncomfortable? Gotcha.
Other notable credits include I Give It a Year (2013), Bridget Jones's Baby (2016) and Dirty Grandpa (2016) with Robert De Niro.
In this candid interview, Dan offers up some insights into the differences between directing and writing, how to make a film on a small budget (and much larger budgets), as well as providing plenty of useful advice for aspiring writers, directors and filmmakers.
Dan's latest directing credit is The Exchange (2021), about an awkward teenager Tim (Ed Oxenbould), who hopes to find friendship with a French exchange student Stéphane (played by Avan Jogia). He discovers that the student is not as sophisticated and cultured as he assumed.
Written by Tim Long ("The Simpsons," "Late Show with David Letterman").
THE EXCHANGE is out on VOD and Digital July 30, 2021.
Presenters: Aiysha Jebali & Millie Hayward
Video Editor, VFX & Artwork: Richard Williams
Audio Podcast Editor: Juana Rubio
NCIS: LA star Medalion Rahimi: ‘It’s nice to finally have a role where I’m a real person’
Medalion Rahimi is an American actor perhaps best known for her roles in Before I Fall (2017) and as Princess Isabella in the Shondaland drama, Still Star-Crossed (2017). Since 2019, she has played Special Agent Fatima Namazi in NCIS: Los Angeles (2009 – ).
In this interview, Medalion Rahimi discusses her journey into film and television; from working as receptionist and filming printer commercials, to sitting at a table read with Shonda Rhimes. She also talks about the importance of representation in the media, working on big budget sets and gives useful advice for actors starting out in their career.
Presenter: Aiysha Jebali
Video Editor: Richard Williams
Audio Podcast Editor: Juana Rubio
Visual Effects & Artwork: Richard Williams
Images of Medalion Rahimi: Markhor Entertainment
ACTING SAVED MY LIFE with Josh Schubart
Joshua had a difficult childhood, growing up homeless and in the foster care system. He also struggled with Childhood-onset Fluency Disorder Stutter.
In this inspiring interview, he shares his harrowing journey to becoming a professional actor and how his experiences have empowered him. He discovered acting in his early teens when his foster parents put him into Catholic School.
Those school plays led to professional theatre performances and then film and what started out as an escape from his day to day challenges and childhood traumas became his passion and long-term career.
Joshua attended the Asolo Conservatory for Actor Training and got a BA in acting from Stony Brook University.
After his studies, he fully immersed himself in acting, writing, directing and is building his reputation as a hardworking and talented creative.
He was a recurring actor on the television series The Tick (2017 - 2019), starring Peter Serafinowicz (Guardians of the Galaxy, 2014) and has recently written, produced and is acting in After (2021) for IFT Network.
Why I had to create an online community for writers - James Capel, Scribe Lounge
James Capel is an actor and writer who, in 2020 decided it was time to create something he couldn't seem to find anywhere online: a dedicated writing community.
Scribe Lounge offers writers' forums, spaces to collaborate and Q&As with writers in film and television, all for free, along with a paid subscription service. Whilst the platform was created with screenwriters in mind, it is open to all, with novelists, playwrights, bloggers and journalists all part of the fast-evolving network.
In this interview, James explains how quickly this writing platform is growing, and how it has reminded him of his passion for connecting with, learning from and helping to guide other writers.
He also touches on something all writers face: how to dealing with rejection and keep writing.
Furthermore, Capel provides a unique insight into working with others in a TV writers' room, where he penned an episode from series 9 of the popular UK TV comedy drama Cold Feet (ITV/Big Talk), refining the script alongside fellow screenwriter Mike Bullen.
James Capel is known for Stormhouse (2011), Interview with a Hitman (2012) and, more recently, Cold Feet (1997).
He studied at Central School of Speech and Drama, graduating in 2009.
WHAT DOES A FILM PRODUCER ACTUALLY DO? | A Netflix Movie Producer’s Guide to Filmmaking
In a rare opportunity to learn about the filmmaking process, we bring you an exclusive Q&A with the executive producer of Oscar-nominated Netflix movie The Trial of the Chicago 7 (2020).
Aiysha Jebali sits down with film producer Ryan Donnell Smith to find out what exactly a movie producer does and how to become one on big budget films like his.
Have you ever wondered:
Why are so many movies filmed in Atlanta, Georgia?
What are the tax benefits for filmmakers shooting in Georgia?
What are the different types of film producers?
What does a line producer do?
How do I become a movie producer?
We cover all this and more as we discuss the business of filmmaking with the executive producer of Academy Award-winning director Aaron Sorkin's Netflix film.
Winner of a Golden Globe for Best Screenplay, The Trial of the Chicago 7 (2020) tells the true story of the trial against civil rights activists and anti-Vietnam war protestors in 1969.
This group of individuals all protested against the Vietnam War at the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago. Their main charge was conspiracy to incite a riot, even though most of the accused were, in fact, not connected previously.
A monumental and politically-charged trial took place under President Nixon’s presidency and is remembered for the farce it became.
The film stars Eddie Redmayne as Tom Hayden, Alex Sharp as Rennie Davis, Sacha Baron Cohen as Abbie Hoffman, Jeremy Strong as Jerry Rubin, John Carol Lynch as David Dellinger, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II as Bobby Seale, Ben Sherman as Leonard Weinglass, Mark Rylance as William Kunstler, Danny Flaherty as John Froines, Noah Robbins as Lee Weiner and Frank Langella as Judge Julius Hoffman.
Presenter: Aiysha Jebali
Video Editor: Millie Hayward
Second Editor, Visual Effects & Artwork: Richard Williams
Audio Podcast Editor: Danny Morrison (COMING SOON)
Transcription by: Nicole Mitchell
Image of Ryan Donnell Smith: The Riker Brothers
Stills courtesy of Netflix / Persona PR
DON'T BE A BROKE ACTOR | Kyle Klaus | Entrepreneur | Realtor | Acting Advice | Producer & Writer
Kyle Klaus is not your typical actor. Whilst many struggle with side hustles to support themselves during a long-term struggle to find work in the acting profession, Kyle has gone in another direction with more of a jet-set lifestyle. Whilst he's jumped on the long-haul flight that is the film industry alongside others in the acting fraternity, he's anything but a passenger.
For Kyle is also a successful entrepreneur with his own YouTube channel; he opened his first real estate business back in 2012 and has since become a retailer and restaurateur. One wonders how he fits acting in at all. Oh, and did we mention he writes and produces, too?
Among his acting credits includes roles in Homeland (2011 - 2020), Standing Eight (2016), Billions (2016 - ), The Last O.G. (2018 - ), Happy! (2017 - 2019) and The Blacklist (2013 - ).
In the following lengthy interview, Klaus gives us a great insight into his experiences of becoming an actor, securing roles and getting his work seen. We also discuss his love-hate relationship with agents, how the pandemic encouraged video-call casting and, of course, his many business interests.
(PS. He's done the actor bartending thing too by the way...)