198 episodes

Discover the world of independent film with Filmmaking Conversations with Damien Swaby!

From industry professionals to the next generation of filmmakers, Damien Swaby brings his unique perspectives on indie filmmaking and the conversations that are taking place across the community.
Listeners will find inspiration and guidance from conversations on the podcast and leave armed with the knowledge to make their own indie films.

Tune in to Filmmaking Conversations with Damien Swaby today!


Proud Member of the IFH Podcast Network (www.ifhpodcastnetwork.com)

Filmmaking Conversations Podcast with Damien Swaby Damien Swaby

    • TV & Film
    • 5.0 • 10 Ratings

Discover the world of independent film with Filmmaking Conversations with Damien Swaby!

From industry professionals to the next generation of filmmakers, Damien Swaby brings his unique perspectives on indie filmmaking and the conversations that are taking place across the community.
Listeners will find inspiration and guidance from conversations on the podcast and leave armed with the knowledge to make their own indie films.

Tune in to Filmmaking Conversations with Damien Swaby today!


Proud Member of the IFH Podcast Network (www.ifhpodcastnetwork.com)

    Ep 199: From Novels to Screenwriting: A Journey with Ben H. Winters

    Ep 199: From Novels to Screenwriting: A Journey with Ben H. Winters

    Today, we are thrilled to host the incredibly versatile Ben H. Winters. Known for his best-selling novels and genre-bending mash-ups like "Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters", Ben ventured into the world of television, crafting gripping storylines for acclaimed series such as "Legion" and "Manhunt."

    In This Episode:Transition from Novelist to Screenwriter:Ben discusses what inspired his leap from the literary world to screenwriting and how his background in novel-writing influences his screenwriting approach.Creative Process:Explore Ben's creative process across different genres and formats. Learn how he develops stories for television compared to novels, focusing on character development, plot structure, and pacing.Challenges and Triumphs:Ben shares some challenges faced while working on "Legion" and "Manhunt", and moments that he's particularly proud of in his TV and film career.Impact of Personal Experiences:From punk bands and theatre to distinguished spaces in literature and television, Ben reveals how his diverse experiences have shaped his storytelling voice.Highlighted Questions:What inspired your shift from best-selling novels to engaging TV storylines?Can you walk us through your creative process for developing TV stories versus writing a novel?Discuss a memorable challenge or triumph from working on shows like "Legion" and "Manhunt."How have your early experiences in music and theatre influenced your screenwriting projects?What advice would you give to aspiring writers and filmmakers entering the industry?How do you manage to blend diverse genres into compelling narratives?Share an example where genre blending played a key role in your work on "Legion" or "Manhunt."Can you describe a memorable collaboration experience from your TV projects?Conclusion: Tune in to this rich and inspiring conversation where Ben H. Winters shares invaluable insights into navigating the worlds of writing and filmmaking. Discover what excites him next in television and film, including themes and stories he is eager to explore.Join Damien Swaby as he delves into the mind of a master storyteller who effortlessly blends genres, tackles adaptation challenges, collaborates creatively, and continues to shape the future of storytelling.

    Previous Guests Highlights:James David Redding III: Emmy Award winner for his work on "The Queen's Gambit."Donald Sylvester: Academy Award winner for Best Sound Editing for "Ford v Ferrari."Educational Benefits: Our episodes offer comprehensive educational content, providing aspiring filmmakers, seasoned professionals, and cinema enthusiasts with actionable insights and inspiration. Don't miss out on this episode brimming with wisdom and wonder!

    Also, you can check out my documentary The People of Brixton, on Kwelitv here: The People of Brixton 
    Damien Swaby Social Media Links:
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/filmmaker_damien_swaby/
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/i/flow/login?redirect_after_login=%2FDamienSwaby
    Website: https://www.swabyfilms.co.uk
    If you enjoy listening to Filmmaking Conversations with Damien Swaby, I would love a coffee. Podcasting is thirsty work: Buy me a coffee!

    • 31 min
    Ep 198: Crafting Narratives with Emily Hardy: A Glimpse into Life, Art, and Growth

    Ep 198: Crafting Narratives with Emily Hardy: A Glimpse into Life, Art, and Growth

    Join us as we continue our riveting conversation with Emily, a powerhouse executive who has entrenched herself in the landscape of storytelling. Today, she shares a wealth of insights gleaned from an illustrious career behind the scenes and in front of the camera. We're peeling back the curtain to reveal the confluence of skill, craft, and the vibrant spontaneity that marks both her life and her work. 
    In This Episode:Emily opens up about how her executive tenure has sharpened her narrative instincts and the ways it's sculpted her own creative pursuits.Delve into the balance of business and artistry as Emily recounts navigating commercial vs. creative expectations on renowned series like "Big Sky" and “Goliath."Explore the profound growth and evolution Emily has experienced transitioning through various industry roles, and how these shifts have enriched her current endeavors.Hear about the transformative moments at the Juvenile Probation Camp, David Gonzalez, where Emily's guidance has led to breakthroughs with the youth.Discover the rhythmic parallels between Flamenco and acting—and how this infuses depth into Emily’s writing and performances.Get Emily's take on the dynamic changes exciting her most about the future of television and film storytelling.Reflect on sage advice that Emily would give her younger self and its resonance for Hollywood newcomers today.An emotional journey through narrative—Emily provides an example of a recent project and her approach to fostering deep audience connections.Learn how Emily's personal relationships and emotions intertwine with her projects, shaping them in profound ways.Resilience in the face of adversity: Emily visits a past professional setback and the life lessons carried forward from that experience.Striking harmony between a demanding career and personal life—Emily offers her strategies for keeping cherished relationships n full bloom.Navigating genuine friendships in an industry often characterized by its fleeting interactions—tap into Emily’s wisdom on forming lasting bonds.Emotional alchemy: channeling personal experiences of love, passion, and heartbreak into the arts of acting and writing.A look into Emily's history—identifying a transformative life event that stands as a cornerstone for her artistic identity.Confronting the urge to quit, Emily reveals the pivotal moment that instead catapulted her to a new level of professional and personal realization.Emily shares her guiding ethos, her 'north star,' which has illuminated her path across the complex entertainment landscape.
    Don't miss this intimate and enthralling journey through the heartbeats of creativity with the gifted Emily. Tune in, and let's dance to the rhythm of stories untold, right here on our show.

    W: https://emilyhardy.com

    Also, you can check out my documentary The People of Brixton, on Kwelitv here: The People of Brixton 
    Damien Swaby Social Media Links:
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/filmmaker_damien_swaby/
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/i/flow/login?redirect_after_login=%2FDamienSwaby
    Website: https://www.swabyfilms.co.uk
    If you enjoy listening to Filmmaking Conversations with Damien Swaby, I would love a coffee. Podcasting is thirsty work: Buy me a coffee!

    • 50 min
    Ep 197: Films for Thought: Jennifer Fischer’s Educational Crusade

    Ep 197: Films for Thought: Jennifer Fischer’s Educational Crusade

    Empowering Change Through Film with Jennifer Fischer, Executive Director of Journeys in Film.

    In today's enlightening episode of Filmmaking Conversations we're honored to host Jennifer Fischer, the visionary at the helm of Journeys in Film. A beacon for integrating cinema into educational paradigms, Journeys in Film is leading the charge in using the emotive power of film to educate and inspire.

    About Jennifer Fischer and Journeys in Film:
    Discover the origins of Journeys in Film and the passion that fueled its inception.Dive into the educational philosophy that guides Journeys in Film in choosing cinematic pieces that resonate with today's visually literate generation.Core Discussions:
    Film Selection Process: Uncover how Journeys in Film curates films and documentaries, and the critical criteria these works must fulfill.Lesson Plan Development: Learn about the meticulous process behind creating multidisciplinary lesson plans designed to broaden young minds on global issues.Interdisciplinary Teaching: Jen sheds light on the challenge of interdisciplinary teaching and the innovative ways Journeys in Film supports educators in this endeavor.Promoting Empathy: Explore the profound impact of teaching through film in fostering global competency and empathy among students.Looking Ahead:
    Vision and Goals: What’s next for Journeys in Film? Discover the long-term aspirations and potential new explorations.Impact Stories: Hear heartwarming feedback from teachers and students touched by the organization's work.Expanding Reach: Delve into the organization's efforts to extend its educational resources beyond the traditional classroom setting.Special Focus:
    "Matter of Mind: My Parkinson's": An inside look at the collaboration behind the discussion guide for this impactful film and how it will be utilized to initiate meaningful conversations.For Creators & Educators:
    Pathways to Contribution: Advice for filmmakers and educators eager to make a difference through educational media.Personal Insights: Jenn shares memorable reflections from working on "Matter of Mind: My Parkinson's" and insights from her own journey in film and education.
    W: https://journeysinfilm.org/

    Also, you can check out my documentary The People of Brixton, on Kwelitv here: The People of Brixton
    Damien Swaby Social Media Links:
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/filmmaker_damien_swaby/
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/i/flow/login?redirect_after_login=%2FDamienSwaby
    Website: https://www.swabyfilms.co.uk
    If you enjoy listening to Filmmaking Conversations with Damien Swaby, I would love a coffee. Podcasting is thirsty work: Buy me a coffee!

    • 43 min
    Ep 196: Heroes Unseen: The Journey of APACHE BLUES: Welcome Home

    Ep 196: Heroes Unseen: The Journey of APACHE BLUES: Welcome Home

    Guests: Dave Merlino and Dustin Sweet, Writers/Directors

    Podcast Notes:
    In this compelling episode, we sit down with Dave Merlino and Dustin Sweet, the creative powerhouses behind the thought-provoking documentary "APACHE BLUES: Welcome Home." Merlino, a former federal law enforcement officer turned filmmaker, and Sweet, an animation artist with a rich background in film, television, and music, share their journey making this significant film.
    Background: Dave and Dustin embarked on a multi-year odyssey, traveling over 30,000 miles across the continental US to delve into the hearts and memories of Vietnam War veterans. Their mission: to uncover the true essence of the war and the silent, enduring bravery of those who fought.

    Kregg Jorgenson's Story: A poignant part of the film, and our conversation, revolves around Kregg Jorgenson, an Army Ranger whose harrowing experiences in Vietnam showcase the sacrifice and valor overshadowed by the war’s controversial legacy.

    The Making of APACHE BLUES: Delving deeper, our guests reveal their motivations for pursuing this project, shedding light on the disparaging portrayal of Vietnam Veterans in media and society, and their quest to bring honor to these unsung heroes.

    Premiere Details: "APACHE BLUES: Welcome Home" is set for a theatrical release from November 10th to November 16th at Laemmle Theatres in Encino, with dreams of qualifying for the 2023 Academy Awards in the Best Documentary category.

    Conclusion: Join us as Dave and Dustin share their insights, challenges, and hopes for changing narratives and healing wounds through the power of storytelling and cinema.
    Listen & Share: Engage with the enduring stories of bravery, resilience, and redemption in “APACHE BLUES: Welcome Home.” Discover why it’s not just a film, but a journey to reframe our understanding of heroism and acknowledge those who've been forgotten.

    W: https://apachebluesfilm.com/story/#google_vignette
    F: https://www.facebook.com/apachebluesfilm/

    Also, you can check out my documentary The People of Brixton, on Kwelitv here: The People of Brixton
    Damien Swaby Social Media Links:
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/filmmaker_damien_swaby/
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/i/flow/login?redirect_after_login=%2FDamienSwaby
    Website: https://www.swabyfilms.co.uk
    If you enjoy listening to Filmmaking Conversations with Damien Swaby, I would love a coffee. Podcasting is thirsty work: Buy me a coffee!

    • 40 min
    Ep 195: Pamela Uzzell: 'Welcome To The Neighborhood' – A Bay Area Battle

    Ep 195: Pamela Uzzell: 'Welcome To The Neighborhood' – A Bay Area Battle

    Welcome to another compelling episode of Filmmaking Conversations with Damien Swaby, where today we have the honor of hosting Pamela Uzzell, an esteemed documentary producer, director, and editor. Her feature-length documentary, "Unearthing the Dream," not only graced Arkansas Public Television as a highlight of their independent producer series but also clinched Best Documentary at the Arkansas Black Independent Film Festival and garnered an Indie Award of Merit.

    Pamela's academic journey is as illustrious as her career—she's a proud alumna of Brown University, holding an MFA in Cinema from San Francisco State University. Her incredible depth of experience spans over twenty feature films in post-production, including major blockbusters like "Godfather III," "Terminator 2," and the critically acclaimed "Dead Poets’ Society."

    Beyond her impressive body of work, Uzzell is an active member of both the Bay Area Video Coalition and The San Francisco Film Society, championing the art of filmmaking and its transformative power.
    In this episode, we delve into Pamela's latest directorial venture that puts the spotlight on the Bay Area housing crisis—a poignant narrative that not only showcases individual resilience but also casts a critical eye on the pressing issue of gentrification.

    The documentary, "Welcome To The Neighborhood," follows artist Mildred Howard, the daughter of the legendary Berkeley activist Mable Howard, as she faces the loss of her South Berkeley home due to escalating rental prices—a personal tragedy that represents a much larger communal loss of heritage and diversity.

    We'll explore the journey of the Howard family and how they symbolize both the strength found in adversity and the collective fight against a housing crisis that poses a significant threat to community diversity and inclusivity.

    Don't miss this episode's visual companion, the trailer for "Welcome To The Neighborhood," available for viewing now. 

    Join us in this intimate conversation with Pamela Uzzell as we uncover the stories behind the statistics and the human impact of urban transformation.

    Remember to subscribe to Filmmaking Conversations with Damien Swaby to never miss an episode that dives deep into the world of film and those who make it possible.

    Links:
    Watch the Trailer: https://www.welcometotheneighborhoodfilm.com/trailer
    DVD Purchase: https://www.welcometotheneighborhoodfilm.com/packages/dvd
    Learn More about Pamela Uzzell: https://www.welcometotheneighborhoodfilm.com/team
    Stay tuned for more insightful discussions on the next Filmmaking Conversations with Damien Swaby


    Also, you can check out my documentary The People of Brixton, on Kwelitv here: The People of Brixton
    Damien Swaby Social Media Links:
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/filmmaker_damien_swaby/
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/i/flow/login?redirect_after_login=%2FDamienSwaby
    Website: https://www.swabyfilms.co.uk
    If you enjoy listening to Filmmaking Conversations with Damien Swaby, I would love a coffee. Podcasting is thirsty work: a...

    • 52 min
    Ep 194: Navigating Filmmaking Through the Law with Katherine Imp

    Ep 194: Navigating Filmmaking Through the Law with Katherine Imp

    Episode Overview: Welcome to "Filmmaking Conversations with Damien Swaby," where we explore the inner workings of the film industry and the intricacies of cinema through insightful discussions with professionals from all facets of the movie-making process. I'm your host, Damien Swaby, and in today's episode, we delve into the nuanced world of entertainment law with special guest Katherine Imp.

    Katherine comes with a wealth of knowledge, having juggled the dual hats of a film producer and a legal expert. Her formidable tenure at DLA Piper LLP, one of the most distinguished law firms globally, provides her with a unique perspective on the convergence of law and film production.

    Podcast Highlights:

    Transitioning from Filmmaking to Law:
    Katherine discusses her significant shift from producing documentaries to pursuing a career in entertainment law.
    She reflects on how her filmmaking background influences her current legal practice by bringing a creative storytelling perspective to the table.
    Understanding Production Counsel:


    An inside look at the daily responsibilities of a production counsel, including negotiating contracts for film and TV.
    Katherine explains how she uses legal frameworks to support and protect a film's vision and storyline.Protecting Intellectual Property in the Digital Era:
    The current challenges of protecting intellectual property in an age of streaming services and digital content.
    Strategies that content creators can use to secure their creative works.Legal Aspects of Film Finance and Distribution:


    Understanding the complexities of legal processes as films move from funding stages to reaching audiences.The role of law in maintaining the financial stability and economics of a film project.Educating New Legal Minds in Film:


    Insights from Katherine's experience as a guest lecturer at top institutions like USC's Gould School of Law and Marshall School of Business.
    Useful knowledge she imparts to students, blending her industry experience with academic learning.Foreseeing Changes in Entertainment Finance and Law:


    Predictions on how the financial and legal sides of entertainment will evolve to keep up with industry changes.Exploring Legal Implications of NFTs in Film:


    A discussion on the emerging roles of NFTs in the entertainment industry and the legal considerations surrounding them.Merging Film Passion with Legal Expertise:

    Katherine shares her personal journey of combining her love for film with her legal career.Analyzing a Documentary Case:


    A look into a complex legal scenario in documentary production and how it was resolved.Due Diligence in Acquiring Rights:


    Katherine spotlights the importance and process of due diligence when obtaining rights for film projects.IP Protection for Filmmakers Amidst Digital Shifts:


    Tips and strategies on securing intellectual property for films in a quickly changing digital landscape.Demystifying Film Finance Law:


    An explanation of the legal structures involved in film financing and their importance for filmmakers.Connecting Education with Real-World Legal Experience:


    How Katherine's practical industry experience enhances her teaching and provides value to her students' education.Impact of Blockchain on Film Financing:br...

    • 38 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
10 Ratings

10 Ratings

Jay Lampard ,

What a filmmaking podcast!

I listened to this on YouTube and just had to come on here to listen too more episodes.
I’m making a short film and this podcast is extremely helpful!

London Met ,

Excellent and insightful filmmaking podcast

I listened to the first one of these podcasts as I was a fan of the series “Last Chance U” but am now hooked. The presenter has a very good interviewing technique picking up on the interesting points the guest made in their previous
answer and expanding on these further with more in depth follow up questions. Highly recommend for any interested in film and tv and the people behind the camera.

shclark ,

Amazing

Love watching these...and always looking forward to the next one!! Keep them coming

Top Podcasts In TV & Film

The Rest Is Entertainment
Goalhanger Podcasts
Bridgerton: The Official Podcast
Shondaland Audio and iHeartPodcasts
Shrink The Box
Sony Music Entertainment
Kermode & Mayo’s Take
Sony Music Entertainment
That Was Us
Mandy Moore, Sterling K. Brown, Chris Sullivan
Celebrity Side Hustles
celebritysidehustles

You Might Also Like