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Manny & Lindsay have been producing low and no-budget horror films for over 10 years in the NY/NJ Area, and discuss the many hard-earned lessons they've learned along the way.

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Manny & Lindsay have been producing low and no-budget horror films for over 10 years in the NY/NJ Area, and discuss the many hard-earned lessons they've learned along the way.

    Horror Film Festivals w/Dr. Michelle Conty

    Horror Film Festivals w/Dr. Michelle Conty

    Being horror filmmakers, we like to have guests who can specifically help other horror filmmakers. Well here she is, the Events Manager and Assistant Director of the Horrorhound Film Festival, Dr. Michelle Conty!

    Michelle was recently in NYC to shoot interviews for her upcoming educational series, Professor Of Horror, where she will speak to numerous horror filmmakers in order to get advice, tips, and tricks on how to help you to improve your own horror film productions!

    Specifically this week, we discussed with her the process of submitting to Horrorhound, and how to improve your festival experience once you have been selected. How to communicate with the festival, how to promote your film at the festival, as well as some tips on what festivals are looking for, and reasons why your film may not have been selected.

    This coming weekend is a big one for us! We will be attending the Scares That Care Charity Film Festival in Virginia, and our new short MissUnderstood Monster will be screening Friday night there, and we will also be running their 5K Charity Run on Saturday Morning!

    Also this weekend, we unfortunately will not be in attendance, but Matryoshka will be screening at Midsummer Scream in LA on Saturday, and both MissUnderstood and Matryoshka will be at the Brightside Tavern Short Film Fest in Jersey City, NJ on Saturday Night as well! So, if you’re in the area, hit up one of these fests and #SupportIndieHorror!

    Get info on all the events here:

    https://scaresthatcareweekend.com/https://midsummerscream.org/http://www.brightsidetavernfilmfestival.com/

    • 1 hr 25 min
    Films and Film Festivals with the Film Commissioner, Debra Markowitz

    Films and Film Festivals with the Film Commissioner, Debra Markowitz

    This week, we sit down with Nassau County Film Commission, director of the Long Island International Film Expo, and writer/director in her own right, Debra Markowitz and John Marean.

    We talk with Debra about how she helped found the Naussau County Film Commission and the Long Island International Film Expo. Delving into the history of film on Long Island, some of the do’s and don’t of festival etiquette, as well as discussing Debra’s own films, and her experiences attending festivals as a filmmaker who is also a fest director!

    Stories of technical mishaps, irate filmmakers, and how the hell they find time to make their own films, on top of it all. You can find more info on, and submit to the Long Island International Film Expo here: www.longislandfilm.com

    Catch us this weekend, Saturday June 8th, at the Art Of Brooklyn Film Festival for the premiere of our new short film, Matryoshka, in Brooklyn, NY.

    June 15th, will be the premiere of our new short film, MissUnderstood Monster at Happenstance Film Festival in Haverhill, MA.

    June 22nd, Matryoshka will be screening at Tromadance Film Fest in Brooklyn, NY.

    June 27-30th, Matryoshka and MissUnderstood Monster will be screening at the Boulevard Film Festival in Sunnyside, Queens, NY.

    Check our social media sites and calendar for more info and ticket links!

    • 1 hr 36 min
    Shooting For The Mob (and Yourself) w/Alex Ferrari

    Shooting For The Mob (and Yourself) w/Alex Ferrari

    Here is part 2 of our interview with Alex Ferrari where he discusses his new book, Shooting For The Mob.

    Beyond just discussing hr book, we get into some of the difficult personal challenges we (and you) have to face as a filmmaker and artist; the amount of time, effort, and training that goes into your craft. We discuss how filmmakers and challenges in the modern age differ from filmmakers of the past. We talk inequality in the studio system, fighting to get a leg up in a predominantly male industry, and learning to be true to yourself in the face of adversity.

    This episode is very healing, therapeutic and quite cathartic at times (at least for us it was) which explains why we decided to separate it from the previous episode, besides it being extremely long (we recorded for over 2 1/2 hours).

    Check out Alex’s Podcast Indie Film Hustle here: http://indiefilmhustle.com

    You can also buy a copy of Alex’s book, Shooting For The Mob, directly here: http://indiefilmhustle.com/mob

    You can now watch our latest feature, Theta States, online! It is currently available for FREE via the Midnight Pulp app, or on their website: https://www.midnightpulp.com/video/017399v/theta-states/

    Watch our first feature film, Blood Slaughter Massacre, on Amazon Prime now! https://www.amazon.com/Blood-Slaughter-Massacre-Manny-Serrano/dp/B07M5ZKKGN/ref=tmm_aiv_swatch_1?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=

    Check out our film inside of BSM, The Attack Of The Brain People, on Vimeo On Demand! https://vimeo.com/ondemand/attackofthebrainpeople

    Subscribe to us on iTunes, Stitcher, YouTube, Google Play, or your favorite podcatching app. And don't forget to rate and review us! Email us at filmmakingsucks@gmail.com with any questions, comments, or subjects you'd like to hear us discuss.

    You can also now follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/filmmakingpodcast!#FilmmakingSucks

    Join the Indie Filmmaker Community on Facebook: facebook.com/groups/1798997870171718/

    Listen to the HorrorHappens Radio show for current news and interviews from the genre film festivals and conventions you should have on your radar: horrorhappens.com and join his Horror Genre Film Festival Billboard Facebook group!

    Sign up for ProductionNext via beta.productionnext.com/filmmakingsucks

    • 1 hr 4 min
    Ego and Desire with Alex Ferrari

    Ego and Desire with Alex Ferrari

    This week, we talk with Filmmaker and Podcaster Alex Ferrari, again!

    After a self-described brutal film festival run with his latest feature, On The Corner Of Ego And Desire, Alex talks with us about the hardships he endured, staying focused, overcoming his own personal disappointments, and how to keep moving forward in the face of adversity.

    On The Corner Of Ego And Desire is a narrative film, which Alex shot at the Sundance Film Festival, about a group of (fictional) filmmakers trying to sell their film to a producer at Sundance. Alex gets very personal explaining how he felt the film would be a shoe-in for most festivals, but experienced a lot of pushback from other festivals in regards to making a film about filmmakers attending Sundance.

    We also discuss Alex’s new subscription-based Video service, Indie Film Hustle TV.

    Our discussing ran so long, we decided to break it up into two parts, so this episode is part 1 of our conversation, where we talk about the film and festivals. Look for part 2 soon.

    Sign up for IFHTV here: https://www.indiefilmhustle.tv/

    Check out Alex’s Podcast Indie Film Hustle here: http://indiefilmhustle.com

    • 51 min
    Using SAG On A No-Budget Film

    Using SAG On A No-Budget Film

    This week, we are leaving all the description to the episode, as it speaks for itself: How to use SAG on a No Budget film!

    On Mannys newest short film, Matryoshka, we decided to go use SAG in order to work with two actors we have wanted to work with for a long time. In this episode, we will run down the entire process we went through, and walk you through each step, what emails and paperwork we received, we break down what the forms say, and the possibilities of what to expect. This may be the most clinical of episodes we’ve ever done as we literally read all the forms and emails we have received so you know EXACTLY what you’ll be getting. So if you like, take notes!

    And, on a bit of a side research tangent, we talk about who on your set qualifies as Above The Line and Below The Line, where they belong in your budget, and why.

    This Saturday, March 13th we will be at Grindhouse Days at Roxy & Dukes Roadhouse in Dunellen, NJ for the screening of our short film, I Waited For You. Doors open at 12:30, films and performances all day long, our film screens at 6pm, and all film blocks are followed by Q&A’s.

    Here is the link to the Preliminary Information Sheets, choose which one your project falls under: https://www.sagaftra.org/preliminary-information-forms

    Day Out Of Days Sample:https://www.studiobinder.com/blog/day-out-of-days-reports-explained/

    Watch our first feature film, Blood Slaughter Massacre, on Amazon Prime now! https://www.amazon.com/Blood-Slaughter-Massacre-Manny-Serrano/dp/B07M5ZKKGN/ref=tmm_aiv_swatch_1?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=

    Check out our film inside of BSM, The Attack Of The Brain People, on Vimeo On Demand! https://vimeo.com/ondemand/attackofthebrainpeople

    Subscribe to us on iTunes, Stitcher, YouTube, Google Play, or your favorite podcatching app. And don't forget to rate and review us! Email us at filmmakingsucks@gmail.com with any questions, comments, or subjects you'd like to hear us discuss.

    You can also now follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/filmmakingpodcast!#FilmmakingSucks

    Join the Indie Filmmaker Community on Facebook: facebook.com/groups/1798997870171718/

    Listen to the HorrorHappens Radio show for current news and interviews from the genre film festivals and conventions you should have on your radar: horrorhappens.com and join his Horror Genre Film Festival Billboard Facebook group!

    Sign up for ProductionNext via beta.productionnext.com/filmmakingsucks

    • 1 hr 25 min
    Producing 'Dogged' with Matthew Davies

    Producing 'Dogged' with Matthew Davies

    In October of 2017, we had the pleasure of screening our last feature film, Theta States, at the Shawna Shea Film Festival. While there, we met UK Writer/Producers Matthew Davies and Lee Wignall of Ash Mountain Films, who were there premiering their first feature, the incredible folk-horror film Dogged. Since then, we’ve become pretty close with them and in December, Matthew happened to be in NYC, so we sat down with him to discuss the writing, crowdfunding, production, and release of Dogged, as well as their second feature, the home-invasion flick Nefarious.

    Ash Mountain Films successfully crowdfunded both features, and Matthew walks us through their process of hard work, dedication, and (occasionally) sheer blind luck, to get to completion. Set stories from the fun, the scary, the nightmarish, and the struggle to finish both films.

    You can follow Ash Mountain Films and their work here:

    https://twitter.com/ashmountainfilmhttps://www.facebook.com/doggedhorrormoviehttps://www.facebook.com/NefariousFilm/

    Join us on Thursday, February 21st at the Stone Creek Bar & Lounge for The Big Bloody Apple: NYC Women in Horror Month Event, organized by Lindsay and CongestedCats’ Christina Raia.

    Films! Trivia! Candy! It's a decade of Women in Horror Month and we're throwing a WiHM celebration as only NYC can! Join us for film screenings from local horror female filmmakers, women in horror trivia from Nicole Solomon of 4MileCircus, and a lecture by the one and only Heather Buckley! Plus yes, candy!

    Check out the event invite at our events page, or directly here: https://www.facebook.com/events/408432156565429/

    Watch our first feature film, Blood Slaughter Massacre, on Amazon Prime now! https://www.amazon.com/Blood-Slaughter-Massacre-Manny-Serrano/dp/B07M5ZKKGN/ref=tmm_aiv_swatch_1?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=

    Check out our film inside of BSM, The Attack Of The Brain People, on Vimeo On Demand! https://vimeo.com/ondemand/attackofthebrainpeople

    Subscribe to us on iTunes, Stitcher, YouTube, Google Play, or your favorite podcatching app. And don't forget to rate and review us! Email us at filmmakingsucks@gmail.com with any questions, comments, or subjects you'd like to hear us discuss.

    You can also now follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/filmmakingpodcast!#FilmmakingSucks

    Join the Indie Filmmaker Community on Facebook: facebook.com/groups/1798997870171718/

    Listen to the HorrorHappens Radio show for current news and interviews from the genre film festivals and conventions you should have on your radar: horrorhappens.com and join his Horror Genre Film Festival Billboard Facebook group!

    Sign up for ProductionNext via beta.productionnext.com/filmmakingsucks

    • 2 hrs 3 min

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