60 episodes

Film is changing. Business models, audience behaviour and technology are all rapidly evolving - transforming the way stories are told, sold and consumed. FILM DISRUPTORS is all about deconstructing these changes and championing the new players making it happen.
In focused and inspiring interviews, senior film executive of over 17 years, Alex Stolz talks to leaders in the field to bring you essential ideas, techniques and strategies from the cutting edge.
Whether you are an emerging storyteller, an established industry professional or simply interested in how film is changing, FILM DISRUPTORS will give you the insights, inspiration and competitive edge to thrive in the new landscape

Future of Film Podcast with Alex Stolz Alex Stolz

    • TV & Film
    • 4.7 • 12 Ratings

Film is changing. Business models, audience behaviour and technology are all rapidly evolving - transforming the way stories are told, sold and consumed. FILM DISRUPTORS is all about deconstructing these changes and championing the new players making it happen.
In focused and inspiring interviews, senior film executive of over 17 years, Alex Stolz talks to leaders in the field to bring you essential ideas, techniques and strategies from the cutting edge.
Whether you are an emerging storyteller, an established industry professional or simply interested in how film is changing, FILM DISRUPTORS will give you the insights, inspiration and competitive edge to thrive in the new landscape

    Kaya Jabar: Visualisation and the New Creative Process

    Kaya Jabar: Visualisation and the New Creative Process

    Kaya Jabar is a multidisciplinary visualisation supervisor with unique experience leading previs, postvis, techvis and virtual production for tentpole film and TV projects including Game of Thrones, Star Wars the Rise of Skywalker and Dumbo.

    Kaya is on a mission to develop real-time adoption and virtual production workflows with the aim of making visualisation more efficient and interactive. In other words she as at the forefront of the virtual production revolution and in this discussion we explore how realtime engines are transforming the filmmaking process, the role and potential of visualisation in achieving 'creative consensus' and why Kaya believes we are just at the start of a newly democratised future of film.

    • 52 min
    Robin McNichols: Virtual Production and the Audience of the Future

    Robin McNichols: Virtual Production and the Audience of the Future

    Robin McNichols is co-founder and Director of the award-winning creative studio Marshmallow Laser Feast (MLF) where he has directed a myriad of immersive experiences, large-scale installations and live performances.
    Exploring new sensory perspectives that challenge our relationship to
    the world around us plays a key role in Robin and the team at MLF’s
    work. His interest in full immersion lead to a 5 year deep-dive into virtual production and interaction techniques which has informed the development of mixed-reality storytelling methods for new forms of audience engagement.
    Earlier in 2021, this manifested in the pioneering collaboration with the Royal Shakespeare Company’s online interactive interpretation of A Midsummer’s Night Dream. In DREAM Robin and the MLF team utilised virtual production and realtime techniques to create an interactive, immersive digital WORLD for the RSC performance - which was critical in the show’s pivot to a fully online experience during lockdown.
    In this episode we explore the creative and technological process of DREAM and how virtual production tools can be utilised in a live theatrical experience. Robin also talks about the business of interactive storytelling and shares his incredibly thoughtful and articulate perspectives on the future of audiences and screen storytelling.
    Check out more on virtual production in Virtual Production Revolution available now at www.futureoffilm.live

    • 50 min
    Mahin Ibrahim and Phillip Domfeh: Launching New Storytelling Talent

    Mahin Ibrahim and Phillip Domfeh: Launching New Storytelling Talent

    Mahin Ibrahim and Phillip Domfeh are the executives behind Disney Launchpad, the new programme for untapped filmmaking talent. Available now on Disney+, Launchpad is a series of bold and new stories from emerging creators. In this talk, Mahin and Phillip share how the programme worked and the process of nurturing new talent. We also talk about inclusion behind and in front of the camera and the reasons that so often prevent a wider range of talent progressing through the system.
    More at www.futureoffilm.live

    • 32 min
    Jack Attridge: Reimagining the Film-Game Genre

    Jack Attridge: Reimagining the Film-Game Genre

    Jack Attridge is is Creative Director and co-founder of Flavourworks, the London-based digital entertainment studio. Originally trained in filmmaking, Jack pivoted into the gaming industry, working at leading studios like EA, Rebellion, Mind Candy, and 22cans.

    In 2015 he co-founded Flavourworks to realise a new form of interactive storytelling. This resulted in the acclaimed game-film hybrid (or as Jack prefers, 'filmed game') ERICA which fuses live action storytelling with interactivity via an innovative new control system developed by Flavourworks called Touch Video.

    In this conversation we explore the new medium that Jack and Flavourworks are pioneering at this intersection of film and games. Jack does an amazing job in deconstructing these two forms and sharing his vision for this new kind of story experience they are driving forward, that combines the aesthetics and sensibilities of filmmaking with new levels of intimate, tactile interactivity.

    More at www.futureoffilm.live

    About Jack Attridge
    Jack Attridge is Creative Director and co-founder of Flavourworks, an innovative content and technology studio based in London that develops and produces filmed games. Specialising in design, audio, and filmmaking, Jack’s career spans studios including EA, Rebellion, Mind Candy and 22cans. In 2015 he set-up Flavourworks alongside his co-founder Pavle Mihajlovic to realise their vision of creating live-action cinematic narratives imbued with responsive gameplay features which are simple and intuitive, allowing them to be played by anyone, on any platform. Soon after forming, Flavourworks was funded by games industry legends Peter Molyneux OBE, and Ian Livingstone CBE, who also serves as Non-Executive Chairman. Flavourworks’s patent-pending Touch Video technology allows them to function simultaneously as both a game studio and film production company with the studio’s first game, “ERICA,”, now available on both PlayStation and iOS and coming to PC in May 2021.

    • 43 min
    HaZ: The Power of Realtime CG Animation

    HaZ: The Power of Realtime CG Animation

    This episode is about how filmmaker HaZ is reinventing his craft through realtime game engine-powered animation.

    Having originally started his career in VFX, Hasraf 'HaZ' Dulull transitioned to directing and producing, with the Netflix-acquired sci-fi. THE BEYOND. He then followed up with another sci fi feature, 2036 ORIGIN UNKNOWN before directing a major show for Disney, FAST LAYNE.

    Throughout a career characterised by innovation, HaZ has particularly made use of realtime game engine tools and Unreal Engine. In 2019 at Future of Film Summit , he showcased how these helped unlock finance for his projects through a 'pre-vis to pitch-vis' process. In 2020 he directed the groundbreaking Virtual Production live action short, PERCIVAL with Rebellion Studios.

    Now, working with a small global team, HaZ is using the same tools to realise his vision through completely animated films. In this conversation, HaZ shares the tools, techniques and workflow he is using to create the latest HaZ Films project, the animated anime feature film RIFT. He also explains how this process is enabling him to retain creative independence and achieve commercial success in the new streaming landscape.

    • 57 min
    Jason Blum: The Business of Blumhouse

    Jason Blum: The Business of Blumhouse

    Jason Blum, founder of Blumhouse Productions, is a three-time Academy Award®-nominated, two-time Primetime Emmy Award-winning and a two-time Peabody Award-winning producer. Blumhouse is known for pioneering a new model of studio filmmaking: producing high-quality micro-budget films and television series, and his multimedia company is regarded as the driving force in the horror renaissance.

    Throughout his career Jason has relentlessly innovated and defied collective wisdom on the business of filmmaking. His low budget approach is much more than about 'keeping costs down', it's about fundamentally reducing risk and retaining control. And the result of this? For Jason it has meant staying INDEPENDENT, empowering artists (like Damien Chazelle, Spike Lee and Jordan Peele) and building a global direct to consumer and industry brand.

    In this very special interview with journalist Wendy Mitchell, Jason discusses his work and the future of the film and television business. It was recorded in November 2020 for the Future of Film Summit.

    • 54 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
12 Ratings

12 Ratings

goldmundp ,

Inspiring podcast for filmmakers & storytellers

I love this podcast! The guests are genuinely at the forefront of their respective fields, and give real insight into their work and what it can mean for the future of visual storytelling. A really inspiring listen for not only filmmakers but storytellers working in a whole range of mediums.

MariaCTan ,

A much needed podcast about innovation in storytelling

I was so excited when I have discovered these episodes because it’s essential to discover and keep track of innovation in the film industry. There are many inspiring initiatives out there and Alex is a great curator of glimpses of disruption and thought leaders.

vedderman333 ,

Unique and indispensable

There a fair few podcasts out there claiming to give listeners an inside peek into all aspects of the film industry- but this is the only one that genuinely does that episode by episode.

From storytelling to marketing, distribution, and new opportunities for storytellers, Alex Stolz not only gets great interviewees but brings his own unique point of view to give you the most out of each episode.

Highly recommended for anyone with even a passing interest of what visual storytelling is today. Indie filmmakers especially, get in on this now.

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