Liz Manashil and Alrik Bursell discuss independent filmmaking, everything from writing, producing and directing to working as crew. But this is not just a podcast about "making it," it's also about struggling with rejection, self-doubt and everything else that comes with pursuing a career in film. Follow along as we forge our own way through the industry and talk to guests who are also making it happen.
310: Transforming From Actor to Director w/ Nitzan Mager!
Liz and Alrik chat with Actor, writer, producer and director Nitzan Mager to talk about her web series Quarantine I Love You which she wrote/produced/directed three seasons of since the start of the pandemic. Nitzan talks about her process for the show and how she really honed her directing skills through making the show and really gained her confidence as a director. This is a really great conversation to highlight how you can make the jump from being in front of the camera to behind the camera and what that transition can look like. We also have our very first ever repeat filmmaker for Get Shorty with friend of the show Charnstar Anderson returning to talk about his short film, Pizza Deliverance. Lastly, Liz and Alrik chat about movies and talk a bit about their goals, why they matter and what their future careers might look like!
309: Living The Filmmaking Dream with Director Jen McGowan!
In our second episode in our double episode week we welcome Director Jen McGowan on the show to talk about her second feature Rust Creek and making the leap from indie features to directing episodic television. Jen drops all kinds of knowledge bombs on us throughout this episode, including how she handles pitches/meetings, her approach to her career and what it takes to make the leap to directing television. This was a really fantastic conversation about setting specific goals and what it really means to be a director so if you are heading down that path, this is a must listen! We also have filmmaker Karl Richteron the show to talk about his latest film Mirror Site and we do another installment of You’ve Got Mail, as always!
308: Sustaining a Producing Career with Andrew Carlberg!
Sorry for the delay but this week Liz and Alrik chat with Producer Andrew Carlberg, who talks about his process for getting a film made, how he chooses his projects and why he continues to work on short films after producing over a dozen feature films. We have never had a producer break down their process of getting a film from script to screen so clearly! We also have another installment of Get Shorty with filmmaker Dave DeVos’ film ‘A Senseless Act’ and we have five filmmaking tips from filmmaker Jeff Ryan who’s first feature ‘YouthMin’ is out now!
307: Acting, Filmmaking and Living the Artist's Life with Larry Fessenden!
This week Liz and Alrik welcome writer, director, producer and actor, Larry Fessenden on the show to talk about his latest role in the new film Jakob’s Wife. Larry talks about how he got the role in the film, how he treats his acting work differently than when he is behind the camera and we dive into how he has produced over 80 projects and directed over 20, including ten feature films. This is a really great conversation to illustrate the struggles of an indie filmmaker and to see how a sustainable career can be achieved with a ton of hard work. We also have filmmaker AJ Starzak on the show to talk about his new short film, My Monster and I, which is currently raising money on indiegogo and we read a slew of new youtube comments!
306: Creating Killer Roles by Producing Your Own Films with the Legendary Barbara Crampton!
This week Liz and Alrik welcome horror legend Barbara Crampton to the show to talk about her recent jump from acting to producing/acting and to hear about how she got her latest film made Jakob’s Wife, which is in select theaters, on demand and digital April 16th. Barbara talks about how she was inspired to become a multi-hyphenate and take the leap behind the camera, how she found the script for Jakob’s Wife and what she looks for in her collaborators. Barbara really opens up about her process and how she approaches her films as a producer and an actor, so if you are an actor or a fan of horror, this is a must listen episode! We also have a listener and new filmmaker Nigel Gould Davies on the show to talk about his film Coronalone, which was made at the height of the pandemic and we have a special segment with filmmaker Casey de Fremerywho talks about how to get action on a budget for his new film War Path, out on demand and digital now!
305: Sustaining a Feature Directing Career with Slamdance Co-Founder Dan Mirvish!
This week Liz and Alrik sit down with writer, director, producer, author, Slamdance film festival co-founder and all around indie film expert, Dan Mirvish, to talk about how he has managed to direct six features over his career. Dan also talks about his process of raising funds, how he reverse engineers his films to attract the best actors possible and what he thinks are the most important aspects of indie filmmaking. Dan drops a ton of knowledge in this hour plus interview so if you want to learn more about indie film, hit play! We also have another "Get Shorty" with filmmaker Shane Anderson featuring his short, His Guy Thursday and Liz gives us an update on her next feature film!
Better than film school
I’ve listened to a few episodes now and they are consistently interesting, informative and motivating. There’s more in this podcast than I got from my degree, actual production and industry experience and knowledge.
Just listened to this podcast for the first time (ep.68) and it was so great. Really informative and relaxed (and enjoyable!) Plus, I’m in the edit on the first (short) film I’ve written & directed so this podcast is exactly what I need. Thanks guys.
Gives me the get up and go
Love how this podcast just lays it all out there. I have been toying with the idea of film making and this podcast has given me the kick I need.
Very honest, hugely informative. great job