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The podcast that deconstructs what it really takes to take an idea and give it life. Every two weeks, Nathalie Sejean talks with filmmakers about the tactics, tools, and wisdom they used to transform an idea into a film.

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The podcast that deconstructs what it really takes to take an idea and give it life. Every two weeks, Nathalie Sejean talks with filmmakers about the tactics, tools, and wisdom they used to transform an idea into a film.

    Ivy Jelisavac - Deconstructing the Making of a Web Series (#10)

    Ivy Jelisavac - Deconstructing the Making of a Web Series (#10)

    In this episode, I interview German writer-director Ivy Jelisavac with whom I deconstruct the making of her web-series: Relationsh*t.

    Ivy has a clear vision of where she is heading and the brand she wants to build. During our conversation we talk about how she decided which project to push forward when she was at a crossroad of opportunities, what having a business mindset as an indie filmmaker really means, why she decided to book an industry premiere before the web series was done and the benefits of doing so, the challenges and opportunities to have a Patreon as a filmmaker and much much more.

    • 1 hr 18 min
    Jacob Feiring - Making a Documentary: from Zero connection to DOC NYC

    Jacob Feiring - Making a Documentary: from Zero connection to DOC NYC

    In this episode, I talk with American media maker Jacob Feiring about his first feature documentary Samantha’s Amazing Acrocats.

    Together we talk about following your instinct when a potentially interesting topic pops out, making a documentary without knowing its final shape, where to place your budget when you have none, attending DOC NYC Fest and much much more.

    If you’re into documentaries and thinking about making one, listen up, you’ll learn a ton.

    • 56 min
    Elisabeth Subrin - the Unexpected Battles a Filmmaker Has to Fight

    Elisabeth Subrin - the Unexpected Battles a Filmmaker Has to Fight

    In this episode, I talk with American filmmaker and visual artist Elisabeth Subrin about the making of her first feature film A Woman/A Part.
     
    We cover a lot of important and inspiring topics: how Elisabeth convinced Scott McCauley, her producer, to get on board, the cold pitch she gave Maggie Siff to offer her the lead role while they were still looking for financing, the reality of selling and distributing a feminist film and the many lessons she’s taking with her for her next film.
     
    Elisabeth determination to make her film was so infectious I personally got inspired to reach out to an actress I had in mind for my feature film and convinced her to play in the short film we’re now shooting as proof of concept. If it were not for Elisabeth’s story, I believe I would have waited until I had “more” and missed a big opportunity out of fear of being rejected for not having enough.
     
    I hope this episode will leave you as empowered and inspired as I was, enjoy:

    • 1 hr 29 min
    Richard 'RB' Botto - How to Cultivate Your Competitive Advantage

    Richard 'RB' Botto - How to Cultivate Your Competitive Advantage

    In this episode, I talk with Richard 'RB' Botto who is the Founder and CEO of Stage 32, a global social and educational platform that allows creatives from the filmmaking and the theater industry to connect and grow. But that’s not it. RB is also an actor, a screenwriter, and a producer.
     
    I invited him on the podcast so we would deconstruct the making of his new book: “Crowdsourcing for Filmmakers: Indie film and the Power of the Crowd” published by Focal Press Book, but things took a different turn.
     
    This episode is for you if you want to learn how to ask people to read your screenplay, how to cultivate your competitive advantage, how to build relationships, how to make sure you're moving the needle of your creative career in the right direction and of course, if you want to understand why crowdsourcing is a vital component if you want your career to thrive.
     
    The conversation with RB should leave you with your neurons ready to connect aspects of your career in a brand new way.
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    • 1 hr 25 min
    Portia Barnett-Herrin: the Skill Set You Need to Make a Film (Episode 6)

    Portia Barnett-Herrin: the Skill Set You Need to Make a Film (Episode 6)

    In this episode I talked with British filmmaker Portia Barnett-Herrin about the making of Killing Kora, a silent and black and white film that also was her first feature film.

    Kevin Smith maxed out credit cards to make his first feature. Robert Rodriguez underwent beta testings in hospitals to pay for his first feature. What would you be willing to do to make your first feature?

    Through Portia’s story we look at the skill set one needs to make and sell a movie. In this episode we talk about how to turn fear into adrenaline, the balance between prep and budget, the benefits of trying out your ideas in a short form first, ways to raise your chances to get your film picked and much much more.

    Find out more about the episode and Stephen: www.mentorless.com/podcast
    Reach out: nathalie@mentorless.com
    Jingle by Soul of Bear > @soulofbear
    Photo by Namroud Gorgis > namroud.myportfolio.com

    • 1 hr 5 min
    Stephen Van Vuuren - the Odyssey of Turning a Passion Project into an IMAX Release (Episode 5)

    Stephen Van Vuuren - the Odyssey of Turning a Passion Project into an IMAX Release (Episode 5)

    I hope you’re ready for an Odyssey into Space.

    In this episode, I talk with Stephen Van Vuuren about his incredible journey making "In Saturn’s Rings", a project that started as a play 14 years ago and is about to be released on IMAX Screens.

    The story of Stephen and his film could be a film. You’re in for a treat. I had a very hard time to stop myself from asking him questions because his journey is both incredible and incredibly inspiring.

    Find out more about the episode and Stephen: www.mentorless.com/podcast
    Reach out: nathalie@mentorless.com
    Jingle by Soul of Bear > @soulofbear
    Photo by Namroud Gorgis > namroud.myportfolio.com

    • 1 hr 20 min

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Brilliant Podcast with a lovely host

A must listen for everyone interested in filmmaking!

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Great interviews

Really informative and concise info for filmmakers. It's great when the interviewer knows the kind of questions filmmakers want to know the answers to. Recommended.

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