49 episodes

Filmmakers Mel House, Chris Warren, and Brittany Miles share their unfiltered, true stories about making their way through the independent film landscape.

Barely Living The Dream Mel House

    • TV & Film
    • 3.9 • 7 Ratings

Filmmakers Mel House, Chris Warren, and Brittany Miles share their unfiltered, true stories about making their way through the independent film landscape.

    Fear The Walking Brittany

    Fear The Walking Brittany

    A Very Special Homecoming Episode! Brittany (re) joins Mel and Chris to discuss all the stuff she's been working on/doing over the last couple years, ranging from FEAR THE WALKING DEAD to PANIC to WALKER and beyond! She'll also talk about becoming a licensed special effects technician/pyrotechnician and leaving an impression by (fake) burning down a church!

    For pyro/spfx/script supervision inquiries, email
    brittany@bmilesmedia.com

    IN THE BLOOD commentary
    https://youtu.be/WRtIMSVR490

    INBETWEENING teaser
    https://youtube.com/shorts/WJ_ku90NGTc

    👉 This is episode 49 - meaning that the next episode is a milestone one! I figured it would be fun to do a Q&A/reflection type show for our 50th, so if you have any questions for Brittany, Chris or myself, feel free to leave them in the comments here, on IG, on Soundcloud, or email to upstartfilm.assistant@gmail.com. They can range from the general (“Who is your favorite director?”) to the granular (“What camera did you shoot Mystery Spot with and why was it 5 different cameras?”). Consider it our version of an AMA. Also, be sure to like and subscribe to help the channel grow!

    Chris Warren on IMDb: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm3479843/?ref_=ttfc_fc_cr
    Watch DARK RITUAL: https://www.amazon.com/gp/video/detail/B099P69816/ref=atv_dp_share_cu_r
    Watch MYSTERY SPOT: https://www.terrorfilms.net/film/mystery-spot

    • 1 hr 9 min
    The Wolfeman

    The Wolfeman

    On this episode of BLTD, writer/director Stephen Wolfe joins Mel and Chris to discuss his projects, his love for Universal Monsters, and that time he let Mel use his car while in Los Angeles.

    Stephen has written/directed the features DOLL FACTORY (currently on Amazon Prime, Crackle, Plex, and Tubi), MIDNIGHT ABYSS, and the shorts DRACULA'S COFFIN and DEAD LIFT (featured in 10/31 PART 2 - currently on ScramBox, Prime, and Tubi). You can check his stuff out at these links:

    DOLL FACTORY TRAILER
    https://youtu.be/Yd_gXM2bl18?si=3TIFMG_P-SR_NjYF

    CURSE (short film)
    https://youtu.be/T0h8uQ-Wtd0?si=BzgWrVYYiV4XxubT

    JASON MEETS THE WOLFMAN
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ONXyZJIHip0

    10/31 PART 2 Trailer
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QslBnwJbsCE


    Be sure to like and subscribe to help the channel grow!

    Chris Warren on IMDb: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm3479843/?ref_=ttfc_fc_cr
    Watch DARK RITUAL: https://www.amazon.com/gp/video/detail/B099P69816/ref=atv_dp_share_cu_r
    Watch MYSTERY SPOT: https://www.terrorfilms.net/film/mystery-spot

    • 1 hr 9 min
    Catchin' Up With Chris

    Catchin' Up With Chris

    We're back with a new episode with Chris Warren, who brings us up to date on all the sets he's been working on for the past 3+ years! Chris has been making movie magic across varied states and genres with folks like Ron Perlman, Danny Trejo, Esai Morales, Eden Brolin, and the late Tom Sizemore.

    He also reunited with a few MYSTERY SPOT MVP’s (Graham Skipper, Ken Whiting, and Cyrus Rodas ) to shoot Graham’s new feature, THE LONELY MAN WITH THE GHOST MACHINE which is premiering soon. We talk about all that and more on this one.

    Be sure to like and subscribe to help the channel grow!

    Chris Warren on IMDb: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm3479843/?ref_=ttfc_fc_cr
    Watch DARK RITUAL: https://www.amazon.com/gp/video/detail/B099P69816/ref=atv_dp_share_cu_r
    Watch MYSTERY SPOT: https://www.terrorfilms.net/film/mystery-spot
    THE LONELY MAN WITH THE GHOST MACHINE Premiere Info: https://makebelieveseattle.eventive.org/films/65b3de4af14e9500ce515486

    • 1 hr 3 min
    IN THE BLOOD (aka DARK RITUAL aka IMAGO) Writer/Director/Interview - 2021

    IN THE BLOOD (aka DARK RITUAL aka IMAGO) Writer/Director/Interview - 2021

    Here's an interview that Chris Warren (Director/Co-Writer/Etc.) and I did with Derrick Fury (director of LION KILLER and head instructor at Axiom Jiu-Jitsu) just after we signed our distribution deal for IMAGO - which by then we had recut and retitled IN THE BLOOD...which then got retitled into DARK RITUAL upon release.

    We tried to include lots of extras regarding the (over a decade) long and arduous journey of making, posting, and selling the film, including BOTH the IMAGO version and the IN THE BLOOD version, as well as related added value material, but of course none of that has seen the light of day. Until now!

    Check out the release as DARK RITUAL in the following places:
    Tubi: https://tubitv.com/movies/660365/dark-ritual
    Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/gp/video/detail/B099P69816/ref=atv_dp_share_cu_r
    YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EHfpJReqDnQ

    Check out a couple reviews of the movie here:
    The Final Cut: https://youtu.be/-yiony6uAyE?si=DlnMuxfeYGCQcqR0
    Zisi's Movie Emporium: https://zisiemporium.blogspot.com/2022/04/dark-ritual-hp-lovecraft-meets.html?m=1

    Check out Derrick's film LION KILLER here:
    Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/gp/video/detail/B07ZQJ3P82/ref=atv_dp_share_cu_r
    Tubi: https://tubitv.com/movies/504154/lion-killer

    Subscribe to the Upstart Filmworks Youtube here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCkZ1BNnxHjcFLxl9z01iQMg

    • 1 hr 44 min
    Ep. 45 - INBETWEENING Sneak Peek...I mean "Sneak Listen"

    Ep. 45 - INBETWEENING Sneak Peek...I mean "Sneak Listen"

    Earlier this week, I did this "sneak peek" of the movie via Zoom - it was part of the grant finalization process. I recorded it, so here's the audio! I play rough cuts from a few scenes I've edited thus far, plus a early sneak peek (listen) to "S**tshow", the song from the musical number in the film.

    INBETWEENING stars Brandon Cole, Tye Blue, Debbie Rochon, Chelsea McCurdy, Jill Brumer, Dillon DeWitt, Seán Patrick Judge, and Angelo Moore (the frontman/singer/saxophonist of Black Rock pioneers Fishbone).

    We completed principal photography in March 2022, and are in post production right now! Join me for a WORK IN PROGRESS sneak peek at some of the footage and animation as well as discussion of some of the underlying themes/origins of the stories within!

    • 1 hr 23 min
    Ep. 44 - In Between The Mystery Spots

    Ep. 44 - In Between The Mystery Spots

    What's up everyone? Yep, been a while. Lots of stuff has happened...and we do mean LOTS. MYSTERY SPOT premiered, DARK RITUAL gained traction, the Burn video finally came out, AND we shot another feature (INBETWEENING). Mel catches you up on ALL of it.

    INBETWEENING post production crowdfunding campaign: http://igg.me/at/inbetweening

    Upstart Filmworks Linktree: https://linktr.ee/upstartfilmworks

    • 43 min

Customer Reviews

3.9 out of 5
7 Ratings

7 Ratings

crime_alley ,

Great show

This is a mostly unfiltered look at people working, full time, in the movie business. It is about work ethic, determination, personal obstacles and work/life balance. I do think you will enjoy this show. Now, my one knock is that the episodes don't air regularly, but Melgets a pass cause a man's gotta work. And when you are "Barely Living the Dream" you work whenever you can.

WeemerReiner ,

Awuful.

It’s like listening to children complain about sharing. These people are idiots. Well mostly Chris.

KevBear ,

Listen, Learn and Be Entertained

I have truly enjoyed listening to this podcast. It is an informative no holds barred perspective on the process of making it in movies. Only the top 1% get all the riches and glory. But if you love something enough, it is what drives you. You can hear it in this group of filmmakers.

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