Do you have a passion for filmmaking, screenwriting, directing, acting, or any other of the many facets of creating content? Do you live outside a major film industry market? This is the place to be. Follow the trials, tribulations, and celebrations of Midwestern filmmaker Kevin Isaacson of I Like Ike Films LLC as he offers up his insights, thoughts, opinions, and knowledge on being an independent filmmaker outside of L.A. or N.Y.
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Ep 46: Query Letters, Producer Meetings, Actor Attachments, Oh My with Jason Fragale
Filmmaker Jason Fragale joins the show to discuss a variety of topics including his projects, query letters, what goes on in the room when you meet with producers, how to deal with failure, and a lot more. You may want to grab a notepad and be ready to take some notes. He’s lived through a lot of the things that we deal with as filmmakers as we pursue our dreams and he shares his advice with us today.
Ep 45: Back Lot 605 and the South Dakota Film Scene with Casey Kelderman
Today I talk with fellow filmmaker and fellow podcaster, Casey Kelderman, who co-hosts the podcast Back Lot 605. He is working hard to build up the South Dakota film scene with a great team of collaborators. We discuss not only Back Lot 605, but several other podcasts that he is involved with. We also talk about the tough question of how you balance multiple creative projects and the importance of finding your group.
Ep 44: Valentines Special - On Top of the World
On this Valentines Day weekend, we celebrate love by discussing our romantic short film, On Top of the World which stars Jacob Foster, Mia Godfrey, and Catherine Gobeli.
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SPECIAL: Changes to Show
Announcing a change to the Cinematic Heartland Podcast.
Ep 43: Cashing Out and Filmmaking in Northwest Indiana with Alex Srednoselac
On this episode, I welcome Northwestern Indiana / Chicagoland region filmmaker, Alex Srednoselac to the show. Alex released his first feature film, Cashing Out, at the beginning of 2020 and it has gone on to win the Special Jury Remi Award at the 2020 WorldFest Houston International Film Festival as well as Best Feature at the Hoosier Annual Film Festival. He shares how he got started in filmmaking, tells us about his film Cashing Out, and gives us his thoughts on distribution and filmmaking in Northwest Indiana.
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Stories from filmmakers who are hustling
Interviews with people in the big time are everywhere. In depth short or Indie filmmakers interviewers are much harder to come by. We’d all love to make a film with a $3M budget and talk about how we got that helicopter shot at the top of the volcano but the more relatable story is how an indie filmmaker got an awesome shot in an unexpected location with no money and nothing but practical light.
I’ve listened to quite a few Cinematic Heartland episodes where I didn’t know the filmmaker or their work but was interested in learning how they work. Good show with a good interviewer; i.e. someone who doesn’t force the conversation and instead lets the guest move the discussion. Love that it’s in Iowa.
Great podcast giving insight into the not so glamorous side of getting started in the film industry! Just waiting to hear more backstory on Kevin’s rock career though