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Welcome to Creative Principles, I'm your host Brock Swinson. Here I'll be speaking with writers, directors, actors, musicians and more. We'll discuss the habits, routines, and methods of a creative life.

Creative Principle‪s‬ Creative Principles Podcast

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Welcome to Creative Principles, I'm your host Brock Swinson. Here I'll be speaking with writers, directors, actors, musicians and more. We'll discuss the habits, routines, and methods of a creative life.

    Ep266 - Price James, Director ‘You Cannot Kill David Arquette’

    Ep266 - Price James, Director ‘You Cannot Kill David Arquette’

    While his Central Saint Martins classmates were learning InDesign, Price James wanted to learn to shoot on 16mm Bolex and explore more tangible film effects.

    Soon, he was working on dark comedy shorts like 'Action Man: Battlefield Casualties,' which stars Matt Berry, and music videos for bands like Incubus.

    In his latest movie, ‘You Cannot Kill David Arquette,’ the Writer-Director partnered with David Darg (Body Team 12, Fear Us Women) for an unusual idea about the rocky return of actor David Arquette to the sport of wrestling, which nearly ruined his Hollywood career.

    In this interview, Price talks about his roundabout path to DIY filmmaking, stop motion versus animation, how to create a heightened reality for a documentary, and how explore brutal ideas in filmmaking satire.

    If it’s your first time listening, make sure to subscribe and visit my new website for information on the YouTube channel, the blog, this podcast, and my new book ‘Ink by the Barrel’ which takes advice from these 200+ interviews at the link below…

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    • 38 min
    Ep265 - Director Michael Jacobs & DP Joshua Z. Weinstein on Marvel’s ‘Behind the Mask’

    Ep265 - Director Michael Jacobs & DP Joshua Z. Weinstein on Marvel’s ‘Behind the Mask’

    Michael Jacobs and Joshua Z. Weinstein met on the festival circuit in 2008 where both were presenting original documentaries. Most recently, they teamed up for Marvel’s documentary, Behind the Mask.

    The premise? Meet the writers and artists behind characters like Black Panther, Miles Morales, Ms. Marvel, Luke Cage, the X-Men, Captain Marvel, and many other characters in the Marvel Universe, highlighting their impact on pop culture and media.

    In this interview, the duo talks about moving from film to digital, working with Barry Jenkins, shooting Blackballed for Quibi, how budgets change a documentary, and how to be ethical as a documentary filmmaker.

    If it’s your first time listening, make sure to subscribe and visit my new website for information on the YouTube channel, the blog, this podcast, and my new book ‘Ink by the Barrel’ which takes advice from these 200+ interviews at the link below…

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    • 37 min
    Ep264 - Aaron Schneider, Director ‘Greyhound,’ ‘Get Low’ & ‘Bum’s Rush’

    Ep264 - Aaron Schneider, Director ‘Greyhound,’ ‘Get Low’ & ‘Bum’s Rush’

    Originally, Aaron Schneider wanted to work for ILM, or Industrial Light & Magic, the visual effects company founded by George Lucas in 1975. While taking a special effects class, his peers told him everything was going to computers, so he shifted his focus to cinematography.

    Soon, he was working on music videos for Cypress Hill, then movies like Kiss the Girls and Simon Birch. In an effort to shift his career, his put his life savings into a short called Two Soldiers in 2003. The short won an Oscar in 2004 and made him a director.

    These days, Schneider is known for Get Low (Bill Murray, Robert Duvall) and Greyhound (Tom Hanks). Get Low is somewhat of a folk tale about a Tennessee hermit and Greyhound is the true story of a U.S. Navy Commander in World War II.

    In this interview, Schneider talks about discovering Two Soldiers as a short story, the romance of historical fiction, how to get slow burn movies made, and how they shot the amazing submarine battle for the new film Greyhound.

    If it’s your first time listening, make sure to subscribe and visit my new website for information on the YouTube channel, the blog, this podcast, and my new book ‘Ink by the Barrel’ which takes advice from these 200+ interviews at the link below…

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    • 26 min
    Ep263 - Drew Dernavich, Cartoonist for The New Yorker & Wired

    Ep263 - Drew Dernavich, Cartoonist for The New Yorker & Wired

    Early in his studies, Drew Dernavich was bewildered by the many paths to become an artist, and the many interpretations of what makes art good or bad. This led him to a more simple path: creating humorous art such as a one-panel cartoon.

    Recently, Drew’s work was featured in Seth Godin’s book, The Practice, which showcased his ability to be prolific, eventually becoming one of the most published cartoonists in The New Yorker in recent years, even though the majority of his submissions are often get rejected.

    In this interview, Drew talks about the difference between a Jackson Pollock painting and a cartoon, how to balance creative work with paid work early in a career, how The New Yorker taught him to be funny, and how to make your daily work a practice to build a fulfilling career.

    If it’s your first time listening, make sure to subscribe and visit my new website for information on the YouTube channel, the blog, this podcast, and my new book ‘Ink by the Barrel’ which takes advice from these 200+ interviews at the link below…

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    • 29 min
    Ep262 - Director Taylor Morden & Screenwriter Zeke Kamm on ‘The Last Blockbuster’

    Ep262 - Director Taylor Morden & Screenwriter Zeke Kamm on ‘The Last Blockbuster’

    A few years ago, when there were 12 Blockbusters still open, Director Taylor Morden (Here’s to Life: The Story of The Refreshments, Pick It Up! - Ska in the ‘90s) approached his friend Zeke Kamm (Dexter’s Laboratory, The Weird Al Show) about making a documentary on the dying Blockbuster franchise. Coincidentally, the true last Blockbuster was in Morden and Kamm’s town of Bend, Oregon.

    In this interview, the duo talk about their four year journey to make the film, how their documentary outline accidentally predicted the future, the magnetism of Sandi Harding, how to cold call celebrities, and we get into the weeds a little on copyright law and the realities of making a documentary feature.

    If it’s your first time listening, make sure to subscribe and visit my new website for information on the YouTube channel, the blog, this podcast, and my new book ‘Ink by the Barrel’ which takes advice from these 200+ interviews at the link below…

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    Follow us on Instagram for updates: @brockswinson

    If you enjoy the podcast, would you please consider leaving a short review on Apple Podcasts? It only takes about 60-seconds and it really helps convince some of the hard-to-get guests to sit down and have a chat (simply scroll to the bottom on your iTunes Podcast app and click “Write Review"). Enjoy the show!

    • 29 min
    Ep261 - Tananarive Due & Steven Barnes, Writers ‘Black Panther - Sins of the King’

    Ep261 - Tananarive Due & Steven Barnes, Writers ‘Black Panther - Sins of the King’

    “I was very lucky to enter publishing in the 90s when there was a black books boom,” said novelist Tananarive Due (My Soul to Keep, The Good House). “Genre had an easier road for me than if I had tried to enter publishing as a horror writer, as a black woman, previously.”

    “Comparatively, I was a Johnny-come-lately because I didn’t know I wanted to be a writer until I was about eight,” joked author Steven Barnes (Tennyson Hardwick mystery series). “I started publishing in the 1980s—published 30 novels—and worked in television and film.”

    “What drove me to writing was a love of storytelling and making connection with people. Reading my stories aloud to groups and watching the groups respond emotionally convinced me this was the path that I wanted to walk,” added Barnes.

    Due and Barnes, along with Ira Madison III, Geoffrey Thorne, and Mohale Mashigo, make up the writing team behind the new audiobook and e-book series Marvel’s Black Panther: Sins of the King, the latest extension of the Marvelverse.

    In Black Panther: Sins of the King, the story follows as an army of undead threatens Wakanda, and the Black Panther turns to his long-lost father in the fight against his most lethal opponent yet—the demons of his past.

    Look for the print interview of this conversation on the website for Creative Screenwriting Magazine.

    If it’s your first time listening, make sure to subscribe and visit my new website for information on the YouTube channel, the blog, this podcast, and my new book ‘Ink by the Barrel’ which takes advice from these 200+ interviews at the link below…

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    • 29 min

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