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We're a married couple of filmmakers, supporting our family of seven through doing work we love, together. It's been a long and difficult journey, and we still have a lot to learn, but for us, it's well-worth the effort. We developed this podcast and the Feature Filmmaker Academy for anyone who wants a career making feature films, especially those balancing that pursuit with the responsibility of parenthood and providing for a family. Tune in as we study success patterns of industry professionals, interview other feature filmmakers, share takeaways from our favorite film courses or books, and give behind-the-scenes breakdowns and insights on films you love.

Film and Family Kent & Anna Thalman

    • TV & Film
    • 5.0 • 4 Ratings

We're a married couple of filmmakers, supporting our family of seven through doing work we love, together. It's been a long and difficult journey, and we still have a lot to learn, but for us, it's well-worth the effort. We developed this podcast and the Feature Filmmaker Academy for anyone who wants a career making feature films, especially those balancing that pursuit with the responsibility of parenthood and providing for a family. Tune in as we study success patterns of industry professionals, interview other feature filmmakers, share takeaways from our favorite film courses or books, and give behind-the-scenes breakdowns and insights on films you love.

    Ep. 94 - The Grit and Vision of Indie Filmmaking: From Passion Project to Screen with Matthew Taggart

    Ep. 94 - The Grit and Vision of Indie Filmmaking: From Passion Project to Screen with Matthew Taggart

    Join the conversation as filmmaker Matthew Taggart pulls back the curtain on the life of an indie filmmaker, from his first leap into directing with "The Counterfeit Kid" to managing the delicate balance of family and film. Matthew's journey offers a relatable peek into the highs and lows of bringing a vision to the big screen, navigating through the world of independent cinema with a blend of passion and pragmatism. His unique perspective as a father and husband infuses our chat with anecdotes that resonate, whether you're a film buff or a curious listener enchanted by the art of storytelling.

    Ever wondered how indie films come to life against the odds of tight budgets and logistical hurdles? Our episode peels back layers of the production process, from scriptwriting collaborations to a barter system that keeps the wheels turning. Matthew shares tales of community generosity and the creative solutions that define indie projects, painting a vivid portrait of the camaraderie and resourcefulness that fuels the film industry's underdogs. The discussion also ventures into the nuanced arena of directing young talent, especially when the actors are from your own family tree, offering a heartfelt glimpse into the intersection of personal and professional worlds on set.

    As we wrap up, Matthew ushers us through the maze of indie film distribution, highlighting his positive experiences with Porter Craig and the importance of aligning with partners who champion the film's essence. This episode is a testament to the shared dedication that courses through the veins of filmmakers and the impact of a supportive community. By the end, you'll not only have a deeper appreciation for the art of cinema but also be inspired by the determination and inventiveness that bring indie films from script to screen.
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    Ep. 93 - Four Walling and Self Distribution

    Ep. 93 - Four Walling and Self Distribution

    Where do I distribute the funds that I have procured for my film? 
    How much will each facet of making a movie cost me so that I know how to lay out the budget?

    Once you have finished your film, you can receive laurels from festivals;  even the small film festivals. These laurels help promote trailers and posters that are used to market your film to the masses.

    Join us today as we dive into the subject of four walling and what it takes to do it.


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    • 28 min
    Ep. 92 - We're Back!

    Ep. 92 - We're Back!

    • 19 min
    Ep. 91 - Personal and Practical Storytelling with Feature Film Director Kiel Thorlton

    Ep. 91 - Personal and Practical Storytelling with Feature Film Director Kiel Thorlton

    • 1 hr 3 min
    Ep. 90 - What Is The Value of A Movie?

    Ep. 90 - What Is The Value of A Movie?

    How do you add value to your film? What does that mean? What determines value and why would people pay money to watch what you make?

    It's impossible to amplify the and sell the value of your film to the world if you don't understand why it matters to your audience on a deep level early on.

    Tune in to this episode to explore the most intrinsic deep value films can offer their audiences and how you can tap into and amplify that value to make a radical ROI with your first feature film.
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    • 35 min
    Ep. 89 - Support Yourself Financially, Making Feature Films

    Ep. 89 - Support Yourself Financially, Making Feature Films

    Do you think that you need to give up everything in your life to get your feature film off of the ground? The opposite may actually be true. 

    Sacrificing your lifestyle will only deplete your store of creativity and contacts that can lead to the very connections and resources you need. 

    Keeping your day job can provide a safety net that allows you more creative freedom.

    Tune into this episode to learn about why a practical self-paced approach can lead to  a better feature film career.
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