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The Filmmaking Confidential podcast is the quintessential resource for independent filmmakers – from aspiring students to seasoned pros. Each episode is filled with invaluable perspective, secret tips, how-tos and general philosophy about making films, no matter the budget, no matter the location. Hosted by award-winning indie filmmaker Steve Balderson, the attention is focused on what it takes to be a productive filmmaker in an industry that is risk averse and locked in a world where rigid process seems more important than creativity. This is the podcast for anyone who has dreams and the determination to see them through. Each week we meet with filmmakers, writers, actors, artists and other notables ranging from Oscar and Golden Globe winners to obscure fringe creators.

Filmmaking Confidential Steve Balderson

    • TV & Film
    • 5.0 • 6 Ratings

The Filmmaking Confidential podcast is the quintessential resource for independent filmmakers – from aspiring students to seasoned pros. Each episode is filled with invaluable perspective, secret tips, how-tos and general philosophy about making films, no matter the budget, no matter the location. Hosted by award-winning indie filmmaker Steve Balderson, the attention is focused on what it takes to be a productive filmmaker in an industry that is risk averse and locked in a world where rigid process seems more important than creativity. This is the podcast for anyone who has dreams and the determination to see them through. Each week we meet with filmmakers, writers, actors, artists and other notables ranging from Oscar and Golden Globe winners to obscure fringe creators.

    BONUS 3/3: Reading From "Filmmaking Confidential" The Book

    BONUS 3/3: Reading From "Filmmaking Confidential" The Book

    While Season Two is being produced, I'd love to share an excerpt from the Audible version of my book "Filmmaking Confidential."  Today I'll read the chapters:
    "Distribution Middlemen"
    "You Don't Need to Yell"
    "What Festival Premieres Mean"
    "A Chair is a Chair is a Chair"
    For more information: https://www.dikenga.com/books

    • 34 min
    BONUS 2/3: Reading From "Filmmaking Confidential" The Book

    BONUS 2/3: Reading From "Filmmaking Confidential" The Book

    While Season Two is being produced, I'd love to share an excerpt from the Audible version of my book "Filmmaking Confidential."  Today I'll read the chapters:
    "Marketing: You vs The Big Boys"
    "How to Read a Screenplay"
    "Musicians are Famous Too!"
    "Waiting to Work"
    For more information: https://www.dikenga.com/books
    https://www.amazon.com/dp/173545690X

    • 36 min
    BONUS 1/3: Reading From "Filmmaking Confidential" The Book

    BONUS 1/3: Reading From "Filmmaking Confidential" The Book

    While Season Two is being produced, I'd love to share an excerpt from the Audible version of my book "Filmmaking Confidential."  Today I'll read the Introduction, followed by the chapters: "Finding Your Perception," and "The Floor Plan" (with some secret screenwriting tips!).
    For more information: https://www.dikenga.com/books
    https://www.amazon.com/dp/173545690X

    • 35 min
    The One & Only Betti O!

    The One & Only Betti O!

    Today's special Season One finale is The One & Only Betti O!  Betti O. has appeared on stage from New York to Japan, performing with incredible people including Sally Struthers, Ben Vereen and Sandy Duncan. In 2008 she opened for Hillary Rodham Clinton at a political rally in Iowa and was the lead in the Asian tour of “Ain’t Misbehavin’.” Her soulful voice has appeared on music projects worldwide, such as on a hit single released in Europe. Her legendary performance on “Showtime at The Apollo” brought down the house and ended in a standing ovation from the audience, naming her the winner. She also appeared in several of Steve's films.

    • 43 min
    Actress & Writer Jennifer Grace

    Actress & Writer Jennifer Grace

    Today's guest is actress and writer Jennifer Grace. Jennifer received her BA from Kansas State University in 1997. She has been working as a professional actor since, most notably in a record-shattering run as Emily Webb in Tony award-winning director David Cromer’s critically acclaimed production of OUR TOWN, which she performed in Chicago, New York and Los Angeles, opposite actors such as Michael Shannon, Helen Hunt and Michael McKean, and for which she was recognized with a Theatre World Award for Outstanding Off-Broadway debut. Other New York theatre credits include: NIKOLAI AND THE OTHERS (Lincoln Center Theatre, world premiere, with Blair Brown, Michael Cerveris, John Glover and Kathryn Erbe) and THE 4TH GRADERS PRESENT AN UNNAMED LOVE SUICIDE (59E59). Selected regional credits: CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF, TIME & THE CONWAYS, 4.48 PSYCHOSIS, BALM IN GILEAD, ARCADIA, JACK OR THE SUBMISSION, THE SEA GULL, MARAT/SADE, BLOOD WEDDING, and ANGELS IN AMERICA. Film: I SEE YOU (w/Helen Hunt), THE CASSEROLE CLUB (w/ Susan Traylor, Jane Wiedlin), KELLY & CAL (with Juliette Lewis) Television: ”Inside Amy Schumer,” “VEEP,” “Billions,” “Chicago P.D.,” and “The Red Line.” She is also an audiobook narrator, VO artist, and a writer. Proud member of SAG-AFTRA and Actor’s Equity.

    • 39 min
    Filmmaker & Actor Aaron Dean Eisenberg

    Filmmaker & Actor Aaron Dean Eisenberg

    Today's guest is actor Aaron Dean Eisenberg. He is best known for portraying "Todd Lang" in HBO Series The Deuce alongside James Franco and Maggie Gyllenhaal; and "Richard Kane" in Ed Burns' series Public Morals.

    Eisenberg made his acting debut in 2006, Nathaniel Nose-directed comedy, Talent. The following year he was seen as "Aaron Dean" in Reggie Bannister and Jason Carter-starrer horror film, The Final Curtain.  He was seen in various films such as Stuck, The Ghostmaker, Gossip Girl, Royal Pains, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, and Unforgettable.

    In 2017, he landed his most memorable role of "Todd Lang" in the HBO series The Deuce.   In 2017, Eisenberg made his debut as producer with a 23-minute short comedy, Bagdad, Florida. The film was directed by Matthew Fifer and starred Margot Bingham and Jason Greene. The following year, he produced Night Tales directed by Randy Rubin.

    In May 2019, he released Carlie Hanson: Back in My Arms, directed by Danilo Parra and starring Carlie Hanson.  In 2020, he produced Cicada (starring Cobie Smulders and Scott Adsit), The Big Ask (starring Kelli Barrett and Sathya Sridharan), and Carrol Lynn (starring Annie Golden and Anna Russell).

    • 42 min

Customer Reviews

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6 Ratings

MonsterMakerbyNight ,

Great Episode!

Great information that makes one inspired to grab a cameras, some lights and go start creating.

Raygun76 ,

Honest / no filter / no BS film talk

I’ve been a fan of Steve since Firecracker and this podcast is a big win for indie film. TRULY independent film. A must for anyone venturing into the wilderness of making a film. Sexy stuff here.

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