137 episodes

Filmmaking Conversations with Damien Swaby is a small fraction of the critical conversations currently taking place across the indie film community. The podcast reaches out to the next generation of filmmakers, who continue to look for inspiration and guidance.

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Filmmaking Conversations Podcast with Damien Swaby Damien Swaby

    • TV & Film
    • 4.9 • 15 Ratings

Filmmaking Conversations with Damien Swaby is a small fraction of the critical conversations currently taking place across the indie film community. The podcast reaches out to the next generation of filmmakers, who continue to look for inspiration and guidance.

Proud Member of the IFH Podcast Network (www.ifhpodcastnetwork.com)

    Ep 131: Madison Hatfield - Abortion, Filmmaking and Acting!

    Ep 131: Madison Hatfield - Abortion, Filmmaking and Acting!

    Madison Hatfield is a writer, performer, and filmmaker born, raised, and based in Atlanta, GA. With her creative partner Jono Mitchell, she works to celebrate underrepresented perspectives with a focus on unexpected joy, as in Pageant Material (an official selection of the 2019 Atlanta Film Festival), the award-winning short Jenna Gets An Abortion, upcoming features Miles from Nowhere and Courtney Gets Possessed, and the short films Making a Scene, Thirty Candles, and Post-Citrus (all out in 2022). In particular, Madison uses her films as an opportunity to both draw attention to and close The Fat Gap, the gap between the proportion of fat folks watching film and television and the proportion of folks on film and television who are fat. Outside of film, Madison is a founding member and producer of the award-winning theatre company Shakespeare on Draught and a sketch and improv performer on stages around town.

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    • 44 min
    Ep 130: African American Cinema with The Micheaux Mission

    Ep 130: African American Cinema with The Micheaux Mission

    Together, the Men of Micheaux hope to find the perfect wine to compliment Pam Grier's 'Coffy', the five movies since 1985 in which Samuel L. Jackson does not appear and someone who agrees with Len that The Last Dragon is a bad movie.
    “Media magic happened when the two men connected to create one podcast that reviews every Black film ever made.”

    — The Philadelphia Tribune
    “They’re funny and friendly and inclusive, and if you haven’t seen a lot of these films before, well all the better!”

    — Radio New Zealand

    The Episodes
    https://www.micheauxmission.com/episodes

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    Each technique uses basic, low-cost lighting equipment so that anyone can achieve beautiful visuals no matter your projects's budget.
    Learn film lighting from an ASC cinematographer. If you want to take your cinematography to the next level, this free training will get you there. These videos are available for a limited time, so sign up for instant access.

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    If you liked this podcast, shoot me an e-mail at filmmakingconversations@mail.com

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    Website
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    • 1 hr 11 min
    Ep 129: The importance of a good lookbook! With David Volino and Adam Lowder

    Ep 129: The importance of a good lookbook! With David Volino and Adam Lowder

    Wayward Kin Lookbook
    https://drive.google.com/file/d/1NPShtA9m_LvXz_ZoImfVT3iGFeEQn5f3/view

    David Volino
    https://www.davidjosephvolino.com

    Adam Lowder
    https://www.imdb.com/name/nm4897241/

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    Join veteran cinematographer Suki Medencevic, A.S.C. (Disney, Pixar, FX Networks, Netflix, American Horror Story). He teaches you how to create beautiful images using three lighting techniques he has mastered on film sets over his 30+ years in the film industry.
    Each technique uses basic, low-cost lighting equipment so that anyone can achieve beautiful visuals no matter your projects's budget.
    Learn film lighting from an ASC cinematographer. If you want to take your cinematography to the next level, this free training will get you there. These videos are available for a limited time, so sign up for instant access.

    CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

    https://www.ifhacademy.com/a/28632/aLFBXkpN

    If you liked this podcast, shoot me an e-mail at filmmakingconversations@mail.com

    Also, you can check out my documentary The People of Brixton, on Kwelitv here: https://www.kweli.tv/programs/the-people-of-brixton

    Damien Swaby Social Media Links:

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    Twitter
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    Website
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    If you enjoy listening to Filmmaking Conversations with Damien Swaby, I would love a coffee. Podcasting is thirsty work https://ko-fi.com/damienswaby

    • 35 min
    Ep 128: David Volino and Adam Lowder, an Independent Family Drama

    Ep 128: David Volino and Adam Lowder, an Independent Family Drama

    THE FILM:

    Facing an impossible court case, the volatile Caleb Dodgens must overcome the hatred he has for his lawyer, his estranged brother of the last twelve years, in order to win custody of his daughter. Adam Lowder will be directing the film as well as playing Joshua opposite his co-writer and producer David Volino who will play Caleb. Production is slated to shoot for 2-3 weeks in late August/early September of this year in Texas with a budget of $75,000.


    All donations received here will go towards the film's expense budget which will include: securing shooting locations such as multiple highway scenes, important set pieces like a police squad car and a Texas courtroom, the cast and crew rates, film equipment, lodging and travel for the cast and crew as well as marketing and sales preparation when the film is completed. You will be acknowledged in the film's credits if you donate with your name attached!


    The aim of this creative team to do the most with the least.


    The writers, director, and lead actors are all either products of divorces or grew up without the consistent presence or love of a father. The heartbeat of this project lies in a collective commitment to the authenticity of life and with the use of imagination and experience in an effort to add value to the world, this team hopes to bring to life a movie worth watching. By making this film, they will be doing the very thing this story urges its viewers to do: die to self for the good of others. The two strategies of 1) never solely vilifying or praising any one character and 2) being dedicated to human specificity, will lay the groundwork for a film with rare, hard-hitting authenticity leaving the audience with an unforgettable emotional impact.


    INTENDED AUDIENCE:

    "We intend to reach broken families, people who have been through divorce, experienced fatherlessness, and those who have ever loved a child. We also want those without these experiences to better empathize and understand those who have. This film is for anyone with a family or who wishes they had one. We plan on partnering with our communities, setting up local screenings, and addressing the raw, honest, and often difficult parts of life to further unify us all." - Adam Lowder, director, co-writer, producer, and actor.

    Wayward Kin - Independent Family Drama
    https://www.gofundme.com/f/wayward-kin-independent-family-drama?qid=4d062a365c4924736ebe7c4a1baa3541

    David Volino
    https://www.davidjosephvolino.com

    Adam Lowder
    https://www.imdb.com/name/nm4897241/

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    Join veteran cinematographer Suki Medencevic, A.S.C. (Disney, Pixar, FX Networks, Netflix, American Horror Story). He teaches you how to create beautiful images using three lighting techniques he has mastered on film sets over his 30+ years in the film industry.
    Each technique uses basic, low-cost lighting equipment so that anyone can achieve beautiful visuals no matter your projects's budget.
    Learn film lighting from an ASC cinematographer. If you want to take your cinematography to the next level, this free training will get you there. These videos are available for a limited time, so sign up for instant access.

    CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

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    If you liked this podcast, shoot me an e-mail at a...

    • 42 min
    Ep 127: Lucy King! Senior Video Journalist at The New York Times

    Ep 127: Lucy King! Senior Video Journalist at The New York Times

    Lucy King

    "I’m a film and video producer, with a focus on documentary and current affairs but with experience in commercial and narrative.

    I have produced films for the BBC, Vice, Discovery, Channel 4, ITV and A&E, ranging in length from 5 minutes to feature length. I’ve produced shoots with large crews internationally, including Malawi, Jamaica, Germany, Holland, Canada and many states of the US, building a good trusted global network of local producers and crew. I’ve often worked on sensitive productions requiring a delicate touch, managing personalities, priorities or a constantly changing story. As Head of Production at a production company in New York, I oversaw multiple productions and budgets ranging in size from ‘let’s call in all favors’ narrative shorts to high stakes commercials such as Converse and Gucci. I enjoy both ends of the spectrum.

    I love meeting real people and highlighting their perspectives but will never leave a trail of destruction behind in order to get a good story. I’m in this to learn and to educate, but also because it’s really fun."

    W: https://www.lucyking.work/

    Inside a Covid I.C.U., Through a Nurse's Eyes | NYT Opinion
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KR4ifeGxdQw

    Like to have a ASC cinematographer as a mentor?
    Have you thought of upgrading your cinematography game?
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    Join veteran cinematographer Suki Medencevic, A.S.C. (Disney, Pixar, FX Networks, Netflix, American Horror Story). He teaches you how to create beautiful images using three lighting techniques he has mastered on film sets over his 30+ years in the film industry.
    Each technique uses basic, low-cost lighting equipment so that anyone can achieve beautiful visuals no matter your projects's budget.
    Learn film lighting from an ASC cinematographer. If you want to take your cinematography to the next level, this free training will get you there. These videos are available for a limited time, so sign up for instant access.

    CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

    https://www.ifhacademy.com/a/28632/aLFBXkpN

    If you liked this podcast, shoot me an e-mail at filmmakingconversations@mail.com

    Also, you can check out my documentary The People of Brixton, on Kwelitv here: https://www.kweli.tv/programs/the-people-of-brixton

    Damien Swaby Social Media Links:

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    Twitter
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    Website
    http://filmmakingconversations.com/

    If you enjoy listening to Filmmaking Conversations with Damien Swaby, I would love a coffee. Podcasting is thirsty work https://ko-fi.com/damienswaby

    • 35 min
    Ep 126: Why Networking Matters! Mark & Anna Casadei

    Ep 126: Why Networking Matters! Mark & Anna Casadei

    Mark & Anna Casadei are filmmakers from Nashville, Tennessee. Together, they have written numerous award-winning screenplays and short films.
    They are currently contracted on two romantic comedies with MPCA and recently developed a thriller/horror project that is starring Malcolm McDowell.
    They are diverse in their writing styles, from sci-fi and comedies to women-in-peril thrillers to horror and family-friendly films. They draw from their diverse
    life backgrounds from the military, space program, culinary arts, theater and world travels living abroad in over a dozen countries.
    They write diverse characters and strong female leads in both features and episodic series. They are repped by Paul C. Escoll Management.

    Like to have a ASC cinematographer as a mentor?
    Have you thought of upgrading your cinematography game?
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    Join veteran cinematographer Suki Medencevic, A.S.C. (Disney, Pixar, FX Networks, Netflix, American Horror Story). He teaches you how to create beautiful images using three lighting techniques he has mastered on film sets over his 30+ years in the film industry.
    Each technique uses basic, low-cost lighting equipment so that anyone can achieve beautiful visuals no matter your projects's budget.
    Learn film lighting from an ASC cinematographer. If you want to take your cinematography to the next level, this free training will get you there. These videos are available for a limited time, so sign up for instant access.

    CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

    https://www.ifhacademy.com/a/28632/aLFBXkpN

    If you liked this podcast, shoot me an e-mail at filmmakingconversations@mail.com

    Also, you can check out my documentary The People of Brixton, on Kwelitv here: https://www.kweli.tv/programs/the-people-of-brixton

    Damien Swaby Social Media Links:

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    Twitter
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    Website
    http://filmmakingconversations.com/

    If you enjoy listening to Filmmaking Conversations with Damien Swaby, I would love a coffee. Podcasting is thirsty work https://ko-fi.com/damienswaby

    • 39 min

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