278 episodes

Liz Manashil and Alrik Bursell discuss independent filmmaking, everything from writing, producing and directing to working as crew. But this is not just a podcast about "making it," it's also about struggling with rejection, self-doubt and everything else that comes with pursuing a career in film. Follow along as we forge our own way through the industry and talk to guests who are also making it happen.

Making Movies is HARD!!! Liz Manashil & Alrik Bursell

    • TV & Film
    • 4.9, 151 Ratings

Liz Manashil and Alrik Bursell discuss independent filmmaking, everything from writing, producing and directing to working as crew. But this is not just a podcast about "making it," it's also about struggling with rejection, self-doubt and everything else that comes with pursuing a career in film. Follow along as we forge our own way through the industry and talk to guests who are also making it happen.

    Episode 271 - Bringing Star Light to Life in Three Months with Lee Cummings and Mitch Altieri!

    Episode 271 - Bringing Star Light to Life in Three Months with Lee Cummings and Mitch Altieri!

    On this episode, Liz and Alrik are joined by co-directors Lee Cummings and Mitch Altieri to talk about how they collaborated together and were able to take Star Light from script to getting in the can in about three months. We also hear about the duo’s process as co-directors and they both talk about what they took away from making this film.
     
    We also have a short film by writer/director and friend of the show, Lisa Donato, called Foxy Trot, about a married lesbian couple who take a ballroom dancing class together. Liz and Alrik also talk about the current state of movies coming to theaters, which has even changed since this was recorded!
     
    Where to Find Mitch, Lee and The Players of the Week!
    Star Light is Out Now!
    Mitch Altieri on IMDB!
    Lee Cummings Website!
    Nicole De Menses on IMDB!
    Emily Hagins Website
    Lisa Donato's Website

    Contact Liz & Alrik Send us an email You can find Liz Manashil @ www.lizmanashil.com You can find Alrik @ www.alrikbursell.com You can now find MMIH @ mmihpodcast on instagram! Leave a comment on our website Find us on our Facebook Community Page Contact us on Twitter and Facebook

    • 1 hr 15 min
    Episode 270 - Flexing Your Storytelling Muscles and BIG NEWS! w/Terilyn Shropshire

    Episode 270 - Flexing Your Storytelling Muscles and BIG NEWS! w/Terilyn Shropshire

    WE HAVE A HUGE ANNOUNCEMENT!!!!
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    We are starting our own YouTube Channel and need your help! Please click the link in our bio and subscribe! We need 100 subscribers by September and you should definitely be one of them! 
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    We also welcome Terilyn Shropshire to the show! Teri is a superstar editor who recently worked on the Charlize Theron Netflix film, The Old Guard. She speaks about how she approached editing an action film, how she got her start, and her path as an editor. She also breaks down one of the best scenes in the film and how she approached it from an editorial standpoint.
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    Additionally, we welcome our Players of the Week, Yoko Okumora, Azadeh Nikzadeh, and Mary McGloin to speak about how they are coping and staying creative during the pandemic.
     
    Where to Find Terilyn and The Players of the Week!
    The Old Guard is on Netflix, watch it now!
    Terilyn Shropshire on IMDB
    Mary McGloin's Website
    Yoko Okumura's Website
    Azadeh Nikzadeh's Website
    Lisa Donato's Website
    Contact Liz & Alrik Send us an email You can find Liz Manashil @ www.lizmanashil.com You can find Alrik @ www.alrikbursell.com You can now find MMIH @ mmihpodcast on instagram! Leave a comment on our website Find us on our Facebook Community Page Contact us on Twitter and Facebook

    • 56 min
    Episode 269 - Quality Over Quantity and Doing Things With Intention with Julia Swain

    Episode 269 - Quality Over Quantity and Doing Things With Intention with Julia Swain

    On episode 269, Alrik and Liz are joined by Julia Swain who speaks about her prolific career as a director of cinematography. Julia shares her thoughts on budgeting, shot lists, and her personal heroes. Additionally, in this week's "Get Shorty" segment, Nate Ruegger joins to talk about the making of his short film Trust Me: A Witness Account of the Goat Man, and taking the short on the festival circuit (including Nightmares Film Festival, which he HIGHLY recommends you check out!) and his plans for making it into a feature.  Trust Me is available now on Alter, one of YouTube's top horror channels. 
    This week Players of the Week Amy Adrion and Rhodes Phire speak on imposter syndrome and the feeling of faking it till you're making it. 
     
     
    Where to Find Julia and The Players of the Week!
    Julia Swain's Website
    Amy Adrion's Website
    Rodes Phire's Website
    Nate Ruegger's Website
    Contact Liz & Alrik Send us an email You can find Liz Manashil @ www.lizmanashil.com You can find Alrik @ www.alrikbursell.com You can now find MMIH @ mmihpodcast on instagram! Leave a comment on our website Find us on our Facebook Community Page Contact us on Twitter and Facebook

    • 1 hr 31 min
    Episode 268 - How to Get on Set and Make It in This Crazy Industry with Robin Kincade!

    Episode 268 - How to Get on Set and Make It in This Crazy Industry with Robin Kincade!

     On episode 268, Liz and Alrik welcome Robin Kincade to the show! Robin is a producer, among many other titles, and is a part of the Bay Area film production community. She talks about her unorthodox career path, her passion for supporting people on set, and how she strives to help others climb the ladder to success. In fact, she is currently offering a course on how to move up as a production assistant! 
    Additionally, on this week's Get Shorty segment, we meet Brittany Noel! A writer, producer, and actress, Brittany wrote and starred in the very personal short film, "The Other."
     


     
    Where to Find Robin and The Players of the Week!
    Here's Kincaid Productions and her PA Training Program!
    Here's Robin's Producer Website
    Diane Bell's Website
    Brittani Noel on IMDB
    Contact Liz & Alrik Send us an email You can find Liz Manashil @ www.lizmanashil.com You can find Alrik @ www.alrikbursell.com You can now find MMIH @ mmihpodcast on instagram! Leave a comment on our website Find us on our Facebook Community Page Contact us on Twitter and Facebook  

    • 1 hr 15 min
    Episode 267 - A Dream Come True with Natalie Erika James

    Episode 267 - A Dream Come True with Natalie Erika James

    This week we speak with Australian writer and filmmaker Natalie Erika James about the making of her horror film, Relic, that had its world premiere at Sundance Film Festival. Natalie also talks about the adventure of making a horror film as a woman, from proof of concept to getting Jake Gyllenhal on board as a producer and the Russo brothers as executive producers and if she suffered from any sort of imposter syndrome directing Emily Mortimer as a first time director.
    Additionally our Players of the week, Independent Female Storytellers Cassandra Chowdhury and Amy Oden also talk about if they've ever felt like an imposter on set. 
     
    Where to Find Natalie and The Players of the Week!
    Natalie Erika James Website
    Cassandra Chowdhury on Vimeo
    Amy Oden's Website
    Nate Ruegger's Website
    Contact Liz & Alrik Send us an email You can find Liz Manashil @ www.lizmanashil.com You can find Alrik @ www.alrikbursell.com You can now find MMIH @ mmihpodcast on instagram! Leave a comment on our website Find us on our Facebook Community Page Contact us on Twitter and Facebook  

    • 57 min
    Episode 266 - Don't focus on the problem, focus on the opportunity - with J. Lee

    Episode 266 - Don't focus on the problem, focus on the opportunity - with J. Lee

    This week On episode #266, Liz and Alrik have writer, director and actor J. Lee on the show to talk about working with Seth McFarland, making a feature film in 12 days, and working his way from PA to writer, to actor, to director! 
    We also have segments from our Players of the week, female filmmakers Felicity Tillack and Erika Longo, as well as our first ever edition of the new segment Get Shorty, featuring a short film from Television writer, Felicia Pride!
     
    Where to Find J and The Players of the Week!
    Watch Atypical Wednesday on Amazon Now!
    J Lee on IMDB
    J Lee on Twitter
    Felicia Pride's Website
    Felicia Pride on Twitter
    Erika Longo's Website
    Felicity Tillack on LinkedIn
    Contact Liz & Alrik Send us an email You can find Liz Manashil @ www.lizmanashil.com You can find Alrik @ www.alrikbursell.com You can now find MMIH @ mmihpodcast on instagram! Leave a comment on our website Find us on our Facebook Community Page Contact us on Twitter and Facebook

    • 1 hr 23 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
151 Ratings

151 Ratings

RPMacEskreis ,

Love this podcast!

I've listened to this podcast on and off for years - I think the show has really evolved into a professional and honest podcast. The hosts are fun. The guests are honest. No blowhards, Hollywood gloss, or celebrity wannabes. Just honest conservation about what it means to be a regular person working hard to make movies. I love it.

Earl's Mr.E ,

Listen & Learn

I listen to many filmmaking podcasts. MMIH is one I look forward to. I enjoyed the old format and I enjoy the new format more and more each week. Making movies is hard, but it’s easier when you know you’re not alone. Thanks Liz and Alrik for letting us hang out with you and your guests!

Lonzo Bentley ,

the truth is in the title

making movies really is hard.

i’ve been listening to this podcast since episode 20 odd or even something, and i must say, it just keeps getting better and better. like a well written, long running tv show it has been thrilling and inspiring to see the journeys of timothy, alrik, and liz.

by the way, liz manashil is one of the most kind and genuine human beings i’ve ever interacted with. i’ve learned a great deal from liz and she continues to inspire me. alrik is pretty cool too. (alrik you really are a great guy haha, can’t wait to buy the alternate.)

i truly believe this podcast is essential for all independent filmmakers out there. liz and alrik are providing some of the most valuable content for us, and it doesn’t cost a thing. that being said, join the patreon folks! liz and alrik, the indie film community is forever indebted to you. i’ll be sure to thank you both during my oscar speech.

- Lonzo Bentley

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