23 episodes

Deep dive interviews on the life stories, mindsets, habits, and experiences of successful film industry professionals in order to inspire, educate and motivate the aspiring and/or working filmmaker. Hosted by veteran filmmaker Steven Lloyd Bennett and business development guru Alberto Lopez.

Once Upon A Film Industry Steven Lloyd Bennett and Al Lopez

    • TV & Film
    • 5.0 • 3 Ratings

Deep dive interviews on the life stories, mindsets, habits, and experiences of successful film industry professionals in order to inspire, educate and motivate the aspiring and/or working filmmaker. Hosted by veteran filmmaker Steven Lloyd Bennett and business development guru Alberto Lopez.

    Finding The Good Place with Bambadjan Bamba

    Finding The Good Place with Bambadjan Bamba

    On this week's episode of Once Upon A Film Industry we have award winning actor Bambadjan Bamba. You've seen him on The Good Place, Black Panther, I Think I Love My Wife and more. He's also the leading immigration activist as he came out as undocumented in 2017 to great applause and scrutiny. He's spoken on CNN, MSNBC about his story in hopes of empowering other undocumented individuals and he has had major success in doing so. 

    We get into the depths of his incredible story, coming from the Ivory Coast and immigrating to the Bronx. Bambadjan is truly an inspiration and his future is even brighter.

    Check out Bambadjan's webinar on how to be an Actor as an Immigrant: https://www.stage32.com/webinars/How-to-Pursue-a-Career-in-Acting-in-America-as-an-Immigrant

    Check Bambadjan's website here:
     http://bambadjan.com/

    Follow us on Instagram @onceuponafilmindustry
    Check out our production company's website: 
    http://jusbfilms.com/

    • 59 min
    A Director Prepares... with Soma Helmi

    A Director Prepares... with Soma Helmi

    On this episode of Once Upon A Film Industry we have filmmaker Soma Helmi. Soma is originally from Bali and she's already done commercials for Google, Chevrolet, short films, and a TV series THE DEAD GIRLS DETECTIVE AGENCY you can watch now on Snap Originals (SnapChat original content) and much more. She talks a lot about what it takes to be a working director in Hollywood.

    For more info about Selmi and to watch her short films:
    https://somahelmi.com/

    For more info about Steve and Al and our production company:
    @onceuponafilmindustry

    • 1 hr 2 min
    Enjoying the Journey with Gerald Webb

    Enjoying the Journey with Gerald Webb

    On this week's episode of Once Upon A Film Industry we have Emmy nominated producer Gerald Webb.  Gerald is also an actor and filmmaker with an iMDB list that seemingly goes on forever. His wealth of knowledge and wisdom in the film industry comes from years of high quality experience.
    He also helped start the Sharknado franchise. So there's that.

    LINKS:
    Geraldwebb.com
    New film $tack$ teaser  https://vimeo.com/535649984

    For more info about us check us out on instagram @onceuponafilmindustry
    or check out our production company at jusbfilms.com

    • 46 min
    On the Brink with Kristian Mercado

    On the Brink with Kristian Mercado

    On this week's episode of Once Upon A Film Industry we have Kristian Mercado. If you haven't heard his name trust us, you will. He's already worked with stars like Hannibal Buress, Hasan Minaj, Awkwafina, The Black Pumas and more. He's been to SXSW FIVE TIMES and has won the jury Award TWICE. Kristian is on his way to being a household name and once you listen to this episode, and hear how he thinks and how he operates, you'll see why.

    Follow Kristian on instagram @krismerc
    Check his website out and see all of his brilliant short films:
    Krismerc.tv

    For more info about Steve and Al check us out at jusbfilms.com or on our instagram @onceuponafilminustry

    • 1 hr
    The Write Script with Jessica Tanner

    The Write Script with Jessica Tanner

    On this week's episode of Once Upon A Film Industry we have script consultant, Jessica Tanner. She owns the company The Write Script and she is one of the few successful black owned script consultant companies operating today. We get really into the specifics of what makes a good script and the business behind getting eyeballs on your screenplay.

    Follow Jessica on Instagram at @jessica_writescript and DM her for script consulting services.

    For more info on us please follow us on Instagram @onceuponafilmindustry

    • 50 min
    New Hollywood with Evette Vargas

    New Hollywood with Evette Vargas

    On this week's episode we have powerhouse filmmaker, teacher and mentor, Evette Vargas. Not only is she an experienced and successful filmmaker, she runs her own writers lab with The Writers Room 5050, where she helps writers fine tune their skills and achieve their goals. She is a huge advocate for BIPOC filmmakers and Latinx filmmakers with her Clubhouse room "New Hollywood."  Be on the look out for Evette Vargas, she is a name in Hollywood you really need to know.
    Also, listen to the end for her story about Bill Murray, it'll blow your mind.

    Evette's Writers Lab:
    https://www.writersroom5050.com/

    For more info about us check out our instagram @onceuponafilmindustry

    • 1 hr 3 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
3 Ratings

3 Ratings

frankiemacdaddy ,

Great podcast about the film industry!

Very informative and interesting podcast about being involved in the film industry. Great for all no matter if you’re just getting started, or have been making content for 50 years. Love it!

@nickv1021 ,

Insightful

I never realized how intricate & complexed this industry is. I love the is perspective brought & the guests. Awesome podcast!!!

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