Interviews with indie film makers, producers, actors, screen writers, cinematographers, musicians and creative talent that embrace the indie spirit. Each week our guests share their expertise and war stories from their film making experiences.
What It's Like To Play Groot In Marvel Universe Live
This we interview long time friend, actor, stunt man and martial experts expert Dylan Libby who is currently on tour with Marvel Universe Live as Groot! We dive into the world of theatrical stunts and what it takes to be involved in a production of this magnitude. Dylan dishes on everything from his audition process to focusing on his health and what it means to being play such a beloved character like Groot.
Involvement in a show like Marvel Universe Live is probably not something the average actor considers an opportunity. It's also not something every actor or actress could participate because of the special physical requirements and skills needed.
Dylan Libby Interview Highlights
Confessions of his love for GrootLearning to walk on hybrid stilts standing over 9 feet tallWe reveal Joe's former teacher / student relationship in theaterDylan discusses his martial arts backgroundDitching a traditional education for the patch of acting at AdelphiHow he found out about the audition through Backstage.comLevering martial arts to nail his first round of auditions
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Commercial Video Contest Hurdles & Insights
Get show notes and watch the video we created: http://hecklerkane.com/2018/02/commercial-video-contest-production/
This week we share our experience participating in a video contest. These types of contests are generally open to the public and can be a great way to test your production skills in number of areas such as budget, schedule, cinematography and creativity. Incentives for participating in these types of contests include cash prizes, merchandise and of course bragging rights. To see a full list of video contests available at any time visit onlinevideocontests.com.
While we've participated in competitions before, this was our first video contest that carried a $10,000 grand prize. One of our hurdles was that we didn't find out about it until 2 weeks prior to the submission date. If two weeks sounds like a lot of time, it isn't. Think about making a video for $10,000, how much time would you need to plan, shoot and edit that video?
The video was submitted on February 4th, 2018 and we'd love feedback from other filmmakers. What would you have done? How could you improve this video? Leave us feedback in the comments.
A Masterclass in Documentary Film Making with Tom Jennings
Get the show notes at http://hecklerkane.com/2018/02/diana-in-her-words-tom-jennings/
Tom Jennings is an award winning filmmaker and journalist. Tom has written, directed and produced more than 400 hours of programming on a variety of topics including politics, religion, history, crime and sports to name a few. His documentaries have been seen on channels like National Geographic, The History Channel
The best way to sum up our interview with Tom was that it was like taking a masterclass in documentary film making. We reached out Tom's production company 1895 Films, to talk about his latest release on Netflix, Diana: In Her Own Words that was produced for the 20th anniversary of Princess Diana's passing. The journey of producing a documentary of this magnitude is a true test in problem solving and ingenuity that every filmmaker should take notes on.
Tom stresses you need to love what you do. There are a growing number of hours for documentary television but Tom says it's probably easier to sell a reality show. Don't ever give up. If one network doesn't want your story, maybe you can tailor for someone else. Sometimes you just have to step and figure out how to make things work the best you can.
Keep Up with Tom Jennings Online at http://1895films.com
A Script Competition That Embraces The Rewrite with Founder Jenny Frankfurt
This week's guest on the Imperfect Podcast is Jenny Frankfurt who is the founder of the Finish Line Script Competition currently in its third year. The Finish Line Script Competition is based on the premise that rewrites are essential to be a successful writer. The panel of judges provides development notes when requested in order for writers to rewrite and resubmit new drafts for free throughout the entire script competition.
Rather than submitting your script and hoping for the best, the Finish Line Script Competition acts as a partner to up and coming writers with feedback from their mentors that have worked in every aspect of the film and television industry. The competition essentially echoes the reality of the business. Writers that work for a studio or even sell a feature film based on their script will go through a number of rewrites based on criticism and feedback.
The Finish Line Script Competition is essential for any writer that wants honest feedback and takes their craft seriously enough to bring it to the next level.
Get show notes and submit to the competition: http://hecklerkane.com/2018/01/finish-line-script-competition/
How to Produce a Stand-Up Comedy Streaming Series For Amazon Video
This week's guest on the Imperfect Podcast is Kevin Gootee, creator and producer of the streaming series Comics Watching Comics available on Amazon Video. We talk to Kevin about everything from how he came up with the idea for Comics Watching Comics to what it takes to make the show available on Amazon Video. You may be familiar with shows such as Last Comic Standing but Comics Watching Comics takes things in a different direction featuring amateur comedians that Kevin and his panel critique and decide whether or not they have what it takes to make a living as a stand-up comedian.
We dive into what it takes to produce a streaming series for 5 seasons and the process of making it available on Amazon. Kevin Gootee also has a number of ideas for more series based content that he'll be unleashing in the near future.
Keep up with Comics Watching Comics
Website: https://comicswatchingcomics.comFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/comicswatchingcomics/Twitter: https://twitter.com/comicswatchingWatch Season 5
What Is Comics Watching Comics
Why Distribute Comics Watching Comics on Amazon?
What Does it Take to Produce Comics Watching Comics
Who are the Panelists
The Future of Comics Watching Comics
Have more questions for Kevin Gootee and Comics Watching Comics? Leave them in the comments and we'll get back to you!
Indie Film Financing & Distribution at AFM w/Producer Robert Sciglimpaglia
Today's guest is Robert Sciglimpaglia, an actor and accomplished voice over artist who is also a practicing attorney has been producing his own feature films as an Executive Producer. the past few years. We had the pleasure of meeting Robert at the American Film Market in 2017 where we spoke about film funding and film distribution. What we learn in today's interview is that there is a delicate balance between financing, casting and distribution that may lead to the success of your film project.
In the early days, Robert hosted a local radio program back in the mid 1990's called "The Law Show", and more recently, hosted a radio show called "Ask the Lawyer." Robert's first venture into the acting field was a show called "American Experience: Hijacked!" which aired nationally on PBS-TV and was narrated by Campbell Scott. Since that time, he has appeared in numerous national projects with many big name stars, both in acting and voice overs. His latest project in post-production is an independent feature film, called One, featuring Lance Henriksen.
Keep up with Robert's Independent Film Projects
IMDB - http://www.imdb.com/name/nm2215197/Website - http://www.robpaglia.comTwitter - https://twitter.com/robscigYouTube - https://www.youtube.com/user/robscig
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