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The road to success is rarely a smooth ride. Join us every other Thursday as Tanya Musgrave talks nuts and bolts with industry professionals as they share the steps on how they got their success today.

The Practical Filmmaker The Practical Filmmaker

    • TV & Film
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The road to success is rarely a smooth ride. Join us every other Thursday as Tanya Musgrave talks nuts and bolts with industry professionals as they share the steps on how they got their success today.

    Gear n' Gadgets - Create Amazing Sets

    Gear n' Gadgets - Create Amazing Sets

    Building a set doesn’t have to be costly or time consuming.

    This week, Charity Honeycutt, production designer shares her favorite things to help her save time and money.

    Listen to find more ways to make your set look amazing on a budget.

    Gear:
    Wagner Paint Gun

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    • 7 min
    #33 Not All Corporate Gigs Suck | Blaise Douros

    #33 Not All Corporate Gigs Suck | Blaise Douros

    When you imagine an in-house video producer, you might think of someone working in a cubicle with fluorescent lights glaring off their screen while editing the latest talking head video from the CEO.

    But not all corporate jobs are created equal.

    Blaise Douros has a corporate gig as an in-house video producer for KUIU, where he gets to film in helicopters, tell great stories, and travel to some of the most remote areas in the US.

    Listen to Blaise share the upside of working at a corporate gig that doesn't suck.

    Key Points:
    1:15 - How He Got Started
    7:23 - Shooting from a Helicopter
    10:50 - Creative Freedom
    14:21 - Working with a Team
    16:04 - Creating a Product Video
    19:25 - Best New Gear
    30:06 - Favorite Old Reliable
    35:42 - Best Skills for B2C Video Marketing
    39:15 - How Do You Measure Success

    Show Links
    KUIU
    Syrp
    Auto Edit 3
    Helios 44 Lens
    Yashica Lens
    KUIU YouTube
    Portfolio 
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    • 46 min
    Gear n' Gadgets - Old Gear New Tricks

    Gear n' Gadgets - Old Gear New Tricks

    A lot has changed on set with COVID protocols but the tools remain the same. 
    Shane Palmer was a Production Coordinator who transitioned into a COVID Compliance Officer (CCO). She uses the same gear in her new role but for a new purpose to keep cast and crew safe on set. 
    Listen to learn how she has repurposed her gear.

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    • 4 min
    #32 Star Wars and Micro Budget Films | Eric Jewett

    #32 Star Wars and Micro Budget Films | Eric Jewett

    After working on films like Star Wars and Basic Instinct, Eric Jewett put Hollywood in his rear view mirror.

    Eric teaches at the University of Colorado Denver and develops micro budget films with his students.
    Listen to Eric share stories from on set and how you can improve your micro budget film.

    Show Links
    Artemis app
    Sun Seeker
    IMDB

    Key Points
    1:27 - How He Got Into the Industry
    2:57 - Working on Star Wars
    6:34 - Going from Film to Television 
    9:37 - Second Unit Directing
    10:51 - Second Unit Directing for TV
    12:54 - Moving to Colorado
    13:59 - Producing Micro Budget Films
    16:48 - Mistakes in Producing a Micro Budget Film
    18:35 - How to Improve Micro Budget Films
    20:21 - Transitioning to Teaching
    23:30 - What Do You Miss From the 80's & 90's Filmmaking
    25:16 - What Positives Do You See with Streaming Services
    26:24 - What Gear or Gadgets Do You Use
    31:16 - Working with George Lucas
    34:36 - Favorite Project
    36:11 - Current Project
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    • 38 min
    Gear 'n Gadgets LiteMat 4

    Gear 'n Gadgets LiteMat 4

    Low profile lights can come in handy when working in tight spaces on set.

    Sam Wilkerson, swing and G&E, shares why he likes using the LiteMat 4 lighting in this week's episode of Gear n' Gadgets.

    Listen to the latest episode of Gear 'n Gadgets to see if the LiteMat 4 can help you on your next project.

    Links:
    LiteMat 4
    Aputure Light

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    #31 Shoot Your Shot | Julio Zepeda

    #31 Shoot Your Shot | Julio Zepeda

    It can be intimidating to reach out for help to someone you’ve never met. 
    Julio Zepeda, Camera Assistant, shares how asking for help enabled him to go from PA to camera assistant. 
    Listen to Julio share his success story and how he found a loophole into the Camera Union.

    Connect with Julio:
    Twitter
    Instagram

    Show Links
    Jason Roberts Episode
    Astera Lighting
    Zero Optic
    Cine Gear Expo
    Pancro Lens Cleaner
    Teradek 10,000
    Preston
    Alexa Mini


    Key Points:
    1:21 - How He Got Started
    5:44 - Getting The FirstJob On Set
    8:05 - Pivot from PA to Camera Department
    11:20 - Horror Story
    12:28 - Loop Hole into Camera Union
    18:55 - Sets Opening
    20:25 - What Has Changed Since COVID
    26:21 - Difference between Digital Utility, Camera Utility, Assistant Camera, & Camera Assistant
    29:08 - Difference Between A Good and Great Camera Assistant
    30:37 - Mental Checklist
    35:20 - Ask For Help & Be Honest
    38:20 - Twitter DM
    40:09 - How Do You Stay Updated with Latest Tech
    40:51 - Favorite Gear
    44:30 - Renting vs Owning Gear
    44:23 - Learning New Gear
    48:05 - Unspoken Rule On Set
    50:09 - First 4 Years in the Industry

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    • 53 min

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