Dan Mirvish is a filmmaker, teacher, author of the book, The Cheerful Subversive's Guide to Independent Filmmaking: From Preproduction to Festivals and Distribution, and co founder of the Slamdance film festival. 

We discuss learning filmmaking from a convicted axe murderer, starting Slamdance to rival Sundance, what happens when Dan is rejected from his own film festival, and TONS more. 

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Show Notes

-- USC School of Cinematic Arts - is a private film school within the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, in the U.S. state of California. 

-- Hikers Find Body of Man Suspected in Death of Wife, Girl - The story about Asis Ghazal, Dan's former teacher

-- The Brave - Johnny Deep's directorial debut. A down-on-his-luck American Indian recently released from jail is offered the chance to "star" as the victim of a snuff film, the resulting pay of which could greatly help his poverty stricken family.

-- The Day The Clown Cried - Jerry Lewis' unreleased 1972 movie about a clown entertaining children in a Nazi camp during World War 2.

-- Alexander Payne - an American film director, screenwriter, and producer, known for the films Citizen Ruth (1996), Election (1999), About Schmidt (2002), Sideways (2004), The Descendants (2011), and Nebraska (2013).

-- Nebraska - Nebraska is a 2013 American black-and-white comedy-drama film directed by Alexander Payne and written by Bob Nelson. It stars Bruce Dern, Will Forte, June Squibb, and Bob Odenkirk.

-- Sundance Film Festival - a program of the Sundance Institute, is an American film festival that takes place annually in Park City, Utah. 

-- Slamdance Film Festival - an annual film festival focused on emerging filmmakers and low-budget independent films, created in 1995.

-- The Cheerful Subversive's Guide to Independent Filmmaking: From Preproduction to Festivals and Distribution - Dan's book on filmmaking

 

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Episode 148 - Michael G Kehoe (Turning Your Short Film into a Feature)

February 12, 2017

Michae G Kehoe is a writer/director who turned his hit horror short film, Hush, into a feature film, Alice: The Hatred, due out later this year from Anchor Bay Entertainment. 

Michael will be appearing at the upcoming Geek Fest Film Fest on Saturday, Feb 18th 2017 at 5pm. More info for the event can be found here

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Pre Show Notes

-- Hollywood is Always Dying - Podcast episode by Scriptnotes Podcast hosted by John August and Craig Maizen. They disagree with the Vanity Fair article, The Hollywood We Know is Dying, as mich as I did. 

 

Show Notes

-- BlumHouse - Blumhouse Productions is an American film and television production company, founded by Jason Blum

-- GeekFest Film Fest Year 4

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Michael G Kehoe

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Episode 147 - Mike Bierman (45x Award Winning Screenwriter)

February 5, 2017

Mike Bierman is an attorney turned 45x award winning screenwriter, and the founder of the popular Facebook group, Screenwriters Who Can Actually Write.

Pre Show Notes

-- Why Hollywood as We Know It Is Already Over - an article by Vanity Fair about the future of Hollywood

-- This episode brought to you by Slash Cards - The Horror Movie Trivia Card Game

 

Show Notes

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The Three Screenwriting Books Mike recommends:

-- The Screenwriters Bible by David Trottier

-- 21st Century Screenplay - Linda Arson

-- Your Cut To is Showing by T.J. Alex

 Best Picture Nominees

-- Hell or High Water

-- Fences

-- Arrival  

Screenwriting Resources

-- Screenwriting U - Named "#1 Choice for Screenwriting Classes" by InkTip.com, and listed #1 in "Top 9 Screenwriting Courses" on the Net by Script Magazine.

-- Scott Myers - Screenwriter (K-9, Alaska, Trojan War); Assistant Professor DePaul University School of Cinematic Arts; GoIntoTheStory, screenwriting blog of the Black List.

-- Screenwriting Master Class - Screenwriting Classes from Scott Myers and Tom Benedek

-- Go Into The Story - Premier online learning resource with Tom Benedek and Scott Myers

 

Misc

-- Gadsby - A novel written without using the letter "E"

 

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Episode 146 - Melanie Wise (#WomenKickAss)

January 31, 2017

Melanie Wise is an actress, producer, and founder of the Artemis Film Festival. 

Pre Show Notes

-- Why Hollywood as We Know It Is Already Over - an article by Vanity Fair about the future of Hollywood. I agree with some, disagree with most. I'll discuss this more next episode when I have more time. 

— This episode brought to you by Slash Cards – The Horror Movie Trivia Card Game

— The Dave Bullis Podcast Facebook Filmmakers Group

 

Show Notes

-- Hanah's Gift - When a night of terror reigns on a secluded anger-management group, the survivors must find a way to live through the night.

-- Artemis Film Festival - Artemis Motion Pictures brings you the first film festival dedicated to honoring female action and empowerment.

 

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Vote for Bullis II (Monkey Fighting Robots Podcast Competition - Audience Award)

January 22, 2017

Episode 145 - Will Keenan (From Hollywood to a Church)

January 21, 2017

Will Keenan is an actor, stunman, and the founder of St Babs, a new recovery center, and artist space in honor of the memory of his Mother. We chat everything from his first film role as Tromeo in Troma's Tromero and Juilet (written by James Gunn) to moving to India to star in Bollywood films to becoming an Exec at some of the biggest content studios around to his current project, the Church of St Babs. 

PRE SHOW NOTES

-- This episode brought to you by Slash Cards - The Horror Movie Trivia Card Game

-- The Dave Bullis Podcast Facebook Filmmakers Group 

 

SHOW NOTES

-- Home from Hollywood, actor honors mom with 'Church of Babs'

-- Tromeo and Juliet - Will's 1st Film acting role. The script was written by James Gunn and directed by Lloyd Kaufman. 

-- Troma -  an American independent film production and distribution company founded by Lloyd Kaufman and Michael Herz in 1974

-- Lloyd Kaufman - an American film director, producer, screenwriter and occasional actor

-- James Gunn - an American screenwriter, director, producer, novelist, actor, and musician. His latest film Guardians of the Galaxy 2 is due out May 5th, 2017. 

-- Endermol - Global content creator, producer, and distributor

-- Maker Studios - a global digital media brand and the original creator network

-- Bollywood - the sobriquet for the Hindi language film industry based in Mumbai, India

 

 

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Will Keenan

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Episode 144 - Bill Ostroff (Creating The FirstGlance Film Festival)

January 16, 2017

Bill Ostroff is the founder and current CEO of the First Glance Film Festival. In addition to producing their award winning bi-coastal film festivals, FirstGlance has year round activities that include On-line Short Film Competitions, Show Us Ur Shorts Screenings, Web Series Playoffs, Short Film Productions, and Online Distribution.

Pre Show Notes

 

Slash Cards: The Horror Movie Trivia Card Game

- The Dave Bullis Podcast Facebook Filmmakers Group

Show Notes

-- Temple University

-- Jedi Camp

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Episode 143 - Lynnaire MacDonald (How to Market Your Indie Film)

January 8, 2017

Lynnaire MacDonald is the founder of Film Sprites PR, a indie film marketing company founded in 2014. 

 

Pre Show Notes

-- Richard 'Mack' Machowicz - A Navy Seal and TV host who passed away on January 2nd, 2017

-- Unlease the Warrior Within - Mac's 'magnum opus'. A book about developing focus and confidence. 

-- Sucide Squad - 2016 movie from DC Entertainment that received negative feedback from critics and movie goers. 

 

Show Notes

-- Richard T Wilson - Filmmaker who was not only a guest on the podcast (EP 88) but also hired Lynnaire to market the film

 

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Episode 142 - Christopher Downie (Working with Kevin Smith & Making, ‘Shooting Clerks’)

December 31, 2016

Christoper Downie is a Scottish filmmaker, and his latest film, 'Shooting Clerks', the true story of how convenience store clerk Kevin Smith made his grainy $27,000 film Clerks (1994) with maxed-out credit cards and the people who aided him in his indie crusade, is currently screening at select film festivals. 

Pre Show Notes

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Show Notes

- Smodcast - Kevin Smith's weekly podcast with his long time producer, Scott Mosier

- Kevin Smith - American writer & director

- Clerks - Kevin's directorial debut 

- Quick Stop

- Gingers

- American Psycho -  intro - Feature film based on the award winning novel by Bret Easton Ellis

 

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-- Shooting Clerks Facebook

 

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Episode 141 - James Altucher (How to Choose Yourself)

December 23, 2016

James Altucher is a multi #1 Amazon best seller, former host of III:AM on HBO, and host of one of the top podcasts in the world, The James Altucher Show. His latest book, 'Reinvent Yourself' comes out January 5th, 2017. PRE Order it here.

Pre Show Notes 

- National Screenwriter's Day - January 5th, 2017

- Get three months of unlimited classes on Skillshare for only $0.99 including my class, 'The Ultimate Guide to Monetizing Your Social Media Channels

- If you're interested in being apart of my NEW private Facebook group for filmmakers message me on FB and I'll add you.

Show Notes

- Don't Send Your Kids to College by James Altucher - This is how I was introduced to James

- III:AM - James' show on HBO

Brian Koppleman - Screenwriter of Rounders, and the Showtime series, Billions. 

- Rounders - Feature film written by Brian Koppleman

- Choose Yourself - James' seminal work about life, art, writing, and how to becoming a better you. 

- The Art of Learning by Josh Waitzkin - A book about making yourself a better learner by breaking things down

- Mark Duplass - Actor, Writer, Director, and Producer

- How to Make a Feature Film with Mark Duplass via Indie Film Hustle

- Mark Duplass: 'There's no excuse not to make films on weekends with friends'

- Creep - A videographer drives to a remote mountain town after answering a cryptic Craigslist ad for a one-day gig. As the day progresses, the man who hired him becomes increasingly more unhinged and the road to easy money takes a turn for the unexpected.

- The One I Love - A married couple (Mark Duplass, Elisabeth Moss) find their relationship and very existence put to the test in this wickedly inventive romantic comedy.

- Netflix plans to spend $6 billion on new shows, blowing away all but one of its rivals

My Seinfeld Year - Writer Fred Stoller's one year writing for the TV show, Seinfeld

- Seinfeld Box Set

- Seinfeldia: How a Show About Nothing Changed Everything

- Lost: The Complete Collection - on Blu Ray

Lost Encyclopedia - Official book on Lost with a foreword by Damon Lindelof

- Damon Lindelof - Screenwriter, and Producer

- Steven Pressfield - Author and Screenwriter 

- War of Art - Steve's seminal work of art and creativity battles

- Turning Pro - The 2nd follow up to War of Art 

- The Knowledge - Steve's latest book about his experiences as a coming of age writer.

- Shawn Coyne - Shawn is Steven, and Robert McKee's editor and the author of the Story Grid

- Robert McKee - Often called, 'The God of Story' and host of his own legendary Story seminar

- Dialogue by Robert Mckee

- Story by Robert Mckee

- Screenplay by Syd Field

- Save the Cat by Blake Synder

- The 90 Day Screenplay by Al Watt - My pick for the best book on Screenwriting

 

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