Ashley Scott Meyers is a screenwriter and host of the Selling Your Screenplay podcast.

After graduating from college Ashley moved from his childhood home in Annapolis, Maryland, to Los Angeles, California to pursue a career as a screenwriter. During his first three years in Los Angeles, Meyers wrote or co-wrote eight feature length screenplays, earned his first few dollars as a screenwriter, and saw two of his original screenplays get produced.
Meyers sold Dish Dogs to 7.23 Productions. Dish Dogs was co-written with long time friend and writing partner, Nathan Ives. It's a semi-fictitious account of their travels across the country working as dish washers ("dish dogs") in various restaurants. Dish Dogs stars Sean Astin, Mattew Lillard, Brian Dennehy, Shannon Elizabeth, Maitland Ward, and Richard Moll.
Independent producer / director Douglas DeMarco produced Meyers' screenplay Reunion which eventually found distribution in some art house theaters around the world.

During his initial years in Los Angeles, Meyers returned to school and earned a Masters degree in Mass Communications, with a screenwriting emphasis, at Cal State, Northridge (CSUN). Over the next few years Meyers continued to option and sell many screenplays. Some of the highlights include Rushlight, a film noir script Meyers wrote while at CSUN was produced and stars Josh Henderson, Beau Bridges, Aidan Quinn, and Haley Webb. Meyers was hired to write a martial arts action screenplay by Big Boss Creative entitled, Ninja Apocalypse. It stars Ernie Reyes Jr, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa and Christian Oliver. Man Overboard, also co-written with Nathan Ives, was sold to and produced by Treasure Entertainment. It's a broad comedy anchored in the world of boat sales. It won the Los Angeles Film & Script Festival. Meyers co-wrote a feature comedy script, Turkey Day, with Mark Brown (Barbershop) that was optioned to Evergreen Pictures, LLC (based at Universal).

His directorial debut, The Pinch, is out now.

When a low level mobster is nearly rubbed out by the boss, he decides to take the bonus he was promised by force, so he kidnaps the boss and demands a hefty ransom.

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-- [00:03:03] - Show starts

-- [00:04:29] - Writing the Script

-- [00:07:46] - Finding Locations

-- [00:12:22] - Finding time to write

-- [00:15:29] - Project Management Triangle

-- [00:18:23] - What do Producers Look For?

-- [00:28:56] - Experience putting the Pinch on The Black List

-- [00:31:34] - Experience putting the Pinch on Inktip

-- [00:35:07] - What if my screenplay doesn't do well in a competition?

-- [00:38:18] - Scripts that make better movies than scripts

-- [00:42:08] - Crowdfunding

-- [00:59:48] - Filming the Pinch

-- [01:06:28] - Biggest Challenge

-- [01:08:34] - Distribution

-- [01:11:03] - Buying The Pinch online and a free 3 hour making of webinar

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Episode 226 - Madman Pondo (Memoirs of a Madman)

October 22, 2018

Madman Pondo aka Kevin Canady, is an American professional wrestler, TV personality, and author.  Best known for his hardcore wrestling style, Canady has wrestled for various wrestling promotions, including Independent Wrestling Association Mid-South, Combat Zone Wrestling, Big Japan Pro Wrestling, and Juggalo Championship Wrestling. 

He's book, Memoirs of A Madman, beyond 'just a pro wrestling' book which covers his entire 30 year career is out now.

In this episode we'll chat starting out, the price to follow your dreams, driving Friday the 13th a horror inspired car in a demolition derby, starting his own X rated public access show that ignites a war between two TV evangelists, becoming an agent for the Jerry Springer show, and TONS more! 

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Show Notes

[00:02:34] - Show Begins

[00:04:24] - Pondo Growing Up

[00:09:12] - What are some good pro wrestling schools? 

[00:14:17] - Following Your Dreams

[00:18:53] - Feeling of Accomplishing A Dream

[00:19:56] - Demolition Derby

[00:22:53] - Starting Skull Talk - a X rated public access show where Pondo would introduce wrestling clips 

[00:36:15] - BadNumbers - is a free reverse telephone database of phone numbers reported to be from telemarketers, scammers, and bill collectors. To date over 968,639 complaints have been reported.

[00:37:29] - Jerry Springer Show - is an American syndicated tabloid talk show hosted by Jerry Springer.

[00:42:22] - The Brawl For All - was a shootfighting tournament held in the World Wrestling Federation that lasted from June 29, 1998 to August 24, 1998. The creation of then-WWF writer Vince Russo, Brawl for All resulted in a number of legit injuries for WWF performers and was received negatively by some industry figures. The winner, Bart Gunn, later fought pro boxer/toughman contest winner, Butterbean. Gunn was knocked out 35 seconds into the bout and was fired by the WWF afterward.

-- Butterbean - is an American former professional boxer, kickboxer, mixed martial artist, and professional wrestler who competed in the heavyweight division. He is also a television personality, having appeared in several programs and been referenced by many others. Esch transitioned to professional boxing in 1994 following a successful stint on the Toughman Contest scene and went on to capture the World Athletic Association (WAA) heavyweight and IBA super heavyweight championships. Beginning in 2003, he began fighting regularly as a kickboxer and mixed martial artist, most notably in K-1 and the Pride Fighting Championships. Butterbean's combined fight record stands at 97–24–5 with 66 knockouts and 10 submissions.

-- [00:45:50] - Memoirs of a Madman - “He’s just a bleeder,” they said. “He can’t wrestle. All he can do is bleed!” Mad Man Pondo never argued when people called him “just a bleeder.” He knows who he is, and he’s embraced it. He knows that his high tolerance for pain, his fearless nature, and his talent for bleeding are the reason he’s wrestled all around the world, starred in three video games, appeared in a horror film with one of his great heroes, befriended celebrities from the A-list to the D-list, and become a legend to deathmatch wrestling fans everywhere. Now, Mad Man Pondo is telling his story his way. He takes you from his early days as a wrestling fan in Flora, Illinois who accidentally got his butt kicked by Jos LeDuc to his glory days as a headliner for Big Japan. You’ll read about in-ring encounters with Junkyard Dog, Terry Funk, and Kevin Sullivan; real life run-ins with David Blaine and Benny Hinn; and unexpected confrontations outside the ring with crazed fans and the Yakuza. You’ll learn how his small cable access show Skull Talk led him to become a casting agent for Jerry Springer and how a deathmatch legend gets to rub shoulders with the likes of MC Hammer, Jonny Fairplay, Mick Foley, Eli Roth, and Robert Englund. Pondo shares stories about his most legendary deathmatch encounters and the inspirational story behind his all-women’s promotion, Girl Fight. And you’ll read his unforgettable speech from the Juggalo March on Washington D.C. at the Lincoln Memorial where Forrest Gump once cried out, “Jenny!!!” With a foreword by Vanilla Ice (yes, THE Vanilla Ice!), dozens of must-see photos, and countless stories from friends, fans, and fellow grapplers, Memoirs of a Mad Man is an all-out extreme autobiography as graphic and over the top as a Four Corners of Pain Deathmatch.

-- [00:50:11] - What's Pondo's Favorite story from the book?

-- [00:52:12] - Parting Thoughts

-- Girl Fight Wrestling

 

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Episode 225 - Jim Toscano & Danny Gianino (Being the World’s #1 Rocky Super Fan)

October 10, 2018

Jim Toscano & Danny Gianino are documentary filmmakers from Detroit.

The Pretender movie is a documentary that follow follows, Mike Kunda, the world's #1 Rocky fan. Mike has spent the last 40 years of his life focusing on every aspect of the Rocky films and on his fictional hero Rocky Balboa. This film documents Mike's life as he struggles to find meaning in his Rocky obsession and become the person he really wants to be.

The Pretender will be showing at the upcoming FirstGlance Film Festival Philadelphia 21 -  October 12-14th, 2018 at the Painted Bride. Tickets are available here

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Show Notes

-- [00:04:54] - Film Tax Credits

-- [00:08:33] - Going into their own work from corporate doc's

-- [00:12:19] - When clients tell you their kid could this

-- [00:16:56] - Rocky Balboa - Thirty years after the ring of the first bell, Rocky Balboa comes out of retirement and dons his gloves for his final fight; against the reigning heavyweight champ Mason 'The Line' Dixon.

-- [00:21:20] - First Glance Film Festival - FirstGlance Film Fest Philadelphia 21 -  October 12-14th, 2018 at the Painted Bride. Tickets are available here

FirstGlance Film festivals began in 1996 in the basement of a small theater in Center City Philadelphia. It started as a small theatre company in Philadelphia that wanted to help fellow filmmakers get their projects shown in a public venue for others to enjoy. Its mission was a one time weekend to show projects that might otherwise not be seen by moviegoers in the Philadelphia area. With a rented video projector and a bunch of large screen TVs, they had a successful weekend showing about 20 projects to about 150 people…The FirstGlance Film Festival was born.

FirstGlance decided to move forward with film festivals and make its event annual. With filmmaker interest, their sister festival opened in Burbank California in 2000 to a similar audience in a 35 seat screening room and has also become a growing annual event.

To date, FirstGlance has produced thirty two film festivals, shown over 2000 award winning films to over 150,000 attendees and over 300,000 online viewers of the Short Online Contest in its 14th incarnation in 2015.

FirstGlance Film Fests have grown to 250 seat venues with state of the art digital projection capabilities, including 3D film with Dolby Surround sound or better!

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.

-- [00:22:00] - The Pretender - Making a Documentary

Mike Kunda is the world's #1 Rocky fan, he has spent the last 40 years of his life focusing on every aspect of the Rocky films and on his fictional hero Rocky Balboa. This film documents Mike's life as he struggles to find meaning in his Rocky obsession and become the person he really wants to be.

-- [00:26:06] - Kim Ray- Producer for Lady Gag doc, Gaga Five Foot Two - I had Kim on the podcast - EP 189 - Producing Real Life

-- [00:27:15] - What where the biggest obstacles in filming the doc

-- [00:30:35]  - Larry Holmes  is an American retired professional boxer who competed from 1973 to 2002. He grew up in Easton, Pennsylvania, which gave birth to his boxing nickname of "The Easton Assassin".

Holmes, whose left jab is rated among the best in boxing history, held the WBC heavyweight title from 1978 to 1983, The Ring magazine and lineal heavyweight titles from 1980 to 1985, and the inaugural IBF heavyweight title from 1983 to 1985. He made 20 successful title defenses, placing him third all time, behind only Joe Louis at 25 and Wladimir Klitschko at 22. He also holds the record for the longest individual heavyweight title streak in the modern boxing history. Holmes is one of only five boxers—along with Joe Frazier, Ken Norton, Leon Spinks and Trevor Berbick—to defeat Muhammad Ali; he is the only one to have stopped Ali.

-- [00:33:40] - Searching for Sugar man - is a 2012 Swedish–British–Finnish documentary film, about a South African cultural phenomenon, directed and written by Malik Bendjelloul which details the efforts in the late 1990s of two Cape Town fans, Stephen "Sugar" Segerman and Craig Bartholomew Strydom, to find out whether the rumoured death of American musician Rodriguez was true, and if not, to discover what had become of him. Rodriguez's music, which had never achieved success in the United States, had become very popular in South Africa although little was known about him in that country. On 10 February 2013, the film won the BAFTA Award for Best Documentary at the 66th British Academy Film Awards in London, and two weeks later it won the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature at the 85th Academy Awards in Hollywood.

 

 

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Episode 224 – Gough (Building Your Own Netflix)

September 20, 2018

Gough was born on the 16th of December 1981 in Sydney Australia. He grew up on the Gold Coast where a love of writing and film was established early on in life. Working as an audio producer and comedy writer for a number of radio stations in both Brisbane and on the Gold Coast, a successful stint as a stand-up comedian followed, travelling through the UK, Canada and the USA, headlining some of the biggest comedy clubs in the world. Gough then moved back to the Gold Coast where he decided it was time to start producing some of his written work, through his newly formed company Beernuts Productions. Not allowing his disability to be a hindrance, instead Gough embraces the challenge with great success as his work clearly demonstrates.

Beernuts Productions is Australia’s most exciting and innovative production company. Founded by Gough in 2006, Beernuts Productions has set out to prove itself as a prolific producer of contemporary, cutting edge and award winning cinema, television, downloads and books with a wide range of topics and projects to be undertaken. Gough’s latest project, ‘A Day in the life of a personal trainer’ is out now via his website.

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Episode 223 - Scott Myers (Zero Draft Thirty)

September 2, 2018

Scott Myers has written 30 projects for every major Hollywood studio and broadcast network. His film writing credits include K-9 starring Jim Belushi, Alaska starring Vincent Kartheisher, and Trojan War starring Jennifer Love Hewitt. From 2002–2010, Scott was an executive producer at Trailblazer Studios, a television production company. In 2002, he began teaching screenwriting in his spare time. He won the UCLA Extension Writers’ Program Outstanding Instructor Award in 2005 and for eight years taught in the Writing for Screen and Stage program at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. Currently Scott is an Assistant Professor at the DePaul University School of Cinematic Arts. He is co-founder of Screenwriting Master Class, a unique online resource for writers. Scott is a member of the Writers’ Guild of America West, and a graduate of the University of Virginia and Yale University Divinity School. He has hosted Go Into The Story since its launch May 16, 2008 and is partnered with the Black List as its official screenwriting blog.

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— Quentin Tarantino Writing Masterclass (A collection of advice)

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Show Notes

-- [00:02:09] - Scott's current role

--  [00:11:05] - Spec script market

  • Crazy Rich Asians

-- [00:15:55] - Advice to students

-- [00:20:21] - How story structure changed?

-- [00:23:26] - Character equals plot

-- [00:24:59] - Plot Points

-- [00:25:33] - A Quiet Place

-- [00:28:54] - Screenwriting Templates - Are they still relevant? 

-- [00:30:13] - Brainstorming Exercises

-- [00:36:15] - Protagonist and Nemesis

-- [00:40:22] - London Screenwriting Festival

-- [00:41:52] - Zero Draft Thirty 

There are two Zero Draft Thirty Challenges per year - usually March & September which means 30 days of continual writing. 1 script. Movie script. TV script. First draft. Rewrite. Whatever. On the first Friday of every month, beginning at Midnight Eastern (U.S.) Friday and continuing through Midnight Saturday, 24 ZD30 volunteer group members host an hour, this is our 24 Hour Writing Scamper-A-Thon.

-- Zero Draft Thirty calendar

-- [00:50:18] - Parting Thoughts

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Episode 222 - James Morosini (Making & Acting in Your Own Movies)

August 6, 2018

James Morosini was born in Tampa FL and raised in Boston MA. After graduating USC's School of Cinematic Arts, James went on to book the lead in a Tim Robbins produced Comedy Central pilot, Ultimate Ultimate. From there, he's starred on multiple seasons of FX's American Horror Story, Feud, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, Criminal Minds, Lethal Weapon, Son of Zorn, Loosely Exactly Nicole, and many others.

In 2017 James independently produced his first feature film which he co-wrote and directed entitled Threesomething. The film made its world premiere to sold out audiences at the 2018 Cinequest Film Festival after a teaser went viral with over 8 million views.

 

Pre-Show Notes

-- Why Are So Many Wannabe Screenwriters Getting Scammed?

-- A new found footage horror movie written and directed by Marcus Harben, Produced by Steve and Tracy Jarvis and Giles Alderson and exec produced by Allan Niblo. Now in production. LIKE their Facebook page below; 

— Want to help me make a short trailer project?

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I’m aiming for a September/October 2018 shoot date for a fun, fake trailer project here in the Philly area. I’ll be looking for actors, a location manager, and a few other key crew roles.

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-- [00:01:29] - We just hit our 2nd Youtube milestone by reaching over 1,000 Subscribers. Thank you!!! Haven't subscribed yet? Click HERE

 

— Quentin Tarantino Writing Masterclass (A collection of advice)

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Show Notes

-- [00:02:56] - Going to film school

 - USC Cinematic School of the Arts

-- [00:06:46]  - Scenes from A Marriage - is a 1973 Swedish Television miniseries written and directed by Ingmar Bergman and starring Liv Ullmann and Erland Josephson. The story explores the disintegration of the marriage between Marianne, a family lawyer specializing in divorce, and Johan, spanning a period of 10 years. Bergman's teleplay draws on his own experiences, including his relationship with Ullmann. It was shot on a small budget in Stockholm and Fårö in 1972.

-- [00:15:29] - Big crew vs Small Crew/ Look vs Feel

-- [00:28:48] - American Horror Story - American Horror Story is an American anthology horror television series created by Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk. Each season is conceived as a self-contained miniseries, following a different set of characters and settings, and a storyline with its own "beginning, middle, and end."

-- [00:32:31] - Can You Really Fake it Til You Make It?

-- [00:37:33] - Working with Crypt TV

  • Crypt TV - Crypt TV is an entertainment company founded by Jack Davis and Eli Roth in 2015 and backed by Jason Blum and Blumhouse Productions.

-- [00:47:41] - Are Screenwriting books worth anything?

Q&A: James Morosini via Go Into the Story blog

 

-- [01:01:16] - Threesomething - When a threesome takes an unexpected turn, three horny friends lose their minds and find love... or something like it PREORDER NOW!! https://bit.ly/2LymHuX

-- [01:12:10] - Worst on Set Experience

-- [01:17:42] - Parting Thoughts

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Episode 221 - Kansas Bowling (Making Your Own Film Career)

July 26, 2018

Kansas Bowling is a writer, director, and editor of music videos and feature films. Bowling’s first film “B.C. Butcher”, the world’s first prehistoric slasher film, starred Kato Kaelin and was released by Troma Entertainment. She is currently directing her second feature film. Bowling has directed two dozen music videos for artists of various genres. Kansas Bowling shoots and directs exclusively on film.

We chat about getting banned from social media (particularly Instagram), how to make your own career, and tons more!

 

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— Want to help me make a short trailer project?

The weather is finally getting nice in Philly, and I’m finally going to make something again.

I’m aiming for a September/October 2018 shoot date for a fun, fake trailer project here in the Philly area. I’ll be looking for actors, a location manager, and a few other key crew roles.

If you’re interested in helping shoot me an email, Dave@DaveBullis.com and put Fake Trailer Project in the subject line.

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— Use My Amazon Affiliate Link

— Use my Black Box  Affiliate link

— Share the Podcast on Social Media
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— Quentin Tarantino Writing Masterclass (A collection of advice)

Over 91,000 views, over 2,800 thumbs up, and a ton of great feedback.

This is a video I edited together from various Tarantino writing advice I’ve heard over the years. Please let me know what you think of it.

 

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Show Notes

[00:02:20] - Kansas getting banned from Instagram

[00:04:33] - Making a movie at 17

  • BC Butcher is a 2016 American horror comedy film directed by 17-year-old Kansas Bowling about a tribe of cavewomen being stalked by a prehistoric monster. It has been dubbed as "the first prehistoric slasher film". It was released in January 2016 by Troma Entertainment.

-- Troma - is an American independent film production and distribution company founded by Lloyd Kaufman and Michael Herz in 1974. The company produces low-budget independent films, primarily of the horror genre. Many of them play on 1950s horror with elements of farce, parody, gore and splatter. In 2012, the company officially released many of its films on YouTube. Troma has produced, acquired and distributed over 1,000 independent films since its creation.

-- Lloyd Kaufman -  is an American film director, producer, screenwriter, and actor. With producer Michael Herz, he is the co-founder of Troma Entertainment film studio, and the director of many of their feature films, including The Toxic Avenger and Tromeo and Juliet.

[00:06:45] - Weirdest offers Kansas has received

[00:08:14] - Best scripts Kansas has been sent

-- Photo of Kansas from upcoming, The Electra Complex

[00:10:53]

-- Mondo -  is an exploitation documentary film, sometimes resembling a pseudo-documentary and usually depicting sensational topics, scenes, or situations. Common traits of Mondo films include an emphasis on taboo subjects (such as death and sex), portrayals of foreign cultures, and staged sequences presented as genuine documentary footage. Over time, the films placed increasing emphasis on footage of the dead and dying (both real and fake).

[00:13:15] - Favorite Movies and Directors

-- Orson Welles - was an American actor, director, writer, and producer who worked in theatre, radio, and film. He is remembered for his innovative[1] work in all three: in theatre, most notably Caesar (1937), a Broadway adaptation of William Shakespeare's Julius Caesar; in radio, the legendary 1938 broadcast "The War of the Worlds"; and in film, Citizen Kane (1941), consistently ranked as one of the greatest films ever made.

-- Don Juan (Or If Don Juan Were a Woman) (1973) - Jeanne lives in Paris and believes she is the reincarnation of Don Juan. She visits a priest and tells him she has killed a man. He comes to her elegant flat - her father has died leaving her rich - and she tells the priest stories about men she has seduced. The seduction is easy, she tells him, it's destruction that takes planning. We watch her with an upright elected official, a wealthy boor, and a folk singer. She describes herself as a spider. Her friend Léporella tries to be Jeanne's conscience. What does Jeanne want?

-- Midnight Cowboy -  is a 1969 American drama film based on the 1965 novel of the same name by James Leo Herlihy. The film was written by Waldo Salt, directed by John Schlesinger, and stars Jon Voight and Dustin Hoffman.

[00:15:19] - Kansas' tips for Directing

[00:18:58] - Parting Thoughts

-- Phil Spector - is an American record producer, musician, and songwriter who developed the Wall of Sound, a music production formula he described as a "Wagnerian" approach to rock and roll. Spector is considered the first auteur among musical artists for the unprecedented freedom and control he had over every phase of the recording process. Additionally, he helped engender the idea of the studio as its own distinct instrument. For these contributions, he is acknowledged as one of the most influential figures in pop music history. Later in his life, Spector became notorious for the 2003 death of actress Lana Clarkson, of which he was convicted of second degree murder.

Music videos directed by Kansas Bowling

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Episode 220 - Marc V Price (Making Nightshooters)

July 4, 2018

Marc Price is writer, director, camera operator, editor & producer of COLIN, which was internationally renowned for its minuscule production budget and became known as the ‘£45/$70 feature film’. Told entirely from the perspective of a sympathetic zombie, COLIN received a wealth of critical acclaim and screened at the Cannes Film Festival as well as Raindance, Frightfest and Sitges. COLIN was even praised in a recent GQ interview by Martin Scorsese who called it "Savage, with an energy that takes the zombie idea to another level".
Marc performed similar duties on his second feature "Magpie", which was released theatrically in the US last summer. Marc has also directed bumpers and shorts for Film 4's Frightfest and is currently developing 2 television series with Lime Pictures and E4 along with a zombie-based show for CBBC and PBS through MopMedia. He has recently completed production on two features this year. An action thriller Nightshooters (distributor, Ascendant Releasing) and western Fistful of Lead (distributor, Sony US). Marc occasionally works with the BFI Education Department, passing on his experience as a low budget film maker and often inviting students to work on various film projects.

 
In this episode we chat about Star Wars, getting fired from productions, his new films Nightshooters & Fistful of Lead, and tons more!
 

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— Quentin Tarantino Writing Masterclass (A collection of advice)

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Show Notes

[00:02:46] - Intro

[00:03:54] - Star Wars

[00:14:55] - Marc's Star Wars Spin-Off Pitch

[00:19:29] - Colin - Colin is bitten by a zombie; he dies and returns as one of the undead. We follow him as he wanders through suburbia during the throes of a cadaverous apocalypse. Through his encounters with objects, places and people, we learn who Colin was and more pertinently, what he has now become. Including a broad daylight zombie versus human street battle, an epic housebound siege and bags of gore. Colin is the must see Zombie phenomenon.

"It was savage. It had an energy that took the zombie idea to another level. Really interesting filmmaking. Disturbing." - Martin Scorsese

[00:21:18] - The Battery - is a 2012 American independent drama horror film and the directorial debut of Jeremy Gardner. The film stars Gardner and co-producer Adam Cronheim as two former baseball players trying to survive a zombie apocalypse. The film premiered at the Telluride Horror Show in October 2012 and received a video-on-demand release June 4, 2013. It has won audience awards at several international film festivals.

[00:21:59] - GoodBadFlicks - Movies, games, and the occasional editorial. 

[00:23:38] - Too many swear words

[00:26:26] - Marc envisions his last days

[00:29:47] - Did Colin open any doors for you? 

[00:31:34] - Magpie

[00:33:39] - Getting fired from a Production

[00:39:36] - Marc's importance of getting young people onto film sets

[00:43:19] - Nightshooters - A film crew led by stuntman Donnie come to witness a Gangland hit, and have to fight for their lives to survive the night.

 
 
 
 
[00:50:39] - Being Open on Set
 
[00:57:02] - Getting people to see your movie
 
[01:03:11] - Trailers
 
[01:05:27] - A Fistful of Lead - Seven of the West's most infamous outlaws assemble to steal the largest stash of gold in North America's frontier history, from the most corrupt bank in the most corrupt settlement.
 
[01:14:48] - Making films
 
[01:18:50] - Just make Movies
 
[01:20:43] - Parting Thoughts

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Episode 219 - Jim Wynorski (Directing over 150 Movies)

June 24, 2018

Jim Wynorski is a B movie legend. Having directed over 150 movies, Jim's career spans several decades. Jim's most notable works are Chopping Mall, Sorority House Massacre II: Nighty Nightmare, Hard to Die, and Death Stalker II. 

We chat who Jim hates, how the internet has changed filmmaking, we (kinda) talk about an upcoming Shout Factory release, plus tons more!

 

Pre Show Notes

— Looking for a way to earn money with your Feature Film, B Roll, etc? Join Black Box today!

— Want to help me make a short trailer project?

The weather is finally getting nice in Philly, and I’m finally going to make something again.

I’m aiming for a July 2018 shoot date for a fun, fake trailer project here in the Philly area. I’ll be looking for actors, a location manager, storyboardist, and a few other key crew roles.

If you’re interested in helping shoot me an email, Dave@DaveBullis.com and put Fake Trailer Project in the subject line.

— Quentin Tarantino Writing Masterclass (A collection of advice)

Over 41,000 views, over 1,300 thumbs up, and a ton of great feedback.

This is a video I edited together from various Tarantino writing advice I’ve heard over the years. Please let me know what you think of it.

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Show Notes

-- 00:03:00 - The question that everyone asks

-- 00:04:22 - Making over 150 movies

 - Takashi Miike - is a Japanese filmmaker. He has directed over one hundred theatrical, video and television productions since his debut in 1991. His films range from violent and bizarre to dramatic and family-friendly.

-- 00:05:17 - Making 6 films in a year

-- [00:07:58] - What he learned from Roger Corman

 - Roger Corman - is an American director, producer, and actor. He has been called "The Pope of Pop Cinema" and is known as a trailblazer in the world of independent film. 

-- [00:14:10] - Reboots

  • Wild Wild West - is a 1999 American western action comedy film directed by Barry Sonnenfeld. A big-screen adaptation of the 1960s TV series The Wild Wild West, it stars Will Smith, Kevin Kline, Kenneth Branagh and Salma Hayek. The film takes the steampunk gadgetry from the original series to still more fantastical lengths with a series of unlikely contraptions culminating in a giant mechanical spider. Wild Wild West was a commercial disappointment, earning only $222.1 million worldwide against a $170 million budget, and received predominantly negative reviews.
  • The Man From Uncle - is a 2015 American action spy comedy film directed by Guy Ritchie and written by Ritchie and Lionel Wigram. It is based on the 1964 MGM television series of the same name. The film premiered at Barcelona on August 2, 2015 and was released on August 14 by Warner Bros., receiving mixed reviews and grossing $109 million worldwide on a $75 million budget.
  • CHIPS - is a 2017 American action comedy buddy cop film written and directed by Dax Shepard, based on the 1977–1983 television series of the same namecreated by Rick Rosner.  It has a 17% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes, which called it "only mildly arresting at best". Unlike the original series, the movie was produced without the cooperation of the California Highway Patrol (CHP) and without a license to use CHP logos.

-- [00:24:32] - How the Internet has Changed Filmmaking

-- [00:27:15] - Seeing what's popular

-- [00:31:35] - Million dollar advice

Mexico's 'Island of the Dolls' - Thousands of creepy toys hang from the trees to quell the tormented screams of a ghost of a little girl who drowned there

-- [00:35:07] - So who does Jim hate?

  • Robert Culp - was an American actor, screenwriter, voice actor, and director, widely known for his work in television. Culp earned an international reputation for his role as Kelly Robinson on I Spy (1965–1968), the espionage television series in which co-star Bill Cosby and he played secret agents. Prior to that, he starred in the CBS/Four Star Western series Trackdown as Texas Ranger Hoby Gilman from 1957 to 1959.The 1980s brought him back to television. He starred as FBI Agent Bill Maxwell on The Greatest American Hero and had a recurring role as Warren Whelan on Everybody Loves Raymond. Culp gave hundreds of performances in a career spanning more than 50 years.
  • Jennifer Rubin - is an American actress and former model. A competitive swimmer during her youth, Rubin was discovered by the Ford Modeling Agency and went on to model for Calvin Klein and became Ford International Model of the Year in 1984. She made her film debut as Taryn White in the 1987 horror film A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors.
  • Tanya Roberts - is an American actress and producer. She is known for her role as Kiri in The Beastmaster (1982), Stacey Sutton in the James Bond film A View to a Kill (1985), and as Midge Pinciotti on That '70s Show (1998–2004).

-- [00:36:52] - How to deal with difficult actors

-- [00:37:43] - When an actress stole from the set

-- [00:40:36] - So who does Jim like?

-- [00:43:18] - Jim's upcoming movie release that he can't talk about

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Episode 218 - Lily Yasuda & Michael Wolfe (Making the Anti Rom-Com)

June 4, 2018

Lily Yasuda is a writer, actor, and filmmaker from Boise, ID. She graduated Summa Cumme Laude from Chapman University this Spring with a Bachelor of Arts in Screenwriting. Lily will be making her  onscreen debut in LIKE LOVE.

Michael Wolfe is a Director, Writer, and Producer originally from Kansas City, Kansas. He has directed a slew of short films, music videos,
and documentaries of various budget levels and sizes. Michael moved to Southern California to pursue a B.F.A. in Film Production at Chapman University. He has worked in film and television development and production for several Hollywood companies, including Groundswell Productions, The Donners' Company, Circle of Confusion, and Good Universe. Currently, Michael works at Scott Rudin Productions. He is also a Fulbright Semi-Finalist.

Pre Show Notes

— Looking for a way to earn money with your Feature Film, B Roll, etc? Join Black Box today!

— Want to help me make a short trailer project?

The weather is finally getting nice in Philly, and I’m finally going to make something again.

I’m aiming for a July 2018 shoot date for a fun, fake trailer project here in the Philly area. I’ll be looking for actors, a location manager, storyboardist, and a few other key crew roles.

If you’re interested in helping shoot me an email, Dave@DaveBullis.com and put Fake Trailer Project in the subject line.

— Quentin Tarantino Writing Masterclass (A collection of advice)

Over 41,000 views, over 1,300 thumbs up, and a ton of great feedback.

This is a video I edited together from various Tarantino writing advice I’ve heard over the years. Please let me know what you think of it.

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— Backstage –  Use code dbcast at checkout when posting a casting call for a FREE basic listing

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Show Notes

-- [00:14:00] - How to Find a Producer -  “How do I find a producer?”

-- [00:03:10] - Hoe We Met, Lily & Michael's Background's

-- Marty Lang - Marty Lang is an award-winning filmmaker, professor and journalist. He attended the University of Connecticut, graduating with a B.A. in Journalism and covering entertainment for the New York Times. After producing the independent feature "A Little Bit of Lipstick," starring Mia Tyler and Soupy Sales, Lang was accepted into the Florida State University Graduate Film Conservatory in 2002. Lang has taught film at Quinnipiac University and Stage32.com, and worked as the Undergraduate Production Manager at the Dodge College of Film and Media Arts at Chapman University. He is currently in development on his second feature film, and a television pilot, and is an MFA Screenwriting student at Cal State Northridge.

-- Chapman University - is a private, non-profit university located in Orange, California, United States. It is affiliated with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). Chapman University encompasses ten schools and colleges: Dodge College of Film and Media Arts, Wilkinson College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Argyros School of Business and Economics, the School of Communication, Schmid College of Science and Technology, College of Performing Arts, Dale E. Fowler School of Law, College of Educational Studies, the School of Pharmacy, and the Crean College of Health and Behavioral Sciences.

-- Dave Klein - is an American cinematographer best known for working with director Kevin Smith on the films Clerks, Mallrats, Chasing Amy, Clerks II, Zack and Miri Make a Porno, Cop Out, and Red State.

-- Kevin Smith - is an American filmmaker, actor, comedian, comic book writer, author, and podcaster. He came to prominence with the low-budget comedy film Clerks (1994), which he wrote, directed, co-produced, and acted in as the character Silent Bob of stoner duo Jay and Silent Bob.

-- Clerks - A day in the lives of two convenience clerks named Dante and Randal as they annoy customers, discuss movies, and play hockey on the store roof.

-- [00:08:17] - Collaborating together & Bringing different tools to the table

-- [00:14:51] - A desire to do something really big

-- [00:17:34] - Craft services on a budget

-- [00:19:04] - The Student filmmaker card

-- [00:24:17] - Idaho Film Office

-- [00:25:23] - Filming in Small Towns

-- [00:28:17] - LIKE LOVE is a vaguely romantic comedy about two best friends who are perfect for each other in every way, were it not for one very small problem: she’s not into him. Determined to preserve their friendship, Harper attempts to reciprocate Jackson’s affection in an epic quest to fall in love. Her home, sanity, and best friend are on the line, and all she has to do is love him back. After all, how hard could it be? Right?

-- [00:36:08] - Alexa Rose Foundation - a foundation that would provide grants to artists interested in furthering their creative work living in the Boise area. 

-- [00:36:30] - Crowdfunding Advice 

-- [00:42:23] - Parting Thoughts and Advice

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