Alex Ferrari is the mastermind behind Indie Film Hustle, and the host of the #1 Filmmaking podcast, Indie Film Hustle Podcast.

His new book, Rise of the Filmtrepreneur, is out now.

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Alex Ferrari

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-- Youtube
-- Rise of the Filmtrepreneur

 

SHOUT OUTS

- Tom Ribeiro and and the latest film he produced, Stray, with Fat Foot Films

- Carter at Film Productivity Podcast 

 

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Episode 235 - Sean Buckley (Building a Media Company)

December 8, 2019

Sean Buckley is the Founder and CEO of Buck Productions.

Buck Productions’ has over 80+ TV/film/digital projects ranging from across scripted, unscripted, and documentary genres.

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Sean Buckley

-- Official Site
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Episode 234 - Jameson Parker (Producing for TV & Film)

November 17, 2019

Jameson Parker is the Director of Development for Brightlight Pictures. 

Jameson is the producer of SUMMER OF ‘84, PRODIGALS,and is currently producing the upcoming series Julie and the Phantoms which is set or release in 2020.

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SHOW NOTES

  • 2:32 - Episode START
  • 3:01 - Producing own material & meeting Shaun Williamson
  • 10:02 - Networking event
  • 14:39 - Making a Movie You'd Want to See
  • 16:33 - Reboots and Remakes
  • 18:05 - TV is where it's at
  • 22:31 - Summer of 84 & RKSS
  • 26:02 - Finding Talent
  • 30:29 - White Ninja
  • 33:02 - Julie & The Phantoms
  • 36:12 - Miranda Sings
  • 38:31 - Biggest Production Problem
  • 44:35 - Parting Thoughts

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Jameson Parker

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Episode 233 - Rachel Ann Mullins (International Model turned Actress who somehow became a Producer)

November 2, 2019

Rachel Ann Mullins is a model, actress, and producer. 

Rachel has appeared in various TV shows such as 'Happy Endings' and "The League." She has also appeared in several feature films like 'Rampart', 'Neighbors' and "The Entourage Movie'. She studied fashion merchandising at McKinnely. Due to her passion for fashion brought on by her modeling career that began when she was 12 years old. Working as an international model made for a busy schedule, Rachel has worked in Tokyo, Paris, Milan, London and Rome. Merging her fashion and entertainment skills only seemed natural to her. Rachel lives in Los Angeles where she wears many hats as an actress, model and businesswoman. Her most recent TV appearance was on Blunt Talk starring Patrick Stewart. Rachel is lending her sexy brand of comedy to the season 2 premiere of the Showtime hit. In addition to her film and television work Rachel is currently directing a documentary called, You Slut. A social issue documentary focusing on the harm slut shaming does on societies across the world, is Rachel's directorial debut. In her free time Rachel enjoys outdoor activities. She hikes and goes kayaking on a weekly basis. Rachel is an avid designer. Heart Me is her collection of ladies bags that she designs and are sold in stores in California and online. iCarly star Jennette McCurdy as well as Big Time Rush star Tanya Chisholm have been spotted carrying her bags.

 

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SHOW NOTES

  • 0:00 - Where  I've been
  • 4:58 - Episode start
  • 5:56 - Rachel as a monster in a horror movie
  • 8:01 - Moving to & Living in LA
  • 14:55 - The Death of Brody Stevens
  • 17:34 - Bombing Auditions
  • 20:25 - Dude Bro Party Massacre III
  • 24:09 - My suggestion of Rachel's Producer tagline
  • 25:08 - Budgets are shrinking and shrinking and shrinking and shrinking and sales
  • 27:33 - Rachel's biggest obstacle in producing
  • 28:47 - Persuading people as Producer
  • 31:14 - Being held up for more money
  • 32:10 - Parting Thoughts

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Rachel Ann Mullins

-- No Filter Friday - Rachel's Podcast
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-- IMDB
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Dave Bullis

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Episode 232 - Shelley Pack & Josh Sutherland (Chasing Molly)

June 19, 2019

Shelley Pack is an actress, writer, and producer. Shelley has performed with the The Groundlings, Second City Alumni, Drew Carey and the cast of "Whose Line is it Anyway?,"  Ryan Stiles and Kristen Wiig.

Josh Sutherland is a director and SFX editor known for his work Looper (2012), The Avengers (2012), and Escape Plan (2013). 

Chasing Molly - "Molly (Shelley Pack) a paranormal con artist who cleans people of their valuables instead of their demons, accidentally rips off a Drug Kinpin (Kurt Angle). She now has to save her kidnapped partner (Jim Cashman) and herself while battling through the under belly of Los Angeles."  Also starring Jim Cashman & Felicia Day

 

Chasing Molly is out now! 

- Amazon Prime
- iTunes
- Vimeo

 

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SHOW NOTES

  • 3:00 - Podcast Starts & Intros
  • 10:41 - Deciding to make a movie they could make themselves
  • 13:21 - Casting the film with Jim Cashman, Felicia Day and Kurt Angle
  • 17:37 - Setting yourself up to win
  • 18:14 - Pitching Kurt Angle
  • 20:40 - Meticulous and Resourceful
  • 23:08 - Getting Indie Movies Made
  • 24:46 - Securing Locations
  • 27:53 - Scheduling
  • 31:36 - Star Waggons
  • 33:14 - When the Stars Align aka Getting a Model of Kurt Angle's Head
  • 35:39 - Soundtrack
  • 37:22 - Making it Happen
  • 39:42 - Grapefruit Technique 
  • 58:04 - Chasing Molly
    - Amazon Prime
    - iTunes
    - Vimeo
  •  58:36 - Parting Thoughts

 

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Shelley Pack

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Josh Sutherland

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Episode 231 - Jim Uhls (Fight Club)

May 11, 2019

Jim Uhls is a screenwriter and producer. Jim’s sceenwriting credits include, "Fight Club”, the feature-film "Jumper", the NBC television film "Semper Fi", and the SyFy miniseries "Spin". 

Jim's current online class on screenwriting is available at Creative Live

 

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SHOW NOTES

- 2:39 - How did Jim get his first (credited) writing gig as Fight Club?

- 4:19 - Chuck Palahniuk - is an American novelist and freelance journalist, who describes his work as transgressional fiction. He is the author of the award-winning novel Fight Club, which also was made into a popular film of the same name.

- 10:36 - The Meeting

- 14:03 - The Narrator

- 18:50 - Screenwriting Rules

- 31:14 - Jim's Screenwriting Advice

- 38:58 - The Scent of Blood

- 50:13 - Jim, if he'll ever direct 

- 52:57 - David Fincher Directing Style - David Fincher is an American film director, film producer, television director, television producer, and music video director. He was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Director for The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008) and The Social Network (2010). For the latter, he won the Golden Globe Award for Best Director and the BAFTA Award for Best Direction.
He is also known for having directed Alien 3 in his directorial debut, and most known for films in the thriller genre, including Seven (1995), The Game (1997), Fight Club (1999), Panic Room (2002), Zodiac (2007), The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011) and Gone Girl (2014). He was also instrumental in the creation of the Netflix series House of Cards (2013–2018) and Mindhunter (2017–present).
His films Zodiac and The Social Network are ranked in BBC's 100 Greatest Films of the 21st Century.

- 1:05:17 - My Fight Club house story

 

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Episode 230 - Ron Bonk (House Shark)

March 13, 2019

Ron Bonk is a filmmaker and the founder and head of the distributor SRS Cinema. His latest new film, House Shark, is on Amazon Prime now.

 

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-- Episode 169 – Matthew T Burns (aka ‘Sick’ Nick Mondo) – From Pro Wrestler to Filmmaker

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SHOW NOTES

-- 03:24 - Show Start & Background

-- 10:30 - Shooting without permits

-- 11:02 - Getting Locations

-- 17:14 - Strategies for Films

-- 19:50 - Mistakes in Crowdfunding & Funding

-- 31:56 - Empire State of the Dead - The recently deceased rise, feasting upon the living as a zombie outbreak spreads across the globe. In Central New York, a small Marine patrol, led by Seargent Ritter, tries to keep order. But while battling the living dead they are also faced with roving gangs going unchecked and entire military units defecting. Amid the chaos, a drug lord named Ray sees an opportunity to rule the new world rising, and he is sabotaging rescue centers and military bases to help further break down the Government's attempts to restore order.

--43:25 - House Shark

HOUSE SHARK: When Frank (Trey Harrison) finds his happy home under attack by a dangerous but largely unknown breed of shark, he's enlists the aid of the world's only "House Shark" Expert, Zachary (Michael Merchant), and a grizzled former real estate agent, Abraham (Wes Reid), to embark on a desperate quest to destroy the beast and claim back his life. It's Jaws in a house!

 

 

 

-- 56:45 -- Parting Advice, AFM, and Killer One Sheets

 

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Episode 229 - Alex Ferrari (Shooting for the Mob)

February 3, 2019

Alex Ferrari is the founder of Indie Film Hustle blog, and the ultra popular podcast of the same name. Alex's feature film debut was the award winning This is Meg. The film stars comic actress Jill-Michele Meleán (Reno 911, MadTV), along with Krista Allen, Joseph Reitman, Debra Wilson, Carlos Alazraqui, & Jenica Bergere. Alex wore many hats on this indie film including directing, producing, cinematographer, cameraman, editor, and colorist. The film is currently playing on Hulu, iTunes, and Amazon. Alex's follow up project was the feature film, 'On the Corner of Ego and Desire,' a satirical look at the indie film world, shot entirely at the Sundance Film Festival. 

Alex's new book, Shooting for the Mob, will be released on February 22, 2019

 

Show Notes

-- [00:04:50.44] - Episode Starts
-- [00:08:48.25] - Alex's daily routine
-- [00:19:14.00] - Controlling emails
-- [00:25:02.28] - Audiobooks and podcasts
-- [00:27:43.06] - IFH TV
-- [00:32:53.57] - Birdbox challenge

'Bird Box Challenge' crash: Teen was driving with eyes covered, police say

-- [00:33:58.41] - Motivational Speeches

Arnold Schwarzenegger 2018 - The speech that broke the internet - Most Inspiring ever

Eric Thomas - Change the Way You See Yourself

 

[00:34:41.83] - Grant Cardone's 10x
[00:38:17.42] - Overnight Successes
[00:49:18.24] - Shooting for the Mob - A bipolar gangster, a naive young film director, and Batman--what could go wrong? Alex Ferrari is a first-time film director who just got hired to direct a $20 million feature film. The only problem is that the film is about Jimmy, an egomaniacal gangster who wants the film to be about his life in the mob. From the backwater towns of Louisiana to the Hollywood Hills, Alex is taken on a crazy misadventure through the world of the mafia and Hollywood. Huge movie stars, billion-dollar producers, studio heads, and, of course, a few gangsters populate this unbelievable journey down the rabbit hole of chasing one's dream. Would you sell your soul to the devil to make your dream come true? By the way, did I mention that this story is based on true events? No, seriously it is.
[01:03:42.39] - Fate and Karma
[01:05:27.70] - How Alex Checked His Ego
[01:13:12.35] - Alex wants to give you $30,000 to make a Web Series
[01:16:19.61] - Closing Thoughts

 

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Alex Ferrari

— Official Site
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Dave Bullis

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Episode 228 - Steve Kaplan (The Comic Hero’s Journey)

January 19, 2019

Steve Kaplan has been the industry’s most sought-after expert on comedy. In addition to having taught at UCLA, NYU, Yale and other top universities, Steve created the HBO Workspace, the HBO New Writers Program and was co-founder and Artistic Director of Manhattan Punch Line Theatre. He has consulted and taught workshops at companies such as HBO, DreamWorks, Disney, Aardman Animation, Sony Pictures Network India, Globo Brazil, and others. Steve's first book, The Hidden Tools of Comedy, is a international best seller.

Steve's new book, The Comic Hero's Journey is on sale now.

 

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Show Notes

-- Show Start [00:02:45]

-- Steve Kaplan's interviews with Film Courage [00:05:16]

 

-- Character Development [00:09:36.]

-- The best comedies nowadays [00:13:58]

-- Creating a comedy which is telling the truth [00:16:50]

-- Groundhog's Day - Theme and Character [00:18:31]

-- Judd Apatow Comedies [00:21:59]

-- Dumb and Dumber [00:27:35]

-- Empathy vs Sympathy [00:29:45]

"Somebody once said. That all fiction is autobiography. Every piece of fiction is that it's actually telling you more about the person who's writing it than about the characters who are in it. And I think that's true"

-- The Comic Hero's Journey [00:41:31]

"A comic hero or heroine also goes on a journey, but for the comic hero, it’s often quite, quite different. The hero decides to go on the adventure; the comic hero often has no choice. The hero has a wise old man; the comic hero often meets an idiot who inadvertently says something that can teach him a thing or two. Steve Kaplan will show you the diverse paths that comedy takes in The Comic Hero’s Journey."

 

 

-- The Hero's Journey [00:43:13]

In narratology and comparative mythology, the monomyth, or the hero's journey, is the common template of a broad category of tales that involve a hero who goes on an adventure, and in a decisive crisis wins a victory, and then comes home changed or transformed.

The study of hero myth narratives started in 1871 with anthropologist Edward Burnett Tylor's observations of common patterns in plots of heroes' journeys. Later on, others introduced various theories on hero myth narratives such as Otto Rank and his Freudian psychoanalytic approach to myth, Lord Raglan's unification of myth and rituals, and eventually hero myth pattern studies were popularized by Joseph Campbell, who was influenced by Carl Jung's view of myth. In his 1949 work The Hero with a Thousand Faces, Campbell described the basic narrative pattern as follows:

A hero ventures forth from the world of common day into a region of supernatural wonder: fabulous forces are there encountered and a decisive victory is won: the hero comes back from this mysterious adventure with the power to bestow boons on his fellow man.
Campbell and other scholars, such as Erich Neumann, describe narratives of Gautama Buddha, Moses, and Christ in terms of the monomyth. While others, such as Otto Rank and Lord Raglan, describe hero narrative patterns in terms of Freudian psychoanalysis and ritualistic senses. Critics argue that the concept is too broad or general to be of much usefulness in comparative mythology. Others say that the hero's journey is only a part of the monomyth; the other part is a sort of different form, or color, of the hero's journey.

 

 

"There's a comedy story everywhere. That's that's the whole point. Our lives are comedies and we just have to be brave enough to tell them."

-- Parting Thoughts [00:51:30]

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Steve Kaplan

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Episode 227 - Ashley Scott Meyers (Indie Film Masterclass)

December 8, 2018

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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Show Notes

-- [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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