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Episode 206 – Jordan Harris – Story Editing for Cartoon Network Part #2

This week Alrik and co-host Andrew Schrader welcome filmmaker/editor/writer Jordan Harris to the show for part 2 of their discussion. This week we continue to talk about Jordan’s work on the Cartoon Network show but we also go into the details of his directing and writing career as well. Jordan and Andrew tell stories from the shoot of their second feature, Age of Reason, which is out now on Hulu!

Listen to this episode now or subscribe to us wherever you find your podcasts: Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Google Play

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Meet Jordan Harris

Jordan is a filmmaker/writer/editor/director working out of Los Angeles. He has directed spots starring talent such as Nick Offerman, Tom Lennon, Thomas Middleditch and Zach Galifianakis. He has also directed two feature films, web series and countless other projects as well. He also happens to be long time friend of the show and co-host Andrew Schrader’s long time collaborator and directing partner, which makes this conversation even more fun!

Jordan is currently working as a story editor at Cartoon Network, which is the main focus of the first part of this two part episode!

The Writing Process in Animation

Jordan continues to talk to us about writing for animation and compares his show to other animation shows to illustrate how these other shows are made.

Filmmaking/Writing/Etc.

Jordan and Andrew talk about their filmmaking work, what it was like to make their second feature The Age of Reason and what it will take for them to make a third film.

Watch The Age of Reason Now!

The Age of Reason is now out on Hulu, check it out at the link below!

https://www.hulu.com/movie/the-age-of-reason-a6a5786f-0a1e-443c-918b-29bb950ac2fa

Find Jordan’s Work!

http://www.jordanharris.com/

https://www.imdb.com/name/nm2013916/

Live Podcast at The BraveMaker Film Festival!

We are going to be live at the BraveMaker film festival doing a live podcast, buy your tickets now and we will see you there!

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/bravemaker-film-fest-vip-kick-off-party-tickets-61187813397

We Have A Patreon Page!

That’s right, Making Movies is HARD is now on Patreon! Check out our page and if you dig the show support us to keep this thing alive!

https://www.patreon.com/mmihpodcast

Contact Andrew & Alrik

Episode 205 – Jordan Harris – Story Editing for Cartoon Network Part #1

This week Alrik and co-host Andrew Schrader welcome filmmaker/editor/writer Jordan Harris to the show! Jordan is currently working as the story editor on a top secret Cartoon Network show and he gives us the low down on the writing process for animation!

Listen to this episode now or subscribe to us wherever you find your podcasts: Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Google Play

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Meet Jordan Harris

Jordan is a filmmaker/writer/editor/director working out of Los Angeles. He has directed spots starring talent such as Nick Offerman, Tom Lennon, Thomas Middleditch and Zach Galifianakis. He has also directed two feature films, web series and countless other projects as well. He also happens to be long time friend of the show and co-host Andrew Schrader’s long time collaborator and directing partner, which makes this conversation even more fun!

Jordan is currently working as a story editor at Cartoon Network, which is the main focus of the first part of this two part episode!

The Writing Process in Animation

Jordan talks us through the writing process for the cartoon network show he is currently working on!

We Have A Patreon Page!

That’s right, Making Movies is HARD is now on Patreon! Check out our page and if you dig the show support us to keep this thing alive!

https://www.patreon.com/mmihpodcast

Contact Andrew & Alrik

Episode 204 – Justin Warren – Setting the Value of Your Own Film!

This week Alrik and co-host Liz Manashil welcome special guest Justin Warren to talk about making and releasing his first feature film, Then There Was Joe. Justin talks about how he set the value of his movie and turned down multiple distribution offers because they all under valued his film.

Listen to this episode now or subscribe to us wherever you find your podcasts: Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Google Play

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Meet Justin Warren

Justin graduated from the USC School of Cinematic Arts with an M.F.A. in Film and Television Production in 2014. Justin wrote, directed, co-edited, produced and co-starred in his first comedy feature film, Then There Was Joe. The film stars comedian, Ray Grady, who just debuted his half hour special on Kevin Hart Presents: The Next Level on Comedy Central. The movie premiered on February 3, 2018 in Little Rock at the Ron Robinson Theater, for a standing-room only, sellout crowd. The Arkansas Cinema Society, founded by writer/director Jeff Nichols (Mud, Midnight Special, Loving), showcased the film as the first of its Homegrown Film Series. “Joe” is currently on a national screening tour. Justin wants to use his talents to heal the world through laughter — one movie at a time. Visit him online at www.justinwarren.me

Making Then There Was Joe

Justin talks to us about making Then There Was Joe.

Facing Distributors as an Indie Filmmaker

Justin talks to us about making Then There Was Joe.

Setting the Value of Your Film

Justin talks to us about making Then There Was Joe.

Self Distributing Your Film

Liz talks to Alrik about being a new Mom and a filmmaker and the struggles that entails.

Where to Find Then There Was Joe

https://www.thentherewasjoe.com/

https://www.instagram.com/thentherewasjoe

Follow Justin on his own website

Special Thanks to Jonathan Kittrell for Editing this Episode!

This is Jonathan’s second episode, you can check him out at @jkittrell94

Jonathan is also an author, check out his books on amazon!

We Have A Patreon Page!

That’s right, Making Movies is HARD is now on Patreon! Check out our page and if you dig the show support us to keep this thing alive!

https://www.patreon.com/mmihpodcast

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Episode 203 – Co-Host Liz Manashil on Why Indie Film Distribution is HARD!!!

This week Alrik is joined by new co-host/friend of the show, Liz Manashil to talk about her second feature, The Speed of Life, filmmaking as a new mother and most importantly about the struggles of indie film distribution! Liz and Alrik also talk about fundraising for their features, how to approach talent without a casting director and the future of Indie Film Distribution, if there even is one! This and much more on the episode of MMIH!

Listen to this episode now or subscribe to us wherever you find your podcasts: Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Google Play

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Meet Liz Manashil!

If you don’t already know who Liz is, check out her previous episode of the show!

https://www.makingmoviesishard.com/episode-88

Speed of Life

Liz talks about her new film Speed of Life!

Fundraising for Indie Features

Liz and Alrik talk about their struggles fundraising for their features.

Casting Talent with no Casting Director

Liz breaks down her casting process and gives us word for word what she puts in her intro emails to agents/managers.

Indie Film Distribution

Liz talks to Alrik about the bleak nature of indie film distribution and how we are probably all not going to make any money on our features.

Filmmaking as a New Mother

Liz talks to Alrik about being a new Mom and a filmmaker and the struggles that entails.

We Have A Patreon Page!

That’s right, Making Movies is HARD is now on Patreon! Check out our page and if you dig the show support us to keep this thing alive!

https://www.patreon.com/mmihpodcast

Contact Liz & Alrik

Episode 202 – MMIH Solo Bolo with Alex Kellerman

This week Kellerman and Alrik do their second solo episode together, talking about all kinds of filmmaking related nonsense. This is not the traditional episode of MMIH, so get ready for a fun conversation!

Listen to this episode now or subscribe to us wherever you find your podcasts: Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Google Play

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Meet Alex Kellerman

If you don’t already know who Alex Kellerman is, check out his previous episodes!

https://www.makingmoviesishard.com/ep184/

Losing a Guest

Alrik and Kellerman lost their guest for a recording but decided to record an episode anyways, and this is what happened!

Topics

Alrik and Kellerman talk over a variety of subjects, including what they are both working on, Kellerman’s days at his office job for two big time producers and Alrik’s continued work on The Alternate!

We Have A Patreon Page!

That’s right, Making Movies is HARD is now on Patreon! Check out our page and if you dig the show support us to keep this thing alive!

https://www.patreon.com/mmihpodcast

Contact Kellerman & Alrik

Episode 201 – Talking the Indie FIlm with Hustle Alex Ferrari

This week Kellerman and Alrik welcome Alex Ferrari from Indie Film Hustle to the show! Alex is a filmmaker, editor, colorist and podcast guru, known for the podcasts Indie Film Hustle, Bulletproof Screenplay Podcast, two time feature filmmaker and now author of the book Shooting for the Mob. We talk about how Alex got into filmmaking, his path to starting Indie Film Hustle and how he turned it into a bonafide business.

Listen to this episode now or subscribe to us wherever you find your podcasts: Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Google Play

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Meet Alex Ferrari

If you don’t already listen to his podcast, here is what wikipedia has to say.

Alex Ferrari (born June 28, 1974) is an American film writer, producer and director. He is notable for his online independent film education website Indie Film Hustle and has a background in post-production. His 2005 film Broken received a favorable review from Roger Ebert: “the film is effective and professional and the ominous sound track works with the images to create the desired effect.

Life Before Indie Film Hustle

Alex gives us his background before he started Indie Film Hustle.

Landing in LA

Alex talks about when he moved to LA and how he got started out there.

The Path to Indie Film Hustle

Alex talks to about his work in LA that lead to him starting Indie Film Hustle.

Turning it into a Business

Alex talks about how he treated the podcast like a full business from day one and how he built it into what it is today.

Writing Shooting for the Mob

Alex talks to us about writing his first book, what it’s about and why he wrote it and didn’t make it into a movie (yet).

Alex Ferrari’s Work

Want to see Alex’s next feature, “On the Corner of Ego Desire” live in person?  Click the link below if you want to see the premier at the TLC Chinese Theater in Hollywood on Friday April 25th!

www.indiefilmhustle.com/screening

Check out all of Alex’s work at www.indiefilmhustle.com 

Check out Alex on Twitter

We Have A Patreon Page!

That’s right, Making Movies is HARD is now on Patreon! Check out our page and if you dig the show support us to keep this thing alive!

https://www.patreon.com/mmihpodcast

Contact Kellerman & Alrik

Episode 200 – MMIH Co-Host/Directors Round Table!

This week Alrik welcomes filmmakers and co-hosts Liz Manashil, L. Jeffrey Moore, Isaac Pingree, Samiat Salami, Andrew Schrader and Colin Levy to this very special 200th episode of Making Movies is Hard! We talk about why we make the films we make, what keeps us going through the dark moments and what we hope to achieve through our filmmaking.

Listen to this episode now or subscribe to us wherever you find your podcasts: Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Google Play

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Meet Our Round Table Guests!

There’s too many of us to deal with a bio pic for each, so here is the link to the intro episode to each of our guests.

Liz Manashil’s Intro Episode – What, it’s not out yet?

Listen to this previous episode with Liz in the meantime! www.makingmoviesishard.com/episode-88/

Isaac’s Intro Episode

www.makingmoviesishard.com/ep195

Andrew’s Intro Episode

www.makingmoviesishard.com/ep182/

Samiat Salami Intro Episode

www.makingmoviesishard.com/ep191/

L. Jeffrey Moore Intro Episode

www.makingmoviesishard.com/ep188/

Colin Levy Intro Episode

www.makingmoviesishard.com/ep186/

Why Do you Do It?

Everyone talks about why they make films and why they continue to do it.

Professional Vs. Amateur

Isaac brings up the ‘what makes you a professional’ topic and so the group discusses what they think makes someone a professional.

Pushing Through The Tough Times

The group talks about how they deal with setbacks and pushing through the tough moments of filmmaking.

Most Challenging Aspect of Filmmaking

The group talks about what the most cthallenging aspect of the process is for them and why.

Defining Your Goals

The group talks about their goals as filmmakers and why they are important to them.

Liz’s Work

Liz’s Website: http://www.lizmanashil.com/

Liz on Twitter: https://twitter.com/LizManashil

Isaac’s Work

Isaac’s Website: http://www.lagoonside.com/

Isaac on Twitter: https://twitter.com/isaacpingree

Samiat’s Work

Samiat on Twitter: https://twitter.com/uneasytheshow

Samiat on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/uneasytheshow

Andrew’s Work

Andrew’s Website: https://www.andrewjschrader.com/

Andrew on IMDB: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm3589579/

Colin’s Work

Colin’s Website: https://www.colinlevy.com/

Colin on Twitter: https://twitter.com/colinlevy

Colin on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/colin.levy/

L. Jeffrey Moore’s Work

Jeff’s Website: https://www.ljeffreymoore.com/

Jeff on Twitter: https://twitter.com/ljeffreymoore

Jeff on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ljeffrey.moore/

We Have A Patreon Page!

That’s right, Making Movies is HARD is now on Patreon! Check out our page and if you dig the show support us to keep this thing alive!

https://www.patreon.com/mmihpodcast

Contact Alrik

Episode 199 – DeShuna Spencer – Starting Your Own Streaming Platform!

This week Alrik and Jeff welcome filmmaker and CEO/Founder of Kweli TV, DeShuna Spencer to the show! DeShuna talks to us about her streaming platform Kweli TV, how she got it started and the struggles she faces in running her own independent streaming service!

Listen to this episode now or subscribe to us wherever you find your podcasts: Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Google Play

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Meet DeShuna Spencer!

DeShuna Spencer, a social entrepreneur, is the Founder/CEO of kweliTV, an interactive video streaming network for the global black consumer. KweliTV is dedicated to the stories, issues and culture of the global black community. The platform offers a vast selection of on-demand independent films, web shows, news and historical programming, and documentaries specifically of the black experience from the US and across the globe. It will be accessible on smartTVs, internet TV devices (such as Apple TV and Roku), smartphones, game consoles, computers and tablets through a video app. KWELI (KWEH lee) means “TRUTH” IN SWAHILI.

DeShuna’s bio is extremely extensive (she’s accomplished a lot in her career!) check out her whole history on her website.

How it All Got Started

DeShuna talks about how she got into filmmaking and how she approached making her first documentary.

You Made a Film, What’s Next?

DeShuna talks about her experience getting her film out into the world and how that lead to her starting Kweli TV.

DeShuna talks about why starting Kweli TV was so important and how she came up with the mission statement for the company.

Starting Kweli TV

DeShuna talks about how she went about creating KweliTV and the challenges she faced getting the company off the ground.

The Future of Kweli TV

DeShuna talks to us about where she hopes KweliTV will be in the future and how this company has become her full time job. Here are a couple trailers of films available on Kweli TV!

DeShuna’s Work

Kweli TV: https://www.kweli.tv/

DeShuna’s Website: http://deshuna.com/

Kweli TV on Twitter: https://twitter.com/kwelitv

Kweli TV on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/kwelitv/

Contact Jeff & Alrik

Episode 198 – 2018 Wrap Up with New Co-Host Liz Anderson!

This week Alrik welcomes our next guest co-host Liz Anderson to the show! We talk about Liz’s background, how she went from being an actor to a filmmaker and how she made her way from New York to LA and back to San Francisco!

Listen to this episode now or subscribe to us wherever you find your podcasts: Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Google Play

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Meet Liz Anderson!

Liz started in the world of theater acting at New York University Tisch School for Theater.  An experienced filmmaker and theater artist with a demonstrated history of working in the entertainment industry. Skilled in Comedy and Screenwriting, Improvisation, and leading creative projects from ideation to distribution. Strong project management and creative communications professional with a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) focused in Theater and Film from New York University.

How it All Got Started

Liz talks about going to NYC for theater acting and how that shaped her early years as a performer and what her time in school was like.

Liz Talks About Living in LA

Liz talks about leaving NYC and heading to LA, what her experience was like and how she ended up in the SF Bay Area.

Liz Talks About finding Filmmaking

Liz gives us a rundown of her time in SF and how she eventually found her way behind the camera.

Liz Talks About Her 2018

Liz talks us through her 2018 and what her goals are for 2019.

Alrik Talks About His 2018

Alrik talks through his 2018 and how 2019 is the year he is going to shoot The Alternate, no matter what this time.

Contact Liz & Alrik

Episode 197 – Josh Gannon – Script Supervising for Indie Features

This week Alrik and co-host Alex Kellerman talk to Script Supervisor Josh Gannon who has worked on over a dozen feature films and countless shorts as the Script Supervisor. We talk to Josh about how he got into script supervising work, what he enjoys about the process and how he helps to grow in the future.

Listen to this episode now or subscribe to us wherever you find your podcasts: Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Google Play

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Meet Josh Gannon

Joshua Gannon is a San Francisco State University film graduate who has been working in LA for the last 7 years as a Script Supervisor.

Josh has worked on over 14 feature films, dozens and dozens of short films and a variety of other projects as a script supervisor.

Landing in LA

Josh talks about how he got himself started in Los Angeles, finding gigs on craigslist that lead to his first time script supervising.

Getting into Script Supervising

Josh talks about his experience script supervising and how he got the bug and ended up doing script supervisor job after script supervisor job.

Script Supervising a Feature Film

Josh talks about how he prepped for his feature film and how his process has changed over the years.

Color Coding Process

Josh talks about how he breaks down a script and how he color codes his scripts and binder.

Growing as a Script Supervisor

Josh talks about how he has grown as a script supervisor and how he hopes to grow in the future.

Where Can You Find Josh?

Josh Gannon on IMDB

Josh Gannon on Facebook

We Have A Patreon Page!

That’s right, Making Movies is HARD is now on Patreon! Check out our page and if you dig the show support us to keep this thing alive!

https://www.patreon.com/mmihpodcast

Contact Kellerman & Alrik