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Episode 226 – Eduardo Castrillo – Consistently Making Feature Films!

This week Liz and Alrik talk to local independent filmmaker Eduardo Castrillo about his life of making features, from making his first feature in college to getting paid by a distributor to make a feature, we cover it all! You want to know how to make indie features consistently without waiting for permission? This is the episode for you!

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

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Meet Eduardo Castrillo

Eduardo Castrillo is a filmmaker, writer, director, producer and co-founder of Uncia Films, a feature film production studio in the Bay Area. He has directed six feature films, producing, starring and writing most of them as well.

His latest film The Pining is available now and he is already going into production on his next film in October.

The Lone Wolf of Enzo

Eduardo talks to us about his early days of filmmaking, how he treated film school and going into production on his first feature as his thesis film, which his teacher’s DID NOT approve of.

Hunting Season

Eduardo talks to us about how he used his first film to get his second film made, starring Tom Sizemore!

Worth

We talk to Eduardo about his production style, how he is pulling off his films and then talk about the making of his fourth feature Worth, which was his biggest budget film to date.

The Pining!

Eduardo talks to us about the process to get his next film The Pining made and how he approached getting this movie made.

Liz and Alrik talk about if Eduardo’s filmmaking is sustainable or if Eduardo is hoping to make films with bigger budgets down the line.

What Needs To Happen Next?

Eduardo drops the bomb that he is prepping to direct his seventh feature in October at the same time Alrik will be getting ready to shoot his first feature in December.

Where to Find Eduardo’s Work?

You can find all of Eduardo’s films at the link below.

https://www.uncia-films.com/

https://www.imdb.com/name/nm5394825/

https://www.instagram.com/unciafilms/

The Alternate Crowdfunding Campaign!

Make sure to check out Alrik’s crowdfunding campaign for his first feature film, The Alternate! 

 

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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!

Contact Liz & Alrik

Episode 225 – The Alternate Update w/Special Guest Andrew Schrader!

This week special guest host Andrew Schrader joins Alrik to talk all things The Alternate on this very special episode of MMIH! Andrew has Alrik give an update on the film, where he is at in the process and what he needs to get done before they go into production in December! Also Alrik gives his pitch for why you should join The Alternate Team and make a contribution to the Seed and Spark Campaign which launched today!

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

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The Alternate Seed and Spark Campaign!

Please check out the Seed and Spark Campaign for The Alternate! We put a lot of hard work into putting this thing together, major thanks to Bianca Beyrouti who pushed me to make the video better and make the video you all see above!

https://www.seedandspark.com/fund/thealternate

If you’ve been listening to the show for years or even just a month, this is your chance to give back and support a piece of art that won’t exist unless we do it together!

Where is The Film Now?

Alrik brings us up to speed on the status of the film and the stage of production we are in.

What Needs To Happen Next?

Andrew  grills  Alrik  about what  he  needs  to accomplish  next  and  what  aspect  of  the  production  is  keeping  him  up  at  night.

The Alternate or Bust!

Alrik talks about how he is approaching the film and how he will manage to make the movie no matter what and how the Seed and Spark campaign is integral to the plan!

Check out the first update video that dropped when we crossed the $3k mark!

Where to Find The Alternate

 
 
www.thealternatefilm.com (full website coming soon)
 
 
 
www.facebook.com/thealternatefilm
 
 

Contact Andrew & Alrik

Episode 224 – Davy Williams – Acting in Hollywood to China and Back Again!

This week special guest host Alex Kellerman joins Alrik to talk to Davey Williams, an American actor who got his started in LA, moved to China and spent 10 years acting in Chinese films, commercials and TV, then came back to Hollywood ready to tackle his career stateside. Davy talks about the differences between Hollywood and Chinese productions, working with Dolph Lundgren and his newest project, Chinese Speaking Vampires, which you should all support and check out on Seed and Spark!

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

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Meet Davy Williams!

Davy Williams is a mandarin speaking American actor/host/singer. Frequently in Shenzhen, China filming movies and hosting a TV show. He lived in China for ten years, and speaks fluent Mandarin. Davy has appeared in over 50 Chinese and American TV shows, movies and commercials and also worked as a TV news host at BON TV in Beijing, China in 2013.

Now back in Hollywood, Davy is getting his production company Kung Pao Pictures off the ground with their feature film project, Chinese Speaking Vampires!

Moving from Hollywood to China!

Davy talks about his time in Hollywood when he first got started and what motivated him to move to China and start a career there.

Making Movies in China

Davy talks to us about all the films he worked on in China, what the culture is like their and how he was able to excel where a lot of other American Actors did not.

Moving Back to Hollywood

Davy talks about making the move back to Hollywood and how things have gone now that he has 10 years of acting experience under his belt.

Chinese Speaking Vampires!

Davy talks about starting his production company, Kung Pao Pictures and making the teaser trailer for his upcoming feature project, Chinese Speaking Vampires! Check it the crowdfunding campaign for the project now!

Where to Find Davy’s Work!

 
https://www.seedandspark.com/fund/chinese-speaking-vampires#story
 
 
 
 
 

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

Contact Kellerman & Alrik

Episode 223 – Amy Taylor – Filmmaking from Virginia!

Alrik and Liz welcome writer/director Amy Taylor to talk about her time in LA, moving back home to Virginia and how she’s kept her directing/writing career going in LA from afar! Amy talks to us about hitting the ground running in Los Angeles, moving back home and directing her first feature film and making real gains in her writing career from Virginia!

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

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Meet Amy Taylor

Amy Taylor earned her B.A. in Classics from Princeton University and holds an M.A. in Classics from the University of Virginia. She also earned in M.F.A. in Screenwriting from Hollins University and an M.F.A. in Film Production from Ohio University. Armed with way too many degrees, she moved to Los Angeles where she spent several years as a director for the PBS/Hulu series JUST SEEN IT. At the same time, Amy wrote and directed the web series JESS ARCHER VERSUS, and wrote “The Big A,” which was selected in 2017 to be part of BLOODLIST IX, a list of all the best un-produced genre scripts of the year. Recently, Amy wrote and directed her first feature film HUNTER’S WEEKEND and is busy writing the script for her second.

Moving to LA

Amy talks to us about originally making the move to LA, how she got started and met co-host Liz Manashil!

Making Moves 

Amy talks about how she got work in LA and what advice she would give to people who are just moving to LA.

Moving to Virginia and Making Hunter’s Weekend!

Amy talks to us about moving to Virginia and making her first feature film, Hunter’s Weekend. How did the shoot go, how did she pull it off, would she do it again?

Keeping the Career Going from Virginia!

Amy talks about what steps she took to keep her career going outside of LA, which lead to her getting on the BloodList for upcoming horror film writers.

Where to Find Amy’s Work?

https://www.amytaylordirector.com/

 
 

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

Contact Liz & Alrik

Episode 222 – Jason Ragosta – Crowdfunding for ZTV: Sympathy for the Devil!

Alrik and Liz welcome local San Francisco filmmaker Jason Ragosta to the show to talk about his latest film, ZTV: Sympathy for the Devil! Jason is a local San Francisco filmmaker and part of the bay area filmmaking community and for the last couple years he has been working on his latest film project, ZTV! ZTV is not just one short film, it’s a comic book series, it’s a feature film and it’s an original post apoplectic zombie universe! Jason joins Liz and I to tell us about his crowdfunding campaign for ZTV: Sympathy for the Devil, how he put it together and we debate the many different ways you can approach your crowdfunding campaign!

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

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Meet Jason Ragosta!

Jason started his career in stop motion animation as a storyboard and concept artist at Wreckless Abandon Studios. He then went on to work as a writer, director, and director of photography, on various independent films, music videos, and commercials, including work he has done as concept artist for Pandora FX. After recently partnering up with Christopher Logan to create Harbinger Game Studios, Jason has been adapting his feature horror screenplay, The Ballad of R’Lyeh, into a comic book, and has started development of his first feature film, Punching the Veil. His latest project, ZTV: Sympathy for the Devil is all over the internet, check it out most promiently on IndieGoGo and support local Bay Area Filmmaking!

https://igg.me/at/ZTVSHORT/x#/

AFM Yay or Nay?

We start off this conversation hot talking about AFM as that’s where Alrik and Jason first met. Jason has been back every year since Alrik went and Liz grills Jason on if it’s worth filmmakers time or not.

ZTV, what is this thing?

Jason gives us the big picture breakdown on ZTV, what it is, what the world is like now in ZTV and how he came up with this massive universe. Oh and check out this amazing poster Jason made for the film as well!

ZTV Crowdfunding

Jason, Liz and Alrik get deep into it on the Crowdfunding plan for ZTV. Jason highlights how he came up with his approach, what his plan is and why he decided to execute the campaign the way he did. 

Alrik and Liz question Jason on everything, specifically getting into a debate between physical perks vs. digital perks. Jason is all physical all day, Alrik and Liz feel differently. If you haven’t already check out the ZTV crowdfunding to get a sense of the physical perks Jason is offering.

Where to Find Jason’s Work! AKA CHECK OUT ZTV!

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/ztv-sympathy-for-the-devil#/

Check out the crowdfunding, if you can’t contribute sharing and liking posts is super helpful as well!

Instagram: @jasonragosta
Facebook: @ztvtheprezerve
 
Oh and here are is nice article on the film at everyone’s favorite horror film website, Dread Central!
 
 

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

Contact Liz & Alrik

Episode 221 – New Full Time Co Host Liz Manashil Talks Crowdfunding!

After ten months of going it alone Alrik welcomes new full time co-host Liz Manashil to the show! Liz and Alrik spend the whole episode talking about crowdfunding, their experiences in the past and Alrik really grills Liz on what she thinks is the best way to approach a campaign. We go over everything from how to approach people through e-mail/social media, how to pick your perks and what to focus on in a video and much more!

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

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Meet New Full Time Host Liz Manashil

Oh today is a big day everyone! I am so excited to welcome our new full time co-host Liz to the show! Liz has done six or so episodes with us and once we release the half dozen or so non-liz episodes that are in the can, it will be all Liz all the time! If you are new to the show and don’t know Liz, you can check out her first solo episode from earlier this year.

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

Liz is Our New Co-Host!

Liz and Alrik talks about her becoming the new full time co-host and what plans they may have for the future!

Crowdfunding!

Liz and Alrik go deep on Crowdfunding! Here are all the crowdfunding pages the two of us have been a part of over the years!

Liz’s Crowdfunding!

Here are the main campaign’s Liz has been a part of in the past!

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1815016903/liz-and-sean-are-making-their-second-movie

Alrik’s Crowdfunding!

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/511253904/strange-thing

 

 

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 220 – Jeff Dragomanovich – Creating a Career in On Set Sound

This week Alrik and co-host Isaac Pingree sit down with Bay Area field Sound Mixer Jeff Dragomanovich to talk about how he got into sound as a second career, why he picked sound and how he makes a living recording sound on set in the SF Bay Area. Jeff tells us about how he got started, what a career in on set sound looks like and tells us some stories from his work.

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

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Meet Co-Host Isaac Pingree

It’s been awhile since we did an episode with Isaac, here’s his solo episode just in case you want to hear more about his background.

https://www.makingmoviesishard.com/ep195

Meet Jeff Dragomanovich

Here is Jeff’s bio, it’s more of a direct message from the man directly, here it is!

Hi, I’m Jeff Dragomanovich. I am a San Francisco-based Sound Mixer. For over a decade I have worked on narrative, corporate, commercial, and documentary projects all around the Bay Area and the country. I’ve mixed sound in locations ranging from raceways to corporate office buildings.  I have the experience and gear necessary to work seamlessly with any production crew to get the project done in a timely professional manner.

My goal is always to record the best performances and real sounds on location so that the rest of the post-production process is flawless.  For bookings, quotes and availability, or any question don’t hesitate to contact me.

Getting On Set

Jeff tells us about how he chose a career in on set sound and how he got himself started in the industry.

Getting Jobs

Jeff tells us about how he gets work and what kind of work he focuses on in on set sound.

The Story

Jeff tells Alrik and Isaac a story of dealing with a tough client on the set of a shoot. It’s slow going but after a couple tellings there is a good story told!

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 Isaac & Alrik

Episode 219 – MMIH Iphone Challenge w/L. Jeffery Moore

This week Alrik and co-host L. Jeffrey Moore have a very special episode that started way back in November 2018. Jeff challenged Alrik to make a movie with just an iphone with zero budget. About ten months later Alrik and Jeff both have films made with iphones out and ready to be seen by the world. They talk about how they approached their films, how the shoots went and if they would make movies with iphones ever again.

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

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Meet Co-Host L. Jeffrey Moore

It’s been awhile since we did an episode with Jeff, here’s his solo episode just in case you want to hear more about his background.

https://www.makingmoviesishard.com/ep188

The Iphone Challenge!

L. Jeffrey Moore breaks down the Iphone Challenge and Alrik talks about why he doesn’t like this idea.

L. Jeffrey Moore’s Short: PWND!

Jeff tells us about how the shoot went for his short, PWND!

Alrik’s Iphone Short Film: Conflict

 

Alrik talks about his short film Conflict, what worked what didn’t and why it took him so long to finish it.

Will You Shoot with an Iphone Again?

Jeff and Alrik talk about their experiences making their movies and if they would ever shoot on an iphone again.

What’s the Next Challenge?

Jeff treis to convince Alrik to do another challenge and Alrik questions the importance of including the iphone in the next challenge.

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 L. Jeffrey Moore & Alrik

Episode 218 – Hassan Said – Briana Walsh – Jordan Potch – Making a One Take Feature!

This week Alrik and co-host L. Jeffrey Moore talk to Write/Director Hassan Said and stars Briana Walsh and Jordan Potch about the making of their one take feature, This Is Your Song! We sat down with these three filmmakers the day after they wrapped principal photography so get ready for a lively and exciting discussion of how they made this film happen!

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

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Meet Hassan Said

You may remember Hassan from one of our early episodes, all the way back in the first year of the podcast on episode 46!

Episode 46 – Surviving in Los Angeles with Hassan Said

Here’s Hassan’s bio, just in case.

Hassan was born in Egypt, moved to New York at 15 and then came to San Francisco for college (Academy of Art). He interned at Goodby Silverstein & Partners where he met Timothy. After graduating college, crewed on some SF based productions like Milk and Trauma before deciding to move to Los Angeles. He moved to LA 5-years ago to pursue his dream. Armed with 10 short films that have played at more than 50 festivals, Hassan still struggles to find producers to help him get his films made. He pays the bills by freelancing as an editor or production coordinator, he’s also an actor and does some photography work. 

Meet Co-Host L. Jeffrey Moore

It’s been awhile since we did an episode with Jeff, here’s his solo episode just in case you want to hear more about his background.

https://www.makingmoviesishard.com/ep188

The Original Poster for This is Your Song!

Here is the original poster for This is Your Song by artist Danny Schlitz, check him out on instagram @dannyschlitz

Wrapping their first Feature!

Hassan, Briana, Jordan and Jeff talk about wrapping the shoot for ‘This is Your Song’!

Preparing for This Is Your Song

Hassan, Briana and Jordan talk about their process for prepping for This is Your Song.

The Importance of Film

At some point Hassan and the group drop into a deep discussion of the difference between a film and a movie.

Find Out More About This is Your Song!

https://www.facebook.com/thisisyoursongfilm

http://www.thisisyoursongfilm.com

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

Contact L. Jeffrey Moore & Alrik

Episode 217 – Kevin O’Brien – Making At The End Of The Day

This week Liz Manashil and Alrik welcome Florida filmmaker Kevin O’Brien to the show! Kevin’s first feature film ‘At The End of the Day’ was just released on Amazon Video on Demand and iTunes earlier this year. Kevin talks to us about why he decided to make this film, how he got the money raised and the challenges he faced on telling a story about homosexuality and organized religion. 

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

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Meet Kevin O’Brien

Kevin O’Brien is a self-taught writer/director/producer and quickly became a leading creator of short films for worship communities. He thought the only thing holding him back from fulfilling desire to tell a bigger story (feature film) was a lack of a “feature quality” story. Little did he know the entire process of writing, producing, directing, editing and releasing a feature film was a life-sized experiment in facing your fear. Kevin is 38 and lives in Lakeland, FL with his wife Teresa and three 11 year-old children.

Meet Liz Manashil

Don’t know Liz Manashil? Check out her first solo episode from earlier this year!

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

Why This Story?

Kevin tells Liz and I why he decided to make this movie and tell a story of this nature.

How did you get the film started?

Kevin talks us through the stages of how he made the film.

Biggest Challenges in Fundraising

Kevin talks to us about his challenges in fundraising and how he overcame those challenges.

Talk to Us About the Numbers

Kevin breaks down the numbers of how much the film has made since its release back in the spring.

Where to Find Kevins Film

Home

https://twitter.com/imkevinob

https://www.imdb.com/name/nm6334204/

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

Contact Liz & Alrik

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