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Episode 141 – Chloe Weaver – Transitioning from an AC to DP

This week we have Director of Photography Chloe Weaver on the show! Chloe talks about how she got started in the industry, her career in the camera department and how she went from AC to DPing an episode of The Chef’s Table.

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Episode 140 – Karina Wolfe – How Actors Create Memorable Performances

Actress Karina Wolfe tells us how she creates a performance, from breaking down a script to working with directors. Plus we share stories from the sets of “Over My Dead Body,” “The Spirit Machine” and “Zombie Vs. Drone.”

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Meet Karina Wolfe

Karina Wolfe received her BFA in the acting/ Original Works program at Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle (Magna Cum-Laude). She now resides in Los Angeles where she continues to pursue both her stage and on-camera careers while also developing her own projects as a writer and producer.

She’s worked with Alrik and Timothy on several of their projects including The Spirit Machine, Zombie vs Drone and Over My Dead Body. Check out some of her performances below.

How Does an Actor Prepare a Performance?

  • Here are some of the questions we asked Karina
  • What is an actor’s job?
  • What are some of the different acting styles (Meisner, Method, etc) and what do you subscribe to?
  • So you get hired and you’re given a script, what’s the first step?
  • After you’ve read the script once, where do you go from there?
  • What are some of the different ways you go about breaking a script down?
  • How does the break down turn into a performance?
  • How much of what you planned shows up on the day?
  • How well do you need to know a character to embody that person?
  • Do you break it down line by line or is it more an overall wash?
  • Do you need to understand the reason behind every line you say?

Working With Directors

  • When it comes to acting, what is a director’s job?
  • What is not a director’s job?
  • Tell us about the different ways you’ve worked with directors
  • What working style works for you and what doesn’t?
  • What separates good direction from bad direction?
  • How important is it for a director to know “actor’s speak”?
  • Are there certain words you wish more director’s would use?
  • If you remember what it was like working with Timothy, what did he do well and what could he do better?
  • What’s the strangest thing a director’s asked you to do? Did it work? 

For more information on breaking down scripts and working with actors, consider this recommendation: https://www.amazon.com/Directing-Actors-Memorable-Performances-Television/dp/0941188248

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Episode 139 – Alrik Bursell’s “The Alternate”

This week Alrik and Timothy dedicate a whole episode to Alrik’s film, The Alternate, which is currently in development with a target shoot date of Fall 2018. We break down what the project is, how long Alrik’s been working on it, and what he’s doing to get it made this year. This is everything you’ve ever wanted to know about Alrik’s project, collected right here, in one place.
(Concept Art by Lucas Culshaw)

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Episode 138 – Reed Shusterman – How Script Reading Works

Reed Shusterman is a filmmaker who is also a professional script reader. He answers all our burning questions about script readers including: how does a script reader evaluate a script? What makes a script good? What are script readers looking for? And how do you get a better a score?

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Episode 137 – Megaera Stephens – Working as a Woman 1st Assistant Camera

This week we have 1st Assistant Camera Megaera Stephens on the show to talk about how she got started in the camera department, being woman in a male dominated position and transitioning from the SF Bay Area to New York.

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Episode 136 – Gordy Hoffman – A Screenwriter’s Journey and How Screenwriting Competitions Work

Join us for this inspiring conversation with Gordy Hoffman about how screenplay competitions work and why you should never give up. If you want to make films, Gordy says don’t wait, “do your dream today!”

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Episode 135 – Paul Schneider – Directing Commercials in LA and Casting Known Actors

This week we have commercial director Paul Schneider on the show to talk about making a living as a director, making the transition from commercials to narrative and how he casted two known actors in his short film, Fifty Minutes.

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Episode 134 – New Year Special with Andrew Schrader, Arielle Zakowski & Evan Kidd

We talk to more past guests this week about what they’ve been up to since we last talked. This week we chat with Andrew Schrader, Arielle Zakowski and Evan Kidd. This is an extra long one to keep you company during your travels. Happy New Year everyone!

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Episode 133 – MMIH Christmas Special with Lisa Donato, Colin Levy and Kyle McCauley!

Welcome to the 2017 MMIH Christmas extravaganza! We decided to do something special this year and bring back a bunch of our previous guests to see how they are doing and what’s changed in their career’s since we last heard from them. This week we have filmmakers Lisa Donato, Colin Levy and Kyle McCauley! This is an extra long one so if you’ve got a long holiday flight or drive, this might be the perfect episode for you!

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Episode 132 – Year End Wrapup

With just two more episodes to go this year, Timothy and Alrik wrapup their discussion on a few things including Alrik’s plans for his feature film “The Alternate,” Timothy’s struggle with his contained-location script and a whole bunch of listener questions. Settle in for a dense episode that attempts to wipe the slate clean for a fresh start in 2018.

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