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“Who am I to even have a podcast? Why is my opinion more valid than anyone else? In some ways it’s not, but that’s also kind of the point. We’re just two examples of people making movies in our own ways. We’re not any more special than any other filmmaker. There’s nothing about us that makes us any different or unique. We’re just doing it. And I think that’s the point, just go out and do it, make your movies. And these are the struggles that we face and this is how we’re trying to overcome them.”

– Alrik Bursell Episode 87

Host and Co-Founder

Alrik Bursell


Alrik Bursell is a freelance shooter/editor/producer that’s worked on feature films and corporate videos. He has directed four short films including Strange Thing, which played at over 20 film festivals worldwide.

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The Co-Hosts

We have a very full roster of co-hosts on Making Movies is Hard!!! and their bio’s and info will be added to this page very soon!

Alrik’s long time co-host/co-founder of MMIH Timothy Plain left the show in November 2018, but since there are over 180 episodes of the show featuring Timothy as the co-host, he will be forever listed on this page as co-founder.

Co-Founder/Ex Co-Host

Timothy Plain

Timothy Plain is a full-time Producer at Goodby Silverstein & Partners he produces commercials for brands like the NBA, Adobe, and Cheetos. He is the writer/director of The Spirit Machine, which was the most-funded short film on Kickstarter in 2012, after raising a $96,737 in just 21-days.

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Making Movies is HARD!!! Podcast

Making Movies is Hard! is a podcast about the challenge of pursuing a career in film. Each week, independent filmmakers Timothy Plain and Alrik Bursell discuss everything from writing, producing and directing to working as crew. But this is not just a podcast about “making it,” it’s also about struggling with rejection, self-doubt and everything else that comes with pursuing a career in film. Follow along as we forge our own way through the industry and talk to guests who are also making it happen.

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