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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. http://www.imdb.com/name/nm2736548

Episode 115 – Hoarding Acorns with Winnie Wong

This week we talk with freelance producer Winnie Wong about making the leap from a full time producer at a major company to going back to the world of freelance. We also talk about finding your identity as a producer, crew rates and how you know when to finally make a big change in your life!

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__________________Winnie Wong has been working in the bay area in film production for almost a decade but she has spent the past three years as a full time producer at Pandora. Having just made the transition back to life as a freelancer, we thought it would be fun to have her talk through how the process is going.

Life as a Full Timer

What lead to the full time position at Pandora and why was it time to leave?

Was there a specific project that help you take the leap?

Winnie takes control of the podcast and starts asking Timothy questions about his full time job.

Why is Timothy still at Goodby?

How did he end up where he is?

Will he ever leave?

Jumping Back Into the Fray

What steps did you take to re-introduce yourself to the freelance world?

What are some of the challenges you are facing?

What kinds of projects are you hoping to work on?

Finding Yourself as a Producer

What do you feel makes a great producer?

What’s the difference between all the different types of producers?

What do you enjoy about producing?

Winnie asks us another question: What was our favorite experiences with a producer?

How to Find Winnie

Winnie Wong on Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/winniew83

Winnie Wong’s Twitter Page: https://twitter.com/winniewongsf

Lastly Winnie Wong on IG: G: @wnne_wng

Contact Us

Thanks for listening. You can find us on Twitter @timothyplain@alrikb or @mmihpodcast! And on Facebook

We want to hear from you. Tell us what you think. Leave a comment on the episode here or send us an email

And if you dig the show, please leave a review on iTunes or Stitcher

Episode 113 – Cinematographer Jason Joseffer

Jason Joseffer has shot films for both Timothy and Alrik. This week, we talk to Jason about how he became a Cinematographer, how he works with directors and much more!

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Meet Jason Joseffer!

Born and raised in San Francisco, Jason’s first “real” job was working as a news cameraman during which he learned how to move quickly and efficiently.  A greater interest in narrative and documentary compelled him to leave the broadcast world and pursue work in film.  Jason has since shot a multitude of feature, short, documentary and experimental films.

Jason’s Narrative Reel

Finding Projects

We talk about how Jason finds his projects, focusing on the narrative and creative projects.

  • Are you involved in the funding process?
  • How do you come up with a camera budget?

Working with a Cinematographer

Alrik and Timothy get into the nitty gritty of working with a cinematographer. Here are some of the subjects they covered.

  • Lenses
    • Does a director need to know lenses?
    • How does Jason like to work?
  • Shot Lists
    • How do you prefer to approach shot lists?
    • Do you always need one?
    • What about Storyboards?

After the recording, Jason sent over a breakdown of shot lists from the magazine ‘American Cinematographer’, here’s what he sent.

From an article written by Jim Hemphill, the quote shown is from Cinematographer Danny Mixer.

  • Coverage
    • What does Jason think of getting coverage?
  • Sequences
    • Alrik saw Atomic Blonde over the weekend and was inspired to make sure to have at least two sytlistic sequences in his film, does Jason think about sequences when prepping a film?
  • How Many Shoot Days for a 90min Feature?
    • We take a classic movie and talk about how many days we want to shoot it. We use Reservoir Dogs as an example, which was actually shot in 35 days (we were pretty close).
    • How many days we’d want versus what we will get…
  • Advice for Aspiring Cinematographers?
    • Listen to find out!

How to Find Jason

You can find all of Jason’s work at his website below and on his Instagram page. Sorry, no FB or Twitter for Jason (boo!).

HOME

https://www.instagram.com/jasonjosefferdp/

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm2398616/

Contact Us

Thanks for listening. You can find us on Twitter @timothyplain@alrikb or @mmihpodcast! And on Facebook

We want to hear from you. Tell us what you think. Leave a comment on the episode here or send us an email

And if you dig the show, please leave a review on iTunes or Stitcher

Episode 110 – “Stranger Things” Actor Jackie Dallas

Trying to get your acting career off the ground? This week we have actor Jackie Dallas on the show to talk about how she launched her career in the Bay Area and landed a role on Stranger Things. Plus, discussions on unions, finances and the challenges of being typecast. Listen to this episode now or visit iTunes to download it to your device.

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Jackie Dallas is a full time actor living and working in the San Francisco Bay Area.  Here is what the internet has to say:

After going through medical school and working as a resident physician in New York and Chicago, Jackie Dallas decided to step away from her medical career to pursue her dream of acting. She started out as a background actress in random independent films and shorts before landing the role as the Yellow Ranger in a TV Pilot for a dark comedy ‘Power Rangers-like’ reboot Super Power Color Force. She then landed multiple supporting roles in Not Another Zombie Movie, City Council and starred as the lead Pamela in the dark psychological thriller Catching Broken Glass. Her recent work includes a dystopian mini-series Minutes After Midnight, a sexy short horror film Girls On The River and a supporting role in Netflix Stranger Things. Jackie has worked across the nation in cities including New York City, Miami, Chicago and now currently lives in the San Francisco Bay area of Northern California and pursues acting full time.

Switching Careers

  • You had a career in the medical field, why did you leave it behind?
  • What drove you to leave your job to become an actor.
  • What steps did you take to make it happen?

Acting in the San Francisco Bay Area

  • Why do you think getting started acting in San Francisco is better than going straight to LA?
  • How do you manage to work full time as an actor, what kinds of jobs are you getting?
  • How often do you travel for jobs?

Getting The Role on Stranger Things

  • How did you land the role on Stranger Things?
  • Was it a difficult process?
  • Do you still go on auditions for shows based in Atlanta?

Being Typecast Based On Your Ethnicity

  • What kind of struggles have you faced as a Korean-American Actor?
  • What do you do when you are asked to play towards a certain stereotype?
  • What do you think needs to happen to make a change in the industry?

Contact Jackie

If you want to get in touch with Jackie or see more of her work, check out these links below!

www.jackiedallas.com

Find Jackie on social media:

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm6399766/

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/c/jackiedallas

Twitter: https://twitter.com/jaxdallas

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JackieDallasActress/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jaxdallas/

Contact Us

Thanks for listening!

You can find us on Twitter @timothyplain@alrikb or @mmihpodcast! And on Facebook

We want to hear from you. Tell us what you think. Leave a comment on the episode here or send us an email

And if you dig the show, please leave a review on iTunes or Stitcher

Episode 109 – The Business Side with Sales Rep Ben Yennie

Want to figure out how to get your movie sold, raise the funds or figure out how the movie is going to get seen? This week we have producer/sales rep Ben Yennie on the show to talk over all things film business. We start out talking about AFM, how Ben got the moniker ‘The Guerrilla Rep’ and then dive into everything business! Listen to this episode now or visit iTunes to download it to your device.

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Ben Yennie is a producers/sales rep, author, entrepreneur and overall film business pro and has been working in these areas for the last 10 years.  Here is what the internet has to say:

As Founder and CEO of Guerrilla Rep Media, where I’ve gotten distribution deals for more than 8 films, that will soon be appearing on Starz and other major outlets across the globe.  Ben is also the Founder and Executive Director of Producer Foundry, as well as Producer of more than 50 events on film finance and distribution.  Hes worked with people like Lew Horowitz, the inventor of Indiefilm Gap Financing, Jeff Dowd, Exxecutive Producer of Blood Simple, Fern Gully, and inspiration for “The Dude” from the Big Lebowski. Ben co-Founded Global Film Ventures, screened business plans and advised the Film Angels and is the former chapter leader for the San Francisco, New York, Los Angeles, and Vancouver Chapters of the Institute for International Film Financing.

AFM – Should We Go?

  • Who is AFM for, who should go?
  • What should you expect out of your first AFM experience?
  • If you were in our position, would you go?
  • LOI’s, what’s the deal with these, are they even useful?

Are Films Good Investments?

  • So it’s very hard to find investors for films, why is that?
  • Are films good investments?
  • What kind of value can you expect to get out of a film investment?
  • What should film investors be thinking about when investing in film?

What Kinds of Films Should We Be Making?

  • What kinds of films are selling these days?
  • Is Horror still a top genre?
  • Is Sci-Fi still as hot as it seems?
  • What is the top selling genre right now, what movies should we be making?

Contact Ben

If you have a movie that you are looking to sell and you want Ben to be your Sales Rep, send it his way! Also check out his books on AFM, Film Marketing and much much more!

http://www.theguerrillarep.com/

If you have a movie to submit, click this link: http://www.theguerrillarep.com/submit.html

For some awesome resources check out: http://www.theguerrillarep.com/resources.html

For Ben’s books click: http://www.theguerrillarep.com/books.html

Find Steve on social media:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheGuerrillaRep
Twitter: https://twitter.com/theguerrillarep
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/theguerrillarep/

Contact Us

Thanks for listening!

You can find us on Twitter @timothyplain@alrikb or @mmihpodcast! And on Facebook

We want to hear from you. Tell us what you think. Leave a comment on the episode here or send us an email

And if you dig the show, please leave a review on iTunes or Stitcher

Episode 107 – Insurance, Fame and Do 25k Budget Films Matter?

This week Timothy and Alrik are in the middle of a big job so they jump back to their old format and talk through a series of topics, including Insurance, Fame and if 25k budget films matter or not?

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Listener Question

First we tackle a listener question, from a twitter follower who we don’t have the name of anymore…

What’s the question? Listen to find out!

Insurance

We have yet to talk about insurance on the show, so here it goes.

  • When did you first use insurance?
  • Why is it important?
  • Do you always need it?

Fame

Do you want to be famous? Do Timothy and Alrik think about fame at all? Do they want it?

Why Even Make a Movie for $25,000?

Timothy has been thinking a lot about why he should even make a movie on such a low budget, who will even watch it?

  • Do we even watch low budget movies?
  • If there’s such a small chance of it reaching a big audience, whats the point of making it?
  • Are there other points to making a low budget movie?

Contact Us

You can find us on Twitter @timothyplain@alrikb or @mmihpodcast! And on Facebook

We want to hear from you. Tell us what you think. Leave a comment on the episode here or send us an email

And if you dig the show, please leave a review on iTunes or Stitcher

Episode 101 – Life After Your First Feature with Sean Lynch!

What do you do once your first feature is done and has distribution? Today we talk with writer/director Sean Nichols Lynch who is in pre-production on his second feature ‘Ride with Me’ and hear about the steps he is taking to get that film made. We also talk about making his fist film Prep School, how you get actors signed onto your films and script contests!

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Episode 99 – Moving to LA with Gavin Murray

What do you do when you first move to LA? This week we have DP and filmmaker Gavin Murray who just moved to LA from SF three months ago and he talks about how he made the move, what he’s looking to accomplish and how he’s getting his first few jobs in LA.

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Episode 97 – The Story That Will Change Your Life With Scott Kirschenbaum!

Documentarian Scott Kirschenbaum joins us this week to talk about his life as a documentary filmmaker, how he goes about finding stories that will change his life and how he captured a woman giving brith in his newest film ‘Of Woman Born’.

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Episode 95 – Filmmaker Rob Richert!

This week we have filmmaker extraordinaire Rob Richert on the show to give us a nice overview of his career on his filmmaker, covering film festivals, directing philosophies and being ready to pivot your story based on casting. We also talk about being at the San Francisco Film Society Film House residency program and the benefit of having that kind of community and mentorship available to you.

Listen now or visit iTunes to download it to your device.

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