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Author: Alrik

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 131 – How We Write Stories

This week Timothy talks a bit about restructuring his approach to his script, which leads to a deep conversation about how he and Alrik come up with the stories they write. This week is all about where stories come from, plus some big news from Alrik about The Alternate.

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The Daily Struggle

  • Timothy talks about being away from his creative work for a week and the steps he is taking to get back on track.
  • Alrik and Timothy talk through how they work through issues with their stories.

How We Approach Stories

How do you come up with your stories? Timothy and Alrik talk about where their ideas come from and how they get started.

  • Where do Timothy’s ideas come from?
  • How did the script he is working on get started?
  • Alrik talks about how everything he has been writing lately came from some sort of prompt.
  • Alrik talks through the process of coming up with a short film pitch for Crypt TV.
  • What are some of the other ways we come up with stories?

The Alternate News!

This week Alrik drops some exciting news about The Alternate!

  • Producer Jeffrey Allard has joined The Alternate team!
  • Jeff’s credits include executive producing the Texas Chainsaw Massacre remakes from the early 2000s and a slew of indie horror and drama films over the last 15 years.
  • Alrik has also set the shoot dates for The Alternate for the Fall of 2018!
  • Lastly, if you’d like to be part of The Alternate as an investor or potentially join the team, please feel free to send an email to Alrik directly to get the conversation started! We are looking for graphic designers, VFX artists and a slew of other partners to help make this thing happen!

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Episode 129 – Dreams Do Come True with Jason Headley

If you stopped believing in the indie filmmaking dream, listen to this episode because it still does happen. Jason Headley is an indie filmmaking success! Not only did his short receive over 15 million views, he also has a career directing commercials and writing for Pixar. And now Jason’s debut feature film “A Bad Idea Gone Wrong” is being released on VOD and in theaters on December 1st. Go watch it now!

Listen to this episode now or visit iTunes to download it to your device (or wherever else you find your podcasts).

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Jason Headley

Jason Headley’s feature film, “A Bad Idea Gone Wrong,” won a Special Jury Prize at the 2017 SXSW Film Festival and the Grand Jury Award at the deadCenter Film Festival. Called “a talent to watch” by the Hollywood Reporter, Jason is currently writing an upcoming feature film for Pixar Animation Studios. His short films—including the viral videos “It’s Not About the Nail” and “F*ck That: An Honest Meditation”—have been featured at Banksy’s Dismaland, NBC’s TODAY Show, SundanceTV, the TED Conference, Vimeo Staff Picks, and film festivals far and wide. Jason has been a part of the IFP Narrative Labs, IFP Emerging Storytellers, and SFFILM FilmHouse. He’s also been commissioned by Heineken, Sony, and Chrysler to write, direct, and produce original short films. Fun fact: Jason is more handsome in real life than he is on camera, but he’s still not actually handsome.

By all definitions, Jason Headly is an indie film success. Follow along as we learn how he went from a copywriter to a feature filmmaker.

Questions for Jason:

  • Where do you live now Jason?
  • How do you make financially support yourself?
  • It looks like you started making shorts in 2008. Tell us about making shorts. Why did you make them?
  • How did your shoots get so many views? Did you know that was going to happen?

  • How much have these filmmaking labs played into your success:
    • IFP Narrative Labs
    • IFP Emerging Storytellers
    • SFFILM FilmHouse

Jason’s Debut Feature “A BAD IDEA GONE WRONG”

  • “A Bad Idea Gone Wrong” debuts this Friday, December 1st. Find the trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6JyZATFm00Q
  • Why did Jason decide to write “A Bad Idea Gone Wrong?”
  • Does Jason write all of his own movies?
  • Why was this movie shot in Fort Worth, Texas?
  • How did this movie come into being? Did Jason have the script first or did it come from after he was introduced to someone?
  • What’s the distribution strategy for this film?

 

 

 

 

 

Where to find Jason

Consider supporting Jason by pre-ordering his debut feature “A Bad Idea Gone Wrong” on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/movie/a-bad-idea-gone-wrong/id1306444440

or seeing it this weekend in a theater. For theaters and showtimes, visit the movie website: https://www.abadideagonewrongmovie.com/

To get in contact with Jason, visit his website: http://www.jasonheadley.com/

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AFM Bonus Episode

Hey everyone, Alrik here! After my last three days at AFM I had a few more words to share about the event that I really wanted to share, check it out!

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Episode 125 – Prepping for AFM

This week we have an episode without a guest and catch up on what we’ve been up to and I give Timothy a breakdown of my preparation for my first year at AFM. We also read some iTunes reviews and hint at what we’ve got planned for next week.

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Episode 123 – Composer Gregory James Jenkins

LA based composer Gregory James Jenkins joins us this week to talk about scoring everything from Disney cartoons to horror films. We talk with Gregory about how he got started as a composer, his process and what he enjoys about making music for film and TV!

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Episode 121 – Indie Feature Talk with Frazer Bradshaw

Join us as we talk with Independent Filmmaker and Director of Photography Frazer Bradshaw about getting into Sundance with his first feature and what steps he had to take to get his second feature made, The Deep Sky!

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Episode 119 – Horror Equity Fund

We’re joined by Brian Herskowitz and Marlon Schulman of Horror Equity Fund to hear what it is, what it does and how they work with filmmakers and investors to make the business side of filmmaking work!

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Episode 117 – Advice for a 15yr Old Filmmaker

This week Timothy and Alrik answer a listener question from a 15 year old filmmaker, read a itunes review and catch up on what they’ve been doing lately. All that and much more on this week’s Making Movies is Hard!

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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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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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