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Timothy Plain is a full-time Producer at Goodby Silverstein & Partners he produces award-winning 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. http://www.imdb.com/name/nm3628282

Episode 130 – Progress Anxiety, Act 2 Troubles & The Little People

Timothy talks about struggling with his screenplay, Alrik talks about wanting to just shoot something already, plus we revisit our interview with Jason Headley and talk about not forgetting the “little people”.

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The Daily Struggle

  • Alrik feels the burn to create more stuff and shoot something else. He wants to stop talking about doing it and just do it. We share our feelings of “not doing enough.”
  • We talk about the dangers of wanting to shoot something without having a finished script and the fine balance of not waiting too long vs rushing into it
  • Timothy faces challenges with his single location script. How do you create an Act 2 without having another world for the characters to explore? It’s much harder to write an Act 2 when you’re in the same place with your characters for the entire length of the movie. He wonders if he should abandon the idea and move on to the next one.
  • Alrik talks about his latest plan for moving to LA. In short: he wants to shoot the Alternate first. So LA is in the future but it won’t be happening soon.
  • Alrik also plans to shoot another short film and he talks about how it doesn’t necessarily fit into the style of filmmaking that defines him. But it’s a story that’s been on his mind for a long time and he has enough pieces to make it. So there’s no reason not to make it, right?
  • He also plans to shoot an Alternate teaser to help offset making a short that isn’t sci-fi/horror

Recapping Our Interview with Jason Headley

Last week we talked to indie filmmaker Jason Headley and we want to recap some of the important lessons he shared:

  • Jason’s made a commercial career and directed a feature film while living in San Francisco. If he’s able to do this outside of LA, does that change our minds about wanting to be in LA at all?
  • Jason’s made a point of putting his work out into the world and getting himself out there by simply showing up and putting himself in a place where you can meet the people that might help your career.
  • It might take years and years before all your hard work pays off.
  • You don’t even need to like putting yourself out there, you just have to do it.
  • There’s an uncertainty that what you are doing will add up to anything. Only after it all works out can you say what the steps are that led to your “success.”
  • Agents and Managers are not necessarily the key to making a career, even with an Agent you still need to hustle and create your own opportunities. Use your Agent as a tool not as a solution.
  • The importance of creating relatable stories.

Don’t Forget About The “Little People”

It’s natural to want to keep working with the people you started out with, but at what point should you work with other people to encourage your growth as a filmmaker?

  • What happens when we’ve grown past working with the people we started out with?
  • Are we obligated to keep working with the same people over and over again?
  • Do you expect people to work with you because of loyalty or do you want people to work with you because they respect your skills?

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Episode 128 – Advertising on Facebook

Alrik shares his experience screening The Rage at the Pictoclick film festival. Then we delve into Facebook Advertising using a $30 experiment on two different ads.

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Episode 127 – Timothy’s Ego, Alrik Moves to LA & A Listener Question

Timothy talks about his ego getting in the way of his filmmaking and the emotional bruising of recent screenings of The Spirit Machine. Alrik talks about moving to LA! And we answer a listener question from Tariq Taleb: as a filmmaker do you need to be a Swiss Army Knife to succeed?

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Episode 126 – Is AFM Worth It?

You’ve heard about AFM and maybe have a vague sense that it’s a place where films get bought and sold. But what exactly is it? Should every filmmaker go? Is it worth the expense? Alrik went on our behalf to answer all your burning questions and took away some filmmaking lessons. We also read some more iTunes reviews. Keep those reviews coming! Listen to this episode on iTunes, Stitcher or right here on this page. Follow the links below and check out the show notes for links to the things we talked about in this episode.

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Episode 124 – Find Your Audience with Sundance’s Creative Distribution Team

Sundance Institute’s Creative Distribution team works with filmmakers to get their film seen in new and interesting ways. This episode is full of tips and advice from Liz Manashil and Jess Fuselier on finding your audience. If you have a feature film, apply for FREE to the Sundance Creative Distribution Fellowship for your chance at a $25,000 grant and a streaming deal from Amazon, Hulu or Netflix. Learn more at Sundance: http://www.sundance.org/programs/creative-distribution-initiative

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Episode 122 – How to Budget a $12,000 Feature

Noam Kroll has a podcast called “Show Don’t Tell” that’s all about micro budget filmmaking. In episode 14 he goes into detail about how to budget a $12,000 film. It’s essentially a 12-day shoot @ $1,000 a day. This week, we play Noam’s podcast and then talk to him about the ins and outs of shooting an affordable feature film.

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Episode 120 – Finding an Audience with Smarthouse Creative

No two films are alike, how will your film find it’s audience? We’re joined by Ryan Davis and Brad Wilke of Smarthouse Creative to talk about how they work with filmmakers to release their film in the world and assist in branding, promotion and publicity.

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Episode 118 – PR and Getting Your Film Seen

We’ve released a few films over the last few years but we can’t remember if we’ve ever gotten into the details about a film release. What do you include in a press release? Who do you send it to? This week we give advice on press releases and the best way to get your film seen.

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Episode 116 – A Critical Look at “The Spirit Machine”

The Spirit Machine is officially out in the world! Be sure to check it out on YouTube or Vimeo before listening to this gloves off conversation about how the finished film turned out. What works? What doesn’t work? After years of hearing Timothy say The Spirit Machine is not that good, he finally gets to explain in detail what his problems with the movie are.

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Episode 114 – Visual Effects Supervisor Kaitlyn Yang

This week we talk Visual Effects with Kaitlyn Yang, an artist and supervisor that opened her own boutique VFX house after working as a freelancer for some bigger places like Zoic, Framestore and MPC.

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