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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 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 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 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 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 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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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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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

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

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