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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?

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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The Daily Struggle

The guys struggle with creative vs professional balance. Alrik goes back to corporate videos. Timothy goes back to producing. They talk about the brief moments of “living the dream” and how they deal with having to make a living.

Timothy shares the emotional struggle of watching The Spirit Machine again at two screenings and how he dealt with that. His solution was to compare his work now with his work ten years ago, here’s a link to that: http://timothyplain.com/tenyearslater

Alrik talks about rebranding himself away from Bursell Productions and towards Alrik Bursell. A shift now only in name, but a focus on directing.

Is Alrik Going to Move to LA?

Alrik spent a lot of time in Los Angeles recently and while he was there he asked everyone if he should move to LA. The resounding response was “Yes” he should. After talking to his wife Beth, he makes real steps towards doing it. Yes, we know, this is a big change from where we were when in episode 4. Have a listen to that and compare to now: http://www.makingmoviesishard.com/episode-4-the-benefits-of-living-in-los-angeles/

Listener Question: Do I need to know everything?

Email from Tariq Taleb: Awesome podcast guys, seriously the best out there related to filmmaking no nonsense, I know you guys are busy, but if you ever had the time to answer me about the following : There is a new certain type of filmmakers I see emerging lately, such as Gareth Edwards and many others who started by mainly (doing everything) from writing to visual effects, is this what it takes lately? To even be considered? Or noticed?

Robert Rodriguez on the topic:

• “If you’re just creative, you’ll always have to rely on technical people. If you’re creative and technical, you’re unstoppable.”

• Creativity isn’t job specific. If you know how to be creative, you can just jump from job to job with no training and do them pretty well. The technical part of any job is 10%. 90% is Creativity.

• Technology is not the art form.

• Sometimes you know too much and you stop doing things. Keep your hands up and keep believing.

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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 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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Episode 111 – Becoming “Professional”

After two years of podcasting, Alrik and Timothy finally get into details about how they became working professionals. We talk about how we got our start after graduating and the steps we took to get to where we are now. Plus we respond to the Filmmaking Sucks Podcast about what it means to be a professional.

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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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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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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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Episode 106 – Stand Up Comedian David Roth

What do stand-up comedy and filmmaking having in common? A lot actually. This week we delve into the world of comedy with David Roth and talk about advertising, finding your voice and the struggles of learning a new craft. Listen to this episode now or visit iTunes to download it to your device.

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Episode 105 – Actor/Writer Rob Chester Smith

An insightful conversation with Rob Chester Smith about breaking in as an actor/writer in Los Angeles. Once you’ve reached your goal what do you do with the feeling “I got here, and now what?” Listen to this episode now or visit iTunes to download it to your device.

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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!

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

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