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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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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 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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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 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 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 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 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 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 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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