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MAKE IT
322 - Christin Baker - Producer, Director, Writer - Making The First Ever Rom-Com With LGBTQ Leads, The Power Of Practical Knowledge In Film, and Using Screenwriting Contests To Feed Development

MAKE IT

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 27, 2023 89:46


Hello, Hello!  In this episode, we have a conversation with Producer, Director, and Writer Christin Baker. We talk about her new streaming service DIVABoxOffice.TV, her new film 'Merry & Gay,' her secrets to longevity in filmmaking, what qualifies as a Lesbian film, using screenwriting contests as a development force-multiplier, why short films aren't worthy of outside investment, practical knowledge versus academic knowledge, and the problem of Google, Bing, and other search engines conflating LGBTQ films with porn. Enjoy!    Follow Christin's work: Instagram Facebook Twitter Tello Films Diva Box Office     I Hate New Year's (film) Season of Love (film) Christmas at the Ranch (film) Merry & Gay (film)   The MAKE IT podcast is brought to you by the Voice of the Filmmaker program, which is sponsored by Women in Film and Television, Nashville (a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization). If you like what we're doing, please donate here: www.bonsai.film/donate. How you can continue to enjoy MAKE IT content: Subscribe to the MAKE IT YouTube channel. Subscribe to the MAKE IT Podcast wherever you listen to podcasts. Subscribe to our newsletter at www.bonsai.film/subscribe.   The MAKE IT podcast amplifies the voice of the filmmaker by exploring the filmmaking journeys of actors, writers, directors, producers, and a host of other creatives from across the film industry. We provide a platform for filmmakers to provide advice, lessons learned, personal reflections, and insights through our Filmmaker Conversations, Mistakes in the Making, Industry Insights, Indie Talks, and Film Investment Series. We are the go-to film podcast for independent creatives!     —   More On Christin Baker An award-winning director and Emmy-nominated producer, Christin Baker is passionate about telling relevant and meaningful stories. Most recently, Christin partnered with DIVA Media Group for the Dec. 1, 2022, relaunch of the LGBTQ+ streaming network DIVABoxOffice.tv. As CEO of the company, she will also premiere her fourth queer holiday romcom, Merry & Gay.  Since the age of 13, when her family purchased their first VHS camcorder, Christin has been playing with storytelling, directing music videos and SNL parodies with neighborhood kids. In 2009, she launched her own production and digital distribution company, Tello Films, and the first streaming channel to make movies and other programming for the queer female community. TelloFilms.com was the first lesbian network to receive an Emmy nomination in 2017 for the series Secs & EXECS. In 2019, the series Riley Parra, which she produced and directed, was nominated for two Daytime Emmy Awards.  Under Christin's guidance Tello Films was the leader in creating original queer content as well as creating a platform for monetizing niche entertainment. Passionate about directing, Christin was awarded Best Director for her work on Maybelle at the 2016 London Raindance Film Festival.  She is a member of the Producers Guild of America and the Television Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences and has had the pleasure to work with such film icons such as Lindsay Wagner (The Bionic Woman), Marina Sirtis (Deanna Troy, Star Trek), Amanda Righetti (The Mentalist), Archie Kao (CSI, Chicago Med, the Blue Power Ranger) and Janina Gavankar (Big Sky, The Morning Show).    Shownotes: Richard Overton Secrets to Life (video) Nancylee Myatt (producer) Cowgirl Up (tv series) Diva Magazine Making Movies is Hard Podcast Kali Bailey (writer) Passion Flix Patty Jenkins (director) Wonder Women (film) Greta Gerwig (actress) Little Women (2019 film) Taika Waititi (director) Jojo Rabbit (film) Thor: Ragnarok (film) Blue Ocean Shift by W. Chan Kim (book)

Dual Redundancy: TV Recaps, TV Reviews, and All the Latest in Entertainment News
DR412: The Last of Us Series Premiere and Quick Checks: The Menu & The Banshees of Inisherin

Dual Redundancy: TV Recaps, TV Reviews, and All the Latest in Entertainment News

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 19, 2023 63:43


In this week's episode David, John and Kyle discuss the last week of the awards race including the winners of the 80th Golden Globes (2:00) and the nominations for the Screen Actors Guild (11:30), Directors Guild (21:15), Producers Guild (25:40) and the Writers Guild awards (31:35). We also have mini-reviews of two recent releases now on HBO Max: The Banshees of Inisherin (36:35) and The Menu (41:45). Finally, we review the series premiere of HBO's new series The Last of Us (46:10). This episode was originally recorded on January 16th on Twitch and can be replayed on YouTube. Want more Dual Redundancy? Be sure to subscribe to the podcast!

Don't Kill the Messenger with movie research expert Kevin Goetz
Monica Levinson (Film/TV Producer) Discusses her Career, Test Screenings, and More!

Don't Kill the Messenger with movie research expert Kevin Goetz

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 17, 2023 46:19 Transcription Available


Kevin is joined by veteran producer Monica Levinson to discuss producing award-winning blockbusters and giving back.Monica Levinson, ProducerMonica Levinson is a renowned film and television producer known for her exceptional range and versatility in the industry. From the critically-acclaimed drama Trial of the Chicago 7 to the blockbuster comedy Borat, Levinson's productions have received both popular and critical acclaim. She is a highly respected member of the film community, as a member of the Producers Branch of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the Producers Guild of America, and the Directors Guild of America. Additionally, Levinson is a dedicated advocate for diversity and inclusivity in the film industry and has established a training program for underrepresented groups on the films she produces, and regularly mentors young and emerging filmmakers.Working with legendary producers (5:14)Monica talks about her early years in the film industry, where she got her start working with legendary filmmakers like Alan Pakula, Sidney Lumet, and Michael Mann. She cites her work with Alan Pakula as a defining moment in her career, as it was then that she fell in love with the entire process of film production, from pre-production to post-production.Early work on Zoolander with Ben Stiller (7:13)Monica recounts her experiences working on the set of Zoolander and the challenges of producing the film within budget constraints. She credits her work on Zoolander  with Ben Stiller as a major stepping stone in her career and believes it led to her being recommended to Sacha Baron Cohen and eventually producing the successful film Borat.A raucous test screening of Borat (12:24)Kevin and Monica talk about an early test screening of Borat and the audience reaction to “that scene.”Working with Sacha Baron Cohen and spending the night in jail (14:25)Levinson shares what it was like working with Sacha Baron Cohen, and giving him the freedom to let the creative process flow on Borat. She recounts the story of being arrested while filming Borat.Turning Thanksgiving Dinner into a documentary (24:41)Kevin asks Monica to talk about her recent documentary, The Stories of Us, an intimate portrayal of her family, her Jewish roots, and her upbringing.Test screening her new project with Bill Burr (31:57)Kevin asks Monica to share a time that an audience test screening led to a significant change in one of her films. Monica talks about her new project with Bill Burr, Old Dads, and how the audience response led to a reshoot.Giving back (40:13)Kevin and Monica delve into the topic of diversity and inclusivity in the industry, with a focus on Monica's efforts to advocate for and mentor underrepresented groups. Monica shares her advice for young and emerging filmmakers and highlights some of the projects she is currently working on that aim to empower and promote women within the industry. Host: Kevin GoetzGuest: Monica LevinsonProducer:  Kari CampanoFor more information about Monica Levinson:Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/monlevla/Twitter: https://twitter.com/monlevFor more information about Kevin Goetz:Website: www.KevinGoetz360.comAudienceology Book: https://www.simonandschuster.com/books/Audience-ology/Kevin-Goetz/9781982186678Facebook, Twitter, Instagram: @KevinGoetz360Linked In @Kevin GoetzScreen Engine/ASI Website: www.ScreenE

Breakfast All Day
Episode 331: Movie News, Plane, No Bears

Breakfast All Day

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 14, 2023 32:27


Buckle up for the latest episode of Breakfast All Day. Christy and Alonso review the cheesy Gerard Butler action movie "Plane," which we enjoyed way more than we expected. We also review "No Bears," the latest from Iranian master Jafar Panahi, which is one of Alonso's favorite films of 2022. In news, we discuss the tragic passing of Lisa Marie Presley, as well as Golden Globe winners and Screen Actors Guild, Directors Guild and Producers Guild nominees. And over at our Patreon, we recap the emotional last two episodes of "George & Tammy" on Showtime. We're grateful as always to have you with us. To find out more about CAROL Bike, visit them here. Use the code BREAKFASTALLDAY to take $250 off your purchase before Jan. 31; after that, it's $100 off. Some product links are affiliate links which means if you buy something, we'll receive a small commission.

Accessible Yoga Podcast
01. The Trauma of Caste with Thenmozhi Soundararajan

Accessible Yoga Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 6, 2023 54:47


Thenmozhi Soundararajan is a Dalit Civil rights artist, organizer, and theorist who has worked with hundreds of organizations to better understand the urgent issues of racial, caste, and gender equity. Working across disciplines she is an innovative strategist and thinker that has built bridges between many communities around the world. Through her work at Equality Labs, Thenmozhi has mobilized the South Asian American community to confront their historical trauma and to break the silence about caste, and to commit to ending caste apartheid, gender-based violence, white supremacy, and religious intolerance. Thenmozhi previously co-founded Third World Majority, an international media training organization and collective that supported people from disenfranchised Her intersectional, cross-pollinating work—research, education, art, activism, and digital security—helps to create a more generous, global, expansive, and inclusive definition of South Asian identity, along with safe spaces from which to honor the stories of these communities. Thenmozhi's work has been recognized by the U.S. Congress, The Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center, The Producers Guild of America Diversity Program, The Museum of Contemporary Art, The Sorbonne, Source Magazine, Utne Reader, The National Center for the Humanities, The National Science Foundation, The Ford Foundation, and The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. She is a frequent contributor on issues related to South Asia, caste, gender, and racial Equity, as well interfaith issues and peacebuilding, and has been featured in the New York Times, Washington Post, BBC, Guardian, ABC, and NBC news. She was also an inaugural fellow of the Robert Rauschenberg Artist as Activist, Atlantic Foundation for Racial Equity, and is a current fellow at Stanford Center for South Asian Studies. In this episode, Anjali and Thenmozhi discuss: The behind the scenes process for Thenmozhi's book, The Trauma of Caste: A Dalit Feminist Meditation on Survivorship, Healing, and Abolition. How caste operates as a system of oppression How embodiment acts as a form of resistance The importance of caste abolition ancestors like Dr. Bhimrao Ambedkar and feminists like Savitribai Phule How we can unlearn caste even when it's invisibilized and ignored to lead to shared healing How folks living in the diaspora can show up during these times as unchecked ethno nationalism and religious fundamentalism rise in India How we can practice yoga as Allies of the caste abolition movement How we can create spaces that invite and nurture folks from all backgrounds You can connect with Thenmozhi on her website and on Instagram @dalitdiva. We're so grateful for our sponsor, OfferingTree – an all-in-one, easy to use business platform for classes, courses, memberships and more.

OWC RADiO
Skills for Better Screenplays with Jacob Kreuger

OWC RADiO

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 28, 2022


You're staring at the blank page. Maybe you are on deadline. Maybe you just REALLY want to put your thoughts down on that page. But you are blocked. Jacob Kreuger, Founder of Jacob Kreuger Studio and host of the popular podcast, Write Your Screenplay, has the solutions. He talks with OWC RADiO host, Cirina Catania, about his secret anti-writers-block technique, and three skills every successful writer needs. He enlightens us on how to survive toxic mentors/producers/production executives and best communication practices...structure, subconscious mind vs. conscious mind, moleskin vs the iPhone, beat sheets...and more. You'll want to take notes while listening! Or just revisit OWC RADiO whenever you like at OWCRADiO.com ! Here are some great resources: Instagram Handle: @thejkstudio Twitter Handle: @thejkstudio Facebook: @thejkstudio LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jacobkrueger/ YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/writeyourscreenplay Writeyourscreenplay.com If you enjoy our podcast, please subscribe and tell all your friends about us! We love our listeners. And, if you have ideas for segments, write to OWCRadio@catania.us. We are always up for new ideas! ABOUT OWC: Other World Computing, under the leadership of Larry O'Connor since he was 15 years old, has expanded to all corners of the world and works every day to create hardware and software that make the lives of creatives and business-oriented companies faster, more efficient and more stable.  Go to MacSales.com for more information and to discover an ecosystem that serves your needs. As Larry says, "Our dedication to excellence and sustainable innovation extends beyond our day-to-day business and into the community. We strive for zero waste, both environmentally and strategically. Our outlook is to the long term, and in everything we do, we look for simplicity in action and sustainability in practice. For us, it's as much about building exceptional relationships, as it is about building exceptional products." ABOUT CIRINA CATANIA: Cirina Catania, is a successful filmmaker, former Sr Vice President of Worldwide Marketing at MGM-UA and United Artists and one of the co-founders and former director of the Sundance Film Festival. Her movie, "The Purple Heart" about two generations of wounded warriors is nearing completionShe is the founder, CEO and Executive Director of the non-profit, High School Media Collective. Cirina is Founder/Lead Creative at the Catania Group est. circa 1989, Showrunner and Host of OWC RADiO and partner, Lumberjack System, as well as Tech Ambassador for companies such as Blackmagic Design.  She is a long-time member of the Producers Guild, Writers Guild, Cinematographers Guild, the National Press Club, National Press Photographer's Association, and more. She has worked as a writer, director, supervising producer, cinematographer, post-producer, or marketing exec on over 150 film, television and new media projects for the big screen as well as for networks such as National Geographic and Discovery. Cirina is based in San Diego, D.C. and Berlin when she is not on the road filming in the Amazon or other exotic locations. She is very proud of the fact that she has not yet contracted Malaria and that after all these years, she still loves her job! URL to link:  CirinaCatania.com Twitter: @Cirina Instagram:  @CirinaCatania LinkedIn:  LinkedIn.com/in/cirinacatania

The Producers Lounge
John Heinsen, To Boldly Produce Where No One Has Produced Before; S2 E12

The Producers Lounge

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 22, 2022 61:09


Producer John Heinsen focuses on the development of TV, film and multi-platform projects through his company Bunnygraph. He sits on the Executive Committee of the Producers Peer Group of the Television Academy of Arts and Sciences as well as the Influencer Advisory Board of Sparks & Honey (Omnicom). Previously John served as Vice President, New Media for the Producers Guild of America (PGA) and was founding Co-Chair of the Guild's VR Task Force and Mobile Committee. Originally from Chicago, he is a Graduate of the American Film Institute (AFI) Conservatory and the University of Arizona.Check out John's work at:https://manabu.eu/https://www.amuletstudio.eu/Credits Include...Return to Le Cateau 1917 (Documentary)The Annual Academy Awards starring Billy Crystal, Ellen DeGeneres, and Seth MacFarlaneLone Hunter starring Tom ChoiThe Mongolian Connection starring Kaiwi LymanPlease like and subscribe, it helps us out a lot.Music is Snowbound by Dennis MitcheltreeEpisode still image is from Manabu.eu.Follow Us on Social Media!Greater & Grander on YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/GreaterGrander  Greater & Grander on Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/GreaterGrander Greater & Grander on Twitter - https://twitter.com/GreaterGrander  Greater & Grander on Patreon - https://www.patreon.com/GreaterGrander    Register and Get a Free List of Special Info on Jobs in Hollywood - http://greaterandgrander.com/special-job-openings-giveaways  Check out past episodes and bonus content on the Greater & Grander website - http://greaterandgrander.com/tag/producers-lounge-podcast 

The Producers Lounge
Summer Moore, The Pandemic and Other Disasters; S2 E11

The Producers Lounge

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 15, 2022 58:18


Summer grew up in Colorado Springs, Colorado where she fell in love with showbiz performing theatre. She then moved to Los Angeles to attend the University of Southern California. Go Trojans!  She's written numerous screenplays and is a member of the Producers Guild of America.Follow her on Instagram @thesummerofhappinessFollow her on Twitter @summermoore Her website is www.SumSmiles.comCredits Include...Pandemic Pillow Talk starring Eric Roberts, Brian Gross, and Eliza RobertsThe Warning starring Pleasant WayneAs In Kevin starring Kasia SzarekContent Warning; Discussion of Sexual Assault in this episode.  If you or someone you know has been sexually assaulted, help is available.  Call the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 1-800-656-4673Or, go to https://www.Rainn.org/Resources for 24/7 phone and chat options in English and Spanish.  Music is Menilmontant by Latché Swing.Episode still image is by Ricardo Tomasz on Greater & Grander.Follow Us on Social Media!Greater & Grander on YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/GreaterGrander  Greater & Grander on Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/GreaterGrander Greater & Grander on Twitter - https://twitter.com/GreaterGrander  Greater & Grander on Patreon - https://www.patreon.com/GreaterGrander    Register and Get a Free List of Special Info on Jobs in Hollywood - http://greaterandgrander.com/special-job-openings-giveaways  Check out past episodes and bonus content on the Greater & Grander website - http://greaterandgrander.com/tag/producers-lounge-podcast 

Film Addicts
David Bianchi Actor/Producer/director* Netflix Queen of The South*Tyler Perry's Ruthless*HBO's Westworld Pt. 1

Film Addicts

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 5, 2022 29:59


David Bianchi is classically trained and holds a BFA in Theatre from Arizona State where he carried lead roles in multiple main stage shows and graduated Magna Cum Laude. Pt. 1 With over 100 film and TV credits, David can be seen in studio films like Birds of Prey starring Margot Robbie, Priest starring Paul Bettany, and Filly Brown starring Gina Rodriguez. He is a major recur in Season 4 of Queen of The South on Netflix while major recurring in seasons 1-2 of Tyler Perry's Ruthless on BET. As well as numerous TV appearances on hit shows like HBO's Westworld, MacGyver, Animal Kingdom, Shooter, The Last Ship, and many more. David is a globally known spoken word poet with live appearances on two seasons of the award-winning TV-one series Verses and Flow. He produces high-concept spoken word films he dubs "Spinema" (spinning cinema through spoken word) He has produced spinema with celebrated actor/poets such as Emmy Nominee Malcolm Jamal Warner, Mustaf Shakir, Joivan Wade and other notables. David has 20 IMDB producer credits, 13 writer credits, and is the founder of Exertion Films. He holds the prestigious producer's mark (p.g.a.) of the Producers Guild of America. Thank you for listening & supporting the podcast! Please down load the podcast episode. Donations & tips $ :) https://www.buymeacoffee.com/sneakies or https://www.paypal.com/paypalme/anonymouscontent, Check out our books & Merchandise: https://enchantedbooks.godaddysites.com/ Please Subscribe to our YouTube:) https://www.youtube.com/user/Fellinijr/videos Subscribe & Support ;) https://tinyurl.com/5h6xkwp9 Other awesome podcasts: Enchanting Book Readings (Top 1%), Thrilling Stories, "Ghostly Stories & Strange Things" & Girl's Guide To Investing. Zombie Diaries: https://youtu.be/tBmgi3k6r9A Subscribe to our YouTube Channel. Buy our books :) Young Adult wizard book series: "Margaret Merlin's Journal" by A. A. Banks at Amazon! :) Margaret Merlin's Journal ~The Battle of the Black Witch ~Book I https://www.amazon.com/Margaret-Merlins-Journal-Battle-Black-ebook/dp/B01634G3CK Margaret Merlin's Journal ~ Unleashing the Dark One ~Book II Science fiction action adventure https://www.amazon.com/Margaret-Merlins-Journal-Unleashing-Dark-ebook/dp/B01J78YH6I Margaret Merlin's Journal ~ The Mask of the Parallel World ~Book III An Adventure in Italy https://www.amazon.com/Margaret-Merlins-Journal-Parallel-World-ebook/dp/B01KUGIZ8W/ Margaret Merlin's Journal ~The Quest for the Golden Key ~Book IV https://www.amazon.com/Margaret-Merlins-Journal-Quest-Golden-ebook/dp/B076FTTDQN Children's Books at Amazon: Jack the Bear and Golden Hair by Sir Herbert Sneakies Skip Boots Big Safari Adventure by Sir Herbert Sneakies Adventures of Mooch the Pooch by Sir Herbert Sneakies Blueber Goober the Monster In My Closet! by Sir Herbert Sneakies https://www.instagram.com/margaretmerlinsjournal/ TikTok: Sneakies Instagram: marylinartist If you would like to be a guest on the show email: jobsmh(@)live.com If you would like to sponsor the show email: mystuffmah(@)gmail.com Thank you for listening. Free music. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/filmaddicts/support

Drop the Mic
William Garcia

Drop the Mic

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 2, 2022 59:47


Playworld Pictures is an award-winning production company based in Los Angeles, California, founded by William Garcia, an established producer, director, and cinematographer with over twenty years in the news, documentary, sports, commercial, music video, feature film, and television production industry. In the music industry, William has directed and filmed with musical legends Lenny Kravitz, Paul McCartney, Enrique Iglesias, Ricky Martin, Michael Jackson, Juanes, Shakira, and Christina Aguilera, to name a few artists. In 2022, Playworld Pictures produced the award-winning feature Samland, presented at the New York Latino Film Festival, sponsored by Warner Media/HBO. The film is distributed by Gravitas Ventures in the U.S. and Canada. Playworld Pictures clients include; MTV, VH-1, TLC, Animal Planet, Republic Records, MTV Tr3s, and AWE Network. William is a member of the Producers Guild of America. Follow William on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/wmgarciafilms ==== Subscribe to watch more Drop the Mic videos Listen to the Full Podcast: https://link.chtbl.com/dropthemic FOLLOW DROP THE MIC PODCASTS ON SOCIAL Daron Jenkins on Twitter https://twitter.com/daronjenkins919 Daron Jenkins on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/thedaronjenkins FOLLOW DROP THE MIC ON SOCIAL Drop the Mic on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/DTMPodcast ABOUT DROP THE MIC PODCAST Daron Jenkins is the creator, executive producer, and host of the Drop the Mic podcast series which invites fascinating personalities for thought-provoking conversations and lots of laughing. ABOUT DJ MEDIA DJ Media is the YouTube home for all things Daron Jenkins and DJ Media Podcasts. DJ Media features conversations and laughs with influencers, personalities, creatives, entrepreneurs, artists, business leaders and friends of pop culture. It also features exclusive content like live Instagram shows, live audio rooms and other funny podcasts like the Download Podcast Show, 13 Questions, and The Download 007 Podcast. DJ MEDIA on YOUTUBE https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCbxIaNjsz1DXdhgraPpuQdQ

Extra Connections
Actress/Writer/Producer/Excellence Erica Hubbard

Extra Connections

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 29, 2022 31:07


Erica Hubbard is an award-winning television, film, stage actress, writer and producer who has several projects that are streaming on Netflix, BET, Starz, Prime Video, HULU and more.Her major producing credits include Perfectly Single, Black Coffee, Professor Mack and The Last Fall (which screened in South By Southwest Film Festival) Directed by Academy-Award Winner' Matthew Cherry. Erica Hubbard has starred in countless studio films such as Save The Last Dance, The Sisterhood of The Traveling Pants with Blake Lively, Akeelah and The Bee with Keke Palmer, Angela Bassett and Laurence Fishburne and A Cinderella Story with Hillary Duff streaming on Netflix.Hubbard has also appeared on hit television shows such as CSI: Miami, Cold Case, Everybody Hates Chris, ER and Chicago Med on NBC.Erica Hubbard's most popular characters are from her series regular roles on the popular television series' Let's Stay Together streaming on BET and Lincoln Heights currently streaming on HULU.Erica Hubbard is a member of the Producers Guild of America. Recently, she has written a holiday love-story' Holiday Mistletoe which is in production. In her spare time she promotes her children books: You, She, Her, Him (Volume 1 & 2) and oversees her 501(c)3 Non-profit' The Erica Hubbard Foundation as Executive Director mentoring at-risk youth and giving away scholarships to college students.Hubbard is a graduate of Columbia College where she received a degree in Communications. Erica Hubbard can recently be seen as a leading-lady in the hit film' My Perfect Wedding streaming on BET Plus and Prime Video.follow on IG @1ericahubbard

Following Films Podcast
Leslie Iwerks on THE IMAGINEERING STORY: THE OFFICIAL BIOGRAPHY OF WALT DISNEY IMAGINEERING

Following Films Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 28, 2022 20:15


Leslie Iwerks is an American producer, director, and writer. She is daughter of Disney Legend Don Iwerks and granddaughter of Disney Legend Ub Iwerks, the animator and co-creator of Mickey Mouse and Oswald the Lucky Rabbit. She has directed films including Recycled Life which was nominated for an Academy Award and The Pixar Story which was nominated for an Emmy for best nonfiction special. She is a member of the Documentary Branch of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, the Producers Guild of America, and the International Documentary Association. She has worked with non-profit organizations Save Our Seas, Safe Passage, NRDC, and the Sierra Club to raise awareness on matters affecting the globe. She currently helms Santa Monica-based production company Iwerks & Co I had Leslie on the show today to discuss her book THE IMAGINEERING STORY: THE OFFICIAL BIOGRAPHY OF WALT DISNEY IMAGINEERING THE IMAGINEERING STORY: THE OFFICIAL BIOGRAPHY OF WALT DISNEY IMAGINEERING is in stores today and would make a perfect gift for that Disney fan in your life! --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/followingfilms/support

OWC RADiO
Lee Herbet – Confessions of a Globetrotting Filmmaker

OWC RADiO

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 28, 2022


Lee Herbet and his team at Capture.ink have helped some of the biggest brands in the world tell their stories. He's a cinematographer with a passion for teaching photography/video and editing and he delivers workshops all over the world. Lee also writes for a number of online photography and video sites on topics ranging from reviews to “how to” articles…and … he's a big fan of OWC Products. In this conversation, Cirina Catania and Lee talk about everything from globetrotting, to using empathy when dealing with difficult people, what you need to know in order to succeed, gear (of course), the DSLR vs. cinema camera debate, iPhones, our pet peeves, how to travel with lithium batteries, and lots more…stand by, we're talking the talk and walking the walk, here on OWC RADiO. This episode was edited on Final Cut, and written with help from Lumberjack System's Builder with music from Trent Thompson on Megatrax. Ted Limpert voices the OWC RAdio Intro and we are grateful to everyone on our team and the folks at OWC who make this show possible. You can find OWC RADiO on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, iHeart, and just about anywhere where great podcasts live. Please like and subscribe. We would appreciate it. If you enjoy our podcast, please subscribe and tell all your friends about us! We love our listeners. And, if you have ideas for segments, write to OWCRadio@catania.us. We are always up for new ideas! ABOUT OWC: Other World Computing, under the leadership of Larry O'Connor since he was 15 years old, has expanded to all corners of the world and works every day to create hardware and software that make the lives of creatives and business-oriented companies faster, more efficient and more stable.  Go to MacSales.com for more information and to discover an ecosystem that serves your needs. As Larry says, "Our dedication to excellence and sustainable innovation extends beyond our day-to-day business and into the community. We strive for zero waste, both environmentally and strategically. Our outlook is to the long term, and in everything we do, we look for simplicity in action and sustainability in practice. For us, it's as much about building exceptional relationships, as it is about building exceptional products." ABOUT CIRINA CATANIA: Cirina Catania, is a successful filmmaker, former Sr Vice President of Worldwide Marketing at MGM-UA and United Artists and one of the co-founders and former director of the Sundance Film Festival. She is the founder, CEO and Executive Director of the non-profit, High School Media Collective. Cirina is Founder/Lead Creative at the Catania Group est. circa 1989, Showrunner and Host of OWC RADiO and partner, Lumberjack System, as well as Tech Ambassador for companies such as Blackmagic Design.  She is a long-time member of the Producers Guild, Writers Guild, Cinematographers Guild, the National Press Club, National Press Photographer's Association, and more. She has worked as a writer, director, supervising producer, cinematographer, post-producer, or marketing exec on over 150 film, television and new media projects for the big screen as well as for networks such as National Geographic and Discovery. Cirina is based in San Diego, D.C. and Berlin when she is not on the road filming in the Amazon or other exotic locations. She is very proud of the fact that she has not yet contracted Malaria and that after all these years, she still loves her job! Instagram:  CirinaCatania - LinkedIn:  LinkedIn.com/in/cirinacatania

OWC RADiO
News: Black Friday – Tech On Sale – Roundup from Richard Taylor

OWC RADiO

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 23, 2022


Every year, Richard Taylor compiles a huge list of tech products on sale for Black Friday. Of course, we have 180 listings of great stuff on sale at MacSales.com, but included here is a comprehensive rundown for all our techie friends. Enjoy! Let us know what you find. Just write to OWCRADiO@catania.us - We'd love to hear from you. If you enjoy our podcast, please subscribe and tell all your friends about us! We love our listeners. And, if you have ideas for segments, write to OWCRadio@catania.us. We are always up for new ideas! ABOUT OWC: Other World Computing, under the leadership of Larry O'Connor since he was 15 years old, has expanded to all corners of the world and works every day to create hardware and software that make the lives of creatives and business-oriented companies faster, more efficient and more stable.  Go to MacSales.com for more information and to discover an ecosystem that serves your needs. As Larry says, "Our dedication to excellence and sustainable innovation extends beyond our day-to-day business and into the community. We strive for zero waste, both environmentally and strategically. Our outlook is to the long term, and in everything we do, we look for simplicity in action and sustainability in practice. For us, it's as much about building exceptional relationships, as it is about building exceptional products." ABOUT CIRINA CATANIA: Cirina Catania, is a successful filmmaker, former Sr Vice President of Worldwide Marketing at MGM-UA and United Artists and one of the co-founders and former director of the Sundance Film Festival. She is the founder, CEO and Executive Director of the non-profit, High School Media Collective. Cirina is Founder/Lead Creative at the Catania Group est. circa 1989, Show runner and Host of OWC RADiO and partner, Lumberjack System, as well as Tech Ambassador for companies such as Blackmagic Design.  She is a long-time member of the Producers Guild, Writers Guild, Cinematographers Guild, the National Press Club, National Press Photographer's Association, and more. She has worked as a writer, director, supervising producer, cinematographer, post-producer, or marketing exec on over 150 film, television and new media projects for the big screen as well as for networks such as National Geographic and Discovery. Cirina is based in San Diego, D.C. and Berlin when she is not on the road filming in the Amazon or other exotic locations. She is very proud of the fact that she has not yet contracted Malaria and that after all these years, she still loves her job!

Inspired Minds
Christopher Lockhart

Inspired Minds

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 19, 2022 41:52


Christopher Lockhart is a Hollywood executive, filmmaker, and teacher. As a story professional, he has worked in the talent agency business for almost 25 years. He started at ICM, worked his way to William Morris, and transitioned to WME, the world's largest diversified talent agency, where he serves as story editor, curating projects for “A” list talent such as Denzel Washington. As an Emmy nominated, independent producer, his credits include the horror hits "The Collector" and "The Collection," and the award-winning documentary "Most Valuable Players" for Oprah Winfrey. Chris has an MFA in dramatic writing from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts and has taught around the world on the craft and business of storytelling. He is a member of the Writers Guild, Producers Guild, and the Television Academy Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

The 80s Movie Podcast
Bright Lights, Big City

The 80s Movie Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 18, 2022 21:04


On this episode, we travel back to 1984, and the days when a "young adult" novel included lots of drugs and partying and absolutely no sparkly vampires or dystopian warrior girls. We're talking about Jay McInerney's groundbreaking novel, Bright Lights, Big City, and its 1988 film version starring Michael J. Fox and Keifer Sutherland. ----more---- Hello, and welcome to The 80s Movies Podcast. I am your host, Edward Havens. Thank you for listening today. The original 1984 front cover for Jay McInerney's Bright Lights, Big City If you were a young adult in the late 1980s, there's a very good chance that you started reading more adult-y books thanks to an imprint called Vintage Contemporaries. Quality books at an affordable paperback price point, with their uniform and intrinsically 80s designed covers, bold cover and spine fonts, and mix of first-time writers and cult authors who never quite broke through to the mainstream, the Vintage Contemporary series would be an immediate hit when it was first launched in September 1984. The first set of releases would include such novels as Raymond Carver's Cathedral and Thomas McGuane's The Bushwhacked Piano, but the one that would set the bar for the entire series was the first novel by a twenty-nine year old former fact checker at the New Yorker magazine. The writer was Jay McInerney, and his novel was Bright Lights, Big City. The original 1984 front cover for Raymond Carver's Cathedral Bright Lights, Big City would set a template for twenty something writers in the 1980s. A protagonist not unlike the writer themselves, with a not-so-secret drug addiction, and often written in the second person, You, which was not a usual literary choice at the time. The nameless protagonist, You, is a divorced twenty-four year old wannabe writer who works as fact-checker at a major upscale magazine in New York City, for which he once dreamed of writing for. You is recently divorced from Amanda, an aspiring model he had met while going to school in Kansas City. You would move to New York City earlier in the year with her when her modeling career was starting to talk off. While in Paris for Fashion Week, Amanda called You to inform him their marriage was over, and that she was leaving him for another man. You continues to hope Amanda will return to him, and when it's clear she won't, he not only becomes obsessed with everything about her that left in their apartment, he begins to slide into reckless abandon at the clubs they used to frequent, and becoming heavily addicted to cocaine, which then affects his performance at work. A chance encounter with Amanda at an event in the city leads You to a public humiliation, which makes him starts to realize that his behavior is not because his wife left him, but a manifestation of the grief he still feels over his mother's passing the previous year. You had gotten married to a woman he hardly knew because he wanted to make his mother happy before she died, and he was still unconsciously grieving when his wife's leaving him triggered his downward spiral. Bright Lights, Big City was an immediate hit, one of the few paperback-only books to ever hit the New York Times best-seller chart. Within two years, the novel had sold more than 300,000 copies, and spawned a tidal wave of like-minded twentysomething writers becoming published. Bret Easton Ellis might have been able to get his first novel Less Than Zero published somewhere down the line, but it was McInerney's success that would cause Simon and Schuster to try and duplicate Vintage's success, which they would. Same with Tana Janowitz, whose 1986 novel Slaves of New York was picked up by Crown Publishers looking to replicate the success of McInerney and Ellis, despite her previous novel, 1981's American Dad, being completely ignored by the book buying public at that time. While the book took moments from his life, it wasn't necessarily autobiographical. For example, McInerney had been married to a fashion model in the early 1980s, but they would meet while he attended Syracuse University in the late 1970s. And yes, McInerney would do a lot of blow during his divorce from his wife, and yes, he would get fired from The New Yorker because of the effects of his drug addiction. Yes, he was partying pretty hard during the times that preceded the writing of his first novel. And yes, he would meet a young woman who would kinda rescue him and get him on the right path.  But there were a number of details about McInerney's life that were not used for the book. Like how the author studied writing with none other than Raymond Carver while studying creative writing at Syracuse, or how his family connections would allow him to submit blind stories to someone like George Plimpton at the Paris Review, and not only get the story read but published. And, naturally, any literary success was going to become a movie at some point. For Bright Lights, it would happen almost as soon as the novel was published. Robert Lawrence, a vice president at Columbia Pictures in his early thirties, had read the book nearly cover to cover in a single sitting, and envisioned a film that could be “The Graduate” of his generation, with maybe a bit of “Lost Weekend” thrown in. But the older executives at the studio balked at the idea, which they felt would be subversive and unconventional. They would, however, buy in when Lawrence was able to get mega-producer Jerry Weintraub to be a producer on the film, who in turn was able to get Joel Schumacher, who had just finished filming St. Elmo's Fire for the studio, to direct, and get Tom Cruise, who was still two years away from Top Gun and megastardom, to play the main character. McInerney was hired to write the script, and he and Schumacher and Cruise would even go on club crawls in New York City to help inform all of the atmosphere they were trying to capture with the film. In 1985, Weintraub would be hired by United Artists to become their new chief executive, and Bright Lights would be one of the properties he would be allowed to take with him to his new home. But since he was now an executive, Weintraub would need to hire a new producer to take the reigns on the picture. Enter Sydney Pollack. By 1985, Sydney Pollack was one of the biggest directors in Hollywood. With films like They Shoot Horses, Don't They?, Jeremiah Johnson, Three Days of the Condor, The Electric Horseman and Tootsie under his belt, Pollock could get a film made, and get it seen by audiences. At least, as a director. At this point in his career, he had only ever produced one movie, Alan Rudolph's 1984 musical drama Songwriter, which despite being based on the life of Willie Nelson, and starring Nelson, Kris Kristofferson and Rip Torn, barely grossed a tenth of its $8m budget. And Pollock at that moment was busy putting the finishing touches on his newest film, an African-based drama featuring Meryl Streep and longtime Pollock collaborator Robert Redford. That film, Out of Africa, would win seven Academy Awards including Best Picture and Best Director, in March 1986, which would keep Pollock and his producing partner Mark Rosenberg's attention away from Bright Lights for several months. Once the hype on Out of Africa died down, Pollock and Rosenberg got to work getting Bright Lights, Big City made. Starting with hiring a new screenwriter, a new director, and a new leading actor. McInerney, Schumacher and Cruise had gotten tired of waiting. Ironically, Cruise would call on Pollock to direct another movie he was waiting to make, also based at United Artists, that he was going to star in alongside Dustin Hoffman. That movie, of course, is Rain Man, and we'll dive into that movie another time. Also ironically, Weintraub would not last long as the CEO of United Artists. Just five months after becoming the head of the studio, Weintraub would tire of the antics of Kirk Kerkorian, the owner of United Artists and its sister company, MGM, and step down. Kerkorian would not let Weintraub take any of the properties he brought from Columbia to his new home, the eponymously named mini-major he'd form with backing from Columbia. With a new studio head in place, Pollock started to look for a new director. He would discover that director in Joyce Chopra, who, after twenty years of making documentaries, made her first dramatic narrative in 1985. Smooth Talk was an incredible coming of age drama, based on a story by Joyce Carol Oates, that would make a star out of then seventeen-year-old Laura Dern. UA would not only hire her to direct the film but hire her husband, Tom Cole, who brilliantly adapted the Oates story that was the basis for Smooth Talk, to co-write the screenplay with his wife. While Cole was working on the script, Chopra would have her agent send a copy of McInerney's book to Michael J. Fox. This wasn't just some random decision. Chopra knew she needed a star for this movie, and Fox's agent just happened to be Chopra's agent. That'd be two commissions for the agent if it came together, and a copy of the book was delivered to Fox's dressing room on the Family Ties soundstage that very day. Fox loved the book, and agreed to do the film. After Alex P. Keaton and Marty McFly and other characters he had played that highlighted his good looks and pleasant demeanor, he was ready to play a darker, more morally ambiguous character. Since the production was scheduled around Fox's summer hiatus from the hit TV show, he was in. For Pollock and United Artists, this was a major coup, landing one of the biggest stars in Hollywood. But the project was originally going to be Toronto standing in for New York City for less than $7m with a lesser known cast. Now, it was going to be a $15m with not only Michael J. Fox but also Keifer Sutherland, who was cast as Tad, the best friend of the formerly named You, who would now known as Jamie Conway, and would be shot on location in New York City. The film would also feature Phoebe Cates as Jamie's model ex-wife, William Hickey, Kelly Lynch. But there was a major catch. The production would only have ten weeks to shoot with Fox, as he was due back in Los Angeles to begin production on the sixth season of Family Ties.  He wasn't going to do that thing he did making a movie and a television show at the same time like he did with Back to the Future and Family Ties in 1984 and 1985. Ten weeks and not a day more. Production on the film would begin on April 13th, 1987, to get as much of the film shot while Fox was still finishing Family Ties in Los Angeles. He would be joining the production at the end of the month. But Fox never get the chance to shoot with Chopra. After three weeks of production, Chopra, her husband, and her cinematographer James Glennon, who had also shot Smooth Talk, were dismissed from the film. The suits at United Artists were not happy with the Fox-less footage that was coming out of New York, and were not happy with the direction of the film. Cole and Chopra had removed much of the nightlife and drug life storyline, and focused more on the development of Jamie as a writer. Apparently, no one at the studio had read the final draft of the script before shooting began. Cole, the screenwriter, says it was Pollock, the producer, who requested the changes, but in the end, it would be not the Oscar-winning filmmaker producing the movie that would be released but the trio of newer creatives. Second unit footage would continue to shoot around New York City while the studio looked for a new director. Ironically, days after Chopra was fired, the Directors Guild of America had announced that if they were not able to sign a new agreement with the Producers Guild before the end of the current contract on June 30th, the directors were going on strike. So now United Artists were really under the gun. After considering such filmmakers as Belgian director Ulu Grosbard, who had directed Meryl Streep and Robert De Niro in Falling in Love, and Australian director Bruce Beresford, whose films had included Breaker Morant and Tender Mercies, they would find their new director in James Bridges, whose filmography included such critical and financial success as The Paper Chase, The China Syndrome and Urban Cowboy, but had two bombs in a row in 1984's Mike's Murder and 1985's Perfect. He needed a hit, and this was the first solid directing offer in three years. He'd spend the weekend after his hiring doing some minor recasting, including bringing in John Houseman, who won a Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his role in The Paper Chase, as well as Swoosie Kurtz, Oscar-winning actors Jason Robards and Dianne Weist, and Tracy Pollan, Fox's co-star on Family Ties, who would shortly after the filming of Bright Lights become Mrs. Michael J. Fox, although in the film, she would be cast not as a love interest to her real-life boyfriend's character but as the wife of Keifer Sutherland's character. After a week of rewriting McInerney's original draft of the screenplay from the Schumacher days, principal photography re-commenced on the film. And since Bridges would be working with famed cinematographer Gordon Willis, who had shot three previous movies with Bridges as well as the first two Godfather movies and every Woody Allen movie from Annie Hall to The Purple Rose of Cairo, it was also decided that none of Chopra's footage would be used. Everything would start back on square one. And because of the impending Directors Guild strike, he'd have only thirty-six days, a tad over five weeks, to film everything. One of the lobby cards from the movie version of Bright Lights, Big City And they were able to get it all done, thanks to some ingenious measures. One location, the Palladium concert hall on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, would double as three different nightclubs, two discotheques and a dinner club. Instead of finding six different locations, which would loading cameras and lights from one location to another, moving hundreds of people as well, and then setting the lights and props again, over and over, all they would have to do is re-decorate the area to become the next thing they needed. Bridges would complete the film that day before the Directors Guild strike deadline, but the strike would never happen. But there would be some issue with the final writing credits. While Bridges had used McInerney's original screenplay as a jumping off point, the writer/director had really latched on to the mother's death as the emotional center of the movie. Bridges' own grandmother had passed away in 1986, and he found writing those scenes to be cathartic for his own unresolved issues. But despite the changes Bridges would make to the script, including adding such filmmaking tropes as flashbacks and voiceovers, and having the movie broken up into sections by the use of chapter titles being typed out on screen, the Writers Guild would give sole screenwriting credit to Jay McInerney. As post-production continued throughout the fall, the one topic no one involved in the production wanted to talk about or even acknowledge was the movie version of Bret Easton Ellis's Less Than Zero that rival studio 20th Century Fox had been making in Los Angeles. It had a smaller budget, a lesser known filmmaker, a lesser known cast lead by Andrew McCarthy and Jami Gertz, and a budget half the size. If their film was a hit, that could be good for this one. And if their film wasn't a hit? Well, Bright Lights was the trendsetter. It was the one that sold more copies. The one that saw its author featured in more magazines and television news shows. How well did Less Than Zero do when it was released into theatres on November 6th, 1987? Well, you're just going to have to wait until next week's episode. Unless you're listening months or years after they were published, and are listening to episodes in reverse order. Then you already know how it did, but let's just say it wasn't a hit but it wasn't really a dud either. Bridges would spend nearly six months putting his film together, most of which he would find enjoyable, but he would have trouble deciding which of two endings he shot would be used. His preferred ending saw Jamie wandering through the streets of New York City early one morning, after a long night of partying that included a confrontation with his ex-wife, where he decides that was the day he was going to get his life back on track but not knowing what he was going to do, but the studio asked for an alternative ending, one that features Jamie one year in the future, putting the finishing touches on his first novel, which we see is titled… wait for it… Bright Lights, Big City, while his new girlfriend stands behind him giving her approval. After several audience test screenings, the studio would decide to let Bridges have his ending. United Artists would an April 1st, 1988 release date, and would spend months gearing up the publicity machine. Fox and Pollan were busy finishing the final episodes of that season's Family Ties, and weren't as widely available for the publicity circuit outside of those based in Los Angeles. The studio wasn't too worried, though. Michael J. Fox's last movie, The Secret of My Success, had been released in April 1987, and had grossed $67m without his doing a lot of publicity for that one, either. Opening on 1196 screens, the film would only manage to gross $5.13m, putting it in third place behind the previous week's #1 film, Biloxi Blues with Matthew Broderick, and the Tim Burton comedy Beetlejuice, which despite opening on nearly 200 fewer screens would gross nearly $3m more. But the reviews were not great. Decent. Respectful. But not great. The New York-based critics, like David Ansen of Newsweek and Janet Maslin of the Times, would be kinder than most other critics, maybe because they didn't want to be seen knocking a film shot in their backyard. But one person would actually would praise the film and Michael J. Fox as an actor was Roger Ebert. But it wouldn't save the film. In its second week, the film would fall to fifth place, with $3.09m worth of tickets sold, and it would drop all the way to tenth place in its third week with just under $1.9m in ticket sales. Week four would see it fall to 16th place with only $862k worth of ticket sales. After that, United Artists would stop reporting grosses. The $17m film had grossed just $16.1m. Bright Lights, Big City was a milestone book for me, in large part because it made me a reader. Before Bright Lights, I read occasionally, mainly John Irving, preferring to spend most of my free time voraciously consuming every movie I could. After Bright Lights, I picked up every Vintage Contemporary book I could get my hands on. One of the checklists of Vintage Contemporary books listed in the back of a Vintage Contemporary book. And one thing that really helped out was the literal checklist of other books available from that imprint in the back of each book. Without those distinct covers, I don't know if I would have discovered some of my favorite authors like Raymond Carver and Don DeLillo and Richard Ford and Richard Russo. Even after the Vintage Contemporary line shut down years later, I continued to read. I still read today, although not as much as I would prefer. I have a podcast to work on. I remember when the movie came out that I wasn't all that thrilled with it, and it would be nearly 35 years before I revisited it again, for this episode. I can't say it's the 80s as I remember it, because I had never been to New York City by that point in my life, I had never, and still never have, done anything like cocaine. And I had only ever had like two relationships that could be considered anything of substance, let alone marriage and a divorce. But I am certain it's an 80s that I'm glad I didn't know. Mainly because Jamie's 80s seemed rather boring and inconsequential. Fox does the best he can with the material, but he is not the right person for the role. As I watched it again, I couldn't help but wonder what if the roles were reversed. What if Keifer Sutherland played Jamie and Michael J. Fox played the friend? That might have been a more interesting movie, but Sutherland was not yet at that level of stardom. Thank you for joining us. We'll talk again next week, when Episode 95, on the novel and movie version of Less Than Zero is released. Remember to visit this episode's page on our website, The80sMoviePodcast.com, for extra materials about Bright Lights, Big City, both the book and the movie, as well as other titles in the Vintage Contemporary book series. The full cover, back and front, of Richard Ford's 1986 The Sportswriter, which would be the first of four novels about Frank Bascombe, a failed novelist who becomes a sportswriter. The second book in the series, 1995's Independence Day, would win the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, as well as the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction, the first of only two times the same book would win both awards the same year. The 80s Movies Podcast has been researched, written, narrated and edited by Edward Havens for Idiosyncratic Entertainment. Thank you again. Good night.  

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MAKE IT
313 - Mark Maxey, Producer and Executive Vice President of Rolling Pictures - The Power Of Networking, Following The Fun, and Using Tech To Become A Successful Producer

MAKE IT

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 11, 2022 95:38


Hello, Hello! In this episode, we have a conversation with the Executive Vice President of Rolling Pictures and Producer Mark Maxey. We talk about his films, ‘Space Oddity,' ‘As They Made Us,' and ‘Rare Objects,' his relationship with Snuffy Walden, the subject of his documentary, ‘Up To Snuff,' the types of films he likes to produce, how he accesses a screenplay, how to create proper financing structure, and so much more. Enjoy! The MAKE IT podcast is brought to you by the Voice of the Filmmaker program, which is sponsored by Women in Film and Television, Nashville (a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization). If you like what we're doing, please donate here: www.bonsai.film/donate. How you can continue to enjoy MAKE IT content: Subscribe to the MAKE IT YouTube channel. Subscribe to the MAKE IT Podcast wherever you listen to podcasts. Subscribe to our newsletter at www.bonsai.film/subscribe. The MAKE IT podcast amplifies the voice of the filmmaker by exploring the filmmaking journeys of actors, writers, directors, producers, and a host of other creatives from across the film industry. We provide a platform for filmmakers to provide advice, lessons learned, personal reflections, and insights through our Filmmaker Conversations, Mistakes in the Making, Industry Insights, Indie Talks, and Film Investment Series. We are the go-to film podcast for independent creatives! More On Mark Social Media rollingpictures.com www.imdb.me/markmaxey linkedin.com/in/maxey www.instagram.com/themarkmaxey/ Mark Maxey is an Emmy award-winning producer and Executive Vice President of Rolling Pictures - a motion picture company delivering development, packaging, production, and editorial services for film and television. Recent feature films include Space Oddity starring Kevin Bacon, Madeline Brewer, and Carrie Preston, directed by Kyra Sedgwick; the dramatic feature As They Made Us starring Dustin Hoffman, Candice Bergen, Dianna Agron, and Simon Helberg, directed by Mayim Bialik; Rare Objects directed by and starring Katie Holmes with Alan Cumming and Derek Luke; and the documentary feature Up to Snuff which Maxey wrote, directed and produced, featuring Aaron Sorkin, Martin Sheen, Tom Arnold, Timothy Busfield, Ed Asner, Lawrence O'Donnell, and W.G. Snuffy Walden. Other film credits include Beyond Sixty, Soul Prison, and Senior Entourage. Maxey is a member of the Producers Guild of America, Television Academy, and Documentary Producers Alliance. Maxey is co-founder and chairman emeritus of the Washington West Film Festival, the only film festival to donate 100% of box office proceeds to help an area of need in the community. Maxey serves on the boards of Women in Film & Video, Artistic Fuel Foundation, and the Rock & Roll for Children Foundation, benefiting families fighting pediatric cancer at the Children's Inn at the National Institutes of Health.

The Guys Review
Saving Private Ryan

The Guys Review

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 7, 2022 76:01


Saving Private Ryan Welcome to The Guys Review, where we review media, products and experiences.  **READ APPLE REVIEWS/Fan Mail**Mention Twitter DM group - like pinned tweet @The_GuysReviewRead emails theguysreviewpod@gmail.comTwitter Poll **ASK CHRIS AND TREY ABOUT THEIR RATING FOR GHOSTBUSTERS** Saving Private Ryan Director: Steven Spielberg Starring:  Tom HanksEdward BurnsMatt DamonTom Sizemore Released: July 24, 1998 Budget: $70M ($127.5M in 2022) Gross $485M ($883.1M in 2022) Ratings:   IMDb 8.6/10 Rotten Tomatoes 94% Metacritic 91% Google Users 93%  Here cometh thine shiny awards Sire. My Lord Tucker the Wanker second Earl of Wessex. Lord of the Furries. Heir of Lord baldy the one eyed snake wrestler. Protector of Freedom units. Step Sibling with funny feelings down stairs. Entertainer of uncles. Jailor of innocent. Spanker of innocent milk maids and stable boys. The toxic wanker. Big Chief sitting doughnut. Teepee giver to the great Cornholio. Edgar Allan Poe's shaved muse. The film was nominated for eleven Academy Awards at the 71st annual ceremony, including Best Picture, Best Actor for Tom Hanks, and Best Original Screenplay. The film won five of these, including Best Cinematography, Best Sound, Best Sound Effects Editing, Best Film Editing, and Best Director for Spielberg, his second win in that category. After the film lost the Best Picture award to Shakespeare in Love, many film pundits criticized the Academy's decision not to award the film with the Best Picture Oscar and has continued to be considered as one of the biggest snubs in the ceremony's history. The film also won the Golden Globes for Best Motion Picture – Drama and Director, the BAFTA Award for Special Effects and Sound, the Directors Guild of America Award, a Grammy Award for Best Film Soundtrack, the Producers Guild of America Golden Laurel Award, and the Saturn Award for Best Action, Adventure, or Thriller Film. Saving Piivate Ryan comes in at #71 of AFI's First Time you saw the movie? Plot: An elderly veteran visits the Normandy Cemetery with his family. At a specific grave, he is overcome with emotion and begins to recall his time as a soldier. On the morning of June 6, 1944, the U.S. Army lands at Omaha Beach as part of the Normandy invasion. Captain John H. Miller leads his command, Company C, 2nd Ranger Battalion in a breakout from the beach. The staff at the United States Department of War learns that James Francis Ryan of the 101st Airborne Division is missing and presumed to be the last survivor of four brothers who are all in the military. General George C. Marshall orders Ryan to be found and sent home so that his family will not lose all its sons. Miller is ordered to lead a detachment in finding Ryan. As they arrive in the contested town of Neuville between German defenders and the 101st Airborne, Caparzo is killed by a German sniper. Miller and his men find a paratrooper named Ryan but he is not the one for whom they are searching, and they are directed to a rally point where James Francis Ryan's unit should be. Miller learns that Ryan is defending a key bridge in the town of Ramelle. En route, Miller decides against the judgment of his soldiers to neutralize a German machine gun nest, which results in Wade's death. A surviving German soldier is spared by the intervention of Upham, the detachment's interpreter, who is unused to the horrors of combat. Miller blindfolds the soldier, who has been nicknamed "Steamboat Willie", and orders him to surrender to the next Allied patrol. When Reiben threatens to desert, Miller defuses the situation by calmly telling a story that reveals his civilian background as a teacher and baseball coach, of which he has not previously spoken, and which has been the subject of much speculation among his men and a pool of about $300. Upon arriving in Ramelle, Miller's detachment makes contact with Ryan and informs him of his brothers' deaths. Though deeply upset, Ryan refuses to abandon his post defending the town's bridge, and the town soon comes under siege by attacking Germans. Miller assumes command as the only officer present. He and his unit fight alongside the 101st, but the German armor advantage takes a toll on the Americans. Jackson, Mellish and Horvath are killed along with most of the paratroopers as the Americans retreat across the town's bridge. During the final assault on the bridge, Steamboat Willie reappears and shoots Miller as he attempts to blow the bridge with pre-placed explosives, but before the German force can capture it American P-51 Mustang fighter planes and Sherman tanks arrive and halt their advance. Upham confronts Steamboat Willie, who attempts to talk Upham into letting him go again; Upham instead shoots and kills him. The mortally wounded Miller tells Ryan to "earn this" before dying, referring to the sacrifices others have made so that Ryan can have a postwar life. Returning to the present, Ryan is revealed to be the elderly veteran and the grave to be Miller's. Ryan expresses gratitude for the sacrifices made by Miller and his men, says he hopes he "earned it", and salutes the grave.  TOP 5​1: The plot was loosely inspired by the true story of the Niland brothersScreenwriter Robert Rodat was initially inspired to write Saving Private Ryan when he saw a monument to the four sons of Agnes Allison, who were all killed in the American Civil War. However, when the premise got into the hands of producer Mark Gordon and eventually director Steven Spielberg, inspiration came from the true story of the Niland brothers. They were four brothers fighting in World War II.Two of them died and two survived. However, it was initially thought that only one of them survived, as the other one was missing and presumed dead. He turned out to be a prisoner of war in a Japanese internment camp. 2: Steven Spielberg would've released the movie with an NC-17 ratingWhile he was making Saving Private Ryan, Steven Spielberg feared that the movie's brutal violence would lead the MPAA to assign it an NC-17 rating. Big Hollywood studios usually strive to avoid NC-17 ratings like the Bubonic Plague, and make whatever cuts are necessary to change the rating, because they're box office poison. Some theaters won't show them and the ones that will show them can only admit audience members over a certain age. But Spielberg was so happy with Saving Private Ryan that if it had come back from the MPAA with an NC-17 rating, he still would've released it. 3: The gunfire sound effects are authenticTo acquire the right sound effects for the guns used in the movie, Saving Private Ryan's sound team went to a live machine gun firing range near Atlanta that was owned by a weapons manufacturer. There, they sourced all of the period-specific weaponry that was being used in the movie, that they needed to find the sounds for, and they just started firing them at the shooting range. 4: Saving Private Ryan is the last non-digitally edited Best Film Editing winnerPretty much every movie in the last 20 years has been digitally edited because digital editing – while losing some of the soul of the filmmaking process – is a lot cheaper, easier, and more secure than the old “cutting room” method. Saving Private Ryan was the last movie to be edited using non-digital technology to win the Academy Award for Best Film Editing. Every subsequent winner of the Oscar for editing has been edited digitally. And digital isn't going away any time soon, so Saving Private Ryan will probably hold onto the distinction of last non-digitally edited Best Film Editing winner indefinitely. 5: The D-Day landings sequence cost $11 millionSaving Private Ryan's opening D-Day landings scene took up a hefty chunk of the film's $70 million budget, costing $11 million to pull off. Steven Spielberg decided chose not to storyboard the sequence at all, instead letting the action tell him where to point the camera (he elected to use a handheld camera for the scene) on the days of shooting. The producers recruited 40 barrels of fake blood and more than 1,000 extras for the scene. Between 20 and 30 of these extras were amputees who could be fitted with prosthetic limbs for the sole purpose of being blown off in explosions. **TRIPLE LINDY AWARD** - Dude on top of the tank at the end who didn't move, and got blown up. Obviously it was a mannequin. **REVIEW AND RATING**TreyChrisStephen .5Tucker .5 TOP 5Stephen:1 Breakfast club2 Saving Private Ryan3 Ghostbusters4 Sandlot5 Color out of space Chris:1. sandlots2. T23. trick r treat4. rocky horror picture show5. hubie halloween Trey:1) Boondocks Saints2) Mail Order Brides3) Tombstone4) Very bad things5) She out of my league Tucker:1. T22:Saving Private Ryan3: Tombstone4: My Cousin Vinny5: Ghostbusters WHAT ARE WE DOING NEXT WEEK? Web: https://theguysreview.simplecast.com/EM: theguysreviewpod@gmail.comIG: @TheGuysReviewPodTW: @The_GuysReview - Twitter DM groupFB: https://facebook.com/TheGuysReviewPod/YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCYKXJhq9LbQ2VfR4K33kT9Q Please, Subscribe, rate and review us wherever you get your podcasts from!! Thank you,-The Guys

Live On Air with Steven Cuoco
Actor and Producer Erica Hubbard

Live On Air with Steven Cuoco

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 2, 2022 55:24


Erica Hubbard is an award-winning television, film, stage actress, writer and producer who has several projects that are streaming on Netflix, BET, Starz, Prime Video, HULU and more. Her major producing credits include Perfectly Single, Black Coffee, Professor Mack and The Last Fall (which screened in South By Southwest Film Festival) Directed by Academy-Award Winner' Matthew Cherry. Erica Hubbard has starred in countless studio films such as Save The Last Dance, The Sisterhood of The Traveling Pants with Blake Lively, Akeelah and The Bee with Keke Palmer, Angela Bassett and Laurence Fishburne and A Cinderella Story with Hillary Duff streaming on Netflix. Hubbard has also appeared on hit television shows such as CSI: Miami, Cold Case, Everybody Hates Chris, ER and Chicago Med on NBC. Erica Hubbard's most popular characters are from her series regular roles on the popular television series' Let's Stay Together streaming on BET and Lincoln Heights currently streaming on HULU. Erica Hubbard is a member of the Producers Guild of America. Recently, she has written a holiday love-story' Holiday Mistletoe which is in production. In her spare time she promotes her children books: You, She, Her, Him (Volume 1 & 2) and oversees her 501(c)3 Non-profit' The Erica Hubbard Foundation as Executive Director mentoring at-risk youth and giving away scholarships to college students. Hubbard is a graduate of Columbia College where she received a degree in Communications. Erica Hubbard can recently be seen as a leading-lady in the hit film' My Perfect Wedding streaming on BET Plus and Prime Video. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/steven-cuoco/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/steven-cuoco/support

OWC RADiO
“Happy Like Joplin” Movie from Director Jean-Baptiste Mauduit

OWC RADiO

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 1, 2022


"Happy Like Joplin," is a movie from French director Jean-Baptiste Mauduit and we wanted to share it with you. Mauduit says, "I always wanted to make a short that encompassed all forms of filmmaking from live action to animation. During the development phase of 'Happy Like Joplin, "' I could see how the internal expressive nature of the characters allowed for these stylistic choices." A stone carver by trade, Mauduit is a self-taught filmmaker. He watched tutorials from Mark Spencer on line to learn Motion, downloaded Affinity Photo and Procreate for his iPad, filmed with Blackmagic cameras, and a work of art was born. Truly an independent film, he operated on a near zero budget with a crew of two. This is truly a labor of love. Listen in and learn a lot about filmmaking and life. The film will be coming out soon, but you can watch a trailer at the movie's website HERE. If you enjoy our podcast, please subscribe and tell all your friends about us! We love our listeners. And, if you have ideas for segments, write to OWCRadio@catania.us. We are always up for new ideas! ABOUT OWC: Other World Computing, under the leadership of Larry O'Connor since he was 15 years old, has expanded to all corners of the world and works every day to create hardware and software that make the lives of creatives and business-oriented companies faster, more efficient and more stable.  Go to MacSales.com for more information and to discover an ecosystem that serves your needs. As Larry says, "Our dedication to excellence and sustainable innovation extends beyond our day-to-day business and into the community. We strive for zero waste, both environmentally and strategically. Our outlook is to the long term, and in everything we do, we look for simplicity in action and sustainability in practice. For us, it's as much about building exceptional relationships, as it is about building exceptional products." ABOUT CIRINA CATANIA: Cirina Catania, is a successful filmmaker, former Sr Vice President of Worldwide Marketing at MGM-UA and United Artists and one of the co-founders and former director of the Sundance Film Festival. Her movie, "The Purple Heart," is nearing completion. She is the founder, CEO and Executive Director of the non-profit, High School Media Collective. Cirina is Founder/Lead Creative at the Catania Group est. circa 1989, Showrunner and Host of OWC RADiO and partner, Lumberjack System, as well as Tech Ambassador for companies such as Blackmagic Design.  She is a long-time member of the Producers Guild, Writers Guild, Cinematographers Guild, the National Press Club, National Press Photographer's Association, and more. She has worked as a writer, director, supervising producer, cinematographer, post-producer, or marketing exec on over 150 film, television and new media projects for the big screen as well as for networks such as National Geographic and Discovery. Cirina is based in San Diego, D.C. and Berlin when she is not on the road filming in the Amazon or other exotic locations. She is very proud of the fact that she has not yet contracted Malaria and that after all these years, she still loves her job! Instagram:  CirinaCatania - LinkedIn:  LinkedIn.com/in/cirinacatania

Acting Business Boot Camp
Episode 201: Interview with Christin Baker

Acting Business Boot Camp

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 19, 2022 43:59


About Christin Baker: Christin Baker (A Baker Production) is an award-winning director and Emmy-nominated producer. She has been playing with video producing and storytelling since she was 13 after her family got their first VHS camcorder. She started out directing music videos, and SNL parodies with the neighborhood kids and moved on to start her own digital distribution and production company, tellofilms.com. She is the co-founder of Tello Films, which focuses on stories for the lesbian/queer community. Tello is the first lesbian/queer network to receive an Emmy Nomination. The series Secs & EXECS has received a 2017 Emmy Nomination for Mindy Sterling, Outstanding Actress in a Short Form Comedy/Drama Series. In 2019 the series "Riley Parra" received 2 Emmy nominations for actresses Liz Vassey and Carolyn Ratteray. Christin is passionate about telling relevant and meaningful stories. Christin was early in the streaming content creation and founded Tello Films in 2009. She is an expert on distributing and creating original content (features, shorts, and series) as well as creating a platform for monetizing niche entertainment. Christin is also passionate about directing and was awarded Best Director for her work on Maybelle at the 2016 London Raindance Film Festival. Christin is a member of the Producers Guild of America as well as the Television Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences. Christin just wrapped directing her 4th Lesbian/Queer Holiday RomCom "Merry & Gay" and is working on the 2nd feature for her Thriller Franchise Scare BNB called "Scare BNB: Double Booking." That follows "Christmas at the Ranch," "I Hate New Year's," and "Season of Love," which was the first Hallmark-esque Lesbian/Queer Holiday RomCom. Actors wanting to keep up with Christin as she develops and casts her movies can follow her on social media @christintello (Twitter and Instagram) and follow "A Baker Production" on Facebook.   Actors making their own content and the power that has for them. As a director and producer, I love when I know an actor has tried their own hand at making a project because their respect for what we're going through is significantly greater. I think so much of acting is waiting to be called upon. Right? Like you go to an audition, you send in your tape, you send in your tape, and then you sit back, and you wait for someone to say yes or no to you. And so I think any time you can put your energy into something active, that's like telling your own story, I think just energetically that helps you and puts you in your own action. I always think work begets work. If you can, it can be very helpful when the gender of the person you're acting with is the same as who's reading with you.  Don't have the camera too close to your face. So I've seen some audition tapes, and this is for people who are probably very green, who are listening to your podcast--I've had audition tapes sent in where no one is reading with the person on camera. Do your best to have someone reading with you that that's going to give you, you know, something even if it's yourself. I can sometimes tell within 10 seconds. And if the person isn't right, I move on. The most important thing is to like make a choice, make a bold choice that I can see. I'm an actor's director. I love playing with actors on set. I love that, like knowing if they can make a choice. And if I don't like that choice, I'll make a correction. But I know that like they're going to come to the table having thought about it and giving me something interesting. Favorite qualities of actors who you love to work with:  I really love working with an actor who can make a quick pivot.  The eyes are so important, you can literally see that shift in the eyes, and it's absolutely like it's incredible.  I love actors when they have that instinct to move.  What is the process of how you make an independent film? You have to kind of figure out the business of it. I wanted to get investors, meaning you have to set up an LLC. Then you have to ensure that LLC owns the rights to the script in the movie and the project. And often, those LLCs will be called like the name of the film. A crowdfunding campaign. For me, that was a perfect place to start. Accredited investors There are certain producers out there that have investors who are sitting out there waiting to invest in projects. And I know that sounds crazy. And I think it's like this magical fairyland, but it is true. And so when they get A-list stars or a big name, they can go back to their, you know, multimillion-dollar or billionaire pockets and go, "hey, we have Nick Cage. We need another $5 million, and those people will give it to them."  If you don't have those people, casting an A-list star in your movie will not get you investors. What it will get you on the backend is like press and a decent distributor. It lets you have those multimillionaire billionaire people. It will not get your money on the front end. What do you think are other misnomers about raising money for film? I have also heard people say to me, especially in the LGBTQ community, "Oh, investors aren't always looking for their money back, like they take it to a project they believe in." Okay, so that's true for a few investors out there. Do not go into a situation ever thinking investors only want goodwill. Your first and most important job is telling a great story. The second is to get your investors their money back because if you do, they'll give it to you again. Words of wisdom to actors who want to make their first feature film? The first one is to do favors for other people so that when it's your turn to make your movie, they will do favors for you. Talk to people who have done it before and just talk to them and say, Hey, what mistakes did you make? What did you want to know? Who did you like working with? Crowdfunding Mistakes: They ask for what they want and not what they can raise.  People always think, "if I hit my goal too early, people won't give money to me." Don't do T-Shirts! You should always have stretch goals in mind.

How I Got Greenlit
Sofia Sondervan | Part 2

How I Got Greenlit

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 18, 2022 50:50


Alex and Ryan continue their conversation with Oscar nominated Film and Television producer Sofia Sondervan, who has produced for ContentFilm, Pressman Film Corp, Sony Music and most recently Dutch Tilt Film. The film we cover is Contempt (1963) by Jean-Luc Goddard. A native of The Netherlands, Sofia graduated with honors from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts with a BFA in Film and Television. As head of Production for ContentFilm she produced the feature films The Hebrew Hammer, Rick, The King, and the acclaimed Party Monster starring Macaulay Culkin, and Seth Green. As the head of Sony Music Film she produced Cadillac Records with Jeffrey Wright and Beyonce Knowles which was nominated for a Golden Globe, eight NAACP image awards, and won Best Picture at the Black Real Awards. Sofia produced TriStar's Feel The Noise with Jennifer Lopez and acquired the award-winning Ghosts of Cite Soleil directed by Asger Leth, The Future Is Unwritten by Julien Temple, and East Of Havana produced by Charlize Theron. In 2020 Sofia produced the Academy Award nominated The Letter Room by Elvira Lind, staring Oscar Isaac and Alia Shawcat (official selection for the Telluride, Tribeca, and Palm Springs Film Festivals). Additionally, Sofia Sondervan is a member of the Producers Guild of America and New York Women in Film as well as an Adjunct Instructor at her alma mater, Producing in the Undergraduate and Graduate Departments of the New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. Sofia Sondervan IMDB NYU Tisch Twitter Dutch Films IG Next Chapter Podcasts presents How I Got Greenlit, a new podcast hosted by the Creator of HBO's Project Greenlight Alex Keledjian and Emmy Award Winning Producer Ryan Gibson, exploring how our favorite films got made and how they made our favorite filmmakers. Alex Keledjian Alex Keledjian is the creator of Project Greenlight, a documentary television series where executive producers Matt Damon and Ben Affleck gave first-time filmmakers a chance to direct their first feature film. In 2018, Alex wrote and directed the film High Voltage starring David Arquette and Luke Wilson. Ryan Gibson Ryan Gibson is an Emmy-award winning producer of such films as the critically acclaimed Woe and the upcoming film Slotherhouse. He has worked for over twenty years in all aspects of film development and production. HBO Max will stream the latest season of the Emmy-nominated TV series Project Greenlight from executive producer Issa Rae and Miramax Television in January 2023. How I Got Greenlit Instagram Twitter Podlink Credits Alex Keledjian, Host Ryan Gibson, Host Edgar Camey, Audio Editor Pete Musto, Editor Robert Cappadona, Producer Jeremiah Tittle, Producer Experience more of How I Got Greenlit via ncpodcasts.com For guest inquiries, sponsorships, and all other magnificent concerns, please reach How I Got Greenlit via howIgotgreenlit@gmail.com For inquiries and more information on Next Chapter Podcasts info@ncpodcasts.com New episodes go live every Tuesday. Please subscribe, rate & review on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, wherever you listen to podcasts.

Lead With Your Brand!™
S3E41 : Changing The Industry With A Click : H Schuster, Founder + CEO, HUSSLUP

Lead With Your Brand!™

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 18, 2022 52:35


“I reached a point in my career where I really wanted to be able to make a change in the industry that would help other people come into the business, and find their place and be able to work and tell stories, and do all the things that will democratize that access.” Jayzen is excited to welcome H Schuster to the show. H has built her career producing some of the most iconic unscripted television shows that we all love, and now as Founder and CEO of HUSSLUP, is transforming the creative industry. As an opportunity-maker, she is constantly striving in her career to not only create incredible content, but open the door for others along the way. H has more than 15 years of experience producing and overseeing high profile hits, including the Kardashian franchises, "The Biggest Loser," "MasterChef," and others. During her career, she has worked closely with top producers like Mark Burnett, Ben Silverman, and Eli Holzman and A-list talent, as well as with numerous FORTUNE 100 companies to integrate their brands into TV and digital content. Guest Bio H Schuster Founder + CEO HUSSLUP HUSSLUP Founder and CEO H Schuster is a senior media executive with more than 20 years of experience producing TV and leading divisions at major media companies and startups. She founded HUSSLUP to connect millions of professional creatives around the globe to each other and to the companies that need them in order to democratize access to the industry. As CEO, she leads a diverse, senior-level team of industry veterans with the mission of “transforming Hollywood's old clique with one click.” Prior to HUSSLUP, H was Founder and CEO of Morocco Junction Entertainment, a production company financed by All3Media. She built a slate and oversaw creative development and production for projects at Discovery, TLC, Lifetime, History, Spike, MTV and Animal Planet, as well as executive producing “Abby's Studio Rescue” for Lifetime and creating “Tabatha's Life Takeover” for Bravo. She also provided strategic and content consulting to major production companies and producers. Earlier, Schuster headed unscripted television for Ryan Seacrest Productions, Reveille, and Shine America. She also served as the CCO who scaled Detour, a location-aware podcasting company that was one of Apple's top 10 apps of 2016 and sold to Bose. Schuster has more than 15 years of experience producing and overseeing high profile hits, including the Kardashian franchises, "The Biggest Loser," "MasterChef," and others. During her career, she has worked closely with top producers like Mark Burnett, Ben Silverman, and Eli Holzman and A-list talent, as well as with numerous FORTUNE 100 companies to integrate their brands into TV and digital content. At Detour, she also worked closely with the engineering team to iterate on and ship product. Schuster earned a PhD in cultural studies at NYU and attended Stanford Law School. She served multiple terms on the Outfest Board of Directors, is a founding member of Chief, and is a member of the Producers Guild of America, the Television Academy, and Women in Film. Links To learn more about Lead With Your Brand system, please visit: LeadWithyYourBrand.com To book Jayzen for a speaking engagement or workshop at your company, visit: JayzenPatria.com

OWC RADiO
A Lesson in Remote Production During the Pandemic, “We Can’t Go On”

OWC RADiO

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 14, 2022


The movie, "We Can't Go On," was filmed during the Pandemic entirely in one location, Amanda Dreschler and Michael Livingston's apartment in Echo Park, California. Dan Kneece, DP'd and advised on the production, floating around on an iPad from room to room transmitted from his apartment near the beach. Michael Valinsky pitched in, exec-produced the short and arranged for the filmmakers to borrow equipment as needed. It is a lesson in resilience and the talented couple can teach us how to create something in times of challenge. Shortly after this interview was recorded with our host, Cirina Catania, Dan passed away unexpectedly, but his memory lives on with works such as this and the friendships forged during these hard times. This is more than a lesson in how to make a film "remotely." It is a life lesson and a celebration of creativity. Stay with us to the end of the interview and we have a surprise and some good news for you. We truly do value you for being part of the OWC RADiO family. Please write to OWCRADiO@Catania.us if you have any thoughts you'd like to share, suggestions for topics or guest, or if you just want to say, "hi." If you enjoy our podcast, please subscribe and tell all your friends about us! We love our listeners. And, if you have ideas for segments, write to OWCRadio@catania.us. We are always up for new ideas! You can find OWC RADiO on Spotify, Apple Podcasts and all other podcatchers! ABOUT OWC: Other World Computing, under the leadership of Larry O'Connor since he was 15 years old, has expanded to all corners of the world and works every day to create hardware and software that make the lives of creatives and business-oriented companies faster, more efficient and more stable.  Go to MacSales.com for more information and to discover an ecosystem that serves your needs. As Larry says, “Our dedication to excellence and sustainable innovation extends beyond our day-to-day business and into the community. We strive for zero waste, both environmentally and strategically. Our outlook is to the long term, and in everything we do, we look for simplicity in action and sustainability in practice. For us, it's as much about building exceptional relationships, as it is about building exceptional products.” ABOUT CIRINA CATANIA: Cirina Catania, is a successful filmmaker, former Sr Vice President of Worldwide Marketing at MGM-UA and United Artists and one of the co-founders and former director of the Sundance Film Festival. She is the founder, CEO and Executive Director of the non-profit, High School Media Collective. Cirina is Founder/Lead Creative at the Catania Group est. circa 1989, Showrunner and Host of OWC RADiO and partner, Lumberjack System, as well as Tech Ambassador for companies such as Blackmagic Design.  She is a long-time member of the Producers Guild, Writers Guild, Cinematographers Guild, the National Press Club, National Press Photographer's Association, and more. She has worked as a writer, director, supervising producer, cinematographer, post-producer, or marketing exec on over 150 film, television and new media projects for the big screen as well as for networks such as National Geographic and Discovery. Cirina is based in San Diego, D.C. and Berlin when she is not on the road filming in the Amazon or other exotic locations. She is very proud of the fact that she has not yet contracted Malaria and that after all these years, she still loves her job! This podcast is recorded at Catania Studios in California. Equipment includes: Shure SMB microphones, Neumann microphones, 2019 Mac Pro, LG Monitors, Apple monitors, Canalhout teleprompter, iPad for a third monitor, OWC external drives (the Mercury Elite Pro Dual Mini, OWC's Flex 8, our NAS is a Jupiter mini with 288 TB, miscellaneous audio peripherals from Sweetwater, a 2019 MacPro, edited in Final Cut, with story support from Lumberjack's Builder. And more... DM us if you want more details.

How I Got Greenlit
Sofia Sondervan | Part 1

How I Got Greenlit

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 11, 2022 50:28


Our guest this week is Oscar nominated Film and Television producer Sofia Sondervan, who has produced for ContentFilm, Pressman Film Corp, Sony Music and most recently Dutch Tilt Film. A native of The Netherlands, Sofia graduated with honors from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts with a BFA in Film and Television. As head of Production for ContentFilm she produced the feature films The Hebrew Hammer, Rick, The King, and the acclaimed Party Monster starring Macaulay Culkin, and Seth Green. As the head of Sony Music Film she produced Cadillac Records with Jeffrey Wright and Beyonce Knowles which was nominated for a Golden Globe, eight NAACP image awards, and won Best Picture at the Black Real Awards. Sofia produced TriStar's Feel The Noise with Jennifer Lopez and acquired the award-winning Ghosts of Cite Soleil directed by Asger Leth, The Future Is Unwritten by Julien Temple, and East Of Havana produced by Charlize Theron. In 2020 Sofia produced the Academy Award nominated The Letter Room by Elvira Lind, staring Oscar Isaac and Alia Shawcat (official selection for the Telluride, Tribeca, and Palm Springs Film Festivals). Additionally, Sofia Sondervan is a member of the Producers Guild of America and New York Women in Film as well as an Adjunct Instructor at her alma mater, Producing in the Undergraduate and Graduate Departments of the New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. Sofia Sondervan IMDB NYU Tisch Twitter Dutch Films IG Next Chapter Podcasts presents How I Got Greenlit, a new podcast hosted by the Creator of HBO's Project Greenlight Alex Keledjian and Emmy Award Winning Producer Ryan Gibson, exploring how our favorite films got made and how they made our favorite filmmakers. Alex Keledjian Alex Keledjian is the creator of Project Greenlight, a documentary television series where executive producers Matt Damon and Ben Affleck gave first-time filmmakers a chance to direct their first feature film. In 2018, Alex wrote and directed the film High Voltage starring David Arquette and Luke Wilson. Ryan Gibson Ryan Gibson is an Emmy-award winning producer of such films as the critically acclaimed Woe and the upcoming film Slotherhouse. He has worked for over twenty years in all aspects of film development and production. HBO Max will stream the latest season of the Emmy-nominated TV series Project Greenlight from executive producer Issa Rae and Miramax Television in January 2023. How I Got Greenlit Instagram Twitter Podlink Credits Alex Keledjian, Host Ryan Gibson, Host Edgar Camey, Audio Editor Pete Musto, Editor Robert Cappadona, Producer Jeremiah Tittle, Producer Experience more of How I Got Greenlit via ncpodcasts.com For guest inquiries, sponsorships, and all other magnificent concerns, please reach How I Got Greenlit via howIgotgreenlit@gmail.com For inquiries and more information on Next Chapter Podcasts info@ncpodcasts.com New episodes go live every Tuesday. Please subscribe, rate & review on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, wherever you listen to podcasts.

Two Nerds in A Garage
LeakyCon Edition: Being a "Grown Up" in the Wizarding World (with Actor/Producer Summer Walters)

Two Nerds in A Garage

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 11, 2022 7:52


The Nerd Couple Show is going on the road! Our first stop: LeakyCon Denver! In celebration we are doing bite-sized Wizarding World episodes and releasing them over the next two weeks. In this episode we have a quick chat with fellow Gryffindor Summer Walters on what it's like to be a grown up in the Wizarding World and why these stories still remain in our hearts this many years later . Tell us why the Harry Potter series means so much to you in our The Nerd Couple Show Facebook Group: AllNerdsWelcome.com! More on Summer: Summer Walters, a comedy and drama actor, has appeared on both the big and small screens over the past few decades. A proud member of the Producers Guild of America, her latest feature film she both produced and acted in, "Playing with Beethoven" starring Shannon Elizabeth and Kadeem Hardison, had a theatrical release last year and is currently available on demand. Summer, originally from Detroit Michigan who attended Wayne State University for theatre, now lives in Los Angeles where she is a member of Friends of LA Opera and supports LA Opera's Education and Community Engagement Programs. She is currently in development on her next film, an LBGTQ+ dramedy musical project that she will also star in. (Episode 86) All things Nerd Couple: NerdCoupleShow.com Join our Facebook community to keep the fun going AllNerdsWelcome.com. Take us with you on the road! Follow us on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or listen on your other favorite podcast apps: https://pod.link/1485660643 --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/nerdcoupleshow/message