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PODCAST: How A First Time Filmmaker Made An $8000 Feature In 13 Days

By Noam Kroll

How do you make a feature film for just $8000 in 13 days? For writer/director Joe Baddon and actress Linnea Gregg, it was all about leveraging resources, maximizing creativity, and avoiding perfectionism.

With no experience directing narrative content in the past, Joe Badon was able to pull the trigger on his first feature – The God Inside My Ear – by thinking outside of the box and surrounding himself with a team of talented filmmakers and artists. One of these artists was Linnea Gregg, who brought her expertise as a theater actor to the table, ultimately helping production reach the finish line in record time.

Over the course of this interview, Joe and Linnea outline what it takes to pull off film without sacrificing quality, why shooting in a studio environment is a great option no matter what your budget may be, and the crucial importance of surrounding yourself with the right team.

Check out Episode 31: How A First Time Filmmaker Made An $8000 Feature In 13 Days

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Links from Episode 31:

www.thegodinsidemyear.com

www.joebaddon.blogspot.com

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PODCAST: Creative Distribution Options For Micro-Budget Filmmakers With Liz Manshil Of Sundance

By Noam Kroll

Micro-budget filmmakers often put a tremendous amount of effort into production and post, but tend to lose steam when it comes time to distribute their work. Unfortunately, this means that many great films never find an audience, and end up collecting dust on a shelf rather than generating income for the filmmakers behind the project.

On today’s episode, I interview Liz Manashil, the talented filmmaker behind the micro-budget feature film Bread and Butter. Liz is also the manager of the Creative Distribution Initiative at Sundance Institute, which has given her a tremendous amount of insight on the distribution process, especially with regards to micro-budget productions. Over the course of the interview, Liz shares her wealth of knowledge on all things distribution, sheds light on her strategy with her own feature film, and outlines Sundance’s Creative Distribution Initiative – explaining how she plans to use it to champion micro budget productions.

Check out Episode 30: Creative Distribution Options For Micro-Budget Filmmakers With Liz Manshil

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PODCAST: 5 Tough Listener Questions From True Micro-Budget Filmmakers

By Noam Kroll

For the first time on the podcast, I take listener questions that were sent in via e-mail and Twitter from micro-budget filmmakers looking for advice. Topics covered includes: the creative process, career advice, working with unprepared actors, abandoning projects and much more.

If you would like to have your question answered on a future episode, be sure to leave a comment here or ask me via Twitter.

Take a listen to Episode 29: 5 Tough Listener Questions From True Micro-Budget Filmmakers

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PODCAST: Why Making Movies Is Hard With Timothy Plain and Alrik Bursell

By Noam Kroll

For the past two years Timothy Plain and Alrik Bursell have interviewed countless filmmakers on their popular podcast – Making Movies Is Hard. Over the course of these interviews the filmmaking duo have benefitted from a tremendous amount of professional insight covering every stage of the process from conception to distribution.

In today’s episode, Timothy and Alrik generously share some of the most valuable lessons they have learned along the way, both as hosts of the MMIH podcast and as filmmakers in their own right. Topics covered include the state of independent/micro-budget film today, breaking in to the business, the writing process, fundraising/budget considerations and much more.

Episode 28: Why Making Movies Is Hard With Timothy Plain and Alrik Bursell

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http://www.makingmoviesishard.com

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