#13 How To Raise Money For Your First Feature Film [Podcast] – Interview w/Award Winning Filmmaker Logan Stone


Hello and welcome back to the Chris Brodhead show (http://chrisbrodhead.net/). Where I interview fascinating entrepreneurs, filmmakers, artists, and anyone else with valuable knowledge to share.

And this episode’s guest, Logan Stone (Instagram @IAmLoganStone http://www.cinestone.com/), delivers beyond expectation.  I am so excited for you to hear our conversation.

Me and Logan met at a film meetup in Pilsen a while back and have kept in relatively close contact ever since. Logan is an incredibly talented, not to mention award winning filmmaker and cinematographer. His cinematography actually looks the way we always wish our footage would look. I have been wanting to chat with him on the record for some time now and after hearing he had finished principal photography on his first feature “Noise and Color” I knew now would be a great time.

The feature length film is about a disillusioned man struggling in a dystopian Middle America who finds a mysterious videotape that proves the existence of a mythic paradise in the desert. They filmed over 20 days with a crew of 18 people in New Mexico and St. Louis. The stories and insights he shares any filmmaker or person interested in film will find super valuable. You can find out more about the feature and Logan Stone at http://www.Cinestone.com/.

If you’d like to read the show notes, see a list of awesome quotes, and engage in an insightful and fun discussion about the episode please go to http://www.ChrisBrodhead.net/LoganStone.

I plan on releasing regular podcast episodes with other fascinating folks as well as video essays on my favorite subjects… which will most likely be Batman and filmmaking. Thanks again for listening and keep having an awesome day!

Enjoy!

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Show Notes:

1:30 How the production went for “Noise and Color”

3:30 How Logan came up with the idea for “Noise and Color”

8:30 Logan’s editing tips and style

14:45 How Kubrick edited his films

19:40 What changed from Logan’s initial thoughts for the film to the finished production

28:45 How did you assemble your ideal crew?

30:30 The biggest issue encountered during production

34:00 Why Logan chose to make this a SAG approved production

35:30 How many people did Logan audition for the main roles?

39:30 Why Logan chose intentionally did NOT do any rehearsals

43:00 Did your directing philosophy or style evolve over the course of production?

46:45 Any happy accidents during production?

52:00 How do you know when you’ve got THE take?

1:02:45 How do you speak an actor’s language?

1:07:00 What will you do different for your next feature?

1:10:45 How are you planning to market and release the film?

Links:

https://cameraambassador.com

https://www.amazon.com/Michael-Caine-Applause-Revised-Expanded/dp/1557832773/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1501265114&sr=8-1&keywords=michael+caine+acting+in+film

Quotes:

  • “Any work done with feeling is more a reflection of the artist than the work”
  • “Trying to make my way toward becoming an efficient proficient filmmaker, which I don’t think I am yet, on this journey, it’s kind of like crabs in a bucket in a way, if a crab sees another crab about to climb out of the bucket it will pull it back down, your success is my failure.”
  • “There’s a lot of sacrifice, a lot of trusting your gut, and your intuition, that’s necessary when you’re trying to pursue something so big and audacious and fucking and scary as trying to go make your dreams happen.”
  • “My favorite thing about the story is the dude, like the protagonist is not a good guy.”
  • “Sometimes cutting shitty people out of your life is the price you have to pay to make it to paradise”
  • “You go into a shoot with a script and ideas and a vision in your head and rarely if ever are you going to film exactly what’s in your head… it’s like suggested improv.”
  • “Editing the footage is the final rewrite of the script”
  • “I was doing it alone for a while but you got to get your team.”
  • “You have to strong-arm (your film) into existing”
  • “Putting a healthy chunk of my own money into the production was a trust building exercise with the investors”
  • “Looking at the timeline (of the edit) and I feel like I’m at basecamp of Everest”
  • “Kubrick is notorious for stopping a take and spinning a can of beans in the background a quarter of an inch.”
  • “Consciously or unconsciously a director is making a thousand decisions for any given scene.”
  • “You kind of have to let those expectations go and be adaptable, keep going and trust yourself in the editing room.
  • “There’s almost a victory in having just done the thing (finishing principal photography on his first feature). If it’s good that’s just the cherry on top.”
  • “Film school wasn’t necessary. (Making this film) taught me way more.”
  • “The biggest issues during production were always needing to put out (metaphorical) fires that were miles away from set”
  • “Filmmaking is creative problem solving”
  • “The level of talent that a SAG performer affords you just worked for the film”
  • “When the characters are so neutral it allows the audience to project themselves onto them. All the actors have to do is be a blank slate. A millimeter toward the desired emotion and a job well done.”
  • “If you google ‘How to direct actors’ 90% of the answers will be ‘cast well’”
  • “intentionally wanted to stay away from rehearsal bc I didn’t want them to already make decisions on how they were going to play the scene and have it baked in.”
  • “i did get on the phone with each actor once a week to break down scenes and what is the subtext of this line. We all had done the homework.”
  • “We would always go big (with the performances) at first and then reign it back”
  • “(when editing) I can just go to take 3 or 4 bc I know they are going to better than 1 or 2”
  • “The role of director is to calibrate the mood on set. Filter the decisions through a singular lens.”
  • “What you make of your time together is ultimately what the film becomes.”
  • “(A big storm rolled in during shooting) If we’re not in danger we are absolutely going to use this.”
  • “(you have the take when) the two actors are so tuned into each other neither are in their head”
  • “After the actors finish their lines, just let the camera roll for like 10 seconds and watch what they do”
  • “You call cut on the rhythm. And that same rhythm still applies in the edit… If I watched it on mute I bet I would still call cut at the same point.”
  • “I use a stand desk bc editing is very much like a dance. You stand up to allow your body to feel the tempo of the scene.”
  • “Is it internal or external. Internal meaning let me feel the emotion that will color the lines which is in my opinion more effective.”
  • “It’s a battle, you’ve got 20 people in New Mexico, in the hot sun, you’re out of your groove as far as your routine goes, giant temptation to yell ‘yeah we’re good on this take’, it’s reminding yourself of why you started this. The discomfort you feel in this moment is temporary so push through and make sure you’re getting what you need.”
  • “Take your time to really visualize the film from start to finish… The more work you do in the beginning to make those creative choices and at the same time be ready to fucking throw the plan away.”

 

Podcast #10: Top 5 Episodes of “Batman: The Animated Series” Named By Chris and Michael

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To promote their latest pilot screenplay reading of “Batman Jr” on Aug 13th at 7 pm at Improv Olympic (1501 N Kingsbury, Chicago, IL, 60642) Chris and Michael discuss their top 5 favorite episodes of the quintessential Batman cartoon show “Batman: The Animated Series”!

Will your favorites be in the top 5? Will they disagree and then fight to the death? Will Chris have even seen all 5?

Tune in to find out!

1:00 How they broke down the top 5 best Batman The Animated Series Episodes
1:45 Batman The Animated Series is Film Noir
2:30 Michael’s favorite episodes
3:00 Michael’s honorable mentions: Raz Al Gul, Harley, Ivy, “Perchance To Dream”
6:30 Why Chris gets mad when he lucid dreams
7:25 Top 5 Countdown begins with #5 Favorite Episode
9:10 Most attractive female character in Batman Animated Series
10:20 #4 Favorite Episode
11:45 Why this “kids” show is great: It’s not formulaic
13:00 #3 Favorite Episode
15:00 “Home Alone” is one of the few positive movies about a mother/son relationship; there are plenty of negative ones “Psycho”, “Wedding Crashers”, etc
16:43 #2 Favorite Episode
19:00 Honorable Mention: “Trial”
20:30 Chris and Michael ironically fix “The Dark Knight Rises”
23:20 Aside on “Stranger Things”
28:00 #1 Favorite Episode
31:30 Why Batman is the best character in western civilization
32:00 Chris and Michael finish their ironic fixing of “The Dark Knight Rises”
37:30 Come to the reading at Improv Olympic 1501 N Kingsbury, Chicago, IL, 60642
38:00 Our favorite James Bond Jr episodes
39:30 Talking about the next 12 episodes of “Batman Jr”
40:30 Next Podcast previews: “Batman y Robin”!

Find your dream mentor and cultivate a lasting relationship

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David D’Angelo (@DavidDAngelo2) is a serial entrepreneur with a heavy focus on charity. He is a proponent of starting with a cause and then founding the company. In July 2014 he founded Somu Energy which develops entrepreneur networks that rent batteries and LED lights to provide light and connectivity to bottom of the pyramid villagers in rural Nepal.

Shortly after arriving in Nepal in March 2015 his village in Pokhara was struck by the strongest earthquake to hit Nepal since 1934. It was a magnitude 7.9 quake that killed 8,000 people, injured 21,000, and left thousands more homeless. After this tragic earthquake, devastating aftershocks, and the supply crisis that followed, David and his team refocused on relief and reconstruction efforts.

David had many opportunities to return home after the earthquake but chose to stay with his team and do everything they could to help the situation and the people affected. They coordinated rebuilding efforts and deployed shelter and energy solutions to people affected by the crisis. He returned home in March 2016.

Today he continues his cause focused entrepreneurial pursuits from his home in Salt Lake City, Utah. During this interview he shares some amazingly valuable insights and tips on how to cultivate a world class network and strengthen each individual relationship.

After speaking with David I completely redrew my weekly schedule to fit in more group exercise activities, one on one lunches, volunteering opportunities, and refocused on scheduling more relationship strengthening events.

This was a super fun interview that I think anyone interested in improving their professional and personal network will benefit greatly.

Remember “Your network is your networth”.

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How Chris Festa started the biggest Pub Crawl in Chicago

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How Chris Festa Started The Biggest Pub Crawl In Chicago (TBOX with over 20,000 attendees per event) – Interview With Chris Festa

This was a super fun interview with someone I’ve been a big fan of since I moved to Chicago in 2011. I previously met the founder of TBOX, Chris Festa, at a networking event where he was the headlining speaker. I thoroughly enjoyed his self deprecating honesty as well as the many valuable entrepreneurial lessons he shared. I knew I had to hear more. And as luck would have it he agreed to be on the podcast.

Chris Festa talks about earning his economics degree from Stanford, the Bartman effect on his Cubs t-shirt business, and finally how his TBOX bar crawl regularly attracts over twenty thousand people per event.

If you are interested in how quitting your job and following your bliss can create an incredibly successful and well known business, this is the episode for you. Enjoy!

0:45 Background on Chris Festa
1:15 How the t-shirt business has helped TBOX
1:30 What Chris F has learned from running TBOX
4:00 Instead of focusing on growth why Chris F just wants to make TBOX the best bar crawl it can possibly be
4:15 $250,000 donated to local charities
5:30 Why Wrigleyville is the best location for TBOX
7:00 The importance of themes when marketing
8:30 How Chris F became an entrepreneur
10:00 Why Chris F knew Chicago was the right spot for him and for TBOX
11:30 How being unemployed allowed the soul searching for Chris F to follow his heart
12:15 Started with a t-shirt company
13:15 How the Cubs influenced his t-shirt designs
15:00 How Chris F transitioned from t-shirts to TBOX full time
17:30 How following your bliss is the secret sauce to TBOX’s success
19:30 Why age is irrelevant at TBOX
21:00 Similarities between Chris B and Chris F’s entrepreneurial journey
24:30 How Chris F deals with his work schedule
25:00 Why Chris F spends most of his time focused on the creative aspects of TBOX
29:00 The importance of understanding basic accounting and html
30:00 Using creativity in other aspects of your business
30:30 Why Chris F doesn’t have any year round full time employees
33:30 Why Chris F got away from inventory based businesses
36:00 How Chris F comes up with his viral marketing ideas
36:45 How to attract sponsors
38:00 Why Chris F chose the ticket sales revenue model
39:30 How to work with the government, community, and neighborhood relations
42:30 Why Chris F is the face of the event and heavily involved in the day of TBOX
43:30 Saturday Dec 10th is 2016’s TBOX date
45:00 Why Chris F has stuck to his ticket driving revenue model over the years
47:30 How TBOX became a cultural phenomenon
49:00 The importance of charity
50:00 Keeping the integrity of the event
53:30 How the marketing of TBOX has changed over the years
55:00 How to coordinate with busy bars
56:00 Why Chris F focuses most on creative advertising instead of strictly paid advertising
58:00 How Chris F got Thrillist.com to mention TBOX frequently
60:00 The importance of Email, social, and in person networking
1:01:00 Why TBOX is a good deal
1:02:00 If the Cubs win the World Series could the party still be going thru TBOX?
1:05:00 Struggles with other planned bar crawls besides TBOX
1:07:00 Chris F’s book recommendations:
“Atlas Shrugged” by Ayn Rand
“The Brand Called You”
“Love is the killer App”
“Winning through intimidation” rewritten as “To be or not to be intimidated” Robert Ringer
“Action: nothing happens until something moves”
“War of art”
“Differentiate or die” by Jack Trout
“Influence” by Robert Chialdini
1:17:30 What is Chris F working towards
FestaParties.com
Festa means “party” in Italian

How To Get 2.5 Million Video Views On Facebook – Interview With Chad Lebaron

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“How To Get 2.5 Million Video Views On Facebook – Interview With Chad Lebaron’

The Chris Brodhead Show is all about finding the key characteristics, best practices, and deep insights from every brilliant artist I can convince to come on the show.

I recently had the rare fortune to chat with an amazingly talented performer, director, writer, videographer, and producer out of Los Angeles named Chad Lebaron aka Cherdley’s.

Facebook.com/cherdleys/
Youtube.com/c/cherdleys
Twitter.com/cherdleys
Youtube.com/user/simplemisfits/videos?flow=grid&view=0&sort=p
Instagram.com/p/BFDibA8IW_5/?taken-by=cherdleys&hl=en

You may recognize him from the multitude of hilarious characters across Youtube and Facebook or his crazy viral video “Dad tries to find his son at Coachella” that earned 2.5 million views on Facebook.

This conversation was amazing and I myself plan to listen through it at least a few more times to squeeze out all the nuggets of insight.

If you are an actor, filmmaker, producer, or even marketer I think you will really enjoy this episode.

This episode is brought to you by SuitSocialMedia.com. If you or your business are in need of digital marketing guidance please contact Chris@SuitSocialMedia.com. Suit Social specializes in video production, podcast creation, content distribution via social, seo, pr, influencer marketing, and email, not to mention digital marketing training. Your audience and customers are begging for your amazing work. Together we can make your work so easy to find and powerful they’d practically have to buy.

Show Notes

00:01 Meet Chad Lebaron

1:44 Spotify “Laurel Canyon Animal Company” Creepy guy singing about dogs

3:30 Chad’s background and how he got started

6:15 How Chad figures out what’s funny

7:10 The issue with Prank videos and his Simple Misfits youtube channel with 400,000 subscribers

11:00 Almost getting pepper sprayed and stabbed while doing pranks

12:00 Why Chad considers himself an actor first and writer second. Why he also makes everything as easy as possible to film.

13:20 How Chad comes up with and perfects his characters

15:15 How to get past all the excuses and start making stuff

15:45 How Chad found his voice

16:30 How Chad rates the success of his videos regardless of views

18:00 How Chad got his “Coachella Dad” video to 2.4 million views on Facebook

21:30 “Whoever gets off the most is the funniest”

23:00 By making yourself laugh you make the funniest material

25:00 How to get a larger audience exposed to your material; HINT ease them into your material with more normal stuff and then release the weirder stuff.

26:45 Why Chad finds the Coachella Dad so funny.

28:00 Why Coachella Dad connected so well

29:30 The marketing Chad does for his videos

30:30 Which platform Chad will focus on more; Youtube or Facebook?

31:45 How to make money with Youtube

35:30 Chad’s TV goals post Youtuber

36:30 Just crank out videos so people can see what you are capable of

37:30 Thoughts on needing an agent

38:30 How to leverage your successful videos to entice a good agent to represent you

40:00 How to write around the stuff you already have; you don’t need all the equipment

41:30 The best thing you can hear is criticism

42:20 How Chad deals with criticism

46:00 Chad’s writing process and how improv fits into the process

48:30 Why Chad sometimes films stuff twice

49:30 The importance of criticism

52:20 How Chad works with his team

54:00 How his upbringing affected his work

56:40 Where do his ideas come from

58:40 How to make a great character

1:03:00 How writing and performing can be great therapy

1:05:00 Brandon Rodgers a new youtube he follows

1:06:00 Why Louis C.K. is Chris’s new ultimate idol

1:07:00 The importance of relatability when making comedy

1:09:00 The importance of living in Los Angeles; Brian Imanuel youtuber alternate name is Rich Chiga

1:10:00 Why creating videos is so scary

1:13:30 How to live in LA on the cheap; Echo park for $400/month!

1:15:30 The importance of the equipment that Chad uses; Why audio is the most important part; Audio Technica 880W and the Sennheiser Lavaliers

1:19:30 Chad’s biggest influences

1:25:00 Search Cherdley’s on Facebook and Youtube; Simple Misfits

 

Well that’s it for this episode of The Chris Brodhead show. Please subscribe on iTunes so you don’t miss an episode. If you have any questions or comments please check out ChrisBrodhead.net for all the show notes. I can be reached at @ChrisBrodhead and that’s Brodhead on Both Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat.
Now get out there and make some art!

Mock Presidential Campaign Commercials For Both Sides!

To celebrate ‪#‎PolitcalPartyTime‬ we have released TWO MOCK PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN COMMERCIALS!

One for each side of the political spectrum.

Please like, share, or comment on the “commercial” you think the best.

The “Campaign Commercial” with the most likes, shares, or comments will be inaugurated as the next “Presidential Campaign Commercial”.

Enjoy!

“Minimum Wage”
Written and Directed by Chris Brodhead
Starring Glo Chitwood Michael Paul Dennis and David Weiner
Cinematography, Lighting, and Sound by Collin McCord
Edited by Ian Downing-Beaver

“Breaks My Heart”
Written and Directed by Chris Brodhead
Starring John T. O’BrienCorey Wagner and Jenni Lynn
Shot and edited by Demetri Kouvalis
Sound by Michael Paul Dennis

Producer Alex Koehne On Why He Distributed Via ‘Vimeo On Demand’ and You Should Too

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I am so excited about this episode. I had the pleasure to interview one of the most accomplished and well rounded filmmakers I’ve ever met.

Alex Koehne (@AlexKoehne) is a producer, line producer, production manager and post production supervisor based in Los Angeles, California. He is one of the founders of Brevity Wit Productions, a modern production company focused on creating premium content in the new media space.
His new show “Lonely And Horny” Starring Jake Hurwitz and Amir Blumenfeld from CollegeHumor.com’s “Jake and Amir”
AlexKoerner.com
His production company BrevityWitProductions.com

From starting his career as a high school intern at Skywalker Sound, Alex has worked on a vast array of projects across all forms of film, television and new media. His experience ranges from editing ads and marketing materials for Apple’s award winning internal marketing department, directing short form comedy videos, and producing independent feature films like “Folk Hero and Funny Guy”, “After the Reality” and “Director’s Cut”.

Alex has produced, production managed and post production supervised a large number of films including “Space Station 76”, “Higher Power”, “Mortified Nation”, “Heaven Sent” and “People You May Know”, as well as new media projects like “Tesla and Twain”, “Con Man” and “Lonely and Horny”. His work has been shown in numerous film festivals including Tribeca, South By SouthWest, The Newport Beach Film Festival, The Santa Barbara International Film Festival and Slamdance, and has been featured on the likes of College Humor, FunnyorDie, Break.com, Vimeo OnDemand , Hulu, and Netflix amongst other distribution platforms.

Just a quick glance at his extensive IMDB credits and you know he’s got some deep valuable insight and highly actionable knowledge to share. Talking to him definitely did not disappoint. The topics discussed include:
How to get started in the film industry
What it was like working on Steve Jobs Keynote speeches
How producing is one of the most viable ways to learn a ton about the filmmaking process and make a good living while still circling your true filmmaking dreams.
Whether you need to live in LA or NY to make it as a filmmaker.

If you have any interest in film, tv, or new media I think you’ll really enjoy and benefit from this interview. Enjoy!

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02:00 Alex’s Origin story of how he got into film

3:30 Alex’s first camera; The GL1 followed by the Panasonic DVX100

4:40 How Alex got into the film industry; HINT: watch a lot of movies, learn to edit, and have a burning passion

6:40 Alex’s work editing Steve Jobs keynote speeches

8:00 Alex’s experience as a screenwriter; they were way too big budget at first

9:30 How Producing taught Alex the most; His savings were running dry from time at Apple turned to producing

10:15 Alex’s experience producing “Space Station 76”; he became a post soup

11:45 Alex’s producing philosophy; Why Alex chose Producing over Directing

13:15 Plans to move back and forth between Producing and Directing while looking for first project as director

14:45 Why Alex doesn’t want to be a writer and what he’s looking to direct next

17:30 The genres Alex is attracted to and why

20:45 Alex’s biggest influences; Spielberg, PT Anderson, Wes Anderson, just something from a perspective that is visionary in some way

22:30 How important is it to live in LA or NY; advantageous because there’s so much going on out here, find actors for very cheap, it’s a networking town

26:15 How to avoid the mistakes that first time directors make; they don’t plan enough HINT: Shot list, If you’re going to be a director you should take acting or improv classes so you know how to better work with actors, trusting your crew but also having a solid perspective in mind, knowing that a good idea can come from anyone and working with a more experienced crew,

31:30 What to know about working with small and large budgets. ***Under $500K is ultra low budget, you learn how to make a deal. The next budget range is $500K to under a million. Can start doing things the right way. A proper post house, pay better crew, pay rates that people will come out for, then the unions become a factor but the crew is going to be really good. The only downside as a filmmaker is there is a lot more bureaucracy to deal with. Alex prefers to work in the $4 to $8 million, good catering goes a long way on set, days go 12 to 14 hours at a time, proper air condition makes a real big difference, having trailers and good bathrooms.

38:00 Distribution methods and his new show “Lonely and Horny” Work with investors or some sort of distribution partners. Interesting model is the “New Media Space”. The stars of the web series already have a following and Vimeo was interested in producing their own original content. Worked with them on a show called “Con Man”. Again the lead actors had a large following. Budgets are tight but you’re offered complete creative freedom and you don’t have to worry about distribution. And if it’s successful enough they’ll give them a bigger budget. Vimeo is using their own marketing budget. That’s a space that is worth watching. There is such a glut of content.  Why he created a Brevity Wit Productions with a focus on making premium content for the web space. The gap is bridged on Netflix and HBO. It’s a cool space to be working in. There’s a lot of high caliber talent involved. Used the team from “Agents of Shield” because they were on hiatus for the summer.

46:15 What does the future of distribution and the 90 minute film look like? I watch fewer movies than ever before in my life. That long form storytelling can be really fantastic. A Netflix like deal where you have unlimited viewings at the theatre. Example The Alamo Draft house with really good food service and experience.  He refers to indie films as the new short. You can make a feature for really cheap. There are a lot of really bad independent films.

51:30 The effect of Virtual Reality. It’s not a gimmick. It’s going to be a huge thing. The VR theatre experience. It makes it feel like you’re looking at a huge screen.

58:00 Do you need an agent? Producers generally don’t need agents. When he starts directing that’s when he would look for an agent. His process for finding an agent. It’s about making good work. Making good projects is your calling card. You have something to show them. No one cares how good you are in a room. Can you deliver the product.

61:00 Should you get an agent before you’ve made something you are proud of? You can get a manager to put you in their pocket, they work on your behalf but not officially your manager. It comes down to can they market you? It makes their job very difficult if you don’t have any good work to show. You don’t have to paint the Mona Lisa just show that you’re competent. That you have something worth watching. That’s when it becomes important to be good in a room. But you need a reason for them to let you in the door.

1:02:30 What is the most direct path toward making it as a filmmaker? No direct path. No such thing as an overnight success. They’ve actually been working hard for years. Go to NYU or USC. But you can simply meet a lot of people by just working. In terms of school just had to get through it. But he met a lot of collaborators. He thinks you learn filmmaking best by doing it. Competitions can be really great. They got him a lot of meetings from stuff he wrote. Every studio has a fellowship program. If you get selected you get placed on one of their tv shows. It helps to be in town and have connections and make connections. Everyone’s path is different. Working on indy films is rough because they don’t pay much and can go on for a while. Last summer he was working on 8 movies at once. His end goal has always been directing. Hasn’t wavered since he was 8. Circling the director position. He will be a much better director because of all this stuff. It’s circuitous but it’s a path.

1:14:00 The benefits of medical marijuana. Especially for insomnia. Can do way more with his time. Some of his favorite books include: Peter F Hamilton a british science fiction author. Peter Biskind does great film histories. Tries to switch between sci-fi fantasy, fiction, literature, classic stuff, non-fiction, biographies, science. He likes too many things.

1:21:00 Alex’s top three films of all time. He just fucking loves “Ghostbusters”. You can dissect it and it holds up. “Blade Runner” and “Mad Max: Fury Road”. The world building with so little dialogue boggles the mind.

1:24:00 Where to find more about him

The Chris Brodhead Show Podcast Episode 2: Academy Awards Discussion With Michael Dennis (Filmmaker/Marketer)

 
Ep 2 is a conversation between my creative partner Michael Dennis and myself about the latest #Oscar nominations. #AcademyAwards
 
Will we agree with all of the choices? Not a flipping chance.
 
Will we regale you with crazy ideas and wild accusations? Only one to way to find out!
 
Find out more about Michael Dennis at @ImTheMPD https://twitter.com/ImTheMPD/ or http://thempd.squarespace.com/
 
In this episode we discuss:
Squarespace vs WordPress
The film “Brooklyn”
“Brooklyn” vs “Revenant”
The lack of feels and issues with “Revenant”
Real story of “Revenant”
Whether or not you should invest in a 4K camera right now
Ridley Scott’s film updates versus George Lucas’s
The underrated “Kingdom Of Heaven” by Ridley Scott
Is long form television a superior storytelling medium to film?
What a tragedy it is that Harrison Ford wasn’t nominated for Best Supporting Actor
Michael’s dad calls about the Bengals
Best Picture nominations
Comparing Matt Damon vs Leo
Original Screenplay
Best Original Song
Best Supporting Actor and why isn’t Harrison Ford replacing the guy from Bridge Of Spies?
Best Actress
Best Actor
The things that deeply disturb Chris about football
Why Michael is separating himself from football
Why people have this urge to create
This awesome book Chris is reading called “The Effective Executive”
Ken Burns documentaries
 
Find out more from Michael Dennis at @ImMPD on Twitter https://twitter.com/ImTheMPD/ and https://www.instagram.com/imthempd/

Episode 1 – Interview of Andrew Lewis Mccammon (Second City and Improv Olympic Sketch Show Director)

Episode 1 of The Chris Brodhead Show Podcast

Andrew Lewis Mccammon is a regular performer at Second City, Improv Olympic, Thirsty, and more; talks about his writing/performing/rehearsal/marketing processes, how he got involved in comedy and developed his voice, presence, and how they regularly sell out their show, week in and week out

I had a freaking blast interviewing a good friend of mine Andrew Lewis McCammon before his sketch comedy group “Damn, Gina” performed their “House Party” Show at The Improv Olympic in Chicago. I’m so excited to share this with you. As a seasoned, well connected, incredibly active, and hard working writer/director/performer/producer in Chicago’s world class comedy and acting scene, Andrew has a ton of super high value tips, tricks and info to share with anyone interested in making comedy, performing, acting, writing, directing, or pursuing any artistic endeavor. You can find more about Andrew at https://www.facebook.com/damngina and DamnGinacomedy.com. I hope you enjoy listening to this as much as I enjoyed conducting the interview. Enjoy!

Chris and Sarah Go To Bali

This video details our trip to Bangkok, Thailand, Singapore, and Seminyak/Gili T, Bali.

We were lucky enough to ride elephants, play with monkeys, and swim with sea turtles.

After traveling to Costa Rica, Australia, Hawaii, Canada, Europe, India, and China this trip was our new favorite.

Posted by Chris Brodhead on Tuesday, November 17, 2015