This week Ashley Scott Meyers talks with Filmmaker Christian Sesma.
They talk about his latest Crime/Thriller Paydirt (2020) which stars actors Val Kilmer, Murielle Telio and Luke Goss.
Christian Sesma is the Writer/Director of other movies including The Night Crew (2015). Topics in this episode of the podcast include how Sesma was able to find producers for his movies.
Today on the show we have a director who shot a time travel feature film in two days, his name is Grant Pichla and his film is called Making Time. Making Time’s 110 pages were shot in just two crazy, fast-paced days, separated by seven months.
Lisa Cron is story coach and the best-selling author of Wired for Story: The Writer’s Guide to Using Brain Science to Hook Readers from the Very First Sentence and Story Genius: How to Use Brain Science to Go Beyond Outlining and Write a Riveting Novel.
We have filmmaker and founder of the legendary Film Riot Ryan Connelly. Ryan launched Film Riot on Youtube back in 2006 and has been helping indie filmmakers create killer VFX for their films ever since.
I got Jeff Deverett to come on the show and spill the beans on:
-How a bad distribution deal is structured
-Why the entire film distribution business is designed to screw the filmmaker
-How a distributor negotiates a deal from his point of view.
Powerful stories can create change, Jon Fitzgerald founded Cause Cinema, connecting social impact films to related causes. The company acts as a filter to the best of social impact cinema, giving audiences the tools to take action.
I always wondered how someone would get into the video game writing business. Today’s guest is screenwriter/game development guru Robert Denton Bryant and he answers that question and so much more.
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This week Ashley Scott Meyers talks with Writer/Director Kyle Couch. He is the filmmaker of the Drama/Thriller The Tent (2020). They talk about that movie, his writing process and how he was able to get The Tent set up.
Kyle Couch also talks about making movies in Detroit.
What if you were given permission to shoot most of your film in one of the busiest and iconic streets in the world, Times Square. Well, today’s guest did just that.
I decided to finally tackle the dreaded query letter. I bring back to the show screenwriter, author, and IFH Academy instructor Geoffery Calhoun. We go over the Query Letter Checklist in the episode.
We have on the show film finance expert, Franco Sama. His first episode is one of the most downloaded episodes in the history of the show. Franco and I joke that his last episode turned him into a celebrity at film markets and festivals around the world.
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This week Ashley Scott Meyers talks with the well known filmmaker, Eric Bress.
They talk about his latest credit Ghosts Of War (2020). This is a World War II movie that also serves as a Supernatural Thriller Ghost Story.
Eric Bress has written and directed many popular Horror movies including the smash hit The Butterfly Effect (2004) and Final Destination 2 (2003).
Other topics include how he was able to get a manager and the importance of staying focused if you want a career in filmmaking.
This week Ashley Scott Meyers talks with filmmaker Gavin Rothery.
He is the writer/director of the Sci-Fi feature Archive (2020) starring Theo James, Rhona Mitra and Stacy Martin.
Topics include how Gavin Rothery works two jobs and how he started by doing Visual Effects for Moon (2009) thanks to his friendship with filmmaker Duncan Jones.
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This week Ashley Scott Meyers talks with Actor/Writer/Director Oliver Robins.
They talk about his latest movie, a Thriller called Celebrity Crush (2019) which he wrote and directed.
Oliver Robins got his start as being a child actor in the hit movie Poltergeist (1982). He later directed movies such as Man Overboard (2008), which our host Ashley Scott Meyers was a writer on.
Topics include how it never is easy to make it in the entertainment industry and how he sold a script to the Hallmark Channel.
On today’s show, I wanted to give you a sneak peek of Bulletproof Screenwriting’s first official audiobook Writing for Emotional Impact: Advanced Dramatic Techniques to Attract, Engage, and Fascinate the Reader from Beginning to End.
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In this episode Ashley Scott Meyers talks with Fiction Novelist Justin Sloan.
He gives details about how an indie author can take a book from idea to being sold on the marketplace.
Justin Sloan is a prolific writer of many novels available for the Amazon Kindle and audiobook, some titles include Prime Evil and the Star Legacy book series.
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This week Ashley Scott Meyers talks with Filmmaker Ben Rood.
He talks about starting out with short films and production during the Covid-19, Coronavirus Pandemic.
Ben Rood is the Writer/Director of the Horror movie Don't Run (2019).
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This week Ashley Scott Meyers talks with Writer/Director Joshua Caldwell.
They talk about his latest Crime Thriller Infamous (2020) which stars Bella Thorne (The Babysitter, Assassination Nation) and Jake Manley.
Joshua Caldwell also talks about winning an MTV Film Award, the good and bad of Social Media and casting Bella Thorne.
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This week Ashley Scott Meyers talks with the Polish Director Agnieszka Holland.
She talks about her latest feature, the War Time Drama Mr. Jones (2019). This movie stars Vanessa Kirby (The Crown - TV Series, Mission: Impossible - Fallout) and James Norton.
Other topics include, what keeps her motivated over the long career she has lived.
Agnieszka Holland has many credits directing Film and Television, which includes House Of Cards (TV Series) and The Wire (TV Series).
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Directors Jonathan Milott and Cary Murnion.
This week Ashley Scott Meyers talks with film Directors Jonathan Milott and Cary Murnion.
They talk about starting by making commercials for big brands such as Nike led to the transition into feature films.
Jonathan Milott and Cary Murnion have directed several features, most recently Becky (2020), the action packed Bushwick (2017) and the Horror Comedy Cooties (2014).
The cast of Becky includes Joel McHale, Kevin James and Lulu Wilson.
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Screenwriter Matt Lieberman.
Topics include writing for animation, Matt Lieberman's writing credits include the hit animated movies Scoob! (2020) and The Addams Family (2019).
Scoob features the voice talent of a cast which includes, Will Forte, Mark Wahlberg, Jason Isaacs, Zac Efron and Amanda Seyfried.
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With Director/Producer Kevin James Barry
They talk about the Thriller Among Them, which Kevin James Barry is the Director and Producer on.
Other topics include working with a sales agent and getting distribution for his movies.
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This week Ashley Scott Meyers talks with Writer/Director Vaughn Stein.
Topics include his latest movie Inheritance (2020), which Vaughn Stein Directed and how he started out as an Assistant Director.
Vaughn Stein's other credits include being the Writer/Director of the visually stunning Sci-Fi Mystery Terminal (2018) which stars Margot Robbie, Simon Pegg and Mike Myers.
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In this episode Ashley Scott Meyers talks with Clark Duke.
Most people will know Clark Duke as an actor in Kick-Ass (2010), or Comedies like Hot Tub Time Machine (2010) and The Office (TV-series).
They talk about his feature debut as a Director/Co-Writer/Actor on the Crime/Drama Arkansas (2020). The movie also stars Vince Vaughn and Liam Hemsworth.