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Lorcan Finnegan ‘Vivarium’ - How to direct a social sci-fi thriller starring  Imogen Poots and Jesse Eisenberg

Lorcan Finnegan ‘Vivarium’ - How to direct a social sci-fi thriller starring Imogen Poots and Jesse Eisenberg

March 31, 2020

Chilling sci fi satire on this week's episode with an interview with Vivarium director Lorcan Finnegan, appropriately atmospheric for isolated viewing.

Giles and Robbie open the pod with news on the latest MakeYourFilm online summit event amid the lockdown, followed by Robbie's interview with the writer/director.

Lorcan discusses his roots in graphic design, beginnings in TV, commercials and webisodes before charting his route into film with award-winning short Foxes, which gave him the kudos to launce two features, his first film Without Name and the much longer gestating Vivarium, out now on demand.

For the more analytical we talk colour theory and set design, and for producers taking notes we talk finance, as Lorcan reveals the story of how the film came together from an impressive array of European funding bodies.

We also discuss casting the leads, Imogen and Jesse, and how folklore and parable play into the film's story.  

Watch Vivarium here: https://www.amazon.com/Vivarium-Imogen-Poots/dp/B0868SXKPZ

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How to make an indie film for 10k in 8 Days with ‘24 Little Hours’ filmmakers Diane and Paul Knight

How to make an indie film for 10k in 8 Days with ‘24 Little Hours’ filmmakers Diane and Paul Knight

March 24, 2020

This week husband and wife team Paul and Diane Knight stop by to chat with Giles Alderson (The Dare) ad Ian Sharp (The Marker) about making their latest movie '24 Little Hours' for just 10k in 8 Days!

A real treat for filmmakers as returning favourite Paul Knight continues his chat from episodes 31 & 32 where he talked very openly about the issue he had when his film Landscape of Lies was involved in a £19.6M tax scam and hoe he over came it and now he is back with his wife and fellow producer Diane Knight to talk about how they made a feature film in 8 days with just 10k to play with.

They talk about their process, their days to day on set, casting, asking for favours, getting the film distributed and released to the world.

Watch 24 Little Hours here: https://www.amazon.co.uk/24-Hours-London-Fiona-Skinner/dp/B0829GNHZ6/ref=sr_1_1?crid=1YS7JS03AM4TH&dchild=1&keywords=24+hours+in+london&qid=1585019910&s=instant-video&sprefix=24+lhours+in+London%2Cinstant-video%2C211&sr=1-1&swrs=42EC4D5742C2C3B8DAFD31DBFB13ABEB

 

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Julian Jarrold - How to make heartfelt dramas incl: ‘Sulphur & White’, Directing ‘The Crown’ and making ‘Kinky Boots’ shine

Julian Jarrold - How to make heartfelt dramas incl: ‘Sulphur & White’, Directing ‘The Crown’ and making ‘Kinky Boots’ shine

March 17, 2020

This week we are joined by director Julian Jarrold who talks about his new film Sulphur and White starring Mark Stanley, Anna Friel and Emily Beecham which is OUT NOW

Giles' film The Dare has just been released in the US and Canada and he tells you some tips he learnt in LA and Dom kills off some of his Bucket List.

Julian tells us about working on The Crown, where he had just come from the set, casting Sulphur and White, Developing a script based on true events with the real people.

Directing modern TV vs directing indie films, working with producers, adapting an existing script, being sensitive around real life events and dramatic backstories.

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Francis Annan - ‘Escape from Pretoria’ writing and directing a political prison thriller starring Daniel Radcliffe

Francis Annan - ‘Escape from Pretoria’ writing and directing a political prison thriller starring Daniel Radcliffe

March 10, 2020
For those who have been following the journey, director Giles Alderson's feature THE DARE is now out in the US - track it down and seek it out if you're listening stateside.
 
Today Giles and DOP Andrew Rodger are joined by writer and director Francis Annan to discuss his stunning debut feature Escape from Pretoria starring Daniel Radcliffe.
 
Francis speaks on some of the key influences and motivations in making the film, the importance of key collaborators, the screenwriting process and how he came to work with the producers of the film.
 
 
 
Escape from Pretoria Trailer
 
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Aleem Hossain - How to make a Micro Budget, award winning Sci-fi feature ‘After We Leave’.

Aleem Hossain - How to make a Micro Budget, award winning Sci-fi feature ‘After We Leave’.

March 3, 2020
On Ep 152 Giles joins you from LA in his intro this week to celebrate the US release of his long-awaited feature film THE DARE.
 
Headlining today's episode, we chat with Aleem Hossain director of sci-fi feature After We Leave, winner of best feature film at sci-fi London 2019 and best director at Berlin Sci-Fi.
 
Aleem gives Giles some insight into his process, in going low-budget, creating convincing VFX and eschewing a traditional production process to allow for more improvisation from his actors. He also touches on funding the film and targeting smaller festivals to win awards. 
 
We also talk on the importance of key collaborators, the formation of the film's concept and script, working to a budget across the shooting and editing and getting great performances from a new cast.
 
 
After We Leave Trailer
 
 
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Kate Madison - How to make a web series and recieve over 8 million hits and crowdfunding ‘Ren: The Girl with the Mark’

Kate Madison - How to make a web series and recieve over 8 million hits and crowdfunding ‘Ren: The Girl with the Mark’

February 25, 2020
Giles and Robbie sit down with Kate Madison, director of the phenomenal web series Ren, a fantasy saga complete with swordplay, magic and homages to everything Tolkienesque.
 
Kate tells us about how she gathered a loyal following of fans, from helming the Lord of the Rings fan film Born of Hope, all the way through to financing the first season of Ren with an impressive crowdfunding campaign.
 
We discuss the benefits of enjoying a production as much as the final result, the best ways of motivating your crew and how to make the most of your locations when working on a tight budget.
 
Kate and her team are currently rallying the troops again with a Kickstarter campaign for the second season of Ren, find out why it's worth backing and why even the smallest pledge can change the course of the future...
 
 
REN season 2 Kickstarter
 
REN
 
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Alejandro Landes - MONOS. The Sundance winning director on how he made his masterpeice on our 150th BONUS episode

Alejandro Landes - MONOS. The Sundance winning director on how he made his masterpeice on our 150th BONUS episode

February 21, 2020

 For our 150th BONUS episode we sat down with acclaimed writer and director Alejandro Landes to talk about how he made his award winning feature, the thought provoking, unsettling look at human nature in the stunning looking survivalist saga 'MONOS'! (OUT NOW)

He talks to Giles Alderson (The Dare) about how he wrote the movie, raised finance and even started shooting before he had all the money, How he cast and directed the kids, how he prepped MONOS and how it felt to win big at Sundance.

WATCH 'MONOS' here: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Monos-Blu-Ray-Alejandro-Landes/dp/B07ZQN9Y1W

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Nick Powell, How to Make Action Films starring Nicolas Cage & his latest written and directed feature ‘PRIMAL’

Nick Powell, How to Make Action Films starring Nicolas Cage & his latest written and directed feature ‘PRIMAL’

February 18, 2020

On this episode 149 of The Filmmakers Podcast Giles Alderson ('The Dare') had a natter with director and stunt choreographer Nick Powell about working with Nicolas Cage and his latest film Primal (OUT NOW)

We chat how Nick started out as an actor and was offered a role at The National Theatre but couldn’t afford it so started doing stunts through his love of martial arts and started to get films and TV work such as Batman and British TV and from there started to direct 2nd unit and forge a great career as a stunt choreographer on films such as Three Musketeers, X-Men Last Stand, Cinderella Man, 28 Days Later and Bourne Identity to name a few.

Then after 8 or 9years he turned stunt directing work down in the hope his feature films would happen.

We talk about why movies fall apart. Why agents can’t be difficult to get through, how even with Nicolas Cage attached it still doesn’t mean your film can happen. 

Working with Tom Cruise on The Last Samurai and training him and Russell Crowe and what goes into those huge films.

Nick gives us some great tips on working with actors and how sometimes you have to say no and tells us not to believe everything we hear from the producers and how you should go in with an open mind and do the best you can .

We also talk PRIMAL, shooting stunt sequences, working with animals and cgi ....

And working with Nic Cage 

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Agnieszka Holland - Oscar nominated screenwriter and director on her latest film Mr.Jones and how she writes and directs films &TV

Agnieszka Holland - Oscar nominated screenwriter and director on her latest film Mr.Jones and how she writes and directs films &TV

February 11, 2020

Twice Oscar nominated screenwriter & director Agnieszka Holland joins Giles Alderson (The Dare) to talk about her film-making journey and her latest film Mr Jones (OUT NOW in cinema and on demand)

She talks about how she writes her screenplays, How she works with actors, the process of being on set and working with actors and the difference between TV directing (The Wire, House of Cards) and film directing (Europe, Europe, In Darkness).

PLUS she goes in depth on making the brilliant award winning film Mr. Jones starring James Norton, Vanessa Kirby, Joseph Mawle and Peter Skarsgard

Watch Mr.Jones in cinemas NOW or BUY here https://www.amazon.co.uk/s?k=Mr.+Jones&i=dvd&tag=thli-21

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Incitement - Making a true life political indie thriller, working with named talent, raising finance and screenwriting with director Yaron Zilberman

Incitement - Making a true life political indie thriller, working with named talent, raising finance and screenwriting with director Yaron Zilberman

February 4, 2020

Screenwriter and director Yaron Zilberman joins Giles Alderson to chat about his latest feature film Incitement.

We chat how he started making documentaries and learnt that he wanted to make movies for the rest of his life. And how he learned to raise money for his films .

We talk about his process as a screenwriter and working with acting legends Philip Seymour Hoffman and Christopher Walken on his Hollywood debut which he wrote and directed called 'A Late Quartet' and we talk about how he made the political thriller set in the Middle East about the real life story of the Assassination of the Israeli prime minister called 'Incitement' which is released in select cinemas in America this week. 

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Incitement - For the first time on screen, and based on true events, acclaimed writer-director Yaron Zilberman Incitement chronicles the disturbing descent of a promising law student to a delusional ultranationalist obsessed with murdering his country’s leader, Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin.
Theaters/Cinemas:   Los Angeles (Feb 7)   LAEMMLE ROYAL,   LAEMMLE TOWN CENTER   New Jersey (Feb 7)   Bow Tie Cinemas Clairidge Cinemas (Montclair NJ),   Brielle Cinemas, Montgomery Cinemas (Skillman NJ)   New York (Jan 31)   THE LANDMARK AT 57 WEST , ANGELIKA FILM CENTER,   KEW GARDENS CINEMAS

 

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