Making Movies is HARD!!!

By Liz Manashil & Alrik Bursell

Liz Manashil and Alrik Bursell discuss independent filmmaking, everything from writing, producing and directing to working as crew. But this is not just a podcast about "making it," it's also about struggling with rejection, self-doubt and everything else that comes with pursuing a career in film. Follow along as we forge our own way through the industry and talk to guests who are also making it happen.

  1. 1.
    316: Reopening the Edit and Making Movie Magic with In The Heights Editor Myron Kerstein!
    1:07:12
  2. 2.
    315: Shooting an Indie Feature with TONS of Locations in NYC in Eleven Days with Kate Forsatz and Meredith Veach!
    1:14:50
  3. 3.
    314: The Life of a Documentarian and Making It’s Not a Burden with Director Michelle Boyaner!
    1:22:41
  4. 4.
    313: Shooting and Distributing a Genre Feature for $30k with Hudson Phillips and Jordan Noel!
    1:29:02
  5. 5.
    312: Planning and Executing Your Career with Deadly Illusions Director Anna Elizabeth James!
    1:27:01
  6. 6.
    311: Burning Pustules of Regret AKA Making Your First Feature Film with Chelsea Christer!
    1:16:43
  7. 7.
    310: Transforming From Actor to Director w/ Nitzan Mager!
    1:28:22
  8. 8.
    309: Living The Filmmaking Dream with Director Jen McGowan!
    1:18:47
  1. 9.
    308: Sustaining a Producing Career with Andrew Carlberg!
    1:19:59
  2. 10.
    307: Acting, Filmmaking and Living the Artist's Life with Larry Fessenden!
    1:05:23
  3. 11.
    306: Creating Killer Roles by Producing Your Own Films with the Legendary Barbara Crampton!
    1:03:08
  4. 12.
    305: Sustaining a Feature Directing Career with Slamdance Co-Founder Dan Mirvish!
    1:36:51
  5. 13.
    304: Selling Indie Films with 1091’s Sana Soni!
    1:11:15
  6. 14.
    303: Quitting Your First Feature and Making Your Second Come True w/Anthony Scott Burns!
    1:06:34
  7. 15.
    302: From One Tree Hill to Everyone is Doing Great w/Stephen Colletti and James Lafferty!
    1:24:49
  8. 16.
    301 - What an Indie Film Sales and Finance Agent Actually Does with Verve’s Ross Putman!
    1:21:41
  9. 17.
    300: Producing with The Midas Touch w/ Sev Ohanian!
    1:44:19
  10. 18.
    299 - The Climb From Assistant to Producer to Director of a Christmas Film for Lifetime w/ Camille Brown!
    1:04:29
  11. 19.
    Episode 298 - Directing Nic Cage in Animatronic Horror Insanity w/Kevin Lewis!
    1:10:44
  12. 20.
    Episode 297 - From DIY Filmmaking to Directing Mel Gibson and Walton Goggins in Fatman w/ Ian and Eshom Nelms!
    1:54:30
  13. 21.
    Episode 296 - Life Before, During and After The Love Witch with Writer/Director Anna Biller!
    1:19:08
  14. 22.
    Episode 295 - From Educator to Producer with Avril Speaks!
    1:18:48
  15. 23.
    Episode 294 - Talking with the Multi-Faceted Filmmaker/Programmer/Exec Director of FilmNorth Andrew Peterson!
    1:40:01
  16. 24.
    Episode 293 - Forging a Filmmaking Career After Raising a Family w/ SJ Chiro!
    1:09:22
  17. 25.
    Episode 292 - Shooting Red Snow in the Snow w/Sean Lynch and Gavin Murray!
    1:34:45
  18. 26.
    Episode 291 - Filmmaking Life Through the Pandemic and Directing No Man of God w/ Amber Sealey!
    1:11:53
  19. 27.
    Episode 290 - Shooting Red Stone During the Pandemic w/ Derek Presley and Jason Starne!
    1:13:22
  20. 28.
    Episode 289 - Living Off Your Films, Firing 1.21 Gigawatts of Love into Project 88 and Finding The Last Blockbuster with Filmmaker Taylor Morden!
    1:13:21
  21. 29.
    Episode 288 - Going All In On Your Film and Directing A-List Actors w/ April Mullen!
    1:18:08
  22. 30.
    Episode 287 - Building a Consistent Directing Career at a Young Age with Scare Package’s Emily Hagins!
    1:37:12
  23. 31.
    Episode 286 - Taking the Time to Make Your First Feature Right w/ Aleem Hossain!
    1:11:10
  24. 32.
    Episode 285 - Film Development and Working in the Pandemic with Escape Artists Becky Sanderman!
    1:09:46
  25. 33.
    : Episode 284 - Making a Great Low Budget Genre film with the legendary Joe Bob Briggs!
    59:35
  26. 34.
    Episode 283 - Writing, Directing and Producing a Feature Film After Full Careers with Jeff Kerr and Ray Spivey!
    1:20:47
  27. 35.
    Episode 282 - Writing and Directing Vampires vs. The Bronx with Oz Rodriguez!
    57:54
  28. 36.
    Episode 281 - Collaborating on a First Feature and Writing Around The Sun with Jonathan Kiefer!
    1:10:05
  29. 37.
    Episode 280 - Moving to LA at 35 and Hustling Your Dreams Into Existence with Felicia Pride!
    1:12:02
  30. 38.
    Episode 279 - Making That First Feature Film, Writing and Surviving the Pandemic with Jessica Ellis!
    1:09:54
  31. 39.
    Episode 278 - Directing Maggie Q and Luke Hemsworth on a Tropical Island with Darren Lynn Bousman!
    1:19:58
  32. 40.
    Winning Seed and Spark’s Hometown Hero Competition and Working With the Duplass Brothers w/ Hannah Black and Megan Petersen!
    1:20:10
  33. 41.
    Episode 276 - Documenting Cursed Films with Filmmaker Jay Cheel!
    57:49
  34. 42.
    Episode 275 - Directing Hard Kill starring Bruce Willis w/ Matt Eskandari!
    1:13:56
  35. 43.
    Episode 274 - From Micro Budget Features to Directing Sundance Hit Spree starring Joe Keery w/Eugene Kotlyarenko!
    1:15:44
  36. 44.
    Bonus Episode - Live Q&A for What We Found w/ Director Ben Hickernell and Stars Jordan Hall, Julian Shatkin, Yetide Badaki, Oona Laurence and Brandon Larracuente!
    45:25
  37. 45.
    Episode 273 - The Path From Restaurants to Filmmaking with Christian Sesma!
    1:10:07
  38. 46.
    BONUS EPISODE: One Person's Journey to Redefine Limits, Overcome the Odds and Inspire a Community Around the Globe - w/ Bombardier Blood's EP Patrick James Lynch
    51:04
  39. 47.
    Episode 272 - Willing Your First Feature into Existence w/Reed Shusterman and COVID 19 Safety w/Jon Synder!
    1:51:14
  40. 48.
    Episode 271 - Bringing Star Light to Life in Three Months with Lee Cummings and Mitch Altieri!
    1:15:58
  41. 49.
    Episode 270 - Flexing Your Storytelling Muscles and BIG NEWS! w/Terilyn Shropshire
    56:21
  42. 50.
    Episode 269 - Quality Over Quantity and Doing Things With Intention with Julia Swain
    1:31:07

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