Forget The Box

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The four (4!) people behind Stareable spill all our secrets, from why we're not called Shareable, where we got our bright yellow theme, and what to look forward to as a member of our community in 2019. Thanks for an amazing 2 seasons of Forget The Box, and please keep in touch!   Podcast hosted by Bri Castellini.
Jack Ferry is a director and producer who's worked with MTV, Nickelodeon, Comedy Central, Discovery, IFC, Netflix, and more, and knows better than most how valuable forming relationships with your peers is. Learn how and why to network in person and online as well as what we can expect from the digital media industry in the coming months.
UTA's Chief Innovation Officer, Brent Weinstein, joins Forget The Box this week to chat the state of the entertainment industry, how agents see the world, and more.
Take your release into your own hands! Liz Manashil and Jess Fuselier of the Sundance Institute's Creative Distribution Fellowship talk through how to successfully self-release your content, how to use your YouTube analytics to save you money in marketing, and more! Apply for the fellowship:  Read their case studies:
We talk queer and nonbinary representation in media, being rocketed into fame with Carmilla, creating and producing an entire web series from the ground-up in 6 months flat, and more. The pressures of being a digital creator keep getting higher, but Kaitlyn Alexander is chock-full of advice for filmmakers looking to maintain their sanity and their success in these trying times. 
Join Abra Potkin (Verizon OATH), Keisha Zollar (The Opposition with Jordan Klepper), Daryn Strauss (Downsized), and Sinead Persaud (Shipwrecked Comedy) as they discuss the challenges and opportunities for women in all areas of the media landscape. Moderated by Kim Hoyos of The Light Leaks and sponsored by Bustle.
Want representation? Perhaps a timely theme and a creative supplemental content scheme is the way to go. It certainly was for Jeremy Redleaf when he created Odd Jobs and subsequently won a Streamy, got optioned for TV, and found representation. Since then he's also worked in front of and behind the camera on various TV and film projects, and if you want a career like his (you do), this is an episode for you! 
Transmedia is dying... or is it? Stephanie Ouaknine, producer and co-creator of the multi-award-winning series Carmilla (and its feature film) helps welcome Forget The Box into season 2 and walks us through her interactive storytelling ethos, as well as gives insight into what the future of digital content creation holds.
Want to sell your series but don't know where to start? Filmmaker and Passionflix CEO Tosca Musk talks you through all things distribution and mainstream deals in this, our SEASON 1 FINALE episode! If you loved this first podcast season, tweet #SaveForgetTheBox with your favorite moments and a link to the show ( to spread the word!
Low budget doesn't have to feel cheap. Tim Manley and Naje Lataillade, co-creators of The Feels, made the first season of their Best of Stareable Fest web series for only $500. Since then, their creative partnership has deepened, their appreciation for the web series form has grown, and their captivating ability to portray humanity in its rawest form continues to impress.
Audience building made easy! This panel, featuring Alex LeMay, Eugene Sun Park, and J. Sibley Law, originally took place at Stareable Fest 2018, and covers every possible aspect of audience building, from press, to social media, to supplementary content, and more. Find the full, unedited video version of this podcast at
No episodes? No problem! There’s still plenty you can do to promote your upcoming work, according to Personal Space co-creator Tom R. Pike. He talks cheap and easy ways to create content before you have any money, how to communicate with your fans during an extended post production period, and the practical ways you can start building your audience as soon as possible.
Set yourself up for success. Director, writer, and producer Joshua Caldwell (NEGATIVE, LAYOVER) details how your post-production process starts with every directing choice you make, how much “fixing it in post” can actually fix, and more.
Be the best boss. Writer/director Yulin Kuang walks you through how to mitigate on set fighting with grace, how to communicate with actors rather than talking at them, and how to circumvent all the most common production problems you’re likely to run into.
After earning $66k on Kickstarter, their hard work was just beginning. Mary Kate Wiles, Sinead Persaud, Sean Persaud, and Sarah Grace Hart of Shipwrecked Comedy walk us through every step of pre-production, from location scouting to location losing to the absolute terror and excitement that is planning a web series.
Is $250k a year as a filmmaker possible? Alex LeMay, showrunner and director for YouTube Red, Go90, Disney, and more, thinks it is. Not just possible- he thinks with a little blood, sweat, and tears, it’s totally accessible for every filmmaker out there.
Be a professional. We talked with award-winning actress and filmmaker Kate Hackett about what contracts you need, why you need them, and how to work with friends and still take your project seriously.
Build your web series dream team! Allison Vanore is the Emmy-nominated producer of the web series Vanity, starring Denise Richards, and the Head of Production at Canvas Media Studios, and she’s here to tell you how. Allison also talks how to work with friends, how to fire friends, how to multitask on set, and more.
Nudity comes with a huge pay bump. We sat down with Ashley Clements, the star of the Emmy Award-winning Lizzie Bennet Diaries (among many other digital credits) to talk how to run your casting process from a creator AND an actor perspective, what to focus on during a self-tape audition, and what your headshot should look like.
You can fundraise without losing friends- it’s true! Christina Raia, award-winning independent filmmaker, 4-time crowdfunding success story, and Seed&Spark’s Director of Crowdfunding, talks with Forget The Box about how you can reach beyond your friends and family to reach your crowdfunding goal, how to build your audience with a long-term relationship in mind, and how to build financial independence as a filmmaker.
TruTV associate producer talks development. Katie Tibaldi, creator/director of the unreleased yet already award-winning web series Seeking Sublet as well as an Associate Producer on TruTV's At Home with Amy Sedaris sits down with Forget The Box to answer the age-old indie film question... can you actually pull this off? (The answer is yes. Yes you can.)
An Emmy-winning idea can come from anyone and anywhere. On this inaugural episode of Forget The Box, we start from the beginning, talking brainstorming, how reality can help shape your creativity, exotic dancer/welder vampire roommates, and more with Lizzie Bennet Diaries creator Bernie Su. If you review Forget The Box on iTunes and send a screenshot to, you could be entered to win tons of awesome prizes! Plus, email with any questions for guests of future episodes.
Stareable is dedicated to helping creators make, market, and monetize amazing web series and independent television. But while we have historically done that through our blog and our creator forum, we’ve realized that we have so much more to offer. That’s why we’re launching our new podcast, Forget the Box. Each episode will feature an interview with a web series creator or industry expert who has successfully mastered a different aspect of the art, skill and, and tenacity that goes into making great TV. In honor of our new podcast, we’re running a CONTEST! If you review our podcast on iTunes and send us a screenshot to, we’ll enter you into a drawing to win a bunch of amazing prizes, including a free ticket to Stareable Fest, a free “Forget the Box” t-shirt, and a $250 Amazon gift card. So start downloading immediately!
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Podcast Details

Created by
Ajay Kishore
Podcast Status
Jun 6th, 2018
Latest Episode
Jan 1st, 2019
Release Period
Avg. Episode Length
40 minutes

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