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BONUS: "Jeff Cannata - Uncut & Unsullied"
This week we have a special bonus episode while we get ramped up editing new regular episodes. And this bonus is a doozy. It's an interview with Jeff Cannata. Jeff is an actor, husband, artist, cinephile, comedian and co-host of one of my favorite movie review podcasts, the Slashfilmcast.As is the case with all my interviews, I normally use bits and pieces as they relate to the topic of any particular episode. Every now and then I'll put up a full, uncut interview for your enjoyment. This is one such interview.During my conversation with Jeff, we talked about a veritable plethora to topics. we talked about his career; we talked about Bill Cosby and Woody Allen and the difficulty of appreciating art when the artist has done terrible things; we talk about story and the love of movies; we talk about finding your voice as an artist; and of course, we talk about living life "unsullied." This is an interview that will inspire and encourage you.Besides the Slashfilmcast, Jeff can also be found...On TwitterHis website"We Have Concerns"DLC
[BREAKING THE GLASS] Preview: "It all started when..."
A new Radio Film School podcast mini-series that takes the first season's "Women in Film" series to a "whole 'nuther level!"What began as a simple suggestion by show regular Yolanda T. Cochran, grew to become both a podcast and a short film documentary series starring an impressive line-up of women in the film and television industry.This preview will sample what you will hear and see.Go to daredreamer.fm/breaking-the-glass to watch the film series trailer and learn about the female filmmaker video vignette submission guidelines and challenge.SPONSORSWhen you visit or support our sponsors you support the show.Song Freedom: when you need high-quality music for your productions, including mainstream music as well as "oldies but goodies". Sign up for a new account at songfreedom.com/radio and get a free standard gold level license worth $30.VideoBlocks: a subscription-based stock media company that gives you unlimited access to premium stock footage everyone can afford. Unlimited daily downloads from a library of 115,000+ HD video clips, After Effects templates, motion backgrounds and cinemagraphs. Click here for a 7-day free trial allowing you to download up to 140 pieces of content. You can also sign up for their annual plan which is $99 for unlimited access to their library.MusicMusic in this episode was curated from FreeMusicArchive.org. Songs in order of appearance were:Out of the Skies, Under the Earthby Chris Zabriskie (CC BY)Comfort to Youby Cullah (CC BY-SA) Aislingby Cullah (CC BY-SA)Insomnia (Instrumental)by Josh Woodward (CC BY)Yes Ma’amby Cullah (CC BY-SA)Brooksby Kai Engel (CC BY)
[RFS:RAW] Adam Westbrook - Video Essayist Extraordinaire
Today I have my full, uncut interview with video essayist extraordinaire and multiple Vimeo Staff pick "winner," Adam Westbrook.The video essay has become one of the most popular forms of edutainment in recent years. Video series like Tony Zhou's "Every Frame a Painting" or Evan Puschak's "Nerdwriter" rack up hundreds of thousands, even millions of views every week. Well, there's a relatively new kid on the block who for the past two years has been making his mark in the video essay world.Adam Westbrook of Delve.tv only has 8 video essays under his belt, and in just two years, he's generated over a million views, 6 of his 8 videos have garnered the highly coveted Vimeo Staff Pick. I was fortuitous enough to catch Adam on his crest of fame (i.e. as of this writing, he's not too busy or "famous" to do podcast interviews ;) ). In this episode of Radio Film School: RAW, Adam and I discuss:How he got into video essays and his laborious processHis life as a freelancerHis views on success and pursuing your passionHitchcockAnd more.I promise you'll be inspired and encouraged by what Adam has to say. Special thanks to our show's co-producer Chris Huslage who hosted and lead-produced this episode.Music in this EpisodeMusic was curated from FreeMusicArchive.org. In order of appearance, the music in this episode was:Gettin' Paid Part II by Alec's Band (CC BY)Hachiko by the Kyoto Connection (CC BY-SA)Spliff and Wesson by Airglow (CC BY)Click here to learn about Creative Commons licenses and meanings.Adam's WorkSee samples of Adam's work on the blog post for this episode.Reach OutIf you have a question about the movie business you'd like answered, or if you just want to drop us a line to say "Hi", email us at radiofilmschool@daredreamer.fm. Better yet, use the "Send Voicemail" button at the bottom of our website to leave a voicemail message. Follow Ron on Twitter @DareDreamerFM, or follow the show @RadioFilmSchool. Join the discussion at facebook.com/radiofilmschool.
[FJ Replay] A Look Back Celebrating 15 Years of My Video Biz
This May marks the 15th anniversary of my video business and this summer marks the 25th anniversary of going to film school. Wow!This past weekend was Memorial Day so I had just enough time to put together a flashback to some past episode segments. In this 15th/25th anniversary special, I replay the story of my first time on a film set (from RFS004 "Your First Time") and the start and evolution of my video business (from FJ24 "Making a Difference with Your Art"). As usual, stick around after the credits for a fun discussion with friend of the show JD Cochran and I reminiscing on making my first narrative, scripted short film.Music in this EpisodeMusic was curated from FreeMusicArchive.org:Shower Scene (Instrumental Version)by Josh Woodward (CC BY)Preachin' Dem Blues by The Good Lawdz (CC BY-SA)Air Hockey Saloon by Chris Zabriskie (CC BY) Ground Cayenne by The Good Lawdz (CC BY-SA)My Girl by The Temptations Courtesy of Song Freedom. All rights reserved. What Does Anybody Know About Anything by Chris Zabriskie (CC BY) Daylight (PON II) by Kai Engel (CC BY)Click here to learn about Creative Commons licenses and meanings.Save Big On Your Next GigIf you have a film or photo shoot here in the U.S., look no further than Lens Pro To Go for all your rental needs. Get premium service and support from people who are themselves working filmmakers and photographers. Podcast listeners get a 10% discount when you use the offer code "radio."
[FJ29] Filmmaking, Race Relations & Having Tough Conversations
Is a white director the best person to tell what is traditionally a black story? Is that a question that's even fair to ask?"I was terrified. I'll be totally honest with you. But that's why I knew I needed to make it. I just gotta be bold. 'Cuz why do the safe thing." ~ Spencer Gillis, Director of "Sweep"Spencer Gillis is an A-camera operator for the hit Netflix series "Orange is the New Black." But his passion is telling stories--stories that drum up tough conversations. Last summer I interviewed him about his Vimeo Staff Pick, Short of the Week winner "Sweep." Today's episode is part of my conversation with Spencer where we discuss the key story points of the film, and what they say about today's society.Music in this EpisodeMusic was curated from FreeMusicArchive.org. In order of appearance, the music in this episode was: Fire Ahead by Jahzzar (CC BY-SA)Referent Power by Cullah (CC BY-SA)My Dignity by Cullah (CC BY-SA)"This is What I Smoke To" by Mo Green. Courtesy of 235 Films. All rights served.Click here to learn about Creative Commons licenses and meanings.Spencer's Film "Sweep".
[Breaking the Glass...(or Not)] A Post-Election Bonus: Pursuing the Presidency
Radio Film School show regular and Breaking the Glass co-producer Yolanda T. Cochran has a special episode created for you today. It's a message of what it means to be a woman pursuing power and influence in today's culture. It's centered around the events of the 2016 presidential election, but it holds value and meaning for women (and men frankly) in the film and television business, and in all walks of life.Then afterward, I give my own post-election commentary and epilogue specifically aimed at my friends and colleagues in the creative arts industry. About the Mini-seriesBreaking the Glass is a Radio Film School podcast mini-series and short film docu-series addressing the issues of gender inequality in film and television. You can catch all the podcast and video episodes at daredreamer.fm/breakingtheglass.VideosWe All Belong HereChisolm '72: Unbought and UnbossedOther ResourcesAmerica Loves Women Like Hillary Clinton...As Long as They're Not Asking for a Promotion (Quartz Article)MusicMusic in this episode was curated from FreeMusicArchive.org. Songs in order of appearance were:It's Always Too Late to Star Over by Chris Zabriskie Montmarte by Jahzzar (CC BY-SA)Another Version of You by Chris Zabriskie (CC BY)I Am the Man Who Will Fight for Your Honor (CC BY)Rewound by Chris Zabriskie (CC BY)That Kid In the Fourth Grade Who Really Liked the Denver Broncos by Chris Zabriskie (CC BY)I Can't Imagine Where I'd Be Without You by Chris Zabriskie (CC BY)Click here to learn about Creative Commons licenses and meanings.
[FJ10-REPLAY] What Makes a Good Story?
A blast from the past. One of my personal faves. Insightful. Inspiring. Potent. Definitely worth listening to again. And if it's your first time, enjoy.This week on the show we delve into one of the most important topics we’ll discuss all season. It’s at the core of what we do as filmmakers. Telling stories. Chris Huntley from The Write Bros. talks about the narrative story development theory Dramatica and the connection story has to psychology. We’ll hear from Patrick Moreau of Muse Storytelling and Stillmotion on how they find and tell the kind of stories that have won them five Emmys. We’ll hear from Dan Duncan of Remedy Films on the lengths he goes to tell authentic stories. And we hear from a filmmaker we last heard from way back in the first main episode — Alex Vo from the San Francisco Bay Area shares how he finds real life “Hero’s Journey” stories.Music in this EpisodeExcept where noted, music in this episode was curated from FreeMusicArchive.org. In order of appearance: Batched in the Light by Kevin MacLeod. CC BY Rewound by Chris Zabriske. CC BY In Time by Stellardrone. CC BY I am a Man Who Will Fight for Your Honor by Chris Zabriske. CC BYPlease Listen Carefully by Jahzzar. CC BY-SAHouse of Latin by Mark Stone. Courtesy of Song Freedom. All rights reserved. She Does Her Best (feat. Small Colin) by Six Umbrellas. CC BY-SA Laserdisc by Chris Zabriskie. CC BYI am Running with Temporary Success from a Montrous Vacuum in Pursuit by Chris Zabriskie. CC BY
Quentin Tarantino Vol. 2 - The PROVOCATEUR [FJ13]
We conclude our look at rebel filmmaker Quentin Tarantino with a discussion of the provocative nature of Tarantino's work.<img title="Read more..." src="data:image/gif;base64,R0lGODlhAQABAIAAAAAAAP///yH5BAEAAAAALAAAAAABAAEAAAIBRAA7" alt="" data-wp-more="more" data-wp-more-text="" data-mce-placeholder="1" />There's probably no filmmaker alive today who elicits the kind of visceral emotion and discussion as Quentin Tarantino. Every one of the eight feature films he's directed (and even the ones where he's just the credited writer) have some dialog and/or visuals that will either offend you and/or make you squirm in discomfort. From the excessive, almost cartoonish violence, to his treatment of women to his infamous use of the N-word. Tarantino knows how to push buttons. But does his button-pushing truly serve the story, or is it just a device to provoke you? That's what this week's guests discuss with me. Two weeks ago we looked at Tarantino the AUTEUR. Today we look at Tarantino, the PROVOCATEUR.Starring...In this episode we hear from:Show regulars JD and Yolanda Cochran (indie filmmaker and production executive, respectively)Hurlbut Visuals CEO Lydia HurlbutMusic video director Isaac DeitzMovie and entertainment journalists Clarke Wolfe (frequent Collider Movie Talk co-host) and David Griffin (of Collider TV Talk)Founder and CEO of Stage 32, Richard "RB" BottoAlex Ferrari, filmmaker and host of the Indie Film Hustle PodcastMuse Storytelling has a New Class - "Conducting Remarkable Interviews"Stillmotion's Muse Storytelling is the process they use to tell the kind of stories that has helped them garner five Emmys, and go from shooting weddings to shooting the Super Bowl. They also have a brand new course on their site called “Conducting Remarkable Interviews” and it’s based on years of experience in the field and research of psychology, sociology, and neurology. Go to learnstory.org to learn more.Grow in Your Craft and CareerWe're also supported by YOU, the listeners. Become a Dare Dreamer FM Premium member and gain access to bonus episodes, ebooks, templates, and other resources to help you grow in your craft and career.Music in this EpisodeIn order of appearance (excluding music heard in the movie clips used), the music in this episode:We Always Thought the Future Would Be Kind of Fun by Chris Zabriskie. CC BYSomething (Bonus Track) by Kai Engel. CC BYOut of Light by Portrayal. CC BYReferent Power by Cullah.CC BY-SAMy Dignity by Cullah. CC BY-SABeyond Something Beautiful by Scott Holmes. CC BYStill...Living..Alive by PC III. CY BYThe Rising Sun by Cullah. CC By-SABrooks by Kai Engel. CC BY
Fair Use in Documentary Filmmaking Pt. 2 [SE22]
We continue our discussion about fair use, particularly as it relates to documentaries. You will be surprised by what you learn in this episode.Show regular Yolanda Cochran (who also is a co-producer for the "Breaking the Glass" short film docu-series), showed a lawyer friend our trailer for the series to get his take on our use of movie and television clips. His answer prompted me to do investigative reporting on the topic of fair use. My search leads me to Pat Aufderheide, a research fellow and founder for the Center for Media and Social Impact at American University in Washington, D.C. She and legal scholar Peter Jaszi lead the charge to create the Documentary Filmmakers' Statement of Best Practices in Fair Use, a simple to read, yet comprehensive report that sets standards for documentary filmmakers to follow in order to stay within the law when employing copyrighted material under Fair Use. In this episode we discussWhat part of copyright law does fair use fall underWhat are the four common situations in which a documentary filmmaker might utilize fair useThe surprising origins of the Best Practices documentSurprising examples of when even music might be deemed fair useVideos Mentioned in This EpisodeBreaking the Glass TrailerMixed in AmericaBush and Blair "Endless Love" VideoCalling All Female FilmmakersThere's still a chance for all you female filmmakers out there to submit your vignettes to be included in the "Breaking the Glass" docu-series. Deadline has been extended to September 18. Winning entries will get almost $1,000 in prizes from LensProToGo, Song Freedom, Muse Storytelling, and Shane’s Inner Circle. Click here to learn more.Legally License Music for Your ProductionIf you need to legally license music for your productions, from every genre (including mainstream music) look no further than Song Freedom. Click here to unlock a one-time Standard Gold Level license worth $30.Share Your Story with UsFor season 2 of the show, we're looking for filmmakers with stories about overcoming great challenges to complete their projects. Whether or not you succeeded or failed, if you think there's a juicy and educational story with sharing, we want to know about it. The first six people we pick will each get a free music license from show sponsor Song Freedom. Just email radiofilmschool@daredreamer.fm and put "My Story" in the subject line.Reach OutIf you have a question about the movie business you'd like answered, or if you just want to drop us a line to say "Hi", email us at radiofilmschool@daredreamer.fm. Better yet, use the "Send Voicemail" button at the bottom of our website to leave a voicemail message. Follow Ron on Twitter @DareDreamerFM, or follow the show @RadioFilmSchool. Join the discussion at facebook.com/radiofilmschool.Music in this EpisodeMusic was curated from FreeMusicArchive.org. In order of appearance, the music in this episode:Fastest Man on Earthby Jahzzar (CC BY-SA)Readers! Do You Read?by Chris Zabriskie (CC BY)Candlepowerby Chris Zabriskie (CC BY)Click here to learn about Creative Commons licenses and meanings.
[MAD03] Creative & Ethical Choices in Doc Filmmaking
A veteran documentary filmmaker reaches out to lend us a helping hand in the making of our first feature documentary.This week we have part 3 of our “Making a Documentary” miniseries, wherein we document the making of my first low-budget feature-length documentary "Invisible Illness." During this series, it's my goal to share not only what I've learned, but what other documentary filmmakers have learned.On this episode we have CEO and founder of Life is My Movie, Vincent Vittorio. Vincent has produced over a dozen feature length documentaries and has just finished a successful Kickstarter for another. Like me, he's drawn to topics that tackle important causes and social justice. This week we tackle the difference between journalism and documentary filmmaking; making ethical choices; and making creative choices in the doc filmmaking process.We also recently launched the Kickstarter for our feature doc.CHECK OUT OUR KICKSTARTER. We'll be covering what we learned on the podcast.Music in this EpisodeMusic was curated from FreeMusicArchive.org. In order of appearance, the music in this episode was:Please Listen Carefully by Jahzzar (CC BY-SA)Direct to Video Chris Zabriskie (CC BY)Divider by Chris Zabriskie (CC BY)Click here to learn about Creative Commons licenses and meanings.
[Breaking the Glass] BONUS - Calling Bullsh*t
One of the goals that Yolanda and I have for this special series is finding concrete solutions to the whole gender inequality issue in the entertainment business. One solution that is often bandied about (and in fact was an impetus for this mini-series) is for women to adopt more of the headstrong, confident, dare I say, "aggressive" tendencies of their male counterparts. But in this special bonus episode, Yolanda shares a heartfelt and personal sentiment that makes her want to call bullsh*t on that notion. It's a short episode, so I really encourage you to take the ten minutes or so and hear what she has to say. We'd love to hear YOUR story as it relates to what Yolanda shares. Feel free to do so anonymously if you so desire. You can email us your story to radiofilmschool@daredreamer.fm. Or, if you're so inclined, send a voice memo to that email address, or leave a voicemail at the bottom of any page on daredreamer.fm. Your story just might be what some woman out there needs to hear right now to change their whole life.About the Mini-seriesBreaking the Glass is a Radio Film School podcast mini-series and short film docu-series addressing the issues of gender inequality in film and television. Learn more and see the trailer at daredreamer.fm/breaking-the-glass.SponsorsWhen you visit or support our sponsors you support the show.Song Freedom: when you need high-quality music for your productions, including mainstream music as well as "oldies but goodies". Sign up for a new account at songfreedom.com/radio and get a free standard gold level license worth $30.VideoBlocks: a subscription-based stock media company that gives you unlimited access to premium stock footage everyone can afford. Unlimited daily downloads from a library of 115,000+ HD video clips, After Effects templates, motion backgrounds, and cinemagraphs. Click here for a 7-day free trial allowing you to download up to 140 pieces of content. You can also sign up for their annual plan which is $99 for unlimited access to their library.We also want to give special thanks to Wipster for helping to spread the word to achieve gender equality in the biz:MusicMusic in this episode was curated from FreeMusicArchive.org. Songs in order of appearance were:Another Version of You by Chris Zabriskie (CC BY)Undercover Vampire Policemanby Chris Zabriskie (CC BY)Click here to learn about Creative Commons licenses and meanings.
A Brief History of Cinema | A Circa Podcast Collaboration [SE13]
This week we premiere our first podcast collaboration with the Circa Podcast as we look at a history of cinema.<img title="Read more..." src="data:image/gif;base64,R0lGODlhAQABAIAAAAAAAP///yH5BAEAAAAALAAAAAABAAEAAAIBRAA7" alt="" data-wp-more="more" data-wp-more-text="" data-mce-placeholder="1" />Last summer when interviewing David Shulman, executive director of the Seattle Film Institute, we got into a lively discussion about how the history of cinema, in many ways, has come full circle. I wanted to explore this idea, so I enlisted the help of Zac Lovelace, creator and host of another 6-month old podcast, Circa. I like to call Circa "the 99% Invisible" of history. Zac describes it like this: a podcast about the stories lost in time, and how they can help us understand ourselves better.Today's show delves into the rich beginnings of cinema (starting with Thomas Edison and the Lumiere Bros) then takes us through the advent of television, and finally ends up at the smart phone. Zac's storytelling style is immersive and engaging. You'll immediately know why I chose Circa as a collaboration partner on this episode.After the credits there is one of the funniest bonus segments we've had. So be sure to stick around for that too.Stillmotion has a New Class - "Conducting Remarkable Interviews"Stillmotion's Muse Storytelling is the process they use to tell the kind of stories that has helped them garner five Emmys, and go from shooting weddings to shooting the Super Bowl. They also have a brand new course on their site called “Conducting Remarkable Interviews” and it’s based on years of experience in the field and research of psychology, sociology, and neurology. Go to learnstory.org to learn more.Legally License Music for Your ProductionIf you need to legally license music for your productions, from every genre, look no further than Song Freedom. Click here and use offer code radio for a one-time Standard Gold Level license worth $30. Grow in Your Craft and CareerWe're also supported by YOU, the listeners. Become a Dare Dreamer FM Premium member and gain access to bonus episodes, ebooks, templates, and other resources to help you grow in your craft and career.Music in this EpisodeBrooks by Kai Engel. CC BYPigalle by Jahzzar. CC BY-SAPorch Blues by Kevin MacLeod. CC BYSunset by Kai Engel. CC BYCirca Podcast EpisodeCheck out Circa's Nat Turner episode, "Middle Class Manifesto."Cinema History PhotosCheck our website to see photos.
The Best of RFS Stories - Part 1
Today we’re excited to announce that Radio Film School is now part of the Podcastica network. Think of it as a sort of indie label of 8 (or rather, now, 9) podcasts. To acquaint our new family of Podcastica listeners with the show, and to celebrate the 6-month mark into the season, today we start a 2 part “Best of…” series. In part 1 we’ll cover some of my favorite personal stories told on the show; from father figures to first loves. This episode also includes the moving story of why spoken word artist Marshall Davis Jones changed his famous "Spelling Father" spoken word performance to no longer refer to his dad as a deadbeat. (Powerful stuff! That story alone is worth the price of admission.)In part 2 (later this week), we’ll share some of my favorite guest stories and conversations.Even if you’ve been an avid listener, I am confident you'll enjoy this trip down memory lane as I'll also offer some additional insight into the episodes I highlight. And in today's bonus segment, I finally give the definition of the term "Short Ends" and why I chose that name for the interim episodes.Enjoy!Legally License Music for Your ProductionIf you need to legally license music for your productions, from every genre, look no further than Song Freedom. Click here and use offer code radio for a one-time Standard Gold Level license worth $30.Learn How Stillmotion Tells Emmy Award-winning StoriesStillmotion's Muse Storytelling is the process they use to tell the kind of stories that has helped them garner five Emmys, and go from shooting weddings to shooting the Super Bowl. They've generously offered our listeners a special offer. Details are in the episode.Grow in Your Craft and CareerWe're also supported by YOU, the listeners. Become a Dare Dreamer FM Premium member and gain access to bonus episodes, ebooks, templates, and other resources to help you grow in your craft and career.Music in this Episode"Please Listen Carefully" by Jahzzar. CC BY-SA."Cylinder Six" by Chris Zabriskie. CC BY."A Man with a Golden Soul" by Cullah. CC BY-SA.“Sly and the Family Jones” by Mike Spitz and Phys Edison. CC BY.“12 Lost Love Letters” and “Erik” by Fog Lake. CC BY.Stubborn Love by The Lumineers. Courtesy of Song Freedom. All rights reserved.“Save the Last Dance for Me” by the Drifters. Courtesy of Song Freedom. All rights reserved.“Dancing Machine” by the Jackson 5. Courtesy of Song Freedom. All rights reserved."The Sun is Scheduled to Come Out Tomorrow"Chris Zabriskie. CC BY."Hey Ho" by the Lumineers. Courtesy of Song Freedom. All rights reserved.
Birth of a Documentary: Shooting Sunshine Mini-series Finale Pt. 1 [FJ21]
After 5-1/2 years, Mixed in America: Little Mixed Sunshine if FINALLY finished. Here's part 1 of a 2-part finale of the mini-series where we've followed the film's progress.Throughout this first season of Radio Film School, we've followed the progress of my short film documentary "Little Mixed Sunshine," the first installment of my "Mixed in America" short film documentary series which tells the stories of biracial people in America. So much has gone into the making of this film that I want to discuss. If you've been listening to the show and the mini-series "Shooting Sunshine," you've heard a lot of the creative challenges I've faced. These are all important lessons from which any filmmaker can glean valuable insight. And in part 2 of this mini-series finale we'll get into the details of the final creative decisions I made and how I arrived at them. That will be next week.This week I want to tackle a more complex topic—that is the roles that race and culture have played in my life, and how a filmmaker's personal background can have such a profound effect on his or her work. Show regulars JD & Yolanda Cochran return as they give me critical feedback on the rough draft of the film I shared with them back in March.And as is often the case on this show, we start with a couple of funny, yet poignant stories to set the stage.Reach OutIf you have a question about the movie business you'd like answered, or if you just want to drop us a line to say "Hi", email us at radiofilmschool@daredreamer.fm. Better yet, use the "Send Voicemail" button at the bottom of our website to leave a voicemail message. Follow Ron on Twitter @DareDreamerFM, or follow the show @RadioFilmSchool. Join the discussion at facebook.com/radiofilmschool.Music in this EpisodeMusic was curated from FreeMusicArchive.org. In order of appearance, the music in this episode:A Thousand Years (Instrumental) by Christina Perri courtesy of Song Freedom (All rights reserved)Fogby Sergey Chermisinov (CC BY)virgo indigoby Fog Lake (CC BY)Tennesee Hayrideby Jason Sha (CC BY)Back to the Woodsby Jason Shaw (CC BY)Acoustic Bluesby Jason Shaw (CC BY)Remembering Past Everything by Pipe Choir (CC BY-)Undercover Vampire Policemanby Chris Zabriskie (CC BY)A Thousand Years (with Vocals) by Christina Perri courtesy of Song Freedom (All rights reserved)Click here to learn about Creative Commons licenses and meanings.Legally License Music for Your ProductionIf you need to legally license music for your productions, from every genre (including mainstream music) look no further than Song Freedom. Click here to unlock a one-time Standard Gold Level license worth $30.
A Father's Day Special
It's only fitting that as we head into the week that kicks off the Radio Film School season finales, we end the season where we began. With fathers.Today we have a Father's Day special. The first half of the show are selected reruns of stories from our first official episode "Of Fathers and Filmmaking Part 1." At about the 9-minute mark I introduce a brand new story. It was actually the story that inspired me to post this special in the first place. It's from Ryan Koral, founder and president of TELL, a corporate video production agency, and co-founder of Studio Sherpas, a community and resource for small business video producers. I have no doubt you'll be moved and inspired by his story.Happy Father's Day!Music in this EpisodeMusic was curated from FreeMusicArchive.org. In order of appearance, the music in this episode:Hanami by Fabian Measures (CC BY)Cylinder Six and The Sun is Scheduled to Come Out Tomorrow by Chris Zabriskie (CC BY)Click here to learn about Creative Commons licenses and meanings.
My War of Art [FJ19]
Practical lessons on finding the time to pursue passion projects which might not yet pay the bills. Plus, a literal "road to Damascus" experience.We're told time and again that personal projects are a key strategy for creatives to both find personal fulfillment, as well as market their business. But the realities of life are such that, it's often easier said than done. In today's episode, we explore this theme vis-a-vis my "Mixed in America" short film documentary project. In this episode we'll hear from the boys at Gnarly Bay as well as Patrick Moreau of Stillmotion and Muse Storytelling.Reach OutIf you have a question about the movie business you'd like answered, or if you just want to drop us a line to say "Hi", email us at radiofilmschool@daredreamer.fm. Better yet, use the "Send Voicemail" button at the bottom of our website to leave a voicemail message. Follow Ron on Twitter @DareDreamerFM, or follow the show @RadioFilmSchool. Join the discussion at facebook.com/radiofilmschool.Music in this EpisodeMusic was curated from FreeMusicArchive.org. In order of appearance, the music in this episode: Bethanyby Ian Alex Mac (CC BY)Trainby Sergey Cherimisinov (CC BY)Remembering Past Everything by Pipe Choir (CC BY)Satie’s Gym Shoesby MonkSeven (CC0)Going Homeby Lee Rosevere (CC BY-SA)Click here to learn about Creative Commons licenses and meanings.VideosVisit the blog post for this episode to see the video mentioned:Study.com Momentum LessonOprah’s Super Soul Sunday with Steven Pressfield on ResistanceOprah/Pressfield Clip on Finding Your Calling
BONUS: Artists, Awards & Acceptance - A Post Oscars Special
Leave it to Radio Film School to turn a funny anecdote about swing dancing into a valuable lesson for filmmakers and artists of all kinds.Why are we artists and creatives so obsessed with awards and competitions? There’s a perverse irony in the fact that something as personal and subjective as “art” can be judged in the first place. With the 2016 Academy Awards Oscar celebration behind us, I felt compelled to produce a bonus episode of the show to address what I feel is an important lesson we filmmakers, and artists in general, should heed. Enjoy!Legally License Music for Your ProductionIf you need to legally license music for your productions, from every genre, look no further than Song Freedom. Click here and use offer code radio for a one-time Standard Gold Level license worth $30.Learn How Stillmotion Tells Emmy Award-winning StoriesStillmotion's Muse Storytelling is the process they use to tell the kind of stories that has helped them garner five Emmys, and go from shooting weddings to shooting the Super Bowl. They've generously offered our listeners a special offer. Details are in the episode.Grow in Your Craft and CareerWe're also supported by YOU, the listeners. Become a Dare Dreamer FM Premium member and gain access to bonus episodes, ebooks, templates, and other resources to help you grow in your craft and career.Music in this EpisodeMain Stem by U.S. Army Blues. Public Domain.As I Figure by Kevin MacLeod. CC BY.Bei Mir Bist Du Schoen by the Andrew Sisters. Public Domain on Archive.org,.Passing Fields by Quantum Jazz. CC BY-SA.Night on the Docks - Sax by Kevin MacLeod. CC BY.Little Lily Swing by Tri-Tachyon. CC BY.Sing, Sing, Sing by Benny Goodman. Public Domain on Archive.org.
The Binge: Today's TV & Content Creation Landscape [RFS-SE09]
Technology has dramatically changed both how we create and consume content. Today YOU can be your own show runner.On today's episode of "Short Ends" I'm joined by frequent guest and my good friend JD Cochran; and this time we're joined by his wife, Yolanda. In fact, in this week's episode, Yolanda does most of the talking (which, if you know my buddy JD, this is quite a feat! ;) Yolanda spent over 12 years at Alcon Entertainment and when she ended her stint, she was head of physical production. As a follow-up, she worked as a consultant at Netflix for about six months. So she brings a wealth of knowledge about "the biz". We all talk about the effect that binge watching and social media has on content creation, the studios that distribute that content, and how we content creators can benefit. Support Our Sponsor and You Support the ShowA huge way you can support the show is by checking out our sponsors. We're supported in part by Song Freedom. Click here and use offer code radio for a one-time Standard Gold Level license worth $30.We're also supported by YOU, the listeners. Become a Dare Dreamer FM Premium member and gain access to bonus episodes, ebooks, templates, and other resources to help you grow in your craft and career.Music in this EpisodeMusic in this episode was curated from FreeMusicArchive.org from the band "The Insider.""The Insider Theme" (CC BY-SA)"Interstellar Export"(CC BY-SA)"Intelligent Galaxy"(CC BY-SA)"A Difficult Subject"(CC BY-SA)
RFS005 - In Search of...Style (ft. Kevin Shahinian, Ryan Connolly & Brett Culp)
Today we start our journey to find that elusive creature known as one's signature style. What exactly does it mean for a filmmaker, or any artist for that matter, to have a signature style? How does he or she get one? How do they develop it? Why should we care? Today we start in earnest the core topic for this first season of Radio Film School. Everything beforehand has been building up and preparing us for this journey. And we have some very inspiring interviews to start us off.Award-winning filmmaking Kevin Shahinian, renown for his Bollywood-style wedding films and Hollywood-calibre production values, provides incredible and poignant insight into the style question from a sophisticated point of view. I have a discussion with Film Riot host Ryan Connolly about his style (and whether or not he thinks he has one). And "Legends of the Knight" director Brett Culp rounds us off with some sage advice on how to develop one's personal style.In the bonus segment post-credits, I FINALLY get around to discussing with JD how it was he that prompted me to pursue filmmaking full-time as a profession.Music in this EpisodeWe have some more great use of Song Freedom songs. Tune it to find out how you can get a FREE Song Freedom song license.Music from today's episode was curated from the Free Music Archive and Song Freedom. Click here to see the Song Freedom mixtape for this episode (All rights reserved). In order of appearance:"Save the Last Dance for Me" by the Drifters"Dancing Machine" by the Jackson 5"Party Rock Anthem" by LMFAO"Early News" by Dream City Orchestra"Forever Young" by Bob DylanFree Music Archive Songs used:"Please Listen Carefully" by Jahzzar. CC-BY-SA."Let's Start at the Beginning" by Lee Rosevere. CC-BY-SA."transcanada" by Fog Lake. CC-BY."The Last Slice of Pecan Pie" by Josh Woodward. CC-BY."Low Horizon" by Kai Engel. CC-BY."Divider", "Cylinder Six" and "Pick Up a Convict on Alcatraz" by Chris Zabriskie. CC-BY."Datpiff" by The Good Lawdz. CC-BY-SA.PhotosGo to today's blog post to check out old photos of yours truly.
[FJ31] Love, Loss & Looking Ahead
What is it like working with your spouse? Why is it important to create art that is unique to you? What is the future of Radio Film School? Tune in to find out."If we make what we know to be true for ourselves, that edge gives it an individuality that can't be found anywhere else." ~ Kelly Clark, ArtistIt has been quite a while since we've had a new episode of the show. A lot has been going on with me. New job (blog editor for Frame.io), moving out of my house, and becoming a nomad. But for this season finale, we have something that'll make you laugh and cry. And isn't that what makes a Radio Film School episode special?Video Mentioned in This EpisodeThe profile film for Kelly Clark.Music in this EpisodeMusic was curated from FreeMusicArchive.org . In order of appearance, the music in this episode was:Laserdisc by Chris Zabriskie (CC BY)Little Lily Swing by Tri-Tachyon (CC BY)Daylight PON II by Kai-Engel (CC BY)Endless Story about Sun and Moon by Kai-Engel (CC BY-SA-NC)Getting Paid Part II by Alec's Band (CC BY)Click here to learn about Creative Commons licenses and meanings.Save Big on Your Next GigIf you have a film or photo shoot here in the U.S., look no further than Lens Pro To Go for all your rental needs. Get premium service and support from people who are themselves working filmmakers and photographers. Podcast listeners get a 10% discount when you use the offer code "radio."
The Best of RFS Stories Pt. 2 - GUEST Stories
Statistics show that most podcasts peter off in the first six weeks. We're now six MONTHS strong into ours, and it's only getting better (IMHO). Six months of a "Radiolab" and "This American Life" style show about the art and craft of cinema and filmmaking, delivered EVERY WEEK, has been quite a feat. Six months of stories that will inspire, encourage and/or just flat-out entertain. Whether you're a filmmaker, a photographer, or any other kind of artist, the themes and topics we explore will connect with you.To celebrate this milestone, we're looking back at some of our favorite stories. Tuesday I shared a few of my favorite personal stories. Today, I'm sharing a few guest stories that have stood out to me:Sky City Haya producer Thom Weinland's funny discovery" about the "Wizard of Oz"Me and show regular JD get into one of our typical debatesCelebrated spoken word artist Marshall Davis Jones is back with the funny story behind how he trained his voice and testing it out on John LeguizamoFilmRiot host Ryan Connolly shares how absolutely everything went wrong on his "U.F. Oh Yeah" film setPhillip Bloom offers filmmaking perspectivePeabody award-winning filmmaker Elaine McMillion Sheldon and I talk about women in filmAnd award-winning wedding filmmaker Kevin Shahinian gives valuable insight about finding your style Legally License Music for Your ProductionIf you need to legally license music for your productions, from every genre, look no further than Song Freedom. Click here and use offer code radio for a one-time Standard Gold Level license worth $30.Learn How Stillmotion Tells Emmy Award-winning StoriesStillmotion's Muse Storytelling is the process they use to tell the kind of stories that has helped them garner five Emmys, and go from shooting weddings to shooting the Super Bowl. They've generously offered our listeners a special offer. Details are in the episode.Grow in Your Craft and CareerWe're also supported by YOU, the listeners. Become a Dare Dreamer FM Premium member and gain access to bonus episodes, ebooks, templates, and other resources to help you grow in your craft and career.Music in this Episode"Please Listen Carefully" by Jahzzar. CC BY-SA.Le Jazz - Hot A. Courtesy of Song Freedom. All rights reserved.Datpiff by The Good Lawdz. CC BY-SA.Porch Blues by Kevin MacLeodRequiem for a Fish by The Freak Fandango Orchestra.Wake Up by Kai Engel. CC BY.Through Another Man’s Eyes by Cullah. CC BY-SA.Two Days by Jahzzar. CC BY-SA.Divider by Chris Zabriskie. CC BY.Places Unseen by Rosevere. CC BY-SA.
BONUS: Star Wars - Science Fiction...or Fantasy?
With the release of the Rogue One teaser trailer last week, I had to do something special to commemorate it. So today we ponder the question: is Star Wars science fiction...or fantasy?<img title="Read more..." src="data:image/gif;base64,R0lGODlhAQABAIAAAAAAAP///yH5BAEAAAAALAAAAAABAAEAAAIBRAA7" alt="" data-wp-more="more" data-wp-more-text="" data-mce-placeholder="1" />Whether or not Star Wars is science fiction or fantasy is one of those questions that can send you spiraling down a geeked-out debate faster than Matthew McConaughey falling into a black hole. Today we speak with a number of filmmakers, podcasters and cinephiles who all chime in.In this episode we hear from:Show regulars (and fellow Star Wars geek) JD and his geek-tolerant wife Yolanda CochranMovie and entertainment journalist Clarke Wolfe (frequent Collider Movie Talk co-host)Fellow Podcastica Network podcaster Remi Lavictoire of the Sci-Fi Movie PodcastJoin the conversation on Facebook and let us know your thoughts.Videos and Podcasts MentionedThe mini-episode of "Ask Science Mike" where he describes lightsabers.Germain Lussier's interview with Rian Johnson to explain "Looper" plotholes.Music in this EpisodeIn order of appearance, the music in this episode:Neptun (Heading for Something) by Minus (CC BY-SA)Dance of the Sugar Plumb Fairy by Kevin MacLeod (CC BY)In a Moment by Lee Rosevere (CC BY-SA)Click here to learn about Creative Commons licenses and meanings.Muse Storytelling has a New Class - "Conducting Remarkable Interviews"Stillmotion's Muse Storytelling is the process they use to tell the kind of stories that has helped them garner five Emmys, and go from shooting weddings to shooting the Super Bowl. They also have a brand new course on their site called “Conducting Remarkable Interviews” and it’s based on years of experience in the field and research of psychology, sociology, and neurology. Go to learnstory.org to learn more.Grow in Your Craft and CareerWe're also supported by YOU, the listeners. Become a Dare Dreamer FM Premium member and gain access to bonus episodes, ebooks, templates, and other resources to help you grow in your craft and career.
What makes for a great Science Fiction film? [SE15]
What exactly makes a science fiction film great? Numerous filmmakers and sci-fi cinephiles chime.<img title="Read more..." src="data:image/gif;base64,R0lGODlhAQABAIAAAAAAAP///yH5BAEAAAAALAAAAAABAAEAAAIBRAA7" alt="" data-wp-more="more" data-wp-more-text="" data-mce-placeholder="1" />Science fiction is one of the most popular film and book genres. It has the power to ignite the imaginations of storytellers and audiences from five to ninety-five. But what makes for a good, or great, sci-fi story? Is it how cool the gadgets are? Is it the plausibility of the science presented in the story? Or is it something entirely different, that has nothing to even do with science? Today on the show we find out.In this episode we hear from:Movie and entertainment journalist Clarke WolfeFilmmaker and creator of the sci-fi series Sky City Haya, Adad WardaFellow Podcastica Network podcaster Remi Lavictoire of the Sci-Fi Movie PodcastShow regulars JD and Yolanda CochranWe also hear from Whitestone Motion Pictures co-founder and director Brandon McCormick in the bonus segment.Videos and Podcasts MentionedMy uncut interview with Adad about the making of Sky City Haya.Germain Lussier's interview with Rian Johnson to explain "Looper" plotholes.Music in this EpisodeIn order of appearance (excluding music heard in the movie clips used), the music in this episode:Eternity (Reprise) by Stellar Drone (CC BY)Moonxine - Part VIII by Jahzzar (CC BY-SA)Under Suspicion by Lee Rosevere (CC BY)Snowmen by Kai Engel (CC BY)Click here to learn about Creative Commons licenses and meanings.Muse Storytelling has a New Class - "Conducting Remarkable Interviews"Stillmotion's Muse Storytelling is the process they use to tell the kind of stories that has helped them garner five Emmys, and go from shooting weddings to shooting the Super Bowl. They also have a brand new course on their site called “Conducting Remarkable Interviews” and it’s based on years of experience in the field and research of psychology, sociology, and neurology. Go to learnstory.org to learn more.Grow in Your Craft and CareerWe're also supported by YOU, the listeners. Become a Dare Dreamer FM Premium member and gain access to bonus episodes, ebooks, templates, and other resources to help you grow in your craft and career.
[Breaking the Glass] Ep. 04 - Hear My Voice
A lack of or poor communication is often at the heart of conflict. Today we explore how this has a profound effect on gender inequality in business.If you ever need a great movie or television scene to creatively illustrate a life lesson, you need look no further than Star Trek. You read that right. Star Trek. Everything you ever need to know about life, love, friendship, family, politics, whatever, can be learned from the annals of the various starships Enterprise and their respective ongoing missions. And today, I use an episode from Star Trek TNG as a metaphor for this issue of communication between men and women and the role it plays in gender inequality.Radio Film School regular and Breaking the Glass co-producer Yolanda Cochran takes the helm of the discussion and as a segment producer engages in a conversation with her business partner Christina Kremer. A conversation that will give you an important perspective. About the Mini-seriesBreaking the Glass is a Radio Film School podcast mini-series and short film docu-series addressing the issues of gender inequality in film and television. Learn more and see the trailer at daredreamer.fm/breaking-the-glass.Be Notified When Film Series StartsThe film series portion of Breaking the Glass will begin next week. Subscribe to our email list to be notified of when it drops!Only a Few Days LeftWe want to include your talent in the short film docu-series. Each winning entry will get almost $1,000 in prizes from LensProToGo, Song Freedom, Muse Storytelling, and Shane's Inner Circle. Click here to learn more.SponsorsWhen you visit or support our sponsors you support the show.Song Freedom: when you need high-quality music for your productions, including mainstream music as well as "oldies but goodies". Sign up for a new account at songfreedom.com/radio and get a free standard gold level license worth $30.VideoBlocks: a subscription-based stock media company that gives you unlimited access to premium stock footage everyone can afford. Unlimited daily downloads from a library of 115,000+ HD video clips, After Effects templates, motion backgrounds, and cinemagraphs. Click here for a 7-day free trial allowing you to download up to 140 pieces of content. You can also sign up for their annual plan which is $99 for unlimited access to their library.We also want to give special thanks to Wipster for helping to spread the word to achieve gender equality in the biz.MusicMusic in this episode was curated from FreeMusicArchive.org. Songs in order of appearance were:God Be With You Till We Meet Againby Chris Zabriskie (CC BY)Village Dreamingby Visager (CC BY)But Enough About Me, Bill Paxtonby Chris Zabriskie (CC BY)I Want to Fall in Love on Snapchatby Chris Zabriskie (CC BY)Outro - Totally Here and Nowby Kyoto Connection (CC BY-SA)Undercover Vampire Policemanby Chris Zabriskie (CC BY)Click here to learn about Creative Commons licenses and meanings.
RFS002: "Of Fathers & Filmmaking Pt. 2: Origin Stories"
This week on "Radio Film School" is perhaps the most personal story I've ever publicly shared. And we see why that it is key to your journey as a filmmaker.Every self-respecting comic book nerd knows that the most iconic superheroes have origin stories tied to parents, and in many cases, fathers or father figures. Superman. Batman. Spider-Man. Thor. These are just a few whose origins as heroes are intimately tied to their parents and father figures.In this week's episode of "Radio Film School: Cinemaverick" we look at the role my father played in my own origin story as a filmmaker. We also meet my long-time friend and frequent podcast partner in crime, JD Cochran. And finally, we return where we left off last episode with Patrick Moreau of Stillmotion commenting about the death of his mother and the profound impact that had on him as an artist. In doing so, I delve into my own perilous territory as it relates to that subject.MusicMusic in this episode was curated from FreeMusicArchive.org.Little Wooden Church by The Trumpeters. Public Domain.A Man with the Golden Soul by Cullah. CC BY-SA.Please Listen Carefully by Jahzzar. CC BY-SA.A Lil Somethin' Somethin' by The Good Lawdz. CC BY-SA.Railroad's Whiskey Co. by Jahzzar. CC BY-SA.Vladimir Estragon by Jahzzar. CC BY-SA.God's Will by lo-fi is sci-fi. CC BY.The Sun is Schedule to Come Out Tomorrow by Chris Zabriskie.CC BY.Check out the blog post for this episode for family photos (including me and my brother in the bathtub). Subscribers get access to the episode early. Blog post won't go live until 6 am PST Sept 15.
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Aug 27th, 2015
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