Episode 18 – Doug Torres – Getting into the mind of the director and creating a style that works

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In this episode we talk with 1st AD Doug Torres (@suckafish1102 on instagram) about getting into the mind of the Director and creating a style that works.

Doug is a verteran DGA 1st AD who has worked on countless movies. A few of the films that Doug has worked on include Drumline, Mr. 3000, We Own the Night, The Scorcer’s Apprentice, The Beaver, 12 Years a Slave, Tripe 9, Bright, Ad Adstra and the upcoming trilogy Fear Street.

Links Mentioned in the podcast

Artemis Pro – Apps for Viewfinders

Qtake – Video Assist for iPads / iPhones

Episode 17 – Alex Ferrari – Producing micro budget movies and the rise of the Filmtrepreneur

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In this episode we talk with Alex Ferrari (@ifilmhustle on instagram) about producing micro budget movies and the rise of the Filmtrepreneur.

Alex is an author, blogger, speaker, consultant, the host of the #1 filmmaking podcast on iTunes the Indie Film Hustle Podcast, and an award-winning writer/director with 25 years of experience in the film industry. As a director, his films have screened in over 500 international film festivals.

Alex recently released his second book Rise of the Filmtrepreneur® How to Turn Your Indie Film into a Money Making Business.

Links Mentioned

Rise of the Filmtrepreneur: How to Turn Your Indie Film into a Moneymaking Business – http://www.filmbizbook.com

Indie Film Hustle: http://www.indiefilmhustle.com

Indie Film Hustle TV: http://www.indiefilmhustle.tv

Filmtrepreneur: http://www.filmtrepreneur.com

Bulletproof Screenwriting: www.bulletproofscreenwriting.tv

On the Corner of Ego and Desire (Sundance Film): http://www.egoanddesirefilm.com

Shooting for the Mob (Based on the Incredible True Filmmaking Story): http://www.shootingforthemob.com

Episode 16 – Butch Kaplan – The role of producers, hiring practices and longevity in the film/tv industry

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In this episode we talk with Butch Kaplan about the various roles of producers, hiring practices and maintaining longevity in the film/tv industry

Butch (@butchkaplan on instagram) has been working as a Producer & Production Manager in Film and Television for over 30 years. Some of Butch’s credits include Fear The Walking Dead, John Q,  The Notebook, Alpha Dog, Bablyon AD and Oldboy.

Mentioned in the Podcast


Artemis Viewfinder

Episode 15 – Matt Compton – Budgeting short-form content and using email effectively in production

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In this episode we talk with Matt Compton about budgeting short form content and being strategic about using email as a communication tool.

Matt (@mattcproducer on twitter) has been working as a Producer & Production Manager in Film and Television for over 20 years.  He began his career with the independent feature film “Dreamers” in 1999. From there, Matt has served as either a Producer or Production Manager on many other feature films, including “Slip Dream”, “Callback”, “The Hillside Strangler”, “Altered”, “Seventh Moon”, and “Midnight Son”.

In addition to feature films, Matt has also worked on various promos and commercials.  His promos include spots for Disney Channel, Disney XD, Toon Disney, Playboy Television, and Animal Planet.  He’s also Produced two Public Service Announcements for The Michael J. Fox Parkinson’s Disease Foundation.

For Television, Matt has produced the specials “The Burkittsville 7” for Showtime, “The B.P.R.D. Declassified” for Sony TV/FX, and “Disney Channel’s Cast Party: Andi Mack” for Disney Channel.

Recently Matt developed a budgeting and actualizing app for short form productions called True Budget.

Mentioned in the Podcast


LA 411

True Budget

Episode 14 – Jason Waggenspack – Running a studio and making thing happen

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In this episode we talk with Jason Waggenspack about running a studio and making things happen.

Jason is the founder and CEO of Neutral Ground Films and The Ranch Film Studios. He has recently produced “The True Don Quixote” with Tim Blake Nelson and Jacob Batalon as well as “Arceneaux” with Lance Nichols and is currently directing the medicinal cannabis documentary called “Abby’s Joy”. He has played an integral part in landing several major motion pictures to the state of Louisiana for over a decade. He is the Treasure of the Louisiana Film Entertainment Association (LFEA) and is the 2018 Champions Of Tourism Award Winner by the Lt. Governor.

Episode 13 – Keith Alan Morris – Working as a production consultant, slow-filmmaking and the value of film school

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In this episode we talk with Keith Alan Morris (@keithalanmorris on twitter) about his role as a production consultant, slow-filmmaking and the value of film school.
Keith has been involved in numerous films as a writer/producer/director and cinematographer. Some of his films include “The Motorcycle Thief, The Clinic and Gutter King which was Keith’s breakthrough film.
In addition to being a film-maker Keith has served as a production consultant on numbers films including Old, Boy, The Magnificent Seven, Elvis & Nixon, and Mr. Right.
Currently Keith is a tenured Associate Professor of Film at Dillard University in New Orleans, an HBCU, where he runs the film program as the Program Coordinator. In 2015, the Film program was named one of two Signature Programs at Dillard.  Keith also won the 2012 Media Educator of the Year Award by the Social Change Film Fest and Institute and helps 3 to 9 features get made per semester.


The main goal is to LIVE the film.

Filmmakers and Actors must commit to LIVING the film.  

Shooting must never be rushed.  

The sentence “Are we making our days?” must never be mentioned on or near set.

Budgets and schedules should rarely, if ever, be considered. 

Locations must be easily attainable for multiple returns to shoot.

Only essential crew must be used for what the instant calls for. No waste!

Regard the instant more important than the whole. 

A goal is to take the time and every precaution possible to get every instant correct.

The filmmaker must do all his own sound design and post production.

The film shall be the filmmakers’ secret. The film shall not be promoted or released until the filmmaker is ready.


Shooting must be done on location. Props and sets must not be brought in (if a particular prop is necessary for the story, a location must be chosen where this prop is to be found).

The sound must never be produced apart from the images or vice versa. (Music must not be used unless it occurs where the scene is being shot.)

The camera must be hand-held. Any movement or immobility attainable in the hand is permitted.

The film must be in color. Special lighting is not acceptable. (If there is too little light for exposure the scene must be cut or a single lamp be attached to the camera.)

Optical work and filters are forbidden.

The film must not contain superficial action. (Murders, weapons, etc. must not occur.)

Temporal and geographical alienation are forbidden. (That is to say that the film takes place here and now.)

Genre movies are not acceptable.

The film format must be Academy 35 mm.

The director must not be credited.

Furthermore I swear as a director to refrain from personal taste! I am no longer an artist. I swear to refrain from creating a “work”, as I regard the instant as more important than the whole. My supreme goal is to force the truth out of my characters and settings. I swear to do so by all the means available and at the cost of any good taste and any aesthetic considerations.

Thus I make my VOW OF CHASTITY.

Copenhagen, Monday 13 March 1995

On behalf of DOGMA 95

Lars von Trier Thomas Vinterberg

Links Mentioned in this podcast

Dillard University – Dillard University is a private, historically black, liberal arts university in New Orleans, Louisiana, United States.

Asana – Collaborative Organizational Communication

Filmic Pro – Aspect Ratio / Filmic look for the iPhone

Celtx – Collaborative Screenwriting App

Studio Binder – Film Production Management

Episode 11 – Running a production office with Collier Meyer

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In this episode we talk with Collier Meyer (@space_naps on instagram).
Collier is a POC/APOC from Texas, who graduated with a Bachelors in media Production from The University of Alabama. He started out working in Los Angeles as an assistant to the legendary Dustin Hoffman where he quickly learned the inns and outs of the film industry.  In 2015 Collier and his wife moved to New Orleans where Collier spent a majority of his time as a coordinator on commercials. Most recently Collier has transitioned to the scripted world working on shows such as  “Wounds”, “Queen & Slim”, and “Bill & Ted Face the Music”.
Services mentioned in this episode

Episode 10 – The art of directing Background Actors with Alexander Salazar

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In this episode we talk with Alexander Salazar about the role of the 2nd 2nd AD and the art of directing Background Actors.
Alexander Salazar (@directedbysalazar on instagram) is a filmmaker and Assistant Director from Washington state, who graduated with a Bachelors in Film & Television Production from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles before moving to New Orleans to work on a wide range of independent and studio films. After working on numerous shows as a Production Assistant, Alex soon joined the Directors Guild and began working as a 2nd 2nd AD and Key 2nd AD. Some of his credits include Happy Death Day 2U, The Highwaymen, Yellowstone: Season 2, Queen of the South: Season 4, as well as the upcoming films Power and Bill & Ted: Face The Music. In addition to his work as an AD, Alex has directed two feature films, including the award-winning Amazon film “Danger, Dames & Dangerous Games” and “A Lesson In Cruelty”.

Apps mentioned in the podcast


Group Text

Books Mentioned in the podcast

Episode 9 – Using technology to scout and manage locations with location expert Dale Dreher

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In this episode we talk about all things locations with Dale Dreher (@dalerdreher on instagram)

Dale is a Location Scout and Manager in the Los Angeles Studio Zone and all of Southern California. 

His Specialties include Union and NonUnion Location Scouting, Management, Hard to Find Locations, Houses, Offices, Buildings, Schools, Suburban or Urban Locations, Streets, Freeways, Americana and all other locations you can imagine!  

Dale has worked on numerous movies, tv shows and commercials. Some of the projects Dale has worked on include Bright, Grace Unplugged, East Los Angeles, Its Always Sunny in Philadelphia, 24, Curb Your Enthusiasm and countless others…

Please check out Dale’s website https://www.socalscout.com

Apps and Sites mentioned in the podcast:

Lightroom by Adobe:    https://www.adobe.com/products/photoshop-lightroom.html?promoid=759X6WJP&mv=other

Solocator: Compass for the iPhone:    https://solocator.com/

Scheduling and Budgeting Software:  Jungle Software/Gorilla :   https://www.junglesoftware.com/products/gorilla_bud_home.php

Teamsters Local 399 Hollywood:   https://www.ht399.org/

Dropbox: http://www.dropbox.com

Daylite by Marketcircle: CRM on Mac Database Software:  https://www.marketcircle.com/why-daylite

Database for Information, Dual Platform:  Filemaker Pro:  https://www.filemaker.com/products/

Permit Service:  PPS:     https://lafilmpermits.com/

Permit Service:  FilmTHIS:    http://www.filmthis.net/film-permits/

FimLA Permitting:   https://www.filmla.com/for-filmmakers/

Standing Sets: DC Stages:   http://www.dcstages.com/

California Film Commission:  CA State Permits:  http://film.ca.gov/

Episode 8 – A case study on Avengers End Game and the 1st AD behind the movie Chris Castaldi

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In this episode we talk with 1st Assistant Director Chris Castaldi.

Chris is a graduate of UCLA with a bachelors in economics and emphasis in film started out in the film world as a Production Assistant and went on to work as a 2nd AD, 1st AD and is currently working in a producing capacity at Joe Roth’s Film.  Some of Chris’s credits include Avengers Endgame, Avengers Infinity War, Iron Man 1 and 2, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, Jurassic World, Tomorrowland, Pain & Gain, The Bourne Legacy, Mission Impossible – Ghost Protocol and more….