Three Directing Careers in One w Michael Pressman – Just Shoot It 140

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Michael Pressman has directed major studio movies (Ninja Turtles II, anyone?), countless episodes of TV (Law and Order, Blue Bloods, Chicago Med) AND theater. He’s a classic Hollywood director’s who’s life is filled with wild stories of the old days, and how he stays excited about the job after all these years. Strap in for our conversation with Michel Pressman, and check out Michael’s play Finks.

 

The Sustainable Indie Film Career w Mark Stolaroff – Just Shoot It 139

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Mark Stolaroff has made countless indie movies. Get the down low on how he’s made so many, and the secrets behind indie and micro features.

Check out his latest film, DriverX out Nov 30 to theaters & VOD thru @IFCFilms

 

The Inner Workings of TV Writing w Blackish Writer Steve Vitolo – Just Shoot It 138

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Tune in for an episode with television writer and Scriptation founder Steve Vitolo. He talks about how he worked his way from Script Coordinator to full fledged Writer for the TV show Blackish. He also talks about the app he created called Scriptation, which tracks the changes in notes in script revisions.

 

From Star Trek to Counterpart to Empire … How to Break Into Directing Network TV w Hanelle Culpepper – Just Shoot It 136

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TV director extraordinaire, Hanelle Culpepper (EmpireStar TrekCounterpartCastleCriminal Minds90210Gotham) joins us to talk about directing for network television. She tells us how she climbed the ranks to get where she is today, and she also shares some great strategies for getting the most out of your shadowing experience.

 

Fund Your Movie w Seed & Spark’s Founder Emily Best (Liz Manashil guest host) – Just Shoot It 135

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Emily Best, founder of Seed & Spark joins Oren and guest host Liz Manashil to talk about filmmaker education, the state of crowd funding, and building a sustainable filmmaking career.

 

You’ve Made a Short. Now What? w Short of the Week’s Andrew Allen & Jason Sondhi – Just Shoot It 133

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Andrew Allen and Jason Sondhi stop by this week to talk about how to make a truly great short film and then distribute it. These guys are the brains behind the acclaimed online shorts festival, Short of the Week (www.shortoftheweek.com). They have also written an exceptional article all about how to make a short that stands out and use it to further your career (www.shortoftheweek.com/news/be-every…e-all-at-once). So if you want some great advice on making and distributing a short, listen in.

Be sure to also check out the article, 15 Things Wrong With Your Short Film, a piece about the dos and don’ts of making a short film. You can find the article found on the Short of the Week website at www.shortoftheweek.com/news/15-thing…ng-short-film.

 

Indie Thriller to HBO Comedy, the Smooth Moves of Sarah Adina Smith – Just Shoot It 132

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Director Sarah Adina Smith (Legion, Room 104, The Midnight Swim) speaks with us very candidly about how she had to make her own opportunities to get her career off the ground. She breaks down exactly how she used an unorthodox approach in making her first Microbudget feature, then tells us how she pivoted into directing TV for Amazon Prime and HBO (no big deal!).

Be sure to look out for Sarah’s name in the credits for the upcoming Amazon Prime series, Hanna.

 

Filming a Threesome… thing w James Morosini – Just Shoot It 131

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This week we sit down with filmmaker and actor James Morosini (American Horror Story, Foursome, Lethal Weapon) to discuss his new feature film, Threesomething, and how he parlays difficulties in production into creative inspiration.

Follow along with Jumai’s adventures in real time. Check out her site here: www.jumaiyusuf.com with information about her student “Lucid“, Instagram/Twitter (@iamjumaii)