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Indie Film Tribe

Indie filmmakers, actors and screenwriters that are passionate about creating socially conscious content, learn, get inspired and get motivated to create projects with a purpose! Through interviews and solo lessons from industry experts you will learn how to create, produce, market and distribute your socially conscious projects. The Indie Film Tribe podcast will also shine a light on creators of color, women and other under represented artist's. Building an online tribe of artists that support and inspire one another by sharing our stories, educating ourselves and helping each other get our socially conscious projects out into the world.
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May 22, 2019

Today’s episode is for writers or actors that write and are thinking about self producing.


The lead actress on the film I am currently directing, is also first time film producer, wrote the script and she is the star of the film.

As many of you know I am passionate about helping actors and writers product their own projects though my self producing partner consulting program, and although Lita is not one of my students, her project embodies all the elements that I teach my students.

Today I talk about what I think the most important element is when producing your own project:


What story can you tell that will inspire people to want to help you make your movie?

May 15, 2019

Today's episode is super duper short but I thought I'd update you on what is happening now and give you two quick thoughts about preparing for your shoot in regards to working with your actors.

If you are a first time director and wonder how to work with actors, this super quick episode is for you! In a nutshell though, TRUST THEM!

If you cast your project properly you've cast actors that are trained and know what to do. Trust is everything! If you've cast someone more for their personality, trust that. We are shooting THE GOOD BALLOON in just a few short weeks and I can't wait to get on set. We have cast some super talented actors and even hired a YouTube sensation.

I LOVE DIRECTING! I really hope you are spending your day on projects you love as well.

#indiefilm #womenInFilm

May 8, 2019

If you are a First time director or producer and here a crew member say: don’t worry, we can fix it in post! WORRY!

 

Absolutely worry and do whatever you can to handle everything you can while on set.

Handling issues in post is expensive and does not always work out.

If you want distribution for your film you have to pass QC, one way to make sure that you do before you go into post production, make sure you record, shoot EVERYTHING you planned to while on Especially sound. Have multiple takes of important scenes.

I know as an indie filmmaker we are literally running against the clock with limited funds, but one way to get around this is to make sure to:

note your most important scenes, meaning, scenes the film cannot do without and make sure, that no matter what: you get the audio, room tone, and you have multiple takes, even if you think you’ve captured what you need, ALWAYS ALWAYS do one more take for safety.

I know that’s often not possible on every scene, so make sure to create a list, make sure your first AD knows which scenes are crucial. Because no matter what happens, there always seems to be some issue in the shot that everyone missed.

Happens ALL THE TIME. Do one more take for safety on those crucial scenes.

If you have a tired crew member say, “you can fix it in post”, remember, you are the one that has to live with these mistakes. Not your gaffer, not your sound guy, so get it while on set. Do whatever you have to do because I promise you, you don’t want to have to reshoot or pay a lab expensive fees to fix it later.

 

May 1, 2019

UPDATE:

If this is your first time checking in with Indie Film Tribe, welcome! As many of you know i’m in the process of getting my first feature film out into the world and

 

I am in the middle of deliverables for the film Elevate. I'm prepping for our next film festival. I am finishing writing my next feature script, I'm beginning prep on a short film that i’m super excited about but I miss my indie film tribe so I think for the next few weeks, let's just call these episodes mini spring/ summer sessions,

 

I'll be on every week, but just in bite size chunks, and I'll share my journey  with you

Instead of waiting for it to end and then come back on. So instead of doing these epic 45 minutes episodes, in order to be more consistent, i’ll do mini episodes and today’s episode is all about film festivals and distribution for your first feature film!

Mar 6, 2019

So this episode is a bit of a departure from the Indie Film Tribe norm, but as an artist, I think you'll find this episode very interesting! Sourabh Kothari is an Indian man who grew up in China and spent most of his life here in the US. He has been a storyteller for some of the world’s largest brands, and his team was nominated for 2 Emmy awards when he was working in Silicon Valley at one of the world’s largest tech companies. Now he is the co-founder of IntentWave, where he’s building artificial intelligence that can sense emotions.

At his company Intent Wave they’re building artificial intelligence that can sense human emotions through wearables like your Apple Watch. This allows us to create digital empathy, because we can reflect back to each person their own personality. Their own natural emotional and behavioral patterns, their own decisions, and ultimately what’s causing their stress, their pain, and how to start making small behavioral changes to be happier and healthier.

To Learn More Please Visit: MindConferences.com

Feb 20, 2019

Actor, Writer_Producer Lita Lopez shares her journey to producing, writing and starring in her first film project, THE GOOD BALLOON.

The Good Balloon brings out of the darkness two debilitating struggles that almost all of us will face at some point in our lives, but very few really know how to talk about - GRIEF & Mental Illness.

When it hits your life, it can truly feel like you've been run down by a bus and all the light has gone out of the world. That's how our guest Lita Lopez was feeling on one dark day when this miracle story happened.

Please visit: https://www.seedandspark.com/fund/the-good-balloon#story 

 

 

Jan 31, 2019

As you may or may not know I did end up taking a break from the podcast, you can hear about it Season 3 Ep #1, so this week’s episode was actually recorded a few months ago.

What ended up being such a surprise, when I pulled up the filmmakers website to prepare for this email, it was such a wonderful surprise to see that his film has picked up so much traction since the last time we spoke. It’s interesting because when I interviewed him, he and I were both pretty frustrated about our first feature film not being accepted into many/any film festivals.

He was struggling, I was struggling, and it’s so wonderful and fascinating to see how we both are now in a completely different place. Life is nuts, but this is such a lesson in having faith, patience and believing in your project.

#TheGodInsideMyEar

Jun 13, 2018

Allison Volk is an award-winning writer, film producer and actress. In 2017 she wrote, produced and acted in her second feature film, Deany Bean is Dead, a darkly comedic story about a woman who tries to win back her ex-boyfriend at his engagement party - without revealing that her boss' dead body is in the trunk of her car!

Allison has written and produced six short films and written several plays which have enjoyed production in Los Angeles and New York, one of which took the Denise Regan Wisenmeyer Award in 2010. In 2014 her first full-length play, Rite of Seymour, enjoyed production at the Son of Semele Ensemble in Los Angeles and her second full-length play, Sonnets, Songs & Sorry, Will's Been Dead 400 Years! premiered in 2016 as part of Shakespeare Orange County's summer season. 

She is currently in pre-production for a short fantasy/drama called What Katie Did that will shoot in Colorado in August 2018. Her dark action comedy feature script Tiger Woman recently won Best Screenplay at the Utah Film Awards 2018.

Allison also co-founded The City Shakespeare Company in Santa Monica where she served as co-artistic director for three years and made her feature film debut in 2013 in the role of 'Jane' in Disney's The Lone Ranger.

Mar 14, 2018

I've brought back talented actor Becki Dennis from episode #8 ! In that episode she talked about being a plus size actor in Hollywood and shared her amazing journey from Boston to Los Angeles. check it out if you haven't, it's awesome!

One of the reasons I love bringing back guests is because you get to witness their progress as they move forward in their careers after hearing the "behind the scenes"  interview on the podcast.

At the time of our last interview Becki had booked roles on THIS IS US, SPEECHLESS and a handful of other shows, and now about a year later, oh my gosh you guys, this woman is on fire!

I found this episode to be incredibly inspiring for oh so many reasons. Her work ethic is undeniable, her focus, positive mindset and kindness are traits that I find to be truly admirable.

Feb 28, 2018

Her short film Muted (on HBO) is about a black family struggling to draw in law enforcement and media attention to their missing daughter. Brandi Nicole Payne not only wrote it, she also stars in it alongside Chandra Wilson of Grey’s Anatomy, and Malcolm Jamaal Warner. An all star cast on her first self produced short film! And of course it’s an award winner. Watch it here now:

 http://www.mutedthemovie.com/

Brandi is currently finishing up her time with the HBO Access Diversity screenwriting program and she is also getting ready to make her directorial debut!

Click Here for more info: http://www.alohashortfilm.com

What makes her even more inspiring is the fact that she is also an actor, a mother of three, a wife, and she even has a part time day job!

If you ever feel like you don’t have enough time or resources to bring your dreams into fruition, you may be inspired by this tremendous lady. No excuses!

 

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