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IFH 377: Predatory Film Distributors – The Minimum Guarantee Scam

Today on the show I continue my series on Predatory Film Distributors. An IFH Tribe member reached out to me to let me know about a scam that she almost fell for. If she hadn’t reached out to a very experienced entertainment attorney, she would have lost $90,000. I’m calling this The Minimum Guaran....

BPS 70: The Secrets of Story w/ Matt Bird

The Secrets of Story with Matt BirdYou’ve just boarded a plane. You’ve loaded your phone with your favorite podcasts, but before you can pop in your earbuds, disaster strikes: The guy in the next seat starts telling you all about something crazy that happened to him–in great detail. This is the unwelcome storyteller, trying to con....

IFH 376: Selling 10K DVDs & Building an Indie Empire w/ Mark Harris

Today on the show we have Filmtrepreneur Mark Harris. Mark is a self-taught filmmaker. His movies have been distributed by major distributors and he’s self-distributed many of his earlier films and sold hundreds of thousands of copies in the US and overseas. Mark was born and raised in the Englewood ....

BPS 65: How NOT to Get Screwed on a Screenwriting Assignment

Today on the show I going to be discussing how NOT to get screwed on a screenwriting assignment. According to Wikipedia isA screenwriter can also be approached and offered an assignment. Assignment scripts are generally adaptations of an existing idea or property owned by the hiring company, but can....

FiLMLaB Writers Room

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IFH 370: The Art of Directing Actors with Judy Weston

Todays guest is the legendary writer and educator Judith Weston. Her book Directing Actors: Creating Memorable Performances for Film & Television andThe Film Director’s Intuition: Script Analysis and Rehearsal Techniques  is a must-read for any film director.Judith consults one-on-one with directo....

FSS Ep 11: Murder & Ghosts in Rockford w/ Kathi Kresol

Rockford, Illinois historian Kathi Kresol uses her platform as a speaker & author to speak for the victims.  Few times is it so obvious how a writer found her voice and inspiration than when you hear about the tragic story of the home Kathi lived in, that mad....

Chicago IndieFest

A Chicago Independent Film Festival....

BPS 64: Crash, Boom, Bang! How to Write Action Movies w/ Michael Lucker

Today on the show we have screenwriter, Michael Lucker. Michael is a writer, director, and producer with twenty years of experience creating film, television, animation and digital media. He began his career writing and directing television commercials while....

Page Turner Feature & TV Pilot GENRE Competition

PAGE-TURNER: page–turn·er \ n.A script so compelling or exciting that the reader is unable to put it down.And that’s exactly what the PAGE-TURNER Screenplay Competition is looking for. The 3rd ANNUAL FEATURE & TV PILOT GENRE COMPETITION is designed with the writer in mind. This is a competition that is somewhat unique so please read everythi....

Interview with Writer/Director, Darren Coyle, Production and Festival Tips

SYS Episode 331 This week Ashley Scott Meyers talks with Writer/Director/Producer Darren Coyle. Topics include his latest Comedy Chasing Sunshine, which has a cast including, Jessica Maraz, Helen Hong and Trevor Penick of the band O-Town. Darren Coyle also goes into detail about shooting moving car scenes with a process trailer and pro tips for ....

Interview with Writer, Alan Trezza, and His Horror Comedy

SYS Episode 330 This week Ashley Scott Meyers talks with screenwriter Alan Trezza. He talks about his latest credit, the Horror Comedy We Summon The Darkness (2019). The cast includes Alexandra Daddario and Maddie Hasson. Alan also goes into detail about casting Alexandra Daddario and working with her on his prior movie Burying The Ex (2014).....

Interview with Actor/Director, Jamie Bernadette

SYS Episode 329This Week Ashley Scott Meyers talks with Actor/Producer Jamie Bernadette.They talk about her latest movie Dead By Dawn (2020). As a Producer, Jamie tells us what gets her involved with certain scripts and what writers should avoid doing with their screenplays....