“Searching for the Wrong-Eyed Jesus” with Kelley Baker

"Searching for the Wrong-Eyed Jesus" with Kelley Baker

How do you know you’re getting the real story when you go someplace new? If you’re a documentarian, how do you tap into the reality that stories are everywhere, as long as you have the key, the very object that provides access to the storytellers? In Searching for the Wrong-Eyed Jesus, directed by Andrew Douglas, the South came alive with a 1970 Chevrolet Impala.

“Cosmic Accidents and Other Inciting Incidents” with Kelley Baker

"Cosmic Accidents and Other Inciting Incidents" with Kelley Baker

Kelley and I are kicking off this season in style with a lively chat about his independent filmmaking and writing journey from film school, working in the sound department, and directing shorts and features in Portland, Oregon to writing books and short stories. We talk about why living life is so important for artists, what makes a memorable story, what he looks for and what turns him off in movies, why book-to-film adaptations often fail to measure up to his imagination, and why you should always help your friends out on their creative journey. Sprinkled throughout is his approach to both filmmaking and writing books: do whatever you need to do to tell your stories.

“Our Filmmaking Futures” with Ryan Erlandsen

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From producing and releasing feature films on a more consistent schedule to creating projects that have more depth and substance, we explore the topic of legacy and what we bring to our films as we get older.

“Building Community” with Ryan Erlandsen

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A critical component of filmmaking is making sure there’s an audience for your film. Ryan and I talk about ways to get your film in front of the right people from sharing about it on social media and going to related events to premiering it in your local town.

“Fit It In Post” with Ryan Erlandsen

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In this conversation, Ryan and I talk about our thoughts on this phrase, along with our philosophies of editing, new technologies we would love to have in software, and the inspirational impact that KISS and George Lucas has had on Ryan’s career.

“Tales from the Set” with Ryan Erlandsen

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From planning production days and figuring out what equipment you’ll need to making sure you have the necessary crew members and getting everything set up accordingly, there are endless factors that can make or break your film.

Interlude: Strengthen Your Imagination

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As Ryan recovers from some seasonal sickness and regains his voice, we collaborated on a few ways for you to strengthen your imagination, because let’s be honest, if you’re anything like us, you need to let your mind wander in the ethereal realm of creativity more often.

“Found Spaces & Sets” with Ryan Erlandsen

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Yes, actors are essential to the success of any film, but equally important are the found spaces and sets that contain the stories. In this episode, Ryan and I talk about our formative years of exploration and how they influence the films we make and the stories we aspire to tell.

“Writing Modern Myths” with Ryan Erlandsen

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There are two big questions that inform this episode: First, when we trace back the mythological lineage of our modern stories, where in time do we end up? And second, will modern audiences accept and believe old stories if told in new ways? Ryan and I explore these questions along with where ideas come from starting with our shared love for concept albums and music videos.

“Team Works” with Ryan Erlandsen

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In this episode, we explore team work and the many ways to build a cast and crew for independent projects. From gas station casting and coffee shop networking to bringing people of all skill levels together, Ryan shares his experiences of finding the right—and sometimes wrong—people for his projects. As someone who often approaches my own creative projects by myself, I also share how collaborating with Ryan has positively impacted my work.

“Money Talks” with Ryan Erlandsen

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From creative ways to funding movies and paying for actors and equipment to figuring out the modern-day path to profitability, Ryan candidly shares how he has gotten two feature films made and how he will approach distribution and selling the films.

“Ideas & Inspiration” with Ryan Erlandsen

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Throughout the season, we are exploring micro-to-no-budget filmmaking in the Pacific Northwest. We’ll touch on the hot topics of the day and our shared love for symphonic metal and cheesy horror films.

“Origin Stories” with Ryan Erlandsen

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Ryan Erlandsen of Marble Mountain Films produces music videos, short films and features of the horror persuasion and is the special guest for season two. Come on into the cabin and hear us talk about our filmmaking origin stories.

“All Hail! The Cinematic Experience” with Dan Wyatt & Richard Beer

"All Hail! The Cinematic Experience" with Dan Wyatt & Richard Beer (BYI15)

Deep in the heart of downtown Vancouver, Washington, on Main Street, you’ll find the Kiggins Theatre, run by a small team of film lovers, including today’s guests, Dan Wyatt and Richard Beer. From storytelling and searching for meaning to the changing nature of audiences and the cinematic experience, our conversation weaves between a multitude of topics. There’s a lot here about the struggles and triumphs of running an independent theater in an industry owned by giant corporations. You’ll get a glimpse into community building and grassroots marketing at its finest. Not to mention a healthy list of films to watch after you listen to the show.

“Scores & Storytelling” with Ian Honeyman

"Scores & Storytelling" with Ian Honeyman (BYI14)

There is something magical about music and how it brings a film to life. From a melody that finds an emotional and psychological connection to characters to the unique soul of instruments, music goes deeper than other storytelling mediums faster. Ian Honeyman is a composer, music producer, and multi-instrumentalist with over 60 feature film and TV credits. In this conversation, he talks about how he comes up with ideas, his interest in unique instruments from around the world, and the secret to creating music and telling stories. He also has a lot of great advice for directors on how they can work with composers.

“Unbridled Imagination” with Kyle Shold

"Unbridled Imagination" with Kyle Shold (BYI13)

When I think about people who love movies, my friend and today’s guest Kyle Shold instantly comes to mind. An illustrator by trade, who created the fantastic poster for this podcast, he uses his passion for film and storytelling tools—from cinematography to scores—to influence his work. In this conversation, we cover a lot of ground, from his first cinematic memory that sparked his imagination to the score that fuels his creativity. We also talk about how movies shift through time, the differences between physical and streaming media, and why quality and control are crucial elements in curating your film library.

“Flipping the Script” with Kanani Koster

"Flipping the Script" with Kanani Koster (BYI12)

How do you reclaim and redefine the stories and American iconography present in films? Kanani Koster is a filmmaker from Portland, Oregon, flipping the script and telling stories that explore race, power, and privilege with violence, gore, and brutality, without feeding collective trauma. From her early days in Seattle meeting amazing mentors to the community atmosphere and punk vibe of Portland, Oregon, Kanani brings her imagination to life by collaborating and ensuring that her team challenges and checks one another’s perceptions and ideas.

“The Life-Changing Impact of Film Festivals” with Dr. Rebekah Louisa Smith

"The Life-Changing Impact of Film Festivals" with Dr. Rebekah Louisa Smith (BYI11)

With over 8,000 and counting film festivals worldwide, how will you make sure your film gets into the right festivals? Dr. Rebekah Louisa Smith is the founder of The Film Festival Doctor, a company that helps filmmakers create a focused film festival strategy, including planning, organization, logistics, and support. Suppose you are a filmmaker who hasn’t considered the life-changing impact of film festivals. Rebekah is adamant that you’ll discover community and new voices, not to mention the chance to polish your film’s vision.

“Exploration in Absurdity” with Karl Jahnke

"Exploration in Absurdity" with Karl Jahnke (BYI10)

Never before in the entire history of cinema has animation been more crucial to film and television production. Not to mention technologically possible and affordable for artists around the world. From his early days programming draw functions in computers to currently teaching students rotoscoping and animation, Karl Jahnke has been exploring stories and the surreal much of his life. In this conversation, he shares the significant influences in his early career, his approach to storytelling, why he created the Mobile Animation Film Festival, and his prediction for the future of animation.

“Make Friends, Not Fans” with Taylor Morden

"Make Friends, Not Fans" with Taylor Morden (BYI09)

What does it take to build and connect with an audience in the digital age of independent film? Taylor Morden of Pop Motion Pictures discovered the answer in his early musician days: make friends, not fans. The transition from music to film was natural as the do-it-yourself punk rock work ethic made sense in the world of documentary film. Learn whatever you need to learn, do what you need to do, and always build your community. From his first documentary about the band, The Refreshments, to his films about ska music and the last Blockbuster Video store in Bend, Oregon, Taylor brings movies to life that matter to both him and his audience. On top of that, he makes sure to have a good time.

“Building a Sound Career and a Meaningful Life” with Robb Mills

"Building a Sound Career and a Meaningful Life" with Robb Mills (BYI08)

I’m always fascinated with stories of how people have built long-lasting and sustainable careers. But what happens when someone burns out doing something they love, decides to learn a new trade, and ends up not only rebuilding a career but creates a more meaningful life in the process? That is the story of Robb Mills, an independent audio contractor for over 20 years, working on films and video games as a sound designer and music composer. From the hustle and grind of his early days to resetting his life with yoga therapy, Robb candidly shares story after story of honing his craft around his love for sound and music while serving and sharing life with others.

“The Battle Against Time & Ego” with Benjamin Ironside Koppin

"The Battle Against Time & Ego" with Benjamin Ironside Koppin (BYI07)

I met Benjamin Ironside Koppin in 2013 on the set of his indie horror feature, Made Me Do It, where I ruined a long handheld take by dropping the camera into my lap. Fortunately, he was cool about it, and we went on to collaborate on several other projects throughout the years. The philosophy of his production company, Ironside Films, is simple: tell the stories we want to tell in the way we want to do it. Partnering with his wife Kristin, they work together to bust through limitations and manage expectations to make one feature film a year.

“Putting Good Into the World” with Maggie Hart and Brittany Zampella

"Putting Good Into the World" with Maggie Hart and Brittany Zampella (BYI06)

A statement on their website is boldly simple yet deeply profound: “We only make Good things.” That’s Good With a capital G! The founders of Farsighted Creative, Maggie Hart and Brittany Zampella, are here to talk about what it means to not only create media that’s good but also put good into the world. They also share how their creative partnership’s power propelled them forward to create short films, write music, launch two podcasts, and work with ethically sourced clients. It’s refreshing to talk with two passionate professionals who are doing work that truly matters to themselves and the world.

“Speak Up and Step Into Your Voice” with Jhanvi Motla

"Speak Up and Step Into Your Voice" with Jhanvi Motla (BYI05)

How do you learn to speak up and step into the power of your voice? For filmmaker Jhanvi Motla, it started with a physical journey from Mumbai, India, to the United States to study filmmaking and bring stories to life that matter to her. In this engaging conversation, Jhanvi shares story after story about how she had to become resilient and disciplined to be independent while also learning to accept other people’s support. Throughout the conversation, the weight of family and culture is present as she steps into her voice to tell the story of herself, her mother, and the unacknowledged heroes of the home in her upcoming documentary feature, Household Heroes.

“In Service to the Story” with J. Blake Fichera

"In Service to the Story" with J. Blake Fichera (BYI04)

In this conversation with J. Blake Fichera, author of the Scored to Death books and host of the companion podcast, we explore his love for music and how it relates to the work he does as a film editor, podcaster, and blues musician. We talk in-depth about music as a language, the importance of rhythm and structure, and his work as a development editor for reality shows. He also shares about the growth he experienced writing his latest book, Scored to Death 2: More Conversations with Some of Horror’s Greatest Composers.

“The Foundations of Funny, Film, and Fart Jokes” with gough

"The Foundations of Funny, Film, and Fart Jokes" with gough (BYI03)

How driven are you to create the work you see in your mind’s eye? Will you produce more excuses than scripts and films? Or push through adversity and rejection, doing whatever it takes? From the Gold Coast of Australia, today’s guest goes by the name of gough and is the director of Beernuts Productions, “a prolific producer of film, television, audio downloads, books and other forms of creative media.” And he happens to be legally blind.

“For a Force Bigger Than Myself” with Erica Taylor Davis

"For a Force Bigger Than Myself" with Erica Taylor Davis (BYI02)

What do you do when you are going through a health crisis, and you are a filmmaker? You turn the experience into a film. When Erica Taylor Davis was diagnosed with uterine fibroids, a medical condition that 80% of African American women and 75% of Caucasian women suffer from, she saw a much larger story unfolding. In the midst of her own pain and struggle, she courageously pushed through to objectively tell her story, and the stories of countless women with the impact fibroids and endometriosis have had on their lives in a documentary called Red Alert: The Fight Against Fibroids. If you are currently struggling with gripping self-doubt as you tell your own story, I hope you find a glimmer of hope and encouragement in Erica’s story of courage, patience, and perseverance.

“Filmmaking for Life” with Beth Harrington and Kelley Baker

"Filmmaking for Life" with Beth Harrington and Kelley Baker (BYI01)

The question at the heart of this conversation was inspired by a moment of brutal truth on a recent job: How does filmmaking change as you get older? I reached out to two filmmakers I madly respect, Beth Harrington and the Angry Filmmaker, Kelley Baker. We had a fun and engaging conversation about the changing nature of filmmaking as you get older. With over 40 years each into their careers, both continually move forward into the future, telling stories that matter to them, building supportive communities, remaining fiercely independent, and realizing that they are in this pursuit for life.