Season 2

Season 2 of Beyond Your Imagination featured special guest Ryan Erlandsen of Marble Mountain Films. In each episode, we will unpack an area of Ryan’s approach to filmmaking, from his origin story as a filmmaker and why he loves making horror films to collaboration, creative financing, and how he manages multiple projects. We will record each conversation on location in the cabin he built in his backyard, specifically for his horror projects. In the meantime, check out the podcast’s first season, which features conversations with independent filmmakers, composers, film lovers, animators, and sound designers.

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About Ryan Erlandsen

Ryan Erlandsen of Marble Mountain Films is a filmmaker and photographer producing independent horror films and music videos in his backyard and around the Pacific Northwest. I constantly marvel at Ryan’s ability to imagine what a set could be and then actually build it. He first constructed a cabin in his backyard. Over time, he added different rooms to his patio, a shed in the spirit of Evil Dead II (1987) including a trapdoor, and the latest, a barn facade to block the neighbor’s house. I hope you’ll be as inspired by Ryan’s spirit of creation as I am.


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“Origin Stories” with Ryan Erlandsen

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.

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“Money Talks” with Ryan Erlandsen

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.

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“Team Works” with Ryan Erlandsen

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.

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“Writing Modern Myths” with Ryan Erlandsen

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.

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