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Film Forums Podcast focuses on the people of film and how they have put their work in the public eye with success. We ask all your burning questions about screenwriting, pitching to studios, raising finance, submitting to BAFTA qualifying film festivals, distribution, marketing and more!We are interested in all aspects of the film industry from independent to blockbuster - all can find a home at Film Forums. We interview directors, actors and screenwriters about movies starring the likes of ...
 
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Kimmy Gatewood is a director, writer and actor whose debut narrative feature Good on Paper (2021), starring Iliza Shlesinger, is out on Netflix. This contemporary romantic comedy shines a light on the darker side of dating and is based - at least in part - on Shlesinger's real-life experiences. In this in-depth interview with us, Gatewood explains …
 
'I was homeless and living in my car four years ago.' This is that kind of interview. An inspiring, genuine conversation about Edward Drake, the life of a filmmaker who hit rock bottom and is now making movies with Hollywood stars. Edward is the writer-director of APEX, starring Neal McDonough and Bruce Willis. LOGLINE: Five elite hunters pay to hu…
 
During the course of this interview director Amber Sealey conceded that there have been over 20 narrative movies about serial killer Ted Bundy. So, it begs the question (which she answers before I get the chance to pose it): why make yet another film about this? Amber more than provides the answer - whilst admitting that she had her doubts about wh…
 
Isn't a showreel just a compilation of your best bits from your acting parts to date? No - at least, not according to a leading figure in the film and television showreel industry. Daniel Johnson is a writer and director from London who has made a name for himself by creating high quality showreel scenes for actors from scratch. In this lengthy and…
 
In a filmmaker's roundtable-style interview, guest host Jim Page (Film & TV Editor) brings us an insightful conversation with the Watts Brothers, with a focus on their horror film Playhouse (2021) which Jim also edited. Fionn and Toby Watts discuss growing up in a creative family and making films in their childhood. For six years they worked on cor…
 
Imagine getting your SAG-AFTRA card via Breaking Bad alongside Aaron Paul. Not bad, huh? That's what happened to rising actor Sarah Minnich, student of acting coach Lesly Kahn, who has gone on to feature alongside Hollywood greats like Nicolas Cage, Matthew Broderick, and can now be seen in the Netflix Original Army of the Dead (directed and co-wri…
 
If you love a Western, you’re going to love this episode's guest. Writer-director Justin Lee is a rising filmmaker who has made a number of feature-length movies in the genre, featuring the likes of Bruce Dern, Mira Sorvino and Thomas Jane. In this episode, Justin talks about the importance of making your first movie, whatever the budget, getting t…
 
Our guests for this episode are Claire and Anthony of Bueno Productions who, in 2007, decided to make a documentary about Ghostbusters. Little did they realise what was ahead of them, as they interviewed the likes of Dan Aykroyd, Sigourney Weaver and the late Harold Ramis. The result, over a decade later, is the best documentary you could wish to s…
 
Dan Mazer is a British filmmaker who just so happens to be Sacha Baron Cohen's co-producer and co-writer on Da Ali G Show (2000 - 2004), the Borat movies, Bruno (2009) and The Dictator (2012). Yes, if you've seen any of those, you know what you're getting into with Dan. Edgy? Tick. Comedy? Tick. Borderline uncomfortable? Gotcha. Other notable credi…
 
Medalion Rahimi is an American actor perhaps best known for her roles in Before I Fall (2017) and as Princess Isabella in the Shondaland drama, Still Star-Crossed (2017). Since 2019, she has played Special Agent Fatima Namazi in NCIS: Los Angeles (2009 – ). In this interview, Medalion Rahimi discusses her journey into film and television; from work…
 
Joshua had a difficult childhood, growing up homeless and in the foster care system. He also struggled with Childhood-onset Fluency Disorder Stutter. In this inspiring interview, he shares his harrowing journey to becoming a professional actor and how his experiences have empowered him. He discovered acting in his early teens when his foster parent…
 
James Capel is an actor and writer who, in 2020 decided it was time to create something he couldn't seem to find anywhere online: a dedicated writing community. Scribe Lounge offers writers' forums, spaces to collaborate and Q&As with writers in film and television, all for free, along with a paid subscription service. Whilst the platform was creat…
 
In a rare opportunity to learn about the filmmaking process, we bring you an exclusive Q&A with the executive producer of Oscar-nominated Netflix movie The Trial of the Chicago 7 (2020). Aiysha Jebali sits down with film producer Ryan Donnell Smith to find out what exactly a movie producer does and how to become one on big budget films like his. Ha…
 
Kyle Klaus is not your typical actor. Whilst many struggle with side hustles to support themselves during a long-term struggle to find work in the acting profession, Kyle has gone in another direction with more of a jet-set lifestyle. Whilst he's jumped on the long-haul flight that is the film industry alongside others in the acting fraternity, he'…
 
How do you make a high quality movie on a micro budget? Filmmakers Hedy Wong and Hisonni Johnson have answered this question with Take Out Girl (2020), about Tera Wong (played by Hedy), who delivers Chinese food for her mother’s struggling restaurant in Los Angeles. She takes a job from a local drug lord to move “product” in an attempt to free her …
 
Tania Sarra has worked as a successful executive in the film industry for 12 years, executive producing a number of films, a member of the Advisory Board for the London Film Academy and becoming Director of Acquisitions for MGM Studios. A global pandemic hasn’t slowed her ambition and in 2020 she co-founded the Global Women in Film Club and launche…
 
Born in Seoul, South Korea, Brian A. Metcalf (WGA, PGA, DGA, VES, ASCAP) is an Asian-American, award-winning filmmaker (writer, director, producer and actor). In this interview, Brian talks us through the creative process for making his most recent film, Adverse (2020), a drama/thriller that he produced, directed, wrote and acted in. Brian explains…
 
Actor Vikash Bhai is persistent. When he knows what he wants, he’s willing to do what it takes. Bhai tells our presenter how he auditioned 7 times for the role of Farhad, one of the main characters in Ben Sharrock’s BAFTA-nominated comedy-drama Limbo (2020). The film centres on four asylum seekers who are staying on a remote island in Scotland, tak…
 
Writer Emma Needell has had a long wait for success but is now living the dream. After countless rejections, submissions, and evening classes, her script for family-friendly, coming-of-age fantasy adventure The Water Man (2020) brought her six figures up front, plus a cut of the movie's profits. It actually took Emma over seven years to get from th…
 
Keanu Reeves, Wesley Snipes, Eddie Murphy and Chris Rock? Oh - and don't forget Denzel Washington... What would you give to work alongside any of these Hollywood acting stars? To learn from them, maybe even sit next to them on a film set and suggest to them that the scene they just filmed was going to be the shot for the movie's icon poster - in th…
 
George Gallo is a man of many creative talents, including screenwriting, filmmaking, producing and painting. Since writing his first feature film, Wise Guys (1986), he has been involved in a number of successful movies including Golden Globe nominated Midnight Run (1988), and Bad Boys (1995). His most recent film, Vanquish (2021), follows a former …
 
Alix Wilton Regan always dreamt of becoming an actress. She was the youngest person to be admitted to the prestigious Drama Studio London and has since worked alongside Glenn Close in The Wife (2017). Regan has also found enormous success as a voice actor for well-known video games such as Assassin’s Creed and Mass Effect 3, as well as being the vo…
 
'What matters is the story and how you craft it.' Jia Wertz is an award-winning independent documentary filmmaker focusing on true crime stories that shine a powerful light on wrongful convictions and the shortcomings of the American Justice system. At 16 years old, Jeffrey Deskovic fell victim to a serious miscarriage of justice when he was convic…
 
'Every director and producer worth their salt understands how important editing is' says Jim Page, a film and television editor with over 15 years of experience and counting. The list of clients that this impressively accomplished video editing professional will leave beginner editors of film salivating... Most won't get anywhere near the likes of …
 
After he graduated from the Montreal Film School, Hicham Hajji spent a year working on high profile music videos. He then ventured to Morocco where his filmmaking career began in earnest, working on feature films as a first assistant director. Founding his own production company in 2008 in Morocco, Hicham has since opened a branch in Los Angeles wh…
 
Mike P. Nelson is the director of the newest instalment of a classic horror franchise, with Wrong Turn (2021). The film follows a group of friends as they hike the Appalachian Trail. When they stray from the path, they stumble upon an isolated community who have lived there for hundreds of years and will go to any length to protect their way of lif…
 
2019's Joker was a dark, twisted journey into the origins of one of pop culture's greatest villains, brought to life through an Oscar-winning Joaquin Phoenix performance. The film inspired many unique and wonderful pieces of artwork, and it was one such piece which grabbed our attention here at Film Forums. Glen Stone, illustrator and a self-confes…
 
What Liam O'Donnell has achieved with Skylines (2020) is just about every film student's dream... Starting out as a completely independent film venture, based heavily on the locations they happened to have access to, the film series has grown into a treasured collection of science fiction action movies. All three films are available on either Netfl…
 
Horror, though highly commercial, is a genre which has struggled for originality in recent years, according to many, perhaps more than any other genre. Often relying on jump scares, extreme levels of gore and the same old settings - audiences have been crying out for something fresh and exciting. Shawn Linden's Hunter Hunter (2020) gives horror fan…
 
That difficult question: How to Fund an Independent Film? The truth is, there are many routes and here we discuss some of the biggest ones with Jeffrey A. Brown - independent filmmaker of The Beach House (2019/II), distributed by AMC Network's Shudder. Just a few things you could consider for raising capital to fund your indie movie: • Create a pit…
 
Political exile and award-winning filmmaker, Nadira Murray, tells Film Forums' Aiysha Jebali exactly what inspired her cinematic rendition of the UK former "Fast Track" deportation system in her film Locked In (2017). When we think of such a topic as detention centres and deportation, we often expect to see it in a documentary format. This can some…
 
USC School of Cinematic Arts graduate and successful filmmaker, Braden R. Duemmler, reveals what he has learned over the years - from being a student at a prestigious top-tier film school to producing his own cinematic horror What Lies Below (2020) and how it gained full distribution with Saban Films. Duemmler walks us through the most important as…
 
American actress, producer and recording artist, Tamela D'Amico joins presenter Aiysha Jebali for another insightful episode of the Film Forums Podcast. D'Amico takes us through her amazing career in the performing arts from an early age, all the way to her recent outlook-altering experience, the Cannes selected Indian film One Little Finger (2019)…
 
At the time of publishing this video the pilot episode of Boy*Friends (2020) has reached an incredible 1M views on YouTube! Isaiah Frizzelle plays Dom in the comedy series written by Noam Ash and Austin Bening, a show that follows two roommates, one gay and one straight, navigating their way through university to adulthood. Isaiah talks about how h…
 
We're delighted to bring you this interview with the charming and wonderfully talented Ferdinand Kingsley, who plays Irving Thalberg in the latest masterpiece by director, David Fincher. Mank (2020, Netflix) is set in old Hollywood and centres around the elite circle that were running MGM at the time Herman J. Mankiewicz was developing Orson Welles…
 
People say that your soundtrack is one third of your film - so why is it so often overlooked by independent filmmakers? Film Forums presenter Aiysha Jebali discusses with Andrew what narrative music really is and why it is so important in the film industry with accomplished movie composer Andrew S. Markus from 4scoreand7music. Andrew also tells us …
 
Lauren McCann, the writer and director of 'Girl Boxer', discusses the fine lines of morality in life and film with presenter and actress, Aiysha Jebali. Lauren wrote the gritty series' proof of concept which explores the ethics of when it may be tempting to take a life and whether or not extenuating circumstances make a difference. 'Girl Boxer' tel…
 
We talk Black Lives Matter, human value and white privilege with the director of topical film, The Subject (2020) written by Chisa Hutchison, starring Jason Biggs, Aunjanue Ellis and Anabelle Acosta. "The Subject follows a successful white documentary filmmaker as he deals with the fallout from his last film, which caught the murder of a Black teen…
 
David Jonsson talks to Film Forums about his journey as a young, up and coming actor. From being on report in his East London school, to being selected for a Warner Bros scholarship at RADA and landing a series' regular role on the new BBC/HBO series, 'Industry'. --- Film Forums Podcast focuses on the people of film and how they have put their work…
 
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