10 – From Joey to Hollywood with Screenwriter Stuart Beattie

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Screenwriter/Director Stuart Beattie
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Screenwriter/Director, Stuart Beattie, joins me in Episode 10 to discuss his journey from a little Australian film, JOEY, to big Hollywood movies like PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN and COLLATERAL, then back on home soil with AUSTRALIA, TOMORROW WHEN THE WAR BEGAN and I, FRANKENSTEIN.

Stuart grew up in Australia and studied at Charles Stuart University, from where he did a college exchange to Oregon State University, USA. He then moved to Los Angeles in 1992, supporting himself by day at Taco Bell as he studied screenwriting by night at UCLA Extension. After he won UCLA’s Diane Thomas Screenwriting Award, Beattie signed with a Hollywood literary agent. And so began his Hollywood ride…

Joey poster 1In particular, we chat about:

  • Working at Taco Bell, flipping burgers and working at a ‘bottle-o’ while studying screenwriting
  • Connecting with the Aussie Mafia in Los Angeles
  • Writing a feature screenplay in 4 weeks
  • Breaking into Hollywood after writing the Australian films, JOEY and KICK
  • The inspiration behind COLLATERAL
  • Avoiding writer’s block
  • How to avoid being typecast in a particular genre
  • Dealing with notes about your script
  • Making the step from writing to directing with TOMORROW, WHEN THE WAR BEGAN
  • What to do, and not to do, as a director
  • Making a ‘Hollywood movie’ in Australia
  • What Stuart would do, and not do, if he had his time again

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9 – Time Lapse with Bradley King and BP Cooper: Part 2

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Writer/Director Bradley King and Writer/Producer BP Cooper join me again in Episode 9 for Part 2 of a discussion about their break out feature film, TIME LAPSE. A really fun chat!

Bradley King – Writer/Director  Time Lapse polaroid wall

Hailing from Los Alamos, New Mexico, Bradley studied animation at the Colorado Institute of Art and then attended the Colorado Film School where he won several student awards for his short films. After moving to Los Angeles, he wrote and directed the film festival winner “Action Figures,” a short comedy about an over-planned yet ill-fated convenience store robbery. He then directed the XBOX / Star Wars viral hit “Thanksgiving Dinner” which became an online sensation garnering millions of web hits. TIME LAPSE is his first feature film. When he grows up he hopes to be a combination of Harry Potter and James Bond. He currently resides in Downtown Los Angeles.


Polaroid from Time LapseBP Cooper – Writer/Producer

Born in Denver, Colorado, Cooper moved to L.A. and started producing music videos. Eventually moving into commercials and independent films. Under his new production shingle Uncooperative Pictures, he produced and co-wrote the sci-fi thriller TIME LAPSE.

In particular, we chat about:

  • Working within budget limitations
  • Writing towards a shooting date
  • Respecting the audience’s intelligence in the Science Fiction genre
  • Production schedule
  • Transforming an abandoned apartment block into a set
  • Self financing your first film
  • The pros and cons of disclosing the budget of your indie movie
  • The value of test screenings
  • Balancing the script with improvisation
  • The challenges of low budget productions
  • The value of film festivals
  • Seeking criticism of your film from friends and strangers

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8 – Time Lapse with Bradley King and BP Cooper: Part 1

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Writer/Director, Bradley King, and Writer/Producer, BP Cooper, join me in Episode 8 for Part 1 of a discussion about their break out feature film, TIME LAPSE.

Writer/Director Bradley King
Writer/Director Bradley King

Bradley King – Writer/Director

Hailing from Los Alamos, New Mexico, Bradley studied animation at the Colorado Institute of Art and then attended the Colorado Film School where he won several student awards for his short films. After moving to Los Angeles, he wrote and directed the film festival winner “Action Figures,” a short comedy about an over-planned yet ill-fated convenience store robbery. He then directed the XBOX / Star Wars viral hit “Thanksgiving Dinner” which became an online sensation garnering millions of web hits. TIME LAPSE is his first feature film. When he grows up he hopes to be a combination of Harry Potter and James Bond. He currently resides in Downtown Los Angeles.

BP Cooper Producer:Writer TIME LAPSEBP Cooper – Writer/Producer

Born in Denver, Colorado, Cooper moved to L.A. and started producing music videos. Eventually moving into commercials and independent films. Under his new production shingle Uncooperative Pictures, he produced and co-wrote the sci-fi thriller TIME LAPSE.

 

 

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In particular, we chat about:

  • The pros and cons of film school
  • Making the jump from film school to production in Hollywood
  • Keeping the dream alive during your first day job
  • Coping with trash and maggots in the early days
  • Dealing with festival rejection and cherishing festival success
  • So close, yet so far with the reality TV series, ON THE LOT
  • Making money to keep the film dream alive
  • What the American Midwest and Australia have in common

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7 – From Tropfest to Los Angeles with Duane Fogwell: Part 1

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Director/Editor Duane Fogwell
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Duane Fogwell joins me for Part 1 of a discussion about making the step from Tropfest to Los Angeles. Duane is an award-winning film and television Director/Editor who grew up in Canberra. After being short-listed for ABC TV’s RACE AROUND THE WORLD at the age of 18, Duane discovered his love of all things film. Duane completed a Bachelor of Arts from the ANU majoring in English Literature and Film Studies and was later accepted into the Victorian College of the Arts. His graduation film, THE BEST MAN, won Best Script and Best Editing. Duane has been editing since childhood and continued to hone his skills after film school. Upon graduation Duane began directing and editing television commercials and subsequently television editing with the boom of reality TV in the mid 2000’s. When a little show called MASTERCHEF exploded in Australia, Duane found himself in demand as one Australia’s top TV editors. Duane continued to make his own short films and is a three-time Tropfest finalist. His most recent Tropfest film FISH LIPS won Best Editing and People’s Choice. Duane relocated to Los Angeles in early 2015 with his family, working in network television as an in-demand freelance editor.

In Episode 7 we focus on his journey from film school to Tropfest. In particular, we chat about:

  • The pros and cons of studying film theory.
  • Taking the leap into film production.
  • Shooting and editing wedding videos.
  • Getting a break with Tropfest.
  • Commercial popularity versus artistic acclaim.
  • The character of film festivals.
  • Celebrating success and dealing with rejection.

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6 – Crushed with Director Megan Riakos

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Writer/Director Megan Riakos joins me in Episode 6 to discuss her debut feature film, Crushed.  In particular, we chat about:

  • The importance of calling yourself a ‘director’ and living as one.
  • The value of film school.
  • Dealing with rejection.
  • Writing within the thriller genre.
  • The inspiration behind Crushed.
  • Writing habits and dealing with writer’s block.
  • Working as both a director and a producer.
  • The pros and cons of screening a rough cut.
  • Finding your tribe of collaborators.
  • Finding your audience.
  • The value of ‘event cinema’ to distribute an indie film.

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5 – Budget Busting with Tait Brady

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Catching money with a net

Producer Tait Brady joins me in Episode 5 to begin an ongoing conversation about budgeting and financing an independent film in today’s climate. In particular, we chat about:

  • No Budget vs Microbudget vs Low Budget. Terms are relative. What type of budget do those terms refer to? An independent film financed by Megan Ellison’s Annapurna Pictures, made outside the studio system such as EX MACHINA which cost $15M, will often be referred to as ‘low budget’. What’s our definition? What will be the budget of our film, CONTROL ROOM?
  • Deferrals vs Reinvestment. What do those terms refer to? Deferrals usually refer to deferred profit. Whereas reinvestment refers to a share of revenue (as distinct from profit). In the words of Tait, it’s ‘a share of the pizza’. Which option are we going with?
  • Private Financing vs Government Funding vs Philanthropy. What do those terms refer to? ‘Funding’ conveys an expectation that a profit may not be expected. Whereas ‘financing’ relates to investment where a profit is usually expected. And Australia doesn’t have a philanthropic culture like the United States. What’s our finance plan for CONTROL ROOM?

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4 – Control Room with Gabriel Dowrick

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Back by popular demand! Co-screenwriter and editor, Gabriel Dowrick, joins me in Episode 4. We discuss:

  • How we transform our ideas into screenplays.
  • How we work as a screenwriting team.
  • Our individual writing schedules.
  • Why it’s difficult to craft film titles.
  • Why our film has a new title. And what our film is about.
  • Why we love sizzle reels (AKA clipomatics, ripomatics, teasers and pitch trailers).

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3 – Producing with Tait Brady

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Producer Tait Brady

Big news! I’m thrilled to announce that Producer Tait Brady has joined our film. Woohoo! Tait joins me as a special guest in Episode 3 of the podcast. Tait has a diverse career in the Australian film industry including 9 years as Director of the Melbourne International Film Festival and 8 years as head of leading distribution company Palace Films. After a 5 year stint in a senior executive role at the FFC and then Screen Australia, he finally succumbed to the glamour and riches of producing and has made 2 features and 2 docs in the last 4 years, including the WW2/Sci-Fi/Comedy-Drama, THE 25th REICH.

His most recent film, HEALING, was directed by Craig Monahan and starred Hugo Weaving, Don Hany, Xavier Samuel, Robert Taylor, Justine Clarke and Tony Martin. Shot by the late, great Andrew Lesnie, HEALING was released nationally in 2014 and to date has screened at more than 20 international festivals including Montreal and Seattle.

Based in Melbourne, Tait is currently developing a number of feature and documentary projects with collaborators including directors Rolf de Heer, Stephen Amis, Richard Frankland, Ben Chessell, Haydn Keenan. And now me!

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2 – Screenwriting with Gabriel Dowrick

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Gabe meets actor and stuntman Tony Jaa
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In Episode 2 I’m joined by a special guest, Gabriel Dowrick. Gabe has been fortunate to work successfully as both a Screenwriter and Editor. His produced feature writing credits include SKIN TRADE, an American/Thai co-production starring Dolph Lundgren, Tony Jaa and Ron Perlman and TERMINUS, an ambitious Australian Sci-Fi/Drama.

As an editor he’s cut the TV series SOUL MATES, BLACK COMEDY and THE ELEGANT GENTLEMAN’S GUIDE TO KNIFE FIGHTING for ABC TV, numerous acclaimed short films that have played at the world’s most prestigious film festivals, as well as hundreds of commercials and music videos.

Gabe has also been my co-writer for the last 8.5 years. Together we’ve written numerous feature screenplays and a couple of TV projects. In this episode, Gabe shares his own ‘breaking in’ story as a screenwriter for Dolph Lungren. We also discuss the genesis of our writing partnership, our daily routine of creating a feature film idea everyday for 4 months and some of the ideas we abandoned when Hollywood ‘beat us to the punch’. Most importantly, all of these experiences led to our current film project.

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