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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1 – Jump Into the Deep End

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This is me, the face behind the voice.

Welcome to Episode 1 of BREAKING IN WITH BEN PHELPS, a podcast about what happens when a filmmaker who’s never made a feature film, makes one. We’ve launched in iTunes Podcasts (Apple), Stitcher (Android) and lots of other podcast apps. Woohoo! In this first episode you’ll discover what inspired me to jump into the deep end of the pool and make a feature film. You’ll also find out why I’m sharing this adventure on a podcast.

Check out the links below that I refer to in Episode 1. The renegade spirit of American independent filmmaker, Ed Burns, has been a big influence on my decision to ‘just do it!’

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Breaking In with Ben Phelps: a film podcast

podcast_channel_artwork.jpgI’m thrilled to announce my latest project. It’s called BREAKING IN WITH BEN PHELPS, a podcast about what happens when a filmmaker who’s never made a feature film, makes one. Here’s a summary from iTunes:

“Do you love the Behind the Scenes features on DVD and Blu-ray? Now imagine sharing that experience in real time. Not after the film is being made, but as it’s being made. If you enjoyed REBEL WITHOUT A CREW by Robert Rodriguez, then this podcast is right up your alley. I’m an independent filmmaker from Sydney, Australia. After making some award-winning short films, I’ll chronicle the ups and downs of making my debut feature film. There will be interviews with established filmmakers, cast, crew, friends and family. Laughs, blood, sweat and tears. It’s going to be a blast!”

Stay tuned for Episode 1. Coming soon!

Teasing the Feature: Part 2

Deadpool twitter photoPreviously I looked at inspirational clipomatics that have influenced the teaser Gabe and I are creating for our feature film. (Also known as ripomatics, sizzle reels and pitch trailers). Here are some pitch trailers that high-profile filmmakers have created, using original footage, with the goal of financing a feature length version.

Deadpool

Check out the original test footage that Tim Miller created with Ryan Reynolds for the film adaptation of Deadpool. Seeing is believing. Holy s**t! No expense spared.

Deadpool creator, Robert Liefeld, confirmed that Ryan Reynolds was filmed in a Performance Capture leotard. AKA Motion Capture or ‘mo-cap’. Then Deadpool’s superhero suit was digitally layered over the top by Tim Miller and his VFX team at Blur Studios.

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And it worked. Deadpool was financed as a result of this convincing pitch trailer. They’re shooting right now, as this cheeky shot testifies.

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Ant-Man

Edgar Wright also directed test footage for a proposed comic book adaptation of Ant-Man. Sadly, after working on the script for 8 years, Wright left the project. Nonetheless, his vision for the film is intoxicating.

 

And who could have missed the ‘bootleg’ short films by Producer Adi Shankar:

Power/Rangers

Things just got gritty with Joseph Khan’s dark adaptation of a 1990s children’s TV series. 14M+ views, and counting, suggests that there’s a potential audience for a feature version.

The Punisher: Dirty Laundry 

Kudos to Phil Joanou who convinced Thomas Jane to revisit the same comic book vigilante he played in the feature version of The Punisher (2004).

Teasing the Feature: Part 1

Looper posterClipomatic. Ripomatic. Sizzle reel. Pitch trailer. Tone poem. Call it what you want. In Los Angeles, clipomatics are as ubiquitous as Starbucks. But, for some strange reason, Aussie filmmakers haven’t embraced them. I’m not sure why. I think clipomatics are a succinct and evocative creative expression of the film you want to direct. Given that my co-screenwriter, Gabe Dowrick, and I have almost completed the clipomatic for The Control Room, it’s a good moment to share a collection of my favourite clipomatics. Each of these convey the film which was subsequently financed and produced. Or in the case of Joe Carnahan, the films he really wanted to make:

 

Daredevil (NC-17 version) from Joe Carnahan

 

Daredevil (PG-13 version) from Joe Carnahan

 

Looper from Rian Johnson

 

Ironically, there’s a clipomatic by Joel Carnahan for Gemini Man which has a story that’s almost identical to Looper. It’s called Gemini Man:

 

The Hunger Games from Kevin Tancharoen

Standing up for Screenwriting

standing deskIt’s been way too long since my last post. So I thought I’d write about a screenwriting habit I’ve recently adopted.

Inspired by guru screenwriter, John August, I’ve been working at a standing desk in my day job over the last couple of months. Just a few cardboard boxes stacked on my regular desk. It’s been fantastic! I feel more tired in the evening because it’s more physical activity than being tethered to a chair. As a result I’m sleeping better.

Inspired by my experience at work, I recently adopted the same set-up at home for my passion – screenwriting. Better still, my partner built a DIY standing desk for $22 using IKEA furniture for me. I’ve been writing before dawn when it’s dark outside and – man, oh man! – standing up helps keep me awake. Try standing up for screenwriting. It’ll keep the blood and the creative juices flowing at the same time.

 

1,000 True Fans

Now, this is an interesting. We only need 1,000 true fans to finance ourselves as artists:

I am suggesting there is a home for creatives in between poverty and stardom. Somewhere lower than stratospheric bestsellerdom, but higher than the obscurity of the long tail. I don’t know the actual true number, but I think a dedicated artist could cultivate 1,000 True Fans, and by their direct support using new technology, make an honest living. 

Actually, it might a few more True Fans to support filmmakers:

Lastly, the actual number may vary depending on the media. Maybe it is 500 True Fans for a painter and 5,000 True Fans for a videomaker. The numbers must surely vary around the world.

via The Technium: 1,000 True Fans.