November 18, 2020
In the second part of my discussion with filmmaker Joe Bucci, we continue on the topic of his film, Child Warfare, and what projects he will be planning after that wraps. Joe also reveals that he has been working on the novelization of another film project, and what that experience was like to write the story in that format and dive deeper into the minds of the characters that he created. In the time of the pandemic, Joe provides some insight on how he finds balance and stays productive. Finally, Joe and I talk about ideas for Christmas movies that are derived from classic Christmas songs. What does that mean? Listen to the episode to find out more about this interesting and hilarious discussion!
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September 14, 2020
On this episode of the Decipher the Media Podcast, filmmaker Joe Bucci returns to talk about his new film project which he recently received a grant for. He discusses how he got the idea for the film, which he will be shooting later this year, and he talks about the importance of the message of the film, which covers the topic of regime change wars. After that, Joe and I dig into a more lighthearted discussion about wacky conspiracy theories and going down the rabbit hole of internet conspiracy forums. This segues into the influence of social media and cable news networks and how they affect different age groups in our society today.
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July 24, 2020
On this episode of the Decipher the Media Podcast, Ian Allegrucci and I grab a couple beers and discuss how Ian got into cameras and shooting, as well as what influenced him and his work. We talk about how our parents helped to shape our lives creatively and how our childhood experiences shaped into what we do today. Ian also jumps into the subject of music and how it influences our lives, as well as experiencing live shows. Branching from major influences, we dive deep into the local art scenes and cultures and how businesses support local art in their own ways. Finally, we touch on the impact social media has had on the lives of many and how each generation views media's online presence.
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May 29, 2020
On this episode of the Decipher the Media Podcast, I revisit some older interviews in earlier episodes, pulling highlights and collecting them into a reel of great advice for anyone in the filmmaking community. In this highlight reel, you will find stories and wisdom from fantastic filmmakers that I had the opportunity to work with on the feature film, Body Farm. This includes words from actor and producer Brandon Keenan, actor and producer Nick LaMantia, assistant director Kevin Hejna, gaffer Tim Roberts, actress Gena Weiss, and sound mixer Dave Majcher. The featured cast and crew talk about their roles on set, work in filmmaking, and what they've learned from their experiences.
March 11, 2020
On this episode of the Decipher the Media Podcast, I sit down with Alex Cassun of Indieground Films to discuss his experiences in filmmaking. In this very informative discussion, Alex talks about his roles in the industry and the films he has worked on. He breaks down his experiences in film as a Producer, Writer, Director, Assistant Director, and his role in the Art Department. Alex and I discuss the importance of thinking about a filmmaker's target audience and the film's end goal, producing with constraints, social influence of a film, finding your voice in the film you develop, and other advice that comes directly from Alex's experiences. If you would like to learn more about Alex's film work, please follow Alex at the below:
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January 17, 2020
On this episode of the Decipher the Media podcast, I sat down with guitarist and songwriter Dan Suriano to talk about what it has been like to write and release music for his band Nephele, his process of writing music, and his history with the band. Dan also talked about the experience playing live shows and playing with bands such as Thank You Scientist. There is a lot that goes into the music writing process and Dan outlined much of it from his own creative process. If you love music or are involved with music in some way, then you definitely don't want to miss out on this music-focused episode of the podcast.
October 30, 2019
Mackenzie Horne stops by to talk about the creative profession and what inspires her to get into writing as well as the local jazz music scene in Pittsburgh. How does culture influence your journey into creative media? How do you begin your creative journey? What do real world experiences invite to the creative process? We explore those questions and more as Mackenzie takes us through her history and experiences as a writing professional, even tying together that work with her contributions to the local jazz community. Join us as we explore the many aspects of creative cultures and how they impact our lives in this latest episode of the podcast! Be sure to follow Mackenzie and her work for more!
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September 4, 2019
On this episode of Decipher the Media, Ian Altenbaugh returns! Can butter be depressing? Who knows, but Ian does give us insight on his current film projects, creative process, and freelance filmmaking. What does visual storytelling evoke in a viewer? We get philosophical with media and how it's used for social influence. Capitalizing on Crossfit might be hard, but watching Ian's new Pittsburgh 48 Hour Film Project, There and Away, is easy! Follow Ian on YouTube, Twitter, and Instagram for more
January 14, 2019
We're back with a new episode of Decipher the Media, the podcast where we discuss the creative passions and professions of the guests. While we undergo some changes to the format of the podcast, we will continue to have in-depth discussions that are both informative and entertaining. On this episode, I invited on actress Danielle Winters and actor/producer Andrew Wolf. Andrew is the co-creator and co-host of our sister podcast, Theatre N'at. Danielle is an actress that I have had the please to work with on many occasions in the past. The three of us have collaborated on several short films, including a Pittsburgh 48 Hour Film Project. Join us as we discuss many topics in the realm of film, theatre, and pop culture!
September 20, 2018
What goes into writing and producing a good comedy series? Joe Bucci and Ian Altenbaugh return to lay down some more details of their indie series, Hobo Hunters. And, as per usual, no subject matter is off the table with these two!