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.
Decipher the Media #13: Alex Cassun Talks Filmmaker Voice, Producer Challenges, and Film Requirements
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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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.
Decipher the Media #11: Mackenzie Horne Talks Creative Influence, Professional Writing, and Jazz Culture
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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Decipher the Media #10: Ian Altenbaugh Talks Media Influence, Filmmaking, and Crossfit Business Ideas
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
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!
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!
This is the first video game episode of the podcast as Gee Marsh joins to talk about many of the things that came to the Electronic Entertainment Expo this year! Join us as we break down the E3 conferences hosted my many of the big names in the video game industry, as well as many trending topics in gaming.
Back before the premiere of our indie film Body Farm in January, I had the chance to sit down with Brandon Keenan (Actor, Co-Producer, Co-Director) and Gena Weiss (Actor) about their roles on the production of Body Farm. We touched on what it took to get into their roles in front of the camera. We also discussed a lot of what went on behind the camera and the kind of fun we had while producing the film. And, as this is a horror film, we touched on the gory effects that made this production come to life. From beginning to end, here are the many things that go into producing an independent horror feature film!
What goes into the practical effects that you see on screen or stage? How do they make the makeup or effects really stand out? Well, those are trade secrets of the artists involved with this magic. However, we did touch on that work as I sat down with Lindsey Donley and Shay Francis, professionals in Makeup SFX. From their time at the Tom Savini School to their work in the indie film and theater communities, these two talk about how all this has played a very integral role on each project they have been a part of.