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February 23, 2017 @ 6:45 pm

IFNYC#28:Indie Feature Filmmaking with David McElfresh

Indie Feature Filmmaking with No Crew with Writer/Director David McElfresh

I recently got the chance to watch David McElfresh's second feature film A Long Time for Lovers.  This film is premiering at The New Filmmakers Film Fest on March 15.  Then it's playing at the Queens World Film Fest on March 18th, where it's nominated for Best Cinematography.

David is an Indie Filmmaker who lives in New York City.  He works a day job in the post production and visual effects world for big budget entertainment like, The Following, The Purge: Election Year, Money Monster, & Zoolander 2.  Having a regular gig allows David the freedom to explore his writing and filmmaking during his down time.

The story of how he got to where he is, artistically speaking, is a fascinating story that I think will be inspiring and educational to hear.  Seemingly almost by accident, David figured out how to shoot a feature film as a one man crew, and that alone is something that every indie filmmaker can learn from.

Check out the trailer to his latest feature below;

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A Long Time For Lovers Trailer from David McElfresh on Vimeo.


David is one of those indie filmmakers that works a day job but is passionate about filmmaking so he shoots films on the side.  Luckily, for David, his day job is in the post production and visual effects field, so at least he is able to be close to filmmaking at all times.

Upon seeing David’s latest film, A Long Time for Lovers, I was really impressed with the visual style and the writing and that prompted me to reach out to him to be on the podcast.  Then when I found out he shoots these films as a one person crew and I was even more blown away.  David writes, shoots, directs, edits and even lights the scenes.

 


David McElfresh – A Lotus 'Til Reckoning

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A Lotus 'Til Reckoning TRAILER from David McElfresh on Vimeo.

Director David McElfresh's first feature film deals with the three couples of different generations navigating their relationships during a Christmas party.  This one location drama was shot on a modest budget and is another example of how David was able to write, direct and shoot a feature with no crew.

 

Shooting a cinematic style

One of my biggest complaints about indie dramas is that, more often than not, these dialog heave films are shoot in a typical "coverage" style of Two-Shot, Medium Close-Up, then Reverse Medium Close-Up.  When I was speaking with David, he put it best when he said that it just feels like you're watching TV.  One thing that drew me into David's films was that these dialog heavy films had a cinematic feel to them.  Because there was so much to look at around the frame, the film keeps the viewer engaged and interested.

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February 10, 2017 @ 7:05 pm

IFNYC#27: Stareable Founder Ajay Kishore

STAREABLE

Today I’m speaking with the Ajay Kishore, the founder of Stareable.  As an avid connoisseur of  episodic content, Ajay realises that it is increasingly difficult to find all the great content out there in the increasingly fragmented space of the internet.  He is changing that by centralizing webseries content on Starable.

FINDING THE TELEVISION THAT BEST SPEAKS TO YOU

Webseries are a fun form of filmmaking.  I’ve seen everything from buddy comedies to horror to fantasy to sci-fi.  Some web series are defacto film schools for filmmakers.  Producing a series allows them to hone their technical skills, improve their writing style and develop their voice.  Still others set out to produce short episodic content with production value and a level of screenwriting.

Stareable’s focus on webseries is a direct result of Ajay’s passion for episodic content.  Stareable is part VOD platform, part curation, and a resource for makers of episodic web content to expand their audience and grow as filmmakers.

STARE YOUR CONTENT

So, If you’ve got episodic web content that you are looking to get out into the world and grow an audience for, listen to what Ajay has to say about Stareable.  If you like what he has to say, shoot him an email about your webseries and become part of this growing and evolving platform.

CONNECT WITH OTHER FILMMAKERS

Stareable is committed to not only providing a platform for you to grow your audience, but to help you grow through creating a shared community.  If you are in New York City, you can take advantage of monthly filmmaker meet-ups and a screening series.  For information on the meet-ups, sign up for the Stareable mailing list, and to be a part of the screening series look for them on FilmFreeway.


LINKS:

Stareable Website
 
Stareable Blog
 
Email
 
February 15, 2017 - Filmmaker Meet-Up
Tribeca Tavern - 247 W Broadway, New York, NY 10013
 
Screening Series – FilmFreeway
 
Dynamo
 
 
Brains
 

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One of my favorite aspects of this podcast is the people who reach out to me to let me know that  a particular episode was enjoyable, or how hearing advice from a filmmaker I’ve featured helped them complete their project, or as was the case with Brad, to tell me about a project that they are excited to put out in the world.  Hearing the filmmakers talk about how they’ve defied the odds and gotten a film completed and wanting to share their art through the Indie Film NYC Podcast is so much fun for me.  To reach me, go to indiefilmnyc.com/contact or hit me up on twitter at our user name @indiefilmnyc

I would encourage anyone to reach out to me if they want to share their story on the podcast.  So, if that’s a specific film, a web series or a full body of work over that spans your career thus far, my aim is to bring these stories to my listeners in the hopes that it will inspire, teach and provide useful advice so they can also get their projects completed.

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February 3, 2017 @ 1:52 pm

IFNYC#26: Spirituality Meditation & Indie Filmmaking with Brad Raider

Spirituality, Meditation & Indie Filmmaking

Brad Raider is an actor, a writer, a director and a producer.  His debut feature film Kensho at the Bedfellow explores the nature of fulfillment, relationships, family, social conscience, sex, death, religion, life purpose, and the role that self-reflection plays on the global stage.

I spoke with Brad about the genesis of this film and how his work with meditation and his interest in spirituality influenced his process.

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Watch the Trailer for Kensho at the Bedfellow

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The Cast of Kensho

Kensho at the Bedfellow is an existential drama about a nihilistic playwright who is still reeling from the death of his younger sister years ago.  The film is a well crafted inspirational journey that dips into a surrealism.  The film will go on pre-sale on February 8, 2017 and I invite you to check out the trailer at https://vimeo.com/85295394

Filmmaking and Meditation

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Along with his film, Brad and I touched on some aspects of how meditation and spirituality were not only themes in his film, but a part of his daily life.  He was able to bring that to the set and he feels it was a positive influence that kept the people involved in the production happy and energized during shooting.

Brad also has a theater production company called Red Dog Squadron with James Roday of Psych! Fame, and he shared some great insight into their friendship.  Brad couldn’t mention any details, but he did tip me off that there might be something in the work for Psych fans… so stay tuned.

Links:

KENSHO WEBSITE
 
KENSHO EMAIL LIST
http://bit.ly/kenshonews (or text KENSHO to 42828)
 
MDT8
 
RED DOG SQUADRON
 
 
COURIER TIMES ARTICLE: MEDITATION + FILMMAKING
 
TED-style TALK FOR EO ALCHEMY:

Official Website: kenshofilm.com
Twitter:  @kenshofilm
IMDb Page: imdb.com/KenshoAtTheBedfellow
James Roday's film Gravy: imdb.com/Gravy

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Be a Part of John Fallon's Indie Film NYC Podcast

One of my favorite aspects of this podcast is the people who reach out to me to let me know that  a particular episode was enjoyable, or how hearing advice from a filmmaker I’ve featured helped them complete their project, or as was the case with Brad, to tell me about a project that they are excited to put out in the world.  Hearing the filmmakers talk about how they’ve defied the odds and gotten a film completed and wanting to share their art through the Indie Film NYC Podcast is so much fun for me.  To reach me, go to indiefilmnyc.com/contact or hit me up on twitter at our user name @indiefilmnyc

I would encourage anyone to reach out to me if they want to share their story on the podcast.  So, if that’s a specific film, a web series or a full body of work over that spans your career thus far, my aim is to bring these stories to my listeners in the hopes that it will inspire, teach and provide useful advice so they can also get their projects completed.

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