Podcast Episode 108: Allen Lewis Rickman

4749584 By Jason Godbey, Creative Director, Behind the Rabbit Productions

In this episode I talk with actor Allen Lewis Rickman (Boardwalk Empire, A Serious Man, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, You Don’t Know Jack) about his career and his tips for new actors.

No Rest for the Weekend is hosted by Victoria Oliver and is now live on our website, YouTube, iTunes, Pocket Casts, Anchor.fm, and Google Play. We would love to hear your feedback. Send us your questions, suggestions for topics, and let us know if you’d like to nominate a creator to be a guest on our show.

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Podcast Episode 107-John Trigonis

4749584 By Jason Godbey, Creative Director, Behind the Rabbit Productions

In this episode, I sit down with John T. Trigonis, author of Crowdfunding for Filmmakers 2nd Edition and talk about the ins and outs of crowdfunding and how to create a successful campaign.

No Rest for the Weekend is hosted by Victoria Oliver and is now live on our website, YouTube, iTunes, Pocket Casts, Anchor.fm, and Google Play. We would love to hear your feedback. Send us your questions, suggestions for topics, and let us know if you’d like to nominate a creator to be a guest on our show.

Podcast Episode 106- Richard Lemay

4749584 By Jason Godbey, Creative Director, Behind the Rabbit Productions

In this episode I talk  with Dementia 13 director, Richard Lemay about his career, the making of Dementia 13, his upcoming projects, and his tips for building a career as a director.

No Rest for the Weekend is hosted by Victoria Oliver and is now live on our website, YouTube, iTunes, Pocket Casts, Anchor.fm, and Google Play. We would love to hear your feedback. Send us your questions, suggestions for topics, and let us know if you’d like to nominate a creator to be a guest on our show.

Podcast Episode 105- Bri Castellini

4749584 By Jason Godbey, Creative Director, Behind the Rabbit Productions

In this episode, I chat with Bri Castellini,Community Director for Stareable.com, about how to build a community of collaborators and an audience.

No Rest for the Weekend is hosted by Victoria Oliver and is now live on our website, YouTube, iTunes, Pocket Casts, Anchor.fm, and Overcast. We would love to hear your feedback. Send us your questions, suggestions for topics, and let us know if you’d like to nominate a creator to be a guest on our show.

Podcast Episode 104- James Oxford

4749584 By Jason Godbey, Creative Director, Behind the Rabbit Productions

In this episode I sit down with indie film producer, James Oxford about his career and the importance of making short films.

No Rest for the Weekend is hosted by Victoria Oliver and is now live on our website, YouTube, iTunes, Pocket Casts, Anchor.fm, and SoundCloud. We would love to hear your feedback. Send us your questions, suggestions for topics, and let us know if you’d like to nominate a creator to be a guest on our show.

Podcast Episode 103-Adonis Tsilimparis

4749584 By Jason Godbey, Creative Director, Behind the Rabbit Productions

In this episode, I chat with composer, Adonis Tsilimparis about his career, his process, and how to make it as a composer for film and television.

No Rest for the Weekend is hosted by Victoria Oliver and is now live on our website, YouTube, iTunes, Pocket Casts, Anchor.fm, and SoundCloud. We would love to hear your feedback. Send us your questions, suggestions for topics, and let us know if you’d like to nominate a creator to be a guest on our show.

Podcast Episode 102-Meredith Edwards

4749584 By Jason Godbey, Creative Director, Behind the Rabbit Productions

On this episode of the No Rest for the Weekend Podcast, Meredith Edwards visits me in the Rabbit Hole Studio to talk about directing and being a woman in film.

No Rest for the Weekend is hosted by Victoria Oliver and is now live on our website, YouTube, iTunes, Pocket Casts, Anchor.fm, and SoundCloud. We would love to hear your feedback. Send us your questions, suggestions for topics, and let us know if you’d like to nominate a creator to be a guest on our show.

Watch This Film- Now On Stareable.com

 

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4749584 By Jason Godbey, Creative Director, Behind the Rabbit Productions

I’m very pleased to announce our series, Watch This Film, is now available on Stareable.com. Stareable is “the largest community of web series creators and fans.” It’s a site that essentially curates web series by genre and features outstanding web shows with their Staff Picks. Their goal is to take the web series form to the next level by shining a light on web shows and the creators behind them. For anyone who is looking to rise above the online noise and escape the endless sea of YouTube, Stareable.com can be a great place to showcase your series.

They’ve also built an extensive community of creators online with the mission of helping them communicate with each other through their Filmmaker Community forum. So far, they’ve managed to connect creators together allowing them to critique each other’s work and even collaborate on new projects. Stareable was created out of CEO Ajay Kishore’s passion for television and web series, and the passion really shows.

If you’re a content creator or a fan of web series, Stareable is a great place to find shows you may otherwise have missed. Curation sites like Stareable are needed more and more these days as the amount of online content grows. Fans and content creators will need a place to watch and showcase their work. We’re very pleased to be a part of the site and hope to add more series projects very soon.

 

BTRP Recommends-Looking for Richard

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4749584 by Jason Godbey, Creative Director of Behind the Rabbit Productions

How do you make a movie about a 15th Century King of England in 1990s Manhattan? Ask Al Pacino. He made Looking for Richard, a docu-drama adaptation William Shakespeare’s The Tragedy of Richard III.

Looking for Richard is Al Pacino’s interpretation of Richard III with Pacino directing and starring  in the title role. The film handles the complicated task of interpreting Shakespeare’s play by telling us historical context in which Richard III Gloucester came to power. It covers The War of the Roses, the victory of the Yorks, and the relationships between various royals, and relatives.  The film does this so well that the movie serves as a live-action Cliff Notes.

Pacino travels to England and visits Stratford-upon-Avon where Shakespeare was born, but the much of the movie was filmed in New York City. He made the film on a small budget and couldn’t possibly fly his cast across an ocean, so he filmed of the scenes from the play in rehearsal, the actors reading the script around a table, or sometimes in full costume on a stage.  For a few key scenes, he managed to find a Medieval setting in Manhattan. Imagine that.

This is truly resource filmmaking at its best. Pacino filmed his exteriors at The Cloisters, a museum in Manhattan built to resemble a medieval castle, and his interiors at St. John the Divine, one oldest and largest churches in the US. Combined with period costumes and the acting chops of Alec Baldwin, Kevin Spacey, Winona Ryder, and many others, the movie makes us believe we’re in the world of Shakespeare’s play.

In addition to showing us the inner workings of the play, we also see Pacino’s struggle in making his film which took four years to complete. We see him attempt to conquer the challenge of performing Shakespeare as an American actor, grappling with the language, and the challenge of filming the film’s climax, The Battle of Bosworth Field on a small budget.

This film is an extraordinary achievement considering Pacino essentially made the film in his spare time in between movies. He didn’t have money to buy himself out of trouble, so he employed old fashion movie tricks, creative editing techniques. It’s a lesson to any filmmaker you don’t need a ton of money in order to make an audience understand a 400 year old play about a 500 year old English king.

I highly recommend this movie for anyone who is interested in Shakespeare or for filmmakers interested in making a documentary. It’s one of those movies that can be viewed over and over again. Seeing the Pacino’s process as he and his collaborators battle the play, make mistakes, but ultimately convey his love for Shakespeare and Richard III is both inspiring and entertaining. Much like Shakespeare’s plays, Looking for Richard has withstood the test of time. It was released in 1996, and is still just as enjoyable and relatable today as it was 20 years ago.

Cinesummit Part Five- Ryan Connolly

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4749584 By Jason Godbey, Creative Director of Behind the Rabbit Productions

I learned about Cinesummit through Ryan Connolly’s YouTube channel, Film Riot. Connolly has become a master DIY filmmaker, and over the years, he’s created a successful production company. He’s built a million plus subscriber base on YouTube, and has an impressive body of work.

Film Riot breaks down the techniques used to create the special effects used in Hollywood films. They also show viewers practical hacks on how to get cinematic results with DIY equipment. The content is great for every level of filmmaker from novice to expert. I highly recommend his channel.