08th Oct2018

The Filmmakers Podcast #76: Making a shape-shifting horror

by Phil Wheat

Here’s the latest episode of the The Filmmakers Podcast, part of the ever-growing podcast roster here on Nerdly. If you haven’t heard the show yet, you can check out previous episodes on the official podcast site, whilst we’ll be featuring each and every new episode as it premieres.

For those unfamiliar, with the series, The Filmmakers Podcast is a podcast about how to make films from micro budget indie films to bigger budget studio films and everything in-between. Our hosts Giles Alderson, Dan Richardson, Andrew Rodger and Cristian James talk how to get films made, how to actually make them and how to try not to f… it up in their very humble opinion. Guests will come on and chat about their film making experiences from directors, writers, producers, screenwriters, actors, cinematographers and distributors. They also shoot the breeze about their new films, The Dare, World of Darkness, Fanged Up, & Retribution too.

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The Filmmakers Podcast #76: How to Make Shape-Shifting horror ‘Lifechanger’

Award winning Director Justin McConnell and award winning Producer Avi Federgreen sit down with Giles Alderson (The Dare) and Christian James (Fanged Up) at Frightfest HQ to talk making movies, the best way to get into a festival, get picked up for distribution and how they made their latest film Lifechanger which is screening at Grimmfest on the 5th Oct and Toronto Afterdark on the 16th Oct.

Avi Federgreen has been making films for almost 20 years: Still Mine, One Week, Score: A Hockey Musical, I’m Yours, Moon Point, High Life, and many more. His projects have received widespread recognition at international film festivals, including the prestigious Toronto International Film Festival, and nominations for a Gemini and the Directors Guild of Canada awards.

Justin McConnell is an accomplished artist who splits his time equally in multiple forms of media – as a producer/director of feature films and home entertainment (The Collapsed, Working Class Rock Star, Skull World), in providing a growing list of high-profile clients with every production/post solution available (ie. Anchor Bay Entertainment, Artsploitation, Raven Banner, VSC), as the lead programmer of the monthly horror short-film festival LITTLE TERRORS (which he co-runs with Rue Morgue Magazine), as a Programmer & Print Traffic for TORONTO AFTER DARK FILM FESTIVAL, as an acquisitions rep for Canadian distributors RAVEN BANNER ENTERTAINMENT and INDIECAN ENTERTAINMENT, and writer for RUE MORGUE MAGAZINE.

Justin has four feature films in distribution: the well-received horror/thriller ‘The Collapsed’ (released in over 12 countries worldwide, via companies such as Anchor Bay & Lions Gate), the counter-culture documentary ‘Skull World’ (available worldwide), the dark comedy ‘Junkie’ (producer only), and the documentary ‘Working Class Rock Star’. Having recently executive produced the Paul Sorvino/Robert Knepper crime drama ‘Cold Deck’ (released via Screen Media and Northern Banner), and currently in production on his new documentary ‘Clapboard Jungle: Surviving the Independent Film Business’.

Follow The Filmmakers Podcast on Twitter: @filmmakerspod | @gilesalderson and the official website

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