12th Jun2019

The Filmmakers Podcast #112: How to Tell Unique Stories w/Bert Marcus

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.


The Filmmakers Podcast #112: How to Tell Unique Stories by Producing & Directing Indie Films & Documentaries

On this weeks The Filmmakers’ Podcast writer, producer and director Bert Marcus dropped in for a chat with Giles Alderson to discuss how he makes his indie films and documentaries. Giles and Bert talked about using the documentary form as an accessible, lower budget start for filmmakers including his produced features – Teenage Paparazzo, How to Make Money Selling Drugs.

How starting starting small, simple, basic and creating a track record of good work can take you a long way. The talk pitching unique views on each project, selling on concepts and selling on characters and having an open approach to storytelling, being flexible with the documentary form. They discuss Champs – his directorial debut, a boxing Doc starring Mike Tyson. How he acquired big names, reaching out to high grade talent on a personal level and he gets honest interviews in documentaries.

We talk Documentary work vs. Fiction, different approaches and his future ambitions. And we discuss The American Meme – his latest doc, which was selected at the Tribeca Film Festival 2018 and was acquired by Netflix, How it came about, observing the over saturation of social media with stars such as Paris Hilton and following key influencers, documenting a current trend, and sparking a dialogue.

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


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