18th Sep2019

The Filmmakers Podcast #126: How to Make a 17-year Micro Budget Sci-Fi

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 #126: How to Make a 17 year sci-fi Micro Budget Passion Project and get it released in cinemas with Invasion Planet Earth’s director and screenwriter Simon Cox

Director and screenwriter Simon Cox joins us to talk how he made his epic sci-fi passion project Invasion of Planet Earth with very little money and managed to get a cinema release! Simon sits down with Giles Alderson to talk about his journey as an director, his first film Driven, how that nearly broke him, how to deal with disappointments in film-making and what he learnt from that experience.

Simon goes into detail about how he learnt as an editor on kids TV and how he made his first short film through to his passion for sci-fi and wanting to write a film he believed in. How with Invasion Planet Earth he managed to crowdfund most of the movie and also persuade 900(!) extras to his set through social media! They talk about depression in film-making and how you have to pick yourself up and why you have to enjoy the journey and Giles explains why this is his last podcast for a month!

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

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