14th Jan2019

The Filmmakers Podcast: Neil Marshall Interview – Part One

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: Neil Marshall Interview – Part One

Neil Marshall is a British director, best known for the films The Descent, Dog Soldiers, Doomsday and Centurion. He also directed Game of Thrones debuting in the second season of the series. He directed the pivotal episode Blackwater, written by George R.R. Martin and was EMMY nominated for the GoT episode of The Watchers on the Wall. He joins hosts and directors Giles Alderson (The Dare) and Christian James (Fanged Up) to talk making his first indie films all through to making, directing and exec producing big budget TV shows such as Black Sails, Constantine, Hannibal, Tales of Halloween, Timeless, Dark Signal, Lost in Space and Westworld.

He has recently directed the reboot of Hellboy starring · David Harbour, Milla Jovovich & Ian McShane.He won the British Independent Film Award for “Best Director of a British Independent Film” for The Descent. The horror film also won a Saturn Award for Best Horror Film He was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series for his work on the Game of Thrones episode “The Watchers on the Wall”.

We talk in depth about his start as a director. How he went to ‘film school’ Made his first short film – a zombie film called Brain Death on Digital tape cameras which his tutors forbade him to make. How he handed in a fake script, persuaded the janitor to open up so they could film at night. Find out what he thinks is the best education any director could wish for is. How no one wanted to make Dog Soldiers but got a great producer on board . It took six years to make an eventually found a very surprising investor. How the shoot went and how he felt. Making a shot list and storyboard and then threw it all in the bin and why he doesn’t shot list now. How he was inspired to write The Decent. But having two cave films coming out at the same time meant a change in release day and how an uncontrollable disaster in London can effect the first weeks cinema run. Getting to make Doomsday off the back of The Decent and being given ‘a stupid amount of money’ to do it.

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


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