21st Feb2020

The Filmmakers Podcast #149: Writer/Director Nick Powell on ‘Primal’ on more!

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 #149: Nick Powell, How to Make Action Films starring Nicolas Cage & his latest written and directed feature ‘PRIMAL’

On this episode 149 of The Filmmakers Podcast Giles Alderson (‘The Dare’) had a natter with director and stunt choreographer Nick Powell about working with Nicolas Cage and his latest film Primal (Out Now). We chat how Nick started out as an actor and was offered a role at The National Theatre but couldn’t afford it so started doing stunts through his love of martial arts and started to get films and TV work such as Batman and British TV and from there started to direct 2nd unit and forge a great career as a stunt choreographer on films such as Three Musketeers, X-Men Last Stand, Cinderella Man, 28 Days Later and Bourne Identity to name a few.

Then after 8 or 9 years he turned stunt directing work down in the hope his feature films would happen. We talk about why movies fall apart. Why agents can’t be difficult to get through, how even with Nicolas Cage attached it still doesn’t mean your film can happen. Working with Tom Cruise on The Last Samurai and training him and Russell Crowe and what goes into those huge films.

Nick gives us some great tips on working with actors and how sometimes you have to say no and tells us not to believe everything we hear from the producers and how you should go in with an open mind and do the best you can. We also talk PRIMAL, shooting stunt sequences, working with animals and CGI…And working with Nic Cage

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

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