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Make This Movie is a serialized 12 episode filmmaking podcast from ShoHawk Media. It chronicles filmmaker Christopher Sakr's journey through producing his feature length film, Counterintelligence. Moving episodically through the entire filmmaking process—from writing and budgeting, to pre-procution, principal photography, through post and release—Sakr chronicles this micro budget production and how Counterintelligence came to be for just under $12,000. Throughout the production's journey, he ...
 
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We’ve reached the finale of Make This Movie, Season 1. Thank you so much for coming along on the ride to making Counterintelligence. Many lessons were learned throughout the process, most of which were covered throughout the season’s 12 episodes. To highlight the ones that were and insert a few that weren’t, in this episode Chris will go down the l…
 
Season 1 of Make This Movie is nearing its end, but the season wouldn’t be complete without distribution. Distribution is the place where your film meets its audience; it’s where your baby ventures out on its own and overnight belongs to the world at large. And as with sending a child off on its own, the distribution process is replete with hard le…
 
In this Between The Frames segment, Chris discusses some specific post-production topics including: The facets of post, from start to finish Doing post from the start Managing the post-production flow Collaboration in post And, the creative post process He covers some best practices to get the most out of each. He also recommends a list of tools an…
 
Having locked the cut of Counterintelligence, there’s still a whole world of post that needs completion, even at the time of this episode. On the docket: scoring, color correcting, some minor visual effects, sound design, and sound mixing. Our score was composed by the great Noah Simons. Sound was mixed by Mike Elliott, who you’ll recall was also o…
 
We’ve arrived at post production. More specifically, editing Counterintelligence. The editing process was multi-layered, from cutting scenes throughout production as they were shot, all the way up to merging those scenes into a rough cut, and refining into locked picture. Editing is where the film gets made: the final vision takes shape at this alm…
 
In this Between The Frames segment, Chris discusses some specific production topics including: Filmmaking as jazz Improvisation Knowing your actors personally Asking for input Self-care Problem solving/conflict resolution Being present He covers their importance and some best practices to get the most out of each. He also recommends a list of tools…
 
In Part 2 of our production episodes, we'll cover shoot days 4-7. These days included a return to the apartment location, a series of offices, a ranch outside of Portland, and more. It also consisted of the biggest blocking challenge on the production, a tense moment, and a lot of laughs. It ended over drinks, food, and general merryment. For exclu…
 
Camera speeds… Sound speeds… Aaaaaand… Action! Counterintelligence has made it to production. All the work we’ve done so far has lead to this point. Production was so extensive we broke it into two episodes. In Part 1, we'll cover shoot days 1-3 of 7. The first two days took place at my apartment and the second was a night shoot outside a brewery i…
 
Between the Frames is a set of sub-episodes wherein Chris probes far deeper into specific facets of each filmmaking stage covered thus far. He explores some important practices, disciplines, philosophies and skills that may have been previously glossed over, under discussed, or all together undiscussed. In this inaugural Between The Frames, Chris d…
 
We’ve almost made it through Pre-Production, and the hardest work is yet to come. Micro-budget independent filmmaking hurdles emerged here that taught me lasting lessons. Sometimes, filmmaking isn’t as much a creative endeavor as it is a logistical one. It can be gruelling to plot the minutia in advance and fill out mounds of paperwork, but you fee…
 
Pre-production is the overwhelming, often monotonous, any essential part of making any film. But especially a micro-budget independent one. It requires diligent attention to detail, communication, and organization. If you pre-produce right, the rest of the process runs that much smoother. Pre-production as a whole is such a dense topic, Make This M…
 
Casting is among the most important filmmaking processes, and here the window opens to its nuances. Counterintelligence's rockstar casting director Rachel Meyer takes Chris through what it took to cast this movie, and other films she's worked on. She and Chris take us from how they were put in touch initially, through her review of the script, up t…
 
With the help of former co-producer David Pennington and ShoHawk co-founder Michael Hall, the first half of this episode follows along as Chris unfurls some key attributes of successful film-financing. They explore past experiences, mistakes, and victories relating to both crowdfunding and raising equity finance from investors. Then, Chris synopsiz…
 
In this episode of Make This Movie, Chris introduces accomplished producer and ShoHawk co-founder Michael Hall to break down the importance of budget attention and accuracy in independent filmmaking, some common mistakes at every level of the production game, and how to cover a production for unforeseen expenses. Then, Chris dives deep into his own…
 
In this first episode of Make This Movie, filmmaker Chris Sakr begins the filmmaking process with the script for Counterintelligence. He traces the story from the initial seed of an idea, through his screenwriting practices, reverse-engineering his script to be made at a low budget, and to his "braintrust"—the close confidants he takes script notes…
 
Coming April 3rd, 2018, Make This Movie is a serialized 12 episode podcast from ShoHawk Media. It chronicles writer, producer, and director Christopher Sakr's, his crew's, and cast's journey of producing a feature length film called Counterintelligence. Moving episodically through the entire filmmaking process, from writing, to pre-procution, princ…
 
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