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Just your ol’ pal Jordan Brady talking about shooting lo-fi tests with my camcorder to prove my attacks will work. My online Commercial Directing Masterclass has helped almost 800 filmmakers globally and has received 100% 5 star reviews. Did I mention the free filmmaker consultation call upon completion? Shout out again to Caio Shindo so we pronoun…
 
Filmmaker Nicholas Lam directs award-winning spots, music videos and films. He’s helmed international campaigns for Google, Samsung, Disney, P&G and Nestle, working with BBDO, Ogilvy & Mather and Iris Worldwide and more. In the music world, Nicholas is an MTV VMA nominated director having shot videos for Nick Jonas, Blink-182, Sara Bareilles, Monst…
 
Nancy Jacobs runs Winston Wolfe, a creative resource representing directors for work within the internal production divisions of ad agencies and brands, globally. We talk about how this can be a great source of work for filmmakers wanting to tell stories for brands, and how this model is growing and thriving within agencies. You’ll love the chat! H…
 
Jason Wolk is Founder and Managing Director of Spears & Arrows, a top production company with a stellar roster of commercial directors. We talk covid protocols, relationships, his fine roster, director career management and how it all starts with tending to the story. Hey Patreon patrons – join Jake and I for our patrons-only “Ask Us Anything” on z…
 
Filmmaker Nick Peterson has amassed over 500 million views between his music videos, spots and animation. After graduating from the Experimental Animation program at CALARTS, Nick spent years producing visual effects (vfx) before he transitioned into full time directing, and there he found his calling. Nick’s films have been screened in festivals s…
 
Ezrah Lockwood runs the casting sessions for most of my commercials via Danielle Eskinazi Casting. (Danielle’s RTP interview from 2014 is still a fan favorite.) He shares tips and tricks for auditions that actors and directors alike will glean knowledge from. He’s also quite the musician, so check out his music here. It’s dark electronic music with…
 
Director Stewart Maclennan expresses emotion and attitude through his wonderful use of color, movement and design. No wonder he’s busy shooting for top fashion and beauty brands. We talk for a bit about how he shot this Snapchat AR spot below and I was surprised. Click here to see more of his work. I remember reading this interview in SHOOTonline a…
 
My friend Chuck Meehan, Co-Chief Creative Officer, McCann Detroit, returns with his hit Super Bowl commercial in-hand. “No Way, Norway” stars Will Ferrell, Kenan Thompson, Awkwafina and the GM Electric vehicle. Chuck breaks down how it all came to be, how it was shot and what he looks for hiring a director. This ad was deftly directed by Jake Szyma…
 
Pro wrestler turned comedian Cory Kastle stars in a Batman “fan film” called “Bruce” and tells us all about it. Cory’s positive attitude is infectious and his stories of being an extra in movies are entertaining. Check out “Bruce” on YouTube or here. Love this podcast? Consider supporting our editor Jake Brady and his new Patreon! Click to support …
 
Just me rambling & raving about the Super Bowl LV commercials, celebrating all the great work and the folks behind them, even that Cheetos spot. Kudos to every client, agency team, and of course, the directors and crew that made it to the Big Game. No links folks, that stuff is posted everywhere already. My son and podcast editor Jake……
 
Fred Goss has made a name for himself as an actor, director, writer, and producer. His initial foray into directing was on the critically acclaimed ABC series ‘Sons and Daughters.’ He also served as co-creator, writer, producer and star of the series. Fred’s first commercial project was directing a series of award winning spots for Coke Zero and wi…
 
Music Video Director June Bae and I sat outside, socially distanced, and chatted about helming hip hop videos and launching a commercial directing career. His latest video for Ameer Vann, for the rapper’s new ditty IDFIATOK, literally dropped today and has tens of thousands of views already. (PS it has bad words.) June is a talented filmmaker on th…
 
Why do advertising creatives hire their director? Is it that first call or zoom? How important is the treatment? Well, as we wrapped two fantastic, safe days on set, I asked SVP/Creative Directors Rich Terry and Matt Mowat those exact questions. They gave me an impromptu interview in the back of my Cadillac. When Cinematographer Shane Kelly (“Boyho…
 
We’re closing out 2020 strong with my two distinguished guests, creatives: ACD/Copywriter Nick Micale and ACD/Art Director Bennett Austin, of David & Goliath. You’ll recognize their work in the emotional Super Bowl spot for Kia called “Tough Never Quits” with Josh Jacobs (directed by Serial Pictures’ director John Hillcoat.) I urge y’all to check o…
 
Filmmaker Norry Niven does it all. He directs tons of national spots (Kia) and major network promos for shows like “Homeland” which offer him such creative control and produces via his Thousand Foot Squid production company. His latest documentary, “Get Back Up”, follows Blue October and chronicles the band’s struggles with substance abuse, mental …
 
Dallas Taylor is the host of Twenty Thousand Hertz, one of the most well-crafted podcasts I’ve heard. It reveals the stories behind the world’s most recognizable and interesting sounds. Dallas is also the Creative Director of Defacto Sound, the sound design source for the world’s most thoughtful brands. Dallas is also a sound designer, consultant, …
 
Bright Blue Gorilla is Robyn Rosenkrantz and Michael Glover. The quit their jobs in 1990, took their guitars to Europe and never looked back. This is the feel good duo we need right now. Check them out and enjoy this chat. They have a new film called “36 Husbands” out that’s a madcap homemade romp. Check it out. The Filmmaker……
 
I came across a spot for a barber shoppe on Instagram and tracked down the helmer, commercial director Ryley Burghall. Next thing you know we’re chatting filmmaking, music videos and all things about making commercials. Enjoy listening as I loved talking with Ryley. Here’s his Honda spot that I also love. The Filmmaker Diversity Award sends a filmm…
 
This episode is me telling you how I blew the pitch on the zoom call and what I learned from the experience. Ideally, one of my colleagues will win the gig and everyone will have a fun, productive and safe shoot. The Filmmaker Diversity Award sends a filmmaker to my Bootcamp for free. Click here for more info. Sponsored by Oso Delicious. Commercial…
 
Tim Case is the Founder/Executive Producer of Supply&Demand. Tim and I attempted to zoom in the early days of the pandemic and ended up chatting on the recorded phone line, but trust me, getting to hear the scope from the EP of the top commercial and music video shoppe makes this episode a dandy. His curated roster of talented filmmakers – Michael……
 
Mr. Wayne Pounds are I are LinkedIn friends. He sent me his book called “Number 23 and Me” which I enjoyed so much I thought we’d chat about it. I’ll let you guess what famous basketball player it’s about. Perhaps two? Maybe one of y’all filmmakers wants to option it for a project? Wayne also has a cartoon series, “Cookie Town World,” starring talk…
 
Comedian Slade Ham and I met in Kuwait City when we filmed our “I Am Battle Comic” documentary. Eyes on the Ground is Slade’s new podcast series focusing on various aspects of being an artist in the modern world. A 20 year veteran stand-up comedian, Slade has performed in 54 countries on six continents. Most of these shows were for U.S. Troops stat…
 
Commercial Director Michael Koerbel has been featured by Adweek, Apple, Creativity, SHOOT magazine, the New York Times, CNN, The Guardian, PBS, NPR, and USA Today. Known as a pioneer in the iPhone filmmaking world, he has been invited to speak at The Academy of Arts and Sciences, SAG, the DGA, TEDx, and SXSW. If you really want to go down a rabbit …
 
Editor Chancler Haynes cuts top commercials like Lexus, Capital One and mega music videos for the Jonas Brothers, Taylor Swift, Mariah Carey and more, as directed by helmer Joseph Kahn (and many lensed by RTP alumni David Weldon.) It’s a great chat you’re gonna love. Check out his reel by clicking here. Commercial Directing Masterclass has helped n…
 
Filmmaker, producer, multimedia editor Chris Monlux joins me in a great conversation about all things video, film and staying relevant in the every-changing world of production. You must check out VideoMaker Podcast. Chris and co-host Mike Wilhelm had me on their show last week, worth checking out too. Commercial Directing Masterclass has helped no…
 
Filmmaker Jeannette Godoy created and directed “Pure Corazón” a new web series for Bumble, the world’s coolest dating app. Pure Corazón follows 3 Latinx daters from different cultural backgrounds as they courageously navigate dating, life, and identity. Watch “Pure Corazón” now please! Jeannette is a first generation, Mexican-American filmmaker and…
 
Commercial Director Peri of Giant Films and I share a love of comedy and performance, and Peri’s devotion to concept and collaboration. Having developed his conceptual abilities over ten years as an advertising writer, Peri has an innate sense of what creatives need on a project. We also discuss Fylmer.tv – his platform for connecting directors wit…
 
Commercial Director Andrea Ball started in the business assisting Oscar® Award Winning producer Nicholas Chartier and renowned music video director Samuel Bayer, but she certainly has a style all her own and is a busy director of spots. We talk about self-motivation, treatments and more… Click here to check out her reel, and I’m in love with these …
 
Director Raj Reddy thrives working in film, television & commercials, and the common thread in all of his visual narratives is a sense of adventure. Treating the short form with the respect of a cinematic auteur and the long form with a sense of intimacy for small details and narrative connections. Raj works from the underlying belief that all stor…
 
Warren Purfoy is a LA based Director/Cinematographer, owner of Purfoy Lighting LLC and one of the nicest guy working today. He came up in the lighting department working his way to become a lighting gaffer. In fact, that is how I met Warren when he gaffed for a Scooter the Neutered Cat campaign. Now his directing is taking off. His drive……
 
The conclusion to m insightful sit down with Shane Hurlbut, ASC, one of the top cinematographers out there. Shane and Lydia Hurlbut also have the Hurlbut Academy, with in-depth courses that teach all the tricks Shane has amassed over decades of filmmaking. I highly recommend you fill your brain with the Hurlbut offerings. Shane and Lydia’s mission …
 
Shane Hurlbut, ASC, is one of the top cinematographers working in both commercials and high profile feature films. His IMBD reads like a best-of list. Shane and Lydia Hurlbut also have the Hurlbut Academy, with in-depth courses that teach all the tricks Shane has amassed over decades of filmmaking. I highly recommend you fill your brain with the Hu…
 
Comedian, writer, singer, director Henry Phillips is now the “Highway Man” – starring in his own series. “Highway Man” is a send up of your favorite 80s shows, like “Highway To Heaven” except Highway Man has an inexplicable jet pack and no real skill. It’s hilarious and we chat about launching and shooting the show. Join Henry’s Patreon here. Trust…
 
Premiere Gal Kelsey Brannon has taught me so many tips and tricks for editing in Adobe Premiere that I was all giddy to finally meet her via zoom. She’s a shooter, editor, producer and you should subscribe to her YouTube channel now. Other unsolicited plugs: Actors, my friend Jen DiBella has a two hour class on how to manage your career as an……
 
Filmmaker Alex Ferrari is an author, blogger, speaker, consultant, the host of the #1 filmmaking podcast on iTunes Indie Film Hustle Podcast, and an award-winning writer/director with 25 years of experience in the film industry. His films have screened in over 500 international film festivals. It’s a treat to have Alex on the show. Check out his po…
 
Chris Do is an award-winning designer, director, CEO and Chief Strategist of Blind and the founder of The Futur. Each day, I look forward to Chris’ insightful Instagram posts and educational content from TheFutur’s YouTube channel for inspiration and best-practices for managing a creative career and as motivation to be doing my best work. So, yes, …
 
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