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Indie Film Hustle® is dedicated to showing you how to hack the film business. Interviews with Acadamy Award® / Oscar Winner and industry professionals giving you the real deal from the inside of moviemaking and independent film with no BS, just the truth on what it takes to survive and thrive doing what you love. We discuss cinematography, RED Camera, Arri Alexa, Blackmagic camera, post production, color grading, filmmaking, visual effects, motion graphics, film festivals, editing, film crew ...
 
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YouTube now performs copyright “Checks” during uploads Now when you upload a video, YouTube checks in real-time for copyright claims and ad suitability issues—before publishing. Griffin and Nick explain this new “Checks” system. Plus, your questions about copyright, documentary storytelling, and the microphones we use. In this episode, we mentioned…
 
You can sell your videos as NFTs. Does it kill the planet? Video artists are minting their works as NFTs (non-fungible tokens) onto cryptocurrency blockchains. Sometimes selling for thousands of U.S. dollars. But what does it mean to own an NFT? And why is Griffin morally opposed to selling his videos? Some of the NFT sales mentioned in this episod…
 
The vintage lens known for its “swirly bokeh” Griffin purchased a 40-year-old lens on eBay, the popular Helios 44-2, known for its “swirly bokeh.” As Nick describes the effect, “Very strange. I almost don’t like it!” These vintage 58mm f/2 M42-mount lenses sell between $30–90 on eBay. To mount it to a full-frame Lumix S1 camera, Griffin purchased t…
 
Buying a Boom Arm Instead of a C-Stand Griffin doesn’t like C-stands (too heavy) or mic stands (not versatile). So instead, he picked up a 57” Westcott boom arm to position his newest microphone—the Audio-Technica AT4053b. Product links: Westcott Mini Boom Arm & Weight Bag available from Amazon \ B&H \ Westcott Audio-Technica AT4053b Hypercardioid …
 
Testing USB Podcast Mics Under $150 Griffin tests four USB studio microphones, ranging from $60 to $150. Blue Yeti ($130) Movo UM800 ($150) Elgato Wave:1 ($130) FIFINE K678 ($60) Motivation behind this test: Two years ago, I reviewed the FIFINE K670 mic for Indy Mogul. I liked its frequency response—but sadly, it suffered from a disqualifying inter…
 
Speed test: M1 MacBook Air vs. Intel iMac Pro Three surprisingly close video transcoding tests between the Nick’s new M1 MacBook Air and Griffin’s more expensive Intel-based iMac Pro. THREE TESTS: A 42-minute timeline render in Final Cut Pro X* *while full-screen recording in Quicktime ProRes transcoded into 10mbps H.264 in Adobe Media Encoder H.26…
 
An Update on Griffin's Smart Lighting Setup With Nick’s helpful tech advice, Griffin has figured out which smart lights and smart switches to install in his renovated office. Plus, how to fix two camera shots that drift out of sync over time. Griffin’s Smart Lighting Picks: RunLessWire Click is a wireless, battery-less smart switch (powered by kine…
 
Smart lighting for my office renovation As Griffin begins renovating his office / recording space, Nick shares his knowledge of smart lighting and home automation technology. Is it possible to install sufficient lighting for filmmaking, movie-watching, and every color temperature in between? In Nick’s theater room, he uses LIFX Color 800-lumen smar…
 
Bonus Episode: #Freelanswers with Adam Rahn Griffin Hammond met Adam Rahn in college, while producing student television. Now he’s a guest on Adam’s podcast, #Freelanswers. In this conversation, they discuss their education paths, how to keep learning, and tackle the age-old question, "Do you need to go to film school?"…
 
The Secret Vignette Lighting Trick At the end of each shoot, Griffin turns off his lights to capture a dark backplate for this vignette lighting effect. Plus, socially distanced interviews, the latest with Apple’s M1 processors, and Nick’s newest camera. Griffin’s current lighting setup: Key light: Westcott Flex LED bounced off a white wall Back li…
 
Using a short-throw projector and After Effects, our friends Susie and Brett have mapped an impressive Halloween show onto the front of their house. Plus, Apple’s latest iPhone cameras, and Nick’s camera overheats during an important work meeting. Projection Mapping Resources: Susie and Brett are using this Optoma 4,000-lumen short-throw projector …
 
Please Note: Once you press play it will take a few seconds for the episode to start playing. Misadventures in Independent Filmmaking & Distribution with Anderson Cowan Today on the show we have filmmaker Anderson Cowen. Anderson and I met through a mutual friend in Los Angeles. When I first met Anderson he was a… The post IFH 409: Misadventures in…
 
Filming with a 20-year-old Digital 8 camera Filmed with a 20-year-old Sony Handycam, Griffin explains interlacing, pixel aspect ratios, IEEE 1394, and the quirks of shooting and editing in standard definition. Features of the DCR-TRV320 Sony Handycam— Records standard-definition, interlaced video (720x480i) onto Digital 8 tapes 25x optical zoom, 18…
 
Please Note: Once you press play it will take a few seconds for the episode to start playing. How to Attach a Bankable Movie Star to Your Indie Film with Steven Luke Today on the show we have writer, producer, director, actor, and Filmtrepreneur Steven Luke. Steven and I discuss how he attaches bankable movie… The post IFH 408: How to Attach a Bank…
 
Recording voiceover audio in a closet Griffin squeezes into a basement closet to record voiceover, while Nick maneuvers his lighting into a new position. To convert this closet into a DIY recording booth, Griffin bought 24 of these DEKIRU “high-density” acoustic tiles and this Sound Addicted 4-pack of foam bass traps. Nick just bought a new everyda…
 
Please Note: Once you press play it will take a few seconds for the episode to start playing. Making Money & Cracking the Amazon Code for Self Distribution with Ismael Gomez Today on the show we have a filmmaker that was able to crack the Amazon code and actually make money self-distributing his low-budget film… The post IFH 403: Making Money & Cra…
 
Please Note: Once you press play it will take a few seconds for the episode to start playing. How to Shoot a Feature Film in Two Days with Grant Pichla Today on the show we have a director who shot a time travel feature film in two days, his name is Grant Pichla and his… The post IFH 401: How to Shoot a Feature Film in Two Days with Grant Pichla ap…
 
Please Note: Once you press play it will take a few seconds for the episode to start playing. Creating a Film Riot During COVID-19 with Ryan Connolly Well, we made it. #400! I couldn’t have imagined that when I started this little podcast back in 2015 that we would ever get here. I say “we” because… The post IFH 400: Creating a Film Riot During COV…
 
What does Apple’s switch to ARM processors mean for filmmakers? Griffin makes a big life change, and Nick explains what Apple calls “the biggest leap ever for the Mac.” What does Apple’s switch to ARM processors mean for filmmakers? Hey Indie Filmmakers is brought to you by Squarespace. Go to squarespace.com/griffin to save 10% off your first purch…
 
Please Note: Once you press play it will take a few seconds for the episode to start playing. The Wrong Kind of Women in Hollywood with Naomi Mcdougall Jones Today on the show we have award-winning filmmaker, actress, author, speaker, women in film activist and force of nature Naomi McDougall Jones. Many of the IFH… The post IFH 399: The Wrong Kind…
 
Please Note: Once you press play it will take a few seconds for the episode to start playing. Big Budget Visual Effects on a Micro-Budget with Kevin Good Today on the show we have low-budget visual effects master Kevin Good. Kevin is a freelance cinematographer, VFX artist, and director. He has worked on diverse projects from creating… The post IFH…
 
Please Note: Once you press play it will take a few seconds for the episode to start playing. Predatory Film Distributors – The Netflix Guarantee Scam It was brought to my attention that there are predatory film aggregators and distributors out there selling promises that they don’t intend to keep. Yes, I know shocking. Specifically,… The post IFH …
 
Please Note: Once you press play it will take a few seconds for the episode to start playing. Confessions of an Ex-Distributor Turned Filmmaker with Jeff Deverett I’m so excited to bring this episode to the IFH Tribe I can barely contain myself. Today on the show we have ex-distributor turned filmmaker Jeff Deverett. Jeff… The post IFH 396: Confess…
 
Please Note: Once you press play it will take a few seconds for the episode to start playing. DVD is NOT Dead! Making MAJOR Money with DVD Distribution with Jeff Santo DVD is dead! Not so fast. Today’s guest is filmmaker Jeff Santo who has been making major money selling DVDs of his indie films for… The post IFH 395: DVD is NOT Dead! Making MAJOR M…
 
Racecar Driving in a VR Cockpit Nick is a virtual reality racecar driver, having set up an Oculus Rift and racing cockpit in his home office. Hey Indie Filmmakers is brought to you by Squarespace. Go to squarespace.com/griffin to save 10% off your first purchase of a website or domain. When he started iRacing, Nick already had an old Logitech Drivi…
 
Please Note: Once you press play it will take a few seconds for the episode to start playing. The Art of Low-Budget Cinematography with Suki Medencevic, A.S.C Today I welcome back returning champion award-winning cinematographer Suki Medencevic A.S.C. I brought Suki back on the show to discuss Covid-19 and what Hollywood will look like after… The p…
 
Please Note: Once you press play it will take a few seconds for the episode to start playing. Introducing Indie Film Hustle Academy – Premium Film Education Well, I’ve been busy during this quarantine. I was racking my brain on how I could provide more value to the Tribe so I create the IFH Academy.… The post IFH 387: Introducing Indie Film Hustle …
 
Please Note: Once you press play it will take a few seconds for the episode to start playing. Inside the Multi-Window Distribution Model with Simon Swart Today on the show we have Simon Swart. Swart has diverse experience in all areas of film production and distribution by virtue of his 30+ years as a leading… The post IFH 386: Inside the Multi-Win…
 
Please Note: Once you press play it will take a few seconds for the episode to start playing. The Film Industry and COVID-19 (The RAW Truth) with Richard Botto He’s back! The all-time returning champion and my brother from another mother Richard Botto from Stage 32 returns to the show to discuss the raw truth about… The post IFH 385: The Film Indus…
 
Please Note: Once you press play it will take a few seconds for the episode to start playing. The Future of Hollywood After Corona & Goodbye to Film Trooper with Scott McMahon Today is a sad day guys. My dear friend and fellow filmmaking podcaster Scott McMahon is closing up shop. Scott runs Filmtrooper.com and… The post IFH 383: The Future of Holl…
 
Now working, editing from home (with kids) Filmed on March 26—Griffin’s 13th day working from home in NYC. The podcast moves into our living rooms to capture the everyday noises we’re usually trying to hide from the audience. My talented coworker Brennan Murphy made this video—the awkwardness of working from home. Hey Indie Filmmakers is brought to…
 
Please Note: Once you press play it will take a few seconds for the episode to start playing. Filmmaking Side Hustles to Survive the Pandemic Many filmmakers thinking is based on two months ago. They believe that the world will go back to exactly how it was before on this pandemic blows over. That might… The post IFH 382: Filmmaking Side Hustles to…
 
Upgrading Nick’s Lighting Setup Nick wanted better lighting for his home office, so he purchased a budget 2-light RGB LED kit. And Griffin arrives in Nevada to help him set it up! The LED kit Nick purchased (on sale for $160): GVM 800D-RGB LED Studio 2-Video Light Kit Hey Indie Filmmakers is brought to you by Squarespace. Go to squarespace.com/grif…
 
Please Note: Once you press play it will take a few seconds for the episode to start playing. How to Shoot in an Impossible Location with Peter Bishai What if you were given permission to shoot most of your film in one of the busiest and iconic streets in the world, Times Square. Well, today’s… The post IFH 381: How to Shoot in an Impossible Locati…
 
Please Note: Once you press play it will take a few seconds for the episode to start playing. How to Raise Money for Your Film in TODAY’S CRAZY World with Franco Sama A MESSAGE TO ALL TRIBE MEMBERS: I know everyone in the world is going through a scary and tough time right now. I… The post IFH 380: How to Raise Money for Your Film in TODAY’S CRAZY …
 
Please Note: Once you press play it will take a few seconds for the episode to start playing. Coronavirus Indie Film Q&A – IFH Tribe Questions Answered It has been a crazy few days in the world, my friends. With film productions being shut down around the world, movie theaters sitting empty, and film festivals/events… The post IFH 379: Coronavirus …
 
Please Note: Once you press play it will take a few seconds for the episode to start playing. Coronavirus and the Affect on the Indie Film Business We are living in a crazy world, my friends. I wanted to do an episode on the effect the Coronavirus is having, not only on the film industry… The post IFH 378: Coronavirus and the Effect on the Indie Fi…
 
Please Note: Once you press play it will take a few seconds for the episode to start playing. Selling 10K DVDs and Building an Indie Filmmaking Empire with Mark Harris Today on the show we have Filmtrepreneur Mark Harris. Mark is a self-taught filmmaker. His movies have been distributed by major distributors and he’s self-distributed… The post IFH …
 
Please Note: Once you press play it will take a few seconds for the episode to start playing. Making an “El Mariachi” Style $7000 Indie Film with Josh Stifter Today on the show we have writer/director Josh Stifter. Josh was chosen as one of the directors to attempt to make a $7000 feature film using… The post IFH 375: Making an “El Mariachi” Style …
 
Ex-Distribber Employee Speaks Out with Neil Ames UPDATE: I was asked to delete the interview with ex-employee Neil Ames by the guest. It seems that Neil did, in fact, sign an NDA. This was confirmed by GlassRatner (company taking over Distribber) After months of rumors and gossip about what really happened behind the scenes of,… The post Ex-Distrib…
 
Covering Presidential Politics with the Peak Design Travel Tripod Griffin is on the campaign trail, days before the Iowa Caucuses—with drone shots, gimbal maneuvers. Is the Peak Design Travel Tripod up to the challenge of political press events? Watch Griffin’s latest film from the campaign trail in Iowa. Or download The Recount app on iOS or Andro…
 
Please Note: Once you press play it will take a few seconds for the episode to start playing. Predatory Film Distributors: The Bankrupt Reboot Scam I’ve spoken about predatory film distributors before on the show (The Dark Underbelly of Predatory Film Distributors – BEWARE!) but I just discovered how some of these scumbags have figured… The post IF…
 
Please Note: Once you press play it will take a few seconds for the episode to start playing. Is TUGG Going Bankrupt and Not Refunding Filmmakers & Customers? UPDATE: Tugg closes it’s doors and leaves filmmakers out to dry. Read the rest of the article for more information. I don’t know if something is in… The post IFH 373: Is TUGG Going Bankrupt a…
 
Please Note: Once you press play it will take a few seconds for the episode to start playing. Producing Sundance Winning Indie Films with Jonathan Baker Today on the show we have Sundance-winning producer Jonathan Baker. His new film Sylvie’s Love is the talk of Sundance 2020. Sylvie’s Love is an upcoming American drama film, written… The post IFH …
 
Please Note: Once you press play it will take a few seconds for the episode to start playing. Shooting for the Mob – Listen to Four Chapters for FREE After months of the IFH Tribe asking me, I finally finished the audiobook version of Shooting for the Mob. It was a tough project to finish… The post IFH 371: Shooting for the Mob – Listen to Four Cha…
 
Please Note: Once you press play it will take a few seconds for the episode to start playing. The Art of Directing Actors with Judy Weston Today guest is the legendary writer and educator Judith Weston. Her book Directing Actors: Creating Memorable Performances for Film & TelevisionandThe Film Director’s Intuition: Script Analysis and Rehearsal Tec…
 
Please Note: Once you press play it will take a few seconds for the episode to start playing. How to Make a Successful Indie Film in 2020 – Happy New Year! I can’t believe another year has gone by. 2019 was one for the record books. So many things happened to me and to the… The post IFH 369: How to Make a Successful Indie Film in 2020 – Happy New Y…
 
How to Locate Free-to-Use Archival Footage Using tools like youtube-dl, and sources including presidential libraries and Archive.org, Nick and Griffin explain how to locate and download historical news footage for documentaries. It’s the workflow behind Griffin’s weekly archival web series Rewind. Download The Recount app on iOS or Android. Watch R…
 
Please Note: Once you press play it will take a few seconds for the episode to start playing. Building a Minimalist Filmmaking Empire with Matt D’Avella Today on the show we have minimalist filmmaking guru Matt D’Avella. I had the pleasure of being on Matt’s podcast The GroundUp Show back in 2017 when he was… The post IFH 368: Building a Minimalist…
 
Please Note: Once you press play it will take a few seconds for the episode to start playing. Is Die Hard The Greatest Christmas Movie Ever – Yippee ki-yay! I’m here to finally put to rest one of the greatest cinematic arguments of all time, is Die Hard a Christmas movie? I thought I’d tackle this… The post IFH 367: Is Die Hard The Greatest Christm…
 
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