By Cinema Summit
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Alex Darke and Trevor L. Nelson from Cinema Summit sit down every week and explore different filmmaking topics. Join them for discussions, interviews, and other shenanigans during this weekly podcast about making movies for any budget.
||ExplicitNBF 036: Additional Edumacation||So you don't think Alex and Trevor have all the answers???? Boy are you....right! In this episode, the intrepid duo share their favorite flimmaking learnin' sites, from editing, to VFX, to lighting, if you want to dive deeper into any aspect of filmmaki||1/15/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitNBF 035: New Year, New You, New Goals!||Happy 2019! It's time to start the new year off right and set yourself up for success. When planning out your filmmaking goals, is it is best to aim high at the unreachable, or to set numerous, obtainable goals? Alex and Trevor talk about their approach||1/8/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitNBF 034: To Edit or Not To Edit, That Is The Question||You wrote your masterpiece, the shoot is in the can, now the question is, do you hand your baby off to someone else, or do you hunker down in a dark room for 3 months and edit it on your own. Alex and Trevor tackle to pros and cons of editing your own p||12/18/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitNBF 033: Artistic or Money Maker? What Kind of Film for Your First Feature||As filmmakers, we all probably got into this industry to make art, but when you boil it down, the film industry is still a business and most movies need to make money. When planning your first feature, what should you focus on, an artistic film that sho||12/11/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitNBF 032: Shorts vs Features - What Makes The Most Sense In The Current Industry?||The question of, "Do I make a short or a feature?" came up quite a bit throughout college and we thought we had a pretty cut and dry answer. But, the industry has changed so much just in the last 8-10 years that the answer is no longer that simple. In t||12/4/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitNBF 031: How To Stay Motivated: I'll Write Something Clever Later||Sometimes the hardest thing for a filmmaker to do is to find motivation when the grind gets to you. What can you do to keep powering through to push your career forward? Alex and Trevor have some tips, techniques, and personal motivations to help push y||11/20/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitNBF 030: What Camera Should I Buy? - Answering the Age Old Question||We see this question asked over and over again on Facebook, in forums and videos, and even in person. In this episode, we attempt to peel away some of the layers of this question and give you a better understanding of different elements to look for when||11/13/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitNBF 029: All About You - Marketing Yourself for Gigs||You got the gear, you got the experience, but you still don't have the work! It's hard out there for a freelancer, so Alex and Trevor dive into the different ways you can build your resume, build your network, and better yet, build your bank account! I||11/6/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitNBF 028: All the Avenues for Self-Distribution. Make that Money!!||You did everything you should in preparation for distribution BEFORE you started filming. Your film is mastered and in the can, ready for the world to see. In this ever-changing field, what avenues do you have to distribute your film (mostly) on your ow||10/30/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitNBF 027: Get That Money! Packaging Your Project for Funding||So you have a great idea that needs money to make, how do you put together a great package to attract investors? Alex and Trevor walk you through the process to build the most attractive package of talent, vision, and creativity. What should you put the||10/23/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitNBF 026: How to Develop and Finance Your Film with Slated||Everyone has a great idea, a great script, or a relationship with a great actor. But that rarely means you can make a film if you don't have the money! So what are your options when it comes to financing? What do you need in place before you even think||10/16/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitNBF 025: Interview With the Directors of Camp Manna||It's time to go camping! Alex and Trevor talk with writer-director duo Eric Scott Johnson and Eric Machiela about their recent film 'Camp Manna'. How long did it take before it was made, how was it working with Gary Freaking Busey, and what advice they||10/9/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitNBF 024: Is Film School The Best Option?||Film school and whether or not to go is a big topic of debate online amongst filmmakers. They are asked it all the time, is going to film school worth it?! In response, Alex and Trevor give a resounding......maybe! The duo discusses the pros and cons||10/2/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitNBF 023: Average Movie Budget - Unforeseen Expenses of a No-Budget Film||What is an average movie budget for a "no-budget" film? A movie shot on an iPhone still had a budget of over $100,000?!?! Filmmakers thinking they are going to make a film super cheap, or free even, need to beware of underlying costs. Alex and Trevor d||9/25/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitNBF 022: Make a Living Doing What You Love||You love making films, shooting projects, editing away in your parent's basement, but how do you go about making it a sustaining career! Alex and Trevor offer friendly advice on how you can turn your passion in to dolla dolla bills y'all! What may start||9/18/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitNBF 021: Our No-Budget Filmmaking Philosofizzle||People keep asking Alex and Trevor all the time... at gas stations, during baseball games, in parks, side-by-side at the urinal... (hahaha jay kay jay kay) what they mean when they say "No-Budget Filmmaking". Then they ask why anyone would listen to the||9/11/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitAn Announcement from Alex & Trevor (Full Episode Coming Later Today)||Alex gives an update on a current project in the works and teases the full episode that will be coming out later today. Listen in on what is to come, and stay tuned for episode 21!||9/11/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitNBF 020: Distribution Pitfalls! What You Need to Know Before You Shoot!||People rarely, if ever, starting thinking of distribution early, just thinking once their film is done they just need to hand it off to a sale agent, but they couldn't be more wrong! Alex and Trevor walk you through the biggest mistakes filmmakers make||9/4/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitNBF 019: The Future (Of Independent Cinema) Is NOW!||Trevor and Alex join you from the middle of their road trip to Las Vegas to talk about where the future of no-budget filmmaking lies. They discuss trends and give predictions for where we all (the no-budget filmmakers) fall into the mix of the industry||8/28/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitNBF 018: Double Whammy! Creating Depth in Your Story AND Your Frame||Is your script flat, uneventful, unmotivated, or just flat out boring? Can the same be said about the composition and the look of your shots? Well Alex and Trevor have (rarely) all the answers! They give advice on how to add depth to your script by buil||8/21/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitNBF 017: Filmmaking for Actors. How to Take You Career into Your Own Hands||Actors seemingly get the short end of the stick, having to rely on other people in the industry to get their careers started. But no more! Now it is even easier for actors to take control and get their name out there. Alex and Trevor discuss how actors||8/16/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitNBF 016: Zef is in THE HOUSE! Interview with Indie Filmmaker Zef Cota||We promised and now we deliver! Filmmaker Zef Cota stops by the Cinema Summit offices to talk about his debut feature, "The Trouble". What went wrong, what went right, and what did he learn from his first foray into directing a feature-length film? For||8/7/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitNBF 015: You Made a Film!....Now What? Interview with Distribution Expert Jason Brubaker||Our second guest! Alex and Trevor talk with Jason Brubaker, Vice President of Worldwide Sales at Distribber and the Founder of Filmmaking Stuff. They dive into the essentials of distributing your film and getting the most eyes to see it! Plus, at what p||7/31/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitNBF 014: Why Work Harder When You Can Work Smarter? Software and Apps to Help Your Project||Every day there seems to be some hot new app out there and it is no different in the film industry. Alex and Trevor dive into software and apps that can help your project run smoother. From pre-production to post-production, there is a product out there||7/24/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitNBF 013: It's Biznaaasss, it's Biznaaasss TIME! The Film Business Plan - The Necessity of Writing One||Even though you may be a creative, you must remember, for the most part, the film industry is a business. Because of that, you need a business plan if you want to raise capital for your next project. Alex and Trevor are alllll business on this episode,||7/17/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitNBF 012: Film to New Media to Film Again, an Interview with Logan Burdick||If you ask 1,000 people what their journey in the film industry was like, you'll probably get 1,000 completely different answers. It's a strange industry with no set path to success. In this episode, Alex and Trevor chat with Logan Burdick, a filmmaker||7/10/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitNBF 011: Put Pen to Paper... or Not - Screenplays for No-Budgets||It all starts with the story and never is that truer than when making a no-budget film. Alex and Trevor take you through their process of writing a screenplay, give advice on how to write for what you have, and talk about how you should just power throu||7/3/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitNBF 010: The Mobile Phone Revolution||We made it to double digits! Thanks for all the listens! Alex and Trevor examine the growing trend of shooting your next project on a mobile phone. With iPhones and Androids getting better and better cameras, is the phone in your pocket a viable option||6/26/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitNBF 009: Jack of All Trades, Master of None||How focused should you be on one aspect of filmmaking? Should you zero in all your attention solely on directing? On editing? On camera work? The guys talk about the pros and cons of knowing how to do every job on set, even if it is just basic, working||6/19/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitNBF 008: Let There Be LIGHTING!||LEDs, Tungsten, Fluorescent, HMI - enough technical lighting mumbo jumbo to make your head spin, but what is the lighting route you should go for your next project? Alex and Trevor tackle the best, most cost-effective ways to get the best lighting for a||6/12/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitNBF 007: Da Festival Circuit||Sundance, TIFF, Tribeca! You HAVE to get into these film festivals....or not. Alex and Trevor talk about the pros and cons of film festivals for the no-budget filmmaker. Is it worth the cost to submit? What should you do and what can you expect if you g||6/5/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitNBF 006: Why Buy New When Renting (Equipment) Will Do?||Rent or Buy? What is the best route to go for the no-budget filmmaker? Alex and Trevor could talk equipment for hours and give you tips on how to go about acquiring your own. Where do you go, what options are the best, and if you do buy, what should be||5/29/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitNBF 005: Shooting A Short Over a Weekend||48 Hour Film Festival, 100 Hour Film Festival, access to equipment for a short time period, there are many reasons people try to shoot an entire short in a weekend. But without the proper planning and execution, what seems like a fun challenge can quick||5/22/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitNBF 004: Location, Location, Location!!!....Scouting||People think there is nothing sexy about location scouting, but it is a vital step in ensuring your no budget project is completed on time and on budget. Alex and Trevor tackle what to look for during a location scout, who to bring, and what to accompli||5/15/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitNBF 003: Coming Up With Ideas||Third times a charm! Everyone has had writers block - sitting, staring at a blank screen, trying to come up with the next great story. So where can a filmmaker find an idea for their next script? Alex and Trevor talk about where they find inspiration an||5/10/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitNBF 002: Common Micro-Budget Mistakes||We made it to a second episode! Everyone makes mistakes during the filmmaking process, but they are even more prevalent when you have no budget. Alex and Trevor discuss the most common mistakes they see no-budget filmmakers make and talk about the bigge||5/10/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitNBF 001: To Shot List or Not To Shot List||Welcome to the debut episode of No-Budget Filmmaking with your hosts, Alex Darke and Trevor L. Nelson! In this episode, Alex and Trevor answer the age-old question, do you shot list or do you not shot list? Spoiler alert, it depends on the situation! Th||5/10/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
Every filmmaker should give them a listen
Great stuff, and they're a ton of fun to listen to! Making films and talking about films is fun, and they do a good job of keeping things entertaining, while teaching you a lot about the industry.
Just what I was looking for!
This podcast couldn’t have come at a better time. Real information about the many areas of filmmaking, no fluff, from real professionals in the industry! Outstanding job, gentlemen, please keep it up!
No Budget Filmmaking is Worth Your Time
I really appreciate what Alex and Trevor bring to the table with this podcast. I like the fact that they throw in some humor in there. They seem very unpretentious and down-to-earth, at the same time they know their stuff and are serious about filmmaking. Keep up the great work!