The Sci-Fi Maker Show: For science fiction filmmakers and screenwriters
By Mitch Todd: Filmmaker and writer
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The Sci-Fi Maker Show is for science fiction filmmakers and screenwriters. Join your host, Mitch Todd, for this weekly show as he talks to people from across the globe who are creating science fiction videos and movies. We offer instruction from the Sci-Fi Maker Film School where you'll learn how to begin your adventure as a science fiction filmmaker. The Sci-Fi Maker Show is also for anyone who wants to join the science fiction filmmaking community. We can accomplish more when we work with like-minded science fiction creators.
||CleanTransmogrification||An end and a beginning Transmogrify: to transform, especially in a surprising or magical manner. Today, I’m transmogrifying Sci-Fi Maker. This is the last episode of The Sci-Fi Maker Show. This show’s purpose is to help you become better filmmakers||5/7/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanScience fiction feature film “Cronus”||Cronus: A sci-fi film about memories Derik Presley, a first-time feature film director, has a winner on his hands with the movie Cronus. This project is an intriguing and entertaining science fiction film about memories with a Twilight Zone feel.||5/1/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanParticipate in the making of a sci-fi movie – The Circuit||Want to be in or work on a science fiction film? Are you a filmmaker, screenwriter, or fan trying to break into the film business, but you don’t have connections or you don’t live in Los Angeles? Do you think would be almost impossible to get a cha||4/24/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBack to our future||Getting back to our roots This show is for you, the filmmakers and screenwriters creating science fiction. I have to confess, lately, I’ve gotten away from the science fiction focus of the show. There are a lot of great podcasts for independent filmma||4/17/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanIs film distribution dead?||Distribution for independent filmmakers I really wanted to call this week’s show “Distribution is dead” – because I suspected it had died – at least for independent filmmakers. The stories I’ve been hearing about payouts from streaming servi||4/10/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanIs your movie missing that certain something?||What your movie is missing Maybe your film has a likable protagonist with a clear goal worth pursuing and a formidable antagonist standing in the way. And maybe your story structure is sound—with escalating conflict building toward a satisfying resol||4/3/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDoes your film sound like a real movie?||About your sound mix… It’s not enough that your independent film looks like a real movie—it has to sound like one, too. That’s why the sound mix is so important. If your sound mix is lacking, your audience will find it difficult to engage with||3/27/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBad independent films are preventable||The truth about independent filmmakers We celebrate the independent filmmaker success stories: Kevin Smith’s Clerks, Robert Rodriguez’s El Mariachi, Edward Burns’ The Brothers McMullen. Theses stories and others like them inspire people everywhere||3/20/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanNow comes the fun part: pre-production||Pre-production and adding cool stuff We are making our science fiction movie on the podcast! You can also watch our movie-making activities live on the Sci-Fi Maker Facebook page. This week on the Sci-Fi Maker Show,||3/13/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanRewrite and watch what happens||Add some magic to your script Want to add some magic to your film script? Rewrite! Rewriting is where the good stuff happens. “Writing is rewriting” may be a cliche, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t true. Unlike a lot of writers,||3/6/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWriting the script for the science fiction short||I recently came across the following quote on Twitter: Every scene should be able to answer three questions: “Who wants what from whom? What happens if they don’t get it? Why now?” – David Mamet Last week on The Sci-Fi Maker Show Last week,||2/27/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWe’re making our movie on the podcast||We’re taking you with us I thought it was time to try something new. Here it is: We’re making our science fiction film, “Planet Burlesque”, on The Sci-Fi Maker Show. What this means is we are going to podcast our production meetings, auditions,||2/20/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow to boost your creative superpowers||Please watch my movie! One of the biggest challenges for independent science fiction filmmakers is getting an audience to watch their movie. One big reason is all the “meh” movies out there. Most of the indie movies I watch, sci-fi or otherwise,||2/13/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMaking the science fiction short film Jarmon||Who is Jarmon? Filmmaker Ricky Bell found me on Twitter. You can find him here. He recently completed a short science fiction project called Jarmon. I asked him about the project. It’s always been a dream of mine to portray a superhero character||2/6/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow I got unstuck on my sci-fi script||What is “just-in-time” learning? Just-in-time learning is learning what you need to know right before you need to know it. For me, it works better to learn a skill right before I need to use that skill than learning a skill six months or a year befo||1/30/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMake money with your indie film: the missing ingredient||The money-making formula Alex Ferrari has a wonderful podcast for indie filmmakers called “Indie Film Hustle“. We had Alex on our show not too long ago. Recently, he did a show called “5 Rules to Make Money Selling Indie Films” These five rules||1/23/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanOur new movie project for 2017: Planet Burlesque||What is Planet Burlesque? The secret is revealed: our movie project for 2017 is titled “Planet Burlesque”. What kind of science fiction movie is “Planet Burlesque”? Your first clue, after the title, is the movie poster The artist known as “Bub||1/16/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMake a short film before you make your movie||My original plan: no short film I was planning to skip the “make a short film” step and go right into pre-production for my feature. Luckily, fate intervened! Listening to the On the Page podcast, I heard about Kim Adelman’s Making it Big in Sho||1/9/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Cube: How to make a movie for $500||The secret of the 500 dollar movie How did Scott McMahon learn how to make movies for less than 500 dollars? After finishing film school, Scott worked at Sony Playstation in the early days making introductory videos for their games.||1/2/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFinding affordable actors for your low budget sci-fi film||Can you afford good actors? I’m keeping this short because it’s the holidays and many of us have a lot going on. Last week, on the show I talked about how you can make your science fiction movie for less than a thousand bucks. Sidenote: Today,||12/26/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
A new addition!
I host the Science Fiction Film Podcast and came across these guys as a mutual pod-pal appeared on one of their episodes. It was an interview style episode that was handled well. I look forward to some more from these guys. Great sound quality - and professional approach. I wish them well!
I'm happy to see Mitch is still going with Sci-Fi Maker -- and going stronger than ever. His interviews with creators of all varieties often surprises me, even when it's an interview with a director or cinematographer. There's often a bit of repition with those kinds of interviews, but Mitch makes a big effort to know who he's interviewing and tailor questions to their situations to get deeper answers than other shows like this.
Lots of good filmmaking info!
Can't wait to dig deeper in the back catalogue of these podcasts!