The Filmback Podcast

The Filmback Podcast is dedicated to striving and thriving filmmakers. You host, Claire Tanner chats with individuals working in the film industry to learn from their journey and to help you further your own success by avoiding mistakes her guests have made. Consider Claire your friend, partner, cheerleader and her guests your mentors. Filmback is short for filmmaker feedback, and that's what Claire's all about. Just think of these episodes like mini master classes. What are you waiting for? Class is in session and there's a lot to learn.
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May 31, 2016

This week Claire talks with director Mark Freiberger about his journey from film school, directing features in his early 20s, to winning the Crash the Super Bowl Doritos Commercial Contest, and how he's positioning himself to make the movies he really wants to.

6:30 Mark shares why he decided to pursue directing instead of acting.

7:50 Claire observes there are benefits to being an extra on set despite being "human furniture." 

9:28 Claire asks Mark about how his parents reacted when he told them he wanted to work in movies for a living

10:35 Mark shares a story about how he got his first camera. 

12:32 Mark talked about why he chose to stay in his home state to study film.

14:40 Claire and Mark talk about how small the world is, especially in film, and note they have friends in common.

16:20 Claire is curious is Mark is just ambitious or if he is crazy for having made a feature film straight out of film school.

20:45 Mark shares how to balance helping friends with their projects and when it's time to get out there and make you own things. 

23:23 Claire admits she's very skinny and LOVES food. She talks about how food rarely changes your life - but for Mark, a bag of chips opened doors that had been closed before. 

41:55 Do you get a truck load of chips when your Doritos commercial gets aired during the Super Bowl?

43:15 What would you pick if you had to decide between a million dollars or the chance to work with Michael Bay for three months?

43:50 Claire asks about that time when the attention starts to die down and you have to keep earning your place in the spotlight.

50:07 Mark has said "If you're not in love with it, don't do it. There are other ways to make money that are much less stressful." Mark talks about the love needed to keep working in the film industry. 

51:00 Every time you slow down, there is always some one ready to beat you, and speed past you. 

55:24 Mark shares an embarrassing story.

57:54 Mark recommends 

Save The Cat, Blake Snyder
Screenwriting, Syd Fields
The Visual Story, Bruce Block 

The Shawshank Redemption
Being There


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May 4, 2016

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