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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 8, 2015

 

Bonus Round with Seth and China Kent 

 

China shares a funny story about answering the door in a pink bunny suit minus the bunny ears.

Seth shares a lesson learned about priorities in life and how to protect and preserve those.

Be sure to go back and listen to the full episode with Seth and China if you missed it before.

Connect with China and Seth:
facebook:facebook.com/ChinaKentMusic
twitter: @finechinakent
website: http://www.chinakent.com

Connect with the show:

Twitter: @filmbacktv

Instagram: @filmbacktv

Facebook: facebook.com/filmbacktv

Website: filmback.tv

 


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May 5, 2015

This week Claire and Cory welcome Seth and China Kent to the show. Seth and China are personal friends of Claire's who just happen to have made music for popular movies like BRICK and BROTHERS BLOOM. Join us as we explore what it's like to make music for films and how they keep a creative marriage together. 

2:06 Seth shares how growing up as a missionary kid led him to music and eventually film.

5:25 Cory asks about Seth's family affording "creative space" while he was growing up.

6:44 Seth shares that playing with shortwave radios helped inspire his love for sound from a technical perspective.

8:35 Cory asks Seth about odd jobs he worked to allow him to pursue his dreams of becoming a musician.

9:50 Seth notes that working odd jobs outside of his creative endeavors helped him to be better at his art in some unexpected ways.

11:12 Seth talks about the tricky balance of "real life" and pursuing a dream.

12:08 China talks about balancing skill/technique and creativity/inspiration  

13:30 China tells us the reason she fell in love with Seth was the way he turned the pages for her when she was playing piano.

15:50 China reflects on the generosity of her parents to provide music lessons early in her life.

16:45 China talks about music that inspired her early on.

19:50 Claire asks if China ever wanted to quit music.

22:30 China talks about what pulled her back to music every time she wanted to leave.

23:40 Cory talks about how Seth and China manage a creative marriage.

26:30 China and Seth remember when their romantic relationship developed into a creative relationship.

27:30 China explains Seth's nickname

29:00 China remembers meeting Seth through Nathan Johnson during a show.

31:42 Seth and China talk about working with sound designer Nathan Johnson on the film BRICK and BROTHERS BLOOM.

34:35 Seth remarks on how limitations can challenge and help develop your creative skill.

36:00 Claire remembers the sounds from BRICK.

36:54 China speaks to how musicians decide to assign particular instruments to character to help further the story.

40:25 China and Seth remember the Cinematic Underground.

43:00 Seth and China speak to how they deal with successes and disappointments.

45:00 Claire remembers the quote "Comparison is the thief of joy."   

47:00 Seth encourages our listeners to remember they have a place at the table, and only you can be you.

50:17 Cory asks China and Seth what books they'd like to recommend to our listeners.

50:45 China and Seth make film recommendations for our listeners.

54:40 Seth and China discuss their new album and where you can connect with them.

Connect with China and Seth:
facebook:facebook.com/ChinaKentMusic
twitter: @finechinakent
website: http://www.chinakent.com

Connect with the show:

Twitter: @filmbacktv

Instagram: @filmbacktv

Facebook: facebook.com/filmbacktv

Website: filmback.tv


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Apr 28, 2015

 

This week we welcome our producer, Claire Tanner to the cohost chair to speak with Nathalie Sejean from Mentorless.com. Nathalie is a story fabricator, a filmmaker, an artist and a mentor to the mentorless. We welcome her to the show to talk about her own creative journey and what we can learn from her experiences. 

 

Memorable Moments:

 

3:42 Nathalie shares what she does to relax and be inspired.

4:23 Nathalie discusses avoiding burnout and the importance of sleep and yoga for creativity.

8:18 Nathalie discusses creativity and a time in her life when she lost it.

12:00 Claire asks Nathalie about what first sparked Nathalie's creativity.

13:00 Claire shares a memory from her childhood about being creative in play.

14:40 Cory asks how Nathalie manages to do all she does creatively.

17:11 Nathalie explains where the desire to share her knowledge with others interested in filmmaking via Mentorless.com began.

18:40 Cory asks about the challenges of running a website like Mentorless.com

19:58 Nathalie tells Cory about the rewards of Mentorless.com

23:19 Claire asks "Is success scary?"

26:20 Nathalie discusses the moment she wanted to shut her website down.

27:40 Nathalie discusses her interactive music video Ticking Bomb.

32:20 Claire asks about the importance of storytelling.

34:55 Cory asks about the influence traveling has had on Nathalie's art.

37:40 Nathalie shares how lucky she feels having a French passport and the benefits it affords her.

39:45 Claire asks about managing creative relationships.

42:58 Cory asks about the importance of collaboration. 

44:10 "The process may be funnier when you're working with others."

46:10 Nathalie tell us what filmmakers need to know starting out.

47:10 Nathalie reflects on Amanda Palmer's words on not having an audience unless you create something.

49:45 Cory asks about a book for filmmakers

50:54 Nathalie warns agains reading too many books on filmmaking and not actually getting out there and creating.

54:10 Cory asks what Nathalie wants to see from up and coming filmmakers.

54:31 Claire reacts to Nathalie mentioning SHORT TERM 12 as a favorite recent film.

57:45 Cory asks about Nathalie's plans for 2015.

59:25 Claire asks about the importance of goal setting.

 

Resources Mentioned On The Show:

TeuxDeux (productivity app)

 

Books:

Screenplay: The Foundations of Screenwriting - Syd Field

 

Movies:

Short Term 12, Stories We Tell

 

Connect With Nathalie:

Website: Mentorless.com

Website: gizlie.com

Facebook: facebook.com/pages/Mentorless

Twitter: @mentorless 

Instagram: @mentorless

 

Connect with the show:

Twitter: @filmbacktv

Instagram: @filmbacktv

Facebook: facebook.com/filmbacktv

Website: filmback.tv

 


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Apr 21, 2015

 

Frank Serafine joins host Cory Titus to share his unlikely story that began when he persuaded his mother to use inheritance money from his grandmother to purchase a synthesizer. This obviously turned out to be a wise investment as years later he is one of the most recognized and awarded sound editor/designers working in the industry today.

 

2:30 Frank tells us his love for sound was inspired by a guitar given to him for Christmas, The Beatles, and a shortwave radio from Germany.

4:00 Frank tell us he got the seventh minimoog ever made and just that set him apart from others working in the industry.

5:53 Frank explains how some of the sounds from The Beatles' Strawberry Fields Forever were created on equipment much like what he was using.

6:00 Frank tells us a story about how he convinced his mother to give him $1,300 of his grandmother's inheritance money to purchase a synthesizer.

9:00 Frank tells the story of how he got to work for Disney helping to create sounds for the grand opening of Space Mountain, Disney Land.

10:55 "I could boldly go where no synthesizer kid had ever gone before." Frank talks about working on Star Trek the movies and Tron, Flight of the Navigator, and the Hunt for Red October.

13:10 Frank notes the importance of friends in the industry

14:10 Even while working on big movies like Star Trek, Frank still had to work odd jobs to pay the bills.

17:40 Cory and Frank discuss the films that helped Frank grow the most.

19:00 Frank reflects on the past and appreciates all the lucky breaks he's had.

20:40 Frank considers skills necessary for working in sound in the film industry.

22:00 Frank notes the importance of  internships.

30:12 Frank explains how he manages to stay up to date on the ever changing technology in the industry.   

31:40 Frank notes the changes in the industry over time.

32:45 Cory asks what tools Frank would recommend to filmmakers getting started on their journey in sound design and editing.

34:30 Cory asks Frank what our listeners can expect from his Sound Advice Tour with MZed.

38:15 Cory asks about who Frank's role models were.

42:18 Cory asks how we can start capturing better sound today.

 

Special thanks to MZed for all they do to educate and inspire those working in the technical arts.
Visit http://mzed.com for more information on their tours and classes available for download.

Connect with Frank Serafine:
frankserafine.com

soundadvicetour.com
mzed.com

 

Connect with the show:

Twitter: @filmbacktv

Instagram: @filmbacktv

Facebook: facebook.com/filmbacktv

Website: filmback.tv

 


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Apr 19, 2015

 

Host Cory Titus speaks with Emery Wells, entrepreneur and filmmaker. He co-founded and serves as the CEO of Frame.io, a video collaboration platform. Cory and Emery discuss what sparked his interest in film and about the decisions he made to chase that dream and position himself for success. 

Memorable Moments:

4:06 Emery remembers his first film project.

4:44 Emery explains his decision not to go to film school.

6:36 "I think it's a lot harder for me to be creative for someone else than it is for me to be for myself."

7:43 Emery reflects on the shift in the industry. when the RED camera was released.

11:33 Remembers the moment when it was time dive in head first and make his dream a reality.

14:14 Emery talks about the challenges of starting a company on your own.

18:00 Emery gives tips on how to hire people who will help further your company and your dream.

18:53 Emery gives his younger self a tip to save himself heartache - "Fire early."

19:48 Emery explains how frame.io got it's start.

22:02 Emery discusses overcoming challenges in this new endeavor.

24:50 Emery notes the role models and others who have inspired him.

26:34 Cory asks Emery for resource recommendations filmmakers to continue learning.

Lynda.com  

Fxphd.com

28:12 Cory asks what's one habit a filmmaker could implement to help them along?

Connect with Emery:
Twitter: @emerywells
Website: katabatic.tv
Website: frame.io 

Connect with the show:
Twitter: @filmbacktv
Instagram: @filmbacktv
Facebook: facebook.com/filmbacktv
Website: filmback.tv


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