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The Film Riot Podcast

Ryan Connolly

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The Film Riot Podcast

The Film Riot Podcast

Ryan Connolly

58
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159
Plays
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The Film Riot Podcast is a conversation with talented and innovative filmmakers. From directors, editors, stunt coordinators, DPs, Actors, VFX artists, and so on... We will be diving into the process, art, and lifestyle of filmmaking from every aspect.

Latest Episodes

Telling Stories that Matter

The journey toward making the feature film “CLOUDS”—now available on Disney+—was a long one for director Justin Baldoni. In 2013 Justin released a short doc on Zach Sobiech, a remarkable 17-year-old diagnosed with osteosarcoma. The story of Zach’s life struck a chord with Justin. Since then, bringing that story to the screen has been both a passion and a promise to keep. With the film’s release, Justin has kept his promise to Zach and gave us all the gift of perspective with this touching story.

43 min8 h ago
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Telling Stories that Matter

Making a Creature Feature

EBrett and Drew Pierce are the writer/director team behind the new horror film THE WRETCHED, an old school creature feature with more going on under the hood than just scares. While having a background in Hollywood productions, the brothers still approach their work with a "do-it-yourself" attitude. Their infectious passion has led to them releasing their latest feature under IFC Films and will undoubtedly grant them more great features to come.

69 min1 w ago
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Making a Creature Feature

Don't wait for Hollywood to Make Your Film

EMake your film! That is what drives the team behind the new comedyFAITH BASED.From shooting with iPhones in their living rooms, to what it ultimately became—a full-blown feature film with an impressive cast (Jason Alexander, Lance Riddick, and David Koechner, just to name a few). Vincent Masciale, Luke Barnett, and Tanner Thomason were going to make this film, come "hell" or high water.

73 min2 w ago
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Don't wait for Hollywood to Make Your Film

Finding Success in Filmmaking

E“Proceed as if” is some of the best advice a young filmmaker can hear. But that isn’t the only gem Quincy Ledbetter drops in this latest episode. From the beginning of his infatuation with film, to finding his way into writing and directing through music and photography - Quincy has always done just that, “Proceed as if”. Now in post on his first feature film “Alieu the Dreamer”, Quincy looks back on what led him here and all the things he learned along the way.

80 minSEP 16
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Finding Success in Filmmaking

Making and Distributing Your Film Independently

"Just make your film" is a rallying cry for many, but very few back up those words with action. Today's guest, the multifaceted Jim Cummings, is absolutely one of those few. Through crowdfunding and self-distribution, Jim has found a lot of success for his first feature "Thunder Road". He's following that up with his next two features: the thriller "The Beta Test" and the horror film "The Werewolf" (his first studio film).

63 minSEP 1
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Making and Distributing Your Film Independently

How a Hollywood Legend Directs Actors

With films like Saturday Night Fever, Short Circuit, WarGames, and Dracula in his filmography, the term “legendary director” flows out of your mouth when talking about John Badham. His incredible career has led to a wealth of knowledge about the craft. Lucky for us, John is passionate about sharing, and in this episode, Ryan and John dive deep into working with actors. They cover everything from staging a scene to managing big-name talent.

38 minAUG 18
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How a Hollywood Legend Directs Actors

Directing a Blockbuster with an Indie Budget

‘GREYHOUND’ is the latest original film to hit Apple+ TV. Oscar winning writer/director Aaron Schneider chats with Ryan about his process for constructing the intricate battle sequences, pulling story out of the technical, and what it’s like to work with the legendary Tom Hanks!

51 minAUG 4
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Directing a Blockbuster with an Indie Budget

Writing & Directing Story Driven Horror

Relicis the directorial debut of Japanese-Australian writer/director filmmaker,Natalie Erika James. It’s a horror film anchored by its deeply emotional and honest themes, and masterfully co-written and directed by James. In the episode of the Film Riot podcast, fresh off the experience of making the film, Natalie meets with Ryan to discuss her experience as a first-time writer/director, working with actors, and why she leaned into the horror genre to tell this specific and personal story.

53 minJUL 21
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Writing & Directing Story Driven Horror

Emotionally Impactful Cinematography w/ Jody Lee Lipes

As the cinematographer for such beautiful work as A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, Manchester by the Sea, and I Know This Much is True, Jody Lee Lipes brings an emotional honesty to all his work. That emotional honesty is something that Jody seems to pulls off with ease. Today he and Ryan chat about leaning into that meaning and honesty, working with technically difficult scenes (like the twinning in his latest HBO show), and what made him want to be a filmmaker.

58 minJUL 8
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Emotionally Impactful Cinematography w/ Jody Lee Lipes

MAKING "STAR WARS: ORIGINS" - A FAN FILM

If you are wondering how to start making the films you love… To steal from Nike’s slogan… JUST DO IT! That thought process seems to be behind everything Phil Hawkins does. Like most of us, he’s a student of Spielberg, Lucas, and the other greats of that day. Since he broke in, Phil has directed several features and worked with the likes of Al Pacino, Robert Englund, and Christopher Walken.

56 minJUN 16
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MAKING "STAR WARS: ORIGINS" - A FAN FILM

Latest Episodes

Telling Stories that Matter

The journey toward making the feature film “CLOUDS”—now available on Disney+—was a long one for director Justin Baldoni. In 2013 Justin released a short doc on Zach Sobiech, a remarkable 17-year-old diagnosed with osteosarcoma. The story of Zach’s life struck a chord with Justin. Since then, bringing that story to the screen has been both a passion and a promise to keep. With the film’s release, Justin has kept his promise to Zach and gave us all the gift of perspective with this touching story.

43 min8 h ago
Comments
Telling Stories that Matter

Making a Creature Feature

EBrett and Drew Pierce are the writer/director team behind the new horror film THE WRETCHED, an old school creature feature with more going on under the hood than just scares. While having a background in Hollywood productions, the brothers still approach their work with a "do-it-yourself" attitude. Their infectious passion has led to them releasing their latest feature under IFC Films and will undoubtedly grant them more great features to come.

69 min1 w ago
Comments
Making a Creature Feature

Don't wait for Hollywood to Make Your Film

EMake your film! That is what drives the team behind the new comedyFAITH BASED.From shooting with iPhones in their living rooms, to what it ultimately became—a full-blown feature film with an impressive cast (Jason Alexander, Lance Riddick, and David Koechner, just to name a few). Vincent Masciale, Luke Barnett, and Tanner Thomason were going to make this film, come "hell" or high water.

73 min2 w ago
Comments
Don't wait for Hollywood to Make Your Film

Finding Success in Filmmaking

E“Proceed as if” is some of the best advice a young filmmaker can hear. But that isn’t the only gem Quincy Ledbetter drops in this latest episode. From the beginning of his infatuation with film, to finding his way into writing and directing through music and photography - Quincy has always done just that, “Proceed as if”. Now in post on his first feature film “Alieu the Dreamer”, Quincy looks back on what led him here and all the things he learned along the way.

80 minSEP 16
Comments
Finding Success in Filmmaking

Making and Distributing Your Film Independently

"Just make your film" is a rallying cry for many, but very few back up those words with action. Today's guest, the multifaceted Jim Cummings, is absolutely one of those few. Through crowdfunding and self-distribution, Jim has found a lot of success for his first feature "Thunder Road". He's following that up with his next two features: the thriller "The Beta Test" and the horror film "The Werewolf" (his first studio film).

63 minSEP 1
Comments
Making and Distributing Your Film Independently

How a Hollywood Legend Directs Actors

With films like Saturday Night Fever, Short Circuit, WarGames, and Dracula in his filmography, the term “legendary director” flows out of your mouth when talking about John Badham. His incredible career has led to a wealth of knowledge about the craft. Lucky for us, John is passionate about sharing, and in this episode, Ryan and John dive deep into working with actors. They cover everything from staging a scene to managing big-name talent.

38 minAUG 18
Comments
How a Hollywood Legend Directs Actors

Directing a Blockbuster with an Indie Budget

‘GREYHOUND’ is the latest original film to hit Apple+ TV. Oscar winning writer/director Aaron Schneider chats with Ryan about his process for constructing the intricate battle sequences, pulling story out of the technical, and what it’s like to work with the legendary Tom Hanks!

51 minAUG 4
Comments
Directing a Blockbuster with an Indie Budget

Writing & Directing Story Driven Horror

Relicis the directorial debut of Japanese-Australian writer/director filmmaker,Natalie Erika James. It’s a horror film anchored by its deeply emotional and honest themes, and masterfully co-written and directed by James. In the episode of the Film Riot podcast, fresh off the experience of making the film, Natalie meets with Ryan to discuss her experience as a first-time writer/director, working with actors, and why she leaned into the horror genre to tell this specific and personal story.

53 minJUL 21
Comments
Writing & Directing Story Driven Horror

Emotionally Impactful Cinematography w/ Jody Lee Lipes

As the cinematographer for such beautiful work as A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, Manchester by the Sea, and I Know This Much is True, Jody Lee Lipes brings an emotional honesty to all his work. That emotional honesty is something that Jody seems to pulls off with ease. Today he and Ryan chat about leaning into that meaning and honesty, working with technically difficult scenes (like the twinning in his latest HBO show), and what made him want to be a filmmaker.

58 minJUL 8
Comments
Emotionally Impactful Cinematography w/ Jody Lee Lipes

MAKING "STAR WARS: ORIGINS" - A FAN FILM

If you are wondering how to start making the films you love… To steal from Nike’s slogan… JUST DO IT! That thought process seems to be behind everything Phil Hawkins does. Like most of us, he’s a student of Spielberg, Lucas, and the other greats of that day. Since he broke in, Phil has directed several features and worked with the likes of Al Pacino, Robert Englund, and Christopher Walken.

56 minJUN 16
Comments
MAKING "STAR WARS: ORIGINS" - A FAN FILM
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