Ryan Connolly – Film Riot, Privilege, and Memories



Ryan Connolly is an American Filmmaker and the Creator/Host of Film Riot, a DIY filmmaking youtube channel with over 1 million subscribers. Besides producing over 800 plus episodes for his show, Ryan has also written & directed several notable short films and also runs the Triune Store (Online Film Assets). His filmosophy and dedication are truly inspiring. Please enjoy!

Show Notes
[2:30] Interview starts
[4:30] Early film equipment struggles
[8:00] Dean Cundey stories
[13:00] What creativity means to Ryan
[18:30] Balancing film mode and family mode
[22:30] Ryan’s advice to those who think they are not creative
[25:00] Film career motivation and advice
[35:30] Early filmmaking
[44:30] What gave Ryan the filmmaking bug?
[47:00] Onset attitudes and tips with Ryan
[59:00] Time wasting and hustle mode
[1:00:00] Pitching projects
[1:10:00] Ryan’s Triune Store, what it offers, and how he runs it
[1:15:00] How Ryan prevents from burning out
[1:18:30] What type of person does it take to run a successful youtube channel?
[1:25:00] Ryan’s inspirational resources include reading Film Scripts from http://www.simplyscripts.com/ or https://johnaugust.com/apps/weekend-read, DGA Directors cut podcast https://www.dga.org/Craft/Podcast.aspx, Script notes podcast https://johnaugust.com/podcast, Jeff Goldsmith writing Q & A podcast http://www.theqandapodcast.com/, Master Classes https://www.masterclass.com/
[1:32:00] See Film Riot material @ youtube.com/filmriotwww.filmriot.com and reach out to Ryan on Twitter @ryan_connolly http://twitter.com/ryan_connolly
[1:34:00] Closing questions and last words from Ryan

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Jake Staley – Film Scoring, Connecting, and Perspective



In this episode, I interview Jake Staley (@donblake on IG). He is a professional Composer, music Producer, and Drummer. You’ve heard his work in network TV shows, films, video games, and commercials. Most recently he did the score for CW’s military drama, Valor. Jake is also known to throw awesome annual Cookie and Booze Parties in Down Town LA. For years I kept missing them. Last year I finally attended and it was phenomenal. I don’t drink alcohol much, but cookies on the other hand?get me crunk. Disclaimer, my side of the audio during the episode sounds a lot lower in quality–sorry about that, there were some technical difficulties. Please enjoy the compositional insights of Mr. Jake Staley.   

Show Notes
[2:15] Interview begins
[4:45] What Jake is working on in the Music Industry
[8:15] Breaking into the Music industry
[14:30] Who is a good fit for the music industry
[19:00] How Jake gets creative
[23:30] Routines for making music
[25:00] Jake’s take on creativity 
[29:00] Jake’s morning routine
[35:00] Pause and think
[36:00] Dealing with creative blocks
[48:00] Feelings of purpose in the industry
[57:00] Approaching a scene before you even start writing the music
[1:01:30] Mistakes become little miracles
[1:02:45] Zooming out when overwhelmed and exploring new things
[108:45:00] Jake’s resources
[1:14:30] Jake’s metaphorical tombstone
[1:19:00] Hear some of Jakes work here www.jakestaley.com and follow him on Instagram @donblake  
[1:20:00] Jake’s last words to people wanting to thrive in the industry

 

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The Epoch Times Interviewed Me

Had the honor and privilege to take my mom and me to see the beautiful performance of Shen Yun this year. We enjoyed it! Check out this ‘editor’s picks’  interview in The Epoch Times featuring my experience.  The Epoch Times Interviews Tony Suriano Whether you’re a filmmaker, artist, or just a human that wants to get inspired by organized eye candy, Shen Yun was worth it. Every single thing or event can make an imprint on our lives. I’m sure this experience will carry over into my next project for sure.

TICKET BUYING HACK: These tickets were pricey ($100+/per seat closer to back!), so I bought them ahead of time. Sure it saved a little money but the real hack was the research I did on theater size. Nearly all the theaters in Los Angeles County and surrounding areas have huge 3000 plus seating.  All but one. Palm Dessert theater has 1000 seats. This smaller venue allowed me to get twice as close to the performance for the same price. Yeah, I felt great about that. And yeah, I made my mom’s FB cover photo. Tony 1, Sisters 0.

Mom and me!

 

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Richard Baratta – Honesty, Producing, and The Irishman




Richard Baratta is one of the Executive Producers for Martin Scorsese’s film, The Irishman. We get into all that as well as his in-depth insights and his outlook on the industry. Richard has over 40 IMDB credits and has produced and worked on many of my favorite films like Last Action Hero with Arnold Schwarzenegger and Donnie Brosco with Johnny Depp. He worked on the Spiderman movies and he even co-produced The Wolf of Wall Street which is incredible. Please enjoy, listen, and learn as I did.

Show Notes
  •  [1:40] Interview Starts
  • [2:40] How Richard recharges in between film gigs
  • [6:10] Richards experience working on Last Action Hero with Arnold Schwarzenegger
  • [9:10] The Film Industry in the 80s, the 90s, and current day
  • [12:40] What is a UPM (Unit Production Manager) and how Richard handles entire film crews
  • [17:40] Advice for people looking to become a UPM
  • [22:40] Mistakes
  • [24:40] From The Smurfs to The Wolf Of Wall Street
  • [26:40] Co-Producer vs Executive Producer
  • [29:40] Producing Challenges
  • [30:45] Curb Your Enthusiasm (Playboy mansion) – Smoking Jacket Episode 6
  • [35:30] The Irishman: How Richard was involved as Executive Producer and making music with Joe Pesci
  • [39:40] 20% Efforts 80% results
  • [42:10] If you have a script?it’s a tuff business!
  • [47:10] Strategies to balance life when overwhelmed
  • [51:40] Essentials for a producer
  • [53:40] Books Richard enjoyed; Malcolm XThe Clan of the Cavebear and Outliers
  • [56:40] Honesty and Paradiddles (Drum technique)
  • [57:40] Richard performs Jazz as a drummer at the Astor Room https://www.georges.nyc/
  • [1:00:00] Last words

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Blake Donaubauer – Precision, Audio Gear, and Throwing Up



This episode is all about sound in the entertainment industry. My guest, Mr. Blake Allen Donaubauer (B.A.D) is a professional Audio Mixer for TV and Film with a lot of set experience and a huge musical background. He started as a Production Assistant in Los Angeles for some years, which allowed him to transition into a career of sound, establishing himself in New Orleans. We talk gear and we talk about how he stayed humble through the entry-level gigs while steadily climbing the ladder toward his passions.
Show Notes
  • [1:30] Interview begins – audio levels
  • [4:30] Blake’s preferred extra earphones  (NOT for mixing but good for extra running and gunning:Boss Sound Sport
  • [10:00] Blake’s relationship with sound
  • [13:00] sound in filmmaking
  • [16:30] “Wild Lines” and the classic movie El Mariachi or get the blue rey disk El Mariachi Blue Rey
  • [19:15] How to record sound for a walking scene
  • [21:00] Blakes’s experience at Berkley College Of Music. Song writing Major, Film scoring.
  • [28:00] Moving to LA and working for free
  • [32:45] Transitioning into the Film Industry and overachieving as a PA
  • [44:00] Dealing with growth
  • [48:00:] First-time audio gig. Band: King Lama
  • [50:30] BE AWARE of what loud noises that may occur on set. Ask so you don’t kill your ears!
  • [55:15] Blake first audio mixing gig (throwing up; Take jobs you are not really qualified to do but know you can get through.
  • [57:00] Moving to New Orleans and developing relationships on and off set
  • [105:30] GEAR TALK : Less expensive good audio gear: Sennheiser G3 wireless packs Sennheiser G3 wireless packs  with ME2 Mics ME2 Mics and classic Sennheiser Shotgun mic 416 or TOP AUDIO GEAR: For mixers/recorders check out https://www.sounddevices.com/, https://www.lectrosonics.com/US/
  • [1:09:30] What type of person is a good fit for the audio world?
  • [1:13:00] Novice/Professional mistakes in sound THERE ARE THINGS TO CUT OUT AUDIO PROBLEMS
  • [1:15:00] The Killing Fields: How Blake rented his gear out even when he production
  • [1::00] When times are tuff financially in the film industry. Getting the next gig.
  • [1:27:00] Blake works at doing all he can on set to ensure he gets the best audio
  • [1:32:10]  Sound resources, gear and tutorials at www.Trewaudio.com, Facebook Freelance sound mixers page.Sound Devices Page, Electronics Customer service is great!
  • [1:42:00] Blake mentions some “must haves” onset: These under $100 SONY 7506 head phones compare wonderfully to the over priced ones. Get em here
  • [What do you want written on your epitaph?
  • [1:44:30] Email Blake badblakesound@gmail.com,  BADblakesound.com @blakeallyn
  • [1:46:00] Blake’s last words about the film industry and its intricacies about it. The work that goes into the work is work.

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Joseph Hovsepian – Reputation, Ridicule, Redemption



My guest today is a director & producer who operates hisJFA Studio in Burbank California. We talk about how he made his first film as a refugee from Iran with other refugees, his award-winning (multiple) documentary A Cry From Iran, and how he struggled from editing in a small shared room to finally a huge film studio.  We even touch on some unique sleeping tips. Please listen, learn and get inspired I did with Mr. Joseph Hovsepian

Show Notes
  • [3:00] interview Starts – JFA Studio
  • [5:30] Joseph is preparing for a new New Short Film in between running his film studio.
  • [9:20] How Joseph started in the Film Industry
  • [18:00] Staying humble as you grow in the industry
  • [23:30] Strategies Joseph took when he needed more gigs in the begging of his career
  • [25:00] Space shuttle sleeping tips – Youtube:
  • Sleep with Rocket Ships[28:00] As a refugee in Austria, Joseph shot his first feature film, The Tune Of Nolstagia with his fellow refugees.
  • [31:00] Growing up in Iran and Josephs first experience with filmmaking
  • [36:30] Joseph’s father was brutally murdered for his Christian beliefs in Iran. He speaks how this transformed his life and inspired his award-winning (multiple) Documentary called, A Cry From Iran. Watch it here
  • A Cry From Iran[41:00] How Joseph approached making A Cry For Iran. Challenges and triumphs. Pitching the project and getting funded
  • [48:45] Mistakes are perfect and what really matters
  • [50:30] Don’t follow everything we are told and don’t feel humiliated in the beginning. “lets try to impress people on screen, not with a brand name or what you spent or how you look like”
  • [54:45] Essential “overlooked items” onset/in studio
  • [56:30] Joseph uses Pinterest for inspiration www.pinterest.com
  • [57:45] One word Joseph is always working on that benefits himself and those around him
  • [58:30] Iranian proverb
  • [58:30] Reach Joseph at www.jfastudio.com   and www.jfa.productions.com Joseph’s IMDB
  • [60:00] ONE STEP at a time or you will fall fast. Be the best at whatever level you are at.

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Danny Meyer (Captain Dan) – Creating Gigs and Lubricating the Scene



 

Danny Meyer is a working bandleader, jazz, blues and soul singer, guitarist, bassist, and teacher who not only performs live as a bandleader all over Los Angeles but also creates music for Film & TV.  He is a major contributor to the art community with such endeavors like creating affordable music lockouts as well as artist complexes. In this episode, we talk about creating your own gig, various ways to earn money as a musician, and unique confidence strategies. Please enjoy!

Show Notes:
  • [2:03] Interview Starts – Danny’s quick bio
  • [5:53] What’s new in the music industry – streaming music and live music
  • [9:23] Danny’s day is amazing whenever he plays music and exercises
  • [12:23] Singing and music in schools
  • [15:00] Danny’s first paid music gig!
  • [17:00] Being on stage – conquering stage fright
  • [20:37] What brings you your most desired results – skill and business
  • [24:43] Creating your own gigs! Add to the community!
  • [27:23] Music demos that are most effective
  • [29:00] What gets Danny the gig every time and booking strategies
  • [34:43] On band leading; charts, formula, and band members
  • [40:53] Staying creative and process
  • [45:00] Danny’s original song he sang, Kick the Cable. Listen below!
  • [46:30] When music is not paying the bills; meeting people
  • [50:23] Growing by getting uncomfortable; more stage presence tips
  • [53:43] Pushing through tuff financial times and balancing your energy
  • [58:37] Staying musically sharp, protecting your voice, and the ten-minute rule
  • [102:22] Zooming out of it all for recharge time
  • [105:55] The BOOK Rich Dad Poor Dad https://amzn.to/2GTA5UZ inspired Danny to raise and invest money into commercial properties geared for musicians and artists. See them here: CreativeMusicRooms.com and HawthorneArtsComplex.com
  • [114:23] Raising children as a musician/artist
  • [116:30] You can make a living with music in a variety of ways; teaching, licensing (www.audiojungle.com, www.jinglepunks.com, www.soundstripe.com), sight reading for schools, jazz music is always desired
  • [126:20] Danny keeps his live gear set ups simple; the more gear you have the more problems that can come up.
  • [127:45] Danny’s thoughts on “Groove”
  • [130:00] Find Danny at DannyMeyerMusic.com, see one of their demo videos (shot and edited by yours truly some years back) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yWcD529KhFY, LA Love Band is on Facebook here https://www.facebook.com/LALoveBand/
  • [131:50] Danny’s last words about being in the music industry
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Gina Ann – Child-ability, creativity, and vulnerability

My guest today is a young woman who wears many hats, some include her as an Author of three beautiful children’s books (she reads them to kids across the nation), a teacher for over 16 years, an actress, a spiritual psychologist, and probably the most difficult job of all, a Mom. We had a lotta fun and got into how to get out of depression within creativity as well as how to get vulnerable. I am proud to have her on the show! please enjoy my interview with Miss Gina Ann.
Show Notes:
  • [1:15] interview Starts. Gina’s recent acting gig
  • [2:15] Charlie the Alligator
  • [4:15] How Gina came to wrote and published three children’s books
  • [8:30] Mom adventures!
  • [10:30] The secrets of giving up hope
  • [12:00] Being a kid and losing track of time.
  • [17:45] Asking yourself what resonates with your heart and creativity will find you
  • [19:45] When shit really hits the fan; Gina’s process
  • [24:00] Clowns and throwing out clowns
  • [26:45] MOVIE Magic is a great Anthony Hopkins. Check it out here https://amzn.to/2GOWs1V
  • [27:00] Gina’s experience with Clint Eastwood onset and the wonderful world of acting
  • [30:45] Pen to Paper solidifies good thoughts and gets rid of bad ones
  • [33:25] Gina’s process for auditions. Her acting teacher is Billy Gallo
  • [36:00] Tony gets on a tangent about boiling cats!
  • [37:45] Robin Williams: A big inspiration for Gina
  • [39:45] When people think they are not creative. Tony’s working on a Book about creativity.
  • [44:30] When you feel like giving up…
  • [46:45] When you ARE stubborn that  is when you need to implement
  • [50:15] When we are in a great mood THAT is the time to add reminders that inspire you in your life. You will thank yourself later when you are in “give up” mode.
  • [56:30] BOOKS; Play by Stuart Brown get it here https://amzn.to/2GSHDLO How to Stop Time by Matt Haig get it here https://amzn.to/2qmjH8s, The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz https://amzn.to/2qsRrBh
  • [58:00] Gina’s key principals to writing a book
  • [59:30] Procrastination, perspective, and love
  • [106:45] Gina’s favorite resources are people and crystals
  • [112:00] Find Gina on instagram @jojobygigi, Facebook (Gina Ann) and her websites: www.ginaann.actor www.ginaannauthor.com
  • [114:45] Gina’s thoughts on following through

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Jay Della Valle – Mustaches, Performing, and Action

 In this episode, I interview an amazing performer who has the ability to light up any room he enters. He’s an extremely talented songwriter, Actor, and owner of one of the best DJs companies I have ever heard in the US. He has toured all over the world promoting multiple albums, movies, and mustaches. We discuss things like crashing auditions, getting kicked out of acting class, back to the future, and specifically toward the last quarter we talk about how to create and distribute a film for the first time. Also, halfway through the in-person interview, we had to pause and pick it up over Skype so pardon the audio shift. Stick around if you want to hear trials and triumphs involving the acting and music world. Please enjoy my in-depth conversation with Mr. Jay Della Valle.
Show Notes
  • [2:00] interview Starts
  • [4:30] Crashing audition
  • [10:25] Am I where I wanted to be? “Nothing ever is supposed to work out exactly”
  • [14:00] BOOK: Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill http://amzn.to/2GFW56y (21st Century updated version) http://amzn.to/2FTIDKZ (Original 1937 Version)
  • [17:00] Being Creative. Tell your wife/husband you need an hour when creativity strikes. Hot Yoga Class
  •  [19:10] BOOK: Man’s Search For Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl http://amzn.to/2FSAne5
  •  [21:24] Jay’s DJ Company https://www.spinnersent.com/
  • [25:00] raising the stakes : Getting cast in a feature film called Mount Love Joy
  • [29:08] Getting Kicked out of acting class led to great things 10 years later
  • [36:15] Back to the Future Impersonation. If you have not seen Back to the Future Movie, please call in sick for work and watch it today http://amzn.to/2FNuBP1 You can also see the original Marty Mcfly (Erik Shouts) in a few scenes here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UCx__7IDYbk
  • [45:00] Making money through your passion or to support your passion.  www.audiojungle.com is a place to submit and earn money from high-quality music recordings you may be making.
  • [47:50] Finding a flexible “outside” job is imperative as an Actor. And you must bring your best self to that job just like the audition. Don’t be disgruntled!
  • [52:00] Mike Pointer Commercial Acting www.heyisawyourcommercial.com  “No one has a name tag on their head”
  • [108:56] Before you spend money and time really think it through…why are you doing this?
  • [111:50] Don’t be afraid of someone stealing your ideas.
  • [114:21] Time Wasters
  • [119:57] The Glorious Mustache Challenge Documentary Trailer https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MVEPvzA5UK
  • [131:53] First-time documentary advice
  • [139:11] Find Jay at www.jaydellavalle.com , www.spinnersent.com , owlsandlions.com , @jaydellavalle on the socials
  •  [141:19] Jay’s favorite resources: Bob Lefsetz (music film critic) blog, here http://lefsetz.com/wordpress/ , BOOKS, The Profit http://amzn.to/2GOb9z6 , The Journey with the Master http://amzn.to/2FQD5Vu , Ego is the Enemy http://amzn.to/2uaN5DZ , The Charisma Myth http://amzn.to/2G7qTPH
  • [144:14] Jay’s epitaph/gravestone will read “Whatever It Takes”
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Sacha Riviére – Broken Bones, Mindfulness, and Business

In this episode, I interview a mindful man with multiple businesses in the magical world of cinema. If you love the camera, film sets, and tech talk as I do, we get into all of those things. He is also a phenomenal Director of Photography in the feature film and commercial world. We also explore how breaking his leg in 5 places was a good thing, and why actively taking a pause throughout the day can save you a lot of trouble. Please enjoy a rewarding conversation with one of my dear friends and colleagues who is also one of my much-appreciated mentors, Mr. Sacha Riviére.
Show Notes
  • [2:00] Interview begins
  • [3:10] Set Stories – laughing gets you kicked off set. Step back and remember making films is a serious playground
  • [7:30] How Sacha got involved in the film industry
  • If you get in as a Production Assistant, always ask ask ask to work in the department you’re interested in.
  • [12:35] As a 1st AC (Assistant Cameraman) and working at Panavision. “Less about networking and more about relationships”
  • [16:00] Shooting on film. Challenges and inner sense. Tech stuff.
  • [19:30] Blocking – Moving Camera and Actors. Cast and crew should know how the scenes are blocked because everyone can do there best and keep good time.
  • [20:28] Going with your gut and SPEAKING UP. People may not like your mistakes but you’ll get respect by admitting them. They will find out soon enough anyway, might as well be the one tell them.
  • [21:55] Transition from AC to Cameraman and declining gigs.
  • [24:00] Morning Routine. Preparing and reminding yourself to pause. Look out for the cues! Mindfulness in Filmmaking.
  • [30:30] The Director Of Photography and how he captures visual images.  Key Principles as a Director of Photography
  • [32:00] Sacha’s process of shooting a film, start to finish.
  • [38:20] Working with the Director and understand their vision.
  • [40:30] From broken legs to working computers to a successful rental business in the film industry called The DIT House. www.theDITHOUSE.com
  • [47:00] Dealing with Giving up mentality. Look at different choices and count how many things you have tried.
  • [49:00] Sacha also started Mindfulness Studios, a socially responsible production company that tells stories that are honest and good for the soul. Check more out here  www.MindfulnessStudios.com
  • [50:45] What type of person is fit for the film industry?
  • [53:15] ZOOMING out and getting a GRIP. Under pressure and high expectations, remember what you’re doing is not life and death.
  • [56:00] Mistakes and oversleeping! It happens, but be aware that being late could be a subconscious way of trying taking control because something in your life is out of control.
  • [58:55] Difficulties in Free Lancing. “Don’t place your self-esteem on when you are working or not.”
  • [1:00:30] Must have tool for Cameramen! Know where the sun is going to be and track it! Sacha uses  the appSun Surveyor http://www.sunsurveyor.com
  • [1:01:30] Sacha’s Epitaph ideas, “Do what you Love”
  • See Sacha’s work at www.sachariviere.com and follow him @vitafilm on instagram https://www.instagram.com/vitafilm/
  • [1:02:30] One step Sacha recommends is to take chances and be willing to ask for help.

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