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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Tony Suriano

Tony is an America Director, Actor, and the host of "Unfake It Till You Make it", a podcast featuring professionals in the entertainment industry. It is a creative guide that provides advice, strategies and moldable methods in the field. Additionally, he is a working Director, Producer, and Writer. While attending high school, Tony completed Disney Producer, Kevin Kelly's film program, which started his journey as a Film Auteur. His film, "The Face In The Vile", (Director/Actor) was selected and featured on NBC's Chiller TV station. Throughout that same year, he began producing branded content, receiving multiple awards & recognitions for his work. In front of the camera, Tony's acting landed his first Netflix role in a Martin Scorsese film called, "The Irishman." Tony's film & music background bleed into each story he tells. With a mix of audacity and prudence, he believes deeply in synergy and searching for the best third alternative.

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