Feature Filmmaker

Feature Filmmaker

For anyone who wants a career making feature films. Study success patterns of industry professionals, hear takeaways from our favorite film courses/books, get behind the scenes breakdowns and insights on films you love, and more.

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August 12, 2022 28 min

Peter Jackson is the 3rd highest grossing film director of all time. He is an absolute legend, but he got his start following the same pattern that all best filmmakers do. 

He made movies for fun with his friends. They wore all the hats and played all the roles. They DIY-ed their own gear/props/costumes as they went. They broke all the "rules." They kept their day jobs. They made their first feature film in their spare time....

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This week on the podcast, we break down the exciting new film, "Top Gun 2 - Maverick" by filmmaker Joseph Kosinski. You can watch behind the scenes footage and interviews about the making of the film here.

Once a month, as part of our Movie Club series of the podcast, we share a noteworthy film and discuss it in depth. In this episode, we talk about how Top Gun 2 demonstrates leadership, why the filmmakers decided to use mor...

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This week on the podcast, we interview award-winning commercial director and founder of Variable, Jon Bregel. This one is a treat. Jon is humble, personable, and open.

I can't wait for you to hear his incredible story and learn about the wellness community he created after struggling with the pressure of explosive success and difficulty in maintaining a healthy work/life balance.

He shares insights about the power of stillness, p...

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This week on the podcast, we interview Barrett Burgin about the recent theatrical release of his debut feature film, Cryo. 

Join us as we discuss the process he went through to get this film made and sold while also finishing school, working a day job, and providing for his young family.

Barrett shares his biggest takeaways from his experience making and selling this film. He is a great example of the success that you can achieve, to...

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This week on the podcast we discuss some filmmakers who are exceptions to the typical success patterns or career trajectory that we teach.

Make Your Feature Film (Free Step-by-Step Guide):
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April 15, 2022 10 min

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We always say you can make a movie in just 10-15 minutes a day. Production is usually the exception to that rule. But not for Christopher Nolan and his wife Emma Thomas. They shot their first feature film in intervals of 15 minutes every weekend for 14 weeks.

In his own words:

"I didn’t raise anything, I had a job and I was receiving regular pay cheques for the first time in my life. I would spend half on my rent and the other ha...

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This month’s Movie Club podcast highlights the new Batman movie by Matt Reeves. If you haven’t seen the film yet, be warned that this episode is full of spoilers...

We take you behind the scenes into the making of the movie, discuss the theme, emotional moments, and our biggest takeaways both personally and as artists. 

The Movie Club series is designed to model for you how taking a few minutes after you watch a film to have a disc...

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Creativity is creative problem-solving. You can’t have creativity without problems to solve. Every problem or obstacle you face is keeping your creativity alive and allows you to improve. Your limitations in your career allow you to make something that nobody else can make because nobody else has your specific limitations.

In the words of Hans Zimmer, the subject of our podcast this week:

“Anybody’s got access to something that they ...

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This week on the podcast, we talk about what it means to produce. A producer makes a film exist. A producer is a creator. This is power allows you to own your own work and be in control of your film career. 

In this episode, Kent talks about the role he played as producer on our feature film. We have since been asked about producing several other projects. And while that isn't out of the question, we recommend that you  join the...

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A Behind the Scenes episode talking about the test screening phase of our feature film, The Loved and Lost

Testing really is one of the best free ways to improve your work, whether it’s a screenplay, edit, or otherwise. I’m sure these principles apply to all sorts of areas of life too. Listening to others and asking questions can also help us improve anything, even ourselves.

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February 23, 2022 41 min

We've started a movie club! Every month, we'll release a podcast with ideas and questions you can use to discuss a new (or old) movie with your family or friends. February's pick is a French flick that imagines the origins of the world's first restaurant.

Delicious
is a treat that lives up to its name. We realized as we recorded this podcast how much more we appreciate the film after taking time to discuss it togeth...

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February 4, 2022 27 min

This week on the podcast, we're highlighting director Jared Hess's career and success patterns. As I'm sure you know, his first feature film, Napoleon Dynamite, was a cult classic and huge box office success. It's an excellent case study worth replicating as you develop your own first feature film.

Jared Hess attended the same film school as us (BYU), and as such, we were fortunate enough to have some interactions t...

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There's something a little deceiving about the subject line of this email. It insinuates that if you're a filmmaker, you're media literate. But that isn't necessarily true!

Media literacy refers to the ability to understand and communicate through media, including film (our primary medium of concern at Film and Family). As obvious as it sounds, it's essential to be media literate as a filmmaker. But it is also ve...

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January 14, 2022 23 min

This year, we've started a new series of podcast episodes highlighting successful filmmakers' beginnings. We'll show you patterns you can follow to create your own successful film career and motivate you with examples and ideas of what that path can look like.

We kick off the series by featuring Chloe Zhao, who made her first feature film in 2015. Her third feature, "Nomadland" won 3 Academy Awards. She was also ...

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December 23, 2021 23 min

At this time of year, we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. What does Jesus Christ have to do with filmmaking?

In our experience, a lot!

In this episode, we share a loss we experienced 7 years ago and how in the end, the lesson we learned is worth so much more to us now than what we lost.

We share how our belief in Christ helped us with our feature film.

We also teach you how you can experience more internal peace even during turbule...

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December 10, 2021 23 min

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