Film and Family

Film and Family

A podcast for professionals in the film industry who want to advance their careers, improve their relationships, and achieve a healthy work/life balance. Anna and Kent Thalman are co-founders of the production studio Invisible Mansion Pictures, which offers services for filmmakers and film viewers alike.

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April 28, 2021 48 min

Why would you want to come in and feel uncomfortable? Why would we want to feel negative emotions? That doesn't seem like a good idea, does it? Well, if you join us today, we will explain that even though negative emotions do not feel comfortable, they can be the key to getting us to where we need to be.

This podcast is owned and sponsored by Invisible Mansion Pictures. For more resources, visit us at: www.invisiblemansion.com

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Are you waiting for that perfect opportunity for a big shot producer or agent to see you in action and make you famous? Believe it or not, that hardly ever happens. In this episode we talk about lessons learned from life and La La Land, including how to write your own role and create the opportunity you want for yourself by yourself. 

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*Please  excuse our audio issues on this podcast. We accidentally captured the entire thing on the wrong microphone, but decided to release it anyway* Do you avoid conflict or confrontation? But  then when the conflict inevitably happens does it seem even worse? In this episode we talk about how avoiding conflict can ultimately create contention, and the detrimental effects of keeping things bottled up or hidden. On the flip side, ...

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April 7, 2021 23 min

Even if you have material wealth and can buy all the things you want, are you still happy? Is there an emptiness inside you? You may be financially wealthy in all the ways you want, but so emotionally broke that nothing makes you happy. Kent may not be with us today, but come take a listen to this podcast to find what emotional wealth is and how it can help you in your life.

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April 2, 2021 43 min

Is making a feature film as hard as it sounds? Is it right for me? Will I fall apart while doing it? There are many questions you may ask yourself while preparing to make the movie you have always dreamed of. In this episode we talk more about our first film experience and a few obstacles we faced and strategies were developed in response, as examples. 

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What is making a feature film actually like? Maybe you don't know where to start and you feel nervous to begin your journey. If you want to take a real look through the director or producer's eyes, this podcast is for you, recorded on the set of our latest production.

This podcast is owned and sponsored by Invisible Mansion Pictures. For more resources, visit us at: www.invisiblemansion.com

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February 12, 2021 36 min

Have you ever felt that your emotions are controlling your life and not you? Hint: if so, the first step is to slow everything down. Maybe you feel you have great momentum, like a train going down a track, but that track isn't taking you where you want to go. If that is the feeling in your life, listening to this podcast can help redirect you down the right track.

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February 5, 2021 50 min

Today Anna and Kent discuss how expectations differ from our realities. Our experience leading up to and during something, can be either great or horrible, depending on how we depict it. We don't know how circumstances are going to turn out, which is reality. Listen in to determine whether or not your own expectations are serving you or creating unnecessary anxiety or disappointment, and what you can do to help yourself if they...

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In this episode, Kent and Anna talk about getting twice as much done in half the time, and learning to determine the difference between which things are important to do right away and which things aren't. They teach how to make a daily plan to determine priorities, and how to make your time work for you instead of the other way around. (Even with kids or a film career)

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January 22, 2021 37 min

In this episode we talk about our personal story and the origin of the company Invisible Mansion Pictures. We discuss why we have chosen to have it all slow instead of one thing fast and the value of building things that are invisible.

This podcast is owned and sponsored by Invisible Mansion Pictures. For more resources, visit us at: www.invisiblemansion.com

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We talk about censorship, nudity, sexual content, pornography, how the things we consume affect us and exercising the freedom to choose if you want to watch these things or not.

Studies Cited:

https://plato.stanford.edu/entries/erotic-art/#ModAesProEroArt


Donnerstein, Edward, and L. Berkowitz. “Victim Reactions in Aggressive Erotic Films As a Factor in Violence against Women.” Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 1981, pp. 7...

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We talk about censorship, nudity, sexual content, pornography, how the things we consume affect us and exercising the freedom to choose if you want to watch these things or not.

Studies Cited:

https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/study/ensign/1984/04/obscenity-how-it-affects-us-how-we-can-deal-with-it?lang=eng

This podcast is owned and sponsored by Invisible Mansion Pictures. For more resources, visit us at: www.invisiblemansion.c...

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January 8, 2021 25 min

In this episode we delve into the difference between means and  ends, and how they relate to goal setting. Getting attached to the means or the original plan, can ultimately prevent us from reaching the real end goal. Specification, design, focus and planning are all crucial ways to achieve the end, and you’ll learn how to apply this to your goals this new year.

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January 1, 2021 28 min

We discuss the advantages of film school, how to get a good film education no matter your situation, respect for the craft, our own most valuable educational experiences, and the value of ongoing education in general. Enjoy!

This podcast is owned and sponsored by Invisible Mansion Pictures. For more resources, visit us at: www.invisiblemansion.com

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Today we discuss:

  • Film AND Family vs. Film  OR Family
  • The dangers of black and white thinking  
  • The Hegelian Dialectic and finding creative synthesis 
  • Dealing with cognitive dissonance 
  • Believing the impossible 
  • Your why and not giving up when you don't know the how
  • For more information, visit our website at:
    www.invisiblemansion.com

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    Our interview with Noam Kroll: Feature filmmaker, business owner, and father. We discuss pursuing your dream of becoming a filmmaker, taking the next step in each film, appreciating the good and bad in your films, learning how to plan, dealing with curve balls, and more.

    Subscribe to Noam Kroll's email list at: http://noamkroll.com

    For more information about Film and Family, check out: www.invisiblemansion.com

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    Part two of our interview with Noam Kroll: Feature filmmaker, business owner, and father. We discuss pursuing your dream of becoming a filmmaker, taking the next step in each film, appreciating the good and bad in your films, learning how to plan, dealing with curve balls, and more.

    Subscribe to Noam Kroll's email list at: http://noamkroll.com

    For more information about Film and Family, check out: www.invisiblemansion.com

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    The power of story telling is demonstrated in a short parable taught by Jesus Christ. "Talents" in this parable refer to money, but there are many ways to invest in what we value. Join us as we discuss a hierarchy of investments and why we recommend prioritizing investing in yourself over time and money. 

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    December 1, 2020 37 min

    In this episode we cover:

  • How to use our feelings as fuel for our actions
  • What we can do with anger and other emotions inside us 
  • Why resisting emotions makes them grow stronger
  • How even "negative" emotions can fuel action that's useful for us
  • How our brains automatically create new feelings as we think new thoughts

  • "What Do You Do With The Mad That You Feel"-Mister Rogers:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7BvL1pOep...

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    November 9, 2020 34 min

    The short version: failure is good. It has more potential for growth than success does, especially with proper evaluation.

    Our four step evaluation process:
    1. What are the facts?
    2. What worked?
    3. What didn't work?
    4. What will I do differently?

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