Storytelling Rules From 100 Years of Cinema with Cinematographer Don Starnes.

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I overheard Don Starnes talking on the cellphone outside a Starbucks. Afterwards, I asked if he was in filmmaking, cuz he gave off that stench. We struck up a conversation, which made it a must to have Don on the show. This episode is heavy on cinema theory, the process, tech talk and gets as specific as what motivates a shot. My favorite rule is “all questions will be answered by the story.” Check out Don’s work as both Director and DP here and share this engaging chat.

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Jordan

This episode is over an hour and twenty minutes. Do rate us on iTunes and “like” us on Facebook please. Email me at RespectTheProcessPodcast today. And I’m still accepting 5 more candidates for my Commercial Directing Bootcamp. You owe it to yourself.

How A Director And Producer Work Together With Producer Rick Cowan.

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One of my favorite Line Producers and people is Rick Cowan. He’s produced many spots that I’ve directed and he’s always provided everything needed and more. He’s one of the most knowledgable filmmakers out there, having made three feature films as well. Two of the them have made it to the Sundance Film Festival.

Rick was there on set when I started using the term “Respect The Process” repeatedly, and we spend a great deal of this chat discussing how a director can work with her line producer to get the most bang for the buck. I consider Rick a dear friend and trusted ally in my filmmaking journey. This is a great episode to share with a friend.

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Jordan

This episode is just over an hour. Do rate us on iTunes and “like” us on Facebook please. Email me at RespectTheProcessPodcast today. And I’m still accepting candidates for my Commercial Directing Bootcamp. You owe it to yourself.

How To Shoot Video That Doesn’t Suck With Filmmaker Steve Stockman.

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Filmmaker Steve Stockman is a successful director, writer, producer and now author. His show “Brew Dogs” is a hit on Esquire TV, he’s shot a few hundred commercials, and wrote and directed the feature film “Two Weeks” starring Oscar winner Sally Fields. We met online after I bought his book, “How To Shoot Video That Doesn’t Suck.”

Steve stresses that we’re working in a portfolio business, so he encourages filmmakers at all levels to get out and shoot. He also spells out a “How to” for getting into the reality television game. I encourage you all to buy his book, which preaches story and practical tips. Make sthe perfect gift!

Here’s the book trailer, and just take my word and purchase from Steve’s site. Here’s the spot I shot in Steve’s garage.

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Jordan

This episode is just over an hour. Do rate us on iTunes and “like” us on Facebook please. Email me at RespectTheProcessPodcast today. And I’m still accepting candidates for my Commercial Directing Bootcamp. You owe it to yourself.

Nat Geo Wild’s SharkFest Takes Big Bite Out Of SharkWeek w Sr. Producer James Introcaso.

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Senior Producer James Introcaso and I sat down immediately after a successful shoot of our Nat Geo WILD promo for SharkFest. Not SharkWeek, that is totally different. National Geographic Channel’s Sr. VP/Group Creative Director Andy Baker offers the companion piece to this episode over at Andy’s The Client Blog, so be sure to check that out. Oh, and of course the AdWeek feature that touts the greatest of the work.

James and I discuss collaboration, ad-libbing and the process of developing of ideas at Nat Geo. You’ll be inspired by how James made his first film driving around these United States, that landed him a job at Cartoon Network.

Huge thanks to the entire creative team at Nat Geo Channels for a great idea, the most thorough development and comprehensive prep. And to comedian Rory Scovel, who brought his magic to the set. Here’s the spot:

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Jordan

This episode is two hours and 15 minutes and worth every minute. Do rate us on iTunes and “like” us on Facebook please. Email me at RespectTheProcessPodcast today. And I’m still accepting candidates for my Commercial Directing Bootcamp. You owe it to yourself.

Deconstructing “No Way Jose” With Director, Co-Writer, Musician, Star Adam Goldberg.

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Filmmaker Adam Goldberg‘s new comedy “No Way Jose” is available July 7th on DVD and Digital HD from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. Just pre-order now, darn it!

It’s a very funny “coming of middle-age” film starring Adam Goldberg, who is one of my favorite actors and filmmakers. Adam co-wrote, directed and stars in this wonderful picture. He also performs original songs and edited the movie. We chat about every facet of his process, from the co-writing mechanics with Sarah Kate Levy, to casting, his rehearsal process, the re-writing, shooting two cameras – you name it. Oh we do plenty of tech talk. You’ll feel like you’re making the film alongside him, through every phase of his creative journey.

Near the end, our talk takes a deep turn when Adam shares what he and his wife Roxanne Daner experienced surrounding this project. This episode is as personal as it gets. Thank you Adam.

Enjoy the trailer, then buy the film.

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Enjoy. I look forward to your feedback on iTunes, jordanbrady.com (which is where you are now). Or heck, just email me at RespectTheProcessPodcast today. And I’m still accepting candidates for my Commercial Directing Bootcamp. You owe it to yourself.

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Jordan

This episode is two hours and 15 minutes and worth every minute. Do rate us on iTunes and “like” us on Facebook please.

Indie Film Secrets Revealed By Filmmaker & Slamdance Co-Founder Dan Mirvish.

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Filmmaker Dan Mirvish makes great movies, and you’ve got just a few days left to support his latest film, “Bernard and Huey”. Click now here to support Dan’s Kickstarter, then come back and enjoy our talk. We chat about how they came to create Slamdance and the talented alumni of the festival (see: Tres Parker & Matt Stone, Jordan Brady, Christopher Nolan), how he resurrected an Oscar category and his latest project. We share a similar philosophy about how to make your film a reality, and I appreciate Dan’s candor.

Enjoy “How Dan Directs” starring Julia Stiles, Sally Kellerman and more.

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Enjoy. I look forward to your feedback on iTunes, jordanbrady.com (which is where you are now). Or heck, just email me at RespectTheProcessPodcast today. And I’m still accepting candidates for my Commercial Directing Bootcamp. You owe it to yourself.

Thank you,

Jordan

This episode is an hour and 20 minutes, maybe a tad more. Do rate us on iTunes and “like” us on Facebook please.

How Ad Agencies Choose A Director w Associate Creative Director Aaron Cathey.

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I’ve shot a few campaigns birthed by Aaron Cathey over the years. He’s funny, prolific and a smart writer of adverting. He most recently won a Dannes Gold Lion for his work on Hotels.com while at Crispin Porter+Bogusky. Aaron is now back at one of my favorite agencies, Barkley.

Aaron and I indulge in enjoyable recollections of past gigs, like this Casey’s Pizza spot, and you’ll love learning from the agency perspective as to how they hire a director, what they look for as far as details, tone and more.

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Aaron’s award-winning work for Hotels.com makes me laugh every time.

This Aaron shot this epic wonder with Roman Coppola for Windows Phone.

Enjoy. I look forward to your feedback on iTunes, jordanbrady.com (which is where you are now). Or heck, just email me at RespectTheProcessPodcast today. And I’m still accepting candidates for my Commercial Directing Bootcamp. You owe it to yourself.

Thank you,

Jordan

This episode is an hour. Do rate us on iTunes and “like” us on Facebook please.

Passion Over Logic Says “Cop Show” Producer/Director J.D. Amato.

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As a longtime Colin Quinn fan, an algorithm brought me to “Cop Show”, a funny behind the scenes spoof of a fake cop drama. Being hilarious and right up my comedy alley, I sought out the show’s producer/director, Mr. J.D. Amato.

J.D. and I kick off with some pre-interview tech talk, discuss comedic character traits and he explains his “passion over logic” theory. Great stuff.


Great guest stars Jerry Seinfeld, Amy Schumer, Jim Gaffigan and more populate the web series.

Enjoy. I look forward to your feedback on iTunes, jordanbrady.com (which is where you are now). Or heck, just email me at RespectTheProcessPodcast today. And I’m still accepting candidates for my Commercial Directing Bootcamp. You owe it to yourself.

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Jordan

This episode is over an hour. Do rate us on iTunes and “like” us on Facebook please.

Can You Handle The Truth? My Commercial Directing Bootcamp.

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I’m offering my first Commercial Directing Bootcamp, September 13th in Los Angeles. Sign up at jordanbrady.com and learn the secrets to build your career. This is not “film school” – it’s far more specific. I’ve learned so much interviewing directors and creatives over the last 100 episodes, that I thought it was time to share the knowledge.

After directing over 700 spots I’ve developed methods and practices that work. My results are great commecials and that keep agencies and clients coming back, year after year. Plus it’s fun making fillms for money inside the creative world of advertising. You play with some of the most talented people at work.

If you’re an agency creative or newer director wanting to understand commercial production, or a film school rock star that wants to taste the real world, or a working director/prodcuer that wants to elevate your game – join us.

Space is limited to just 20 Bootcamp Candidates. Money back guarantee & free lunch.

Enjoy one of my three new spots with the brilliant Keegan Michael Key (“Key & Peele”).

Thanks,

Jordan

This episode is about 11 minutes of rich information.

Please celebrate this 100th episode by rating us on iTunes or at jordanbrady.com.

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Jordan

What The 1st Assistant Director Does w Billy Jones.

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I wanted this 100th episode to be extra special, and by golly is it. Billy Jones is one of the most sought-after 1st AD’s in commercials because of his excellent leadership, communication and knowledge of filmmaking. Billy, and those he’s mentored, lead with a sense of serenity and control.

The 1st Assistant Director schedules & executes the day in a way that helps the Director accomplish her vision, while simultaneously helping the Producer stay on budget. The manner in which the 1st AD communicates to the crew is vital for a cohesive team effort.

Here’s a spot with Flo from Progressive that we chat about. Billy’s lead the charge for 4 years on the popular insurance campaign.

This episode is about an hour and 10 minutes of rich information.

Please celebrate this 100th episode by rating us on iTunes or at jordanbrady.com.

thanks,

Jordan

Director Carolyn Chen Brings Production To The People.

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Director Carolyn Chen has shot hundreds of commercials, always delivering a strong emotional journey, supported by her stunning visuals. Ever-evolving, she’s stayed relevant in a business that loves the flavor of the week. When I discovered her new production company, Production For The People, I had to chat with her. Carolyn has brought her vision, style and experience to the brave new world of Branded Content.

We chat about working with editors, her start as a cinematographer, running a shoot via FaceTime and more. Check out one of her many stories for Tanqueray:

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Enjoy. I look forward to your feedback on iTunes, jordanbrady.com (which is where you are now). Or heck, just email me at RespectTheProcessPodcast today.

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Jordan

This episode is a about 86 minutes. Do rate us on iTunes and “like” us on Facebook please.

Shooting Actors Versus Table Top Photography With Cinematographer Jeanne Vienne.

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Cinematographer Jeanne Vienne is a longtime filmmaking partner. We’ve made literally dozens of commercials, two documentaries and traveled three continents together. I admire how she leads her crew with decisiveness and articulate instruction. Jeanne tells how she lights to protect the actors.

Of late, she’s been shooting mouth-watering table top gigs, so we compare working with fruits and veggies versus actors. We also chat about the trends in cinematography we’ve seen over our years together. And with all the talk about gender inequality in the biz, I could not escape asking how it is being a girl in a predominantly boy’s club.

We reference this fun spot we did for Toyota, and click here to witness Jeanne’s amazing table top spot she shot for Håagen-Dazs with Directors Margaret & Joy.

Do try Rufus Teague’s sauces for your meat. With BBQ season here, it’s time you step it up. Click and enter the discount code “Respect”.
Enjoy. I look forward to your feedback on iTunes, jordanbrady.com (which is where you are now). Or heck, just email me at RespectTheProcessPodcast today.

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Jordan

This episode is a about 70 minutes. Do rate us on iTunes and “like” us on Facebook please.

New Tricks And Old Fashion Discipline with Cinematographer Alex Jacobs.

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Cinematographer Alex Jacobs may be the last director of photography I’ve ever met that learned while shooting actual 35mm film. A young man, he knows all the tricks of the DSLR revolution, but came up through the ranks with the discipline of the camera department. Ours was an arranged marriage on a promo shoot with Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart, in which we had 35 minutes to shoot. Through planning and communication, the shoot was amazingly efficient and funny.

Check out his reel at AlexJacobs.tv. I like his splendid montage with the dope track.

Here’s the on-air version of our collab.

Enjoy. I look forward to your feedback on iTunes, jordanbrady.com (which is where you are now). Or heck, just email me at RespectTheProcessPodcast today.

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Jordan

This episode is a about 70 minutes. Do rate us on iTunes and “like” us on Facebook please.

My Favorite Millennial Writer/Designer/Filmmaker Grant Spanier.

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Obviously I like Grant Spanier since he had me on his wonderful podcast, 10,000 Hours. Moreover, I like his enthusiasm, that get ‘er done attitude and his fresh, collaborative nature. See below for his dope music video for “Weightless” by the DJ known as Vaski (Grant directed with his pal Jake Woodbridge). It shows his wonderful whimsy, while his design work showcases that clean look I love. We chat about self-discipline, balancing a multi-faceted creative life, and Grant politely schools me on the Sharing Economy as it pertains to creative learning. A great chat I found inspiring for filmmakers of all ages. Thank you Grant! And y’all check out his site.

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Jordan

This episode is a about 70 minutes. Do rate us on iTunes and “like” us on Facebook please.

Comedian Derek Gaines Stars in AOL/Morgan Spurlock’s “Connected” and MTV’s “Broke Ass Game Show”.

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Y’all are going to love comedian Derek Gaines. Minutes before my interview with Morgan Spurlock, I got to chat with Derek, one of the stars or Mr. Spurlock’s newest project “Connected”, the awesome first-person filmed series for AOL.com for AOL Originals.

Derek and I discuss stand=up comedy, how real the show really is, how he got picked by Morgan, AOL, MTV and his future dreams. Little did we realize how parallel our journey’s are. Check Derek out on MTV’s “Broke Ass Game Show”. Here’s a funny set of Derek:

My son Benz Brady has a new music video for his song “Levitate”:

Lastly, for #ThrowBackThursday, a clip of another stand-up comedian tapped to host an MTV game show:

(The pimp that time forgot.)

Enjoy. I look forward to your feedback on iTunes, jordanbrady.com (which is where you are now). Or heck, just email me at RespectTheProcessPodcast today.

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Jordan

This episode is a about 30 minutes. Do rate us on iTunes and “like” us on Facebook please.

Morgan Spurlock Explains Why He Uses His Superpowers For Good.

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My special guest is the great documentarian Morgan Spurlock, who agreed to be on the show after I stalked him in a parking lot. His films influence the way we eat (“Super-Size Me”), look at marketing (“The Greatest Movie Ever Sold”) and helped me appreciate One Direction (“This Is Us”). His CNN show “Inside Man” is a favorite of mine, and I can honestly tell you I’ve seen every movie he’s made.

We chat about his newest project “Connected”, an awesome first-person filmed series for AOL.com. He gave 6 New Yorkers each a camcorder and let them loose. The result is a weaving of their lives that reflects how we are all dealing with common emotions.

Beyond his own projects, Mr. Spurlock explains how he decided to help other filmmakers tell their stories. Just check out episodes #58 with Adam McKay and #70 with Tommy Avallone to hear how.

Enjoy. I look forward to your feedback on iTunes, jordanbrady.com (which is where you are now). Or heck, just email me at RespectTheProcessPodcast today.

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Jordan

This episode is a about 22 minutes. Do rate us on iTunes and “like” us on Facebook please.

Director Joe Wladyka Shares How His Film “Manos Sucias” Got Made And Why Spike Lee’s Gotta Have It.

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Director Joe Wladyka has an engaging film out called “Manos Sucias”. It’s the suspenseful story of two Columbian brothers on a life or death drug run up the Columbian coast. The film is chalk full of social commentary on Afro-Columbian racism, extreme poverty, the inescapable drug trafficking and even brotherly love, but I love the film because it’s a gripping story about how far people will go to survive. See it now.

Thank you Joe for a great chat, the tech talk and your generosity in sharing the craft of filmmaking with the people of Buenaventura. You’ll hear how he and his filmmaking team taught the locals, and hired a mostly Buenaventurian crew.

Read more about Joe’s journey to make the film by clicking here and enjoy the trailer to “Manos Sucias”:

Enjoy. I look forward to your feedback on iTunes, jordanbrady.com (which is where you are now). Or heck, just email me at RespectTheProcessPodcast today.

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Jordan

This episode is a about one hour minutes long. Do rate us on iTunes and “like” us on Facebook please.

Does Laughter Heal? Comedian Turned Filmmaker Craig “The Lovemaster” Shoemaker.

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I’ve known Craig Shoemaker for over 30 years. First as the popular touring comedian known globally as “The Lovemaster”, and more recently as the producer of National Lampoon’s “Totally Baked: A Potumentary”. Craig’s new mission is to spread the healing powers of laughter with a new documentary, “Laughter Heals”. It started when his best friend, screenwriter Michael Goldberg, got brain cancer. Given 3 months to live, Craig and his pals kept Mr. Goldberg laughing and living for over a decade. They did this through love and constant laughter, documenting much of it along the way. Craig’s true passion and mission is to spread awareness about the power of laughter.

He also has a book “Love Mastered” available by clicking the title.

Enjoy. I look forward to your feedback on iTunes, jordanbrady.com (which is where you are now). Or heck, just email me at RespectTheProcessPodcast today.

Thank you,

Jordan

This episode is a whopping one hour and 50 minutes long. Do rate us on iTunes and “like” us on Facebook please.

From “Step Brothers” Editing Room to Directing “Walking Man” With Josh Salzberg.

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My guest Joshua Salzberg is a busy filmmaker. He began as an apprentice in the editing room of the Adam McKay & Will Ferrell comedy “Stepbrothers”, where he learned the value of testing the laughs before going public. We chat about that process, employed with great success by Judd Apatow, Paul Feig and others, and how that has influenced him making his own films. He is the editor of the Ferrell/McKay produced “Welcome To Me” starring Kristen Wiig and directed by Shira Piven. Opens May 1st, 2015.

His documentary “Walking Man” is avail to pre order on iTunes now, so support Josh and indie film by ordering today. Other dates are revealed when you click here. Shout out to my son, hip hop artist Ben “Benz” Brady for helping with the interview.

Enjoy. I look forward to your feedback on iTunes, jordanbrady.com (which is where you are now). Or heck, just email me at RespectTheProcessPodcast today.

Thank you,

Jordan

This episode is about an hour and 15 minutes long. Do rate us on iTunes and “like” us on Facebook please.

Collaboration Is Everything With Kerry Graham, Vice Chairman/CEO Bohan Advertising.

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What a treat to talk with industry titan Kerry Graham at Bohan Advertising in Nashville. Kerry has shaped the agency’s collaborative culture by literally ripping down walls and forcing integration so that all departments work together in blissful harmony.

His advice to those starting out? More than just having a resumé, tell your story of your interests and passions. Be able to explain where you want to go in life and why. We also discuss the power of turning down work, something I know is hard to do.

Here’s two spots we talk about. One heartfelt commercial for Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Tennessee and a funny spot for Dollar General.

Enjoy. I look forward to your feedback on iTunes, jordanbrady.com (which is where you are now). Or heck, just email me at RespectTheProcessPodcast today.

Thank you,

Jordan

This episode is about an hour minutes long. Do rate us on iTunes and “like” us on Facebook please.