How To Break Into Hollywood Like Director Of Photography Michael Svitak.


Cinematographer Michael Svitak and I have been on quite a run lately, shooting spots for seven major automobile makers in the last year. Michael begged me not to put yet another director of photography episode up so soon so I’m going wait, and give ya’ll this teaser. A fascinating true tale of how a young Mike talked his way onto…

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Former Combat Photog Blake Stilwell Cranks Out Quality Digital Content At WeAreTheMighty.com.


Blake Stilwell has an official, impressive title of Sr. Director of Digital Video Content at WeAreTheMIghty.com, but I call him a badass. He’s got degrees in design, television & film, public relations and international relations. Blake is a former U.S. Air Force combat cameraman and Iraq War veteran who spent time as a field photographer and communications officer in the…

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How To Avoid Filmmaker Burnout.


A good filmmaker friend, who like me is always shooting and always pitching for the next gig, asked me how I avoid burning out. My answer is simple.. shoot and edit more. But what if you are getting burnt from trying, hitting a wall because you are not shooting or pitching enough? Don’t give up… do this. Listen. If you’re…

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Cinematographer Nathan Wilson Says Fix It In Prep.


Cinematographer Nathan Wilson primarily shoots feature films, but still does plenty of spots and promos. So we compare and contrast the workings of them all. Nathan shares his philosophy “fix it in prep”, a mantra we should all embrace. You’ll enjoy his tips on how the DP and the Director can eliminate many potential pitfalls before the camera even rolls.…

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Filmmaker Damian Fitzsimmons Is Living The Dream With Brave Man Media.


My friend Damian Fitzsimmons is a filmmaker, creative director and company owner but he really just enjoys telling stories. Born in Liverpool and now in South Florida by way of NYC, he started Brave Man Media and has been working non stop ever since. Brave Man, as I call it, is a full service shoppe and we discuss what that…

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The Rebirth Of Commercial Director Jeff Gordon.


Filmmaker Jeff Gordon has just unleashed new spots for his longtime client, Mothers, makers of quality car polishes and waxes. And lucky for us, he gives us a detailed first-hand account of that entire journey. Soup to nuts. The first time Jeff visited the pod-studio, we chatted about directing chimps and babies. A great episode in the jordanbrady.com archives or…

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Contagious LA’s Co Producer Jordan Flack On Working With Directors.


Jordan Flack and I met at the Source screening of short films in the Spring, and we hit it off like two guys named Jordan should. We discuss how he is working alongside filmmakers to set them up for a successful production. Jordan is always looking for any new, great opportunity for his directors, the kind of person you want…

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Two Directors, One Interview w Filmmakers Kurt Schneider & Keenan Wetzel.


Talented filmmakers Kurt Schneider and Keenan Wetzel are two distinct filmmakers thriving in the fabulous city of Detroit. When these two college pals recently visited Los Angeles, I jumped at the chance to interview them. We discuss the benefits of fostering a directing career outside of New York or Los Angeles, doing the work, respecting the process and so much…

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Pioneering VR Filmmaker Pierre Friquet Is A Virtual Reality Juggernaut.


Virtual reality aka VR is the buzzword du jour, but filmmaker Pierre Friquet has been immersed in it since 2010. He’s directed more than a dozen VR fictional stories, documentaries, music videos, dome and interactive experiences. So we hopped on the Skype and chatted about it all. Pierre has won awards for this original VR fiction, JETLAG, including best live-action…

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How To Be Product Specialists With WoodShop Studio’s EP of Post Production Linda Jackson.


The highly creative team at WoodShop Studios takes a holistic approach to servicing their execution of commercials. So much that they’ve brought in the delightful Linda Jackson as Executive Producer of Post Production, a position not many production companies require. Linda’s experience and leadership inform the way they approach the creative from the start. We discuss how they concept, dissect…

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How To Get Real Emotions Into Branded Films With Director Jeannette Godoy.


Filmmaker Jeannette Godoy recently crafted 10 short films for Home Helpers, profiling 10 outstanding caregivers, each nominated for Caregiver of the Year. To do so, she and her documentary crew crisscrossed these United States in two action-packed trips. Jeannette shares her diligent prep secrets and shooting techniques. Moreover, she divulges her secret to getting real people to relax on camera.…

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The Key To A Successful Career In Filmmaking: Don’t Be A Dick.


Happy 200th episode! Thanks for your loyal listenership. After reflecting on all the wonderful chats we’ve shared, this is just me advising you to make positivity your default position in life and on set. We are blessed to be filmmakers, so appreciate that. We are solution oriented, decisive people. Creativity is best manifested through positivity, so… don’t be a dick.…

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How To Curate A Showcase Of Short FIlms With Source’s Jamie Madge.


Jamie Madge is the Worldwide Editor of the fantastic website SourceEcreative, what we now just call the Source. Jamie puts together a showcase of short films that he carefully curates to give the crowd a variety of emotions. Then we takes the show around the world. Literally. He likens it to a mixtape, because he has us, the audience, in…

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The Importance Of Character Development With Cortez Bros’ Bernadette Rivero.


Cortez Brothers‘ Co Founder and President Bernadette Rivero can’t stress enough how important it is to flesh out your characters. No matter if it’s for a feature film or a :15 second spot, the well-defined character will always make the story shine. She’s even moonlighted as a ghostwriter for hundreds of writers and directors. So have a listen and share…

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First Time Directing Festival Fav “Interior NIght” With Writer/Director Al Watt.


Like myself, Alan “Al” Watt started as a stand-up comic, headlining clubs throughout North America, and performing on many TV shows. He’s won awards for writing including France’s Prix Printemps 2004 (best foreign novel) for Diamond Dogs, and now Al has his debut feature film, “Interior Night” lighting up the film festival circuit. We chat writing (he also teaches screenwriting),…

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Commercial Director Kip Hewitt Makes Golf Clubs And Power Tools Sexy.


Commercial Director Kip Hewitt knows how to add drama to a power drill and sexiness to a dishwashing liquid. His golf spots are epic. So it’s a real joy to talk shop with Kip. He kinda hijacks the interview and asks me more questions. Which I love. We chat treatments, pitching on conference calls, and everything in between. Here’s a…

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From Start To Stardom With Casting Director Lisa London.


From discovering or casting early in their careers such actors as Emma Stone, Mark Ruffalo and Miley Cyrus to casting the latest Adam Sandler film, Lisa London has a keen eye for talent. Lisa and I chat about the casting process, finding future stars and how she builds a cast. We also read directly from her book, “From Start To…

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My Thoughts On The Super Bowl LI Commercials.


I really liked a lot of the spots, then again I love commercials. Here’s me talking about what we all saw, what I loved and why. Enjoy. Jordan This is a 20 minute episode. Commercial Directing Bootcamp is March 11, 2017 is in Los Angeles, sign up now. Extended trailer is out for “I Am Battle Comic” is tearing up…

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How I Run A Commercial Shoot Tech Scout.


I’m in deep prep for a huge shoot next week, so I thought I’d share how run my technical scouts with the film crew. All part of the Brady Method. Love to hear what you do. This is the spot I babble about. Enjoy. Jordan This is an 11 minute episode. Extended trailer is out for “I Am Battle Comic”…

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Morphing From Photographer Into Busy Filmmaker With Kristyna Archer.


Filmmaker Kristyna Archer has a style and aesthetic I admire: it’s crisp, bold and colorful. A busy professional photographer, we chat about how her career has morphed into more and more directing gigs, as she explores new outlets of creativity. She also is the creator of the MergeLeft Podcast, a podcast exploring art and commerce thru conversations with shape-shifters in…

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From Producing At DDB To Directing Comedy Spots Everywhere With Greg Popp.


Commercial comedy director Greg Popp went from film school to producing classic ads at DDB Chicago, where his work with Anheuser-Busch won literally every major advertising honor. But that directing bug gnawed at him until he said goodbye to the agency side, and now he’s a much sought-after helmer of the funny. We compare notes on gigs and our process,…

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My Chat With Manager To Comedy Stars, Barry Katz of The Industry Standard.


I’ve watched the incomparable Barry Katz successfully navigate the comedy waters for three decades. He’s had a heaping helping hand in launching Louis C.K., Jay Mohr, Dave Chappelle, Tracy Morgan and many more, so it’s a treat to chat with him on my podcast. Barry’s own show, the Industry Standard podcast on iTunes has featured everyone from Kevin Hart to…

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Inside The Mind Of The Professional Extra With Nancy Cohen.


The wonderful Nancy Cohen walked into my office delivering a Christmas gift on behalf of Idell James Casting, the top shop for casting background artists. Once we got to chatting, I asked Nancy to grace me with an impromptu interview. Thankfully, she agreed and the resulting conversation is a treat. We talk about how you must keep your head in…

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From Wienerschnitzel Spots To Virtual Reality 360 With Director Aron P. Orton.


Director Aron P Orton is a multi-talented filmmaker with a penchant for comedy. We chat about working with repeat clients, balancing editorial work and more. He’s also ventured into the crazy world of VR and done some very cool work. Have a gander at the work. , Wienerschitzel brats spot from Aron Paul Orton-Director on Vimeo. Thanks, Jordan My merch…

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Ad Agency Creative Director Turned Fantastic Commercial Director John Grammatico.


Our most popular episodes spotlight Commercial Directors or Ad Agency Creative Directors, so this chat with fantastic spot helmer John Grammatico makes for a perfect storm of a podcast. We discuss bidding for the same gigs, how he made that transition to full-time directing, and his process when he gets a storyboard. Oh, and I babble about listening and understanding…

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How Writer/Producer/Comedian Maz Jobrani Brought Jimmy Vestvood To The Big Screen.


Stand-up comedian Maz Jobrani tells us how he brought his character Jimmy Vestvood to the big screen. Maz co-wrote, produced and stars in his hilarious film “Jimmy Vestvood: Amerikan Hero”, and took it to theaters everywhere. We chat about how the limitations of a small budget can fuel creative solutions, as well as shaping one’s own destiny. Maz also offers…

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The Joy Of The Unknown While Filmmaking With Commercial Director Scotty Bergstein.


Commercial Director Scotty Bergstein started out as Ridley Scott’s assistant on the movie “Thelma and Louise”. Talk about a film school like no other. Now he’s a seasoned, sought-after spot helmer. We chat about his process from first getting a storyboard through delivering that edit. We share the joy of allowing the process to reveal things on set that would…

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Filmmakers Kristyna Archer & Monty Marsh Take Superlounge Diversity Award.


Filmmakers Kristyna Archer and Monty Marsh are dual recipients of the inaugural Superlounge Diversity Award. Each will attend Commercial Directing Bootcamp for free December 3rd, 2016 in Los Angeles. Both Monty and Kristyna display a keen proficiency in short form visual storytelling that I know can be channeled to make great ads. Bravo!! Huge thanks to all the filmmakers that…

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Kicking Through The Ashes with Comedian/Writer/Producer Ritch Shydner.


Legendary comedian Ritch Shydner is known to my fans as the true heart and soul of “I Am Comic” (Available on iTunes). To three generations of stand-up comics, he remains a powerhouse of pure monology. Ritch and I met in the 1980’s during the comedy boom when I opened for him. Neither of us remember the details or the city.…

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What Filmmakers Should Not Attend Commercial Directing Bootcamp.


My wildly successful Commercial Directing Bootcamp returns to Los Angeles next month, and not every filmmaker may be qualified. This is just me babbling for three minutes telling you why you should or should not enroll. If you think you have what it takes, do not wait and do sign up today, because we are almost full. Limit 20 filmmakers.…

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Respect The Hustle With Producer Director Abraham Roofeh.


Abraham Roofeh is a director and producer with his own shop, Crowned Kings. Abe is constantly pumping out great content: spots, branded content and music videos, you name it. We chat about how he gets his work, what it means to find one’s voice as a storyteller and how filmmakers need to have a bit of entrepreneurial zeal these days.…

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TV Ads And Tapas With VML Group Creative Director Pat Piper.


VML Group Creative Director Pat Piper is funny, prolific and one heck of a guy. He’s an award-winning creative that likes to stay busy. In addition to cranking out great ads, he has his own podcast called The Shakes on iTunes. Pat and I have fun talking about what it is like having comedic actors who try to one up…

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What A Commercial Director’s Sales Rep Does With Doug Sherin.


Doug Sherin reps commercial directors as well as production companies. He sells talent based on their reel. He’s like our agent, but oh he is so much more than an agent, he’s a partner in the process of developing a director’s career. Check out his stellar roster at his company, Options. We chat about how communication is key, his joy…

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My Chat With Presidential Candidate Jimmy Tingle.


Political satirist and comedian Jimmy Tingle is running for President of the United States of America on the Humor For Humanity ticket. Jimmy has been a staple on the stand up circuit for decades, prolific as he is hilarious. He’s produced his own film, and once owned his own theater. A treat to have Jimmy on the show. Here’s Jimmy’s…

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My Apology To Stuntman Eddie Braun, Evel Knievel and All Big Dreamers.


Daredevil Evel Knievel was a huge childhood hero of mine, so it was amazing and super cool that stuntman Eddie Braun successfully replicated and completed Evel’s jump attempt over the Snake River Canyon in September 2016. Bravo Eddie! But in an uncharacteristic tweet, I disrespected Eddie’s passion and success, and publicly want to set the record straight. It’s cool as…

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How To Be A Successful Sound Mixer/Editor In Commercials With Maurice Sydnor.


Sound Mixer Maurice Sydnor has been my friend and collaborator for over a decade. We’ve made tons of spots, and he helped me get great sound on my documentary “I Am Comic” when I had no budget at all. Starting out as a rock musician, you’ll love hearing how Maurice continues his self-taught education, always learning and adapting as the…

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First Time Director Brendan Mertens Ain’t Afraid Of No “Ghostsheads”.


“Ghostheads” Director Brendan Mertens reveals all about his new film, “Ghostheads”, yes still killing it on Netflix. This is part two of “Ghostheads”, Part I being with Tommy Avalon. Ghostheads are not just uber-fans of the film. They form chapters and raise money for charity, while giving each Ghosthead a sense of community. I recommend the film highly, which has…

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Who You Gonna Call? Ghostheads! Filmmaker Tommy Avallone Returns.


Filmmaker Tommy Avallone returns to talk about his new film, “Ghostheads”, currently killing it on Netflix. We chat about how he reached out to the director of this fun documentary, Brendan Mertens (my future podcast guest) and his overall involvement. A real inspiring tale for us filmmakers. Ghostheads are not just uber-fans of the film. They form chapters and raise…

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Docu “Outcast Forever” Rides Along w First All-Black Motorcycle Club & Filmmaker DeVaughn Hughson.


Filmmaker and friend DeVaughn Hughson spend six years documenting Outcast, the first all-Black Motorcycle Club, literally living among these true rebels day and night. The result is an artistic peek into their raucous den and time-honored rituals. It’s a must-watch doc and the closest you’ll ever get to this unique world. I find DeVaughn’s film a riveting study of alpha…

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How To Have A Successful Career As A Commercial Editor With Shira Ankori.


My friend Editor Shira Ankori has edited some of the best comedy spots on my reel for over ten years now. We discuss working with the advertising agency creatives and why directors need to actually cut. Timing and collaboration are themes we agree on, so have a listen and share with a filmmaker you love. Thanks, Jordan This episode is…

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