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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Bowling Rom Com “Split” By Writer/Director Jamie Buckner.


Writer/Director Jamie Buckner has made an adorable, funny romantic comedy called “Split”. Jamie tells us about making the short film first to raise the dough and the complications of shooting in a working bowling alley. He smartly went to his hometown to make the film. Please support the film by clicking here, and watch and enjoy “Split”. My favorite aspect…

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My Successful Director/Producer Relationship With Rick Cowan, RIP.


Filmmaker Rick Cowan was my dear friend and frequent collaborator. He grew to be a mentor and pillar to all who knew him. He passed away this week, and I miss him. RIP Rick. This conversation is from July 2015 and was posted back then. Love, Jordan This episode is an hour, give or take. Podcast: Play in new window…

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Acclaimed Film Producer Miranda Bailey On Producing “Don’t Think Twice”.


Miranda Bailey is a prolific film producer, actress and director. Currently, she’s got two wonderful films in theaters, “Swiss Army Man” and “Don’t Think Twice”, the latter opening wide this weekend. Go see it. It stars Keegan Michael Key, Gillian Jacobs, Tami Sagher, Chris Gethard, Kate Micucci and the film’s writer/director Mike Birbiglia. It’s funny, sad, heartfelt and the best…

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Directing Chimps Vs. Babies With Comedy Director Jeff Gordon.


I’m honored to chat with Director Jeff Gordon, a versatile filmmaker, but one that can say he specializes in commercials with chimps and babies. In our conversation, he points out one “secret weapon” to his success with infants – his baby wrangler. It was delightful to hear we’ve both worked with a particular chimp named Bella. She is wonderful to…

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Virtual Reality 101 With Light Sail VR’s Guru Matthew Celia.


Matthew Celia stands majestically at the forefront of virtual reality filmmaking, having conceived, shot and delivered VR projects for Paramount, GoPro and even the esteemed Dr. Phil. Today, Matt explains the technology and stresses the key element all of you adore: story. It’s great to chat with Matt because we go back a handful of years. He’s an inspiring storyteller…

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Robert Klein Still Can’t Stop His Leg So Marshall Fine Shot It.


Movie critic, celebrated journalist, author and documentarian Marshall Fine graced me with an interview via the magic of Skype to talk about his new docu, “Robert Klein Still Can’t Stop His Leg.” I really loved the film, a smash hit at Tribeca this year. First because I am a fan of the legendary stand-up Robert Klein, and also as a…

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How The Wonderful Comedic Actor Clayton Farris Stays Busy and Booked.


I’ve only worked a half day with actor Clayton Farris, but I’ve been a fan since he walked in the casting room. He’s the utmost professional and plays the reality of a situation, and is not afraid to immerse himself into a sometimes geeky character. He’s also a nice guy. Clayton always working and you must check out his silly…

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Love’s In Need, Hate Going Round, Let’s Ban Assault Weapons.


I’ll post more filmmaking conversations later in the week, but today my heart is broken yet again. The hate we face must stop and assault weapons are just too easy to get. Let’s love one another, practice tolerance, and change our laws to make these automatic rifles hard to get, as well as the ammo used to kill people. Let…

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Recording Sound and Producing Puppets With Frankie Fiore.


Frankie Fiore works non-stop in the sound department, in all areas of it too, but when his pal Anthony Imperiolli asked him to produce his puppet short films for Dairy Queen, Frankie rose the challenge. Check out the behind-the-scenes below. It’s awesome work, hilarious and a great story of how the character of Nonna Maria came to be a viral…

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My Visit To The Space Station LA With David Rispoli And Ben Rovner.


Space Station is an artist’s paradise. It offers workshops, classes and it’s an affordable place to cast, and even offers actors a free place to tape auditions and pieces for their reel. I sat down with David Rispoli and Ben Rovner to hear all about this unique operation, as well as their Space Station Artist’s Initiative. Their mission is to…

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The Agency Producer Tells All: Part Two With Peter Ostella.


Peter Ostella, in part two of our interview, offers a peek behind the agency curtain of producing. This episode is part two of a two-part chat. Leave feedback and share with friends. Thanks, Jordan Commercial Directing Bootcamp will next take place in August. Where? Chicago! This episode is 59 minutes. Please rate the show on iTunes and share with a…

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My Little Film Is All Grown Up, “I Am Road Comic” On Netflix.


What makes “I Am Road Comic” getting on Netflix so sweet, is that it represents a victory in micro-budget indie filmmaking. Keeping a tourniquet on spending, crafting a story with notable comics and a podcast-based PR campaign, it’s finally paid off. This is my 5th film to land on Netflix. It all started with “I Am Comic”, but Netflix was…

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Freelance Agency Producer By Day, Comedian By Night With Peter Ostella.


Peter Ostella explains the ins and outs of being an in-demand agency producer. From how he facilitates the creative teams he works with to managing the clients, he spells it out. Does he ever present new directorial talent? How does he deal with newbie clients that have never shot a spot before? Additionally, we share our love of the stand-up…

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Meeting Prince At My Movie Premiere With Powdered Donuts.


Everyone is telling their personal stories about meeting the genius that is Prince. This is mine. thank you, Jordan Next Commercial Directing Bootcamp is in August. This episode is 7 minutes. Please rate the show on iTunes and share with a filmmaking friend. Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSS

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Living La Vida Creativa With Creative Director/Art Director Juan V. Perez.


My guest Juan V. Perez is constantly looking to explore the world through an artistic lens, for personal creative fulfillment and to inform his work. We discuss staying relevant in this digital era of constant change. We dissect his beautiful spot for Comcast that speaks to bilingual American Latinos with just an English voice over, and we find out why.…

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You Be Creative And Get Help Running Your Business With Joel Pilger.


Production veteran Joel Pilger helps directors, artists and such focus on the creative side of things, while he and his team at RevThink help you run the business side of things. We chat about his company and his mission to take the pain out of running your own company. Cuz when you hit a certain level of success, shit happens.…

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What The Executive Producer Does In Commercial Production With EP Mark Androw.


My guest is the charming Mark Androw, Executive Producer of STORY, a long-thriving production company he owns. Mark has dominated the spot business for many years, and he passionately explains just what an Executive Producer does. The EP, in tv commercial parlance, is the life-blood of the commercial production company. He/she develops the directorial roster, the business end of things…

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The Medium Serves Your Message.


I’m fresh off my stand-up comedy tour of the Middle East. We performed for the troops in Kuwait, Afghanistan and the Kingdom of Bahrain. Crazy times with four hilarious comedians that I now call my brothers. I also shot a documentary by myself whilest on this tour. And sure, I could have taken an Alexa mini, Red-Epic-Dragon-Platinum whatever or even…

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A New Branded Comedy Boutique Called “Yes Brand” with Hersh Rephun.


Comedian, copywriter, marketer Hersh Rephun explains how he’s carved a niche making the funny for challenger brands. His new shop is called “Yes Brand” and they’ve just launched with a piece of branded content for Manatawny Still Works that stars Hersh himself. We chat about creativity, synchronicity, quote Paul Newman and discuss everything under the sun as far as comedy…

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How I View My Rate As A Filmmaker.


My view of rates as a filmmaker may be unorthodox, but it sure keeps me sane and humble. I see it as shooting for free, and the big payday is for all the prep, production details and post. It’s a healthy attitude that treasures the shoot day as a reward. Filmmakers are already signing up for Commercial Directing Bootcamp so…

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Rise Of The Freelance Creative Director With CD Jon Shore.


Both a Creative Director and prolific Copywriter, Jon Shore and I have worked on and off for over a decade, cranking out dozens of comedy spots. After 25 years at one shoppe, Jon headed out on his own and never looked back. Visit jonshorecreative.com for his work. We chat about collaborating, getting the most out of others, and letting go…

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Adapt Or Die: Why Filmmakers Need To Shoot Tests.


This episode is just me explaining how I shoot various tests to help land big gigs. It certainly helped with my current batch of spots with Saatchi & Saatchi, who are some of the coolest and most creative folks in the business. These tests, which filmmakers have done for years, not only help win the assignment, but tests help us…

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What A Stunt Driver Does With Stunt Driver Donnie Bailey.


Donny Bailey has been the stunt driver on all your favorite action films, “Mad Max: Fury Road”, “The Dark Knight Rises”, and “Captain America: Civil War” …and I was privileged to shoot my Buick spots with him. In fact, it’s all the same to Donnie, for he approaches the work on a shot by shot basis. The consummate professional, Donnie…

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What A Digital Imaging Technician Does With D.I.T. Ryan Kunkleman.


Thank you Ryan Kunkleman for explaining the mysterious role of the D.I.T. to me! The Digital Imagining Technician has become a critical member of the filmmaking team since the digital revolution. Ryan is one of the best, having done feature films, television and commercials. Can you say “Captain America: Civil War”? He not only tells us the different approaches to…

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How To Be A Successful Comedy Director With Comedy Director Ric Cantor.


Ric Cantor is a director and writer of commercials, television and film. We met on a lark at a Directors Guild Of America conference, and I loved his work and wit so I’m very happy he’s on the show. We discuss Steven Seagal, the contractual and creative differences between directing spots in England versus the United States, as well as…

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Problem Solving And Manifestos, Part Two With Director Marcus Nispel.


This is part two with Director Marcus Nispel, the innovative filmmaker of commercials, music videos and film. His work and work ethic have both inspired me since starting in commercials, including his famous manifesto, which we discuss. Marcus expresses the joy he still gets from solving problems, be they in the script or in a challenging execution. Click his name to…

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