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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Happy Holidays Filmmakers, Be Students of Human Interaction.


Enjoy your Christmas and remember we need to be students of human interaction over these holidays to make ourselves better storytellers. I’ll be back next week with Part 2 of Marcus Nispel. Peace. Jordan This episode is 4 minutes. Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSS

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The Influences Of Pop Culture With Visionary Filmmaker Marcus Nispel.


Director Marcus Nispel is a ground-breaking filmmaker and visionary. His illustrious career includes your favorite big budget music videos, six awesome feature films and some 1200 plus commercials for every major brand. He’s work influenced my own while his philosophy towards the art and craft of commercial filmmaking inspired me long before we ever met. So you can imagine what…

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How To Direct Stop Motion Animation With Director Jed Hathaway.


Director Jed Hathaway returns to the podcast with more wondrous stop motion filmmaking stories. I visit the set of his So Cal Honda shoot, where Jed and his producer Rosa Tran had over a half dozen miniature stages going at once. Jed leads an army of misfit animators, all specialists at the top of their game, to make holiday cheer.…

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What The Set Decorator Does With Chris Coles.


If you’re wondering just what the Set Decorator does specifically, my guest Chris Coles has the answers. The Set Decorator brings the set to life, interpreting the vision of the Production Designer, who has been in cahoots with the Director. Chris shares similar beliefs as I do about really putting in one’s 10,000 hours to master one’s craft, and we…

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Comedy Filmmaker Brad Hasse Invents Texting Hat.


Commercial Filmmaker Brad Hasse has seen his art become a reality. His short film, “Texting Hat” became so popular that people started asking him if they could order their own chapéu. And now they can. He’s also the only helmer I know that’s done spots for two different types of mouthwash. We chat about the importance of personal passion projects,…

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Commercial Editor By Day, Brilliant Improvisor By Night: Rob Watzke.


Editor Rob Watzke has cut many of your favorite tv spots over the years, but on nights and weekends, he teaches improvisation. We saw his show the night Helen Hunt played along with Rob and his troupe, Schplotz! The 100% riffed show was amazing. Back in the editing bay, Rob deftly cuts on any tool invented, and works with his…

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How To Get From Production Assistant To Working Filmmaker With Andrew Furtado.


You recognize Andrew Furtado‘s name as the editor my documentary “I Am Road Comic”. He started out as a production assistant, but now directs his own projects and edits films like Clive Baker’s “Nightbreed: The Director’s Cut”. He also produced, directed & edited comedian Kyle Kinane’s hilarious special. We talk self-discipline, how to avoid being set to stop traffic when…

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An Actor’s Life For Jimm Giannini.


Continuing the “acting for commercials” theme, I talk with my pal Jimm Giannini for his take on the commercial biz. Jimm’s new web series, “Tyler and Borelli”, is the result of him adapting to new opportunities. Here’s an episode called “Janet” that’s charming, funny and endearing. You can tell these two actors are having fun and connecting. 3 minutes, watch…

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How To Book National Commercials With Comedian/Actor Wayne Federman.


Comedian/Actor/Writer Wayne Federman is my favorite comic, and he’s just put out his debut comedy album, The Chronicles of Federman. The box set of three CDs (also available digitally) spans his 30 plus years of unique, killer stand-up.  Judd Apatow, who writes the liner notes, says “Epic, hilarious, inspired and whimsical.” And Mr. Apatow goes on and on. Oh, and…

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My Chat With The Incomparable Comedy Director Mike Bigelow.


Commercial helmer Mike Bigelow started out as a motion animator and VFX technical director working on prestigious films like “The Abyss” and “Total Recall” before directing hundreds of commercials. We chat about our mutual love of doing as much in camera as possible, how comedy plays best in a wider shot, and we engage in a little tech talk. Mike…

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MTV’s Too Cheap To Buy VMA Nominated Director Josh Forbes A Ticket.


Josh Forbes is a funny commercial director, whimsical music video director and helmer of the horror hit “Contracted: Phase II”. We chat about the differences among his many disciplines of filmmaking. He also tells the tale of being nominated for Best Rock Video Of The Year for “Shut Up And Dance” by Walk The Moon at this year’s MTV Video…

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How American Commercial Directors Get Gigs In Canada, Eh.


The Canadian Process Explained. Hey just me from Toronto whilest up here. Helen is in Barbados and she will be back after a much needed sabbatical. I’m working exclusively from an iPhone, so bare with me kids. My inaugural Commercial Directing Bootcamp was a major success. Get ready east coast. This episode is 15 minutes. Great interviews ready for Fall once…

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How Film Trooper Scott McMahon Empowers Indie Filmmakers To Sell Their Films.


I discovered Scott McMahon’s Film Trooper Podcast through his tweets, and found the information he provides to be such a valuable part of my toolkit. He also retweets the best film-related articles. We chat about his beginnings in the video game industry, and how that lead to him making a $500 feature film called, “The Cube”. Enjoy the trailer: He…

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The Origin Story Of Commercial Director Andrew Laurich.


What a treat to sit down and chat with Director Andrew Laurich. The man makes inventive music videos, killer commercials and his latest short film, “A Reasonable Request” has been ripping up the festival circuit. Discover how Andrew started in the vault making reels, then shot second unit with Stacy Peralta in Alaska, which then lead to a gig at…

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A Practical Guide To Loving Acting w Actor/Writer/Director Jack Plotnick.


Jack Plotnick’s philosophy towards creativity is so spiritually aligned with my own, that I think we might have been separated at birth. I’ve directed Jack in a few commercials, marveled at his acting chops in films like “Meet The Fockers”, “Rubber” and “Gods And Monsters”. Then I discovered his directorial debut, the feature film “Space Station 76”, an intergalactic drama…

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Running The Shop w Steve Chavez, Chief Creative Officer Leo Burnett Detroit.


Steve Chavez, Chief Creative Officer Leo Burnett Detroit, believes that when you focus on the work, the awards and accolades will follow. Talk about respecting the process. We chat about tighter deadlines, fully developing the idea and what he looks for in hiring a director. Oh, and so much more. I’ve shot with Steve before and got to work with him…

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Bobcat Goldthwait Returns With Barry Crimmins’ Documentary “Call Me Lucky”.


Writer/Director/Comedian Bobcat Goldthwait returns to the podcast with legendary Boston comedian Barry Crimmins to talk about their beautiful, haunting and healing documentary “Call Me Lucky”. The film opens August 7th and you need to see it. We talk about their decades-long friendship and the responsibility Barry felt to speak out against child sexual abuse, after dealing with his being raped…

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How The Special Olympics Beat My Post Shoot Depression.


Today, I woke up in a funk. It happens. After 8 straight weeks of prep, shooting and working with editors, I caught that Post Shoot Depression. Then we took the train downtown to USC, home of this year’s Special Olympics. The happiness I witnessed lifted my spirits. And seeing my wife’s documentary play as a part of the events reminded…

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


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…

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


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…

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


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,…

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


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…

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Can You Handle The Truth? My Commercial Directing Bootcamp.


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…

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What The 1st Assistant Director Does w Billy Jones.


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…

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Director Carolyn Chen Brings Production To The People.


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…

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Shooting Actors Versus Table Top Photography With Cinematographer Jeanne Vienne.


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…

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New Tricks And Old Fashion Discipline with Cinematographer Alex Jacobs.


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,…

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