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: 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: 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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