F45:021 – Charlie McCarron, composer

F45:021 – Charlie McCarron, composer

After having three film projects premiere at MSPIFF 2018, Film45 caught up with composer Charlie McCarron to learn about he manages to create all his content, what motivates him, how to talk to composers if you are a director, his own podcast about music (“Composer Quest”), patreon and kickstarter, editing, and even board games. Check out his music and all his shows and plan to get your composer involved earlier in your own project.

Charlie’s website: CharlieMcCarron.com
Charlie’s podcast: Composer Quest

The three recent films at MSPIFF: Silicone Soul, Beneath The Ink, Hearts Want

Watch Sad Clown here.



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F45:020 – Brian Stemmler, producer

F45:020 – Brian Stemmler, producer

Producer/Partner Brian Stemmler is part of the YouTube series “How To Make Everything” with Andy George. He’s also a commercial producer by day over at KSTP. We talk about his journey from L.A. to Minnesota, working as a field and segment producer in television, what it looks like to have an active YouTube series, how to monetize and publicize, and much more. Tune in if you are curious about streaming episodic content and establishing yourself on YouTube.

How To Make Everything website
How To Make Everything youtube
Brian Stemmler linkedin

Upcoming Events

MNFILMTV Town Hall Meeting at IFP August 17, 2017, 5:30pm.
IFPMN Annual Party, September 14th, 2017, 7pm. Big news promised!
IFPMN Screenwriting Residency applications due September 18th.
IFPMN Cinematography Boot Camp and other classes, ongoing.

F45:019 – Eric Howell, Voice From The Stone

F45:019 – Eric Howell, Voice From The Stone

Director Eric Howell got his start in the stunt and effects world but his appetite for learning led him through numerous short films, including the multi-award-winning Ana’s Playground, and now to his debut feature film with Emilia Clarke (Game of Thrones). We chatted the day after his film premiere at MSPIFF 2017. The full film is available to watch now on iTunes, Amazon, Cable VOD, and other streaming platforms. Visit the Voice From The Stone website for all links.

Ana’s Playground – website
Strangers – Trailer
Voice From The Stone – website


VFTS party

On Set – The Photos of Wilson Webb – May 6th, 2017.
MNFILMTV Party & Fundraiser
– May 25th, 2017.
Arts Learning Series at IFP
IFPMN Classes

F45:018 – Jesse Bishop, MSPIFF Programmer

F45:018 – Jesse Bishop, MSPIFF Programmer

On today’s episode of Film45 spring is finally here and that means that 36th annual Minneapolis-St. Paul International Film Festival is in full swing. We sneak in a chat with one of MSPIFF’s lead programmers, Jesse Bishop to learn about how he became a programmer under the tutelage of Al Milgrom, how he approaches curation, and whether or not he ever gets to take a break.

Snowbate is still in jeopardy, so contact your elected officials and let them know what Snowbate means to you!

Some of the films we mentioned: Santoalla, Lipstick Under My Burkha, Russian Woodpecker, The Lost City of Z, The Hippopotamus


F45:017 – Jim Brunzell, Sundance 2017 Day 3

F45:017 – Jim Brunzell, Sundance 2017 Day 3

We’re coming to you “live” from Sundance 2017 Day 3, with Jim Brunzell (Sound Unseen, AGLIFF, Hammer To Nail). In this episode we review some of the films we’ve already seen, what we’re looking forward to, and some notes about the festival and maybe some personal stories, too. Recorded live from our condo in Park City, we hope you enjoy this update and we’ll be back with updates on the Minnesota-related projects here.


Films mentioned:

Person To Person
Free and Easy
The Little Hours

Films not mentioned:

Ingrid Goes West
L.A. Times
The Incredible Jessica James
Tokyo Idols
God’s Own Country
Independent Pilot Series showcase

F45:016 – Aleshia Mueller, Script Supervisor

F45:016 – Aleshia Mueller, Script Supervisor

“I’m from Backus, I can do anything!”

This episode we get schooled in the art of script supervision and continuity, and in having a super can-do attitude, with Aleshia Mueller (ReelNomad). She’s been very busy the last several years working both in town and out (Atlanta and others). Find out what kind of person makes a great script supervisor and what tools she uses to do her job and how volcanoes factor into it all. Check out her IMDB profile.

Listen closely for the chance to receive a complimentary IFPMN membership (and see free Independent Spirit Nominated movies)! Email or tweet me with your answer to the mystery question.

Books mentioned:
Script Supervising and Film Continuity
by Pat Miller
Beyond Continuity: Script Supervision for the Modern Filmmaker by Mary Cybulski

Ana’s Playground short film
The IFP 2016 Independent Spirit Awards screenings at The Walker
IFP winter class schedule (including a cinematography boot camp by Jeremy)
McKnight Fellowships for Media Artists – application deadline is March 6th.

F45:015 – Barry Andersson, director/dp/author

F45:015 – Barry Andersson, director/dp/author

This episode of Film45 features director/dp/author/trainer Barry Andersson. He wrote The DSLR Filmmaker’s Handbook (2nd Edition) and travels around the country both to train and to work for his clients. You can find his stuff over on Moviola.com, the PVC website, Planet5d, and his own site, www.barryandersson.com. Barry knew from a young age he wanted to be a filmmaker. Hear tips about how to flood a basement and how to convince people to work with you by giving them something besides good food. Plus, he’s got an impressive head of hair.


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