PODCAST EPISODE 008: Hester Schell (Author, Casting Revealed: A Guide For Film Directors)

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Alfred Hitchcock said that “Seventy-five percent of directing is casting.” Hester Schell tells us why. We also discuss why there aren’t more blockbuster tragedy movies, how to get rejected by a film festival jury, and a creative writing project involving a tunnel!

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From her website:

Hester Schell is the author of “Casting Revealed: A Guide for Independent Filmmakers and Directors“, due in January 2011 from Michael Wiese Productions. She has taught film-acting at De Anza College, Notre Dame de Namur University, SF School of Digital Filmmaking and Film Arts Foundation. She is the creator of The Directors’ Retreat: Working with Actors, a weekend intensive for directors. Speaking engagements include Indie-Club, the Connecticut Screen Writers Association and the San Francisco Black Film Festival.

She will be directing a feature-length film based on an award-winning script, later this year in Massachusetts. The recent plays and screenplays she authored include: Colony Collapse, The Dark Room, Soul’s Messenger, and A Cup Of Coffee, written for the New England Russian Theatre Festival.

She has recently directed: Provincetown Playwrights Festival, New England Russian Theatre Festival. Shorts: Ju$T Under A Million (narrative comedy), which premiered at the Beverly Hills High Definition Film Festival and airing on cable in Austin, Dallas and Atlanta on the Hottv channel.; Blankets for Afghanistan (documentary) broadcast through Free Speech TV. Other film festivals include: Cannes, Cinequest, San Francisco International Film Festival, Rochester and Boston Film Festivals and others.

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PODCAST EPISODE 007: Carl King (Creator of Sir Millard Mulch, Dr. Zoltan)

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In this narcissistic and self-conscious episode, Carl King talks about his multiple personas, his experiences with telepathic beings from another dimension, and why he stopped making music. (And of course, Steve Vai.)

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From his website:

Some of you may already know I was once a mighty performance artist and musician under the pseudonyms: Sir Millard Mulch & Dr. Zoltan Øbelisk. Through that medium, I have performed, collaborated, stood around in a room, or engaged in creative business ventures of questionable importance with Marco Minnemann, Virgil Donati, Nick D’Virgilio, Morgan Agren, Paul Mazurkiewics, Trey Spruance, Steve Vai, Eman Laerton, Dave Meros, Nils Frykdahl, Lale Larson, Larry Boothroyd, Will Maier, and Devin Townsend. I’ve occasionally shown up in Modern Drummer, DRUM!, Kerrang, and Decibel Magazine. I’m taking a long and indefinite break from music. I have no plans to play again.

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