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Amateur Hour

Amateur Hour

By Amateur Mastermind Productions
Join Darren, Richard, Jojo, and Mike, four friends who started a film studio together. They chat about movies, careers, and everything in between.

Their film studio, Amateur Mastermind Productions, tells stories addressing important social issues.
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Mental Health during Covid-19, in the face of AAPI Hate, and as a Creative - Amateur Hour Podcast (Ep. 4)

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THE RETURN! Life Updates, Family Ghost Stories, and Crazy Plant Horror Films – Amateur Hour (Ep. 7)
AND WE BACK! This week, we’re kicking off season 2 of the show! We talk about Jojo’s departure from Amateur Mastermind and what’s happened in all of our lives since season 1 ended. We chat about ghosts, specifically Richard’s crazy family history that involved spiritual mediums and fortune telling.  We also trash talk the movie Antz (anyone remember Antz?), namedrop some plant based horror movies (we could only think of 2), and discuss the power of casting and method acting. Some of our favorite examples include Leonardo DiCaprio in Wolf of Wall Street and Daniel Day Lewis in, well, every film he’s in.   Tune in to hear about these topics and more… like Darren’s friend who used to walk around with a Venus fly trap and try to make it eat things! - Who are we? Darren is fully invested in a future of cinematography and directing. He is a driven entrepreneur seeking to unite creatives through his initiatives such as the Cinema Society of Binghamton and the "Self-Made" Speaker series. He and Mike currently co-host the "Action Filmmaking Decoded" podcast where they break down action films with big names in the industry. Richard is passionate about the future of technology in marketing, spending his free time honing his skills of photography, cinematography, and more. He enjoys discovering the diverse ways that society is inexplicably connected. Mike is the orchestrator of stories, having written AM Production's latest short "Model." He studied Political Science & Physics all in an attempt to gain a deeper understanding of the world around him. - Follow Us on our Socials: Website, Instagram, Facebook IG: Darren - @dtunguy Richard - @richiechowchow Mike - @artistmessina
41:58
September 9, 2021
Binghamton Stop AAPI Hate Rally Recap and Engaging In Public Speaking - Amateur Hour (Ep. 6)
This week, our young creatives are down a man (we miss you Darren!) as he recovers from the vaccine side effects. They talk about the Stop AAPI Hate Rally that happened at Binghamton and all of the prep that went into it as well as the stress that Mike experienced as one of the creators of the rally. Jojo asked a question, "How do you go about public speaking and how do you start engaging in it?" Finally, the team throws it back to the OG children's shows like Sesame Street, Clifford, and Moby the Science Robot! What roles did everyone play to make the rally happen? How DOES someone start learning how to articulate themselves in speaking publically? Who remembers Moby? Find out during the episode! Who are we? Darren is fully invested in a future of cinematography and directing. He is a driven entrepreneur seeking to unite creatives through his initiatives such as the Cinema Society of Binghamton and the "Self-Made" Speaker series. He and Mike currently co-host the "Action Filmmaking Decoded" podcast where they break down action films with big names in the industry. Jojo is exploring sustainable fashion, both as a consumer and business person aspiring to catalyze sustainability in the fashion industry. She studies finance and economics to one day see these aspirations become reality. She recently started a YouTube channel and has first posted her first video, titled: "What did I get from giving ?". Richard is passionate about the future of technology in marketing, spending his free time honing his skills of photography, cinematography, and more. He enjoys discovering the diverse ways that society is inexplicably connected. Mike is the orchestrator of stories, having written AM Production's latest short "Model." He pursues Political Science & Physics all in an attempt to gain a deeper understanding of the world around him. Amateur Mastermind (AM) Productions, started by college students, seeks to utilize film to tell compelling stories that address social issues. Follow Us on our Socials: Website Instagram Facebook IG: Darren - @dtunguy Jojo - @jojo.ojoj Richard - @richiechowchow Mike - @artistmessina
53:52
April 13, 2021
What are your Dreams?? - Amateur Hour (Ep. 5)
In Episode 5 our four creators talk about dreams that they have. Do you dream while you sleep? Or maybe you have dreams and aspirations for the future? Either way, the Amateur Mastermind Productions team talks about different dimensions of "Dreams". I have a DREAM! Who are we? Darren is fully invested in a future of cinematography and directing. He is a driven entrepreneur seeking to unite creatives through his initiatives such as the Cinema Society of Binghamton and the "Self-Made" Speaker series. He and Mike currently co-host the "Action Filmmaking Decoded" podcast where they break down action films with big names in the industry. Jojo is exploring sustainable fashion, both as a consumer and business person aspiring to catalyze sustainability in the fashion industry. She studies finance and economics to one day see these aspirations become reality. She recently started a YouTube channel and has first posted her first video, titled: "What did I get from giving ?". Richard is passionate about the future of technology in marketing, spending his free time honing his skills of photography, cinematography, and more. He enjoys discovering the diverse ways that society is inexplicably connected. Mike is the orchestrator of stories, having written AM Production's latest short "Model." He pursues Political Science & Physics all in an attempt to gain a deeper understanding of the world around him. Amateur Mastermind (AM) Productions, started by college students, seeks to utilize film to tell compelling stories that address social issues. Follow Us on our Socials: Website Instagram Facebook IG: Darren - @dtunguy Jojo - @jojo.ojoj Richard - @richiechowchow Mike - @artistmessina
54:44
March 30, 2021
Mental Health during Covid-19, in the face of AAPI Hate, and as a Creative - Amateur Hour Podcast (Ep. 4)
Welcome back to another episode of Amateur Hour where our young creatives discuss mental health during the Covid-19 pandemic, towards the APPI Hate crimes, and in content creation. Watch until the end to hear our tips on how to tackle challenges that come with maintaining mental wellbeing. Who are we? Darren is fully invested in a future of cinematography and directing. He is a driven entrepreneur seeking to unite creatives through his initiatives such as the Cinema Society of Binghamton and the "Self-Made" Speaker series. He and Mike currently co-host the "Action Filmmaking Decoded" podcast where they break down action films with big names in the industry. Jojo is exploring sustainable fashion, both as a consumer and business person aspiring to catalyze sustainability in the fashion industry. She studies finance and economics to one day see these aspirations become reality. She recently started a YouTube channel and has first posted her first video, titled: "What did I get from giving ?". Richard is passionate about the future of technology in marketing, spending his free time honing his skills of photography, cinematography, and more. He enjoys discovering the diverse ways that society is inexplicably connected. Mike is the orchestrator of stories, having written AM Production's latest short "Model." He pursues Political Science & Physics all in an attempt to gain a deeper understanding of the world around him. Amateur Mastermind (AM) Productions, started by college students, seeks to utilize film to tell compelling stories that address social issues. Follow Us on our Socials: Website Instagram Facebook IG: Darren - @dtunguy Jojo - @jojo.ojoj Richard - @richiechowchow Mike - @artistmessina
01:04:00
March 18, 2021
AAPI Hate, the Media and More - Amateur Hour Podcast (Ep. 3)
Welcome back to another episode of Amateur Hour where our young creatives discuss current events surrounding the rise in attacks against the AAPI community. Press play to listen to the perspectives of four young AAPI members from different backgrounds, upbringings, and thoughts. How does Mike see this situation as a Korean adoptee in an Italian family? Find out on Episode 3 of Amateur Hour. Who are we? Darren is fully invested in a future of cinematography and directing. He is a driven entrepreneur seeking to unite creatives through his initiatives such as the Cinema Society of Binghamton and the "Self-Made" Speaker series. He and Mike currently co-host the "Action Filmmaking Decoded" podcast where they break down action films with big names in the industry. Jojo is exploring sustainable fashion, both as a consumer and business person aspiring to catalyze sustainability in the fashion industry. She studies finance and economics to one day see these aspirations become reality. She recently started a YouTube channel and has first posted her first video, titled: "What did I get from giving ?". Richard is passionate about the future of technology in marketing, spending his free time honing his skills of photography, cinematography, and more. He enjoys discovering the diverse ways that society is inexplicably connected. Mike is the orchestrator of stories, having written AM Production's latest short "Model." He pursues Political Science & Physics all in an attempt to gain a deeper understanding of the world around him. Amateur Mastermind (AM) Productions, started by college students, seeks to utilize film to tell compelling stories that address social issues. Follow Us on our Socials: Website Instagram Facebook IG: Darren - @dtunguy Jojo - @jojo.ojoj Richard - @richiechowchow Mike - @artistmessina
57:45
March 2, 2021
Where Do We Draw Inspiration From? Amateur Hour Podcast (Ep. 2)
Welcome back to another episode of Amateur Hour where our young creatives discuss where they draw inspiration and how they turned a “stuck in the snow” moment into content.  Tune in to hear more of inspiration, discipline, and the first mover concept.   Who are we? Darren is fully invested in a future of cinematography and directing. He is a driven entrepreneur seeking to unite creatives through his initiatives such as the Cinema Society of Binghamton and the "Self-Made" Speaker series. He and Mike currently co-host the "Action Filmmaking Decoded" podcast where they break down action films with big names in the industry. Jojo is exploring sustainable fashion, both as a consumer and business person aspiring to catalyze sustainability in the fashion industry. She studies finance and economics to one day see these aspirations become reality. She recently started a YouTube channel and has first posted her first video, titled: "What did I get from giving ?". Richard is passionate about the future of technology in marketing, spending his free time honing his skills of photography, cinematography, and more. He enjoys discovering the diverse ways that society is inexplicably connected. Mike is the orchestrator of stories, having written AM Production's latest short "Model." He pursues Political Science & Physics all in an attempt to gain a deeper understanding of the world around him. Amateur Mastermind (AM) Productions, started by college students, seeks to utilize film to tell compelling stories that address social issues. Follow Us on our Socials: Website Instagram Facebook IG: Darren - @dtunguy Jojo - @jojo.ojoj Richard - @richiechowchow Mike - @artistmessina
01:02:05
February 16, 2021
What makes a "Good" Film Good? - Amateur Hour Podcast (Ep. 1)
Amateur Hour Podcast Ep. 1 - The first episode where Darren, Jojo, Richard, and Mike discuss what attributes make a "good" film good. The discussion starts off with these young creatives agreeing on the fact that capturing emotion is the biggest draw for anyone watching a film. Somehow the conversation also touches upon cartoons and how even animated films or TV shows also have a deeper purpose, one that a kid might not recognize until they revisit these shows when they get older. What have you missed from a few years ago? Who are we? Darren is fully invested in a future of cinematography and directing. He is a driven entrepreneur seeking to unite creatives through his initiatives such as the Cinema Society of Binghamton and the "Self-Made" Speaker series. He and Mike currently co-host the "Action Filmmaking Decoded" podcast where they break down action films with big names in the industry. Jojo is exploring sustainable fashion, both as a consumer and business person aspiring to catalyze sustainability in the fashion industry. She studies finance and economics to one day see these aspirations become reality. She recently started a YouTube channel and has first posted her first video, titled: "What did I get from giving ?". Richard is passionate about the future of technology in marketing, spending his free time honing his skills of photography, cinematography, and more. He enjoys discovering the diverse ways that society is inexplicably connected. Mike is the orchestrator of stories, having written AM Production's latest short "Model." He pursues Political Science & Physics all in an attempt to gain a deeper understanding of the world around him. Amateur Mastermind (AM) Productions, started by college students, seeks to utilize film to tell compelling stories that address social issues. Follow Us on our Socials: Website Instagram Facebook IG: Darren - @dtunguy Jojo - @jojo.ojoj Richard - @richiechowchow Mike - @artistmessina
48:07
February 3, 2021
Monkey Business - Amateur Hour Podcast (Ep. 0)
Amateur Hour Podcast - The intro episode where Darren, Jojo, Richard, and Mike introduce themselves and Amateur Mastermind Productions. In this episode, we talk about everything under the sun, from Heelys and Soaps to sleep talking adventures and, of course, monkeys. We learn a bit more about these four young college creatives and their diverse areas of study. Darren is fully invested in a future of cinematography and directing. He is a driven entrepreneur seeking to unite creatives through his initiatives such as the Cinema Society of Binghamton and the "Self-Made" Speaker series. He and Mike currently co-host the "Action Filmmaking Decoded" podcast where they break down action films with big names in the industry. Jojo is exploring sustainable fashion, both as a consumer and business person aspiring to catalyze sustainability in the fashion industry. She studies finance and economics to one day see these aspirations become reality. Richard is passionate about the future of technology in marketing, spending his free time honing his skills of photography, cinematography, and more. He enjoys discovering the diverse ways that society is inexplicably connected.  Mike is the orchestrator of stories, having written AM Production's latest short "Model." He pursues Political Science & Physics all in an attempt to gain a deeper understanding of the world around him. Amateur Mastermind (AM) Productions, started by college students, seeks to utilize film to tell compelling stories that address social issues. Follow Us on our Socials: Website Instagram Facebook  IG: Darren - @dtunguy Jojo - @jojo.ojoj Richard - @richiechowchow Mike - @artistmessina CuUFuWc1nJ4RR6OHxTEr
34:10
January 20, 2021