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Around The Reel

By CCC Entertainment Group

Creatives need that push... that extra kick to know they can rise up and follow their dreams. We are a podcast for creatives! Filmmakers, Artists, Musicians and Everyone! We confront multiple topics on this show and most of the time... just talk a lot of you know what... so indulge in the REEL with us and enjoy the journey!
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64. Around The Reel - "Keep Making Movies!" with Kaveh Razi Hamedani
64. Around The Reel - "Keep Making Movies!" with Kaveh Razi Hamedani
Today on Around The Reel we sit down with Kaveh Razi Hamedani! Kaveh is a young director, writer and storyteller! It's always a pleasure to spend time with creatives that have a passion for this industry. Kaveh is no exception! His new project is called "The Town" a series he's working on inspired by the crime films he grew up watching and fell in love with. As filmmakers ourselves, we put Kaveh to the test! Seeking his answers on the production process! From pre-production, script, principal photography, post production and marketing we walk through the process of making an indie film and let me say... I wish we had half the smarts at his age! Join us for a fun, educational and humorous discussion with Mr. Kaveh Razi Hamedani! Oh yeah, we talk about our favorite movies too! Enjoy!
01:08:34
July 25, 2021
63. Around The Reel - The Healing Power Of Laughter! with Cody Parr
63. Around The Reel - The Healing Power Of Laughter! with Cody Parr
On today's episode we have the pleasure to sit down with Cody Parr! Cody is a stand-up comic, actor and recording artist. During this hilarious conversation Cody breaks down his love for comedy, how his family influenced his sense of humor, his love for music and how he got dared into trying stand up the very first time! Humor is one of the magical gifts our world has to offer. It heals. It helps. As a comic, Cody understands the guts it takes to put yourself out there. From his hilarious one liners and his quick wit, our discussion jumps from one thing to the next and by the end, we learn the true heart of the artist. Also, Samantha finds the strength to overcome her own fear. Aaron wishes he had better friends and Chuck may have had a little too much to drink. Sit back and enjoy our conversation with our friend... Cody Parr!
01:13:43
July 22, 2021
62. Around The Reel - Your Confidence Should Come From Your Competence! with Nicolas Aaron Mezzanatto!
62. Around The Reel - Your Confidence Should Come From Your Competence! with Nicolas Aaron Mezzanatto!
Today we welcome Nicolas Aaron Mezzanatto to our show! Nicolas is a multi-talented artist! From screenwriting, poetry, stand-up comedy, acting, directing... Nicolas does it all! Join us as we dive into his mantra & find out about how he defines success! As a Veteran, he's had to learn to deal with adversity most of us will never understand. His attitude and philosophy transcend him to a different place which is very fascinating to say the least. As a screenwriter, Nicolas has penned scripts that have been picked up by Lionsgate and his most recent film "Acts Of Violence" starring Bruce Willis, Cole Hauser and Mike Epps has elevated him to a new level! Take a ride with us for an epic conversation and learn more about the difference between being "Confident" and having "Competence"! Nicolas is a remarkable talent and an amazing human being. Sit back and enjoy our discussion with our friend Nicolas Aaron Mezzanatto!  IG @nickynickandfriends https://www.imdb.com/video/vi3117004825?playlistId=tt6684714 https://www.imdb.com/name/nm3996912/
01:29:14
July 18, 2021
61. Around The Reel - "Kiss: Keep It Simple, Stupid!" with Pete Flattum
61. Around The Reel - "Kiss: Keep It Simple, Stupid!" with Pete Flattum
Welcome to Season Two of our show! Today we have the pleasure to sit down with Pete Flattum! Pete is an actor here in the Pacific Northwest that takes his acting career very seriously. His on set demeanor tells you everything you need to know about him. We discuss his motto, how he appreciates the craft and how lucky he feels to help others bring their visions to life on the big screen. Humility is such an uncommon trait that Pete wields effortlessly. Join us as we dive into multiple topics from his projects, being an extra, voice over work, Saturday morning cartoons, meeting Kim Basinger and so much more! Chuck gets a new nickname, Aaron comes to terms with not being the star of the show and Samantha brings us a new game called, "Raunchy Riddles"!  Sit back and enjoy our wonderful conversation with Pete Flattum!
01:04:14
July 11, 2021
60. Around The Reel - "Why Not You!" with Carl L. Covington
60. Around The Reel - "Why Not You!" with Carl L. Covington
Today we welcome Carl L. Covington to the show! Carl is multi-talented actor here in the Seattle area with not only amazing talent and skill but also  a man with heart and true perseverance! It's guests like this that make us happy for anytime we have with them! We discuss multiple topics from mentors, online hate, coping with adversity, changing your mindset and so much more! Learn how Carl stumbled into acting and how much the experience he had changed him and his new life goals. Truly an epic conversation with a very motivational dude! Aaron might even try to be as cool as him one day! Sit back and enjoy our lovely conversation with our new friend Carl L. Covington! Enjoy! 
01:06:17
June 27, 2021
59. Around The Reel - Hard Work, Determination and Never Give Up! with Tony Cook
59. Around The Reel - Hard Work, Determination and Never Give Up! with Tony Cook
Today's guest is filmmaker Tony Cook! Such a pleasure chatting with this very talented director! Tony has a new short currently on the film festival circuit entitled "Can't Go Home Again" and it's an extraordinary sci-fi story with a powerful message about domestic abuse! During our discussion we touch on what inspired him to tell this tale, the ins and outs of the production, how he was able to accomplish incredible visual effects and why the film took him 5 years to finish! Absolutely engaging conversations about life, being creative and how we as artists express ourselves through the visions we put on screen! Tony couldn't be a cooler dude! Sit back and enjoy our time with filmmaker Tony Cook! Enjoy! Check out the trailer on YouTube! https://youtu.be/isZMxPlASl8
01:21:37
June 20, 2021
58. Around The Reel - Our Perfection Lies Within Our Imperfection! with Rick Ibarra-Rivera
58. Around The Reel - Our Perfection Lies Within Our Imperfection! with Rick Ibarra-Rivera
Confidence. Perseverance. Showing up. What are you made of? Today we have the pleasure to speak with Actor and Coach Rick Ibarra-Rivera! Rick is not only an actor with a great resume but also has taken his skills to help others understand that they already have their own gifts to give. As an acting coach, Rick helps guide his pupils in the direction to unlock the powers they are struggling to find themselves by giving them a path to ultimately change their outlook, their beliefs as well as habits and be that ultimate person they are meant to be! We dive deep into actors, choices, outlooks, people and even ourselves to discover what we are trying to overcome; not only as creatives, but also as positive influences in this world. Join us for a fascinating, heartfelt, emotional journey into the depths of the psyche and what it takes to be the best you can be! Samantha has to even take a break on this one! Don't miss this powerful discussion with Coach Rick! Enjoy!  
02:07:52
June 13, 2021
57. Around The Reel - Crowdfunding Isn't For Cowards! with Collin Fischer
57. Around The Reel - Crowdfunding Isn't For Cowards! with Collin Fischer
Today we sit down with filmmaker Collin Fischer and discuss the ins & outs of Crowdfunding Campaigns! Collin's new production entitled "Used" is currently looking for funding to help make the film. We as well have started a campaign to help finalize our films "The Giant Pacific Octopus & Say Goodbye The Movie" What a perfect time to discuss what it takes to launch a campaign! From choosing the platform, mission statements, perks, goals, content & how you handle the fact that you are asking your peers for money is just a few of the things we review on this episode! If you're a filmmaker and have thought about or tried launching a crowdfunding campaign this episode is for you! Enjoy! Collin Fischer's Campaign link https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/used-short-film#/ CCC Entertainment Group's Campaign link https://igg.me/at/WWyPZ4NXYy8/x/26635305#/
01:14:45
June 08, 2021
56. Around The Reel - "Critic" Doesn't Come From Criticize It Comes From "Critique"! with Jerry Smith
56. Around The Reel - "Critic" Doesn't Come From Criticize It Comes From "Critique"! with Jerry Smith
Today we get the pleasure to sit down with Jerry Smith! Jerry is a Film Journalist & Composer who not only loves movies but writes about them in a way most don't envision. He approaches his reviews from this standpoint... His love for the art of filmmaking! Movies mean a lot to Jerry and on this episode we learn how he's dealt with trauma in his life, how movies gave him the outlet he needed to see the strength within himself and how his professional writing career came about! We also dive into his love for music and how he's been able to not only be a successful journalist but a film composer as well. This conversation is one for the books and if you need a list of movies to go back and watch make sure to bring a pad and pencil so you can write down all the wonderful films we discuss! Enjoy our conversation with Mr. Jerry Smith! Show Notes: https://rainydaysforghosts.bandcamp.com/ https://www.dreadcentral.com/author/jerry-smith/ https://twitter.com/JerryisjustOK?s=20
01:33:03
June 06, 2021
55. Around The Reel - Acting is an extension of yourself! with Mick Loftus
55. Around The Reel - Acting is an extension of yourself! with Mick Loftus
Today we welcome Mick Loftus to our show! Mick is an actor here in the Pacific Northwest who has worked on numerous films and has found happiness in acting! A veteran, Mick has had his share of darkness to overcome and his acting is something that has given him solace there. On today's episode we discuss his Chicago upbringing, his military career, films his worked on and his overall compassion and understanding of people. On this Memorial Day weekend, we honor our troops, those who have sacrificed for us and those who have served. Mick pays tribute to the fallen in an emotional episode of Around The Reel. Join us and enjoy our conversation with our new friend Mick Loftus!
01:18:32
May 30, 2021
54. Around The Reel - Above and Beyond! with Katrina Kope
54. Around The Reel - Above and Beyond! with Katrina Kope
We are back! Today we welcome musician and recording artist Katrina Kope to our show! With her different projects spanning many genres, from electronica, to funk, reggae, trip-hop, R&B, or vocal improvisation; Katrina might tell you that her roots reside deep in jazz and blues. With her newest single, "Above and Beyond" Katrina highlights her talent as a musical artist. We dive into her story, what inspired her as a 4 year old to play piano, how she pulled in the "90's sound" as an artist and why music is something she has to do! Truly a magical conversation with a talented artist in so many ways. It was a pleasure to get to know her and who she is. We also discuss what it's like to get older as an artist and how you change your mentality on what others may think! Chuck creeps us out a bit, Aaron talks too much and Samantha brings us a fun game! Be a fly on the wall and enjoy our conversation with the lovely Katrina Kope! https://www.katrinakope.com/
01:18:42
May 23, 2021
53. Around The Reel - Become a "Resilient Warrior"! with Mindy Dougherty
53. Around The Reel - Become a "Resilient Warrior"! with Mindy Dougherty
On todays episode we welcome the wonderful Mindy Dougherty! Mindy is an actor and author and right now has a fabulous book out called the "Resilient Warrior". Join us for an emotional and inspirational conversation about what being a fighter is all about. Mindy shares with us the tragedies she's faced in her life and how she has risen up against that pushback! She's flipped the script and from her own backyard has found solace with one seed! From her military life and medical challenges, Mindy is the true epitome of a hero! Her book delves deep into the human spirit and how we all have more fight in us than we believe! A remarkable and truly epic dialogue transpires that should leave you thinking about how powerful we truly can be with the right mindset. Enjoy this memorable conversation with the lovely Mindy Dougherty! Go to her website at: https://www.feedmycity.net/
01:21:33
May 09, 2021
52. Around The Reel - Finding Solace Within Yourself! with Ralph Reign!
52. Around The Reel - Finding Solace Within Yourself! with Ralph Reign!
Today we welcome Ralph Reign to our show! Ralph is a DJ, Musician, Rapper, Writer and Artist with a unique and intellectual philosophy on life, art and the world. Join as we dive deep into the world of music and what it means to Ralph as a human and ultimately a soul. Our art comes from somewhere; no matter what type of creative you are ask yourself the question have you ever really taken the time to piece together where that talent comes from? From his childhood to his current life as a new father, Ralph is truly an inspirational and enlightening artist that has found his reasoning behind why the music he performs is not only to entertain but to also send a message to each of us about the human spirit. Take the time to listen to this episode! There is something here for everyone! Ladies and Gentleman, enjoy our conversation with Mr. Ralph Reign!  https://ralphreign.com/
01:16:49
May 02, 2021
51. There is no Black or White only Grey! with Collin Fischer
51. There is no Black or White only Grey! with Collin Fischer
Today we get the pleasure to chat with actor and writer Collin Fischer! Collin is a talented artist that has jumped into the industry full steam! From his short films "Brotherhood" & "Hear me, See me" Collin's talent shines! We discuss his background, the ideas behind his short films and why he is motivated to make a career in this industry! We also dive into multiple topics which include, voice acting, working with a sphere, cancel culture and his entrepreneur philosophy! He also shares his beliefs and how he's learned that things aren't always black and white. Grey is a huge part of our society and sometimes things aren't easy to wrap your head around. Fascinating & fun conversation with a talented and awesome guy! Aaron deals with his 2nd dose of the Moderna Vaccine, Chuck shares his Producer insight and Sam hosts a game of "Would You Rather"! Enjoy!
01:16:15
April 25, 2021
50. Around The Reel - 50th Episode! with Samantha Hanna, Charles Lawson & Aaron Carlson
50. Around The Reel - 50th Episode! with Samantha Hanna, Charles Lawson & Aaron Carlson
Our first milestone! Episode #50! Today we celebrate our run on Around The Reel! Content is a sensitive subject these days. With everything going on in the world creatives have a decision to make. Do they stick to the art that is an extension of who they are or do they succumb to the pressures of this new world we live in? As a team, we discuss things that have come to our attention as artists and also; we dive into deep topics about culture, race, choices and what context really means. Our show is never scripted and today is no exception. So celebrate with us as we let it all flow freely across the table! We thank you all, listeners and guests, for supporting this show, CCC Entertainment Group and each of us individually. We've got a lot more coming! Enjoy!
01:13:42
April 18, 2021
49. You're Never Too Young To Master Your Craft! with Brian Bowles
49. You're Never Too Young To Master Your Craft! with Brian Bowles
Today we have the pleasure to talk with actor/director Brian Bowles! Brian is a young filmmaker who has created a visionary tale within the Batman Universe! His fan films are extraordinary! From the "Death of Robin" to his new film "Barbara" Brian shares a ton of awesome insight on his creation. We dive into how fan films work and what it was like as an actor creating his version of the "Joker". Brian shares how his attention to detail is pivotal to his craft, how he created the universe within his films and why it is so important to pay tribute to the characters that he's showcasing! Another topic we touch on is "Crowd Funding". Filmmakers need budgets in order to create the best film possible! Crowd funding is a way for filmmakers to have "Fans" contribute funds to a project and also be a part of the film. From leading a production, working with a talented crew and being a jack of all trades, Brian is that guy that gets it done!  Sit back and enjoy our discussion with Mr. Brian Bowles! Crowd Funding Campaign for "Barbara" https://igg.me/at/barbarafanfilm/x/24162600#/ Instagram https://www.instagram.com/p/CNUyb_cjy3G/...
01:13:59
April 11, 2021
48. Around The Reel - We Speak Through Music! with Anthony Espina
48. Around The Reel - We Speak Through Music! with Anthony Espina
Today on our show we hang out with composer Anthony Espina! Anthony has created scores for over 40 films including Swiped, Shadow Fighter and many more! We touch a little on what inspired him to get into film composing, what music means to a story and how tightly nit composers are as a family! We also dive into artists attacking other artists online and how that can affect not only the target of the abuse but also; what it can do to a community as a whole.  As creatives, we all strive to learn, grow and share our work with the world. It's a common factor we all have. Respecting your colleagues is key to us all being successful at what we do. Our discussion on this topic resonates to all artists so make sure to not miss this inspirational, motivational and very fun conversation with my man Anthony Espina! Enjoy! https://www.anthonyespina.com/ https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUr5Yojxj0K20dBIdc5CXlA
01:28:19
April 04, 2021
47. Around The Reel - "Against All Odds!" with Raymond Power
47. Around The Reel - "Against All Odds!" with Raymond Power
Today actor Raymond Power joins us for an epic, inspirational and fun conversation about filmmaking, acting and beating the odds! Growing up in a tough neighborhood, Raymond has been through the most! Challenges create who we are and Raymond is proof that no matter what cards you're dealt you can play the game and win! From his difficult home life as a kid, gangs, addiction, prison and even his confrontation with death, Raymond is proof that anyone can rise to the top! We dive into his successful acting career, his determination to give back to the community, what motivated him to change his life and so much more! This is a truly real conversation about the human spirit and the strength people have to change their life. Sit back and get to know Mr. Raymond Power. Enjoy!
01:21:39
March 28, 2021
46. Around The Reel - Content is King! with Sean Casey
46. Around The Reel - Content is King! with Sean Casey
Today we welcome Sean Casey to our show! Sean is a scenic artist that assists production designers on sets by adding that creative touch to the production! From the tv series "Grimm" to the film "Green Room" Sean adds that special dynamic to the productions he works on. We dive deep into an awesome conversation with Sean from his painting background, what inspired his artistic hand and what it means to really "Make It" in the artistic industry! As creatives, we all have our vision! We touch on how artists can get trapped in their style, what the difference is between working for yourself vs. being a hired brush as well as Sean's new adventure in script writing. So much valuable information comes into play on this episode for writers, filmmakers, budgeting and the difference between scripts and novels. Such a great time with our new friend Sean Casey. Enjoy! https://www.imdb.com/name/nm2031122/
01:33:07
March 21, 2021
45. Around The Reel - Necessity Is The Mother Of All Inventions! with Rion Smith
45. Around The Reel - Necessity Is The Mother Of All Inventions! with Rion Smith
We welcome filmmaker Rion Smith to the studio today for an in depth fun conversation! Rion directs, writes and shoots short films for his YouTube channel "Creepy Tv"! His concept is to share with filmmakers and allow them a platform to share their work and also his own! We discuss where the concept originated from, his love of horror movies and much more! He is also a practical FX artists and creates a multitude of monster designs for his films that are amazing! We dive into where he starts when designing his creature effects, how he does it and what the difference is between "Practical" and "Visual" effects in general. Rion also shares his expertise in drone work, his experiences as a certified diver and what it's like filming underwater! Aaron tackles what it's like to be a dreamer, Sam discusses her realist mentality and Chuck invites Rion to join our team at CCC Entertainment Group! A truly epic conversation! Enjoy! https://www.imdb.com/name/nm7163251/ https://www.youtube.com/c/CreepyTVChannel/videos https://www.instagram.com/creepy_tv_channel/
01:31:29
March 14, 2021
44. Around The Reel - Because I Want To And Because I Can! with George Elias
44. Around The Reel - Because I Want To And Because I Can! with George Elias
Today filmmaker George Elias joins us in an epic conversation about his career in film and what inspires him to create unique and artistic shorts! We dive into multiple topics about filmmaking, getting yourself out there, not letting the lack of gear stop you, dealing with critics and most importantly, how to deal with fear and how to overcome it! There's a lot of passion in creative people and sometimes, that passion can make them sensitive in an insensitive world. Aaron shares his philosophy on why believing in yourself is important, Chuck dives into how pushing yourself out of your comfort zone can help your growth and Samantha has an miracle breakthrough with her challenges dealing with fear. A truly memorable conversation with an amazing artist! Enjoy our discussion with George Elias!
01:27:42
March 07, 2021
43. Around The Reel - Queen of All Trades! with Angie Faro
43. Around The Reel - Queen of All Trades! with Angie Faro
Today the multi-talented Angie Faro joins us in the studio! Angie is an actor, model, director and writer here in the Pacific Northwest! During our fun conversation she shares her love for acting, the steps she took to produce & direct her upcoming projects like "Park Dead" and "Althea", what it was like working on-set during the pandemic and we also dive into the ins & outs of writing! Angie has her hands in many buckets on set as do many other filmmakers out there. Being an indie creator, you have to know a little about everything! We discuss that philosophy and what it takes to tap into the mindset of a creator! Chuck gets a little creepy but not too bad, Aaron get's upset at the Urban Dictionary Game & Sam gives Aaron the best compliment he's ever had. Enjoy the time with Angie Faro! https://www.imdb.com/name/nm6087114/
01:18:49
February 28, 2021
42. Around The Reel - Acceptance Is The Key To Success! with Steve Edmiston
42. Around The Reel - Acceptance Is The Key To Success! with Steve Edmiston
Today we have the pleasure to speak with Filmmaker, Writer & Entertainment Attorney Steve Edmiston! Steve sits down with us and shares his personal and heroic story in dealing with his cancer battle and what it takes to beat the odds! We go deep into the thought process of success, being positive and finding the strength to overcome any challenge that comes your way. We also dive into Steve's career as a writer, his experiences with studios and why he got into entertainment law. Also, we touch on litigation, intellectual property, copyright infringement and how difficult it is to protect yourself in the industry. A ton of coincidental experiences arise as we share personal moments and learn how small this world can really be. Aaron reveals an incident that happened to him with a Hollywood Blockbuster and Chuck also shares a connection with our guest that is even more insane! Don't miss this inspiring and epic conversation with Steve! Enjoy!
01:32:51
February 25, 2021
41. Around The Reel - Everybody is nobody to somebody! with Kate Pennington
41. Around The Reel - Everybody is nobody to somebody! with Kate Pennington
Talented actress and singer Kate Pennington joins us on our show today! Kate chats with us about her acting and her short films "Two Faced" and "The Breakup Bar" as well as her singing career! With singles like "Meet Me in Los Angeles" & "Escape Routes" Kate shows off her vocal chops as well as her music video vision! We also dive into deep conversations about being an artist during the pandemic, being a Christian in todays world, why we label each other and also what it takes to believe in yourself as a creative personality! Awesome time getting to know Kate and the talent she has to share with the world! Enjoy! https://www.imdb.com/name/nm8462919/ https://open.spotify.com/artist/2QQ9d1dftR16PgaRKIVZvu?si=hycQvx3lTo2omPF5Sj_U7g
01:36:08
February 14, 2021
40. Around The Reel - As the Earth Turns! with Ed Hartman
40. Around The Reel - As the Earth Turns! with Ed Hartman
Today we had the pleasure to chat with musician/composer Ed Hartman. Ed is a talented composer and musician that not only has scored major  feature films but is also a teacher and now a producer! The new film he's worked on is called "As The Earth Turns"; a silent sci-fi film by Richard Lyford. This film was actually shot in 1938 on 16mm film with no money! Ed has taken the reigns to produce and score the film and discusses the filmmaker, his life and what the film has inspired Ed to do as an artist. We also dive into film festivals, distribution, the magic of music and where his inspiration comes from. A fascinating conversation with a very magical guy! Don't miss this episode! Enjoy! https://www.edhartmanmusic.com/ https://open.spotify.com/artist/40J1bqmRSss2ec3E0uuNgz?si=ic42Yfi_QheefobcF0VeFg https://tubitv.com/movies/546446/as-the-earth-turns?utm_source=google-feed&tracking=google-feed https://youtu.be/4lt23K-SZRg
01:22:04
February 09, 2021
39. Around The Reel - Art is your outlet! with Amrik Pabla
39. Around The Reel - Art is your outlet! with Amrik Pabla
Filmmaker Amrik Pabla joins us in a fun and emotional conversation on our show! Amrik came to America when he was 7 years old and has been pulled to be a filmmaker since that age. We learn about the challenges he faced as he adapted to a new culture, dealing with discrimination and how he managed to use his filmmaking as an outlet for the emotions he felt! Amrik is also a graduate from the Art Institute of Seattle so we dive into to what it was like as a student! He also shares with us his upcoming projects, his current work and what his goals are to create a new filmmaking network here in the Pacific Northwest. Enjoy!
01:15:14
February 06, 2021
38. Around The Reel - Joining Together! with Rob Weaver
38. Around The Reel - Joining Together! with Rob Weaver
Filmmaker Rob Weaver joins us in a electrified, energetic and fun conversation about filmmaking, joining together and believing in your dream! Rob is the writer/director of the short film "Mastifinol"! Rob talks about his inspiration for the film, the challenges he's had due to the pandemic, what it's like on his sets, the time it takes to complete a project and his challenges in figuring out vfx! We also dig deep into the mindset of a filmmaker and how it takes a team to deliver the goods on set! Joining Together is the motto of CCC Entertainment Group and Rob is right with us. His goals to pursue bonding with other filmmakers, growing a coalition and expanding his outreach is one of many attributes that makes Rob a highlight to get to know! Sam delivers on an epic "Urban Dictionary Game", Chuck spits logic on perfectionism and Aaron still believes an audience doesn't lack an attention span. Enjoy!
01:17:11
February 02, 2021
37. Around The Reel - People are your inspiration for characters! with Leanne Johnson
37. Around The Reel - People are your inspiration for characters! with Leanne Johnson
Today multi-talented actress Leanne Johnson joins us in an awesome discussion about real life and the hustle it takes to be an artist! Leanne is not only an actress but she also is a musician, nutritional expert, personal trainer, martial artist and a mother! We dive into how she finds the time as a creative person to pursue her dreams and also maintain her family life. We also dig into her acting career from her work on "Chicago P.D." to indie films  like "Batman: Nightmare" to "Idle Girl". People are her inspiration and her faith drives her motivation to learn and grow not only as an actress but as a human being. Some deep topics come to light and a lot of laughs balance out this wonderfully epic conversation with an extraordinary person.  Chuck is a little creepy but not too bad, Sam & Leanne bond as mothers and Aaron gets thrown under the bus a few times. Enjoy! https://www.imdb.com/name/nm9786306/ https://www.imdb.com/title/tt13484022/ https://www.imdb.com/title/tt12374438/
01:36:30
January 24, 2021
36. Around The Reel - Push it to the limit! with Marshall Zinn & Casey Grant
36. Around The Reel - Push it to the limit! with Marshall Zinn & Casey Grant
Today on our show we welcome entertainer/strongman Marshall Zinn and director Casey Grant! This duo put together a stunning documentary called "U-105" which follows amateur strongman Marshall Zinn as he journeys to India to compete in an international strength competition. Filmed in a style that brings the viewer along for the ride, U-105 lets you experience Kolkata, India, the unique challenges of international competition, and the highs and lows that come with competing on the world stage. We also discuss their hit web series, "Boss Hoggin Road Trip" and how they came up with the idea! Tap into the mindset of Marshall and how he pushes himself to "live" and face challenges that most would back down from. An inspiring and fun conversation with both these great creators! Facing your fears is how you succeed! Enjoy! https://www.bosshogginroadtrip.com/
01:15:33
January 17, 2021
35. Around The Reel - It's never to late to act! with Carmine DePaulo
35. Around The Reel - It's never to late to act! with Carmine DePaulo
Today we welcome actor & writer Carmine DePaulo to our show! Carmine has not only acted in films but also written multiple shorts and is currently working on scripts for feature films as well. We dive into writing screenplays, the difficulties in finding someone to "read" your script and how to take advantage of the time during this pandemic. Carmine also shares with us his acting career; how he got started at the age of 50 and why he enjoys acting in front of a camera better than the stage! Join us for a great conversation with an awesome guy! Sam also discusses our new documentary, Chuck is ready to move forward on our new feature film "Say Goodbye" and Aaron explains why black people aren't all bad! Enjoy!
01:04:39
January 10, 2021
34. Around The Reel - We all have "Stars" they're just not known yet! with Javier Reyna
34. Around The Reel - We all have "Stars" they're just not known yet! with Javier Reyna
Today we welcome filmmaker Javier Reyna to our show! Javier is a filmmaker with a deep background in the industry! His new film "Regionrat" has won multiple awards at film festivals worldwide and shows off his talent for filmmaking! We dive into multiple topics from actors, story, distribution, contracts, screenings and much more! Pushing your film out to the world isn't easy! Whether you are new to this industry or a veteran filmmaker there's a lot to learn from Javier's experience! Sam challenges us to a blistering match of the "Urban Dictionary Game", Chuck shares with us things we "Don't Need To Know" and Aaron can't get a word in about Season 3 of Cobra Kai! Enjoy! gmotionpictures.com
01:35:37
January 04, 2021
33. Around The Reel - "Challenges" don't have to be "Uncomfortable"! with Otto Wilhelm Nilsson
33. Around The Reel - "Challenges" don't have to be "Uncomfortable"! with Otto Wilhelm Nilsson
Today composer Otto Wilhelm Nilsson joins us in a fun & educational discussion in which he breaks down composing music for film! Otto has worked on many projects in his career including one of our favorite indie films "Thieves". Working on low budget features, short films and many other projects, Otto explains what it's like to work with filmmakers, work on tight budgets and strict time constraints and his overall love of music! We also dive into the "Attitude" one should try to achieve when dealing with stress and we also tap into what inspires him overall. And as usual, we have fun! From the "Urban Dictionary Game" to "Die Hard" to "Quan Air" there's always something that gets us off track! Enjoy!
01:17:25
December 30, 2020
32. Around The Reel - The "Psychology" of acting! with Crystal Loverro
32. Around The Reel - The "Psychology" of acting! with Crystal Loverro
Actress and model Crystal Loverro joins us in an exciting conversation today on our show! Crystal has tapped into art across the board: From acting, producing, modeling & photography; she has done it all! She gives us a fascinating insight on how she incorporates her senses while in front of the camera. We also discuss overcoming challenges, the new film she's currently producing called "Roll It" and what her plans are to have a successful shoot during the pandemic. Sam delivers an epic run of the "Urban Dictionary Game", Chuck has a little too much to drink and Aaron shares his enthusiasm about a certain part of the male anatomy! Fun informative episode! Enjoy!  https://www.imdb.com/name/nm9990184/
01:27:21
December 26, 2020
31. Around The Reel - "Making movies that make money!" with J. Horton
31. Around The Reel - "Making movies that make money!" with J. Horton
Today filmmaker J. Horton drops some epic knowledge on us about "How he's made a career making money with his films!" Mr. Horton shares his journey from early on: From film school, to working in the industry, to starting his own lucrative business in filmmaking! We also learn his reasoning behind his successful YouTube Channel and why he decided to help filmmakers around the world. Dive in as J. shares what he believes is the "meat & potatoes" of his business and the process he takes making documentaries, feature films and his overall marketing strategy! Sam busts out the "Urban Dictionary Game" and  we all have fun playing "Movie Review Re-enactments"! Fantastic time we had talking with the great J. Horton! Enjoy! https://youtu.be/lmLn6YT-MyE https://www.imdb.com/name/nm1862032/
01:22:56
December 20, 2020
30. Around The Reel - With every problem there is a solution! with Henrique Couto
30. Around The Reel - With every problem there is a solution! with Henrique Couto
Filmmaking entrepreneur Henrique Couto graces us with an epic discussion on indie filmmaking! Henrique is not only a filmmaker with 16 feature films under his belt, but also has his own podcast, book series and makes a living creating content in the industry! We dive into his career and learn how he got started at an early age to how he "pivots" in an industry that is constantly changing! With films in the "Slasher" genre to "Westerns", Mr. Couto delivers content that not only entertains his niche audience but allows him to financially sustain himself with a successful filmmaking business. From overcoming fear to learning that there's value in fun, Henrique shows us how you can be a success with your art! Sit back and enjoy our discussion with Henrique Couto! Enjoy! Also find Henrique at his website! incrediblyhandsome.com
01:21:23
December 13, 2020
29. Around The Reel - Believe in that person that "Believes" in you! with Naomi Klockars
29. Around The Reel - Believe in that person that "Believes" in you! with Naomi Klockars
Today Naomi Klockars joins us in the studio for a fun and inspiring conversation! Naomi is a talented young actress that, from a very young age, has pushed herself into becoming a strong, well spoken young artist! She shares with us her passion for acting, how she confronts the challenges during the current year of Covid and how her mother is the anchor she uses to guide her career in the right direction. Samantha dives in deep with what it takes to build confidence in the industry as well as shares her own trials and challenges growing up without the "normal" type of guidance a young girl should have! Chuck and Aaron try to keep up in The "Urban Dictionary" Game and we all wish "Sassy Sam" a happy birthday! Super fun time with the talented Naomi Klockars! Check it out and enjoy!
01:08:38
December 07, 2020
28. Around The Reel - Indie filmmaking is a "Festival" of fun! with Kit Wilson
28. Around The Reel - Indie filmmaking is a "Festival" of fun! with Kit Wilson
Filmmaker & author Kit Wilson joins us on the podcast today to discuss the art of indie filmmaking and the creative process as a whole. Kit has accomplished a lot in his artistic journey; from best selling novels, his career in advertising & filmmaking Kit drops a ton of valuable information about his craft, his techniques and why he chooses the film festival circuit for his releases! He also details his character development process and why he chooses female characters as the center point for most of his stories! A fascinating and extremely fun conversation with a very talented artist from the Pacific Northwest! Check it out and enjoy our discussion with Kit Wilson!
01:12:10
December 02, 2020
27. Around The Reel -The "History" of art! with Brad Holden
27. Around The Reel -The "History" of art! with Brad Holden
Today Brad Holden joins us on Around The Reel to discuss his new book, "Seattle Prohibition: Bootleggers, Rumrunners & Graft In The Queen City"! Brad is a local historian, collector and self-proclaimed urban archaeologist, in which he searches for historical artifacts at estate sales and flea markets and in dusty old attics! We talk about how he got the idea for his new book, what inspired him to write it & we dive into the business side of getting a book published and what he learned in the process! We had an epic conversation from nostalgia to how the 90's was the cornerstone for today's creativity! Join us and learn a little about Seattle and what it takes to be a successful author in the business! Enjoy!  
01:14:14
November 28, 2020
26. Around The Reel - The "Joy" of acting with Joyce Curtis!
26. Around The Reel - The "Joy" of acting with Joyce Curtis!
Today Joy Curtis joins us in an adventurous conversation detailing the career she's had as an actress for over 30 years! Joy shares with us how she got started as a dancer, a stage actress and how she escalated into the film industry! Listen in on how she overcame multiple challenges with others in the industry, the numerous films she's been apart of from Hollywood to Indie, her experience with SAG (Screen Actors Guild) and so much more! What a delight to speak to such a beautiful, talented artist! Take a journey with us as we delve into the "actors lifestyle" and get a good sense of what it takes to be a success in the acting world! Enjoy!
01:11:26
November 25, 2020
25. Around The Reel - "You gotta find that thing!" with Alex Ferrari
25. Around The Reel - "You gotta find that thing!" with Alex Ferrari
Today Alex Ferrari joins us in a truly epic conversation that travels through the galaxy of Indie Filmmaking! The founder of Indie Film Hustle shares his insights on the industry: From predatory distributors to how he hustled his way to become a successful filmmaker, podcaster, author and business owner!  This is a must listen show! We dive head first into the depths of what it takes to be an artist & build revenue streams, how important partners are to balance out delusional thinking as well as having the "Hustle" mentality! ! Chuck is still Creepy! Sam gets her possum on the show and Aaron denies being a "Fanboy"! It's all here! Plus.. some great stories about James Cameron! Have fun and enjoy the ride with Alex Ferrari! - www.indiefilmhustle.com
01:49:07
November 21, 2020
24. Around The Reel - Don't let life stop your production!
24. Around The Reel - Don't let life stop your production!
Samantha's car was stolen! Did that stop us from recording our show! Never! Today on Around The Reel Sam, Aaron & Chuck go raw and explore topics that all of us have dealt with! Artists, filmmakers and creatives have to keep pushing through, no matter how the cards are stacked against them! From topics of acceptance, perseverance, being judgmental, narcissism, collaboration and trust, our team opens up unfiltered and real. Join us for a meeting of emotion as we share who we are, why we are who we are and what we are striving to be! You want to get to know us? Then don't miss this episode! Oh yeah, we play the Urban Dictionary Game too! Enjoy!
01:33:48
November 16, 2020
23. Around The Reel - Excitement can get you excited "Graphically"!
23. Around The Reel - Excitement can get you excited "Graphically"!
Today we welcome Graphic Designer Lisa Garrison to our show! Lisa is a graphic artist that uses her craft to help business's and artists with high quality designs! From logos to movie posters, Lisa professionally puts herself into the mindset of her client to not only learn their vision but to also use their excitement to enhance her work! This is an epic conversation that delves into the art of graphic design, how ideas are formulated, what software is used in the process and much more! We also sidetrack into some deep topics from authenticity, BLM movement, social media conflicts as well as how to overcome fear. This is an awesome show! Learn more about Lisa at her website below! Enjoy! *** hallsofdesign.com
01:44:07
November 08, 2020
22. Around The Reel - Emotion can guide your art in more ways than one!
22. Around The Reel - Emotion can guide your art in more ways than one!
Acrylic/Resin Artist Federico Portalupi hangs out with us today to talk about the absolutely amazing paintings he creates! Not only is Federico a fabulous artist but he does something unique with his work. By using the ashes of those who have passed on, Federico has been able to touch the hearts of families all over the world by creating beautiful pieces to celebrate the lives of those who have moved on. Follow his story and learn how this idea happened, what steps he's taken to keep up with the demand, how he's made this his new career and also how deeply emotional the process is. This is a powerful, emotional and amazing conversation that not only proves how important artists are but how special their work really can be. Don't miss this episode! Find all of Federico's work below! Enjoy! *** TikTok - https://vm.tiktok.com/ZMJHj9VE4/ *** Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/federicoportalupi/ *** Etsy - https://www.etsy.com/shop/ArtByFed *** Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/artbyfed
01:27:26
November 07, 2020
21. Around The Reel - Put your balls on the dashboard and go for it!
21. Around The Reel - Put your balls on the dashboard and go for it!
Josh Stifter joins us in the studio today for an epic conversation on indie filmmaking! From The Good Exorcist to Greywood's Plot, Josh has created feature films that are unique, entertaining and utilized every aspect of what low budget filmmaking stands for! He breaks down his stories and shares with us what it was like to work with Robert Rodriguez on the reality show "Rebel Without A Crew", the challenges of shooting a film under the pressures of time constraints, utilizing DIY techniques for filmmaking and his animation background as well! If you are an indie filmmaker don't miss this awesome episode of inspiration, determination and above all else... hustle! Check out Josh at his website below! Enjoy! www.joshstifter.com
01:32:16
October 31, 2020
20. Around The Reel - Being a "Rock Star" is a state of mind!
20. Around The Reel - Being a "Rock Star" is a state of mind!
Today we welcome musician Ken Jacobsen to our show! Ken shares with us his musical background as well as how he became not only a powerhouse music instructor but how he turned his passion into a full career! Join us in an epic conversation and find out how Ken turned that dream into a reality by taking on multiple revenue streams, growing a self operated business and how he believes talent is only part of the process. Ken also graces us with live music in the studio! He is a remarkable artist so kick back, relax and enjoy the mind and music of Ken Jacobsen! By the way... he's our neighbor! We are lucky!
01:23:25
October 25, 2020
19. Around The Reel - Love your team because you may not always like them!
19. Around The Reel - Love your team because you may not always like them!
Today Chuck, Sam and Aaron have an intimate conversation about how the team at CCC Entertainment Group formed! This is a raw and unfiltered talk about how we all started, projects we worked on and what drove us to continue on this journey! From Silent Shadows to The Outrider and everything in between! What did Sassy Sam think when she first met Aaron? How does Chuck handle stress? And what is wrong with Aaron? Reminisce with us as we delve deep into who we are, what we do and why we are the family we are! Quiet on the set... and Action! Enjoy!
01:18:27
October 18, 2020
18. Around The Reel - Classical music will make you smarter!
18. Around The Reel - Classical music will make you smarter!
Join us in an EPIC conversation with musician/composer Ros Gillman! Ros goes into detail about starting his career at the age of 3 years old, studying at some of the most prestigious music schools in the world, composing for film, creating music from inspiration, overcoming an injury that threatened his career and much more! This is a wide open conversation that should not only inspire you but take you on a heroes journey to find your "inner strength" and help you push through any challenge that may stand in your way! Enjoy this conversation and learn as much as you can from the talented Ros Gilman! Enjoy!
01:11:38
October 14, 2020
17. Around The Reel - Composing music is a piece of cake!
17. Around The Reel - Composing music is a piece of cake!
Today Film Composer Ben Thatcher joins us to discuss his work as an musician in the film industry, what inspires him, how he comes up with the cues for his projects and how he balances his day job with his dream! Ben also shares with us his new instrumental plugins that can assist other composers with their projects! Sam introduces a brand new game called "The Urban Dictionary", Chuck discusses our new film "Say Goodbye" and Aaron tackles character development on "The Outrider". And finally, the vote has been tallied!  Find out what the audience has "Nicknamed" Sam! Cheers Mate!
01:29:27
October 11, 2020
16. Around The Reel - Documentary Filmmaking is like "Wrestling Alligators"
16. Around The Reel - Documentary Filmmaking is like "Wrestling Alligators"
Documentary filmmaker Casey Grant joins us in our studio today to discuss his web series "Boss Hoggin Road Trip" on Seeka TV as well as what it's like putting together a documentary. Casey filmed in a different country and shares the challenges he faced to do that:  What it was like getting permission to film and his experiences with the culture while there! Aaron and Casey went to high school together, Sam's "New Name Challenge" is revealed and Chuck reminds everyone to stay hydrated. Enjoy!
01:25:48
October 04, 2020
15. Around The Reel - Keeping it clean like "Green Beans" with "Stupid Panties'!
15. Around The Reel - Keeping it clean like "Green Beans" with "Stupid Panties'!
Sam and Aaron welcome their 11 year old daughter Eva Carlson to the podcast for our very first "Family Friendly" show... we hope! Eva is a gifted sketch artist and painter. We discuss why Eva followed an artistic path, how critical she is about her projects, how TikTok can be a creative tool and her desire to balance school, athletics and her artform! Sam delves into her parenting philosophy, Aaron shares a heroic moment and Uncle Chuck hosts a new game show called "Mommy & Daddy"! Enjoy!
58:02
September 27, 2020
14. Around The Reel - Honor among "Thieves" who steal shots!
14. Around The Reel - Honor among "Thieves" who steal shots!
Today we welcome writer/director Bryan C. Winn to our show! Bryan breaks down his filmmaking background and his brand new feature film "Thieves". We discuss how indie filmmakers steal shots, how permits don't stop you if you hustle, distribution and what inspired him to make his epic heist film. We also dive into 80's nostalgia. From Miami Vice to the new series Cobra Kai! A great conversation that takes you down memory lane as well as an informative dive into the heart of indie filmmaking! Enjoy! 
01:25:04
September 26, 2020
13. Around The Reel - Having an "Eagle Eye" for Visual FX
13. Around The Reel - Having an "Eagle Eye" for Visual FX
Today we welcome filmmaker Antoine M. Dillard to our show! Antoine discusses the art of indie filmmaking, how he learned visual FX for his films, location scouting, distribution and how film festival accolades can help boost your filmmaking integrity. Samantha needs a "Nickname", Chuck introduces "Creepy Time" and Aaron... is Aaron.... Enjoy!
01:24:02
September 20, 2020
12. Around The Reel - Electrifying Art
12. Around The Reel - Electrifying Art
Artist John Nelson joins us today to tell us about his Electric Art projects around the Pacific Northwest. Using his background as an electrician, John builds inspirational art pieces to share with the community around the Seattle area! We find out what inspired him to create these pieces of art, how they were physically created and also, the work it takes to get his vision out to the public! Sam shares her poetry on "Poetry time with Sam" and Aaron brings back the game show " The Last Big 3" Enjoy!
01:32:54
September 13, 2020
11. Around The Reel - Never "Runaway" from your dream!
11. Around The Reel - Never "Runaway" from your dream!
Actor, writer and director Ralph Smith joins us in the studio today to discuss the art of indie filmmaking, the importance of a solid cast & crew, what inspired him to make his first feature Runaway and his plans for distribution. Ralph also delves into the story behind his film and why it means so much to him. Chuck and Samantha continue to defy Cobra Kai and Aaron introduces a brand new game show called "The Last Big 3" Enjoy!
01:24:52
September 03, 2020
10. Around The Reel - Deliberate Practice & Flow
10. Around The Reel - Deliberate Practice & Flow
Today we welcome the talented composer Grace Wallis to our show! Grace tells us what it's like creating music for film, her deliberate practice routine for her YouTube channel and some of the local talent she has been able to collaborate with in the filmmaking industry. Chuck delves into our big plans to build CCC Entertainment Group, Samantha claims Grace as one of her people and Aaron defines what "No Joke" really means. Enjoy!
01:18:24
August 29, 2020
9. Around The Reel - The pen is mightier than the sword!
9. Around The Reel - The pen is mightier than the sword!
Author Mark Miller joins us today discussing his experience as a published novelist and writer! We also dig into his past as a federal officer for the US Government, his experience at Area 51 and how he finds his inspiration! Samantha finally tells the story about how she loves her possum more than life itself and Aaron makes sure Chuck and Mark understand how he's white... but just happens to be black! Enjoy!
01:43:42
August 23, 2020
7. Around The Reel - Staying balanced in an unbalanced world
7. Around The Reel - Staying balanced in an unbalanced world
Actor and musician Carson Stowell joins us to discuss his career as an artist and how important family is in our growth. We also discuss video games, movies, auditions as well as finding a way to stay busy during Covid 19. Aaron and Sam rap, Chuck talks about the days as a cowboy and what is the duality of man? Fun episode! Enjoy!
01:33:06
August 13, 2020
6. Around The Reel - Pandemic productivity is easier than you think!
6. Around The Reel - Pandemic productivity is easier than you think!
Today on our show we discuss things you can do during the pandemic to better your craft as an artist! We also find out what Samantha's favorite movie is and what she HATES about it, Chuck defends Walt Disney and Aaron tells a story about how one of his early novels MAY have been infringed upon. Jinger Bailey also joins us in the studio as a surprise guest! Enjoy!
01:04:43
August 09, 2020
5. Around The Reel - Developing characters in a world full of characters!
5. Around The Reel - Developing characters in a world full of characters!
Today our special guest Jinger Bailey joins us in discussing how to develop characters in your writing. We also dive into flushing out characters as an actor as well as tapping into pop culture to try and find out what qualities make up a true hero. Other topics include: what's it like growing up black in white neighborhoods, how much our past dictates our views as adults and how Aaron believes he and Indiana Jones have a lot in common. Fun episode! Enjoy!
01:30:00
August 02, 2020
4. Around The Reel - Start your business before the aliens come!
4. Around The Reel - Start your business before the aliens come!
Today we discuss how to start your own filmmaking business as well as topics that include customer service, dealing with rude people, aliens, religious comebacks, bullies and how to take on Donald Trump!  Sit back, relax and enjoy another crazy conversation from Around The Reel!
01:17:01
July 26, 2020
3. Around The Reel - Don't judge a book by its cover!
3. Around The Reel - Don't judge a book by its cover!
Samantha Hanna joins us discussing the importance of cover art, pulling an audience toward your project and how consumers are influenced. Also, Aaron has a theory about how a John Carpenter film may have something to do with why society is so easily persuaded into consumerism. Enjoy the conversation!
01:07:06
July 18, 2020
2. Around The Reel - Don't lose sleep over Micro Budget Filmmaking
2. Around The Reel - Don't lose sleep over Micro Budget Filmmaking
Today we discuss how we made our film The Outrider on a low budget! We also touch on marketing tips, location scouting and distribution for your film.  And... we dive deep into the manhole of no sleep, snoring and a bunch of other vile disgusting stuff! Enjoy!
55:45
July 12, 2020
1. Around The Reel - Thinking Outside The Box
1. Around The Reel - Thinking Outside The Box
Welcome to Around the Reel! Today we discuss thinking outside the box, social media, being a creative and much more!
56:18
July 08, 2020