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Filmmaking (Actually)

Filmmaking (Actually)

By Koura Linda
On the Filmmaking (Actually) podcast, award-winning indie filmmaker Koura Linda talks all things indie film, from project development through navigating the festival circuit!

With over 10 projects under her belt in the last 3 years that have screened around the world at over 40 film festivals, Koura gives the nitty-gritty on what it takes to make a film.

From finding (or writing) a good story, to casting and auditioning, getting funding, planning for post production, utilizing festivals to grow your network, and everything in between including travel tips and any other random related topic.
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Ep. 18 - An (Actual) Update From Space Dream Productions!
Join Koura (and Spacey and Bryan!) as she offers a podcast update. Enjoy!
03:55
September 21, 2020
Ep. 17 - What Do You Need to Know About Sound in Film, Actually?? With Mac Smith of Skywalker Sound
Join Koura on Episode 17 of Filmmaking (Actually) as she learns and discusses sound in film with Mac Smith, Sound Designer and Supervising Sound Editor at Skywalker Sound, the sound effects, sound editing, sound design, sound mixing and music recording division of Lucasfilm Ltd.. Mac has been working on films since 1999, and has worked on such films as Cast Away, Toy Story 3, Tron: Legacy, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Little Evil, Transpecos, and one of Koura's favorite films, Columbus. What's the difference between sound design and foley? What's the best way to work with a sound team? Should sound be an important part of your film's pre-production, even during the writing stage? Where does the score come into play? Listen to this to find out, and you know, you might learn something (actually) - ta-da! If you want to ask a question or just want to say hello, write to filmmakingactually@gmail.com! And check out spacedreamfilms.com for the latest projects that Koura is working on.
57:59
June 30, 2020
Ep. 16 - What Do You Need to Know About Casting, Actually??
Join Koura on Episode 16 of Filmmaking (Actually) to learn about...casting! Defined as the assigning of parts in a play, film, or other production, specifically to actors, casting is one of the most important parts of filmmaking. Any discussion about casting calls and auditions must give equal attention to actors who want to fit the part and the filmmakers who need to find just the right actor for a given role. Listen as Koura explains her experiences on both sides of the casting table, from learning how to take and receive notes, what it means to be the character, fitting the look of the project versus typecasting, and more. And you know, you might learn something (actually) - ta-da! If you want to ask a question or just want to say hello, write to filmmakingactually@gmail.com! And check out spacedreamfilms.com for the latest projects that Koura is working on.
37:41
June 30, 2020
Ep. 15 - What Should You Know About Networking, Actually??
Join Koura on Episode 15 of Filmmaking (Actually) to learn about...networking! Defined as a group or system of interconnected people or things, a network is not just about computers when it comes to your work as a filmmaker. It's been said that it's not about what you know, but who you know! Listen as Koura explains what it means to truly collaborate with other artists so that all can work together toward mutual ends, instead of just seeking to better yourself at the expense of others. And you know, you might learn something (actually) - ta-da! If you want to ask a question or just want to say hello, write to filmmakingactually@gmail.com! And check out spacedreamfilms.com for the latest projects that Koura is working on.
17:07
June 30, 2020
Ep. 14 - What Does Business Have to Do with Filmmaking (Actually)??
Join Koura on Episode 14 of Filmmaking (Actually) to learn about...business! Defined as the practice of making one's living by engaging in trade, commerce and dealings, it's important know how to run a business in order to sustain yourself, whether that business is filmmaking itself, or what you do in order to make films! Listen as Koura explains how she runs her Etsy shop with her business partner Callie and husband Spacey, and apply the lessons that she has learned to your process as a creative. And you know, you might (actually) learn something! If you want to ask a question or just want to say hello, write to filmmakingactually@gmail.com! And check out spacedreamfilms.com for the latest projects that Koura is working on.
26:19
June 22, 2020
Ep. 13 - What More Should You (Actually) Know About the 48 Hour Film Project?? (The Safer at Home Edition)
Join Koura in this follow-up episode about what MORE you should know about that wild and sleepless weekend in which you and a team make a movie - write, shoot  and edit it - in just 48 hours!! COVID Quarantine Blues got you down? Going a little stir crazy while  stuck at home? Why not channel that excess energy into a creative  endeavor...like making a short film? No matter your level of experience, it's  good to know a few MORE things before you are assigned your genre, character,  prop, and line of dialogue...so listen now! If you want to ask a question or just want to say hello, write to filmmakingactually@gmail.com! And check out spacedreamfilms.com for the latest projects that Koura is working on.
26:22
June 1, 2020
Ep. 12 - What Should You (Actually) Know About the 48 Hour Film Project??
Join Koura as she discusses what you should know about that wild and sleepless weekend in which you and a team make a movie - write, shoot and edit it - in just 48 hours!! The 48 Hour Film Project is fun for amateurs and pros alike, but no matter your level of experience, it's good to know a few things before you are assigned your genre, character, prop, and line of dialogue...so listen now! If you want to ask a question or just want to say hello, write to filmmakingactually@gmail.com! And check out spacedreamfilms.com for the latest projects that Koura is working on.
36:19
March 16, 2020
Ep. 11 - What Should You Know About Contracts, Actually??
While this is not legal advice from a lawyer, join Koura Linda as she discusses a side of the filmmaking world that should be talked about - the legal side! Don't let yourself get screwed over by bad contracts by educating yourself. What should you know about contracts and loopholes and contradictions and legalese and so on and so forth? Listen and learn, and know your rights. And then ask an actual lawyer. If you want to ask a question, write to filmmakingactually@gmail.com! And check out https://www.spacedreamfilms.com/ for the latest projects that Koura is working on.
21:52
March 3, 2020
PSA: Buzzed Driving
A very special PSA from Filmmaking (Actually).
01:07
January 18, 2020
Ep. 10 - How Do You Fest at Sundance, Actually??
Join Koura on the tenth episode of Filmmaking (Actually) as she discusses what she calls the "most wonderful time of the year" - not Christmas, not Hanukkah, not Festivus, but the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah! As she is gearing up for her seventh year of Sundancing, you may be doing much the same. Learn from her perspective and, as Eleanor Roosevelt once said, "reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience." Also, stay hydrated and put on a sweater, you're making me freeze. (Eleanor Roosevelt didn't say that.) If you have a question or comment, drop us a line at filmmakingactually at gmail dot com!
27:35
January 18, 2020
Ep. 9 - What Do You Need to Know About Film Distribution, Actually?? With Erik Lundmark (Part 2)
Join Koura Linda in part two of a two-part series as she discusses film distribution with Erik Lundmark, CEO of Leomark Studios, a film production, post-production, and distribution company with more than 50 film titles in its catalog. Film distribution is changing day by day, and while there’s no one model for the trajectory of a feature film’s release, this conversation highlights some of the basics for filmmakers  and film enthusiasts alike to learn about. For more on Leomark Studios, check them out on Twitter @LeomarkStudios and Facebook https://www.facebook.com/LeomarkStudios/ and Instagram @LeomarkStudios
27:25
January 12, 2020
Ep. 8 - What Do You Need to Know About Film Distribution, Actually?? With Erik Lundmark (Part 1)
Join Koura Linda in part one of a two-part series as she discusses film distribution with Erik Lundmark, CEO of Leomark Studios, a film production, post-production, and distribution company with more than 50 film titles in its catalog. Film distribution is changing day by day, and while there’s no one model for the trajectory of a feature film’s release, this conversation highlights some of the basics for filmmakers and film enthusiasts alike to learn about. For more on Leomark Studios, check them out on Twitter @LeomarkStudios and Facebook https://www.facebook.com/LeomarkStudios/ and Instagram @LeomarkStudios
29:54
January 6, 2020
Ep. 7 - How Do You Actually Not Freeze at Sundance??
Join Koura on Episode 7 of Filmmaking (Actually) to learn about a timely topic for those of you who are headed to the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. Located at over 10,000 feet above sea level, the winter weather during Sundance can get very cold very quickly! So grab your headphones along with your earmuffs, scarf, windbreaker, and waterproof boots: it's going to get hot in here if you know what to wear!
10:41
December 21, 2019
Ep. 6 - How Do You Documentary?? With Ansley Sawyer (Part 2)
Join Koura Linda in part two of a two-part series as she discusses the ins and outs and ups and downs of making documentary films with award-winning producer and director Ansley Sawyer! Along with director Brandon Li, their films Hong Kong Strong and Nomads of Mongolia were featured as part of the National Geographic Short Film Showcase. And Ansley's directorial debut, Like We Don't Exist, focuses on a refugee community along the Thai-Burmese border, and the uncertain future they face amid the longest ongoing civil war in the world. Want to learn from the perspective of a seasoned documentary filmmaker the way to approach making docs, whether locally or globally? Then listen to this!
39:44
November 26, 2019
Ep. 5 - How Do You Documentary?? With Ansley Sawyer (Part 1)
Join Koura Linda in part one of a two-part series as she discusses the ins and outs and ups and downs of making documentary films with award-winning producer and director Ansley Sawyer! Along with director Brandon Li, their films Hong Kong Strong and  Nomads of Mongolia were featured as part of the National Geographic  Short Film Showcase. And Ansley's directorial debut, Like We Don't Exist, focuses on a refugee community along  the Thai-Burmese border, and the uncertain future they face amid the longest ongoing civil war in the world. Want to learn from the perspective of a seasoned documentary filmmaker the way to approach making docs, whether locally or globally? Then listen to this!
32:39
November 26, 2019
Ep. 4 - What Belongs on the Page??
Join Koura on Episode 4 of Filmmaking (Actually) as she answers her first listener e-mail - from none other than her Mom! What belongs on the page when a writer is crafting a screenplay? How much room for collaboration should be given to directors, producers, actors, etc.? Listen as Ms. Linda answers the question on the airwaves of the world wide interwebs. 
12:33
October 28, 2019
Ep. 3 - What's Important About Scriptwriting, Actually??
Join Koura on Filmmaking Actually in episode three: Revenge of the Script! How do you go about writing in the first place? How do you avoid and overcome writer's block? How do you avoid writing the same old clichés, tropes and stereotypes so common in screenplays of today? How do you ensure that your stories and characters have real depth? And how do you know your script is ready for production? All of these questions will be discussed, considered, confabulated, sifted, jawed, hashed over and dissertated by Ms. Linda! 
18:00
October 22, 2019
Ep. 2 - What is Intentional Filmmaking??
Join Koura on Episode 2 of Filmmaking (Actually) to dig into what she calls 'intentional filmmaking.' Based on your resources and what you want to do with your film, be it a short or feature-length, there are a jillion ways to approach the process. Once you decide what you want to make, whether you simply want to gain experience or show off what you can already do, you'll learn in no time that there's no time like the present to get started!
21:10
October 14, 2019
Ep. 1 - How Do You Make a Movie??
Join Koura on the first episode of Filmmaking (Actually) as she details the steps she takes when making movies - and you can, too! While everyone can have their own process, every film project goes through these steps, be it intentionally and smoothly, or by sheer painful necessity of what it takes to get it done.
37:29
October 7, 2019
Ep. 0 - Welcome to the Filmmaking (Actually) Podcast!
Join award-winning filmmaker Koura Linda as she welcomes you to the Filmmaking (Actually) podcast - yay! Who is she? How is she? When is she? Koura answers those questions and more for those who want to start learning the ins and outs of independent movie-making from a unique perspective. 
08:44
September 30, 2019