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Set Stories Podcast

Set Stories Podcast

By Houry Magarian, Charles Cartwright, and Jonathan Scott
A podcast where filmmakers get together and tell crazy stories behind the scenes. Come join us as we talk about the good, the bad, and the ugly things that happen to us on set. We're all about making positive changes in the film industry and by sharing our stories and providing solutions to problems we hope to shed some light into the dark side of set life.
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Season 4 Episode 12 Morris Jackson
Seeing Jurassic Park changed Morris' world and from that moment on he wanted to make movies. He wanted to be a part of making that magic happen. In this season finale episode we talk about his first set experience, being on an unexpected 'porn' set, directing for the first time, working on a set where you have no idea what you're doing, and the importance of learning from them all. We also talk about what it was like filming his newest short, Blood Bank that is killing it in the film festival circuit! 
January 03, 2022
Season 4 Episode 11 Joe Bandelli
Being a lover of the horror and comedy genre of films, Joe talks about what it was like making his very first feature for about $100,000 while being the writer, producer, director and an actor. He also shares a funny sound story. Just wait till you 'hear' what happened. He also has some amazing and inspirational advice to all filmmakers and storytellers. Check out his film Hell House LLC on Amazon Prime! And if you have Paramount + go watch Unknown Dimension: The Story of Paranormal Activity. 
December 25, 2021
Season 4 Episode 10 David Jimenez
Born and raised in LA, he writes, he directs, he AD's, he produces; he wears one hat different colors, as he likes to say it. Come join us on this episode as we sit and talk about film cameras and the beauty and challenges of shooting on film. David shares a story about what it was like being an AD in a working movie theater, company moves on day one of production, and working out of state. We also talk about what its like being a director and trying to find your style and proving to yourself that you can direct anything that comes your way.......but can you? 
December 20, 2021
Season 4 Episode 9 Evan Raiff
Evan sits down with us once more to talk more set stories! In his sequel episode he tells us what it really feels like to be an actor and what the auditioning process has been like during the pandemic. Charles shares a story about gun safety and the importance of weapon handling on set. (side note: we did record this episode before the tragedy of what happened on the set of Rust. And safety should always be everyone's top top top priority.) We hope you enjoy this weeks episode. Stay safe!  
December 13, 2021
Season 4 Episode 8 Katherine Dudley
Growing up in a small town near Seattle and wanting to be a part of storytelling, she moved to LA and started working as a Cinematographer, and also sometimes as a Producer. Katherine shares some of her amazing insight on how important pre-production prep is and the relationship between a DP and a Director. Check out some of her amazing work!
December 06, 2021
Season 4 Episode 7 David Bornstein
A production assistant, a sometimes editor, with an ambition to direct films David's got the Set Stories from all over! What's it like working with young actors, or being a part of a horrible production and the importance of saying no to jobs that are not worth it? Listen to find out. And he's got the best PA stories! 
November 29, 2021
Season 4 Episode 6 Amy Klewitz
An actress, a makeup artist, a television host, a producer; we can go on and on about Amy's amazing and unlimited talent. We talk make up stories, actor stories, and even a porn story! These and so much more. This episode is full of fun, funny, and funnier stories! Trust me when I say you do not want to miss out on this one. 
November 22, 2021
Season 4 Episode 5 Ronan Barbour
Actor and author of a new novel, The Pizza Deliveryman's Tale available now on Amazon, shares some of his experiences he's had on set as an actor. We talk about safety on set and the main concerns over shooting in the desert. What does it take to be a great actor? Listen to Ronan and you'll find out. Here's a link to get your hands on his new novel!
November 15, 2021
Season 4 Episode 4 Joe McGill
Starting out as a barber and getting invited to come to set to cut hair to being an amazing sound recordist on History Channel's Skinwalker Ranch, we are very delighted to have Joe on the show. He shares his amazing insight about sound revolution from analog to digital recording. He's also worked with a lot of celebrities. But apart from that Joe is such a humble and down to earth human being and you should all feel lucky to get to hear him speak about what makes him so passionate about recording sound. 
November 08, 2021
Season 4 Episode 3 Halloween Special! w/ Christian York
In this special Halloween episode writer, director, and editor extraordinaire Christian shares some of his most scary set stories. Listen to find out how it was like when he got turned away from filming in an abandoned building because a witch told him to leave. And what its like when you hire an actual crazy person to play a crazy person. Tune in to find out, if you're brave enough that is. Happy Halloween everybody!!!  
October 31, 2021
Season 4 Episode 2 Toby Kearton: The Sequel
Toby from Season 2 is back! And he's got more set stories to share along with his amazing wisdom of all that is filmmaking. Listen to see what happens when he came on a production as a covid officer but suddenly got promoted to first AD. We also share some of our favorite films to watch that have inspired us in one way or another. 
October 25, 2021
Season 4 Episode 1 Houry and Charles
Season 4 kicks off with Houry and Charles sharing their thoughts about the future of the film industry with the regards for the safety and treatment of crew members. We all deserve better! Charles also shares his own experience on how he handled a situation where the production had no crafty, at all. Things are changing, and hopefully for the better. Stay tuned for more stories and guests!  
October 18, 2021
Season 3 Episode 13 Special 4/20!
Surprise! We are potcasting this season out with this special 4/20 episode. We've got stories where Charles was on a music video with Wiz Khalifa and we've got more famous film set stories and they are even crazier than part 1. Thanks for listening! You guys have made this season so much fun! Hope you enjoyed it. See you all next time and stay safe! Make sure to follow us on set_stories_potcast. 
April 20, 2021
Season 3 Episode 12 Robin Kincade
Robin is baaaack! And this time we talk alien abductions and true crime stories. Listen to find out what its like to film a 'simple' shoot in NYC for the first time, what its like to interview people that have gone through trauma and what its like being a producer while working with the cops in Vegas. 
April 19, 2021
Season 3 Episode 11 Nia Miranda
An 'ARTivist' with a strong and beautiful voice and believing in the power of your voice in the world of art and storytelling, Nia's episode is nothing but inspiring. Growing up in Detroit she came to LA to further pursue her dream of acting. Tune in to hear stories involving being cut from films for doing the right thing, what its like to have a screening over Zoom, and how much power a film can have with its message.  
April 12, 2021
Season 3 Episode 10 Evan Raiff
Being discovered in a restaurant by one of the most coolest video game productions to be a face model for a very successful game, you are definitely gonna enjoy listening to Evan share his experiences as an actor. We play a game of 'would you rather' and talk about how its like to film with noisy neighbors, and how stunts can go horribly wrong. 
April 05, 2021
Season 3 Episode 9 Samantha Trevino
Wanting to pursue a career in acting she left everything behind in Texas to follow her dreams of being on the silver screen. Texas is far away from Hollywood but with hard work and dedication she made it and you can see her on shows and films like Insecure and Prodigal Husband. 
March 29, 2021
Season 3 Episode 8 Kyle Leone
Being the host of his own podcast The Gory Days, Kyle sure is easy to talk to. Making his way in the industry as an AD and as occasional background actor he knows how to keep his cool. Especially when its his first day on the job and you've never run a set before. Or when you're running away from an explosion all caught on camera. Trust us, you don't wanna miss this one.   
March 22, 2021
Season 3 Episode 7 Jonathan Scott
Join us this week where we have out very own Jonathan in the "hot seat"! He has been working non stop and can't wait to share some great and crazy set stories. Working on Lifetime movies, working where the food isn't all that great, and where firetrucks come in to ruin all your takes. 
March 15, 2021
Season 3 Episode 6 Kyle Hardesty
Working as part of the Grip/Electric department on several films and music videos, Kyle Hardesty moved from San Diego to Los Angeles to further pursue his dream of making movies. We talk about what it means to get the right connection in this industry and how surprising that could be by who you could get it from. We also share some movie set memes!    
March 08, 2021
Season 3 Episode 5 Famous Films and Their Set Stories
Charles and Houry sit down to talk about set stories, not from our own sets but from films that all of us have seen like The Shining, The Abyss, Waterworld, and American Graffiti. We talk about near death experiences with cast and crew members and a directors motel room being set on fire! Hope you enjoy this special episode! Follow us on social media set_stories_potcast. 
March 01, 2021
Season 3 Episode 4 Carolina Rodriguez
Making her way in the film industry as an amazing 1st AC, Carolina stops by on zoom to talk about her experiences in filming both before and during the pandemic. And how the stresses of working 18 hour days can take its toll but if you have a great support team then you know you can make it through the day. Charles also shares some of his favorite camera memes! So don't miss it. 
February 22, 2021
Season 3 Episode 3 Helena Karadimos
Born in Melbourne Australia Helena is a trailblazer in directing films and music videos. We talk about how challenging it was directing a TV series where they shot it all both in English and Spanish. She is also our very first guest to play a small trivia game in which she tries to guess the actors name from a small clip. A hard working bad ass who believes in her vision and always tries to tell a story through a unique style, Helena is an artist to look out for. 
February 15, 2021
Season 3 Episode 2 Trey LaCroix
This week's episode is dedicated to sound extraordinaire Trey LaCroix. Having been a production sound mixer on films, documentaries, and commercials he knows how important it is to capture the perfect sound on set. And most of the time that means fighting for your department. But always in a kind, respectful way. Hope you enjoy his wonderful insight and knowledge when it comes to everything sound. 
February 08, 2021
Season 3 Episode 1 Houry, Charles, and Jonathan
Season 3 kicks off with the gang back together, virtually of course. Talking about filming in bad neighborhoods, shooting without permits, and the tribulations and complications of parking. My oh my! I'm sure we can all relate to that. Hope you enjoy the first episode of season 3. Make sure you subscribe and follow us on Instagram! set_stories_potcast  
February 01, 2021
Season 2 Episode 13 Jeremy Boling
Our season finale episode includes the awesome Jeremy Boling! Growing up, he always wanted to make movies and be on film sets. And now we all get the pleasure of hearing his set experiences ranging from working as a stage hand on live shows and busting your ass all day as a PA on reality shows. But Jeremy can do it all, and he does it with confidence and an amazing work ethic. We all hope you have fun listening to his episode just as much as we did recording it. Enjoy and thanks for listening! 
August 31, 2020
Season 2 Episode 12 Melanie Ragone
Starting out working in reality TV Melanie got her experience as a PA, but soon was able to work her way up as a grip on major TV shows and films. Now, with a new book coming soon Melanie is someone to look out for. She's awesome, she's a badass professional, she's a great person, and she's on our show. So to all our listeners, you're welcome. 
August 24, 2020
Season 2 Episode 11 Alejandro Etcheagaray
What happens when you tell the director he may not be the best man for the job? And he happens to be a friend? Well, sometimes you gotta do what's right for the film that everyone is working so hard for. That's the kind of filmmaker our guest this week Alejandro is. Someone who has your back until the end and is honest with you for your benefit. He's one of the good guys and if you're one of them, then this story may hit home. 
August 17, 2020
Season 2 Episode 10 Mike Perkins
Mike Perkins. Mike Perkins. Mike Perkins. The more you say his name the better it is. Did you hear that applause? A stand up comedian and a producer of various films and shows, we are very fortunate to have the one and only, very funny, and all around good guy, gonna say it one more time, Mike Perkins! 
August 10, 2020
Season 2 Episode 9 Toby Kearton
When you hear Toby talk about filmmaking and the process, it just fills you up with so much inspiration that it makes you wanna grab your camera and tell a great story. His philosophy and artistic discipline into storytelling should be a benchmark for any up and coming or veteran filmmaker. Listen to his episode now and become better at making movies. 
August 03, 2020
Season 2 Episode 8 Rickey Bird
Being the author of the book "Cheap Movie Tricks: How to Shoot a Short Film For Under $2,000" you bet your ass our guest this week knows a trick or two in the biz. Director and jack of all trades kinda filmmaker, Rickey Bird does it ALL. And we talk about ALL of his unique experiences on set. Oh, and did we mention he has great taste and the best recommendations for B-movies and grind house films! Enjoy! 
July 27, 2020
Seaseon 2 Episode 7 Robin Kincade
With more than 30 years of producing and working behind the scenes experience under her belt, you bet Robin has some crazy stories to tell. Being a trailblazer herself and understanding that hard work can pay off we are truly honored to have someone as cool and awesome as Robin on the show. 
July 20, 2020
Season 2 Episode 6 Marq Robinson
This week the incredible Marq Robinson sits with Han Solo, Princess Leia, and Luke Skywalker to talk about a crazy desert shoot and how important it is to be resilient and to stay focused in this industry. He gives you a few pointers. Our suggestion, you take em'. 
July 13, 2020
Season 2 Episode 5 Adam Beck
An honest DP makes you a better DP. That's what we learned when we talked to our guest this week, Adam Beck. Knowing all about filmmaking while on the job, he sure knows a lot about what makes a good shot.  
July 06, 2020
Season 2 Episode 4 Stephen Ho
Sometimes set stories goes beyond the set and ends up at the hospital while watching the Super Bowl. Weird huh? Stephen is a fantastic DP and he's got one hell of a story to tell. We also talk about the importance of safety on set and how risking your life isn't worth getting a shot. 
June 29, 2020
Season 2 Episode 3 Sabrina Percario
What can I say about Sabrina Percario? She's an actress, a producer, a first AD, and has a major in bio medicine! (which comes in handy on set) You'll see how in her story. Please do yourself a favor and listen to this episode and get to know not only an amazing filmmaker, but also an amazing person. 
June 21, 2020
Season 2 Episode 2 Filmmaking in America vs. Other Countries
This week the three stooges are at it again. Tune in as we talk about how working on a set in the States differs from working in other countries/working with people from other countries. 
June 15, 2020
Season 2 Episode 1 We're Back!
The set stories gang is back together! Well, sorta. We come to you via three computer screens and the comfort of our own homes to talk to you about how this pandemic has affected the film industry. So we apologize for the crappy audio, but these are hard times and we really wanted to reach out to our audience and say that we are in this together and we can't wait to see you on set. Much love! Enjoy the episode.
June 08, 2020
Season 1 Episode 7 Suzy Balderas
Talent with a capital T can only describe makeup artist and hairstylist Suzy. Things get really hot in her story. Give it a listen and you'll understand why. 
May 15, 2020
Season 1 Episode 6 Josh Glassman
Growing up in Colorado and wanting to make films Josh Glassman moved to LA to pursue his dream. Become inspired by his story and listen to his episode.
May 15, 2020
Season 1 Episode 5 Jaime Torres
A director, a cinematographer, a gaffer and so much more. He seems to do it all. Don't miss Jaime talk about his personal experiences as a filmmaker and trying to make it in Los Angeles. 
May 15, 2020
Season 1 Episode 4 Sam Goddard
Camera operator/Assistant Sam Goddard stops by the studio to talk about his set experiences including someone drinking while on the job! Oh no! Listen to his episode to see what happens. 
May 15, 2020
Season 1 Episode 3 Kevin B. Simmons
Kevin Simmons, a Texan native got his start in filmmaking by working in rental houses. I hope you’re hungry for this episode, cause he dishes on how a hoard of homeless people wandered onto one of his sets.....ahhhh! Trust us, you wanna hear this one.
May 15, 2020
Season 1 Episode 2 Harris Smith
Our first special guest, Gaffer/Key Grip Harris Smith joins the cast and dives deep (head first) into gnarliest set injuries. 
May 15, 2020
Season 1 Episode 1 - The Beginning
PotCast Set Stories is a place where filmmakers get high and tell crazy and funny set stories. What we do behind the scenes is magic and takes certain skill, but sometimes it can be incompetence at its best. Come join our filmmaker trio Houry, Charles, and Jonathan as they talk about themselves and how they started in the film industry and what they do now in the very first episode of the series. 
May 15, 2020