The Indy Mogul Podcast

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The Indy Mogul Podcast brings you honest, thoughtful discussions with expert filmmakers every week. Hosted by indie filmmaker and Aputure's Ted Sim

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Ep. 27 : The G&E Department with Martin Torner

Directors and actors aren't the only people needed to make a movie. You have the unsung heroes of the grip and electric department, whose job it is to set up complicated lighting schemes and heavy rigs. It's often a thankless job that requires being on set for long days without very much idle time. That's why we have Martin Torner, union grip for movies such as Iron Man 2 and Thor, to illuminate this side of the industry with on-set horror stories and what is required to get into gripping. 


On this episode, Ted and Martin talk about gripping on Hollywood sets and what you need to know to start working in G&E. 

Oct 08, 2019
Ep. 26 : The Problem with RGB Lights with Tim Kang

You may notice LED lights popping up on your film sets more and more often as RGB lights are becoming a normal lighting staple. With so many options out there, it's hard to differentiate the look and color accuracy between them. Companies like to use a measurement called CRI (Color Rendering Index) and TLCI to measure how accurate the color is to everyday daylight, but what if we told you that it's actually an indicator of how bad an RGB light is? There is so much we don't understand about RGB lights yet, so we invited Tim Kang, color scientist at Quasar lighting, to talk to us about the fundamentals of color science and what the problems are about RGB lighting today. 

In this episode, we talk about the way we perceive color, color science, and how we should measure color accuracy.

Oct 01, 2019
Ep. 25 : Shooting on Second Unit with Jaron Presant, ASC

Second Unit - they're the unsung heroes who shoot the extras, inserts, and secondary inserts for a film or TV show. They're the ones who provide the editors with stuff to cut to. They're the ones that have to use their creativity to blend their visual style to the vision of the cinematography. Jaron Presant, ASC cinematographer who has shot second unit on Star Wars: The Last Jedi and Looper, tells us what goes on in his mind when he's shooting alongside Steve Yedlin, director of photography for those movies, and what it's like to be on second unit.

In this episode we talk about Jaron's early beginnings in cinematography, his crazy obsession with VFX and lighting, and what it's like to shoot on second unit.  

Sep 27, 2019
Ep. 24 : The Music of Film Editing with John Ottman

Everyone knows that music is important in a film, but just exactly how does it influence the way the film is edited? There are not many people that can say they have edited and composed a big Hollywood film besides Oscar-winning editor John Ottman, who has edited and composed for films such as X-Men: Days of Future Past, Superman Returns, and most notably, Bohemian Rhapsody. John talks to us about his start in filmmaking, how to navigate the studio environment, and what every editor should know.


In this episode, we talk about tips on becoming a professional editor and break down the music and editing of Bohemian Rhapsody.

Sep 20, 2019
Ep. 23 : How to Produce Music Videos with Moses Israel

We tend to talk about music videos a lot at Indy Mogul - how to light them, how to make them for no money, etc. Today, we go over a bigger question - how do we produce them? With so many filmmakers out there wanting to shoot music videos and gain exposure for their work, the knowledge of how to conduct a set and production can get lost in translation. Not everything is just what you see in front of camera, so we sit down with seasoned music video producer, Moses Israel, to learn what first-time producers need to know before they step on set. 


On this episode, we talk about music videos, producing, and tips on how to manage a film set.

Sep 06, 2019
Ep. 22 : The Best Way to Move Your Camera with Dan Kneece

Ted sits down with Dan Kneece to learn more about why Steadicam can still be better than gimbals, what makes good steady shots cinematic, and why shot lists don't always help a movie.

Sep 02, 2019
Ep. 21 : How to Break into Hollywood with Matt Enlow and Oren Kaplan

In the film industry, there aren't a lot of sure-fire avenues towards success. Many dreamers have wondered - do you go to film school? Do you make a smash hit at Sundance? Do you find an agent right away? It's not that making Oscar-worthy feature films is inconceivable; it's that the road to it often comes across as a mystery. That's why Matt Enlow and Oren Kaplan, represented commercial and narrative directors in LA, break down the journey of numerous successful filmmakers and summarize the five different ways to "make it" as a key creative in the industry. 


On this episode, we talk about directing, filmmaking, and the many pathways toward producing a feature film or commercial hit. 

Aug 26, 2019
Ep. 20 : Cinematography Breakdown with Larry Fong, ASC

From the cinematographer that brought you 300, Super 8, and Batman v. Superman, Larry Fong sits down with us to talk about camera, lighting, and that extra bit of "secret sauce" that makes his films look unique. He tells us about his first encounters with renowned directors such as JJ Abrams, and his humble beginnings in Hollywood. 


On this episode, we talk about visual storytelling and how to communicate certain emotions and moods through Larry's past films. 

Aug 23, 2019
Ep. 19 : How To Maximize Your Rentals At Any Budget with Magnanimous Rentals

From the indie short film to the Hollywood blockbuster no one can afford to own every single piece of equipment they use. That's where rental houses come in. But with all the options out there it can be a daunting task to rent equipment, so we asked Mike Grady, the General Manager at Magnanimous Rentals, to break down several go-to rental packages at three different budget levels as well as why you would want certain gear for your type of production.


On this episode we talk to a rental professional to figure out the best way to maximize your rental package at any budget you may find yourself at.

Aug 09, 2019
Ep. 18 : How to Shoot and Sell Stock Footage with Luke Neumann

Stock footage has always been trivial in the eyes of filmmakers, mostly because nobody wants to shoot solely for stock and not much money can be made from it. But what if we told you that you can just upload the stuff that you are going to shoot for that future narrative film and make passive income on the side? Well, Luke Neumann, founder of Neumann Films and commercial cinematographer, tells us that we as filmmakers should look at stock footage differently and start making money off of the stuff that we have today.


On this episode, we learn how to successfully shoot and sell stock footage, namely lifestyle and aerial footage.



Aug 02, 2019
Ep. 17 : How to Use Water in Filmmaking with Phil Rhodes

Water - could it be the best free tool to up your filmmaking game? It's something you often don't notice in your favorite sci-fis and dramas, but you'll start to see it everywhere once you begin to notice. Water has a specular quality to it that brings out the texture of surfaces and instantly increases contrast the moment you spray it onto your setting. Of course, you can produce steam with water to add visual interest into your backgrounds as well.


On this episode, we explore with writer Phil Rhodes the ways you can use water in cinematography to make any shot look better.

Jul 05, 2019
Ep. 16 : How We Relaunched Indy Mogul with Minh Bui

A year ago, a young Ted had a dream to see one of his favorite YouTube channels come back to life again. So what does he do? He goes on a national tour with his talented editor friend, Minh Bui, to create 15 episodes from a 13-day trip to 10 cities. If that sounds near impossible to you right now, then trust us - the feeling was mutual. But thanks to their efforts to create an entertaining travel show for filmmakers, Indy Mogul is back and better than ever.

On this episode, we sit down with editor Minh Bui to get his take on the trip, and learn what he learned while shooting throughout North America nonstop.

Jun 04, 2019
Ep. 15 : How to Make Music Videos Fast with Justin Jones

Producer walks in. He has this big-name artist. They need a music video. You're the guy. He gives you $40,000. You go out and rent the Alexa Mini, 10 Skypanels, and a technocrane. Meanwhile, production gets a dance crew, picture vehicle, animal wrangler, wardrobe truck, makeup department, and large studio. All for one day of shooting. What do you do? Justin Jones, who has shot music videos for Jaden Smith, Hopsin, and Wiz Khalifa, has been in these scenarios before and assures us it's all going to be okay - if we just follow these key tips.

On this episode, Justin reveals his top music video secrets and go-to lighting setups when there's almost no time to shoot. 

May 28, 2019
Ep. 14 : Intro to DIY Filmmaking with Erik Beck

Everyone has probably made a DIY shoulder rig for their camera at one point or another. Nothing can replace the pride of using a homemade softbox that only costs $15 to make and works like the real deal. With gear being as cheap as it is nowadays, is it really necessary to make that dolly or glidecam out of PVC pipes anymore? Erik Beck, master DIY filmmaker and prop builder, tells us that it is actually easier to make DIY equipment today and how you can start now.


On this episode, we catch up with what Erik has been doing since his initial farewell from Indy Mogul and cover the basic essentials to buy for DIY filmmaking.

May 16, 2019
Ep. 13 : Mastering Run-and-Gun Cinematography with Parker Walbeck

What happens when you have an unflattering location, a very sunny day, and only 12 hours to shoot a high-budget commercial? With no time to light and a lot of producers breathing down your neck, it can be a struggle to get shots that are remotely good-looking. However, Parker Walbeck, legendary YouTube filmmaker who specializes in wedding, action, and lifestyle, tells us that if you can read your location correctly and point your camera in the right direction, you can make stunning images that will impress your high-end commercial clients. 


On this episode, we uncover Parker's humble beginnings and teach you how to shoot cinematic exteriors without any lighting gear.

Apr 30, 2019
Ep. 12 : Making Microfilms with Darious Britt

Filmmakers often forget that the key to great storytelling is to practice and keep things simple. We all want to write grandiose, blockbuster-level movies and saturate the dialogue with sophisticated poeticism, but what about the story? It could be easy to throw in fancy graphics and punchy shots in our early films, but Darious Britt, an independent filmmaker who runs the channel D4Darious, tells us that amateur filmmakers should start with making tiny, one-minute films to sharpen those storytelling muscles first before progressing to longer length and higher budget films. 

On this episode, we teach you how to effectively practice filmmaking and what to do when you're starting your filmmaking career.

Apr 23, 2019
Ep. 11 : How to Keep Making Films with Ryan Connolly

As artists and creatives, we know that filmmaking can take a toll on your physical and emotional health sometimes. We've all had to do odd jobs to fund our latest short film or make content for commercial's sake. We know your struggle, so we have educational filmmaking legend Ryan Connolly from Film Riot to talk us about how he continues to make films 10 years and 1,000 videos later.

On this episode, we encourage you to ask these big questions before you begin, or end, your filmmaking career.  

Apr 17, 2019
Ep. 10 : How to Shoot Beauty and Fashion with Philippe Maurice

The world of beauty and couture can be intimidating to step into, but our helpful guide, beauty cinematographer Philippe Maurice, gives us a glimpse into what it's like to be on a fashion shoot and what we have to think about when it comes to shooting for beauty and fashion. 

On this episode, we talk about how to make your photos stand out and how to start your career in beauty photography, even when you don't necessarily own nice gear. 

Apr 02, 2019
Ep. 9 : Capturing Action & Stunt Filmmaking with devinsupertramp

Who says action filmmaking is just for Hollywood blockbusters? The steady development of compact cameras and stabilizers are allowing low-budget filmmakers to capture action and stunts beautifully without breaking the bank.

On this episode, we cover the basics of shooting immersive action sequences with legendary YouTube filmmaker Devin Graham, the founder of the popular YouTube Channel devinsupertramp. 

Mar 26, 2019
Ep. 8 : Ultimate Guide to Film Gear with Caleb Pike

In today’s fast-growing market for video equipment, what are the absolute necessities to get started with in filmmaking? We break down the 9 things that every filmmaker should have in their toolkit with the help of Caleb Pike, the founder of the popular gear review YouTube channel DSLR Video Shooter.

Mar 19, 2019
Ep. 7 : Shooting Cinematic BROLL with Matti Haapoja

What's the secret to shooting that cinematic lifestyle BROLL that we see more and more in commercials and vlogs? Today, we sit down with travel and adventure filmmaker Matti Hapooja to get his advice!

Mar 12, 2019
Ep. 6 : Editorial Photography with Diana Levine

We sit down with Diana Levine, an editorial photographer who's taken photographs of everyone from Barack Obama, to Alicia Keys, to John Legend and more to find out. We learn about why she only uses one light for most of her lighting setups, and what she focuses on during a shoot.

Mar 05, 2019
Ep. 5 : The Future of Previz with Matt Workman of Cinematography Database

Is it possible to create an entire film world inside of a game engine? We talk to cinematographer and software developer Matt Workman of cinematography database to learn about Cine Tracer, a revolutionary previsualization and on set virtual production tool. 

Cine Tracer is available on Steam for Mac OSX and Windows. 

Feb 26, 2019
Ep. 4 : High End Product Cinematography with Kazu Okuda

What are the keys to product cinematography? This week we sat with commercial cinematographer and motion control supervisor Kazu Okuda, who has shot spots for Elle, Vogue, Express, Omega and a litany of product videos for brands like Dior, Hennessy, Chanel and Oscar de la Renta, to find out!


Feb 19, 2019
Ep. 3 : Guerilla Music Video Filmmaking with YCImaging

Is it possible to shoot a cinematic, no budget, no prep music video in only 4 hours?

To find out we sit down with Chrys from @YCImaging, a music video director who has shot hundreds of music videos before putting these tips to use and trying it for ourselves.

Feb 12, 2019
Ep. 2 : Live Projection Filmmaking with Charles Haine

How can an $80 projector upgrade your Poor Man's Process? How can filmmakers learn to use the same projection techniques that were used in First Man (2018), Gravity (2013) and Oblivion (2013)?

To find out we spoke to Charles Haine, a professor of cinematography at the Feirstein Graduate School of Cinema and a writer at NoFilmSchool.

Feb 05, 2019
Ep. 1: One Day Documentaries with Griffin Hammond

Indy Mogul is back! Today we catch up with fellow co-host Griffin Hammond about his work covering the 2016 Presidential election with Bloomberg News and the process of creating his festival darling documentary "Sriracha."

We also discuss the fundamentals of documentary filmmaking and how to film a documentary in one day. 



Jan 28, 2019