June 2019 – Interview with NEW Filmmakers from around the world.

9 interviews in total conducted by Matthew Toffolo:

Interview with Filmmaker Ciaran R. Maidwell (THERE’S STILL GOOD)
https://matthewtoffolo.com/2019/06/11/interview-with-filmmaker-ciaran-r-maidwell-theres-still-good/

Interview with Filmmaker Adrian Ramirez Leon (ACCOMPLICE)
Interview with Filmmaker Adrian Ramirez Leon (ACCOMPLICE)

Interview with Filmmaker Robbie Lemieux (THE WOODS)
https://matthewtoffolo.com/2019/06/11/interview-with-filmmaker-robbie-lemieux-the-woods/

Interview with Filmmaker Jasper Bronkhorst (BLOODBURN)
https://matthewtoffolo.com/2019/06/11/interview-with-filmmaker-jasper-bronkhorst-bloodburn/

Interview with Filmmaker Rachel Econ (WIDOW)
https://matthewtoffolo.com/2019/06/11/interview-with-filmmaker-rachel-econ-widow/

Interview with Filmmaker David Bradburn (BEFORE YOU WOKE)
https://matthewtoffolo.com/2019/06/11/interview-with-screenwriter-david-bradburn-before-you-woke/

Interview with Writer/Producer Rana Sowdaey (CAUGHT IN THE SPOKES)
https://matthewtoffolo.com/2019/05/31/interview-with-writer-producer-rana-sowdaey-caught-in-the-spokes/

Interview with Filmmakers Marlon Perrier & Keisha Richards Lafleur (THE TALK)
https://matthewtoffolo.com/2019/05/31/interview-with-filmmakers-marlon-perrier-keisha-richards-lafleur-the-talk/

Interview with Filmmaker Michele Manzini (IN THE HOUSE OF MANTEGNA)
https://matthewtoffolo.com/2019/05/31/interview-with-filmmaker-michele-manzini-in-the-house-of-mantegna/

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May 2019 – Read the best of SCREENWRITER Interviews

Scroll, click, and read 18 Screenwriter interviews for May 2019 conducted by Matthew Toffolo:

Interview with Screenwriter Paul Nurkowski (CETACEANS)
Interview with Screenwriter Paul Nurkowski (CETACEANS)

Interview with Screenwriter Julia Sauder (DR. NEVES)
Interview with Screenwriter Julia Sauder (DR. NEVES)

Interview Screenwriter George M. Johnson (THE WONDER)
Interview Screenwriter George M. Johnson (THE WONDER)

Interview with Screenwriter Montgomery Burt (THE GIRL ON THE SKYTRAIN)
Interview with Screenwriter Montgomery Burt (THE GIRL ON THE SKYTRAIN)

Interview with Screenwriter Andrew Fisk (GEEKS: A LOVE STORY)
Interview with Screenwriter Andrew Fisk (GEEKS: A LOVE STORY)

Interview with Screenwriter Michael D’Ambrosio (Princess Pain)
Interview with Screenwriter Michael D’Ambrosio (Princess Pain)

Interview with Screenwriter Sean Sullivan (THE UPSIDE DOWNINGS)
Interview with Screenwriter Sean Sullivan (THE UPSIDE DOWNINGS)

Interview with Screenwriter Neal Doran (CHANGES)
Interview with Screenwriter Neal Doran (CHANGES)

Interview with Screenwriter James Greasley (THE EMERGENCE)
Interview with Screenwriter James Greasley (THE EMERGENCE)

Interview with Screenwriter Alice L. Lee (Purgatory: A Love Story)
Interview with Screenwriter Alice L. Lee (Purgatory: A Love Story)

Interview with Screenwriter Devone Jones (Pen and Pencil: Spring Break)
Interview with Screenwriter Devone Jones (Pen and Pencil: Spring Break)

Interview with Screenwriter Fujio Torikai (TO LIVE BEYOND HIS MEANS)
Interview with Screenwriter Fujio Torikai (TO LIVE BEYOND HIS MEANS)

Interview with Screenwriters Hank Biro & Kai Biro (Must Escape from the Slaughtercity)
Interview with Screenwriters Hank Biro & Kai Biro (Must Escape from the Slaughtercity)

Interview with Screenwriter Renate Grassmugg (FREE FALLING)
Interview with Screenwriter Renate Grassmugg (FREE FALLING)

Interview with Screenwriter James C. Peters (Soccer Babe)
Interview with Screenwriter James C. Peters (Soccer Babe)

Interview with Screenwriters Vicki Cargill, Adam Cargill (STEVE & OLIVIA)
Interview with Screenwriters Vicki Cargill, Adam Cargill (STEVE & OLIVIA)

Interview with Screenwriter Patrick Langille (BEYOND THEIR YEARS)
Interview with Screenwriter Patrick Langille (BEYOND THEIR YEARS)

Interview with Screenwriter Nick Perlman (A PORTRAIT)
Interview with Screenwriter Nick Perlman (A PORTRAIT)

April 2019 – Read FILMMAKER Interviews

19 Filmmaker interviews conducted by Matthew Toffolo:

Interview with Filmmaker Andre Sitolini (THE COOK AND THE CHEF)
Interview with Filmmaker Andre Sitolini (THE COOK AND THE CHEF)

Interview with Filmmaker Filippo Michele Guarna (MISTER EGG)
Interview with Filmmaker Filippo Michele Guarna (MISTER EGG)

Interview with Filmmaker Siqi Xiao (FARTMAN)
Interview with Filmmaker Siqi Xiao (FARTMAN)

Interview with Filmmaker Marco De Ornellas (THE DUCHESS)
Interview with Filmmaker Marco De Ornellas (THE DUCHESS)

Interview with Producer Rebecca Scotti (BUILD RAMPS NOT WALLS)
Interview with Producer Rebecca Scotti (BUILD RAMPS NOT WALLS)

Interview with Filmmaker Cynthia Hunt (ICE FLOW)
Interview with Filmmaker Cynthia Hunt (ICE FLOW)

Interview with Filmmaker Michael McCallum (LOVE IS WILD)
Interview with Filmmaker Michael McCallum (LOVE IS WILD)

Interview with Filmmaker Greg Tudéla (BREAKDOWN)
Interview with Filmmaker Greg Tudéla (BREAKDOWN)

Interview with Filmmaker Greedy Goons (Seth Scott™ – elxr Track3 v2 3)
Interview with Filmmaker Greedy Goons (Seth Scott™ – elxr Track3 v2 3)

Interview with Filmmaker Hadi Moussally (POSITIVE)
Interview with Filmmaker Hadi Moussally (POSITIVE)

Interview with Filmmaker Tim Jockel (HYPRA)
Interview with Filmmaker Tim Jockel (HYPRA)

Interview with Filmmaker Roisin Kearney (THE FAMILY WAY)
Interview with Filmmaker Roisin Kearney (THE FAMILY WAY)

Interview with Filmmaker Mahée Merica (A SIGN)
Interview with Filmmaker Mahée Merica (A SIGN)

Interview with Filmmaker Natacha Thomas (BLOSSOM)
Interview with Filmmaker Natacha Thomas (BLOSSOM)

Video Interview with Filmmaker Sashi Arnold & Stephen Gallacher (UNEXPECTED ITEM)

Interview with Filmmaker Erika Kramer (SHE’S MARRYING STEVE)
Interview with Filmmaker Erika Kramer (SHE’S MARRYING STEVE)

Interview with Filmmaker Camille Liu Nock (BO & MEI)
Interview with Filmmaker Camille Liu Nock (BO & MEI)

Interview with Filmmaker Daniel Montoya (HIM)
Interview with Filmmaker Daniel Montoya (HIM)

Interview with Filmmaker P.J. Norton (EXPIRATION DATE)
Interview with Filmmaker P.J. Norton (EXPIRATION DATE)

Interview with Filmmaker David Lykes Keenan (BODIES OF WATER)
Interview with Filmmaker David Lykes Keenan (BODIES OF WATER)

November 2018 – Read the best of Filmmaker Interviews

Interviews by Matthew Toffolo

Touch the link and read 8 different interviews with the best of new filmmakers from around the world.

Dominic McCafferty (BOONDOGGLE)
Interview with Filmmaker Dominic McCafferty (BOONDOGGLE)

Bevin Hamilton & Rachel Murphy (INCALL)
Interview with Filmmakers Bevin Hamilton, Rachael Murphy (INCALL)

Marvin Nuecklaus (CROSSROADS)
Interview with Filmmaker Marvin Nuecklaus (CROSSROADS)

Max Mortl (ISLAND)
Interview with Filmmaker Max Mörtl & Robert Löbel (ISLAND)

Nick Dolinski (CLOUD COVER)
Interview with Filmmaker Nick Dolinski (CLOUD COVER)

Erik Bloomquist (SHE CAME FROM THE WOODS)
Interview with Filmmaker Erik Bloomquist (SHE CAME FROM THE WOODS)

Mark Howling (OBE: THE OUT OF BODY EXPERIENCE)
Interview with Filmmaker Mark Howling (O.B.E. THE OUT OF BODY EXPERIENCE)

Andres Passoni (3:32)
Interview with Filmmaker Andres Passoni (3:32)

October 2018 – Read the best of Filmmaker Interviews

Interviews by Matthew Toffolo

Touch the link and read 28 different interviews with the best of new filmmakers from around the world.


Interview with Filmmaker Deniz Campinar (THE REVELATOR)
Interview with Filmmaker Deniz Campinar (THE REVELATOR)

Interview with Filmmaker Nesli Ozalp Tuncer (THE RETURN)
Interview with Filmmaker Nesli Ozalp Tuncer (THE RETURN)

Interview with Filmmaker Liz Lachman (PIN-UP)
Interview with Filmmaker Liz Lachman (PIN-UP)

Interview with Filmmaker Sean Janisse (LOCOMOTIVE 8 – ENCORE)
Interview with Filmmaker Sean Janisse (LOCOMOTIVE 8 – ENCORE)

Interview with Filmmaker Penny Lee (THROUGH CHINATOWNS’S EYES: APRIL 1968)
Interview with Filmmaker Penny Lee (THROUGH CHINATOWNS’S EYES: APRIL 1968)

Interview with Filmmaker Graeme Bachiu (WHY WE PUSH?)
Interview with Filmmaker Graeme Bachiu (WHY WE PUSH?)

Interview with Filmmaker Jessica Chung (SUSHI MAN)
Interview with Filmmaker Jessica Chung (SUSHI MAN)

Interview with Filmmaker Luma Oquendo (SARAVÁ)
Interview with Filmmaker Luma Oquendo (SARAVÁ)

Interview with Filmmaker Manfred Borsch (MIRRORS)
Interview with Filmmaker Manfred Borsch (MIRRORS)

Interview with Filmmaker Nancy Allison (MARMO)
Interview with Filmmaker Nancy Allison (MARMO)

Interview with Filmmaker Pablo Mengin-Lecreulx (SCANDAL)
Interview with Filmmaker Pablo Mengin-Lecreulx (SCANDAL)

Interview with Filmmakers Hope Carew & Allison O’Conor (MR. NICE GIRLS)
Interview with Filmmakers Hope Carew & Allison O’Conor (MR. NICE GIRLS)

Interview with Award Winning Filmmaker Sreejith Nair (THE COLOR OF ME)
Interview with Award Winning Filmmaker Sreejith Nair (THE COLOR OF ME)

Interview with Filmmaker Ken Clark (SNIP)
Interview with Filmmaker Ken Clark (SNIP)

Interview with Filmmaker Daniel Bergeson (UNEARTHED)
Interview with Filmmaker Daniel Bergeson (UNEARTHED)

Interview with Filmmaker Mischa Livingstone (CUBICLE)
Interview with Filmmaker Mischa Livingstone (CUBICLE)

Interview with Filmmaker Peta Milan (RIGHT TO BE FORGOTTEN)
Interview with Filmmaker Peta Milan (RIGHT TO BE FORGOTTEN)

Interview with Filmmaker Shinya Isobe (FOR REST)
Interview with Filmmaker Shinya Isobe (FOR REST)

Interview with Filmmaker Sam South (EAT JEREMY)
Interview with Filmmaker Sam South (EAT JEREMY)

Interview with Filmmaker Larissa Pruett (GET HOME SAFE)
Interview with Filmmaker Larissa Pruett (GET HOME SAFE)

Interview with Filmmaker Steve Socki (HALLOWSTIDE)
Interview with Filmmaker Steve Socki (HALLOWSTIDE)

Interview with Filmmaker Jessica Champneys (STAR WARS: DRESCA)
Interview with Filmmaker Jessica Champneys (STAR WARS: DRESCA)

Interview with Filmmaker Sean Wehrli (GLENDALE)
Interview with Filmmaker Sean Wehrli (GLENDALE)

Interview with Filmmaker Nora Jaenicke (WHALES)
Interview with Filmmaker Nora Jaenicke (WHALES)

Interview with Filmmaker Zena AbdelBaky (ALL THAT REMAINS)
Interview with Filmmaker Zena AbdelBaky (ALL THAT REMAINS)

Interview with Filmmaker Audrey Arkins (AMERICAN BOY)
Interview with Filmmaker Audrey Arkins (AMERICAN BOY)

Interview with Filmmaker Aaron Rudelson (NORMAN PINSKI COME HOME)
Interview with Filmmaker Aaron Rudelson (NORMAN PINSKI COME HOME)

Interview with Filmmaker Eugene Lehnert (THE OUTER BOROUGHS)
Interview with Filmmaker Eugene Lehnert (THE OUTER BOROUGHS)

Interview with Filmmaker Josiah Cuneo (IN THROUGH THE NIGHT)
Interview with Filmmaker Josiah Cuneo (IN THROUGH THE NIGHT)

Inside The Chaos: How To Make The Most of Your Time As A Freelancer

freelancerby Kierston Drier

Film and television production is a freelance industry. And freelance industries are complicated for the people they employ. In one corner, we have making your own working hours, as much free time as you desire, and the potential to make a lot of money when you do work. In the other corner we long stretches without work, the stress of a feast-or-famine work frame and FOMO when multiple jobs come our way at once. And worse still, if we are looking to advance our careers while still getting calls for the same type of work. How do we manage in the high-octane, fast-paced world that is freelance?

As a freelancer who has made a good living in an expensive city I’m here today to share a few tips with anyone is struggling or juggling to find balance in this intense industry.

The 80/20 Rule

This is my golden rule. You see it in lifestyle-diets : eat eighty percent healthy and twenty percent whatever you want. I correlate this to my working life. Eighty percent of the time I spend work that keeps my lights on. I like all the jobs I take but these jobs have a primary purpose- they pay my bills.

The other twenty percent of my working time is spent on passion projects. These passion projects fall under a number of headings- work I do on a friends’ project, work I do for free as a favor, or work I do for lower than a normal rate in order to gain a new skill of polish an old one. Some of them go on my resume and some I do just be help out a buddy. But all together- these are professional or semi-professional jobs I do, that I do purply because I want to. What has been wonderful about this twenty percent rule, is that every so often, this jobs or favors, lead me to a lucrative gig that I also enjoy doing, that can bleed over into the eighty percent of my jobs that pay my bills. That is a wonderful place to be in!

2. Utilize your weekends. Mostly.

The traditional Monday-Friday 9-5 is quickly disappearing. And while some people mourn that, freelancers may embrace it. You may not have a traditional 5 day, 40 hours work-week. You may be working 12 hour days, or you may have shifting schedules that don’t give you two days off in a row. No matter how crazy or unpredictable your schedule can be, you can still utilize these tools. I use this strategy when I’m working a standard set-based 12 hour day with two days off.

Pick two days where you can carve out free time. Even if it is only for a few hours.
On one of these days, plan to do nothing related to work. Seriously. Go out, see your friends, read a book, watch TV, take a bubble bath, go for a run. Live your life.
On the other day, divide the free time in half. Spend one half cleaning up your life, in whatever form you may need- manage your meal prep, check your emails, do your laundry. Whatever you have to do that you can’t find time for when you are working night-shoot crazy hours and have barely had time to wash the sweat off.
In the other half of the last day, do a work related thing that matters to your personal development. Work on a script you’ve been developing. Edit a reel you’ve been working on. Coordinate with creative partners on creative projects.

The bottom line here, is use maximum efficiency with the free time that you do have while still being able to live your life. If you have an off season, where you can potentially have weeks at a time free, have a plan of attack to devote more time to your creative projects.

3. Build Yourself A Float

Another vital rule I utilized early on in my career and reaped benefits from later. I did whatever I could when I had an influx of jobs to live below my means. I put aside a small stipend of liquid assets to utilize when lean months came. This helped me out by cutting down on the stress and panic that comes with the mindset of “I need a job, any job! I have to pay rent!” It allowed me to carefully weigh my options when jobs came my way, and gave me the freedom to choose to the best professional option for myself.

Understandably, this isn’t always an option everyone has access too. Sometimes jobs are scarce and you need to take whatever comes your way. Take the jobs you need, and set aside whatever you can for a rainy day. A good plan in freelance is have two to three months of basic living expenses saved up for when jobs are harder to find.

4. Find An Inspiring Side Gig.

Get a hobby for those dry spells. And make it something you love. Whether you blog about your favorite TV shows, write reviews for a local paper or online magazine, do freelance editing or script covering on the side, whatever helps keep your creative passions sharp and inspired. If it adds a little money to your pocket book as well, all the better. Freelance is all about versatility. Not just in taking on different jobs with different people, but with your ability to be hired for your many professional facets. What starts as a hobby today, can become a marketable and valuable professional skill later.

The freelance game isn’t always easy, but it can be hugely rewarding! For better or worse, our society is moving more and more towards a freelance and contract-based economy. It is a system, but with a little work and strategic planning, you can make it work for you in a very effective way.

Do you have any freelance tips? We’d love to hear about them!

Inside The Chaos: Networking: Keeping in Contact – Part 3

Jesus that was exhausting, wasn’t it? But YOU MADE IT.

It’s not as easy as it sounds!

  • You went to the Event/ Party/ Industry Night
  • You talked to People
  • You grabbed contact information

But now what? How do you bridge the gap between casual meeting and business contact? The last part can be the most tenuous, but also the most rewarding!

This secondary phase contact depends greatly on several factors

  • The context in which you met
  • The context in which you exchanged information
  • The difference in your professional status’s
  • Contextual Needs

Context in which you met:

  • Did you meet at a Party? A wrap party? A swanky professional conference?
  • Did you talk professionally or about only topics directly related to your work or the field in general, or, was your meeting more relaxed and talked about a variety of topics?

Context of exchanging your information:

  • Did you exchange your information because that was what was happening all around you (everyone passing out lots of cards)? Or did you exchange based on mutual interest?
  • Who offered to exchange first?

Professional status:

  • Is this person at the same level as you? Or do they have considerably more or less experience?
  • Are you in directly related fields, or peripherally related?

Contextual needs:
–  Do the two of you have positions that can mutually benefit each other.

What to do:
– Wait for 18-48 hours before writing.
-If they offered a preferred form of contact, use that  (Facebook, email, etc)

DO:
-Personalize your contact with thoughtful details (Ex:
(Ex: Hello (Name) is was so nice to meet you last (weekday/weekend) at (Event Name). I really enjoyed our conversation about (Topic) and (Insert comment on topic). It would be great to  (Bump into you again/ grab a coffee sometime to talk more about (insert topic) I‘d be happy to buy you a coffee sometime and hear more about (Industry Item)/ etc).
– If you have the ability to talk about something other than the industry, include that too!
-Spell check.

DON’T:
-Directly ask for a job, favor or professional courtesy (UNLESS they specifically told you they were looking to hire/asked you to send in your resume/offered to do favor for you in person)
-Use more than one mode of contact (email them AND text them AND add them to facebook. Do this gradually)
-Make off color humor (even if you were raunchy-humored in person, it may translate poorly through text)
-Panic if you don’t hear back. Deep breath. They may honestly be busy, they may remember you next time you bump into each other!