The Film Riot Podcast

The Film Riot Podcast
A podcast for filmmakers

Directing a Blockbuster with an Indie Budget
Aug 4 • 51 min
‘GREYHOUND’ is the latest original film to hit Apple+ TV. Oscar winning writer/director Aaron Schneider chats with Ryan about his process for constructing the intricate battle sequences, pulling story out of the technical, and what it’s like to work with…
Writing & Directing Story Driven Horror
Jul 21 • 53 min
Relic is the directorial debut of Japanese-Australian writer/director filmmaker, Natalie Erika James. It’s a horror film anchored by its deeply emotional and honest themes, and masterfully co-written and directed by James. In the episode of the Film Riot…
Emotionally Impactful Cinematography w/ Jody Lee Lipes
Jul 7 • 58 min
As the cinematographer for such beautiful work as A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, Manchester by the Sea, and I Know This Much is True, Jody Lee Lipes brings an emotional honesty to all his work. That emotional honesty is something that Jody seems to…
Jun 16 • 56 min
If you are wondering how to start making the films you love… To steal from Nike’s slogan… JUST DO IT! That thought process seems to be behind everything Phil Hawkins does. Like most of us, he’s a student of Spielberg, Lucas, and the other greats of that…
Writing for Film and Television with Dayna Lynne North
May 5 • 59 min
What is “your voice”? Should you start with theme, character, a concept? So many questions flood your brain when you sit down to write, especially when first starting out. Today Ryan chats with the incredible Dayna Lynne North (Writer, Showrunner, and…
Writing & Directing your First Feature
Apr 28 • 79 min
How do you get your first feature made? It’s the question every aspiring filmmaker wants answered. Today Ryan speaks with Ricky Staub — writer, director, and entrepreneur about everything from his years working under the prolific producer Sam Mercer (on…
Editing for Quibi & What Makes a Story Work
Apr 7 • 48 min
Lucas Harger is an Emmy award-winning editor with several docs under his belt. He was Ryan’s collaborator on both BALLiSTIC and There Comes a Knocking. Today Ryan and Lucas talk about his latest project Prodigy, a doc series for the Quibi brand. Along…
Producing for Film and Television with Yolanda T. Cochran, P.G.A.
Mar 31 • 59 min
What does a producer do? When every production can have five different versions of them, it’s no wonder this is a recurring question. Well, today we have the definitive answer as Ryan “sits down” with Yolanda T. Cochran, VP Production, Walt Disney…
Directing for an Audience with Alison James
Dec 31, 2019 • 54 min
Alison James is an incredibly talented writer/director on the rise and headed toward her first feature film. After winning Best Narrative Short at the Austin Film Festival for her short film, Judas Collar, Alison was able to land reps at WME and has since…
Advice from a Hollywood Manager with Scott Glassgold
Dec 17, 2019 • 57 min
Scott Glassgold is a Manager and Producer with well over a decade of experience. After getting his start at New Line Cinema and Disney, Scott Founded Ground Control, an innovative Management and Production company. From there he’s gone on to nurture…
Making Your Project Happen with Cassandra Ebner
Dec 3, 2019 • 54 min
Cassandra Ebner is a truly wonderful filmmaker and human. She’s a writer, producer, actor, and stuntwoman. Her career spans over 6 years in the industry and on some of the biggest productions around - like Game of Thrones, War for the Planet of the Apes,…
From YouTube to Hollywood with Director Joe Penna
Sep 10, 2019 • 46 min
Joe Penna is a writer/director that got his start on YouTube. You may know him as Mystery Guitar Man, but today he is directing feature films starring massive talents like Mads Mikkelsen, Anna Kendrick, and Toni Collette. Today we chat about directing his…
A New Type of Storytelling with Matti Haapoja
Jul 30, 2019 • 52 min
Matti Haapoja is a filmmaker, vlogger, and content creator. Today Ryan picks his brain about this new form of storytelling that he is one of the pioneers of. Check out his incredible YouTube channel to see more of his work!
Directing Independent Film with Brent Christy
Jul 9, 2019 • 58 min
Brent Christy is a director and DP with a deep wealth of knowledge. He’s worked on everything from big-budget projects to the tiny passion project and makes every one of them stand out. Today we chat about directing, cinematography, set life, and…
Sound for Film and Television with Dallas Taylor
May 14, 2019 • 68 min
Today on the show, Ryan talks with Dallas Taylor about all things sound! Dallas is the owner and lead over at Defacto Sound. He and his team have worked on some of the biggest ads from Nike, Ford, Puma, and Audi, to documentaries that have gone to…
Story Structure: 3 Acts vs 5 Acts
Apr 16, 2019 • 56 min
On today’s episode, Ryan talks to Frank Barbiere, comic book and video game writer with credits in Destiny, Violent Love, Five Ghosts, Lobo, Supergirl, Avengers, and more. The guys talk about writing in film and comics, story structure, and working with…
Documentary vs Narrative Filmmaking
Mar 26, 2019 • 44 min
On today’s episode, Ryan talks to collaborator, Lucas Harger (editor of BALLiSTIC). But, unlike the last episode with Lucas, this one is all about documentary work. Lucas is an Emmy award-winning editor with several docs under his belt and a lot of…
From Stunts to Directing with Trevor Addie
Mar 12, 2019 • 53 min
Trevor Addie is an incredibly talented stunt performer, stunt coordinator, and director that has worked on some of the biggest films and TV shows out there like, War for the Planet of the Apes, Game of Thrones, Flash, BFG, Warcraft, Star Trek Beyond,…
You Don’t Need Hollywood to Make Your Feature
Feb 26, 2019 • 41 min
Today’s guest is Zach Lipovsky. Zach is a writer/director that has recently finished two feature films - one for Disney and the other is a small indie film he made on his own with directing and writing partner, Adam Stein. Zach explains how they went…
Getting Your Film Made with Seth Worley
Feb 12, 2019 • 60 min
Seth Worley is back to talk about making his latest short film and his continued path to making his first feature.
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays
Dec 22, 2018 • 1 min
We will be back in 2019!
What an Actor Needs & Finding Your Voice
Dec 4, 2018 • 62 min
Hannah Ward is an excellent actor with tons of insight. Ryan and Hannah chat about the actor/director relationship, bad experiences, and finding your voice.
Setting up an Independent Film with Graham Powell
Nov 14, 2018 • 66 min
Graham Powell is a writer, director, and actor from New York working to get his first independent feature off the ground. Today the guys talk about the ups and downs of independent filmmaking.
Making Short Films & Getting them Seen with Josh Tanner
Oct 30, 2018 • 56 min
Josh Tanner is a writer/director from Australia with some amazing short films like The Landing, The Rizzle, and Reverse. Today Ryan and Josh talk about directing horror, the transition between low budget shorts and larger productions, and getting their…
Film Riot was my Film School with Josh Connolly
Oct 17, 2018 • 53 min
Josh Connolly joins the podcast today to talk about Film Riot and how he found his way into filmmaking.
The Difference Between Film & TV with Avi Youabian
Oct 3, 2018 • 53 min
Avi Youabian is an editor with credits like The Walking Dead, Constantine, Frequency, The Brave, and a director with credits in The Walking Dead, Zoo, and Tainted Love. Today, Ryan talks to Avi about directing, editing, and the difference between…
Directing and Pitching with Dan Trachtenberg
Sep 18, 2018 • 54 min
Dan Trachtenberg is the director of 10 Cloverfield Lane, Black Mirror (Playtest), and the coming series The Boys. Today on the show, Ryan talks to Dan about directing, film school, pitching, and navigating notes.
Directing The Nun with Corin Hardy
Sep 11, 2018 • 42 min
Corin Hardy talks about his experience as a horror director on his latest film, The Nun.
Developing and Releasing Independent Films with Isaiah Smallman
Aug 28, 2018 • 64 min
Isaiah Smallman is a writer, director, and producer. Most recently he was the executive producer of the A24 acquired film, “Never Goin’ Back”. On this episode, Ryan talks with Isaiah about the dos and don’ts of producing and what it takes to create and…
First Feature as a Cinematographer with Daniel Routh
Aug 21, 2018 • 69 min
Daniel Routh talks about his experience as the cinematographer on his first feature film.
Getting your first feature made with Mike Pecci
Aug 14, 2018 • 61 min
Mike Pecci is a filmmaker from Boston who is currently in development on his first Hollywood feature. On this episode, we discuss his path to creating the script for his film and how he landed it at a major studio.
Getting Noticed in the Film Industry with Seth Worley
Aug 7, 2018 • 59 min
Seth Worley And Ryan Connolly talk about their experiences pitching and trying to get their first features made.
Cinematography for a Narrative Film with Chase Smith
Jul 24, 2018 • 61 min
Today’s guest is Chase Smith (Cinematographer of BALLiSTIC). Today we talk first narrative as a DP, throwing out the shot list and prepping a story.
Sound Design for Film and Video Games with Rob Krekel
Jul 17, 2018 • 54 min
Today’s guest is Rob Krekel (Audio lead at Naughty Dog with credits on games like Uncharted and The Last of Us ). On this episode, Ryan talks to Rob about designing sound to enhance a story and how audio for video games is different from film.
The Creative Process of Writing and Directing with Ryan Booth
Jul 10, 2018 • 74 min
Today’s guest is Ryan Booth (Writer/Director with credits ranging from music video to commercial work and film ). On this latest episode, the Ryans talk about directing and their personal pathways toward making their first features.
Editing a Short Film with Lucas Harger
Jul 3, 2018 • 68 min
On today’s episode, Ryan talks to collaborator, Lucas Harger (editor of BALLiSTIC). The guys talk about the experience of editing BALLiSTIC, working with short films, and the director and editor relationship.
The Director Composer Relationship with Daniel James
Jun 26, 2018 • 54 min
On today’s episode, Ryan talks with Daniel James. Daniel has worked as a composer on films like Terminator Genisys, Ride Along and Truth or Dare, and video games like Call of Duty and Metal Gear Solid. Today the guys talk about the director/composer…
Acting for TV and Film with Matt Lanter
Jun 19, 2018 • 65 min
On today’s episode, Ryan talks with Matt Lanter. He has a great list of projects under his belt like NBC’s Timeless, Pitch Perfect 3 and voice acting as both Aquaman and Anakin Skywalker. Today Matt talks about everything from acting on the stage, to…
The Role of an Editor with Evan Schiff
Jun 12, 2018 • 50 min
On today’s episode, Ryan talks with Evan Schiff (editor of John Wick 2 and the upcoming John Wick 3) about VFX editing, Assistant editing, working with Guillermo Del Toro, editing action scenes and dealing with studio notes.
Directing Low to Big Budget Films with David F. Sandberg
Jun 5, 2018 • 47 min
Ryan talks with David Sandberg (director of Shazam, Lights Out, and Annabelle Creation). We discuss working with actors, pitching to studios, and the ins and outs of prepping/shooting a big budget superhero film. Go to for links and…