Jamie McKeller - Director for RedShirt Films

Yeah, we’ve doubled on the feature. Our 1st asst cam is also script supervisor. Art dept swallowed costume. Production manager is also 3rd AD on location.

I had to google a lot of film terms, job roles and what they did. All important but on smaller productions you can squash them together.

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WOW you’ve done a lot! Is filmmaking your full time gig?

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For “I Am Tim” we made a “WHAT MONSTER ARE YOU” thing where you take the initials of your name, date of birth… that sort of thing. It got 100s of engagements.

Things like “here’s a photo of a character with a weapon. What weapon would YOU use and why?” Posts that ask for a response are great for social media, and gets your page on the radars.

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Have you ever had to direct and act at the same time? Any advice about that?

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Did you ever have difficulties with the squashing? People prioritizing poorly or getting overwhelmed?

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Hey Marc,

That’s a big question. Did you post a thread about it on here? I can have a look at it if you want?

I’ve walked away from a couple of things in my career, but it’s all weighed up with money / morals I guess!

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what about for set decorations? i’m really over the standard undecorated apartment look as i bet most people are

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It is, but I do mostly creative work for other people. I do a lot of short film adverts for social media for restaurants, tourism etc… I also work as a tour guide to bump up the income. But I’m aiming to be a full time film director by 2020.

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Yes, thank you, the thread is here: How do I quit?

I want to be a professional and carry out my obligations, but it can be difficult when I do not receive the same respect I treat the production with.

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Yes, but by accident. I play Tim in I Am Tim, but only because the actor bailed just before shooting due to a sudden BABY! I had a blast, but it was mostly improvised.

SPOILER ALERT

I killed myself off at the end of season 1 so I could lurk behind the camera. I pop up a bit down the line, but I wouldn’t like to act and direct at the same time.

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Not yet. Make sure it’s all in the same department, and ensure that the crew will speak up if overwhelmed and it’s all good.

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Sam - feel free to email me any time if you wanna chat more about me creating my LLC, etc. kellyspoolhallproductions@gmail.com

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COOL!! How do you plan on making that happen? I also want to be a director/producer full time but I have NO IDEA how to make that happen. Especially because filmmaking to build a portfolio is so expensive and difficult and yet you can’t apply to other jobs without that…

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Do you have advice for how to make acting/directing all at once a little easier? It’s looking like I might have to do that soon (for similar reasons, though instead of sudden BABY it’s sudden TOO BUSY ON OTHER STUFF to work for no pay)

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People are cool, and have amazing houses. We put out a shout for “a super posh living room” and had some replies. This is the space we filmed in, for free.

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How do you tend to organize your productions? And keep everyone on the same page/moving forward?

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I think this question got lost in the shuffle!

My first feature will be heading into horror festivals next year, and I’m already in talks with producers about the second. Nothing firmed up yet, but I’m planning to just keep going and fighting until I look around and realise I’m living from it. I’m almost there.

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This one got lost too :slight_smile:

Another question swept up by too many people needing your advice :slight_smile:

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