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Podcast 04 – LA based Executive Jason Brubaker – Getting your film distributed to a world wide audience.

September 6, 2017 by  

LA based Film Distribution Executive Jason Brubaker tells you how to get your film distributed and seen by the biggest possible audience.   Player at end of page

Jason articulates the very best process to attract the biggest possible audience. He is an executive at one of the primary aggregators , Distribber in Los Angeles. If you want to get on iTunes, Hulu, Google Play, Vimeo on Demand and many more Video on Demand platforms, Distribber is one of the aggregators, you have to submit your work to. This is a must listen to podcast for the filmmaker who has made or is aspiring to make a movie. The podcast will also be of much interest to the film buff who wants to learn about the current film distribution landscape.

Podcast 03 – Working as a Crew member on Hollywood Blockbuster movies and how you can break in.

June 25, 2017 by  

Leroy Page:  How to Break into the Big End Film Productions as a Crew member rand how to behave on big film sets with movies stars.  Player at end of page

I have a great podcast this month with Leroy Page, crew member extraordinaire. He has worked on big Hollywood fare here in Australia and has met every star that has worked on these movies. In many cases he has become good friends with them.  Here are some of his credits

·         Aquaman

·         Alien Covenant

·         The Matrix 1,2,3

·         The Great Gatsby

·        Pirates of caribbean 5

·         Mission Impossible

·         And many more movies

In this podcast he will talk about what is necessary to break in as a crew member and work on big movies. He will also talk about how to behave with movie stars so that they may actually like you and treat you well.  

This is fascinating discussion about movie stars and working as a crew member on big movies and invaluable to the up and coming filmmaker and film enthusiasts alike. It is also an entertaining discussion


Colm O’Murchu      Director

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Podcast 02 – The Process of Editing

June 13, 2017 by  

It is Colm O’Murchu your host for Filmmaking 101 with Podcast 2.

This week it is just me on my own. Currently I am editing Tabernacle 101 our new one hour 45 minute movie that will be on worldwide release in 2018.

Editing is where the movie is made and the edit decisions and creativity determine the success of any movie. I speak about my process and what I do when I edit my movies.

You can see examples of this on Dealing with Destiny a movie I made some years ago.  Please also note that we have training and film courses for the determined keen filmmaker or enthusiastic beginner on this page.

Podcast Number 1 – Find out how Filmmaker Jon Cohen made his movie Ravenswood and found his audience.

May 23, 2017 by  

Today is a very exciting day for me. This is my first of many future podcasts.

In future  podcasts, you will hear from experienced filmmakers. You will hear how they made their movies and found their audience.
This podcast will help the emerging filmmaker to chart their own course to make their own movies and get them seen.

This episode is a fascinating chat with Filmmaker Jon Cohen about his most recent movie Ravenswood.  He made the movie on a budget of 30K and then found distribution in the US and Canada via his sales agent. You can see the trailer here.

As always if you would love to learn filmmaking with the best training in the world, please explore here.

Hear the story of how Jon did it in the following podcast.

20th Anniversary of Australian Film Base – plus my top 8 hot tips for the indie Filmmaker

May 16, 2017 by  

Today is a retro post with my 8 top tips for the Indie Filmmaker at the end of this post. It is now 20 years since we first started our production company Sydney Film Base. At the time we shot numerous music videos, corporates and short films and decided this is how we wanted to earn our living.

We also started the first filmmaking course in May 1997, back in the last century. Since then, I personally have earned my living only from film production or film training. I have never worked for anyone else and have never had to do a day job for money. I have travelled the world and has generally a great time.

As a result of the three month film course , many filmmakers have gone on to make their own film careers and have made some spectacular films. Jack Kelly, Eddie Arya and Sean Smith  who started with us as beginners on one of our film courses years ago are now established filmmakers and part-time teachers on the 3 month film course. Their passion fuels their desire to make films.

In 20 years hundreds of short films have been made on the film courses or as a result of the film courses and many people have made their dreams a reality. Eddie Arya is now on to his third feature film.

In that time, I have personally made four full length feature films that have sold worldwide and had substantial releases in Australia. You can watch both of them on OZFLIX (Links below)

Below,I have listed off the three more recent movies that we have made and details about their releases

Tabernacle 101 is a one hour forty five minute feature film currently in
postproduction.It will be completed in October 2017 and will be previewed and sold to the world wide market at  the prestigious American Film Market in Lost Angeles in November 2017 .

This movie was spooky to shoot and so many strange and unexplained events happened on set.  My production team and I feel we have a very spooky movie that will scare the audience.


Dealing with Destiny: Feature Film 90 minutes Starring Luke Arnold 

  • Nationwide Cinema Release Australia.
  • See Dealing with Destiny now on  OZFLIX  
  • Available on iTunes.

This is a $1 million budget  feature film, made in Australia. I was hired as the Film Director. The film is about the final day of four university students who go on a final day muck up that ends in total mayhem. The film stars Luke Arnold who played Michael Hutchinson of INXS fame in the TV series “Never tear us apart”.  He also played John Silver in Black Sail.  He is now staring in a Hollywood movie directed and starring Heather Graham , Half Magic. It is always great to see actors you have cast go to Hollywood.


The Makeover Trailers –  100 minutes Feature Film –
See it on OzFlix 

  •  Watched 2.701,203  times online and averages about 6000 views per day. 
  • Released Australia New Zealand on DVD everywhere.
  • Oz Flicks
  • iTunes America
  • Pay TV America
  • Pay TV Europe
  • Best Comedy Drama at the New York Film Festival.
  • Available right now on Ozflix 

I Produced wrote and directed and edited this film. I even acted in one scene. The Makeover is a 100 minute feature film staring Lara Cox and Martin Dingle-Wall.  

The Makeover won Best Comedy Drama at the New York Downtown Film Festival. The film was also sold to Pay TV in Europe and on Pay Per view everywhere in the USA. The Makeover has come a viral success on the internet with over 1 million views online and watched thousands of times per day all over the world.

Released on DVD with Blockbuster  everywhere in Australia and New Zealand and on Quickflix (Australian Netflix)  April 2011.

To help you, here is my take and eight hot tips

  • You make a movie when you decide to. Set a deadline and break it down into steps.
  • There is no better learning curve than making a movie
  • Think Audience. Set a target eyeballs that will see your finished movie and go after your audience for your film.
  • People will watch your feature movie in 50 years. Do your level best to make the best movie.
  • Enjoy the process of making your movie
  • Have the best mentors. (For example an excellent film course will help you here
  • Remember setbacks and challenges happen the most experienced and famous filmmaker. Decide that you will overcome what ever is placed in your path.
  • Do as James Cameron suggests. Set a crazy out of reach and massive goal with your movie. If you fail, it will be more than a likely another person’s success and much higher than if you did not set an exceptional goal.

To your filmmaking dreams

Colm O’Murchu

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