What I learned making stories this week was further wisdom from Seth Godin, for ask the doc I claim writer's block is fake, and I share what I'm reading. Hear the tale of my birth, 40 years before the date of this episode, then hear me gush about Seth Godin, how I love his new podcast Akimbo, and some of the great thoughts from his first episode that apply directly to storycraft as a show AND discipline. Also, I talk about a couple things I'm reading, one by Andy Diggle & Victor Ibanez, the other by Larry Niven & Jerry Pournelle.
It's a strange return to the orignal format of Storycraft, where I discuss things about my own work, share things I learn from making stories, and specifics from the freelance struggle, all by myself on the mic-- or, Kraig goes solo! (No relation. Zero wookies are involved in this episode, unfortunately...) My first one-man show since the earliest episodes of the show, now lost to time and my old harddrive. I take some time to welcome you to "what I learned making stories this week", and the companion segment, "Ask the doc!", in which I solicit your problems or need for feedback on one of your projects. Join me!
Mike and I talk about a couple of hidden pitfalls in art freelance that affect everything in our lives, and how to get out of them, while (maybe) also making a little extra cash. This is a sometimes rowdy debate about wrangling your time management, and taking back some of your agency with clients, to ensure you get paid for all the work you do, not just what you turn in.
DJ Roshay, Seamus Smith and I discuss the first Marvel film of 2018, Black Panther directed by Ryan Coogler. We break down the vast social commentary, high level costume design, brilliantly lived in environments, and all the stellar characters played by a terrific cast.
Also, ANNOUNCEMENT of the final delivery of the Solar Team vinyl from DJ Roshay. We have them in our hot hands! Available now from monkeygong.com/shop. $30 for the vinyl alone, $40 with a sketch.
DJ Roshay is as insightful and gifted with films as he is with music, and his YouTube channel Roshay Reviews has all the proof. In the second half of our previous conversation, we shift gears into film talk, discussing Wonder Woman as political device, race and gender in film and art, and how to have the most productive exchange about issues. We also cover lots of films from 2016 and 2017, talk favorite filmmakers, and explore hidden elements of cinema. It's the film nerdiest!
Comedian & Filmmaker Graham Elwood (First Nations Comedy Experience, Comedy Film Nerds, Earbuds, Laffghanistan) talks about his blended life experience as comic and filmmaker, political vigilante and podcaster, revealing levels to an already mulit-layered persona that I did not expect. Between laughs, we engage in a charged discussion of corporate profit motives vs. identity politics, the intentional media distraction, and regular injustices we've grown blind to. But we also talk about 70s cinema, the rigors of making a documentary, his amazing doc Earbuds, the LA Podcast Festival, and infusing creative work with meaning.
Filmmaker Dito Montiel (The Clapper, Man Down, A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints) has quickly created a masterful library of powerful, tense, thought provoking films, and he's just getting started. He shares the keys to that depth of craft in a lively talk about his new film The Clapper (out now!), New York, family dynamics, personal history, and just going for it. He also reveals a few intense stories from being on set (and is ridiculously humble about the great performances he gets from actors). Additionally, we cover his long collaboration with his talented editor (and previous guest) Jake Pushinsky, and his love for Al Pacino-- "Kleinfeld!!"
Follow Dito Montiel online @ditomontiel, and find his films wherever you watch!
You have definitely watched stuntman Rene Mousseaux work, even though you didn't know it, from his role as Lt. Mur on Supergirl, to being Stunt Coordinator of the original "Old-Spice Guy", now he's making his own films. We peal apart the film business, talking micro budget filmmaking, owning your work to take control of your career (and life), and using your resources to work smarter. We discuss a handful of his numerous credits, how he went from making underwater documentaries for National Geographic to stuntwork, and plenty of anecdotes from his times on set with Steven Segal, Clint Eastwood and more. It's film nerdy, but hyper practical and stuffed with ideas about how to manage your creative work in the real world.
Check out clips from Rene Mousseux's work at rpmstunts.com, and have your mind blown by looking up his credits on IMDb.
Creator of the recently renewed X-men show the Gifted, as well as Burn Notice, The Good Guys, and APB, Matt Nix, shares incredible insights into the craft and business of writing. We discuss his approach to creating a show, building characters, structuring a season or more, and pitching concepts in Hollywood. Without a doubt, this is among the most engaging and informative episodes of this show. Fans of the Gifted, the X-men, Burn Notice and more, will get everything they want, on top of all the story craft talk!
Watch the Gifted weekly on Fox, or stream the whole thing on Hulu.
Follow Matt Nix on Facebook, or on twitter @MattNixTV, and engage him with nice things about his great show!
Artist-Filmmakers Seamus Smith and Kraig Rasmussen discuss the art of cinema as it ages, and the surprisingly vital practice of re-watching movies we love.
Ring in 2018 with laughs and an in depth, sometimes snarky discussion of unexpected film pairings. This is the pilot episode for the upcoming new podcast Repeat Viewing-- launching February 2018!
Do you love watching your favorite movies repeatedly? So do we!! And we know why you love it. Tune in to find out!
Hosted by Seamus Smith (@SeamusSmithArt) & Kraig Rasmussen (@kraigcomx).
Filmmaker Jonathan Kesselman (The Hebrew Hammer, Jimmy Vestvood, The Hebrew Hammer vs Hitler) talks personal filmmaking, storytelling choices, and Rian Johnson's storytelling choices in Star Wars: The Last Jedi. We discuss the world's first and best Hanukkah movie The Hebrew Hammer (on Amazon Prime now!), it's amazing cast led by the hilarious Adam Goldberg and Judy Greer, and we talk about the upcoming sequel The Hebrew Hammer vs Hitler. Also, we cover his second film, the scathingly fun Jimmy Vestvood: Amerikan Hero, his work as 2nd Unit Director for Ang Lee on Billy Lynn's Long Half Time Walk, the benefits of small productions, and making comedies about difficult issues. It's a fun, heartfelt and insightful episode!
Keep up with Jonathan Kesselman's work on twitter @Jon_Kesselman and at worldwidemediaconspiracy.com.
Filmmaker Simon Horrocks shares the secrets of micro-budgert films, Kickstarter success, and creating work that merges life and art. We discuss his films Third Contact and Kosmos at length, reveal the common themes that drive them, and talk about the genesis of becoming the creator you dream of being. We also talk about the upcoming MoMo Film Festival, creating unique experiences to involve people in your work, and channeling personal experience into art as a form of very effective therapy.
Every potential filmmaker, and anyone curious about very effective Kickstarter strategies, this episode has you covered in spades!
Watch Simon's films Third Contact and Kosmos on Amazon Prime and YouTube, respectively.
Follow Simon Horrocks on Twitter @sihorrock and keep up with his work at momofilmfest.com!
Illustrator Ryan Quackenbush, (Perfect Circle, Dolls, Monster,) and I parse the connections between film and comic books as artforms, revealing our mutual addiction to cinema that stretches as far back as silent film. We discuss the interplay of the two related careers, our desire to make films one day, the state of film, and what it takes for art to endure. We also breakdown our many influences in film and comics, working outside the norm, and what we'd like to do with our work going forward. An interesting look at a unique artist, devoted to bringing something fresh to his work.
Follow Ryan Quackenbush on Instagram, Facebook and at ryanquackenbush.com.
Mike Dubisch joins me again to talk about the various scandals regarding men across American culture, how it affects us, how it affects our industry, and some root causes/solutions that lay primarily in the hands of men. We then break into the many interesting projects Mike has going these days, from his work in the Warren/EC style horror/sci-fi magazine "the Creeps", to his own upcoming magazine "Forgotten Futures", and a few of the other tidbits he's doing along the way. We close with what is hopefully not too murky a talk about fleshing out one's art style and taking an organic approach to drawing characters.
Unique and talented cosplayer Stevie Spade talks to me about the hidden sides of cosplay, becoming a maker, social anxiety, awkwardness, and finding your community. We share several anecdotes about working comic book (& other) conventions, inhabiting characters, and using creativity to get results. The conversation is packed with jokes and laughs, but also reveals some interesting philosophical observations about our own minds, but also about the world at large.
Follow Stevie on Instagram @steviespade and on Facebook, Stevie Spade Cosplay. Look out for her upcoming blog about using your craft to better your life at steviespadecosplay.com.
Comedienne Jessimae Peluso left me with a sore face from smiling after this blazing (literally), hilarious conversation about social injustices, John Carpenter's "the Thing", organic eating, and history. We also take a ride through her incredible impression skills-- prepare to have you ears fooled! On top of that we cut into a few very current events, discuss how America takes political correctness a little too far, we share some family oddities and quirks from our childhoods, and we also share a few of our more infamous exploits while drunk, stoned or just plain dumb. It's a ride for the books, packed with laughs, and it is not for the timid (or uber-conservative).
Find Jessimae on the road at a comedy club near you!
Follow her on twitter & instagram @JessimaePeluso. Find out more about her at jessimae.com.
Athena Aktipis, Assistant Professor at ASU & co-director of the Human Generosity Project, talks to me about cancer from a very unique perspective. We discuss her study of cooperation across systems, from human generosity to cancer, her focus on specific parallels between cancer and human behavior, how that may be revolutionizing cancer treatment now and into the future. This is a jaw-droppingly intriguing episode for science nerds, people who've been affected by cancer, and those looking for a little ray of sunshine on the future.
Read Athena's article on slate.com "Why Cancer isn't going anywhere".
Follow Athena on twitter @AthenaAktipis. Read more from her and find out about the Human Generosity Project at athenaaktipis.com.
Mike & I discuss something that has been nagging at me for some time, examining not just our relationship to the internet and technology, but to the content we all know, love, and voraciously consume. We discuss creative time management, content fatigue, quality vs. quantity, and the beauty of silence. This is a brainy, hopefully not-too-complainy, topical episode that applies to almost everyone, but is dedicated to the makers of free and/or regular content across multiple platforms that we have all grown accustomed to, as well as creators who feel the need to be visible on social media but who would rather just get some work done than constantly posting. I said not-too-complainy, but not completely non-complainy. There are, however, silver linings and surprising benefits that are not even fringe.
Jon Bogdanove, (Power Pack, X-Factor, Death of Superman & lots more,) sat with me after Comic Con Palm Springs to share a detailed and nostalgic dive into his history of working for the "Big 2" on some absolutely seminal works. He tells all the behind the scenes hub-bub that spurred the Death of Superman, his magical tale of landing his job at Marvel comics in the 80s, his knack for surrounding himself with the best of the best, and how openness & love got to where he is now. We discuss his diversions into being a stylistic chameleon, doing work that is consciously different from your past work, and embracing the digital in a traditional way. The whole thing is bubbling with anecdotes and wisdom many great masters from the recent history of comics, some of whom put us both firmly where we are. Finally, Jon reveals some tantalizing upcoming work. An episode any comic fan can love, but also one that outsiders can learn a lot from.
Follow Jon Bogdanove on the socials @JonBogdanove, and look for his many great works at you local shop or online.
In part 2 of my great talk with Shannon Wheeler (Sh*t My President Says, Too Much Coffee Man), we cover the perils of Hollywood, the beauty of teaching art, and being typecast as an artist. We also discuss breaking new creative ground, more stylistic choices, infusing our work with real life, and the importance of constantly considering the long game. This is yet another super insightful and entertaining chat, full of wisdom for anyone running a creative career.
Pick up Shannon's amazing new book, "Sh*t My President Says", from Top Shelf Comics anywhere you buy books.
Follow Shannon on twitter @muchcoffee, on instagram @muchcoffeeman and on Facebook, where he posts tons of cartoons.
Find me this weekend at Comic-Con Palm Springs, where I'll be tabling in artist's alley (table A12), and I will be recording a live podcast as a panel with Death of Superman artist Jon Bogdanove!
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