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The Short Film Pod

The Short Film Pod

By Jacobie Gray & Leonie Marsh

Every filmmaker dreams about watching their feature on the big screen but nobody gives airtime to the most crucial part of any filmmaker’s humble beginning: the honing of their craft through the ups and downs of short filmmaking. The Short Film Pod is an Australian podcast hosted by writer/director Jacobie Gray and producer Leonie Marsh that aims to do just that. Through interviewing award winning directors and their various Heads of Department, Jacobie and Leonie will shine a light on the process behind the process.

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The Short Film PodApr 09, 2019

S2, Ep 18 - Anna Lawrence and Tai Hara: Web Series with a Message

S2, Ep 18 - Anna Lawrence and Tai Hara: Web Series with a Message

Colour Blind is a satirical web series created by producing partners Anna Lawrence and Tai Hara addressing race and diversity in the entertainment industry. Based on Hara's experiences as an actor, and also directed by him, the series aims to gently shed light on current inequalities and racial mindsets through it's hilarious mockumentary shooting style and cringe worthy situations. In this episode Hara and Lawrence talk us through the project; from initial conception to shooting with a skeleton crew to securing funding for post production and how they've adjusted their marketing strategy to better serve their audience. Hara is best known for his role on the much loved Australian television drama Home & Away and Lawrence works in online branded content where she currently holds the position of Head of Video at Pedestrian Group, Australia's largest digital youth publisher.   

Jun 18, 202134:18
S2, Ep 17 - Sharon Badal: Programming Shorts for Tribeca Film Festival
Jun 03, 202134:08
S2, Ep 16 - Sky Davies: A DOP in Long and Short Form
May 21, 202134:47
S2, Ep 15 - Guy Nattiv: Winning the Oscar for Best Live Action Short
May 06, 202135:25
S2, Ep 14 - Part 2 Live Panel Event Dark Whispers Vol 1: Australia's First Women's Horror Anthology

S2, Ep 14 - Part 2 Live Panel Event Dark Whispers Vol 1: Australia's First Women's Horror Anthology

In this very special follow up episode (listen to Megan Riakos in Ep 3 first) we are thrilled to broadcast a live panel event created by Megan to celebrate the release of Dark Whispers Vol 1. 


Was an International Women’s Day panel and networking drinks event with the creative team behind Australia’s first all-women horror anthology Dark Whispers – Volume 1. Presented by Hemlock & Cedar Films in association with City of Sydney, Actors Centre AustraliaStranger with My Face International Film Festival, the NSW chapter of WIFT Australia, Sydney Film Fatales & Screen Vixens.

Listen to the Dark Whispers team discuss the state of play of genre filmmaking in Australia. Brought together by the project’s creator and lead producer Megan Riakos (Crushed), these are filmmakers with bold visions, who have made their voices heard in a highly competitive field by playing to their unique strengths. They have succeeded by pushing boundaries, whether thematically, in terms of style or format or even in terms of genre definitions.

Guided by moderator Rosie Lourde (Deadhouse Dark, Romance on the Menu) the panel reflects on their shared love of dark genre and their experiences in navigating the crucial areas of financing, production and marketing. The discussion also included the notion of developing a personal “brand” and how to develop a sustainable career in the arts. 

Speakers include Megan Riakos, Briony Kidd, Enzo Tedeschi, Angie Black, Katrina Irawati Graham, Isabel Peppard, Marion Pilowsky, & Jub Clerc.

Website: | Instagram: @theshortfilmpod | Sound Engineer: Lana Kristensen

Apr 23, 202149:43
S2, Ep 13 - Megan Riakos Part 1: Curating Multiple Shorts into a Feature Horror Anthology

S2, Ep 13 - Megan Riakos Part 1: Curating Multiple Shorts into a Feature Horror Anthology

Megan Riakos is a go-getter. A writer, director, producer, advocacy leader, lecturer and all round wonderful woman, Megan continues to bring a distinctive female lens to the world of genre filmmaking. Her debut feature as writer/director/producer of the thriller Crushed received strong reviews with The Australian calling it “a tense, bloody mystery thriller”, and The Hollywood Reporter labelling it “A solid debut.”  

Megan’s next project was Australia’s first horror anthology feature film Dark Whispers – Volume 1 which is why we are chatting to her in this ep. Megan created an incredible opportunity for ten Australian women horror directors by curating their shorts into a feature film anthology, directing a wraparound segment herself to stitch all the segments together. It's such a fantastic example of how your short film could garner a second life (and thousands more eyeballs) despite its age or festival run. Dark Whispers was selected for festivals across the world including at Cinequest Film & Creativity Festival in Silicon Valley, Seattle International Film Festival, Berlin Final Girls Film Festival, Cinefest Oz Film Festival in Western Australia and MonsterFest. It has been hailed by Killer Horror Critic as “A shining example of horror anthology film done right…” and Screen Hub calling it “bursting with ideas and energetic visual approaches”. Just because your short has finished premiering doesn't mean it has to sit on the shelf for eternity. 

Website: | Instagram: @theshortfilmpod | Sound Engineer: Lana Kristensen

Apr 23, 202130:17
S2, Ep 12 - Celine Roustan and Ivan Kander: Short of the Week Selectors
Apr 23, 202129:47
S2, Ep 11 - Thomas Wilson-White: Going from a Feature back to a Short

S2, Ep 11 - Thomas Wilson-White: Going from a Feature back to a Short

We kick off our second season with the delightful Thomas Wilson-White. Thomas is an award-winning Australian director and screenwriter. His debut feature film THE GREENHOUSE premiered at BFI: Flare London LGBTIQ+ Film Festival (winning the Audience Choice Award at 2021 Mardi Gras Film Festival and Best Film at The Gold Coast Film Festival). He is a graduate of the VCA and AFTRS, where he completed his Masters of Screen Arts in 2017, specialising in queer theory. Our chat with Thomas is particularly interesting as he wrote what he thought would be his debut feature screenplay and ended up creating a short film from that script (ST AUGUSTINE) in order to experiment with the protagonist and some key scenes. It's such a great example of how the short format can continue to inform your career even when you have transitioned into the world of long-form. Check out our website for all the Show Notes, as you will want to watch everything Thomas has made, we promise you! 

Website: | Instagram: @theshortfilmpod | Sound Engineer Lana Kristensen 

Apr 23, 202132:01
S1, Ep 10 - TJ Power: Trusting Your HODs
Jun 13, 201929:35
S1, Ep 9 - Shideh Faramand and Kirsty Stark: How a Short Film can be a Proof of Concept for your Feature
Jun 06, 201932:45
S1, Ep 8 - Gareth Davies: What IS a Production Designer
May 30, 201937:09
S1, Ep 7 - Brooke Goldfinch: How to Crowdfund Your Way to Film School
May 23, 201935:50
S1, Ep 6 – Andy Carbone: Actor Decides to Write a Screenplay
May 16, 201929:16
S1, Ep 5 - Adrian Chiarella: Editor / Screenwriter Turned Director
May 09, 201933:12
S1, Ep 4 - Shelly Lauman: Directing with No Music
May 02, 201927:28
S1, Ep 3 - Claudia Pickering: How DO They Select Shorts for Festivals?
Apr 17, 201935:15
S1, Ep 1 - Danielle Boesenberg and Jacobie Gray: How the Editor and the Director Work Together
Apr 17, 201937:11
S1, Ep 2 - Kevin Lim and Aaron McLisky: Collaborating With Your DOP
Apr 17, 201931:36


A little taste of what's to come on The Short Film Pod! 

Apr 09, 201900:37