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Apr 1, 2017

Movie Meltdown - Episode 389

This week we are joined by director Rob Spera. He's not only been directing film and television for the past thirty years, but he's also currently teaching filmmaking at The American Film Institute. We talk about his early days working with Roger Corman and shooting low-budget horror and thriller movies. And then we'll find out just how that led him to direct the genre favorite Leprechaun in the Hood. And we'll cover how he moved into directing high-profile network shows like Supernatural, Army Wives and Criminal Minds. And how all that led him to his latest film, The Sweet Life starring Chris Messina and Abigail Spencer.

And while we figure out the best way to capturing your audience, we also cover... Corman's technique, acting in New York, the Supernatural cast, how to teach filmmaking in an ever-changing medium, Bus Stop, Warwick Davis, shifting the axis, Al Pacino, driving two characters to their death, they point to the symptom, teaching, becomes your editor, this is something I want to put out... this is something I believe in, great good will... in the first fifteen to twenty minutes, putting your stamp on it within their box,expectations in movies, working in someone else's' sandbox, the reward for success there was less money, less time, Jared Rappaport, anytime they would give me the toys, character-driven, it got close to getting made a few times, the audience will find the drama, TV vs. film, over-intellectualizing a script, shy and withdrawn, Ice-T, Monica Lewinsky, these sixty-three pages... are gone, Long Island, rewriting, and then it's your job to know what the disease is, Francis Ford Coppola and this other disembodied thing that's driving the story.

"You don't have the money to make the movie you want, but you can kind of feast on a particular facet, and then make sure you learn as much as you can about it. And take that into future projects."

The Sweet Life will be released on iTunes and OnDemand on April 11th! Check out the Facebook page for more info and the trailer: https://www.facebook.com/sweetlifemovie/

And here is the link for the iTunes pre-order: https://itunes.apple.com/us/movie/the-sweet-life/id1215915496