064 – Director Bradley Walsh (Beauty and the Beast)

Proof that directing a showcase film works, this week features an in-person video interview at the studio of director Bradley Walsh.

After graduating from York University, director Bradley Walsh was a very successful music video director. He then moved to commercials, but yearned to tell more dramatic stories. It wasn’t until he wrote and directed a showcase short film that he was able to break in to directing for television.

Since then, he has directed for many TV series and TV movies, including ‘Instant Star,’ ‘One Tree Hill,’ ‘Salem Falls,’ and ‘A Killer Among Us.’

Bradley is a great example of how to make a career transition within the industry, and gives great tips on breaking in as a director.

Watch his episode of ‘Beauty and the Beast‘ on Thursday, November 1st, 9/8c on The CW!

Follow Bradley on Twitter: @Bonspielmusic

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056 – Brandon David Cole (Bristol Boys)

After studying at Tisch School of the Arts in New York, Brandon David Cole set a goal of writing and directing three feature films by the time he was 30. Not only did he hit that goal, but his three indie features, which he also produced and edited, all sold for distribution!

Brandon David Cole started his filmmaking career making BMX videos at age 14 with his dad’s 2-piece VHS camera. Eventually filmmaking became more of a focus than BMX riding for Brandon and he found himself at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts Film & Television program.

After graduation from NYU, Brandon wrote, directed and produced 3 independent feature films, all of which were sold for distribution. He has directed several television commercials and music videos, and edited a long list of reality television shows for MTV, VH1, Discovery, Spike, Speed, MSNBC, G4, Style and E!.

Brandon has made his own dollies, jibs, car mounts other support gear for all three of his feature films, working with machinist friends to create custom rigs. When Brandon bought a Canon 7D DSLR camera and asked his neighbor to build him a shoulder rig in his machine shop, the Midas Mount brand of camera support was born.

In addition to running the camera support brand Midas Mount, Brandon continues to write, produce and direct feature films, documentaries and reality television shows.

For more information about Brandon’s support gear, including the new SnapFocus, go to http://www.midasmount.com.

Follow Brandon on Twitter: @MidasMount.

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027 – Eric Haywood (Soul Food, Relative Stranger, Empire)

Writer/Director Eric Haywood started out as a successful Atlanta-based music video director, but since moving to Los Angeles has written for cable and network television, has written a TV movie, and has written and directed many short films. You’ll love hearing how he has approached every step of this interesting journey through the industry!

Eric was born and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He began his career as a music video director while still enrolled at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Filmmaking. After relocating to Atlanta, Eric went on to direct and produce videos featuring such artists as Usher, Cee-Lo Green, Outkast, New Edition, Ice-T, Tupac Shakur, and legendary Parliament-Funkadelic bassist Bootsy Collins. His video for Bay Area rapper E-40’s song “Sprinkle Me” was selected by MTV and XXL Magazine as the #10 Greatest West-Coast Rap Video of All Time.

Eric then turned his focus to writing, and moved to Los Angeles, where he landed jobs as a writer on all five seasons of Showtime’s “Soul Food: The Series,” and NBC’s police drama “Hawaii.” Along the way, he has periodically returned to his filmmaking roots, writing and directing three short films (“Staring at the Sun,” “Intersection,” and “Nick of Time,”) each of which has screened at a number of film festivals around the country.

Most recently, Eric wrote the Hallmark Channel Original Movie “Relative Stranger,” starring Eriq LaSalle and directed by Charles Burnett. After premiering in the spring of 2009, the film garnered three NAACP Image Award nominations and a Best Supporting Actress Emmy nomination for Cicely Tyson.

Follow Eric on Twitter: @Eric_Haywood

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016 – Ellen Sandler (Author, TV Writer’s Workbook)

This week we have an absolute treat… a 46-minute interview with Emmy-nominated writer-producer, playwright, director, and author of the TV Writer’s Workbook, Ellen Sandler!

Entertainment Today calls Ellen Sandler the Dalai Lama of television writing… her “TV Writer’s Workbook” is used by the top film schools in the world, including USC, UCLA, and NYU. The praise is well-deserved… like “Save the Cat” by Blake Snyder does for feature writing, Ellen’s book comes from a writer’s approach, telling you in very simple, easy to understand terms, virtually everything you need to know to be a successful TV writer.

Ellen is a seasoned writer — she was nominated for an Emmy for her work as a Co-Executive Producer of the CBS hit series, Everybody Loves Raymond. She has written for many other prime time network television comedies, including ABC’s Coach, and has created original television pilots for ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox Family, Oxygen Network, and the Disney Channel.

Both a teacher and a consultant, Ellen provides script development and career coaching for professionals and emerging writers in the entertainment industry, as well as writing workshops and seminars at conferences and universities both in the US and abroad.

Do we need to tell you she has a ton of wisdom to share? Even if you haven’t read her book, you’ll benefit greatly from the interview. If you have, you’ll get a lot of extra depth.

Follow Ellen on Twitter: @sandlerink — or visit her website at www.sandlerink.com.

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