How Starting a Production Company Can Help You Make Your First Film [PODCAST]

Owning your own production company makes it easier to get things done.

Ashley McKenzie is the type of director who does it all. The Canadian multi-hyphenate runs her own production company, writes her own scripts, and directs all of the company's films. When she’s on set, however, she gives up almost all notions of planning and control to make her shots as organic and in-the-moment as possible.

For her debut feature, Werewolf, which has won awards at almost every regional Canadian festival she’s brought it to, this included throwing the actors into real-life situations, adding events into scenes without telling them, keeping the camera rolling after the scene had cut, and even casting non-actors as key characters at locations on the fly.

The film itself follows a pair of outcast methadone users who push a rusty lawnmower door-to-door to cut grass for money to feed their addiction. Back at the Toronto International Film Festival, I sat down with McKenzie and her two lead actors Andrew Gillis and Breagh MacNeil to discuss their intensely real collaboration. 

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This episode was produced and edited by Jon Fusco.

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I'm an avid listener of your podcast and thank you guys for all the insightful interviews and news coverage on a regular basis. However, this podcast title is extremely misleading. Most of the episode concentrated on how the filmmakers developed their own organic process to produce a successful microbudget film in Canada. Contrary to what the title suggests, this interview will not give you actual advice on "How Starting a Production Company Can Help You Make Your First Film"

June 27, 2017 at 11:52AM, Edited June 27, 11:52AM

You voted '-1'.
Cidney Hue
Sci-Fi Director & Filmmaker

Please turn down the music while you're talking at the beggining. And yes, the title of this podcast is misleading.

July 2, 2017 at 6:43PM, Edited July 2, 6:50PM