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In this episode, we get into:

  • Whether or not your short should be a proof-of-concept for a feature
  • How to make production manageable and cost-effective for a short film
  • Auditioning, casting, and finding crew for a short without a lot of personal connections
  • How much money do you need to make your short?
  • Production prep - to storyboard or not to storyboard?
  • What you can learn from making a short
  • Troubleshooting the “Murphy’s Law of Filmmaking”
  • How and when to distribute your short

….and more

Here's the short film Amateur:

If you have questions about the making of the Netflix Original Film Amateur — or about your own feature project — you can ask me at or find me on twitter @ryanbkoo.

Here's the trailer for the feature Amateur. Watch it Friday on Netflix!

About Amateur

14-year-old basketball phenom Terron Forte has to navigate the under-the-table world of amateur athletics when he is recruited to an elite NCAA prep school.

Amateur stars Michael Rainey Jr., Sharon Leal, Ashlee Brian, Corey Parker Robinson with Brian White and Josh Charles. The film is written and directed by Ryan Koo and produced by Jason Michael Berman, Chip Hourihan and Mark Moran with Michael Finley, Tony Parker, Jill Ahrens, Ryan Ahrens, Ben Renzo and Caroline Connor serving as executive producers. The film will premiere on Netflix on April 6, 2018.

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