Straightforward Ways to Be a Better Director from 'Hustle' Director Jeremiah Zagar

Hustle with Jeremiah Zagar
Director Jeremiah Zagar, who directed the Netflix movie Hustle, shares many valuable filmmaking lessons and how he made a phenomenal movie with people who had never acted before.

In this episode, we talk about…

  • Making an independent art film with a sports story
  • The freedom and possibilities he got while shooting with real basketball players
  • The idea of evolving the narrative direction through each fight
  • How to get good performances from people who don't act professionally
  • Tips on working with actors and helping them to do their best and not freeze while on camera
  • His experience while working with Adam Sandler, Queen Latifah, Robert Duvall, Kenny Smith, and others
  • Advice for people who want to shoot in a digital format but want to capture the anamorphic look
  • Behind-the-scenes stories from the movie set
  • How he handled self-doubt while making the movie
  • Learning from failures and recognizing the fact that perfect is not always in the cards

Check out the first feature series, Ryan Koo and Amateur.

Watch Hustle on Netflix.

Enjoy our interview with the Winning Time creators.

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This episode of The No Film School Podcast was produced by George Edelman.

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