In this episode, No Film School’s GG Hawkins and the director of Wildflower, Matt Smukler, discuss:

  • Taking a documentary piece and turning it into a narrative feature

  • Being as authentic as possible while not losing his family in the process

  • Knowing immediately who would be cast as the main character

  • Leaning on the screenwriter and main actress to help him tell a young girl’s story

  • Not wanting the audience to recognize his director’s hand

  • Using a feature editor versus a commercial editor

  • The things he wishes he knew before making a feature film

  • How a game of tennis helped him find a producer

  • Having his teenage daughter write songs for the film 

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This episode of The No Film School Podcast was produced by GG Hawkins.