Assorted Kinds

Assorted Kinds Podcast

Making movies seems like an impossible endeavor for most. Limited resources. Self doubt. Real life obligations that come first but never go away. You aren’t the only one with these excuses, and making movies doesn’t have to be as hard as you make it out to be. Every month, join members of the Assorted Kinds Film Collective as they explore how to push past excuses to get passion projects made. From seasoned to first time filmmakers, this podcast explores the juicy behind the scenes stories of each month’s Assorted Kinds release and cracks open each filmmaker’s struggles, fears, failures and accomplishments.  Whether you enjoy hearing stories about filmmakers overcoming obstacles to get their projects completed, or have a burning desire to bootstrap your own film projects, this podcast is a direct line into the heart and soul of independent filmmaking.

Making "Nine Two" -- ASK006

Writer/Director David Gallardo is joined by actor Sabi Portlock to discuss the making of their 90’s LA drama “Nine Two”. Kevin Rosen Quan and Christopher Ryan Laughter co-host this episode which weaves through memories of LA Riots and why this film resonates with so many that lived the experience, the trials and tribulations of making this film, and what the filmmakers learned along the way.

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Making "The Fantastic Folly of Future Jess" -- ASK005

First time writer/director Christopher Ryan Laughter is joined by his short film collaborators Nicole Castillo, Jeremie Brillant and Taylor Shofner to discuss making his project about an animated piece of broccoli attempting to alter their past self’s actions. Kevin Rosen Quan and David Gallardo co-host this episode discussing what it took to make a short film about time travel in a single day using a single location, how difficult it was to pack such a dense world and story into a single scene, and all the learnings that came along with the filmmaker’s first writing/directing experience.

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Making "Choices" -- ASK004

In this episode writer/director Kevin Rosen-Quan has his brain picked over his first short Choices. Kevin is joined by his dynamic producer duo Nicole Castillo and Jana Devino, along with Assorted Kinds directors Chris Laughter, Matt Devino, and David Gallardo. Together they discuss what it takes to get a seemingly simple dinner scene into single shoot day involving seven couples and 3 cameras, before diving deep into the values of assorted kinds and how they make shorts differently.

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Making "Pre-Recorded Therapist" -- ASK003

In this episode we dig in with writer/director Derek Scully to unpack his comedy short “Pre-Recorded Therapist” which explores what happens when a patient gets cleverly bamboozled by her therapist. Derek is joined by crew members Matt Devino, Nicole Castillo, Christopher Ryan Laughter, and David Gallardo. We’ll discuss how and why the filmmaker’s chose to make this movie the way they did, where the concept originated, explore the differences between sketch comedy and short film and share some life lessons about navigating the industry, surviving as a filmmaker in Los Angeles and making short films such as this.

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Making “Last One Screaming” -- ASK002

In this episode we dig in with writer/director Matt Devino to crack open our short horror film “Last One Screaming” which explores what happens to the Final Girl after the horror movie ends. Matt is joined by Producers Christopher Laughter and Nicole Castillo, 1st AD Taylor Shofner, Associate Producer Jana Devino and Cop #1 Derek Alvarado. We’ll discuss how and why the filmmaker’s chose to make this movie the way they did, explore the horror genre; why we love it, why we hate it, and how it sometimes creates difficulties for filmmakers. We'll also explore why it is so important to find what lights your fire as a filmmaker and who will help you keep it lit.

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Making “Mister Mailman” -- ASK001

Writer/Director Taylor Shofner is joined by friends Christopher Ryan Laughter, Matt Devino, Nicole Castillo, and David Gallardo to discuss the making of his short film “Mister Mailman”, Taylor’s fascination with the word “mailman”, how the Assorted Kinds short film collective came to be, and why getting filmmakers to support each other is so important.

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