Alex Ferrari is an accomplished filmmaker, post-production supervisor, colorist, and editor. He is also the creator of Indie Film Hustle, a popular film podcast and blog. A few years ago his short film Broken received an endorsement from Roger Ebert, which helped Alex gain traction on the film festival circuit.
More recently Alex has worked as the colorist on Hulu’s new series Dimension 404, a Twilight Zone-like series for the Internet age. Dimension 404 is narrated by Mark Hamill and includes guest-starring performances from the likes of Joel McHale (Community), Lea Michele (Glee), and comedian Patton Oswalt.
The first feature film Alex directed is This is Meg, which stars Jill-Michele Melean (Reno 911). It premiered at Cinequest 2017 and will be available on iTunes this summer. The S.P.A.A.C.E Program, a series he directed for Legendary Pictures Digital and Nerdist, is also slated for a summer release.
Some of the things we discuss in this episode include
- What the online editing process involves
- The importance of planning for post production at the beginning of a project
- Why filmmakers starting out shouldn’t try to imitate the Hollywood style
- How to use community engagement to make a project more marketable
- Why mastering at 4K is probably a bad idea for most indie filmmakers
- When to start building an audience for a film
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- Alex’s sites
- Alex on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook
- This is Meg – Alex’s feature film
- The nsavides Podcast episode with Xan Aranda, a producer who has collaborated with the Duplass brothers on a number of projects including Blue Jay
- Notable connection: Alex was the post production consultant on My Father Die, which was shot in Louisiana. The film includes a performance from John Schneider, a former guest on the show. Greg Tilton, another former guest, was part of the crew. A number of my friends also worked on it, but I opted not to see it because it was described to me as being exceedingly violent.
- DaVinci Resolve Studio
- Blackmagic Design URSA Mini
- Sony a7s II
- Tangent Wave Panel
Films & Shows Discussed
- Blue Jay
- Dimension 404
- Food Matters
- Forks Over Knives
- Jeff Who Lives at Home
- The S.P.A.A.C.E Program
- This is Meg