STORIES FROM THE TRENCHES
Just Shoot It is a podcast about filmmaking, screenwriting, and directing and is hosted by two working directors, Oren Kaplan and Matt Enlow. Each week we talk to our favorite up-and-coming directors, screenwriters, and producers, to learn how they became successful, working filmmakers. We pry open the hermetically sealed secrets of Hollywood by diving deep into topics nobody else dares talk about: budgets & salaries, shot lists & difficult performances, directing reels and the politics of making people care about you as a filmmaker. We've demystified the break-in stories of guests such as Brad Peyton (Rampage/San Andreas), Maggie Kieley (American Horror Story/Riverdale), Tony Yacenda (American Vandal), and Abby Fuller (Chef's Table) to name a few that survived our grilling. We don't want to hear about how David Fincher broke in through music videos in the 80's, we want to know what moves the needle today. Our goal is to extract for our listeners the stories, strategies, and tips they can use in the entertainment industry to force their way into a sustainable creative career.
WHERE TO LISTEN
Episodes are available anywhere podcasts are found and on justshootitpod.com, along with episode notes and materials from the episode.
Just Shoot It is a cut throat interview show that dices episodes up into three weekly segments like you've never seen before:
- "What have you been working on lately?" - Matt and Oren discuss the advancements and setbacks of their directing careers. They relay their takeaways and illustrate their own personal journeys in realtime.
- "Guest interview" or "Listener questions" - We dig deep. This is inside baseball. We promise to never ask “what it’s like to work with <insert celebrity name here>?” and directors respond with enthusiasm and a level of depth and insight you don’t get on other shows.
- "Unpaid endorsements" - We discuss our favorite stuff... everything from a cool new video to a classic book or resource to a new way to cut bagels... it's all up for grabs.
Through the weekly podcast, live shows, an active social media presence, and frequent crossover episodes with other industry-related podcasts, Just Shoot It connects with a global audience. While a large portion of listeners are living and working in Hollywood (quite a few moved to Los Angeles at the recommendation of this podcast), there is a community of thriving and aspiring filmmakers in every corner of the world that tunes in regularly. On average we have upwards of 30k downloads per 90-day period, with the occasional break out episode that goes mainstream to fans of the guests or work we discuss on the show.
Our listeners are incredibly engaged, listening on average to more than 60 minutes per episode! Let's see a YouTube show with that kind of commitment. We've seen the engagement not only through personal feedback and our blossoming Patreon campaign, but through the success of various sponsorships we've done in the past that resulted in impressive conversion rates. We're talking to a niche audience and only bring them content and marketing that we know they'll appreciate.
PR companies love us too... because we love their guests! We couldn't care less about the actors; we are dying to sit down with the directors of every show and movie that's about to be released. That's why Just Shoot It has become a favorite venue for Hollywood PR firms like Sunshine Sachs and KWPR.
WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING
- MovieMaker Magazine - "An essential moviemaking podcast to augment your film education."
- Backstage West - "An industry-savvy podcast is just the thing for you."
- Film School Rejects - "Filmmaking Tips from Brad Peyton"
- Indie Film Hustle - "An energetic and sometimes heated conversation."
- iTunes - 5-star review average with uncomfortably positive reviews of the show.
- Action, Comedy & Style with KEY & PEELE Director Peter Atencio - 117
- From Indie Features to RYAN MURPHY SHOWS with Maggie Kiley - 111
- What do HOLLYWOOD PEOPLE Mean by "Getting Drinks?" - 104
- Video Essays with LESSONS FROM THE SCREENPLAY's Michael Tucker - 98
- Creating Netflix’s AMERICAN VANDAL with Tony Yacenda - 74