ROUGH CUT

A PODCAST about VIDEO CREATORS

 

Rough Cut is a series of conversations with nonfiction filmmakers and video journalists about why and how they do what they do. Every episode, host Jennie Butler sits down fellow video creatives to explore their motivations, finding their voice, successes, failures, and what they’ve learned along the way. Created by members of the global filmmaking collective The Video Consortium, Rough Cut is a guide to navigating today’s ever-changing media landscape.

 
 
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Season ONE

 

Episode 1

Spencer Chumbley

Shooting in war zones and the benefits of being self-taught.

Episode 2

Erin Lee Carr

How to pitch a project to HBO and lessons from her dad, David Carr.

EPISODE 3

JON KASBE

Shooting vs editing


Episode 4

ALEXANDRIA BOMBACH

How to portray stories of trauma.

Episode 5

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Why it’s crucial to choose the right collaborators in filmmaking.

Episode 6

MICKEY DUZYJ & MONA PANCHAL

Bouncing back from failure and turning a doc short into a Netflix series.


Episode 7

DAN BERGER

Film Distribution 101

Episode 8

RACHEL LEARS

How to choose the right subjects for your film.

Episode 9

MEGHAN ORETSKY

How to get your film on Vimeo Staff Picks


Episode 10

PAMELA B. GREEN

The darkest moments in filmmaking.

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Episode 11

GLEN ZIPPER

How directors should pitch producers.

Episode 12

ED OU

How to transition from photo to video.


 
 

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Come inside the minds of today’s nonfiction video world. Available on:

 
 
 
 
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ABOUT

WHY ROUGH CUT?

Making a film is a crazy undertaking. So, why do so many people do it? In this podcast, we dive inside the heads of today’s top emerging nonfiction filmmakers and video journalists to uncover the hard lessons learned and the constant struggles that unite us all. After all, each filmmaker’s experience is unique and can teach us quite a lot about our own creative process—video or otherwise. Launched in January 2019, Rough Cut is a meditation on how and why we do what we do. 

Above video: “Between the Sand,” by VC member John Picklap.

 

MEET THE TEAM

 
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JENNIE BUTLER

HOST, CO-PRODUCER

Jennie is a video journalist at NowThis, where she produces and edits character-driven stories about various social issues, with a focus on criminal justice reform. Previously, she wrote and produced a world news show for Discovery Channel’s digital video unit. Jennie is from the San Francisco Bay Area but now lives in Brooklyn, New York. Follow her on twitter and instagram.

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SKY DYLAN-ROBBINS

CO-PRODUCER

Sky is the founder and Executive Director of the Video Consortium. She’s a New York-based documentary filmmaker and video journalist, currently on staff at NBC News’s experimental documentary studio, Left Field. Previously, she was the Senior Producer, Video at The New Yorker magazine. In 2018, she was chosen as one of Forbes Magazine's 30 Under 30 in Media.  She graduated cum laude from Northwestern University. Find her on instagram.

 

 
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GEORGE ITZHAK

Booking Producer

George Itzhak is a Producer at NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt, where he has covered a diverse range of stories - from the ongoing opioid epidemic in this country, to diversity in Hollywood, to the Olympics. He also contributes to NBC's experimental documentary unit, Left Field. George graduated NYU's Tisch School of the Arts in 2014, with the completion of a 25-minute Russian-language short film titled "Broccoli." Connect with him on instagram

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ZACK WRIGHT

COMPOSER

Zack Wright is a composer, sound designer, and filmmaker based in Los Angeles. Films he has scored or directed have shown at SXSW, Doc NYC, AFI Docs, Sheffield Doc/Fest, Aspen Shortsfest Full Frame, Marfa Film Festival, and many more. Follow Zack on instagram.

 

 
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ADAM glucksman

GRAPHIC DESIGNER

Adam is a designer and educator living in Wellington, New Zealand. He's a big fan of everything you're doing, and would love to find a way to collaborate or just hang out. He spends less time on social media than most, but is still on his phone all day for some reason.

 
 

Special thanks to Hans Hsu and Owain Rich for lending their audio expertise.

 

 
 

BROUGHT TO YOU BY

the Video Consortium

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