What is something you shouldn’t do when running a screening? In this episode, Director Christian Taylor talks about what she’s learned from her recent experience attending four screenings for The Girl Who Wore Freedom in Colorado earlier this year.
One tip: don’t be afraid to ask for donations even if you’ll get rejected. Speaking of which, have you considered donating to support the film? Visit http://normandystories.com/donate and help us tell the veteran’s stories!
Projects like The Girl Who Wore Freedom need volunteers to exist. Volunteers who are hungry for growth have many opportunities to gain real-world experience and do work they’d be proud to show others. It’s a win-win situation for both parties. When should someone start getting paid for the work that they do?
And how do you find social media influencers and partners to cross-promote your work? Find out how this plan began and how we were approached by the folks at Ike’s Soldiers (ikessoldiers.com).
Do you know someone with fundraising experience? The Girl Who Wore Freedom needs help and we’re willing to share a percentage of proceeds to get that work done. Contact us for more information: https://www.normandystories.com/contact.
When the idea for The Girl Who Wore Freedom was conceived a lot had to happen in a short amount of time. Now that there is a documentary of the film out there, we take stock of what we have and consider the format. What if a documentary would really work better as a three-part miniseries? What steps are necessary to get listed on Netflix, Amazon Video, or even a cable network like The History Channel? Should a documentary even consider that?
Christian has had a chance to catch her breath and is ramping up for screenings in Denver, Colorado Springs, New York, Branson, and beyond! Find a screening near you: https://normandystories.com/screenings.
These screenings are being organized and spearheaded by people who are passionate about sharing The Girl Who Wore Freedom in their city and helping us raise funds to finish the film. Want to organize a screening in your own? Let us know on our contact page: https://www.normandystories.com/contact.
If you’re looking to support us and get some cool clothing or souvenirs, check out the new Girl Who Wore Freedom shop: https://normandystories.com/shop.
Creating a film is exhausting. Is it even possible to take a break when you’re in the midst of creating a feature-length documentary? And what do you do when you want to finish the film, but don’t have the money to pay the editor and other team members to get the work done? In this episode, Christian Taylor, director of The Girl Who Wore Freedom, shares the struggle through fatigue and satisfying rewards that shine through it.
Getting any kind of feedback is hard. If the feedback is only positive, you worry that they’re just trying to make you feel good and not being authentic. But it’s also really difficult to receive negative feedback! In this episode, podcast host Josh Lindsey and director Christian Taylor talk about about how the Chicago focus group screening went and how real-world feedback has influenced the development of the film.
In this episode, host of the podcast Josh Lindsey asks director Christian Taylor a series of questions to better understand what went on at the Normandy premiere of The Girl Who Wore Freedom. We’ll hear about things she would have done differently and hear about some emotional and impactful moments.
Social media is an important part of promoting any project, but particularly films. In this episode, we meet Anne Evans, our first social media lead and sister of Director Christian Taylor. Anne shares how she got started in this role and dissect her plan for raising money for The Girl Who Wore Freedom.
What does it take to run a focus group screening? In this episode, Director Christian Taylor shares how the eleven screenings were planned for Normandy to gather feedback from the five-hundred people who have seen the film.
Director Christian Taylor is in France preparing to screen the film, but the drive doesn’t work. In this episode, we celebrate the first screening of The Girl Who Wore Freedom in Normandy, France, discuss the struggle to make it a reality, and share first impressions.
In this episode, Director Christian Taylor shares an update after visiting Mississippi and screening for veterans with dramatically moving results. Because we’ve been so busy with that, we’re also reairing Episode 2 of the Documentary First podcast in lieu of a new episode. Check out normandystories.com for the latest information about our film.
In this episode, Director Christian Taylor shares an update after screening The Girl Who Wore Freedom in Normandy for D-Day Celebrations. Because we’ve been so busy with that, we’re also reairing Episode 1 of the Documentary First podcast in lieu of a new episode. Check out normandystories.com for the latest information about our film.
Director Christian Taylor looks ahead to the next steps for “The Girl Who Wore Freedom” and speculates about what it will be like to watch the film with the first screening audiences.
Working with footage and audiences that represent at least two distinct languages is no small task. Director Christian Taylor talks about the complexity of subtitling and her project’s tight turnaround for sound and score.
A good composer understands both emotion and serendipity. There’s no better example than how Jeff Kurtenacker came to be the Lead Composer on The Girl Who Wore Freedom. Listen in as Director Christian Taylor shares his story and how she learned to communicate with emotion.
When you’re a bootstrapped documentary you sometimes have to pick free or inexpensive tools to get the job done. For The Girl Who Wore Freedom Director Christian Taylor talks about the pain of editing (“killing your babies” to get the timing and tone right) and shares some of her favorite tools that she’s come to love (including Google Drive, Trello, Frame.io, and Zoom).
A good editor is hard to come by and The Girl Who Wore Freedom was blessed with one of the best: Bill Ebel. Learn more as Director Christian Taylor shares her appreciation for Bill and the qualities (and hard, honest truth) that make him the perfect editor for our documentary.
All great things begin in a garage. Josh, Jason, and Director Christian Taylor explore the ins and outs of film editing from a garage in Tennessee. Christian also shares the roller-coaster that is translating, subtitling, and script-writing.
Is there such thing as work/life balance in film-making? Director Christian Taylor discusses La La Land, the creative process, striking the right tone, and putting family first…always.
What do you do when you’re at your all time low and ready to call it quits? In this episode, producer Christian Taylor tells the story of her (extended) visit to her editor in Tennessee to get the film done, how she ran out of money, and how donors came through on the day they were going to end the project.
In this episode, producer Christian Taylor shares the results of her first preview of the film; and it’s not good. She faces reality of deadlines, debt, and the editorial process as she considers the end of the project.
A lot has developed since the last episode and the film is currently undergoing the assembly edit. In this episode you’ll what that means and why everything Christian Taylor has told you up to this point is wrong.
Real questions from real listeners posed to a real first-time filmmaker. Christian, Josh, and Jason explore the many uses of helmets, the smells of war, and the healing power of beer.
Documentary filmmaking takes way more than setting up a camera in a breathlessly scenic, historic destination. It starts with determination. Christian, Josh, and Jason cover the grit of getting started in filmmaking and how to craft a pitch packet.
Today we talk origin stories. We’re looking at how Director Christian Taylor got her start in filmmaking, the necessity of building a good team and how being a Mom helped her as a producer! Christian, Josh, and Jason discuss voiceover, working with a virtual team and the importance in belief.