The Curiosity Codex

Chapter 15: Who Cares About The Trees?

September 14, 2022

We are now into the stormy seas of post-production. In this chat, Mandy Fabian gives us an update on the thousand little pieces that contribute to a final film.

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Chapter 14: The Flow Of What Shows Up

August 24, 2022

All things must come to an end. We’ve gotten to the last day on set with Mandy Fabian: what happens when the shooting is done?

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Wars vs Trek: Nostalgia Fan Service vs. Canon Busting Nostalgia

August 2, 2022

Rob Kubasko has returned to the Codex to discuss these shows and ask: how should we deal with fan nostalgia?

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Chapter 13: A Nerd for Entendres

June 1, 2022

In today’s chapter, Mandy Fabian takes us through the thousand details that need to be taken care of before a single frame is shot. Storyboards, shotlists, transitions, all that homework needs to be finished before the fun starts.

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Chapter 12: Make It A Playground

May 25, 2022

Production crew: assemble! Mandy Fabian takes us through the process of assembling her dream team, the crew she hand picked to take her movie from page to screen. Plus we’ll discuss the pros and cons of yelling “action!” on set.

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Chapter 11: A Certain Guilelessness

May 18, 2022

We’ve reached the next step in movie production: the who and the where. In today’s chat, Mandy Fabian tells us about the hunt for the perfect location. Plus, we’ll talk about the unusual process of casting a movie during a pandemic.

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Chapter 10: Hell Or High Water Time

May 11, 2022

Making a movie is tough, but getting a movie made is even harder. In today’s chapter, Mandy Fabian will discuss navigating the ups and downs of the Hollywood system to get a movie made. (Don’t worry, this one’s got a happy ending.)

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Chapter 9: Who Let Me Out Of The House?

May 4, 2022

Chapter 9 is all about the written word. Mandy Fabian and I take a pause on our linear journey to discuss the written word. We’ll discuss our writing processes, our feelings about outlines, what to do with strange ideas that drop into your brain and how to take your family drama and make a movie out of it.

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Chapter 8: Get Cool And Start Working

April 27, 2022

Chapter 8 takes us into the realm of the shadow! That is, Mandy Fabian and I will discuss shadow directing, where the job is to listen and learn and disappear when the show runner shows up. Plus, we’ll talk the differences with directing in different mediums

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Chapter 7: You Get a Chair When You Do a Feature

April 20, 2022

Chapter 7 will take you on a whirlwind tour, as Mandy Fabian discusses taking her short film on the film festival circuit. We’ll also talk about the weird world of networking, facing an ambivalent audience and when do you know it’s time to come home. But first, is there a downside to binge watching?

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