Respect the Process
Mixing Commercials vs "I Am Battle Comic" With Audio Mixer Scott Burns.

Scott Burns is an excellent Sound Mixer who re-records sound for commercials. He also helped me with my upcoming documentary “I Am Battle Comic”. Scott works at onoe of LA's most reputable sound houses, Juice Studio.  In this interview, he gives us great insight into his career, how he operates, and how my movie was a different beast than a Lexus spot. Scott, who studied sound & film at USC, loves sharing his vast knowledge. 

I really enjoyed my chat with my new pal Scott and you will too. Shout out to his Producer - Vanessa Carey, and his Executive Producer Dawn Redmann for making the movie mix a reality.



This episode is an hour long.

Direct download: Respect_The_Process_190_Scott_Burns.mp3
Category:Filmmaking -- posted at: 7:44pm PST

From Start to Stardom With Casting Director Lisa London.

From discovering Jennifer Aniston, Mark Ruffalo and Miley Cyrus to casting the latest Adam Sandler film, Lisa London has a keen eye for talent. Lisa and I chat about the casting process, finding future stars and how she builds a cast.

We also read directly from her book, "From Star To Stardom", a practical working guide for actors at all levels. Buy the book now!



The episode is a little over an hour.

Commercial Directing Bootcamp 3.11.2017 is half full so do not dilly dally. All info you need about my new film "I AM BATTLE COMIC" is posted here. 100% of ticket sales from our screening series goes to charity.

Direct download: Respect_The_Process_189_Lisa_London.mp3
Category:Filmmaking -- posted at: 1:52pm PST

My Thoughts On Super Bowl LI Commercials.

I really liked a lot of the spots, then again I love commercials. Here's me talking about what we all saw.



This is 20 minutes.

Direct download: Respect_The_Process_188_Super_Bowl_LI_Review.mp3
Category:Filmmaking -- posted at: 10:21am PST

How I Run A Commercial Shoot Tech Scout.

I'm in deep prep for a huge shoot next week, so I thought I'd share how run my technical scouts with the film crew. All part of the Brady Method. Love to hear what you do. 



This is an 11 minute episode.

Commercial Directing Bootcamp officially half full for March 11th, 2017. Guest speaker is insanely cool and inspiring. I'll announce next week. 

Direct download: Respect_The_Process_187_Tech_Scout.mp3
Category:Filmmaking -- posted at: 7:51pm PST

Morphing From Stills Photographer Into Filmmaker With Kristyna Archer.

Filmmaker Kristyna Archer has a style and aesthetic I admire: it's crisp, bold and colorful. A busy professional photographer and cinematographer, we chat about how her career has morphed into more and more directing gigs, as she explores new outlets of creativity.

She also is the creator of the MergeLeft Podcast, a podcast exploring art and commerce thru conversations with shape-shifters in arts, media, advertising, and entertainment, which I am an upcoming guest on. Soon people. 

Thank you,


Commercial Directing Bootcamp is March 11, 2017 in Los Angeles. Only 20 filmmakers are accepted. Sign ups happening now!

And my new extended trailer is out for "I Am Battle Comic" now!

This episode is 67 minutes of fun.

Direct download: Respect_The_Process_186_Kristyna_Archer.mp3
Category:Filmmaking -- posted at: 9:41am PST

What A Motion Designer And 3D Artist Does With Laundry's PJ Richardson.

Animation Designer & 3D Artist PJ Richardson co-launched Laundry, a creative studio to help brands, agencies and networks bring their ideas to life. You'll see they deliver a high end aesthetic and polished that is most impressive to the eye. Of course, we chat about how Laundry works and how PJ loves to collaborate.

He also shares his journey from design school to graffiti to advertising. He and his Laundry team espouse the theory of giving people not just want they want, but always present a "wild card" option. Man, do I like his thinking and his work. Check out or for groovy stuff for "The Simpsons", "Sausage Party" and Kevin Hart's latest movie.



Commercial Directing Bootcamp is March 11, 2017 in Los Angeles and will sell out again so sign up now. 

The episode is an hour and ten minutes of bliss.

Direct download: Respect_The_Process_185_PJ_Richardson.mp3
Category:Filmmaking -- posted at: 1:32pm PST

From Producing at DDB To Directing Comedy Spots Everywhere With Greg Popp.

Comedy Director Greg Popp went from film school to producing classic ads at DDB Chicago, where his work with Anheuser-Busch won literally every major advertising honor. But that directing bug gnawed at him until he said goodbye to the agency side, and now he's a much sought-after helmer of the funny.

We compare notes on gigs and our process, and swap stories from the trenches of advertising. Enjoy. Click here or go to for links. "In the Can" makes me laugh every time.

Thanks and share this one!


The episode is 90 minutes or so. Sign up for the next Commercial Directing Bootcamp in Los Angeles, March 11th, 2017. That's a Saturday immersed in the process.

Direct download: Respect_The_Process_184_Greg_Popp.mp3
Category:Filmmaking -- posted at: 2:11pm PST

My Chat With Manager To Comedy Stars Barry Katz of The Industry Standard.

I've watched the incomparable Barry Katz successfully navigate the comedy waters for three decades. He's had a heaping helping hand in launching Louis C.K., Jay Mohr, Dave Chappelle, Tracy Morgan and many more, so it's a treat to chat with him on my podcast. 

Barry's own show, the Industry Standard podcast on iTunes features everyone from Kevin Hart to Dennis Rodman to Paul Feig. Check it out. Barry so nice and gracious that I thought it was the perfect way to ring in 2017.

Thank you all for Respecting The Process for another wonderful year.

Happy New Year!


Direct download: Respect_The_Process_183_Barry_Katz.mp3
Category:Filmmaking -- posted at: 5:27pm PST

Inside The Mind Of The Professional Extra With Nancy Cohen.

The wonderful Nancy Cohen walked into my office delivering a Christmas gift on behalf of Idell James Casting, the top shop for casting background artists. Once we got to chatting, I asked Nancy to grace me with an impromptu interview. Thankfully, she agreed and the resulting conversation is a treat. 

We talk about how you must keep your head in the game, and how crucial extras can be to bringing the scene to life. Thank you Nancy!

Merry Christmas to all,



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Direct download: Respect_The_Process_182_Nancy_Cohen.mp3
Category:Filmmaking -- posted at: 5:31pm PST

From Wienerschnitzel To Virtual Reality With Director Aron P. Orton.

Director Aron P Orton is a multi-talented filmmaker with a penchant for comedy. We chat about working with repeat clients, balancing editorial work and more. He's also ventured into the crazy world of VR and done some very cool work. I've posted Aron's stuff at my website, so have a gander.



This episode is an hour, give or take.

Direct download: Respect_The_Process_181_Aron_P_Orton.mp3
Category:Filmmaking -- posted at: 1:42pm PST