The inspirational rise and fall (and rise again) story of how Whitestone Motion Pictures came from the brink of throwing in the towel, to shooting a project for The History Channel.
If you’ve been listening to this podcast since the beginning, you know that there is only one person who’s been featured on the show more times than show regulars JD and Yolanda. That person is Atlanta filmmaker Brandon McCormick of Whitestone Motion Pictures. After posting last week’s bonus episode about Brandon’s incredible database of feature film screenshots, it occurred to me that out of all the episodes in which he’s appeared, I’ve never really given any kind of in-depth story about the history of Whitestone and his journey as a filmmaker. So today, that’s what I have. This week’s episode is a tad longer than normal, but I promise you’ll savor every inspirational minute.
We cover such topics as:
- How and why they do the kind of work they do
- His affection for nostalgic and period pieces
- His thoughts on artists vs. artisans and the significance of the difference
- The trials and tribulations of almost making their first feature film and the lessons he learned
- How the History Channel project came about
- And of course, it wouldn’t be a Brandon McCormick episode without some profoundly poignant ending that makes you wanna go out and conquer the world!
Music in this Episode
In order of appearance, the music in this episode:
- Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy by Kevin MacLeod (CC BY)
The remainder of the songs are from the soundtrack of “That’s Magic,” music and lyrics by Nicholas Kirk, courtesy of Whitestone Motion Pictures. All rights reserved.
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Click here to see a clip of the Roanoke Film. Left/Right is the New York production company that handled the shoot and post. Brandon and his team handled the creative (writing, director,exec producing, production design, etc.)
The Film that inspired this episode.
Tiny Little Words
The inspiring story of the first heart transplant. All shot in one take.
Blood on My Name
This was the film that got Brandon and Nick meetings in Hollywood: their “southern gothic Americana folklore musical.”
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