Coming Soon: DareDreamer.fm – The Sound of Creative Expression

We first broke new ground in the world of podcasting for the visual arts community back in 2007 with F-Stop Beyond, one of the first podcasts that focused on the artist as opposed to the gear or tech.

A handful of guests from the best of Crossing the 180.
A handful of guests from the best of Crossing the 180.

We followed that up with a similar mold-breaking podcast–Crossing the 180: The Filmmaker’s Podcast that Breaks the Rules. Host Ron Dawson had in-depth and personal conversations with filmmakers from every aspect of the industry: from Hollywood pros like Albert Hughes, Shane Hurlbut and X-Men producer Ralph Winter; to DSLR DPs like Philip Bloom and Vincent Laforet; to wedding filmmaking wizards like Patrick Moreau, Kevin Shahinian and Ray Roman.

It’s been over a year and a half since Crossing the 180 ended its run, but we’re in production of two new shows that will again break the proverbial mold. There are a number of amazing podcasts in our industry where you can hear the host interview fantastic guests. What we have in store is quite different.

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Radio Film School:

Education, Inspiration & Insight for the Aspiring Filmmaker

On the set of my 1995 short film
On the set of my 1995 short film “Just Friends.”

So you think videos on YouTube and Vimeo are the best way to learn how to become a filmmaker? Well, we plan to challenge all of that with Radio Film School: a collection of mini-shows (aka “classes”) designed to educate, inspire and entertain the aspiring or professional filmmaker.

The main class will be Cinemaverick: A Filmmaker’s Journey. This will be our headlining show, and it’s really more of an audio documentary. We like to describe it as This American Life meets Project Greenlight with a dash of The Slashfilmcast.

What does it mean to be a “filmmaker.” That title means different things to different people. Host Ron Dawson will take you on a journey that’s both personal and poignant as he explores the topic. Along the way he’ll share personal anecdotes from his own journey as a filmmaker. You’ll get access and insight into the projects he’s shooting with peeks at the pre-production, production and post-production process. Along the journey he’ll be joined by some of the most talented artists in the industry as he gets their insight into the craft of filmmaking, their approach to it, and their take on season 1’s topic.

In season 1 we’ll specifically be looking at “finding your voice and developing a signature style.” What does it mean to have a “signature style”? Is it born or manufactured? Or a little bit of both? Ron and his fellow journeymen will look at the films and careers of iconic filmmakers like Alfred Hitchcock, the Coen Brothers, Wes Anderson, P.T. Anderson, Scorcese, Fincher, Spike Lee, Quentin Tarantino, and others who have made a name for themselves because of their unique vision and style.


This will be a narrative, documentary style story that will keep you riveted.

We plan to educate and entertain with other segments like:

  • “War Stories” — Anecdotes from the frontlines of filmmaking.
  • “How to be a Black Filmmaker in the 90s” — a comedic “history” segment.
  • “My Earliest Movie Memory” — touching stories from filmmakers and laypeople about their earliest memories going to the cinema.
  • And more.

Follow the show on Twitter @RadioFilmSchool. Sign up to be notified when it launches.

What’s Your Story?

quote-kid-inside-super8We want to know your story as a filmmaker. Do you have some funny or insightful anecdotes from your own experiences? Tell us about them and we may invite you to contribute the story to Cinemaverick.

There are two ways you can submit your story to us:

  1. Leave us a voicemail message from our SpeakPipe page (90 second max).
  2. If you want a longer time, record a voice memo on your smartphone and email it to warstories@daredreamer.net. Or…
  3. Fill out this form below.

Coming this summer. Join our email list to be notified when it goes live (and get a free gift for joining).

The Solo Creative Podcast: The Life & Business of Running an Agency of One

An overwhelming majority of professional filmmakers and photographers are “studios” comprised of just one or two people (often spouses). Yet they run their businesses and market themselves as full studios and agencies as opposed to “freelancers.” The Solo Creative Podcast is a show just for them. Each short 15-20 minute episode will offer some tip or piece of advice to help these creative “solopreneurs” more effectively run their businesses and grow in their craft. Each episode will also have a Q&A section where Ron will answer listener questions on sales, marketing, branding, social media and filmmaking. Once a week a mystery guest will be brought in to answer the question, as well as be interviewed by Ron. As further differentiation from similar shows, twice/week the show will end with a comical, yet poignant op ed piece, similar to Andy Rooney’s iconic ending of “60 Minutes” episodes.

Coming this summer. Sign up to be notified when it launches.

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