April 23, 2019

Filmmaking and TV Production, with Josh Hodgins

Episode 4:

Josh Hodgins is a professional filmmaker in Los Angeles, California. He has been in the industry for 23 years as a writer, producer, director, and actor.

In 1997, Hodgins started the improv sketch comedy show titled: The Josh Hodgins Show which aired throughout the Pacific Northwest. The show would go on to win multiple awards and run for 6 successful seasons.

Using this strong start, in 2005, Hodgins created Jackson Horn. The show, a one hour drama, was based on Hodgins’s life growing up homeless. Jackson Horn would go on to receive high critical acclaim and win “Best in Show” at the RAD Media film festival and “Best On Screen Project” from On Magazine. Utilizing the popularity of the show, Josh and his company, JH Productions LLC, would self-syndicate through Fox affiliates all around the country.

In 2011, we saw the end of Jackson Horn and the beginning of a budding film career for Hodgins. He directed the two-hour series finale of Jackson Horn with Kevin Foxe (The Blair Witch Project), and starred in Contrition. In 2012, he wrote and directed White Roses, which received high praise from the YWCA and Center for Abused Women for its depiction of abuse.

In 2014, he co-produced the horror film The Devil’s Dolls which was picked up by IFC Midnight. He then co-directed a family faith-based film, The Sparrows, with Nancy Criss (Runnin’ From My Roots). The Sparrows won “Best Picture” at the Gwinnett International Film Festival and Temecula Film Festival, while Hodgins received two nods for “Best Director.”

Hodgins wrote, produced, and directed The Tommy Movie in 2016. The Tommy Movie became a best seller in Europe and received multiple awards. In 2017, he directed Nowhere to Hide. The suspense thriller was picked by Nandar Home Entertainment. In 2018, Hodgins directed One Remains. The film, starring Ryan O’Quinn and Christopher Atkins, was purchased for wide release by Sony.

Hodgins latest venture is “Motorvation.” The romantic comedy wrapped in early 2019 and is already set for a wide release. The film stars Christopher Wiehl, Judy Norton, and Angus Benfield.

All in all Hodgins films have been recognized at several festivals including: The RAD Media Film Festival, The Great Lakes Christian Film Festival, Dances With Films, The Gwinnett International Film Festival, SIFF, The Ellensburg Film Festival, The Best of the Northwest, Action on Film Festival, The Hoboken International Film Festival, The May Day Film Festival, The Nova Film Festival, and The Temecula Independent Film Festival.

Hodgins himself has won Best Director at: The Great Lakes Christian Film Festival, The International Family Film Festival, The Ellensburg Film Festival, The Best of the Northwest, and The Gwinnett International Film Festival.

What you’ll learn about in this episode:

  • Why Josh was always told he could never succeed in acting when he was younger, and why he got into acting as a way to deal with a difficult home life without a father
  • How Josh lost his first agent because she thought he wasn’t attractive enough to act, and how a different early setback taught him humility
  • How Josh Hodgins produced his own television show for public access TV at age 17, and how he continued the show for years
  • How Josh learned to produce his show by doing, and why he eventually chose to end the show and walk away
  • Why Josh created his follow up show, Jackson Horn, as a more positive show than his previous effort
  • How Josh’s grandmother was one of the only relatives he had who supported his interests
  • How Jackson Horn began airing on a FOX affiliate, and how he created a 12-episode season on just $15,000
  • How a cancer diagnosis derailed the show for five years but illustrated the loyalty of the crew
  • How Josh got 80% of FOX affiliates around the country to air the finale of Jackson Horn, and what benefits he got from the experience
  • How Josh has learned to assert himself and make the movies he wants to make, rather than going with what is commercially successful
  • What challenges Josh faces due to the various guilds and unions he has to deal with when shooting a project
  • Why working on the film Forbidden Fruit turned out to be a disastrous learning experience for Josh
  • How Kevin Fox, one of the executive producers of The Blair Witch Project, became Josh’s mentor
  • Why one of Josh’s primary focuses is on appreciating his crew, keeping them safe, and respecting their abilities
  • What a month in Josh’s life looks like, what projects he is currently working on, and who he is working with right now
  • How Josh approaches his writing, and how he handles criticism and the inevitable changes that are made to his scripts

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