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Future of Film Podcast with Alex Stolz

Film is changing. Business models, audience behaviour and technology are all rapidly evolving - transforming the way stories are told, sold and consumed. In focused and inspiring interviews, senior film executive, Alex Stolz talks to leaders making these changes happen - to bring you essential ideas, techniques and strategies from the cutting edge. Whether you are a storyteller, an established industry professional or simply interested in how film is changing, FUTURE OF FILM will give you the insights, inspiration and competitive edge to thrive in the new landscape. More on film's future can be found at

Last Episode Date: 17 January 2024

Total Episodes: 78

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17 January 2024
77. Ane Crabtree: Designing Future Worlds through Fashion

In this episode we are joined by the acclaimed visual artist and costume designer, Ane Crabtree. Ane’s substantial body of work includes her iconic, unmistakable designs for THE HANDMAID'S TALE (seasons one and two) as well as WESTWORLD (season one), and Apple TV’s THE C...

64 min
15 December 2023
76. Ted Hope, Irina Albita and Anjali Midha on Reimagining the Greenlight

This special episode features a conversation with three leaders in this space exploring the future of the greenlight process in film: Anjali Midha is the Former Head of Entertainment at Twitter and the Founder and CEO of the entertainment analytics platform Diesel Labs. I...

56 min
13 November 2023
75. Mark Forstater and Nathan Neuman on a New Studio System

Mark Forstater and Nathan Neuman are co-Founders of Dreambird the new Web3 powered filmmaking and streaming platform. In this episode, they discuss the pitfalls and structural problems associated with the current film financing model and outline their vision for Dreambird as...

38 min
6 October 2023
74. Houston Howard: Crafting Expansive Universes, the 5 Ps of World Building and more!

In this episode we are delighted to welcome back to the podcast, the Super Story Architect himself, Houston Howard. An expert in franchise development and transmedia incubation, Houston demystifies the practice of world building with his customary passion and pragmatism. In...

53 min
2 September 2023
73. Emma Needell on Technology, Creative Practice and Finding your Story's Heart

Emma Needell is a filmmaker and worldbuilder who champions original storytelling. Her script THE WATER MAN, directed by David Oyelowo and produced by Oprah Winfrey, premiered at TIFF and is now on Netflix. In 2021, she won an Epic Megagrant to use Unreal Engine on a short fi...

50 min
8 August 2023
72. HaZ: Game-changing Independent Storytelling with Unreal Editor for Fortnite

In this episode, we welcome back to Future of Film storytelling pioneer, Hasraf 'HaZ' Dulull. During the episode, HaZ provides an exclusive inside look into the innovative processes behind his groundbreaking projects like RIFT and MOONTOPIA, which utilise Unreal Engine to ...

44 min
26 June 2023
71. Joanna Popper: the Now and Future of the Metaverse

Joanna Popper is the Chief Metaverse Officer at leading entertainment and sports agency Creative Artists Agency (CAA). Based in Los Angeles, where she leads metaverse initiatives for the agency and its clients. In this special episode of the podcast, Joanna speaks with ...

47 min
10 May 2023
70. Dan Erickson on Showrunning, Worldbuilding and the story of SEVERANCE

Dan Erickson is the creator and showrunner of Apple TV's Emmy© Award-winning series, SEVERANCE. After attending NYU's Tisch School, where he received a Masters in Dramatic Writing. Upon moving to Los Angeles, he delivered food and worked in a string of office jobs, all wh...

50 min
1 May 2023
69. Niels Juul on Authentic Storytelling, Algorithms and Decentralising Hollywood

"You're only as good as the creative you surround yourself with." Niels Juul Niels Juul is a producer with expertise in financing and packaging major features, with a track record of working with top directors including Martin Scorsese and Michael Mann. More recently, Niels...

50 min
10 March 2023
68. Steve Silver: Unlocking the Metaverse for Creators

In this episode we welcome Steve Silver to the podcast to discuss the now and future of the metaverse - in particular how creators can approach this space. From Tesla's complete virtual rendering of San Francisco and Apple's upcoming VR headset to the latest in Web3, Steve t...

49 min
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