First Films

Every filmmaker has to start somewhere. Justin Johnson (co-founder of the popular DIY filmmaking YouTube channel, 'Indy Mogul') sits down with filmmakers and YouTubers to discuss the first time they picked up a camera!
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Apr 3, 2017

We had such a fun time bringing you the 10 episodes of our first season! We're taking a break to focus on some other content. Thank you for your support and we look forward to posting more episodes later this year.

Mar 20, 2017

Justin chats with Ross Marquand about his early acting endeavors in a church pageant & in the Boy Scouts of America all the way to his famous celebrity impersonations & landing a role on 'The Walking Dead'.

Mar 13, 2017

On this episode of 'First Films', Justin chats with the CEO / Co-Founder of RocketJump, Freddie Wong. Listen to his journey from creating a film in high school that earned $4,000, to becoming the most-subscribed video director on YouTube with over 1 billion views!


Mar 6, 2017

Bobby Miller is a Writer/Director who recently completed his first feature film, 'The Master Cleanse', which premiered at the 2016 SXSW Film Festival. Bobby also was a host of two Webby Award-winning variety shows for Indy Mogul, 'The Best Short Films in the World' & 'The Reel Good Show'.

Feb 27, 2017

Justin sits down with Dez Dolly - Executive Producer of Video Game High School & co-founder/owner of RocketJump. Learn about his journey from making stop motion in-camera edits with his father to now taking on the role of showrunner for a sci-fi drama anthology original series for Hulu.

Feb 20, 2017

Justin sits down with Jordan Allen - a VFX artist who is 25, but has already worked on major music videos (Miley Cyrus, Chainsmokers) and television shows ('Atlanta'). They talk about the magic of windows movie maker, and the right attitude to have for success.

Feb 13, 2017

We're joined by the enigmatic (that's a word, right?) Ryan Connolly of the DIY / film educational channel Film Riot. Indy Mogul and Film Riot go way back, so we chat about the origins of his channel, as well as discover why Ryan got into making movies in the first place.

Feb 6, 2017

Anthony Carboni is a host, filmmaker, and writer who's made stuff for Discovery, BBC America, Nerdist, Sony, and YouTube. Learn about his journey from the Florida swamps to now hosting the official Star Wars show.

Jan 30, 2017

Kristen Brancaccio is a super talented actor, director, producer, who has been viewed millions of times in viral internet videos, along with being one of the finalists on HBO's Project Greenlight. We discuss her epic high school films, as well as the topic of women in Hollywood.

Jan 21, 2017

Ever wonder what it's like to work with J.J. Abrams? Of course you have! In this episode, we talk with the Codeglia brothers about shooting behind-the-scenes on "The Force Awakens," their tips for filmmakers, and more.

Jan 7, 2017

On this pilot episode of 'First Films', Justin sits down with his Indy Mogul co-founder, Erik Beck, to discuss their first time making short films.