Episode 189 – Kim Ray (Producing Real Life)

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Episode 189 – Kim Ray (Producing Real Life)



Kim Ray is a producer, writer, and director. Kim has produced the reality TV shows, MTV’s ‘Made’, The X Factor, Kendra on Top, and her current produced documentary, Gaga: Five Foot Two, is on Netflix now.

In this episode we chat getting started while in film school, networking, capturing real life in documentaries, working with Lady Gaga, and loads more. LISTEN BELOW!


Pre Show Notes

Game Over is the TV pilot I shot several years ago about 5 employees working at a video game store struggling to get to the next level in their lives.

Tagline: In life there is no reset button

The goal is to get a lot of eyeballs on this so if you know anyone that’d be interested please share this with them.

— Game Over – Making a TV Pilot – The blog post with all of the behind the scenes details about making, Game Over.

— How NOT to make a TV Pilot – My interview with Alex Ferrari at Indie Film Hustle

— Backstage –  Use code dbcast at checkout when posting a casting call for a FREE basic listing

— Dave Bullis Podcast Filmmakers Group on Facebook – a FREE filmmaking group I made on Facebook.

— A HUGE shout out to our friends at the new podcast, The Film Fiver, with a really simple and cool concept: each episode is one filmmaker, five minutes, that’s it — the perfect shot of film inspiration to kick off the day or fill a coffee break. The show’s first season kicks off this week with Patrick Brice (director of Creep, The Overnight, Creep 2), and continues on with Wonsuk Chin (director of Sundance selection Too Tired to Die) and Carolyn Funk (projectionist at the Museum of the Moving Image).

— Huge shout out to Podcast listener and fellow filmmaker, Chris Everheart. He actually found a producer from listening to this podcast. Great work, Chris!!!


It’s like I say this podcast and Twitter offer fantastic networking opportunities. For example, I met this week’s podcast guest from Twitter. You can meet a lot of people just by following my three rules for networking;

  1. Be professional
  2. Offer value
  3. Kill with kindness

Show Notes

West Bank Story – A musical comedy set in the fast-paced, fast-food world of competing falafel stands on the West Bank. David, an Israeli soldier, falls in love with Fatima, a beautiful Palestinian cashier, despite the animosity between their families’ dueling restaurants. Can the couple’s love withstand a 58-year-old conflict and their families’ desire to control the future of the chick pea in the Middle East?

X Factor – In this American version of the hit UK show, Simon Cowell and his fellow judges search for a singer who has the “X factor”.

Kendra on Top – Hugh Hefner’s ex-girlfriend deals with marriage, motherhood, celebrity and the paparazzi.

Gaga: Five Foot Two – This documentary goes behind the scenes with pop provocateur Lady Gaga as she releases a bold new album and prepares for her Super Bowl halftime show.



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