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The Derek Diamond Experience

Recorded from the Gulf Coast of Florida, podcaster and filmmaker Derek Diamond talks all things film and television on “The Derek Diamond Experience” podcast. Sit down with Derek as he reviews various films and television shows, and interviews artisans who have contributed to the industry, both in front and behind the camera.
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Aug 5, 2021

The finale of the “Loki” series laid a bold new foundation for the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Derek gives his thoughts on the series as a whole, why it’s his favorite Marvel series (so far), and why he has concerns about the upcoming multiverse saga.

Jul 29, 2021

When you least expect it, movies can throw you for a loop with an unexpected twist that changes your entire opinion on the story. This week, Derek lists his Top 5 Movie Twists (2:45)! Plus, actor/writer/director Patrick Kilpatrick returns to chat with Derek about how the Covid-19 pandemic affected his career, starting Uncommon Dialogue Films, why he’s decided to run for Governor of California, and advice for aspiring filmmakers (15:44).

Jul 22, 2021

This week, Derek is joined by director Robert Conway and actress Eva Hamilton to discuss what made them want to work in the film industry, the struggles of independent filmmaking, working together on set of “Skinwalker”, some of their upcoming projects, and advice for aspiring filmmakers.

Jul 15, 2021

This week, Derek is joined by actor/producer Courtney Gains to discuss how he knew he wanted to become an actor at an early age, the evolution of the film industry since the 1980s, and what he’s learned throughout his career. He also talks about his experiences on the sets of “Back to the Future” and “Sweet Home Alabama”, working on the set of “Queen Bees”, and advice for aspiring actors.

Jul 13, 2021

Derek hosts a special live podcast to discuss technical difficulties with last week’s show, pays tribute to Richard Donner, his thoughts on the “Loki” series, and what could happen in the series finale. He also reviews the latest MCU film “Black Widow”, gives his thoughts on couples Halloween costumes, and his go to movie snacks!

Jul 1, 2021

As a preview for a new benefit to the podcast’s Patreon page, Derek hosts his first ever watch-along episode! For this special episode, Derek watches “The Parker Syndrome”, his first short film and directorial debut!

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Jun 24, 2021

This week, Derek lists his Top 5 post credit scenes from the Marvel Cinematic Universe (2:09)! Plus, Derek is joined by actor and producer Jared Bankens to discuss how he became an actor, how the Covid-19 pandemic affected him personally, how he got the role of Isaac in the “Venom” movie, why he loves being a physical actor, and his latest film, “We All Think We’re Special” (17:40).

Jun 17, 2021

This week, Derek is joined by actress/director Mika Boorem to discuss how she got into the acting world at the age of seven, some of the changes that have happened in the film industry throughout her career, and directing her first feature film, “Hollywood.con”.

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Jun 10, 2021

Derek is joined by musician and actor DC Glenn to discuss how he and Steve Gibson formed the iconic hip hop group Tag Team, how he managed to reinvent himself during the pandemic, advice for those who want to work in the entertainment industry, and the process of making the now infamous “Scoop, There It Is” GEICO commercial.

Follow DC Glenn on Twitter & Instagram @DCGlennATL
Check out DC Glenn’s website TagTeamBackAgain.com

Jun 3, 2021

With the purchase of MGM for $8.45 billion dollars, Amazon has garnered the attention of the film industry. Derek breaks down what the purchase means for MGM’s properties and why it benefits all parties involved (2:35). He also reviews the latest Disney live-action adaptation, “Cruella” (10:23). Plus, Derek returns to Pensacon and hosts the third installment of the “Defending Bad Movies” panel! Jason Robbins, Julio Diaz, and Michael Dixon must once again say nothing but good things about some of the worst movies ever made (19:03)!

May 27, 2021

Compelling characters in television are one of the core elements to a successful television show. At times, these characters feel like close friends or family that we will miss when their respective shows come to an end. Derek breaks down why they are so beloved and lists his top five characters from live-action television series.

May 20, 2021

Derek is joined by filmmaker Sibel Guvenc to discuss the lessons she has learned from attending various festivals, what made her want to leave the steel industry to work in film, the making of her short, “End of the Rope”, some of her upcoming projects, and advice for aspiring filmmakers.

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May 13, 2021

Nestor Carbonell and Shannon Kenny Carbonell join the podcast to chat with Derek about the inspiration behind Shannon’s new book, “All Is Not Lost”, the struggles of work-life balance in the film industry, and how the pandemic has changed filmmaking. They also talk about why they wanted to pursue careers as actors, techniques they’ve learned throughout their careers, what Shannon ultimately learned about herself after writing her book, and their upcoming appearance at Pensacon.

May 6, 2021

With the release of the new “Mortal Kombat” film, Derek gives his thoughts on some of his favorite (and least favorite) video game movies (3:35). Plus, Derek is joined by filmmaker Aileen Sheedy to discuss the making of her short film “The Legend of Stella”, why she wanted to work in the film industry, the advantages of being a writer-director, and advice for aspiring filmmakers (20:03).

Apr 29, 2021

After 15 months, the Oscars have returned. Derek breaks down his thoughts on the production of the ceremony, the controversial ending, and theorizes on what the Academy could have done instead of a traditional awards show (1:05). Plus, Derek is joined by filmmaker Nick Smith to discuss the making of his short film “Ask Astrid”, dealing with Covid-19 protocols while filming, why the Emerald Coast has a great film community, his work on “The Referral” and “Zombeez”, and advice for aspiring filmmakers (26:35).

Apr 22, 2021

Have the Oscars lost their appeal to fans of film? Derek gives his reasons why he’s not too excited about this weekend’s Academy Awards, how he thinks the ceremony has lost its appeal, what he would do to improve it, and how he compares the Oscars to pro wrestling (0:48). Plus, the Top 5 returns as Derek lists his Top 5 Movies from the ‘90s (10:26)!

Apr 15, 2021

Since his appearance in the inaugural episode of “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier," the John Walker character has been the source of discussion for numerous articles and videos. Derek gives his thoughts on the phenomenal job that Wyatt Russell has done in bringing the character to life, and what the name “Captain America” truly means (0:52). Plus, Derek is joined by writer-director and stars of “Warmed-Over Krautrock,” Mark Tompkins, Kate Dalton, Adam Weber and Derek James Elstro. They discuss the inspiration behind the film, how it speaks to different types of creatives, and what made them want to work in the film industry (16:03).

Apr 8, 2021

“Godzilla vs. Kong” is the first major blockbuster movie of 2021. Derek breaks down his thoughts on the film, why it’s exactly what it needs to be, the “SnyderVerse” fans allegedly trying to sabotage the film with bad reviews, and the use of his hometown of Pensacola in the movie (0:39). “Plus, Derek is joined by writer-director and stars of “The Tangle,” Christopher Soren Kelly and Jessica Graham. They discuss the inspiration behind the film, how they were able to manage their various roles in the project, the biggest lessons they learned from working on the film, what made them want to work in the industry, and advice for aspiring filmmakers (14:47).

Apr 1, 2021

To celebrate seven years of "The Derek Diamond Experience", Derek hosts a special "Ask Me Anything" live show. Among the topics discussed are his thoughts on “Zack Snyder’s Justice League”, the news of “Black Widow” being delayed yet again, his excitement for the “Obi-Wan Kenobi” series, some of his most anticipated movies of 2021, how much time he spends on his hair every morning, and how he feels about being engaged.

Mar 25, 2021

This week, Derek looks back at his conversation with musician Laura Hall!

(Note: This originally aired as Episode #123 of The Derek Diamond Experience on October 20, 2016)

Musician Laura Hall chats with Derek about growing up around the music/improv scene in Chicago, working as a waitress at The Second City, her time on the hit comedy show Whose Line is it Anyway?, her band The Sweet Potatoes, her book The Improv Comedy Musician, her other projects, and more!

Mar 18, 2021

On the evening of March 12, 2020, virtually all Hollywood productions shut down and stayed dark for months as the Covid-19 pandemic took hold and ravaged the world. Derek looks back on a year of changes in the film and television industries and recaps some of his former guests thoughts on the pandemic (0:49). and Plus, Derek is joined by writer-director and stars of “Dead Again,” Steven M. Smith, Tony Fadil and Elliot Cable. They discuss the inspiration behind the film, how they shot it in four days, the dynamic between Tony and Elliot’s characters, some of their favorite stories from the set, and what made them want to work in the industry (19:43).

Mar 11, 2021

It appears as if Superman will fly again, with JJ Abrams producing and author Ta-Nehisi Coates writing the script for another reboot. Derek talks gives his thoughts on why he has no problem with an African American Superman, how he would execute the story, and how a reboot can both help and hurt DC films in the long term (0:47). Plus, author/professor/filmmaker Dr. Thomas Keith joins the show to chat with Derek about his new documentary, “Bullied”, what inspired him to make a film on such a powerful topic, the emotional impact it had on him personally, what he’s learned from attending film festivals, and advice for aspiring documentary filmmakers. (11:14)

Mar 4, 2021

It’s Episode 300! Derek reflects on years of podcasting, talks about some big changes in his personal life, and lists his Top 5 Moments from the Marvel Cinematic Universe (4:28). Plus, actor Brian O’Halloran joins the show to chat with Derek about the making of “Clerks”, how the movie has inspired a generation of filmmakers, Kevin Smith’s inspiration for the Dante and Randal characters, the thankless jobs in the film industry, his time on set of “Monsters Anonymous”, and advice for aspiring filmmakers (27:21).

Feb 25, 2021

In honor of Black History Month, Derek talks about the history of African Americans in the film industry, some of the most emotionally powerful Black films, his thoughts on the newly released “Judas and the Black Messiah” (0:53). Plus, actress/director/producer Victoria Gordon joins the show to chat with Derek about the changes in her career due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, the inspiration behind her new web series “Pilot Season”, what made her want to become an actress, and advice for aspiring filmmakers (17:00).

Feb 18, 2021

It's been a long-debated topic: What is the better way to tell a story? Film or television? Derek gives his thoughts on the “watercooler talk” caused by compelling television, the appeal of both platforms, becoming invested in TV characters, and why story structure is the reason he prefers film (0:48). Plus, writer/director Maceo Greenberg, actor Andrew Creer, and actress Samantha Robinson join the show to chat with Derek about their upcoming film “Take Me to Tarzana”, the inspiration behind the film, how Andrew and Samantha prepared for their respective roles, fun stories from the set, what made them want to pursue a career in the film industry, and advice for aspiring filmmakers (15:11).

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