AVENGERS: ENDGAME Directors Announce Return Of PIZZA FILM SCHOOL With JUSTICE LEAGUE's Zack Snyder As A Guest

AVENGERS: ENDGAME Directors Announce Return Of PIZZA FILM SCHOOL With JUSTICE LEAGUE's Zack Snyder As A Guest

Joe and Anthony Russo's Pizza Film School makes its return later this month, and among the esteemed guests joining them for a slice of pizza is Justice League helmer Zack Snyder. Read on for details...

By JoshWilding - Apr 04, 2023 12:04 PM EST
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AGBO has announced that the Russo Brothers' hosted video podcast, Pizza Film School, is set to return on April 11 with new two-part episodes dropping every week only on AGBO's YouTube channel.

The guest list makes for exciting reading, with Nia DaCosta, Justin Chon, R.J. Cutler, Justin Lin, and Emerald Fennell among those set to sit down with the Avengers: Endgame and The Gray Man directors to discuss the filmmaking process. 

However, the name we're sure will excite many of you the most is Justice League director Zack Snyder! Yes, the visionary behind movies like Man of Steel, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, 300, and Watchmen will meet with Joe and Anthony for what we're sure will be an illuminating, must-see conversation. 

Created and hosted by the Russo Brothers, Pizza Film School is a video podcast that demystifies the filmmaking process and spreads some love to the Russo Brothers’ favourite films, filmmakers, and local pizzerias.

Class is in session with the Russos as they dive deep behind the scenes with some of the industry’s top filmmakers, all while enjoying a slice or two of pizza. Independently financed and produced by AGBO, this season of Pizza Film School was filmed on-site at AGBO's headquarters in downtown Los Angeles.

You can read our interview with Joe and Anthony about the first season - which was released during the COVID lockdown - by clicking here

Pizza Film School is part of AGBO’s commitment to championing creatives. The video podcast aims to give free resources, access, and insight from the top artists and innovators in the industry to passionate film enthusiasts, especially those who may not easily have access to it.

Other initiatives for the Company include a Slamdance Film Festival fellowship, an Italian American Film Forum, a short filmmaking competition, No Sleep ‘til Film Fest, and the AGBO Storytellers Collective, which is an alumni network of all past winners and recipients of fellowships and events through AGBO which helps foster relationships between AGBO and newer voices of the next generation.

Check out the announcement below. 

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AmazingFILMporg - 4/4/2023, 12:22 PM
I'm gonna watch this foshow💪🔥💯🤝
Fares - 4/4/2023, 12:23 PM
Shiiiiit I'm watching this
IMCOOLURNOT - 4/4/2023, 12:24 PM
If you don't love pizza you're a Skrull.

AmazingFILMporg - 4/4/2023, 12:27 PM
Snyderbot- I bet Snyder will confront the Russo's for stealing his ideas from BVS.🤡

Remember when they said this🤣☝️
TheVandalore - 4/4/2023, 5:53 PM
@AmazingFILMporg - um... Feige has admitted in multiple interviews Civil War was a response to BvS. That initially it was a different story and the Russos pushed for it to be Civil War but he wasn't sure, then when BvS was announced he decided to let the Russos go for their Avengers vs Avengers movie.
mountainman - 4/4/2023, 12:28 PM
We really need another name for video podcasts. Unless it’s available in audio-only format, it’s not really a podcast. It’s a YouTube show.

Also, very interesting getting the Russos and Snyder together. I don’t really tend to consume a lot of entertainment-focused stuff like this, but I may check this out.
ObserverIO - 4/4/2023, 12:36 PM
@mountainman - I'm just spitballing here: vidcasts.
mountainman - 4/4/2023, 12:42 PM
@ObserverIO - That could work. Most stuff I watch is either YouTube only - and the creators just say "follow me on YouTube" or something like that - or they are on YouTube + Podcast - so calling themselves a podcast is fine.

Its just weird how the use of terms evolves. Podcasts started out Apple-only (thus the "pod" prefix a la iPod) and they were audio-only for years. A podcast isn't a term for an independantly-produced interview. Its a delivery format. Heck most podcasts I listen to just say "you can also find the show on YouTube.
ObserverIO - 4/4/2023, 12:52 PM
@mountainman - I thought the term podcast was around before ipods... maybe I'm remembering wrong. I remember downloading pods from the internet in the late '90s, I coulda sworn they were called pods then... I dunno. I'm old.
mountainman - 4/4/2023, 12:59 PM
@ObserverIO - Digital audio files distributed online do predate the official coining of the term podcast in 2004. The term is essentially a combination of iPod and broadcast. And it was (and still is) distributed via RSS feeds so many people were using them on computers. But I do think the iPod, then the iPhone (and other smartphones) is what led to their rise in popularity.
bkmeijer1 - 4/4/2023, 2:43 PM
@mountainman - your first point kinda reminds me of radio nowadays. Where I live, you can now tune in with a video live-stream of the djs and their guests in the studio. Same thing with many video podcasts where people just talk.
ObserverIO - 4/4/2023, 2:45 PM
@mountainman - It's 99.100% likely that I am talking out of my ass.

But I always thought the 'pod' in podcast was like the pod in 'lifepod'. Like a digital audio file that is a pod that's put on the internet and then you download it or record it onto a cassette, CD, CD-Rom or floppy disk and listen to later. Like a message in a bottle, but a recording in a pod.

But I just fact checked you and you are totally correct, so I must be remembering things from an alternate reality.

Maybe I never did download that pod of President Schwarzenegger talking at Nelson Mandella's funeral in the '90s after all.
mountainman - 4/4/2023, 2:48 PM
@ObserverIO - It’s really just semantics about language. Podcasts are really just digital talk radio, which has been around for an incredibly long time.
mountainman - 4/4/2023, 2:49 PM
@bkmeijer1 - Great comparison. Most productions have moved towards multiple channels for distribution.
bkmeijer1 - 4/4/2023, 5:08 PM
@mountainman - yeah. Another one I immediately though of is the Critical Role web series. It is a twitch show, but they also release the episodes as podcast (which are the ones I listen to, I never watched it).

One that's an odd one out though is Blue (the 1993 movie). It's just a blue screen with audio. Although it's more of an art project I'd said
mountainman - 4/4/2023, 5:50 PM
@bkmeijer1 - We certainly have no shortage of content these days. And it does make sense for creators to distribute on multiple platforms.

But, just to go back to my OCD point I made up front, if it isn't available via audio-only and distributed via an RSS feed or a podcast catcher/app, then it shouldn't be called a podcast. Web series. YouTube show. Tons of options of what to call it.

I did look this one up to make sure and didn't see it on Apple podcasts or Spotify so it seems like it is YouTube only.

Silly thing to get stuck on I know. But as a huge fan of podcasts for over 10 years, the host of several over the years, and having worked on, guested on, and am very familiar with that community, I just see podcasts and YouTube as very different animals (although many creators offer both).
bkmeijer1 - 4/4/2023, 6:10 PM
@mountainman - I agree with that original statement. Podcasts are a different beast from web series.

It is a portmanteau of Ipod and broadcast (like @ObserverIO says), which makes it very clear what it's supposed to be: a show listened to on your audio-player.

Anyway, if you don't mind me asking, what (type of) podcasts did you host?
mountainman - 4/4/2023, 6:19 PM
@bkmeijer1 - Since I like staying anonymous on this site, I won't share show titles.

My current one is related to the industry I work in, which is adult learning and talent development. It's a lot of fun as I get to talk to really successful people in my field 1:1 and I get to ask them any questions I want to.

In the past, I've done stuff on more current events/state of the world. But that got depressing to always talk about. And I've guested on a huge variety of podcasts on different topics.

Nothing CBM related though LOL. Other than coming here and watching some stuff on YouTube, I really don't consume much content related to this stuff.
bkmeijer1 - 4/5/2023, 3:33 AM
@mountainman - I get that. Kinda why I put the "(type of)" between brackets in there.

That aside, sounds like what I would kinda think a podcast should to be. Not necessarily the topic (although that does sound pretty cool with whom you talk to and about what), but really that it's more academic in approach.
mountainman - 4/5/2023, 7:53 AM
@bkmeijer1 - Yeah I’ve never been interested in the “shoot the breeze” type podcasts. I like to learn from them. A lot of good ones can share insights/info and have personality to them.

A podcast that Ive listened to for years is called Mind Pump. It’s a health and fitness show. The hosts talk about diet, exercise and all the other things you can do to love a healthier life.

But they also being themselves into it. They talk
about current events, their family lives, movies or shows they are watching, etc. They put time stamps in so different listeners can jump to different parts. I have been listening to them since 2017 so i’ve heard a lot of their fitness advice already. So I tend to skip that stuff sometimes and just listen to their personal stuff because I like and have gotten to know the hosts. A newer listener would likely do the opposite as me.

It’s a great medium because it’s relatively easy and cheap to produce so you can really niche down. There are over 4 million podcasts in existence!
bkmeijer1 - 4/5/2023, 8:00 AM
@mountainman - yeah, they're really an accessible way to share insights/info.

But 4 million? Is that in the number of shows, or individual episodes? Even if it's the latter that is a lot (if it also includes video series releases as podcasts).

Also, I just opened Spotify and got a pop-up saying ''listen your favorite podcasts now in video form''. Gotta love the coincidence here.
mountainman - 4/5/2023, 8:06 AM
@bkmeijer1 - 4 million unique shows. Not running today. That’s all time. And 50% of shows never make it past 20 episodes. So many of those are people who started and didn’t stay with it.

Episodes today is probably in the hundreds of millions.
bkmeijer1 - 4/5/2023, 8:10 AM
@mountainman - that's a pretty insane number. Although it shouldn't surprise me, considering how many millions of hours of video content there is. Audio is an easier medium, stands to reason it's even more
mountainman - 4/5/2023, 8:14 AM
@bkmeijer1 - The quantity of server farms managing all the data of the internet, specifically audio and video - is staggering. It does amaze me that the podcast hosting services and video sites like youtube never archive old stuff. They let the users decide.
bkmeijer1 - 4/5/2023, 9:06 AM
@mountainman - that number is enough more insane. All the data, including video and audio, but also webpages, blogs and whatever, adds up to a staggering 1500 billion gigabytes.

In comparison, one gram of DNA can probably store somewhere around 200 million gigabyte. That's pretty wild to think about (yes, I learned this from a science podcast).
mountainman - 4/5/2023, 9:46 AM
@bkmeijer1 - Yeah since the internet was invented, it was all about more and more information. I think the coming phase will about curating and sorting through the seas of digital stuff.

Even though I don’t think Chat GPT will be the dominant AI (so don’t think there will be a centralized one but AI built into individual applications more intuitively than it is today), I think the biggest benefit of AI is sorting through all the noise and giving you exactly what you are looking for.
bkmeijer1 - 4/5/2023, 9:55 AM
@mountainman - technically ChatGPT isn't AI, but I won't go into that.

But all the collecting info and data does have a use I think. Germany announced yesterday or so they're gonna archive all German tweets so in the future retrospectives can be made on how society thinks and acts and such.

But yeah, bots and such do help us sort through all the clutter. It's the reason why Google works and Spotify knows what podcasts to suggest to me.
mountainman - 4/5/2023, 10:20 AM
@bkmeijer1 - I do love how some people don’t realize how integrated AI is into our lives already. I was shocked to see people think Chat GPT was the first consumer application of it. Most people have used Google, Amazon or Netflix before and all of those heavily incorporate AI algorithms.
bkmeijer1 - 4/5/2023, 10:49 AM
@mountainman - yeah, same way people don't realize how well those algorithms have very well-formed profiles of us. Always like to say Facebook, Google and Microsoft know me better than I know myself.
DocSpock - 4/4/2023, 12:28 PM

I will eat pizza and do anything else but watch this.

ObserverIO - 4/4/2023, 12:28 PM
DrReedRichards - 4/4/2023, 12:33 PM
There are no words on God's green earth that can describe how f#ckin' conflicted I am...
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