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Season 5 - Ep 10 - COVID-19 - Danger Force

Season 5 - Ep 10 - COVID-19 - Danger Force

May 21, 2020

Earlier this month, Danger Force (a superhero tv show in its first season on Nickelodeon), produced and aired a special quarantine episode, and my guests today explain how it came together: Jimmy Brooks (line producer), Mike Caron (director), and Robyn Willey-Pratt (first assistant director).

Season 5 - Ep 9 - Props - ISS

Season 5 - Ep 9 - Props - ISS

May 14, 2020

Our series focused on the property department concludes today with a visit to Independent Studio Services -- a prop house headquartered in Sunland, CA, with offices worldwide -- for a conversation with Gregg Bilson, Jr. (CEO of ISS) and Scott Buckwald (property master and longtime ISS customer).

If you'd like to listen to this episode while looking at pictures from our tour, visit our YouTube channel for an edited slideshow (https://youtu.be/5v34PMDnHLI).

Season 5 - Ep 8 - Props - Avengers: Endgame

Season 5 - Ep 8 - Props - Avengers: Endgame

May 7, 2020

My guest today is assistant property master Travis Bobbitt, whose work on 2019's Avengers: Endgame was the culmination of a journey he started a decade ago on 2010's Iron Man.

Season 5 - Ep 7 - COVID-19 - The Unions Respond

Season 5 - Ep 7 - COVID-19 - The Unions Respond

April 30, 2020

Today I'm speaking with the legislative directors from IATSE, SAG-AFTRA, WGA-East and the DGA, who collectively represent their members at the national level through their participation in the Arts, Entertainment, and Media Industry Coordinating Committee (AEMI). We discuss their work to-date on behalf of creative professionals in response to the pandemic ... and what's still to come.

Season 5 - Ep 6 - Props - Wizards of Waverly Place

Season 5 - Ep 6 - Props - Wizards of Waverly Place

April 23, 2020

Ken Levin and Jill Parry join me today to revisit their time managing props for Wizards of Waverly Place, the Disney sitcom that aired four seasons (2007-2012) and introduced the world to Selena Gomez.

Season 5 - Ep 5 - Props - S.W.A.T.

Season 5 - Ep 5 - Props - S.W.A.T.

April 16, 2020

My guest today is Erik "Dr. Booty" Kieltyka, an assistant property master on the television show, S.W.A.T. (starring Shemar Moore), currently airing its third season on CBS.

Season 5 - Ep 4 - COVID-19 - Remembering Larry Lerner

Season 5 - Ep 4 - COVID-19 - Remembering Larry Lerner

April 9, 2020

Last week, we lost one of our own:  Larry Lerner, an assistant director with a film career spanning more than 35 years, passed away after contracting COVID-19. My guests today are fellow Directors Guild members who knew Larry, both on and off set.

Season 5 - Ep 3 - Props - The Wrestler

Season 5 - Ep 3 - Props - The Wrestler

April 2, 2020

Today I'm speaking with Jeff Butcher and Dan Fisher, the property team from 2008's The Wrestler (directed by Darren Aronofsky, starring Mickey Rourke, and featuring supporting performances by Marisa Tomei and Evan Rachel Wood).  

Season 5 - Ep 2 - Props - The Prestige

Season 5 - Ep 2 - Props - The Prestige

March 26, 2020

My guest today is Property Master Scott Buckwald, sharing his insights from the set of 2006's The Prestige (directed by Christopher Nolan and starring Hugh Jackman and Christian Bale).  This is the first of a multi-episode series focused on the Property Department. 

Season 5 - Ep 1 - COVID-19 - Production Shutdown

Season 5 - Ep 1 - COVID-19 - Production Shutdown

March 19, 2020

And just like that, we're back for a new season.  An assistant director, a costumer, and a property master meet virtually because of social distancing . . . this episode, my guests are crew members whose productions stopped filming due to concerns about the spread of the novel coronavirus disease, COVID-19.