Below the Line
Season 6 - Ep 10 - Combat Camera at Vandenberg AFB

Season 6 - Ep 10 - Combat Camera at Vandenberg AFB

November 11, 2020

Happy Veterans Day! Today, I'm joined by military photographers and videographers I served with nearly 25 years ago at the 30th Communications Squadron (Vandenberg AFB, CA). My guests - Jim Stayton, Bruce Dzitko, Fred Johnson and Al Pedroza - share stories from our days in uniform and how those experiences still resonate with us today.

Season 6 - Ep 9 - COVID-19 - Non-Union Production

Season 6 - Ep 9 - COVID-19 - Non-Union Production

November 4, 2020

My guests today — Johanna Vanderspool, Caitlin Alba and Claire Truman — represent the NonFiction “Union”, an advocacy coalition of non-fiction freelancers. We talk about the growth of reality television over the last two decades and how this segment of the Industry is responding to the pandemic.

Season 6 - Ep 8 - The Forty-Year-Old Version

Season 6 - Ep 8 - The Forty-Year-Old Version

October 28, 2020

My guest today is Eric Branco, Cinematographer for The Forty-Year-Old Version, the 2020 Sundance winner that is now airing on Netflix. We discuss what it was like to collaborate with Radha Blank (who wrote, directed and stars in the film) and the practical challenges of capturing a vision in black and white.

Season 6 - Ep 7 - COVID-19 - Protocols for Filming

Season 6 - Ep 7 - COVID-19 - Protocols for Filming

October 21, 2020

Season 6 resumes with a discussion of the protocols adopted by the Film Industry to protect the health and safety of cast and crew during the pandemic. That's been the focus of my personal efforts over the last three months, and my guests today -- Jill Maxcy and Greg Kaston Smalley -- are also working in this space.

Season 6 - Ep 6 - COVID-19 - Central Casting

Season 6 - Ep 6 - COVID-19 - Central Casting

July 27, 2020

My guests today -- Jen Bender (Executive) and Claire Benjamin (Casting Director) -- are from Central Casting, the largest employer of background actors in the Industry. We discuss how background casting worked before COVID-19 and how the process is changing in response to the pandemic.

Season 6 - Ep 5 - Ozark

Season 6 - Ep 5 - Ozark

July 20, 2020

This episode, we’re talking about Ozark, the Netflix streaming series starring Jason Bateman and Laura Linney, which recently released its third season. In a change of pace, I’m joined by two of the producers who have been with the show since the beginning: Patrick Markey (Executive Producer) and Matt Spiegel (Line Producer/Unit Production Manager). We look behind the scenes at the Atlanta-based show, and discuss the challenge of filming Season 4 in a COVID-19 world.

Season 6 - Ep 4 - Party of Five

Season 6 - Ep 4 - Party of Five

July 13, 2020

Today we're discussing the television drama Party of Five, which ran for six seasons on Fox (1994-2000). It was my first assignment as a DGA (Directors Guild of America) Trainee, and I'm joined by two of the assistant directors with whom I worked: Chris Della Penna (1st Assistant Director) and Vince Duque (2nd Assistant Director). It's a fun look back at the long-running series, and we have an interesting discussion about how film production has changed over the last 20 years.

Season 6 - Ep 3 - COVID-19 - Filming During Quarantine

Season 6 - Ep 3 - COVID-19 - Filming During Quarantine

July 6, 2020

My guests today -- Jason Melius (All Rise, 2nd Assistant Director), Mike Caron (Danger Force, Director) and Emily Hogan (Mythic Quest, 1st Assistant Director) -- all work on shows that produced new episodes under quarantine conditions. Each production took a different approach, and we compare notes on what it took to make these episodes happen.

Season 6 - Ep 2 - The Thing, Part II

Season 6 - Ep 2 - The Thing, Part II

June 29, 2020

This is the second of two episodes discussing John Carpenter's The Thing, and I'm once again joined by Dean Cundey (Director of Photography), Ken Diaz (Special Makeup Effects Coordinator), Dave Kelsey (Mechanical Animation Coordinator), and Bruce Humphrey (DGA Trainee).

Dean also shared a video demonstrating how closely the filming of the movie aligned with Mike Ploog’s original storyboards, which you can watch on our YouTube channel:  https://youtu.be/Pve-hRIJGWc

 

Season 6 - Ep 1 - The Thing, Part I

Season 6 - Ep 1 - The Thing, Part I

June 22, 2020

This is the first of two episodes discussing John Carpenter's The Thing, the 1982 sci-fi/horror classic starring Kurt Russell. I'm joined by crew from the film: Dean Cundey (Director of Photography), Ken Diaz (Special Makeup Effects Coordinator), Dave Kelsey (Mechanical Animation Coordinator), and Bruce Humphrey (DGA Trainee). Welcome to Season 6 of Below the Line.

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