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S12 - Ep 11 - The First Lady - Makeup

S12 - Ep 11 - The First Lady - Makeup

June 19, 2022

“The First Lady”, now finishing its inaugural season on Showtime, takes the audience behind the scenes through a century of Presidential history. Makeup Department Head Carol Rasheed talks about designing First Lady looks that typify each historical period while remaining timeless. Oh, and we also talk about Barack Obama’s ears. 

S12 - Ep 10 - Roar - Production Design

S12 - Ep 10 - Roar - Production Design

June 12, 2022

“Roar” is a show with something to say, and Production Designer Todd Fjelsted talks about reinforcing that message through all eight episodes of this Apple TV+ anthology series. Budget and schedule always complicate production efforts where anthologies are concerned but — as Todd explains — this project also offered a degree of freedom that’s unusual in the Industry.

S12 - Ep 9 - The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey - Cinematography

S12 - Ep 9 - The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey - Cinematography

June 5, 2022

Storytelling is more than just what the script describes, and today we’re talking with Cinematographer Shawn Peters about how his work on Apple TV+’s “The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey” helped shaped the look of the limited series. We also talk about Shawn’s unusual career path, and - for listeners who stick around to the end - how collaborating on set is like being in a relationship.

S12 - Ep 8 - Station Eleven - Costume Design

S12 - Ep 8 - Station Eleven - Costume Design

May 29, 2022

Costume Designer Helen Huang returns to the podcast to talk about “Station Eleven,” the 10-episode miniseries that aired on HBO Max last winter. This was probably my favorite tv series of both 2021 and 2022 (so far), and it was interesting to speak with Helen about designing for a post-apocalypse where hope is not dead.

S12 - Ep 7 - Big Fish - Screenwriting

S12 - Ep 7 - Big Fish - Screenwriting

May 22, 2022

Of all my work in Hollywood, 2003’s “Big Fish” was one of my favorite projects (I was the 2nd 2nd Assistant Director). For this episode, I’m joined by screenwriter John August, who I met when he visited us on location in Alabama. John talks about working with Tim Burton and the challenges of being a writer on set. Oh, and did you know there was a Broadway adaptation of the movie? I had a few questions about that as well.

S12 - Ep 6 - Promising Young Woman - Production Design

S12 - Ep 6 - Promising Young Woman - Production Design

May 15, 2022

2020’s “Promising Young Woman”, despite its limited budget and short shooting schedule, is a tour de force. My guest today, Production Designer Michael Perry, talks about approaching each set with either “masculine” or “feminine” intentions, and how those intentions subtly contribute to the overall story. 

S12 - Ep 5 - The Walking Dead - Grips

S12 - Ep 5 - The Walking Dead - Grips

May 8, 2022

“The Walking Dead” will wrap it’s 11-season run on AMC later this year. The series is filmed just outside Atlanta, and my guests today — Best Boy Grip Frankie Zamora and Grip Nicole Higgins — talk about their work on Season 10 of the show. Do Grips on Walking Dead work much harder than the Electric Department? Listen and decide for yourself.

S12 - Ep 4 - 1883 - Film Editing

S12 - Ep 4 - 1883 - Film Editing

May 1, 2022

Taylor Sheridan’s “1883”, currently available on Paramount+, is a prequel to the hugely successful “Yellowstone” series (four seasons of which are exclusively available on NBC’s Peacock streaming service). My guest today is the Lead Editor, Chad Galster, who shares stories about how his long relationship with Taylor informs his work on this standalone, attention-getting series.

S12 - Ep 3 - Ghostbusters: Afterlife - Sound

S12 - Ep 3 - Ghostbusters: Afterlife - Sound

April 24, 2022

2021’s “Ghostbusters: Afterlife” is both a continuation of and an homage to the original Ghostbusters story. Not only can fans see the tribute on the screen, they can hear it in the soundscape. Today I’m joined by Production Sound Mixer Steve Morrow, Supervising Sound Editor Perry Robertson, and Re-recording Mixer/Supervising Sound Editor Will Files to explore how the iconic sounds of the original are an integral aspect of the new film.

S12 - Ep 2 - The Gilded Age - Set Decoration

S12 - Ep 2 - The Gilded Age - Set Decoration

April 17, 2022

“The Gilded Age”, which recently concluded its first season on HBO Max, explores the various social forces at play in the New York City of 1882. The theme of old money vs new money is reflected in the sets themselves, and Set Decorator Regina Graves joins me to discuss the challenges and rewards of bringing this period drama to life.

S12 - Ep 1 - Below the Line at the 94th Oscars

S12 - Ep 1 - Below the Line at the 94th Oscars

April 10, 2022

Welcome to Season 12 of the podcast! We’re kicking it off with a look back at this year’s Oscars ceremony, specifically the Academy’s decision to prerecord eight of the 23 awards during the hour preceding the live broadcast, and then air edited segments during the ceremony itself. Set Decorator Rena DeAngelo (nominated this year for her work on West Side Story) tells us what happened during that hour of pre-show taping, and Writer/Director/Editor Christopher Angel (who last joined us to discuss this year’s nominees for Film Editing) analyzes how those early acceptance speeches were censored for the telecast.

Season 11 - Ep 10 - Oscars - Cinematography

Season 11 - Ep 10 - Oscars - Cinematography

March 24, 2022

It’s been 10 episodes of film industry professionals sharing the benefits of their expertise, and we’re concluding our Oscar series with an in-depth look at the nominees for Cinematography. My guests — Patrick Cady and Shawn Peters — are directors of photography with stories to share. Enjoy the Academy Awards this weekend! I hope our insights have prepared you for the ceremony. (Episode 10 of 10).

Season 11 - Ep 9 - Oscars - Visual Effects

Season 11 - Ep 9 - Oscars - Visual Effects

March 21, 2022

The Academy Awards are less than a week away, and we’ve got two episodes to go. Today, we’re discussing the Oscar nominees for Visual Effects. Industry veterans Kent Seki and Chris Batty bring their expertise for a wide-ranging and animated discussion. (Episode 9 of 10)

Season 11 - Ep 8 - Oscars - Original Score

Season 11 - Ep 8 - Oscars - Original Score

March 17, 2022

Music is back! Week Four of our Oscars coverage concludes with an enlightening conversation about Original Score. My returning guests - Louis Weeks, Chris Molanphy, and Mick Coogan - once again offer insights about this year’s nominees that will most definitely wow you.  (Episode 8 of 10)

Season 11 - Ep 7 - Oscars - Film Editing

Season 11 - Ep 7 - Oscars - Film Editing

March 14, 2022

Are you following the series? Week Four of our Oscars coverage kicks off with a review of the nominees for Film Editing. My guests - Christopher Angel and Amy Duddleston - are editors with a wealth of experience to share when discussing this year’s Academy Awards nominees.  (Episode 7 of 10)

Season 11 - Ep 6 - Oscars - Makeup and Hairstyling

Season 11 - Ep 6 - Oscars - Makeup and Hairstyling

March 10, 2022

Week Three concludes with a discussion of the Oscar nominees for Makeup and Hairstyling. My guests — Angela Nogaro (Makeup) and Yvonne Depatis-Kupka (Hairstyling) — have opinions. I think you’ll enjoy them. (Episode 6 of 10)

Season 11 - Ep 5 - Oscars - Original Song

Season 11 - Ep 5 - Oscars - Original Song

March 7, 2022

Week Three: our tour through the technical categories continues with a discussion of the Oscar nominees for Original Song. My returning guests — Mick Coogan (song writer), Louis Weeks (score composer), and Chris Molanphy (chart analyst and fellow podcast host) — offer a multi-layered set of insights. (Episode 5 of 10)

Season 11 - Ep 4 - Oscars - Animated Feature

Season 11 - Ep 4 - Oscars - Animated Feature

March 3, 2022

This episode of our Oscar series features a discussion of the nominees for Animated Feature. Ready for some behind-the-scenes insights? My guests, Kent Seki and Camille Leganza, bring more than 40 years of animation experience to the panel, and it makes for an informative and lively conversation. (Episode 4 of 10)

Season 11 - Ep 3 - Oscars - Production Design

Season 11 - Ep 3 - Oscars - Production Design

February 28, 2022

It’s Week Two of our Oscars coverage, where film industry professionals offer insights in the category of their expertise. Today we’re focused on Production Design, and I’m happy to welcome back Sam Lisenco (Production Designer), Regina Graves (Set Decorator), and Kerry Weeks (Lead Man) to discuss this year’s nominees. (Episode 3 of 10)

Season 11 - Ep 2 - Oscars - Costume Design

Season 11 - Ep 2 - Oscars - Costume Design

February 24, 2022

Our 3rd Annual Academy Awards coverage continues, and today we turn our attention to this year’s Oscar nominees for Costume Design. My panelists, Allison Choi Braun and Helen Huang, are both veteran costumer designers (and returning podcast guests!) with insights to share. (Episode 2 of 10)

Season 11 - Ep 1 - Oscars - Sound

Season 11 - Ep 1 - Oscars - Sound

February 21, 2022

Our 3rd Annual Academy Awards coverage starts now! Each episode, a panel of subject-matter experts discuss the nominees in the technical category of their expertise. Today, I'm joined by Steve Morrow (production sound mixer) and Don Sylvester (sound editor) to discuss this year's Oscar nominees for Sound. (Episode 1 of 10)

Season 10 - Ep 8 - DGA Awards - First-Time Features

Season 10 - Ep 8 - DGA Awards - First-Time Features

February 17, 2022

This year, the Directors Guild of America nominated six directors for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in  First-Time Feature Film. I’m joined again by Katie Carroll, Bill Hardy, Roger Mendoza and Shaun O’Banion to discuss these films from a below-the-line perspective.

Season 10 - Ep 7 - DGA Awards - Theatrical Feature Films

Season 10 - Ep 7 - DGA Awards - Theatrical Feature Films

February 14, 2022

Welcome to Awards Season! For the third year in a row, I’ve assembled a panel of fellow below-the-liners — Katie Carroll, Bill Hardy, Roger Mendoza and Shaun O’Banion — to discuss the five directors recognized by the Directors Guild of America for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Theatrical Feature Film. How did we rank them? Answers at the end of the podcast.

Season 10 - Ep 6 - Hawkeye

Season 10 - Ep 6 - Hawkeye

February 10, 2022

The tv shows set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe almost always have a parallel filming unit focused on the stunts and action sequences, and “Hawkeye” (the latest to stream on Disney+) is no exception. Two members of Hawkeye’s 2nd Unit, 1st Assistant Director Tim Fitzgerald and Cinematographer Darin Moran, discuss how their team aligned with the overall production effort.

Season 10 - Ep 5 - The Gesture and the Word

Season 10 - Ep 5 - The Gesture and the Word

February 3, 2022

Writer/Director/Producer Helen Alexis Yonov and Cinematographer Matt Rodgers join me today to discuss their recent project, “The Gesture and the Word”, a 23-minute short film that was in limited release for most of 2021 (logging 87 festivals and 65 awards). It’s a lively conversation, exploring the complexities of the production and the nuances of the festival circuit. The film is currently streaming for all audiences at Omeleto.com/257318/

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