Below the Line
Season 7 - Ep 6 - Oscars - Sound

Season 7 - Ep 6 - Oscars - Sound

April 5, 2021

For the next three weeks, we're talking about the Academy Awards! Each episode, I'll be hosting subject-matter experts to discuss the nominees in the technical category of their expertise. Today, I'm joined by Steve Morrow (sound mixer) and Don Sylvester (sound editor) to discuss this year's Oscar nominees for Sound.

Season 7 - Ep 5 - DGA Awards - First-Time Features

Season 7 - Ep 5 - DGA Awards - First-Time Features

April 1, 2021

The Directors Guild of America maintains a separate category for First-Time Feature Film, which often gives smaller films a chance at recognition. Today, I’m joined again by Katie Carroll, Bill Hardy and Shaun O’Banion to discuss these nominees from a below-the-line perspective.

Season 7 - Ep 4 - DGA Awards - Theatrical Feature Films

Season 7 - Ep 4 - DGA Awards - Theatrical Feature Films

March 29, 2021

Welcome back for our second year of Awards Season coverage! This episode, Katie Carroll, Bill Hardy and Shaun O’Banion return to the show to discuss the Directors Guild of America nominations for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in the category of Theatrical Feature Film.

Season 7 - Ep 3 - COVID-19 - Props in the Pandemic

Season 7 - Ep 3 - COVID-19 - Props in the Pandemic

March 25, 2021

When Hollywood resumed work last year, the handling of props quickly emerged as a focal point of concern for cast and crew alike. Gregg Bilson, Jr. (CEO of prop house ISS) and Scott Buckwald (property master) return to the show to discuss how property departments and their suppliers have contributed to a safe and efficient set.

Season 7 - Ep 2 - COVID-19 - Managing the Set

Season 7 - Ep 2 - COVID-19 - Managing the Set

March 18, 2021

Filming safely and efficiently during the pandemic is a serious challenge. My guests today are a trio of assistant directors — Emily Hogan, Chris Della Penna and Vince Duque — who return to discuss their experiences on set and share what insights they've gained over the last nine months.

Season 7 - Ep 1 - COVID-19 - State of the Industry

Season 7 - Ep 1 - COVID-19 - State of the Industry

March 11, 2021

For the launch of Season 7, I've reconvened some familiar voices to discuss how film production has not only adapted to the pandemic but appears to be booming. Join Katie Carroll (assistant director), Allison Choi Braun (costumer), Dan Fisher (property master), and Dave Tuttman (cinematographer) to hear about their latest projects, and what it portends for the Industry going forward.

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.

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