Below the Line
Season 5 - Ep 12 - COVID-19 - Sheltering in Place

Season 5 - Ep 12 - COVID-19 - Sheltering in Place

June 4, 2020

This is the final episode of Season 5, and we're checking in with crew members from the season's first episode for status updates. Join Katie Carroll (assistant director), Allison Choi Braun (costumer), Dan Fisher (property master), and Dave Tuttman (cinematographer) for a discussion about how film production in both NYC and LA is responding to the ongoing pandemic.

Season 5 - Ep 11 - COVID-19 - Teamster Strong

Season 5 - Ep 11 - COVID-19 - Teamster Strong

May 28, 2020

My guests today represent the motion picture craft locals of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters: Tommy O'Donnell (Local 817 - NYC), Steve Dayan (Local 399 - Hollywood) and Lorrie Ward (Local 155 - Vancouver). We discuss how the pandemic is impacting their members, resources for those in need, and the strategy for getting back to work.

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

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

May 21, 2020

Earlier this month, Danger Force (the 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 pre-pandemic 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, ISS customer, and longtime podcast contributor).

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).  

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