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Season 8 - Ep 5 - Digital Tools for Film Production

Season 8 - Ep 5 - Digital Tools for Film Production

July 1, 2021

Film production is undergoing a digital revolution, and the pandemic has only accelerated it. My guests today — Michael R. Williams (Think Crew), Sam Patton (Castifi), and Alex LoVerde (SyncOnSet) — represent three companies at the forefront of this effort. We talk about the challenges on set for which digitization is the solution, and how the integration of digital tools will propel film production into the future. 

Season 8 - Ep 4 - Bosch

Season 8 - Ep 4 - Bosch

June 24, 2021

As Amazon Prime prepares to release the seventh and final season of Bosch (starring Titus Welliver), I’m joined by an all-star panel to discuss Seasons 1 through 6: Frank Tignini (Unit Production Manager), Patrick Cady (Director of Photography), Trey Batchelor (1st Assistant Director) and Robert Paulsen (Location Manager) tell stories from the set.

Season 8 - Ep 3 - In the Heights

Season 8 - Ep 3 - In the Heights

June 17, 2021

In the Heights, the Jon M. Chu film adaptation of the Lin-Manuel Miranda musical (and already one of the best-reviewed films of the year), is currently in theaters and streaming on HBO Max. My guest is the film's editor, Myron Kerstein, and we talk about the challenges of adapting this story for the big screen (and completing post-production in the midst of the pandemic).

Season 8 - Ep 2 - Big Trouble in Little China

Season 8 - Ep 2 - Big Trouble in Little China

June 10, 2021

Today, I'm discussing John Carpenter's 1986 tour de force, Big Trouble in Little China (starring Kurt Russell), with a returning guest: Director of Photography Dean Cundey, the cinematographer for five of John Carpenter's films.

Season 8 - Ep 1 - Judas and the Black Messiah

Season 8 - Ep 1 - Judas and the Black Messiah

June 3, 2021

Welcome back for Season 8! Our first episode of the new season is a design-focused conversation about Judas and the Black Messiah with Sam Lisenco (Production Designer) and Jeremy Woolsey (Art Director). Enjoying the podcast? Please rate us, wherever you subscribe.

Season 7 - Ep 16 - Below the Line at the Oscars

Season 7 - Ep 16 - Below the Line at the Oscars

May 2, 2021

Bonus Oscar episode! Today, we're talking about the ceremony itself: my guest is three-time nominee John Pritchett, nominated this year for his sound work on News of the World. We discuss the challenges and unexpected perks of attending the Academy Awards with COVID-19 protocols in place.

Season 7 - Ep 15 - Oscars - Original Score

Season 7 - Ep 15 - Oscars - Original Score

April 23, 2021

Today concludes our 10-episode Oscar series highlighting the technical awards. To discuss the nominees for Original Score, I’m joined by returning guests Louis Weeks (score composer), Mick Coogan (songwriter) and Chris Molanphy (host of the Slate podcast, Hit Parade). Enjoy the ceremony this weekend!

Season 7 - Ep 14 - Oscars - Makeup and Hairstyling

Season 7 - Ep 14 - Oscars - Makeup and Hairstyling

April 22, 2021

The Academy Awards are only a few days away, and we’ve got two more categories to discuss. Today, Angela Nogaro (makeup) and Yvonne De Patis-Kupka (hair) join me to assess the Oscar nominees for Makeup and Hairstyling.

Season 7 - Ep 13 - Oscars - Film Editing

Season 7 - Ep 13 - Oscars - Film Editing

April 20, 2021

Our Academy Awards coverage continues all week. Today, I’m joined by Josh Gitelson (former editor/current lawyer) and Christopher Angel (writer/director/editor) to discuss the Oscar nominees for Film Editing.

Season 7 - Ep 12 - Oscars - Original Song

Season 7 - Ep 12 - Oscars - Original Song

April 19, 2021

With the Oscars ceremony less than a week away, we’re still talking about Academy Award nominees in the technical categories. Today, we're breaking down Original Song with returning guests Mick Coogan (composer) and Chris Molanphy (host of the Slate podcast, Hit Parade).

Season 7 - Ep 11 - Oscars - Cinematography

Season 7 - Ep 11 - Oscars - Cinematography

April 16, 2021

Week Two of our Oscars coverage culminates with the Academy Award for Cinematography, and cinematographer David Tuttman joins me once again this year to discuss the nominated films in this category.

Season 7 - Ep 10 - Oscars - Visual Effects

Season 7 - Ep 10 - Oscars - Visual Effects

April 14, 2021

As we continue our coverage of the Oscar nominees in the technical categories, I’m joined once again by Industry veteran Kent Seki. Today, we’re talking about the films recognized by the Academy for Visual Effects. 

Season 7 - Ep 9 - Oscars - Production Design

Season 7 - Ep 9 - Oscars - Production Design

April 12, 2021

Week Two of our Academy Awards coverage starts now. Today, I'm joined by Production Designer Sam Lisenco, Set Decorator Regina Graves and Lead Man Kerry Weeks to review the Oscar nominees for Production Design.

Season 7 - Ep 8 - Oscars - Animated Feature

Season 7 - Ep 8 - Oscars - Animated Feature

April 9, 2021

Today wraps up our first week of Academy Awards coverage, and I’m joined by Kent Seki (visual effects) for a discussion of the Oscar nominees for Animated Feature.

Season 7 - Ep 7 - Oscars - Costume Design

Season 7 - Ep 7 - Oscars - Costume Design

April 7, 2021

Our discussion of Academy Award nominees in the technical categories continues! This episode, I'm joined by two costume designers, Allison Choi Braun and Katie Irish, to discuss this year’s Oscar finalists for — you guessed it — Costume Design.

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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