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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).  

Season 5 - Ep 2 - Props - The Prestige

Season 5 - Ep 2 - Props - The Prestige

March 26, 2020

My guest today is Property Master Scott Buckwald, sharing his insights from the set of 2006's The Prestige (directed by Christopher Nolan and starring Hugh Jackman and Christian Bale).  This is the first of a multi-episode series focused on the Property Department. 

Season 5 - Ep 1 - COVID-19 - Production Shutdown

Season 5 - Ep 1 - COVID-19 - Production Shutdown

March 19, 2020

And just like that, we're back for a new season.  An assistant director, a costumer, and a property master meet virtually because of social distancing . . . this episode, my guests are crew members whose productions stopped filming due to concerns about the spread of the novel coronavirus disease, COVID-19.  

Season 4 - Ep 11 - Below the Line at the Oscars

Season 4 - Ep 11 - Below the Line at the Oscars

February 19, 2020

Bonus Oscar episode! A hairstylist and a sound mixer walk into a bar . . . want to know what really happens at the Academy Awards? My guests today are hairstylist Yvonne De Patis-Kupka, who has crewed many an Oscar ceremony, and three-time Sound Mixing nominee Steve Morrow, who tells us about the red carpet, the after parties, and everything in between. It's a Below the Line look at the event itself from both sides of the curtain.

Season 4 - Ep 10 - Oscars - Costume Design

Season 4 - Ep 10 - Oscars - Costume Design

February 6, 2020

Our discussion of the Oscar nominees in the technical/craftsman categories concludes today!  A wardrobe department insider walks into a bar . . . this episode, we're assessing the nominees for Costume Design (Academy Awards series: 7 of 7).

Season 4 - Ep 9 - Oscars - Cinematography

Season 4 - Ep 9 - Oscars - Cinematography

February 5, 2020

A cinematographer walks into a bar . . . this episode is a deep-dive discussion of the Oscar nominees for Cinematography (Academy Awards Series: 6 of 7).

Season 4 - Ep 8 - Oscars - Makeup and Hairstyling

Season 4 - Ep 8 - Oscars - Makeup and Hairstyling

February 4, 2020

A makeup artist and a hairstylist walk into a bar . . . today, we're talking about the Oscar nominees for Makeup and Hairstyling (Academy Awards Series: 5 of 7).  

Season 4 - Ep 7 - Oscars - Original Song / Original Score

Season 4 - Ep 7 - Oscars - Original Song / Original Score

January 30, 2020

A pair of composers and a music critic walk into a bar . . . our Oscar conversations continue with a discussion of the nominees for Original Song and Original Score (Academy Awards Series: 4 of 7).

Season 4 - Ep 6 - Oscars - Film Editing / Visual Effects

Season 4 - Ep 6 - Oscars - Film Editing / Visual Effects

January 29, 2020

A pair of editors and a producer walk into a bar . . . today, our discussion of the Oscar technical categories focuses on the nominees in Film Editing and Visual Effects (Academy Awards Series: 3 of 7).

Season 4 - Ep 5 - Oscars - Sound Mixing / Sound Editing

Season 4 - Ep 5 - Oscars - Sound Mixing / Sound Editing

January 27, 2020

Our Oscar coverage continues!  A sound mixer and a sound editor walk into a bar . . . our discussion of the technical nominees continues with Sound Mixing and Sound Editing:  two categories with a complicated relationship that lends itself to an interesting discussion (Academy Awards Series: 2 of 7).

Season 4 - Ep 4 - Oscars - Production Design

Season 4 - Ep 4 - Oscars - Production Design

January 26, 2020

For the next two weeks, we're all about the Oscars!  A production designer, a set decorator and a leadman walk into a bar . . . our assessment of the nominees in the technical categories starts with an in-depth look at Production Design (Academy Awards Series: 1 of 7).

Season 4 - Ep 3 - DGA Awards - Television Nominees

Season 4 - Ep 3 - DGA Awards - Television Nominees

January 22, 2020

That same group of assistant directors are keeping the bar open late . . . our third of three episodes about the Directors Guild of America nominations for Outstanding Directorial Achievement is a discussion of the nominees in the various Television categories.  

Season 4 - Ep 2 - DGA Awards - First-Time Features / Documentaries

Season 4 - Ep 2 - DGA Awards - First-Time Features / Documentaries

January 21, 2020

A group of assistant directors continue talking at a bar . . . our second of three episodes about the Directors Guild of America nominations for Outstanding Directorial Achievement is about the First-Time Feature Film and Documentary categories.

Season 4 - Ep 1 - DGA Awards - Theatrical Feature Films

Season 4 - Ep 1 - DGA Awards - Theatrical Feature Films

January 20, 2020

Welcome to Awards Season!  A group of assistant directors gather in a bar . . . this week we're talking about the Directors Guild of America nominations for Outstanding Directorial Achievement.  This episode (first of three) we discuss the Theatrical Feature Films. 

Season 3 - Ep 10 - Ford v Ferrari Stunts

Season 3 - Ep 10 - Ford v Ferrari Stunts

December 24, 2019

Bonus episode! A stunt coordinator walks into a bar . . . my guest today is Robert Nagle, Stunt Coordinator for 2019's Ford v Ferrari. Needless to say, our conversation is focused on the stunts.

Season 3 - Ep 9 - Ford v Ferrari

Season 3 - Ep 9 - Ford v Ferrari

December 19, 2019

An assistant director, a sound mixer and a location manager walk into a bar . . . today we're talking about 2019's Ford v Ferrari (directed by James Mangold and starring Christian Bale and Matt Damon):  see it in the theater and then join us for the podcast!

Season 3 - Ep 8 - Law & Order

Season 3 - Ep 8 - Law & Order

December 12, 2019

A cinematographer, a boom operator and a set dresser walk into a bar . . . this week, we're revisiting the long-running, NYC-based NBC series, Law & Order, which ran for 20 seasons (1990-2010).  

Season 3 - Ep 7 - Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Season 3 - Ep 7 - Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

December 5, 2019

A sound mixer and a grip walk into a bar . . . my guests today are crew from Quentin Tarantino's 2019 magnum opus, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt).   

Season 3 - Ep 6 - Piranha 3D

Season 3 - Ep 6 - Piranha 3D

November 21, 2019

An assistant director, a property master and a production assistant walk into a bar . . . this episode, my guests are from 2010's Piranha 3D (directed by Alexandre Aja and starring Elisabeth Shue, Jerry O'Connell, Adam Scott and a slew of guest stars).

Season 3 - Ep 5 - The 48 Hour Film Project

Season 3 - Ep 5 - The 48 Hour Film Project

November 14, 2019

A team of amateur filmmakers walk into a bar . . . today I'm speaking with folks who competed in The 48 Hour Film Project, an annual filmmaking event that attracts entries from around the globe.

Season 3 - Ep 4 - Arrested Development

Season 3 - Ep 4 - Arrested Development

November 7, 2019

An assistant director, a set dresser and a production assistant walk into a bar . . . this week we're talking about Arrested Development, and my guests are crew representing the runs on both Fox (2003-2006) and Netflix (2013-2019).  

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