Below the Line
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).