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Author: Illya Friedman

November 11, 2019

Mike Figgis, Oscar-nominated director of Leaving Las Vegas, Timecode, Internal Affairs, Somebody Up There Likes Me

Writer/Director/Composer/Photographer and experimental filmmaker Mike Figgis has never restricted his art to just one medium. In our interview, he discusses his love of filmmaking and his transition to digital after Leaving Las Vegas with the film Timecode.

November 4, 2019

Adam Lisagor, director and founder of Sandwich Video, on starting his commercial company, working with DPs Rachel Morrison and Charles Papert, using humor to sell products

Sandwich’s commercials and video spots are typically funny, bold, and colorful. Adam Lisagor started the company ten years ago, directing and acting in many of the ads to save money. The first professional DP Adam hired was his college friend, Rachel Morrison. Another frequent cinematographer for Sandwich commercials is Charles Papert, the DP behind Key and Peele.

October 28, 2019

Natasha Braier, ASC: talks Honey Boy, Neon Demon, Gloria Bell and more

Natasha Braier is known for her eye-popping, bold visuals and enjoys shooting in an experimental style. She seeks out directors with a strong voice who are willing to take artistic risks such as Nicolas Winding Refn on Neon Demon, Sebastian Lelio on Gloria Bell, and Alma Har’el on the upcoming Honey Boy.

October 21, 2019

Special Episode- Jojo Rabbit: Jason Chen, Dannelle Satherley and Ra Vincent tell the production stories behind the WWII comedy/drama

We talk with Visual Effects Supervisor Jason Chen, Makeup and Hair Designer Dannelle Satherley, and Production Designer Ra Vincent who were all part of the production team for the film Jojo Rabbit. The entire group has worked with director Taika Waititi on many of his past films. They each explain their craft and some of the tricks and techniques they used on the film. Jojo Rabbit is currently playing in theaters.

October 15, 2019

Benoît Delhomme, DP of The Theory of Everything, At Eternity’s Gate, The Proposition, The Scent of Green Papaya, Lawless, Free State of Jones

Benoît Delhomme discusses his work on the Oscar-nominated The Scent of Green Papaya, The Theory of Everything, the 2014 biopic about Stephen Hawking, At Eternity’s Gate, about artist Vincent Van Gogh, and his experience shooting The Proposition in the Australian outback.

October 7, 2019

Ruben Fleischer, the director of Zombieland, Venom, 30 Minutes or Less and Gangster Squad

Ruben Fleischer began his career directing music videos, commercials and comedy shorts. He landed his first big directing gig with Zombieland, followed by the films 30 Minutes or Less, Gangster Squad and Venom. He’s also produced TV shows such as Superstore and Stumptown. Ruben Fleischer’s latest movie Zombieland: Double Tap is out October 18th.

October 1, 2019

Salvatore Totino, ASC talks Any Given Sunday, Cinderella Man, Frost/Nixon, The Da Vinci Code, Spider-Man: Homecoming, working with Oliver Stone, Ron Howard, and more

Sal Totino grew up in Brooklyn NY and began his career as a music video and commercial DP before landing his first feature on Oliver Stone’s Any Given Sunday. He’s worked with director Ron Howard on eight films such as The Missing, Cinderella Man, Frost/Nixon and The Da Vinci Code. Sal has two upcoming films out soon- The Postcard Killings and The Tax Collector.

September 24, 2019

Don M. Morgan, ASC: talks Starman, Christine, Seven, working with John Carpenter, Robert Zemeckis, Steven Spielberg, David Fincher, Joseph Sargent

Legendary cinematographer Don Morgan shot “Used Cars” and “I Wanna Hold Your Hand,” with Robert Zemeckis; Steven Spielberg’s “1941,” and John Carpenter’s “Starman” and “Christine.” Don also filmed the iconic aerial scenes in “Seven” for director David Fincher and talks about his long television career with director Joseph Sargent.

September 15, 2019

Special Episode: IT Chapter Two- Cinematographer Checco Varese, ASC reveals the stories behind the biggest horror franchise of the year

Checco Varese gives us the scoop on shooting IT Chapter Two with director Andrés Muschietti. Checco and his crew’s commitment to their craft has paid off: at the time of this post, IT Chapter Two has grossed more than $320 million worldwide.

September 8, 2019

Michael Gioulakis: on shooting Us, Glass, Split, It Follows, John Dies at the End, working with Jordan Peele, M. Night Shyamalan, David Mitchell and Don Coscarelli

Cinematographer Mike Gioulakis is best known for shooting horror films “Glass,” “Split,” and “Us.” He got a foothold in filmmaking with the cult indy film “John Dies at the End.” With “It Follows,” Mike and director David Mitchell created a retro, timeless look for the movie. He also discusses the meticulous storyboard sessions directors M. Night Shyamalan and Jordan Peele both have for their films.

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