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July 13, 2019

Ep 39 – Manuel Billeter – Talks the Marvel/Netflix series Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Orange is the New Black and working with Alfonso Cuarón

Manuel Billeter discusses his early career and getting his big break working in post production editing “Y Tu Mama También” for director Alfonso Cuarón, who encouraged him to pursue a path in cinematography. He talks about the high profile series he’s worked on, such as “Law and Order,” and “Person of Interest,” how a show getting canceled or getting fired can lead to better opportunities, working in urban settings with night exteriors and the incredible energy it can generate. When creating the unique noir feel for “Jessica Jones” and “Luke Cage,” Manuel loved the look of sodium vapor streetlights, but most of New York has converted to LED lights, so each individual streetlight was gelled to get the yellower look.

July 3, 2019

Ep 38 – Matthew Clark – Talks Late Night, 30 Rock, working with Vanja Cernjul, Tina Fey, Nisha Ganatra, Emma Thompson and much more

DP Matthew Clark talks to Ben about his early career, getting his big break on the NBC comedy series “30 Rock” from cinematographer Vanja Cernjul and working with the brilliant Tina Fey, Robert Carlock and Alec Baldwin. He discusses the importance of creating a look for a comedic series that keeps viewers happy and comfortable, and how to light for comedy to make it more dramatic and interesting but not distracting from the story. Matt’s recent film “Late Night,” starring Emma Thompson and Mindy Kaling, was directed by his film school friend Nisha Ganatra. The two crafted a very naturalistic and approachable look for the movie.

June 23, 2019

Ep 37 – Seamus McGarvey, ASC, BSC – Multi-Oscar Nominated Cinematographer Talks Joe Write, Avengers, Nocturnal Animals, Atonement, High Fidelity and The Greatest Showman

The Cinematography Podcast Episode 37

Seamus McGarvey, ASC, BSC

Talks Bad Times at the El Royale, shooting Black Mirror’s “Nosedive” episode with director Joe Wright, The Avengers, Nocturnal Animals, Atonement, High Fidelity and The Greatest Showman.

Mulit-Academy Award nominee Seamus McGarvey sits down with Illya for an intimate conversation about his work on High Fidelity, shooting the episode “Nosedive” for the Netflix series Black Mirror with director Joe Wright, and how much he loved working on Bad Times at the El Royale. Seamus discusses how each film can be a very different creative collaboration with each director, and the importance of creating an intimacy between the cinematographer, the director and the actors, no matter how big or small the movie.

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Illya’s short end: The trailer for Brittany Runs a Marathon and Amazon’s marketing for the movie feels like a misfire.

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June 17, 2019

Special Episode – Checco Varese, ASC – Live Podcasting at Hot Rod Cameras “Cine Beer” 2019 Summer Bash

In our second LIVE podcast, Checco Varese, ASC discusses his collaborations with Guillermo Del Toro on “Pacific Rim” and “The Strain,” his upcoming movie, “It: Chapter 2,” working on many TV pilots and music videos, his early days in South America as a war correspondent and much more.

June 5, 2019

Ep 36 – Dan Laustsen, ASC, DFF – The Oscar Nominated Cinematographer of Shape of Water, Dives into John Wick 3, Shooting Film and His Career

Acclaimed Danish cinematographer Dan Laustsen talks to Illya about working with Guillermo del Toro on The Shape of Water, Crimson Peak and Mimic.  Del Toro’s frequent collaborator discusses the ease of shooting digital cinema now vs. the old days of relying on a lab to process the film correctly.  For the John Wick films, lens choices and tricks played a big part in how he and director Chad Stahelski accomplished a flare effect on the films.  In John Wick-Chapter 3- Parabellum, Dan discusses shooting mainly at night and created a glistening, rainy look.

May 22, 2019

Ep 35 – Linus Sandgren, ASC, FSF – The Oscar Winning Cinematographer Talks First Man, Damien Chazelle, Gus Van Sant, David O. Russell and Storyboarding

Swedish cinematographer Linus Sandgren talks to Illya about his extensive career working with high profile directors like Damien Chazelle on First Man and La La Land, Gus Van Sant on Promised Land, and David O. Russell on the films American Hustle and Joy. For the film First Man, Linus used 16mm, 35mm and IMAX formats to portray different looks throughout the movie. While working on Promised Land, he and director Gus Van Sant decided to use Super 35mm 1.3x anamorphic. He also discusses lighting choices and his passion for drawing his own storyboards.

May 9, 2019

Ep 34 – Lije Sarki – The Writer, Director and Producer, discusses making the beautiful new movie, Concrete Kids

Writer, Director, Producer, Lije Sarki talks to Illya about his latest project, Concrete Kids. The movie follows two nine year old boys on one adventurous night in Los Angeles. Lije discusses wearing many hats as the writer, director, and producer of the project, willing a project like this into being and aesthetic choices that served the production .  Concrete Kids was shot in 17 nights with a budget of only $25K.  Lije talks about the challenge of the search for the two young leads, shooting with kids almost entirely at night, and then securing sales and distribution for feature film.

April 21, 2019

Sundance 2019 Special Podcast Pt. 4 (of 4) – Midnight Movies, the Occult and Horror

Episode 4 of The Cinematography Podcast’s Sundance 2019 Special – Midnight Movies, horror and occult! In our FINAL episode covering the 2019 Sundance Film Festival. We talk to 3 filmmaker and discus their features. The first is Hail Satan? is at its heart an examination of the right to religious freedom. Next is “Little Monsters” writer-director Abe Forsythe sat down with Illya to talk about his zombie-romantic comedy-buddy-horror movie. The film stars Academy Award winner Lupita Nyong’o. Finally we chat with JD Dillard about his midnight movie, “Sweetheart.” The horror/thriller movie stars Kiersey Clemons (“Hearts Beat Loud,” “Dope”) as a woman who is stranded on a desert island and stalked by a mysterious monster.

April 13, 2019

Sundance 2019 Special Podcast Pt. 3 – DRAMA

Episode 3 of The Cinematography Podcast’s Sundance 2019 Special – DRAMA, as in DRAMAtic films. Ben and Illya discuss some of the dramatic films and documentaries at this year’s Sundance Film Festival for The Cinematography Podcast.

April 2, 2019

Sundance 2019 Special Podcast Pt. 2 – The Genre Found at Every Festival “Coming of Age”

In The Cinematography Podcast’s second of four episodes, The Cinematography Podcast’s Sundance 2019 Special, Illya and Ben discuss the “Comingof Age” film- a perennial topic at film festivals.

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