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Ep. 34: David Mendez - Special Effects Makeup

Ep. 34: David Mendez - Special Effects Makeup

Sometimes you find yourself with some fake blood in your mouth and a couple of drinking straws - because that's how you get things done in this business. At least, it is when you're a special effects makeup artist, like this week's Cinematic Immunity guest, David Mendez.

Listen as the multi-talented Mendez brakes down the makeup department for us, with a special focus on special-effects. We talk about the tools of his trade (fake blood and drinking straws are only two of them), the challenges and fun of creating makeup looks for film, his influences, and how Captain Kirk taught him to fight. He also explains how being a U.S. Army Infantryman compares to working on a movie set, and how it has helped his stunt coordinator work

Ep. 33: Billy Badalato Jr. - Producer, Part 2

Ep. 33: Billy Badalato Jr. - Producer, Part 2

Here's what it's like to shoot a moving train from a moving helicopter, who wins a budgets-vs.-creative battle in the studio system - or budgets and efficiency vs. safety. The answers to questions like, why are we still waiting to shoot? Why are studios the way they are? What goes into the machinery of studio financing? ...and how Billy knew he had finally made it in the business when no one would sit with him at lunch.

Ep. 32: Billy Badalato, Jr. - Producer, Part 1

Ep. 32: Billy Badalato, Jr. - Producer, Part 1

The wait is over! Producer and 3rd-generation movie-makerBilly Badalato, Jr., stopped by Cinematic Immunity recently to school us on the ins and outs of international and domestic film consulting, the logistics of Navy fighter-jet refueling, and some of the difficulties of using trains, planes and boats in your movie.  We discuss what happens when you go to shoot in the middle of nowhere, and how to climb the showbiz ladder from personal assistant to president of a global production and consulting company

Ep. 31: David Stump, A.S.C. - Cinematographer

Ep. 31: David Stump, A.S.C. - Cinematographer

Today on the Cinematic Immunity podcast, we bring you an interview with award-wining cinematographer, David Stump, A.S.C.. Get ready for stories about some of your all-time favorite films!  In this episode, we discuss the unforgettable  train sequence in Stand By MeRambo III's "muscle lighting," Beetlejuice, and Army of Darkness. Plus, we talk about Quantum of Solace and forgetting to steal things, Star Trek: First Contact and Patrick Stuart's eyeball work, and we visit post-apocalyptic Kansas, go for a ride in a certain time-traveling Delorean once more, and Louis loves on David's timely new book, Digital Cinematography: Fundamentals, Tools, Techniques, and Workflows

Over last thirty-plus years, David Stump has worn many filmmaking hats. He's been a producer, a director, a cinematographer, an author, a visual effects supervisor, an effects cameraman - and he even has an Academy Award for Scientific & Technical Achievement. He's worked on some of the most memorable films from the last three decades, and is generous enough to share his knowledge with the world through his excellent book and insightful articles on filmmaking. Enjoy the interview! 

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We'll see you back on Thursday for a preview of our next interview: Producer Billy Badalato, Jr. 

 

Ep. 30: Dan McMellen - Post-Production Supervisor - Part 2

Ep. 30: Dan McMellen - Post-Production Supervisor - Part 2

For the Pros out there, this time we get into the technical side of the post-production process, talking in depth about editing technique and theory.  Plus, Dan and Louis share a few valuable lessons learned from renowned editor and author, Walter Murch.

Ep. 29: Dan McMellen - Post Production Supervisor - Part 1

Ep. 29: Dan McMellen - Post Production Supervisor - Part 1

On this week's episode of Cinematic Immunity, we talk to Dan McMellen, post-production supervisor, editor, director, producer, and all around awesome podcast guest, about how he got his start in the entertainment industry, mastering his craft, and what professionals like himself look for in an assistant.  Plus, he separates the fact from the fiction when it comes to editing one oft-maligned programming genre: reality TV shows.

Read more about Dan McMellen here, and be sure to check back next Tuesday for Part 2 of his interview, in which we discuss the equipment and technical know-how essential to the post-production process. 

Ep. 28: Karyn Wagner - Costume Designer

Ep. 28: Karyn Wagner - Costume Designer

This week on Cinematic Immunity, stylish and talented costume designer Karyn Wagner joins us to talk about how she went from being "the best-dressed camera assistant ever" to designing the costumes forThe Green Mile, Friday Night Lights and The Notebook, where she finds the inspiration for her designs, and how a she can make you hate a character without him ever saying a word. 

 

Ep. 27: David Lawrence - Composer

Ep. 27: David Lawrence - Composer

Thanks to David Lawrence's impressive musical pedigree, the successful composer can include "being around Sammy Davis, Jr. and Frank Sinatra" on his list of the many life-altering experiences he had growing up as the son of legendary entertainers, Steve Lawrence & Eydie Gormé.  

Lawrence sat down with Cinematic Immunity and discussed his greatest influences, his artistic process, the nuts and bolts of being a film & television composer, working successfully with extreme time-tables, and the creative tug-of-war between directors and studios. From adding hairpins on the strings, to subtracting that repeating drum loop, it's an introduction into a whole new area of the filmmaking process that you won't want to miss! 

Special thanks to Pancho Burgos-Goizueta, for his help in welcoming David Lawrence to the Cinematic Immunity podcast!

Ep. 26: Ken Hastings - Writer

Ep. 26: Ken Hastings - Writer

Did Ken ruin Dennis Miller's movie career? Was Bryan a happiness oasis on 'Olive Juice'? Do Backstreet Boys cause security problems? Did Louis get us that coffee? Is Liz Hurley calling Ken in the W.C. right now? Is structured writing like creative waterboarding? Did we sneak the tag 'boobs' in this post? Who will Ken book next on 'The Tom Green Show'? Will we now do the podcast with 6-packs in hand? Cinematic Immunity!

Ep. 25: Steven Poster, A.S.C. - Cinematographer & Union President

Ep. 25: Steven Poster, A.S.C. - Cinematographer & Union President

 

Steven Poster, the President of the International Cinematographers Guild, represents camera workers and film publicists across the United States.  Poster was kind enough to sit down with Cinematic Immunity and share his stories about getting started in filmmaking and working on such films as "Blade Runner" (1982) "Close Encounters of the Third Kind" (1977) and "Donnie Darko" (2001). Hear these stories and more now in our interview with Steven Poster, ASC.

Ep. 24: Dean Cundey - Cinematographer Part 2

Ep. 24: Dean Cundey - Cinematographer Part 2

Dean returns in Part II.  We discuss the challenges of Roger Rabbit not existing on location, to getting some assistance from the Oval Office to solve pesky gravity problems on a certain spaceship set. In-between, we breakdown some select scenes of the greatest Trilogy ever about a time-traveling teen and his friend the "Doc".

Ep. 23: Dean Cundey - Cinematographer Part 1

Ep. 23: Dean Cundey - Cinematographer Part 1

Jurassic Park! Halloween! Big Trouble in Little China!

Acclaimed cinematographer Dean Cundey sat down with Cinematic Immunity for an interview and knocked our socks off.  In part one of our two-part discussion, we learn how Cundey got his start in Hollywood, his turning point in film school, and the surprising keys to success that they don't teach in school, such as, "Always try to get someone else to take the blame." He says with a wry smile. 

Dean was also kind enough to share his stories of pioneering the use of Steadicam with the multi-talented John Carpenter in "Halloween" (1978), how his innovative, Oscar-nominated work on "Who Framed Roger Rabbit" (1988) paved the way for the groundbreaking visual effects of "Jurassic Park" (1993), how the military precision of the "Jurassic Park" film crew wowed the actual military after Hurricane Iniki hit on their last day of filming, and much more.

We'll see you back next Tuesday, September 16th, 2014, for part two of our interview with the great Dean Cundey, A.S.C..

Ep. 22: Thomas Ethan Harris - Film Festival Consultant

Ep. 22: Thomas Ethan Harris - Film Festival Consultant

Thomas Ethan Harris and certain members of the Cinematic Immunity team may not see eye to eye on what constitutes a "good" epic space-opera of the late 1970s... but all was eventually forgiven thanks to Harris' incredible insights into the exciting world of film festivals and how independent filmmakers can achieve success in it.

In our interview with film consultant and co-founder of the Los Angeles Film Festival (L.A.F.F.), Thomas Ethan Harris, we learn what happens during the festival selection process, what you can do to help your film before and after it's accepted, and the important but often-overlooked details that make the great films stand out from all the rest.  We also discuss some of the movies Harris had a larger involvement in - such as the groundbreaking 1999 indie hit, "The Blair Witch Project" - and what he's learned from sitting through tens of thousands of short and feature-film submissions over the years. And, yes, we get his expert opinion on that classic movie about a galaxy far, far away...

Ep. 21: Carrie Gravenson - Comedian & Actress

Ep. 21: Carrie Gravenson - Comedian & Actress

In our final interview recorded during our trip to New York in June, comedian and actress, Carrie Gravenson, sat down with Cinematic Immunity in our secret Illuminati lair (a.k.a. the International Cinematographers Guild Local #600 New York office) and took us behind the curtain of the New York stand-up scene. Listen to Carrie's story of taking on the competitive world of stand-up comedy, co-producing The Tomfoolery Hour comedy showcase, and the frustrations and comedic gold that ensue from traveling the country with the talented women of her Pink Collar Comedy Tour. Learn all that, plus how to fit into a dish washer, in Episode 21 of the Cinematic Immunity podcast.

Ep. 19: Douglas C. Hart - 1st Assistant Cameraman part 1

Ep. 19: Douglas C. Hart - 1st Assistant Cameraman part 1

Doug sits down with Cinematic Immunity to talk about growing up on set with his dad and brother, his start in the business as a 1st Assistant Cameraman, shooting documentaries all over the world, and then coming home to New York City to work for the Master of Darkness - cinematographer Gordon Willis - for over ten years. They would go to work for Woody Allen, making six of his classic films. Part 1 of our interview covers the first two decades of Doug's illustrious career. Tune in next week for Part 2 of Doug's interview with Cinematic Immunity for more first-hand stories that you won't hear anywhere else.

Ep. 18: Jendra Jarnagin - Cinematographer

Ep. 18: Jendra Jarnagin - Cinematographer

Continuing with our New York City podcasts, we got a chance to sit down with Jendra Jarnagin.  She is a female cinematographer who worked her way up through the set lighting departement.  Jendra lays out some guidelines on how to work as a freelancer, how to make a relationship work when both partners are freelancing and how film festivals can really help your career take off if you know how to network. 

Ep. 2: Haskell Wexler, A.S.C. - Cinematographer

Ep. 2: Haskell Wexler, A.S.C. - Cinematographer

The art and craft of movie making; The stories that define it.  Legendary cinematographer Haskell Wexler, A.S.C. joins us here on Cinematic Immunity.  Subscribe on iTunes, stay updated, enjoy the show.