Today's episode of Cinematic Immunity, our guest is the amazing Libby Ward @sneakyvarmint. She is currently writing for “Scooby Doo” and has a short film in festivals titled “The Audition” with Simpsons director Mark Kirkland. This week in the studio, we talk about Alice in Wonderland, Clara Bow and Girl Power in Hollywood. We also talk about being in the writers room and some of the early steps of being a working writer and an Improv Comedian. Check out Libby’s site and more about her work at http://www.sneakyvarmint.com.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Listen in as Doug continues to tell his tale of being a 1st AC in New York for more than four decades. You'll learn all about the odd way John Landis likes to start conversations (and what jokes you should never tell in his presence), how hard it is to pull focus on the elusive Robert Redford, the wonderful paychecks from the Brooklyn Bridge, how much fun stunt work can be on films like 'The Hardway,' and how nimble Spike Lee can be when things really start to heat up on-set.
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.
Actor psychology vs the still photographers, trust among the team and photo ownership. The caste system on set, being stealthy to get the shot and a family breaking boundaries. Sabotage. The blacklist and the politics of crew taking photos. Jessica tells us how to get it in frame this week on Cinematic Immunity.