Feature Film

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. 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. 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. 20: Douglas C. Hart - 1st Assistant Cameraman part 2

 Ep. 20: Douglas C. Hart - 1st Assistant Cameraman part 2

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.