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.
The wait is over! Producer and 3rd-generation movie-maker, Billy 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.
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 Me, Rambo 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.
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!
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.
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".
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..
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.