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.
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!
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!
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".
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...
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.
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.
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.