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. 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.

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. 17: Jessica Burstein - Set Photographer

Ep. 17: Jessica Burstein - Set Photographer

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.

Ep. 16: Laurie Meadoff - Executive Producer

Ep. 16: Laurie Meadoff - Executive Producer

Laurie Meadoff stopped by, pausing from saving the world through art for an hour, to chat about her work as an Executive Producer in the business. Generating productive ideas for projects, putting together a team, and finding the money.

Ep. 14: Skip Van Leeuwen - Motorcycle Racer & Record Label Executive

Ep. 14: Skip Van Leeuwen - Motorcycle Racer & Record Label Executive

Skip Van Leeuwin joins us on Cinematic immunity to talk about his legacy in motorcycle racing and the disconnected throttle cable that led him to a historic win,  his lifelong rivalry with Dick Hammer, his time spent with Evel Knievel and his career as a music label executive that spawned 30 years of sobriety from booze and cocaine.

Ep. 13: Ted Hayash - Cinematographer

Ep. 13: Ted Hayash - Cinematographer

Aspiring to be a cinematographer? Ted Hayash joins us here on Cinematic Immunity to talk about how to stage two camera blocking with the changing needs of the director, how to walk on to any set and be as effective as possible and how to make sure that every shot counts.  Louis and Ted set the wayback machine 12 years to revisit the first time Louis worked for Ted as an electrician on Monster. With Ted's extensive background in lighting, he brings his knowledge and experience into the modern world of professional film making.

Ep. 12: Matt Knudsen - Comedian & Actor

Ep. 12: Matt Knudsen - Comedian & Actor

Standup comedian, host of the Grabbing Lunch podcast and former Boom Operator, Matt Knudsen.  They talk about being a Highlander, sniffing glue and how Louis is not a great broadcaster.  Recorded at the famous Improv Olympic stage in Hollywood.  Listen in to hear why change is hard and how he went from being behind the camera to being in front of it.

Ep. 11: Michael Uva - Dolly Grip & Author

Ep. 11: Michael Uva - Dolly Grip & Author

Michael Uva sits down with us on Cinematic Immunity to discuss transferring his skills from the U.S. Marines to the world of being a grip in the entertainment industry in 70's.  Michael Uva is one of the select entertainment technicians who have written "The Book" on his craft. Uva's Grip Book has been the one consistent reference manual for all things Grip for nearly 25 years and it's still going strong with the 2014 publishing of the 5th edition.  This episode was one of the earlier Cinematic Immunity episodes and captures a great perspective on how to do a hard job in hard conditions but still stay professional all day long.  We also break down some basics of how to set a C-stand and why regular practice is so important, and how sharing the knowledge brings it back around in the long run.

Ep. 10: Bruce Logan - Cinematographer part 2

Ep. 10: Bruce Logan - Cinematographer part 2

Is Bruce actually a British Spy here to steal our laser technology? Did he try to blackout Burbank on purpose during Tron, twice? Is using a computer to make movies cheating? (It was in 1981, according to the Academy) We try to find out why they don't let guys like us play with tons of napalm anymore. Plus, we chat about Blade Runner, why DIT is a misnomer and Airplane! Bruce talks about us why you shouldn't waste your money on film school and we talk about our favorite scenes from Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas!

Ep. 9: Bruce Logan - Cinematographer Part 1

Ep. 9: Bruce Logan - Cinematographer Part 1

We sit down with Bruce Logan, A.S.C. as he shares with us some of the best stories from some of our favorite movies including 2001: A Space Odyssey, Star Wars and Tron. Check out part 1 of Cinematic Immunity's latest podcast.  Check out the rest at www.cinematicimmunitycast.com

Ep. 7: Jim Edwards - Producer & Editor

Ep. 7: Jim Edwards - Producer & Editor

We have a huge episode this week!  Jim Edwards, veteran editor, director and producer. We talk about getting his start with "Bullitt",  taking car commercials to the next level and barking with the Tramp. Also, we talk about creating shows like Deadliest Catch, playing with the Beach Boys and of course, why an iron-clad contract is worth its weight in gold.

Ep. 6: Gene Warren Jr. - VFX Supervisor

Ep. 6: Gene Warren Jr. - VFX Supervisor

The pilot episode that got Cinematic Immunity going. Recorded in 2012, Louis Normandin sits down with legendary Visual Effects master Gene Warren Jr. to talk about his time at Walt Disney Studios, working for Blake Edwards and Jerry Lewis in the Hollywood Studio System and how we got to where we are now in the modern age of Visual Effects.

Ep. 5: Sarah Jones and the Future of Set Safety - Part 2

Ep. 5: Sarah Jones and the Future of Set Safety - Part 2

What was that crew on the train tracks supposed to do that day? Should the movie ever be able to film again? Why has the reaction been so strong? Can anything good can come out of this complex tragedy? Cinematic Immunity tries to find answers in this week's podcast. 

Ep. 4: Sarah Jones and the Future of Set Safety - Part 1

Ep. 4: Sarah Jones and the Future of Set Safety - Part 1

Cinematic Immunity held a panel last week to discuss the state of the entertainment business since the passing of 2nd camera assistant Sarah Jones.  How can this can be prevented? What are the logistics of production that were not followed?  Join us for part one of this very important discussion, the complex tragedy of Sarah Jones and the future of on set safety right here at Cinematic Immunity. Our panelists Danelle Hand, Ted Hayash and Vannessa Manlunas discuss the boiled down facts as presented by Bryan Hart and the Cinematic Immunity team.

Ep. 3: Indie Film Directing - Donavon Warren and Timothy Gagliardo

Ep. 3: Indie Film Directing - Donavon Warren and Timothy Gagliardo

The art and craft of movie making; The stories that define it.  This is the story of "Wheels" as we are joined by producers and co-directors, Donavon Thomas and Tim Gagliardo. They turned a great script into a finished feature film with little resources and a lot of determination.  Congrats fellas for your premier at Newport Beach Film Festival!  You deserve it!

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.