Cinematographer James Neihouse, A.S.C. joins us to discuss his latest work, "A Beautiful Planet" - a documentary shot on the International Space Station that leaves you speechless, transfixed and downright inspired. James Neihouse strategically trained the astronauts how to use and troubleshoot an IMAX 70mm and then piloted them through any problems they encountered from ground control. Impressive? Listen to this week's episode to learn more.
Happy Thanksgiving, Cinemaniacs! What are you thankful for this year? We here at Cinematic Immunity are grateful for many things: For the wise and witty guests that have sat down with us each week since our first episode back in February, for the generous support of our friends, families and colleagues - including Steve Hopkins, for providing the space to sit down with those guests! - and, of course, we're thankful for our loyal listeners, for subscribing to the podcast and sharing Cinematic Immunity with your friends week after week. Thank you all for helping Cinematic Immunity continue to grow and bring you first-person stories about the art and craft of movie-making! We couldn't do it without you - and we wouldn't want to anyway!
Now, just because we're about to slip into our annual food-comas doesn't mean we're not going to have a brand new episode for you when we wake up in a few days... On Tuesday, we'll bring you an interview with cinematographer and visual effects master, Christopher Warren.
Like so many C.I. guests before him, Chris Warren is a third-generation filmmaker. He was, "...born with an Academy Award already in the family," (that of his grandfather, Gene Warren), and grew up experiencing the magic of Hollywood in ways that most of us can only dream of. In one story you'll hear in episode 35, Chris recalls being a child and asking his father, Gene Warren, Jr., what he was doing. His dad's reply? "We're making boots for Planet of the Apes."
It isn't hard to understand why Chris says things like, "I love what I do, so I can't wait to get to work," and, "I can't see myself doing anything else."
On Tuesday, whip up a leftover-turkey sandwich, grab another slice of pumpkin pie, and check back right here for more of Chris Warren's tales of growing up on-set, and get his take on the past, present and future of visual effects and filmmaking.
Next week, we sit down with David Stump, A.S.C., and discuss such topics as the iconic 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 book, Digital Cinematography: Fundamentals, Tools, Techniques, and Workflows.
David Stump has worn many filmmaking hats over last thirty-plus years. He's been a producer, a director, a cinematographer, an author, a visual effects supervisor, an effects cameraman - and he 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 world through his excellent book and articles on filmmaking.
When legendary cinematographer, Dean Cundey, stopped by Cinematic Immunity to tell us about his impressive career in filmmaking, he had so many great stories that we couldn't contain it all in one episode!
On Tuesday, September 16, 2014, hear the behind the scenes stories from the making of "Who Framed Roger Rabbit," the "Back to the Future" trilogy, "Apollo 13," and more, in part two of our interview with Dean Cundeay, A.S.C..
Next week on Cinematic Immunity, our conversation with Douglas C. Hart, veteran 1st AC and author of The Camera Assistant: A Complete Professional Handbook (Focal Press; 1996), continues with more insightful, entertaining and personal stories that you won't hear anywhere else.
You may think Doug had to be talked into doing our interview, but instead, he asked us - many, many times - just when his show was going to happen. We finally relented, and the man generously proceeded to talk for three hours straight before we finally had to pull the plug and head back to the hotel...