Creative Process

Dirt and Stipple

Dirt and Stipple

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 next week's Cinematic Immunity guest, David Mendez.

On Tuesday, you'll get to hear the multi-talented Mendez brake down the makeup department for us, with a special focus on special-effects. We'll talk about the tools of his trade (fake blood and drinking straws are only two of them), the challenges of creating 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. Plus, we talk set safety, the process of getting union membership, and the wonders of technology - because walkie-talkies are your friend!

Check back on Tuesday for David's interview, and don't forget to follow us on all your favorite social networks (Tinder not included).

Multiplexer

Multiplexer

He's an accomplished film producer, the president of a global film production and consulting company, and an expert on the planning, budgeting and execution of both international and domestic filming. On the next Cinematic Immunity, Billy Badalato, Jr., tells us his story, and shares so much sage advice for finding success in the entertainment industry ("Your first day of work is really your second job interview.") that we couldn't fit it all into just one episode. Yes, it's another Cinematic Immunity two-parter - but with thirty years of working in the film industry, Badalato, Jr., had so many valuable lessons to share with our listeners, that we just couldn't leave any of them out. 

Hear Billy Badalato, Jr., 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'll 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. Learn all that and more, on the next episode of the Cinematic Immunity podcast, this Tuesday

Post Synchronisation

Post Synchronisation

On the next episode of Cinematic Immunity, we bring you part two of our interview with post-production supervisor, editor, writer and director Dan McMellen.  

This time we'll get into the more technical side of the post-production process, talking in depth about editing technique and theory, the gear and equipment used, and the role of Digital Imaging Technicians and Digital Downloaders.  Dan also shares a few valuable lessons learned from renowned editor and author, Walter Murch.

Check back on Tuesday for part two of our interview with Dan McMellen.  And don't forget that you can also subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, listen on SoundCloud and Stitcher, follow us on Twitter, like us on Facebook, and even tell people face to face about how much you love Cinematic Immunity!

Have a great weekend, everybody!

Sequential Frame

Sequential Frame

Part two of our interview with the great Billy Badalato, Jr., is just a few short days away! 

These are just a few of the things you'll hear in part two: Questionable John Woo impersonations, what it's like shooting on a moving train from a moving helicopter, who wins a budgets-vs.-creative battle in the studio system - or budgets and efficiency vs. safety - how our guest climbed the ladder in production, 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.  All that, and more, this Tuesday on Cinematic Immunity!

"If No One Notices, You're Doing Something Right"

"If No One Notices, You're Doing Something Right"

“You should know everything you need to about a character before they open their mouths and say a word, and you should know it from the costume, the hair and the makeup.” - Karyn Wagner, costume designer.

Next week on Cinematic Immunity, learn all about the art and craft of designing meaningful costumes for film and television from creative and talented costume designer Karyn Wagner, whose work includes The Green Mile, Friday Night Lights, The Notebook, Lovelace, The Majestic, and much more.  

Check back Tuesday to hear our interview with Karyn Wagner on the Cinematic Immunity podcast.