Producing

Good Fast AND Cheap

Good Fast AND Cheap

Randy Turrow discusses the 4 things a big budget movie needs to be successful, we talk about health and how the business can be hard on the body and we dissect the old concept of the production triangle; good, fast and cheap.

Resolution Independent

Resolution Independent

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. 

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!

Film Festival Survival School

Film Festival Survival School

If you've ever wondered what it takes to make a film worthy of some of the world's best film festivals, then you won't want to miss our upcoming interview with film consultant and co-founder of the Los Angeles Film Festival (L.A.F.F.)Thomas Ethan Harris, who, in his career in festival programming and working with emerging filmmakers, has watched and reviewed over 35,000 short films and 17,000 features. As a result, his insights into what works - and what doesn't - are invaluable for anyone curious about filmmaking or wanting to learn more about succeeding in the thrilling and highly-competitive world of film festivals.  

As a film consultant, Harris works closely with film artists and producers from all over the United States and the international film community, advising them on every aspect of film financing, production, screenwriting, direction, visualization and, of course, the festival circuit. He even had a hand in one of the most successful independent films of all time, "The Blair Witch Project." Need we say more? Check back Tuesday, September 2nd to hear Cinematic Immunity's interview with film festival aficionado, Thomas Ethan Harris.