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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).

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.