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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).

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!

Painting Pictures with Music

Painting Pictures with Music

David Lawrence scored High School Musical 1, 2 & 3, American Pie 1 & 2, Van Wilder and a ton of other films and television series and has been doing so for a very long time. Learn his story and get ready for Tuesday's episode of Cinematic Immunity with David Lawrence.

Camera Reloads!

Camera Reloads!

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...

Focusing on Technique

Focusing on Technique

We sit down with the focus puller that wrote the big red book on being a 1st AC, Doug Hart.  Learn more about his story and experiences on Tuesday, August 12 when we release the Doug Hart Episode on Cinematic Immunity. Meanwhile, check out this page to see his full bio.