On this episode of Cinematic Immunity, our guest is the amazing Libby Ward @sneakyvarmint. She is currently writing for “Scooby Doo” and has a short film in festivals titled “The Audition” with Simpsons director Mark Kirkland. This week in the studio, we talk about Alice in Wonderland, Clara Bow and Girl Power in Hollywood. We also talk about being in the writers room and some of the early steps of being a working writer and an Improv Comedian. Check out Libby’s site and more about her work at http://www.sneakyvarmint.com/. Or you can check out her amazing podcast that strikes the same chord as ours; Occupassionate is about people who are passionate about whatever it is that they do. Check out some of Libby Ward’s other work at#Occupationate or Occupationate.com.
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.
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).
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!
“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.