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Ep. 40: Mark Weingartner Part 2 - VFX Director of Photography

Ep. 40: Mark Weingartner Part 2 - VFX Director of Photography

Picking up where we left off, we dig into the gritty detail of visual effects in the entertainment industry with Visual Effects Director of Photography Mark Weingartner.  In this part of the conversation, we talk about the aesthetic of visual effects and how the audience reaction has changed over the years.  We discuss the difference between special effects, visual effects and how they have advanced to where they are now. Mark explains the the ACES color correction system in detail and we also talk in depth about his work shooting extensive visual effects for some of Hollywood's biggest movies including his work with a custom designed "plate mobile" and more from the "Batman" trilogy.

Ep. 39: Mark Weingartner - VFX Director of Photography - Part 1

Ep. 39: Mark Weingartner - VFX Director of Photography - Part 1

On this week's show, we air the first half of our interview with Mark Weingartner, Visual Effects Director of Photography, who came down to the studio and took the time to explain some of the most complex visual effects sequences and talk about his experiences that led him to be one of the leading Visual Effects Supervisors in Hollywood.  We talk about how to make "grist for the digital mill" and the distinction between visual effects and practical effects and we discovered that sometimes, talking about guilty movie pleasures can be more fun than talking about the big shows as we loop back around three times to Under Siege!

Ep. 37 James Neihouse, A.S.C. - Cinematographer

Ep. 37 James Neihouse, A.S.C. - Cinematographer

This week's episode of Cinematic Immunity with James Neihouse, A.S.C. is not to be missed.  We talk about his experience training astronauts for the 70mm IMAX movie, "A Beautiful Planet". Along with his passion for adventure, space exploration and NASA, James has a great passion for education which made with the perfect candidate to work with NASA astronauts on how to photograph and troubleshoot IMAX cameras over the course of this film.  After years shooting more than 30 IMAX films with topics ranging from the wonder of air flight to the destructive power of volcanoes.  We also talk about his time working with the late Haskell Wexler as well as a few other war stories from along the way.

Ep. 36 - How do we Make Better Movie Babies?

Ep. 36 - How do we Make Better Movie Babies?

We have all heard the analogy that a director's film is his or her baby.  In this episode of Cinematic Immunity, we discuss that analogy as a partnership with the distribution or sales company as a partnership in nature.

"How do we Make Better Movie Babies" is an episode that helps to dispel the myth of feature film distribution and sales market by interviewing 2 experienced distribution agents and 1 sales agent and 1 filmmaker who knows how to make it happen. 

Ep. 34: David Mendez - Special Effects Makeup

Ep. 34: David Mendez - Special Effects Makeup

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 this week's Cinematic Immunity guest, David Mendez.

Listen as the multi-talented Mendez brakes down the makeup department for us, with a special focus on special-effects. We talk about the tools of his trade (fake blood and drinking straws are only two of them), the challenges and fun of creating makeup 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

Ep. 33: Billy Badalato Jr. - Producer, Part 2

Ep. 33: Billy Badalato Jr. - Producer, Part 2

Here's what it's like to shoot a moving train from a moving helicopter, who wins a budgets-vs.-creative battle in the studio system - or budgets and efficiency vs. safety. 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.

Ep. 32: Billy Badalato, Jr. - Producer, Part 1

Ep. 32: Billy Badalato, Jr. - Producer, Part 1

The wait is over! Producer and 3rd-generation movie-makerBilly Badalato, Jr., stopped by Cinematic Immunity recently to 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 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

Ep. 31: David Stump, A.S.C. - Cinematographer

Ep. 31: David Stump, A.S.C. - Cinematographer

Today on the Cinematic Immunity podcast, we bring you an interview with award-wining cinematographer, David Stump, A.S.C.. Get ready for stories about some of your all-time favorite films!  In this episode, we discuss the unforgettable  train sequence in Stand By MeRambo III's "muscle lighting," Beetlejuice, and Army of Darkness. Plus, we talk about Quantum of Solace and forgetting to steal things, Star Trek: First Contact and Patrick Stuart's eyeball work, and we visit post-apocalyptic Kansas, go for a ride in a certain time-traveling Delorean once more, and Louis loves on David's timely new book, Digital Cinematography: Fundamentals, Tools, Techniques, and Workflows

Over last thirty-plus years, David Stump has worn many filmmaking hats. He's been a producer, a director, a cinematographer, an author, a visual effects supervisor, an effects cameraman - and he even has an Academy Award for Scientific & Technical Achievement. He's worked on some of the most memorable films from the last three decades, and is generous enough to share his knowledge with the world through his excellent book and insightful articles on filmmaking. Enjoy the interview! 

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We'll see you back on Thursday for a preview of our next interview: Producer Billy Badalato, Jr. 

 

Ep. 30: Dan McMellen - Post-Production Supervisor - Part 2

Ep. 30: Dan McMellen - Post-Production Supervisor - Part 2

For the Pros out there, this time we get into the technical side of the post-production process, talking in depth about editing technique and theory.  Plus, Dan and Louis share a few valuable lessons learned from renowned editor and author, Walter Murch.

Ep. 29: Dan McMellen - Post Production Supervisor - Part 1

Ep. 29: Dan McMellen - Post Production Supervisor - Part 1

On this week's episode of Cinematic Immunity, we talk to Dan McMellen, post-production supervisor, editor, director, producer, and all around awesome podcast guest, about how he got his start in the entertainment industry, mastering his craft, and what professionals like himself look for in an assistant.  Plus, he separates the fact from the fiction when it comes to editing one oft-maligned programming genre: reality TV shows.

Read more about Dan McMellen here, and be sure to check back next Tuesday for Part 2 of his interview, in which we discuss the equipment and technical know-how essential to the post-production process. 

Ep. 28: Karyn Wagner - Costume Designer

Ep. 28: Karyn Wagner - Costume Designer

This week on Cinematic Immunity, stylish and talented costume designer Karyn Wagner joins us to talk about how she went from being "the best-dressed camera assistant ever" to designing the costumes forThe Green Mile, Friday Night Lights and The Notebook, where she finds the inspiration for her designs, and how a she can make you hate a character without him ever saying a word. 

 

Ep. 27: David Lawrence - Composer

Ep. 27: David Lawrence - Composer

Thanks to David Lawrence's impressive musical pedigree, the successful composer can include "being around Sammy Davis, Jr. and Frank Sinatra" on his list of the many life-altering experiences he had growing up as the son of legendary entertainers, Steve Lawrence & Eydie Gormé.  

Lawrence sat down with Cinematic Immunity and discussed his greatest influences, his artistic process, the nuts and bolts of being a film & television composer, working successfully with extreme time-tables, and the creative tug-of-war between directors and studios. From adding hairpins on the strings, to subtracting that repeating drum loop, it's an introduction into a whole new area of the filmmaking process that you won't want to miss! 

Special thanks to Pancho Burgos-Goizueta, for his help in welcoming David Lawrence to the Cinematic Immunity podcast!

Ep. 26: Ken Hastings - Writer

Ep. 26: Ken Hastings - Writer

Did Ken ruin Dennis Miller's movie career? Was Bryan a happiness oasis on 'Olive Juice'? Do Backstreet Boys cause security problems? Did Louis get us that coffee? Is Liz Hurley calling Ken in the W.C. right now? Is structured writing like creative waterboarding? Did we sneak the tag 'boobs' in this post? Who will Ken book next on 'The Tom Green Show'? Will we now do the podcast with 6-packs in hand? Cinematic Immunity!

Ep. 3: Indie Film Directing - Donavon Warren and Timothy Gagliardo

Ep. 3: Indie Film Directing - Donavon Warren and Timothy Gagliardo

The art and craft of movie making; The stories that define it.  This is the story of "Wheels" as we are joined by producers and co-directors, Donavon Thomas and Tim Gagliardo. They turned a great script into a finished feature film with little resources and a lot of determination.  Congrats fellas for your premier at Newport Beach Film Festival!  You deserve it!

Ep. 2: Haskell Wexler, A.S.C. - Cinematographer

Ep. 2: Haskell Wexler, A.S.C. - Cinematographer

The art and craft of movie making; The stories that define it.  Legendary cinematographer Haskell Wexler, A.S.C. joins us here on Cinematic Immunity.  Subscribe on iTunes, stay updated, enjoy the show.