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The Cinematography Podcast is the program about the art, craft and philosophy of the moving image and the people who make it happen. Your job title doesn't have to be cinematographer to be featured on the show. We interview a wide variety of filmmakers including, actors, directors, producers, production designers, editors, storyboard artists and those in related filmmaking careers. This is not a film school, more like a professionally produced radio program found on NPR, each episode brings an interesting perspective to an often overlooked and widely misunderstood craft. Recorded in Hollywood, California at the world headquarters of Hot Rod Cameras. Hosted by Ben Rock and Illya Friedman.

The Cinematography Podcast The Cinematography Podcast

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The Cinematography Podcast is the program about the art, craft and philosophy of the moving image and the people who make it happen. Your job title doesn't have to be cinematographer to be featured on the show. We interview a wide variety of filmmakers including, actors, directors, producers, production designers, editors, storyboard artists and those in related filmmaking careers. This is not a film school, more like a professionally produced radio program found on NPR, each episode brings an interesting perspective to an often overlooked and widely misunderstood craft. Recorded in Hollywood, California at the world headquarters of Hot Rod Cameras. Hosted by Ben Rock and Illya Friedman.

    Cinematographer Byron Werner talks The Last Full Measure, working with director Todd Robinson and Ed Harris on Phantom, the latest tech and apps he uses as a DP

    Cinematographer Byron Werner talks The Last Full Measure, working with director Todd Robinson and Ed Harris on Phantom, the latest tech and apps he uses as a DP

    The Cinematography Podcast Episode 62: Byron Werner





    An extremely seasoned director of photography, Byron Werner began shooting anything and everything that came his way once he graduated film school. Some of his earliest low-budget film work included features produced by The Asylum (known for the Sharknado movies), such as Death Valley: The Revenge of Bloody Bill. Byron first had the opportunity to work with writer/director Todd Robinson and actor Ed Harris on the Soviet submarine drama Phantom. As the cinematographer for Robinson's latest movie, The Last Full Measure, Byron faced several challenges. Shot on location in Thailand, the film has many practical effects shots and very little VFX. The camera crew shot from helicopters and with multiple cameras- sometimes as many as 5 or 6. The cast was incredible, with stars such as Sebastian Stan, Samuel L. Jackson, Ed Harris, Christopher Plummer, and Bradley Whitford, but it was difficult to work around their limited time schedules.



    The Last Full Measure starring Sebastian Stan, Samuel L. Jackson, Christopher Plummer, and Bradley Whitford opens wide Friday, January 24.



    Find Byron Werner



    Instagram: @byronwernerdp



    Byron discusses some of the latest technology and apps he uses for lighting and shot design, many of which are sharable for the entire crew. Some of these include:



    Keynote (app)



    Scriptation



    Shotdesigner



    Cinescope (app)



    Artemis Pro (app)



    Helios Pro (app)



    Cinelenses (app)



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    Close Focus discussion: Social networks for filmmakers & movie industry creatives, such as Stage 32, Sharegrid, Upwork, Linkedin. Listeners: What specific social networks for film/video do you use and recommend?



    Ben's short end: The Great Courses teaches great online educational classes, including ones on film, photography, and scriptwriting. You can find many of The Great Course on Kanopy- sign up for Kanopy for free with your library card.



    Illya's short end: A friend network within your professional contacts is great to have if you are working on personal projects, especially if they are interested in your project or trying out new techniques/technology.



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    Editor in Chief:  Illya Friedman

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    • 1 hr 28 min
    Director Lulu Wang talks The Farewell, developing her personal story for the screen, working with Awkwafina, shooting in China

    Director Lulu Wang talks The Farewell, developing her personal story for the screen, working with Awkwafina, shooting in China

    The Cinematography Podcast Episode 61: Lulu Wang





    The Farewell, starring Awkwafina and directed by Lulu Wang, is based on Wang's own true story about her family conspiring to hide her grandmother's terminal cancer diagnosis from her. Producer Alana Kode sat down with Wang at the Sundance Film Festival last year to talk about how she developed real events in her own life into a story first aired on This American Life, and how it progressed into a film. She worked closely with her cinematographer Anna Franquesa Solano to create very composed and sometimes stage-y shots to play up the comedy. Awkwafina recently won a Golden Globe for Best Actress for her role in the film- the first Asian American to win in this category.



    Find Lulu Wang on Instagram: @thumbelulu



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    Aputure: Aputure makes very good LED lighting products and accessories, and recently hosted a free event with Quasar Science, all about color science behind lighting, that was very educational and well-attended. You can buy Aputure products at Hot Rod Cameras.



    Ben and Illya give an update on last week's discussion about the UHD Alliance, “Filmmaker Mode” for televisions and Ben's continued experimentation with Causality scriptwriting software.



    Close Focus discussion: Illya's experience at a Digital Hollywood panel at CES this year, where the discussion was all about podcasts. His takeaways- no one really knows where podcasting is going, but advertising revenue for podcasting is evolving. Direct action or direct response advertising on podcasts is starting to get phased out, and bigger sponsors are getting interested.



    Ben's short end: “Movie jail” when filmmakers or actors make movies that underperform, bomb, or gain a reputation for being difficult, they can be ostracized by Hollywood. Such was the case for director Richard Stanley, whose experience directing The Island of Dr. Moreau in 1996 went so badly, a documentary was made about his ordeal called Lost Soul: The Doomed Journey of Richard Stanley's Island of Dr. Moreau.



    It looks like Richard Stanley may be emerging from purgatory- he has a new movie coming out called Color Out of Space, starring Nicholas Cage.



    Illya's short end: Hayao Miyazaki & Studio Ghibli Deluxe 17 Best Movie Collection is well-worth buying and watching. Includes the films Spirited Away, Princess Mononoke, and Howl's Moving Castle.



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    Editor in Chief:  Illya Friedman

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    @illyafriedman instagram



    Ben Rock:  @neptunesalad twitter

    @bejamin_rock instagram



    Producer: Alana Kode



    Editor: Ben Katz

    Composer: Kays Alatractchi

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    • 1 hr 2 min
    DP Paula Huidobro on Barry, Tallulah, working with Bill Hader, Emmanuel Lubezki, and Norman Lear

    DP Paula Huidobro on Barry, Tallulah, working with Bill Hader, Emmanuel Lubezki, and Norman Lear

    The Cinematography Podcast Episode 60: Paula Huidobro



    Born in Mexico City, Paula Huidobro first became drawn to telling a story with images as a young teen while taking photography classes at the local museum of modern art. She went on to attend London International Film School, then the American Film Institute. One of her early learning experiences was as a camera intern on the film “Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events” for well-known cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki- also known as Chivo. Working with a fellow AFI grad, Paula DPd Tallulah, which was a Sundance Jury Grand Prize Nominee. When the opportunity to DP the HBO hitman/dark comedy “Barry” came along, Paula was thrilled to work with actor/creator Bill Hader on finding the balance between violence and comedy. It showed- she was nominated for an Emmy award for her cinematography on "Barry." Paula is currently shooting season four of the FX television series “Fargo.”



    Find Paula Huidobro



    Instagram: @phuidobro



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    Close Focus discussion: “Filmmaker Mode” for new TVs has been endorsed by several directors so that their vision is presented in the original aspect ratio, color and frame rates.



    Ben's short end: Ben's obsession is the end-of-the-year movies which usually means prestige movies, but studios still release movies every single week. If a movie comes out at the beginning of January, it is either counter-programming, or just terrible, or sometimes there's some real gems.



    Illya's short end: In 2020, we should bring back some old-timey phrases from the 1920's.



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    Podcast Credits:



    Editor in Chief:  Illya Friedman

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    @illyafriedman instagram



    Ben Rock:  @neptunesalad twitter

    @bejamin_rock instagram



    Producer: Alana Kode



    Editor: Ben Katz

    Composer: Kays Alatractchi

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    • 1 hr 16 min
    Walt Lloyd, ASC on Sex, Lies, and Videotape, Kafka, Short Cuts, The Hitcher, The Perfect Storm, Pump Up the Volume, Empire Records, Alien Raiders, and much more

    Walt Lloyd, ASC on Sex, Lies, and Videotape, Kafka, Short Cuts, The Hitcher, The Perfect Storm, Pump Up the Volume, Empire Records, Alien Raiders, and much more

    The Cinematography Podcast Episode 59: Walt Lloyd



    Walt Lloyd set out to study percussion, and as a military brat had little exposure to film as a kid. When a hand injury halted his drum career, he happened upon John Boorman's crew shooting Deliverance in Georgia and decided he wanted a job in the movie business. After working in public television and a production company in San Francisco for a few years, Walt got a chance to be a loader for Jan de Bont, which led to his first big break as a camera assistant on the 1983 film Never Cry Wolf, directed by Carroll Ballard with cinematography by Hiro Narita. One of Walt's earliest films as director of photography was on sex, lies and videotape in 1989, for first-time feature filmmaker Steven Soderbergh. sex, lies and videotape is considered to be the flagship film of the modern independent film movement. Our host Ben Rock and Walt Lloyd also have a personal connection- Walt was the DP for Ben's feature film, Alien Raiders.



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    Close Focus discussion: Toxic fan culture, including Star Wars.



    Ben's short end: Ben is trying out Causality screenwriting software, which helps visualize your script, character development, storylines and can even integrate storyboards for previs.



    Illya's short end: The disconnect between U.S. films and the box office overseas- the tentpole movies are also made with an eye for how they will perform in the rest of the world. But what's generating big box office in other countries rarely does well here, which is a shame.



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    Editor in Chief:  Illya Friedman

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    Ben Rock:  @neptunesalad twitter

    @bejamin_rock instagram



    Producer: Alana Kode

    Editor: Ben Katz

    Composer: Kays Alatractchi

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    • 1 hr 51 min
    Alik Sakharov, DP turned director, on Game of Thrones, House of Cards, The Sopranos, Ozark, and the director/DP relationship

    Alik Sakharov, DP turned director, on Game of Thrones, House of Cards, The Sopranos, Ozark, and the director/DP relationship

    The Cinematography Podcast Episode 58: Alik Sakharov, ASC



    Alik Sakharov shot many feature films and television series such as The Sopranos, Rome, and Game of Thrones before moving into the director's chair. With no formal film school training, Alik began his career making industrial videos for JC Penney, a department store chain. He worked his way up, shooting independent feature films before coming to the attention of producer David Chase, who asked him to DP The Sopranos. Alik feels cinematography, directing and writing must work together to create a story, and it's difficult to separate one from the other. The cinematographer must always help the director tell the story and be a partner in creating the work. He is currently executive producer of the Netflix series The Witcher.



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    Close Focus discussion: Adaptations and whether they should be adapted or remade- some are good, and some are definitely not great.



    Ben's short end: HBO's Watchmen was an amazing series that tied together the story of Watchmen, adding in new, exciting plot points and really stuck the landing.



    Illya's short end: Projected LED video walls are the new technology coming to private theaters. Illya has seen one made by Samsung  and one made by Sony, made from interlocking tile-style screens. But will the audience pay to see a movie this way?



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    Ben Rock:  @neptunesalad twitter

    @bejamin_rock instagram



    Producer: Alana Kode

    Editor: Ben Katz

    Composer: Kays Alatractchi

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    • 1 hr 19 min
    Phedon Papamichael, ASC talks Ford v. Ferrari, his love of racing and classic cars, working with director James Mangold

    Phedon Papamichael, ASC talks Ford v. Ferrari, his love of racing and classic cars, working with director James Mangold

    The Cinematography Podcast Episode 57: Phedon Papamichael, ASC



    Phedon Papamichael and director James Mangold created an exciting, visceral experience of auto racing for Ford v. Ferrari, rather than the basic panning wide shots used in sports broadcasting or car commercials. Phedon had to shoot extremely close to the speeding cars in order to capture the effect of high velocity. He hard-mounted cameras to the vehicles and the crew built a “Frankenstein” camera chase car to follow the action around the track. Phedon did quite a bit of Previs and planning for the shoot, but he and Mangold were open to lucky accidents and kept the cameras rolling on set. Ford v. Ferrari is currently in theaters.



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    Instagram: @papa2



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    Close Focus discussion: More on streaming services, and how they are generating content coming from around the world.



    Ben's short end: Worst-of year lists are mean-spirited and draw negative attention to the wrong kind of movies, and most of them underperform anyway.



    Illya's short end: Parasite is a movie deserving recognition, with lots of twists, turns, and surprises.



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    @illyafriedman instagram



    Ben Rock:  @neptunesalad twitter

    @bejamin_rock instagram



    Producer: Alana Kode

    Editor: Ben Katz

    Composer: Kays Alatractchi

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    • 43 min

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