Welcome to Below the Line, where we talk about making movies from the crew perspective. My name is Robert "Skid" Skidmore, and I worked in Hollywood as an Assistant Director for the better part of eight years. For the podcast, I invite my production friends - both old and new - to tell stories from their time on set. We do our best to make it accessible, with the larger goal of providing some insights as to what really happens behind the scenes. Each episode is organized around a specific film, television show or some other theme relevant to working in Hollywood. I hope you enjoy hearing the stories as much as we enjoy telling them. Thanks for listening, and I welcome your feedback = firstname.lastname@example.org
Season 6 - Ep 10 - Combat Camera at Vandenberg AFB
Happy Veterans Day! Today, I'm joined by military photographers and videographers I served with nearly 25 years ago at the 30th Communications Squadron (Vandenberg AFB, CA). My guests - Jim Stayton, Bruce Dzitko, Fred Johnson and Al Pedroza - share stories from our days in uniform and how those experiences still resonate with us today.
Season 6 - Ep 9 - COVID-19 - Non-Union Production
My guests today — Johanna Vanderspool, Caitlin Alba and Claire Truman — represent the NonFiction “Union”, an advocacy coalition of non-fiction freelancers. We talk about the growth of reality television over the last two decades and how this segment of the Industry is responding to the pandemic.
Season 6 - Ep 8 - The Forty-Year-Old Version
My guest today is Eric Branco, Cinematographer for The Forty-Year-Old Version, the 2020 Sundance winner that is now airing on Netflix. We discuss what it was like to collaborate with Radha Blank (who wrote, directed and stars in the film) and the practical challenges of capturing a vision in black and white.
Season 6 - Ep 7 - COVID-19 - Protocols for Filming
Season 6 resumes with a discussion of the protocols adopted by the Film Industry to protect the health and safety of cast and crew during the pandemic. That's been the focus of my personal efforts over the last three months, and my guests today -- Jill Maxcy and Greg Kaston Smalley -- are also working in this space.
Season 6 - Ep 6 - COVID-19 - Central Casting
My guests today -- Jen Bender (Executive) and Claire Benjamin (Casting Director) -- are from Central Casting, the largest employer of background actors in the Industry. We discuss how background casting worked before COVID-19 and how the process is changing in response to the pandemic.
Season 6 - Ep 5 - Ozark
This episode, we’re talking about Ozark, the Netflix streaming series starring Jason Bateman and Laura Linney, which recently released its third season. In a change of pace, I’m joined by two of the producers who have been with the show since the beginning: Patrick Markey (Executive Producer) and Matt Spiegel (Line Producer/Unit Production Manager). We look behind the scenes at the Atlanta-based show, and discuss the challenge of filming Season 4 in a COVID-19 world.