BECAUSE WE LOVE MAKING MOVIES is an ongoing conversation with filmmakers who work behind the scenes to make the movies we love. These are the invisible warriors we don't think of: Production & Costume Designers, Cinematographers, Editors, Producers, and the whole family of artists who make movies with their hands and hearts.
Episode 8 - Gigi Williams
Today I talk with Gigi Williams, an Oscar Nominated Makeup Artist, and longtime collaborator with the brilliant David Fincher. Her credits are very long, but to name a few: Rock N’ Roll High School, The Howling, The Professional, as well as Single Man, Argo, The Master & Inherent Vice, not to mention her work with Fincher: Gone Girl, Mindhunters, and now Mank. We talk about going through doors in life when they open, how her craft is misunderstood, how she cherishes working with Actors, and how she doesn’t do personal makeup, she does the movie. We also talk about Gigi’s incredible beginnings in the New York fashion world before she became a Makeup-Artist, which included working with Andy Warhol & Diane Von Furstenberg…she’s had quite a journey, and she’s still on it. It’s an amazing talk so check it out and share!
RECOMMENDED VIEWING: Rock N’ Roll High School, The Howling, The Professional, as well as Single Man, Argo, The Master & Inherent Vice, not to mention her work with Fincher: Gone Girl, Mindhunters, and now Mank.
Episode 7 - Newton Thomas Sigel - Part 2
Hey Everybody…sometimes when I have a guest on…there’s just too much to cover…which means we need a sequel…another chapter…a rematch…and that’s why today on the program, I’m talking once more to the fantastic Cinematographer, Thomas Newton Sigel…when I first had him on, the film he shot with the Russo Brothers, CHERRY, had not yet come out. I wanted to have him back to talk about that film, but I also wanted to dig deeper into his beginnings as a Documentarian, and also Da 5 Bloods...which Tom shot…because I wanted to talk about his relationship with Spike Lee, and also remember the extraordinary Chadwick Boseman…and Tom doesn’t disappoint…let’s get to it, enjoy!
Episode 6 - Christine Romero
Today I sit down with my old friend Christine Romero. For many years she worked and lived alongside the iconic George A. Romero who created Night of the Living Dead, Dawn of the Dead, among others. But what you don’t know is Chris made those movies alongside him. We get into Chris’s humble beginnings in Pittsburgh, to acting, to producing, to working with horror legends like Tom Savini & Stephen King…and we also get into her very beautiful and complicated relationship to George Romero. Chris is brutally honest about her life, and I’m very grateful for her deeply personal perspective on her legendary life. Enjoy!
On this episode I speak with Production Designer Grace Yun. We get into her work on Hereditary with Ari Aster, collaborating with Master Filmmaker Paul Schrader, working in Television and being yourself. She has wonderful advice for anyone who wants to become a filmmaker, and talks about how we have to try and tell stories about who we are and why we’re here. It’s a great talk!
RECOMMENDED VIEWING: Beach Rats, Hereditary, First Reformed, RAMY (“Princess Diana” Season One, Episode Two).
Newton Thomas Sigel
Today I sit down with a legendary cinematographer Newton Thomas Sigel. We talk about how documentaries taught him to be in the moment, and the relationship between non-fiction and narrative filmmaking.
RECOMMENDED VIEWING: The Usual Suspects, Three Kings, Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, X-Men 1 & 2, Drive, Bohemian Rhapsody, Da 5 Bloods, Cherry
Donald Graham Burt Pt. 2
Today, we have a special treat…Production Designer Donald Graham Burt returns to talk about designing and making MANK…David Fincher’s love letter to old Hollywood & California, and the portrait of a man in conflict with everyone. It is a masterclass in filmmaking and the power of limitations from the most humble of masters.
RECOMMENDED VIEWING: Citizen Kane, Sunset Boulevard, Mank
New apperciation and understanding for the why…
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