Independent Film Podcast
FatFreeFilm 80 - Taki Oldham
Filmmaker Taki Oldham talks about his film The Billionaire's Tea Party. Joel interviews Taki at the National Conference for Media Reform in Boston, which is a conference for those concerned about internet freedom. Taki explains how he was able to make this feature film almost completely on his own and have it shown on television and in theaters, while contributing to the political discourse of the times. Topics discussed are using digital phones, waivers, establishing shots, vox pops and room tone.
FatFreeFilm 79 - Peer Oppenheimer
Peer Oppenheimer, producer of more than 30 films, including the acclaimed Blue Car, starring David Strathairn, Agnes Bruckner and Frances Fisher and Rails & Ties," with Kevin Bacon and Marcia Gay Harden. Peer talks about his early, publishing, television and film career (which included attempting to make his first film in Viet Nam, during the Viet Nam War) on through his experience now. He talks about film financing, producing and the state of the film industry.
FatFreeFilm 78 - James Foley
James Foley, director of such films as Reckless, At Close Range, Glengarry Glen Ross, and After Dark My Sweet, talks with Kamala and Joel about working with actors such as Sean Penn, Christopher Walken, Al Pacino, and Jack Lemmon. He also speaks about his experience at USC Film School, what brought him to directing and where the industry is headed.
FatFreeFilm 77 - Rob Powers
Rob Powers, Supervisor and Creator of the Virtual Art Department on Avatar. Rob is a pioneer in the creation of virtual environments for filming movies such as James Cameron's Avatar and Aliens of the Deep. He also recently worked with Steven Spielberg. Rob is a graduate of USC Film School who took his filmmaking and art skills to a new level with 3D Modeling and computer generated images. Rob talks about how computer generated graphics are evolving and our ability, as filmmakers, to interact with and develop these creations is changing for the better. He also talks about working with the company NewTek, to help evolve their products. Listener Ben Gurvich, visiting from Australia, sits in on the interview.
FatFreeFilm 76 - Insung Hwang
Director Insung Hwang talks with Kamala and Joel about his new movie Justify. Insung talks about how he made his first feature film, which is a thriller shot in Los Angeles. He also talks about directing actors, being in the moment, and taking it one step at a time.
FatFreeFilm 75 - Heidi Levitt
Heidi Levitt, veteran casting director and film producer, talks with Joel and Kamala about her new iPhone App, The Actor Genie, that helps actors to be informed on what projects are currently casting, gives them contact information for casting directors and managers, key resources, and advice from industry professionals. Heidi gives some great insight into how the casting industry has changed with the Internet and how to keep a positive strong attitude and stay informed in this unpredictable, and often difficult to navigate business. Heidi has a website as well http://www.heidilevitt.com/