29 episodes

Join Owen Shapiro in this journey of discovering, dissecting and analyzing pop culture through his unique and sharp, adolescent point of view. There are so many shows out there that focus on analyzing and criticizing the entertainment industry, and we will do that too, but we will also want to understand why and how film, music and games are made. What makes people fall in love with them or hate them. For Owen, movies are his life as well as the process of making movies, he is all about understanding them.

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Join Owen Shapiro in this journey of discovering, dissecting and analyzing pop culture through his unique and sharp, adolescent point of view. There are so many shows out there that focus on analyzing and criticizing the entertainment industry, and we will do that too, but we will also want to understand why and how film, music and games are made. What makes people fall in love with them or hate them. For Owen, movies are his life as well as the process of making movies, he is all about understanding them.

    The secrets to achieving a perfect underwater take, with Ian Seabrook

    The secrets to achieving a perfect underwater take, with Ian Seabrook

    Shooting a scene underwater is not the same as shooting it on set. The directors have to consider variables such as the light, the camera’s weight, how to manage it in the water, and other factors to pull off an extraordinary sequence. Ian Seabrook, an Underwater Director of Photography in the Motion Picture and Television Industry, explains the difficulties of filming under these conditions and accomplishing amazing results and an unbelievable scene. He tells how they handle these sequences with the rest of the production team and how they prepare the actors for this kind of shooting. He worked on productions such as Batman v Superman, Deadpool 2, and Jungle Cruise. He also contributed his underwater skills to high-profile documentary films, television, commercial, music videos, and Imax productions and was awarded Double Gold Medals for Cinematography at the 2019 Telly Awards.
    Here's what you'll learn:
    The journey of Ian Seabrook, from diver to a professional underwater director of photography. Some tactics he used in different movies to achieve the right shots in challenging takes underwater. He tells his experience working on Batman v. Superman, iRobot, Jungle Cruise, and so much more.  The skills needed for the job.The difference between working underwater and onset.How they prepare for an underwater take. Advice for anyone who aspires to become a filmmaker. If you want to learn more about Ian´s work, visit his Dorsalfin Productions Underwater Cinema website or his social media.  
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    • 24 min
    Through the Lens with Sebastian Thaler

    Through the Lens with Sebastian Thaler

    Polyglots are great at communication, and it would seem that this talent also translates to the big screen! Sebastian Thaler is an Austrian cinematographer who shoots with a lucid immediacy that makes him a talent to watch, showcased when he lensed the feature film 7500 starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Thaler is based in Vienna, Austria, where he completed his Master in Cinematography at the Film Academy of Vienna in 2017 under the guidance of Walter Kindler and Michael Haneke. Thaler’s post-academy work includes the documentary Glory To the Queen, a tribute to the Georgian queens of chess set against the backdrop of the Cold War. It tells the story of four legendary female chess players from Georgia who revolutionized women's chess across the globe and became Soviet icons of female emancipation. Thaler is next set to commence production on director Juri Rechinsky’s latest arthouse feature, Utopia, in Ukraine, in fall 2021.


    Highlights:
    Sebastian says he grew up with filmmaker parents who sparked his interest in movies from a young age.European films usually have lower budgets, but they try to reach big-budget movie results through creativity.The main goal of a cinematographer is to be a good observer and get into the inner circle of the characters, making them feel comfortable.Sebastian says he likes stories whose characters face problems that ordinary people face.How in 7500 he could move freely and create the images he wanted.Cinematography in 7500; long scenes without interruptions that created a realistic feel.Sebastian loves Tarkovsky movies because he was a director who used to build the film very slowly to get you into the characters.To learn more about Sebastian, visit his website, and follow him on Instagram.
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    • 14 min
    The Formula For TV Host Greatness with Comedian Michael Burger

    The Formula For TV Host Greatness with Comedian Michael Burger

    There's a formula for how Johnny Carson, David Letterman, and Oprah became great TV Hosts! Michael Burger is an American comedian, speaker, author, and television host with all the charisma of a classic host. He began his career performing live comedy on cruise ships, where he built the momentum and confidence to embark on TV. Michael’s lightning-fast wit attracted a plethora of television producers, which led to him hosting shows like ABC's Mike & Maty, Iron Chef USA, and the iconic game show Match Game. All the while, Michael managed to launch a career as a successful real estate entrepreneur and author—writing three business books in the process. Michael also provides conference attendees with helpful tools to become better communicators, remain relevant, and succeed in an ever-changing business world.
    Here's what you'll learn:
    Michael says that he’s loved the sound of laughter since he was a child, which is why he became known as the class clown.The difference between being an actor and being a TV host; when you act, what will happen is already written, and when you are a host, you have to talk and let the conversation carry the flow.Every great comedy is built on a structure so that one can improvise within that structure.To be a great host, you have to show interest in someone else.When they filmed Match Game, they did 135 episodes in a couple of months!In most talk shows, Michael says that the guest is usually interviewed in advance to perfect that eight-minute interview.Michael says his influences are Johnny Carson, Don Rickles, and Jonathan Winters.
    To learn more about Michael, visit his website, and follow him on Facebook.
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    • 27 min
    Visual Effects That Stood the Test of Time With VFX Designer Daniel Martin

    Visual Effects That Stood the Test of Time With VFX Designer Daniel Martin

    If you were wondering why the effects of movies like Jurassic Park or Terminator 2 are still so real, it’s because they were made by a team that knew their limits. Daniel Martin is an award-winning VFX designer and model maker. He has developed his incredible talents in films such as Possessor, Host, Color Out of Space, Lords of Chaos, and many more. Since he was a child, Dan has been fascinated with special effects as a form of magic; a hoax in the service of a narrative for an audience eager to suspend disbelief. As such, it approaches each effect as a unique challenge, not just as an isolated product, but as an event integral to the world of history. With an ever-growing list of award-winning film and television series credits, Dan has developed quality work that meets the unique creative and budgeting requirements of each film.
    Here is what you’ll learn:
    Daniel tells how he became interested in magic as a child and then, watching movies, learned about special effects, and felt that it was like magic but with a greater end.The importance of experience to know how to establish your limits within the industry and not burnout.With a mixture of planning and experience, you can make a cheap effect look good, as long as you know what you're doing. Why Daniel likes working with directors who know what they want, but listens to ideas that come from his subordinates.Daniel’s happiness for being part of Possessor, a fantastic movie where there are no digital effects, and everything is in camera.Movies like Jurassic Park and Terminator 2, have visual effects that stood the test of time, because they had a very experienced team that knew the limits of the medium they were working with.
    To learn more about Daniel visit his website, and follow him on Instagram.
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    • 16 min
    David Fincher's Repetition to Achieve a Perfect Scene with Actress Monika Gossmann

    David Fincher's Repetition to Achieve a Perfect Scene with Actress Monika Gossmann

    Not everyone is willing to do the same shot 80 times. But when the director is David Fincher, you know he does it to make the end result unique. Monika Gossmann is a Kazakh actress, known for Iron Sky, Maximum Impact, and Mank, David Fincher's latest film. After high school she trained for three years as a singer, dancer, and musical performer at the Hamburg School of Contemporary Dance. In 2007, she graduated from the famous Moscow Stanislavsky Art Theater School. She is a member of the Moscow Theater CDR, where she had successful appearances before moving to Los Angeles to train in the Meisner method of acting. In 2016, she founded her own theater company, Teamonfire Productions and wrote several plays. Most recently, she starred in David Fincher's latest film Mank with Gary Oldman, and is currently working on Staircase, an HBO series.
    Here is what you’ll learn:
    Monika's goal since she was young to have a voice in the arts.How she prepares her characters, and her need to have a few weeks to get into it.The doors that started to open after working with David Fincher.The mix of talent and work that an actor must have.How David Fincher has pushed her limits, because it can take over 60 takes to make a perfect scene.The experience of working with Gary Oldman, one of her favorite actors.How good works of art, be it theater, movies, or literature, continue to live because they stand for something.
    To learn more about Monika visit her website, and follow her on Instagram.
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    • 22 min
    Shrek, the Movie that Is Still a Classic After 20 Years With Screenwriter, Roger S. H. Schulman

    Shrek, the Movie that Is Still a Classic After 20 Years With Screenwriter, Roger S. H. Schulman

    Is it possible to write the script for a movie that both children and adults love? Without a doubt, Shrek is the irrefutable proof that with a great story anything is possible. Roger S. H. Schulman is an American television and film writer and producer. He co-wrote the animated feature Shrek, for which he won a British Academy Award (BAFTA) and was nominated for an Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay. He earned a master's degree in journalism from the Columbia University School of Journalism and was a journalist for several years until he began writing for television. Among other projects, he wrote the animated feature Balto for executive producer Steven Spielberg, Mulan II, and The Jungle Book II for Disney. When he's not writing, Roger teaches television and feature film writing at schools like the University of Southern California, The New School in New York City, and on his website: TheWriterCoach.com.
    Here is what you’ll learn:
    Roger explains how he started his writing career after Steve Martin offered him a job as a comedy writer, when he was only a journalist.The two ways Roger’s writing evolved: It has become better and more personal.The importance of writing is expressing your inner voice, but considering what audience you are trying to communicate with.Roger says that writing for children is extremely difficult, because children don't have a filter and if they don't like something they won't see it anymore.His writing process was more aware and structural, and as time went by, he learned that most of his best ideas came when he was not thinking about them.How Roger feels about Shrek meme culture.The experience of writing a show like Alf, where not much was expected and was incredibly successful.Roger believes that the great gift of writing is that you can always do it because you don't need anything, except maybe a pencil and a napkin.
    To learn more about Roger visit his website.
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    • 29 min

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