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148. Filmograph Interview, Part 1 (Title Designers for 'John Wick,' 'John Wick: Chapter 2,' and 'John Wick: Chapter 3')
Welcome back to Light the Wick. Your reservation at the Continental has been confirmed, and this week we’re speaking with the team from Filmograph – Aaron Becker, Seth Kleinberg and Amador Valenzuela. In this typically spirited conversation, we discuss their contribution to the “John Wick” movies – not only the title sequences but also the subtitles. It’s illuminating and a lot of fun!
147. Rob Nederhorst Interview (VFX Supervisor for 'John Wick: Chapter 3')
This week on Light the Wick (yes it’s still going on, just deal with it!), we talk to “John Wick” visual effects supervisor Rob Nederhorst about what it was like working his invisible magic on the franchise – we learn about squib hits, the difference between violence and gore, and the shot that they had to tone down because it was a little “too much.” Content warning: explicit descriptions of fake muzzle flashes.
146. Luca Mosca Interview (Costume Designer for 'John Wick,' 'John Wick: Chapter 2,' and 'John Wick: Chapter 3')
We are thrilled this week on Light the Wick to be joined by Luca Mosca, costume designer and actor. Mosca not only comes up with the killer style Keanu Reeves wears, but he also plays the tailor in “John Wick: Chapter 2.” Talk about range! Mosca talks about the evolution of Ian McShane’s character, dressing Laurence Fishburne’s hobo army, and mentions a deleted scene from the third film that had Halle Berry’s character in New York City. This bespoke episode is a good fit for sure.
145. 'John Wick: Chapter 3' Editors Roundtable, Part 2 (Evan Schiff, Matt Evans, and Gina Hirsch)
We’re back with part two of our Light the Wick look at the editorial process on “John Wick 3” with editors Evan Schiff, Gina Hirsch, and Matt Evans. But – we sneak some Light the Fuse material in the mix since Schiff and Hirsch worked on “Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol.” So you’ll get to hear about the nearly 3-hour cut of “John Wick 3” alongside learning that Gina was the voice of some of the computers in “M:I-4!” This is a double whammy that fans of both franchises will get a
144. 'John Wick: Chapter 3' Editors Roundtable, Part 1 (Evan Schiff, Matt Evans, and Gina Hirsch)
On this very special episode of Light the Wick, we are joined by “John Wick 3” editor Evan Schiff and additional editors Gina Hirsch and Matt Evans, who jumped in to help. They talk about what it was like working with director Chad Stahelski, how the movie was different before they arrived, and what, exactly, they were tasked to do. It’s a funny, fascinating peek at an integral aspect of the filmmaking process.
143. Mark Stoeckinger Interview, Part 2 (Supervising Sound Editor on 'John Wick,' 'John Wick: Chapter 2,' and 'John Wick: Chapter 3')
Mark Stoeckinger returns this week for a very full episode of Light the Wick! Mark was the supervising sound editor on all three “John Wick” installments and shares some great details on how he got involved in the franchise, how he differentiates gunshots, and (of course) how he got realistic dog sounds (including a scary story about wolves). Also: bits about “Jack Reacher,” “Cruella,” and working with Alexander Payne.
Fantastic Podcast about more than MI
While the hook of this podcast is the Mission Impossible franchise, its appeal goes far beyond that. By focusing on the narrow topic of the MI movies, we actually learn about movie-making in general, and meet guests whose jobs are fascinating. For example, the conversation with an on-set photographer was a delight, and I would never have been exposed to that without this podcast. Keep up the good work Drew and Charles.
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This podcast is amazing. I love the energy and enthusiasm from the hosts. Every single guest is great and seem genuinely happy to be there and talk about their involvement in cinematic history. Shout it from the mountains: THIS PODCAST ROCKS!!!
I’ve been listening to this podcast for several months now and I gotta say it’s an absolute blast to listen to. While it is primarily about Mission Impossible, it gives you great insight into the film industry, as well as references to your favorite movies. The two hosts, Drew and Charles, are amazing and hilarious. Really entertaining podcast and great interviews, like with Brad Bird and Chris McQuarrie. Can’t say enough great things about this podcast. Your mission, should you choose to accept it: is to subscribe to this podcast and listen.