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A new kind of YouTube show and podcast where we help prep actors, writers and directors with the help of well-known filmmakers and gurus!

Prep Sho‪w‬ Hollywood Camera Work

    • TV & Film
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A new kind of YouTube show and podcast where we help prep actors, writers and directors with the help of well-known filmmakers and gurus!

    Fixing The Acting Interrogation Scene - Robert Riechel - Rika Hammen

    Fixing The Acting Interrogation Scene - Robert Riechel - Rika Hammen

    We try to fix the acting/directing in an interrogation scene from a film competition. It shows all the signs of being shot too quickly. The characters are unclear, and there’s some weird logic in the scene where the characters are having private conversations for all to hear. Joining us are actor Robert Riechel and director Rika Yasul Hammen.
    Full Episode: https://youtu.be/M3qBFc5b6dY
     
    SHOW LINKS
    "Just Cops" Short Film: https://youtu.be/wkwJXaFZ-_0?t=156
    "Just Cops" transcript of scene: https://www.dropbox.com/s/toj9jzvnq5obk41/Just%20Cops.pdf?dl=0
    Robert Riechel IMDb: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm5830123/
    Rika Yasui Hammen IMDb: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm4064380/
     
    OTHER WAYS TO WATCH/LISTEN:
    Show Website: https://www.hollywoodcamerawork.com
    YouTube: https://youtu.be/M3qBFc5b6dY
    Indie Film Hustle TV: https://www.indiefilmhustle.tv
    Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/prep-show/id1516200606
    Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/421oliun8XF0NKJulo7UEa
    Download MP3 Audio: https://mcdn.podbean.com/mf/web/2h4hsz/Prep_Show_Fixing_Interrogation_Scene_Acting_-_Robert_Riechel_-_Rika_Hammen_19kca2.mp3
     
    CONNECT:
    Facebook: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HollywoodCameraWork
    Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/HollywoodCamera
    Web: https://www.hollywoodcamerawork.com
     
    EPISODE OUTLINE:
    0:00 - Intro
    1:12 - Welcome Robert and Rika
    2:07 - Watching the scene
    3:16 - Robert's first thoughts
    7:34 - Rika's first thoughts
    9:12 - The suspect's choice
    10:29 - Weird blocking
    14:31 - Framing the cops
    16:15 - Direction for the older cop
    17:53 - Shooting quickly
    18:17 - Summarizing so far
    18:59 - Too open and available
    20:18 - Relationship between the cops
    24:23 - Conversation with suspect
    28:24 - Letting it breathe
    30:57 - Power on screen
    34:17 - Criticizing without shame
    37:57 - When it's not working
    44:25 - Self-control as a director
    48:13 - Production affecting the acting
    54:27 - Doing the exercise
    55:28 - Experimental attitude
    57:30 - Pressure on a TV show
    59:09 - Different location?
    1:00:43 - This is difficult
    1:01:18 - Bombing as a actor?
    1:02:18 - Not trusting the director
    1:04:28 - Wrapping up

    • 1 hr 6 min
    Camera Blocking With NCIS Director - Mark Horowitz - Nikhil Kamkolkar

    Camera Blocking With NCIS Director - Mark Horowitz - Nikhil Kamkolkar

    NCIS Executive Producer/Director Mark Horowitz help us with the camera blocking on a dramatic scene by Nikhil Kamkolkar. Mark shows how to properly understand the characters before designing the camera work, resulting in deeper and more meaningful camera angles. Nikhil Kamkolkar is a New York-based Director behind films such as Leaving Priyanka and Indian Cowboy. Mark previously produced Doogie Howser, M.D. and JAG.
     
    Full Episode: https://youtu.be/j96FsbvepmQ
     
    EPISODE LINKS
     
    Download Script PDF: https://www.dropbox.com/s/mswgpyj9kjz9hab/Holden-SceneBlocking-Extract.pdf?dl=0
    Download Initial Storyboards: https://www.dropbox.com/s/4gjww6e5u62o6tw/HOLDEN%20-%20Blocking%20and%20Framing%20Ideas.pdf?dl=0
    Mark Horowitz IMDb: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0395317/
    Nikhil Kamkolkar IMDb: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0004667/
     
    OTHER WAYS TO WATCH/LISTEN:
     
    Show Website: https://www.hollywoodcamerawork.com
    YouTube: https://youtu.be/j96FsbvepmQ
    Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/prep-show/id1516200606
    Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/421oliun8XF0NKJulo7UEa
    Download MP3 Audio: https://mcdn.podbean.com/mf/web/ywe4u4/prep_show_camera_blocking_with_ncis_director_mark_horowitz_nikhil_kamkolkar9l08c.mp3
     
    CONNECT:
     
    Facebook: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HollywoodCameraWork
    Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/HollywoodCamera
    Web: https://www.hollywoodcamerawork.com
     
    EPISODE OUTLINE:
     
    0:00 - Intro
    2:11 - Hello Mark and Nikhil
    3:06 - Mark's approach
    4:46 - Explaining the scene
    5:37 - Reveal the big reveal?
    7:37 - Mark's process
    11:29 - What character can be physically expressed?
    13:17 - Character movement
    17:40 - Jane's journey
    20:01 - Framing the characters
    22:24 - Jane's motivation/emotion
    25:48 - Holden's motivation/emotion
    27:33 - Something major happens
    29:21 - High or low ambition?
    35:44 - Quick geography
    40:55 - Scene opening
    51:05 - How do they face each other?
    53:42 - Line crosses
    56:00 - First cameras
    1:00:12 - When do they face each other?
    1:03:34 - Returning to the kitchen?
    1:07:33 - New angles on the characters
    1:11:42 - The confrontation
    1:19:53 - Change the side of the line
    1:23:39 - Cross-cutting monologue?
    1:27:27 - Ending reveal
    1:29:58 - Putting in all cameras
    1:50:20 - NCIS question
    1:54:22 - Wrapping up
    1:58:38 - Final thoughts

    • 1 hr 59 min
    Fixing The Acting In Police Drama - Brendan Hughes - Brandon Galatz

    Fixing The Acting In Police Drama - Brendan Hughes - Brandon Galatz

    Amazing directing exercise where we figure out what to say to the actors in a scene that isn’t quite working. The scariest feeling for a film director is dead air in a scene. Everyone can feel it isn’t working, and you don’t know what the problem is or even what to say to the actors. We’re joined by director Brendan Hughes and actor Brandon Galatz as we work through a scene that has promise, but that currently isn’t working. The scene is from a short “Just Cops” from a 168 hour film project.
    Full YouTube Episode: https://youtu.be/Z3RugS1IVpU
    EPISODE LINKS
    Original scene from Just Cops (starts at 1:42): https://youtu.be/wkwJXaFZ-_0?t=102Scene Transcript: https://www.dropbox.com/s/toj9jzvnq5obk41/Just%20Cops.pdf?dl=0Brendan Hughes Dad Jeans Podcast: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/dad-jeans/id896300180Brandon Galatz IMDb: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm3761258/Brandon Galatz Website: http://s.bl-1.com/h/cVlc3fjN?url=https://brandonkgalatz.wixsite.com/bgalatzOTHER WAYS TO WATCH/LISTEN:
    Show Website: https://www.hollywoodcamerawork.comYouTube: https://youtu.be/Z3RugS1IVpUIndie Film Hustle TV: https://www.indiefilmhustle.tvApple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/prep-show/id1516200606Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/421oliun8XF0NKJulo7UEaDownload MP3 Audio: https://prepshow.podbean.com/mf/play/oi5712/Prep_Show_Fixing_The_Acting_In_Cop_Drama_-_Brendan_Hughes_-_Brandon_Galatz_9l6yr.mp3
    CONNECT:
    Facebook: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HollywoodCameraWorkTwitter: https://www.twitter.com/HollywoodCameraWeb: https://www.hollywoodcamerawork.com
    EPISODE OUTLINE:
    0:00 - Intro2:09 - Hello Brandon / Brendan4:23 - Explaining the exercise6:30 - Watching the scene7:25 - First thoughts11:35 - Where are the beats?14:33 - Stressed production18:52 - Subtle acting21:03 - How to dial back acting21:48 - Holding back23:16 - Stronger back stories25:00 - Why now?29:04 - Better beats33:47 - Captain's motivation34:58 - Too many words, too fast38:36 - Handling interruptions40:01 - Better listening42:51 - Word images46:58 - Legitimate obstacles51:09 - Slowing the scene down55:53 - Captain's logic1:00:36 - Marking beats1:03:27 - Getting the scene to breathe1:16:34 - Balancing camera work and acting1:22:59 - Creating silence1:28:28 - Wrapping up

    • 1 hr 29 min
    Outlining A Prison Dream Story - Tom Vaughan - Tristan Ofield

    Outlining A Prison Dream Story - Tom Vaughan - Tristan Ofield

    Story guru Tom Vaughan helps outline a story based on a prison dream. The short story (by Per Holmes) is a decent idea, but it has unclear motivations and very little character evolution. On this episode of Prep Show, we try to turn this into a well-rounded story. Tristan Ofield joins us to help pitch in ideas.
     
    SHOW LINKS
    Tom Vaughan IMDb: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm1129343/
    Tom Vaughan’s Website: http://www.storyandplot.com
    Tristan Ofield IMDb: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm3138635/
     
    OTHER WAYS TO WATCH/LISTEN:
    Show Website: https://www.hollywoodcamerawork.com
    YouTube: https://youtu.be/zSQeoikpnjU
    Indie Film Hustle TV: https://www.indiefilmhustle.tv
    Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/prep-show/id1516200606
    Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/421oliun8XF0NKJulo7UEa
    Download MP3 Audio: https://prepshow.podbean.com/mf/play/5d0g3u/Prep_Show_Outlining_Prison_Dream_Story_-_Tom_Vaughan_-_Tristan_Ofield_67zp1.mp3
     
    CONNECT:
    Facebook: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HollywoodCameraWork
    Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/HollywoodCamera
    Web: https://www.hollywoodcamerawork.com
     
    EPISODE OUTLINE:
    0:00 - Intro
    1:25 - Introducing the story
    7:26 - What is the story about?
    9:12 - How long would the short film be?
    11:03 - What is the dramatic question?
    14:03 - Where are the stakes?
    14:38 - A completely different take
    18:55 - Is the beginning needed?
    21:58 - The other characters
    24:45 - Withhold that it's a dream?
    31:09 - What defines the main character?
    40:39 - Putting in some beats
    43:45 - The big character change
    51:31 - Are other character aspects of himself?
    1:00:29 - Owning the character's sensitivity
    1:07:55 - Does he know who he is?
    1:12:22 - Picking an angle
    1:23:37 - Story questions
    1:24:58 - Antagonist
    1:36:29 - Wrapping up
    1:44:48 - Final thoughts

    • 1 hr 45 min
    Camera Blocking A War Comedy Scene - Marcus Stokes - Tristan Ofield

    Camera Blocking A War Comedy Scene - Marcus Stokes - Tristan Ofield

    TV director Marcus Stokes helps us do the camera blocking on an episode of a web series developed by UK director Tristan Ofield. This is a 4 page scene, so we need to find a way to make the camera work interesting, or the scene could feel excruciatingly slow. We also discuss how shooting multiple cameras keeps the actors from burning out, and how to make the acting more interesting.
     
    SHOW LINKS
    Marcus Stokes IMDb: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm1684548/
    Tristan Ofield IMDb: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm3138635/
     
    OTHER WAYS TO WATCH/LISTEN:
    Show Website: https://www.hollywoodcamerawork.com
    YouTube: https://youtu.be/DQsKDaVI1EY
    Indie Film Hustle TV: https://www.indiefilmhustle.tv
    Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/prep-show/id1516200606
    Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/421oliun8XF0NKJulo7UEa
    Download MP3 Audio: https://prepshow.podbean.com/mf/play/sjv5qk/Prep_Show_Blocking_A_War_Comedy_Scene_Tristan_Ofield_Marcus_Stokes_1_b671c.mp3
     
    CONNECT:
    Facebook: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HollywoodCameraWork
    Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/HollywoodCamera
    Web: https://www.hollywoodcamerawork.com
     
    EPISODE OUTLINE:
    0:00 - Intro
    1:19 - About The Project
    10:47 - The original blocking
    23:59 - The new blocking
    1:05:05 - Concluding the scene
    1:07:31 - Making acting interesting
    1:19:36 - Final thoughts

    • 1 hr 20 min
    Directing Movie Stars - John Badham

    Directing Movie Stars - John Badham

    Legendary director John Badham (Saturday Night Fever, Wargames, Supernatural) talks with Per Holmes about directing movie stars. How are stars different from “normal” actors? Do they need more direction? Less? How do you handle disagreements? What are you allowed to say or don’t say? How do you handle the power imbalance between an up-and-coming director and a very experienced actor? This episode answers these questions and countless more in this amazing episode.
     
    SHOW LINKS
    John Badham IMDb: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000824/
    John is also the author of one of the best and most brutally honest books on filmmaking ever written, “I’ll Be In My Trailer”, about the relationship between actors and directors. https://www.amazon.com/Ill-Be-My-Trailer-Directors/dp/1932907149
    His new book “On Directing 2”, is dropping in the fall of 2020. Check it out on his website: https://www.johnbadham.com/
    Directing Actors Course: https://www.hollywoodcamerawork.com/directing-actors.html
     
    OTHER WAYS TO WATCH/LISTEN:
    Show Website: https://www.hollywoodcamerawork.com
    YouTube: https://youtu.be/mcY-ROX951c
    Indie Film Hustle TV: https://www.indiefilmhustle.tv
    Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/prep-show/id1516200606
    Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/421oliun8XF0NKJulo7UEa
    Download MP3 Audio: https://mcdn.podbean.com/mf/download/nc7dh4/Prep_Show_John_Badham_Directing_Stars_8ud2q.mp3
     
    CONNECT:
    Facebook: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HollywoodCameraWork
    Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/HollywoodCamera
    Web: https://www.hollywoodcamerawork.com
     
    EPISODE OUTLINE:
    0:00 - Intro
    2:37 - Welcome to John
    4:56 - Differences between "normal" actors and stars?
    7:53 - How does conversation with a star sound differently?
    10:47 - What does the first conversation with an actor sound like?
    12:55 - Directors direct too much?
    13:39 - Directing in actions
    15:08 - Different actor results in different performance
    15:49 - Directing a regular on a TV show
    19:30 - Making the scenes work
    20:46 - Making an actor not do something
    23:27 - Criticizing actors
    24:43 - Retakes for the heck of it
    25:28 - Every take doesn't need direction
    27:50 - Shaking up the scene
    29:39 - Directing Jack Nicholson
    34:17 - Marlon Brando testing his director
    37:06 - What if actor won't discuss character?
    40:38 - Gaining an actor's trust
    44:32 - Calming an actor's nerves
    47:38 - Super-confident actors
    50:02 - How much to direct
    52:51 - Taking bad direction back
    53:33 - Giving actors attention after a take
    56:02 - Being there for actors
    57:01 - Directors should try a bit of acting
    58:23 - Actors can see through a director
    59:12 - Gaining the trust of actors
    1:02:38 - How much freedom should actors have?
    1:12:36 - Does a director need to be certain?
    1:15:21 - Getting everybody invested in it
    1:18:48 - How much or how little to direct?
    1:25:51 - Imaginary directing situation: Joe Pesci
    1:28:15 - Giving actors obstacles instead of directing them
    1:35:48 - Working with strong-willed actors
    1:40:25 - Strong-willed actors testing the director
    1:46:49 - Summary of insights
    1:53:07 - John's new book On Directing
    1:56:07 - Wrap up

    • 1 hr 57 min

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