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The Cinematic Schematic is a multi-segment podcast dedicated to thoughtful, analysis-driven conversations on genre, independent and classic films from thecinematropolis.com. Hosted by Caleb Masters and a rotating cast of filmmakers, critics, and special guests, this podcast takes you through some of the most prominent themes and conversations occurring in cinema each month.

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The Cinematic Schematic is a multi-segment podcast dedicated to thoughtful, analysis-driven conversations on genre, independent and classic films from thecinematropolis.com. Hosted by Caleb Masters and a rotating cast of filmmakers, critics, and special guests, this podcast takes you through some of the most prominent themes and conversations occurring in cinema each month.

    Built in Dreams: The Inception 10th Anniversary Special – The Cinematic Schematic

    Built in Dreams: The Inception 10th Anniversary Special – The Cinematic Schematic

    Imagine a world where the mind is the scene of the crime inspired by the works of Stanley Kubrick, Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner, The Matrix, and James Bond films that captures the best elements of an Oceans Eleven heist. On July 16, 2010, moviegoers were introduced to Inception, writer/director Christopher’s Nolan’s massive critical and box office hit that propelled him from a talented auteur to one of the most powerful voices working in the film industry today. 







    With the hype and media buzz of the release now a full decade behind us, how does Inception hold up in 2020? Where does it best fit into the pantheon of Nolan’s oeuvre and, perhaps the most hotly debated question related to the film upon release, does the top keep spinning or does it fall? 







    In today’s special episode of The Cinematic Schematic, we’re joined by Freaky AF writer/director Laron Chapman, The Cinematropolis‘s Alexandra Bohannon and No Film School‘s Jo Light to take a look back at the critically acclaimed box office hit with an indie spirit, Inception, to determine whether or not the film deserves the status of a blockbuster classic. We go deeper into the film’s themes and subtext to determine whether or not the script’s complexity holds up under a fresh examination.















    Time Stamps







    4:48 – Reacting to the first Inception teaser trailer







    13:05 – Our 2010 review







    26:26 – Revisiting the film and those reviews 10 years later







    37:56 – Christopher Nolan’s love affair with non-linear plot structures and editing







    47:13 – Exposition, exposition, exposition!







    51:30 – The “What Is Reality?” sub-genre







    110:10 – Does Christopher Nolan have a “woman problem?”







    121:30 – Inception‘s long-term impact (or lack thereof) on twenty-first century cinema







    133:27 – Does the top spin, does it fall, and does it even matter?







    142:16 – Verdict time: Is Inception one of the definitive blockbusters of the twenty-first century or is it better left to the past?







    149:10 – Inception-related media recommendations















    Alternate Media Recommendations







    Laron Chapman – The Old Guard (Netflix), The Perfection (Netflix)







    Alexandra Bohannon – Paprika(Available to rent or buy on-demand), Persona 5 Royal (Playstation 4)







    Jo Light – The Truman Show (Available to rent or buy on-demand), Jacob’s Ladder (Available to rent or buy on-demand)







    Caleb Masters – Waking Life (Available to rent or buy on-demand), Inside Out (Disney+)

    • 1 hr 59 min
    The Cinematropolis deadCenter 2020 Closing Recap

    The Cinematropolis deadCenter 2020 Closing Recap

    After 10 days of films streamed at the 2020 deadCenter Film Festival for the event’s 20th anniversary, The Cinematropolis concludes our special coverage with a festival recap discussion between our entire festival team, Jo Light, Daniel Bokemper, Christopher Shultz, and myself. Tune in to the full discussion on today’s episode of The Cinematic Schematic!







    Each of us discusses our favorite feature films, short films, documentaries, and virtual experience at this year’s festival. To close out the festival, we’d like to send thanks out to the deadCenter staff including Lance McDaniel, Sara Thompson, Alyx Picard, and Kevin Ely along with Sunrise Tippeconnie, Krystal Yosef, Stephen Tyler, and the other volunteers who continue to make this festival happen. We can’t wait to see what the team comes up with for deadCenter 2021!







    Take a look back at The Cinematropolis deadCenter 2020 Coverage







    Filmmaker Podcast Interviews with Caleb Masters







    deadCenter Executive Director Lance McDaniel Champions Local Film and Arts Community







    Engineering a Virtual Film Festival with Stephen Tyler, deadCenter’s Director of Technology







    Charles Elmore Shares the Secrets Behind Directing the Darkly Humorous ‘The Chest’ 







    Director Sev DeMy Dreams Big with ‘Black Title Here’







    Cheryl McDonough Brings the Spirit of Activism to Oklahoma with ‘Parkland Rising’ Documentary







    Shifter Audio Diary #5 – A deadCenter Homecoming















    Film Reviews from Jo Light







    ‘Love and Fury’ Showcases the Brilliance of Indigenous Artists Around the World







    Cate Jones Takes Audiences on a Wild Ride in ‘She’s the Eldest’







    Birdie Is a Faith-based Movie with Heart















    Film Reviews from Daniel Bokemper







    ‘The Dilemma of Desire’ Champions the C**t







    Homegrown Spirit Thrives in ‘Okie Shorts Mix Tape Vol. 1’







    Tensions Flare in ‘Okie Shorts Mix Tape Vol. 2’















    Films Reviews from Christopher Shultz







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    deadCenter Executive Director Lance McDaniel Champions Local Film and Arts Community – dCFF20

    deadCenter Executive Director Lance McDaniel Champions Local Film and Arts Community – dCFF20

    Special Guest







    Lance McDaniel







    Executive Director, deadCenter







    Director of Send Me Wings















    In this special interview on The Cinematic Schematic podcast, we talk with deadCenter’s executive director, Lance McDaniel, about how he is sending his tenure in the role out with a bang at deadCenter 2020. We start by discussing how his role has (or has not) changed in the shift to a largely virtual event and the opportunities it provides before getting his perspective on how the festival’s 20th year is a fitting time for him to hand the reigns of the festival over to Alyx Picard Davis. We also speak with Lance about his short film playing as part of the festival, Send Me Wings.







    Lance leaves the podcast with a few words about the importance of supporting film and all of the arts in Oklahoma in order to help the local culture thrive.







    Send Me Wings is playing in the Okie Shorts Mix Tape Vol. 1 until midnight on June 21.















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    • 17 min
    Engineering a Virtual Film Festival with Stephen Tyler, deadCenter’s Director of Technology – dCFF20

    Engineering a Virtual Film Festival with Stephen Tyler, deadCenter’s Director of Technology – dCFF20

    LISTEN TO THE FULL INTERVIEW BY PUSHING PLAY ABOVE!























    Special Guest







    Stephen Tyler







    Director of Technology, deadCenter







    Founder of Mostly Harmless Media















    In this special interview on The Cinematic Schematic podcast, we talk with deadCenter’s director of technology, Stephen Tyler, about how deadCenter 2020 pivoted to a virtual film festival following the COVID-19 pandemic. We start by discussing how he stepped into his role and how the shift to a new approach to screening movies has changed the way attendees and filmmakers interact through pre-recorded Q&As and remote recordings.







    Speaking from an attendee perspective, the virtual filmgoing experience has been seamless and without any disruption. Tune in to the full interview to get the inside details about how Stephen led the tech side of the team to build a successful virtual film festival and created countless hours of supplementary content for the online event.







    Where to Keep Up with Stephen Tyler







    Follow Stephen on Twitter @stphntylr







    Check out Mostly Harmless Media







    Find Stephen Tyler at Tower Theatre OKC







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    • 14 min
    Charles Elmore Shares the Secrets Behind Directing the Darkly Humorous ‘The Chest’ – dCFF20

    Charles Elmore Shares the Secrets Behind Directing the Darkly Humorous ‘The Chest’ – dCFF20

    Special Guest







    Charles Elmore







    Director/Producer of “The Chest“























    In this special interview on The Cinematic Schematic podcast, we talk with “The Chest” director/producer Charles Elmore about how he and his writer Tony DeLesDernier found just the right comedic tone for their Hitchcock-inspired short film. Elmore also discusses how he came to cast Danielle Evon Ploeger and Emmy-nominated actors Dylan Baker and Becky Ann Baker.







    Our own Daniel Bokemper wrote “The Chest,” “is outstanding across both (Okie Short) Mix Tapes.”  Tune in to hear the full deadCenter 2020 interview!







    The official deadCenter 2020 synopsis reads:







    Jessica, a put-upon real estate agent is forced to work alongside Blake, her merciless and cruel superior, in selling a large estate to The Steves, a pair of potential buyers. When a tragic accident befalls the pitiless Blake resulting in his untimely (but maybe deserved?) demise, Jessica seizes the opportunity to make the sale on her own by hiding Blake’s body. It’s the perfect crime with one small problem, Jessica’s phone won’t stop ringing. Even worse, it’s Blake. Suspenseful hilarity ensues as Jessica attempts to close the sale before anyone finds out, but secrets rarely go uncovered for long.















    When and Where to Watch The Chest







    Watch Virtually at deadCenter 2020







    Now playing in the Okie Shorts Mix Tape Vol. 2 Block until 11:59 PM CT on June 21







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    • 23 min
    Director Sev DeMy Dreams Big with ‘Black Title Here’ – dCFF20

    Director Sev DeMy Dreams Big with ‘Black Title Here’ – dCFF20

    Special Guest







    Sev DeMy







    Writer/Director/ Producer of {Black Title Here}







    In this special interview on The Cinematic Schematic podcast, we talk with Black Title Here writer/director/producer Sev DeMy about how he approached creating his short film as a TV show pilot, creating a comedic take on the life of a production assistant (PA) and why they went about using on-screen texts to create unique punchlines or emotional impacts.







    Tune in to hear the full deadCenter 2020 interview!







    The official deadCenter 2020 synopsis reads:







    BLACK Title Here introduces James on his day off from work. Unfortunately, James’ being off from work is not the only things that is off. His current girlfriend, Shalom, and the girl he moved to LA with, Nastali, are both in need of him as he tries to find his way before he loses it all.























    When and Where to Watch {Black Title Here}







    Watch Virtually at deadCenter 2020







    Now playing until 11:59 PM CT on June 21







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