In this Roundtable, we welcome Writer, Creator, and Director Danny Strong, Cinematographer Checco Varese and Director of episodes 5 & 6 Patricia Riggen of the Hulu Series Dopesick. The conversation focuses on the responsibility of creating an episodic series covering the national opioid crisis, and how such a series helps expose the architects of this crisis, making evident the roots of such a convoluted and complicated situation. Among other topics, the group delves into the process building a creative team, the choices faced by a director coming into a show for specific episodes, how the Writer, Showrunner, Cinematographer and Director collaborate on an episodic series.
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Production Designer Kasra Farahani and Cinematographer Autumn Durald on Marvel Series Loki
1:26:12In our latest Roundtable, we are pleased to welcome Production Designer Kasra Farahani and Cinematographer Autumn Durald Arkapaw. Matthew Woolf leads a conversation discussing their experience on the Marvel Series Loki. The conversation covers a range of topics including; the pressure and expectations of making a Marvel show, how much one is able to bring stylistically to the Marvel Universe, the importance of having the right collaborators in key positions to accomplish the right look, and how a limited involvement in the post process can affect the original vision of the artist. Finally, they discuss the impact on their personal lives working in the film industry, especially in the backdrop of the recent averted strike threat by IATSE.
Danny Strong, Patricia Riggen, and Checco Varese, moderated by Matthew Woolf
1:17:04In this Roundtable, we welcome Writer, Creator, and Director Danny Strong, Cinematographer Checco Varese and Director of episodes 5 & 6 Patricia Riggen of the Hulu Series Dopesick. The conversation focuses on the responsibility of creating an episodic series covering the national opioid crisis, and how such a series helps expose the architects of this crisis, making evident the roots of such a convoluted and complicated situation. Among other topics, the group delves into the process building a creative team, the choices faced by a director coming into a show for specific episodes, how the Writer, Showrunner, Cinematographer and Director collaborate on an episodic series.
Bradford Young & Reed Morano
1:03:47In this Film Roundtable, we welcome back two friends, Director/DP Reed Morano and Director/DP Bradford Young for a therapeutic conversation in the wake of the potential IATSE strike. The two go straight into the quality of life concerns that exist in our business, as well as the general culture of self-care practice being neglected or treated as an afterthought. The two discuss how the stress to deliver in an unattainable time frame puts our mental health at risk and delve into the deep inequities between above the line and below the line crew members. In addition, Reed speaks about where her allegiance lies on set, taking care of her crew, while knowing that is not always the case for everyone in her position. Listen and share this segment of an essential conversation that we must continue to amplify in a wider scope, so that we may begin the work of systemic change across the board.
Isabel Sandoval & Hari Nef, moderated by Ximena Prieto
1:20:47On our latest film roundtable, we host a conversation between Isabel Sandoval, Hari Nef, and moderator Ximena Prieto. The three start with a discussion regarding setting, introspection, and reflection, and Isabel points to the impact of nature well as the importance of sunlight on creative input. Hari delves into her response to prompts as a writer, and the interaction with New York as a source and force to contend with, reflecting one’s place in the constellation communally and individually. Isabel discusses her early films as a calling card for her work as a talent behind and in front of the camera, remaining true to an intimate vision which she would not compromise on; Hari dives into this specificity, starting with the visual and political voice of Apparition, continuing with Señorita (Isabel contending with “third world cinema”) and expanding into Lingua Franca. They also discuss fictional historical narratives and the visual departures taken in Sandoval’s latest film, Shangri-La, which will screen at Venice Film Festival this year, and what this could mean for Isabel’s storytelling style going forward. Other highlights include Hari discussing the embrace of chaos and discipline, creating as a reflection to the world around you, Hari playing Titania in A Midsummer Night’s Dream at fifteen, and Isabel divulging the influence of Jeanne Dielman on Lingua Franca. Finally, we close with a question about the conscious inclusion of Identity Aesthetics, versus an unplanned and perhaps inevitable apparition of lived experience onto visual expression, as well as the importance of not becoming mired in either expectations or discourse, letting go, and having fun.
Cinematographers Gonzalo Amat & Alexandra Bas (In Spanish)
59:05We are thrilled to present our second Roundtable recorded in Spanish. In our latest episode, we are joined by Cinematographers Gonzalo Amat and Alexandra Bas. Gonzalo has shot four seasons of “The Man in the High Castle,” produced by Ridley Scott and Amazon Studios. He’s a member of the International Cinematographers Guild, the DGA, and the ASC. In 2018, Gonzalo ventured into the world of directing and has since directed four episodes of SEAL Team. Alexandra Bas is a Mexico City based cinematographer from Venezuela. She’s lensed a variety of projects including short films, music videos, and documentaries. Her hunger to share intimate narrative stories has taken her all over the world, and her work has been recognized by multiple festivals. Maria Prieto leads them through a conversation that touches on their early career days, the counterintuitive way to build your career, and the way they both adapted to a pandemic world. Estamos encantados de presentar nuestro segundo episodio de Film Roundtable grabado en español. En este episodio, nos acompañan los directores de fotografía Gonzalo Amat y Alexandra Bas. Gonzalo ha fotografiado cuatro temporadas de “The Man on The High Castle,” producida por Ridley Scott y Amazon Studios. Es miembro del International Cinematographers Guild, la DGA y la ASC. En 2018, Gonzalo se lanzo al mundo de la dirección y desde entonces ha dirigido cuatro episodios de SEAL Team. Alexandra Bas es una directora de fotografía Venezolana que vive en la Ciudad de México. Ha fotografiado una variedad de proyectos que incluyen cortometrajes, videos musicales y documentales. Su hambre por compartir historias narrativas íntimas la ha llevado por todo el mundo, y su trabajo ha sido reconocido por múltiples festivales. Maria Prieto modera esta conversación que aborda los primeros días de su carrera, la forma contraria a la intuición de construir su carrera y la forma en que ambos se adaptaron a un mundo con pandemia.
Larry Fong & Doug Torres
54:56In this episode, we host discussion between Cinematographer Larry Fong and Doug Torres. Larry relives the early part of his career and how he got started working with visionary Directors Zack Snyder and Tarsem Singh, also sharing a great story about his friendship with JJ Abrams when they were teenagers, and how that carried over into a professional relationship later in their careers. Through the conversation, we also get to understand how Larry sees his skills as a magician correlating to the art of filmmaking. This great episode highlights how surrounding yourself with like-minded creative souls and finding the commonalities in your interests can pay off into a long and fruitful creative journey.
John Hillcoat & Benoit Delhomme
2:07:55In this roundtable, we host a rich conversation between Director John Hillcoat and Cinematographer Benoit Delhomme. You don’t want to miss this special tête-à-tête from these longtime collaborators and friends. They talk with us about a bounty of topics including how they first met, the two incredible films they teamed up together on: Lawless and The Proposition, and a life altering premonition they each experienced... (This Film Roundtable conversation would not be taking place if they hadn’t listened to their intuition, but you have to listen to hear the full story.) They share anecdotes about the trials and tribulations as well as the magic that is the process of filmmaking and talk about how shooting in Australia isn’t just shooting in another country, it is like shooting on another planet: the light, the landscape, the heat and the flies! They also share how creative Benoit had to get at times to light scenes without lights (because of the heat!) as well as reflecting on what he might have done differently at this stage in his career. They discuss the process of storyboarding a film and how important it can be but also how equally imperative it is to be able to put that pre-visualization aside and surrender to the organic flow of the actors and the moment. They then discuss film vs digital (Lawless was one of the first films to be shot on the Alexa Raw) and the heartbreak they experienced when the film was not screened at Cannes using the film print they made. They also talk about the “Netflix” look and how the richness of cinema is fading away, and how much more it could change after this past year on Zoom and what our eyes are getting accustomed to. They chat about lensing and aspect ratio and Benoit shares his experience shooting with the new BLACKWING 7 lenses. This conversation is full of teachings and such a treat!!
Best of the Film Roundtable Archives:
1:40:46Film Roundtable Community, Our team is taking a short break while we brew up some exciting new roundtables and implement site modifications. In the meantime, we wanted to ensure you’ve heard some of our all time favorite episodes... Almost a year ago, Darius Khondji & Bradford Young came on our show and had a conversation expressing their views on light, inspiration, and letting yourself follow the river of those two interwoven mediums of expression. Please enjoy this candid talk including two of our favorites guests, led beautifully by Film Roundtable co-founder Doug Torres, and re-charge on the energy they emit through their work and words. See you soon.
Vidiots Co-Founders, Patty Polinger & Cathy Tauber
54:42In this Roundtable, we are joined by Patty Polinger and Cathy Tauber, the founders of the iconic Los Angeles video store, Vidiots. Vidiots opened its doors in Santa Monica in 1985 with a mission to provide access to art house films and rare titles. During its tenure, it served as a community space with events and became a mecca for cinephiles. Vidiots had to close its doors in 2017, but has found a new home at the Eagle Theatre in Eagle Rock. Construction will begin this summer with a plan to open its doors in the first quarter of 2022. The Eagle Theatre location will include a video store, a 250 seat cinema, as well as a 40 seat micro cinema, a bar, and an event space. We sat down with Patty and Cathy to discuss the history of their beloved store, the steps they took trying and ultimately succeeding in saving it, and their hope for the future of the theater experience. You can find a link to a virtual tour of the Eagle Theatre with renderings of what the finished space will look like, as well as a link to donate to the Vidiots Foundation below: https://www.vidiotsfoundation.org/donate (https://www.vidiotsfoundation.org/donate) https://vimeo.com/wylde/review/530978837/0c6ef872f6 (https://vimeo.com/wylde/review/530978837/0c6ef872f6)
Derek Cianfrance & Mark Ruffalo, moderated by Matthew Woolf
1:39:45In this roundtable, Matthew Woolf hosts a conversation between Actor Mark Ruffalo and Director Derek Cianfrance and the three of them discuss Mark & Derek’s experience making the hit HBO Mini-series I Know This Much is True. They break down many aspects of the show, including Mark & Derek’s relationship as co-creators and how that affected their individual roles, the challenges they faced and how they overcame them (including the decision to shoot on film vs. digital) and the technical process behind Mark’s portrayal of identical twins. Finally, the duo highlight the commitment it took on several people’s parts to put to achieve a believable and successful result. The doors are opened through this conversation to the special relationship between two of the finest filmmakers of our generation.