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Ep 22: Ex Machina

In this episode we discuss: Artificial Intelligence with special guest Byron Reese, host of Gigaom’s Voices in AI podcast; camerawork and visual storytelling techniques; the symbolism of Ex Machina; and much more! Check out Byron’s podcast: Gigaom’s Voices in AI Pre-order Byron’s book on Amazon: The Fourth Age: Smart Robots, Conscious Computers, and the Future of […]

Duration: 01:21:05

Ep 21: The Hateful Eight

In this episode we discuss: camerawork and technique of shooting in one room; we weigh in with a special guest about Tarantino’s use of the N-word; and much more! “When people ask me if I went to film school I tell them, ‘no, I went to films.” – Quentin Tarantino Notes & References: Film first releases […]

Duration: 01:15:25

Ep 20: Spider-Man: Homecoming

In this episode we discuss: Good villains; Epic failures as a story device; origin stories; and much more! Notes & References: Four Quadrants This Week’s Recommendations:

Duration: 01:05:44

Ep 19: Stranger Things

In this episode we discuss: the title sequence of Stranger Things; the composition & camerawork; pacing, themes, differences between seasons 1 & 2, and much more! The Byers are framed in two, above them is light in a separate panel, they’re below, with the snow swirling outside as if they’re in the Upside Down, separated […]

Duration: 01:19:09

Episode 18: Scott Pilgrim vs the World

In this episode we have special guest Joe Howes with us to discuss: the lighting of Scott Pilgrim vs the World; transitions; sound design; and much more. “I think one of the things that really separates us from the high primates is that we’re tool builders. I read a study that measured the efficiency of […]

Duration: 01:25:48

Ep 17: La La Land

In this episode we discuss: the symbolism of La La Land; Technicolor; the 180º rule; music and Hollywood; being an artist, and pursuing your dreams; and much more. “The way I look at a musical, you are commenting on the human condition no matter what you do. A musical may be light and frivolous, but […]

Duration: 01:17:37

Ep 16: V for Vendetta

In this episode we discuss: The Overture of 1812; James McTeigue & The Wachowskis; Hugo Weaving & Natalie Portman’s amazing performances; the meaning of V for Vendetta, terrorism, patriotism, politics; and much more. “In a time of universal deceit – telling the truth is a revolutionary act.” – George Orwell Notes & References: Thomas Paine: […]

Duration: 01:22:55

Ep 15: Stephen King’s “It”

In this episode we discuss: the theme of Stephen King’s “It”; camerawork and editing techniques; horror dramas; child actors; and much more. “Even bad guys (most of them, anyway) see themselves as good—they are the heroes of their own lives. Giving them a fair chance as characters can create some interesting shades of gray—and shades […]

Duration: 01:09:52

Ep 14: Baby Driver

In this episode we discuss: Edgar Wright’s style; foreshadowing; editing on set; the opening scene and the title sequence; and much more. “Maybe directors who are more interested in realism and naturalism come from cities, where they see things on their doorstep every day. But growing up as a kid in a very pretty but […]

Duration: 01:12:08

Ep 13: Sunshine

In this episode we discuss: the colors of Sunshine; Danny Boyle’s style vs David Fincher; the film’s theme; foreshadowing; and much more. “Truthfully, I can only say I was driven to make the film, that these images came to me and I did not question them. My only defence is: ‘Forgive me, for I know […]

Duration: 01:33:32

Episode 12: The Big Lebowski with guest Scott Graham

In this episode: we discuss the Coen Brothers; the human comedy of The Big Lebowski; Philip Seymour Hoffman; the real antagonist; and much more. “If the material is challenging, it forces you to challenge yourself when handling it.” – Joel Coen Notes & References: Scott Graham on Instagram (or is it instaGRAHAM ohhhhh! …yeah.) The […]

Duration: 00:59:34

Ep 11: Rogue One

In this episode: we discuss the cinematography of Rogue One; FX & set design; war; and much more. Wes’s additional thought: I really loved my friend Justin’s thoughts about the lack of character development, but after recording our episode and continuing to chew on this film I do completely agree with him, but war movies […]

Duration: 01:00:44

Ep 10: The Social Network

In this episode: we discuss the audio & music of The Social Network; Aaron Sorkins tropes; David Fincher’s cinematography style; ways the plot is subtly underscored; Sean Parker’s role in the movie; and so much more. “Trying to guess what the audience wants and then trying to satisfy that is usually a bad recipe for […]

Duration: 01:06:06

Ep 9: The Dark Tower

In this episode: we discuss adapting Stephen King novels. The differences between The Gunslinger book and The Dark Tower movie. Moments of ineffective filmmaking. Enhancing the hero and villain. Girbaud vs Faded Glory, and much more! “Monsters are real, and ghosts are real too. They live inside us, and sometimes, they win.” – Stephen King […]

Duration: 00:57:19

Ep 8: Clue – with special guest Joe Parsons

In this episode: We discuss turning a board game into a comedy Making exposition fun Camera work that plays into comedy The nature of comedy “What no one understands: ideas are a dime a dozen. An idea has no real value. It’s all about the execution of the idea.” – John Landis References: Clue […]

Duration: 00:48:34

Ep 7: Dunkirk

In this episode we discuss: the artwork of Dunkirk; the true enemy; the nature of tension, and the ways it shows up; Nolan gives good context, and much more! References: Calgary veteran of Dunkirk attends the film This Week’s Recommendations:

Duration: 01:07:42

Episode 6: Transformers The Last Knight

In this episode: The Extremes of Transformers Acting (in a bad movie) FX Respecting the audience & the world of your film And much more! “Creativity is an energy. It’s a precious energy, and it’s something to be protected. A lot of people take for granted that they’re a creative person, but I know from […]

Duration: 00:58:29

Ep 5: Whiplash

In this episode: We discuss Music & Jazz, tension & resolution The colors of Whiplash We debate the merits of Fletcher’s teaching techniques “I always say that if I have another success, I’ll enjoy it more, but you don’t really.” – Danny Boyle Notes & References: Damien Chazelle article on making the short film […]

Duration: 01:08:21

Episode 4: Guardians of the Galaxy 2

In this episode: Incongruity The importance of a title sequence Comparing intro & title sequences from Guardians 1 & 2 Wasteful FX The colors of Guardians of the Galaxy 2 What is the theme of Guardians 2? For the record, Zoe Saldana’s name was totally mispronounced, sometimes reading off the page can get a little […]

Duration: 01:02:38

Episode 3: Warrior - Immersion techniques

In this episode: The variety of ways Warrior immerses us into its world, using audio, lighting, and more. Camerawork, angles, and how composition can tie in with the subtext of the scene or even the entire movie How Moby Dick ties in thematically Shooting on multiple film stocks “All of us every single year, we’re […]

Duration: 01:04:36

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