• 104 - Ahsoka VFX and Sound - With Richard Bluff and Matthew Wood

    14 JUN. 2024 · Episoe 104 - This time I chat with Ahsoka producer and ILM VFX Supervisor, Richard Bluff along with his colleague Matthew Wood, Supervising Sound Editor. Key takeaways: - The collaboration between sound and visual effects departments is crucial in creating a cohesive and immersive experience for the audience. - Early involvement of sound in the production process helps inform the visuals and enhances the storytelling. - The use of practical effects, such as miniatures, can provide a unique and grounded look to the visuals. - Designing and creating sound for ships in the Star Wars universe involves a balance between familiar elements and new, unique sounds. - The organic and mysterious nature of the Eye of Sion and the witches' voices in Ahsoka adds depth and intrigue to the storytelling. - The balance between using technology and practical effects is a constant consideration in visual effects production. The use of LED screens allowed for interactive lighting and realistic reflections in the visual effects of 'The Mandalorian' and 'The Book of Boba Fett'. - Collaboration between the visual effects and sound departments was crucial in creating the desired effects and atmosphere for the shows. - The Howlers were created using a combination of motion bases, horses, and visual effects to achieve a realistic and dynamic performance. - The creative team is constantly looking for new techniques and technologies to improve the visual effects and sound design of the series. Ahsoka is available to watch on Disney+. Enjoy! https://www.paypal.com/donate/?hosted_button_id=AUKL6Y869RU8C https://linktr.ee/filmumentaries
    53m 37s
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    103 - Nathan Crowley - Production Designer and Chris Nolan collaborator

    28 MAY. 2024 · My guest for this second episode of May 2024 is production designer Nathan Crowley. If you don’t know his name, you will definitely know and most likely love, his work.. - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Behind_Enemy_Lines_(2001_film) (2001) - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Insomnia_(2002_film) (2002) - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Batman_Begins (2005) - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Prestige_(film) (2006) - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Dark_Knight (2008) - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Carter_(film) (2012) - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Dark_Knight_Rises (2012) - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Interstellar_(film) (2014) - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dunkirk_(2017_film) (2017) - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Greatest_Showman (2017) - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/First_Man_(film) (2018) - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tenet_(film) (2020) - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wonka_(film) (2023) Nathan is an incredibly talented artist that is able to create amazing worlds on screen. He’s also a great guy and very easy to talk with. We had a great conversation just a week or so ago. It’s avery fluid chat, but we do cover a few of the milestones in his career. Starting with Spielberg’s Hook and finishing up on Wonka and Wicked. With much chat about Chris Nolan’s films in between. Enjoy! https://www.paypal.com/donate/?hosted_button_id=AUKL6Y869RU8C https://linktr.ee/filmumentaries
    1h 30m 33s
  • 102 - Master of the Air - VFX masters Xavier Bernasconi & Steve Jelley

    17 MAY. 2024 · For this episode, number 102, I am speaking to to gentleman that worked on the visual effects for Masters of the air, the Apple TV series which is a continuation of Band of Brothers and The Pacific. This time tackling World War Two airmen and their various missions.  So I chat with Xavier Bernasoni  who was one of the vfx supervisors on the show for DNEG and also two Steve jelly of Dimension studio who is responsible for a lot of the virtual production stuff, the big volume that you'll know from shows like The Mandalorian. Well it's now of course being used in many different ways in many different productions and not necessarily the ways that you would imagine... I hope you enjoy the conversation. https://www.paypal.com/donate/?hosted_button_id=AUKL6Y869RU8C https://linktr.ee/filmumentaries
    46m 44s
  • 101 - Skywalker Ranch, Lucasfilm and Rancho Obi Wan Visit - April 2024

    26 ABR. 2024 · In April 2024, I embarked on an unforgettable journey to California, starting with a visit to Skywalker Ranch, Lucasfilm and Rancho Obi Wan. And unfogettable three days. While at Skywalker Ranch I met with Sound Supervisor, Mac Smith and legendary Model Maker, Lorne Peterson. This episode is a report from those three days. https://filmumentaries.com https://www.paypal.com/donate/?hosted_button_id=AUKL6Y869RU8C https://linktr.ee/filmumentaries https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LddLD4DDLAQ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=baS2LiJDgoI
    32m 42s
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    100 - Phil Tippett - VFX Legend

    9 ABR. 2024 · For this the 100th episode it seems fitting that it’s someone who’s name I’ve known since I was 4, 5 and 6 when my imagination was first sparked, looking through my Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi comics and magazines. That name is of course Phil Tippett, one of those incredible artists whose work transcends the films he’s worked on. His work is always full of a singularly tactile, grunginess that I love. Whether it’s the chess pieces in Star Wars, the Tauntauns or Walkers on Empire, the Rancor in Jedi, the Dinosaurs in Jurassic Park or the bugs in Starship Troopers, Phil’s work is always imbued with such great design and character. I’ve been an admirer of his work as I said, for decades now. And I was given the opportunity to speak with him in February of this year, 2024. I knew immediately I should save that conversation for my first milestone of 100 episodes. Thanks to everyone for their support since I've been making this podcast. It means the world to me. https://www.paypal.com/donate/?hosted_button_id=AUKL6Y869RU8C https://linktr.ee/filmumentaries https://2024tcslondonmarathon.enthuse.com/pf/mike-hewitt-brown?fbclid=IwAR1XYTk1fnpla7sx5NwGrtNEY2KChR1l7uRsvL1JD3cMAQ706M9GUgbEA_A_aem_AcehcrMTf-RwZPX43WLIUXCmB7CsLlOHphzoKzwFtMLRzmZqkuPFz97stMfMYXAfjSApxT336_STvxxgZkzN38fZ
    1h 1m 4s
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    99 - David Whiteley - Presenter, Filmmaker (The Galaxy that Britain Built & Toy Empire)

    25 MAR. 2024 · For episode 99 I interviewed friend, David Whiteley. If you don't know David, you should! He's a news presenter, but also a huge Star Wars Fan. And, has made two fantastic documentaries about the subject. Firstly "The Galaxy that Britain Built" and secondly "Toy Empire". Both are a must-watch for fans like us. David also produced a book which gathers together the interviews his conducted for "The Galaxy that Britain Built". It's available on Amazon https://amzn.to/3TNL61U. Check it out! And then BUY IT! Talking of books, don't forget that Justin Berger and I have now pre-released our https://amzn.to/3TNL61U book as an ebook on Amazon. https://www.paypal.com/donate/?hosted_button_id=AUKL6Y869RU8C https://linktr.ee/filmumentaries
    1h 12m 5s
  • 98 - The Empire Strikes Back Commentary - With Giles Terera

    12 MAR. 2024 · For episode 98, I am joined by my guest from episode 2, Giles Terera, actor, writer, musician and great friend of mine. He suggested to me a few months back that we should do a commentary on The Empire Strikes Back. So last month that's just what we did. I went up to central London to his flat, armed with two mics and we sat at watched and waffled over our favourite film. I hope you enjoy the episode. If you want to watch along, hit play on the movie just as the intro music (after my spoken introduction) ends. Or just listen to the episode for some chat and fun insights. I reckon we'll do a Return of the Jedi commentary at some point. Particularly because Giles has worked with several of the British actors in that movie. Enjoy! https://www.paypal.com/donate/?hosted_button_id=AUKL6Y869RU8C https://linktr.ee/filmumentaries
    2h 15m 14s
  • 97 - Fred North - Helicopter Stunt Pilot - "Flying Sideways"

    26 FEB. 2024 · In episode 97 of the Filmumentaries podcast, I interview helicopter stunt pilot Fred North. Fred shares his journey from a childhood fascination with helicopters to becoming a successful stunt pilot in Hollywood. He emphasizes the importance of creating opportunities for oneself and having a shark-like drive to keep moving forward. Fred also discusses the art of flying a helicopter and the importance of connecting with the machine. He shares insights on working with directors and understanding their vision to offer creative solutions. Takeaways - Creating opportunities and having a drive to succeed are key to achieving success. - Connecting with the machine and understanding its nuances is crucial in flying a helicopter. - Understanding the director's vision and offering creative solutions can make a helicopter pilot invaluable in the film industry. - Embracing mistakes and learning from them is essential for personal and professional growth. Chapters00:00 Introduction and Patreon Support 03:35 First Encounter with Helicopter 06:27 From Childhood Fascination to Becoming a Stunt Pilot 08:20 Shark-Like Drive and Embracing New Opportunities 10:42 Dealing with Mistakes and Learning from Them 12:30 The Importance of Having an Open Mind and Connecting with People 14:24 Writing the Book to Share His Journey 25:08 The Role of Instinct and Connection in Flying 28:21 Finding a Way into the Film Industry 35:25 Understanding the Director's Vision and Offering Creative Solutions 41:06 QR Codes in the Book and Making it Entertaining 42:18 Closing Remarks and Future Episodes https://linktr.ee/filmumentaries
    44m 44s
  • 96 - The Creator - With Director Gareth Edwards and his Effects Team

    17 FEB. 2024 · I hope you enjoyed my archival interview episodes in December 2023, one with Producer Robert Watts, the other with actor Garrick Hagon. Well now we are back to some recent interviews, I can tell you I’ve been busy lining these up ready for 2024! So… for the first, its a pretty big one, well it’s a very big one - Thanks to the lovely folks at ILM, I was given the chance to interview director Gareth Edwards and his FX crew on The Creator. I’d be trying to get Gareth on via a mutual friend of ours but given Gareth is currently doing press about the nominations the film has received, so it was perfect timing. So you’ll hear my conversion with Gareth along with VFX supervisors Jay Cooper, Ian Comley, Charmain Chan, Andrew Roberts and Jay Cooper as well as SFX supervisor Neil Corbould. There is an exclusive video version of the podcast on the filmumentaries youtube channel so that you can see all of us talking while I paint the interviews with some of the VFX breakdown clips ILM kindly provided. So if you can, head over to youtube to check that out. So, we talk about: - Gareth’s unique shooting techniques that enable large scope on a relatively low budget. And also the now famous use of the pro-sumer camera. - How the collaboration between the on-set crew and VFX teams is crucial for achieving seamless integration of practical and digital elements. - How anchoring VFX work to practical elements in the frame enhances the realism and believability of the visual effects. - How real-world locations can provide inspiration and add authenticity to the film's design and visual effects. - How the future of filmmaking with VFX lies in finding innovative ways to combine practical and digital techniques and finding the best tools to make the pipeline more efficient. - We finish by talking about award recognition and what it means to them. https://linktr.ee/filmumentaries
    1h 52s
  • 95 - Garrick Hagon - Star Wars Actor

    23 ENE. 2024 · Ok, this is another one from the archives, but as with the Robert Watts recording, I’ve been wanting to put this one out in podcast form for a while too. This is a conversation I had with actor Garrick Hagon back in 2015. If that name doesn’t ring a bell, how about Biggs Darklighter. Yes, Garrick is well known for his mostly deleted scenes from Star Wars in which he plays Luke’s best pal. I’d met Garrick in the green room at a Star Wars Trilogy day at the BFI southbank earlier that year. I’d been invited there by my old mate Toby Phlipott, Jabba puppeteer and all round good guy. Garrick and I got chatting about how I’d done an interview with Toby and created what turned out to be a very popular video from it. So I suggested we do the same. In fact both of those videos are still on my vimeo channel. So I’ll also link to that in the show notes. As with all interviews, when making a video you often cut out certain bits that you don’t need. But with a podcast you can make it more long form. So that’s what I’ve done here. The interview was done over the phone, so it won’t sound as good as some of my more recent episodes. But it’s still definitely very listenable. https://linktr.ee/filmumentaries
    48m 1s

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