AN INTERVIEW WITH EDITOR CAROLE KRAVETZ AYKANIAN
Carole is an editor known for her work on acclaimed films and series such as The Morning Show, Ghost World and The Affair. She has regularly collaborated with director Carl Franklin, editing several of his feature films including, One False Move, Devil in a Blue Dress, and High Crimes. I spoke with Carole about moving to Los Angeles, meeting Carl Franklin, One False Move, and her work on Ghost World.
AN INTERVIEW WITH NERAIDA BEGA
Neraida Bega is an actor and mocap actor known for her work on WandaVision, American Bred, APEX Legends, and the upcoming film Dog. I spoke with Neraida about her formal training, working on the video game APEX Legends, and her upcoming projects.
AN INTERVIEW WITH LOTTE MUNK
Lotte Munk is an actor known for The Idiots, The Bridge and The Killing. I spoke with Lotte about training at the Drama School at Aarhus Theatre, working with Lars Von Trier, portraying Caroline in The Bridge, and her upcoming projects.
DIRECTOR JULIAN SCHWANDNER ON HIS SHORT FILM, ANAMESA
Anamesa is an atmospheric representation of the connection the three friends Maria, Markos and Julian share with the same island in Greece. By looking back on the memories of summers gone by, they create a beautiful picture of their different experiences of the island. However, this is not possible without asking yourself some questions.
I spoke with Julian about studying at film school, his initial conversations with cinematographers Nikos Nikolopoulos and Thomas Foster, and the biggest challenges shooting the film.
AN INTERVIEW WITH DP RUAIRÍ O'BRIEN
Ruairí O'Brien is a cinematographer known for his work on Dating Amber, The Fall, Five Minutes of Heaven, The Winter Lake, and Line of Duty. I spoke with Ruairí about training as a cinematographer, initial conversations about Dating Amber, shooting The Winter Lake, and his advice for aspiring cinematographers.
AN INTERVIEW WITH EMILY MARIE PALMER
Emily Marie Palmer is an actor and writer known for American Horror Story, Mercy Street, and Lansky. I spoke with Emily about studying at theatrical training school in France, landing her first acting role, and portraying Megan in the newly released film, The Last Son.
AN INTERVIEW WITH CHRYSTEE PHARRIS
Chrystee Pharris is an actor known for her work on Goliath, Scrubs, Monogamy, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, and Passions. I spoke with Chrystee about landing her first acting role, portraying Kylie in Scrubs, and her work as a voice-over artist.
AN INTERVIEW WITH CARTER GLADE
Carter Glade is an actor known for Freaky, Her Deadly Secret and American Animals. I spoke with Carter about his background in acting training, portraying Tobin in Freaky, his upcoming role in Better Call Saul and his future projects.
AN INTERVIEW WITH RITA TUSHINGHAM
Having launched her career in the 1961 British New Wave film, A Taste of Honey, Rita Tushingham has starred in iconic films including, The Knack… and How to Get It, Doctor Zhivago, The Leather Boys, The Trap, and Under the Skin. Rita has also worked extensively in Italian cinema, starring in films such as Ragazzo di borgata and Black Journal. I spoke with Rita about landing the role of Jo in A Taste of Honey, working with Tony Richardson, working in Italian cinema, and her role in Ridley Road and the upcoming Last Night in Soho.
DP SAM LEVY ON MAYDAY
Karen Cinorre’s directorial feature debut, Mayday is a beautifully choregraphed fantasy-action tale of an alternate universe where an everlasting war rages. After a harrowing experience, hotel worker Ana (portrayed by Grace Van Patten) is transported to an unknown remote island. There, she meets a group of women living in a submarine. The group send radio transmissions to nearby soldiers luring them to their deaths. Unable to adjust to her new dream-like world where women seek vengeance on men, Ana is faced with a decision that will ultimately change her life forever.
Stunningly shot by DP Sam Levy, Mayday is released in the UK on November 1st.
AN INTERVIEW WITH EMMANUELLE CHAULET
Emmanuelle Chaulet is an actor, director and founder of Emmanuelle Chaulet studio and creator of the Voice Dialogue Acting technique (VDA). I spoke with Emmanuelle about her work with Eric Rohmer, Emmanuelle Chaulet VDA Studio, and her work as a director.
AN INTERVIEW WITH JENNY RUNACRE
Jenny Runacre is an actor known for her work on films such as The Passenger, Husbands, Jubilee, and The Witches. Having starred in the 1970 John Cassavetes film Husbands, Jenny has since collaborated with acclaimed directors such as Derek Jarman, John Huston, Ridley Scott, Michelangelo Antonioni, Pier Paolo Pasolini and Nicolas Roeg. I spoke with Jenny about her role in The Passenger, working with Antonioni, and the film she is most proud of.
AN INTERVIEW WITH HANS FROMM
Hans Fromm is an acclaimed cinematographer known for his work on Jerichow, Barbara, Phoenix, Transit and Undine. I spoke with Hans about collaborating with Christian Petzold, working on Barbara, the logistical difficulties of shooting Transit, and his preferred camera of choice.
DP YANN MARITAUD ON SLALOM
Yann Maritaud is a cinematographer known for his work on Un Triomphe, Ceasefire, and Stars by the Pound. Having previously collaborated with director Charlène Favier on a number of short films, Yann recently shot Favier’s feature film, Slalom. I spoke with Yann about his DP inspirations, collaborating with Charlène Favier, shooting on the Alexa Mini, and the use of red in Slalom.
AN INTERVIEW WITH MATT CIMBER
Matt Cimber is a director, writer and producer. Starring Jayne Mansfield, Matt’s first feature film Single Room Furnished was released in 1968. After releasing several X rated films, Matt ventured into the Blaxploitation genre with The Black 6 (1974), The Candy Tangerine Man (1975), and Lady Cocoa (1975). In 1976 his film, The Witch Who Came from the Sea was released and was subsequently banned in Britain after being labelled a ‘video nasty,’ along with other controversial films such as Cannibal Holocaust (Deodato, 1980) and The Driller Killer (Ferrara, 1979). Matt later went on to direct films such as Butterfly (1982), Hundra (1983), and Yellow Hair and the Fortress of Gold (1984). I spoke with Matt about his transition from stage to screen, working with DP László Kovács on Single Room Furnished, The Witch Who Came from the Sea, and collaborating with Ennio Morricone.
AN INTERVIEW WITH DALE HENDRICKSON
Dale Hendrickson is a character designer and visual effects artist known for his work on The Simpsons, Rugrats, Silver Surfer and He-Man and the Masters of the Universe. I spoke with Dale about studying at art school, working on The Simpsons, and the character design he is most proud of.
AN INTERVIEW WITH CHRISTIAN VIT
Christian Vit is an actor known for Game of Thrones, Holby City, and Crossing Lines. I spoke with Christian about pursuing a career in acting, his role in I’m Not in Love, and the best piece of advice he’s received from a director on-set.
AN INTERVIEW WITH VERA GRAZIADEI
Vera Graziadei is an actor and director known for her work on Peep Show, The Book of Vision, and Children of Men. I spoke with Vera about landing her first role, portraying Elena in Peep Show, and her work as a director.
AN INTERVIEW WITH PETER AVANZINO
Peter Avanzino is a storyboard artist and animation director. He is known for his work on Futurama, The Ren & Stimpy Show, The Simpsons and Duckman: Private Dick/Family Man. I spoke with Peter about the role of a storyboard artist, how the storyboarding process has developed, and his work as a director on Futurama.
AN INTERVIEW WITH TOM SCHULMAN
Tom Schulman is an Academy-Award winning screenwriter known for Dead Poets Society, 8 Heads in a Duffel Bag and What About Bob? I spoke with Tom about learning the craft of screenwriting, landing his first writing job, and Dead Poets Society.
AN INTERVIEW WITH JASPER COLE
Jasper Cole is an actor, producer and radio host. With over 112 Film and TV credits, Jasper is known for his work on MacGruber, Everybody Hates Chris, American Horror Story and Westworld. I spoke with Jasper about his first experience on a film set, the best advice he has received from directors, and his upcoming projects.
AN INTERVIEW WITH AJAY NAIDU
Ajay Naidu is an award-winning actor. Having appeared in his first feature film at the age of 14, Ajay has worked extensively across the board in theatre, film and television. Collaborating with acclaimed directors such as Darren Aronofsky, Mike Judge, Ridley Scott, and Richard Linklater, Ajay’s credits include Requiem for a Dream, Pi, The Wrestler, SubUrbia, Hannibal, and Office Space. I spoke with Ajay about his collaborations with Darren Aronofsky, landing his first acting role, his work on stage, and portraying Samir in Office Space.
AN INTERVIEW WITH DEA LIANE AND YAHYA MAHAYNI
Inspired by real life events, Kaouther Ben Hania’s Academy Award nominated film, The Man Who Sold His Skin follows Sam (Yahya Mahyani) and Abeer (Dea Liane) as they are separated by the Syrian Civil War. In a desperate attempt to travel to Europe in search of Abeer, Sam agrees to have his back tattooed by one of the most controversial contemporary artists, becoming a human canvas and a living work of art.
I spoke with Dea and Yahya about their work on the film, how they first got involved with the project, and their experiences working with Kaouther Ben Hania.
AN INTERVIEW WITH ARIANA RON PEDRIQUE
Having played the lead role in the hit series Rosario Tijeras, Ariana is an actor known for her work on Two Lakes, José José: El Principe de la Canción and Ayar. I spoke with Ariana about landing her first role, moving to Mexico City to pursue an acting career, her latest film Ayar, and her upcoming projects.
AN INTERVIEW WITH FELICITY ABBOTT
Having won Best Production Design at the 2020 New Zealand Television Awards for her work on The Luminaries, Felicity Abbott has worked extensively across the board on projects including Upgrade, Deep Water, and Chasing Wonders. I spoke with Felicity about breaking into the industry, the role of a production designer, working on The Luminaries, and her latest film The Unholy.
AN INTERVIEW WITH ELISA DONOVAN
Elisa Donovan is an actor and writer. Having portrayed Amber in the 1995 classic comedy Clueless, Elisa is also known for her work on acclaimed films and series including A Night at the Roxbury, Sabrina the Teenage Witch, and MDMA. I spoke with Elisa about studying acting, her career as a writer, and her upcoming book Wake Me When You Leave.
AN INTERVIEW WITH ALMA PÖYSTI
Alma Pöysti is an actor known for Liberty, Moomins on the Riviera, and Tove. I spoke with Alma about her background in theatre, portraying Tove Jansson on stage and screen, her work as a voice-over artist, and her upcoming projects.
AN INTERVIEW WITH KRISTA KOSONEN
Krista Kosonen is an actor known for her work on acclaimed films including Tove, The Midwife, Miami, and Blade Runner 2049. I spoke with Krista about breaking into the industry, the future of Finnish cinema, and her upcoming projects.
AN INTERVIEW WITH JON GARCIA
Jon Garcia is an acclaimed writer and director known for The Falls Trilogy, Luz, and Love in Dangerous Times. I spoke with Jon about shooting during the pandemic, the inspiration behind Luz, and his upcoming film Strictly for the Birds.
AN INTERVIEW WITH VERENA ALTENBERGER
Verena Altenberger is an actor known for her work on The Best of All Worlds, Polizeiruf 110, Magda macht das schon!, and Shillings From Heaven. I spoke with Verena about pursuing a career in the industry, what draws her to a role, The Best of All Worlds, and her upcoming projects.
AN INTERVIEW WITH REBECCA LAMARCHE
Rebecca Lamarche is an actor, filmmaker, producer and casting director. I spoke with Rebecca about landing her first acting role, working as a casting director and producer, and her upcoming projects.
AN INTERVIEW WITH ELSA HUNTER-WESTON
Elsa Hunter-Weston is a writer and director. Her short films have screened at festivals including the BAFTA qualifying Belfast Film Festival, Playback Festival, and Sunderland Shorts. Elsa’s latest film, Please Introduce Yourself was nominated for Best Experimental Short at the BFI Future Film Festival 2021 and is available on BBC iPlayer. I spoke with Elsa about pursuing a career in the film industry, Please Introduce Yourself, and what draws her to a project.
AN INTERVIEW WITH THOMAS NICHOLAS
Thomas Nicholas is an actor, producer and musician. Having begun his career at the age of 6, Thomas is known for his work on acclaimed films including Walt Before Disney, Rookie of the Year, The Rules of Attraction, and for his portrayal of Kevin Myers in the American Pie film series. I spoke with Thomas about his work as a musician, portraying Ethan in Adverse, and how his son Nolan is following in his footsteps.
AN INTERVIEW WITH RICH NEWEY
Rich Newey is an award-winning director, writer, editor and producer. Having started his career shooting music videos, Rich has collaborated with artists including Phil Collins, Digital Underground, Christina Aguilera, Akon, Missy Elliot, and Mark Ronson. Rich has also worked on series such as Beauty and the Beast, The Fosters, and Blindspot. I spoke with Rich about studying at film school, landing his first directing job, and his upcoming film Killing Eleanor.
AN INTERVIEW WITH ANNIKA MARKS
Annika Marks is an actor, writer and producer known for her work on Goliath, Waco, The Fosters, and The Last Tycoon. Annika has also appeared in acclaimed films such as Mona Lisa Smile, The Sessions, The Last Champion, and the upcoming Killing Eleanor. I spoke with Annika about landing her first role, what draws her to a script, portraying Bernadette Davis in The Last Tycoon, and Killing Eleanor.
AN INTERVIEW WITH JONAS NAY
Jonas Nay is an actor and musician known for his role as Martin Rauch in the Deutschland series, as well as acclaimed films including The Accidental Rebel, We Are Young. We Are Strong, and Homevideo. I spoke with Jonas about landing his first acting role, his work on the Deutschland series, and his upcoming film Persian Lessons.
AN INTERVIEW WITH ABRAHAM ADEYEMI
Abraham Adeyemi is an award-winning writer, director and playwright. In 2020 his short film No More Wings won best narrative short at Tribeca Film Festival. I spoke with Abraham about growing up in South London, No More Wings, his work as a playwright, and his upcoming projects.
AN INTERVIEW WITH JAMIE ROBSON
Jamie Robson is an award-winning actor. He has collaborated with directors such as Tim Courtney, Charlotte Wells and Ross A. Wilson in the upcoming film Spin State. I spoke with Jamie about his approaches to acting, what draws him to a script, and actors who have influenced his work.
AN INTERVIEW WITH BENJAMIN WIESSNER
Benjamin Wiessner is a producer. His credits include Thunder Road, The Wolf of Snow Hollow, Beast Beast, and The Grief of Others. I spoke with Benjamin about his career as a producer, collaborating with Jim Cummings, and his best piece of advice for people pursuing a career in the industry.
AN INTERVIEW WITH SAM BAIN
Sam Bain is a BAFTA award-winning writer and co-creator of Peep Show, Fresh Meat, and Babylon. He has also co-written acclaimed films such as Four Lions. I spoke with Sam about landing his first writing job, his writing partnership with Jesse Armstrong, the collaborative writing process, and his best piece of advice for writing comedy.
AN INTERVIEW WITH EVA HABERMANN
Eva Habermann is an actor and producer known for her work on Lexx, Dr Klein, Deichbullen, and Trolls World. I spoke with Eva about landing her first role, portraying Zev Bellringer in Lexx, her work as a producer, and her upcoming film Die wahre Schönheit (The Ugly Truth).
AN INTERVIEW WITH ALENA VON STROHEIM
Alena Von Stroheim is an actor known for her work on Hacker’s Game, Found Footage 3D, and The Activist. I spoke with Alena about her background in the industry, her experience working in horror, and projects she has been working on during lockdown.
AN INTERVIEW WITH JAKOB IHRE
Jakob Ihre is a cinematographer known for his work on films including Louder Than Bombs, Thelma, Oslo, August 31st, Reprise, The End of the Tour and Lola Versus, as well as acclaimed series Chernobyl. I spoke with Jakob about his early inspirations, collaborating with Joachim Trier, and shooting Chernobyl.
AN INTERVIEW WITH ELIZABETH MARMUR
Elizabeth Marmur is an actor known for her work on Peep Show, Coupling, Black Books, Doctors, and My Family. I spoke with Elizabeth about what drew her to a career in acting, portraying Toni in Peep Show, working on Black Books and Coupling, and her change in career path.
AN INTERVIEW WITH FLORIAN HOFFMEISTER
Florian Hoffmeister is a cinematographer known for his work on Official Secrets, A Quiet Passion, The Deep Blue Sea, In Secret, Great Expectations, and Johnny English Strikes Again. I spoke with Florian about cinematographers who have inspired his work, his collaborations with Terence Davies, his work on Official Secrets, and his most challenging shot to complete.
AN INTERVIEW WITH ULF BRANTÅS
Ulf Brantås is an acclaimed cinematographer. He has shot films including Show Me Love, Together, Lilya-4-Ever, We are the Best, and The Wife, as well as series such as Whitechapel, Marcella and Call the Midwife. I spoke with Ulf about his first experience in the industry, working for Roy Anderson, and his collaborations with Lukas Moodysson.
AN INTERVIEW WITH KATE MAGOWAN
Kate Magowan is an actor and producer known for her work on Stardust, 24 Hour Party People, Spotless, A Lonely Place To Die, and Dream Team. She recently starred in the short comedy series Fame Disease, which she also co-produced. I spoke with Kate about landing her first role, her early inspirations, working on 24 Hour Party People and Stardust, and her upcoming projects.
AN INTERVIEW WITH MARK HARELIK
Mark Harelik is an actor known for his work on series including The Morning Show, Preacher, Wings and The Big Bang Theory. He has also starred in acclaimed films such as Election, 42, and Trumbo. I spoke with Mark about the origins of his career in the film industry, portraying Dave Novotny in Election, his work on stage, and his portrayal of God in Preacher.
AN INTERVIEW WITH JEFFREY JUR
Jeffrey Jur is an acclaimed cinematographer. He has shot films including The Last Seduction, Dirty Dancing, Panic and My Big Fat Greek Wedding. He has also worked on series such as, Dexter, Carnivàle, Westworld, Colony, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Lodge 49, and The Mentalist. I spoke with Jeffrey about his experience on Dirty Dancing, his work on Dexter, the influences behind The Last Seduction, shooting the car-crash scene, and his most challenging shot to complete.
AN INTERVIEW WITH ALEJANDRO EDDA
Alejandro Edda is an actor known for his work on acclaimed series such as, Narcos: Mexico, Fear the Walking Dead, and The Bridge, as well as films including American Made and Cocaine Godmother. He also recently voiced Manny in The Last of Us video-game series. I spoke with Alejandro about his industry influences, the most challenging aspects of his work, working on American Made, and portraying El Chapo in Narcos: Mexico.
AN INTERVIEW WITH JULIE CHRISTIE
Julie Christie is one of cinema’s most legendary and iconic actresses. I spoke with Julie about landing her first role, playing Laura Baxter in Don’t Look Now, collaborating with Robert Altman, John Schlesinger and Warren Beatty, and the best piece of advice she’s received.
AN INTERVIEW WITH DEAN CUNDEY
Dean Cundey is an Academy Award nominated cinematographer. From his early collaborations with John Carpenter, to his collaborations with acclaimed directors such as, Stephen Spielberg, Robert Zemeckis, and Ron Howard, Dean has shot iconic films such as The Thing, Halloween, Escape From New York, Jurassic Park, Apollo 13, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, and the Back to The Future trilogy. I spoke with Dean about the blood test scene in The Thing, shooting the Back to The Future Trilogy, capturing the electric fence scene in Jurassic Park, and the shot that he is particularly proud of.
AN INTERVIEW WITH KATE ISITT
Kate Isitt is an actor. Her credits include, Coupling, Is It Legal?, Philophobia, Half Light, Strictly Confidential, Jonathan Creek, Last Tango in Halifax, and Rocks. I spoke with Kate about growing up abroad, her early inspirations, playing Sally in Coupling, and life in lockdown.
AN INTERVIEW WITH SIMON DUGGAN
Simon Duggan is an acclaimed cinematographer. He has shot films such as, The Great Gatsby, Hacksaw Ridge, The Interview, Die Hard 4.0, Underworld: Evolution, and I, Robot. I spoke with Simon about his career as a cinematographer, his work on The Great Gatsby, shooting Hacksaw Ridge, and his preferred camera/kit.
AN INTERVIEW WITH ROBIN SCHIFF
Robin Schiff is a writer and producer. Her credits include, Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion, Grosse Pointe, Almost Perfect, and Loverboy. I spoke with Robin about her time in the improv group The Groundlings, the inspiration behind Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion, and the most challenging aspects of the screenwriting process.
AN INTERVIEW WITH HAGEN BOGDANSKI
Hagen Bogdanski is an acclaimed cinematographer and director. His credits include, The Lives of Others, Papillon, Berlin Station, The Young Victoria, The Physician, and Case 39. I spoke with Hagen about his cinematic influences, his work on The Lives of Others and Papillon, and his upcoming projects.
AN INTERVIEW WITH MAGGIE WHEELER
Maggie Wheeler is an actor and voice-over artist. Maggie has appeared in many television shows including, Friends, Seinfeld, Ellen, Everybody Loves Raymond, Californication, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Shameless, and How I Met Your Mother. She has also provided voice-over work for Archer, Silverhawks, and Justice League, and many many more. I spoke with Maggie about landing her first role, playing Janice on Friends, her voice-over work, working on Seinfeld and Everybody Loves Raymond, and how she has been keeping herself busy during lockdown.
AN INTERVIEW WITH KEVIN TENT
Kevin Tent is an Academy Award nominated editor. Alexander Payne’s go-to editor, Kevin has edited all of Payne’s feature films to date (Citizen Ruth, Election, About Schmidt, Sideways, The Descendants, Nebraska, Downsizing). His other credits as editor include, Girl Interrupted, Blow, The Golden Compass and The Peanut Butter Falcon. I spoke with Kevin about breaking into the industry, working with Alexander Payne, editing Girl Interrupted, and his experience directing Crash Pad.
AN INTERVIEW WITH CHARLOTTE LARSEN
Charlotte Larsen is a producer, writer and actor. Her credits include, Auckward Love, Great Expectations, Gloria, and Human Traces. I spoke with Charlotte about her preferred role in the industry, the differences between working in LA and her native New Zealand, and her upcoming projects.
AN INTERVIEW WITH SANDI SISSEL
Sandi Sissel is an acclaimed cinematographer, director and producer. Sandi’s credits include documentaries such as, Chicken Ranch, Before Stonewall, The Endurance and feature films including, Platoon, The People Under the Stairs, Hello Bombay!, Mr and Mrs. Smith, Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World, Blow, and Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me. I spoke with Sandi about shooting Before Stonewall, her work on Platoon, and her approach to filming The People Under the Stairs.
AN INTERVIEW WITH EDUARD GRAU
Eduard Grau is an acclaimed cinematographer. His credits include, Boy Erased, Suffragette, A Single Man, Buried, Suite Française, Trespass Against Us, Gringo and The Gift. I spoke with Eduard about studying at film school, his work on A Single Man and Suffragette, collaborating with Joel Edgerton on The Gift and Boy Erased, and his most challenging shot to complete.
AN INTERVIEW WITH ROBBIE RYAN
Robbie Ryan is an Academy Award nominated cinematographer. He has worked extensively as a cinematographer, shooting feature films, commercials, music videos and short films. Having previously shot Noah Baumbach’s Marriage Story and The Meyerowitz Stories, he is also a frequent collaborator with Andrea Arnold, having filmed Wasp, Red Road, Fish Tank, Wuthering Heights, and American Honey, and with Ken Loach shooting I, Daniel Blake, The Angels’ Share, Jimmy’s Hall, and Sorry We Missed You. In addition to this Robbie’s credits include, The Favourite, Brick Lane, Ginger & Rosa, Philomena, Catch Me Daddy, and the upcoming The Roads Not Taken. I spoke with Robbie about working with directors associated with British Social Realism, collaborating with Andrea Arnold and Ken Loach, his work with Noah Baumbach, and his most challenging shot to complete.
AN INTERVIEW WITH PHIL PARMET
Phil Parmet is an acclaimed cinematographer and producer. Phil began his career as a documentary cinematographer and worked on the Academy Award winning documentaries, Harlan County U.S.A. and American Dream. He has worked extensively in the industry and has shot feature films such as, In the Soup, Lonesome Jim, The Devil’s Rejects, Halloween, Animal Factory, The Burrowers, and Blue State, as well as segments on Four Rooms and Grindhouse. I spoke with Phil about his first experience working in the industry, cinematographers who have influenced his work, his collaborations with Rob Zombie, and his work on In the Soup.
AN INTERVIEW WITH MICHAEL SMILEY
Michael Smiley is an actor and comedian. Having starred in acclaimed series such as Spaced, Luther, Dead Still, and Wire in the Blood, Michael has also worked on films including, The Other Boleyn Girl, The Lobster, Tulip Fever, Rogue One, Jawbone, Rialto, Come to Daddy and The World’s End. He is also known for his collaborations with Ben Wheatley and has appeared in his films Down Terrace, Kill List, A Field in England, and Free Fire. I spoke with Michael about his career as a stand-up comedian, living with Simon Pegg and Nick Frost in the 90s, his collaborations with Ben Wheatley, and the film industry in his native Northern Ireland.
AN INTERVIEW WITH PAWEL EDELMAN
Pawel Edelman is an Academy Award nominated cinematographer. His credits include, The Pianist, Ray, All the King’s Men, Kroll, November, Love Stories, Edges of the Lord, Oliver Twist, Carnage, The Life Before Her Eyes, Katyn, Tatarak, The Ghost Writer, Weekend of a Champion, and An Officer and a Spy. I spoke with Pawel about preparing for The Pianist, his work on Ray, and his most challenging shot to complete.
AN INTERVIEW WITH SAM LEVY
Sam Levy is an acclaimed cinematographer. He regularly collaborates with Noah Baumbach and has shot three of his feature films: While We’re Young, Mistress America and Frances Ha. His other credits include Wendy and Lucy, Maggie’s Plan, The Romantics and Ladybird. I spoke with Sam about studying under Leslie Thornton, Eric Rohmer and Harris Savides, his work on Wendy and Lucy, collaborating with Noah Baumbach, and reuniting with Greta Gerwig on Ladybird.
AN INTERVIEW WITH JEFF CRONENWETH
Jeff Cronenweth is an Academy Award nominated cinematographer. Known for his collaborations with David Fincher, Jeff’s credits include, Fight Club, The Social Network, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and Gone Girl. He has also shot films such as, One Hour Photo, Hitchcock, A Million Little Pieces and K-19: The Widowmaker, as well as music videos for artists including, David Bowie, Katy Perry, Taylor Swift, Nine Inch Nails, Michael Jackson and Maroon 5. I spoke with Jeff about following in his Dad’s footsteps, working with Sven Nykvist, his collaborations with David Fincher, and his work on Fight Club and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.
AN INTERVIEW WITH GRANT MAJOR
Grant Major is a renowned Production and Art Designer. Having won an Academy Award for his work on The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, Grant has also worked on films such as King Kong, Heavenly Creatures, X-Men: Apocalypse, An Angel at My Table, Green Lantern and The Lord of the Rings trilogy. I spoke with Grant about breaking into the industry, his collaborations with Peter Jackson, and his work on The Lord of the Rings and King Kong.
AN INTERVIEW WITH ANDERS DANIELSEN LIE
Having made his onscreen debut in Herman at the age of 11, Anders Danielsen Lie has worked on films and series such as, Reprise, Oslo, August 31st, Personal Shopper, 22 July, Nobel, Cléo & Paul, This Summer Feeling, and Norwegian Cozy. In addition to being an actor and a musician, Anders also works as a qualified doctor. I spoke with Anders about his preferred profession, his most challenging role, collaborating with Joachim Trier, and the upcoming Bergman’s Island.
AN INTERVIEW WITH LUCIANA RISO
Luciana Riso is a cinematographer. Having worked on the acclaimed series, Green Frontier, Luciana has also worked on projects for companies such as, BBC, Netflix, Channel 4, The Guardian and Disney. I spoke with Luciana about growing up in Colombia in the 90s, cinematographers who have influenced her work, and working on Green Frontier.
AN INTERVIEW WITH RICHARD HOOVER
Richard Hoover is an award-winning production designer and art director. Richard has worked on acclaimed films such as, Girl Interrupted, Dead Man Walking, Payback, The Mothman Prophecies, and Apt Pupil, as well as TV series including, Twin Peaks, The Newsroom, and Enlightened. I spoke with Richard about the role of production designer, his work on Twin Peaks and Dead Man Walking, the challenges he faced on Girl Interrupted, and his advice for aspiring production designers.
AN INTERVIEW WITH SALVATORE TOTINO
Salvatore Totino is an acclaimed cinematographer. Having begun his career shooting commercials and music videos for artists including, R.E.M., Bruce Springsteen, U2, Tom Petty, Soundgarden, Radiohead and Tina Turner, Salvatore has gone on to work on films such as, Everest, Spider-Man: Homecoming, Bird Box, Frost/Nixon, Inferno, Concussion, Angels & Demons, The Da Vinci Code, Cinderella Man, Any Given Sunday, and the upcoming Space Jam: A New Legacy and The Tax Collector. I spoke with Salvatore about his first experience in the industry, frequently collaborating with Ron Howard, and preparing for Everest.
AN INTERVIEW WITH TOBY OLIVER
Toby Oliver is an award-winning cinematographer. Having worked extensively in documentary, horror and a wide range of genres, Toby’s credits include, Get Out, Dead to Me, Beneath Hill 60, Happy Death Day, Waiting Alone, Roller Dreams, and The Dirt. I spoke with Toby about his approach to shooting Beneath Hill 60, his experiences on Get Out, and how he captured the sunken place scene.
AN INTERVIEW WITH JONATHAN LYNN
Jonathan Lynn is an acclaimed director, writer and actor and the co-creator of Yes Minister and Yes Prime Minister. Jonathan has also directed films such as, Clue, Nuns on the Run, My Cousin Vinny, The Whole Nine Yards and Wild Target. I spoke with Jonathan about his access to inside knowledge of the workings of the government, his first credit as director, casting Marisa Tomei in My Cousin Vinny, and working with Bruce Willis and Matthew Perry.
AN INTERVIEW WITH CRAIG WROBLESKI
Craig Wrobleski is a cinematographer and has worked extensively across the board in film and television. He has worked on acclaimed series such as, Fargo, Legion, The X-Files, The Twilight Zone and The Umbrella Academy. I spoke with Craig about his background in cinematography, his experience working on Fargo, and how he shot the prison bus crash in Season 3.
AN INTERVIEW WITH JAKE WARDLE
Jake Wardle is an actor and voice-over artist known for his portrayal of Freddie Sykes on Twin Peaks. Jake’s YouTube videos have gained worldwide attention and have accrued millions of views. I spoke with Jake about his natural talent at accents, portraying Freddie Sykes on Twin Peaks, and working with David Lynch.
AN INTERVIEW WITH MARTIN RUHE
Martin Ruhe is an acclaimed cinematographer known for his work on Harry Brown, Catch-22, American Pastoral and The Countess, as well as his collaborations with Anton Corbjin on Control and The American. He also worked as cinematographer on the upcoming Good Morning, Midnight, due to be released later this year. In addition to this, Martin has worked on commercials and shot music videos for Depeche Mode and Coldplay. I spoke with Martin about his experience working on Control, the challenges of shooting The American, and his preferred camera/kit.
AN INTERVIEW WITH ROMAN VASYANOV
Roman Vasyanov is a cinematographer and has worked on acclaimed commercials and films including, Hipsters, The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman, The Wall, Thank You For Your Service, and Triple Frontier. He also frequently collaborates with David Ayer and has shot Ayer’s films, End of Watch, Fury, Suicide Squad, and Bright. I spoke with Roman about growing up in Moscow and studying under Vadim Yusov, his work on End of Watch and Fury, and his most challenging shot to complete.
AN INTERVIEW WITH MAURICIO VIDAL
Mauricio Vidal is an award winning cinematographer and has worked extensively in film, documentary and television. Having worked on acclaimed series such as, Narcos and Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan, I spoke with Mauricio about his first experience in the industry, his work on both of these series, and his most challenging shot to complete.
AN INTERVIEW WITH MARK IRWIN
Mark Irwin is an acclaimed director of photography on 167 feature films and counting since the 1970s. Having collaborated with renowned horror directors, David Cronenberg and Wes Craven, Mark’s credits include, The Brood, Scanners, The Dead Zone, The Fly, Videodrome, Scream, Wes Craven’s New Nightmare and The Blob. Mark has also worked with directors such as Todd Phillips and The Farrelly Brothers and has shot some of the most memorable comedies of the ‘90s and ‘00s, including, There’s Something About Mary, Dumb & Dumber, Kingpin, Me, Myself & Irene, Old School, 10 Things I Hate About You, and Grandma’s Boy. I spoke with Mark about the challenges of filming The Fly, working with David Cronenberg, and the energy on the set of Dumb & Dumber.
AN INTERVIEW WITH SIMON SMITH
Simon Smith is an editor, director and producer. Having worked on acclaimed series such as Ashes to Ashes, Patrick Melrose, Victoria, Endeavour, Utopia and The Moaning of Life, Simon recently worked as editor on the hit series Chernobyl. I spoke with Simon about his early job as production runner, his industry inspirations and his work on Chernobyl.
AN INTERVIEW WITH TAMMIE BAIRD
Tammie Baird is a stunt performer and actor. Known for her car stunts, wire work and martial arts, Tammie's credits as stunt performer include, Iron Man, Fast & Furious, Mr. & Mrs. Smith, CSI: Miami, Torchwood, Californication, The Walking Dead, Hot Pursuit, NCIS, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Sons of Anarchy, American Horror Story, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Fear The Walking Dead, and Modern Family. She also portrayed Lorraine in Twin Peaks: The Return in a recurring role.
I spoke with Tammie about her career in the industry, her first credit as stunt performer and some of her most challenging, and favourite stunts that she has performed.
AN INTERVIEW WITH GUY MYHILL
Guy Myhill is a director and has worked extensively in theatre, television and film. His debut feature, The Goob was released in the UK in 2015. I spoke with Guy about his inspiration behind The Goob, the casting process and his connection with Norfolk.
AN INTERVIEW WITH GRAEME DAWSON
Graeme Dawson is an editor. His credits include, The World According to Jeff Goldblum, The Planets, Forces of Nature with Brian Cox, One Strange Rock, Paranormal Witness, The Last Czars, Wonders of Life and Banged Up Abroad. I spoke with Graeme about his work as an editor, his day to day schedule on The World According to Jeff Goldblum and how the editing process has evolved since he first started out.
AN INTERVIEW WITH SARA-JANE CHARLES
Sara-Jane Charles is a photographer, director and actor and has worked on productions such as, Mindhorn, Space Island One, Wild Target, Britain in a Day, Cinderella, Big Nothing, Sons & Lovers, and One Small Camera. I spoke with Sara-Jane about her preferred role in the industry, her experience working on Mindhorn and Wild Target, and her words of advice for anyone pursuing a career in the industry.
AN INTERVIEW WITH CARLOS MACIÁ
Carlos Maciá has worked as costume assistant, model maker and prop buyer on productions including, Game of Thrones, Dracula Untold, The Alienist, Millie Inbetween, Dani’s Castle, The Secret and The Lodge. I spoke with Carlos about his career in the industry and his experience working on Game of Thrones.
AN INTERVIEW WITH AYOOLA SMART
Ayoola Smart is an actor and is currently starring as Audrey in Killing Eve. Since graduating from East 15 in 2016, Ayoola has worked in Theatre, Film and TV on productions including, Les Misérables, Trendy, Vera, Holby City and Juliet, Naked.
I spoke with Ayoola about her role in Killing Eve, her transition from stage to screen, and how she has been keeping herself busy during lockdown.
AN INTERVIEW WITH PABLO GARCÍA SORIANO
Pablo García Soriano is head of colour at Mission Digital. He has worked as colourist, colour supervisor and digital image technician on productions including, His Dark Materials, Downton Abbey, Mr Sloane, Fleming, Night at The Museum: Secret of the Tomb, London Fields, Six and a Half, Cats, Cuckoo, The Inbetweeners Movie, The Escape Artist and Mad Dogs.
AN INTERVIEW WITH LAURA HUBNER
Laura Hubner is Professor in Film and Media at the University of Winchester, UK. She is author of The Films of Ingmar Bergman (2007), editor of Valuing Films (2011) and co-editor of Framing Film (2012) and The Zombie Renaissance in Popular Culture (2014). She recently contributed chapters to Fairy-Tale Films Beyond Disney (2015) and The Written Dead (2017).
AN INTERVIEW WITH RICHARD REDLEFSEN
Richard Redlefsen is a makeup artist based in Los Angeles. He has worked across the board on films such as, Bombshell, which won an Academy Award for Best Achievement in Makeup and Hairstyling. His other credits include, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Pirates of The Caribbean, Star Trek, Captain Marvel, The Tempest, Saw, The Incredible Hulk, Underworld and Jeepers Creepers, as well credits on Television productions including, Twin Peaks, Heroes, Star Trek: Picard, American Horror Story and many, many more.
AN INTERVIEW WITH ZÖE TWEEDY
Zöe Tweedy is a filmmaker based on the Isle of Man. Her first documentary short Nomad (2017) was awarded Best Documentary Short at the Belfast Film Festival 2018 and two Royal Television Society NI Student Awards. This was followed with Intimately Alien (2018), a travel documentary about where we place faith and The Essence of Me (2018), a BBC2 NI two minute masterpiece.