INTERVIEWS

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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).

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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.

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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.

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