Writers/ Executive Producers of the number one mini series, "Tin Man", in the Sci-Fi Channel's history, Steven Long Mitchell and Craig Van Sickle were the guests tonight. "Tin Man" was billed as a remake of the Wizard of Oz. Many items were covered, from speculation to how the project came together, to their pitch to the studios, to possible alternate endings, to everything in-between.
Thinking about making a movie? Not sure what equipment you need or can afford? Have a set emergency? Kelly Herrin of All In One Truck.com explains his filmmaking on the go business and how you can do more.
Tim Russ, best known for his role as Lt. Commander Tuvoc on Star Trek Voyager and of ABC's Samantha comes to discuss the new Star Trek on-line mini series Star Trek: "Of Gods and Men" in which he acts and directs.
Tonight you got two shows for the price of one. We talked about short filmmaking and visual effects with Mark Kochinski who is deeply involved in both. Some of his credits in effects include, The Guardian, HellBoy, Minority Report, Xena Warrior Princess, Star Trek Deep Space Nine, & Star Trek Voyager.
Film, TV and Theater oh my! Known for her role as Mary Bailey on the CBS show Jericho, Clare Carey talks about the show, the indie film she Co-produced "Submission" a play she is directing, "Princess Bean's Messy World", and her days on the hit sitcom "Coach".
The Transportation Coordinator has more responsibilities then you think. Dan Romero has great stories and information. He has worked on the following features: The Mummy, Tombs Of The Dragon, Must Love Dogs, Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events, The Last Samuri, Swordfish, Amistad, Lethal Weapon 3 and more.
Stunt coordinator, Stunt Man, Stunt driver, Stunt double Keith Adams talked about, you guessed it, stunt work. His credits include: "Meet The Spartans", "Live Free or Die Hard", "Kill Bill" I & II, "Nacho Libre", "Transporter 2", "Spider-Man", "Alias", and many more.
Writer/ Executive Producer Katherine Fugate stopped in to talk features and television. Xena fans know her from "When Fates Collide". Army Wives is her new series and it is the number one show in the history of the Lifetime network. In addition she has also penned the new Gary Marshall Feature Valentine's Day.
You know all of those continuity errors you see if movies and on TV? Well who on set is suppose to catch those? The Script Supervisor. Jeanne Marie Byrd has worked on films like Something's Gotta Give, Alpha Dog, The Wedding Singer, and TV shows like Jericho and talks about the role of the Script supervisor.
Oscar winning makeup artist Jeff Dawn has worked on seven Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson movies and prior to that nineteen Arnold Schwarzenegger films including all three Terminators. Jeff Dawn talks about his on-set experiences, both memorable and disastrous. Jeff also brought along some make-up test photos and behind the scenes production stills. Live viewer questions include Jeff's take on how lighting affects make-up, how the industry has changed over the years and some information on Terminator 4.
Entertainment lawyer Bianca Bezdek-Goodloe talked about raising money for feature films, states that offer tax incentives and a lot more. Here is what one viewer said about the show - "Does she have a book? if not she needs to write one because I've gotten more and better info from this interview then all the books I've ever read."
Adam Armus and Kay Foster are co-executive producers and writers for the NBC show Heroes. Before Heroes and before honing their skills on Hercules and Xena: Warrior Princess, they left behind careers in law and sales. This dynamic pair met at a UCLA extension course and have been writing together ever since. We talked about all of this and more, including their upcoming feature Amazon.
Steven Poster, the President of IATSE Local 600, perhaps best known as the Donnie Darko Director of Photography, spoke from his head and heart about cinematography. Working on the upcoming Cameron Diaz film The Box and Ashton Kutcher feature Spread, Poster also delights in working with young DP's. We covered advances in digital technology, compared digital to film... Talked white balancing, the working relationship between DP and Director and much more.. Oh and Poster also has a thing a two to say about the paparazzi. You don't want to miss that!
Kill Bill, Crank, & Jackie Brown 1st A.D. William Paul Clark was the guest tonight. Clark was also a second A.D. on Pulp Fiction. Clark was informative and fun covering many areas of being an a.d. including how he handles the set, works with the director and handles things when they go wrong.
Arienne Wilkinson best known for playing Eve/Livia on Xena: Warrior Princess and now starring in Star Wars: The Force Unleashed talked about her Xena days, the motion capture work on Star Wars, producing some short films, winning best actress at the Beverly Hills Film festival for her role in "Reflections" and a lot more.
Jay May has performed product placement in such films as "The Forty Year Old Virgin", "Superman Returns", "Terminator 3", and many more including low budget Indies. Tonight he talked about the evolution of product placement, and newer terms like product integration and branded entertainment. For the film fan and filmmaker interesting and useful information.
Director of Photography and Camera Operator Dana Gonzales shared his experiences working with directors Tony Scott (Deja Vu), and Paul Haggis (Crash). Also his early work on NYPD Blue, to his upcoming project, "Felon" starring Val Kilmer. In addition, we covered digital versus film cameras, some of his most challenging shots, advice to filmmakers and more.
Stand-up Comedian Bret Ernst talked about his recent film, Vince Vaugn's Wild West Comedy show. We had to pay homage to the recent passing of comedy legend George Carlin. We also hit on pitching TV shows to Hollywood and the difference between stand-up comedy and filmmaking.
Seventh Art Releasing distributed the Oscar wining documentary "The Long Way Home", and distributed five other Oscar nominated docs. as well. Seventh Art Co-founder Udy Epstein was in studio talking about the importance of passion, the ethics of documentary filmmaking, what his company looks for, using SAG actors, and much more.
Want to sell your screenplay? Questions about pitch festivals and pitching? Lee Zahavi Jessup of Scriptshark & Baseline Studio Systems lectures across the country in conjunction with Final Draft on the creative and business aspects of screenplay writing.
"American Idol" and "So You Think You Can Dance" Stage Manager Debbie Williams loves what she does and it shows. Williams shared her experiences on the set of these two off the chart shows and the skills it takes to manage a show and respond to the unexpected!
Natalie Chaidez, writer/co-executive producer of Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles talked about the collaborative process on her show, and compared working on the SCC with her work on the NBC show Heroes. No spoilers in the interview but she did reveal some "inside stuff" about the show that you might not know. We got into some tips for aspiring writers, talked about the "business", breaking in, the challenges for women and more.
Ivy Isenberg was the guest last night and we talked about casting for film and television. From the job requirements for a casting director, to how to break into casting, to pay or play offers, and professionalism that is expected of the actor and more, we covered a lot.
My Date With Drew's Brian Herzlinger is now directing the upcoming "Baby on Board" starring Heather Graham, Jerry O'Connell and Lara Flynn Boyle. We talk about the process and the journey in this fun, inspirational interview.
AFI Film Festival Associate Director of Programming Shaz Bennett talked about the upcoming schedule of films slated for this year's festival. Bennett broke down some of the different categories they have as well as the selection process for AFI. She further talked about some of the panel discussions they have, other ways the festival tries to help filmmakers and other general tips.
Phil Alberstat is the CEO of 49 North Media. The company is involved in the financing and production of film, television and web content. Prior to the North Media, Phil was an agent with the William Morris Agency in the independent film division. There he was involved in the packaging, financing and selling of such films as "Thank You For Smoking", "Away From Her", "Factory Girl", and "Bobby". He won an Emmy in 2004 for "The Incredible Mrs Ritchie". He has also written the book: The Insider's Guide to Film Finance".
Leslie Zemeckis came on too talk about her project "Staar: She'd Rather Be a Mistress", a comedy/mocumentary in which Zemeckis wrote, starred and produced. The piece had many hilarious moments and is based on her one woman show and the exploits of a burlesque dancer.
Robert Davi, whose credits include: Stargate: Atlantis, Die Hard, License to Kill, The Goonies, Profiler and far too many others to list, makes his directorial debut in the indie film "The Dukes," in which he also co-writes and stars in. The Dukes is a heartfelt comedy filled with great humor and Doo-Wop music.
Don Most, best known as Ralph Malph on Happy Days talked about three great projects. Two features he directed, "Moola" and "The Last Best Sunday". In addition, we talked about his pilot Take2 in which he co-stars with fellow Happy Days alum, Anson Williams (Potsie). Lastly, directing in general, his appearance in Star Trek Voyager and of course we talked a little Happy Days.