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Jake Polonsky, BSC on The Sparks Brothers documentary, working with director Edgar Wright, The World’s End, Black Mirror and Billions

The Cinematography Podcast

Director of photography Jake Polonsky was a fan of the band Sparks for several years, a love he developed after seeing the band perform at a music festival. Jake had frequently worked with director Edgar Wright, shooting commercials and music videos in the early 2000's, and then as the second unit DP on Wright's movie, The World's End. Both Jake and Wright shared a love of music, and in 2018 he saw Wright had posted a photo of himself with Sparks. He congratulated Wright on finally meeting the band. Wright let Jake know he was going to make a documentary on Sparks and asked if he would be the cinematographer.The Sparks Brothers documentary combines interviews, live and archival concert footage and collage-style animation in an eclectic style that reflects the aesthetic of Ron and Russell Mael, the Sparks Brothers themselves. In spite of putting out 25 albums over the past 50 years, Sparks has remained under the radar for most of the public. The brothers had some success at the beginning of their careers, mainly in the UK, writing and creating an unusual sound admired and imitated by many other bands. Sparks continues to reinvent themselves and has never stopped touring, building an incredibly devoted fan base.Both Jake and Wright knew that all the interviews for the documentary needed to have a certain look and visual continuity. They settled on a photograph from the cover of the 1976 Sparks album, Big Beat. The photo was taken in black and white with a large format camera, so Jake decided to shoot all of the interviews in black and white, using several large format Red Monstro cameras. Everyone would wear black so that each interview had a consistent look, no matter where it was shot, and each interviewee spoke directly to the lens, using an Eyedirect teleprompter.When Jake heard Wright was getting ready to make The World's End in 2013 with DP Bill Pope, he was eager to work on his first feature film, and asked if Wright needed anyone to shoot second unit. Wright was happy to give Jake the opportunity. Jake saw that even with a comedy such as The World's End, Wright found it important to have even the smallest scenes exactly right for comedic timing. Jake went on to work on several other UK based television shows, such as the Black Mirror episode, The National Anthem, and the interactive Black Mirror special, Bandersnatch. The executive producers of the Showtime series Billions noticed Jake's work on Black Mirror, and he became the cinematographer for 27 episodes of the show, as well as directing one. Jake was able to learn from many different directors on Billions, and loved working with actors Damien Lewis and Paul Giamatti. He thinks that as a DP, it's much more stimulating to work with a director you like and respect. It becomes easy to deliver what they want to achieve because you know it's going to be great.Find Jake Polonsky: http://jakepolonsky.com/Instagram: @jakepolonskyYou can see The Sparks Brothers in theaters and streaming on VOD. https://www.focusfeatures.com/the-sparks-brothers/Find out even more about this episode, with extensive show notes and links: http://camnoir.com/ep132/ Sponsored by Hot Rod Cameras: www.hotrodcameras.com The Cinematography Podcast website: www.camnoir.comYouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/TheCinematographyPodcast Facebook: @cinepodInstagram: @thecinepodTwitter: @ShortEndz


14 Jul 2021

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Edgar Wright and Sparks

ID10T with Chris Hardwick

This episode welcomes director Edgar Wright and Ron and Russell Mael of the band Sparks! Edgar directed a documentary about them called "The Sparks Brothers" and it is truly FANTASTIC. In the podcast, they share some amazing stories about their 54 years in the music business and how they stay true to their artistic vision. This film is a must-see whether or not you're familiar with their work! Out now in theaters.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

1hr 10mins

28 Jun 2021

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Edgar Wright, Vol. II, & Sparks, plus "Hacks"

Happy Sad Confused

Whether you're a fan of Sparks or a newbie like Josh, you'll love Edgar Wright's new documentary, "The Sparks Brothers". Edgar and Sparks themselves join Josh on this episode to chat about the flick, their mutual love of "Ishtar", and how Edgar might be responsible for Anya Taylor-Joy landing the role of Furiosa.Plus, Josh catches up with Paul W. Downs and Lucia Aniello for a quick chat about their new HBO Max series, "Hacks"!Don't forget to check out the Happy Sad Confused patreon here! We've got exclusive episodes of GAME NIGHT, video versions of the podcast, and more!For all of your media headlines remember to subscribe to The Wakeup newsletter here!And listen to THE WAKEUP podcast here!


23 Jun 2021

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The Sparks Brothers (feat. director Edgar Wright)

A Film and A Movie

Daniel and Alonso end the show (for now, at least) with a bang -- director Edgar Wright joins us to talk about his first documentary, THE SPARKS BROTHERS (in theaters June 18), and the many cinematic and musical inspirations that guided his way. For old times' sake, follow us @filmandmoviepod on social media and leave us a five-star review at Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your episodes.Follow Edgar on Twitter @edgarwrightEdgar recommends THE FILTH AND THE FURY https://www.amazon.com/gp/video/detail/B00DICNA3G/?tag=alonsoduralde-20Join Bramble Jam Plus for commercial-free episodes and some upcoming A Film and A Hallmark Movie pairings: https://bjn.supercast.tech/


16 Jun 2021

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SCOTT PILGRIM VS. THE WORLD (Edgar Wright, 2010)

WINEning About Movies

(WINE-ning ABOUT MOVIES Episode #127 • Originally streamed on May 8, 2021)

1hr 43mins

9 May 2021

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Sundance 2021: Edgar Wright's The Sparks Brothers

Untitled Movie Reviews

Matt’s Rating: 3.5/5Eric’s Rating: 3.5/5


1 Feb 2021

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Edgar Wright: Dames, Phantom of the Paradise and This is Spinal Tap

Movies That Changed My Life

In a special Sundance Film Festival edition of  "Movies That Changed My Life", 'Baby Driver' director Edgar Wright talks with Ian de Borja about his new documentary "The Sparks Brothers," and the three music movies that changed his life. Hosted by Ian de BorjaFind additional content about Movies That Changed My Life at IMDb.com/podcasts.Follow IMDb on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube


1 Feb 2021

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Episode 7 - Edgar Wright

Anything But Spielberg


1hr 35mins

20 Nov 2020

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15. Edgar Wright #5 - Baby Driver (2017)

Directed By

We wrap up our discussion of Edgar Wright's filmography with Baby Driver. Also includes our discussion on the legacy of recently deceased Chadwick Boseman, our overall thoughts on Edgar Wright's filmography, and a brief review of the finally released New Mutants (spoiler: it's bad). 2:33 - Chadwick Boseman Passed Away at Age 43 9:26 - Mulan Being Released To Everyone on Disney+ in December 10:50 - Haunted Mansion Reboot in the Works 14:13 - Baby Driver Discussion 51:10 - Edgar Wright Ranking/Retrospective 1:00:54 - New Mutants Discussion/Recommendations  Reach us at directedbypodcast@gmail.com! Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/Directed-By-102715131518037/?view_public_for=102715131518037

1hr 12mins

4 Sep 2020

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14. Edgar Wright #4 - The World's End (2013)

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We discuss Edgar Wright's penultimate (and, in our opinion, best) film as well as the state of theaters as they reopen and a whole bunch about DC's upcoming film slate. Timecodes: 2:20 - New Mutants Not Being Reviewed By Critics/General Theater Discussion 8:06 - Blumhouse Rebooting The Thing with John Carpenter 10:43 - James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad Gets Trailer 14:15 - Zack Snyder’s The Justice League Gets Trailer 19:58 - Ben Affleck Reprising Role as Batman in The Flash 22:05 - The Batman Gets Trailer 29:47 - The World’s End Discussion 1:06:40 - Recommendations Reach us at directedbypodcast@gmail.com! Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/Directed-By-102715131518037/?view_public_for=102715131518037

1hr 23mins

28 Aug 2020