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#554 — Damien Chazelle & Justin Hurwitz, Christopher Landon, Michael B. Jordan

The Empire Film Podcast

This week's episode of the Empire Podcast sees another onslaught of incredible guests, as Ian Freer chats with Babylon's director-composer duo of Damien Chazelle and Justin Hurwitz about their working relationship and long friendship, and Chris Hewitt talks scary VHS covers with We Have A Ghost director Christopher Landon, and stepping into the directorial breach with Creed III star (and shot caller), Michael B. Jordan. Then, in the podbooth, Helen O'Hara hosts this week, and she's joined by James Dyer and Amon Warmann to discuss movies with small casts, the week's movie news (such as it is), and review Creed III, Close, The Strays, and The Independent. Enjoy.

1hr 46mins

3 Mar 2023

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Team Deakins

Season 2, Episode 23 DAMIEN CHAZELLE - Director OK, here’s the episode you’ve been waiting for! Team Deakins has an extensive conversation with the talented director Damien Chazelle (LA LA LAND, FIRST MAN, BABYLON). We talk about his approach to movie making and his experiences on his various movie sets. We learn how he likes to work with his collaborators as well as what is important to him in making a movie. It’s a great conversation and we’re happy to share it with you!

1hr 23mins

8 Feb 2023

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Episode 348: Justin Hurwitz & Damien Chazelle On The Music Of Babylon

Soundtracking with Edith Bowman

We have a bonus episode for you today, as two friends of the podcast return (separately, we should say) to discuss their work together on the extraordinary Babylon. Director Damien Chazelle and composer Justin Hurwitz have worked their magic once again, bringing to life a tale of decadence, depravity, and outrageous excess in 1920s Hollywood. What we do is share the interview with Justin first, as that goes into great detail about the music; then we'll get an overview from Damien about the score and the movie as a whole.

1hr 17mins

20 Jan 2023

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Damien Chazelle's Story So Far (With Babylon Bonus Bits!)

Radio 1's Screen Time

Damien Chazelle is just 37 years old but he's already given us Whiplash, La La Land, First Man and now his 1920s Hollywood epic, Babylon. He's an outrageous talent. There, it's been said. Here he talks to Ali about his story so far, with some of his stars - including one Ms. Margot Robbie - chipping in here and there.


20 Jan 2023

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The 2023 Movie Auction. Plus: Damien Chazelle on ‘Babylon’!

The Big Picture

An action-packed episode! Chris Ryan joins Sean and Amanda to share some final Oscar nomination predictions (1:00) before engaging in a truly chaotic 2023 movie auction. Then, the team from ‘Babylon’—writer-director Damien Chazelle, actor-producer Olivia Hamilton, and producer Matthew Plouffe—talk with Sean about making their ambitious Hollywood feature, and the hive that has grown around it (1:21:00).Hosts: Sean Fennessey and Amanda DobbinsGuest: Chris Ryan, Damien Chazelle, Olivia Hamilton, and Matthew Plouffe Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

2hr 24mins

20 Jan 2023

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'Babylon' Director Damien Chazelle

IndieWire's Filmmaker Toolkit

Writer and Director Damien Chazelle sits down with us to explain how he pulled off the huge swing that is Babylon. Hear which silent filmmakers and stars most influenced his epic of Hollywood excess, what it was like working with lead actors with wildly different levels of fame, and how he managed to make that ambitious ending a reality.


6 Jan 2023

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Linus Sandgren, ASC, FSF on shooting Babylon with director Damien Chazelle

The Cinematography Podcast

We welcome cinematographer Linus Sandgren, ASC, FSF for his third time on the podcast. On his latest film, Babylon, Linus was happy to work with director Damien Chazelle again. The two had previously collaborated on La La Land and First Man. In all of his films, Chazelle thinks musically, and camera movement is essential to his films instead of just relying on editing. Linus liked Babylon's script- though it was long, it had many fast moving pieces, and the story was told in a refreshing, unconventional way. He thought of it as a 2.0 version of La La Land- it expressed Chazelle's love of cinema, and despite some of the dark places the story goes, he felt an affection for the characters in Babylon. Like La La Land, Linus combined long takes with complicated camera moves, while also using handheld verité techniques they developed on First Man. To prep for the film, Linus and Chazelle watched several Los Angeles-period films together, such as Chinatown, There Will Be Blood, and Boogie Nights.The movie combines absolutely maximalist wide shots to intimate closeups and tracking shots on specific characters, in order to keep the film emotional. One of the biggest and most spectacular scenes in Babylon is the 32-minute pre-title opening sequence, depicting a wild Bel Air party complete with revelers, cocaine, and an elephant. They shot it in the lobby of the Theatre at Ace Hotel in Los Angeles, crammed with hundreds of extras. Chazelle wanted a really high angle on the party, but they couldn't fit a crane into the space, so Linus rigged a cable cam corner to corner from above to capture the action. They spent a long time blocking and rehearsing the party sequence, filming the overhead shots, then shot with a Steadicam through the party the second day.Babylon is about the early days of cinema, when the silent movie era is transitioning to sound. The crew had to show the process of shooting film in the first days of “talkies” and the filmmaking equipment of the time had to be historically accurate. Though Linus didn't use vintage film cameras on the movie, the production designer found film cameras to use as props and they were able to use old arclights that were fitted with HMIs so they actually worked on set.Find Linus Sandgren: Instagram @linussandgren_dpBabylon can be seen in theaters nationwide.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


5 Jan 2023

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BONUS EPISODE: Screenwriting The Oscar-Winning La La Land with Damien Chazelle & James V. Hart

Bulletproof Screenwriting™ Podcast with Alex Ferrari

This is Part 2 in a 3-Part Limited Series of conversations I'll be releasing between the legendary screenwriter James V. Hart, the writer of Hook, Contact, Bram Stroker's Dracula, and Tomb Raider just to name a few, and some of the top screenwriters in the game.Today on the show we have Damien Chazelle, the Oscar® Winning director and screenwriter of La La Land. He bursted on the scene with his debut film Whiplash. The film is about a young musician (Teller) struggles to become a top jazz drummer under the tutelage of a ruthless band conductor (Simmons).La La Land tells the story of Mia [Emma Stone], an aspiring actress, and Sebastian [Ryan Gosling], a dedicated jazz musician, who are struggling to make ends meet in a city known for crushing hopes and breaking hearts. Set in modern day Los Angeles, this original musical about everyday life explores the joy and pain of pursuing your dreams.James and Damien discuss how he wrote and structured La La Land and much more. Enjoy this rare conversation between James V. Hart and Damien Chazelle.


21 Jul 2022

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One Kind Moment

A podcast where we share sixty seconds of inspiration to help you create a kinder, gentler world faster than the speed of heartbreak. We believe that kindness needs to be the number one cherished idea in the world today. So, we created a show that adds one sweet droplet of goodness into the ocean of your life - every day. https://brucewaynemclellan.com/


30 May 2022

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Beyond The Fame with Jason Fraley

WTOP Entertainment Reporter Jason Fraley chats with "La La Land" director Damien Chazelle, who won the Oscar for Best Director five years ago today. They spoke in 2016 to discuss the film's magical and tragic directing elements, as well as his Sundance breakthrough "Whiplash." Also, check out our archives for our previous episode with "Moonlight" director Barry Jenkins about the infamous Oscar envelope gaffe.


26 Feb 2022