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Interviews with leading film and TV creators about their process and craft. From screenwriting to film language to cinematography, we'll be examining the innovative ways today's best filmmakers are getting their visions out into the world.

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Interviews with leading film and TV creators about their process and craft. From screenwriting to film language to cinematography, we'll be examining the innovative ways today's best filmmakers are getting their visions out into the world.

iTunes Ratings

45 Ratings
Average Ratings
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Great Interviews with Filmmakers

By Cupcakeluver102 - Nov 30 2019
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I love interviews with Directors when a good interviewer like Chris asks the right questions!

Relaxed and probing

By Collind1123 - Feb 01 2019
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He really gets his famous guests to relax because he has such a relaxed nice voice. Keep it up.

iTunes Ratings

45 Ratings
Average Ratings
34
6
1
2
2

Great Interviews with Filmmakers

By Cupcakeluver102 - Nov 30 2019
Read more
I love interviews with Directors when a good interviewer like Chris asks the right questions!

Relaxed and probing

By Collind1123 - Feb 01 2019
Read more
He really gets his famous guests to relax because he has such a relaxed nice voice. Keep it up.
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Interviews with leading film and TV creators about their process and craft. From screenwriting to film language to cinematography, we'll be examining the innovative ways today's best filmmakers are getting their visions out into the world.

Rank #1: "The Witch" Director Robert Eggers

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Eggers on how he blended genre and history to create the best horror film of the year and why he's remaking “Nosferatu.”

Nov 11 2016

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Rank #2: "Mission Impossible – Fallout" Director Christopher McQuarrie

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Christopher McQuarrie talks about directing action scenes with emotional clarity, the danger of practical stunts and wanting to return to being an indie filmmaker.

Jul 27 2018

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Rank #3: "Good Time" Directors Josh & Benny Safdie

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The Safdie Brothers talk about how the knew Robert Pattinson would be able to give himself over to their unique approach to filmmaking and how they built a story around aspects of the "Twilight" star that haven't been seen publicly.

Aug 10 2017

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Rank #4: "Game Of Thrones" Director Miguel Sapochnik

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The director behind “Battle of the Bastards” and “Hardhome” takes us inside the creation of some the series’ biggest moments. Sapochnik also brings us inside the show’s final season, including the arduous 55-night shoot of “The Longest Night,” and how he filmed the destruction of King’s Landing, in the penultimate episode “The Bells,” through the lens of questioning his own role in creating the show’s most violent moments.

Jun 13 2019

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Rank #5: "Atlanta" & "This Is America" Director Hiro Murai

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Atlanta's Lakeith Stanfield Didn’t Even Know Donald Glover Was Playing Teddy Perkins.

Jun 04 2018

46mins

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Rank #6: "Hereditary" Director Ari Aster

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Aster talks about how a story of grief, that was too dark and bleak to ever get made as a drama, became a hit horror film.

Jan 11 2019

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Rank #7: "La La Land" Director Damien Chazelle & Editor Tom Cross

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Damien Chazelle and his editor Tom Cross talk about finding the right rhythm for a modern day and how much more difficult it was to edit "La La Land" than "Whiplash."

Feb 21 2017

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Rank #8: "The Favourite" Director Yorgos Lanthimos

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The "Dogtooth" and "Lobster" director talks about his unusual rehearsal process and what drew him to make a period lesbian triangle drama about Queen Anne with screenwriter Tony McNamara.

Nov 29 2018

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Rank #9: "Lady Bird" Director Greta Gerwig

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Gerwig talks about what her artistic dreams were when she, like Lady Bird, was 18 and came to New York.

Jan 05 2018

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Rank #10: "Little Women" Director Greta Gerwig

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Gerwig goes deep into the process, craft and inspiration behind her remarkable adaptation of Louisa May Alcott's "Little Women."

Dec 26 2019

46mins

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Rank #11: "The Lighthouse" Director Robert Eggers

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Most Screenwriters Work to Music, Robert Eggers Listened to Waves and Wind in creating Willem Dafoe's Pirate Dialect.

Oct 31 2019

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Rank #12: "Barry" Season 2: Bill Hader

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Hader returns to the podcast to talk about having the confidence to find his voice as a director in S2, breaking down "Ronny/Lily" and the season finale.

May 24 2019

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Rank #13: "Moonlight" Director Barry Jenkins

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Writer/Director Barry Jenkins discusses "Moonlight," his second feature and easily one of the best films of the year. Then IndieWire's Kate Erbland stops by to talk about "Billy Lynn's Long Half Time Walk" and how shooting at 120 frames per second alters movie watching and movie making.

Oct 21 2016

31mins

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Rank #14: "Uncut Gems" Directors Josh & Benny Safdie

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The Safdie Brothers break down their improbable 10 year journey to making "Uncut Gems," working their way through a handful of different NBA stars (including Kobe Bryant), while "earning their stripes" and learning how to tell a story of this scale. What it meant to go union, how famed cinematographer Darius Khondji helped shape the project and sound mixer Skip Lievsay introduced them to incredible possibilities with sound.

Dec 17 2019

44mins

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Rank #15: "Get Out" Director Jordan Peele

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Jordan Peele talks about his biggest fear in making "Get Out."

Dec 22 2017

30mins

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Rank #16: Netflix's "Black Mirror" Charlie Brooker & Annabel Jones

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The two Showrunners behind the hit series talk about how they built six new sci-fi worlds for Season 3 and what they've got brewing for Season 4.

May 25 2017

38mins

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Rank #17: "Marriage Story" Director Noah Baumbach

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Nov 14 2019

34mins

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Rank #18: Quentin Tarantino with "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood" Cinematographer Robert Richardson

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Tarantino talks about about falling in love with Richardson and the unusual circumstances in which he hired him to shoot "Kill Bill." While the two collaborators breakdown their most recent film "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood." Recorded at Camerimage in Poland, where Tarantino and Richardson were honored for their work together.

Dec 20 2019

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Rank #19: Arrival Screenwriter Eric Heisserer

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Eric Heisserer talks about adapting Ted Chiang's "Story of Your Life" -- a short story many thought was un-adoptable for the big screen.

Nov 21 2016

33mins

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Rank #20: Andrea Arnold on "American Honey"

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Director Andrea Arnold ("Fish Tank") discusses making her new film "American Honey."

Sep 16 2016

26mins

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"Ramy" Creator Ramy Youssef

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The Hulu series' star and co-creator talks about stepping into the showrunner role and directing four episodes for Season 2. Also discussed: Editing during the pandemic, short films vs. formulaic TV structuring, and the letter he shared from "Ramy" parking coordinator Jon Johnson Sr. that went viral throughout the production world.

Jul 10 2020

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"Better Call Saul" Showrunner Peter Gould

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Gould on how he is approaching the end of “Better Call Saul” and his writers room tackles character on the series that is a prequel to "Breaking Bad.” We also discuss how the visual and aural language of the show has evolved from co-creator Vince Gilligan's original series.

Jul 08 2020

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"Watchmen" Director/EP Nicole Kassell

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The executive producer and director of episodes 1, 2, and 8 breaks down how she translated the graphic novel's cynical tone and visual style for creator Damon Lindelof.

Jul 06 2020

42mins

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"The Good Fight" Creators Michelle And Robert King

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Jul 02 2020

46mins

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"The Loudest Voice" Writer/Producer Gabriel Sherman

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The reporter who got inside Fox News talks about adapting his definitive book on Roger Ailes into the limited series starring Russell Crowe and how Ailes was a real life Citizen Kane, who mixed the talents of Leni Riefenstahl and Louis B. Mayer.

Jun 30 2020

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"Devs" writer/director Alex Garland

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The "Ex Machina" and "Annihilation" director on his move to TV and his limited series "Devs."

Jun 26 2020

39mins

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"Beastie Boys Story" Dir. Spike Jonze & Editor Jeff Buchanan

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Spike talks about trying to capture the essence of Beastie Boys’ friendship and the unusual (and totally “unprofessional”) creative process he, the band, and editor Jeff Buchanan went through in creating this unique documentary.

Jun 23 2020

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"The Mandalorian" Cinematographer Greig Fraser

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Real-time virtual sets are Hollywood’s future. These enormous (75 x 20 feet) curved LED walls serve as a live backdrop that eclipses the need for green screen. But what does that mean for filmmaking? We talked to Fraser about exactly that. The cinematographer has been pioneering “Stagecraft” with ILM for years and with "The Mandalorian" being its first large scale implementation, he saw firsthand both the possibilities and early limitations of this ground-breaking technology.

…Fraser also touches on his two new highly anticipated projects: Denis Villeneuve's "Dune" and Matt Reeves' "The Batman."

Jun 19 2020

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"Never Rarely Sometimes Always" dir Eliza Hittman & Editor Scott Cummings

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One of the best reviewed films of 2020 is coming to VOD early (Apr 3), but before its theatrical run got cut short by COVID-19 I sat down with writer/director Eliza Hittman and one of her closest collaborators, her husband and editor Scott Cummings, to talk about the origins and making of this incredible film.

Apr 02 2020

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"Portrait Of A Lady On Fire" Director Céline Sciamma

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Sciamma talks about how to film desire, memory, and getting out of the conventions of a normal love story. She breaks down the creation of the incredible chanting song and bonfire scene, the laborious process of lighting the interiors, and how filming the ideas behind a movie can be the most rewarding type of cinema.

Feb 18 2020

37mins

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"Parasite" Director Bong Joon Ho

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With the help of translator Sharon Choi, director Bong talks about the careful construction of the Oscar winner “Parasite.” From his days of being a tutor and that feeling of infiltrating a wealthy family's home, to the careful construction of the house set in his film, to the profound influence of Akira Kurosawa’s “High and Low.”

Feb 17 2020

21mins

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"The Irishman" Editor Thelma Schoonmaker

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How after over 40 years of working with Martin Scorsese, "The Irishman" offered something the 3-time Academy Award winning editor had never done before.

Jan 30 2020

49mins

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"Booksmart" Director Olivia Wilde

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Wilde explains how Big Lebowski influenced Booksmart, being intimidated about not having gone to film school, advice she got from Clint Eastwood about directing herself (in her upcoming thriller/horror film), and building ultimate high school movie soundtrack.

Jan 06 2020

43mins

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"The Farewell" Director Lulu Wang

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Lulu Wang on learning not to compromise her voice, how and why she used widescreen long takes, shooting in China, her next sci-fi project, and her real life grandma.

Jan 02 2020

32mins

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"Little Women" Director Greta Gerwig

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Gerwig goes deep into the process, craft and inspiration behind her remarkable adaptation of Louisa May Alcott's "Little Women."

Dec 26 2019

46mins

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"1917" Director Sam Mendes & Cinematographer Roger Deakins

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Deakins and Mendes talk about shooting their new WWI film so it was experienced as one-long take.

Dec 23 2019

36mins

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Quentin Tarantino with "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood" Cinematographer Robert Richardson

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Tarantino talks about about falling in love with Richardson and the unusual circumstances in which he hired him to shoot "Kill Bill." While the two collaborators breakdown their most recent film "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood." Recorded at Camerimage in Poland, where Tarantino and Richardson were honored for their work together.

Dec 20 2019

39mins

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"Uncut Gems" Directors Josh & Benny Safdie

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The Safdie Brothers break down their improbable 10 year journey to making "Uncut Gems," working their way through a handful of different NBA stars (including Kobe Bryant), while "earning their stripes" and learning how to tell a story of this scale. What it meant to go union, how famed cinematographer Darius Khondji helped shape the project and sound mixer Skip Lievsay introduced them to incredible possibilities with sound.

Dec 17 2019

44mins

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"A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood" Director Marielle Heller

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How Heller emotionally grounded a story about Mr. Rogers and made it her own.

Dec 13 2019

34mins

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"Knives Out" Director Rian Johnson [SPOILERS]

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Spoiler Warning: Rian Johnson gets into the nuts and bolts of how he built his modern day Agatha Christie whodunit, the murder mystery "Knives Out."

Dec 05 2019

30mins

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iTunes Ratings

45 Ratings
Average Ratings
34
6
1
2
2

Great Interviews with Filmmakers

By Cupcakeluver102 - Nov 30 2019
Read more
I love interviews with Directors when a good interviewer like Chris asks the right questions!

Relaxed and probing

By Collind1123 - Feb 01 2019
Read more
He really gets his famous guests to relax because he has such a relaxed nice voice. Keep it up.