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Ep 9 – Bill Totolo

The Cinematography Podcast Episode 9 - Bill TotoloThe long form Cinematography Podcast is back with an outstanding interview from Director of Photography Bill Totolo.The War Story is from Roberto Schaefer, ASC, AICIllya's Short End this week is "TV."Ben's Short End is the Podcast "You Must Remember This", the EYEDIRECT teleprompter and the Adobe Morph-Cut TransitionListen to the Podcast

2hr 5mins

25 Feb 2016

Rank #1

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Ep 19 – Rachel Morrison, ASC – Talks about her career, Mudbound, Black Panther, Fruitvale Station, Sundance and more!

The Cinematography Podcast Episode 19 - Rachel Morrison, ASCCinematographer Rachel Morrison, ASC.Rachel Morrison's meteoric rise over the past 5-years includes credits on festival darlings, Netflix originals, and a Marvel studio tentpole. She is one of the most successful young cinematographers working today, and the first female cinematographer ever nominated for an Academy Award.The War Story is from Dan KneeceIllya's short End this week is the Emotimo motion control slider as used on the Sia Christmas music videos.Ben's short End this week is the screenwriting App Causality.Podcast Credits:Episode SponsorsHot Rod CamerasArriEditor in Chief:  Illya FriedmanHost: Ben RockProducer: Alana KodeEditor: Mike WillbanksComposer: Kays AlatractchiSubscribe to the Podcast on iTunes or click on the link below to listen here

29 Jan 2018

Rank #2

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Ep 10 – Roberto Schaefer, ASC, AIC

The Cinematography Podcast Episode 10 - Roberto Schaefer, ASC, AICThe Cinematography Podcast returns with an outstanding interview with Cinematographer Roberto Schaefer, ASC, AIC.Follow Roberto on Instagram @19lefty69The War Story is from Charles PapertFollow Charles on Instagram @charlespapertIllya's Short End this week is "http://hotrodcameras.com/catalogsearch/result/?cat=0&q=quasar+science"target="_blank">Quasar Science Lighting."Ben's Short End is the Android/iOS app Fyuse "Billions"Listen to the Podcast

14 Jul 2016

Rank #3

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Ep 33 – Matthew Libatique, ASC – Two time Academy Award nominated Cinematographer talks A Star is Born, craft, philosophy, collaborating with Bradley Cooper, Darren Aronofsky, Spike Lee and Jon Favreau

The Cinematography Podcast Episode 33 - Matthew Libatique, ASCThe filmography of two time Academy Award nominated cinematographer Matthew Libatique, ASC is filled with fantastic looking movies.  Including films such as the recent smash hit, A Star is Born, indie festival darling, Pi, Marvel franchise films like Iron Man, as well as commercial and critically successful films like Black Swan.  In this interview, Illya Friedman sits down with Matty to discuss his career behind the camera and his collaborations with several of the most successful directors working in Hollywood today, such as Bradley Cooper, Spike Lee, Darren Aronofsky and Jon Favreau.   Find Matthew Libatique, ASC on IMDB, and on Instagram.Ben's Short End is the Amazon series, Lorena Illya's Short End are Skateboard Decks from Kodak/Girl Skateboard Company & Spike Jones.Podcast Credits:Editor in Chief:  Illya Friedman / Contributors PageHost: Ben Rock / Contributors PageProducer: Alana KodeComposer: Kays Al-AtractchiEditor: Ben KatzEpisode SponsorsHot Rod CamerasSubscribe to the Podcast on iTunes or click on the link below to listen here


8 Mar 2019

Rank #4

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Alik Sakharov, DP turned director, on Game of Thrones, House of Cards, The Sopranos, Ozark, and the director/DP relationship

Alik Sakharov shot many feature films and television series such as The Sopranos, Rome, and Game of Thrones before moving into the director's chair. Alik feels cinematography, directing and writing must work together to create a story, and it's difficult to separate one from the other. He is currently executive producer of the Netflix series The Witcher.

1hr 19mins

25 Dec 2019

Rank #5

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Ep 35 – Linus Sandgren, ASC, FSF – The Oscar Winning Cinematographer Talks First Man, Damien Chazelle, Gus Van Sant, David O. Russell and Storyboarding

Swedish cinematographer Linus Sandgren talks to Illya about his extensive career working with high profile directors like Damien Chazelle on First Man and La La Land, Gus Van Sant on Promised Land, and David O. Russell on the films American Hustle and Joy. For the film First Man, Linus used 16mm, 35mm and IMAX formats to portray different looks throughout the movie. While working on Promised Land, he and director Gus Van Sant decided to use Super 35mm 1.3x anamorphic. He also discusses lighting choices and his passion for drawing his own storyboards.


23 May 2019

Rank #6

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Lawrence Sher, ASC, talks about creating the look of Joker with director Todd Phillips

When setting out to make Joker, Lawrence Sher and director Todd Phillips decided to go for an intimate, 70's style of movie that's character-driven, rather than the large scale, elaborate looks typical of today's comic book superhero/villain films. Joaquin Phoenix had some leeway to improvise and play with the character. Larry and Todd Phillips' background of working with comedians on movies such as The Hangover made them feel comfortable with improvisation.


10 Dec 2019

Rank #7

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Ep 11 – Charles Papert

The Cinematography Podcast Episode 11 - Charles PapertThe Cinematography Podcast returns with Cinematographer Charles Papert.Perhaps best known as the DP of the series Key & Peele, Charles Papert has a long career in movies and television including shooting one of the most memorable moments in movie history, that famous scene in "Office Space."See what Keegan Michael Key and Jordan Peele have to say about Charles in this episode of Backlight TourFollow Charles on Instagram @charlespapertThe War Story is from Tony LibertoreIllya's Short End this week is "Syrp."Ben's Short End is the Showtime original series "Billions."Listen to the Podcast

1hr 39mins

5 Sep 2016

Rank #8

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Ep 21 – Larry Fong, ASC – Talks Kong: Skull Island, Watchmen, Zack Snyder, Gal Gadot, shooting Super 8 with JJ Abrams and much more

Larry Fong, ASC has shot some of the biggest studio summer movies of  all time.   In this fantastic interview Larry discusses highlights from his filmography including early work on music videos, shooting the the TV series Lost, major blockbusters like 300, Watchmen, Dawn of Justice, Super 8 and Kong: Skull Island with directors Zack Snyder, JJ Abrams, and Jordan Vogt-Roberts.

1hr 39mins

20 Mar 2018

Rank #9

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M. David Mullen, ASC: Emmy-winning cinematographer for The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, films Twin Falls Idaho, Northfork, and more

David Mullen got his start making straight-to-video low-budget genre movies. He went on to shoot six films with Michael and Mark Polish, including Twin Falls Idaho and Northfork. David's cinematography on the Amazon show The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel recently earned him an Emmy award. Season 3 of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel begins December 6th on Amazon Prime.

2hr 7mins

3 Dec 2019

Rank #10

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Director and Cinematographer Ellen Kuras, ASC: Talks Swoon, I Shot Andy Warhol, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Summer of Sam, Ozark, Wormwood, Catch-22 and more

Ellen Kuras believes that following your gut and listening to your inner voice makes you a great filmmaker. Ellen got her start shooting documentary and indy movies such as “Swoon,” “I Shot Andy Warhol” and “Personal Velocity,” plus several films with Spike Lee including “Bamboozled” and “Summer of Sam.” She discusses working with Michel Gondry, the unique challenges of shooting “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind,” working with documentarian Errol Morris on “Wormwood” and shooting the Netflix series “Ozark.” Ellen also directed and shot her documentary “The Betrayal-Nerakhoon,” which received an Academy Award nomination. Her current work includes directing some episodes of Hulu's “Catch-22” and directing the Netflix series “Umbrella Academy.”

2hr 6mins

3 Sep 2019

Rank #11

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Ep 32 – Robbie Ryan, BSC, ISC – Oscar nominated Cinematographer for The Favourite, talks shooting with natural light, short films and more

The Cinematography Podcast Episode 32 - Robbie Ryan, BSC, ISC“Cinematographer's cinematographer" Robbie Ryan, BSC, ISC discusses his Academy Award nominated work on “The Favourite.”  He breaks down using natural light to compose shots and the love of making shorts.Find Robbie Ryan on IMDBBen's Short End is Blackmagic Design DaVinci ResolveIllya's Short End is Too Funny To Fail: The Life and Death of The Dana Carvey Show, a documentary onHuluPodcast Credits:Editor in Chief:  Illya FriedmanHost: Ben RockProducer: Alana KodeComposer: Kays Al-AtractchiEditor: Ben KatzEpisode SponsorsHot Rod CamerasSubscribe to the Podcast on iTunes or click on the link below to listen here


25 Feb 2019

Rank #12

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Phedon Papamichael, ASC talks Ford v. Ferrari, his love of racing and classic cars, working with director James Mangold

Phedon Papamichael and director James Mangold created an exciting, visceral experience of auto racing for Ford v. Ferrari, rather than the basic panning wide shots used in sports broadcasting or car commercials. Phedon had to shoot extremely close to the speeding cars in order to capture the effect of high velocity.


17 Dec 2019

Rank #13

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Ep 20 – Dan Kneece – his career, Quentin Tarantino, David Lynch and the early days of Steadicam

The Cinematography Podcast Episode 20 - Dan Kneece Cinematographer Dan Kneece Dan Kneece spent nearly 3 decades as a Steadicam Operator and has worked on many A-list productions. Now a Director of Photography, Dan is one of the nicest and most genuine people you should ever be lucky enough to meet. In this interview Dan shares his story with us. The War Story is from Larry Fong, ASC Illya's short End this week is Large Format Cinema Cameras read Jim Mathers recent round up of the new Large Format cameras. Ben's short End this week is the podcast Dirty John. Podcast Credits: Episode Sponsors Hot Rod Cameras Arri Editor in Chief:  Illya Friedman Host: Ben Rock Producer: Alana Kode Editor: Mike Willbanks Composer: Kays Alatractchi Subscribe to the Podcast on iTunes or click on the link below to listen here

1hr 40mins

12 Mar 2018

Rank #14

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Natasha Braier, ASC: talks Honey Boy, Neon Demon, Gloria Bell and more

Natasha Braier is known for her eye-popping, bold visuals and enjoys shooting in an experimental style. She seeks out directors with a strong voice who are willing to take artistic risks such as Nicolas Winding Refn on Neon Demon, Sebastian Lelio on Gloria Bell, and Alma Har'el on the upcoming Honey Boy.

1hr 34mins

29 Oct 2019

Rank #15

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Ep 27 – Shane Hurlbut, ASC talks DSLR Revolution, His Working Process, Collaborating with Director Gabriele Muccino and Professional Gimbals.

The Cinematography Podcast Episode 27 - Shane Hurlbut, ASCDP, and force of nature, Shane Hurlbut, ASC is our featured guest.  In this Epic interview Shane talks about the DSLR Revolution, working on a nuclear submarine, his process for creating the look of a movie, collaborating with Director Gabriele Muccino on Fathers & Daughters and much, much more.Check out:Shane's blog, hereOfficial Site and Reel, hereShane's "Inner Circle" Film Education and Training, hereShane's Podcast, hereAlso mentioned in the interview:Act of ValorFathers & DaughtersThe War Story is from film critic Leonard Maltin.Ben's Short End this week is The Other Side of the Wind, Orson Welles final movie, completed posthumously and released with zero fanfare on Netflix, and the accompanying documentary, A Final Cut For Orson: 40 Years in The Making.Illya's Short End this week is DJI Osmo Pocket, you can pre-order at Hot Rod Cameras.Podcast Credits:Episode SponsorsHot Rod CamerasArriEditor in Chief:  Illya FriedmanHost: Ben RockProducer: Alana KodeEditor: Benjamin KatzComposer: Kays AlatractchiSubscribe to the Podcast on iTunes or click on the link below to listen here

1hr 47mins

10 Dec 2018

Rank #16

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Cinematography Podcast – Backlight Ep.1

Backlight is a new short-format program from the makers of the Cinematography Podcast. New episodes expected to arrive on iTunes every Monday.Listen to the Podcast


4 Jan 2016

Rank #17

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Ep 13 – Roman Vas’yanov – On film school, working with David Ayer and Suicide Squad

The Cinematography Podcast Episode 13 - Roman Vas'yanovThe Cinematography Podcast returns with featured guest Roman Vas'yanov.Perhaps best known for his work with director David Ayer, including the features End of Watch, Fury and Suicide Squad, Roman Vas'yanov has an extremely impressive body of work.Follow Roman Vas'yanovThe War Story is from Rodney Charters, ASC Illya's Short End this week is "Patriot."Ben's Short End is "Shout Factory"Podcast Credits:Editor in Chief:  Illya FriedmanHost: Ben RockEditor: Mike WillbanksComposer: Kays AlatractchiListen to the Podcast on iTunes or click on the link below

1hr 30mins

8 May 2017

Rank #18

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Ep 3 – Frazer Bradshaw

The Cinematography Podcast Episode 3 - Frazer BradshawIn this episode Ben Rock interviews Director of Photography and Director Frazer Bradshaw.The War Story is from Director of Photography Abe MartinezBen's Short End is the Blackmagic 4K camera. And Illya's Short End is the NAB convention which runs April 7-10, 2014Listen to the Podcast

1hr 47mins

31 Mar 2014

Rank #19

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Seamus McGarvey, ASC, BSC: Multi-Oscar Nominated Cinematographer Talks Joe Wright, Avengers, Nocturnal Animals, Atonement, High Fidelity and The Greatest Showman

The Cinematography Podcast Episode 37Seamus McGarvey, ASC, BSCTalks Bad Times at the El Royale, shooting Black Mirror's “Nosedive” episode with director Joe Wright, The Avengers, Nocturnal Animals, Atonement, High Fidelity and The Greatest Showman.Mulit-Academy Award nominee Seamus McGarvey sits down with Illya for an intimate conversation about his work on High Fidelity, shooting the episode “Nosedive” for the Netflix series Black Mirror with director Joe Wright, and how much he loved working on Bad Times at the El Royale. Seamus discusses how each film can be a very different creative collaboration with each director, and the importance of creating an intimacy between the cinematographer, the director and the actors, no matter how big or small the movie.Instagram: @seamiemcSponsored by Arri- Check out the new Arri Alexa Mini LFBen's short end: DC Universe canceling Swamp Thing the day it premiered.DC Universe streaming serviceSave Swamp Thing on Twitter: #SaveSwampThingIllya's short end: The trailer for Brittany Runs a Marathon and Amazon's marketing for the movie feels like a misfire.Ben Rock: @neptunesalad twitter@bejamin_rock instagramIllya Friedman: @hotrodcamerasKays Alatrachi: www.musicbykays.comEditor: Abby Corbett


24 Jun 2019

Rank #20