Rank #1: Episode 4 - Eliot Rausch
Nov 30 2015
Rank #2: Episode 27 - Oren Soffer
Mar 08 2017
Rank #3: Episode 5 - Ryan Booth
Nov 30 2015
Rank #4: Episode 49 - Salomon Ligthelm
Jul 16 2019
Rank #5: Episode 46 - Eliot Rausch
Jun 25 2019
Rank #6: Episode 55 - Adam Newport-Berra
Oct 22 2019
Rank #7: Episode 65 - Khalid Mohtaseb
Khalid’s last two features, The Wolf Hour and Uncle Frank, both premiered at Sundance. The Wolf Hour, a psychological thriller film starring Naomi Watts, premiered at Sundance in 2019. Khalid’s most recent feature film, Uncle Frank, which was written and directed by Alan Ball, premiered at Sundance in 2020 where it was acquired by Amazon Studios.
Apr 07 2020
Rank #8: Episode 40 - Joe Rudge
Recent music supervision highlights include the Amazon Studios feature film The Big Sick, directed by Michael Showalter and the Grateful Dead documentary Long Strange Trip, also released through Amazon Studio. Upcoming projects include the Sundance 2017 breakout hit Patti Cake$ which will be released by Fox Searchlight on August 18th.
Aug 03 2017
Rank #9: Episode 36 - Walter Partos
Walter started his career as a literary agent and his clients included Quentin Tarantino, Mardik Martin (Raging Bull, Mean Streets), Chris DeVore (Elephant Man), Rolf De Heir (Bad Boy Bubby).
After literary representation, the next step in his career was representing visual artists. One of the first visual artists he represented was cinematographer Jordan Croenenweth who taught him the importance of listening. Now the company represents a large number of cinematographers including a former podcast guest Oren Soffer.
This episode is unique in that instead of a more chronological discussion of Walter's career we dive deep into the intricacies of being an agent with the hour long discussion taking on a more Q&A form about the craft with Walter extolling advice about a number of topics including: how to get an agent, what an agent can do for you, common misconceptions about agents, how to be a professional artist…
We recorded this conversation over the course of a few discussions due to technical reasons. With that in mind, the conversation touches upon the same topics in a few different ways but it all felt helpful so the various conversations have been combined into one episode.
Jun 21 2017
Rank #10: Episode 38 - Adam Newport-Berra
In the episode we discuss Adam’s approach to collaboration and how he values people’s attitudes over any other attribute. We also dive into some technical aspects of his pieces learning about the challenges of a few specific projects.
Jul 06 2017
Rank #11: Episode 37 - Sean Porter
In the episode we discuss Sean’s journey from indie DP shooting anything and everything to rising up the ranks by making careful decisions about which films to take on in an effort to build proper momentum. It’s an energetic hour filled with a lot of insight on both the craft and the strategy to a long term narrative career.
Jun 30 2017
Rank #12: Episode 19 - Timur Civan
Oct 10 2016
Rank #13: Episode 14 - Matt McLaughlin
May 31 2016
Rank #14: Episode 60 - Carmen Cabana
Carmen's work on "Vida S1" was featured in ICG Magazine (October 2018); she was also listed in the magazine American Cinematographer under the "Rising Stars of Cinematography" article (February 2017 issue); was also listed in Variety's 2016 Below the Line report "Up Next" as one of the most promising filmmakers.
Quickly to adapt and collaborate with locals, Carmen has filmed features in 15 US states and in Mexico, Cuba and Colombia.
She teaches cinematography workshops around the world as well as women empowerment talks. Her past appearances include: HBO Access; NAMIC's "Latino Creatives in Entertainment"; HRTS Women of the West "Diversity on Television Panel", Erman Baradi’s Industry Panel; "Seen and Heard": Women Empowerment Panel-DTLA Film Festival; STAGE 32 "Women in Entertainment Panel"; Arri and Film Independent Project Involve Cinematography workshop; "The 8th Annual Masters in Motion" Film Conference in Austin-Texas; Rule the Set "Cinematography for episodic TV" workshop-Atlanta; ENFOCUS Cinematography workshop-Costa Rica , Litepanels workshop-Vegas.
Carmen is a Film Independent Project Involve Fellow (2010), A Sundance Director's Lab Crew Participant (2008) and a member of the Friends of the ASC educational program.
Nov 26 2019
Rank #15: Episode 58 - Alex Buono
Alex was educated at the USC School of Cinematic Arts, where he double-majored in Film Production and Still Photography. His early post-collegiate years were spent on the camera crews of studio films including Twister, Conspiracy Theory and Armageddon, learning from top cinematographers and personal mentors including Conrad Hall, Dean Cundey and John Schwartzman. Alex is a member of the Director’s Guild of America, the Writer’s Guild of America, the International Documentary Association and the International Cinematographer’s Guild.
Nov 12 2019
Rank #16: Episode 13 - Christian Schultz
May 25 2016
Rank #17: Episode 29 - Ricky Staub
Mar 24 2017
Rank #18: Episode 3 - Vincent Laforet
Nov 30 2015
Rank #19: Episode 57 - Robby Baumgartner
This career path allowed him to light films and learn from some of the most talented DP’s in the business: Rodrigo Prieto, Chris Menges, Robert Elswit, Dante Spinotti, Darius Khondji, Janusz Kaminski, and Emmanuel Lubezki. Some of the films include: “8 Mile”, “25th Hour”, “21 Grams”, “Babel”, “Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada”, and “There Will be Blood”.
In between Gaffing gigs he took every opportunity to DP or camera-operate on feature films, 2nd-unit photography, commercials, and shorts.
Then in 2008 “There Will be Blood” shot by Robert Elswit, won the Oscar for Best Cinematography; the highest honor for any DP/Gaffing team. That event was the impetus for Robby to stop gaffing and DP exclusively.
In 2009 Robby joined the International Cinematographers Guild as a DP. Since then he has gone on to shoot 2nd unit on both “Hunger Games” l and ll, “Water for Elephants”, and “Argo” amongst other films. For the last 5 years he has been concentrating on shooting main unit for films such as “The Guest”, “Blair Witch (2016)” and now “Blindspotting”, which has been selected for competition in the US Dramatic category at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival.
Nov 05 2019
Rank #20: Episode 59 - Igor Martinovic
Igor was the Director of Photography for the Netflix original series House of Cards as well as Wormwood and The Night Of. He was nominated for an Emmy in 2014 for his work on the series House of Cards.
Nov 19 2019