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Art vs. Commerce

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The Art vs. Commerce podcast is a conversation with creative industry professionals who have made a career out of their art. Our discussions range from their personal history, breaking down famous scenes they helped create and learning how they manage to maintain their personal aesthetic in an arena that demands compromise. As a cinematographer for commercials, documentary and narrative, podcast host Jared Levy enjoys these conversations and learning from these talented industry professionals.

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The Art vs. Commerce podcast is a conversation with creative industry professionals who have made a career out of their art. Our discussions range from their personal history, breaking down famous scenes they helped create and learning how they manage to maintain their personal aesthetic in an arena that demands compromise. As a cinematographer for commercials, documentary and narrative, podcast host Jared Levy enjoys these conversations and learning from these talented industry professionals.

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This has helped me become ambitious!

By ReidPetro - May 30 2017
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Great insightful content. The conversations are amazing and always inspiring!

Director

By Tony Dean Franklin - May 08 2017
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One of my favorite podcasts about filmmaking!

iTunes Ratings

41 Ratings
Average Ratings
36
3
1
0
1

This has helped me become ambitious!

By ReidPetro - May 30 2017
Read more
Great insightful content. The conversations are amazing and always inspiring!

Director

By Tony Dean Franklin - May 08 2017
Read more
One of my favorite podcasts about filmmaking!
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Art vs. Commerce

Latest release on Jun 03, 2020

All 75 episodes from oldest to newest

Episode 73 - Barry “Baz” Idoine

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Michael Slovis, ASC, DGA started taking pictures as a teenager and was a winner of the New Jersey State Teen Arts Festival with a photograph that earned him admission to Rochester Institute of Technology's renowned photography program. There, one of his teachers said his pictures told stories like movies and advised him to look into filmmaking. Slovis studied cinematography at New York University and began working professionally as a gaffer on motion pictures, commercials and television. He started his career as a director of photography in independent films in New York. In 1995 Michael photographed the Sundance Film Festival favorite Party Girl, which opened the door to independent films, television films, theatrical films and pilots.Returning from Europe, following the traumatic events of 2001, Michael wanted to stay closer to family and was fortunate to transition to episodic television with the series, "ED" for Paramount/NBC. In 2007 Michael completed two and a half years as director of photography on CSI: Crime Scene Investigation for which he won the 2006 Emmy award for outstanding cinematography and was nominated again in 2007. Since 2008, Michael has made AMC his part-time home shooting four seasons of the critically acclaimed Breaking Bad, for which he has earned three Emmy nominations.In recent years Michael has photographed the pilot for ABC's Castle, the episodic shows Fringe (Fox), Royal Pains (USA), Rubicon (AMC), Running Wilde (Fox) and 30 Rock (NBC). In 2010 Michael was honored to join the American Society of Cinematographers.

Jun 03 2020

1hr 8mins

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Episode 72 - Michael Slovis, ASC, DGA

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Michael Slovis, ASC, DGA started taking pictures as a teenager and was a winner of the New Jersey State Teen Arts Festival with a photograph that earned him admission to Rochester Institute of Technology's renowned photography program. There, one of his teachers said his pictures told stories like movies and advised him to look into filmmaking. Slovis studied cinematography at New York University and began working professionally as a gaffer on motion pictures, commercials and television. He started his career as a director of photography in independent films in New York. In 1995 Michael photographed the Sundance Film Festival favorite Party Girl, which opened the door to independent films, television films, theatrical films and pilots.Returning from Europe, following the traumatic events of 2001, Michael wanted to stay closer to family and was fortunate to transition to episodic television with the series, "ED" for Paramount/NBC. In 2007 Michael completed two and a half years as director of photography on CSI: Crime Scene Investigation for which he won the 2006 Emmy award for outstanding cinematography and was nominated again in 2007. Since 2008, Michael has made AMC his part-time home shooting four seasons of the critically acclaimed Breaking Bad, for which he has earned three Emmy nominations.In recent years Michael has photographed the pilot for ABC's Castle, the episodic shows Fringe (Fox), Royal Pains (USA), Rubicon (AMC), Running Wilde (Fox) and 30 Rock (NBC). In 2010 Michael was honored to join the American Society of Cinematographers.

May 26 2020

54mins

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Episode 71 - Lauren Sick

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Lauren Sick is a writer and director, known for her music video work with artists such as Chromeo, MØ, Foster the People, A-Trak, American Authors, El-P, Vampire Weekend, A$AP Ferg, Anderson East, and Pentatonix. She recently directed the first teaser trailer for MGM Studios' biopic RESPECT, starring Jennifer Hudson as Aretha Franklin.Lauren grew up in the dark woods of suburbia, screening inappropriate horror movies at slumber parties. A lover of horror and genre filmmaking, she was a creative collaborator on the feature film SCARE ME, starring Josh Ruben, Aya Cash, and Chris Redd, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2020.A multifaceted director, Lauren's work spans both the narrative and branded space, having grabbed the attention of clients such as New Balance, Nike, Garmin, Fendi, FADER, Nasdaq, Soulcycle, and Beats By Dre. The spot she directed for Zola.com provoked international attention when the Hallmark Channel removed the ad for its depiction of a lesbian wedding. The piece (since re-instated on the network) was written about in the New York Times, The Hollywood Reporter, Variety, Rolling Stone, and Deadline, and was parodied on Saturday Night Live.Lauren brings a youthful and adventurous expression to her filmmaking, coupling raw emotion with a cinematic style that's rooted in her background of theater, punk rock, and dance. Her work has been recognized by Indiewire, BBC Worldwide, AdAge, Shots, Little Black Book, Shoot Online, AdWeek, and more. Her experimental "short shorts", which she wrote, directed, and starred in, were broadcast in Germany and France through Souvenirs from Earth, the first cable network in Europe dedicated to video art, film, music, installation, and performances. The 2015 fashion film that she directed for the Kering Group, shot in New York, London, Milan, and Paris, had its world premiere at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City.

Lauren lives and works in Los Angeles. She is currently developing her first feature film. Find her @laurensick

May 19 2020

58mins

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Episode 70 - Newton Thomas Sigel, ASC

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Newton Thomas Sigel, ASC photographed Bohemian Rhapsody, the exquisite portrait of Freddie Mercury, the rock band Queen, and their extraordinary appearance at the Live Aid concert of 1985.

Sigel went on to earn a Best Cinematography nomination for his work on the film at the 2019 EE British Academy Film Awards. Bohemian Rhapsody also took home the 2019 Golden Globe for Drama Motion Picture, along with Rami Malek nabbing a multitude of accolades -- including an Academy Award -- for his portrayal of Freddie.

Having completed Dhaka in early 2019, the action-packed Chris Hemsworth starrer produced by the Russo Brothers, Sigel also recently wrapped principal photography for director Spike Lee’s upcoming war drama, Da 5 Bloods.

Since the early days of his career, Sigel has earned a powerful position amongst visual storytellers starting with his work on cult classic The Usual Suspects for director Bryan Singer. The two went on to collaborate on nine more films, including the X-Men movies, Superman Returns and Valkyrie.

Sigel’s seminal use of exotic film stocks and innovative negative processing methods on Three Kings laid the foundation to new avenues of cinematography. In 2010, he photographed Nicolas Winding Refn’s Hollywood debut, Drive, which won the Best Director Award at Cannes and is universally praised for its dazzling look.

Other credits include: Bob Rafelson’s dark noir tale Blood & Wine starring Jack Nicholson and Gregory Hoblit’s Fallen, starring Denzel Washington. Sigel then went on to photograph Confessions of a Dangerous Mind and Leatherheads with longtime collaborator George Clooney; Terry Gilliam’s The Brothers Grimm; Alan Ball’s directorial debut, Towelhead; and Reginald Hudlin’s Marshall, starring Chadwick Boseman as the United States’ first black Supreme Court Justice.

Notably, Sigel has also collaborated with Master Yuen Wo-Ping, the Grandmaster of Martial-Arts Cinema, on Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon; with Robert Redford on The Conspirator; and with Halle Berry on Frankie and Alice.

In addition to his cinematography credits, Sigel directed HBO’s Point of Origin, as well as co-directed The Big Empty, starring Selma Blair, with his wife J. Lisa Chang.

Sigel began his artistic career as a painter and experimental filmmaker while studying at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City. He transitioned to documentaries while covering the Central American wars of the 1980s, which included working on the Academy Award-winning Witness to War: Dr. Charlie Clements and When the Mountains Tremble. Catching the eye of legendary filmmaker Haskell Wexler, Sigel got his first narrative opportunity on Latino, a film based on Sigel’s own experiences while photographing Nicaragua: Report From the Front. The documentary chronicled the front lines of the war in Nicaragua from both sides of the conflict, becoming the first film to ever capture the contras. This led to second-unit work with Oliver Stone on Platoon and Wall Street.

Sigel is a member of the American Society of Cinematographers, the Director’s Guild of America and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. He is based in Los Angeles and is represented by UTA.

May 12 2020

50mins

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Episode 69 - Zak Mulligan

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Zak Mulligan is an American cinematographer known for his work in film and television. His film We The Animals premiered at Sundance 2018 and was nominated for five Independent Spirit Awards including Best Cinematography. His other work includes the HBO series The Outsider based on a novel by Stephen King starring Jason Bateman and Ben Mendelsohn and the film Obselidia which premiered at Sundance 2010 where he was honored with the Excellence in Cinematography award.

Zak’s TV work also includes Ava Duvernay’s CBS TV pilot, For Justice and Netflix’s House of Cards, the Showtime series Seven Deadly Sins and the FX original, The Most Dangerous Animal of All. In 2013 he lensed the Academy Award nominated HBO documentary Open Heart about Rheumatic heart disease in Africa. Zak was invited to become a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) in 2019.

Other feature film work includes the forth coming Benh Zeitlin film, Wendy, the Jessica Biel and Zosia Mamet helmed, Bleeding Heart and Custody directed by James Lapine and starring Viola Davis and Ellen Burstyn which premiered at Tribeca Film Festival in 2016.

Mulligan’s commercial client list includes Google, Nike, Reebok, Samsung, and American Express.

May 05 2020

53mins

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Episode 68 - Miles Jay

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Miles Jay, is a Canadian filmmaker who directed Super Bowl commercials and was nominated for a Grammy Award for his work on Leon Bridges' "River" music video, a Director's Guild of America Nomination for Best Commercial Director in 2016 and most recently he won an Emmy for Outstanding Commercial for his work on a Squarespace advertisement with John Malkovich.
Marshall’s first break was on second unit for Felicity with Michael Bonvillian, ASC where he eventually took on cinematography duties for the series’ final season. Some of Marshall’s credits include Monk, CSI: NY, Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul. His most recent feature work can be seen in El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie for Netflix.

Apr 28 2020

1hr 4mins

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Episode 67 - Marshall Adams, ASC

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Marshall Adams, ASC is a cinematographer who’s been working in the film industry for many years. While he started his career as a production assistant, Marshall discovered early on that lighting was his passion.

Marshall’s first break was on second unit for Felicity with Michael Bonvillian, ASC where he eventually took on cinematography duties for the series’ final season. Some of Marshall’s credits include Monk, CSI: NY, Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul. His most recent feature work can be seen in El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie for Netflix.

Apr 21 2020

1hr 8mins

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Episode 66 - Gregory Middleton, ASC, CSC

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Canadian Cinematographer Gregory Middleton, ASC, CSC started his career with the art house hit 'Kissed' directed by Lynne Stopkewich about a female necrophile. His feature work has taken him from the acclaimed adaptation of 'Fugitive Pieces' to the WW1 battle of 'Passchendaele'. His work has been screened at Sundance, Cannes, Venice, Berlin and been the opening Gala of the Toronto film fest twice. Most recently Greg was the cinematographer on several episodes of HBO’s hit series’ Game of Thrones and Watchmen.

Apr 14 2020

1hr 24mins

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Episode 65 - Khalid Mohtaseb

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Khalid Mohtaseb is a director of photography based in New York City. Khalid was born in Doha, Qatar and moved to the US at the age of nine. This significant cultural shift enabled him to see the world from a completely unique perspective. Photography & cinematography soon became the backbone to communicate his vision to the rest of the world. His fascination with lighting and its power to influence someones emotion is what he finds to be most inspiring. 
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

2hr 9mins

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Episode 64 - Alex Disenhof

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Since his first breakthrough in the industry as the D.P. for Michel Gondry’s 2012 Cannes Film Festival feature THE WE AND THE I, Alex Disenhof has lensed over a dozen feature films and TV shows spanning diverse genres. Highlights include a 2016 ASC award nomination for the pilot episode of THE EXORCIST, a 2009 Camerimage nomination for the music video "Mono No Aware," and the Somali pirate film FISHING WITHOUT NETS taking the US Dramatic Directing award at Sundance in addition to being nominated at Camerimage in 2014. He's had films play at festivals all over the world including the aforementioned Cannes, Sundance, Camerimage, Tribeca, and SXSW. His most recent projects include the season Finale of HBO's critically-acclaimed WATCHMEN, FX's LEGION, and the films CAPTIVE STATE and CODE 8. Alex is currently in Mexico filming AppleTV+ MOSQUITO COAST, due out fall 2020.

Mar 31 2020

59mins

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