THE HOBBYIST was the winner of BEST PERFORMANCES at the November 2018 Thriller/Suspense Festival in Toronto. What motivated you to make this film? This film was a requisite graduate thesis project for George Vatistas at the School of Visual Arts, which is quite a motivation in and of itself. This story was chosen because George’s… Continue reading Interview with Producer David E. M. Maire (THE HOBBYIST)
Interview with Lawyer/Producer Shannon Harvey-Fung, Esq. (LEGAL FOX Web Series)
LEGAL FOX played to rave reviews at the June 2018 Web Series Festival in Toronto. It was also the winner of BEST MUSIC at the festival. Check out award-winning Legal Fox TV™ http://youtube.com/c/LegalFoxTV Matthew Toffolo: What motivated you to make this web series? Shannon Harvey-Fung: As a ‘logical lawyer’ – an arguably un-creative path –… Continue reading Interview with Lawyer/Producer Shannon Harvey-Fung, Esq. (LEGAL FOX Web Series)
Interview with Filmmaker Gonzaga Manso (EDEN HOSTEL)
EDEN HOSTEL was the winner of BEST FILM at the January 2018 Comedy FEEDBACK Film Festival. Get to know the director of the film: What motivated you to make this film? I suppose it was loneliness . When I was 18 I wasn’t very sure about who I really was and often felt like… Continue reading Interview with Filmmaker Gonzaga Manso (EDEN HOSTEL)
Interview with the Filmmaking team of the short film WHEN A MAN LOVES A WOMAN
WHEN A MAN LOVES A WOMAN was awarded BEST FILM at the March 2017 Comedy Short Film Festival in Toronto. The filmmaking team was nice enough to answer some questions for us. Matthew Toffolo: What motivated you to make this film? Hans Lucas (Producer): The opportunity to produce a film for an award winning and… Continue reading Interview with the Filmmaking team of the short film WHEN A MAN LOVES A WOMAN
Interview with 1st AD John McKeown (50/50, Albert Nobbs)
I can tell you that the qualities I look for in a 2nd AD apply to the 1st AD as well.
– A calm unflappable personality under extreme pressure
– Real attention to detail
– The ability to plan ahead and think on your feet if the plan falls apart
– The grit to do a great job when they are sick / exhausted / just had their car stolen / got yelled at by someone above the line or any number of other things that would put a regular person off their game
– Sense of humor – essential!
LENSES & FILTERS. How to get the best shots in filmmaking
QUESTIONS TO ASK:
-What is the best viewpoint for filming this position of the event?
-How much area should be included in this shot?
SCENE defines the place or setting where the action is laid
SHOT defines a continuous view filmed by one camera without
SEQUENCE A series of scenes or shots complete in itself.
Interview with Cinematographer Chad Griepentrog (The Bachelor Reality TV Series)
Most include something related to the cool locations we get to visit- like animals attacking our gear in Africa, or scaring the crap out of each other in a dungeon in Prague. Or the time I was bucked off a horse and broke my hand because we thought it would be a good idea to shoot on horseback, or jumping off waterfalls with the cast in Hawaii, or getting stuck on a glacier in Iceland, or the scouts where we get to do all the things the cast does, but a week earlier. My favorite though is when I flew over my tiny hometown in Colorado in the Playboy private jet with only a producer, Hugh Hefner and his Playmate girlfriends. I wish my high school guidance counselor could see me then! One time I ordered pizza and hot wings for my crew. We were so hungry and excited to eat, but had to wait until after the interview we were shooting. During that time, one of the female Bachelor cast members ate our entire pizza and wings! Then she purged! Thanks a lot lady!
Interview with Music Editor/Composer John M. Davis (Pride and Prejudice and Zombies)
Not really. Music is something I’ve always done. I was arranging for bands and choirs from junior high on. I went to NYU film school with the intention of becoming a director or screenwriter, but over time I discovered that my musical abilities were more unique and more marketable.
Interview with Oscar Nominated Production Designer Michael Corenblith (Apollo 13, The Blind Side)
What an honor it was to talk with the amazing Production Designer Michael Corenblith. His resume is filled with some of the best movies in the last 20 years, including: Saving Mr. Banks, The Campaign, Game Change, Dinner for Schmucks, The Blind Side, Frost/Nixon, Apollo 13.
Interview with Storyboard Artist Stephen Forrest-Smith (Star Wars, Harry Potter, The Dark Knight)
There really is no normal to my job anymore. Every project seems to be different and now and asks for different. A film project could call on a storyboard artist at any stage from pre-pre production, ( when the film is trying to get funding) right the way through to post production for VFX, (after principal photography has been completed). The bulk of my work tends to be early in the pre-production taking the first pass at sequences to get the ball rolling on them. Usually I’d start with a chat with a Director, though it could be VFX supervisor, production designer and then work on from there. I use to expect to finish when filming starts but now i might stay almost to the end of shooting then be called back for reshoots and post production.