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Conversations on the craft of filmmaking

With a strong background in sculpture and painting, Ra has in the past worked as a Sculpting Supervisor, Scenic Artist, Construction Forman and an Art Director on numerous New Zealand and international films.

With his various skills, Ra involves himself in every aspect of the design process, from creating conceptual art to set design and set decoration.

Nominated for an Oscar in 2013 as set decorator for his work on The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,Ra has had his work recently added to the Academy Library and published in the companion book: The Art Of The Hobbit.

Ra recently was the Production Designer on the New Zealand mockumentary comedy horror film, What We Do In The Shadows, starring Taika Waititi and Jemaine Clement, about a group of vampires who live together in Wellington.

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Javier's projects as a Director of Photography in Argentina over the years include: Mala Epoca, Live-In Maid, and Blessed By Fire.

More recent films for Javier include: the documentary, Che: A New Man, Revolucion, The Last Elvis, and the acclaimed Oscar nominated film, Wild Tales, which features six short stories involving distressed people. 

Direct download: JavierJulia.mp3
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Steve has worked on award winning film and television projects over the years in various areas of the sound and music department, most specifically as Sound Effects Editor and Sound Designer.

Steve has worked on animated and live action shorts and features, including:Sweeney ToddFantastic Mr. FoxAlice in WonderlandJane EyreOn the Road, and Frankenweenie.

Most recently, Steve was the sound effects editor on both Jonathan Glazer’s feature Under the Skin (now on DVD and streaming) and the BBC series, Call the Midwife.

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Writer-Director Terry McMahon’s controversial debut Charlie Casanova won Best First Feature at Galway Film Fleadh and was distributed by Studio Canal

His follow up feature, Patrick’s Day, won The Directors Guild of America Finders Series Award, The Grand Jury Prize at Woodstock Film Festival, Best Film at Galway Film Fleadh and the Audience Award at Cork Film Festival.

Patrick’s Day is about a young man with mental health issues who become intimate with a suicidal flight attendant and his obsessive mother enlists a dysfunctional cop to separate them.

Direct download: TerryMcMahon.mp3
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Michael serves as President of the Chlotrudis Society's Board of Directors, and he is one of the Founders of the Chlotrudis Awards.

Michael is cinematically drawn to our neighbors to the north in Canada, especially the work of filmmakers Atom Egoyan, Don McKellar, Molly Parker, Sarah Polley, and Patricia Rozema to name a few. 

Although he is devoted to independent cinema, he has enjoyed reading comics for over four decades, but has finally realized that he's not a fan of comics; he's a fan of reading stories about women with super powers

When he's finished with all of that, he works at the Boston Public Library as the Director of Library Services.  

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Pacho's earlier film and theater work have been presented at venues such as the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, the Museum of Ethnography in Stockholm, and on Japanese National Television.

Pacho's last film, Manakamana (co-directed with Stephanie Spray) won a Golden Leopard at the Locarno Film Festival. It played around the world, including at the Whitney Biennial and the Toronto International Film Festival.

His upcoming project, The Reagan Years, explores a prolific actor s defining role: Leader of the Free World. Told entirely through a largely-unseen trove of archival footage, the film captures the pageantry, pathos, and charisma that followed the 40th President from Hollywood to the nation's capital.

Direct download: PachoVelez.mp3
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Tom received his cinema training during his work as a gaffer between 1976 and 1987.

After his shift to filming, Tom was behind the photography on a number of television series and films in the Netherlands. 

Amongst the many directors with whom he has worked is Alex Van Warmerdam, with whom he worked in the past on The Northerners, Grimm, Waiter, and The Last Days of Emma Blank. 

More recently, Tom worked on Borgman for Alex and the upcoming Schneider vs. Bax.

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We reviewed the 2015 Academy Award short film nominees for the live-action and animation categories.

The films are packaged by Shorts International and are screened at cinemas around the world in February and March.

After playing in theaters for several weeks, they are available online in case you missed them. 

Direct download: OscarShorts2015.mp3
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Tom has worked in the editorial department on a variety of projects in film and television including: Ride with the DevilTwo LoversCrazy Heart, and the television series, Deadwood

Tom has also edited several short and feature films including the feature films, The Space Between and Any Day Now for Travis Fine.

Tom's more recent projects include: the sci-fi thriller Time Lapse, and the Oscar winning, critically acclaimed Whiplash, starring J.K. Simmons and Miles Teller, which included an Oscar for Tom for Best Film Editing.

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In 2004, Yoni worked as an animation director for Ari Folman's documentary series, The material that love is made of

Their collaboration continued with Yoni as an animation director in Ari Folman's Academy Award nominated Waltz with Bashir. Yoni also developed the Adobe Flash Cutout technique for the film.

In 2009, he made several short films for human rights organizations, notably the short film Closed Zone, protesting against the Gaza blockade. Yoni also worked as an animation director in the short film The Gift, and The Story of Cholera.

More recently, Yoni worked as the Animation Director for Ari Folman's feature The Congress, based on a novel by Stanislaw Lem

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