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Conversations on the craft of filmmaking
Thomas Burstyn - Cinematographer and Director in New Zealand - Cloud South Films & This Way of Life

An Emmy nominated filmmaker, Thomas Burstyn, has over thirty years experience as a cinematographer. Tom trained at the National Film Board of Canada as a documentary filmmaker, before moving into feature films, which include: The Lost Tribe, When Trumpets Fade, City of Industry, Population 436, and The Boys & Girl From Country Claire.

Tom's film company, Cloud South Films is a film company created by Tom and his wife, journalist Barbara Sumner Burstyn. Cloud South Films is committed to sustainability, both personal and professional in their documentary filmmaking in films including, One Man, One Cow, One Planet and This Way of Life.

One Man, One Cow, One Planet is story of Peter Proctor's trek to India to help restore traditional farming there. 

This Way of Life is about Peter Karena, his wife Colleen, their six children and many horses who live almost wild in the stunning beauty of New Zealand's rugged Ruahine Mountains and their struggles with Peter's father and life's challenges in their way of life. 

Both films have won screened worldwide and won many awards.  This Way of Life has also been shortlisted for the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature.

Direct download: ThomasBurstyn.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 5:00pm EST

Steve Lynch - Irish Film Composer - Of Best Intentions, Mr. Foley, Crossing Salween

In 2004, composer Steve Lynch created, Stellarsound, an award winning music company that specializes in commercials and films.

Steve's notable work includes Let’s Dance (a David Bowie cover) for Ballygowan, which also won a Gold Shark Award for best use of music. 

Steve has composed for countless commercials, short films and documentaries that have been shown both nationally and internationally, including a two hour score for Cromwell in Ireland - an HD documentary for the History Channel UK and the Smithsonian Channel in the US, which was recorded in Bratislava with a 40 piece orchestra.

Steve's scores for award winning short films in a variety of genres include: An Teanga Runda, Of Best Intentions, Spota, Mr. Foley, and Crossing Salween.

Direct download: SteveLynch.mp3
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Moritz Mayerhofer - German Animator - Urs - Academy Award Shortlisted

German animator Moritz Mayerhofer, was accepted into the Filmakademie Baden-Wuerttemberg in Germany, to study animation.

After three years, Moritz took up an exchange program at Gobelins, Paris. There he started the visual development and design for 'Urs', which was his thesis-project. He has since graduated with that film at the Institute of Animation at the Filmakademie.

Urs, is a touching and atmospheric CGI animated film about a son helping his aging by carrying her up a mountain to find a better life for each of them. Urs has garnered several awards globally and is a finalist in the Academy Awards for Best Animated Short Film.

Direct download: MoritzMayerhofer.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 5:00pm EST

Shane Sutton - Irish Artist and Filmmaker - Fight or Flight and Fail?

Shane Sutton, artist and filmmaker, has worked extensively with a variety of media, including illustration and computer-aided design, and his original passion, painting, producing work that is at once highly appreciative of the medium of oil paint, yet informed by the technicality of his graphic work. 

Shane co-directed and edited Fight or Flight, a documentary which follows a Dublin man as he ventures into the world of Thai boxing. Shot over two years in Thailand, the film has been shown in film festivals in Europe, the United States, garnering awards around the world. 

Shane was also selected to participate in the Berlin Talent Campus.  He has also created the short film, Fail?, about a man, Kevin, a darkly comic short film depicting his life  after years of stress and heartache, along as contributing on shooting and editing work on Malgorzata, and The Video Box.

Direct download: ShaneSutton.mp3
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Adam Taub - La Quinceaera and The Duke of Bachata

Adam Taub is a documentary film director from Colorado whose films include, Don Angelo, La Quinceañera, and El Duque de la Bachata (The Duke of Bachata).

Don Angelo, is The story of Angelo Chavez, a retired U.S. naval officer who spends his retirement years driving to Tijuana, Mexico to help those in need.

La Quinceañera, explores the issues of family, faith, and coming of age, and is a portrait of a Mexican family's love and devotion to each other.

El Duque de la Bachata is Adam’s more recent documentary following Dominican bachata and merengue musician Joan Soriano as he works to accomplish his dream of a hit song and fame as an artist.

Adam is also working a documentary on the people, music and geography of the Island of Cape Breton, called The Cape Breton Fiddler.

Direct download: AdamTaub.mp3
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Clark Hunter - Production Designer - Sling Blade, All the Pretty Horses, The Smell of Success, Carriers

For over 25 years, Clark Hunter has worked as a production designer on a wide range of films including the Billy Bob Thornton-directed films: Sling Blade, All the Pretty Horses, and Daddy and Them.  

Clark has also worked with The Polish Brothers and M. David Mullen, ASC on The Astronaut Farmer, Stay Cool, and The Smell of Success. Clark also has designed films like Carriers, an interesting twist on an apocaltypic thriller.

Clark’s range of film credits also include:  Clay Pigeons, Suicide Kings, Niagara, Niagara, The Badge, Beerfest, Old School, Road Trip, and Piranha 3D.

Clark's recent projects include: Seven Days in Utopia starring Robert Duvall, Lucas Black, and Melissa Leo, based on an inspirational book about life lessons from golf learned on a real golf course in a remote area of Utopia, TX, and Salvation Boulevard from director George Ratliff, Set in the world of mega-churches.

Direct download: ClarkHunter.mp3
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Amy Weber - Radish Creative and Annabelle & Bear

Amy Weber, advertising director and filmmaker has also developed numerous award winning television and film projects with her company Radish Creative Group and her first feature film directorial debut, Annabelle & Bear

Annabelle & Bear is the product of a 100% Michigan cast, crew and soundtrack.  Amy showcased the local film community, featuring the talent in Michigan during tough economic times for the state. 

Annabelle & Bear
is the dramatic, tender story of a man who finds himself thrust into the struggles of unexpected fatherhood taking him on a journey leading to life-altering love found in the heart of his young daughter.

Direct download: AmyWeber.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 5:00pm EST

Mark White - Production Designer on Please Give and Winter's Bone - Now on DVD

Mark White, an American production designer, began his career as a Toy Designer before moving into Theatre Design. He shifted gears into film as Set Designer on Twenty-Nine Palms and then as Art Director on Boiler Room

As Production Designer, Mark’s credits include: Wet Hot American Summer, The Baxter, The Ten, Tully and the Comedy Central series, Stella

He also was production designer for Morgan J. Freeman’s film, Homecoming, and the film Transamerica, featuring the Oscar-nominated actress, Felicity Huffman.

Mark was recently the production designer on two major independent films, Please Give and Winter's Bone.

Please Give is directed and written by Nicole Holofcener, a perceptive and darkly comedic take on modern life’s contradictions, good intentions, and shaky moral bearings, starring Catherine Keener and Oliver Platt.

Winter’s Bone is written and directed by Debra Granik is about 17 year old Ree Dolly who sets out to track down her missing father, who has put their house up for his bail bond, which will lead to the family’s eviction if he can’t be found. Winter’s Bone won the Best Picture Grand Jury Prize at Sundance.

Direct download: MarkWhite2.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 5:00pm EST

Alex Heffes - UK Composer/Conductor for Touching the Void, The Last King of Scotland, and State of Play

UK film composer, Alex Heffes, has created film scores that include many of award-winning films for director Kevin Macdonald such as One Day in September, Touching the Void, and The Last King of Scotland.

Alex has proved successful in a variety of genres including the comedy The Parole Officer, the action film Out of Reach and Kevin Macdonald's political espionage thriller State of Play.

Alex’s scores have been nominated for BAFTA, Ivor Novello, European Film Academy, and ASCAP awards. Alex always conducts his own orchestral scores.

Some of Alex’s more recent film scoring projects include the documentary Inside Job directed by Charles Ferguson, and Justin Chadwick’s debut feature The First Grader.

Direct download: AlexHeffes.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:00pm EST

Sam Green - The Weather Underground, The Rainbow Man/John 3:16, Utopia in Four Movements

Sam Green is a San Francisco-based documentary filmmaker whose feature film, The Weather Underground, was nominated for an Academy Award and broadcast nationally on PBS

Sam’s other award-winning documentaries include Lot 3, Grave C, Pie Fight ’69, N-Judah 5:30, and The Rainbow Man/John 3:16

Sam also teaches at the University of San Francisco and the San Francisco Art Institute.

Recently, Sam has co-created Utopia in Four Movements, which uses the collective experience of cinema to explore the battered state of the utopian impulse at the dawn of the twenty-first century, in a singular, poetic essay that stretches the very norms of the nonfiction genre and musical performance.

Direct download: SamGreen.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:00pm EST