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Conversations on the craft of filmmaking
Ruairi O'Brien - Cinematographer - Five Minutes of Heaven

Over the past decade, Ruairi O'Brien has worked as director or cinematographer on several short films, including Monitor, Hum, and his own films Hoor and Teeth. Teeth garnered awards in Galway, Ireland, and Brest, France. 

Ruairi has worked as DP on UK television series including Murphy’s Law and Father & Son

He has also shot a number of music videos for bands such as Placebo and We Are Scientists.

One of Ruairi's more recent works of note as cinematographer is the gripping drama Five Minutes of Heaven, directed by Oliver Hirschbiegel of Downfall fame, and starring Liam Neeson and James Nesbitt.

Direct download: RuairiOBrien.mp3
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Ruth Peyser - There Was A Little Girl

Ruth Peyser has been making animated films since her arrival in New York from Australia in 1978.

Her award-winning films have been screened on public television and at hundreds of festivals in the United States and throughout the world. A half hour segment of the PBS series Animated Women was devoted to her and her work.

While Ruth was bringing up her daughters, she jotted down ideas for films and also wrote many short stories about her life. When her children were teenagers, she started developing a concept for a film from her writings. This evolved into her most recent film, There was a Little Girl.

There was a Little Girl is an autobiographical animated film spanning fifty years, from 1959 to 2009. Ruth tells six stories from her life set ten years apart, each on a backdrop of political and social events of that year. It explores her personal growth and the relationships of three generations of women in her family.

Direct download: RuthPeyser.mp3
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Roque Banos - Spanish Conductor and Composer

Roque Banos received a scholarship from the Ministry of Culture to study at the prestigious Berklee College of Music where he discovered his path as a conductor and composer for many award winning Spanish films.

Roque has been featured in many soundtracks for films, and has been nominated for prestigious Goya Awards and CEC Awards, on historical epics like Alatriste and for best original song on Carlos Saura’s film, Salome.

Rogue has composed several scores for Álex de la Iglesia including on 800 Bullets and The Oxford Murders.  He has also won awards for music on The 13 Roses, and on collaborations with director Daniel Monzon on films including The Kovak Box and Cell 211.

Direct download: RoqueBanos.mp3
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Craig Fison - Art Director on Mary and Max

Craig Fison has worked in Art Direction, Production Design, Construction, as a Props Model maker, a sculpting and miniatures maker and finisher, in Set Decorating, and as a Scenic painter in Australia and worldwide on projects.

His film projects include: working in the art department on commerical films like Moulin Rouge, Attack of the Clones, The Matrix Revolutions, and more independent productions like Peter Pan and Where the Wild Things Are.

Craig has worked as a sculptor and prop maker on Guillermo del Toro’s and Troy Nixey’s film, Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark

Craig has moved into art direction as the Art Director on Adam Elliot’s awarding winning animated feature film, Mary and Max, a tale of friendship between unlikely pen pals: Mary, a lonely, eight-year-old girl in the suburbs of Melbourne, and Max, a forty-four-year old, severely obese man in New York.

Direct download: CraigFison.mp3
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Signe Baumane - Womanimator and Sex Expert

Signe Baumane was born and raised in Latvia, graduating from Moscow University in 1989 with a B.A. in Philosophy. She started work at Dauka Animation Studio in Riga as an animator and cel painter.

Since 1995, she has lived in NYC, having worked on I Married a Strange Person with Bill Plympton and animation inserts for XX/XY among many other projects.

Her animation ranges from her 1991 debut The Witch and the Cow to more recent works including The Teat Beat of Sex, and Veterinarian, about the circle of life and death. Her Womanimation! short film Birth is about Amina, a seventeen year old girl who is pregnant and afraid to give birth who goes to older women for consolation and advice, and finds that their stories scare her even more.

Signe is continually screening her many animated shorts in the major film festivals like Sundance and Berlin; she also screens in major animation festivals like Annecy.

In addition to animation, Signe has illustrated books, worked in puppet theater design, taught animation at Pratt Institute, and is periodically publishing parts of a novel about her adventures in New York in Una, a Latvian women’s magazine. She is a Fellow in Film of the New York Foundation for the Arts, the recipient of an individual artist grant from The Jerome Foundation, and a member of the Academy of Motion Pictures and Sciences.

Direct download: SigneBaumane.mp3
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