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Conversations on the craft of filmmaking
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
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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
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Nico Mensinga - Screenwriter of Watching and Titus

Nico Mensinga is the screenwriter for the short film, Watching, an edge-of-your-seat thriller about the ability to spot where truth lies, and lies begin with 2 main characters, Josh and Carrick, portrayed by Ian Hart and Charlie Cattrall

Watching took home a number of awards around the world and won best screenplay and the Silver Medal audience award and in the prestigious Manhattan Short Film Festival.

Nico previously worked as a production intern at Number 9 Films on films like When Did You Last See Your Father?, based on an auto-biographical novel by author and poet Blake Morrison, starring Colin Firth and Jim Broadbent.

Nico has developed other feature length screenplay work including the upcoming film, Titus, the story of an African American jazz legend lost in London, find a way back to the music that has kept him alive this long.

Direct download: NicoMensinga.mp3
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Mairi Cameron - Milk and Push Bike - Manhattan Short Film Fest Finalist

Australian filmmaker, Mairi Cameron’s graduate film, Milk, screened at Cannes and garnered many awards.  Milk is about an old man that  lives on his own, and doesn't go out except to buy milk that has a daily ritual visit and request for milk from the downstairs Woman.

Over the years, Mairi has had commercial work including music videos for the Aussie band Washington and the mockumentary series (s)Truth. Mairi is also film instructor at the JMC Academy in Brisbane.

She directed many other shorts over the years including the more recent short film, Seersucker, about a nine-year-old girl who has to wear a seersucker dress made from a tablecloth in 1962.

Mairi has screened around the world as a finalist in the global film festival, the Manhattan Short Film Fest, with her film Push Bike, about a woman, Michelle, whose clothes are stolen from the pool changing room one night that must brave a nude ride home on her old bike.

Direct download: MairiCameron.mp3
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Greig Fraser - Cinematographer - Out of the Blue, The Boys Are Back, Bright Star, Let Me In

Greig Fraser is an award winning cinematographer originally from Melbourne, Australia now based in Los Angeles.

In 2002 Greig shot Glendyn Ivin’s acclaimed short film Crackerbag.   In 2005, he won an Australian Film Industry Award for Best Cinematography for his work on the film Jewboy. In 2006 he shot the feature film Out of the Blue, based on the Aramoana Massacre in New Zealand. 

Greig has worked a number of features including on Scott Hicks’ film The Boys Are Back, Bright Star directed by Jane Campion, and Glendyn Ivin’s film Last Ride.  He has continued working on shorts as well including Nash Edgerton’s short films Spider and Lucky and Netherland Dwarf and Crossbow for David Michod.

Most recently, Greig was the Director of Photography on Let Me In, Matt Reeves’ American adaption of the Swedish  thriller, Let The Right One In, about a bullied young boy that befriends a young female vampire who lives in secrecy with her guardian.

Direct download: GreigFraser.mp3
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