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Conversations on the craft of filmmaking
Annie Spitz - Production Designer - The Wackness, Cyrus, and 50/50

A graduate of film and history from the University of Michigan, Annie went on to study at the American Film Institute in Los Angeles, where she got her start designing classmates' projects.

Annie’s collaboration with director Jonathan Levine, The Wackness, won the Audience Award at the Sundance Film Festival

Annie designed her first studio film, Cyrus, directed by the Duplass brothers and starring John C. Reilly, Jonah Hill, and Marisa Tomei for Fox Searchlight

Annie more recently worked with Jonathan Levine on his film, 50/50, a comedy centered on a 27-year-old guy who learns of his cancer diagnosis and his subsequent struggle to beat the disease, inspired by a true story.

Direct download: AnnieSpitz.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:00pm EST

Rob VanAlkemade - Cinematographer, Director, Editor

Rob was an interviewer and videographer for Steven Spielberg's Survivors of the Shoah Visual History Foundation while earning an MA in Media Studies from the New School for Social Research

Rob’s short film Preacher With An Unknown God won a Sundance Jury Award.  Rob directed the Morgan Spurlock produced theatrical feature What Would Jesus Buy, about saving Christmas from the Shopocalypse. 

Rob has since been a director, producer, cinematographer, sound recordist and editor on a variety of documentary and broadcast productions on films including: Burning Man: Beyond Black Rock, Freakonomics, and more recently, Carol Channing: Larger Than Life

Rob is currently working on his feature documentary Training for the Apocalypse, winner of a Pacific Pioneer Grant, which is about the journeys of survivalists, truth-seekers and prophets united in their preparations for global cataclysm and the near-extinction of humanity as they struggle to make sense of the world they live in now.

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

Bob Gould - Oscar Nominated Set Decorator - Days of Heaven, The Postman Always Rings Twice, Master and Commander, and The Artist

Bob’s set decoration work has ranged from many horror/thriller, science fiction, and action films like: The Postman Always Rings Twice, Robocop and Total Recall, the Die Hard series, Angels & Demons, and The Expendables.

Bob is also known for his work on period pieces like: Days of Heaven, Melvin and HowardNewsies, Rambling Rose, Master and Commander, and more recently The Artist.

Bob received Oscar nominations for his set decoration work on the both Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World and more recently Oscar winning film, The Artist, which won for Best Picture.

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

Mike Ott - Director, Writer, and Educator - Analog Days, Kid Icarus, Littlerock

Mike started out directing music videos for such bands as Pretty Girls Make Graves, The Blood Brothers, and The Cave Singers

Mike  made his first feature film, Analog Days about young adults in the small town of Newhall, CA, 30 miles north of Los Angeles, and the documentary, Kid Icarus, about a young man, Leigh Harkrider, that lives in a trailer park on the outskirts of Los Angeles, where with an obsession for Steven Spielberg, who sets out to make his cinematic debut with limited knowledge of what it takes to make a great film.

Mike's  more recent feature film, Littlerock is a drama that examines culture shock, the universal yearning for connection, and the impact of history on ordinary people in the tale of Atsuko and Rintaro, Japanese siblings who come to California to visit a World War II-era internment camp.  

Littlerock is followed up by the feature film, Pearblossom Hwy, co-written and starring Atsuko Okatsuka of  Littlerock  and also starring Cory Zacharia from  Littlerock and  Kid Icarus.

Mike currently teaches film directing at the University of Southern California.

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