The nsavides Podcast - on filmmaking, music, & art
About This Show
Interviews with filmmakers, musicians, and other creative leaders who rely on collaboration to do amazing things and want to make the world better in some way.
The nsavides Podcast explores the art of collaboration in context of film, music, and creative ventures. Past guests have worked on films like 12 Years a Slave, Forrest Gump, and The Amazing Spider-Man, written bestselling books and won Emmys, Oscars, a National Book Award, a Peabody, and a Pulitzer.
Past topics of conversation have included filmmaking, screenwriting, directing, editing, visual effects, post production, producing, cinematography, music, finding freelance work, working with filmmakers, making art, and writing books. Let's get to know each other and aim for better things together. Send feedback or suggestions for future episodes to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Most Recent Episode
Commentary: Hope Hanafin, The Newsroom, & Impossible Dreams
Last episode I had the opportunity to interview Hope Hanafin, the costume designer on shows like 500 Days of Summer, The Newsroom, and Thank You for Your Service. Normally I do the commentary at the end of each interview, but the interview with Hope ran longer than usual. Hope shared a lot of great insights, so rather than try to cut down the interview's length, I decided to do my commentary on a separate episode. It would also give me the opportunity to think more about Aaron Sorkin's work and to delve more deeply into The Newsroom, which I watched all the way through for the first time in preparation for the interview. While The Newsroom came out in 2012, it still feels relevant in today's political landscape. It dares to imagine what the news could be like if more of its practitioners were focused on telling the truth, and not merely entertaining for the sake of ratings or succumbing to the pitfalls of partisan politics. It's a big vision, but does the show live up to its potential and its own ideals? What if anything can we take away from the show as we try to navigate the often polarizing waters of today's current events? That's what I set to examine in my commentary. The Newsroom involves a number of political discussions, so I couldn't see a way to thoughtfully discuss the show without touching on its political outlook. My podcast is not primarily a political one, but I do believe it is important to address challenging issues on occasion, even if they do touch on politics. I understand that politics can be polarizing, so I was hesitant to dive in, but the stakes felt substantial enough, and just because certain terrain is tricky to navigate doesn't mean we should avoid it entirely. On the contrary, it can be important to engage and to do so in a civil way. Otherwise only the most belligerent and extreme voices will be heard. My perspectives might be a little different than how you see things or what you might expect based on other film and TV commentaries, but they are earnestly offered. Regardless of where you fall in the politic spectrum, I'm hoping that you'll consider my outlook and that we can continue the conversation in a thoughtful and considerate way. Let's work together to make things better, shall we? The Newsroom includes ongoing references to
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Nov 23 2017