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35 minutes | a year ago
COVID -19 Edition- Casting Buffalo Founders Discuss Launching a Business During a Pandemic
I am starting a special Covid-19 series where we talk to filmmakers to find out what they are doing while Hollywood is shut down due to the Coronavirus. In this episode I spoke to Harry Lipsitz and Kyle Mecca two Buffalo Filmmakers and the Co-Founders of a casting company "Casting Buffalo" to find out what it was like launching a company during a Pandemic. We also discussed how they are staying busy, if they are working on personal projects while at home, what they think the industry will be like after this and they offered up advice to what other creatives can be doing during this time. I hope you guys enjoy this special episode and dont forget to Rate, Subscribe and Write a Review!
75 minutes | a year ago
Templeton-Reality TV Production Assistant
In this episode I sat down with Templeton who is a Production Assistant for various reality tv shows shows such as Chopped and Hustle in Brooklyn. He also does a lot of work for various companies such as Viacom, Conde Nast and so many more. We got to discuss what is like working in reality tv, how he is able to book jobs, his experience on Chopped and the life of a true freelancer. Make sure to listen to full episode if you want to hear what's going on behind the scenes on Chopped, how story lines are created on your favorite reality TV shows and if what you see is real or fake. Be sure to follow him on instagram @foryoufromtemp and check out his podcast The Grown Folk Table. Thank you for listening, please like, subscribe and write a review! For more content be sure to check me out on Instagram @jazlynporter
55 minutes | a year ago
Byron Brown II- Walking in Your Truth as a Creative
This episode is very different from all of the other episodes I've recored. In this episode I discussed less about his responsibilities working in the electrical department in the TV/ Film industry and more about who he is as a person and what its like working as a creative in Buffalo. The first half of the episode we discuss what he does on film sets, how he got his start and what the electrical department is responsible for. The second half on the interview we really opened up about his truth being a creative, what's is like being the son of the Mayor of Buffalo and mental health. We even had the Mayor and our special guest Mitch Arizona chime in during the interview. As always I hope you guys enjoy this episode for its honesty and transparency. Please SHARE SHARE SHARE with friends and family and don't forget to Subscribe, Rate and Write a Review!
61 minutes | 2 years ago
Danny Carroll- What It's Like Being A Producers Assistant
Danny Carroll was the Producers Assistant on NBC's "The Enemy Within". The ironic thing about this interview is that when Danny and I sat down to talk, I was asking him question that not only did I think guest would want to ask but also questions I really wanted know the answers of.. At the time I was wrapping out of my job as an Office PA and I was ready to transition to Producers Assistant but I didn't really know how. In this interview you will learn *What a Line Producers role is *What the responsibilities of a Producers Assistant is *The best way to become a Producers Assistant *What makes a good Producers Assistant As mentioned in the episode here is Danny's email address if you want to email him for advice or any other questions. Danny@stfortune.com Thank you for listening and Please Subscribe wherever you listen at, make sure to Rate, Write a Review and tell someone who you think might be interested in this podcast.
60 minutes | 2 years ago
Mark Clennon: His Experience Capturing BTS of The Cast and Crew of Ava Duvernay's Limited Series "When They See Us"
Mark Clennon is a commercial and editorial photographer. Inspired by Ava DuVernay herself, Mark decide to switch his career later on in life. Only working full time for less than two years at the time of this opportunity. He has been able to work with major brands and people such as Reebok, Vogue, Culture Con, supermodel Bella Hadid and so many more. On this episode I spoke to Mark about his unique opportunity where he had the chance to spend a day on set of the limited series "When They See Us" and capture some behind the scenes photos. He also returned to capture pictures from the premiere and the wrap party. During this episode you will hear: How Mark got this opportunity What Ava and the cast were like on set His journey of becoming a photographer How the cast and crew reacted to seeing the series & so much more If you want to check out more of Mark's work you can follow him on IG @mark.c or check out his website www.markclennon.com Don't forget to Like, Subscribe and Write a Review!
54 minutes | 2 years ago
Denzel Williams- Music Video Director
In the first episode of Season 2 I spoke with Denzel Williams who is a music video director from Buffalo, NY who has worked with some dope artists such as Estelle, India Arie, A Boogie and more. He is also the creator of the WNY based music festival Vibrations. During our discussion he talked about how music video directors get paid, the process of writing treatments, some of the issues with the payment process and his story of how he left Buffalo right after high school to pursue his dreams. If you want to stay up to date with the projects Denzel is working on now follow him on IG @dz_williams. As always make sure to Subscribe, Rate and Write a Review!!!
40 minutes | 2 years ago
Recap of Spike Lee's Master Class|Being a person of color in the Film Industry
This is a special episode of the Crew Only podcast where I got to sit down and talk to Gabe Chavez who worked as a Key Grip on Spike Lee's Master Class. Throughout this episode expect to hear what Spike Lee talked about during the master class, behind the scenes stories from the Malcom X movie, how Spike Lee uses his influence to give people of color jobs and more about being a person of color in the film industry. We even touch on the topic of gentrification. The amazing thing about this episode is that it embodies everything about film-making. We are in a industry where we have the ability to tell stories about any and everything. Let me know what you think about this episode. As always don't forget to rate, write a review and subscribe to the channel!
106 minutes | 2 years ago
Gabe Chavez: Filmmaker and Best Boy Grip
This is the Season Finale of Season 1! I didn't know that this episode with Gabe Chavez would be the finale but as I started releasing the episodes it never felt like the right time to put this one out. Eventually it clicked and I knew that this would be the season finale. During my conversation with Gabe we didn't just talk about his role and responsibilities and pay of being a Best Boy Grip, this conversation was so much more than that. We talked about film making and how its changed his life, and all of his own projects that he directed. He was open and honest about his family and how the film industry has impacted his life. This one is long but its so worth it and I know you guys are going to enjoy this one and definitely take a lot from it. Thank you for rocking with me during Season 1. As always please Subscribe, Rate and Write a Review!
43 minutes | 2 years ago
Michael Thompson: Aspiring Director of Photography
I met Mike on the set of a music video I directed in October of 2017 and then after that I started seeing him around the city on different film sets. Mike is putting in his days to join the union but he is also constantly creating content whether its on commercial shoots, music videos,or friends projects, he's always trying to get better. It was really cool getting to talk to Mike because he is like a lot of us where we are in the middle of trying to figure it out. We don't have all the answers right now. We are just making it happen along the way. One of the things to take away from this episode is that you should constantly be creating your own stuff. Its the only way to get better at your craft and you get the opportunity to try different things you might not be able to do on a bigger project.
58 minutes | 2 years ago
Daniel Burger- 2nd Assistant Accountant
In this episode I sat down with Daniel Burger who is a second ssistant accountant. When we recorded this episode he was in Buffalo working on the film "Bashira". Daniels story was so interesting because of how he got in the industry and how he has been able to move up so quickly. Its true when they say it's all about who you know! Daniel has worked on some notable shows such as Being Mary Jane and Underground. Throughout the episode Daniel gives us a little more insight into what the accounting department does, and what can make a job difficult. Make sure to Rate, Review and Subscribe
48 minutes | 2 years ago
Melanie Morse: Locations Manager, Owner of Honey & Punch Production Company
I first met Melanie on my first film "The True Adventures of Wolfboy" so this was great getting a chance to sit down and talk to her about her journey in this industry. She was so honest about how the industry can be so tough and how she came in and out for years. We learned how she started her production company with her partner, how she became a locations manager, and how she balances the two. Two things to take away from this interview is to try it all, how else will you know what you like and what you don't like. The other thing is don't be afraid to say yes when a opportunity is presented to just because you've never done it before.
33 minutes | 2 years ago
Heath Cottengim: Unit Production Assistant
So I met Heath back in June of 2017. We were both interns on the feature film Cold Brook. So this film was our first time working together again since our internship. This episode wasn't just about learning what the locations department does and what a unit PA is. Is was also about hearing the perspective of PA and the importance of knowing where you want to go in this industry. I hope you guys enjoy this episode and as always make sure to Rate, Review and Subscribe. Happy New Year everyone!! Adios to 2018, Hello 2019.
47 minutes | 2 years ago
Hanna Woltz: Set Dec PA and Creative Extraordinaire
In this episode, I sat down with Hanna Woltz who was working as a Set Dec PA on the feature film Bashira during the time of the interview, but she is so much more than a PA. She is an all-around creative and an amazing person. She's responsible for the awesome cover art for this podcast! One of the things you will take away from this episode is the idea of being persistent, staying in contact with people that you met and always going above and beyond what you are asked to do. She was very honest about her journey getting into the industry and she shared some advice on how to get in the industry and where to start! Make sure to check her out and stay tuned for all of the amazing things she will do in the future. p.s Sorry for the squeaky noises that you hear towards the end of the episode. She was working on art project for the film.
42 minutes | 2 years ago
Seth Black: Property Master
In this episode, I sat down with Seth Black who is a Property Master in Buffalo, NY. Essentially he is responsible for acquiring, manufacturing and properly placing all the props you see in a film or tv show. Throughout the episode, he shared what his responsibilities are and what a good and bad day on set looks like. He also shared with us three websites where you can find production jobs.
63 minutes | 2 years ago
Kyle Ferchen: Set Dec Buyer
A super cool episode with Kyle Ferchen who works in the Art Department. When we sat down for this episode he was working as a Set Dec Buyer for the feature film Bashira. Throughout the episode, we talked about his internship with Nickelodeon in NYC, his steps leading up to this job and what his main responsibilities are as a set Dec Buyer. If you are someone who likes to shop for cool things or have creative side to you this episode is definitely for you!
43 minutes | 2 years ago
Rafael Mencia: Production Assistant & Freelance Videographer
I got to sit down and talk to Rafi who is a Production Assistant who wants to work his way up in the camera dept. Throughout the episode we talked about his experience on his first official film job, the importance of staying connected with former crew members and if he thinks you should go to college for Film. Check out this episode if you want to know he landed his first job in the industry and see what its like for a recent college grad entering the TV/Film Industry.
44 minutes | 2 years ago
Part 2 Laura Rizer DGA Member- 2nd Assistant Director
In Part 2 Laura and I continue our conversation discussing all of the Production Assistant positions on set and what each role does. We also talk about what the relationship is like on set between the Assistant Directors and how to deal with a "difficult actor". For anyone who is just getting their start as a PA in this industry, this episode is definitely helpful and one you want to check out! As always don't forget to Rate, Review and Subscribe!
62 minutes | 2 years ago
Part 1 Laura Rizer: DGA Member and 2nd Assistant Director
This conversation with 2nd AD Laura Rizer was so dope! I had such a good time talking to her. We talked so much that I had to split it up in two parts. In Part 1 of our conversation, Laura discusses what a 2nd Assistant director does, how to join the Directors Guild Of America(DGA) how much they get paid, who is directly responsible for hiring Set PA's and what they look for when hiring. For any production assistants looking to get a job on set and eventually join the DGA, this episode is for you! Make sure you guys stay tuned for Part 2
35 minutes | 2 years ago
Hannah Jordan on Working in Different Departments as a Production Assistant
In this Episode, I sat down with Hannah Jordan who has worked as a PA in several departments such as art, crafty, locations and more. She explains what the locations and crafty departments are responsible for on set. She also shares 5 things a location, crafty and set PA should know and the importance of making and maintaining good relationships on set.
32 minutes | 2 years ago
Dana Calanan: A Broadway and TV & Film Tailor
I was really excited to sit down and talk with Dana because we are both from Niagara Falls. It's not everyday you get to meet and work with people in film who are from Niagara. Dana Calanan has worked in the costume department as a Tailor/ Seamstress for over 20 years. She has worked in both Broadway and TV & Film. Some projects she has worked on are "The Phantom of the Opera", "Mamma Mia", ""Marshall and the Golden Globe award-winning series "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel". In this episode, she explains what a tailor is, what a typical day looks like, how often she works with the actors and what kind of skills you should have for the job. She also shares a funny interaction she had with actor Josh Gad aka Olaf in "Frozen".
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