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55 minutes | 2 months ago
'Promising Young Woman' Dir. Emerald Fennell w/ Production & Costume Designers
“Why shouldn’t films look like this?” asks director Emerald Fennell, who believes diverse storytelling doesn’t just open the door to different stories and characters, but a diversity of craft. In talking about the colorful world she built around Cassie (Carrie Mulligan), Fennell breaks down how she constructed a film that tackles difficult issues in such entertaining and subversive ways. At the 24 minute mark, Emerald and I welcome “Promising Young Woman” costume designer Nancy Steiner and production designer Michael Perry to the conversation, where we talk about everything from Paris Hilton Videos to Twin Peaks to Sweet Valley High.
43 minutes | 2 months ago
'Minari' Dir. Lee Isaac Chung w/ Composer Emile Mosseri
What Does a Childhood Memory Look and Sound Like? That's a question we explore with the "Minari" director, who revisited his memories of growing up on an Arkansas family farm in the 1980s to make this film. And for the second half of the podcast Isaac and I welcome his composer Emile Mosseri into the conversation to discuss their collaboration.
41 minutes | 2 months ago
'Sound Of Metal' Riz Ahmed & Dir. Darius Marder
What does it feel like when your relationship to the world around you suddenly changes? Riz and Darius talk about the unique subjective experience they crafted for the audience as Ruben (Ahmed) looses his hearing, and the immersive way they shot ‘Sound of Metal.’ From putting mics down Riz’s throat, to learning drums, to the fascinating way sound design dictated editing and camera, we jump inside one of the more interesting production and craft stories of this awards season.
50 minutes | 3 months ago
'Nomadland' Dir Chloé Zhao & DP Joshua James Richards
Zhao and Richards talk about how their process and filmmaking has evolved over 3 films, their spiritual connection to Terrence Malick, why Zhao decided to edit herself and Richards wanted to build Fern's van himself (and ended up with a production design credit), and marvels of Frances McDormand.
44 minutes | 3 months ago
'Judas And The Black Messiah' Dir. Shaka King
The only way Shaka King was going to get a film made about the Chicago leader of the Black Panthers, Chairman Fred Hampton (Daniel Kaluuya), was to mask it as ‘Donnie Brasco’ genre film, and on this podcast we break down the incredible structure and ingenuity of this remarkable script. Shaka also talks about collaborating with DP Sean Bobbitt (after Bradford Young had to step away form the project), how the 'Judas' team turned modern day Cleveland into the westside of Chicago of the late 60s, the music track the director played at every pitch meeting (much to Exec Prod Ryan Coogler's dismay), and actress Dominique Fishback's vital role in shaping the film's third act and the role of Deborah Johnson (now known as Akua Njeri). 'Judas and the Black Messiah' is streaming now on HBO Max.
53 minutes | 3 months ago
'Malcolm And Marie' Director Sam Levinson
The “Euphoria” creator talks about writing his new Netflix film around Zendaya’s persona and talents, throwing away the first two days of shooting, lacking confidence on set, finding the right needle drops, making the special “Euphoria” episodes, being aware of the audience’s (and his own) attention span, and severely restricting the number shots, angles, and lenses he uses. We also address (at the beginning and end of the podcast) Malcolm’s (John David Washington) attacks on film critics in the film, which Sam believes is being misconstrued and I believe is problematic.
42 minutes | 5 months ago
'Gunda' Director Victor Kossakovsky
'Gunda' Director Victor Kossakovsky by Chris O'Falt
49 minutes | 5 months ago
'Bloody Nose, Empty Pockets' Dirs. Bill & Turner Ross
When “Bloody Nose, Empty Pockets” premiered at Sundance last January it sparked a predictable conversation about what qualifies as a documentary. Bill and Turner Ross’ nonfiction story about the last night of a bar on the outskirts of the Las Vegas Strip was actually shot in a New Orleans bar, its patrons were bar flies the co-directors had met in an extensive casting process of visiting late night watering holes throughout the city. What got lost in the focus on the behind-the-scenes elements of making “Bloody Nose” was the craft that went into it and art that unfolded on screen. Bill and Turner are masters of direct cinema, and on the podcast we give them an opportunity to dig into their craft and process.
49 minutes | 5 months ago
'The Painter And The Thief' Dir Benjamin Ree & Painter Barbora Kysilkova
A fascinating filmmaking discussion about how echoes Truffaut, Scorsese, Peckinpah, and Bergman found their way into this intimate nonfiction drama. Ree and “the Painter” (Kysilkova) talk about their unique collaboration and what happened off-screen before filming, while the director also opens up about how he was mentally drained and ready to give up on the film before getting an important call from Sundance.
79 minutes | 6 months ago
"Dick Johnson Is Dead" Dir. Kirsten Johnson
One of the most cinematically exciting, joyous, and sad films of the year, the director behind "Cameraperson" talks about her process of making a Netflix film with her father about his dementia and inevitable death.
61 minutes | 6 months ago
'Boys State' Directors Amanda McBaine & Jesse Moss
How ‘Son of Saul,' 'Lincoln' and other scripted narrative films Influenced this Documentary’s Up-Close and Widescreen Subjectivity. From casting to editing, a deep dive into the Grand Jury Prize winner for Best Documentary at Sundance 2020, and the frontrunner for the 2021 Oscar.
55 minutes | 6 months ago
'Time' Director Garrett Bradley
Possibly the film of the year, Garrett Bradley takes us inside the creation of her poetic cinematic process in making a film about love, family, and incarceration.
40 minutes | 9 months ago
"Succession" Deep Dive: Season 2 Finale
'Succession' Deep Dive: Creator Jeremy Armstrong and His Craft Team Break Down the Season 2 Finale – "The Is Not for Tears."
49 minutes | 9 months ago
'Watchmen' Deep Dive: Ep 6 'This Extraordinary Being'
Damon Lindelof and the ‘Watchmen’ nominated crafts team analyze Episode 6 “The Extraordinary Being" and the filmmaking behind Hooded Justice's origin story.
3 minutes | 9 months ago
Deep Dive Podcast Trailer ("Watchmen")
IndieWire is launching a new Craft podcast called Deep Dive on Monday with Watchmen creator Damon Lindelof and his creative team of artisans breaking down episode 6 "This Extraordinary Being." To learn more listen to this trailer.
39 minutes | 10 months ago
"Ramy" Creator Ramy Youssef
The Hulu series' star and co-creator talks about stepping into the showrunner role and directing four episodes for Season 2. Also discussed: Editing during the pandemic, short films vs. formulaic TV structuring, and the letter he shared from "Ramy" parking coordinator Jon Johnson Sr. that went viral throughout the production world.
66 minutes | 10 months ago
"Better Call Saul" Showrunner Peter Gould
Gould on how he is approaching the end of “Better Call Saul” and his writers room tackles character on the series that is a prequel to "Breaking Bad.” We also discuss how the visual and aural language of the show has evolved from co-creator Vince Gilligan's original series.
42 minutes | 10 months ago
"Watchmen" Director/EP Nicole Kassell
The executive producer and director of episodes 1, 2, and 8 breaks down how she translated the graphic novel's cynical tone and visual style for creator Damon Lindelof.
47 minutes | 10 months ago
"The Good Fight" Creators Michelle And Robert King
"The Good Fight" Creators Michelle And Robert King by Chris O'Falt
46 minutes | 10 months ago
"The Loudest Voice" Writer/Producer Gabriel Sherman
The reporter who got inside Fox News talks about adapting his definitive book on Roger Ailes into the limited series starring Russell Crowe and how Ailes was a real life Citizen Kane, who mixed the talents of Leni Riefenstahl and Louis B. Mayer.
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