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47 minutes | 4 years ago
SPS033: Composer and Musician Jonathan Wolff
"A good TV theme, DOES have Pavlovian powers!" ~ Jonathan Wolff On this week's episode of the Smartcast we invite acclaimed musician and composer Jonathan Wolff. Jonathan is the man behind the iconic Seinfeld theme as well as having written the music for over 75 primetime series. Creating a sonic brand is this week's theme as Jonathan discusses the many intricacies of establishing oneself as not only a musician, but also a brand in the creative arts. The story about his musical journey is something of wonder. He's a masterful pianist that is both entertaining and informative. Listen this week how a young artist from Kentucky became a Hollywood music icon, a composer for TV’s most well-loved shows (including Seinfeld, Will and Grace, Married With Children, SavedByTheBell: The College Years, Caroline In The City) and now a public speaker advocating the arts to the world! For more information on Jonathan or to catch one of his talks, make sure to like his Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/seinfeldmusicguy/ or you can visit his website at www.SeinfeldMusicGuy.com If you enjoy this episode make sure to rate, review, and share! For more visit us at http://smartcast.smartpostsound.com or #Subscribe on: #iTunes - http://apple.co/1X4T6rd #Stitcher - http://www.stitcher.com/s?fid=88488 #TuneINradio - http://tun.in/phWnN #iHeartradio - http://bit.ly/iheartradiosmartcast #GooglePlay - http://bit.ly/22hrH6e
55 minutes | 4 years ago
SPS032: Filmmaker Laurens Grant
Bio excerpt from http://www.laurensgrant.com/ ~ Laurens Grant is a 3-time Emmy and Peabody award-winning filmmaker. She recently directed the documentary Stay Woke: The Black Lives Matter Movement for BET. She also produced The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution, which premiered at Sundance; representing her third film to premiere at this prestigious film festival. The film opened worldwide in Fall 2015 and played a remarkable 8-week run at Film Forum in New York City. It aired on PBS’s Independent Lens series to record-breaking ratings on Feb. 16, 2016. Previously, Grant Directed the documentary Jesse Owens, the first full-length documentary on the African-American sports icon. Jesse Owens won an Emmy for Outstanding Research, and received 2 Emmy nominations for Outstanding Historical - Long Form, and Outstanding Music and Sound. Grant also produced the documentary Freedom Riders which premiered at Sundance, won 3 Primetime Emmys, a Peabody, was featured on Oprah, and has influenced the Hollywood films: Selma and Lee Daniels’ The Butler. Grant also co-produced two, 4-hour series for PBS, including the Emmy-winning Slavery and the Making of America: Seeds of Destruction, and Latin Music USA: The Chicano Wave. Before plunging into documentary, Grant was a foreign correspondent in Latin American. She received a Foreign Press Association Award of Merit for her coverage of Latin American politics, finance and women’s rights while working as a journalist for Reuters, Newsweek, the Texas Ft. Worth Star-Telegram, the San Francisco Examiner and other publications. Grant received a Bachelor of Science in Journalism with a major concentration in French language and literature from Northwestern University the Medill School of Journalism. Grant was also awarded an honorary doctor of humane letters, honoris causa, from Governors State University in Illinois. Grant speaks Spanish and French.
44 minutes | 4 years ago
SPS031: Loren Silber - Post production mixer and co-owner of Lime Studios Santa Monica
Loren Silber is an audio post production mixer and co-owner of Lime Studios in Santa Monica, CA. Loren's experience began at the University of Miami where he started in the music engineering program. His ambitions then moved towards becoming a record producer and working on albums in Los Angeles where things fell short. After applying for several jobs around the country, Loren landed his first post production job in Chicago. With $300 in his pocket he moved to Chicago and took the job. Loren lived and worked in Chicago for 8 years before moving to Los Angeles. Loren saw moving to POP Sound in Santa Monica for his own room as a mixer as a great opportunity and ceased it. Loren began building his clientele and experience in commercial mixing. Through his experience, work ethic, and technical know-how, Loren is a "turn-key" solutions mixer that handles all elements of sound for his projects. Through Lime Studios, Loren is able to unify a voice in collaboration and creativity for every project he's a part of. This week Larry discusses much of Loren's experience in high end commercial and post production mixing for some of the most watched advertising material on the planet.
50 minutes | 4 years ago
SPS030: Steve Cantos - Vice President of Operations & Client Services at Sony DADC
Steve Cantos is Vice President of Operations and Client Services currently at Sony DADC. Steve's experience in Home Entertainment post production and international markets is discussed. Not many people understand what happens to the packaged product after it's been completed. Steve has held senior leadership roles overseeing staff of 100+ across numerous functional servicing areas, covering all facets of feature film and episodic content creation and distribution. He's been head of strategic initiatives and designed several systems to improve process, efficiency, and operating profit. This week we explore what it's like "post" post-production. What are some of the hurdles, obstacles, and scenarios domestic content is put under before being distributed internationally. If you've ever been curious about how these deals are made and what type of scrutiny large film and television titles are under, make sure to listen.
38 minutes | 4 years ago
SPS029: Matt Temple - Sound Editor, Supervisor, Re-Recording Mixer & Musician
Matt Temple is an established post-production sound designer, editor, supervisor and mixer with his roots in the music industry. Classically trained as a violinist early on, Matt began playing guitar from the age of 12. Originally from New York, he spent 12 years in the Boston Area playing in bands and producing artists and songwriters. He eventually took a job teaching at the renowned Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA. After playing the club scene and doing tours through Glasgow, Edinburgh, and the UK, Matt decided to relocate to Los Angeles, California. In LA Matt has become more involved with Sound Design for Film and Television. He has worked on many major motion pictures and TV shows including: St. Sebastian, Tyrant, The Tick, Second Chance, Salem, Bones, Parks and Recreation, The Office, Ultimate Rush, Good Vibes, Friends with Benefits, Sit Down Shut Up, King of the Hill, The Goode Family, Centipede, The Killer Weekend, Passion of the Christ and many more. (see IMDB.com for complete list) Although his focus has shifted towards the Film and TV industry, he still enjoys producing his own musical compositions. Matt's music is computer-driven, utilizing the latest in technology. Matt composes and designs sound in his private studio in Culver City where he mixes music and film in 5.1. Matt stays involved in the music scene and has done Sound Design for Trent Reznor of NINE INCH NAILS. For more info on Matt, visit his personal site at - http://www.matt-temple.com/index.php
46 minutes | 4 years ago
SPS028: Re-recording Mixer and Musician Kevin Valentine
Re-Recording Mixer and Musician Kevin Valentine has been nominated for two Primetime Emmy Awards. His mixing credits include: Prison Break, Mercy Street, Killing Reagan, Better Call Saul, Bones, The Good Wife, Dolly Parton’s Coat of Many Colors, Jesse Stone: Lost in Paradise, Chasing Life, Whitney, Tyrant, Enlisted, Gossip Girl, My Boys, Charmed and Seventh Heaven to name a few. As a drummer his credits include: Donnie Iris and The Cruisers, The Innocent (where Trent Reznor was a member before moving on to NIN), Godz, Rosie, Shadow King, Cinderella, The Lou Gramm Band (from Foreigner), Neverland, and Graham Bonnet. Kevin also played as a session musician on KISS’ Psycho Circus on all songs except for one which was played by Peter Criss. Kevin has a unique counterpoint of having both a successful career as a musician and as a re-recording mixer. This week we delve into the art of crafting sound effects and mixing from a musical background.
44 minutes | 4 years ago
SPS027: Dialog Editor Paul Longstaffe
Paul Longstaffe has won 2 Primetime Emmy Awards and 3 Golden Reel awards. His technique and workflows have been honed throughout several years of telling stories through dialogue and production audio. Paul is a master of iZotope's RX and has a unique approach at cutting dialogue and making it flow smoothly with editorial and design. His credits include: Recovery Road, Jesse Stone: Lost in Paradise, The Bastard Executioner, NCIS, Away and Back, The Bridge, Good Kill, Finding Joy, Memphis Beat, Drop Dead Diva, The Forgotten, Raising the Bar, The Glass House, Facing a New Age, Without a Trace, Entourage, Carnivale, Helen of Troy, The Mind of the Married Man, The Sopranos, Felicity and That’s Life. He has edited episodes of: Mad Men, The Black Donnellys, Dirt and Men in Trees. Listen this week as we discuss Paul's career and his approach in crafting the sound of today's top television hits.
58 minutes | 4 years ago
SPS026: Composer, Musician, and Arranger David Buckley
David Buckley most recently created the score for the summer action blockbuster “Jason Bourne,” directed by Paul Greengrass and starring Matt Damon. David has also scored the Sacha Baron Cohen comedy “The Brothers Grimsby,” for director Louis Leterrier, and “The Nice Guys” for Shane Black & Joel Silver. David's previous film credits include the Joel Schumacher-directed thrillers “Trespass” and “Blood Creek”, Ben Affleck’s crime drama “The Town”, action film “Parker” directed by Taylor Hackford, and Rob Minkoff’s fantasy adventure “The Forbidden Kingdom.” For the small screen, he has composed the music for the hit CBS drama series “The Good Wife”, “Mercy Street” for PBS and "BrainDead" for CBS. Born in England, Buckley’s first involvement with film music was as a cathedral choirboy performing on Peter Gabriel’s score for Martin Scorsese’s THE LAST TEMPTATION OF CHRIST. He continued his musical education at Cambridge University where he subsequently taught. After graduating, he moved to London and began a successful career writing music for TV shows and commercials. In 2006, Buckley moved to Los Angeles, where he began collaborating with Harry Gregson-Williams, Danny Elfman, Hans Zimmer, and John Ottman on film scores, including “Shrek the Third,” “Flushed Away,” “The Number 23” and “Gone Baby Gone,” as well as the television specials like “Shrek the Halls.” He has also written music for such films as “Fifty Shades of Grey,” “Big Eyes,” “Winter’s Tale,” and “American Hustle” and his music was featured in David O’Russell’s “Joy”. His credits also include writing the music for a number of game platforms including “Batman Arkham Knight” (WB/Rocksteady). Buckley was recently honored as a "BRIT TO WATCH" by BAFTA and has been the recipient of numerous BMI AWARDS.
56 minutes | 4 years ago
SPS025: Software Engineer and Lead Programmer at Respawn Entertainment Jon Shiring
This week we talk with Jon Shiring - Software Engineer and Lead Engineer at Respawn Entertainment. Jon's credits include shipping the highly anticipated Titanfall 2 (out October 28, 2016), Titanfall, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, Call of Duty 2 and Savage. He has over 15 years experience in the game industry working on multiplayer titles. As a software engineer Jon has added splitscreen, sprinting, playlists, co-op (via non-blocking lockstep), and matchmaking to Call of Duty, and helped build the cloud server system and handled a significant chunk of the network code for Titanfall. Check out Jon on Twitter! - @jonshiring
45 minutes | 4 years ago
SPS024: Producer Diane Mercer
Diane Mercer has been nominated 5 times for Primetime Emmys with 2 wins for “Breaking Bad” and for the PGA Awards, 4 nominations and 2 wins. Her credits include: Better Call Saul, Enlisted, Breaking Bad, Notes from the Underbelly, The Apostles, Help Me Help You, Arrested Development, The Pool at Madd Breaker’s and On the Spot. She is an immensely talented and well-acknowledged producer. Her experience and methodologies are shared on this week's episode and we couldn't be happier to have her enlighten our listeners. Tune in this week as we explore what it's like contributing to some of the most widely watched and acclaimed shows on television. This episode describes the many disciplines behind what it's like being a producer and how one of the best in the business empowers the creative process. Make sure to rate, review, subscribe, and share!
44 minutes | 4 years ago
SPS023: Sound Supervisor and Editor Greg Schorer
Supervising Sound Editor Greg Schorer's credits include NCIS: NOLA, NCIS, JAG, 8MM2, Traffic, Rough Riders, I Know What You Did Last Summer, Adrenalin, Fear The Rush, Cyber Bandits, Blood of the Innocent, Embrace of the Vampire, The Zone, Call Blooded, Shadow Warriors, Pointman, Texas, Judicial Consent, Rise and Walk, The Dennis Boyd Story, Quantum Leap, Gypsy, Stalin and White Winter Heat. Greg discusses what it's like supervising some of the most long-running episodic titles in the industry. He describes his creative process and the development of the soundscapes he creates. Join us this week as Greg describes working with clients, dealing with editorial, budgets, storytelling, and dictating the direction of sound as it pertains to the picture.
47 minutes | 4 years ago
SPS022: Re-Recording Mixer & Sound Editor Bob Bronow
Bob Bronow has won and been nominated for a staggering amount of Primetime Emmy, C.A.S. and M.P.S.E. awards. His wins include 2 Primetime Emmy, 4 C.A.S. and 2 M.P.S.E awards. Bob's credits include - The Family, The Undeniable Joe Buck, Deadliest Catch, Alaska Off Road Warriors, Storage Wars, Ax Men, American Hoggers, 1000 Ways to Die, Around the World in 80 Ways, The Colony, America’s Toughest Jobs, The Wrecking Crew, American Masters, Monster Garage, Monster House, Punkin Chunkin, The Great Biker Buildoff and many more. Bob is an innovator and known by many to be a tech-savvy artist in the world of sound. His workflows in dealing with problematic sound elements on a daily basis is something of wonder. A true craftsman of sound that is as artistic in his approach as he is technical. Bob describes his approach at dealing with mixing, editing, and at times combating some of sound's most difficult elements. Listen this week as we talk about how Bob uses tools like iZotope's RX, Waves, Avid ProTools and much more to assist him in storytelling.
42 minutes | 4 years ago
SPS021: Production Sound Mixer Phillip Palmer
So what's it like being a production sound mixer? Join us this week as we discuss the many intricacies of the job with guest Phillip Palmer. Philip is a multi-award winning mixer with credits including Wakefield, The Night Shift, Better Call Saul, Glee, American Horror Story, The Other Guys, Battle: Los Angeles, NCIS: LA, Angels and Demons, Swingtown, Star Trek, Jericho, National Treasure: Book of Secrets, Medium, Threshold and Entourage to name more than a few. If you've ever had the question of what a production mixer is faced with or what difficulties they tackle on a daily basis, listen this week as we delve into the question of what it's like being a production sound mixer on some of the most well known television and feature titles to date. If you like this podcast please make sure to rate, review, or share. For more episodes visit us at http://smartcast.smartpostsound.com or #Subscribe on: #iTunes - http://apple.co/1X4T6rd #Stitcher - http://www.stitcher.com/s?fid=88488 #TuneIN #Radio - http://tun.in/phWnN #GooglePlay - http://bit.ly/22hrH6e
47 minutes | 4 years ago
SPS020: Sound Effects Editor Dave Barnaby
This week's episode features Sound Effects Editor Dave Barnaby. Dave describes what it's like being an artist in sound. Through sound libraries, raw recording, and unique sound palettes. Dave discusses what it's like editing for episodic television, feature film, documentary, gaming, and more. Dave's signature sound is built off experience. In knowing what to choose, how to build, layer and organize each element, helps Dave produce sounds that have become key elements in such titles as Captain America, Cinderella Man, Angels & Demons, Guilt, Living in the Age of Airplanes, NCIS: New Orleans, Blue Mountain State, and many more. Finding the right sound effect and knowing when to "choose" the right element is key to Dave's workflow. This week listen as we explore how to reverse-engineer sound through editorial and design. Dave has worked at 740 Sound Design in Marina Del Rey - Danetracks commercial devision, Todd-AO and now Smart Post Sound. If you like this podcast please make sure to rate, review, or share. For more episodes visit us at http://smartcast.smartpostsound.com or #Subscribe on: #iTunes - http://apple.co/1X4T6rd #Stitcher - http://www.stitcher.com/s?fid=88488 #TuneIN #Radio - http://tun.in/phWnN #GooglePlay - http://bit.ly/22hrH6e
36 minutes | 4 years ago
SPS019: Re-recording Mixers Dean Okrand & Brian Harman
In total, Dean Okrand has won 7 Primetime Emmy Awards, 4 CAS Awards and two Daytime Emmy Awards - Brian Harman has won 3 Emmy Awards and 4 CAS Awards. Selected mixing team credits have included Pitch, Speechless, Grandfathered, Modern Family, Recovery Road, Angie Tribecca, Fresh Off The Boat, Galavant, Sons of Anarchy, Switched At Birth, The Neighbors, We Are Men, Ben and Kate, Terra Nova and Make It or Break It. Listen in this week as we explore what it's like being among the most well-respected and sought after mixing teams in episodic television.
42 minutes | 4 years ago
SPS018: Colorist Tom Overton
Tom started working in telecine at Compact Video in 1980. In 1985 he became Pacific Video’s first Colorist where he was privileged to test-pilot their Emmy award winning “Electronic Lab” which served as the prototype for all electronic post to this day. In 2007, he was Keep Me Posted’s first Colorist and worked there till 2013 when he joined the Modern VideoFilm team. A veteran of over 20 years as a colorist in major facilities, Overton’s credits cover a broad range of television and feature work. He is known for his versatility in creating the look of shows as divergent as “Judging Amy” and “The Shield.” “Matlock”, “Beverly Hills, 90210” and “Melrose Place”. He's timed “Northern Exposure”, “Beauty and the Beast”, “The Shield”, and more recently, “Gossip Girl”, “Californication”, “Witches of East End” and “Scorpion.” He has also color timed many TV Movies and mini-series including “Mama Flora’s Family”, “Doing Time on Maple Drive”, and “What Girls Learn” as well as KCET’s award winning mini-series “The Astronomers”. He has also worked on a long list of Disney Channel movies including “High School Musical 1 & 2” This week we explore the position and art behind being a colorist and discuss Tom's newest addition to his illustrious resume - Smart Post Video.
48 minutes | 4 years ago
SPS017: Actress, Director, and Producer Juliet Landau
Juliet Landau is a multifaceted actress, director, and producer. Having co-starred in Tim Burton’s “Ed Wood” and opposite Whoopi Goldberg in “Theodore Rex” Juliet is a creative talent not only in her acting, but the characters she portrays and takes on. She created and played the role of Drusilla with Joss Whedon on “Buffy The Vampire Slayer” and “Angel” over the course of six seasons discussing with us what it's like acting in television. Juliet directed the documentary "Take Flight" about and for Gary Oldman covering his creative process and co-directed "Dream Out Loud", which features interviews from the likes of Guillermo del Toro, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Rian Johnson. Juliet is currently directing “A Place Among The Undead” - which we encourage you to contribute to at https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/a-place-among-the-undead#/ The title is an anthology series on vampires, which includes interviews with Tim Burton, Joss Whedon, Gary Oldman, Willem Dafoe, Anne Rice, Ron Perlman, Robert Patrick and many more. Juliet is also additionally directing (in tandem) a feature length documentary, “A Place Among The Dead”, which looks at people taking the fantasy of vampirism a bit too far into reality. For more info on these titles please visit her site at http://www.julietlandau.com Juliet has starred in over 20 films and on multiple television shows. She describes her unique approach in adopting a character's persona and what it's like performing for a diverse arena of television, theatre, gaming, and feature environments. Juliet has performed extensive voiceover work for multiple video game, animation, and audio book titles which she also discusses. For theater, Juliet's favorite performances include starring in “Danny and The Deep Blue Sea”, “A Streetcar Named Desire” and “Awake and Sing” among many, many more. Listen this week as we delve into the performances that encompass Juliet Landau's career through past, present, and future.
45 minutes | 4 years ago
SPS016: Voice Actor, Loop Group Director and Founder of The Final Word Joe Cappelletti
Joe Cappelletti's credits include television series Halt and Catch Fire, Ballers, House of Lies, Gotham, Lady Dynamite, Recovery Road, Legends, Being Mary Jane, Switched at Birth, Better Call Saul, Twisted, The Good Wife, CSI: NY, Californication, Entourage, Make it or Break it, and films Suicide Squad, Independence Day: Resurgence, Pele: Birth of a Legend, Southpaw, Lila & Eve, Deliver Us From Evil, Seal Team Eight: Behind Enemy Lines and many, many more. As a Voice Actor Joe has also voiced many video games including: Grand Theft Auto V, Steel Battalion: Heavy Armor, Resident Evil 6, Syndicate, Final Fantasy XIII-2, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, Call of Duty: Black Ops, Mafia II and Medal of Honor. Joe's extensive list of credits can be found at http://www.thefinalword.org/
47 minutes | 5 years ago
SPS015: Composer and Musician Christopher French
Christopher French is a multi-instrumentalist and composer from San Jose, California. As a teenage guitarist, he started writing songs with a 4-track tape recorder in his bedroom. He spent his formative years touring with punk and alternative rock bands, developing his stage presence and voice, both as a singer and as a songwriter. He currently composes the score for the half hour comedy Young and Hungry, on Freeform, he composed the music for short films Limina and Condolences, composed the song Welcome to The Night, which is featured in the film Authors Anonymous, the theme for Life Flight on Lifetime, the music on commercials for Summer’s Eve, Advance Auto Parts and several Fruit of the Loom spots, Chris is also a music Producer for British indie folk singer Josh Beech, Actress/Singer Ashley Tisdale, Bluebird aka Brianna Cuoco, the bands Whisper City, a duo with Kyle Moorman, Annie Automatic and Palmerston. Chris plays guitar, keyboards, sings with an impressive range, writes, produces and mixes music.
37 minutes | 5 years ago
SPS014: Sound Editor and Supervisor Christopher Gomez
Chris’ credits include UnREAL, Speechless, Recovery Road, Modern Family, Legends, Heroes Reborn, The Bastard Executioner, Nicky, Ricky, Dicky and Dawn, Girl Meets World, Whitney and has most recently supervised and edited sound for Hulu's East Los High. Chris has also cut effects for the feature film There are Monsters mixed at the new Smart Post West in Santa Monica, CA. This is full resume for a guy that has been doing this for four years. Chris attended The Art Institute of California in Santa Monica after working at the railroad for many years prior. He has risen to excellence after interning, followed by some time in the M&E/ deliverables department at Smart Post Sound. Joe Melody was his teacher at The Art Institute and had Chris as a pupil, saw potential and eventually helped him get his foot in the door at the company he presides over. Chris’ passion, dedication to the job, and ability to learn quickly have all made him a phenomenal editor at an early stage in his career. His willingness to be mentored by more experienced editors, supervisors, and mixers has fast-tracked his rise as an editor. Chris is very musical, plays guitar by ear, and this musical gift is utilized as an editor and supervisor.
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