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Ep.032 - The Production Designer In conjunction with last week’s episode about the DP and the script, the Production Designer helps translate the words from the script and the ideas from the DP to a tangible product. They are an essential role on the director’s team in creating a unique and consistent stylistic approach to the design of a production - the set, locations, props, lighting, costumes, even camera angles are all details that a production designer needs to consider in order to complete their job at leading the artistic team effectively.
“Good work that people think is the cinematographer’s is often that of the production designer. We light their work, and when their work is beautifully accomplished, by which I mean well matched to the story, the result is vastly superior.” - DP Robert Richardson
Hello! Welcome to The HARVEST; Where we discuss all things, cinema & story and As we learn you learn; as we grow you grow. Please enjoy our BTS movie making discussions and by all means visit our youtube channel with comments, questions, thoughts or just witty banter.
LINK TO: The Harvest YouTube Page here!
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Ep.032 - The Production Designer In conjunction with last week’s episode about the DP and the script, the Production Designer helps translate the words from the script and the ideas from the DP to a tangible product. They are an essential role on the director’s team in creating a unique and consistent stylistic approach to the design of a production - the set, locations, props, lighting, costumes, even camera angles are all details that a production designer needs to consider in order to complete their job at leading the artistic team effectively.
“Good work that people think is the cinematographer’s is often that of the production designer. We light their work, and when their work is beautifully accomplished, by which I mean well matched to the story, the result is vastly superior.” - DP Robert Richardson
Hello! Welcome to The HARVEST; Where we discuss all things, cinema & story and As we learn you learn; as we grow you grow. Please enjoy our BTS movie making discussions and by all means visit our youtube channel with comments, questions, thoughts or just witty banter.
LINK TO: The Harvest YouTube Page here!
Ep.031 - The Director of Photography & Script Relationship (PART II) Last week we began a long and in depth conversation regarding the relationship between the Director of Photography and the Script. We kicked off the discussion by identifying the position the DP holds as one of great privilege. They are the first audience-member to the performance and yet they’re simultaneously the most important crew member in the crafting of the story and therefore must be completely removed as a passive observer. It’s a really interesting dichotomy and one that often clashes on set as the acting is happening right before their very eyes.
Today we continue the discussion with PART 2 and dig a bit deeper into specific circumstances where THE PLAN falls apart. How to handle the unexpected and being creative in moments where your back is up against the wall.
Ep.030 - The Director of Photography & Script Relationship We are taking a unique approach to the exploration of script and story. After having spent four weeks dissecting how an actor breaks down a screenplay, via study, observation, research and technical preparations; we are now going to look through the lens and the POV of the DOP: Director of Photography (DP) and their relationship to the roadmap known as the script (oh such wonderful puns await us!)
DPs occupy a very sacred space in the creative movie making process. He/she is the individual closest to the story being told. They’re the first and most intimate outsider receiving what’s being created (specifically when they’re not just a DP but also an operator) and are therefore the first audience. But because the DP is such a crucial influencer of story, they're thrust into a unique relationship with the filmmaking process - as an audience they must be passive to receive, but as a DP they must be active in the modeling of the story.
Today we’re going to take a look at this dichotomy, as well as the many nuances that go into this relationship.
Ep.029 - The Actor/Character Relationship Explored Through Text & Subtext We have spent three episodes digging into the actions, the behavior, the preparations; even THE MIND of an actor. And if you haven’t listened to those, you MUST check them out. This past week we had a chance to speak to Bobby Bishop and it was a treat just hearing his input regarding the long-term psychological effects of being a METHOD ACTOR.
This week, we are going to talk about actors, but not in the way you may think.
We’ve been talking a lot about some of the more practical and pragmatic factors involved in the ACTOR to CHARACTER relationship. Things like prep, professionalism, passion, techniques, line memorization, blocking, etc. But today, we’re going to weave into our discussion how the script informs the actor in ways beyond the LOGOS words on the page.
Every person within the filmmaking machine has a unique relationship to the script. But none is like the Actor’s relationship to the Characters presented on the written page. An actor is immersed in a study of character-specific circumstances, conflicts, motivations and objects of desire; as well as the BECOMING notion. A notion where an ACTOR must embody and represent - something, someone, an idea that serves a very specific purpose: THE TELLING OF A STORY. This is a VERY unique relationship, unlike any other.
Ep.028 - A Journey into the Mind of the Actor Last week, we talked about great actors and their characteristics; such as intuition and instinct, taking risks and letting your guard down, experiencing empathy and feeling what your character feels, being versatile and flexible, being vulnerable to the experiences of your character, having camaraderie with your scene partners, having passion - the kind of passion that can’t be taught.
These are certain traits that filmmakers look for in a great actor - I encourage you to check out EP26 for more information on just key identifying features of a GREAT ACTOR.
This week we’re going to continue exploring acting, but we’re gonna get a bit more nerdy about it and dig deeper into the psychology of performance.
-With Special Guest-Bobby Bishop
Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker with extensive case management experience and advocacy in a multi-cultural environment. He has his Masters in Social Work from Salem State University.
And Interestingly, Bobby has extensive experience with the music industry. He’s been signed by branches of Warner, Sony BMG, and Universal Music Group and presently has over 100 cue sheets in rotation - this is personal music that’s playing in Films and Network Television. And he’s currently authoring an autobiographical book titled “PROPS” and this book is about Bobby’s personal experiences engaging the ever so prevalent subject matter of racial and social identity as well as his diagnosis with Anxious Attachment Disorder.
Ep.027 - The Makings of a Great Actor This past week we started a much longer discussion about the good vs the great actor and what separates the two. But in order to dig into such a nuanced topic we needed to define lots of terms, styles and acting philosophies. We briefly discussed the main points to what defines Method acting vs Practical Aesthetics Technique, as well as how actors are utilized by varying “TYPES” of directors. One thing was clear, is that a mediocre actor for the right role yields a greater performance than any oscar winning actor in the wrong role.
Having said that, we scratched the service about the casting process, but determined that 50% of a great film is the tedious casting process. But the one piece of conversation that really intrigued us both was the comparison between Christian actors and non-Christian actors and the quality of work we see across the board in faith based vs secular films.
This is a topic that has been discussed ad nauseum but the twist we brought to the conversation was a philosophical and psychological one that we haven’t really heard talked about very much. And that’s the concept of biblical righteousness, spiritual conviction and moral justification when applied to the Christian Actor’s duty to interpret a role.
But before we go down THAT rabbit hole, let’s talk about certain TRAITS / CHARACTERISTICS of a Great Actor.
Ep.026 - On Acting & The Award Winning Actor VIDEO NOW ON YOUTUBE!
And WE’RE BACK! We’ve missed you the last 3 weeks. After EP 25. Things got a little hectic with the Documentary we were producing and editing. But post-production is complete and the world premiere of “The Great Suppression Film” was this past Friday OCT. 2nd.
In Episode 25 we really enjoyed answering some of our viewers' questions, and based on the feedback, it looks like you all enjoyed it as well! Certainly continue to submit questions to us at MountHarvest@Gmail.com or info@mountharvest.com
Without further ado, we are now at episode 26 and this week’s topic is one that we haven’t really discussed at all in our podcast so far - ACTING and ACTORS!
If the filmmaking word was a car engine, the actors are the oil that make it run! So let’s talk about that!?
Ep.025 - Viewer Submitted Q&A - Production, Acting, Storytelling We’ve reached somewhat of a milestone: EP25! And to celebrate our 25th episode we are doing something a little different. We’ve collected questions from a handful of our listeners and we’re going to do our best to answer them right here, on today’s episode.
We received a good amount of questions, some harder to answer than others. Some actually deserve their own episodes so we were careful about which we chose and we’re hoping that we will do a satisfactory enough job at giving your amazing questions thoughtful and sufficient answers.
Ep.024 - Faith Based Films: What are they and Why should we Care? Today we’re going to be discussing a topic that is very near and dear to us: faith-based films. There’s a lot of good and not so good examples of work within this SPACE known as “FAITH BASED” - as there are in any other FILM “SPACE”.
This is a topic that we find both interesting and perhaps even necessary to discuss, because it’s a movement within the larger FILM INDUSTRY that is gaining traction and soon will be regulated more heavily by the “Gate-Keepers” of the industry so that it fits a definable - profitable box/category. Right now, it’s considered irrelevant, as was mumble-core back in the early 2000s but out of that irrelevant movement were birthed Director powerhouses such as Oscar nominated GRETA GERWIG (Lady Bird & Little Women), and the DUPLASS brothers (Cyrus and Jeff Who Lives at Home), amongst others.
So we will be discussing not only the characteristics that make a faith-based film, but why this genre is important, why it’s relevant, and why you should care?
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