7 Deadly Sins (with Zak Mulligan and Matt Allard) GCS041

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Today we speak Zak Mulligan, award winning cinematographer and director of photography for feature films, commercials, music videos and the brilliant new Morgan Spurlock documentary series, 7 Deadly Sins on Showtime. We discuss his gear and lighting package, his experiences screening films at Sundance, being nominated for an Academy Award and all the shooting and lighting techniques that make 7 Deadly Sins a visual powerhouse. Plus Matt Allard from NewsShooter.com joins us to discuss the hottest news in our production industry.

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Zak Mulligan is an award winning cinematographer and director of photography for countless feature films, music videos, commercials and more. His latest project, the Morgan Spurlock documentary series “7 Deadly Sins” is possibly one of the most visually stunning documentary shows on tv. Zak and I discuss his Academy Award nominated film “Open Heart” and his experiences screening a film at Sundance. We also cover his vast commercial and music video career as well as Zak’s advice for aspiring cinematographers. And of course we dive deep into his gear package and geek out about cameras, lighting and more.

  • Lighting to be dark
  • What does it REALLY mean to be an Academy Award nominee
  • A passion for documentary
  • How Ted and Hollis got started in comedy
  • Zak’s experience screening a film at Sundance
  • Getting a film on Netflix
  • Why Zak loves the MOVI
  • Why sometimes the best lighting could be no lighting
  • Making boring subjects look amazing
  • and more…

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Teachers Lounge (with Ted Alexandro and Hollis James) GCS040

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Today we speak with Ted Alexandro and Hollis James, comedians and creators of the new web series “Teachers Lounge”. We discuss the pros and cons of self-distributing online, pitching to comedy central, working with Alec Baldwin, Jim Gaffigan, Dave Attell and more. Plus their experiences from over 20 years of standup comedy.

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Ted Alexandro has been a comedian for over 20 years performing across the country, He’s released specials with Comedy Central and appeared on David Letterman, Conan O’Brien, Craig Ferguson, Jimmy Kimmel and more. Hollis James has been working with Ted for much of their careers. As a comedy duo, Ted and Hollis have created video shorts, tv series, and performed countless hours of standup comedy. Ted and Hollis are on the show today to talk about their new web series “Teachers Lounge”. How did the show come to be, working with Alec Baldwin, Jim Gaffigan, Lewis Black, Dave Attell and more. Plus the pros and cons of producing and self-distributing the show without a network.

  • How Ted and Hollis got the hottest comedians on their show
  • Incorporating improv elements into the show
  • Pros and cons of self-distributing online
  • How Ted and Hollis got started in comedy
  • Why comedians need to embrace “bombing”
  • Alec Baldwin
  • What can we expect for season 2
  • Working with Thundershorts
  • Their standup road stories
  • and more…

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Sharknado (with Vashi Nedomansky and Matt Allard) GCS039

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Today we speak with film editor, Vashi Nedomansky his wildly successful campy mega-hit, Sharknado 2. Plus Matt Allard from NewsShooter.com joins us to discuss all the latest industry news.

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Vashi Nedomansky returns to Go Creative Show to share stories from his recent mega-hit Sharknado 2. We discuss his editing strategies, the special effects workflow, the intense 6-week edit schedule and all the ridiculous campy insanity that made Sharknado 2 an instant classic. Vashi also talks about his recent documentary on PTSD, his upcoming film Headlock and his hugely successful blog at VashiVisuals.com In the past few years, Vashi has become one of the go-to post production super stars in our industry and i’m so happy to have him back.

  • The genius of Sharknado
  • How to properly edit CAMP
  • The juicy cameos of Sharknado
  • Special effects workflow
  • FCP7 to Premiere
  • Shooting in the rain
  • Vashi’s new documentary That Which I Love Destroys Me
  • Vashi’s next film “Headlock”/span>
  • Why is the blog at Vashivisuals.com do damn fun to follow
  • and more…

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The Killing (with Gregory Middleton) GCS038

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Today we invite Gregory Middleton, cinematographer and director of photography for the AMC and Netflix series The Killing. We discuss how Netflix saved the show, the new visual direction of season 4, the film industry in Vancouver and more. Plus Gregory shares insight into his next project Game Of Thrones!

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Today we speak with Gregory Middleton, Cinematographer and Director of Photography for the AMC and Netflix series The Killing. We discuss the film industry in Canada, working with first time actors, how Netflix saved the show, and all his lighting and shooting techniques that make The Killing one of the most visually enticing television shows today. After 4 seasons and two cancellations, The Killing not only won’t die.. it keeps getting better and better.

  • The Canadian film industry
  • The many paths to success in the film industry
  • What are the differences in production styles when shooting around the world.
  • The ups and downs of The Killing
  • How to properly shoot faces
  • Shooting in the rain
  • How to create the most compelling car scenes
  • Working with first time actors
  • How Netflix brought The Killing back to life
  • How has “binge viewing” changed the TV industry
  • Greg’s next show… Game of Thrones!
  • and more…

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Communicate / Collaborate (with Emery Wells and Andrew Hurteau) GCS037

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Today we are joined by two experts to help us better communicate and collaborate. First, Andrew Hurteau, a presentation and communication skills coach shares tips on how to better present yourself and your ideas. Then Emery Wells, the co-founder of Frame.io joins us to discuss how to effectively collaborate with your team and clients, and how Frame.io could be the best tool to do that. Plus Matt Allard from NewsShooter.com joins us to discuss all the latest industry news.

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Spotlight: Communicate / Collaborate : Andrew Hurteau & Emery Wells

Today’s spotlight is in 2 parts: Communication and Collaboration. These are probably the most essential skills we need to be successful in any creative industry. So I invited two experts to share tips and experiences in both of these areas. We begin communication. Andrew Hurteau, a presentation and communication skills coach with Butterfield speaks. Andrew shares tips on how to better present yourself and your ideas to clients, co-workers and audiences in general. We also discuss the value of good communication, how to be a better speaker, how to be a better listener and simple tips to help you strengthen your voice.

The next part of our spotlight is collaboration and to discuss this I invite Emery Wells on the show. Emery is the co-founder of Frame.io an online, cloud-based video review and collaboration tool for creative media teams. Emery is also a post production veteran who understands the challenges we face every day. We discuss the value of collaboration, tips to keep your projects from derailing and of course, how Frame.io is setting out to be the new standard in creative collaboration.

  • How to pitch your ideas to clients and co-workers.
  • Tips on making the most engaging presentation possible.
  • Listening tips. People always know if you are listening or not.
  • Tips to improve your voice.
  • The features of Frame.io
  • How can you get involved with Frame.io now
  • Why is collaboration the key to a successful project
  • How will Frame.io store and share your video files
  • What are the collaboration challenges we face… and how to overcome them.

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Drone Zone (with Paul Antico, Jos Stiglingh and More) GCS036

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Today we are covering Drone videography from all sides with four fantastic guests starting with Jos Stiglingh the creator of the mega-viral video “Fireworks filmed with a drone”. Then we are joined by two lawyers, Matt Saunders, a copyright attorney who discusses the legality of drones and the copyright issues that go with it and Jonathan Rupprecht, an attorney, commercial pilot and unmanned aircraft consultant that discusses the current FAA regulations. And finally, we invite Paul Antico, film maker and drone enthusiast, to talk about how he captures, grades and edits footage shot with a Go Pro and the DJI Phantom.

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Spotlight: Drone Zone

I sit down with 3 amazing guests discussing all aspects of drone videography.
Matt Saunders is an attorney at Saunders & Silverstein LLP in Amesbury, Massachusetts. He practices in matters of trademark, copyright, Internet, and software law. We have matt on the show today discuss the legality of drones and the copyright laws associated with the footage.

Jonathan is a criminal defense attorney at the Law Offices of Roger P Foley in West Palm Beach. He is a commercial pilot and unmanned aircraft consultant and has a unique perspective on the current FAA regulations.

And finally, we invite Paul Antico, film maker and drone enthusiast, to talk about how he captures, grades and edits footage shot with a Go Pro and the DJI Phantom.

  • Is it legal to shoot video with your drone?
  • Who owns the footage that you shoot
  • Safety tips for flying drones
  • Proper shooting techniques
  • What equipment should you buy for a successful drone flight
  • Fixing common visual problems
  • Can you sell your drone footage?
  • Thoughts on the future of drone videography
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Productive Fitness (with Zack Arnold and Matt Allard) GCS035

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Today we talk about staying fit in the production industry. Lets face it, many of us are behind a desk for most of the day but thankfully film editor Zack Arnold created FitnessInPost.com to help all of us live a healthier life, and he’s on the show today. Plus Matt Allard from NewsShooter.com joins us to talk about the news from Broadcast Asia and how the controversial Sony A7S is the new Low-Light King!

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Spotlight: Zack Arnold – Fitness in Post

Zack Arnold is a motion picture editor and documentary filmmaker with other 15 years experience editing some of the hottest TV shows of our time including Burn Notice and ABC’s Black Box. But he’s on our show today to talk about FitnessInPost.com his brand new website dedicated to making all of us in the production world healthier and more fit. Lets face it, many of us sit behind a desk all day and say things like “I don’t have time to exercise” Zack breaks down a fitness program into 5 realistic steps that easily fit into the production and post production lifestyle.

  • How to stay fit in the production industry
  • What are the 5 steps to success
  • Simple tips to help you track and manage your fitness goals
  • Can 30 seconds of exercise replace a cup of coffee?
  • Why bad parking spots are your friend
  • Zack’s suggested products to help you achieve your fitness goals
  • Why the Nutribullet is a MUST HAVE product
  • What is Shakeology and why should you be drinking it?
  • Why you should be using a standing desk

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Louie Land (With Paul Koestner and Nate Weber) GCS034

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Today we speak with Paul Koestner, Director of Photography for the hit comedy series Louie on FX. Paul talks about the challenges and rewards of shooting for the brilliant comedic mind of Louie CK, working with Red Cameras and why the cast and crew of Louie hardly ever rehearse. Plus Nate Weber talks all about CineGear 2014!

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Spotlight: Paul Koestner

Paul Koestner is to the production world what Louie CK is to comedy. As Director of Photography for the hit FX series, Louie, Paul has raised the bar and changed the game for TV sitcoms, creating what will certainly go down in history as one of the greatest comedic television shows. Paul and I discuss his lighting techniques, shooting on RED cameras and more. Paul also talks candidly about the rewards and challenges of working with Louie CK and how shooting effective comedy means keeping it fresh for the actors and the crew.

  • Shooting Comedy
  • Keeping it “fresh” by not rehearsing
  • When to shoot profile
  • Shooting NYC
  • The mind of Louie CK
  • Shooting on RED Cameras
  • Paul’s lighting techniques
  • What is Pig Newton?
  • Why Paul hates camera sliders

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Fargo Fever (with Dana Gonzales and Matt Allard) GCS033

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Today we speak with Dana Gonzales, Director of Photography for the FX television series FARGO. Plus Matt Allard from NewsShooter.com joins us for a discussion on how social media and journalism coexist plus his experience with the Panasonic 4K Varicam 35.

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Spotlight: Dana Gonzales

Dana Gonzales is the brilliant cinematographer and Director of Photography for the hit FX television series FARGO. Dana shares his experience on the set of FARGO and his other work in television and film. Dana speaks openly about his career and the state of hollywood today, sharing helpful tips on how to break into the film industry. Plus we discuss the value of a second unit crew is and how his work on the academy award winning film CRASH became a focal point of the film.

  • Is FARGO on FX anything like the film?
  • The challenges of shooting in Canada… in the winter!
  • What is a second unit in the film world?
  • How to make yourself valuable on set
  • Dana’s cinematography work on the academy award winning film CRASH
  • Dana’s latest documentary That Which I Love Destroys Me
  • What Cohen Brothers films influenced FARGO on FX… It wasn’t just Fargo
  • When to use wideshots
  • Dana’s thoughts on the MOVI

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Wedding Films (with Christian Nachtrieb and Joe Simon) GCS032

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Today we explore the art of the wedding film and how its evolved into a cinematic experience. Christian Nachtrieb from Brighter Lights Media shares tips for finding and managing customers, what to charge, what cameras he uses, his upcoming 4K wedding and the dreaded Bride-Zilla! Plus Joe Simon from The Delivery Men shares his experience with the Panasonic GH4.

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Spotlight: Christian Nachtrieb from Brighter Lights Media

Christian Nachtrieb is a wedding cinematographer with Brighter Lights Media, one of the countries premier wedding film company. Christian shares his experience in the evolving wedding film industry and offers his thoughts on how much to charge, his camera choices, 4K for weddings and the dreaded BRIDE-ZILLA.

  • How has the wedding film industry evolved since DSLR’s
  • What to charge for shooting a wedding
  • How to keep brides and grooms happy
  • How to control, without being controlling
  • How to achieve a cinematic wedding film
  • 4K for wedding videos?
  • How to properly tag your videos online
  • Being an entrepreneur
  • And much more.

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