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The Cinematography of Homeland (with David Klein) GCS104

David Klein is the cinematographer of massive television hits like True Blood and Homeland, and he’s also shot many of the classic Kevin Smith movies like Clerks, Mall Rats, and Red State and he’s here to talk all about it.

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Spotlight: David Klein

David Klein’s work spans massive television hits and feature films including Homeland, True Blood and many of the classic Kevin Smith films. His love of realism has defined a generation of film making and he continues to execute it flawlessly with his work on Homeland. David talks with us about all his gear and lighting choices, shooting hand-held effectively and how the best film education is to simply shoot something.

  • Shooting Clerks, Mall Rats and more Kevin Smith movies
  • Being pushed out of the studio film system
  • The value of film school
  • Shooting Homeland around the world
  • How to create realism in film
  • Mixing LED and tungsten lighting
  • Arri Alexa VS Red
  • Shooting the manic state of Carrie Mathison
  • Shooting handheld vs shooting with an EZ rig
  • The cinematography of True Blood
  • Why on a TV show “your first idea better be the right one”
  • and much much more!
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Documentary Filmmaking (with Sam Painter) GCS080

Sam Painter Documentary Cinematographer

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Today we invite Sam Painter, the documentary cinematographer behind some of the most influential modern documentaries including Going Clear and Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine

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Sam Painter is the cinematographer behind some of the most recent influential documentaries including Going Clear and Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine. Sam and I discuss his lighting and shooting techniques and how he creates beautiful realism in his work. We also discuss his time in London, meeting music and film icons while shooting for Entertainment Weekly and Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous as well as his time in the White House Press Corps during Ronald Regan’s second term.

  • The lifestyle of a documentarian
  • Exposing Scientology and the backlash from “Going Clear”
  • Steve Jobs the Man in the Machine
  • The best gear package for documentary
  • How to light naturally
  • Making the interviewees comfortable
  • Sam’s work on Lifestyles of Rich and Famous and Entertainment Tonight
  • The lessons learned from shooting news
  • Meeting the Beatles
  • Working for the White House Press Corp
  • Hiding the early signs of Ronald Regan’s Alzheimers
  • Chasing Sofia Lauren through the streets of Rome
  • and much more!

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