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Directing Music Videos (with Grant Singer) GCS133

Filmmaker Grant Singer is widely regarded as one of the words premier music video directors and he’s on the show to talk all about his experiences.

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Named “the best music video director in the world” by Stereogum in 2016, Grant Singer has directed visually stunning works of music video art for artists including The Weeknd, Skrillex, Lorde, Ariana Grande, Taylor Swift and many more. He’s also directed some of the most engaging advertisements circulating today. We dive deep into music video and commercial industry, discussing securing clients, managing agency relationships, the expectations of record label and how sometimes the biggest pop stars allow the most creative freedom.

  • A directors creative process
  • The challenges and rewards of working with celebrities
  • Balancing the artists wishes with the record labels demands
  • Working with a director of photography to get the look you want
  • Grant’s focus on color pallets
  • Helping an artist speak to their audience through a video
  • and much much more!

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That’s a Wrap 2015 Round Table (with Matt Russell, Chris Loughran, and Rob Bessette) GCS079

2015 Production Discussion

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Today we take a look back at 2015 and reflect on all the highlights, lowlights, and trends of the production and post production world. Our panel includes cinematographer Chris Loughran, colorist Rob Bessette, and Matt Russell, our very own audio mix engineer, and we cover all sides of production.

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We bid farewell to 2015 with a round table discussion from a panel of experts. Cinematographer Chris Loughran, Colorist Rob Bessette and our very own Matt Russell discuss the trends of 2015, the influx of new cameras, how DaVinci Resolve has become the undisputed color king, and the exciting and challenging projects we all shared throughout the year.

  • Good Citizen Music Video
  • Breaking down Rob’s color grade process
  • How Rob Hardy’s Instagram inspired the video
  • Roslindale Studios
  • The benefits of editing 4k
  • The trends in color grading
  • The production and post production trends of 2015
  • The year of Sony FS7 and A7S
  • How smaller and cheaper equipment is leveling the playing field
  • Where our panel goes for inspiration
  • How to spice up the corporate talking head video
  • Our panel’s most interesting and/or challenging projects of 2015
  • The highlights and lowlights of 2015

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The Cinematography of Everest (with Salvatore Totino, Director of Photography) GCS075

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Today we explore the daring and immersive cinematography of “Everest” with Director of Photography Salvatore Totino. We discuss the challenges of shooting at 10,000 feet in 22 below zero temperatures, and how his previous films prepared him for this epic adventure.

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Salvatore Totino has directed the photography of many iconic films like Any Given Sunday, Cinderella Man, and Frost/Nixon but it’s his latest film Everest that has challenged him the most. Shooting at altitudes of over 10,000 feet and in temperatures surpassing 22 below zero, “Everest” is truly one of the most daring and immersive films of our time. Salvatore shares his techniques for shooting in these environments on the Arri Alexa XT, recreating the summit of Everest, filmmaking in the freezing cold, and much more.

  • How Salvatore technically, physically, and mentally prepared for “Everest”
  • The challenges of shooting at 22 below zero.
  • Shooting on Arri Alexa XT and how it held up in extreme conditions
  • Using Flowbank lights and Soft Suns
  • Why Drake’s James Turrell inspired music video for “Hotline Bling” is Salvatore’s favorite new video
  • What can we expect from Salvatore’s forthcoming film “Concussion” starring Will Smith. How is it inspired by “The Insider”
  • 2D vs 3D, which does Salvatore prefer and why?
  • How shooting music videos can often be more creative and freeing than films and commercials
  • How Salvatores first film “any given sunday” prepared him for Everest
    working with director Oliver Stone
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Gone Girl (with Jeff Cronenweth) GCS045

Today we speak with Jeff Cronenweth, the brilliant cinematographer for some of the most iconic films in cinema’s history including Fight Club, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Social Network and the recent hit Gone Girl. Jeff and I discuss his entire career including his stunning portfolio of music videos and commercials, the pro’s and con’s of digital film-making and working with director David Fincher.

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Jeff Cronenweth is truly one of our most brilliant cinematographers creating films like Fight Club, Girl with the Dragon tattoo, The Social Network and Gone Girl. These collaborations with David Fincher have dazzled audiences around the world, received countless awards and changed cinema forever . Jeff’s un-dying thirst for cinematic innovation has made him an advocate for digital film making and inspired his masterful commercial and music video work. And he speaks all about it today on Go Creative Show.

  • Behind the scenes stories from Fight Club, Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and The Social Network
  • How Jeff created the look of Gone Girl
  • Lighting faces to be evil and beautiful at the same time.
  • Working with Madonna, Michael Jackson, Nine Inch Nails, Taylor Swift and more
  • Working with genius music video director Mark Romanek
  • Jeff’s brilliant collaborations with David Fincher
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  • How Jeff is inspired by his father Jordan Cronenweth
  • How Jeff’s commercial work inspires his film work
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Creative Anarchy (With Paul Maibaum, DP of Sons of Anarchy) GCS016

In this Go Creative Show podcast, we speak with Paul Maibaum ASC, director of photography for the hit television series, Sons of Anarchy.

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