DP Vitaly Bokser interviews Jesse Tendler about his past as a child actor, leading to his present as a Producer for Independent films.
Jesse started as kid acting in broadcast tv shows back in the 80’s such as “The Ellen Burstyn Show”. Eventually he decided to leave the business and pursue a degree… yes he actually went to college and studied business and engineering. During his time at school, his love for cinema got rekindled, and he came back both as an Actor and Producer on indie films.
One of those films, “Leaving Circadia” (that we both worked on), is making the festival circuit currently and gathering a lot of praise. If you actually want to see it, get some tickets its playing at the SOHO International Film Festival in NY May 2015. Heres a trailer below.
Another film we both worked on was “Other Plans” starring Jamie Kennedy. That film is currently planning a release this year in the states. Here is a trailer for that film.
DP Vitaly Bokser continues his interview with Carlos Almonte about his current career editing and now directing commercials, music videos and shorts.
Carlos has worked with filmmakers like Error Morris (Think) to huge name talent like Tom Hanks (Boatlift Doc). So for those links check below. He has always been on both sides of the creative process – whether right by the camera as a director or even a cinematographer or in post by an editing system. In all that time he has always been telling stories.
I have known Carlos for a long time and he is definitely a driven, strong willed, full of vision director and editor, and I do absolutely look forward to seeing what he can accomplish in the years to come. So Carlos if you’re reading this – make a feature!
Links to Carlos’ Directorial Work:
“My Sweet Radio” Julian James – Music Video My Sweet Radio – We Play only a part of it in the podcast, watch the whole thing here.
Carlos started out as a teenager making films with his friends running around Brooklyn with Toy AK’s painted black, stuffed with batteries for weight, shooting Action Sci-Fi Films that he then sold on Fangoria type magazines – all by the time he was 14. This was the 90’s so there was no internet the way we know it today. Editing was also a black art and considered as much back in that day. When Final Cut came out and he was able to move clips in a timeline – his future was set. The magic had become something he could do at home now.
In this podcast we cover his professional career working at big networks and on a large projects. Carlos has worked with people like Tom Hanks and Error Morris and clients such as ABC, Ogilvy, and Showtime. This will be a 2 part Episode. Part 1 covering his past. Part 2 covering his present, editing work and directing work.
Below are just a few links to his work. More will be in Part 2.
My Sweet Radio – We Play only a part of it in the podcast, watch the whole thing here.
John got into the business in the classic Hollywood style we read about in stories. He made his way from a small town to LA with only his car – a 66 Mustang, some clothes, and $500 bucks in cash. After living in his car for a week and showering at Santa Monica beach he decided to get in touch with his Aunt. She got him on a set for a day where she worked and the rest as they say is history. A chance encounter with Kevin Spacey trying to kick him off the lot led to Kevin getting a job for John with Ian McKellen. Yes the Ian McKellen. Gandalf!
John has worked on a multitude of reality and TV documentaries, ranging from The Bachelorette to Nat Geo’s “Border Wars” to CNN’s “The Hunt with John Walsh”.
So check out the episode to hear more and below you can find some links to John’s work that we discuss.
1) CNN’s “The Hunt with John Walsh”
2) Nat Geo’s “Border Wars” (note: I couldnt find the promo but here is what an episode looks like)
Evan and I go into detail on the process of making the movie, what lesson he’s learned from shooting his first film, the pitfalls of having a long post production process, and then hitting the festival circuit – to now finally being in discussions with distributors to sell the film.
Its hard making movies – and one thing is clear from my chat with Evan that he will make more films. And I for one want to work with Evan again as his Cinematographer as he is a talented writer/actor/director that clearly has a strong vision for his films.
Watch the Trailer below. And then head on over to the films facebook page to learn more about how you can support and watch the film.
I Interview Joe Eckardt about his long career in the film business. Starting out as a PA he worked his way up fairly quickly to working under some of hollywoods biggest actors, Nicolas Cage, Cuba Gooding Jr, and Val Kilmer. From that point on he went onto direct his own films and casting known talent basically at the onset of his directing career.
The films we cover here are and whats great is you can go buy them. Links included.
In each of these films Joe has managed to sell each film and bring an insight into the other-side of filmmaking that most indie filmmakers ignore – The Business side! Selling movies.
In Part 02 we continue our discussion with Joe and go further into how he got and made Pizza Man, a 2.5 million dollar film Joe Produced and Directed. We also discuss our latest film that we co-produced called “Other Plans” starring Jamie Kennedy.
So Ive decided after many moons to start my podcast finally. It has been a long journey to get to here. Years in fact. But now that Ive been doing this for a while (meaning being a working Cinematographer) I feel like maybe I do have something to share with folks that may be useful or interesting. Also I feel like I can just simply learn a lot from other filmmakers as I chat with them, about what they have done and what they have learned and what they are doing now. And hopefully we can share something useful with you.
The First Podcast (a video Podcast) has been recorded and will be uploaded soon to all the places I can get it. But to start you off my first guest will be none other than my own brother (I went straight to the well). He is a filmmaker and more specifically an amazing animator who has worked in commercials and narrative films, and now makes games in Austin. His name is David Bokser and you can read about him on his site. His twitter is @dbokser where you can follow him.
As usual you can follow me on @cinemaDP and hit me up on twitter if you have any suggestions for shows or just want to say hello.