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Month: August 2017

Episode 114 – Visual Effects Supervisor Kaitlyn Yang

This week we talk Visual Effects with Kaitlyn Yang, an artist and supervisor that opened her own boutique VFX house after working as a freelancer for some bigger places like Zoic, Framestore and MPC.

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Alpha Studios offers services in Compositing, Matte painting, Set extension, Match moving, Rig removal, Motion Graphics, Editorial, Color and more.  This week, we spend an hour with founder, Kaitlyn Yang, to ask her how VFX work and when and how filmmakers should use post effects.

Starting Your Own Company

How did Kaitlyn go from freelancing to starting her own company? What sort of team did she put together?

Working With Visual Effects

It’s very easy to dismiss that things are happening in a computer but what actually goes into a VFX shot? Or it may just seem like magic.

Kaitlyn helps breakdown the VFX process, what sort of artists you need to get a shot done and how it all works.

When should you shoot something in-camera and when should you use post-production effects?

What’s a common misunderstanding filmmakers have about VFX?

When do you need a team of artists and when you can rely on just one person?

If pulling off Marvel level VFX is unrealistic, what is realistic? Kaitlyn says everyone should check out Miss 2059 for realistic expectations.

Working with Filmmakers

What’s the process, how does a project begin?

When should you bring in a Visual Effects team?

What does a filmmaker need to understand VFX to be good at VFX?

What’s something filmmakers aren’t doing that you wish they would?

How to Find Kaitlyn

Alpha Studios Website: http://www.alphastudios.com/

Kaitlyn’s Twitter Page: https://twitter.com/kaitlynyang

Contact Us

Thanks for listening. You can find us on Twitter @timothyplain@alrikb or @mmihpodcast! And on Facebook

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Episode 113 – Cinematographer Jason Joseffer

Jason Joseffer has shot films for both Timothy and Alrik. This week, we talk to Jason about how he became a Cinematographer, how he works with directors and much more!

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Meet Jason Joseffer!

Born and raised in San Francisco, Jason’s first “real” job was working as a news cameraman during which he learned how to move quickly and efficiently.  A greater interest in narrative and documentary compelled him to leave the broadcast world and pursue work in film.  Jason has since shot a multitude of feature, short, documentary and experimental films.

Jason’s Narrative Reel

Finding Projects

We talk about how Jason finds his projects, focusing on the narrative and creative projects.

  • Are you involved in the funding process?
  • How do you come up with a camera budget?

Working with a Cinematographer

Alrik and Timothy get into the nitty gritty of working with a cinematographer. Here are some of the subjects they covered.

  • Lenses
    • Does a director need to know lenses?
    • How does Jason like to work?
  • Shot Lists
    • How do you prefer to approach shot lists?
    • Do you always need one?
    • What about Storyboards?

After the recording, Jason sent over a breakdown of shot lists from the magazine ‘American Cinematographer’, here’s what he sent.

From an article written by Jim Hemphill, the quote shown is from Cinematographer Danny Mixer.

  • Coverage
    • What does Jason think of getting coverage?
  • Sequences
    • Alrik saw Atomic Blonde over the weekend and was inspired to make sure to have at least two sytlistic sequences in his film, does Jason think about sequences when prepping a film?
  • How Many Shoot Days for a 90min Feature?
    • We take a classic movie and talk about how many days we want to shoot it. We use Reservoir Dogs as an example, which was actually shot in 35 days (we were pretty close).
    • How many days we’d want versus what we will get…
  • Advice for Aspiring Cinematographers?
    • Listen to find out!

How to Find Jason

You can find all of Jason’s work at his website below and on his Instagram page. Sorry, no FB or Twitter for Jason (boo!).

HOME

https://www.instagram.com/jasonjosefferdp/

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm2398616/

Contact Us

Thanks for listening. You can find us on Twitter @timothyplain@alrikb or @mmihpodcast! And on Facebook

We want to hear from you. Tell us what you think. Leave a comment on the episode here or send us an email

And if you dig the show, please leave a review on iTunes or Stitcher