Actor Jon Huertas of ABC's Castle
Actor Jon Huertas, Javier Esposito on ABC’s Castle was the guest tonight and he was busting my chops throughout much of the interview! He has a really good sense of humor and reveled in talking about a great practical joke he played on on Castle c...MORE
o-star Seamus Dever. We did manage to talk quite a bit about acting on Castle, and indie films. The viewers were asking great questions tonight including one about Huertas’ take on Esposito’s relationship with Lanie. Jon does some great charity work with the organization puppies behind bars and he was able to touch on that as well.
Vance Van Petten: National Executive Director of the PGA
The National Director of the Producers Guild of America, Vance Van Petten, came on and talked about the guild, how it is different from a union, the different categories of producers in film, TV and new media and how they can benefit by the PGA. We a...MORE
lso discussed the upcoming Produced By Conference (June 8th to 10). Past and present speakers include, James Cameron, Christopher Nolan, Morgan Freeman and many more. The Conference has great seminars, mentoring roundtables and a lot of networking and educational opportunities for experienced and new producers.
Thomas Ian Nicholas
Tonight on Filmnut we talked about American Reunion both in front of the camera and as "real people" as the gang got back together. Nicholas got into the mechanics of how he breaks down and gets into character using his American Pie role as well as t...MORE
he character he is playing (Abbie Hoffman) in an upcoming film, The Chicago Eight. Why does Thomas want to act in an action movie and what is his favorite? What was it like working with different directors in each of the four American movies he appeared in? Thoughts on a sequel to Rookie of the year? And we also talked about his band and a lot more in the power packed interview.
Executive Vice President SAG-AFTRA Union Ned Vaughn
Tonight on Filmnut Ned Vaughn, the Executive Vice President of the newly merged SAG-AFTRA union, came on and talked about what the merger means for members of both unions and for those who hope to join in the future. The recent vote to merge, that wa...MORE
s announced on March 30th, was an overwhelming majority and we talked about why that might have been. Vaughn touched on how SAG-AFTRA will now be able to work together rather than compete against each other. Actors, who previously worked via both unions but couldn't earn enough in either to qualify for health insurance, will now have a better chance under one union roof. We discussed the pension issue, viewer questions and more in this important post merger interview.
Keith Arem of Call of Duty
Don't miss tonight's episode of Filmnut as we welcome one of the lead Creators of Call of Duty. I'm telling you, you don't want to miss this episode. 9pm PT/Midnight ET.
Check out his IMDb: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0034229/
Mark Pellegrino of Lost, Supernatural, and Being Human
Mark Pellegrino is anything but Lost! Tonight he talked about some of his most notable roles including: Jacob on Lost, Lucifer on Supernatural, Bishop on Being Human and Paul Bennett on Dexter. What is his favorite role that he has played? How does h...MORE
e prep for divergent roles? Is the craft service better in America or Canada? What Being Human actor does he like to play video games with? We find out this and more in this interview. In addition, Mark teaches acting at the famous Playhouse West so in addition to his work in front of the camera we also hear some of his perspectives on teaching the craft.
Daryl Sabara of John Carter and Spy Kids
Daryl Sabara plays Edgar Rice Burroughs in the just released Disney film, John Carter. He was very excited to talking about working on the film, and the real Edgar Rice Burroughs (author of the John Carter books). Among other topics, we talked about ...MORE
being a child actor, his work in the Spy Kids movies, what crew position he would like to be if not acting and working multiple times with director Robert Rodriguez.
McKenzie Westmore of Syfy's,
McKenzie Westmore, host of the Syfy reality show Face off, talked about the makings of the show, the contestants, the judges and who she was sorry to see lose. We also touched on some of her legendary father's (Michael Westmore) work in Star Trek and...MORE
Mask. McKenzie had great perspectives and energy during this interview and you can keep up with her on twitter here: @Mckenziewestmor
Acting Coach Howard Fine
Tonight on Filmnut, preeminent acting coach Howard Fine broke down some of the elements of his teaching approach. Some of the concepts we covered included: the difference between actors who use "How" to play a scene versus "Why" (hint, why is better)...MORE
...How an actor can meet the needs of the director and still stay true to an organic process. Consistency versus spontaneity, the importance of homework and rehearsal and a good talk about what actors can learn from athletes. Howard became quite impassioned when talking about rehearsal, how to keep to it fresh and when done right you don't have to worry about it killing spontaneity. Fine has worked with many stars, one in particular, Brad Pitt, had him flown down to the set to help work on Interview With A Vampire. Fine explained what exactly Mr. Pitt wanted to work with on and what adjustment was made. Fine's book, a great read for actors is, Fine on Acting: A Vision of The Craft. His website is http://www.HowardFine.com
Costume Designer Luke Reichle of the ABC Show Castle
Tonight on Filmnut Costume designer Luke Reichle of the ABC show Castle talked about how he works, and differences between film and TV… We got to look at some of his sketches and talk about specific episodes of Castle and other projects he has work...MORE
ed on. I asked Luke his opinion on the the costume designers awards shows like the Oscars choose to acknowledge versus those they do not. Great viewer questions answered and more!
Stephan Fleet- Visual Effects Supervisor on Steven Spielberg's new series, The River.
Visual effects are constantly evolving. Tonight we got to hear from Stephan Fleet, VFX Supervisor for the new ABC show, The River on some of the creative and business realities of VFX. The River is executive produced by Steven Spielberg and written b...MORE
y Paranormal Activity writer/Director Oren Peli. Fleet brought his VFX knapsack with him and talked about the tools of the trade. Also how he uses and doesn’t green screen. He made recommendations for aspiring VFX folks and answered viewer questions on how he does what he does.
Actor Efren Ramirez from Napolean Dynamite
Actor Efren Ramirez is reprising his role as Pedro from the break away hit independent film, Napoleon Dynamite, on the new FOX animated show Napoleon Dynamite. I honestly like the cartoon better than the movie! Efren was a great guest sharing his vie...MORE
ws on the craft of acting, working with other actors, his relationship with Jon Heder and the Napoleon crew. He compared working on a movie to to an animated show and talked about a book he co-wrote called Direct Your own life. Of course among other topics, he mentioned a couple of other little films he was in such as Crank and Crank: High Voltage. Ramirez also has a film coming out with Will Ferrell called Casa de mi Padre. We show a couple of clips during the interview and if you haven't seen the first few episodes of the new ND you can catch them on the FOX website.
Sam Witwer of the Syfy show Being Human
Sam Witwer of the Syfy show "Being Human" was the guest tonight. I had a great time talking to Witwer about the chemistry he has on and off camera with his fellow actors, the similarities and differences between his show and the British version, the ...MORE
show's plot and acting choices. We also got into the speed with which they shoot, and his perspective on playing a villain and directing. Of course we geeked out a little on Star Wars. Being a major fan of Star Wars and voicing characters for Star Wars: The Force Unleashed and The Clone Wars Witwer talked about the process of how that is shot and oh by the way, he did some great impersonations from the Star Wars movies!
Technical Adviser, Aaron Cohen of Haywire
Technical adviser for the new Steven Soderbergh film, Haywire, Aaron Cohen was the guest tonight. Cohen is a former counter terrorism special Ops officer in the Israeli army. He also authored the book, The Brotherhood of Warriors, and is the owner ...MORE
of IMS Security. Sounds qualified to me! Soderbergh relied on Aaron to block scenes and included him on script development. He talked about what actors he worked with, and his relationship with MMA star Gina Carano on and off camera. He brought in some guns for a little show and tell and talked about the importance of making movies look as real as possible. Speaking of realism, Cohen also offered his opinion on the Steven Spielberg film, Munich. We went back and forth talking about filmmaking and the reality of being a counter terrorist operative. Great information if you are interested in how it is done in film and in reality… We did have some fun too with Aaron doing three excellant impersonations!
From Entourage and In Plain Sight, Paul Ben-Victor
Known as a great character actor for his work in such shows as In Plain Sight, Entourage, The Wire, Everybody Hates Chris, John from Cincinnati and the Invisible Man, Paul Ben-Victor breaks out in the indie film Should've Been Romeo. Ben-Victor stars...MORE
, writes and produces Should've been Romeo which has a great cast that includes: Ed Asner, B.J. Britt, Carol Kane, Michael Rapaport, Kelly Osbourne, Mary McCormack, and lots of great cameos. Ben-Victor talked about Romeo and his other work, including the racy dialogue on Everybody Hates Chris, and his death scene in Entourage. He also answered some great viewer questions including who he would rather work with: a great Dp or a great director, and how does he feel about his show In Plain Sight being picked up for a 5th season but told this will also be the show's last. Stay tuned to the Filmnut by liking us on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/filmnutshow Feed the following on Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/thefilmnut Keep up with all the excitement by liking us on Facebook: http://thestream.tv/facebook Follow our current Twitter feeds by joining us at: http://thestream.tv/twitter
Entertainment Attorney Mark Litwak Gives Us A New Look Into Hollywood
Entertainment Lawyer and Producer's Representative Mark Litwak talked about legal and creative issues designed to help independent filmmakers succeed creatively and not be taken advantage during the deal making process. An expert, who has written six...MORE
books in the field, Mark touched on the importance of the story, knowing your audience, who is buying what films, foreign markets, and deal points to look out for with distributors. Further, we also covered pertinent issues such as the potential SAG/ AFTRA merger, Net Neutrality, and what is and what isn't fair use. Another hot topic was crowdfunding. When is it legal and when is it not? We used popular websites Kickstarter and Indiegogo as examples. Mark has an outstanding website filled with great information and resources for filmmakers. I highly recommend you give it a look: http://www.marklitwak.com Stay tuned to the Filmnut by liking us on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/filmnutshow Feed the following on Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/thefilmnut Keep up with all the excitement by liking us on Facebook: http://thestream.tv/facebook Follow our current Twitter feeds by joining us at: http://thestream.tv/twitter
Behind the Scenes of Rise of the Planet of the Apes
Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver dwell on some of the behind the scenes aspects of Rise of the Planet of the Apes. They continue on to shed light on some of the hurdles they had to jump in order to make the chimps look as realistic as they did. Keep an e...MORE
Casting Director Marci Liroff
Legendary casting director Marci Liroff whose credits include: Mr. Popper’s Penguins, Ghost of Girlfriends Past, Insomnia, Mean Girls, Freaky Friday, Footloose, Indiana Jones and The Temple of Doom, E.T, and Poltergeist, spoke about the casting pro...MORE
cess, auditioning, what it means to book the room and not the part. Marci spoke passionately about her feelings about pay to play workshops for actors, the things actors can do to advance their careers, as well as how a good casting director will help them succeed.