Francis Ford Coppola | Director, Producer, Screenwriter, Composer

Francis Ford Coppola - Up to "The Cotton Club"

You served your apprenticeship originally with Roger Corman working on horror movies. Was that a good apprenticeship?

quote-leftOh yeah. Aside from the fact that it was the only apprenticeship possible, the only way to gain that experience. Nowadays there are many people like Roger making so-called exploitation films. But in those days there was nothing other than Roger, and I was lucky to become his personal assistant, and he assigned me many many different jobs, from editing and writing to being a sound recordist, cameraman - you name it, I did it for him. And although the pay was, of course, very very poor, what you gained in experience and confidence more than made up for it.

Wed, 06/19/2019 - 13:30
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Alf Clausen | Composer *

Alf Clausen: The Simpsons' Secret Weapon

What would a normal "Simpsons" work schedule be like for you?

quote-leftWhen we're on a week-to-week schedule, what I will normally do is spot an episode on Friday afternoon. The music editor will prepare my timing notes on Saturday and Sunday and then I'll start writing, usually Monday morning if it's a "normal" episode of "30 cues or less." If it's more than that, I'll sometimes start on Sunday to get a jump on things and then I'll put in probably four long days—Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday—of maybe nine in the morning until 11:30 or midnight every day. And then we spot the next week's episode Friday afternoon again and I'll record the cues that I've composed during the past week on Friday night starting at seven. We usually have anywhere from a three to a three-and-a-half hour recording session to do those 30 cues. Every week is different on "The Simpsons" as you know. It really is dependent on whether it's straight underscore type of recording that I have to do or if I have to record vocals—if I have to do orchestral sweeteners of songs that I've written in the past. So, it's never a dull moment.

Tue, 06/18/2019 - 18:02
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Corey Eubanks' Stunt Stories Returns Dec 2, 2018

Corey Eubanks' Stunt Stories Returns

Corey Eubanks will disclose the startling truth about what really took place during the filming of some of the biggest television shows and feature films Hollywood has ever produced, including “The Dukes of Hazzard” – “The Fall-Guy” – “The A-Team” “TRANSFORMERS” - “THE FAST AND FURIOUS” and “TERMINATOR GENISYS”.

Tue, 10/23/2018 - 07:03
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David Cronenberg | "Cosmopolis" (2012)

David Cronenberg - General Discussion

What do you think about this phone, first of all?

It's kind of interesting, isn't it? I mean, it's not as revealing as one might have thought. And people are just getting used to the incredible mobility that a remote phone gives you, moving around, doing stuff while you're talking on the phone, so I wonder whether this is going against the momentum of that freedom.

Thu, 02/15/2018 - 08:25
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Alex Cox | Director/Filmmaker

Alex Cox - On his films

Where do you get the money for your films?

This is the second-most-asked question I encounter. (The most-asked question is, "What's Joe Strummer doing nowadays?") As a young lad, scrabbling in the red sandhills of my home planet, Mars, I found a huge trove of Mexican tesobonos and American dollars in a cave. Apparently they had been stashed there by corrupt American and Russian astrounauts, some time in the late 21st century.

Wed, 02/07/2018 - 10:27
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