How to Conduct a Documentary Interview

Conducting a documentary interview is not as easy as it might seem. Everything from eye contact to instructing your subject is essential in making your documentary the best it can possibly be. Anthony Q. Artis is here to make sure your interviews are top-notch. He gives his top 4 tips that he tells all subjects…

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An Interview with Damon Lindelof

David Lindelof Credits Star Trek Into Darkness (feature) (Producer/Writer) 2013 Prometheus (feature) (Executive Producer/Writer) 2012 Cowboys & Aliens (feature) (Writer) 2011 Lost (Executive Producer/Writer/Co-Creator) 2004–2010 Emmy Award Winner (Outstanding Drama Series) 2005 Emmy Nominated (Outstanding Drama Series) 2008–2010 Emmy Nominated (Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series) 2005– 2007, 2009–2010 WGA Award Winner (Dramatic Series) 2006…

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An Interview with Luc Dimick

What compelled you to start a career in art? It was the only thing I was good at as a kid. I remember my mom saying, “Luc, you are pretty good at this art thing, you should be a graphic designer, that’s the only way you’ll make any money.” What was the first piece of…


Interview with Stuart Craig

The following is an interview with Stuart Craig in FilmCraft: Production Design. Craig is best known for designing The Elephant Man, Gandhi, The English Patient, and the entirety of the Harry Potter series. “You have to be pretty stubborn in this job. You’re forced into compromising situations all the time. You have to be really tough…

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The Casting Department at the Royal Shakespeare Company

Not many theatres can boast a whole department devoted to casting – but the complex programme that the Royal Shakespeare Company runs requires a level of expertise and professionalism that is illustrated by Hannah Miller. HM:       My job title is ‘Head of Casting’.  So I’m the casting director on certain projects as well as the…

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Woody Allen: A Screenwriting Legend

The following is an excerpt for FilmCraft: Screenwriting by Tim Grierson © 2013 Taylor & Francis Group. All Rights Reserved. Few film artists have been as prolific, talented, and utterly dismissive of their body of work as Woody Allen. “When I’m home lying on my bed and I’m writing something, I have these incredible ideas,”…

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Interview with David Hare: Screenwriter of The Reader and The Hours

“When I talk to the young I say, ‘Things are always worth trying.’ I don’t think there’s anything more exciting in life than discovering a gift you didn’t know you had. And it might have gone undiscovered.” About David Hare Heralded as a playwright, screenwriter, and director, Sir David Hare has enjoyed a professional career…

The Casting Handbook

The relationship between the director and casting director is crucial: Interview with Mike Leigh and Nina Gold

Casting is a vital part of the creative process in any production and the relationship between the director and casting director is crucial.  The relationship between Mike Leigh and Nina Gold is a wonderful example of how a multi-award winning, uncompromising director, with a unique, individual approach, finds the casting process so important, that he…

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An Interview with Producer Marc Samuelson on Casting the Movie Wilde

Marc Samuelson is part of the rare breed of a truly successful independent producer, making British films that regularly receive wide distribution and critical acclaim along with box office success. Casting is one of his first priorities in any project. MS: With WILDE (1997), I wanted to make an honest film about the reality of…

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Interview with editor Stephen Mirrione

The following is an excerpt from an interview with Stephen Mirrione. Winning the Academy Award for editing Steven Soderbergh’s Traffic (2000), Mirrione’s portfolio includes Ocean’s Eleven (2001), Ocean’s Twelve (2004), Ocean’s Thirteen (2007), and The Informant! (2009). He has also edited Alejandro González Iñárritu’s 21 Grams (2003), Babel (2006, with Douglas Crise), and Biutiful (2010); George…

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