Kevin Daniel Dawson

London-based freelance video and image creative
Ten years industry experience in broadcast and advertising

Podcast

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Billy Sneddon – Film/TV Editor (Stan & Ollie, Veep, Four Lions, Ghost Stories)

Armando Iannucci and Chris Morris are two of the biggest names in biting, scathing, bring-your-brain-to-this comedy, and Billy is the main responsible for editing a huge chunk of their output including The Thick of It, I’m Alan Partridge, Veep, Four Lions, Brass Eye and The Day Shall Come. AND, he’s the main who stitched together the stupendous Stan and Ollie and the blood-chilling Ghost Stories. He talks about how he got there from a career start as an in-debt dispatch rider and a chance meeting in a pub.

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The Winter Minisode – Another bit of a Best Of

How do you become a costume illustrator? How do you film Tom Cruise on the side of a plane? How do you create the Vader corridor sequence? How do you make Olivia Coleman look like a badger? How do you create an alien called Paul? How do you co-manage the creature/ droid department on the Star Wars trilogy? Why would you replace George Clooney’s eyes for your own in a blockbuster movie?  What does a sock full of vegetables have to do with a xenomorph alien? You guessed it, all answers lie within this episode.

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Glen Gathard – Pinewood Studios’ Head of Audio (Ex-Machina, Rocketman, Wonder Woman)

Foley is a damn sight more than footsteps, as Glen takes us through the crazy world of audio capture he inhabits with his team, bringing life to films like Wonder Woman, Wallace & Gromit, Mission Impossible’s 5&6 and more, utilising a variety of not always entirely safe methods.

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Darrell Warner – Costume Illustrator/Concept Artist (Captain America: First Avenger, Rocketman, Maleficent)

The Marvel Universe has many things, and one is an amazing array of costumes that the heroes don when saving Earth. Costume Illustrator/ Concept Artist Darrell Warner is an integral part of pre-production where the clothes are concerned. We talk Captain’s America and Marvel, Starlord, Hawkeye, Black Panther and Thor as well as his other credits including Pirates of the Caribbean, Doomsday, Maleficent and Rocketman.

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Stephen Woolley (Part 1) – Producer (Company of Wolves, The Crying Game, Absolute Beginners)

BAFTA-Winning Film Producer Stephen Woolley talks at his production company Number 9 Films to host Kevin Dawson about his hands-on Arthouse and World cinema education before managing the infamous Scala cinema himself. He details distributing The Evil Dead and how Sam Raimi slept at his house, as well as tales of producing classics such as Company of Wolves, Mona Lisa, Absolute Beginners, The Crying Game and Interview With the Vampire. And, how he pitched a film to Sean Connery in a lift.

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Will Samuelson – Film/TV Helicopter Pilot (Hobbs&Shaw, MI6: Fallout, Skyfall)

Helicopter pilot Will explains how he went from farmer to a pilot in the movies. He shares his incredible in-the-air account of the London Olympic stunt when James Bond and the Queen parachuted from a helicopter, about being in the helicopter than destroys Bond’s house in Skyfall, how he thought the placement of a rock by Ridley Scott would end up with a jeep exploding under him, the challenges he faced when trying to line up his helicopter with the aeroplane Tom Cruise was clinging to the outside of and the logistics of landing by a famous landmark in Fast & Furious spin off Hobbs & Shaw.

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Jason Horley – ILM Head or Art Dept (Harry Potter, Dark Knight, War Horse)

Starting as a background artist on Disney cartoons, Jason now heads the art department at Industrial Light and Magic. He talks to host Kevin Dawson about how he designed Two-Face‘s look for Dark Knight, watched Spielberg in action on the set of War Horse and worked on Harry Potter, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom and the new Star Wars movies. Also, how he became Daniel Radcliffe‘s almost naked CG double.

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Jon McCoy – Concept Artist (Rogue One, Blade Runner 2049, Solo)

Star Wars: Episode IX, Rogue One, Solo, Blade Runner 2049, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Edge of Tomorrow, World War Z, Concept Artist Jon’s list of credits is mighty impressive, and he talks to host Kevin Dawson about his work on these and more. Hear the stories of how he was involved heavily in creating the zombie pile up the wall in World War Z, the exo-suit for Tom Cruise, how he nearly ruined Han Solo meeting Lando with a cup and how he and director Gareth Edwards sat and created THAT corridor scene in Rogue One.

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Graham V. Hartstone AMPS – Chief Dubbing Mixer (Blade Runner, Aliens, Eyes Wide Shut)

Oscar-nominated for his audio mix work on Superman, Aliens and Passage to India, Graham’s list of credits stretches across 6 decades. He talks to host Kevin Dawson about clashing with Kubrick, chatting with Walt Disney, and working closely with Ridley Scott on Blade Runner, James Cameron on Aliens and much more in this latest episode.

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The Summer Minisode – A bit of a Best Of

While the usual format of host Kevin Dawson and a guest takes a small break, this minisode features clips from some of the previous episodes over the last few months. Art Directors, Make Up Designers, Producers, Sound Engineers, Costume Designers and more talk about their work with Ridley Scott, Edgar Wright, David Bowie, Ricky Gervais, Foo Fighters, Benedict Cumberbatch and more on projects like Ant Man, Star Wars, Batman, Extras, The Dark Knight and The Walking Dead. Reel Features returns with new guests in September.

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Mark Everson – Editor (Paddington, Dora the Explorer, Peep Show)

Paddington 1 and 2, Johnny English Strikes Again, Alpha Papa, Mighty Boosh and Peep Show are just some of the amazing credits Editor Mark has lent his talents to. Host Kevin met with him at Working Title in London where they chatted about his credits, his process, just how you edit a film with an animated bear, the many stories of Director John Landis and more.

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Marcus Rowland – Production Designer (Hot Fuzz, Baby Driver, Rocketman)

As one of Edgar Wright‘s closest and longest-running wing men, Marcus has been responsible for the overall artistic look on every one of his productions. From the design of the Winchester‘s interior in Shaun of the Dead and location scouting for Hot Fuzz, to the Canada and U.S shoots for Scott Pilgrim and Baby Driver, he details his perspective of these fan favourites. He also talks about his input on Ant Man with Edgar, and his other films with Joe Cornish and Dexter Fletcher.

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Paul Webster – Producer (Eastern Promises, Atonement, Locke)

Atonement, Eastern Promises, Sexy Beast, Locke, Evil Dead, Drop Dead Fred, Pride & Prejudice – these films don’t make themselves you know, and producer Paul Webster chats to host Kevin Dawson about exactly how a lot of these made it to the screen. Other than producing, his career has seen him work as an executive in the ‘brutal’ conditions under Harvey Weinstein at Miramax in the States, as well as important, game-changing roles at Film Four and Working Title Films (including his collaborations with director Joe Wright). He also talks about the maverick techniques used to get Tom Hardy film Locke made.