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.
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.
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.
Abbey Road Studios has been a mecca for many for decades, but what about the staff behind the scenes? Mastering Engineer Geoff Pesche has kept the seat warm in his room at the studio for over a decade, and has worked his final polish magic for the likes of Kylie Minogue, Pulp. Coldplay, Black Sabbath and Ed Sheeran.
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.
The Favourite bagged Make-Up and Hair Designer Nadia the BAFTA, and she talks to host Kevin Dawson about her work on it as well as Tyrannosaur, This Is England and Eddie the Eagle. She shares her story of working all hours to make it to the top of her game, and the many collaborations her job puts her in, including working with Paddy Considine, Olivia Coleman and Nicolas Hoult.
Katie Reynolds – Post Production Supervisor (Batman Begins, Corpse Bride, Harry Potter: Deathly Hallows)
Post Supervisor Katie talks to host Kevin Dawson about how she entered the industry via Bond before working on Harry Potter for 11 years as well as 3 Tim Burton films, Justice League and more. She also talks about the three stage process of post-production, what happens at movie premieres, and the many facets that can make or break the quality of a film.
Following host Kevin Dawson’s first conversation with newly BAFTA-winning producer Stephen in the last episode, Kevin gets the lowdown on the second half of Stephen’s illustrious career so far. Continuing on Interview With the Vampire and working with Cruise and Pitt, they also talk about Stoned and the implications of rock star murder surrounding the story, as well as female empowerment in movies such as Collette, Carol, Your Finest, Byzantium and Made in Dagenham.
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.
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.
Co-owner of Pindrop Ltd, Steve has formed a career out of mixing sound for independent film by directors such as Shane Meadows, Noel Clarke and Dexter Fletcher. He was also responsible for the audio in recent horror Strangers: Prey at Night and talks about the swimming pool scene in detail with host Kevin Dawson. Throw in working with Tim Burton and Paul Schrader, how to he does the sound for a punch up and the process of the horror movie jump scare.
Industrial Light and Magic have their VFX Supervisor Julian to thank for the stunning CG in a host of blockbusters such as Rogue One, Transformers: Last Knight, Ready Player One and Ninja Turtles 2. He talks about these films as well as being on set for Dark Knight Rises, Solo and Fast & Furious 6, how he created the alien in Paul and just what goes into making robots for Transformers.
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.
How does someone intent on being a producer actually become one? And what is the role of a producer or does it cover many facets of the recording process? Hugh details how he works with artists such as Rae Morris, Jamie N Commons, Crystal Fighters, Michael Kiwanuka and Will Joseph Cook to get the best version of a song out into the world. From arranging the song to sending them home when the performance isn‘t there, Hugh reveals how he runs his studio as a freelance music producer.
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.
Shaun of the Dead, The Descent, Braindead, Eden Lake, horror films with very different agendas, but all needed grue, gore and top-notch make up FX. This week’s guest talks to host Kevin Dawson about working with Nick Frost, Simon Pegg, Michael Fassbender, Peter Jackson, Neil Marshall and more across his fascinating blood-soaked career in prosthetic effects.
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.
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.
The Joker in the Dark Knight, the Engineers, eggs and scary, bitey aliens from Prometheus and Alien:Covenant, the White Walkers from Game of Thrones, Conor O’Sullivan has been responsible for many amazing creatures and make-up effects over the past two decades. He talks to host Kevin Dawson about these and more, including working with Spielberg on the ‘Jesus’ moment, killing Brad Pitt and the new Joe Cornish film, Kid Who Would Be King.
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.