GlobeScreen Podcasts

GlobeScreen Podcasts are not just business-as-usual. Monthly guests are true artisans of the industry and responsible or involved in key creative departments: cinematography, editing, production design, casting, VFX, writing. The art and science behind moviemaking is the footprint we intend to leave with listeners.

Starting October 2022, VFXTalks, presented by GlobeScreen Podcasts, is a new season dedicated to discussions with leaders in the world of visual effects for film and television.

Episodes will appear below monthly and on Hosted and produced by Zef Cota, Director of Podcasts, from New York.

Cinematography / Naomi Amarger

Naomi Amarger is a cinematographer, based in Paris. In a conversation this year with EMPIRE magazine Editor-at-Large, Helen O’Hara, she discusses her journey into the film industry from actress to director of photography. She recently collaborated with Marie Castille Mention Schaar on the director’s latest film, Divertimento, starring Oulaya Amambra, Lina El Arabi and Niels Arestrup, and released by Le Pacte. She also shares with Helen some of the specific shooting decisions that went into the film, including how she collaborated with Marie-Castille on set.

EPISODE 24: AUGUST 25, 2023
Documentaries / Neil Barsky

Neil Barsky is a journalist and documentary filmmaker, based in New York. During the Out of Competition screenings at the 3rd Edition of Festival FranceScreen (14-16 June 2023), in Paris, he joined us for a Q&A to discuss his 2012 Documentary ‘Koch’ (released by Zeitgeist Films). In conversation with Dara Naficy, festival director, he shared with the audience how the idea for an in-depth portrait of the former New York City mayor came to him, editorial and musical score choices in the film and the legacy of Ed Koch, among the history of New York politicians. 

EPISODE 23: MAY 31, 2023
Cinematography / Vladislav Opelyants, RGC

Vladislav Opelyants is a cinematographer from Moscow known for Petrov’s Flu (2021), directed by Kirill Serebrennikov which was selected to compete for the Palme d’Or at the 2021 Cannes Film Festival where it won the Vulcan Award for cinematography. He has also collaborated once again with Serebrennikov on the beautifully shot and critically acclaimed Tchaikovsky’s Wife (2022) which also premiered in competition at Cannes 2022.  Vlad spoke to us about his approach to what he calls the ‘international language of cinematography’, how he first became a director of photography, and the creative approach to his craft.

EPISODE 22: APRIL 26, 2023
Cinematography / Dante Spinotti, ASC, AIC

Dante Spinotti is both a member of the ASC (American Society of Cinematographers) and the AIC (Association of Italian Cinematographers). In a recent conversation from LA, he spoke to us about his distinguished career as a cinematographer. He recalled how Dino Di Laurentiis helped start his career in the US on Michael Mann’s 1986 film ‘Manhunter’. Later in the discussion he shared many on-set stories working with Mann on four additional films 1992’s Last of the Mohicans, 1995’s Heat, 1999’s The Insider and 2009’s Public Enemies. He also talked about shooting 1997’s LA: Confidential for Curtis Hanson. Dante also offered his views on shooting film versus digital. GlobeScreen Podcasts would like to thank Murtha Skouras Agency, for arranging this episode. 

EPISODE 21: APRIL 18, 2023
Composing / Chris Roe

Chris Roe is a London based composer for films, television and documentaries. In this discussion he shared with us how he collaborated with Aleem Khan for the 2020 feature ‘After Love’, which played at both Toronto International Film Festival and London Film Festival that year. It is now on theatrical release in the US. He also shared how the director originally did not envision any music for the project and how they eventually came to assemble a score for the finished production. Later in the conversation he discusses his musical score for BAFTA nominated Blue Jean directed by Georgia Oakley. The film will be released by Altitude Films in the UK on February 10, UFO Distribution in France on April 19 and by Magnolia Pictures in the US. 

EPISODE 20: MARCH 15, 2023
Cinematography / Stuart Dryburgh, ASC

Stuart Dryburgh ASC is an Academy Award, (AMPAS), nominated cinematographer based in New York. Just a few of the many directors he has worked with include Jane Campion, F. Gary Gray, Peter Hedges, Peter Webber, Yimou Zhang, Ben Stiller, John Curran, Mira Nair and Michael Mann. He recently spoke to GlobeScreen Podcasts about his eclectic career as a director of photography, how he got his start in New Zealand’s film industry, before going on to shoot high profile feature films such as ‘An Angel at My Table’ (1990), ‘The Piano’, (1993) , ‘Analyse This’ (1999), ‘Bridget Jones Diary’ (2001), ‘The Painted Veil’ (2006) , ‘The Secret Life of Walter Mitty’ (2013), ‘Blackhat’ (2015), ‘The Great Wall’ (2016), ‘Ben is Back’ (2018), and ‘Men in Black: International’ (2019). GlobeScreen Podcasts would like to thank Murtha Skouras Agency for making this episode possible. 

Costume Design / Jany Temime

Jany Temime is an accomplished Costume Designer for film and television. Now based in London her many credits as a Costume Designer include six Harry Potter films for Warner Bros, ‘Gravity’ (2013) and ‘Children of Men’ (2006), with Alfonso Cuaron and ‘Skyfall’ (2012) and ‘Spectre’ (2015), in the James Bond franchise, both directed by Sam Mendes. She spoke to us about her collaborations with these two iconic filmmakers. A few of her other film productions and television shows include HBO’s ‘House of Dragon’, Judy’ (2019), ‘Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool’ (2017), ‘Passengers’ (2016) and ‘In Bruges’ (2008). A unique in-depth discussion into the role of a Costume Designer. 

Ara Khanikian / Rodeo FX

Ara Khanikian is a Gold Derby Film Award Nominee and Compositing Supervisor at Rodeo FX, based in Montreal. He begins this visual effects industry conversation with Zef Cota by recounting some of his memorable work on movies such as ‘The Aviator’, ‘300’ and ‘The Fountain‘ while at Buzz Image Group and Hybride, before joining Rodeo. He explains the difference between an Inferno Artist and a Compositor. He then goes on to describe some of the compositing work he has led at Rodeo FX for ‘Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol’, ‘Mirror Mirror’, ‘Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales’, ‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’, Alejandro Inarritu’s ‘Birdman’ and Andy Muschietti’s IT: Chapter One’, including all the diverse technical challenges associated with these films.  He also shares some personal philosophies about VFX — the work can’t just look pretty, it needs to serve the storytelling of the project it is associated with. Listen in to learn more.

Martin Pelletier / Rodeo FX

Martin Pelletier leads the Quebec office of Rodeo FX. In this conversation with Zef Cota he discussed his work on film and television projects such as ‘Stranger Things’ ‘Game of Thrones’, ‘Fantastic Beasts’ ‘Gods of Egypt’ ‘The Nutcracker and the Four Realms’ and ’Star Trek: Beyond’. He also shared how his office coordinates project workflows and deadlines with the company’s other locations. He discusses specific technologies Rodeo FX is investing in, putting it ahead of other VFX companies in the industry. 

Florian Gellinger / Rise VFX

Florian Gellinger is a co-founder of RISE Visual Effects Studios, founded in 2007. With a team of 140 artists and offices in Berlin, Stuttgart, Munich, Cologne and London, it is one of the largest visual effects companies in Central Europe. Florian talked to us about getting his start in visual effects by working on Roman Polanski’s OLIVER TWIST. Later in the discussion he focused in-depth about some of the technical challenges on the following films and television shows his company has worked on HARRY POTTER: DEATHLY HALLOWS PART 1, THE BOOK THIEF, IRON MAN 3, MAN FROM U.N.C.LE, FAST AND FURIOUS PRESENTS: HOBBS & SHAW, THE FRENCH DISPATCH, FANTASTIC BEASTS: THE CRIMES OF GRINDENWALD, WANDAVISION and LISEY’S STORY. He also shared some thoughts on using practical camera angles when possible and how the company manages render times when a project involves a large number of complex shots. 

Adam Pere / Crafty Apes

Adam Pere is a VFX Producer in the LA office of Crafty Apes. In a wide-ranging conversation with us he explored multiple facets of the visual effects profession. He recalled how he joined the company and the differences between a Visual Effects Coordinator and Visual Effects Manager role. He talked about his work for feature films including LA LA LAND (2016), SPIDERMAN: FAR FROM HOME (2019), FAST & FURIOUS: HOBBS AND SHAW (2019), PALM SPRINGS (2020) and DEADPOOL 2 (2016). In television his credits include THE ORVILLE and WESTWORLD. In 2017 he transitioned into the role of VFX Producer. He explains how this role involves bidding, budgeting shots for clients and managing successful relationships that can lead to future collaborations. He also discussed building teams for each project, how the experience of producing visual effects work differs on a television show versus a feature and how often he interacts with the director.

Andy Williams / Outpost VFX
Andy Williams is Managing Director of the newly opened LA Office at Outpost VFX. He joined Zef Cota to discuss his beginnings in the visual effects profession, starting at DIVE Post Production, supervising digital intermediate workflows of features. As part of his responsibilities now at Outpost he describes how work is divided among the company’s offices in the UK, US, Canada and India. He also describes how production tax rebates largely determine which Outpost location becomes the lead site on each project. The conversation concludes with some general thoughts on the kinds of future technologies and talents the company is investing in.
EPISODE 18: MAY 6, 2022
Assistant Directing / Yannick Karcher
Yannick Karcher is a Strasbourg based filmmaker. He joined Dara Naficy for a discussion about his directing and assistant directing career to date, including working on recent television productions such as Une Affaire Française (2021), for TF1 and War on Beasts (2018) for France 3 Television and Europacorp TV. In 2020 he directed a short, ‘Charon’, starring Tcheky Karyo. He also shared with listeners the inspiration behind this production, how he worked with his production designer and other heads of department during ‘Charon’, and what he is developing next, as a Director.
EPISODE 17: APRIL 13, 2022
Directing / Marie-Castille Mention-Schaar
Marie-Castille Mention Schaar is a Paris based Director and Producer. She joined Zef Cota for a discussion about her directing career and making films such as A Good Man (2021), Heaven Will Wait ( 2016), Once in a Lifetime (2014), and Bowling (2012). She also discussed her role as a Producer on features such as Wah-Wah (2005) directed by Richard E. Grant and Monsieur N. (2003), directed by Antoine de Caunes, including how key cast members were assembled, for each of these productions. GlobeScreen Podcasts would like to thank Pyramide Distribution for making this episode possible.
EPISODE 16: MARCH 23, 2022
Composing / Paul Hepker & Mark Kilian
Paul Hepker and Mark Kilian are a composing duo based in Los Angeles and South Africa. Among many composing credits for films over the years, they have composed the scores for Gavin Hood’s feature films, namely Official Secrets (2019), Eye in the Sky (2015), Rendition (2007) and Tsotsi (2005), their first collaboration with Gavin. They spoke recently with GlobeScreen Podcasts regarding these collaborations, about the art of composing for films in general, emphasizing original sounds and instruments in their work together and other filmmakers they aspire to work with, on future projects. Listen to the full episode to learn more.
Sound Editing / Robert Mackenzie
Robert Mackenzie is an Academy Award Winning Sound Mixer & Supervising Sound Editor, based in Australia. His recent credits include Jane Campion’s The Power of the Dog (2021), Mortal Kombat (2021) and David Michod’s The King (2019). He has also worked on other notable features including Mary Magdalene (2018), Hacksaw Ridge (2016) and Animal Kingdom (2010), another collaboration with David Michod. He spoke recently to Zef Cota in-depth about some of these projects and the art of sound design and editing in general, sharing some stories from the projects he has worked on.
EPISODE 14: JANUARY 20, 2022
Production Design / Morgan Kennedy
London based Morgan Kennedy is an accomplished Production Designer. Most recently he was a Production Designer on ‘Liaison’, created by Virginie Brac, for Apple TV, which is now in post-production. His film credits include The Sweeney (2012) for Director Nick Love. With Director Sean Ellis he has designed several features, namely: Cashback (2006), based on the director’s short, The Broken (2008), with Lena Headey and Anthropoid (2016), starring Cillian Murphy. In television he has designed several episodes of Netflix’s Black Mirror. On that series, he was Production Designer for the episodes Hated in the Nation (2016) and Crocodile (2017). He spoke to Zef Cota, in December last year, during an informal and in-depth chat on the art of Production Design, and the varied role of the Production Designer, in both features and television.
Cinematography / Juan Ruiz Anchia, ASC
Juan Ruiz Anchia is a member of the American Society of Cinematographers (A.S.C.) and currently lives in California. Some of his many credits as Cinematographer include, AT CLOSE RANGE (1986), GLENGARRY GLEN ROSS (1992), MR.JONES (1993), THE JUNGLE BOOK (1994) and CONFIDENCE (2003). In a recent chat with Zef Cota, he shared his experiences working with many directors including James Foley, David Mamet and Christopher Cain. He also shares for listeners, some differences he sees between the film industry in the U.S versus Europe, professional influencers, and some memorable stories from each of the features he worked on, including the influence leading actors can have on a production.
Cinematography / Lorenzo Senatore, ASC, AIC
Lorenzo Senatore is both a member of the American Society of Cinematographers (A.S.C.) and the Italian Association of Cinematographers (A.I.C.). Just a few of his credits as Cinematographer include, THE OUTPOST (2019), HELLBOY (2019), MEGAN LEAVEY (2017) and RISEN (2016). In a recent chat with Dara Naficy, he shared his experiences working with many directors including Neil Marshall, Rod Lurie and Kevin Reynolds. He also shares for listeners his views on coverage on set, coordinating physical production with visual effects photography, some of his influencers and advice for new Directors of Photography breaking into the movie industry. GlobeScreen would like to thank Millennium Media for making this Episode possible.
EPISODE 11: AUGUST 16, 2021
Writing / Angelina Burnett
Nashville based Angelina Burnett is a longtime writer for both episodic television and feature films. Some of her writing credits include AMC’s HALT AND CATCH FIRE, which ran on the network from 2014-2017 and Starz’s BOSS, starring Kelsey Grammer and Connie Nielsen, which ran for two seasons. This summer she sat down with GlobeScreen Director of Podcasts, Zef Cota, to discuss her long journey into film and television writing, from NYU through to her start as an assistant in LA. She also explores the evolution between broadcast, cable and streaming in the television industry, including some of the challenges of being in a writer’s room on a network show. Plus, advice for new writers breaking into the industry.
EPISODE 10: JUNE 17, 2021
Casting / Alice Searby
London based Alice Searby is a veteran of film casting over many years. As Casting Director she recently cast both the BBC Films, Pathé & Ingenious Media co-production JUDY, starring Renée Zellweger and Paul Feig’s LAST CHRISTMAS, from Universal Pictures and starring Emilia Clarke. She got her start as a Casting Associate on a wide variety of features including THE GOLDEN COMPASS, AN EDUCATION, J. EDGAR, INVICTUS, and BROOKLYN. She is currently busy with several more features in pre-production. In a conversation with Zef Cota, she spoke about her journey into casting, how it is great for those getting into casting to really be passionate about both theater and film, and some memorable stories about the casting process, from a few of her projects.
EPISODE 9: MAY 28, 2021
Editing / Michael J. Duthie
LA based Michael Duthie is an accomplished Editor with many decades of credits to his name. In a recent conversation with Zef Cota, he spoke to us about working with directors such as Roland Emmerich, Kevin Costner, Vic Armstrong and Rod Lurie, and the many projects he has overseen as Editor over the years, including SAHARA, UNIVERSAL SOLDIER, STARGATE, OPEN RANGE, LONDON HAS FALLEN, THE OUTPOST and most recently THE HITMAN’S WIFE’S BODYGUARD, a production from Millennium Media, which Lionsgate will release in June. He also shared some observations about the art of editing in general, including how he organizes his editorial departments, on each feature he works on.
VFX & Stereography / Matthew Bristowe / Part 2
In Part 2 of our podcast about VFX, Matthew Bristowe recalls his time at both London based One of Us and Technicolor, where he was Head of Production on movies such as JURASSIC PARK: FALLEN KINGDOM (2018), STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI (2017), FANTASTIC BEASTS: THE CRIMES OF GRINDELWALD (2018), and the first two seasons of Netflix’s THE CROWN. He also shares some of the VFX challenges he worked on for TNT series THE ALIENIST. In his current role as Managing Director at London based animation studio & post house, Jellyfish Pictures, he discusses his latest feature project for DreamWorks Animation and the unique way the company’s people have a hand in deciding which productions to develop internally. Listen in to find out more.
VFX & Stereography / Matthew Bristowe / Part 1

25 year visual effects veteran Matthew Bristowe has overseen many high-profile productions in senior roles at Technicolor, One of Us, Prime Focus, MPC and currently, Jellyfish Pictures. In Part 1, of a two-part podcast, he discusses his time at MPC as a Digital Intermediate Supervisor on titles such as 28 DAYS LATER (2002), TROY (2004), PRIDE AND PREJUDICE (2005), THE WIND THAT SHAKES THE BARLEY (2006) and SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE (2008). Later, while Senior Vice President at Prime Focus World, he talks about his groundbreaking stereographic work on Alfonso Cuaron’s GRAVITY (2013), for which he won the Advanced Image Society’s Lumiere Award. He also recalls his stereography work for HARRY POTTER & THE DEATHLY HALLOWS (2011) and EDGE OF TOMORROW (2014).

Production Design / Christina Moore

Christina Moore is an accomplished Production Designer based in London. She is currently Production Designer on SKY ATLANTIC/ EPIX television show, BRITTANIA. In 2020 she was Production Designer for Jessica Swale’s SUMMERLAND, with Gemma Arterton, released by IFC Films in the US. Previously in her career, she was Supervising Art Director on both HBO’s JOHN ADAMS and several seasons of GAME OF THRONES. She talks to Zef Cota about the art of Production Design in general and juggling the worlds of design for both film and television. She also discusses her favorite production designers and experiences working with various directors, including a unique career start as Storyboard Artist on Ang Lee’s SENSE AND SENSIBILITY.

Producing / Jonathan Yunger

Los Angeles based Millennium Media, founded in 1996, is behind some of the film industry’s most successful movies to date, including THE EXPENDABLES, LONDON HAS FALLEN, OLYMPUS HAS FALLEN, BROOKLYN’S FINEST, RAMBO: LAST BLOOD and most recently THE OUTPOST. Other titles soon to be completed by the indie studio include THE ASSET with Michael Keaton and THE HITMAN’S WIFE’S BODYGUARD, both of which Lionsgate will release next year. The studio’s Co-President, Jonathan Yunger, recently had a conversation with Zef Cota about Millennium’s various productions, his day-to-day responsibilities, experiences as a Producer, plus much more.

Talent Management / Annarie Boor

Annarie Boor is a London based Producer & Talent Manager. She recently spoke to Zef Cota, Director of GlobeScreen Podcasts, about the journey that took her from professional ballet dancer in South Africa to indie filmmaker based in the UK. Topics discussed include the various projects her company, Tapping Frog Productions, is engaged in, how the company approaches talent management and the activities of her mentoring organization, Mentor Through Film.

Editing / Eric Brodeur

Eric Brodeur is an LA based First Assistant Editor who has worked in the editorial departments of numerous features. His many credits include OUIJA, THE GRUDGE, THE NUN and TRANSFORMERS: THE LAST KNIGHT. GlobeScreen’s Zef Cota recently sat down with Eric for a fascinating and highly informative discussion on the art of feature editing. Topics discussed included how editing has changed in recent decades, collaborating with different departments, and how various directors approach the art of editing differently, among other talking points.

Documentaries / Anna Godas

Dogwoof is a London based documentary film company which has released 26 Oscar nominated and 3 BAFTA winning documentaries. Just a few of the company’s credits include I AM GRETA, APOLLO 11 and THE CAVE. The company’s CEO, Anna Godas, was joined by Variety’s International Editor, Manori Ravindran, for a wide-ranging conversation about the documentary market, including development, production, marketing and distribution considerations for each of Dogwoof’s releases, since their founding in 2003.

Cinematography / Alonso Homs

Zef Cota, Director, GlobeScreen Podcasts had the chance to chat with LA based Cinematographer Alonso Homs, who has worked in cinematography for over 10 years, serving as a Director of Photography and in the camera departments of features such as Derek Cianfrance’s BLUE VALENTINE, Baz Luhrmann’s THE GREAT GATSBY and Martin Scorsese’s 2010 HBO documentary, PUBLIC SPEAKING. They had an informative and wide-ranging conversation about the latest technology, lenses, lighting, shooting digital vs. film and professional influences.