Read Best of Interviews with Film Professionals and Festival Directors

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Interview with Supervising Sound Editor Wylie Stateman (The Hateful Eight, Home Alone, JFK) – Wylie Statement is a gem. It’s a simple as that. This is truly one of my favorite interviews. In my subjective opinion, it’s a must read for anyone working in the industry today, and for those attempting to get into the industry. His answers were entertaining, educational, and there is a theme that ties it all together. See if you can figure it out. Hope you enjoy.

Interview with The Newton Brothers (Composers – Ouija: 2, The Runner) – What a great time I had chatting with the extremely talented Newton Brothers (Andrew Grush & Taylor Stewart). A composing team that has already “scored” an impressive resume. I talked with them while they were in the midst of promoting their composing work on the horror film “Ouija: Origin of Evil.”

Interview with Storyboard Artist Yoriaki Mochizuki (The Lego Movie, Storks) – It was definitely an education chatting with story artist Yoriaki Mochizuki. He chats about working storyboarding animation movies and how it can be a much more creative process than working on live action films, and so much more….

Interview with Composer Henry Jackman (Birth of a Nation, Captain America 2 & 3) –  “Quote from Interview: The future is always a guess. If you go back 30 years in music in film, the tolerance then is different than it is today. There is more variety in music in film today. Film scores are now a broad church. Producers are less freaked out by a wide score of music composed in a film. People now listen to a wider range of music so in relation there is more freedom for the composer to add a wider range. So the future is probably going to simply go wider as access to all kinds of music that people listen to become less judgemental.”

Interview with Editor Valerio Bonelli (The Martian, Philomena) – If you’re interested in storytelling, this is the interview for you. Editor Valerio Bonelli has edited over 30 films in the last 20 years, working with some of the top directors, including many collaborations with Ridley Scott (The Martian, Black Hawk Down, Hannibal, and the Oscar winner Gladiator), and Stephen Frears (Philomena, The Program). In this interview, he gives a lot of amazing insight on the art of editing a feature film and what it takes to succeed in Hollywood.

Interview with Cinematographer Michael Simmonds (Nerve, Vice Principals) – Michael Simmonds is a wealth of knowledge when he chats about his love of cinematography. He is a man who is constantly looking into the future and only looking back when inspiration is needed. He is a rare talent who is able to move seamlessly from documentary to TV to feature films.  It was an honor to chat with him.

Interview with Sound Mixer Tony Dawe (Return of the Jedi, Alice in Wonderland, Troy) – Tony Dawe has definitely witnessed a lot of things on set working sound, working on over 120 productions in the last 40 years. It was an honor to interview him after the craft of sound mixing on set and preparing the post-production sound department.

Interview with Stunt Performer Lisa Dempsey (Titanic, Sully, Minority Report) – What an honor to chat with one of the most regarded stunt performers in the industry today. Lisa Dempsey has worked on over 100 productions in the last 25+ years. Her answers are a wealth of knowledge for film fans and people interested in working in the Film & TV industry.
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READ Today’s Interview with Film Festival Directors

Interview with the Executive Director of VanChan (The Vancouver Channel) – VanChan or “The Vancouver Channel” is a North American, MONTHLY, webisode festival in where the contestants create a pilot WEB SERIES. Comedy, Drama, Cooking show? Anything goes.

Interview with Festival Director Danny MAlin (YES! Let’s make a Movie Film Festival) – This festival aims to bring together all corners of the globe to share passion of filmmakers.

Interview with Festival Director Jon Mercurio Knight (Wasteland Film Festival) – The Wasteland Film Festival is entering its fifth year and only growing bigger. The highlight short films with especially post-apocalyptic subject matter and, in addition, alternative films displaying a certain character right at home in the post nuke society.

Interview with Festival Director Moosa Saleem (Access Code Short Film Festival) – After amazing 8 editions, we are here again. It’s a festival where 200 movies are played, more than any of the festival in the world. Almost every film that enters the festival will be screened at the festival, no matter how many days the festival runs.

Interview with Festival Director Michael Harrington (Wandering Reel Traveling Film Festival) – Wandering Reel is a traveling short film festival with a focus on bringing meaningful films to communities with limited or no access to compassionate, thought-provoking cinema. We strive to engage our audiences in deeper conversation about the role of cinema, and how films can relate to community, conscious living, and contribute to making the world a stronger and more unified place.

Interview with Festival Director Anamika Raj (GardenCity Film Festival) – GardenCity Film Festival is one of the most appreciated in the country by several critics. It’s main focus is student and female filmmakers from around the world. We are happy to introduce the local audience to a range of most recent, cinematically daring and powerful filmmaking from around the globe.
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Interviewer Matthew Toffolo is currently the CEO of the WILDsound FEEDBACK Film & Writing Festival. The festival that showcases 10-50 screenplay and story readings performed by professional actors every month. And the FEEDBACK Monthly Festival held in downtown Toronto on the last Thursday of every single month. Go to www.wildsound.ca

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Get to know Stunt Performer Lisa Dempsey (Titanic, Sully, Minority Report)

I had a terrific chat with the legendary female stunt performer LIsa Dempsey, who has worked on over 100 Hollywood production in the last 25+ years. Hope you enjoy:

Read the FULL INTERVIEW at MatthewToffolo.com

From Interview:

Most recently I had the job of a lifetime doubling Kathy Bates as “The Butcher” on American Horror Story Season 6: Roanok. I doubled for her once before on Mike and Molly when she was a guest star. We had to leg wrestle with Melissa McCarthy and that was hilarious. Kathy is a class act. She is warm and funny and so appreciative. She has a great laugh. I can’t say enough good things about her.

Lisa is on FIRE performing a stunt: 

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Get to know Editor Tia Nolan (How to be Single, Friends with Benefits)

Interview with Editor Tia Nolan (How to be Single, Friends with Benefits)

– Chatting with Tia Nolan about the craft of editing was a pure joy. Her recent credits include: How to be Single (2016), Angie Tribeca season 2 (2016), Annie (2014), Friends with Benefits (2011), The Woman (2008), and Bewitched (2005). She is a wealth of knowledge in the art of making a great comedy – as you’ll learn in his interview. Enjoy!

Read the full interview on MatthewToffolo.com

PHOTO: Rashida Jones stars in “Angie Tribeca” TV show. Tia edits all of their episodes:

ANGIE TRIBECA

Matthew Toffolo: What film that you’ve worked on has been your most valuable experience?

TN: That’s a hard question to answer. As an overall answer, I’d say any film I worked on with Richard Marks, my mentor, because he really taught me how to look at a film and make it great. If I were to pick one film that was the most valuable, I’d say FRIENDS WITH BENEFITS.

Get to know Captain America Cinematographer Trent Opaloch

rent Opaloch is easily the most talented and sought after cinematographers in the world today. He has DP’d for director Neil Blomkamp  on “District 9”, “Elysium”, and “Chappie”,  and director’s Anthony & Joe Russo on “Captain America: Winter Soldier”, and the upcoming “Captain America: Civil War”. It was an honor to sit down with him to chat about his career and the art of cinematography.

Read the Interview on MatthewToffolo.com

On Shooting the Captain America films:

It’s funny because I never really planned on ever shooting anything like that but I loved the creative approach that the Russo’s had for the film. Our whole thing was to take the edge off the genre of it all by basing it in reality as much as we could. I really liked the idea of shooting the film like a 70’s conspiracy thriller to ground the whole thing a bit. We referenced films like “Marathon Man” & “The Three Days of The Condor” early in prep.

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Get to know the Composing team of The Newton Brothers (Ouija: 2, The Runner)

What a great time I had chatting with the extremely talented Newton Brothers (Andrew Grush & Taylor Stewart). A composing team that has already “scored” an impressive resume. I talked with them while they were in the midst of promoting their composing work on the horror film “Ouija: Origin of Evil.”

Read the FULL INTERVIEW on MatthewToffolo.com

On what they are looking for in a director: 

We welcome as much input as possible from the director. Getting to know what they want to relay what they want to give the audience. Whether that’s a two note score, or a very detailed score with many counter points. We want to work on the story with them and interject our talent onto the film.

The more that director gives us, the better it is for us.

LIST of COMPOSING Credits from the last 3 years: 

Conventional (Short)
Chasing Life (TV Series) (10 episodes)

King Ripple (Short)
Coward (Short)
The Listing (Short)
Courtside (TV Series) (6 episodes)

The Man in the Can (Documentary short)

Today’s Interviews: Best of Industry Interviews

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Interview with Sound Editor Piero Mura (The Accountant, 500 Days of Summer)Piero Mura has worked in the sound department on over 100 films in the last 25+ years. His list of credits include Ben Hur, Fast & Furious 6, Skyfall, Warrior, War of the Worlds, and Training Day to name a few. It was an honor talking to him about his career and sound in general.

Interview with Composer Henry Jackman (Birth of a Nation, Captain America 2 & 3): Henry’s list of credits is already legendary, and he’s just getting started. He has composed Captain America 2 & 3, X-Men: First Class, Kinsman 1 & 2, and the upcoming Jack Reacher: Never Go Back, just to name a few. And I didn’t even mentioned his Animation movie composing (Go to hisimdb profile).

Interview with Director Marc-Andre Morissette (20:15)20:15, the award winning short film directed by Marc-Andre Morissette at the WILDsound Best of Sci-Fi/Fantasy Short Film Festival in September 2016.

Interview with Director Kirill Proskura (A SHADOW OF DARA): A SHADOW OF DARA, the award winning short film directed by Kirill Proskura played at the WILDsound Best of Sci-Fi/Fantasy Short Film Festival in September 2016.

Interview with Director Michael Brims (THE SOUNDS OF STREET VENDORS): Michael Brims’ short film THE SOUNDS OF STREET VENDORS played to rave reviews at the September 2016 DOCUMENTARY film festival. It was the winner of Best Music at the festival. This was the first ever film that was from Cuba that played at the festival.

Interview with Director Brooke Goldfinch (RED ROVER): Brooke Goldfinch’s short film RED ROVER played at the Sci-Fi Short Film Festival in September 2016 to amazing success.

Interview with Sound Mixer Tony Dawe (Return of the Jedi, Alice in Wonderland, Troy): Tony Dawe has definitely witnessed a lot of things doing on sound, working on over 120 productions in the last 40 years. It was an honor to interview him about the craft of sound mixing on set and preparing the post-production sound department.

Interview with Stunt Performer Lisa Dempsey (Titanic, Sully, Minority Report): What an honor to chat with one of the most regarded stunt performers in the industry today. Lisa Dempsey has worked on over 100 productions in the last 25+ years. Her answers are a wealth of knowledge for film fans and people interested in working in the Film & TV industry.

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Interview with Festival Director Joseph Kephart (Wait A Minute Film Festival)

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Interview with Festival Director Danny MAlin (YES! Let’s make a Movie Film Festival)

This festival aims to bring together all corners of the globe to share passion of filmmakers. Interview with Festival Director Danny MAlin  Matthew Toffolo: What is your Film Festival succeeding at doing for filmmakers? -We are a platform geared towards our local community getting an opportunity to share their work infront of their peers. We … Continue reading

Interview with Festival Director Jon Mercurio Knight (Wasteland Film Festival)

The Wasteland Film Festival is entering its fifth year and only growing bigger. The highlight short films with especially post-apocalyptic subject matter and, in addition, alternative films displaying a certain character right at home in the post nuke society. Films meeting certain criteria will be screened as part of the competition, others will simply be … Continue reading

Interview with Festival Director Moosa Saleem (Access Code Short Film Festival)

After amazing 8 editions, we are here again. It’s a festival where 200 movies are played, more than any of the festival in the world. Almost every film that enters the festival will be screened at the festival, no matter how many days the festival runs. Interview with Festival Director Moosa Saleem: Matthew Toffolo: What … Continue reading

Interview with Festival Director Michael Harrington (Wandering Reel Traveling Film Festival)

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Interview with Festival Director Anamika Raj (GardenCity Film Festival)

I am Anamika Raj and I am a graphic designer by profession and have produced 2 feature indies. GardenCity Film Festival is one of the most appreciated in the country by several critics. It’s main focus is student and female filmmakers from around the world. We are happy to introduce the local audience to a … Continue reading

Interview with Festival Director Craig Higgins (Norwich Film Festival)

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Interview with Festival Director Elena Ringo (Vienna Independent Film Festival)

VIFF Vienna Independent Film Festival invites filmmakers from all over the world to submit their films to their international film festival which takes place in Vienna.  The goal of our festival is to find new talented filmmakers who will be able to approach the heights of cinematography created by geniuses like Antonioni, Fellini, Tarkovsky, Bergman, Visconti, … Continue reading

Interview with Festival Director Joseph Hardin (HorrorQuest Film Festival)

HorrorQuest Film Festival is the worlds only 100% free Horror film festival. Held each year at Cinefest Film Theatre, located on the Georgia State University campus, HorrorQuest has no set submission fee. All HorrorQuest screenings and events are free and open to the public on a first come, first served, basis. Named one of the …Continue reading