Making the Scene
I bring news! Coming soon to fancypants audio devices everywhere: the Making the Scene podcast, hosted by yours truly and guest starring an exciting array of writers, filmmakers and critics.
What is Making the Scene?
Analyzing film is hard. Sure, talking about the film as a whole isn’t so bad, but what if you want to get into why it works, and how? How does the film use lighting? What effect does the editing have? What’s the soundtrack up to, and why? No matter how many times I’ve sat down with favorite films, intending to break it apart and dig into the tools and techniques at work, I end up losing focus and just watching the damn thing within 20 minutes. I want to be all technical, but a great movie overwhelms me every time.
So, I thought: What if I focused only on a single scene? A scene I could watch over and over without burning a whole week. A scene — the right scene — could serve as a microcosm for how the overall film works.
Making the Scene will bring on a new guest for every episode, and that guest will come bearing one of their all-time favorite film scenes. The two of us will dive in and rip it apart, looking for the keys to how and why it works so well. I’ve recorded 6 of the 8 episodes for this season (it’s a limited run kind of thing, but if it works out, I can always come back for another season) and I’m so excited about what my guests have brought. If you love film, I think you’re going to really enjoy this podcast.
Making the Scene launches Sunday, September 14th.
I’m going to be on the first episode of this talking Butch Cassidy & The Sundance Kid.