Category Archives: Interviews

“You Can’t Really Tell the Whole Story with an Image”: Interview with Graphic Designer Vasilis Marmatakis

Latest interview on Classiq Journal: graphic and film poster designer Vasilis Marmatakis. I’ve chatted with Vasilis about Poor Things, his working relationship with Yorgos Lanthimos, the difficulty to attach a definition to the term artistic poster and the one movie poster he has framed in his home. Read More

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The Last Repair Shop: Interview with Cinematographer David Feeney-Mosier

In our interview, David Feesey-Mosier and I talk about The Last Repair Shop (the short documentary film nominated to the Academy Awards), a wonderful celebration of music and human connection, why they thought close-ups and darker, warmer tones were more appropriate for the film, how someone’s non-filmic life will always inform their work, and why it is important for a cinematographer to trust a director’s vision. Read More

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“Inspiration Comes from Doing the Work and Simply Putting the Time In”: In Conversation with Film Poster Designer Brian Hung

Brian Hung joins me today to talk all things movies, about his introduction to cinema as a kid growing up in Shanghai, why he starts designing a poster only after the movie is completed, how he orchestrates his design style depending on each film, and what his film work and his other metier – professional chef – have in common. Read More

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“Personally, I Like a Director Who Trusts Me to Do the Best Job I’m Trained to Do”: In Conversation with Costume Designer Wendy Chuck

In our interview, costume designer Wendy Chuck tells about making films with Alexander Payne for 20 years, the art of collaboration, why the movies of the 1970s were not where she turned to for inspiration for the 70s-set The Holdovers, how a costume designer can win an actor’s heart and Angus Tilly’s jacket that is already being copied everywhere. Read More

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The Holdovers: In Conversation with Production Designer Ryan Warren Smith

In our interview, The Holdovers production designer, Ryan Warren Smith, takes us behind the scene to see how the movie was made and walks us through the instinctive choreography of collaboration. We also talk about the transportive recreation of the 70s and settling the characters, and us the viewers, in that world, about the movie theater that he grew up with, and The Holdovers scene that we both absolutely love. Read More

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