Interview…Directing Trio RKSS on Throwback Thriller, ‘Summer of 84’

To those of you who aren’t on the film festival circuit or don’t watch a lot of genre films, the Montreal-based directing trio, RKSS, probably just seems like random letters. Well, they directed this totally rad throwback post-apocalyptic bicycle flick called Turbo Kid, and it was totally wicked! Some three years later, they are back […]

Interview…Composer/Orchestrator Conrad Pope Teaching and Performing at the Hollywood Music Workshop

In the span of 30 years, composer/orchestrator Conrad Pope has worked on more than 420 films. We spent an hour with Pope, and he is an infectious joy as well as one of the most laid-back people you’d ever meet. But he’s also a legend. Name any film or topic, and you’ll sit there in […]

Interview…Composer Joe Kraemer Conducting Original Music at the Hollywood Music Workshop

Hollywood Music Workshop celebrates its 10th Anniversary this year, and part of the festivities outside the classes in the workshop include a live concert in association with Warner Brothers at the Casino Baden, featuring iconic film music performed by the Synchron Stage Vienna Orchestra under the baton of Joe Kraemer and Conrad Pope. The set list is chock full of […]

Interview…Temuera Morrison on Sci-Fi Roles and His ‘Warriors’ Roots

When you need a rugged and hard-hitting actor in film circles, the list isn’t very long when it comes to raw, unbridled energy. You probably think I’m talking about the Christian Bales or Daniel Day-Lewises of the world, but not today. I’d like to turn your attention to Temuera Morrison who is not only a […]

Interview… Reel FX’s Jose Sebastian Gomez on ATK PLN, Commercials and Creative Direction

If you live or work in the Dallas area, the fact that business is booming is probably not news to anyone. Yet, as much as the many cranes are putting up buildings and apartments at breakneck speed changing our skyline, you might be unaware of other trades hard at work to produce world-class products and […]

Interview…Joonas Suotamo on Playing Chewbacca in ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’

For the third time in as many years, Finland’s own Joonas Suotamo dons the iconic Wookie get-up to continue playing Chewbacca in a galaxy far, far away. Suotamo, at 7 feet, certainly has the height to play the famous walking carpet, but how about his acting chops? Well, if you somehow thought Chewie was still being […]

Interview…’Supercon’ Director Zak Knutson on Celebrity and the Limits of Comedy

Fil​​mmaker, documentarian, and pop-culture aficionado, Zak Knutson’s newest endeavor is the convention-based comedy, Supercon. It’s a movie featuring four less-than-famous personalities who, so fed up with the titular convention’s greedy promoters, attempt to emulate a robbery perpetrated (successfully) by other geekcentric convention goers. Let’s just hope lighting can strike twice, for their sake. Knutsen co-wrote […]

Interview…Carl Thiel Composes Big Themes for Small Town Heroes in ‘Lazer Team 2’

Austin-based composer/musician Carl Thiel is a great friend of the site, and we love chatting with him about his film scores. An accomplished musician in his own right, Carl has made a name for himself working with Robert Rodriguez and on many films under the Troublemaker Studios banner and the El Rey Network. In past interviews, Carl […]

Interview…Aussie Director Shane Abbess on the Nostalgic and Collaborative Framework Behind ‘The Osiris Child’

It’s been almost one full​ year ​since Shane Abbess’ ​Science Fiction Volume One: The Osiris Child made its world premiere a​t​ Fantastic Fest ​late September 2016​. Whether there was something in the air at the fest, or simply the joy of seeing this retro styled sci-fi spectacle on the big screen among hundreds of genre fans, […]

Interview…Brian McNelis Discusses Vinyl Releases at Lakeshore Records and Experiences in the Music Industry

Thanks largely to a trip to Record Store Day in 2014, I have become an increasing fan of soundtrack releases on vinyl…and I’ve never looked back. You may have your own go-to retailers, and while a significant portion of my collection is comprised of Mondo titles, Lakeshore Records (the independent music division of Lakeshore Entertainment) […]

Interview…Mondo’s Brock Otterbacher on Design, Collaboration and Pop-Culture

Growing up, I’m sure those of you in the design community (myself included) lived and breathed LEGOs, building blocks, or the various action figure play sets. Sure, they’re toys, but they probably were a catalyst (subconscious, maybe) to get myself and my coworkers into the industry we’re in today. As an Interior Designer, I now […]

Interview…Aesop Rock Injects ‘Bushwick’ with Haunting, Gritty and Emotional Hip-Hop

Lakeshore Records recently released the original score to Bushwick, which was scored by underground hip-hop pioneer Aesop Rock. His first ever film score, Bushwick-Original Motion Picture Soundtrack is a mind-bending collection of instrumental tracks providing an exhilarating beat-heavy backdrop to the Cary Murnion and Jonathan Milott directed thriller starring Brittany Snow and Dave Bautista. Building on the […]