I stumbled across a page I’d bookmarked months ago and gave a listen. Really enjoyed it and thought I’d share here. The podcast series is by “Team Deakins,” aka legendary Academy Award winning cinematographer Roger Deakins and his wife, James Ellis Deakins, who interview various people in the movie industry about their jobs and how they wound up working in film. The people they talk with (for example, actor John Turturro) are really interesting and very down to earth. Of course, they also mostly seem to have have worked with Roger Deakins on the many, many films he’s done cinematography for, so that may partly explain why the conversations seem so friendly, informal, and truly fascinating.
First, here is the podcast episode I had originally bookmarked. It’s an interview with sound designer Mark Mangini, whose film credits include Blade Runner 2049 (for which Deakins won one of his Oscars, the other being 1917). I especially love Mangini’s account first of how he gained entre to the film industry as an outsider with only the vaguest notion of how it all worked and what types of jobs even existed and then second how he slowly made the most of opportunities that came his way and developed a sense of himself and a career direction that was right for him.
Sadly, it appears that after 163 episodes, the series has gone on hiatus. The last episode I see on Spotify, from October 2021, is a discussion of Deakins’ then-new book, titled BYWAYS, containing some of his portrait and landscape still photography. Here’s that episode.
If you’re looking for info about the film industry or just love intelligent, down-to-earth conversations about creative work, I recommend this series. Team Deakins interviews directors, cinematographers, actors, production designers, writers, editors, animators, agents, etc. Just all kinds of interesting people talking about their work and their own individual pathways to success in a “glamour” field that often seems opaque and impenetrable to people with no connections (friends, family) already on the inside.
This link should get you over to the podcast series page on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/4MZfJbM2MXzZdPbv6gi5lJ