Apologies to The Rear View listenership. Your host, Matt Edwards, has recently booked a new gig as father to his newborn son. Once the youngin’ is old enough to press play on Netflix, Matt will no doubt be releasing more new reels of the podcast that highlight slightly more youthful films from yester-years like Toy Story, The Cat from Outer Space, and The Muppet Movie.
But until that happens, Matt will be back in December with some great new guests, some old school films, and brand new reels. So if you are a filmmaker driving forward on your film, always be sure to check… the rear view.
Joining Matt is this reel is television writer Amy Aniobi (Silicon Valley, The Michael J. Fox Show) to discuss Brad Bird’s 1999 animated film The Iron Giant. Amy talks passionately about writing comedy in way that’s visual rather than relying on dialogue, which requires trust in your actors and the rest of the creative team.
Joining Matt is this reel is screenwriter E. Nicholas Mariani to discuss the 1946 film The Best Years of Our Lives, directed by William Wyler with a script by Robert E. Sherwood. So far, this film may be the quintessential example of why this podcast was created. An extraordinary achievement in filmmaking, The Best Years of Our Lives offers up the best in almost every aspect of this medium of story telling.
In this reel screenwriter David H. Steinberg joins Matt to discuss the one the more perfect screenplays and movies – 1985’s Back to the Future written Robert Zemeckis and Bob Gale, and directed by Zemeckis. A script that builds up enough goodwill with the audience that by the time the third act rolls around, the audience will accept anything that happens. Steinberg also explains what he calls a “Yes, Mr. President” movie is.
In this bonus reel, Matt highlights some of the answers guest have given in response to the one question he asks all of his guests. “If our civilization ended by some random act of God and extraterrestrials were to discover our remains one thousand years from now, what is the one film or television series you’d want them to find?”
Each filmmaker’s response offers some very surprising responses. This reel also includes a sneak peak of the next reel.
In this reel Matt brings in film trailer editor Joshua Dunn to discuss the art of the movie preview. Over time, trailers have turned into an art form all their own. From the early beginnings of just previewing whole scenes from movies to the big voiceover days of Don Lafontaine to the overused “Inception Horn” of recent years, trailers are sometimes more exciting than the films they are supposed to market.
In this reel, Matt talks with cinematographer Megan Stacey about the visceral & visionary work of cinematographer Janusz Kaminsky and director Julian Schnable on the 2007 film The Diving Bell and the Butterfly. Schnable and Kaminsky’s partnership achieves one of cinema’s most intense character points of view with camera placement and lens choices.