Behind The Lens
Behind The Lens
Aug 2, 2021
BEHIND THE LENS #319: Featuring Kathryn O'Sullivan and Paul Awad
Play • 1 hr 10 min
It's a wild episode of BEHIND THE LENS thanks to our special guests KATHRYN O'SULLIVAN and PAUL AWAD as we talk about their new film A SAVAGE NATURE, plus our exclusive interview with writer/director NICK BARTON talking about the legendary Dalton Gang with his film DEATH ALLEY! First up is our exclusive interview with writer/director NICK BARTON as we talk about his latest film – DEATH ALLEY! You've heard of Jesse James, Belle Starr, the James-Younger gang? But what about the Dalton Gang? While so often glossed over in the history books, the Daltons tried to pull off the impossible on October 5, 1892 – rob two banks in the same town. Only Emmett Dalton lived to tell about that day. This is the Daltons' story of their final 48 hours before their demise in Coffeyville. Take a listen as Nick pulls out his cinematic six-shooter going in-depth on the appeal of the Western, the Daltons' story, story construct, challenges of working with horses/actors/pyrotechnics/gunfights, developing a visual tonal bandwidth with lighting and lensing, working with his actors (who did their own stunt work), editing, scoring, and more! Then take a listen to filmmakers KATHRYN O'SULLIVAN and PAUL AWAD who are with us live talking their new film – A SAVAGE NATURE. Co-producers and co-writers, Paul also flexes his directorial and cinematographic muscles. An intense character study with a neo-noir styling and sensibility, this is a chilling tale of a small town, a young married couple, and how life can go horribly wrong. Filled with twists and turns and, shot primarily in a single location with a minimal ensemble cast, the cinematic challenges in bringing this story to life are plentiful. With no holds barred, we dive right into "the making of" A SAVAGE NATURE and how savage indie filmmaking can be; crafting the script and the characters, keeping the ensemble small, shooting in one location and with time constraints, working within the confines of not only a very old house but one filled with logistic challenges of corners/hallways/doors that while benefitting the story metaphorically can be the death of a cinematographer, inherent challenges of shooting day for night as the bulk of the film takes place during the course of one night, casting, creative exterior build-outs, lensing action and fight choreography, editing, score, and more. . . Animated, engaging, and with wicked senses of humor, you will love hearing this conversation about A SAVAGE NATURE, not to mention Kathryn and I bonding over guilty tv viewing pleasure with "Hoarders".
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