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The Mighty Dragon podcast
The Mighty Dragon blog collection of podcasts with writers and filmmakers. We review popular films and TV series to study characters, narrative and themes.
14 hours ago
What's it like being two characters in The Mandalorian? The Mighty Dragon meets Tait Fletcher.
*The Mandalorian Special continues...* When I interviewed Tait Fletcher I felt like I'd known him for years, that's probably because he's been in everything I have seen! From Breaking Bad to The Mandalorian, Jumanji and John Wick to name just a few. Tait has been in some of the most memorable films and TV series in recent years. We know Tait as Alpha Trawler and Paz Visla in The Mandalorian. He shares with me how he prepared for these characters, his experience with George Lucas's linguist and some behind-the-scenes memories with Carl Weathers. His favourite Star Wars character surprised me at the time, but now reflecting back on our conversation can see how that all fits in. *Breaking Bad* Of course, Tait joined me to talk about The Mandalorian, but we touched upon his time as Lester in Breaking Bad too. Also how he broke into the industry from his MMA fighting days. Tait's journey doesn't end anywhere as we find out, he is constantly progressing. The Mandalorian goes from strength to strength and so does Tait. He is a truly introspective, inspiring actor. His phrase "*Never let your memories become bigger than your dreams*" struck a chord with me. In conclusion, there is no way this actor is resting on his laurels any time soon. I am honoured to have him here as part of The Mandalorian interview collection. Thanks to Tait Fletcher and the folks at KMR Talent for this opportunity. This is the fourth interview for The Mighty Dragon in its special The Mandalorian series. Tune in for more interviews from this epic, fan favourite series made for all Star Wars fans.
2 days ago
What's it like being The Mandalorians father? The Mighty Dragon meets Bernard Bullen
My journey on The Mighty Dragon has lead me to meet some truly special and gifted folk, Bernard Bullen is most definitely one of them. I'm so honoured to have this fine actor here as part of The Mandalorian interview collection on The Mighty Dragon. We know Bernard as Din Djarin's father in The Mandalorian. His introduction in the Star Wars Universe being an explosive scene where the young Din is hidden by his parents. Certainly, it remains one of the most memorable scenes in Season 1 for me. This role, Bernard tell us, is his favourite of all his roles and recalls some fun behind-the-scenes memories of his time on Season One. A fun point to note, Bernard is fluent in many languages (even Scouse ;), which has opened doors for him the world over. Giving him a truly rich and varied experience across many genres. His full list of acting credits can be found here. Furthermore, we talk about how he landed the role, his favourite Star Wars character (I guess right!) and how he left one career path to pursue acting. *Will Bernard be back in The Mandalorian? Tune in... *Showreel Bernard Bullen - Website Summing up, I have no doubts that Bernard will be gracing that cape again for another trip into the galaxy, or certainly deserves to be. As the world opens up again this year, this actor will be soaring high. *Gracias Señor Bullen, deseándoles lo mejor para 2021.* Bernard is represented by MARK JERMIN MANAGEMENT This is the third interview for The Mighty Dragon in its special The Mandalorian series. Tune in for more interviews from this epic, fan favourite series made for all Star Wars fans.
6 days ago
What's it like being a Tusken Raider? The Mighty Dragon meets The Mandalorian's Miguel A. Lopez.
I had the pleasure this week of catching up with The Mandalorian actor Miguel A. Lopez to discuss his role as a Tusken Raider on The Mandalorian series (Disney+). As a matter of fact, Tusken Raiders are my second favourite being from Tattooine, Undoubtedly menacing, they first appeared in A New Hope where they encounter a young Luke Skywalker. Miguel shares with me his behind-the-scenes memories of being part of the Star Wars Universe as one of the Galaxy's sinister Tusken Raiders. Particularly interesting to note that Miguel was one of the first to learn on set The Child's, Baby Yoda's... wait...Grogu's name. You can hear his passion for Star Wars as he recalls his experiences. In fact, as a lifelong Star Wars fan himself Miguel's favourite Start Wars character is.... well, you'll just have to tune-in to get that titbit ;) Furthermore, Miguel also speaks about his time working on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D too and what inspired him to become an actor. Lastly, he also teaches me some Spanish (apologies to all Spanish speakers for my pronunciation) and tells me what opportunities being a bilingual speaker has brought to his career. This is the second interview for The Mighty Dragon in its special The Mandalorian series. Tune in for more interviews from this epic, fan favourite series made for all Star Wars fans.
Feb 19, 2021
Whats the best Netflix series? Lilyhammer and Hannibal
*I tell you what's so special, is they're both INCREDIBLE Netflix series and should not be missed AT ALL * On a recent podcast we discussed the topic of Nostalgia. In particular, how this affects the ratings of new series which have branched out from the originals. In this podcast episode, author AV Turner and I discuss Hannibal and Lilyhammer. Firstly, we explore if there are any relatable elements to Silence of the Lambs and The Soprano's. Secondly, why Steven Van Zandt is the best mobster on screen and how Mads Mikkelsen may have portrayed Hannibal Lector closer the books. Finally, we air our frustration at there only being three seasons of each series, *come on Netflix, lets have more. * Tune in each month as we continue on our journey exploring new series on streaming platforms. Checking out Netflix TV series Amazon Prime and more. In conclusion, Lilyhammer and Hannibal are rated 10/10 on The Mighty Dragon, here's why...
Feb 12, 2021
Will they kill baby Yoda? Mike Leeder, Michael Chan and Arne Venema - part TWO
Here we are joined by Michael Chan, who gives his opinion on Stranger Things, Cobra Kai and The Mandalorian. We discuss Star Wars fan theories on the splitting of dimensions at the end of The Mandalorian and if Ben Solo will kill Baby Yoda? Thanks to these gents for their time and wishing you all a wonderful New Year - Year of the Ox - kung hei fat choi :)
Feb 10, 2021
Does NOSTALGIA skew our objectivity? with Mike Leeder, Michael Chan and Arne Venema - part ONE
*In this podcast we look at the ups and downs of NOSTALGIA in current TV - this covers Stranger Things, Cobra Kai and The Mandalorian. We discuss how Star Wars regained its fanbase with The Mandalorian, if Cobra Kai would stand up without its Karate Kid association and how many series of Stranger Things were too many.... As always, opinions are our own.* *Part One features Mike Leeder and Arne Venema. Michael joins us for Part 2.* *Big thanks to Mike Leeder, Arne Venema and Michael Chan for sharing their thoughts and expertise on Nostalgia TV. Until next time!*
Jan 28, 2021
What's the deal with Cobra Kai?
The Mighty Dragon podcast with author A.V. Turner. Allie watched Queen's Gambit and I watched Cobra Kai and we discuss here what we liked/didn't like about each series. You'll find Queen's Gambit and Cobra Kai on Netflix.
Jan 14, 2021
The Mighty Dragon podcast with Clint Carney
I was so grateful to catch up with filmmaker Clint Carney - a true all-round master at multiple forms of creativity. Clint started in props and art, working on the hugely popular Scream 4 which lead into acting and writing his own scripts - check out his dark horror Dry Blood which you can see now on Prime. Clint is not only an actor and musician too - check out his music website: systemsyn.com plus his own website clintcarney.com to find out more.
Dec 24, 2020
Is it a Wonderful Life? Movie chat with AV Turner and TM Dragon #itsawonderfullife #bestchristmasmovie #christmasclassics
Christmas Eve sees the launch of my new podcast series with my friend Allie, (author AV Turner), where we discuss a movie, its characters and how we can relate to the movie in the world around us now. As its Christmas here’s our first festive offering “Movie chat with AV Turner and TM Dragon” where we discuss “It’s a Wonderful Life”. Big thanks to Allie for taking part in this podcast. Looking forward to where 2021 takes us! * Resources * You can find AV Turner's books here! Harris the Hedgehog: And His Running Adventure Snow’s Angels (Mike Snow Trilogy Book 2) AV Turner – Facebook, Twitter, Instagram
Dec 21, 2020
The Mighty Dragon podcast with Kelton Jones #filmmaker
This interview I will call my “amazing” interview as I must’ve said that word about 200 times during the podcast. But truly, this podcast was AMAZING. The multi-talented Kelton Jones transitions seamlessly between acting, directing, producing, screenwriting, and cinematography – but that's not all as you listen to this podcast. Starting in Texas, Kelton’s career path excelled in many areas of filmmaking. He has worked with Chuck Norris, Mel Gibson (The Passion of Christ), Robert Zemeckis, Ice-T and Foo fighters to name only but a few! Kelton talks about all these experiences (listen out for the GOD truck in Passion of Christ), plus his own directing work from his short films to his feature, Dry Blood, in 2019. He was the lead role of Michael Ryan in The Evil Down the Street, we discuss what attracted him to this character.
Dec 17, 2020
The Mighty Dragon podcast with Jeff Hatch (part two)
Join me in the second part of my chit-chat with actor Jeff Hatch. We continue to talk The Crumbs and Indie films, Jeff’s choices for Christmas viewing and what his plans are for 2021. Big thanks to Jeff for this interview!
Dec 11, 2020
The Mighty Dragon podcast with Jeff Hatch (part one)
I recently chatted with actor Jeff Hatch on the podcast, in fact we spoke so long that I had to split this poddie in two! We spoke about Jeff's acting beginnings on stage and his transition to screen and what challenges that brought. We also talk about his favourite role he has played where he was up against acting giants Peter Fonda and Bruce Dern. Jeff, a multi-talented actor, discusses how his audition for The Crumbs was a turning point for the story itself, his English accent is certainly better than mine! Part two of the interview will be up next week!
Nov 10, 2020
Talking The Crumbs with Craig Ahrens & David Espinosa
As you know we have been joined a few times on The Mighty Dragon by actress Chelsea Jurkiewicz . Chelsea messaged me the other day letting me know The Crumbs, which she had mentioned on our last interview, was available on Amazon Prime UK. I popped it on pretty much immediately to review here, but felt a podcast with the director and writer would be far more exciting. After all, this horror to me, felt unique and the characters a depth about them that was quite refreshing after a few weeks of constant horror films leading up to Halloween. The interspersed highbrow English accents when the Crumbs family spoke when they were alone to their American "country" accent wth strangers was fascinating. I could only imagine an upper class background and advancing "Victorian" education (or even earlier) which lead them to settle in the States way back. What was their family profession? In early surgery? How did Doctor Benjamin end up in his current position in the workroom. It was an absolut…
Nov 4, 2020
More horror film chat with Arne Venema - fourth part (and final recommendations)
Arne jumped back on the podcast to update me on further horror recommendations he didn't want to miss out. This is the fourth and final part of our horror film podcast and therefore ends the Halloween season on The Mighty Dragon. Thank you to Arne and all the contributors who have added a touch of terror to The Mighty Dragon.
Nov 3, 2020
More horror films chat with Arne Venema - part three (00s and 10s)
In this podcast we discuss the best horror films of the 2000s and 2010s and Arne adds more recommendations to this list. Including one for 2020!
Nov 2, 2020
More horror film chat with Arne Venema - part two 80s & 90s horror films
*Yesterday we spoke about 60's and 70's horror film classics - today we discuss 80s and 90s horror films. Arne has his own recommendations from anime, Italian, Australian and Hong Kong horror movies. Please check it out. if you like it, please SHARE! Thank you!*
Nov 1, 2020
Halloween podcast with Philippe Joly
I was joined by actor Philippe Joly on The Mighty Dragon podcast, as one of my early interviews on the blog I was keen to find out what Philippe had been up to since then. As Philippe is based in Hong Kong I was keen to hear how this year has impacted projects and how he has moved other projects forward during the pandemic. Of course we discuss horror films and also his picks from the list of horror flicks through the decades.
Nov 1, 2020
Talking horror films with Arne Venema
When I started the Halloween series on here, I asked my interviewee’s what their favourite horror film is – but with Arne, he knew SO MUCH about horror that we discussed all of them! Hence these podcasts being in four parts! In this first podcast we go through the 60’s and 70’s. Arne also educated me on other horror films, Italian and Australian ones, that have been added to my need to watch list. Big thanks to Arne for sharing his extensive knowledge.
Oct 31, 2020
The Mighty Dragon Halloween podcast with Sylas Dall
Check out my podcast with writer and director Sylas Dall, we talk horror films plus his top picks from the decades of horror. Sylas has his movie They Reach coming out Nov 3 – don’t miss it!
Oct 31, 2020
The Mighty Dragon Halloween podcast with Bryan McClure
I caught up with actor Bryan MClure the other day to see what he has been up to since 'In Other Words' which I reviewed a while back on The Mighty Dragon. We spoke about how he, as an actor, prepares for horror and comedy genres, his favourite horror films, his Halloween plans and what he's got planned for the rest of the year
Oct 28, 2020
The Mighty Dragon Halloween podcast with Chelsea Jurkiewicz
I caught up with actress Chelsea Jerkiewicz on her latest projects and what her top horror film picks are over Halloween. Chelsea also discusses her work-life balance and how taking time out allows her to return fresh and ready to go!
Oct 21, 2020
What's the best horror film through the decades? (1960's-2010's)
*The Mighty Dragon kicks off Halloween! * Here I chat with filmmaker Andrew Froening on what his selection is from the greatest Horror films throughout the decades (60’s-10’s). Big thanks to Fro for kicking off the Halloween season on The Mighty Dragon.
Oct 14, 2020
The Mighty Dragon vs Jeff Torres
Actor Jeff Torres joined me on The Mighty Dragon podcast to discuss his latest project, Once, a short film created during the lockdown. We spoke about filmmakers and actors reaching audiences via new methods this year and how the lockdown has impacted creativity. Jeff also spoke about his passion for writing and directing in theatre and the unique connection with the audience. As Halloween season is nearly upon us we also spoke about horror films plus Jeff’s film, House of Demons, and what drew him to the character of Matthew. Don’t forget to check out House of Demons on Amazon Prime.
Oct 9, 2020
The Mighty Dragon vs Maria Tran
I recently caught up with this busy lady on her latest project My Mother The Action Star. Here we discuss how her mother’s treacherous journey and bravery provided inspiration for Maria for this story. It appears that Maria’s mothers strength and courage laid the foundation for Maria to pursue her dreams and charge through any challenges she faced on her own journey. Action star, director, producer and actor, Maria’s achievements are pioneering for all women in filmmaking. She continues to support Outreach programmes and give back to the community too, keep up with her latest news on her action girl Facebook page. This conversation reminded me that some of the most inspiring stories can be found closer to home. Catch up with My Mother The Action Star here: Sydney Morning Herald
Oct 9, 2020
The Mighty Dragon vs Celeste Sully
I was delighted to be joined by actress Celeste Sully on The Mighty Dragon podcast. Celeste discusses what drew her to the role of Lisa in Netflix favourite, 1BR, her inspirations, aspirations and much much more. From all my interviews this is one of my favourites, not only is Celeste a hard-working, determined actress, she has managed to keep her feet on the ground with a solid support network of friends and family. Thank you, Celeste.
Sep 30, 2020
The Mighty Dragon vs Ralph Rivera
Hollywood trailblazer Ralph Rivera chats to The Mighty Dragon about his memories captured in his latest book, Dream Chaser – The Business of Showbiz. Ralph’s midas touch has turned around the fortunes of many companies all over the world as he worked his miracles on movies such as Sophie’s Choice, On Golden Pond, JAWS, Spiderman, Fantastic Four and Ironman. From drinking Bollinger with Lew Grade, stepping away from the numbers game with Stan Lee at Marvel and to buying a car with Steve McQueen, I was left in no doubt that Ralph Rivera was the true King of the Hills.
Sep 22, 2020
The Mighty Dragon vs Patrick Perez Vidauri and Cristina Nava
With their new romantic comedy ‘In Other Words‘ released on *September 8* , I am delighted that the director, Patrick Perez Vidauri and writer Cristina Nava have joined me on a podcast for The Mighty Dragon. In Other Words has been released on *all digital platforms and VOD* *NOW*. The movie stars *Bryan McClure *(Mindhunter), *Edy Ganem* (Devious Maids), *Natasha Esca* (Narcos: México) and *Chris Kattan* (Saturday Night Live).
Apr 23, 2020
The Mighty Dragon vs Phillip Noyce part 2
Phillip Noyce talks to The Mighty Dragon about the challenges of filming at sea for the film Dead Calm, where Mother Nature was calling the shots. Dead Calm is a 1989 Australian psychological thriller-horror film directed by Phillip Noyce and starring Sam Neill, Nicole Kidman and Billy Zane. The screenplay by Terry Hayes was based on the 1963 novel of the same name by Charles Williams; the film represents the first successful film adaptation of the novel after Orson Welles struggled for years to complete his own film, The Deep. Filmed around the Great Barrier Reef, the plot focuses on a married couple, who, after the tragic loss of their son, are spending some time isolated at sea, when they come across a stranger who has abandoned a sinking ship. Ref: Wikipedia.
Dec 4, 2019
The Mighty Dragon vs A.V. Turner
My final interview of the year is with author, actress and friend A.V Turner. Otherwise known to me as Allie. I met Allie in the Twitterland running community quite some years ago and we hit it off immediately. Allie is a very successful self-published author, her Mike Snow and Harris the Hedgehog series boasts 5 stars on Amazon. She is probably one of the few, if not only, writer who crosses genres (adults to children's books) with the same theme, running. I wanted to speak to Allie about her background in acting and how this helped as she became a writer. We discuss the early struggles with the perception of becoming self-published as well as her cross over from Mike Snow to Harris the Hedgehog. Allie very kindly used her acting skills to sound out a very early script of mine, and I am so glad that we got to meet in person after such a long time chatting online.
Nov 6, 2019
The Mighty Dragon vs Andrew Froening #TheConnection
Post his 3 award wins for his web series, The Connection, Andrew Froening chats to The Mighty Dragon about his plans with the series, horror films and opinion on Martin Scorcese's claims that Marvel films are "not real cinema". It was great catching up with Andrew again and congratulating him on his well-deserved success. The Connection web series: https://www.facebook.com/theconnectionseries FroVideo on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCpR-5gY8IhJNQUkQOrH4ygA Andrew's projects: FroVideo.com
Sep 20, 2019
The Mighty Dragon vs Phillip Noyce
Last year I interviewed director Phillip Noyce for this blog – we discussed Echoes of Paradise, Dead Calm and also his writing style. You can see the transcribed interview here. Phillip has kindly agreed to me uploading a sound bite of our call where he talks about the challenges of filming Echoes of Paradise. A last-minute embargo on Australian media entering Indonesia resulted in a location change to Thailand. That meant a script change, a total rewrite in two weeks! When I first watched the movie I felt instinctively that it should have been Raka’s story (John Lone’s character) and glad I was proved right. it just shows with the best-laid plans things can change. Hear Phillip talk about how this affected the filming and also John, who had been in an Indonesian Palace for a month with the real Raka.
Jul 25, 2019
The Mighty Dragon vs Owen Hunt
The Mighty Dragon celebrates its second podcast with comedy writer and performer Owen Hunt. I first met Owen on his YouTube channel, Bootsy Greenwood, where he talks mostly about the principles behind Reality Transurfing (an alternative reality book written by Quantum Physicist Vadim Zeland). Reality Transurfing is a very deep, thought provoking and exciting concept and Owen delivers it on YouTube in his own unique style where you can see shades of his comedy persona come through. We touch upon some of the Reality Transurfing principles in this discussion - if you're interested hop on over to http://www.transurfing.us/ to find out more. I couldn't wait to talk to Owen on his thoughts on what makes great comedy writing and performances, something I didn't appreciate the complexities of!
Jul 17, 2019
The Mighty Dragon vs Andrew Froening
A chit chat with writer, director and producer Andrew Froening. The mastermind behind the YouTube web-series, The Connection.