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Sep 22, 2020
Ep.6 – Interview with Julian White: Gaffer (The Martian, Game of Thrones)
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Interview with Julian White: Gaffer/Artist (The Martian, Game of Thrones)

In this episode, I speak with Gaffer and Artist, Julian White. Julian has worked on many Hollywood productions over his lifetime. He talks about light and lighting as a passion, and as a career. We also get a chance to explore Julian’s creative passions, namely in painting and photography. Join Julie’s World for additional content! Go to

  • What is a Gaffer in the film industry? (0:01:24)
  • How long Julian has been working as a gaffer. (0:01:58)
  • Preferences between big budget and small budget productions. (0:02:54)
  • The joys of working on amateur productions. (0:04:15)
  • Breaking into the upper echelons of the film industry (0:06:14)
  • Do gaffers have agents? (0:07:24)
  • The “game” of getting work in the film biz. (0:08:20)
  • What Julian looks for when selecting a team (0:11:19)
  • Film crew teams are a bit like military troops (0:13:40)
  • The importance of building character (0:16:00)
  • Working with celebrities (0:18:00)
  • Working with the masters in the filmmaking world (0:21:13)
  • Mourning the end of a project (0:23:35)
  • How does Julian handle the “end of project blues”? (0:25:00)
  • How do film crew professionals maintain relationships? (0:26:18)
  • Julian’s upbringing and life experiences (0:30:13)
  • Julian sees potential in everything. (0:32:39)
  • The spiritual side of light and lighting (0:34:35)
  • How has visual art influenced Julian’s work? (0:38:28)
  • Julian’s passion for painting (0:42:05)
  • If Julian wasn’t a gaffer, would he be a painter? (0:44:31)
  • Marketing yourself as an artist (0:46:24)
  • The need to have some sort of challenge in life (0:48:35)
  • What role does art play in Julian’s life? (0:51:23)
  • The effects of leaving all the time (0:54:00)
  • Does Julian prefer the sunrise, or the sunset? (0:58:37)

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