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This is a film podcast by two people that come at movies from different angles. Paul is a trained actor and Josh is a broadcast engineer. They have lively conversations about all aspects of old and new films: technical, emotional, acting, directing, writing, music, special effects, and more. Check out the website at www.actorandengineer.com and email actorandengineer@gmail.com.
 
A deep dive into the special effects industry with behind-the-scenes stories, how to create effects and how to get started. Hosted by Special EFX Artist Max Cervantes (Filmography includes Star Trek: TNG, DS9, Voyager, etc. / Beetlejuice / Masters of the Universe and more) and Kevin Toft, video game graphic designer. The Max EFX also explores past, present, and future Science Fiction and Fantasy fandoms.
 
Have you always wanted to know what goes on behind the scenes of Haunted Attractions, Scare Attractions, and Halloween? We tell those stories here! We capture the stories of the people behind the scary events and share tips along the way on HOW YOU can make your own Haunted House scary and effective...without spending lots of money to do it. We've done it and are still doing it. Join us, Brian Foreman and Darryl Plunkie, as we pick the brains of the professionals that make up the Haunted Att ...
 
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This week we conclude our 300th episode focusing on Spike Lee by discussing 25th Hour and other films he directed but didn't write, his Four Little Girls documentary and how Bamboozled hit us. Subscribe on Apple Podcasts: Here Check out our Facebook page: www.facebook.com/actorandengineer and follow us on twitter @actorengineer…
 
On this week's show we're joined by the one-and-only Stacey Gordon. Stacey is the founding owner of Puppet Pie, a puppet building art studio in Phoenix Arizona. She is also a performer on Sesame Street, where she has performed Julia, the first Muppet character with Autism, since 2015. We talk with Stacey about how her early love for dolls and toys …
 
For our milestone 300th episode, we look at one of America's most prolific and important filmmakers, Spike Lee. In this first part of our episode we get into a few of his earlier films including Do The Right Thing, Crooklyn, She's Gotta Have It and Malcolm X with Part 2 coming next week! Subscribe on Apple Podcasts: Here Check out our Facebook page…
 
This week we look back at MASH, Robert Altman's first big feature film. Set during the Korean War and released in 1970, we discuss how it uses comedy to comment on war, how particular scenes have aged and the massive impact that Altman's overlapping dialogue, editing choices and shot selections have had on directors like Paul Thomas Anderson and St…
 
Part 2 of our Transworld Halloween & Attraction Show interviews. Go support the people heard in this podcast. :) Graphitti FX: https://graffitifx.com Psychotic Circus of Savannah: https://youtube.com/c/ThePsychoticCircusofSavannah Demski Creations: http://www.demskicreations.com/ ScareIT Badges: https://www.scareitbadges.com/ Swag Smart: https://sc…
 
On this episode, we have an animated discussion with the one-and-only Jamie Bressler! An absolute power-house puppet builder, Jamie has built characters and props for the Jim Henson Company, Saturday Night Live, Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, and beyond. Her own work has earned her Comic-Con and Internet fame, creating on-model puppet versions…
 
Maximus Bryant does all the work on this one! Max gets some of the show vendors, actors, and creators on this podcast from the Transworld Halloween & Attractions Show. He chats with: John Moran from Brimstone Haunt Creature Corps Mask-R-Aid Polaris BreachFX Mia Demaree from Grim Trails Fred Hearn from Hell's Dungeon Franken Fab Paul Lerner from Hau…
 
In honor of the Disneyland Resort reopening after over a year of being shut down, Max and Kevin talk about things Max built for the Disney parks. From Disney MGM Studios (now Disney’s Hollywood Studios) to Disneyland, and Disney's California Adventure, Max discusses how he helped create some amazing Disney magic! Max had a hand in recreating iconic…
 
Here to discuss their critically renowned documentary Street Gang: How We Got to Sesame Street, Puppet Tears welcomes the film's producers Trevor Crafts and Ellen Scherer Crafts. Their movie, based on Michael Davis's 2008 book Street Gang: The Complete History of Sesame Street, was an official selection at the 2021 Sundance Film festival, is in the…
 
We look back over a unique Oscars experience and start to dig in to our favorite movies of the extended 2020 film year. We each count down from 10 to 6 this episode, leading up to our favorites of the year next week! Subscribe on Apple Podcasts: Here Check out our Facebook page: www.facebook.com/actorandengineer and follow us on twitter @actorengin…
 
Designing and building your Haunt will be one of the most time-consuming tasks that you'll do. That's why it must be done right or you'll spend valuable time doing things over. Leaonard Pickel, from Hauntrepreneurs.com, explains why designing it right is important and how to avoid those common mistakes many Haunters do. To see this full Seminar bec…
 
It's time to meet our very special guest Fergie L Philippe to Puppet Tears podcast! Fergie is an accomplished musical theatre actor best known as Hercules Mulligan and James Madison in Hamilton on Broadway. Fergie is rocketing his way towards a career in puppetry as well and is host of the new podcast It's Time to Meet the Muppets on Broadway Podca…
 
For this episode of Puppet Tears, the guys are joined by one of their best friends in the world of puppetry - Madison J. Cripps. Known around the world for his boisterous approach to busking, Madison is the founder of Cripps Creations (formerly Cripps Puppets). He has performed marionettes at venues across the United States, including multiple Nati…
 
This week we talk about The Father where playwright Florian Zeller's feature debut drops us into the mental space of a man experiencing dementia. We get into Anthony Hopkins' powerful performance, why Olivia Colman is always great and some bold lighting choices by the new director. Subscribe on Apple Podcasts: Here Check out our Facebook page: www.…
 
Steve Koci is having some medical complications currently, so we decided to dust this Master Class off and let you listen to the words of an Animatronic Master! Steve gives great advice on building your own animated props, doing stuff on the cheap, and simple projects you can do yourself. Make sure to check out his YouTube Channel: https://www.yout…
 
We're back with one of the hardest working puppeteers in the business - Warrick Brownlow-Pike! You know him from his work with CBeebies as Oucho Cactus and Dodge the Dog, performing Marion the Cat on BBC 2's Mongrels, a lead performer and puppet captain on Netflix's Dark Crystal Age of Resistance, and performing Gonger on Sesame Street. We'll chat …
 
This is the first Tarkovsky film for either of us and we get thrown into the deep end with Stalker. We talk about how the film hit each of us and talk through a few theories about The Zone, Tarkovsky working within the Soviet system and why there is so much water everywhere! Subscribe on Apple Podcasts: Here Check out our Facebook page: www.faceboo…
 
Kevin and Max go through the name choices for Max’s character on Star Trek: The Next Generation. Thanks to all the listeners who submitted your very off-kilter and very funny names. The choice will be revealed in this episode. Then Max and Kevin talk about Max’s work as an engineering cadet for Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country. This time he h…
 
This Lee Isaac Chung film does what it does really well. It keeps its focus on a family and their journey. This week we talk about the editing, acting and some pretty emotional scenes in this film that is definitely in the Oscar conversation. Subscribe on Apple Podcasts: Here Check out our Facebook page: www.facebook.com/actorandengineer and follow…
 
This week we talk about how Chloé Zhao captures the journey of Frances McDormand's Fern as she acclimates to a roving lifestyle brought on by the loss of her job and her partner. We also get into the use of non-professional actors and specifics on how the film was shot. Subscribe on Apple Podcasts: Here Check out our Facebook page: www.facebook.com…
 
This Fred Hampton (Daniel Kaluuya) biopic includes an interesting hook that spends just as much time with the FBI informant (LaKeith Stanfield) who contributed to his death. We talk about their performances and the revelatory performance of Dominique Fishback as Hampton's fiancee. Subscribe on Apple Podcasts: Here Check out our Facebook page: www.f…
 
This week we wade into the discourse on Malcolm & Marie, differentiating it from a play adaptation, talking about specific shots, music usage and two BIG performances by Zendaya and John David Washington. Is here where I say something about mac and cheese? Subscribe on Apple Podcasts: Here Check out our Facebook page: www.facebook.com/actorandengin…
 
In this episode, we pay tribute to Max’s friend Richard Arnold who was a research consultant on Star Trek: The Next Generation (TNG), and held the title of "Star Trek Archivist." It was Mr. Arnold who encouraged Max to try out for the show as a background extra. And later he moved onto making physical props for the show Max talks about his time as …
 
This week we talk about Regina King's Golden Globe nominated feature directing debut. We talk about the difficulties of characterizing iconic public figures and some interesting shot selections in the film. Subscribe on Apple Podcasts Here Check out our Facebook page: www.facebook.com/actorandengineer and follow us on twitter @actorengineer…
 
Emerald Fennell's hyper-stylistic revenge tale has Carey Mulligan in a role that she can really sink her teeth into. We go through the film and analyze the shots, the music, the performances and the overall themes that this dense, but propelling film showed us. Subscribe on Apple Podcasts: https://itun.es/i6gB67Y Check out our Facebook page: www.fa…
 
On this week's show we're hopping across the pond to chat with a real puppetry work horse: Phil Fletcher. Phil has been performing Hacker the Dog live on CBBC nearly every day for over twelve years. He is the prolific puppet builder and cabaret performer behind his original troupe 'The Gluvets.' Phil has also appeared as an additional performer in …
 
This week we talk about the loud and powerful performances by Riz Ahmed, Olivia Cooke and Paul Raci in this quiet film about a heavy metal drummer who loses his hearing and has to figure out how to move forward. Subscribe on Apple Podcasts: https://itun.es/i6gB67Y Check out our Facebook page: www.facebook.com/actorandengineer and follow us on twitt…
 
Welcome to 2021! We're kicking off the year with Chris Thomas Hayes, the rising star who has performed Hoots the Owl on Sesame Street since 2019. Chris is a member of the Sesame Workshop mentorship program for new puppeteers, and has worked with the Center for Puppetry Arts and Madcap Puppets. He is also an accomplished human actor on both stage an…
 
We talk about the Denzel Washington produced adaptation of August Wilson's play which features Viola Davis and Chadwick Bozeman in his last on-screen performance. We get into the performances, underlying themes, how this differs from the play and Oscar prognostications. Subscribe on Apple Podcasts: https://itun.es/i6gB67Y Check out our Facebook pag…
 
In this 5th episode, Max takes us to the beginning of his career working in the special effects industry. He starts by teaching a lesson that will apply in the effects and every industry. Then he and co-host Kevin Toft talk about working on a special project for the show 'V'. Max continues by sharing stories of working practical effects on national…
 
Armed with not enough time and way too many questions, we discuss Christopher Nolan's newest movie Tenet, how it's release may have affected movie-going in the future, what he expects out of his audiences, the mechanics of inversion and John David Washington's spin on a confident spy who is just trying to figure it all out. Subscribe on Apple Podca…
 
The Cheers to Puppeteers series comes to a close with a very special guest - Debra Spinney. Affectionately known as "Mrs. Big Bird", Deb is the wife of the late Caroll Spinney who brought life to Big Bird and Oscar on Sesame Street for 50 seasons. In addition to being Caroll's manager, she traveled the world with the iconic show and pitched story-l…
 
In our penultimate installment of Cheers to Puppeteers, we're talking to Dave Goelz - the legendary performer who created and still portrays some of The Muppet Show's most iconic characters, including Gonzo the Great, Bunsen Honeydew, Zoot, Beauregard, and more. He has recently reprised the roles of Boober Fraggle and Uncle Traveling Matt for Apple…
 
We are looking back a couple of years to a time before Jessie Buckley was in everything (I'm Thinking of Ending Things, Fargo, Judy, Chernobyl). Wild Rose puts her center-stage, literally, as a young mother struggling with family who has singing aspirations half a world away. Subscribe on Apple Podcasts: https://itun.es/i6gB67Y Check out our Facebo…
 
It's time to dive deep into David Fincher's long-gestating passion project, Mank. He get's Gary Oldman, Amanda Seyfried and a great cast of supporting characters to bring his father's incisive screenplay centering on the downward-spiralling screenwriter of Citizen Kane to reality. 2020 just got a little better. Subscribe on Apple Podcasts: https://…
 
In a very special installment of Cheers to Puppeteers we have an incredible mentor to both Adam and Cam - Richard Termine. Richard is a prolific arts photographer who has documented behind the scenes of Sesame Street and other Henson productions for nearly 40 years, in addition to working as a builder in the Muppet Workshop throughout the 1980's. R…
 
Max and Kevin talk to the Trimble family. John and Bjo (short for Betty Jo), and their daughter Lora share rare stories about the grassroots campaign to bring Star Trek back to the television airwaves in 1967. Gene Roddenberry even used them as a fan sounding board. They also share stories of Filmcon and Equicon conventions which they started in 19…
 
We're going whole-hog for this Cheers to Puppeteers as we're joined by Muppet performer Eric Jacobson. You know Eric as the performer behind some of the most iconic Muppet characters, many of which were originated by Frank Oz, including Miss Piggy, Grover, Fozzie Bear, Bert, and many more. Eric also inherited the role of Oscar the Grouch from Carol…
 
This week we wade into the ocean that is Stanley Kubrick. We talk about Kubrick's use of music, lighting and camera moves in this film to create a sense of dread that is more haunting than any gore-filled horror movie. All of this tied with the masterful performance of Malcolm McDowell create a piece of art that forces the viewer to engage with it.…
 
Join in our conversations at: HauntersToolbox.com UK Haunters is a vlog style documentary that explores the UK Haunt scene from the POV of filmmaker Dan Brownlie as he opens up the UK haunt scene for the world to view. While shooting a feature film at the London Tombs scare attraction (entitled 'The Tombs'), director Dan Brownlie got a peek into th…
 
Cheers to Puppeteers continues the founder of the Center for Puppetry Arts - Vincent Anthony! Vince was the Executive Director of the Center from 1978 until December 2019, where he oversaw every aspect of the organization - from its award-winning performances to its world-renowned collection of puppet objects. He is also the co-founder of the Vagab…
 
Henri-Georges Clouzot's 1955 film Diabolique (or Les Diaboliques) may be seen as a proto-Psycho, but it is worth evaluating on its own merits. We extend Halloween out a bit to talk about a creepy and tense film that inspired many suspense films that came after. Oh, and one last thing, keep an eye peeled for the inspiration for Columbo! Subscribe on…
 
On a special Halloween-drop of Puppet Tears, Barnaby Dixon returns to the show, following his spell-binding appearance in Netflix's Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance and his YouTube channel reaching one million subscribers. Barnaby is best known for performing small, meticulously designed puppets that went viral back in 2016. He got his start in stop…
 
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