#106: Isaac Bauman X Saman Kesh X Yoshino - "Exploration, The Cornerstone of Artistry"

Isaac Bauman is a cinematographer and photographer based in Los Angeles.

Topics Discussed In This Episode:

  • Bauman talks about the latest feature film he worked on entitled “Bloodline”

  • Counteracting comfortability in one’s art form

  • Adapting under pressure and embracing resistance

  • A lighting technique called “blue moonlight”

  • Understanding human psychology for team communication on film sets

  • Surviving as an artist

  • Compromising one’s artistic vision to service a client’s commercial needs

  • What it takes to make a good collaborative partnership

  • Kesh and Bauman’s film project, “Controller”

  • Building respect for the people you work with

  • How Bauman got into photography

  • Exploration being the cornerstone of the artistic journey

  • The power of listening

  • Dealing with our own demons

  • Dealing with creative differences

www.isaacbauman.com

#105: Tunde Adebimpe (TV On The Radio) - "The Full Catastrophe"

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Tunde Adebimpe is a musician, actor, director, and visual artist best know for being the frontman of the band TV On The Radio.

Topics Discussed In This Episode:

  • The power of telling your personal story

  • His solo exhibition at NOH/WAVE entitled, “The Full Catastrophe”, opening Oct 31st

  • The importance of forgiving others

  • Poisoning yourself with negative thoughts

  • Tapping into the child-like self

  • Clarity in having children

  • Tunde growing up in Nigeria between the ages of 5 – 10

  • Using journaling as a tool in your daily practice

  • Revisiting ideas of the past

  • The consciousness stream

  • Parenting

  • How Tunde navigates between creating with different artistic mediums

  • Creative partnerships

  • Settings expectations or not setting them at all

  • The reason why he got into acting

  • Relinquishing control of a project once you put it out into the world

  • “The Square” directed by Ruben Östlund

  • Bruce Lee’s “Enter The Dragon”

Tunde Adebimpe’s Instagram

#104: Jordan Reyes - "The Devil's In The Detail"

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As an artist in the group BASECAMP, Jordan Reyes has released records on the label end via OWSLA/Atlantic & Independently Popular, while playing Bonnaroo, Osheaga and touring with Chvrches, Phantogram, and more. As producer, Jordan has had multiple cuts with blackbear, Mike Shinoda, KYLE, Donna Missal, Terror Jr, Wes Period, Doja Cat and many more.  Currently, Jordan is developing a new artist project by name of bodyimage.

Topics Discussed In This Episode:

  • Psychedelics

  • Synesthesia

  • The awareness of subtle nuances and details in constructing music

  • Reyes explains his time creating music with his group, Basecamp

  • Having strength within one’s sensitivities

  • The industrial and technological revolutions

  • How physical activity can fuel a more efficient creative practice

  • Religion vs. spirituality

  • Shifts and evolutions in life

  • Creating artwork within certain boundaries

#103: Rina Yang X Saman Kesh - "The Art of Finding Yourself"

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Rina Yang is a director of photography based in London. She grew up in a small city in Japan, where she studied still life and portrait painting.

Yang is a highly accomplished cinematographer who has worked with clients such as: Netflix, Nike, Vice, and Saatchi & Saatchi, and musicians including: Kendrick Lamar, FKA Twigs, Vince Staples, Charli XCX, and many more.

Ring Yang's Website

Rina Yang - Instagram

Saman Kesh - Instagram

 

#102: Mia Bergeron feat. Justin Daashuur Hopkins - "The Symptom of a True Calling"

Mia Bergeron is a figurative oil painter that oscillates between classical and expressionistic painting. Rooted in her upbringing in New York City with continuous exposure to modern art, her paintings also reveal her choice to study classical painting in Florence, Italy under Charles H. Cecil in her twenties. Heavily influenced by historical artists such as Diego Velázquez, Titian, Anthony van Dyck and John Singer Sargent, her paintings are also shaped by current artists such as Alex Kanevsky, Ann Gale, and Adrian Ghenie. 

Mia’s education was rooted in formal portraiture from life- she spent thousands of hours painting people and watching tweaks in eyebrows, mouths that shifted with fatigue, shoulders that grew heavy. These changes were minuscule, and yet were the markings and delineations of time. She is enamored with the nuance, variation, and subtlety that observation provides. Although narrative has been an undercurrent in Mia’s work for years, it is only recently, after being consumed with the purely visual tools she continues to discovered, that she has made it her focus. 

Mia has been published numerous times in international magazines. Her paintings have placed repeatedly in both national and international competitions, notably in The Portrait Society of America’s International Portrait Competition (2013, 2015). She has participated in the traveling museum show “Women Painting Women”. She has also tried her hand as curator for the successful show “Unfurl” at Gallery 1261 in Denver in 2015. She has served as advanced painting adjunct professor at the University of Tennessee, Chattanooga, and is a continuing instructor through Townsend Atelier, also in Chattanooga, where she resides. 

Topics Discussed In This Episode:

  • How Justin and Mia met
  • Death of a Coworker
  • The currency of respect
  • How Mia got into figurative painting
  • Mia growing up in NYC
  • Introverted vs. extroverted tendencies
  • How Mia got into oil painting
  • An artist vs. a painter’s mindset
  • Painting as a meditative practice
  • Quitting painting then returning to it years later with a fresh perspective
  • The necessity for a compulsion to create art
  • The symptom of a true calling
  • Work-a-holism and obsession
  • “The Pool Filter Analogy” 
  • Addressing fear
  • Transcending grief and fear

www.miabergeron.com

#101: Tobias Schliessler feat. Aisha Schliessler - "Filmmaking, Cinematography, Mentorship"

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Tobias Schliessler most recently lensed Ava Duvernay’s adaptation of A WRINKLE IN TIME for Disney, starring Chris Pine, Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Reese Witherspoon.

Schliessler also recently shot Bill Condon’s visually stunning film BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, starring Emma Watson and Luke Evans. Condon and Schliessler first teamed up on the Academy Award winning film DREAMGIRLS, followed by THE FIFTH ESTATE, starring Benedict Cumberbatch, and more recently, the beautifully shot MR. HOLMES, starring Ian McKellen.

Last year Schliessler lensed Peter Berg’s Boston Marathon drama PATRIOT’S DAY, starring Mark Wahlberg. Berg and Schliessler previously collaborated on a number of films including: the action/drama LONE SURVIVOR, also starring Mark Wahlberg; the sci-fi thriller BATTLESHIP; HANCOCK, starring Will Smith; the high school football drama FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS; and THE RUNDOWN, starring The Rock.

Other notable credits include Tony Scott’s crime thriller THE TAKING OF PELHAM 123; as well as Antoine Fuqua’s BAIT, starring Jamie Foxx.

A native of Germany, Schliessler studied cinematography at Simon Fraser University in British Columbia, Canada. He began his career shooting documentaries, and then segued into independent features, television movies, music videos and commercials. Schliessler was honored by the Association of Independent Commercial Producers (AICP) for his cinematography on Audi’s commercial WAKE UP in 2000, and Lincoln’s Financial spot DOCTOR in 2001. Both are now part of the permanent archives of The Museum of Modern Art’s Department of Film and Video in New York City. His commercial work also includes ads for such high end brands as Mercedes Benz, BMW, Bank of America, Citibank , AT&T and Verizon.

Tobias's IMDB


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Aisha Schliessler is a writer and director living in Los Angeles, California.

A third-generation filmmaker, life behind the camera is in her blood. She has worked across a wide range of projects including shorts, music videos and commercials.

Her short documentary, DOBLE 9, about four Cuban exiles connected through Miami’s Calle Ocho domino park, screened at multiple film festivals in 2016 including The Miami International Film Festival and the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival in Montana.

In 2017 she wrote and directed THE END, about a lonesome beauty and her unusual dinner date, which won the Audience Choice Award at the New York City Short Film Festival (NYC Shorts).
Most recently, Aisha wrote and directed the short film PASSING in collaboration with Zeiss lenses, which will premiere in 2018.

www.aishaschliessler.com


Topics Discussed In This Episode:

  • How he got into cinematography
  • Tobias’s father’s path into mountain climbing and documentarian filmmaking
  • Rainer Werner Fassbinder (filmmaker)
  • Robby Müller (Dutch cinematographer)
  • Directors he’s worked with, Bill Condon and Peter Berg
  • Pushing each other creatively in collaborative partnerships
  • A film Tobias worked on called, “Friday Night Lights”
  • His experiences on set
  • Mentoring younger people entering the film industry
  • Working on “Lone Survivor”
  • The film, “The American Friend”
  • The film, “The Square”
  • Working with directors Peter Berg and Bill Condon