65 – Interview – The Directors Eye for Perfection

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J-Dean and Bob bring John on the show and get into…

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 Post Factum:

Bob intro’s the show & J-Dean intro’s their guest:

John Holbrook who quickly jumps in to share some history of his 49 years in the BC Commercial, TV & Film industries. Mentioned along the the way…

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The part where Bob asks about the differences in shooting & editing on film vs digital
John answers back with a great line:

  • “I think we suffer a bit from the HD – we are still all trying to get back to that film look”

Next J-Dean agrees as Bob asks John about the Directors process where these concepts are discussed:

  • The Formula – the most efficient & somewhat lazy/boring way to get the job done
  • The Master Shot is where The Director will get to express himself the most before he gets to….
  • The Coverage,
  • The Button
  • The Oner

John talks about the limitations of shooting TV series – what J-Dean calls “the factory work of the film industry”
Next Bob chimes in with a great story about:

As they segue into the keys to a Director getting the most out of the project which brings John to talk about the pressures of shooting and shares a story from this workshop project:

Next John gives the guys a little back ground on his teaching history & the reasoning behind starting his hands on film school:

John shares his unique approach to getting his students on a film set faster, with a better opportunity to work with & for skilled professionals. Then J-Dean learns a lesson from John about choosing your crew wisely. Mentioned along the way:

Next John breaks down the Five Short Films a new student can make:

  • 1. Commercial
  • 2. Corporate Video – sales or training
  • 3. Documentary
  • 4. Music Video
  • 5. Dramatic / Comedic piece

John clarifies only some of these can make money – the rest is best for a hobby, a labour of love, a fun experience, exploration of the technique & art of film. Then J-Dean encourages the listener to take John’s class & get hands on training at an affordable price to make that little dream film project they always wanted to share & show to their friends & family.

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John adds that he encourages his students to make mistakes, to get beyond the film theory, to really learn how to create & finish a film project & to get better through experience.

Then Bob asks John if he can get past his profession to sit down & really enjoy a TV show or Movie?

Best quote yet “Ya I can, immediately, as long as it’s good!”  John reenforces the strength of the Midpoint turn in a good film & he cites some favourites along the way:

  • Crazy Heart – 2009 – IMDB: 7.3 – 49 000 users
  • Sullivan’s Travels – 1941 – IMDB: 8.1 – 13 800 users
  • Director: Preston Sturges
  • ECC: Mr. Smith Goes To Washington – 1939 – IMDB: 8.3 – 55 100 users
  • On The Beach – 1959 – IMDB: 7.2 – 7400 users

Then they segue into some comedic TV & the sitcom formula – specifically ‘the neighbour’ character

  • Big Bang Theory – CBS – 6 seasons – 7th/2013 – IMDB: 8.5 – 261 000 users
  • I Dream Of Jeannie – NBC – 5 seasons – IMDB: 7.4 – 4900 users
  • The Bob Newhart Show – CBS – 6 seasons – IMDB: 7.9 – 1800 users
  • I Love Lucy – CBS – 6 seasons – IMDB: 8.2 – 10 600 users

Then John takes the guys into more of his favourite films:

John compares that to the fantasy of what John calls “Lord Of The Run”

  • Fellowship Of The Ring – 2001 – IMDB: 8.8 – 799 800 users

Then Bob mentions the reality of:

  • ECC: Fitzcarraldo – 1982 – IMDB: 8.0 – 16 100 users
  • And here is clip 1 of 4  about the moving of the boat from a documentary called:
  • Burden Of Dreams – 1982 – IMDB: 7.8 – 2900 users

The part where Bob’s actor comparison to John Wayne falls on silence:

Next John shares his love of silent era film:

  • A Cottage On Dartmoor – 1930 – IMDB: 7.6 – 462 users
  • ECC: Director: Anthony Asquith
  • Whom John is convinced inspired Alfred Hitchcock

Then J-Dean asks for John’s opinions on two recent films that honoured the silent film era:

  • Hugo – 2011 – IMDB: 7.6 – 176 300 users

The part where they talk about the intelligent & adult use of 3D. Mentioned along the way:

And then John talks about the loud failure of a so called silent era film:

  • The Artist – 2011 – IMDB: 8.0 – 137 000 users

Mentioned along the way:

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Also referenced:

  • The Circus – 1928 – IMDB: 8.0 – 11 600 users
  • ECC: The Rink – 1916 – IMDB: 7.0 – 1600 users
  • or Modern Times – 1936 – IMDB: 8.6 – 82 400 users
  • Watch the amazing grace of Charlie Chaplin

John shares his criticism & respect for:

John also mentions an old friend:

  • Actor: Robert Culp from
  • I Spy – NBC – 3 seasons – IMDB: 7.6 – 693 users
  • A Name For Evil / AKA The Grove –  1973 – IMDB: 3.5 – 216 users

Another great line by John – “In acting you are either watchable or you are not”
Then the guys compare Canadian & American actors & the other differences between Our cultures, Then Bob asks…
John’s Top Four Desert Island Shows:

  • Seinfeld – NBC – 9 seasons – IMDB: 8.9 – 110 200 users
  • The 6 O’clock News
  • Lawrence Of Arabia – 1962 – IMDB: 8.4 – 132 200 users
  • To Kill A Mocking Bird – 1962 – IMDB: 8.4 – 145 400 users

And some Beer!! Then John adds another last minute Desert Island Film:

Please check out John:
on twitter: @MOVIESKILLS
And look into his courses at Movie Skills

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