29th Jun2018

The Filmmakers Podcast #59: Interview with actor Timothy Spall – Pt.2

by Phil Wheat

Here’s the latest episode of the The Filmmakers Podcast, part of the ever-growing podcast roster here on Nerdly. If you haven’t heard the show yet, you can check out previous episodes on the official podcast site, whilst we’ll be featuring each and every new episode as it premieres.

For those unfamiliar, with the series, The Filmmakers Podcast is a podcast about how to make films from micro budget indie films to bigger budget studio films and everything in-between. Our hosts Giles Alderson, Dan Richardson, Andrew Rodger and Cristian James talk how to get films made, how to actually make them and how to try not to f… it up in their very humble opinion. Guests will come on and chat about their film making experiences from directors, writers, producers, screenwriters, actors, cinematographers and distributors. They also shoot the breeze about their new films, The Dare, World of Darkness, Fanged Up, & Retribution too.

The Filmmakers Podcast #59: Interview with actor Timothy Spall and director Stephen Cookson (Part 2)

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Part two of our chat with Actor Timothy Spall star of such films as Mr Turner, The Kings Speech, Harry Potter series and The Damned United & director Stephen Cookson as they talk acting, working with big directors and actors, directing tips and their new film Stanley A Man of Variety with hosts Giles Alderson and Andrew Rodger

We talk with Stephen about finding the locations, Shooting black and white. The look and visuals of a feature film, VFX and the Editing process. Making his debut film My Angel where he brought in Timothy who made calls to bring on Brenda Blethyn and it snowballed from there. Learning not to give to many notes to actors & being very respectful of older actors and their ability to be the role. We discuss that if you want to be a director. Direct something see if you like it.

We learn how Stephen met Star Wars director Irvin Kershner on the tube and asking him questions and advice which he duly gave. Should we having agents as a director? Stephen gives a compelling argument regarding this. Timothy talks about being in Harry Potter and being seduced by director Alphonso Cuaron to take the part. How being in a massive franchise like that is a blessing and a curse: “Your either right for the part or you ain’t. There is a difference between film stars and actors. Film stars can fit into wish-fulfillment roles. Character actors can fit it different roles”

Follow The Filmmakers Podcast on Twitter: @filmmakerspod | @gilesalderson and the official website

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