07th Sep2020

The Filmmakers Podcast #180: Director John Badham

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.

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The Filmmakers Podcast #180: Director John Badham on Saturday Night Fever, Dracula, Blue Thunder & On Directing

Today Giles and Robbie are joined by Matthew Butler-Hart from Fizz and Ginger Films to interview legendary director John Badham about his celebrated films, his recent TV work as well as the new 2nd edition of his popular book ‘On Directing’.

John was very generous with his time and knowledge, giving us precise guidance on how he works with and directs actors, plans shooting for the edit as well as highlighting the differences between working in films Vs. television.

John tells us about his start in movies directing period baseball film The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars & Motor Kings before moving on to Saturday Night Fever where he spent sleepless nights finding the perfect location for the 2001 Odyssey disco club for John Travolta to dance in. We also discuss working with Laurence Olivier and Frank Langella in Dracula, shooting the perfect action scene in Blue Thunder and much more.

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

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