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DP/30: Skyfall, sound re-recording mixer (& 16-time Oscar nominee) Greg Russell

6 Responses to “DP/30: Skyfall, sound re-recording mixer (& 16-time Oscar nominee) Greg Russell”

  1. actionman says:

    This is one of the best DP 30′s ever. This guy is awesome on so many levels. Hope he finally wins his Oscar as he’s tragically over-due. So curious about Pain & Gain…

  2. benwright says:

    David, as always, your DP30′s with post folks (especially sound) are smart and really informative. Great questions! Greg seemed genuinely happy to talk about his craft.

  3. Love Greg. Really think this might be his year.

  4. AdamL says:

    Everyone on goldderby reckons it’ll be Les Mis. Hope they’re wrong.

  5. 70srichard says:

    Very nice interview. Loved Skyfall and I have enjoyed Greg’s other work as well.

  6. Rodney Sharpp says:

    HEY GREG,
    HANG IN THERE MAN GOOD JOB ON SKYFALL!!!

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DEADLINE: How does a visualist feel about people watching your films on a phone or VOD?
REFN: It depends on what kind of movie you make. We had great success with Only God Forgives on multiple platforms in the U.S. Young people will decide how they see it, when they want to see it. Don’t try to fight it. Embrace it. That’s a wonderful opportunity. We’re at the most exciting time since the invention of the wheel, in terms of creativity because distribution and accessibility have changed everything. A camera is still a camera whether it’s digital or not; there’s still sound; an actor is an actor. Ninety-nine percent of what you do is going to be seen on a smart phone – I know this is the greatest thing ever made because it allows people to choose, watching what you do on this format or go into a theater and see it on a screen. That means more people than ever will see what I do, which is personally satisfying in terms of vanity. But you have to be able to adapt, to accept things in different order and length than we’re used to. We are in a very, very exciting time.
~ Nic Refn to Jen Yamato

DEADLINE: You mention Tarantino, who with Christopher Nolan and a few other giants, saved film stock from extinction. To him, showing a digital film in a theater is the equivalent of watching TV in public. Make an argument for why digital is a good film making canvas.
REFN: Costwise, it’s a very effective way for young people to start making movies. You can make your movie on an iPhone. It’s wonderful seeing how my own children use technology to enhance creativity. For me it’s a wonderful canvas. Sure, I love grain in film. I love celluloid. But I also like creativity. I like crayons, I like pencils, I like paint. It’s all relative. Technology is more inclusive. A hundred years ago when film was invented, it was an elitist club. Very few people got to make it, very few people controlled it and very few people owned it. A hundred years later, storytelling through images is everyone’s domain. It’s ultimate capitalism. There are no rules, and no barriers and no Hays Code. Where does this go in another hundred years? I don’t know but I would love to see it.
~ Nic Refn To Jen Yamato