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Episode 60 - BILLY O’LEARY - Gaffer (2 replies)

Reese Brucker
3 months ago
Reese Brucker 3 months ago

Team Deakins sits down with frequent collaborator and friend, gaffer Billy O’Leary. It’s a wonderful walk down memory lane and we learned a lot too! He defines the role of gaffer and walks through what he does in prep and how he works with different DPs. He also talks about his love of NOT relying on big lights and working up lighting gags. He likes restrictions and having to think outside of the box. He talks about some specifics on Shawshank Redemption, Bladerunner 2049, Hudsucker Proxy, Barton Fink and Fargo. When asked what his gaffer’s nightmare is, he not only told us but let us know it was a waking nightmare - he did experience it! A fun and informative conversation that we think you’ll like!

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3 months ago
erok910 3 months ago

I found this episode to be absolutely incredible.

O'Leary and your interview with him is brilliant. I loved hearing the three of you talking about luck, being realistic, having each other, etc. And I really think he nails it when referring to the way of the future being in sprinter vans. 

I've listened to most all of these podcasts, love them, have had this account, never posted anything, and I wish I had more to add. A truly inspirational episode. Thank you!

The Byre
3 months ago
The Byre 3 months ago

I liked what he said about making films with less money.  The entire film industry seems to be addicted to wasting money by the trailer-load!

I was reminded of a shoot in Berlin which involved several trucks and a giant lighting tower and a water truck to make the road wet.  The entire road had to be blocked off by the police, the road watered and the generator truck and the lighting switched on - then two guys ran down the road.  That was it!

Four police cars, eight policemen, about 20 crew, plus the cost for the location fees, plus security, plus city officials, plus first-aid van.  

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