JEAN-PIERRE MELVILLE: Film Director Podcast “THEY CAME FROM THE NORTH” – Michael McVey, Skiffleboom.com
Film Podcast “THEY CAME FROM THE NORTH“ features a uniquely Canadian perspective on the career and canon of renowned filmmakers. Released through DVDVerdict.com and available on iTunes, the podcast is hosted by the diabolical Steve Power (Newfoundland), Jon Mercer (Newfoundland), Andrew Forbes (Ontario), and Gabriel Girard (Montreal).
Each week, these Canucks offer up a hearty discussion regarding the “Good,” the “Bad,” and the “Ugly” from each filmmaker’s body of work:
The “Bad” selection is more middle of the road, though NOT NECESSARILY bad! It can be a good film, but has some flaws that keep it from greatness. It can also be a film that doesn’t quite fit in with the rest of the canon.
The “Ugly” selection is the true bad selection. It is considered the lesser or least of the director’s films, and can be skewered Mystery Science Theater 3000 style (although in our opinion, Melville has NO “ugly” films).
For episode #28 of THEY CAME FROM THE NORTH (Podcast #1212 on DVD Verdict) the crew invited me as a special guest, and we had a grand time looking back on Jean-Pierre Melville’s oeuvre. You can download the podcast here, but BEWARE!—this 2 hour discussion is for movie geeks only:
Join Gabriel, Andrew, and guest Michael McVey as they celebrate and denigrate the life’s work of director/writer Jean-Pierre Melville. Le cercle rouge, Army of Shadows, Le Samouraï, Le Deuxieme Souffle, Magnet of Doom, Le Doulos, Léon Morin – Priest, Two Men in Manhattan, Bob le Flambeur, Les Enfants Terribles, Le silence de la mer … what’s not to love?
48HFP Awards and “THE MAKING OF MANNA” Documentary by Skiffleboom [Best Film Winner – 2012 Boston 48 Hour Film Project]
“Good news everyone!” Skiffleboom Productions’ entry into the 48 Hour Film Project, Boston 2012 made it all the way to the “Best of Boston” screening. On June 20th, 2012, a selection of the “best” competing 48HFP films were screened at the Kendall Square Theatre, where the judge’s awards were announced. Skiffleboom was awarded the following:
Audience Award, Screening “D”
Best Use of Genre
Best Cinematography – Seth Wood
Best Actor – Elise Manning
Best Directing – Michael McVey
Our team is very humbled—we thank everyone who helped make “Manna” possible. Special thanks to 48HFP’s Boston Producer Ben Guaraldi and his team, the judges, and the 84 teams who successfully submitted films this year. We greatly encourage you to explore the 2012 entries and discover for yourself the variety of filmmaking talent and taste of the greater Boston area.
Here is a documentary I put together on the making of “Manna”
… This is a comprehensive look into our team’s approach to filmmaking under the 48-hour deadline, and provides some first-hand information and techniques for aspiring 48HFP participants.
“Experience is a brutal teacher, but you learn. My God, do you learn.”
― C.S. Lewis
and watch some of Mike’s favorites from Boston’s 2012 48HFP: http://wgbhnews.org/post/six-winning-48-hour-films
Here is a commercial I made for Harvard University. Original music and everything. The Hotel recently reopened and I got to screen this video for all the brass from Cambridge and the University. Shot on a Canon 5DmkIII.
Michael McVey, Skiffleboom.com
I belong to a business networking group called BNI Commonwealth chapter in Massachusetts. Occasionally, I get together with friendlies and make fun commercials (members only). They’ve become quite a hit, and have netted my sign company some terrific business, well worth the time and effort. Here are some of my favorites from the past year…
UNITED WORLDWIDE, Private Car Service
Jason Dornhoffer & Terry Murtaugh
BOOKKEEPING PLUS MORE
SANTINI SISTERS, Mortgage Lending
Lindsay & Lesley Santini
You can see more at the BNI Commonwealth Youtube.
Michael McVey, Skiffleboom.com
The line. You’re over it.