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Episode 22: Kokayi Ampah Part 2

Join us to continue the conversation with Kokayi Ampah, renowned Location Manager, Director, Producer, and CEO of Ampahvision, Inc.! Kokayi delves into challenges and obstacles he faced in many of the productions he was part of, including MARS ATTACKS (1996), SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION (1994), THE COLOR PURPLE (1985), and MYSTIC RIVER (2003). Join us to learn more about being a Location Manager and how to effectively work on any production! Thanks for listening!

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Episode 21: Kokayi Ampah Part 1

Join us to meet Kokayi Ampah, renowned Location Manager, Director, Producer, and CEO of Ampahvision, Inc.! Learn what it means to be a Location Manager! Dive into the beginning of Kokayi’s career and highlight some of his Location Manager productions including THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION (1994), WHITE MEN CAN’T JUMP (1992), THE COLOR PURPLE (1985), GET SMART (2008), and STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON (2015). Thanks for listening!

Make sure to check out "Make It Happen" by Kokayi Ampah, an educational video about being a Location Manager, on the Pittsburgh Film Office website at https://pghfilm.org/screen-perspectives-podcast/make-it-happen-by-kokayi-ampah/

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Episode 20: Jay Roewe Part 3

Join us as we wrap up our conversation with Jay Roewe, Senior Vice President of Production at HBO! Join us as we dive into how Jay transitioned from music into film, his song recommendations, advice for filmmakers in college, how to make a music video, and the importance of competition! Thanks for listening!

Featuring music from the band Second Sight, performing a cover version of Rod Stewart’s The Faces “Stay With Me” co-produced by Jay Roewe who is playing keyboards. 

  

Second Sight Band Members: 

 

Rick Benoit: Lead Vocals 

Bruce Hendricks: Rhythm Guitar 

Randy Ashburn: Lead Guitar 

Gil Gagnon: Drums 

Bill Fay: Bass 

Jay Roewe: Keyboards 

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Episode 19: Jay Roewe Part 2

Join us as we continue our conversation with Jay Roewe, Senior Vice President of Production at HBO! Learn more about Jay’s experience as a producer and how being a musician has intertwined effectively with his career. He also tells us how his job has taken him across the world, plus how the industry has evolved! Thanks for listening!

Featuring music from the band Second Sight, performing a cover version of Rod Stewart’s The Faces “Stay With Me” co-produced by Jay Roewe who is playing keyboards. 

  

Second Sight Band Members: 

 

Rick Benoit: Lead Vocals 

Bruce Hendricks: Rhythm Guitar 

Randy Ashburn: Lead Guitar 

Gil Gagnon: Drums 

Bill Fay: Bass 

Jay Roewe: Keyboards 

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Episode 18: Jay Roewe Part 1

Join us as we begin our conversation with Jay Roewe, Senior Vice President of Production at HBO! Learn about Jay’s journey to becoming Senior VP of Production at HBO. He dives into his love of music, his experiences as a producer, and working freelance!  Thanks for listening!

Featuring music from the band Second Sight, performing a cover version of Rod Stewart’s The Faces “Stay With Me” co-produced by Jay Roewe who is playing keyboards. 

  

Second Sight Band Members: 

 

Rick Benoit: Lead Vocals 

Bruce Hendricks: Rhythm Guitar 

Randy Ashburn: Lead Guitar 

Gil Gagnon: Drums 

Bill Fay: Bass 

Jay Roewe: Keyboards 

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Episode 17: Jill Danton Part 2

Join us as we wrap up our conversation with Jill Danton, Vice President of Boat Rocker Studios! Learn more about Jill Danton’s career including how she works with actors, preparing for a production, dealing with traveling for the job, and advice for any aspiring worker who wants to get into the entertainment industry! Thanks for listening! 

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Episode 16: Jill Danton Part 1

Join us as we begin our conversation with Jill Danton, Vice President of Boat Rocker Studios! Learn about the beginning of Jill’s career and all the different roads she took to become the successful person she is today, including her roles on productions of AMERICAN RUST, THE MUPPETS, LAW AND ORDER: LA, LIZZIE MCGUIRE, STAR TREK DISCOVERY, and more! Thanks for listening! 

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Episode 15: Alex Scott Part 2

Join us as we continue our conversation with Alex Scott, renowned Producer, Production Manager, and Cinematographer! Learn about Alex’s experiences with some of the most famous directors today, including Alejandro Iñárritu, Greta Gerwig, Quentin Tarantino, and George C. Wolfe. He dives into his experiences on features like REVENANT, DJANGO UNCHAINED, BIRDMAN, LADY BIRD, and RUSTIN! Thanks for listening!

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Episode 14: Alex Scott Part 1

Join us as we start our conversation with Alex Scott, renowned Producer, Production Manager, and Cinematographer! Tune in to learn about the beginning of Alex’s career and how he broke into the film industry. He tells us about his first paid position on BEWITCHED (2005), his inspirations, and gives excellent advice for any filmmaker looking to break into the film industry. Thanks for listening!

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Episode 13: Don Mischer Part 2

Join us as we continue our conversation with Don Mischer, who is widely regarded as the “greatest director in the history of television!” Tune in to hear about how Don learned from both success and failure in key moments in his career, including winning Emmy awards, the show SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE WITH HOWARD COSELL, and the 2004 Democratic National Convention. He also shares how television has changed throughout the years in so many ways, and reminisces about his early fascination with the industry. Also, check out Don’s biography :10 SECONDS TO AIR! Thanks for listening!

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Episode 12: Don Mischer Part 1

In this episode, we begin our conversation with Don Mischer, widely regarded as the “greatest director in the history of television!”Come learn about the beginning of Don’s passion for television, from attending the first-ever live broadcast in South Texas all the way to directing the Inauguration of President Barack Obama. Don also recounts experiences of directing Superbowl Halftime Shows and MOTOWN 25, where Michael Jackson debuted his iconic moonwalk. Thanks for listening!

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Episode 11: Lloyd Kaufman Part 3

In this episode, we conclude our conversation with Lloyd Kaufman, co-founder of Troma Entertainment film studio, groundbreaking film director, screenwriter, producer, and actor! Learn about the inspiration, creation, and obstacles faced through Troma’s famous series THE TOXIC AVENGER! We also dive into Lloyd’s experiences in other iconic films like ROCKY, SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER, and more. Thanks for listening!

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Episode 10: Lloyd Kaufman Part 2

In this episode, we continue our conversation with the amazing Lloyd Kaufman, co-founder of Troma Entertainment film studio, groundbreaking film director, screenwriter, producer, and actor! Come learn more about SQUEEZE PLAY! (1979), the origin of THE TOXIC AVENGER, the importance of independent studios, and Lloyd shares valuable advice for any young filmmaker. Thanks for listening!

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Episode 9: Lloyd Kaufman Part 1

In this episode, we begin our conversation with Lloyd Kaufman, co-founder of Troma Entertainment film studio, groundbreaking film director, screenwriter, producer, and actor! Come learn about the beginning of Lloyd’s career, dive into a couple of his famous films, and learn more about the mission and goals of Troma Entertainment. Thanks for listening!

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Episode 8: Melissa Martin Part 2

In this episode, we continue our conversation with the marvelous Melissa Martin, writer, director, and producer! Come learn about the creation of DEAR ZOE! Melissa goes through the process of writing the script. She also shares her techniques as a professor and mentor, sharing valuable advice for any filmmaker. Thanks for listening!

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Episode 7: Melissa Martin

In this episode, we begin our conversation with the marvelous Melissa Martin, writer, director, and producer! In Part 1, we learn about how she started in the Pittsburgh region film industry, dive into some of her past and present projects, and learn more about writing for film. Thanks for listening! 

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Episode 6: Vlad Wolynetz Part 3

In this episode, we wrap up our conversation with Vlad Wolynetz, a network executive, independent producer, and Vice President of Production for 101 Studios! Part 3 dives into his past productions and we learn valuable advice about how to make it in the film industry! 

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Episode 5: Vlad Wolynetz Part 2

In this episode, we continue our conversation with Vlad Wolynetz, a network executive, independent producer, and Vice President of Production for 101 Studios! In Part 2, we learn more about the pre-production process of some of his past projects. Thank you for listening!

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Episode 4: Vlad Wolynetz

In this episode, we welcome Vlad Wolynetz to the show! Vlad Wolynetz is a network executive, independent producer, and Vice President of Production for 101 Studios. In Part 1 of our conversation, we learn about the beginning of his journey into the film industry. Thank you for listening! 

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Episode 3: Russ Streiner Part Three

In this episode, we wrap up our discussion with Russ Streiner, a Producer of Night of the Living Dead and the Founder of The Pittsburgh Film Office. We conclude with a conversation about the past, present, and future of the Pittsburgh Film Office. We are so excited to have him here and to learn more about his journey in the film industry. Thanks for listening!

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Episode 2: Russ Streiner Part Two

In this episode, we continue our discussion with Russ Streiner, a Producer of Night of the Living Dead and as the Founder of The Pittsburgh Film Office, as he reflects upon the creation of Night of the Living Dead. We are so excited to have him here and to learn more about his journey in the film industry. Thanks for listening!

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Episode 1: Russ Streiner

In this episode we begin our discussion with Russ Streiner. He is known for being a Producer of Night of the Living Dead and as the Founder of The Pittsburgh Film Office. We are so excited to have him here and to learn about his journey in the film industry. Thanks for listening!

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