Frank W Ockenfels 3: David Bowie, Light, & Portrait Photography

The Hollywood Reporter (YouTube)
June 22, 2018

A craftsman with a camera and an artist with a vision. Frank W Ockenfels 3 takes us through his detailed story of his close relationship with the late David Bowie. A master of light and one of the industry’s most prolific photographers, this is ‘Magic Hour.’

Thanks to John Sant

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Frank Ockenfels 3

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Editors on Editing: Kirk Baxter, ACE talks GONE GIRL

American Cinema Editors (YouTube)
May 6, 2018

Editors on Editing: Glenn Garland, ACE talks to Kirk Baxter, ACE about editing the film, GONE GIRL.

Original release:

Gone Girl: Kirk Baxter, ACE
October 2014
moviola.com

MINDHUNTER Needs You

TheBurghBoyz Show (YouTube)
May 25, 2018

Hard working Background Casting Director Jennifer Nash, from Mindhunter Extras Casting, continues to make the rounds looking for the literally thousands of background actors of all ages and ethnicities, especially African-American, that Mindhunter is going to need for its second season. Last May, she paid a visit to The Burgh Boyz and asked for their help:

“Season one took to film about 11 months. And there’s some pre-production too.”

“We’ve just started shooting season two.”

“[We’ll be here] at least until Christmas, very possibly until March of 2019.”

“Costumes are such an important part of this. Our team of customers is award-winning. If you checked out their resumes, and our hair and makeup, you would just go: “Oh, my goodness!”. They’re the best in the business. As is David Fincher, our incredible Director and Executive Producer, who is directing this first episode, which is epic. So, if you want to be on Mindhunter and work with David Fincher, get in now, get in now! You’ll be working with him!”

“David Fincher handpicks about 90% of all of the background actors in the episodes that he directs. He is so specific and detail-oriented. Makes my job Super Duper hard but you’re not just a crowd. You’re always hand chosen by everybody for that specific role.”

“I’ve been able to cast television shows and movies in New York from the beach in L.A. Not this one. This one I am like hustling hustling, because I need real people that have real jobs. In season one I’ve cast Dental Hygienist, a literal Rocket Scientist, I’m not even joking, Professors, College Students, Uber and Lyft Drivers, Waiters, Waitresses, Bartenders, ex-Military, ex-Police, Sheriff’s, everybody who looks like you [one of the hosts] for FBI…”

“This summer in Wilkinsburg, we have scenes coming up where I need thousands of background actors, thousands per day. We are going to be like the circus comes to town, to Wilkinsburg, and that community can use all of the business that we bring, we’re going to bring a lot of business to that community. And it’s going to be iconic scenes there, in my opinion from reading the scripts, the standout scenes of the entire season two. I’m not supposed to really tell, give the story away, but it gives me goosebumps just to think about these scenes. And it’s mostly African-American that I need for those scenes that are going to be very dramatic.”

“I’m looking for background actors of all ages, no experience needed. I need babies to 106 years old. Last season our age range was six months to 96, so this season I’m putting out the challenge, just push it a little. All colors of the rainbow. In fact, some colors of the rainbow are hard to find in Pittsburgh, not a huge Latino community here. All you Latino beautiful people, I need you, and everybody else. And thousands of background actors in Wilkinsburg this summer, thousands, for iconic scenes that you will never forget. Promise.”

Mindhunter Extras Casting (Facebook)
mindhuntercasting@gmail.com

Cameron Britton Transforms Into Disturbed Killer Ed Kemper

Patrick Harbron / Netflix

Netflix (YouTube)
June 14, 2018

Cameron Britton pulls back the curtain to reveal his process as he transforms from nice guy actor into disturbed serial killer Ed Kemper.

Emmy FYC Spot directed & DP’d by Mindhunter DP Erik Messerschmidt.

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‘Mindhunter’ Breakout Cameron Britton Taps Into Psychology & Cold Intelligence Of Real-Life Serial Killer Edmund Kemper

Matt Grobar
June 14, 2018
Deadline

Breaking through with his first guest star role on David Fincher’s Netflix crime drama Mindhunter, where he would play terrifying serial killer Edmund Kemper, Cameron Britton found both an incredible artistic opportunity and a challenge that would daunt any actor, coming face to face with one of the industry’s most formidable auteurs.

In his first experience playing a real-life figure, Britton couldn’t have found a more deliciously complicated character than Kemper, who is still alive, living out his remaining years at California Medical Facility. Towering over his victims at 6’9” (Britton is 6’5”), Kemper’s dominance wasn’t only physical. Murdering 10 people, including his mother and his paternal grandparents—before desecrating their bodies—Kemper also possessed great intelligence and a knack for manipulation that made him a nightmare for his opponents, in life and in prison, where FBI agents (played in the series by Jonathan Groff and Holt McCallany) tried to come to grips with his psychology.

“What drew me to the role was this dynamic where he’s this horribly violent, narcissistic, selfish person with no remorse, and yet he’s well spoken, he’s polite, he’s engaging,” Britton explains. “That sort of ‘Speak softly and carry a big stick’ concept, it’s always been interesting to me. If you are threatening and your opponent knows it, why flaunt it? Why not offer them the path of least resistance?”

To play Kemper effectively, Britton would have to dig uncomfortably deep into the psyche of a murderer who viewed himself as the hero of his own story, figuring out what it was that baffled psychologists—what made him tick.

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Cameron Britton Breaks Through Playing Real Life Serial Killer Ed Kemper in Mindhunter

Hugh Hart
June 14, 2018
MPAA (Motion Picture Association of America), The Credits (Profiles Below the Line)

Netflix true crime drama Mindhunter moves efficiently in tracking the origins of forensic science as experienced through FBI odd couple (Jonathan Groff and Holt McCallany) until midway through its second episode. Then, Cameron Britton makes his entrance. Playing real-life 70’s-era serial killer Ed Kemper, Britton strolls into an interrogation room and takes the show in utterly unnerving new direction through his embodiment of folksy evil incarnate.

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Actors on Actors: Jonathan Groff & Maggie Gyllenhaal

Variety (YouTube)
June 8, 2018

Los Angeles Times (YouTube)
June 7, 2018

Before Jonathan Groff Could Nail Mindhunter, He Had to Stop Smiling

ANATOMY OF A CHARACTER

The stage and screen star discusses leading David Fincher’s pitch-black serial-killer series.

K. Austin Collins
June 14, 2018
Vanity Fair

THE CHARACTER: HOLDEN FORD, MINDHUNTER

If you’ve seen classic David Fincher films like Seven, Zodiac, or even The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, you know the infamously exacting director has a type: the obsessive who tries to solve a crime in the library or the archives, nimbly combing through databases and warehouses full of forgotten evidence. The Fincher obsessive starts their work unblemished—but by the end, it has upended their lives.

In the case of Fincher’s 10-episode Netflix series Mindhunter, that obsessive is Holden Ford, played by Tony-nominated actor Jonathan Groff. Holden starts as a textbook Groff character: neat, bookish, pretty, an F.B.I. choirboy who becomes a teacher and researcher after a hostage situation goes wrong. But soon, alongside behavioral scientist Bill Tench (Holt McCallany) and anthropologist Wendy Carr (Anna Torv), Holden falls down the rabbit hole of a new line of thinking about killers, one that brings him a little too close to the murderers themselves.

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Production Value: Erik Messerschmidt Rises To Become David Fincher’s DP With ‘Mindhunter’

Matt Grobar
June 7, 2018
Deadline

Erik Messerschmidt first worked with David Fincher as a Gone Girl gaffer—in collaboration with DP Jeff Cronenweth. But Messerschmidt got his chance to mine the auteur’s rich, iconic aesthetic as cinematographer of Netflix’s crime drama Mindhunter.

Created by Joe Penhall, with Fincher on as a director and executive producer, the 1970s-set series follows two FBI agents (played by Jonathan Groff and Holt McCallany) who look to expand criminal science by delving into the psychology of murder, coming uncomfortably close to the real-life monsters who would later be deemed “serial killers.”

Messerschmidt has been praised this season for the striking, atmospheric visuals he brought to Mindhunter—his first full series as a DP— though he prefers that his work remain invisible, operating beneath the surface:

“The second the audience is aware that a human is operating the camera, subconsciously there’s an awareness that someone else is in the room. Hopefully, the audience doesn’t notice the operating, they don’t notice my work, they are only seeing what’s happening on-screen between the characters. That’s the goal.”

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The Cast of Mindhunter in Conversation

Vulture (YouTube)
June 1, 2018

Jonathan Groff, Holt McCallany, Anna Torv, and Cameron Britton sat down with Vulture‘s Abraham Riesman for a conversation about the critically acclaimed series’ first season, the series’ real-life inspirations, and exactly what level of creepiness fans can look forward to enjoying in season two.

Thanks to Andrew Moore