The Directors Series with Cameron Beyl: A Film History Podcast brings us captivating information rather than entertainment. Host Cameron Beyl deconstructs the work of some of the most celebrated film directors who have created blockbuster hits and won Oscar awards.
Listeners learn about the signature styles and careers of Christopher Nolan, Stanley Kubrick, Sofia Coppola, David Fincher, The Coen Brothers, and Paul Thomas Anderson, among others.
It’s fascinating to learn about the early work of Quentin Tarantino. Have you ever heard of Tarantino’s film, My Best Friend’s Birthday? Cameron, who is a filmmaker himself, tells us it remains officially unreleased. It was intended to be a feature-length film and was shot over the course of three years, but only 30 minutes of the production survived a lab fire.
Up-and-coming filmmakers will surely appreciate the cinematic details of well-known films, such as which ones were shot on old-fashioned 35 mm celluloids.
Stories about the financing and collaborations for these major film projects are rare, but Cameron clearly has done thorough research.
As he delves into the directors’ processes and films, Cameron treats his discourse as serious business, yet his language is powerfully descriptive, and compelling audio clips bring everything to life.
From friction between the producer and director to messy post-production processes, the behind-the-scenes revelations shared make The Directors Series a must-listen for both filmmakers and film buffs.
June 2022 Issue