The Lensrentals Podcast Bonus Episode – 10 Horror Movies Every Filmmaker Should See
Each week Roger Cicala, founder of Lensrentals.com, hosts conversations about the art and science of capturing images. From photography to videography, film, history, and technology, the show covers a wide range of topics to educate and inspire creators of all kinds.
Choosing our Top Ten Horror Films you Should See:
Get in the Halloween spirit by counting down the top 10 horror movies we think filmmakers should see with our own Ryan Hill, Kendall Richardson, and Jimmie Harvey. The three of them break down some of their favorite horror films, and things you can learn from each of them as a filmmaker. For those who are looking for spoilers, the list is linked below, and most of these films can be viewed on the horror streaming service Shudder.
- Eyes Without a Face
- Don’t Look Now
- Evil Dead 2
- One Cut of the Dead
- Trick ’r Treat
Spotlight on Jason Rawlings
Jason is a Video Tech here at Lensrentals meaning he takes troubleshooting and compatibility phone calls (you’ve probably talked to him!) and inspects equipment before it goes out to customers. Jason has made several of his own shorts and a few features too! His dream job is to make movies full time. His favorite piece of gear to use these days is Panasonic s1 and Panasonic S1H.
00:30 – Introductions to Ryan Hill, Jimmie Harvey, and Kendall Richardson
01:00 – Pontypool description and why it’s Ryan’s first horror movie choice
02:00 – How Pontypool’s sparseness can help drive a story
04:15 – Why Eyes Without a Face is our choice as the second horror film you should see
06:00 – How styles and techniques change throughout generations
06:45 – Kendall’s choice is the 1931 classic Frankenstein
11:00 – The 2019 Midsommar is Ryan’s next choice in the list
11:45 – How the production design helps develop a story, particularly in Midsommar
14:30 – How Midsommar is an art film, with multiple layers for a broad range of viewers
15:30 – The next choice is from Jimmy Harvey, and is the 1973 British film Don’t Look Now
18:45 – BREAK
22:45 – The next choice on our list is Sam Raimi’s comedy-horror classic, Evil Dead 2
23:45 – How Sam Raimi is able to subvert and blend genres
25:15 – Using practical effects to change styles and build worlds
26:00 – Our next choice is the Japanese student film One Cut of the Dead
27:00 – How you can still create great films with limited budgets
28:15 – The next film on our list is the 1977 Suspiria
29:00 – How color and sound design can help create a scene
31:20 – The 9th choice for our list is the 2007 Trick ’r Treat
32:00 – Discussing the incredible costume design in Trick ’r Treat
33:20 – Our number one horror film is John Carpenter’s Halloween
34:00 – How Halloween helped solidify the slasher genre of horror films
The Lensrentals Podcast is hosted by Roger Cicala. Our sound engineers are Ryan Hill and Julian Harper. Our other regular contributors include: Sarah McAlexander, Joey Miller, John Tucker, Drew Cicala, and SJ Smith. Our theme song was composed by Jacques Granger. You can find more of his work here and here.
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