Podcasts, Television Broadcasting

Seneca Media Unscripted: The World Behind the Silver Screen, with Kyle Francis, Eric Gani and Nick Mammoliti

Oftentimes when we go to the theatre to watch a film, or binge watch our favourite show on Netflix, we rarely consider anything beyond what we are directly consuming. That is what exactly is happening behind the scenes?  We are definitely not thinking about how each one of those scenes was lit, or how the camera angles added to the scene’s overall effect.

We never look at that pristine white mansion, and think, gee, there must have been a single person dedicated solely to bubble-wrapping parts of that mansion for safekeeping – but there is! When we’re watching that action film with guns and the special FX, we never consider that there is one person designated solely to holding that gun and announcing its presence on set – but there is! We seldom watch the end credits of a film, if only impatiently scrolling our phones till the post-credits scene to arrive. If we paid attention, we would realize just how many people are responsible for making a film happen.

Every single person on that roster was equally integral to the making of the film you just enjoyed watching.  Back in the day a large majority of the credits used to show up at the beginning of a film so as to provide recognition towards everyone involved.  Despite being a great idea, it didn’t stand the test of time. Unless you’re in the main cast, the director or the producer, your name is likely lost in the oblivion of tiny, barely legible text at the end.

So, to shed some more light into the bustling world behind the screens, and the sheer work that goes into producing just a single
scene, we have Seneca Media’s TV Program Professor Kyle Francis, and TAs Nick Mammoliti and Eric Gani, who all have significant experience as Directors of Photography and cinematographers in the field.

Kyle, Nick and Eric not only talk about the different behind the scenes roles, from the obvious to obscure, they also openly and candidly about the challenges of starting out in this industry. This includes low wages, or sometimes no wages, just to have your work noticed. They also discuss networking strategies that can help students advance in this exciting and fast paced industry.

If you are interested in working in television or film and want to know more about what the industry has to offer, this podcast is a must for those yearning to do just that!