For many people, filmmaking begins and ends with the director. We call it a director's medium. It's their vision that guides the entire production and it's their name that gets the praise when a movie is good, and gets dragged through the mud when a movie stinks. While that's somewhat accurate, it's completely forgetting about the hundreds of artists, technicians, producers and craftsmen who bring equal skill to the table and without whom our favorite movies would be totally different.

Take Tim Burton, for example. His films have a "look," right? Edward Scissorhands, Pee-Wee's Great Adventure and Beetlejuice sort of exemplify Burton taking atomic age nostalgia and running it through the prism of Dr. Seuss on acid. Burton gets the credit for it, but all of those films (and a huge swath more) were art designed by the same guy, Rick Heinrichs. Without Heinrich's input, who knows what those movies would look like or if any of them would be as instantly memorable as they are now.

Alex Schimdt welcomes Michael Swaim and Matt Gourley (Superego, I Was There Too, James Bonding) to talk about people like Heinrichs. Unknown artists who have had as much of a guiding hand in modern cinema as your Spielbergs, Lucases and Scorseses, but who you've never heard of.

Throw on your headphones and click "Play" above, go here to subscribe on Apple Podcasts, or download it here.

If you need some hot new threads for the summer, be sure to check out our new Cracked Podcast MERCH. And for a limited time, get 20% off your order when you use the code CRACKED at checkout.

And if you're in Los Angeles in July, make sure to come to our next live podcast taping. On Saturday July 8th at 7:00pm at the UCB Sunset Theatre, former zoo tour guide and current Cracked Podcast host Alex Schmidt will be joined by Cracked's Daniel O'Brien and Katie Goldin as well as comedians Caitlin Gill, Joey Clift and Matt Kirshen as they discuss snakes, hippos, octopuses and every other animal that could Planet-0f-the-Apes us if they tried. Tickets are only $7 and available HERE

Also, make sure to subscribe to our new podcast, Cracked Movie Club! Why? Because almost every movie you love is secretly insane. Join co-hosts Tom Reimann and Abe Epperson (plus special guests) for a journey through the secrets, strangeness, and fan theories behind movies you'll never see the same way again. And every month focuses on one director's work, building a case for exactly why Hollywood's greatest minds are weirder than you ever thought possible.

To get the first two episodes when they premiere on July 13th, type in, "Cracked Movie Club" into wherever you get your your podcasts or click here to subscribe on Apple Podcasts.

Footnotes:

Article: Fast Company: How Ben Burtt Designed The Sounds of Star Wars

Article: io9: The Most Unforgettable Creations of HR Giger

Article: Telegraph: Ken Adam: The Man Who Drew the Cold War

Video: Alex McDowell Lecture on Design and Storytelling

Article: Wired: After Pee Wee and 'Tonight, Tonight,' Artist Wayne White is Reborn

Video: Roger Deakins Featurette

Article/Podcast: NPR: The Story Behind the Stunts: Remembering Hal Needham

Article: Vanity Fair: Meet the Most Powerful Woman in Hollywood

Article: Playbill: The Other Chenoweth: Casting Director Gives Stage Actors Their Film Careers

Video: Trailer for 'Casting By'

Article: Wired: Love Classic Star Trek? You Owe A Huge Debt To Gene L. Coon

Video: Godley & Creme: Cry

Article: New Yorker: What Kind of A Genius is Max Martin

Article: Vanity Fair: John Barry: The Man Who Knew The Score

More Episodes

 

11 Bizarre & Gross Problems That Took Over U.S. Cities

May 20, 2019

Hear us LIVE in Chicago: a city of coyotes, super-rats, and plumbing they forgot to install till later.

 Go Listen
 

7 Common Mistakes That Ruin Movie Sequels & Trilogies

May 13, 2019

Here's how Adventure Number Three forgets what made Numbers One and Two worth watching.

 Go Listen
 

10 Insane Real-Life Crimes Committed Through Video Games

May 6, 2019

Why steal fake in-game money when you can grift actual millions?

 Go Listen
 

How Lousy Life-Shortening Jobs Became America's Gig

April 29, 2019

Don't let the bastards use you to grind other people down.

 Go Listen
 

What Fascist Italy Reveals About Modern America

April 22, 2019

Benito Mussolini wanted to make Italy great again, and somehow that's more popular than ever.

 Go Listen
To turn on reply notifications, click here

0 Comments

Load Comments