The Op

Dave Chameides, an A Cam/Steadicam op with 35 years experience, 2 Emmy’s, an SOC Operator of the Year award for his work on Ozark, and a seriously cool collection of international toothpicks, brings you The Op, a podcast about Operating and the Art of Visual Storytelling. Geared towards all storytellers (Ops, DPs, Directors, Writers, and beyond) both young and old, every other week the Op will bring you a new interview with some of the best the film industry has to offer. Website and instagram: theop.io

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Episodes

4 days ago

David and I discuss his work on Apocalypse Now, The Blues Brothers, shooting in the vomit comet for Apollo 13, working with Orson Welles, and so much more. An incredible discussion with an amazingly talented and experienced camera operator!
David's  IMDB
Make sure to take a look at David's podcast page on The Op to see his original storyboards from Apocalypse Now!
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Theme Music - Tatyana Richaud
Theme Mix - Charles Papert

Thursday Jul 11, 2024

Jessica and I talk about the job of the script supervisor, how our duties overlap, is the line actually that important, Knives Out, The Harder They Fall, Game of Thrones, and so much more.
Jessica's IMDB
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Theme Music - Tatyana Richaud
Theme Mix - Charles Papert
 

Operator Heather Norton

Thursday Jul 04, 2024

Thursday Jul 04, 2024

Heather and I talk about learning filmmaking from the one and only Martin Scorsese, Goodfellas, Happyish, Monsoon Wedding, working with Sydney Lumet, safety on set and so much more.
Heather's IMDB 
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Theme Music - Tatyana Richaud
Theme Mix - Charles Papert
 

Monday Jul 01, 2024

A 5 person operator panel recorded live at Filmscape Chicago 2024. Chicago operators Gary Malouf, Spencer Gillis, Stephanie Dufford, Seth Thomas, and host Dave Chameides, discuss questions about operating including imposter syndrome, how to act on a day call, and much much more.
Filmscape Chicago
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Theme Music - Tatyana Richaud
Theme Mix - Charles Papert
 

Operator Sarah Levy, SOC

Thursday Jun 27, 2024

Thursday Jun 27, 2024

We discuss working in reality TV, The Office, The Muppets, how not to destroy a take when you are laughing inside, and so much more.
Sarah's IMDB 
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Theme Music - Tatyana Richaud
Theme Mix - Charles Papert
 

Monday Jun 24, 2024

Recorded live in front of an audience at Flilmscape 2024 in Chicago, Gary Malouf and Matt Rozek talk about the incredible work they have done on The Bear, how they deal with hunger pangs at work all day, what a joy it is to work with a great group of dedicated talented people, and so much more.
If you enjoyed this podcast, check out The Breakdown episodes where Gary discusses some larger oners that he did in season 1 and season 2.
 

Operator Neal Bryant, SOC

Thursday Jun 20, 2024

Thursday Jun 20, 2024

On todays episode we talk about getting into the mind of the DP, working with the onset dresser, the ZeeGee, Barry, The Last of Us, and so much more.
Side note, this episode was recorded prior to Neal winning the 2024 SOC Ooperator of the Year award for his amazing work on The Last of Us.
Neal's IMDB
The ZeeGee
Neal showing what the ZeeGee can do.
Neal’s Breakdown of The Last of Us featuring the ZeeGee
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Theme Music - Tatyana Richaud
Theme Mix - Charles Papert
 

Thursday Jun 13, 2024

Mike Pennick has recently moved from a career as a dolly grip to full-time B Cam on a hit tv show. We talk about what its like that first week on a set you know in a totally different position, the challenges of being a B Cam op, not psyching yourself out, but psyching yourself up, and so much more. Hear about jumping into the operators seat from someone who is presently in the process of doing just that.
Mike's IMDB 
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Theme Music - Tatyana Richaud
Theme Mix - Charles Papert
 

Operator Geoff Haley, SOC

Thursday Jun 06, 2024

Thursday Jun 06, 2024

Geoff and I discuss the how music can help your operating, how you transition from the sound department to the camera department, Joker, American Hustle, and so much more.
Geoff's IMDB
Geoff's Walking Backwards interview that he mentions.
Please check us out on our website and on instagram and like us and review us if you enjoyed the episode.
Theme Music - Tatyana Richaud
Theme Mix - Charles Papert
 

Thursday May 30, 2024

A friend pointed out that most people starting out are not going to jump into camera (if that is their goal) and instead will probably start out as PAs on whatever show they can get on. So today we are talking to Lauren Senger (Key PA), Jeff Sweeney (Key PA) and Ana Pellar (First Team PA) about the dos and don'ts, what to do the moment you park your car on day one, and much much more. Take a peak into the world of the PA and find out what it takes to succeed!
You can access Jeff Sweeney's PA Crash Course that we discuss here.
Lauren's Instagram
Jeff's Instagram 
Ana's baking instagram and website.
Please check us out on the web and instagram and like us and review us if you enjoyed the episode.
Theme Music - Tatyana Richaud
Theme Mix - Charles Papert

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