While the movie Kong Skull Island is still in Cinemas, I managed to get hold of one of the major contributors to the film, all the way from Industrial Light & Magic(ILM)
Jeff White is the visual effects supervisor of Kong, he has also worked on other big films such as Avengers, Warcraft, Transformers and Starwars just to name a few.
In this episode, we covered:
– The experience of making Kong
– Working at ILM
– His story
– Other films he has worked on
– Team building
– What he looks for in an artist
– Life/work balance
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Robyn Farah, CEO of KATO is an Entrepreneur, speaker & people connector in tech & innovation.
Her company focuses on product development to solve real world problems in order to create a better world. She also founded and run some of the most influencial tech events and communities in South Africa which create exposure to and connect people who are pushing the boundaries of tech, as well as bridging the class and gender gap. These include #TechTalkCPT, Arduino Cape Town, Modern Alchemists and Women in Tech Cape Town. She’s a partner in Curiosity Campus, which taught people all sorts of tech skills from Python, building a robot to creating VR environments.
In 2016 she was listed as one of Mail&Guardian’s 200 Young South Africans and granted a Shuttleworth Flash Grant. In 2015 she was invited to be a guest lecturer at MIT and to attend the World Maker Faire in New York. She completed her Masters in Interactive Sound Installations at the Sonic Arts Research Center at Queen’s University.
Christopher Nichols is one of the most inspiring, smart and creative people in the CGI industry right now. From working with leading studios on The Day After Tomorrow, I Robot, Stealth, Tron: Legacy, Oblivion, Maleficent and The Girl with the Dragon Tatoo to photo real cars and photo real humans and now going into new art and technology adventures.
Chris is the Director of Chaos Group, the developers of V-Ray as one of the main people behind Chaos Group Labs. He has been involved with many high profile projects while pushing art and tech in new directions.
His career journey is very interesting, it’s the reason why I had to bring him on the podcast since I have been following him for a long time throughout my career and I have learnt so much from him. One of the main things being changing careers. He is never stuck, always reinventing himself and doing fun things while still putting out great work.
Below are the links mentioned in this podcast: Chris’s Podcast– https://labs.chaosgroup.com/index.php/category/cg-garage-podcast/page/4/ Chris’s short film– https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U9rgG2vPAvQ Chaos group – https://www.chaosgroup.com/ Vray reel https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xqB9KJsbIlU Chris’s imdb: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1436759/
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Paul Snodgrass (@Snoddie) is an actor and comedian based in Cape town. He has worked on several movie projects including Black Sails, The Odyssey and Dominion. He is also popular for “I’m so lonely” , one of his stand-up end bits.
He started his career at the fresh faces section of the Smirnoff International Comedy Festival. He is best known for his work on eTV’s “That Sport Show” and for his work as reporter and producer for eTV Sports News. He has also successfully performed for many corporate clients and he has quickly made a name for himself as a multi-talented stand-up comedian and MC for many SA rock bands.
In this episode we went all over the place with our topics but in summary we covered:
-History of comedy in South Africa
-How he writes comedy and perform on stage
-What to do when you bomb.
-Paul holds a degree in history, this led to a political conversation.
This is a part 2 of my conversation with Dr Jonathan Farley. If you haven’t listened to the first one yet, below is a short bio of the Dr.Farley.
Dr. Jonathan David Farley is a well recognized mathematician, traveler, entrepreneur among other things. He has been a Visiting Professor of Mathematics at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), a Science Fellow at Stanford University’s Center for International Security and Cooperation, a Visiting Scholar in the Department of Mathematics at Harvard University, and a Visiting Associate Professor of Applied Mathematics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
In this episode, we talk about Math and his professional career. Below is a list of some of the topics we covered:
-When he became interested in Math
-Can anyone learn Math?
-How he applies Math in other areas
-How he would use Math to eliminate ISIS
-How he helps students to get straight A’s
-His thoughts on the current education system
-How math should be taught in schools
-His definition of “smart”
-And all the questions from listeners.
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Widely known as a radio and Tv presenter on Goodhope FM and TLC. Carissa is also a part time actor and vlogger. She recently won the TLC Next Great Presenter competition 2016. She is very driven and energetic which you’ll be able to tell just by listening to this Podcast.
A summary the topics we covered in this episode:
-Her story and childhood
-Her breakthrough into the industry
-Transformation from radio to tv presenting
-The road to becoming TLC’s Next Great Presenter 2016
– London trip
-Tips and advice for aspiring presenter
-She also answered the Peter Thiel question
The Rob stewart story I mentioned
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Dr.Jonathan David Farley received his D.Phil. in mathematics from the University of Oxford in 1995, after winning Oxford’s highest mathematics awards, the Senior Mathematical Prize and Johnson University Prize, in 1994. He graduated summa cum laude from Harvard University in 1991, with an A.B. in mathematics. He had the second-highest grade-point-average in his graduating class. He has also had visiting appointments at the California Institute of Technology, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Harvard University, and he has been a Science Fellow at Stanford University’s Center for International Security and Cooperation. Dr. Farley is one of only four Americans to win a 2001-2002 Fulbright Distinguished Scholar Award to the United Kingdom. He is the 2004 recipient of the Harvard Foundation’s Distinguished Scientist Award, given on behalf of the president of Harvard University for “outstanding achievements and contributions in the field of mathematics.” Seed Magazine named him one of “15 people who have shaped the global conversation about science in 2005.”
Professor J. Farley also co-founded Hollywood Math and Science Film Consulting where they’ve worked on several tv shows including Elementary, Numbers and Flatland(consulted for a film with Kristen Bell and Martin Sheen).
Jonathan thinks very differently, in fact his thoughts are usually unconventional. My impression was to talk about math as you might’ve thought but we talked about life. Specifically about politics, dating, places among other things.
Below are few points I picked up from Jon which stood out for me in our conversation:
-Obama is a war criminal. He should be charged for murder.
-Marriage isn’t worth it for men, it’s actually a mistake.
-Alimony should be eliminated.
-Feminism is harming women.
-The skills required to be a successful politician are not the same skills that are required to run a state successfully, that’s the problem.
We also did a part 2 where we talked about other subjects we didn’t cover on this one like his mathematical formula to eliminate ISIS/terror, his childhood, academia and more. All you need is to subscribe to stay updated with new podcasts.
All the videos, links, articles and other statistics mentioned in this podcast below:
Dr Farley’s Essence Magazine essay on how women prefer players to nice guys – “Players and Professors: A Nice Guy Steps up” »cover | page one | page two
“Girls Just Wanna Not Run: The Gender Gap in Young Americans’ Political Ambition”
” it is estimated that anywhere between fifteen and twenty percent of marriages are sexless.”
“75 Percent of Women Say They Won’t Date Unemployed Men”
“84% of working women told ForbesWoman and TheBump that staying home to raise children is a financial luxury they aspire to.”
“in 1987, only 18 percent of women were breadwinners in marriages where both partners were working”
National Public Radio (USA)
“Are women more interested in men who are already in a relationship?”
Journal of Experimental Social Psychology
“Look out! It’s a Nice Guy! DESTROY HIM!!”
Karen Straughan video
“Michelle Duggar’s Marriage Advice: Women Should ALWAYS Submit To Sex With Their Husbands”
“Advice for Women Who Don’t Want to get Divorced”
by Janet Bloomfield
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Everyone is trying to sell you something. From social media, dates and everything else.
The question is “Are you the seller or the buyer?”, “How many of the things you own/buy are really based on your decisions, preferences as opposed to persuasion through different mediums of advertising?”, “What are the things you’re really passionate about as opposed to interests based on unfiltered desire?”. I also talked about how Mark Zuckerberg’s Jarvis app motivated myself.
This is my very first solo episode and I talk about all that.
The book I mentioned that you can get from audible using my link were:
2) Man’s search for meaning
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Maureen McGrath is the Host of the the Sunday Night Sex Show on CKNW 980 AM in Vancouver, author of the book “Sex & Health”, Tedx speaker of the famous Ted talk “No sex Marriage” and also a Sex & Relationship Advisor among other things. Moving from the story of workplace and office bullying that she went through, we went all in on the subject of Sex in all aspects.
In minor details, below are some of the topics we covered:
Her background story
Sexual harassment and office bullying
Why women should rely on themselves
Married couples not having sex
Sex tips and tricks
The current status of dating
Personal profiles on social media
Besides being professionals, These guys were lots of fun to do a podcast with. They share insights and give advice based on their successful professional careers and lifestyle choices.
We talked about anything as usual, from their building successful careers, background stories, dodging organized marriages, career advice to chicks and anything in between. You’ll definitely enjoy this.
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