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Tom Cruise, Harry Potter, Star Wars… and Gary!

Whether it’s Tom Cruise landing in a helicopter in Trafalgar Square, a chase across Tower Bridge in The Mummy Returns or Madonna appearing in Peckham Plunge Baths (really!), London provides some of the finest film locations in the world. And the common link is Senior Art Director Gary Tomkins, who’s also worked on major movie franchises Harry Potter and Star Wars.

Whether you’re thinking of a career in cinematic design, are an interested film-goer, or just like a good yarn, Gary will keep you entertained and informed. Plus he’ll tell you why he once bought up all the bags of flour from a shop’s shelves in Greenwich!

Gary Tomkins in front of Nelson's Column in Trafalgar Square
Photo (at Londonpodcast.net) Gary Tomkins in front of Nelson’s Column in Trafalgar Square

Visit the site of Tom Cruise’s helicopter landing by Nelson’s column in this podcast, and see the effect of Gary’s (and Tom’s!) work on¬†YouTube.

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Main theme: Super Bubbly by Jesse Spillane (edited for timing)

Incidental music: What Have You Done by Lee Rosevere

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Michael Caine’s* Mike Masterclass

London movie icon Michael Caine*,¬†star of well over a 100 films from¬†Alfie¬†to¬†Zulu, gives an exclusive interview to Adrian Lacey in this London Podcast. After¬†talking about Michael’s roots in the capital, they move to a microphone masterclass inspired by Michael’s legendary BBC¬†TV¬†programme¬†Acting for Film¬†(available on YouTube).

From breathing techniques to exploring dynamic range and bilabial plosives, this is a must-listen for any aspiring radio actor, or someone who likes hearing luvvies waffle on about how tough talking for a living is.

Explore Caine’s little known pre-stage career in radio drama, and hear Adrian’s mike technique become noticeably better,¬†albeit at the expense of his face turning slightly blue.

Michael Caine’s Mike Masterclass¬†is sure to become a modern classic of its type and will raise the bar for you when using a microphone, even a telephone.

Russell Thomas
Photo (at Londonpodcast.net): Michael Caine impersonating Russell Thomas (moustache model’s own)

* Michael bears an uncanny resemblance to actor and mimic Russell Thomas, who in turn bears an uncanny resemblance to Michael Caine. Coincidentally.

Not another Star Wars show

You may not be¬†a Star Wars fan. Fine – don’t go anywhere. But even if you are, you may just have reached saturation level, thanks to the pre-Christmas hoo-hah about¬†The Force Awakens.

But try this new angle.

There’s a fascinating¬†London connection to this iconic movie franchise.

Meet the Oscar-nominated Londoner¬†who had a huge hand in creating the look of¬†The Empire Strikes Back, and¬†hear the mystery of the¬†Star Wars¬†headbanger. Plus¬†a guy who calls himself a¬†Star Wars¬†nerd as if it’s a good thing!

All that and the original 17th century London blogger, Samuel Pepys comes back to life…

Photo (at Londonpodcast.net)

Star Wars stormtrooper
Star Wars stormtrooper