One HEAT Minute: Episode #136 - MICHAEL MCLENNAN (HEAD OF FILM AT SYDNEY FILM SCHOOL)
ONE HEAT MINUTE is the podcast examining Michael Mann's 1995 L.A crime opus HEAT minute by minute. It's the 136th minute (2:15:00 -2:16:00) - host Blake Howard joins Sydney-based writer/director/producer/editor and Head of Sydney Film School, Michael McLennan. Blake and Michael discuss "media res" / always entering in the middle of something in the Michael Mann cinematic universe; sensing the other characters in the broader city of Los Angeles; and finally, Michael shares Elliot Goldenthal's rejected finale theme.
Michael McLennan is a Sydney-based writer/director/producer/editor. His films as director are The Highwayman, Strangely Dim, Go Quickly, Why We Trade, Magpie and Small Things. His short film Go Quickly was awarded the Best Film at the 2007 Australia-Japan Student Film Forum, and was commended by the Dendy Film Awards in 2006. Other credits include a range of assignments as producer, editor (Rapt, Still, TGIF), sound designer (Augustine Confessions), director of photography (Liminal, Carry Me Home), and music editor (the feature film Penelopa). Since 2008, he has served as supervisor in the thesis film program at Sydney Film School, and also lectures in sound design and music for film. He is the only graduate of the school to have twice won the prestigious Chairman's Award, for the films The Highwayman and Go Quickly. In 2009, he founded the Secret Film Society, production cooperative of Sydney Film School students that went on to make 10 short films. In 2010, his short film Small Things premiered at the Zagreb One Take