Harvey Brownstone Interviews...

Harvey Brownstone Interviews Randal Kleiser, Internationally Renowned Director

September 13, 2023 Harvey Brownstone Season 3 Episode 65
Harvey Brownstone Interviews...
Harvey Brownstone Interviews Randal Kleiser, Internationally Renowned Director
Show Notes

Harvey Brownstone conducts an in-depth interview with Randal Kleiser, Internationally Renowned Director 


About Harvey's guest:


Today’s special guest, Randal Kleiser, is an internationally renowned and highly acclaimed director who became a global sensation with the release of his very first feature film, “Grease”, which still remains one of the highest grossing and most beloved movie musicals of all time.   


He also directed “The Boy in the Plastic Bubble”, “The Blue Lagoon”, “Summer Lovers”, “Honey I Blew up the Kid”, “Getting It Right”, “White Fang”, “Shadow of Doubt”, and one of my all-time favourite movies, “It’s My Party”, and the critically acclaimed play, “The Penis Chronicles”.    


For almost 40 years, our guest has been at the forefront of experimenting with technology, digital cinematography and virtual reality, which can be seen not only in some of his feature films, like “Flight of the Navigator” and “Red Riding Hood”, but also at the Disney theme parks, where, for 10 years, his amazing 3-D movie entitled, “Honey, I Shrunk the Audience”, was one of the most popular attractions.  He also wrote and directed the Virtual Reality series “Defrost” which was featured at Sundance AND the Cannes Film Festival.  And for many years he’s been a member of the Science and Technology Committee of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.  


Our guest is also a much sought-after educator, and he regularly teaches and lectures at film schools and film festivals.  He created an online and DVD course of his former teacher Nina Foch’s class, entitled, “The Nina Foch Course for Filmmakers and Actors”.  He received an honourary doctorate from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco.   And if all of that weren’t enough, our guest is also an author.  


In 2019, he released his first book entitled, "Grease: The Director's Notebook", which is a retrospective look at the making of this classic film.  And now, he’s released his fascinating new book, entitled “Drawing Directors”, in which he reveals his unique talent for sketching, using a technique called “blind contour drawing”.  The book contains candidly drawn sketches, personal anecdotes and comments about the work of some of his favourite directors, including Billy Wilder, Robert Wise, George Lucas, Steven Spielberg, Martin Scorcese, Spike Lee, Quentin Tarantino, Clint Eastwood, and many more, including my dear friend Henry Jaglom, who recently appeared on our show.


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