Pop Box – Episode 1

In a world saturated by pop culture who can you count on to unpack it all? Check in with Natalie and Devon, your resident pop culture connoisseurs for weekly analysis, discussion, and exposure to pop culture related topics including film, television, gaming, and all that makes the pop culture wheel go round.


The Grey Ave Podcast – Bradley Stilwel

Bradley Stilwell is a South African digital artist. Currently based in Australia, working for Animal Logic. He has worked on such films as Lego Batman, Mad Max Fury Road, Legend of the Guardians just to name a few.

Topics covered:
– How Grey learnt about Brad.
– How he got started.
– His experience working on Lego Batman.
– How to create opportunities and work overseas.
– The current state of animation in South Africa.
– How to learn.
– The challenges or work+travel

The book he mentioned: www.audible.com.au/pd/Business/Pit…book/B00FLVHVBE

Enjoy and share.

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The Grey Ave Podcast – Chris Nichols

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 photoreal 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 is 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
Chris’s short film
Chaos group
Vray reel
Chris’s IMDB

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The Grey Ave Podcast – Paul Snodgrass

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.

Links to some of Paul’s work:

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NYAC – Africans in Hollywood, Please Stand Up

Hey listeners! In this episode, we talk about our favorite African actors, our collective weariness at the portrayal of African characters in the media and the benefits of the increasing presence of African actors in Hollywood.

Our Favorites:
Danai Gurira, Eclipsed and The Walking Dead www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/when-da…he-wrote-her-own-2/
David Oyelowo, Selma, Middle of Nowhere and The Butler
Chiwetelu Ejiofor, Half of a Yellow Sun and The Martian
Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Belle, Beyond The Lights, Concussion and Undercovers

The Book of Negroes, Djimon Hounsou, NYAC S1 Episode 1, Family Guy (www.lindaikejisblog.com/2016/01/accor…ceros-is.html), Blackish (www.imdb.com/title/tt4831834/?ref_=ttep_ep12), Modern Family (www.hulu.com/watch/700524), Sense 8, Concussion, Beasts of No Nation, Luther, Ayanda, 12 Years A Slave, Shuga (vimeo.com/7775923), 24, Waiting to Exhale, Love Jones, Brown Sugar, The Best Man, Love & Basketball.

What we are currently watching/reading/listening to:
Banky W ft Chidinma, All I Want Is You
The Fishermen by Chigozie Obioma

Show was mixed by Ifeyinwa Arinze, and theme music is “Ayo” by Femi Leye.

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Lesser Known Somebodies – Orlando Jones

I speak to Hollywood actor/comedian/talented human Orlando Jones. This is the podcast’s first real celebrity and we got to speak about dealing with haters, how his daughter changed his life, his portrayal of O.R. Tambo in a Netflix miniseries about Nelson Mandela and then Orlando turns on the heat and asks me a question where I get really embarrassed. Enjoy!

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Lesser Known Somebodies – Zeno “Zenography” Petersen

I spoke to Zeno Petersen who is an award winning cinematographer but more importantly this podcast contains probably the greatest romantic love story of all time and that is the main reason you should give this episode a listen. There are other cool stories about going bald and being accused of murder in Canada…but the love story is the one!

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A woman walking vs Roy Orbison

Today’s update is a short one.
I was listening to some radio station this weekend. Don’t they all sound the same these days? While I was tuned in, Roy Orbison’s “Pretty Woman” came on and I immediately thought of that “Woman walking in NYC” video. You know the one where she gets harassed so many times it seems unreal.
The lyrics of Mr Orbison’s song seems a little weird when you listen to them and think of it as harassment. For example:

Pretty woman, stop a while
Pretty woman, talk a while
Pretty woman, give your smile to me
Pretty woman, yeah yeah yeah
Pretty woman, look my way
Pretty woman, say you’ll stay with me
‘Cause I need you, I’ll treat you right
Come with me baby, be mine tonight

Now that seems a little creepy if you ask me.

So what I did next was take that audio and put it on top of the YouTube video and this is what came out. I apologise for the poor editing, but I only have Windows Movie Maker and it’s not the best software around.

Leave your comments below please….