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Sight, Sound & Story: Behind the Lens: A Glimpse into the Cinematography of "Foundation"

Moderator: Director Jeremy Workman ("Secret Mall Apartment," "The World Before Your Feet")

Panelists: Cinematographer Cathal Watters, ASC, ISC ("Foundation," "Peaky Blinders") and Cinematographer Owen McPolin, ISC ("Foundation," "Penny Dreadful")

Inside Episode XXXIV: Join us for an exclusive conversation with the cinematographers who created the visually stunning world of Apple TV+ series "Foundation." Based on the award-winning novels by Isaac Asimov, “Foundation” chronicles a band of exiles on their monumental journey to save humanity. Delve into the artistry and innovation of cinematography with esteemed Irish Cinematographers Cathal Watters, ASC, ISC, and Owen McPolin, ISC. Witness glimpses of their breathtaking work and glean insights suitable for novices and seasoned professionals alike. Guided by renowned director Jeremy Workman, this discussion promises invaluable perspectives on the technical intricacies, artistic inspirations, and collaborative dynamics that shape visual narratives. Whether you aspire to wield a camera, adore the series, or simply crave a peek behind the scenes, this is an occasion not to be overlooked.


When: Thursday, May 23rd, 2024

Time: 8:00PM ET / 5:00PM PT

General Admission:  FREE!


All registered attendees will receive a link and password for access on the day of the event approximately a half hour before 8:00 PM ET.


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Owen McPolin is from Co. Kerry, Ireland and a member of the Irish Society of Cinematographers. He began his career shooting drama for BBC, ITV and Channel 4 and more recently known for his work on "Foundation," "Shadow & Bone," "Penny Dreadful," and "Deadly Class." Recognised for his work with three IFTA Nominations, HUGO Award, Royal Television Society Nomination, BAFTA Nomination, and BAFTA Cymru Award.


Cathal Watters is an Irish cinematographer who was nominated for an ASC Award, IFTA Award and Royal Television Society Award for his work on the BBC period drama "Peaky Blinders."

He is known for his work on "Handsome Devil," "A Dark Song," and VIVA. His most recent credits include "Foundation," "The Dry," and "Bodkin."


Jeremy Workman is the director of the documentaries "Secret Mall Apartment," "Lily Topples the World" (Discovery),  "Deciding Vote" (The New Yorker), "The World Before Your Feet" (Greenwich Entertainment / Kino Lorber), "Magical Universe" (IFC Films), among others. Jeremy’s documentaries have played at prestigious film festivals and been released in theaters and on TV across the globe. "Lily Topples The World" won the Jury Grand Prize for Best Documentary at the 2021 SXSW Film Festival and went on to become a high profile acquisition for Discovery.  It can be streamed on MAX. "The World Before Your Feet" was released theatrically in over 100 cities during 2019, played in theaters for nearly 6 months, and currently stands at 100% on RottenTomatoes. Deciding Vote premiered at the 2023 Tribeca Film Festival and was Oscar Shortlisted for Best Documentary Short.  It can be streamed on The New Yorker. Currently, Jeremy is on the festival circuit with his latest feature - "Secret Mall Apartment" - which premiered at SXSW and has since gone on to become one of the high profile documentaries of 2024.

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