TFH Presents

The Movies That Made Me

with your hosts Josh Olson & Joe Dante

Brian Trenchard-Smith

Season 02 | Episode 18

Brian Trenchard-Smith


Beloved TFH Guru, filmmaker and former trailer editor Brian Trenchard-Smith discusses the spectacular cinematic spectacles that made him, from Bond and beyond!

Movies Referenced In This Episode

His Kind of Woman (1951)
Mandy (2018)
Stunt Rock (1978)
The Man From Hong Kong (1975)
Dead-End Drive In (1986)
Leprechaun 3: In Las Vegas (1995)
Leprechaun 4: In Space (1997)
BMX Bandits (1983)
Bush Christmas (1983)
The Siege of Firebase Gloria (1989)
Turkey Shoot (1982)
Dr. No (1962)
Becket (1964)
Vertigo (1958)
Four Guns To The Border (1954)
Rosebud (1975)
The Return of the Pink Panther (1975)
Zulu (1964)
Sahara (1995)
Sahara (1943)
The Ten Commandments (1956)
Cleopatra (1963)
Spartacus (1960)
The Heroes of Telemark (1965)
El Cid (1961)
Ben-Hur (1959)
Out To Sea (1997)
Grumpy Old Men (1993)
Cabiria (1914)
Intolerance (1916)
Ben-Hur (1907)
Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ (1925)
Waterloo (1970)
Chronicle of Flaming Years (1961)
The War Lord (1965)
Saving Private Ryan (1998)
The Big Red One (1980)
Waterworld (1995)
Braveheart (1995)
King Richard and the Crusaders (1954)
Kelly’s Heroes (1970)
Overlord (2018)
Mary, Queen of Scots (2018)
The Birth of a Nation (1915)
The War Game (1965)
Privilege (1967)
The Last of the Mohicans (1992)
Heat (1995)
Thief (1981)
Manhunter (1985)
Thief (1981)
Independence Day (1996)
Lonely Boy (1962)
The Adding Machine (1969)
In Search of Gregory (1969)
Armageddon (1998)
Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure (1985)
Frog Dreaming (1986)
Michael Clayton (2007)
Nightcrawler (2014)
Carry On Cleo (1964)
Carry On Nurse (1959)
I’m All Right Jack (1959)
In Her Line of Fire (2006)
Personal Best (1982)
Quest for Fire (1981)
War and Peace (1966)

Other Notable Items

Brian’s book Alice Through The Multiverse (2018)
Brian’s book The Headman’s Daughter (2016)
Sylvester Stallone’s height
Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton’s tempestuous marriages
Richard Carlson
Otto Preminger
Robert Mitchum
Stanley Kubrick
Anthony Mann
Kirk Douglas
Sophia Loren
Charlton Heston’s memoir In The Arena: An Autobiography
The oysters and snails Spartacus scene
TFH Guru/Movies That Made Me guest Adam Rifkin
Berlin Alexanderplatz miniseries (1970)
Esther Harris, Brian’s trailer boss at the National Screen Service trailer company
Samuel Fuller
Roots television mini-series (1977)
Peter Watkins
Wes Studi
Michael Mann
The Carry On film franchise
Sergei Bondarchuk’s War and Peace (1966) on Criterion Blu-ray

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About the Podcast

Filmmakers and entertainers discuss the movies that inspired them. Hosted by Oscar nominated screenwriter and TFH Guru Josh Olson and TFH Fearless Leader Joe Dante.

The Movies That Made Me is recorded live in Hollywood and engineered by film composer Don Barrett.

About The Hosts

Josh Olson was the only student in his second grade class to see The House That Dripped Blood. Many years later, he wrote and directed the no-budget horror film, INFESTED, a brutal assault on The Big Chill, with zombies. He went on to write the screenplay for A HISTORY OF VIOLENCE and was nominated for the WGA, BAFTA and Academy Awards for Best Screenplay. He kept losing to Larry McMurtry and Diana Ossana, but that’s okay.

He has written features and TV shows with Harlan Ellison, Walter Hill, Slash, Willie Nelson, and Mick Jagger. His Village Voice essay “I Will Not Read Your Fucking Script” became an internet phenomenon, getting upwards of five million hits.

The ten-part audio drama BRONZEVILLE which he wrote, starring Laurence Fishburne, Larenz Tate, Tracee Ellis Ross, Omari Harwicke and Tika Sumpter was a popular and critical hit, and is currently being developed for TV. He and John Brancato (THE GAME) recently wrote and sold the feature spec TRIGGER WARNING, which is being produced by Thunder Road.

Joe Dante is a director known for his satirical blend of horror and comedy viewed through the lens of grounded, relatable American life. his career in film began as a movie critic at age 12. A few years later, he conspired with Jon Davison to produce The Movie Orgy, an experimental exploration of ‘50s pop culture that metamorphosed into a hit phenomenon bringing Dante to college campus showings nationwide.

Soon after, he followed Jon to Hollywood where he edited trailers for producer Roger Corman before co-directing his first feature, Hollywood Boulevard. His first solo film, Piranha, successfully kickstarted his legendary career with titles like The Howling, Gremlins, The ‘Burbs, Innerspace, and more.

Joe’s dedication to preserving the history of cinema and his near encyclopedic knowledge of movies led to the creation of Trailers From Hell, a web series offering viewers a brief history lesson of movies discussed through their respective trailers.