Hanelle M. Culpepper Interview.
Energetic and unflappable, Hanelle M. Culpepper is an award-winning television and film writer/director whose visual- and story-driven work has played at festivals around the world and on television. Her extensive directing credits include Hawaii Five-0, Criminal Minds, Castle, The Flash, and Grimm. Her episode of Parenthood was chosen by the producers to represent the series for Emmy consideration.
In this episode of The Edge, hosts Brandon-Shea Mutala and Amy Nelson are joined by Hanelle to talk about the Star Trek: Discovery installment she directed, "Vaulting Ambition." We also discuss her short films How to Wait in Line for Star Wars and The Wedding Dress, how she prepares for a production, problems on set, and Kelpien stew.
How to Wait in Line for Star Wars (00:05:09)
The Wedding Dress (00:07:01)
Hanelle's Signature (00:23:47)
The Inside Scoop on Ganglia (00:28:05)
Listener Questions (00:32:02)
Brandon-Shea Mutala and Amy Nelson
Hanelle M. Culpepper
Brandon-Shea Mutala (Editor and Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Tony Robinson (Associate Producer) Lisa Slack (Associate Producer) Tom Puleo (Associate Producer) Shoaib Mirza (Associate Producer) Richard Rutledge (Associate Producer) James Muldrow (Associate Producer) Cornelia Reutner (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Tony Robinson (Show Art) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager)
Saru. We discuss the first Kelpien to serve in Starfleet, what we learn aboiut his species, his relationship with Michael Burnham, how he lives in continual fear, and his competency to be captain.
L’Rell. We discuss the character, actress Mary Chieffo, the complex relationship with Voq/Tyler, her role in season two, and more.
Captain Lorca. We discuss this unique Star Trek captain, his command style, ulterior motives, and relationships with Cornwell and Burnham. We also consider how our view changed after learning he is from the Mirror Universe.
Ash Tyler. We discuss one of the most intriguing characters from Discovery’s first season, how those with mental disorders are seen by society, and whether they should be held responsible for actions carried out under a different personality.
Star Trek: Discovery Annual 2018. We’re joined by Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson of Literary Treks and Patrick Devlin of Warp Five to talk about the new comic that explores the origin of the mycelial network.
Drastic Measures. We discuss Dayton Ward’s Star Trek: Discovery novel, tying it in to “The Conscience of the King” and how Prime Lorca may be a lot more similar to Mirror Lorca than we realized.
Season One Wrap-up. We discuss the back half of Star Trek: Discovery’s first season, including the writing, Tilly, mirror characters, and the recently revealed deleted scene.
Season Two Captains. We debate the importance of a captain on a show that claims to be a “lower decks” and who might lead Discovery in its second season.
Themes. We discuss being caught between two worlds, conservation, fate vs. self-destiny, and the needs of the many vs. the needs of the few-or the one-and how we see all of these in our personal lives.
Molor. We deep-dive into “Will You Take My Hand?” to examine why expectations are key to fan reaction. We also explore Betazed, Ceti eels, darseks, and Kahless’s rival Molor.