January 28, 2015
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The ‘Special Effects’ of Tax Subsidies

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The ‘Special Effects’ of Tax Subsidies

Being part of the showbiz cognoscenti, you no doubt already know that plucky group ADAPT – the Association of Digital Artists, Professionals and Technicians – has finally decided to give up its pluck, after all, and, citing a lack of money, has given up its attempts to get the U.S. Government to pursue trade... »

Oscar Diverges From Guild Scripts in Nominations

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Oscar Diverges From Guild Scripts in Nominations

In a town where the script is often not the first consideration in feature filmmaking, the Oscars veered away from their expected blueprint in many of this year’s nominations, including key divergences from the “best of” nominations by many of the craft guilds. »

Seven Disparate Films Considered for Best Makeup at Academy Bakeoff

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Seven Disparate Films Considered for Best Makeup at Academy Bakeoff

At the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in Beverly Hills on Jan. 10, seven distinct films were presented for consideration for a best makeup Oscar nomination amid a who’s who crowd of top makeup artists and hairstylists. The films were unique from... »

Morten Tyldum Deciphers The Imitation Game

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Morten Tyldum Deciphers <em>The Imitation Game</em>

Directors come to their films in many different ways. Director Morten Tyldum was sent the script for The Imitation Game, which told the story of how mathematician Alan Turing... »

Contender — Production Designer Jon Hutman, Unbroken

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Contender — Production Designer Jon Hutman, <em>Unbroken</em>

For production designer Jon Hutman, the heart of director Angelina Jolie’s film Unbroken are the three successive and visually diverse POW camps that punctuate former Olympian Louis "Louie" Zamperini... »

Contenders – Cinematographers Shane Kelly and Lee Daniel, Boyhood

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Contenders – Cinematographers Shane Kelly and Lee Daniel, <em>Boyhood</em>

There has never been a movie made quite like Boyhood, directed by Richard Linklater. Filmed over a 12-year span, Boyhood follows the coming of age of its main character... »

Contender – Cinematographer Bradford Young, A Most Violent Year and Selma

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Contender – Cinematographer Bradford Young, <em>A Most Violent Year</em> and <em>Selma</em>

It’s been “a most wonderful year” for 34-year-old director of photography Bradford Young. Already on the radar for lensing Ain’t Those Bodies Saints and Mother of George, which together... »

Contenders – Production Designer Nathan Crowley and Set Decorator Gary Fettis, Interstellar

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Contenders – Production Designer Nathan Crowley and Set Decorator Gary Fettis, <em>Interstellar</em>

On a project of the magnitude of Interstellar, one conjures images of soundstages full of sets, floor plans, prop storage and myriad art department accoutrements. However, as with all... »

Contender – Cinematographer Óscar Faura, The Imitation Game

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Contender – Cinematographer Óscar Faura, <em>The Imitation Game</em>

The Imitation Game tells the little-known story of Englishman Alan Turing, the mathematics genius and computer pioneer, who was instrumental in breaking the Nazi’s secret Enigma Code that helped... »

Contender — Editor Lee Smith, Interstellar

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Contender — Editor Lee Smith, <em>Interstellar</em>

Though working with an established director such as Christopher Nolan would be appealing to most below-the-line craftspeople, it took a lengthy call from Nolan to editor Lee Smith to... »

Contenders – Supervising Sound Editors Becky Sullivan and Andrew DeCristofaro, Unbroken

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Contenders – Supervising Sound Editors Becky Sullivan and Andrew DeCristofaro, <em>Unbroken</em>

“She really understands the power of what a soundtrack can do for her film emotionally,” said Unbroken supervising sound editor Becky Sullivan of director Angelina Jolie. Having worked with... »

Bringing a Cautionary Tale to Life — Dan Gilroy on Directing Nightcrawler

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Bringing a Cautionary Tale to Life — Dan Gilroy on Directing <em>Nightcrawler</em>

Even at first glance, Lou Bloom, played by Jake Gyllenhaal, is one of recent cinema’s more memorable nefarious characters. As written by Dan Gilroy, who directed Gyllenhaal in Nightcrawler,... »

 
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