Browse Articles by Beth Marchant

Contender – Costume Designer Sandy Powell, Carol

November 2015
Contender – Costume Designer Sandy Powell, <em>Carol</em>

Had Todd Haynes’s film Carol been made when it was first developed 15 years ago, it would have been a very different looking film. Based on The Price of Salt, a 1952 semi-autobiographical novel by Patricia Highsmith, Carol owes much of its aesthetic, richly interpreted by Haynes in 16 mm, to the New... »

Tags: , ,
Posted in Awards, Contender Portfolios, Costume Design, Featured, Film, News |

VFX Shop FuseFX Heads to Emmys with Two Hard-Won Nominations

August 2015
VFX Shop FuseFX Heads to Emmys with Two Hard-Won Nominations

It's been a busy year for Burbank-based visual effects facility FuseFX. Known for its flexible, fast and deft handling of VFX across a surprisingly wide palette of feature film, episodic television and commercial projects, the studio expanded to New York and Vancouver last fall while continuing to create, on breakneck schedules, some of the... »

Posted in Awards, Emmy Watch, Featured, News, Television, Visual FX |

The Fairytale Effect in Disney’s Cinderella

April 2015
The Fairytale Effect in Disney’s <em>Cinderella</em>

When transforming a beloved animated classic into a contemporary live-action film, do you handle it with kid gloves? Director Kenneth Branagh's remake of the 1950 Disney original keeps the gloves on, in a formal sense, by finding Cinderella's essential fairy tale heart and filling it with the mythical magic of Thor, the lightness of Shakespeare's... »

Tags: , ,
Posted in Featured, Film, News, Visual FX |

Netflix Premieres 13-Episode Bloodline, A Steamy Cinematic Thriller

March 2015
Netflix Premieres 13-Episode <em>Bloodline</em>, A Steamy Cinematic Thriller

Bloodline, the latest scripted drama to take a big bow on Netflix, comes with an immaculate pedigree. A family saga-cum-thriller with an inventively complex and serpentine narrative, the show brings feature film actors Kyle Chandler, Sissy Spacek, Sam Shepard, Ben Mendelsohn, Linda Cardellini and Norbert Leo Butz to the Florida Keys in a 13-episode... »

Posted in Camera, Direction, Featured, News, Television |

A Look at the 2015 Oscar Nominated Animated Short Films

February 2015
A Look at the 2015 Oscar Nominated Animated Short Films

This year's Oscar nominees for best animated short film form a moving, stylistically diverse collection of entertaining confections built on mature themes that wryly dissect the perils of childhood, friendship, romance, family dynamics and aging. Still, with the form's roots in comedy, humor mostly prevails, some of it darkly flipping the narrative on its... »

Posted in Animation, Awards, Featured, Film, For Your Consideration, News |

The 2015 Oscar Nominated Live-Action Short Films

February 2015
The 2015 Oscar Nominated Live-Action Short Films

The five Oscar-nominated films contending for this year's Best Live-Action Short Film remind us, like watching the film's tidy narratives in succession, that even brief encounters with strangers can net unexpected points of view, connections and outcomes we never thought possible. Mostly international efforts featuring unknown actors from up-and-coming filmmakers in Switzerland, Ireland, France, China, Israel and... »

Posted in Awards, Direction, Featured, Film, For Your Consideration, News |

Contender — Editor Barney Pilling, The Grand Budapest Hotel

February 2015
Contender — Editor Barney Pilling, <em>The Grand Budapest Hotel</em>

English editor Barney Pilling had never worked with director Wes Anderson before, but during The Grand Budapest Hotel’s principal shoot in Görlitz, Germany, director and editor quickly settled into a copacetic flow, refining but mostly sustaining the small masterpieces of performance the film's cast delivered for the cameras. "Wes is very much a proponent... »

Posted in Awards, Contender Portfolios, Crafts, Editing, Featured, Film, News |

Contender — Production Designer Jon Hutman, Unbroken

January 2015
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 (Jack O’Connell)'s epic journey of resilience and survival during World War II. »

Posted in Art Direction, Awards, Contender Portfolios, Featured, Film, News |

EPs John Fusco and Dan Minahan, Netflix’s Marco Polo

December 2014
EPs John Fusco and Dan Minahan, Netflix’s <em>Marco Polo</em>

Marco Polo, the new Netflix original series about the years the Silk Road’s most famous traveler spent in the court of Kublai Khan, is a sweeping historical drama with the mettle of a Chinese martial arts film. According to creator and executive producer John Fusco, "the martial arts component and the rigorous stunt training... »

Posted in Direction, Featured, News, Television |

Contender – Production Designer David Gropman, August: Osage County

January 2014
Contender – Production Designer David Gropman, <em>August: Osage County</em>

The 10-room, pillared house at the center of the film adaptation of August: Osage County is as much a character in the Tracy Letts-penned drama as every member of the dysfunctional Weston family that populates it. But the house, which began life as a Sears, Roebuck & Company kit in 1918 and was lovingly... »

Posted in Art Direction, Awards, Contender Portfolios, Featured, Film, News |

BTL Production Listings

Video of the Day

The PA 101 for Military Veterans workshop is a 3 day free workshop created by Navy Vet Mark August.