Browse Articles by Mark London Williams

Sci-Tech’s Night of Digits and Horse Hair

February 2017
Sci-Tech’s Night of Digits and Horse Hair

  “If you ask me,” John Cho quipped during the Academy’s Scientific and Technical Awards, “you can’t make a movie without a camera.” His co-host Leslie Mann recounted that she made a camera-less movie once, on Broadway, and because nothing was ever recorded, had to say the words “over and over” every night, to... »

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VES Awards: Welcome to the “Jungle”

February 2017
VES Awards: Welcome to the “Jungle”

When VES director Eric Roth took to the stage at the opening of the 15th-ever VES Awards, he told the overflowing room at the Beverly Hilton that we were all there to honor “the most amazing work the world has ever seen.” Well, okay, that does sort of leave things like the Sistine Chapel,... »

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Skyborne and Earthbound at the ASC Awards

February 2017
Skyborne and Earthbound at the ASC Awards

Both Lion and Fences fared better at Saturday’s 31st ASC Awards, than they did cross-town, at the simultaneously-held DGA Awards. For starters, Lion’s DP, Greig Fraser, took the evening’s top award in the Theatrical Release category, for shooting the story of Saroo Brierley, the Indian boy who became lost and separated from his family... »

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The View from La La Land

January 2017
The View from La La Land

So the Oscar nomination process is on the one hand modernizing: the Academy realized they no longer have to gather everyone “live” at 5 in the morning, feeding all those press minions breakfast before they head back to their newspaper offices with printed handouts, to type up stories for afternoon editions. Instead, they could... »

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Production Designer Michael Corenblith Serves Up Historical Accuracy in The Founder

January 2017
Production Designer Michael Corenblith Serves Up Historical Accuracy in <em>The Founder</em>

Michael Corenblith has a production design track record that started with historical recreations, in the undersung 80’s political film Prince Jack, about the times of JFK. Along the way he’s also done The Alamo, Frost/Nixon, and — speaking of founders — the Walt n’ Mary Poppins’ Saving Mr. Banks, for Disney, and many others.... »

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Barry Robison on Designing “Hacksaw’s” Ridge — Down Under

January 2017
Barry Robison on Designing “<em>Hacksaw’s</em>” Ridge — Down Under

Production designer Barry Robison splits his time between Australia and the U.S., and has worked on films ranging from the historically-set Hidalgo, to installments of both the X-Men and Narnia franchises, with Wolverine and Voyage of the Dawn Treader, respectively. As the designer for director Mel Gibson’s Hacksaw Ridge, he was once again doing... »

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Lion DP Greig Fraser’s Very Good Month

December 2016
<em>Lion</em> DP Greig Fraser’s Very Good Month

It’s been a good month for cinematographer Greig Fraser: His film, Lion, is winning accolades and snagged four Golden Globe nominations — including one for best picture in the drama category. At the same time, another film he shot opened in theaters, too. Called Rogue One, it’s set in the universe of an ongoing... »

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Contenders – Director Vetrimaaran on India’s Unlikely Interrogation

December 2016
Contenders – Director Vetrimaaran on India’s Unlikely <em>Interrogation</em>

Only three films from India have ever been nominated in the Best Foreign Language Film category since the Academy started it in 1957, with Mother India that first year, and the last being Lagaan, in 2001. Surprisingly, none of those nominees was a film directed by the great Satyajit Ray (though Ray eventually won... »

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Strange Days: VFX Supe Stephane Ceretti on Digits and the Dark Dimension

November 2016
<em>Strange</em> Days: VFX Supe Stephane Ceretti on Digits and the Dark Dimension

VFX supervisor Stephane Ceretti knows a little about multiple dimensions: From the interweaving timelines of Cloud Atlas, to the “Dark World” in Thor, along with his Oscar-nominated work in Guardians of the Galaxy, he’s helped render the light fantastic, all the way back to a pair of Matrix installments while working for Euro-centered FX shop... »

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Director Anna Biller on Working Multiple Magic for The Love Witch

November 2016
Director Anna Biller on Working Multiple Magic for <em>The Love Witch</em>

In a case of life sadly imitating art, or art prefiguring some of the more harrowing aspects of life, director Anna Biller was filming her cinematic “magick”-and-eros potion, The Love Witch, in the misty verdant landscapes — and Victorian architecture — of Eureka, California. She wanted, perhaps, the West Coast version of one of... »

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