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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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Contender – Mark Isham Totals Up His Collaboration on The Accountant

November 2016
Contender – Mark Isham Totals Up His Collaboration on <em>The Accountant</em>

The working relationship between composer Mark Isham and director Gavin O’Connor began long before their current collaboration on The Accountant. “It started,” Isham recounted, “with Gavin interviewing me for his film Miracle.” To paraphrase The Beatles, Isham “passed the audition,” and director and maestro have since done three other films since that 2004 release.... »

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Park Chan-wook & The Handmaiden‘s Tale of collaboration

October 2016
Park Chan-wook & <em>The Handmaiden</em>‘s Tale of collaboration

In a recent chat with the L.A. press on the release of his “erotic thriller,” The Handmaiden, noted Korean director Park Chan-wook took a question about directors that had inspired him. He mentioned Hitchcock’s Vertigo as the film that made him want to be a filmmaker. He also talked about other “visualists,” as he... »

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Their Own Private Michigan: Production Designer Nick Bassett And Prosthetics Artist Roger Murray on Ash vs Evil Dead

July 2016
Their Own Private Michigan: Production Designer Nick Bassett And Prosthetics Artist Roger Murray on <em>Ash vs Evil Dead</em>

Set in an ostensible “post post-apocalypse,” STARZ‘ recent Ash vs Evil Dead series, co-created by original filmmaker Sam Raimi, with brother Ivan Raimi, has the titular Ash Williams, once again essayed by a grim-yet-humorous Bruce Campbell, as a thirty-years-older fighter of the “deadite” menace. And he is still missing that hand, so infamously replaced by... »

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Checking In To The Bates Motel With Production Designer Mark S. Freeborn

June 2016
Checking In To The <em>Bates Motel</em> With Production Designer Mark S. Freeborn

“I stumbled into genre film a few years ago,” Mark S. Freeborn chuckled. But the stumbles have all been good ones, as he notes “I’ve been very fortunate in that most of the genre elements have been of superior quality and direction.” That pedigree includes work for X-Files creator Chris Carter on series like... »

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