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Lesli Linka Glatter: Homeland is Where the Heart Is (Along With Lots of Other Places)

July 2017
Lesli Linka Glatter: <em>Homeland</em> is Where the Heart Is (Along With Lots of Other Places)

“Back when the American Government actually sponsored the arts,” recalled Homeland executive producer Lesli Linka Glatter, invoking a long-ago incarnation of the USA, “I had a grant to perform in the Far East.” That grant, to study and perform in places like Paris and London, and eventually the Far East, found her in Japan, after... »

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NAB 2017, Part 2: Elephants in the Room

May 2017
NAB 2017, Part 2: Elephants in the Room

One can think of last week’s NAB as simply one of the largest conventions in Vegas — along with the not-unrelated CES. CES, in January, is a gathering to show what kinds of screens consumers will desire, or be led to desire, to both hold and let themselves be beheld. NAB then, is the... »

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NAB 2017, Part 1: Chimera-ing in the Desert Heat

April 2017
NAB 2017, Part 1: Chimera-ing in the Desert Heat

Distances can be deceiving in the lights of Vegas; you might think you’re going to take a quick walk to the resort hotel next door, only to find it’s a half mile away, especially once you factor in all the twists and turns of the walkways along the Strip, deliberately careening into hotel lobbies,... »

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Location, Location, Location — and the LMGI Awards

April 2017
Location, Location, Location — and the LMGI Awards

In the end, La La Land won, and it stuck. That was the conclusion to a convivial evening, a kind of coda to award seasons at large, where the LMGI — Locations Manager Guild International — actually goes ahead and holds its own show after the Oscars, going against unspoken, well, La La Land... »

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The Sound of Winning: “Hacksaw” Mixer Kevin O’Connell on HIs Oscar

March 2017
The Sound of Winning: “Hacksaw” Mixer Kevin O’Connell on HIs Oscar

Given the news cycle of the 21st century, it can be easy to forget that some shocks can still be good ones. But that’s how sound mixer — and maestro — Kevin O’Connell describes the state he was in when we last saw him, backstage in the press room at the Oscars. After achieving... »

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Oscars 2017: Moonlight Becomes Them

February 2017
Oscars 2017: <em>Moonlight</em> Becomes Them

One could write about the just-concluded Oscars from a Below the Line standpoint — the lack of La La Land tsunami, for example, and the interesting spread of awards — or from an Above the Line vantage, talking about the remarkable Mahershala Ali being the first Muslim actor to ever win an Oscar, for... »

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Posted in Animation, Art Direction, Awards, Camera, Community, Costume Design, Crafts, Direction, Editing, Events, Featured, Film, Industry Sector, Makeup, News, Postproduction, Sound, Visual FX |

The Beverly Hilton Gets Ready to Wrap with the Costume Designers Guild Awards

February 2017
The Beverly Hilton Gets Ready to Wrap with the Costume Designers Guild Awards

The Costume Designers Guild helped wrap up the Beverly Hilton’s “kudos season” with the 19th edition of their own award show, hosted by Mandy Moore from This Is Us. Tea leave watchers will note that the casual, colorful, pulled-out-of-a-bohemian’s-closet (yet always form fitting) threads worn in La La Land won the excellence in contemporary... »

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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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