Browse Articles by Mary Ann Skweres

Director Series: Feras Fayyad Fights for Last Men In Aleppo

January 2018
Director Series: Feras Fayyad Fights for <em>Last Men In Aleppo</em>

In 2013, during the siege of Aleppo by the Assad regime, director Feras Fayyad started shooting on his own, following the White Helmets, the volunteer first responders who organized to protect their neighborhoods and save the civilian lives impacted by Russian bombs. He wanted to learn why people remained in their homes despite the... »

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Contender: Editor Kevin Tent Downsizing

January 2018
Contender: Editor Kevin Tent <em>Downsizing</em>

      In the social satire, Downsizing, an everyman  (Matt Damon) shrinks himself down to five inches in height so he can live a life of wealth and splendor, but instead discovers the true value in human relationships. Although this film was more visual effects heavy than the usual Alexander Payne film–and a... »

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Director Series: Joe Wright Shines a Light on Winston Churchill’s Darkest Hour

January 2018
Director Series: Joe Wright Shines a Light on Winston Churchill’s <em>Darkest Hour</em>

While British troops are trapped with their backs to the sea at Dunkirk by the advancing German army, Prime Minister Winston Churchill (Gary Oldman) faces his Darkest Hour – whether to negotiate with Hitler for peace or go to war with Germany. Director Joe Wright wanted to work on a pure drama and likes... »

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Contenders: Composers Benjamin Wallfisch and Hans Zimmer – Blade Runner 2049

January 2018
Contenders: Composers Benjamin Wallfisch and Hans Zimmer – <em>Blade Runner 2049</em>

  The science fiction thriller Blade Runner 2049, the much-anticipated sequel to Ridley Scott’s sci-fi classic Blade Runner, takes place 30 years after the events of the first film, with Ryan Gosling starring as K, a new replicant model, with Harrison Ford reprising his role as Rick Deckard. Oscar-nominated director, Denis Villeneuve (Arrival) was a... »

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Contender: Re-recording Mixer/Supervising Sound Editor, Craig Berkey – Darkest Hour

January 2018
Contender: Re-recording Mixer/Supervising Sound Editor, Craig Berkey – <em>Darkest Hour</em>

                Sound helped create the real world of Darkest Hour, the story of Winston Churchill’s historic decision to go to war with Germany. “Just like you have your props, your sets, your costumes and everything, we’re doing the same thing with sound. We’re dressing it as 1940. All... »

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Contender: Costume Designer Jacqueline Durran – Darkest Hour

January 2018
Contender: Costume Designer  Jacqueline Durran – Darkest Hour

During 20 tense days, Prime Minister Winston Churchill (Gary Oldman) must decide whether he will negotiate peace with Hitler, or rally the British people, Parliament and King to take on the fight to save the freedom and ideals of the British nation. Mirroring the darkest hours that Churchill experiences in his decision to take... »

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Director Series: Errol Morris, Breaking Boundaries with “Wormwood”

January 2018
Director Series: Errol Morris, Breaking Boundaries with <em>“Wormwood”</em>

Uncovering some of the U.S. government’s darkest secrets, “Wormwood,” currently on Netflix, examines the life-long quest of one man–Eric Olson–to find the truth behind his father’s mysterious death. Weaving this mystery into a six-part story, renowned documentarian Errol Morris (Fog of War, Thin Blue Line) combines his own noted interview style with a dramatic narrative... »

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Contender: Visual Effects Supervisor Dennis Berardi The Shape of Water

January 2018
Contender: Visual Effects Supervisor Dennis Berardi <em>The Shape of Water</em>

          In a dream-like state, the viewer floats through a blue underwater apartment filled with furniture and photographs, settling on the waking face of Eliza (Sally Hawkins). This magical setting opens director Guillermo del Toro’s The Shape of Water. The VFX team, lead by visual effects supervisor Dennis Berardi, helped... »

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Contender: Visual Effects Supervisor Erik de Boer – Okja

January 2018
Contender: Visual Effects Supervisor Erik de Boer – <em>Okja</em>

Exploring the bond between human and animals, director Bong Joon Ho (Snowpiercer, The Host) tells the story a young farm girl who must save the super-pig she has raised her whole life from exploitation. The director tapped visual effects supervisor, Erik de Boer, to bring the fully digital character of Okja, the pig, to... »

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Contender: Editor Valerio Bonelli – Darkest Hour

January 2018
Contender: Editor Valerio Bonelli – Darkest Hour

Editor Valerio Bonelli read the script for Darkest Hour in early 2016 when he was doing another project with director Joe Wright. “At first I thought, ‘Why is Joe making a film about Churchill? There have been so many stories about Churchill,’” shared Bonelli. “Then I read the script and realized it wasn’t really just... »

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