Browse Articles by Mary Ann Skweres

Vidhu Vinod Chopra Wrangles Broken Horses

April 2015
Vidhu Vinod Chopra Wrangles <em>Broken Horses</em>

Award-winning Indian writer/director/producer Vindhu Vinod Chopra – producer of PK, the highest-grossing Indian film of all time – made his English language debut with Broken Horses, a universal parable about the bonds of brotherhood and loyalty set against violent gang wars along the U.S.-Mexican border. To achieve his vision for the film, the director... »

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Birdman and Boyhood Split Top Honors at Spirit Awards

February 2015
<em>Birdman</em> and <em>Boyhood</em> Split Top Honors at Spirit Awards

On the eve of the Academy Awards, the contest between Birdman and Boyhood continued at the Film Independent Spirit Awards held Saturday, Feb. 21 in a tent on the beach in Santa Monica. Alejandro Iñárritu’s bold cinematic adventure garnered best picture honors while indie icon Richard Linklater took home the best director award for... »

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The Heartbeat of Whiplash

February 2015
The Heartbeat of <em>Whiplash</em>

The rhythm of the editing and pitch-perfect tone of the score became the heartbeat for the emotional conflicts in the Academy-award nominated feature, Whiplash. As part of the Director’s Close-up Series, Film Independent brought together director Damien Chazelle, editor Tom Cross and composer Justin Hurwitz to discuss how they collaborated to enhance the dramatic... »

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Birdman Flies Away with Top Honors at 51st Annual CAS Awards

February 2015
<em>Birdman</em> Flies Away with Top Honors at 51st Annual CAS Awards

The Cinema Audio Society (CAS) award for outstanding sound mixing in a live-action motion picture was presented by Oscar nominated documentarian Rory Kennedy (Last Days in Vietnam) and sound mixer Mike Minkler, CAS, to the sound mixing team of Thomas Varga, Jon Taylor, CAS, Frank Montaño, Gustavo Borner, Jason Oliver and John Sanacore, CAS,... »

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American Sniper, Unbroken and Birdman Split Top Honors at Golden Reel Awards

February 2015
<em>American Sniper</em>, <em>Unbroken</em> and <em>Birdman</em> Split Top Honors at Golden Reel Awards

American Sniper garnered the best sound editing in feature film – FX/Foley award for supervising sound editors Alan Murray, Bub Asman and their crew, an award indicator that bodes well for the sound team’s Oscar hopes. Supervising sound editors, Becky Sullivan, MPSE, Andrew DeCristofaro, MPSE and their crew took home the best sound editing... »

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Orlando von Einseidel Fights for Virunga

February 2015
Orlando von Einseidel Fights for <em>Virunga</em>

Traveling to Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) in February 2012, director Orlando von Einseidel planned a feel-good documentary about park rangers protecting Virunga National Park, the home of the last remaining mountain gorillas. Instead, when renewed civil war is fueled by corporate lust for oil, von Einseidel became a courageous witness to a desperate... »

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SOC Awards Birdman and True Detective Camera Operators Top Honors

February 2015
SOC Awards <em>Birdman</em> and <em>True Detective</em> Camera Operators Top Honors

Celebrating its 35-year anniversary, the Society of Camera Operators (SOC) gathered at the Paramount Theater, Paramount Studios Hollywood to celebrate the best operators in motion picture, television and the industry at large. »

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Alejandro Iñárritu Plays with Creativity in Birdman

February 2015
Alejandro Iñárritu Plays with Creativity in <em>Birdman</em>

In telling the story of a washed up actor battling his own ego – personified by the iconic superhero, Birdman – director Alejandro Iñárritu wanted to get inside the head of his character in order to explore the creative process. To bring that idea to the screen, the decision to use what looked to... »

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Boyhood and Grand Budapest Hotel Garner Top Honors at ACE Eddie Awards

February 2015
<em>Boyhood</em> and <em>Grand Budapest Hotel</em> Garner Top Honors at ACE Eddie Awards

At the 65th Annual ACE Eddie Awards, Sandra Adair, ACE, took home the best edited feature film (dramatic) award for Boyhood while Barney Pilling won best edited feature film (comedy/musical) for The Grand Budapest Hotel. Lego Movie, edited by David Burrows and Chris McKay, won best edited animated feature film. »

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Parke Gregg Colors Boyhood

February 2015
Parke Gregg Colors <em>Boyhood</em>

Boyhood is the third collaboration between colorist Parke Gregg and director Richard Linklater. Gregg works through, Stuck On On, an Austin-based facility that provides color grading and sound mixing. The colorist had previously worked with the director on the Hulu series Up to Speed and the feature film Before Midnight, so he is familiar... »

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