Browse Articles by Mary Ann Skweres

The Marvelous Style of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

June 2019
The Marvelous Style of <em>The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel</em>

After the austerity of the 1940s war years, the 1950s were one of the most important periods in women couture clothes according to The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel costume designer Donna Zakowska. “This was such an exciting moment for clothing,” she said. She turned to books and magazines of the era, such as Vogue and French Vogue, for her research into the... »

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Posted in Costume Design, Crafts, Featured |

Film Independent Spirit Awards

February 2019
Film Independent Spirit Awards

Saturday, February 23 was a cool, but sunny afternoon for the 34th Annual Film Independent Spirit Awards, held in the show’s signature white tent on Santa Monica Beach. The annual celebration honored independent, artist-driven films made with a budget under $20 million. With her impeccable comedic delivery, actress/comedian Aubrey Plaza, host of the IFC broadcast,... »

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Posted in Awards, Featured |

Motion Picture Sound Editors Golden Reel Awards

February 2019
Motion Picture Sound Editors Golden Reel Awards

Honoring outstanding achievements in sound editing, the 66th Annual Motion Picture Sound Editors (MPSE) Awards took place on Sunday, February 17th at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel in downtown Los Angeles with over a thousand in attendance. Golden Reels were handed out in 23 categories encompassing feature films, long-form and short-form television, animation, documentaries, games, special... »

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Posted in Awards, Featured |

Top Honors to Bohemian Rhapsody, The Favourite and Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse

February 2019
Top Honors to Bohemian Rhapsody, The Favourite and Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse

69th Annual ACE Eddie Awards celebrated the best editing of the year in film, TV and documentaries at the International Ballroom of the Beverly Hilton Hotel with over 1000 in attendance. Outstanding editing was recognized in 11 categories of film, television and documentaries.Comedian Tom Kenny, the voice of SpongeBob SquarePants, served as the evening’s master of... »

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Posted in Art Direction, Awards, Commercials, Events, Featured, Film, Television |

Editor Barry Alexander Brown, BlackkKlansman

January 2019
Editor <em>Barry Alexander Brown</em>, BlackkKlansman

Over the years working with director Spike Lee, BlacKkKlansman editor Barry Alexander Brown has developed a shorthand where they don’t necessarily complete a whole sentence. Brown worked on She’s Gotta Have It and School Days when they both were figuring out how to make a movie. “We have known each other for 37 years,... »

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Posted in Contender Portfolios, Editing, Featured, Film, Nominations, Who's Where? |

Contenders: Sound Designers/Supervising Sound Editors, Renee Tondelli, Eugene Gearty, Mary Poppins Returns

January 2019
Contenders: Sound Designers/Supervising Sound Editors, Renee Tondelli, Eugene Gearty, Mary Poppins Returns

“We were all a little terrified, “ joked sound designer/supervising editor Renee Tondelli, when questioned about working on Mary Poppins Returns, the sequel to Disney’s iconic film Mary Poppins. Actually, Tondelli and her crew were very excited. The film was her fifth collaboration with Rob Marshall and the third musical that she has done... »

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Posted in Awards, Contender Portfolios, Featured, Postproduction, Sound |

Contender: Cinematographer Lukasz Zal, Cold War

January 2019
Contender: Cinematographer Lukasz Zal, <em>Cold War</em>

When the cinematographer Ryszard Lenczewski became ill, camera operator Lukasz Zal got his opportunity to work as director of photography on director Pawel Pawlikowski’s film Ida. The film went on to garner the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film and a cinematography nomination for Lenczewski and Zal. With Cold War–nominated for the Palme... »

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Posted in Awards, Camera, Contender Portfolios, Crafts, Featured |

Contenders: Re-recording Mixers, Mike Prestwood Smith, Michael Keller, Mary Poppins Returns

January 2019
Contenders: Re-recording Mixers, Mike Prestwood Smith, Michael Keller, <em>Mary Poppins Returns</em>

For Mary Poppins Returns, one of the biggest challenges was making the spoken word smoothly transition into the musical sequences. Once the sound and music editing teams prepared all the dialogue and production tracks, singing pre-records, ADR, hard effects, ambiances, foley and music tracks, the various audio elements had to be combined in a... »

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Posted in Composers, Contender Portfolios, Featured, Film, Music, News, Sound |

Bohemian Rhapsody Screening and Sound Mixing Panel

December 2018
<em>Bohemian Rhapsody</em> Screening and Sound Mixing Panel

Fox Studios showed Bohemian Rhapsody at the Blakely Theater on Saturday, Dec. 15. The Golden Globe Awards have short-listed the film for the best motion picture – drama. »

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Posted in Awards, Events, Featured, Film, News, Sound |

Inside the Immersive Sound of A Star Is Born

December 2018
Inside the Immersive Sound of <em>A Star Is Born</em>

For a musical such as A Star is Born the collaboration between sound, music and mixing is critical. Sound designer, Alan Murray, production sound mixer, Steve Morrow, CAS, and re-recording mixers Tom Ozanich, MPSE, Dean Zupancic and Jason Ruder came together to share their contributions to the soundscape of actor Bradley Cooper’s directorial debut.... »

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