Browse Articles by Mary Ann Skweres

Stewart Copeland Scores Classic Silent Film Ben Hur

March 2016
Stewart Copeland Scores Classic Silent Film <em>Ben Hur</em>

With its epic visual scope and massive cast and crew, Fred Niblo’s 1925 film Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ was the most expensive silent film ever made. Based upon the original Lew Wallace novel, the story has been adapted numerous times in various mediums with the 1959 Charlton Heston film probably being the... »

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Spotlight Claims Top Honors at the Spirit Awards

February 2016
<em>Spotlight</em> Claims Top Honors at the Spirit Awards

Spotlight took home the most trophies at the 2016 Film Independent Spirit Awards, garnering awards for best feature, best director, best screenplay and best editing. The film also received the 9th annual Robert Altman Award, given to one film's director, casting director and ensemble cast. Director Tom McCarthy was honored along with casting directors... »

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Mad Max: Fury Road and The Revenant Tie for Top Awards at MPSE Golden Reel Awards

February 2016
<em>Mad Max: Fury Road</em> and <em>The Revenant</em> Tie for Top Awards at MPSE Golden Reel Awards

The 63rd Golden Reel Awards had a surprising finish when the voting for the final and most prestigious award of the night – best sound editing: feature English language FX/Foley – resulted in a unusual tie between Mad Max: Fury Road and The Revenant. There was also a tie for best sound editing &... »

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Tom McCarthy Shines a Spotlight on Abuse

February 2016
Tom McCarthy Shines a <em>Spotlight</em> on Abuse

Writer/director Tom McCarthy became involved with Spotlight­ –­ the true story of the high-profile investigation by the Boston Globe that uncovered the child abuse scandal within the local Catholic Archdiocese –when producers Nicole Rocklin and Blye Faust came to him with a “thumbnail” version of what they felt the movie was about. “They knew... »

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For Your Consideration ­- The Oscar-Nominated Editors

February 2016
For Your Consideration ­- The Oscar-Nominated Editors

The 2015 Oscar nominations for the art and craft of editing spanned a variety of genres, from big action films Mad Max: Fury Road and Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens, to performance-driven dramas The Revenant and Spotlight, and the multiple-story line comedy The Big Short. Judging the editing in such a... »

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Mad Max: Fury Road and The Big Short Garner Top Honors at the ACE Eddie Awards

February 2016
<em>Mad Max: Fury Road</em> and<em> The Big Short </em>Garner Top Honors at the ACE Eddie Awards

At the 66th annual ACE Eddie Awards, Margaret Sixel took home the Best edited feature film (dramatic) award for Mad Max: Fury Road, while Hank Corwin, ACE won best edited feature film (comedy/musical) for The Big Short. Inside Out, edited by Kevin Nolting, ACE,won best edited animated feature film. »

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Makeup Designer Jan Sewell Gives Eddie Redmayne a Feminine Touch for The Danish Girl

January 2016
Makeup Designer Jan Sewell Gives Eddie Redmayne a Feminine Touch for <em>The Danish Girl</em>

Jan Sewell garnered nominations for both makeup and hair design in the period and/or character categories of the Make-Up Artists and Hair Stylists Guild awards set to take place on Feb. 20 at the Paramount Studios Theatre on the Paramount Studio lot in Los Angeles. »

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Contender – Sound Designer Mark Mangini Black Mass

January 2016
Contender – Sound Designer Mark Mangini <em>Black Mass</em>

According to sound designer, Mark Mangini, Black Mass director Scott Cooper had an earlier life as an actor and writer, but he would be the first to admit he doesn’t have deep expertise in any of the other disciplines. “He’ll be the first one to tell you, ‘I want you to be a part... »

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Contender – Editor Elliot Graham, Steve Jobs

January 2016
Contender – Editor Elliot Graham, <em>Steve Jobs</em>

“Danny’s has been one of my idols, forever,” said editor Elliot Graham of Steve Jobs director, Danny Boyle. “A combination of Danny Boyle, Alan Sorkin and a bio of Steve Jobs is sort of the perfect storm of creative energies.” »

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Contender – Editor Affonso Gonçalves, Carol

January 2016
Contender – Editor Affonso Gonçalves, <em>Carol</em>

Editor Affonso Gonçalves built a language with director Todd Haynes when they first worked together on Mildred Pierce, “We really hit it off aesthetically. We hit it off socially and became friends and we kept in touch. He sent me the script for Carol and it was amazing. Honestly, I would do anything... »

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