Browse Articles by Mary Ann Skweres

The Designs of Outlander

June 2016
The Designs of <em>Outlander</em>

Outlander follows the story of WWII combat nurse, Claire Randall (Caitriona Balfe), swept back in time to 1743 and an unknown world where a passionate relationship with a chivalrous Scottish warrior (Sam Heughan) ensues. Because of the city’s historic architecture, it might seem that re-creating two time periods for Outlander on location in Glasgow,... »

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Editing The Girlfriend Experience into a Complete Narrative

June 2016
Editing <em>The Girlfriend Experience</em> into a Complete Narrative

Based on the Steven Soderbergh feature, Starz series The Girlfriend Experience – created by Lodge Kerrigan and Amy Seimetz – centers on Christine (Riley Keogh), a Chicago law-school student, as she attempts to balance her legal career with work as a high-end escort. Postproduction was not typical of television series. The creators/show runners had... »

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LAFF: Character Thru a Strong Sense of Place

June 2016
LAFF: Character Thru a Strong Sense of Place

Realistically detailed worlds that define the people that inhabit them were common elements of films at the Los Angeles Film Festival. Expressing not only a diversity of character, but also location, the creative collaboration between directors and their crews was essential in bringing these environments and characters authentically to the screen. Winner of the... »

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Posted in Art Direction, Community, Costume Design, Crafts, Direction, Events, Featured, Film, News, Postproduction |

Victoria Rose Sampson: Sound Editor Turned Director

June 2016
Victoria Rose Sampson: Sound Editor Turned Director

Victoria Rose Sampson is a sound editor, turned director. Her sound career began in 1973. For 25 years, she worked alongside her mother, Kay Rose, the first woman to win an Oscar for sound (The River).  Along the way, Sampson applied and was accepted into AFI’s prestigious Directing Workshop for Women where she wrote... »

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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... »

Posted in Contender Portfolios, Crafts, Direction, Director Series, Featured, Film, News |

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... »

Posted in Editing, Featured, Film, For Your Consideration, News |

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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