Browse Articles by Mary Ann Skweres

Morten Tyldum Deciphers The Imitation Game

January 2015
Morten Tyldum Deciphers <em>The Imitation Game</em>

Directors come to their films in many different ways. Director Morten Tyldum was sent the script for The Imitation Game, which told the story of how mathematician Alan Turing cracked the German enigma code, saving millions of lives by shortening World War II, only to be persecuted for being a homosexual post-war. Although the... »

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Contenders – Supervising Sound Editors Becky Sullivan and Andrew DeCristofaro, Unbroken

January 2015
Contenders – Supervising Sound Editors Becky Sullivan and Andrew DeCristofaro, <em>Unbroken</em>

“She really understands the power of what a soundtrack can do for her film emotionally,” said Unbroken supervising sound editor Becky Sullivan of director Angelina Jolie. Having worked with Jolie on In the Land of Blood and Honey, Sullivan knew the director to be collaborative and involved in post audio. »

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Contenders — Editors Stuart Levy, Conor O’Neill and Jay Cassidy, Foxcatcher

January 2015
Contenders — Editors Stuart Levy, Conor O’Neill and Jay Cassidy, <em>Foxcatcher</em>

In their exploration of the characters and their deepest motivations, the editors of Foxcatcher kept adjusting the emotions of scenes based on changes that they made to other portions of the film. »

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Ava DuVernay Creates a Contemporary Parable with Selma

January 2015
Ava DuVernay Creates a Contemporary Parable with <em>Selma</em>

Selma chronicles Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s three-month long campaign to secure equal voting rights against violent opposition via an epic march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama in 1965. When they began working on the film, the filmmakers never guessed that the story would be so timely, paralleling the current marches for racial justice... »

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Contenders – Editors Tim Squyres and William Goldenberg, Unbroken

January 2015
Contenders – Editors Tim Squyres and William Goldenberg, <em>Unbroken</em>

Director Angelina Jolie’s Unbroken recounts the true story of Olympian Louis Zamperini (Jack O’Connell), whose will to survive is tested by life-threatening circumstances during WWII. From the beginning the filmmakers were aware of structural issues with the story that made its narrative different from most films. »

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Contenders – Sound Editors Alan Murray and Bub Asman, American Sniper

January 2015
Contenders – Sound Editors Alan Murray and Bub Asman, <em>American Sniper</em>

Sound supervisors Alan Murray and Bub Asman delivered the soundtrack for Clint Eastwood'American Sniper. Murray, who has been working with the director for close to forty years, doing every movie with him since Escape from Alcatraz, says the collaboration clicks because, “He’s very down-to-earth and loves people who are ambitious about the project. He lets you formulate what you... »

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Contender – Sound Editor Martin Hernandez, Birdman

December 2014
Contender – Sound Editor Martin Hernandez, <em>Birdman</em>

“The core of the philosophy of Birdman is that it’s a moving target,” said supervising sound editor and sound designer, Martín Hernández. In a spectacularly choreographed feat, the film literally follows a washed-up actor (Michael Keaton), famous for playing the titular superhero character, as he attempts to prove his acting chops by mounting a... »

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Contenders – Sound Mixers John Reitz and Greg Rudloff, American Sniper

December 2014
Contenders – Sound Mixers John Reitz and Greg Rudloff, <em>American Sniper</em>

Director Clint Eastwood is known for loyalty, so his key crew collaborators have worked with him for years. Dialog and music, re-recording mixer John Reitz started with Eastwood in 1979 on Escape from Alcatraz. Effects mixer Gregg Rudloff joined the team a couple of films later. »

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Contender — Editor J.C. Bond, Big Eyes

December 2014
Contender — Editor J.C. Bond, <em>Big Eyes</em>

Director Tim Burton's Big Eyes paints a quirky picture of the true life relationship between artist Margaret Keane (Amy Adams), whose distinctive portraits of big-eyed children were painted in secret, and her charming, wannabe-artist husband (Christoph Waltz) who took credit for her creations and usurped the phenomenal success that should have been hers. »

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Contender – Editor Spencer Averick, Selma

December 2014
Contender – Editor Spencer Averick, <em>Selma</em>

Chronicling the powerful true story of Dr. Martin Luther King’s historic civil rights marches that culminated in President Johnson signing the Voting Rights Act of 1965, Selma is a particularly timely story that draws focus to the current renewed struggle against voter suppression in America. »

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