Browse Articles by Mary Ann Skweres

12 Years a Slave, Dallas Buyers Club and Nebraska Take Top Honors at the Spirit Awards

March 2014
<em>12 Years a Slave</em>, <em>Dallas Buyers Club</em> and <em>Nebraska</em> Take Top Honors at the Spirit Awards

The independent film community gathered in a tent on the beach in Santa Monica to celebrate the year’s best artist-driven films at the 29th Film Independent Spirit Awards on Saturday. Produced by Film Independent, the nonprofit arts organization that also produces the Los Angeles Film Festival, The Spirit Awards has become the premier awards... »

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Jehane Noujaim – Filming a Revolution: The Square

February 2014
Jehane Noujaim – Filming a Revolution: <em>The Square</em>

Oscar nominated documentary, The Square, is an immersive journey through the midst of revolution as seen through the eyes of Egyptian-American filmmaker Jehane Noujaim and as experienced by young Egyptian activists who risk their lives for change. Noujaim freely admits, “This film was a collaboration of talented filmmakers and was born from Tahrir Square.” »

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Motion Picture Sound Editors Present Golden Reel Awards

February 2014
Motion Picture Sound Editors Present Golden Reel Awards

Top honors at the 61st MPSE Golden Reel Awards were split between Gravity and Captain Phillips, with the former winning for best sound editing in feature film – sound effects and foley, and the latter taking best sound editing in feature film – dialogue and ADR. Frozen garnered the award for best sound editing... »

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American Hustle, Captain Phillips and Frozen Take Top Honors at Eddie Awards

February 2014
<em>American Hustle</em>, <em>Captain Phillips</em> and <em>Frozen</em> Take Top Honors at Eddie Awards

The big wins at the 64th Annual ACE Eddie Awards went to Captain Phillips edited by Christopher Rouse and American Hustle edited by Jay Cassidy and Crispin Struthers and Alan Baumgarten winning for best edited feature film (dramatic) and best edited feature film (comedy/musical) respectively. »

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Alfonso Cuarón Credits his Crew for the Success of Gravity

January 2014
Alfonso Cuarón Credits his Crew for the Success of <em>Gravity</em>

Writer/director Alfonso Cuarón relied on his crew’s collective talents to bring his vision of Gravity to the screen. The collaboration between departments was fundamental in creating a completely photo-real rendering of space for the Oscar-nominated film. According to Cuarón, the visual effects and the technology behind that craft, are a “bi-product of the creative... »

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Contenders – Editors Alan Baumgarten, Jay Cassidy and Crispin Struthers, American Hustle

December 2013
Contenders – Editors Alan Baumgarten, Jay Cassidy and Crispin Struthers, <em>American Hustle</em>

To meet the compressed post schedule and deadline of a set release date, director David O. Russell needed three editors for American Hustle, his comedic and fictionalized take on one of the most intriguing political corruption scandals of the late 1970s and early 1980s. »

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Contenders – Editors Alfonso Cuarón and Mark Sanger, Gravity

December 2013
Contenders – Editors Alfonso Cuarón and Mark Sanger, <em>Gravity</em>

Editor Mark Sanger, with his background in both picture and visual effects editing, was the perfect collaborator to team with writer/director/editor Alfonso Cuarón on the auteur’s 3D space survival drama, Gravity, starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney. Because the story takes place in earth orbit, the seamlessly realistic environment for the film needed to... »

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Contender – Editor Steve Mirrione, August: Osage County

December 2013
Contender – Editor Steve Mirrione, <em>August: Osage County</em>

Based upon the three-hour play by Tracy Letts, August: Osage County brings together an ensemble of top actors to tell the story of strong-willed women brought by tragedy back to their Oklahoma home and the world of their drug-addicted, dysfunctional mother played by Meryl Streep. Editor Steve Mirrione admitted he is drawn to dialog-driven material.... »

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Contender – Sound Editor Skip Lievsay, Inside Llewyn Davis

December 2013
Contender – Sound Editor Skip Lievsay, <em>Inside Llewyn Davis</em>

The core idea for the sound design of Ethan and Joel Coen’s Inside Llewyn Davis was to make the music the “star of the soundtrack for the movie,” explained executive sound editor/re-recording mixer, Skip Lievsay. “In most cases, that was pretty easy to do. Although there were some club scenes and crowds, in general... »

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John Lee Hancock Delves into Disney’s Past for Saving Mr. Banks

December 2013
John Lee Hancock Delves into Disney’s Past for <em>Saving Mr. Banks</em>

In Saving Mr. Banks John Lee Hancock interprets the world of author P.L. Travers (Emma Thompson), telling the story behind bringing the iconic novel, Mary Poppins and its titular character to the screen. Working from the script by Kelly Marcel, Hancock further developed the story with the writer as he prepared to direct the... »

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