Browse Articles by Mary Ann Skweres

Tommy Lee Jones’ Quest for Originality in The Homesman

November 2014
Tommy Lee Jones’ Quest for Originality in <em>The Homesman</em>

Set against the sparse, austere backdrop of 1850s Nebraska, The Homesman tells the story of strong-willed homesteader Mary Bee Cuddy (Hillary Swank) and George Briggs, the low-life-schemer (Tommy Lee Jones) who she employs to help her transport back to “civilization” three women driven insane by the harsh realities of life on the frontier, a... »

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Director Des Doyle Shares His Lifelong Passion for U.S. TV in Showrunners

November 2014
Director Des Doyle Shares His Lifelong Passion for U.S. TV in <em>Showrunners</em>

Dublin-born cinematographer, Des Doyle, makes his directing debut with Showrunners: The Art of Running a TV Show, a documentary feature that explores the inner workings of the American television industry and the writer/creators that manage every aspect of a television show’s development and production. »

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2014 HPA Awards Honor Excellence in Postproduction

November 2014
2014 HPA Awards Honor Excellence in Postproduction

The 9th Annual HPA Awards were presented at a gala evening at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles Thursday, recognizing the creative achievements of individuals and companies, as well as creative excellence and groundbreaking technologies within the postproduction industry. »

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Posted in Awards, Editing, Events, Featured, News, Postproduction, Visual FX |

Transparent Showrunner Jill Soloway Delivers Keynote at Film Independent Film Forum

November 2014
<em>Transparent</em> Showrunner Jill Soloway Delivers Keynote at Film Independent Film Forum

The filmmaker keynote speaker for the 10th Annual Film Independent Forum was writer/director Jill Soloway (Transparent, Afternoon Delight) who shared “horrible, ugly truths” about her experiences as a television writer and independent film director. »

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Ownzones Offers New Platform for Distribution

October 2014
Ownzones Offers New Platform for Distribution

Avenues for the distribution of creative work are no longer limited to just movie theaters, network television or even cable. Opportunities for creators, their crew collaborators, and the technologists who provide new infrastructure to reach audiences, were apparent at this fall’s Digital Hollywood confab held in the Marina del Rey Ritz Carlton. »

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Laura Poitras Walks a Dangerous Path with Citizenfour

October 2014
Laura Poitras Walks a Dangerous Path with <em>Citizenfour</em>

Film is a powerful medium. It can even be considered subversive, especially when perceived to be against the interests of government. Uncovering sensitive information can force a dedicated journalist filmmaker to walk a dangerous line. »

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Claudia Meyers Examines the Struggles of Returning Veterans in Fort Bliss

September 2014
Claudia Meyers Examines the Struggles of Returning Veterans in <em>Fort Bliss</em>

With her five years of experience making documentary films for the military, writer-director Claudia Meyers was uniquely qualified to tell the story of decorated medic, Maggie Swann (Michelle Monaghan), and her attempts to balance the competing responsibilities of family and career. Following her struggles to reconnect with her five-year old son (Oakes Fegley) and... »

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Immersive Sound: From Production to Playback

September 2014
Immersive Sound: From Production to Playback

The Sony Studios lot hosted a series of panels put together by MIX magazine and featuring top audio professionals from both the Cinema Audio Society and Motion Picture Sound Editors on Saturday. Members of the production and post communities were informed of the creative possibilities, new workflows and evolving technologies used to generate a... »

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Posted in Events, Featured, News, Sound |

Emmy Watch: Showrunner Michael Hirst, Vikings

May 2014
Emmy Watch: Showrunner Michael Hirst, <em>Vikings</em>

History Channel’s Vikings is a meticulously detailed saga that traces the exploits of legendary hero Ragnar Lothbrok on his rise to become leader of the Norse tribes. Known for his historical dramas, including the Oscar-nominated feature film, Elizabeth, starring Cate Blanchett, showrunner and creator Michael Hirst has written all of the episodes for the... »

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Navigating Filmmaking in Los Angeles

May 2014
Navigating Filmmaking in Los Angeles

At the Navigating Filmmaking in Los Angeles event at Busby’s East on the Miracle Mile, hosts FilmL.A., NewFilmmakers Los Angeles and the Los Angeles Post Production Group presented Blumhouse Productions with an award of recognition for the company’s work in keeping production in Los Angeles. Known for some of the highest grossing horror films... »

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