Browse Articles by Mary Ann Skweres

Contenders: Sound Designers/Supervising Sound Editors, Renee Tondelli, Eugene Gearty, Mary Poppins Returns

January 2019
Contenders: Sound Designers/Supervising Sound Editors, Renee Tondelli, Eugene Gearty, Mary Poppins Returns

“We were all a little terrified, “ joked sound designer/supervising editor Renee Tondelli, when questioned about working on Mary Poppins Returns, the sequel to Disney’s iconic film Mary Poppins. Actually, Tondelli and her crew were very excited. The film was her fifth collaboration with Rob Marshall and the third musical that she has done... »

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Contender: Cinematographer Lukasz Zal, Cold War

January 2019
Contender: Cinematographer Lukasz Zal, <em>Cold War</em>

When the cinematographer Ryszard Lenczewski became ill, camera operator Lukasz Zal got his opportunity to work as director of photography on director Pawel Pawlikowski’s film Ida. The film went on to garner the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film and a cinematography nomination for Lenczewski and Zal. With Cold War–nominated for the Palme... »

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Contenders: Re-recording Mixers, Mike Prestwood Smith, Michael Keller, Mary Poppins Returns

January 2019
Contenders: Re-recording Mixers, Mike Prestwood Smith, Michael Keller, <em>Mary Poppins Returns</em>

For Mary Poppins Returns, one of the biggest challenges was making the spoken word smoothly transition into the musical sequences. Once the sound and music editing teams prepared all the dialogue and production tracks, singing pre-records, ADR, hard effects, ambiances, foley and music tracks, the various audio elements had to be combined in a... »

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Bohemian Rhapsody Screening and Sound Mixing Panel

December 2018
<em>Bohemian Rhapsody</em> Screening and Sound Mixing Panel

Fox Studios showed Bohemian Rhapsody at the Blakely Theater on Saturday, Dec. 15. The Golden Globe Awards have short-listed the film for the best motion picture – drama. »

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Inside the Immersive Sound of A Star Is Born

December 2018
Inside the Immersive Sound of <em>A Star Is Born</em>

For a musical such as A Star is Born the collaboration between sound, music and mixing is critical. Sound designer, Alan Murray, production sound mixer, Steve Morrow, CAS, and re-recording mixers Tom Ozanich, MPSE, Dean Zupancic and Jason Ruder came together to share their contributions to the soundscape of actor Bradley Cooper’s directorial debut.... »

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Contender: Composer Terence Blanchard, BlacKkKlansman

December 2018
Contender: Composer Terence Blanchard, <em>BlacKkKlansman</em>

“The overall thing about Spike’s films is an undertone of we are all the same. We are all human beings. We are all Americans. I’m always trying to write themes that speak to that idea. That is one of the reasons we use orchestra as much as we can,” shared composer Terrance Blanchard who... »

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Contender: Brian Tyler, Composer Crazy Rich Asians

December 2018
Contender: Brian Tyler, <em>Composer Crazy Rich Asians</em>

Composer Brian Tyler’s first impression of Crazy Rich Asians was that of a modern romantic comedy set in contemporary Singapore. However, after seeing the footage shot by director Jon Chu, he realized the story felt and looked much bigger. “The film was more of an old school Hollywood romance with social underpinnings and themes... »

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Independent Spirit Awards 2018: Get Out Takes The Big Prize

March 2018
Independent Spirit Awards 2018: Get Out Takes The Big Prize

    The 33rd Film Independent Spirit Awards returned to their beach venue in Santa Monica to honor artist-driven films made with an economy of means by filmmakers whose films embody diversity, innovation and uniqueness of vision. President Josh Welsh opened the show by telling the assembled filmmakers that in these days of cynicism,... »

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54th CAS Awards: Top Awards Garnered by Dunkirk, Coco and Jane

March 2018
54th CAS Awards: Top Awards Garnered by Dunkirk, Coco and Jane

  The Cinema Audio Society Award for Outstanding Sound Mixing Motion Picture – Live Action was presented to the sound mixing team from Dunkirk – Mark Weingarten CAS, Gregg Landaker, Gary Rizzo CAS, Alan Meyerson CAS, Thomas J. O’Connell and Scott Curtis. The presenters of the award were production sound mixer, Willie Burton, and... »

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The 2018 Costume Designers Guild Awards

February 2018
The 2018 Costume Designers Guild Awards

20th CDGA Honors Shape of Water, Wonder Woman and I, Tonya The 20th Annual CDGA (Costume Designers Guild Awards) celebrated excellence in film, television, and short form costume design. Actress Gina Rodriguez hosted the star-studded, fabulously attired event at The Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, CA. In her opening remarks the actress stressed the... »

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