Browse Articles by Mary Ann Skweres

Director Denis Villeneuve Challenges Intellect with Arrival

January 2017
Director Denis Villeneuve Challenges Intellect with <em>Arrival</em>

For a long time Denis Villenueve was looking for a science fiction project to direct. In the genre, it was not easy to find strong material that had depth and freshness, not old recycled ideas. He wanted the story to be new, with an emotional journey that was mature and intellectually challenging, something like... »

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Contender – Editor Joe Walker, Arrival

January 2017
Contender – Editor Joe Walker, <em>Arrival</em>

Playing with time has a big appeal for Joe Walker, editor of Arrival, the non-linear, sci-fi mystery starring Amy Adams and Jeremy Renner, as a linguist and scientist tasked with interpreting the language of alien visitors. “We’re talking about time. That is certainly something I’ve been obsessed by in the last few films I’ve... »

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Contender – Composer Rupert Gregson-Williams, Hacksaw Ridge

January 2017
Contender – Composer Rupert Gregson-Williams, <em>Hacksaw Ridge</em>

Composer Rupert Gregson-Williams came onto Hacksaw Ridge – the true story of conscientious objector Desmond Doss (Andrew Garfield) and his heroism at the Battle of Okinawa – late in the post process, with the timeframe for creating the score “squeezed” even more when the film was accepted into the Venice Film Festival. The film... »

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Contender – Editor Tom Cross, La La Land

January 2017
Contender – Editor Tom Cross, <em>La La Land</em>

Writer-director, Damien Chazelle, sent editor Tom Cross the script for his bittersweet romantic musical, La La Land, around March of 2014, right after Whiplash, their previous collaboration, played Sundance. At the same time Cross was given film references and inspirations for the script. As time went by, the editor also received mock-ups of music... »

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Contender – Production Designer, Wynn Thomas, Hidden Figures

December 2016
Contender – Production Designer, Wynn Thomas, <em>Hidden Figures</em>

Production designer Wynn Thomas has designed a wide variety of films from contemporary comedies to period dramas, but he finds research on the latter is interesting because he discovers things he never knew. In designing Hidden Figures, he discovered the little known story about a team of African American women who “compute” the math data... »

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Contender – Production Designer, Guy Hendrix Dyas, Passengers

December 2016
Contender – Production Designer, Guy Hendrix Dyas, <em>Passengers</em>

After a sleep pod malfunction awakens two passengers (Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence) 90 years early, they must face a lonely future on a spacecraft traveling to a distant colony. The biggest challenge for the crew was creating a craft that was exciting and fresh to look at. Director Morten Tyldum’s specific directive to... »

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Contender – Cinematographer, Charlotte Bruus Christensen, Fences

December 2016
Contender – Cinematographer, Charlotte Bruus Christensen, <em>Fences</em>

Based upon the August Wilson play, Fences, tells the story of an African American father struggling with race relations, his own personal history and raising a family during the 1950’s. Although plays are a more heavily dialog-based art form than films, cinematographer Charlotte Bruus Christensen did not feel it affected her shooting. Although she... »

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Contender – Costumer Designer Renee Ehrlich Kalfus, Hidden Figures

December 2016
Contender – Costumer Designer Renee Ehrlich Kalfus, <em>Hidden Figures</em>

For Hidden Figures – about a team of African American women who “compute” the math data for NASA’s fi rst space missions – costume designer Renee Ehrlich Kalfus, had the opportunity to design for characters based upon three extraordinary women, Katherine Johnson (Taraji P. Henson), Dorothy Vaughan (Octavia Spencer) and Mary Jackson (Janelle Monáe).... »

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Jeremy Irons on Acting and the Filmmaking Crafts

December 2016
Jeremy Irons on Acting and the Filmmaking Crafts

In mentally preparing for the role of G.H. Hardy in The Man Who Knew Infinity, actor Jeremy Irons researched the mathematician’s life, including reading books written by the professor. The film focuses on the life and academic career of Indian mathematician, Srinivasa Ramanujan (Dev Patel), and Hardy’s mentorship of the young genius. Iron’s collaborations... »

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Contender – Cinematographer, Adam Stone, Loving

December 2016
Contender – Cinematographer, Adam Stone, <em>Loving</em>

According to cinematographer Adam Stone, writer/director Jeff Nichols is very exacting with his words. Everything was spelled out in Loving, the story of Richard (Joel Edgerton) and Mildred Loving (Ruth Negga), an interracial couple, whose fight to have their marriage recognized in their home state of Virginia, went all the way to the US... »

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