Browse Articles by Mary Ann Skweres

LAFF: Opening Doors for Female Directors

June 2015
LAFF: Opening Doors for Female Directors

Doors may finally be opening for female directors. Despite the pathetic percentage of women directing projects for the studios and networks – an issue currently being challenged by the ACLU through various government agencies – the number of female-directed projects selected to screen at major film festivals has been approaching parity with their male... »

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Emmy Watch: Beau Willimon, House of Cards

June 2015
Emmy Watch: Beau Willimon, <em>House of Cards</em>

“Everything we do in House of Cards is to serve the story. Every element, whether it is lighting, cinematography, sound, music or performance, is in service of that,” said Beau Willimon, showrunner of the hit Netflix series. »

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Emmy Watch: Showrunner Michelle Ashford, Masters of Sex

May 2015
Emmy Watch: Showrunner Michelle Ashford, <em>Masters of Sex</em>

“We are certainly plugging along. It’s always quite the adventure when you have a show up and running,” commented Michelle Ashford, showrunner for Masters of Sex, the Showtime series about William Masters and Virginia Johnson, the pioneering team whose research in human sexuality during the prudish 1950s led to the sexual revolution. »

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Emmy Watch: Editor Luyen Vu, American Crime

May 2015
Emmy Watch: Editor Luyen Vu, <em>American Crime</em>

The pilot for American Crime was editor Luyen Vu’s first experience working with Oscar-winning writer and executive producer, John Ridley (12 Years a Slave), who also directed the opener. The pair met a couple of times to discuss the project and Vu was shown the feature that Ridley made right before taking on the... »

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Emmy Watch: Editor Tony Orcena, Modern Family

May 2015
Emmy Watch: Editor Tony Orcena, <em>Modern Family</em>

In cutting comedy, Modern Family editor Tony Orcena noted, “You have to remember, it always plays best, simple. It’s about finding a way to tell the story in an interesting way, but remember that the joke is king. You have to make sure the joke plays.” In his approach, Orcena admits that he goes... »

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Vidhu Vinod Chopra Wrangles Broken Horses

April 2015
Vidhu Vinod Chopra Wrangles <em>Broken Horses</em>

Award-winning Indian writer/director/producer Vindhu Vinod Chopra – producer of PK, the highest-grossing Indian film of all time – made his English language debut with Broken Horses, a universal parable about the bonds of brotherhood and loyalty set against violent gang wars along the U.S.-Mexican border. To achieve his vision for the film, the director... »

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Birdman and Boyhood Split Top Honors at Spirit Awards

February 2015
<em>Birdman</em> and <em>Boyhood</em> Split Top Honors at Spirit Awards

On the eve of the Academy Awards, the contest between Birdman and Boyhood continued at the Film Independent Spirit Awards held Saturday, Feb. 21 in a tent on the beach in Santa Monica. Alejandro Iñárritu’s bold cinematic adventure garnered best picture honors while indie icon Richard Linklater took home the best director award for... »

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The Heartbeat of Whiplash

February 2015
The Heartbeat of <em>Whiplash</em>

The rhythm of the editing and pitch-perfect tone of the score became the heartbeat for the emotional conflicts in the Academy-award nominated feature, Whiplash. As part of the Director’s Close-up Series, Film Independent brought together director Damien Chazelle, editor Tom Cross and composer Justin Hurwitz to discuss how they collaborated to enhance the dramatic... »

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Birdman Flies Away with Top Honors at 51st Annual CAS Awards

February 2015
<em>Birdman</em> Flies Away with Top Honors at 51st Annual CAS Awards

The Cinema Audio Society (CAS) award for outstanding sound mixing in a live-action motion picture was presented by Oscar nominated documentarian Rory Kennedy (Last Days in Vietnam) and sound mixer Mike Minkler, CAS, to the sound mixing team of Thomas Varga, Jon Taylor, CAS, Frank Montaño, Gustavo Borner, Jason Oliver and John Sanacore, CAS,... »

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American Sniper, Unbroken and Birdman Split Top Honors at Golden Reel Awards

February 2015
<em>American Sniper</em>, <em>Unbroken</em> and <em>Birdman</em> Split Top Honors at Golden Reel Awards

American Sniper garnered the best sound editing in feature film – FX/Foley award for supervising sound editors Alan Murray, Bub Asman and their crew, an award indicator that bodes well for the sound team’s Oscar hopes. Supervising sound editors, Becky Sullivan, MPSE, Andrew DeCristofaro, MPSE and their crew took home the best sound editing... »

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