Browse Articles by Mary Ann Skweres

Director Series: Errol Morris, Breaking Boundaries with “Wormwood”

January 2018
Director Series: Errol Morris, Breaking Boundaries with <em>“Wormwood”</em>

Uncovering some of the U.S. government’s darkest secrets, “Wormwood,” currently on Netflix, examines the life-long quest of one man–Eric Olson–to find the truth behind his father’s mysterious death. Weaving this mystery into a six-part story, renowned documentarian Errol Morris (Fog of War, Thin Blue Line) combines his own noted interview style with a dramatic narrative... »

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Contender: Visual Effects Supervisor Dennis Berardi The Shape of Water

January 2018
Contender: Visual Effects Supervisor Dennis Berardi <em>The Shape of Water</em>

          In a dream-like state, the viewer floats through a blue underwater apartment filled with furniture and photographs, settling on the waking face of Eliza (Sally Hawkins). This magical setting opens director Guillermo del Toro’s The Shape of Water. The VFX team, lead by visual effects supervisor Dennis Berardi, helped... »

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Contender: Visual Effects Supervisor Erik de Boer – Okja

January 2018
Contender: Visual Effects Supervisor Erik de Boer – <em>Okja</em>

Exploring the bond between human and animals, director Bong Joon Ho (Snowpiercer, The Host) tells the story a young farm girl who must save the super-pig she has raised her whole life from exploitation. The director tapped visual effects supervisor, Erik de Boer, to bring the fully digital character of Okja, the pig, to... »

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Contender: Editor Valerio Bonelli – Darkest Hour

January 2018
Contender: Editor Valerio Bonelli – Darkest Hour

Editor Valerio Bonelli read the script for Darkest Hour in early 2016 when he was doing another project with director Joe Wright. “At first I thought, ‘Why is Joe making a film about Churchill? There have been so many stories about Churchill,’” shared Bonelli. “Then I read the script and realized it wasn’t really just... »

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Contender: Editor Nick Houy – Lady Bird

January 2018
Contender: Editor Nick Houy – <em>Lady Bird</em>

Lady Bird editor Nick Houy has worked with many first time feature directors, but writer-director Greta Gerwig “was not the typical first-time director experience.” Because she has co-directed, written a number of successful films, and acted in even more, Gerwig proved to be very comfortable behind the camera. Houy felt the details in the script not... »

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Contenders: Editors William Goldenberg and Harry Yoon – Detroit

January 2018
Contenders: Editors William Goldenberg and Harry Yoon – <em>Detroit</em>

  Kathryn Bigelow’s brutally visceral drama, Detroit, set amid the chaos of 1967 Detroit race riots, depicts the terrifying true event in which a group of rogue police officers murder three black men and viciously beat another nine people. The project came to Bigelow around the time of the Ferguson unrest and became a... »

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Contender: Editor John Gilroy, Roman J. Israel, Esq.

December 2017
Contender: Editor John Gilroy, <em>Roman J. Israel, Esq.</em>

In Dan Gilroy’s dramatic thriller, Roman J. Israel, Esq., a civil rights-minded defense attorney (Denzel Washington), recruited by a wealthy cutthroat lawyer (Colin Farrell), fights to keep his ideals as he fights for justice in the Los Angeles criminal court system. Because Roman was not the typical “square-jawed” leading man, during pre-production, Washington and... »

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Contender: Sound Designer/Re-recording Mixer, Paul Ottosson – Detroit

December 2017
Contender: Sound Designer/Re-recording Mixer, Paul Ottosson – <em>Detroit</em>

For Kathryn Bigelow’s disturbing true drama, Detroit, sound designer/re-recording mixer, Paul Ottosson had to sonically re-create the chaos of the 1967 Detroit race riots, both on and off camera. The sound not only had to support the action on screen, it had to build the world of the story that was happening in the... »

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Director Series: Greta Gerwig Takes Flight with Lady Bird

December 2017
Director Series: Greta Gerwig Takes Flight with <em>Lady Bird</em>

For her feature film directing debut, actress/writer Greta Gerwig tells a deeply personal coming-of-age story. Set in Sacramento, California during the early 2000’s, an artistic teen (Saoirse Ronan) remains in constant conflict with her opinionated mother (Laurie Metcalf). The process of co-writing two films with writer/director Noah Baumbach was an important step for Gerwig... »

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Contender: Executive Producer/Costume Designer Sandy Powell – Wonderstruck

December 2017
Contender: Executive Producer/Costume Designer Sandy Powell – <em>Wonders</em>truck

Sandy Powell wore two hats for Wonderstruck, the cinematic telling of the Brian Selznick book, that tells two simultaneous stories about Ben, a young Midwestern boy in the 1970’s, and Rose, a young girl in 1920’s who both run away to New York City. Because Powell helped get the project going, she is given... »

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