Browse Articles by Scott Essman

Crafts Spotlight: Art Direction on the New Series The Right Stuff

October 2020
Crafts Spotlight: Art Direction on the New Series <em>The Right Stuff</em>

For Appian Way’s producer Jennifer Davisson, among the many properties offered to the company she and overall proprietor Leonardo DiCaprio were analyzing for production potential was pilot Chuck Yeager’s autobiography, with regards to adapting it into a feature film. While that project did not move forward into the development phase, another Appian Way executive... »

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Posted in Art Direction, Costume Design, Direction, Featured, Film |

The Production Design on Raised by Wolves

October 2020
The Production Design on <em>Raised by Wolves</em>

In the spring of 2019, Production Designer Chris Seagers and Director Ridley Scott were embroiled in a film project when Scott asked Seagers to initiate the design on the futuristic science-fiction project Raised by Wolves, which Scott was executive producing through his Scott Free production company. “We segued straight onto that,” Seagers said of... »

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Posted in Art Direction, Featured, Television |

Ray McIntyre Wrangled Myriad Visual Effects for Raised by Wolves

October 2020
Ray McIntyre Wrangled Myriad Visual Effects for <em>Raised by Wolves</em>

Although he supervised all the numerous visual effects on the HBO Max series Raised by Wolves, Ray McIntyre actually represented the third visual effects team to be on the show, which is produced by Ridley Scott’s company, Scott Free. After the first collection of craftspeople worked from January to May of 2019, a new group... »

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Posted in Featured, Television, Visual FX |

Filmmaker Spotlight: Darren Lynn Bousman on Death of Me

October 2020
Filmmaker Spotlight: Darren Lynn Bousman on <em>Death of Me</em>

Embarking on his new horror film, Death of Me, longtime genre director Darren Lynn Bousman knew that he would have to make significant changes to the fundamental settings and themes in the screenplay. “It was originally set in Haiti, and it was voodoo,” said Bousman. “There’s so many good movies based in voodoo—I... »

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Posted in Featured, Film |

EMMY WATCH 2020: Michelle Radow’s Big Little Lies Make-Up

August 2020
EMMY WATCH 2020: Michelle Radow’s <em>Big Little Lies</em> Make-Up

Having completed its second season, HBO’s series Big Little Lies, created by David E. Kelley, is nominated for a Primetime Emmy for Outstanding Contemporary Makeup, for its fourth episode, “She Knows.”  Makeup department head Michelle Radow, who has been in charge of the show’s makeup for all of Season Two, was among the nominees. Steve Artmont... »

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Posted in Awards, Contender Portfolios, Emmy Watch, Featured, Makeup, Television |

Close Encounters with Cinematographer Vilmos Zsigmond

August 2020
<em>Close Encounters</em> with Cinematographer Vilmos Zsigmond

With equal amounts of artistic intrigue and a dissemination of vital filmmaking crafts, French director Pierre Filmon’s new feature explores the career of cinematographer Vilmos Zsigmond (1930–2016). Created when Zsigmond was still alive, Close Encounters with Vilmos Zsigmond examines the director of photography’s illustrious work and features many of his most notable films. Being... »

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Posted in Camera, Featured, Film |

EMMY WATCH 2020: Jason Sherwood on Designing the 2020 Oscars

August 2020
EMMY WATCH 2020: Jason Sherwood on Designing the 2020 Oscars

  Jason Sherwood, a young production designer with credits in touring entertainment, theater, and television, is quickly reaching the pinnacle of acclaim for his craft after receiving an Emmy nomination for his work on the 2020 Oscars. “It was a really wonderful and exciting reminder of the work we were able to be a... »

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Filmmaker Spotlight: Ghosts of War Director Eric Bress

August 2020
Filmmaker Spotlight: <em>Ghosts of War</em> Director Eric Bress

Unsurprisingly, the co-creator of The Butterfly Effect was bound to deliver a unique, non-traditional film with his new offering, Ghosts of War. As its title suggests, Eric Bress’s new project concerns the conventional war movie; however, Bress merged that familiar cinematic category with a wholly unexpected element. “I knew when I first started out... »

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Posted in Direction, Featured, Film |

Volition Filmmakers Tony & Ryan Smith

August 2020
<em>Volition</em> Filmmakers Tony & Ryan Smith

For brothers Tony Dean Smith and Ryan W. Smith, their new science-fiction feature Volition was a fully collaborative endeavor in every respect with them sharing writing and producing duties and Tony installed as director. A story with many nuances and turns, Volition represented the first feature for the Smith Brothers. “The kernel of the idea came... »

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Filmmaker Profile: Archive Director Gavin Rothery

August 2020
Filmmaker Profile: <em>Archive</em> Director Gavin Rothery

Over the first twenty years of the 21st century, filmmakers have explored the notion of sentient artificial intelligence, where computer/robotic-based creations can engage in autonomous thought. Notably, Steven Spielberg did so with A.I. Artificial Intelligence, in which a mechanical boy was central to the film. Later, Caradog James made The Machine, where a beautiful... »

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Posted in Director Series, Featured, Film |

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