Browse Articles by Scott Essman

Todd Tucker’s The Terror of Hallow’s Eve

October 2017
Todd Tucker’s <em>The Terror of Hallow’s Eve</em>

The new horror movie, Todd Tucker’s The Terror of Hallow’s Eve, is the culmination of nearly 25 years of Tucker’s endeavors in special makeup effects, prosthetics, puppets, and all things filmmaking. For Tucker and his Illusion Industries crew, the biggest challenge in pre-production of The Terror of Hallow’s Eve was ensuring that they came... »

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Annual Careers in Film Summit Presented by The Academy

October 2017
Annual <em>Careers in Film Summit</em> Presented by The Academy

On Saturday, October 14, at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills, Oscar®-winning and nominated filmmakers joined industry professionals for an all-day series of panel discussions at the annual Careers in Film Summit. Attended by film students and other enthusiasts, six separate panels covered acting, writing, directing, songwriting and composing, sound design, editing, visual... »

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Amber Talarico Chronicles Her Journey in Makeup in New Film

October 2017
Amber Talarico Chronicles Her Journey in Makeup in New Film

With TV shows such as Face-Off on SyFy instigating a newfound interest in the makeup arts, thousands of hopefuls have migrated from their hometowns throughout the world to the Los Angeles area in an attempt to break into the industry. One such aspiring artist, Amber Talarico, has put her nascent tribulations into a new... »

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Susan Lacy Presents a Deeply Personal Look at Steven Spielberg

October 2017
Susan Lacy Presents a Deeply Personal Look at Steven Spielberg

In her new HBO documentary about director Steven Spielberg, simply called Spielberg, filmmaker Susan Lacy shows us a previously unknown perspective on the legendary creator of Jaws, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Raiders of the Lost Ark, E.T., Jurassic Park, Schindler’s List, and Saving Private Ryan among many more. One of Lacy’s film’s... »

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Writer/Producer Nancy Cartwright and Director Taron Lexton Find Fellini

October 2017
Writer/Producer Nancy Cartwright and Director Taron Lexton Find Fellini

For the new film In Search of Fellini, writer/producer Nancy Cartwright and director Taron Lexton took Cartwright’s true-life experiences and created an independent production which pays homage to the legendary director and carves its own niche in surprisingly refreshing ways. Of course, international audiences will recognize Cartwright’s name as the voice of Bart Simpson.... »

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Filmmakers Joshua Tickell & Rebecca Tickell Speak About Their Good Fortune

September 2017
Filmmakers Joshua Tickell & Rebecca Tickell Speak About Their Good Fortune

For filmmaking partners Joshua and Rebecca Tickell, also a married couple, their first encounter with business entrepreneur and philanthropist John Paul DeJoria began after the production of their previous project, a documentary entitled Fuel. “We met JP in 2008 at the Sundance Film Festival,” Rebecca said of their festival circuit tour of Fuel, an... »

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Writer-Director Danny Strong Imagines JD Salinger’s Writing Life in Rebel in the Rye

September 2017
Writer-Director Danny Strong Imagines JD Salinger’s Writing Life in Rebel in the Rye

“He is this reclusive figure,” said writer-director Danny Strong about the subject of his new film, Rebel in the Rye, that being author J.D. Salinger, whose book Catcher in the Rye is still widely read and considered one of America’s classic 20th century novels. Strong’s screenplay was based on Kenneth Slawenski’s biography, J.D. Salinger:... »

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All The Money In The World

September 2017

ALL THE MONEY IN THE WORLD follows the kidnapping of 16-year-old John Paul Getty III (Charlie Plummer) and the desperate attempt by his devoted mother Gail (Michelle Williams) to convince his billionaire grandfather (Kevin Spacey) to pay the ransom. When Getty Sr. refuses, Gail attempts to sway him as her son’s captors become increasingly... »

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Preeminent Craftspeople Abound at Creative Arts Emmys – PART TWO

September 2017
Preeminent Craftspeople Abound at Creative Arts Emmys – PART TWO

On September 10, for the second of two nights at the Microsoft Theater in downtown Los Angeles, cable television, broadcast television, and new media craftspeople gathered for the Creative Arts Emmy Awards, with largely new categories following the first evening. First, a succession of musical composers traversed the red carpet. David Buckley, composer for... »

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Preeminent Craftspeople Abound at Creative Arts Emmys – PART ONE

September 2017
Preeminent Craftspeople Abound at Creative Arts Emmys –  PART ONE

At the first of two nights at the Microsoft Theater in downtown Los Angeles, craftspeople in all walks of broadcast and cable television, plus new media arts walked the red carpet and reveled in the honorary ceremony at the annual Creative Arts Emmy Awards. Surely, every possible facet of the process was awarded on... »

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