Browse Articles by Scott Essman

Packed House Sees Vitality of Screen Makeup/Hairstyling in Oscar Symposium

February 2017
Packed House Sees Vitality of Screen Makeup/Hairstyling in Oscar Symposium

At the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills on February 25, a full house witnessed the importance of cinema makeup artistry and hairstyling brilliance to the overall success of a film. Indeed, three wholly disparate projects were presented by Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences Makeup Branch governors Kathryn Blondell, Lois Burwell, and... »

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August Wilson’s Widow Constanza Romero-Wilson Speaks about Oscar-Winner Fences

February 2017
August Wilson’s Widow Constanza Romero-Wilson Speaks about Oscar-Winner <em>Fences</em>

Adapted by writer August Wilson from his own play, the screenplay for Fences attracted key cast members from the Broadway revival, most notably star-director Denzel Washington and Best Supporting Actress winner at the 2017 Oscars, Viola Davis. In an emotional acceptance speech, Davis recounted her days with her siblings portraying various characters at her... »

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The World of a Cinema Craft Celebrated at 2017 Makeup Artists and Hairstylists Guild Awards

February 2017
The World of a Cinema Craft Celebrated at 2017 Makeup Artists and Hairstylists Guild Awards

The 2017 Makeup Artists and Hairstylists Guild Awards, as others before it, served as a celebration of an entire craft in cinema. Much more than an awards show, the evening was, in truth, a gathering of the best in their area of the industry. For only one night, these artists, typically spread out around... »

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Contender — The Visual Effects of The Jungle Book

February 2017
Contender — The Visual Effects of <em>The Jungle Book</em>

When director Jon Favreau agreed to take on Disney’s The Jungle Book, he knew that extensive computer animation would be utilized. The major question was how to integrate a live-action performer — ten-year-old Neel Sethi as Mowgli — with computer-animated animals, and talking ones, no less, per Rudyard Kipling’s original story. “In this case,... »

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Contender – Makeup Artist Joel Harlow, Star Trek Beyond

February 2017
Contender – Makeup Artist Joel Harlow, <em>Star Trek Beyond</em>

For any below-the-line craftsperson, being nominated for an Academy Award represents the culmination of a career’s worth of relentless, diligent, pinnacle-level work. In Joel Harlow’s case, he has been nominated thrice: for 2008’s Star Trek feature film reboot, for which he won the Oscar, for 2014’s The Lone Ranger, and this year for Star... »

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Annies Showcase Animation Across Myriad Media

February 2017
Annies Showcase Animation Across Myriad Media

Put on by ASIFA-Hollywood, animation’s top organizational body, the February 5 Annies, again held at UCLA’s Royce Hall, showcased the best in the many media across which animation has its demonstrable wingspan. For one, Max Karli, the Annie and Oscar-nominated My Life as a Zucchini producer, explained the 10-year journey to get his film... »

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Posted in Animation, Awards, Community, Crafts, Events, Featured, Film, Industry Sector, New Media, News, Sound, Television, Visual FX |

Contender – The Production Design of Arrival

January 2017
Contender – The Production Design of <em>Arrival</em>

When production designer Patrice Vermette received a compliment that his work in Denis Villeneuve’s film Arrival is unlike that in any other in previous science-fiction films, his response was cavalier. “That was the whole point,” he stated. “I’m excited that people are appreciating that — I’m overwhelmed by this.” In fact, few on Arrival’s... »

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Contender – The Sound of Arrival

January 2017
Contender – The Sound of <em>Arrival</em>

For supervising sound editor Sylvain Bellemare and re-recording mixer Bernard Gariépy Strobl, the sound required for the ethereal science-fiction film Arrival, directed by Denis Villeneuve, represented a wholly new challenge — to create an unprecedented world through audio. The pair worked on the post-production sound of the film in Montreal after key sound elements... »

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Contender – Visual Effects, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

January 2017
Contender – Visual Effects, <em>Rogue One: A Star Wars Story</em>

When plans were put in place to make a standalone movie in the Star Wars universe but separated from the originally planned nine-film saga, Lucasfilm executives knew that they needed the services of the best in the visual effects industry to merge the new worlds of the film with the familiar tropes Star Wars... »

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Best Documentary Contender – Tower

January 2017
Best Documentary Contender – <em>Tower</em>

On the morning of August 1, 1966, former Marine sharpshooter Charles Whitman ascended a University of Texas at Austin tower and began random targeting and firing upon passerby below across five city blocks for 96 chilling minutes. When he was finally killed by a policeman, Whitman had already shot 43 people, 13 of whom... »

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