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Contender – Destroyer Director Karyn Kusama

December 2018
Contender – <em>Destroyer</em> Director Karyn Kusama

Based on an original spec screenplay by Phil Hay and Matt Manfredi, Karyn Kusama’s Destroyer presents an innovative take on the crime thriller with decidedly unique results. One advantage Kusama had going into the project was that she is married to Hay. “I hear about the things that Phil and Matt writing on their... »

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Netflix’s Documentary on the Backbone of The Music Industry – Hired Gun

May 2018
Netflix’s Documentary on the Backbone of The Music Industry – Hired Gun

    Kenny Aronoff. Nita Strauss. Rudy Sarzo. Liberty DeVitto. Derek St. Holmes. You’ve heard their music and have seen them perform, but more than likely you’ve heard their names. In Fran Strine’s feature-length documentary, Hired Gun, now on Netflix, studio and touring musicians in pop and rock music are given the rare chance... »

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David Wain Presents Netflix’s Homage to The National Lampoon in A Futile and Stupid Gesture

April 2018
David Wain Presents Netflix’s Homage to The National Lampoon in A Futile and Stupid Gesture

  Chronicling founder Doug Kenney’s creation of National Lampoon magazine, which ran from 1970 to 1998, David Wain’s Netflix feature, A Futile and Stupid Gesture (a phrase from Kenney’s Animal House feature film screenplay) offers a combination of show business success story and lovable romp, within a decidedly modest budget. “I had specific affinity for Doug... »

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Posted in Art Direction, Blog the Line, Camera, Crafts, Direction, Featured, Film, Production Design |

Black Panther Makeup Designer and Effects Wizard Joel Harlow Fleshes Out the Biggest Movie in The World – Scars and All

March 2018
Black Panther Makeup Designer and Effects Wizard Joel Harlow Fleshes Out the Biggest Movie in The World – Scars and All

When Oscar winner Joel Harlow received a call in early 2016 from executive producer Jeffrey Chernov, with whom he’d worked on Star Trek, the makeup designer was merely told to keep the end of his year open. “Jeffrey was going to be producing Black Panther,” Harlow recalled of the highly-anticipated Marvel Studios project. “Anything Jeffrey... »

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Veteran Costume Designer Ruth Carter Realizes the World of Black Panther

March 2018
Veteran Costume Designer Ruth Carter Realizes the World of Black Panther

  Even after over 50 films and television series as costume designer, Ruth E. Carter had never worked on a traditional superhero movie. However, this assessment depends upon one’s point-of-view. “I feel like I’ve been doing superheroes all my career,” she said upon reflection. “Malcolm X was a superhero; Martin Luther King was a... »

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Hannah Beachler’s Design For The Worlds of Wakanda in Black Panther

March 2018
Hannah Beachler’s Design For The Worlds of Wakanda in Black Panther

When she first got the call to design the production of Marvel Studios’ Black Panther, Hannah Beachler’s first order of business was to meet with director Ryan Coogler to assimilate his vision for the project into her purview. “That’s really where one of the parts of my job begins, listening,” she said of her... »

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Kasuhiro Tsuji Transforms Gary Oldman into Churchill for Darkest Hour

February 2018
Kasuhiro Tsuji Transforms Gary Oldman into Churchill for Darkest Hour

  Though he had been in a self-imposed retirement from working on movies, artist of many media, Kazuhiro Tsuji, was called back into the world of cinema by actor Gary Oldman, who personally requested the artist for Darkest Hour.  When considering portraying British prime minister,Winston Churchill, Oldman told Tsuji, “I want you to do... »

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Phantom Thread’s Oscar Nominated Sound Team

February 2018
Phantom Thread’s Oscar Nominated Sound Team

  In Paul Thomas Anderson’s period drama, Phantom Thread, sound designer and re-recording mixer Christopher Scarabosio, re-recording mixer David Acord, and supervising sound editor Matthew Wood were working with a collaborative director, one with whom they already had a formidable relationship in many instances. In Scarabosio’s case, Phantom Thread was his sixth film collaboration... »

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Arjen Tuiten Delivers a Wondrous Makeup in Wonder

February 2018
Arjen Tuiten Delivers a Wondrous Makeup in Wonder

    To bring the character of Auggie Pullman (a boy with severe facial deformities) to fruition in the film Wonder, makeup effects artist, Arjen Tuiten researched children with Treacher Collins syndrome. “Most of the time, they had a very similar look,” Tuiten stated. “Very distinguished. To create the illusion, I knew Auggie was... »

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Annie Awards Showcase International Participants

February 2018
Annie Awards Showcase International Participants

  At UCLA’s Royce Hall, an international consortium of nominees and winners added a multicultural flair to the popular Annie Awards, recognizing the best in animated works across multi media. While Disney-Pixar swept the major categories for their feature Coco, animators, designers, directors, and voiceover artists of all extractions walked the red carpet before... »

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