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Lei Arenzana Stages West Side Story for Its 60th Anniversary

July 2017
Lei Arenzana Stages <em>West Side Story</em> for Its 60th Anniversary

60 years ago, a group of four New York-based theatrical artists collaborated on one of the most beloved stage and screen properties of the 20th century: West Side Story. Inspired by Romeo and Juliet, the show pitted rival gangs on Manhattan Island, New York City’s low-income west side against one another, the legendary Jets... »

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Disney’s D23 Convention Showcases Studio’s Upcoming Animation, Live-Action Slate

July 2017
Disney’s D23 Convention Showcases Studio’s Upcoming Animation, Live-Action Slate

At Disney’s D23 Expo at the Anaheim Convention Center, Disney chairman Alan Horn kicked off the weekend-long events with a July 14 address to the 8000 attendees, stating that excited patrons from all over the world makes him “want to be sure that we deliver the very very best films to you.” Then, studio... »

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Beneath the Face of Makeup Artistry and Hair Styling on Feud

June 2017
Beneath the Face of Makeup Artistry and Hair Styling on <em>Feud</em>

For the FX Network series Feud, which depicts the interpersonal rift between Bette Davis and Joan Crawford in and around the 1962 film What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?, series creator Ryan Murphy knew he needed the best makeup artistry and hair styling department available. Enter makeup designer Eryn Krueger Mekash and hair department... »

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Posted in Crafts, Featured, Industry Sector, Makeup, News, Television |

Bringing Stories to Life with Gary Brozenich, Visual Effects Supervisor for Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales

June 2017
Bringing Stories to Life with Gary Brozenich, Visual Effects Supervisor for <em>Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales</em>

Speaking from his base in England, visual effects supervisor Gary Brozenich divulged his many hurdles on the new Disney sequel Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales. “We did over 2000 shots,” Brozenich said, noting that primary vendor Moving Picture Company created over 1200 of those shots. “MPC was doing the majority... »

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Posted in Crafts, Featured, News, Visual FX |

Chris Townsend, Visual Effects Supervisor Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

June 2017
Chris Townsend, Visual Effects Supervisor <em>Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2</em>

In a film with 2360 total shots, and, out of those, 2301 shots which include visual effects, the project’s visual effects supervisor had one summary comment: “It’s fun.” For Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, visual effects supervisor Chris Townsend, with the daunting task of an unprecedented percentage of his film including visual effects,... »

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Creating Superhero Costumes, Judianna Makovsky on Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

May 2017
Creating Superhero Costumes, Judianna Makovsky on <em>Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2</em>

From the set of the next Avengers film, costume designer Judianna Makovsky spoke of working in the world of Marvel Studios’ superheroes, with her previous project, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, now in theaters. “If you don’t want to just do contemporary, make fun costumes, and learn all of the new techniques, this... »

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Posted in Costume Design, Crafts, Featured, Film, Industry Sector, News |

Chapman/Leonard New Product Showcase Presents the Best in Movie/TV Equipment

May 2017
Chapman/Leonard New Product Showcase Presents the Best in Movie/TV Equipment

Now in business 72 years, Chapman/Leonard Studio Equipment (a merger between separate companies called Chapman and Leonard in 1965) touts that their gear will assist in “getting the shot you desire,” a goal which was on display at their May 7 new product showcase designed for professionals and aspiring filmmakers alike, all of whom... »

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SyFy’s The Magicians

May 2017
SyFy’s <em>The Magicians</em>

*Research and written contributions by Kevin Adams, Jenna Amico, Eric Bedwell, Patrick Clayton, Shoshana Goodman, Faye Ignoffo, Mya Jones, Carly Pepper, Danielle Peterson, and Lisa Stemmons* Though their SyFy series is now in its second robust season, the co-creators of The Magicians, executive producers Sera Gamble and John McNamara, had humble beginnings; the story... »

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Posted in Art Direction, Costume Design, Crafts, Emmy Watch, Featured, Industry Sector, News, Television, Visual FX |

Born in China Captures Rarely Seen Animals in Native Habitat

April 2017
<em>Born in China</em> Captures Rarely Seen Animals in Native Habitat

For director Lu Chuan and producer Roy Conli, the Disneynature feature Born in China represents an enormous amount of preparation and production, with multiple crews enduring the harsh environment of western China to photograph rarely seen wildlife. Following the stories of three separate animal families, the film intercuts among a panda bear mother as... »

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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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