Browse Articles by Scott Essman

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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PGA Awards Name Outstanding Producer of Documentary Feature Film – Jane

January 2018
PGA Awards Name Outstanding Producer of Documentary Feature Film  – <em>Jane</em>

Perhaps more than any individual in global history, Jane Goodall has brought due attention to the preservation and survival of the planet’s diverse species of animals in their natural habitats. In the new documentary, Jane, directed by Brett Morgen, a combination of archival footage and new material illuminate Jane Goodall’s methodologies, values, and care... »

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Director Series: Rian Johnson – Star Wars: The Last Jedi

January 2018
Director Series: Rian Johnson – <em>Star Wars: The Last Jedi</em>

When Lucasfilm president, Kathleen Kennedy enlisted director Rian Johnson to write and direct Episode VIII in the Star Wars nine-film franchise, Johnson merely had three smaller-scale critical successes behind him as both writer and director: Brick, The Brothers Bloom, and Looper. However, for part eight in the nonology, Kennedy knew she needed an adept... »

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Contenders: Head of Makeup Department Deborah La Mia Denaver and Department Head of Hair Design Adruitha Lee – I, Tonya

January 2018
Contenders: Head of Makeup Department Deborah La Mia Denaver and Department Head of Hair Design Adruitha Lee  – I, Tonya

    For makeup department head Deborah La Mia Denaver and hairstyling department head Adruitha Lee, I, Tonya represented several formidable challenges: recreating a lead character familiar to the general public, and aging that character—and others in the cast—through various life stages. In the case of this film, the central character was champion figure... »

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Mother! – A Triumph of Production Design and Editing

January 2018
<em>Mother!</em> – A Triumph of Production Design and Editing

              “When I read the script, I had never read anything close to that in my life,” revealed Phillip Messina, production designer on Darren Aronofsky’s Mother!, a project of great debate amongst cineastes as to its allegorical leanings. Concerning a young wife, played by Jennifer Lawrence, and her... »

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Director Series: Craig Gillespie – I, Tonya

January 2018
Director Series: Craig Gillespie – I, <em>Tonya</em>

Inspired by the life of notorious figure skater Tonya Harding, I, Tonya comes at the viewer with a combination of scripted interviews, dramatized archival footage, and flashbacks, all performed by a respectable team of ideally-cast performers. Nonetheless, director Craig Gillespie noted that the haphazard approach to the narrative came directly from screenwriter Steven Rogers’... »

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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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