Browse Articles by Scott Essman

Contender: Director Jay Roach Bombshell

December 2019
Contender: Director Jay Roach <em>Bombshell</em>

Having directed the recent politically-oriented dramas Recount, Game Change, Trumbo, and All the Way, Jay Roach was naturally offered the Fox News-based drama Bombshell, releasing today. “You only get offered the things that you’ve already done,” Roach revealed of Hollywood’lassic preferences. “I do just have a strong desire to figure out what happened in... »

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Filmmaker Alexandre O. Phillipe Remembers Alien for Its 40th Anniversary

December 2019
Filmmaker Alexandre O. Phillipe Remembers Alien for Its 40th Anniversary

In his feature-length documentary Memory: The Origins of Alien, director Alexandre O. Phillipe examines the early formation of the beloved 1979 sci-fi classic Alien on the occasion of the film’s 40th anniversary. However, at the outset, Phillipe wanted to relegate his film to one specific unforgettable moment in Alien. “Initially, it was a desire... »

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Contender Documentary Jim Allison: Breakthrough

December 2019
Contender Documentary <em>Jim Allison: Breakthrough</em>

In the new documentary, Jim Allison: Breakthrough, director Bill Haney takes us into the world of a multi-faceted renegade of a man who has unexpectedly set new standards in cancer treatment. “I had known of Jim’s work for some time,” said director Haney of the 70-year-old Texan who has relocated several times as his... »

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DGA Awards 2019 Theatrical Feature Film Nomination Voting Opens

November 2019
DGA Awards 2019 Theatrical Feature Film Nomination Voting Opens

Voting for the Directors Guild of America (DGA) 72nd Annual Awards nominations in the Theatrical Feature Film category will be open December 2 – January 6, 2020. The nominations will then be announced on December 7th. The DGA awards are held to honor directors for their directorial achievements in the previous year. The awards dinner will... »

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Midge Costin Makes Waves with New Film about Cinematic Sound

November 2019
Midge Costin Makes Waves with New Film about Cinematic Sound

When Midge Costin was a student at the USC film school, she had no idea that she would not only fashion a career in post-production audio for films, but she would also create the definitive documentary about the subject — Making Waves: The Art of Cinematic Sound, now in limited release. “How do I... »

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Posted in Featured, Film, Sound |

Monster Magician Eddie Yang Launches Deity Creative

November 2019
Monster Magician Eddie Yang Launches Deity Creative

From his early fascination with movie monsters in the second grade, Eddie Yang has been crucial to creating screen characters which have graced cinemas over the past 30 years plus. Growing up in the San Fernando Valley, Yang set up a makeup lab in his parents’ garage, sculpting creatures and molding them, based on... »

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Contenders: Ad Astra Editors

October 2019
Contenders: <em>Ad Astra</em> Editors

For editors John Axelrad and Lee Haugen, cutting James Gray’s Ad Astra was a new venture into the world of the film’s epic space journey. In addition to the advent, for a James Gray film, of overarching visual effects, Axelrad and Haugen had to manage a motion picture that was both one man’s intimate... »

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Sarah Kerruish and Matt Maude Wield Magic in New Documentary

October 2019
Sarah Kerruish and Matt Maude Wield Magic in New Documentary

Concerning a little-known offshoot of Apple Computer, the new documentary General Magic chronicles the rise and fall of the same named company which, in the late-1980s and early-1990s, was on the cutting edge of new technologies which are now commonplace 30 years onward. Co-directed by Sarah Kerruish and Matt Maude, General Magic explores the... »

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Sam Dunn Conjures ZZ Top’s Secret History

October 2019
Sam Dunn Conjures ZZ Top’s Secret History

In the 15 years since Sam Dunn and his Banger Films production company created their first film, Metal: A Headbanger’s Journey, Dunn and his team have realized a horde of definitive music documentaries. Their latest, ZZ Top: That Little Ol’ Band from Texas, unearths the largely unknown story about rock band ZZ Top, who,... »

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The Academy Dissects a Hidden History of Cinematography

October 2019
The Academy Dissects a Hidden History of Cinematography

On September 23, 2019, author Christopher Beach lectured about the invaluable field of cinematography at the Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Linwood Dunn Theater in Hollywood, California. Author of the recent cinema crafts book A Hidden History of Film Style, from the University of California Press, Beach dissected the contributions of the cinematographer in... »

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