Browse Articles by Scott Essman

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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John Gilroy — Editor of Rogue One

January 2017
John Gilroy — Editor of <em>Rogue One</em>

**WARNING – SELECT PLOT SPOILERS** When Disney acquired Lucasfilm in October of 2012, it was a natural expectation that the studio would re-energize the dormant live-action landscape of the Star Wars saga. As George Lucas himself had first announced Star Wars to be a nine-part series, additional entries in the main nine, being episodes... »

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New Documentary The Witness Re-Examines Infamous Murder Case

December 2016
New Documentary <em>The Witness</em> Re-Examines Infamous Murder Case

Studied in collegiate psychology courses for the past 50 years, the murder of Kitty Genovese on March 13, 1964 in her adopted hometown of Kew Gardens, Queens, New York City became emblematic of 20th century apathy and the cold impersonality within America’s decaying urban environs. Two weeks after the crime, The New York Times reported... »

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Heavy Metal Parking Lot — 30th Anniversary

November 2016
<em>Heavy Metal Parking Lot</em> — 30th Anniversary

When co-creators of the short cinema verité classic Heavy Metal Parking Lot, John Heyn and Jeff Krulik, went to the Capital Center in Landover, Maryland outside of Washington, DC to film the accumulating outdoor scene before a Judas Priest concert, much of what resulted, according to the filmmakers on the 30th anniversary of the... »

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X Japan Invades US in New Documentary

October 2016
X Japan Invades US in New Documentary

In the new feature documentary We Are X, the band X Japan and its founder, drummer and bandleader Yoshiki, are profiled, laying bare Yoshiki’s tragic story, contrasted to the band’s ascent to playing New York’s Madison Square Garden. Nonetheless, the band is still relatively unknown in the United States; by comparison, in their home... »

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BTL Exclusive with Director David Mackenzie on Hell or High Water

September 2016
BTL Exclusive with Director David Mackenzie on <em>Hell or High Water</em>

When British director David Mackenzie read Taylor Sheridan’s original Southwestern crime-based screenplay for Hell or High Water, he immediately connected with the material.  “The script was so excellent, I said, ‘I don’t want to change a word,’” recalled Mackenzie. In fact, the director and his team did change quite a bit in the end,... »

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Budd Carr Reflects on His Career as a Music Supervisor

April 2016
Budd Carr Reflects on His Career as a Music Supervisor

Oftentimes, to the detriment of the movie, the songs utilized throughout a narrative are chosen after principal photography is completed, almost as an afterthought. However, when the musical selections – separate from the composed underscore in a film – are seamlessly integrated into the scenes in a motion picture, they can be unforgettable,... »

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