Browse Articles by Scott Essman

Composer Tom Bimmermann Breaks Out

May 2020
Composer <em>Tom Bimmermann</em> Breaks Out

Composers often toil for years, if not decades, before attaining the coveted status of writing music for motion pictures. Among such modern stalwarts, Hans Zimmer, Alan Silvestri, and, surely, John Williams now hold the foremost status among those who write film scores, but it unquestionably took them considerable time to reach those hallowed positions.... »

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Posted in Composers, Featured |

Matt Schrader Creates Score – A Film Music Documentary

March 2020
Matt Schrader Creates <em>Score – A Film Music Documentary</em>

Though he has been a news producer since 2005, Matt Schrader sought to ‘leap out of that world’ to try something different when he endeavored to create the singular project Score – A Film Music Documentary. While Schrader had seen DVD featurettes about feature film composers, he learned that a full-length movie about the... »

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Posted in Composers, Featured, Film, Music |

Graham Denman Realizes Indie Debut Feature

February 2020
<em>Graham Denman</em> Realizes Indie Debut Feature

After selling out all three theaters for the Shriekfest film festival on the Raleigh Studios lot, Graham Denman’s debut feature Greenlight was assured of distribution, arriving for viewers this week on iTunes, Vudu, and DirecTV for rent. “It’s the first time that that’s happened in the history of Shriekfest,” Denman said. For Denman, the... »

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Thorsten Schütte Conjures Frank Zappa

February 2020
Thorsten Schütte Conjures <em>Frank Zappa</em>

Filmmaker Thorsten Schütte first came across avant garde rock musician’s Frank Zappa’s music at the age of 12 in Schütte’s native Germany, and he has been hooked ever since. Intrigued by a song “Who are the Brain Police?” from Zappa’s band The Mothers of Invention, Schütte was lured into the Zappa universe. “I wanted... »

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Annie Awards 2020: Exclusive with Director of Klaus

February 2020
Annie Awards 2020: Exclusive with Director of <em>Klaus</em>

“You try to make an honest movie,” said Sergio Pablos, director of Netflix’ first animated feature film Klaus, just after the film racked up seven Annie Awards—including Best Animated Film—at UCLA’s Royce Hall in the 47th such ceremony. “You pick a truth that you believe in.” For Pablos, who also wrote the story and... »

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Posted in Animation, Awards, Featured, Film |

Oscar Contender: Sound Mixing and Editing Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

February 2020
Oscar Contender: Sound Mixing and Editing <em>Once Upon a Time in Hollywood</em>

For production sound mixer Mark Ulano, the journey he has taken on Quentin Tarantino’s films has been a decidedly unique experience, and Once Upon a Time in Hollywood was no exception. “He is very old school,” Ulano said about Tarantino, noting that the universe in which you operate on a film with this director... »

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Posted in Awards, Contender Portfolios, Editing, Featured, Film, Sound |

Oscar Contender: Once Upon a Time in Hollywood Production and Costume Design

February 2020
Oscar Contender: <em>Once Upon a Time in Hollywood</em> Production and Costume Design

When Oscar-nominated production designer Barbara Ling first read Quentin Tarantino’s screenplay for Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, she had the reaction one might glean from reading a novel. “When you finish it, you are gob-smacked,” Ling said of Tarantino’s script, laced with both fictitious and real characters. “He has all of these asides... »

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Posted in Art Direction, Awards, Contender Portfolios, Costume Design, Featured, Film |

Oscar Contender: Best Make-Up 1917 Naomi Donne

January 2020
Oscar Contender: Best Make-Up <em>1917</em> Naomi Donne

When director Sam Mendes first contacted makeup and hair designer Naomi Donne about his World War I film, 1917, her natural reaction was immediate agreement to participate. However, Mendes’ film came with a caveat: the action would be staged as if the entire movie was one continuous shot. “We would rehearse for months, and... »

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Posted in Awards, Contender Portfolios, Featured, Makeup |

Oscar Contender: Visual Effects Avengers: Endgame

January 2020
Oscar Contender: Visual Effects <em> Avengers: Endgame</em>

In undertaking a third Avengers film, Endgame, Marvel visual effects supervisor Dan DeLeeuw relied on his previous experiences at Marvel Studios. “The Marvel system is that they bring you in and get you immersed,” DeLeeuw stated. “I started on second unit on Iron Man 3 and learned the system. Then, Joe and... »

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Posted in Awards, Contender Portfolios, Featured, Film, Visual FX |

Oscar Contender: Visual Effects Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

January 2020
Oscar Contender: Visual Effects <em>Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker</em>

When visual effects supervisor Roger Guyett got the call to begin work on J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, the project was early in pre-production with two prominent challenges which would be unlike any in a previous Star Wars film. “The scene when Rey and Ren are fighting is a big water... »

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