Browse Articles by Scott Essman

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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Emmy Contender Debbie Zoller: Best Make-Up For Fosse/Verdon

August 2019
Emmy Contender <em>Debbie Zoller</em>: Best Make-Up For <em>Fosse/Verdon</em>

In the FX Network’s limited series Fosse/Verdon, across the show’s eight episodes, we see the contentious but also tender personal and working relationship between director/choreographer Bob Fosse and actress/dancer Gwen Verdon, both of whom triumphed on Broadway and in Hollywood films. Portraying Bob Fosse was Sam Rockwell, and Michelle Williams played Gwen Verdon—both actors... »

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Posted in Awards, Contender Portfolios, Featured, Makeup |

Rick Baker Busy Designing New Wonders In Retirement

July 2019
<em>Rick Baker</em> Busy Designing New Wonders In Retirement

After over 40 years as a Hollywood makeup and creature artist, accumulating seven Oscars since 1981, Rick Baker closed his Glendale studio entitled Cinovation and retired from film and television work in 2015. However, one would not consider a typical craftsperson actually retired when one spends half of the day creating works of his... »

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Posted in Crafts, Featured, Who's Where? |

Ed Catmull Speaks about Pixar

June 2019
Ed Catmull Speaks about Pixar

After beginning his career as director of the Computer Graphics Lab in Long Island at the New York Institute of Technology in 1975, Ed Catmull became vice-president of northern California-based Lucasfilm’s fledgling computer division in 1979. By the time of Lucasfilm’s sale of the computer division to Steve Jobs in 1986, it was renamed... »

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Posted in Animation, Crafts, Featured, Film, Reviews |

Oscar Contender – Kate Biscoe, Makeup for Vice

February 2019
Oscar Contender – Kate Biscoe, Makeup for <em> Vice </em>

When makeup department head Kate Biscoe first read the Vice script, she realized, in order to organize the project, spanning six decades with multiple recurring characters, the film would be a formidable challenge. “Researching and breaking down the script was time consuming but not difficult,” she stated. “However, we would not be shooting sequentially,... »

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Oscar Nominee For Best Editing – Hank Corwin, Editor of Vice

February 2019
Oscar Nominee For Best Editing – Hank Corwin, Editor of <em>Vice</em>

In Adam McKay’s Vice, former Vice-President Dick Cheney’s life is dramatized in non-linear fashion, jumping around to anachronistic points in the story. “What we did was find these emotional moments that complemented synergistically what was happening,” explained editor Hank Corwin of his work on Vice. For his efforts, Corwin was nominated for the Oscar... »

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Posted in Editing, Featured, Film, Nominations |

Jan Sewell Supervises Bohemian Rhapsody’s Makeup

January 2019
<em>Jan Sewell</em> Supervises Bohemian Rhapsody’s Makeup

When makeup supervisor and department head Jan Sewell was first offered Bohemian Rhapsody, Rami Malek had already been cast in the role of rock band Queen’s iconic lead singer, Freddie Mercury, so she began the project by concentrating on looks for him. “I thought Rami was a really good bet from our point-of-view,” Sewell said. “He was the right coloring... »

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Posted in Contender Portfolios, Featured, For Your Consideration, Makeup |

OSCAR CONTENDER – Avengers: Infinity War

January 2019
OSCAR CONTENDER – <em>Avengers: Infinity War</em>

In Marvel Studios’ Avengers: Infinity War, the visual effects department was tasked with creating unique worlds, characters, and effects unlike those previously seen on film. For overall visual effects supervisor Dan DeLeeuw, Russell Earl, visual effects supervisor at ILM, and Digital Domain visual effects supervisor Kelly Port, the challenges were multifold, but working for... »

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