Browse Articles by Scott Essman

Emmy Contender Director Kabir Akhtar: Netflix’s Never Have I Ever

July 2020
Emmy Contender Director Kabir Akhtar: Netflix’s <em>Never Have I Ever</em>

For director Kabir Akhtar, being hired to direct two episodes of Netflix’s new series Never Have I Ever represented a notable opportunity, as he originally came from the world of picture editing. “I got so excited that they were going to make this show,” Akhtar said of a series set in high school with... »

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Posted in Awards, Direction, Emmy Watch, Featured |

Emmy Contender Burton LeBlanc: Makeup for The Handmaid’s Tale

July 2020
Emmy Contender Burton LeBlanc: Makeup for <em>The Handmaid’s Tale</em>

For Toronto-based makeup department head Burton LeBlanc, the Hulu series The Handmaid’s Tale was a dream assignment, where he was given free reign to create makeup as he best saw fit for the show’s characters. “Reed Morano established the first few episodes,” LeBlanc explained of the director and executive producer of the pilot and... »

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Posted in Awards, Emmy Watch, Featured, Makeup |

Emmy Contenders Greg King & Jonathan Greasley: Sound for Cosmos: Possible Worlds

July 2020
Emmy Contenders Greg King & Jonathan Greasley: Sound for <em>Cosmos: Possible Worlds</em>

When astrophysicist, cosmologist, and author Neil deGrasse Tyson undertook hosting a new version of Carl Sagan’s legendary 1980 space-oriented series Cosmos, he knew he would have to bring his approach into the 21st century. “Given what we know of the laws of physics, what kinds of worlds are possible?” said Tyson about the intent... »

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Posted in Awards, Editing, Emmy Watch, Featured, Postproduction, Sound |

Nanette Burstein Unveils the Hillary You Didn’t Know

July 2020
Nanette Burstein Unveils the <em>Hillary</em> You Didn’t Know

When she undertook a film about 2016 presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, documentary filmmaker Nanette Burstein realized there was vastly more material at her disposal than she could compress into a standard-length feature film. “Very quickly, I knew it was going to be a docuseries,” Burstein said of the eventual manifestation of the project. “When... »

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Posted in Editing, Featured, For Your Consideration |

Amy Adrion Presents Half the Picture

June 2020
Amy Adrion Presents <em>Half the Picture</em>

After going to graduate school for directing at UCLA, Amy Adrion struggled to get breaks in motion pictures when she discovered that the ACLU began an investigation into systemic discrimination against women directors in Hollywood. “It seemed like maybe something could change,” Adrion noted. “I wanted to document that.” Producing the project with her... »

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Posted in Direction, Featured, For Your Consideration |

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 |

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