Browse Articles by Scott Essman

HBO Documentary: The Apollo Examines Historic Theater

January 2020
HBO Documentary: <em>The Apollo</em> Examines Historic Theater

Currently airing on HBO via HBO Documentary Films, the feature-length documentary The Apollo explores the legendary Harlem theater’s ongoing importance as a historical landmark and touchstone of African-American culture. When producer Lisa Cortes contemplated a theater in her own neighborhood, one that has been an institution since 1913, she knew that a film about... »

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Oscar Contender: Visual Effects The Lion King

January 2020
Oscar Contender: Visual Effects <em>The Lion King</em>

When visual effects supervisor Elliot Newman joined the team of The Lion King (2019), creating photorealistic hair for the numerous animals in the story was perhaps the most vital aspect of production. “It had been a year-and-a-half since Jungle Book, and, how do we do better?” Newman wondered about his previous film with The... »

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Oscar Contender: Bombshell Make-Up and Hair Styling

January 2020
Oscar Contender: <em> Bombshell</em> Make-Up and Hair Styling

When Charlize Theron, producer and star of director Jay Roach’s Bombshell, was preparing to play former Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly, she knew that she would need to physically transform herself to deliver the most accurate onscreen portrayal possible. Moreover, Bombshell’s other main characters, notably Fox News chief Roger Ailes and host Gretchen Carlson,... »

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Contender: Gemini Man Visual Effects

January 2020
Contender: <em>Gemini Man</em> Visual Effects

In development for 12 years, Gemini Man presented visual effects artists with a definitive challenge: placing an actor 51-years-old in the same frame with his photorealistially 23-year-old self, but director Ang Lee was up for the task. “Not too long ago, I did the tiger in Life of Pi,” said Lee of an almost... »

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Contender: Captain Marvel Visual Effects

January 2020
Contender: <em>Captain Marvel</em> Visual Effects

With Christopher Townsend as overall visual effects supervisor and Damien Carr as overall effects producer, 15 separate visual effects vendors brought Captain Marvel to life. “The way it starts is with the script,” said Marvel Studios’ additional visual effects supervisor Janelle Croshaw Ralla. “You start to break it down and realize how many thousands... »

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Contender: Alita: Battle Angel Visual Effects

January 2020
Contender: <em>Alita: Battle Angel</em> Visual Effects

To create a photorealistic computer-generated character who must carry an entire film as its titular star, the filmmakers behind Alita: Battle Angel relied upon the performance capture footage shot by director Robert Rodriguez of leading actress Rosa Salazar on stage in Austin, Texas. “Rosa is the basis for Alita all the way through,” said... »

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Contender: Visual Effects Supervisor Pablo Helman Irishman

January 2020
Contender: Visual Effects Supervisor Pablo Helman <em>Irishman</em>

In Martin Scorsese’s gangster epic, The Irishman, a key element to the story involved making the principal actors appear younger than their present ages for scenes set in the film’s past. Chief among the film’s main characters are Robert DeNiro as mob hitman Frank Sheeran, Joe Pesci as gangster Russell Bufalino, and Al Pacino... »

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Contender: Editor Wyatt Smith Harriet

January 2020
Contender: Editor Wyatt Smith <em>Harriet</em>

In undertaking a production about Harriet Tubman, a legendary 1800s slave who escapes to the north, only to return to free other slaves, the filmmakers began the story in the film Harriet on the day before the title character escapes slavery and covers the next ten years of her life. “This small slave woman... »

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Contender: Makeup Artist Jeremy Woodhead Judy

December 2019
Contender: Makeup Artist Jeremy Woodhead <em>Judy</em>

Veteran makeup artist Jeremy Woodhead faced a major hurdle in designing the makeup and hairstyles for the film Judy, about a particular time in the life of legendary singer and actress Judy Garland. To depict Garland at age 46 going on 47 in the film’s setting of winter of 1968 going into 1969, Woodhead... »

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Contender: Apollo 11 Documentary

December 2019
Contender: <em>Apollo 11</em> Documentary

When documentary filmmaker Todd Douglas Miller was urged by his chief archivist to make a film about the Apollo 11 mission to the moon, to be released the year of its 50th anniversary no less, he had no idea of the mountain of footage and audio he would come into in creating the 93-minute... »

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