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Kasuhiro Tsuji Transforms Gary Oldman into Churchill for Darkest Hour

February 2018
Kasuhiro Tsuji Transforms Gary Oldman into Churchill for Darkest Hour

  Though he had been in a self-imposed retirement from working on movies, artist of many media, Kazuhiro Tsuji, was called back into the world of cinema by actor Gary Oldman, who personally requested the artist for Darkest Hour.  When considering portraying British prime minister,Winston Churchill, Oldman told Tsuji, “I want you to do... »

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Phantom Thread’s Oscar Nominated Sound Team

February 2018
Phantom Thread’s Oscar Nominated Sound Team

  In Paul Thomas Anderson’s period drama, Phantom Thread, sound designer and re-recording mixer Christopher Scarabosio, re-recording mixer David Acord, and supervising sound editor Matthew Wood were working with a collaborative director, one with whom they already had a formidable relationship in many instances. In Scarabosio’s case, Phantom Thread was his sixth film collaboration... »

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Arjen Tuiten Delivers a Wondrous Makeup in Wonder

February 2018
Arjen Tuiten Delivers a Wondrous Makeup in Wonder

    To bring the character of Auggie Pullman (a boy with severe facial deformities) to fruition in the film Wonder, makeup effects artist, Arjen Tuiten researched children with Treacher Collins syndrome. “Most of the time, they had a very similar look,” Tuiten stated. “Very distinguished. To create the illusion, I knew Auggie was... »

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Annie Awards Showcase International Participants

February 2018
Annie Awards Showcase International Participants

  At UCLA’s Royce Hall, an international consortium of nominees and winners added a multicultural flair to the popular Annie Awards, recognizing the best in animated works across multi media. While Disney-Pixar swept the major categories for their feature Coco, animators, designers, directors, and voiceover artists of all extractions walked the red carpet before... »

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PGA Awards Name Outstanding Producer of Documentary Feature Film – Jane

January 2018
PGA Awards Name Outstanding Producer of Documentary Feature Film  – <em>Jane</em>

Perhaps more than any individual in global history, Jane Goodall has brought due attention to the preservation and survival of the planet’s diverse species of animals in their natural habitats. In the new documentary, Jane, directed by Brett Morgen, a combination of archival footage and new material illuminate Jane Goodall’s methodologies, values, and care... »

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Director Series: Rian Johnson – Star Wars: The Last Jedi

January 2018
Director Series: Rian Johnson – <em>Star Wars: The Last Jedi</em>

When Lucasfilm president, Kathleen Kennedy enlisted director Rian Johnson to write and direct Episode VIII in the Star Wars nine-film franchise, Johnson merely had three smaller-scale critical successes behind him as both writer and director: Brick, The Brothers Bloom, and Looper. However, for part eight in the nonology, Kennedy knew she needed an adept... »

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Contenders: Head of Makeup Department Deborah La Mia Denaver and Department Head of Hair Design Adruitha Lee – I, Tonya

January 2018
Contenders: Head of Makeup Department Deborah La Mia Denaver and Department Head of Hair Design Adruitha Lee  – I, Tonya

    For makeup department head Deborah La Mia Denaver and hairstyling department head Adruitha Lee, I, Tonya represented several formidable challenges: recreating a lead character familiar to the general public, and aging that character—and others in the cast—through various life stages. In the case of this film, the central character was champion figure... »

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Mother! – A Triumph of Production Design and Editing

January 2018
<em>Mother!</em> – A Triumph of Production Design and Editing

              “When I read the script, I had never read anything close to that in my life,” revealed Phillip Messina, production designer on Darren Aronofsky’s Mother!, a project of great debate amongst cineastes as to its allegorical leanings. Concerning a young wife, played by Jennifer Lawrence, and her... »

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Director Series: Craig Gillespie – I, Tonya

January 2018
Director Series: Craig Gillespie – I, <em>Tonya</em>

Inspired by the life of notorious figure skater Tonya Harding, I, Tonya comes at the viewer with a combination of scripted interviews, dramatized archival footage, and flashbacks, all performed by a respectable team of ideally-cast performers. Nonetheless, director Craig Gillespie noted that the haphazard approach to the narrative came directly from screenwriter Steven Rogers’... »

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Todd Tucker’s The Terror of Hallow’s Eve

October 2017
Todd Tucker’s <em>The Terror of Hallow’s Eve</em>

The new horror movie, Todd Tucker’s The Terror of Hallow’s Eve, is the culmination of nearly 25 years of Tucker’s endeavors in special makeup effects, prosthetics, puppets, and all things filmmaking. For Tucker and his Illusion Industries crew, the biggest challenge in pre-production of The Terror of Hallow’s Eve was ensuring that they came... »

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