Browse Articles by Scott Lehane

For Your Consideration – The Oscar-Nominated Visual Effects Artists

February 2016
For Your Consideration – The Oscar-Nominated Visual Effects Artists

The best compliment you can pay to visual effects artists is to not even notice their work. Of course, we all know that the Millennium Falcon isn’t real, but the vicious bear in The Revenant just might be. That’s the reason the Visual Effects Society makes the distinction between “outstanding visual effects” and “outstanding... »

Posted in Featured, Film, For Your Consideration, News, Visual FX |

Contenders – VFX Artists Roger Guyett, Patrick Tubach, Neal Scanlan and Chris Corbould, Star Wars: The Force Awakens

February 2016
Contenders – VFX Artists Roger Guyett, Patrick Tubach, Neal Scanlan and Chris Corbould, <em>Star Wars: The Force Awakens</em>

When Star Wars exploded onto the scene in 1977, it mesmerized a generation that had never seen anything like it before. Sure there had been plenty of space movies, and even space battles shot with miniature models, but nothing came close to the realism of the epic attack on the Death Star by a... »

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

Academy President Speaks Out on Diversity

January 2016
Academy President Speaks Out on Diversity

Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) president Cheryl Boone Isaacs released a statement yesterday saying that she was “heartbroken and frustrated” by the lack of diversity in this year’s Oscar nominations, and indicating that “In the coming days and weeks we will conduct a review of our membership recruitment in order to... »

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Posted in Awards, Community, Film, News |

Contender – VFX Supervisor Andrew Jackson, Mad Max

January 2016
Contender – VFX Supervisor Andrew Jackson, <em>Mad Max</em>

While much has been said about the stunning practical special effects of George Miller’s post-apocalyptic action film Mad Max: Fury Road, shot largely in South Africa and the Namibian desert, for visual effects supervisor Andrew Jackson, one of the best compliments is when people don’t even realize that what they are watching is, in... »

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

Benjamin Cook Captures the Sounds of the Sea for Black Sails

December 2015
Benjamin Cook Captures the Sounds of the Sea for <em>Black Sails</em>

As supervising sound editor/sound designer on the Starz period drama Black Sails, Ben Cook of Culver City-based 424 Post oversees an international sound production team that spans the globe, from South Africa, to London, Los Angeles and even Australia. The show is an epic pirate drama designed as a prequel to Robert Louis Stevenson’s... »

Posted in Emmy Watch, Featured, News, Sound, Television |

ACLU Launches Petition Against Gender Discrimination in Film and TV

May 2015

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) launched an online petition yesterday addressed to the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs, urging these agencies to investigate gender disparities in the hiring of film and television directors. »

Posted in Community, Direction, Film, News, Television |

DreamWorks Animation Cutting 500 Jobs

January 2015
DreamWorks Animation Cutting 500 Jobs

DreamWorks Animation announced that it will cut 500 jobs across all locations and all divisions of the studio as part of a major restructuring designed to “maximize its creative talent and resources, reduce costs and drive profitability.” As part of the plan, the company will reduce its production slate from three features to two... »

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Posted in Animation, Facility in Focus, News |

Shahs of Sunset Editors End Strike Against Ryan Seacrest Productions, Bravo Media

October 2014
<em>Shahs of Sunset</em> Editors End Strike Against Ryan Seacrest Productions, Bravo Media

Editors on Bravo’s Shahs of Sunset have reached a deal with Ryan Seacrest Productions, ending a month-long strike. Union supporters had staged more than half a dozen demonstrations in Los Angeles and New York, but the union called off its picketing Friday afternoon, indicating that a deal was imminent. »

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Posted in Editing, Featured, News, Television |

Bravo Takes Control of Shahs Of Sunset

September 2014
Bravo Takes Control of <em>Shahs Of Sunset</em>

On Friday, NBCUniversal-owned cable network Bravo took over production of Shahs Of Sunset from Ryan Seacrest Productions in a move designed to replace striking editors who walked off the job Sept. 10 demanding an IATSE union contract. The show was originally scheduled to premiere Oct. 13, but the strike forced Bravo to delay the... »

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Posted in Editing, Featured, News, Television, Union Roundup |

California Tax Incentive Bill Clears Final Hurdle

August 2014
California Tax Incentive Bill Clears Final Hurdle

California Governor Jerry Brown has reached a deal with state Assembly and Senate leaders to pass AB 1839 – the California Film and Television Job Retention and Promotion Act, which will greatly expand and extend California's Film and Television Tax Credit Program. The agreement increases the tax credit to $330 million a year for five... »

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