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Location, Location, Location — and the LMGI Awards

Monday, April 10, 2017
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Location, Location, Location — and the LMGI Awards

In the end, La La Land won, and it stuck. That was the conclusion to a convivial evening, a kind of coda to award seasons at large, where the LMGI — Locations Manager Guild International — actually goes ahead and holds its own show after the Oscars, going against unspoken, well, La La Land... »

Walter Hill Returns to Pulp with The Assignment

Thursday, April 6, 2017
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Walter Hill Returns to Pulp with <em>The Assignment</em>

A comic book-style revenge tale starring Michelle Rodriguez as a hit man who undergoes gender reassignment against his will, The Assignment is iconic director, Walter Hill’s latest genre film and accompanying graphic novel. The script preceded the book by a number of years. A gangster piece that Hill wrote had been published as a... »

Harry Gregson-Williams Scores The Zookeeper’s Wife

Friday, March 31, 2017
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Harry Gregson-Williams Scores The Zookeeper’s Wife

Known for scoring flashy, effects-laden studio films for directors such as Tony and Ridley Scott, Michael Bay, and Ben Affleck among numerous others, composer Harry Gregson-Williams was excited to take a more subtle approach to the music for director Niki Caro’s, The Zookeeper’s Wife, the true account of Antonina (Jessica Chastain) and Jan Zabinski (Johan... »

The Sound of Winning: “Hacksaw” Mixer Kevin O’Connell on HIs Oscar

Tuesday, March 7, 2017
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The Sound of Winning: “Hacksaw” Mixer Kevin O’Connell on HIs Oscar

Given the news cycle of the 21st century, it can be easy to forget that some shocks can still be good ones. But that’s how sound mixer — and maestro — Kevin O’Connell describes the state he was in when we last saw him, backstage in the press room at the Oscars. After achieving... »

Oscars 2017: Moonlight Becomes Them

Oscars 2017: <em>Moonlight</em> Becomes Them

One could write about the just-concluded Oscars from a Below the Line standpoint — the lack of La La Land tsunami, for example, and the interesting spread of awards — or from an Above the Line vantage, talking about the remarkable Mahershala Ali being the first Muslim actor to ever win an Oscar, for... »

Packed House Sees Vitality of Screen Makeup/Hairstyling in Oscar Symposium

Monday, February 27, 2017
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Found in: Awards, Community, Crafts, Events, Featured, Makeup
Packed House Sees Vitality of Screen Makeup/Hairstyling in Oscar Symposium

At the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills on February 25, a full house witnessed the importance of cinema makeup artistry and hairstyling brilliance to the overall success of a film. Indeed, three wholly disparate projects were presented by Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences Makeup Branch governors Kathryn Blondell, Lois Burwell, and... »

August Wilson’s Widow Constanza Romero-Wilson Speaks about Oscar-Winner Fences

Monday, February 27, 2017
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August Wilson’s Widow Constanza Romero-Wilson Speaks about Oscar-Winner <em>Fences</em>

Adapted by writer August Wilson from his own play, the screenplay for Fences attracted key cast members from the Broadway revival, most notably star-director Denzel Washington and Best Supporting Actress winner at the 2017 Oscars, Viola Davis. In an emotional acceptance speech, Davis recounted her days with her siblings portraying various characters at her... »

Moonlight Shines at the Film Independent Spirit Awards

Sunday, February 26, 2017
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<em>Moonlight</em> Shines at the Film Independent Spirit Awards

Moonlight, swept top honors at the 32nd Film Independent Spirit Award picking up Best Feature, Best Director and Best Screenplay. In accepting his accolades for the 1.5 million dollar film, director Barry Jenkins not only credited his cast, but also his crew, saying he shared the award with “anybody who’s on the call sheet.”... »

The Beverly Hilton Gets Ready to Wrap with the Costume Designers Guild Awards

The Beverly Hilton Gets Ready to Wrap with the Costume Designers Guild Awards

The Costume Designers Guild helped wrap up the Beverly Hilton’s “kudos season” with the 19th edition of their own award show, hosted by Mandy Moore from This Is Us. Tea leave watchers will note that the casual, colorful, pulled-out-of-a-bohemian’s-closet (yet always form fitting) threads worn in La La Land won the excellence in contemporary... »

The World of a Cinema Craft Celebrated at 2017 Makeup Artists and Hairstylists Guild Awards

Thursday, February 23, 2017
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The World of a Cinema Craft Celebrated at 2017 Makeup Artists and Hairstylists Guild Awards

The 2017 Makeup Artists and Hairstylists Guild Awards, as others before it, served as a celebration of an entire craft in cinema. Much more than an awards show, the evening was, in truth, a gathering of the best in their area of the industry. For only one night, these artists, typically spread out around... »

Contender — The Visual Effects of The Jungle Book

Tuesday, February 21, 2017
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Found in: Awards, Contender Portfolios, Crafts, Featured, Film, Industry Sector, News, Visual FX
Contender — The Visual Effects of <em>The Jungle Book</em>

When director Jon Favreau agreed to take on Disney’s The Jungle Book, he knew that extensive computer animation would be utilized. The major question was how to integrate a live-action performer — ten-year-old Neel Sethi as Mowgli — with computer-animated animals, and talking ones, no less, per Rudyard Kipling’s original story. “In this case,... »

La La Land Sound Department

<em>La La Land</em> Sound Department

2017’s Oscar front runner, La La Land, has employed thousands of craftspeople, technicians and artists to help flesh out director Damien Chazelle‘s vision of a Hollywood musical with a modern spin. Two such trusted teammates were sound designer and supervising sound editor, Ai Ling Lee and Mildred (Milly) Iatrou, supervising sound editor. According to... »

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