January 24, 2017
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Contender – Marcelo Zarvos, Fences

Contender – Marcelo Zarvos, <em>Fences</em>

“We all know people who are lovable AND extremely hurtful,” began Marcelo Zarvos, the young looking composer of the movie, Fences. When Zarvos was first given the Fences script, he had already loved August Wilson’s play: a family saga with a blue-collar, frustrated, African American father at its center. Shot in hardboiled, dreary Pittsburgh,... »

John Gilroy — Editor of Rogue One

John Gilroy — Editor of <em>Rogue One</em>

**WARNING – SELECT PLOT SPOILERS** When Disney acquired Lucasfilm in October of 2012, it was a natural expectation that the studio would re-energize the dormant live-action landscape of the Star Wars saga. As George Lucas himself had first announced Star Wars to be a nine-part series, additional entries in the main nine, being episodes... »

Barry Robison on Designing “Hacksaw’s” Ridge — Down Under

Barry Robison on Designing “<em>Hacksaw’s</em>” Ridge — Down Under

Production designer Barry Robison splits his time between Australia and the U.S., and has worked on films ranging from the historically-set Hidalgo, to installments of both the X-Men and Narnia franchises, with Wolverine and Voyage of the Dawn Treader, respectively. As the designer for director Mel Gibson’s Hacksaw Ridge, he was once again doing... »

Contender – Production Designer, Wynn Thomas, Hidden Figures

Thursday, December 29, 2016
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Contender – Production Designer, Wynn Thomas, <em>Hidden Figures</em>

Production designer Wynn Thomas has designed a wide variety of films from contemporary comedies to period dramas, but he finds research on the latter is interesting because he discovers things he never knew. In designing Hidden Figures, he discovered the little known story about a team of African American women who “compute” the math data... »

Contender – Production Designer, Guy Hendrix Dyas, Passengers

Thursday, December 29, 2016
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Contender – Production Designer, Guy Hendrix Dyas, <em>Passengers</em>

After a sleep pod malfunction awakens two passengers (Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence) 90 years early, they must face a lonely future on a spacecraft traveling to a distant colony. The biggest challenge for the crew was creating a craft that was exciting and fresh to look at. Director Morten Tyldum’s specific directive to... »

Sing

Tuesday, December 27, 2016
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<em>Sing</em>

Director Garth Jennings, known for the marvelous film The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy, has brought us another holiday season blockbuster, with the animated Sing. The multi award winning cast stars Matthew McConaughey, as Buster Moon, a theatre owner who just happens to be a koala bear. Reese Witherspoon is the voice behind hardworking mom... »

Contender – Cinematographer, Charlotte Bruus Christensen, Fences

Tuesday, December 27, 2016
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Contender – Cinematographer, Charlotte Bruus Christensen, <em>Fences</em>

Based upon the August Wilson play, Fences, tells the story of an African American father struggling with race relations, his own personal history and raising a family during the 1950’s. Although plays are a more heavily dialog-based art form than films, cinematographer Charlotte Bruus Christensen did not feel it affected her shooting. Although she... »

Below The Line Screening Series Presents Fences

Below The Line Screening Series Presents <em>Fences</em>

Below the Line recently hosted a screening of Fences, based on the magnificently brutal, Pulitzer Prize winning play by August Wilson, Fences is a family drama directed by the lauded Denzel Washington. Washington serves double duty on the project as he also plays the fifty year old Troy, a hard working garbage collector in... »

Contender – Costumer Designer Renee Ehrlich Kalfus, Hidden Figures

Contender – Costumer Designer Renee Ehrlich Kalfus, <em>Hidden Figures</em>

For Hidden Figures – about a team of African American women who “compute” the math data for NASA’s fi rst space missions – costume designer Renee Ehrlich Kalfus, had the opportunity to design for characters based upon three extraordinary women, Katherine Johnson (Taraji P. Henson), Dorothy Vaughan (Octavia Spencer) and Mary Jackson (Janelle Monáe).... »

Lion DP Greig Fraser’s Very Good Month

<em>Lion</em> DP Greig Fraser’s Very Good Month

It’s been a good month for cinematographer Greig Fraser: His film, Lion, is winning accolades and snagged four Golden Globe nominations — including one for best picture in the drama category. At the same time, another film he shot opened in theaters, too. Called Rogue One, it’s set in the universe of an ongoing... »

Jeremy Irons on Acting and the Filmmaking Crafts

Sunday, December 18, 2016
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Jeremy Irons on Acting and the Filmmaking Crafts

In mentally preparing for the role of G.H. Hardy in The Man Who Knew Infinity, actor Jeremy Irons researched the mathematician’s life, including reading books written by the professor. The film focuses on the life and academic career of Indian mathematician, Srinivasa Ramanujan (Dev Patel), and Hardy’s mentorship of the young genius. Iron’s collaborations... »

Contender – Cinematographer, Adam Stone, Loving

Thursday, December 15, 2016
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Contender – Cinematographer, Adam Stone, <em>Loving</em>

According to cinematographer Adam Stone, writer/director Jeff Nichols is very exacting with his words. Everything was spelled out in Loving, the story of Richard (Joel Edgerton) and Mildred Loving (Ruth Negga), an interracial couple, whose fight to have their marriage recognized in their home state of Virginia, went all the way to the US... »

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