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Emmy Nominations – Reactions from Below-the-line Nominees

July 30, 2020 | By
Emmy Nominations – Reactions from Below-the-line Nominees

On Tuesday, July 28, the Television Academy announced the 72nd Emmy Awards nominations with HBO’s limited series Watchmen receiving the most overall nominations. At the same time,  Netflix overtook HBO’s previous record for most overall Emmy nomination, and in its first year as an entity, Apple TV+ received 18 Emmy nominations, mostly for The Morning Show  and the... »

Musical Vibes in Lena Waithe’s Twenties

July 13, 2020 | By
Musical Vibes in Lena Waithe’s <em>Twenties</em>

Twenties is a series created by Lena Waithe and follows 24-year-old aspiring writer Hattie (Jonica T. Gibbs), a queer African American woman as she and her two straight best friends Marie (Christina Elmore) and Nia (Gabrielle Graham) navigate the road to Hollywood to make their dreams come true. The music in the series combines... »

Season Changing Cinematography in Little Fires Everywhere

July 13, 2020 | By
Season Changing Cinematography in <em>Little Fires Everywhere</em>

When cinematographer Trevor Forrest was appointed to shoot Celeste Ng’s novel Little Fires Everywhere for the screen with series creator Liz Tigelaar, he drew from his personal experience of living in Shelter Island in the Hamptons of New York state as the seasonal weather changes from the beautiful summer days to the freezing winter... »

The Editing in Mrs. America’s “Houston”

July 9, 2020 | By
The Editing in <em>Mrs. America’s “Houston” </em>

Mrs. America is an FX original limited series created by Dahvi Waller and tells the story of the movement known as the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) in the 1970s with an unexpected opposition from conservative activist Phyllis Schlafly (Cate Blanchett). The series depicts the major ERA players with a star-studded cast in Gloria Steinem... »

Intimate Cinematography Captured in Normal People

July 3, 2020 | By
Intimate Cinematography Captured in <em>Normal People</em>

Normal People is a Hulu original series based on the novel by Irish author and screenwriter Sally Rooney. The story is set in Ireland and follows the complicated, but intimate relationship between two distinct people in Marianne (Daisy Edgar-Jones) and Connell (Paul Mescal) as they intersect through each other’s romantic lives during their time... »

Nanette Burstein Unveils the Hillary You Didn’t Know

July 2, 2020 | By
Nanette Burstein Unveils the <em>Hillary</em> You Didn’t Know

When she undertook a film about 2016 presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, documentary filmmaker Nanette Burstein realized there was vastly more material at her disposal than she could compress into a standard-length feature film. “Very quickly, I knew it was going to be a docuseries,” Burstein said of the eventual manifestation of the project. “When... »

The Gripping Cinematography in Defending Jacob

July 1, 2020 | By
The Gripping Cinematography in <em>Defending Jacob</em>

Defending Jacob is an Apple TV+ original limited series based on the 2012 New York Times best-seller by novelist William Landay with Mark Bomback as the creator and showrunner. This gripping series follows 14-year-old Jacob Barber (Jaeden Martell) as he is suspected of murdering a fellow schoolmate. Assistant district attorney Andy (Chris Evans) and... »

18th Century Magnificent Production Design in The Great

June 30, 2020 | By
18th Century Magnificent Production Design in <em>The Great</em>

The Great is a Hulu original series created by Tony McNamara. It is loosely based on Catherine the Great and tabbed as “an occasionally true story” by having true concepts mixed in with a comedic farcical slant. The series follows the arrival of outsider Catherine (Elle Fanning) as she has an arranged marriage with... »

Amy Adrion Presents Half the Picture

June 29, 2020 | By
Amy Adrion Presents <em>Half the Picture</em>

After going to graduate school for directing at UCLA, Amy Adrion struggled to get breaks in motion pictures when she discovered that the ACLU began an investigation into systemic discrimination against women directors in Hollywood. “It seemed like maybe something could change,” Adrion noted. “I wanted to document that.” Producing the project with her... »

Perceptive Editing in Little Fires Everywhere

June 29, 2020 | By
Perceptive Editing in Little Fires Everywhere

Little Fires Everywhere is a Hulu limited series based on the 2017 best-selling novel from author Celeste Ng and created and developed by showrunner Liz Tigelaar. The show follows well-off journalist and landlord Elena Richardson (Reese Witherspoon) as she leads her picture-perfect family of 4 teenagers and husband in Shaker Heights, Ohio. Elena’s perfect... »

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