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Filmmaker Spotlight: Dawn Porter on The Way I See It and John Lewis: Good Trouble

October 21, 2020 | By
Filmmaker Spotlight: Dawn Porter on <em>The Way I See It</em> and <em>John Lewis: Good Trouble</em>

With only a few months left to the year, it’s fairly evident that while 2020 hasn’t produced nearly as many theatrical blockbusters as past years, it has been a pretty good year for documentaries. One filmmaker who has done quite well for herself despite the pandemic is Dawn Porter, who directed not one but... »

Over the Weekend 10/5/20: Bond and Production Delays, Box Office Woes, and More

October 5, 2020 | By
Over the Weekend 10/5/20: Bond and Production Delays, Box Office Woes, and More

If you ignore everything that was going on with the President of the United States, it was a relatively quiet weekend, particularly the world of film and television production, as things seem to be back on track in many regions. Probably the biggest news on Friday was more on the theatrical and distribution side... »

Brandon Cronenberg on the Distinctive Look and Feel of Possessor Uncut

October 1, 2020 | By
Brandon Cronenberg on the Distinctive Look and Feel of <em>Possessor Uncut</em>

With a last name like “Cronenberg,” you just might have something to prove when you choose to go into filmmaking, but Brandon Cronenberg has already fully proven himself to be as cerebral and visionary a filmmaker as his well-known father. Possessor Uncut, Cronenberg’s follow-up to 2012’s Antiviral, is a similarly mind-altering genre film, this... »

End of Week Production Notes: Black Widow Delayed, Other Productions Resume, and Tom Cruise’s Date with Space

September 25, 2020 | By
End of Week Production Notes: <em>Black Widow</em> Delayed, Other Productions Resume, and Tom Cruise’s Date with Space

What a crazy week we’ve been having. From earlier in the week when the industry unions signed an agreement with the AMPTP for COVID-19 return-to-work protocols on Monday to the announcement on Wednesday that Penske Media, the parent company of Variety, was forming a merger with MRC, the company holding The Hollywood Reporter, effectively... »

Director Series: Natalie Krinsky’s The Broken Hearts Gallery

September 25, 2020 | By
Director Series: Natalie Krinsky’s <em>The Broken Hearts Gallery</em>

Natalie Krinsky‘s The Broken Hearts Gallery follows 20-something art gallery assistant Lucy Gulliver (Geraldine Viswanathan) living in New York City as she is suddenly fired from her job and dumped by her most recent boyfriend Max Vora (Utkarsh Ambudkar). Through the years, Lucy has become an emotional hoarder and has kept various keepsake items from... »

Artist Spotlight: Cinematographer Lol Crawley on The Devil All the Time, The Secret Garden

September 16, 2020 | By
Artist Spotlight: Cinematographer Lol Crawley on <em>The Devil All the Time</em>, <em>The Secret Garden</em>

There’s no question that part of what makes Antonio Campos’ The Devil All the Time (now streaming on Netflix) so compelling is that like many of the filmmakers’ other films, it has such an amazing look that really makes the Appalachian locations jump off the screen. It’s partially due to the capable eye of... »

Director’s Series: Antonio Campos on The Devil All the Time

September 14, 2020 | By
Director’s Series: Antonio Campos on <em>The Devil All the Time</em>

Filmmaker Antonio Campos didn’t actually burst onto the indie movie scene with his first couple movies, Buy It Now (2005) and Afterschool (2008), but it paved the way for his work with Borderline Productions and fellow filmmakers Sean Durkin (Martha Marcy May Marlene), Josh Mond (James White), Nicolas Pesce (The Eyes of My Mother)... »

BACK TO WORK: Saniset Provides COVID Safety During Uncertain Times

September 8, 2020 | By
BACK TO WORK: Saniset Provides COVID Safety During Uncertain Times

As I’ve been writing about crews returning to work and productions restarting under conditions necessitated by the COVID pandemic, many questions have come up in my mind, mostly about the testing and tracing on sets, and how a place like Tyler Perry Studios is able to get their hands on enough tests and the... »

BACK TO WORK: New Protocols, New Businesses, New Gear

September 3, 2020 | By
BACK TO WORK: New Protocols, New Businesses, New Gear

We are living in strange and interesting times, and for television and film production, what we’re seeing is an incredible amount of ingenuity and creativity in trying to return to work while still being safe and conscious of the pandemic going on around this. Although it’s been a week since I’ve posted one of these... »

Over the Weekend: Chadwick Boseman Dies, Cali. Governor Sets Reopening Plans

August 31, 2020 | By
Over the Weekend: Chadwick Boseman Dies, Cali. Governor Sets Reopening Plans

Although August tends to be rather slow and devoid of news from Hollywood and around the world of film and television production, I’m going to try to provide a weekly Monday morning recap for anyone who has stepped away from the 24-hour news cycle for the weekend and wants a quick overview of what... »

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