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

January 1, 2017 | By
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

December 29, 2016 | By
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

December 29, 2016 | By
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... »

Art Directors Guild Announces Election Results

December 17, 2016 | By

Results have been announced in a special rerun of elections held earlier this year for the Art Directors Guild (ADG, IATSE Local 800), as mandated by the Department of Labor. Incumbent guild president Nelson Coates defeated Joseph Musso. Jim Wallis defeated incumbent ADG vice president Patrick DeGreve. Guild secretary Tom Wilkins defeated challenger Patricia... »

Contender – Production Designer, Chad Keith, Loving

November 14, 2016 | By
Contender – Production Designer, Chad Keith, <em>Loving</em>

Set in pre-civil rights Virginia, Loving is based upon the true story of interracial couple, Richard and Mildred Loving (Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga), jailed for being married, who take their case all the way to the Supreme Court in order to have their marriage recognized. Told with great restraint by director Jeff Nichols,... »

The Art of the Hollywood Backdrop Reveals Secrets Behind Movie Magic

November 2, 2016 | By
<em>The Art of the Hollywood Backdrop</em> Reveals Secrets Behind Movie Magic

The Art of the Hollywood Backdrop, the new book by Richard M. Isackes and Karen L. Maness, takes readers behind the scenes of some of the most iconic movies ever made and offers unique insights on how they were made. A combination of essays (twelve in total) and gorgeous photography, the tome is both a history and illumination of the... »

Park Chan-wook & The Handmaiden‘s Tale of collaboration

October 17, 2016 | By
Park Chan-wook & <em>The Handmaiden</em>‘s Tale of collaboration

In a recent chat with the L.A. press on the release of his “erotic thriller,” The Handmaiden, noted Korean director Park Chan-wook took a question about directors that had inspired him. He mentioned Hitchcock’s Vertigo as the film that made him want to be a filmmaker. He also talked about other “visualists,” as he... »

Art Directors Guilds Gallery 800 Presents A Special 10th Anniversary Exhibit of “Art Unites”

October 11, 2016 | By

The Art Directors Guild (ADG, IATSE Local 800) Gallery 800 presents a special 10th anniversary exhibit of Art Unites: An Eclectic Mix of Art and Artists’ Works opening on Saturday, October 15th from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm, with a hosted reception open to the public and live music featuring the Do Drop In... »

Director Rufus Norris Finds Murder and Music on London Road

September 15, 2016 | By
Director Rufus Norris Finds Murder and Music on <em>London Road</em>

London Road was inspired by the 2006 serial murders of prostitutes in Ipswich, England about 60 miles northeast of London. Originally developed as a play at the National Theatre, writer Alecky Blythe transcribed brief interviews that she had conducted with local residents after the crimes into a narrative form. In collaboration with composer Adam... »

68th Primetime Emmy Awards Nominations Announced

July 14, 2016 | By
68th Primetime Emmy Awards Nominations Announced

Nominations for the 68th Emmy Awards were announced today by the Television Academy in a ceremony hosted by Television Academy chairman and CEO Bruce Rosenblum along with Anthony Anderson from the ABC series black-ish and Lauren Graham from Parenthood and the upcoming Netflix revival, Gilmore Girls.   “Television dominates the entertainment conversation and is enjoying... »

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