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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... »

Close Encounters with Cinematographer Vilmos Zsigmond

August 28, 2020 | By
<em>Close Encounters</em> with Cinematographer Vilmos Zsigmond

With equal amounts of artistic intrigue and a dissemination of vital filmmaking crafts, French director Pierre Filmon’s new feature explores the career of cinematographer Vilmos Zsigmond (1930–2016). Created when Zsigmond was still alive, Close Encounters with Vilmos Zsigmond examines the director of photography’s illustrious work and features many of his most notable films. Being... »

The Personal History of David Copperfield Review

August 25, 2020 | By
<em>The Personal History of David Copperfield</em> Review

Director: Armando Iannucci (In the Loop, The Death of Stalin); Adapted by Iannucci and Simon Blackwell from the Charles Dickens novel. Plot: Following the life story of David Copperfield (Dev Patel), a young man who comes from a life of poverty in Yarmouth, England, who slowly works his way up the social scale, doing various... »

Filmmaker Spotlight: Ghosts of War Director Eric Bress

August 25, 2020 | By
Filmmaker Spotlight: <em>Ghosts of War</em> Director Eric Bress

Unsurprisingly, the co-creator of The Butterfly Effect was bound to deliver a unique, non-traditional film with his new offering, Ghosts of War. As its title suggests, Eric Bress’s new project concerns the conventional war movie; however, Bress merged that familiar cinematic category with a wholly unexpected element. “I knew when I first started out... »

Volition Filmmakers Tony & Ryan Smith

August 24, 2020 | By
<em>Volition</em> Filmmakers Tony & Ryan Smith

For brothers Tony Dean Smith and Ryan W. Smith, their new science-fiction feature Volition was a fully collaborative endeavor in every respect with them sharing writing and producing duties and Tony installed as director. A story with many nuances and turns, Volition represented the first feature for the Smith Brothers. “The kernel of the idea came... »

EMMY WATCH 2020: The Sound for the Beastie Boys Story Doc

August 21, 2020 | By
EMMY WATCH 2020: The Sound for the <em>Beastie Boys Story</em> Doc

The original experimental punk, hip hop, rap rock, alternative band of best friends Adam “MCA” Yauch, Michael “Mike D” Diamond, and Adam “Ad-Rock” Horovitz, better known as the Beastie Boys, left a mark with their distinctly unique, adaptive musical style for over 30 years. They’ve chronicled their story in a live documentary, produced, directed, and... »

The Academy Announces Conversation Series on Race and Gender Equity in Filmmaking

August 20, 2020 | By
The Academy Announces Conversation Series on Race and Gender Equity in Filmmaking

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced a new conversation series called “Academy Dialogues: It Starts With Us,” as part of its Academy Aperture 2025 equity and inclusion initiative. The series, which will focus on the systemic changes needed in the filmmaking industry to give better opportunities to women and underrepresented... »

Back to Work: London Calling!

August 18, 2020 | By
<b>Back to Work:</b> London Calling!

Last week, I wrote a “Back to Work” piece that included a few tidbits about how Colin Trevorrow’s Jurassic World: Dominion was renewing production. Thanks to a recent New York Times piece that was a tad more official, we can get a clearer picture of what’s involved with getting such an enormous production back up and... »

Filmmaker Profile: Archive Director Gavin Rothery

August 18, 2020 | By
Filmmaker Profile: <em>Archive</em> Director Gavin Rothery

Over the first twenty years of the 21st century, filmmakers have explored the notion of sentient artificial intelligence, where computer/robotic-based creations can engage in autonomous thought. Notably, Steven Spielberg did so with A.I. Artificial Intelligence, in which a mechanical boy was central to the film. Later, Caradog James made The Machine, where a beautiful... »

Emmy-Nominated Serengeti Doc Films Animals in New Ways

August 13, 2020 | By
Emmy-Nominated <em>Serengeti</em> Doc Films Animals in New Ways

Established in Tanzania, eastern Africa, in 1951, Serengeti National Park encompasses 5,700 square miles of grassland for its numerous wild animal species, attracting hundreds of thousands of international visitors every year. Now, spanning six separate episodes, Serengeti, created by BBC Earth, is a comprehensive documentary series concerning the natural behavior of the myriad animals... »

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