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Fernando Garcia Named AMPAS Executive VP, Member Relations and Awards

January 20, 2021 | By
Fernando Garcia Named AMPAS Executive VP, Member Relations and Awards

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) has named Fernando Garcia as its Executive Vice President, Member Relations and Awards. Garcia will lead engagement and outreach initiatives for the organization’s worldwide membership of over 10,000 artists, filmmakers and executives, and oversee Academy Awards® processes for submissions, nominations, voting and balloting. Garcia will... »

Over the Weekend 1/19/21: Peaky Blinders Ends, Ethan Hawke Joins the MCU and More News

January 19, 2021 | By
Over the Weekend 1/19/21: <em>Peaky Blinders</em> Ends, Ethan Hawke Joins the MCU and More News

Welcome back from the long weekend for those of you that had Monday off for Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday celebration. We have a big week ahead with the Wednesdasy Inauguration of former VP Joseph R. Biden as the 46th President of the United States and former Senator Kamala Harris as the first-ever woman Vice President,... »

Set Decorators Society of America Announces First-Ever SDSA Awards

January 18, 2021 | By
Set Decorators Society of America Announces First-Ever SDSA Awards

The Set Decorators Society of America (SDSA) has announced its first ever SDSA Awards to celebrate the work of Set Decorators and their colleagues for Best Achievement in Film 2020. The categories for the newly-announced awards will be for: BEST PICTURE BEST ACHIEVEMENT IN DECOR/DESIGN OF A FEATURE FILM – PERIOD BEST ACHIEVEMENT IN DECOR/DESIGN OF... »

End of Week Production Notes 1/15/20: SAG Awards Changes Date, Kidman & Hammer Fall Foul of Social Media and More News

January 15, 2021 | By
End of Week Production Notes 1/15/20: SAG Awards Changes Date, Kidman & Hammer Fall Foul of Social Media and More News

As some may have suspected, the fact that production was temporarily paused for a few extra weeks after the holiday break didn’t mean that things weren’t a-happenin’ in Hollywood. This week saw the announcement of  a number of new film projects and TV series, some casting news as well as news about filmmakers and showrunners coming onto... »

Film Showcase: Director Robert Lorenz on The Marksman

January 15, 2021 | By
Film Showcase: Director Robert Lorenz on <em>The Marksman</em>

A bankrupt rancher tangles with the Mexican drug cartel in The Marksman, a Liam Neeson vehicle opening January 15 via Open Road. Directed by Robert Lorenz (DGA, PGA), the movie pairs Neeson as ex-Marine Jim Hanson with Miguel (Jacob Perez), a young Mexican who’s the target of cartel killers led by Mauricio (Juan Pablo... »

FilmLA Reports 25% Decline in Film Permits for December 2020

January 12, 2021 | By
FilmLA Reports 25% Decline in Film Permits for December 2020

FilmLA, the partner film office for the City and County of Los Angeles and other local jurisdictions, issued its seventh update about regional filming activity since the reopening of L.A. County to on-location filming last June. It reports having processed approximately 4,213 film permit applications spanning 2,985 unique projects in that time. Because December... »

Over the Weekend 1/11/20: HBO Max Sex and the City Revival, Sex Pistols Mini-Series and More News

January 11, 2021 | By
Over the Weekend 1/11/20: HBO Max <em>Sex and the City</em> Revival, Sex Pistols Mini-Series and More News

It was a relatively quiet weekend following the announcement of Director Michael Apted‘s death on Friday. Los Angeles baseball fans were also mourning the death of Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda. Still, here’s a quick update of some of the announcements. The big news seemed to be the fact that HBO‘s popular series Sex and the City was going... »

Filmmaker and Former DGA President Michael Apted Dead at 79

January 8, 2021 | By
Filmmaker and Former DGA President Michael Apted Dead at 79

It’s with terrible sadness that we have to report the passing of Director Michael Apted at the age of 79. His achievements were vast and many, going all the way back to his directorial work for the BBC, which included stints on Coronation Street. That television work culminated in his involvement in the World in Action episode... »

SOC Teams with Zeiss for Webinar about Large Format Cinematography

January 8, 2021 | By
SOC Teams with Zeiss for Webinar about Large Format Cinematography

The Society of Camera Operators (SOC) and ZEISS are teaming for a virtual webinar titled, Practical Applications of Large Format Cinematography, to take place on Sunday, January 17 at 11am PST. The free online session will allow SOC members to “delve into the creative and technical capabilities of shooting in full-frame or large format vs. Super35.”... »

End of Week Production Notes 1/8/21: Spike in L.A. Covid Cases Creates Dilemma for Production and More News

January 8, 2021 | By
End of Week Production Notes 1/8/21: Spike in L.A. Covid Cases Creates Dilemma for Production and More News

Phew! It’s a good thing that the first week of 2021 was quiet with no major happenings, huh? We can only wish. While a lot was happening in Washington, DC and across the country this week, we instead want to focus on a situation that hits far closer to home, and that’s the situation with... »

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