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Contender – Editor, Chris Dickens, Slumdog Millionaire

By Jack Egan

For Chris Dickens, the editor of Slumdog Millionaire, the challenge was to create fast-paced montages out of an abundance of footage and myriad cinematic images supplied by director of photography Anthony Dod Mantle, who shot in both digital and film formats. Director Danny Boyle “asked me to make the film feel like a bullet... »

Contender – Visual Effects, Nick Davis, The Dark Knight

By Mark London Williams

When visual FX supervisor Nick Davis hears that his name is being bruited about—by his peers—as the front runner for VFX gold (or gold plate, depending on the statuette) this award season, he calls it all “very flattering.” Could he tell, working on the now-definitive Batman big-screen adaptation The Dark Knight, that the film... »

Strike Still Possible for SAG

By Jack Egan

The seemingly never-ending SAG saga continues, with the possibility of a strike being called by the Screen Actors Guild at the end of January. The continuing uncertainty has caused productions to be put off, leading to lost working hours for craft guild members. SAG leadership has officially announced it will be sending out ballots... »

HPA Rewards Innovative Workflow

By Mary Ann Skweres

A groundbreaking Final Cut Pro workflow designed by Ramy Katrib and his team at DigitalFilm Tree and Erik Whitmyre, co-producer for the CBS/Paramount Television series Everybody Hates Chris, recently netted the post facility and hit show the Hollywood Post Alliance Judges Award for Creativity and Innovation. Launched this year, the HPA Judges Award recognizes... »

Union Roundup – December 2008

By Mark London Williams

It’s a lively time to be a labor columnist—even a Hollywood labor columnist, a sentence whose very construct might garner laughs in auto plants and machine shops anyplace east of Barstow. The reason things are so lively is that suddenly “labor”— as a construct, as a concept, as a prism for viewing the last... »

Contender – Makeup, Daniel Phillips, The Duchess

By Jack Egan

Georgiana Cavendish, Duchess of Devonshire, was an 18th century society hostess, trendsetter and political activist who is the subject of a recent film, The Duchess. It stars Keira Knightley in the title role and Ralph Fiennes as the unfaithful Duke, and “was one of the most enjoyable productions I’ve ever worked on,” says Daniel... »

Sleight of Hand: Richard Hoover on Supervising FX in Valkyrie

By Mark London Williams

“It’s not the kind of film you want the audience to be aware of the effects at all,” says visual FX supervisor Richard Hoover of the Bryan Singer-directed Tom Cruise-starring Valkyrie. “It really is historically based.” Which might be an understatement, since the film tells the story of Claus Schenk Graf von Stauffenberg, whose... »

IATSE, AMPTP Forge Basic Agreement

By Jack Egan

A significant increase in the “hours worked” requirement needed by guild members to qualify for health and pension benefits is part of the new three-year contract recently negotiated between the International Association of Theatrical and Stage Employees on behalf of Hollywood guilds and the Association of Motion Picture and Television Producers. While 300 hours... »

Zwick and Crew Make Sacrifices for Story

By Mary Ann Skweres

In Defiance Edward Zwick tells the true story of three Jewish brothers (Daniel Craig, Liv Schreiber and Jamie Bell) who take refuge in the Belarussian forest after members of their family are massacred during an ethnic purge of their village during World War II. As a means of survival when other civilian refugees wander... »

Steven Soderbergh on Directing and Lensing Che

By Len Klady

Director Steven Soderbergh burst onto the scene in 1989 with his first feature Sex, Lies, and Videotape that won the Audience Award at its Sundance premiere and went on to win the top prize four months later at Cannes. In the subsequent two decades his path has been eclectic and unpredictable; ranging from arcane... »

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