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Contender – Composer Carter Burwell, Carol

By Mary Ann Skweres

“It’s true that everyone is different and indeed everyone hears music differently,” commented composer Carter Burwell in sharing how he communicates with directors. “A piece that one director will think is melancholy, another director may think is joyful. By its nature, music is abstract and subjective, but generally speaking, the best way I find... »

Opinion: There Is An Advertising Revolution Taking Place

By Rupert Maconick

Last year alone, $600 billion was spent on traditional advertising. But there is a new advertising approach happening right now, which is a throwback to a bygone age: Brands are shifting away from traditional TV commercials to funding and sponsoring documentaries, television programs and specials, and films.  Brands will emerge as the film and... »

Contender – Cinematographer Mátyás Erdély, Son of Saul

By Jack Egan

More than any film in memory, Son of Saul takes the audience into the heart of Auschwitz-Birkenau, the notorious death camp where the Nazis murdered millions of Jews during World War II. The story is seen almost entirely through the eyes of one individual, Saul Ausländer. He has been made one of the Sonderkommandos... »

Spirit Awards Nominations Announced

By Staff

Film Independent announced nominations for the 2016 Spirit Awards this morning. Film Independent president Josh Welsh presided over the press conference held at W Hollywood, with actors John Boyega and Elizabeth Olsen presenting the nominations. »

ADG Announces Three Lifetime Achievement Award Honorees

By Staff

The Art Directors Guild announced that scenic artist Bill Anderson, Oscar-nominated matte artist Harrison Ellenshaw and set designer William Newmon, II will be presented with lifetime achievement awards at the guild’s 20th annual awards gala, scheduled for Jan. 31 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. »

Contender – Editor Nathan Nugent, Room

By Mary Ann Skweres

According to Nathan Nugent, editor of Room, director Lenny Abrahamson is always open to changes on set. He had plans for how a scene was going to work, but he did not storyboard every scene. Rather he trusted the actors and their organic movement, taking how they work as a key. »

Below the Line Screening Series Presents: Grandma

By Sandra Howatt

The Below the Line Screening Series presented a screening of Grandma at the Arclight Theater in Los Angeles, Nov. 19, followed by a Q&A with director Paul Weitz, editor Jon Corn and production designers Cindy Chao and Michele Yu. »

DGA Will Award Lifetime Achievement Award To Joe Pytka

By Staff

The Directors Guild of America president Paris Barclay announced that commercial director Joe Pytka will be the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award for distinguished achievement in television direction at the 68th Annual DGA Awards on Feb. 6, at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in Los Angeles. »

Nicholas Hytner Directs Maggie Smith in The Lady in the Van

By Jack Egan

The Lady in the Van features Maggie Smith in a virtuoso star turn that is generating buzz about a possible best actress Oscar nomination. In the film, directed by Nicholas Hytner, she plays Miss Shepherd, a curmudgeonly and bedraggled old woman of uncertain origins who lives in a beat up van. Searching for a... »

Contenders – Sound Editors Mark Mangini and Scott Hecker, Mad Max: Fury Road

By Daron James

When Warner Bros. announced it was going to pick up the tab for the reincarnated Mad Max franchise many of us smiled with excited anticipation. First of all, it’s George Miller, and secondly, its George f’ing Miller – one of the greatest filmmakers of our time. Visually, Mad Max: Fury Road could dilate the... »

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