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Contender – Sound Mixer Mark Ulano, The Hateful Eight

By Daron James

If the sound community had a philosopher, it would be Mark Ulano. Sitting a mere five minutes with the sound mixer makes you understand why filmmakers like Quentin Tarantino want to work with him. »

Contender – Makeup And Hair Designer Lesley Vanderwalt, Mad Max: Fury Road

By Scott Essman

When writer-director George Miller rekindled his Mad Max franchise with the 2015 film, Mad Max: Fury Road, with the first of the films having been produced 36 years ago, he knew he would need to mix the classic elements of the series while bringing audiences a 21st century experience. Makeup and hair designer Lesley... »

Directors Mark Burton and Richard Starzak Excel in Non-Verbal Dialog in Shaun The Sheep Movie

By Phil Rhodes

The world of stop-motion animation is, given the labor-intensive production process, one suited to only the most dedicated practitioners. On Aardman Animations' Shaun the Sheep, co-directors Mark Burton and Richard Starzak shared the workload, combining Burton's background in comedy writing and Starzak's experience in animation on Aardman's previous productions. He accepts freely that “Animation... »

Contenders – Sound Editor and Mixers Christopher Aud and Aaron Glascock, Anomalisa

By Daron James

In what started as a stage play written by Charlie Kaufman, the stop-motion animated feature Anomalisa took over two years to finish before its Dec. 30 release date – even a successful Kickstarter campaign encouraged it to see the light of day. »

Contender – Production Designer Yohei Taneda, The Hateful Eight

By Mark London Williams

If it would seem unlikely that studios would release two westerns at Christmas time, it might be unlikelier still that both would belong to that smaller sub-genre of “snow westerns.” Yet both The Revenant and Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight find themselves in that same unique niche occupied by such under sung classics as... »

Contender – Costume Designer Kasia Walicka-Maimone, Bridge of Spies

By Michelle Paradis

In Steven Spielberg's Bridge of Spies, James B. Donovan (Tom Hanks) is an American lawyer who works with the CIA during the Cold War to help in a negotiation to rescue a pilot detained in the Soviet Union. »

Contender – Production Designer Judy Becker, Carol

By Mary Ann Skweres

According to production designer Judy Becker, director Todd Haynes, “Comes to the table with a concept of what he wants the movie to look like. He brings a book of images that represent how he sees the world of the film. That begins our discussion.” »

Contenders – Sound Mixers/Editors Chris Jenkins, Nicholas Renbeck, Eugene Gearty and Edward Tise, Love & Mercy

By Jennifer Walden

The lines between genius and madness blur inside the mind of Brian Wilson as he’s portrayed in director Bill Pohlad’s Beach Boys biopic Love & Mercy, distributed by Roadside Attractions. Using sound, the film paints a beautiful and discordant picture of what Wilson hears in his head – the music and mania that make... »

Contender – Sound Mixer Chris Jenkins, Mad Max: Fury Road

By Daron James

When rerecording mixer Chris Jenkins got a call from music composer Tom Holkenborg about working on Mad Max: Fury Road, saying yes, was the easy part. But what took place over the following months was a collaboration the mixer won’t soon forget. “When Tom asked me if I was interested in being part of... »

Director Adam McKay Sets the Record Straight in The Big Short

By Mary Ann Skweres

“I couldn’t get it out of my head,” admitted Adam McKay writer/director of The Big Short when talking about the original book by Michael Lewis that formed the basis for his film’s screenplay. McKay had picked up the book one night and finished by the next morning. His wife thought he was nuts. »

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