Michael Kaplan Designs the Costumes for Star Wars: The Force Awakens

J.J. AbramsStar Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens tells the story of a unexpected group of heroes who partner with the Resistance to save the galaxy. The fascinating realization of this world earned costume designer Michael Kaplan a Costume Designer Guild award nomination for excellence in fantasy film. Kaplan, who is known for his work on Star Trek Into Darkness (2013), Fight Club (1999) and Se7en (1995), was most excited about working again with Abrams after having worked with him on two Star Trek films. Embracing such a massive creative project was also a draw. “Of course the challenge of taking on Star Wars was extremely exciting as well as daunting and intimidating,” the costume designer said. […]

Contender Portfolios

Contenders – Sound Mixers Stuart Wilson, Andy Nelson and Christopher Scarabosio, Star Wars: The Force Awakens

When executive producer Jason McGatlin called production sound mixer Stuart Wilson about an unnamed project he was developing, the conversation was short, but after setting up a time to meet he ended it with, “If you put two and two together, you could maybe guess what it is.” Turns out, it was J.J. Abrams Star Wars: The Force Awakens. […]


Contender – The Sound of The Revenant

With 12 Oscar nominations, director Alejandro Iñárritu’s The Revenant leads the way, including a best picture and director nod. He won both awards for Birdman in 2015. The Revenant is a terrifying tale of survival that shows how far one man must go to overcome the harshest conditions. Set in the 19th-century American-West, the film is a true story of sorts of fur trapper Hugh Glass (Leonardo DiCaprio), who is attacked by a bear and left for dead by his fellow trappers. Bent on revenge, Glass finds the strength to travel 200 miles to confront his faithless friends. Among those Academy Award nominations were two in sound – best editing (Martin Hernandez and Lon Bender) and best mixing (Jon Taylor, Frank A. Montaño, Randy Thom and Chris Duesterdiek). […]


Rodeo FX Recreates 19th-Century Whaling Village for In the Heart of the Sea

Rodeo FX recreated the Nantucket of the 1800s for Ron Howard’s latest film, In the Heart of the Sea, including concept art, seamlessly interwoven set extensions and evocative matte painting for a total of over 260 visual effects shots. In the Heart of the Sea has been nominated for a VES award in the outstanding supporting visual effects category. […]

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MPSE Announces 2016 Golden Reel Nominations

The Motion Picture Sound Editors (MPSE) announced the nominees for the 63rd MPSE Golden Reel Awards. The awards recognize outstanding achievement in sound editing in 24 categories encompassing feature films, television, animation, computer entertainment and student work. The awards will be held Feb. 27, at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel and Suites in Los Angeles. […]


Whitehouse Post Hires Editor Chris Murphy

Los Angeles-based Whitehouse Post has hired editor Chris Murphy. Murphy previously spent nearly a decade at Relish in his hometown of Toronto. During his time there, he cut spots for clients including Google, Bose and Habitat for Humanity and developed relationships with directors Miles Jay, Jon+Torey and Aircastle. […]