Another Lovely Day: Max Wins Big and Oscar Wraps an Award Season Full of Surprises

“It’s incredible that two outsiders like Chivo and Alejandro that came from Mexico, came to our industry, were firm in their beliefs artistically, and here we have a two-time winner at the Academy Awards and Chivo a three-time winner… These guys represent everything about what this industry is and what it should be.” The speaker was Leonardo DiCaprio, clutching his long-time-coming Oscar for best actor, as he stood next to director Alejandro Inarritu, who had won the best directing prize the second year a row, for making The Revenant, a work that another of the evening’s surprise winners – the VFX crew from Ex Machina – called “an existential western,” earlier in the same room. […]

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Spotlight Claims Top Honors at the Spirit Awards

Spotlight took home the most trophies at the 2016 Film Independent Spirit Awards, garnering awards for best feature, best director, best screenplay and best editing. The film also received the 9th annual Robert Altman Award, given to one film’s director, casting director and ensemble cast. Director Tom McCarthy was honored along with casting directors Kerry Barden and Paul Schnee and ensemble cast members Michael Cyril Creighton, Billy Crudup, Paul Giulfoyle, Neal Huff, Brian D’Arcy James, Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams, Mark Ruffalo, Liev Schreiber, Jamey Sheridan, John Slattery and Stanley Tucci. […]


Mad Max: Fury Road and The Revenant Tie for Top Awards at MPSE Golden Reel Awards

The 63rd Golden Reel Awards had a surprising finish when the voting for the final and most prestigious award of the night – best sound editing: feature English language FX/Foley – resulted in a unusual tie between Mad Max: Fury Road and The Revenant. There was also a tie for best sound editing & music: direct to video live action with sound crews from both All the Wilderness and 7 Minutes taking home trophies. […]


Three Disparate Projects on Display at Academy’s Makeup and Hairstyling Symposium

Concerning three wholly separate facets of makeup and hairstyling artistry, The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences held its pre-Oscar symposium on Feb. 27, one which illuminates the methodologies entailed in these specific crafts and the people who work across the globe to bring their talents to the screen. Gracefully moderated by longtime makeup artist and former makeup branch governor Leonard Engelman at the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills, the two-hour symposium was followed by a public display in the building’s lower gallery of various materials used in the Oscar-nominated films. […]


MPC Creates Dramatic Storm Sequences for Disney’s The Finest Hours

London-based VFX facility MPC recently completed approximately 900 VFX shots for Disney’s The Finest Hours – the remarkable true story of the greatest small boat rescue in Coast Guard history. VFX supervisor Seth Maury and producer Felix Crawshaw worked closely with director Craig Gillespie and production VFX supervisor Kevin Hahn over the course of 10 months. […]


Jennifer Lederman To Lead Nomad’s New York Office

Nomad Editing Company has hired executive producer and company partner Jennifer Lederman to lead its New York office. Lederman joins Nomad from BlueRock, where she served as vice president/managing director. She brings with her agency experience at FCB and J. Walter Thompson, as well as a tenure at postproduction company, Red Car. […]

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Pinewood Toronto Studios Announces Expansion

Pinewood Toronto Studios announced plans to build a new 135,000-square-foot film and television support facility on the Toronto Port Lands. This will complement its existing state-of-the art 300,000-square-foot studio campus on the Toronto waterfront. […]