Alan Parker

Oscar-nominated Filmmaker Alan Parker Has Died at 76

Sad news has arrived from the British Film Institute that Alan Parker, director of iconic films like Midnight Express, Evita and Bugsy Malone, has succumbed to a long-term illness and died in London at the age of 76. Over the course of thirty years, Parker had assembled an astounding filmography that began in earnest after a few shorts and a TV movie with the feature film, Bugsy Malone, in 1976, a gangster musical with a […]


Losing Lena Documentary Examines Landmark Photograph

In November 1972, Lenna Sjööblom was Playboy’s Playmate of the Month, posing for a series of pictures in her first and only nude photo session. Born Lena Söderberg on March 31, 1951, in Sweden, she had no idea that one of the photos, the centerfold, would become pivotal in the development of digitally-based imagery. In fact, the photo, completely unbeknownst to Söderberg, went on to be utilized by countless computer […]

Academy Film Scholars

The Academy Announces Its 2020 Film Scholars Grant Recipients

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has named Racquel Gates and Rebecca Prime as its 2020 Academy Film Scholars. Both Gates’ book project, Hollywood Style and the Invention of Blackness, and Prime’s Uptight!: Race, Revolution and the Struggle to Make the Most Dangerous Film of 1968  explore the topic of race in Hollywood, and they’ve been awarded $25,000 from the Academy’s Educational Grants Committee for their proposals. An associate professor […]

No Picture

Emmy Nominations – Reactions from Below-the-line Nominees

On Tuesday, July 28, the Television Academy announced the 72nd Emmy Awards nominations with HBO’s limited series Watchmen receiving the most overall nominations. At the same time,  Netflix overtook HBO’s previous record for most overall Emmy nomination, and in its first year as an entity, Apple TV+ received 18 Emmy nominations, mostly for The Morning Show  and the documentary, Beastie Boys Story. Many of the below-the-line nominees shared their reactions after learning of their nominations. […]

Spike Lee

Location Managers to Honor Spike Lee with Trailblazer Award

The Location Managers Guild International (LMGI) announced today that it would be honoring Oscar-winning filmmaker Spike Lee with its prestigious Trailblazer Award at the 7th Annual LMGI Awards on Saturday, October 24. The theme for this year’s awards is “2020 Vision: We See It First,” and Lee’s films, which have “reflected significant cultural and historical content with the highest quality” fits well into the theme of the show that will be hosted […]


FrameTrunk Provides Remote Support for Live Feeds During Covid-19 Pandemic

London-based FrameTrunk reports that they have found success supplying next generation broadcast solutions for a number of remote production projects during the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. Two of the projects that turned to FrameTrunk for support included BBC 3’s Yung Filly’s Celeb Lock In and Globe Productions’ One Love Covid-19 Relief Auction. The first of those projects will air on Sunday, August 2, having used FrameTrunk’s remote production gallery to receive […]


Pixar Storyboard Artist Enrico Casarosa Directing Debut Animated Feature, Luca

Pixar Animation Studios has established a reputation for hiring and promoting from within the company, earning it a great deal of loyalty from its technical staff. Today, Pixar announced that long-time storyboard artist, Enrico Casarosa, is directing the coming-of-age adventure, Luca, as the studio’s summer 2021 release. Casarosa previously wrote and directed the Oscar-nominated 2011 animated short, La Luna, but he’s been working as a storyboard artist at Pixar, beginning with 2007’s Ratatouille and performing similar […]


Daniel Raim’s Image Makers Analyzes Historic Cinematographers

Created as part of the 100th anniversary celebration of The American Society of Cinematographers, Daniel Raim’s documentary, Image Makers: The Adventures of America’s Pioneer Cinematographers, examines said motion picture groundbreakers in the earliest years of filmmaking. Critical to Raim’s endeavors was a partnership with Turner Classic Movies, specifically with senior vice-president of programming Charlie Tabesh. “He believed in myself and my team’s ability to make the film,” said Raim, producer-director-editor […]

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Academy Board Of Governors: David Rubin Re-Elected Academy President

Yesterday, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Board of Governors re-elected Casting Director David Rubin as president of the organization. Rubin is beginning his second term as president and his eighth year as a governor representing the Casting Directors Branch. Also elected to officer positions by the Board: Lois Burwell, First Vice President (chair, Awards and Events Committee); Larry Karaszewski, Vice President (chair, Preservation and History Committee); Isis […]


The Television Academy’s 72nd Emmy Awards Nominees

Presented live, the 72nd Emmy Awards nominees were announced today with host Leslie Jones and presenters Josh Gad, Tatiana Maslany, and Laverne Cox. The  winners’ envelopes will be unsealed and revealed on September 20th during a ceremony broadcast by ABC, and hosted by Jimmy Kimmel for the third year in a row. And the nominees are: Outstanding Comedy Series: Curb Your Enthusiasm Dead to Me The Good Place InsecureThe Kominsky […]