From Scratch
Costume Design

From Scratch Costume Designer Amanda Riley on European Fashion, Superhero Shows, and Staying True to Characters

In Netflix’s adaptation of Tembi Locke’s book From Scratch, Amy Wheeler (Zoe Saldaña) finds unexpected romance in Italy. One of the key below-the-line elements of this engaging international limited series is its costume design, as the characters’ clothing reflects their national origins and the times they live in, which transform over the course of the show’s eight episodes. Below the Line recently spoke to veteran Costume Designer Amanda Riley about […]

Reboot Hulu
Costume Design

Reboot Costume Designer Reiko Schoenfeld on Subtle Style Trends, Sitcoms, and How JAG Instilled a Good Work Ethic in Her

Hulu’s Reboot takes audiences behind the scenes of a phenomenon that’s becoming increasingly popular in today’s TV landscape — the revival series. From Sex and the City to Frasier, it seems like every ’90s hit is ripe for resurrection these days, and networks are looking to mine their IP just like movie studios do. While Reboot‘s show-within-a-show, Step Right Up, may not be real, it certainly feels like a show […]

Luc Montpellier
Awards

Women Talking DP Luc Montpellier on Why He Was, Oddly Enough, the Right Man for the Job on Sarah Polley’s Female-Led Drama

Miriam Toews’ 2018 novel Women Talking presents a fascinating and thought-provoking scenario partially inspired by real-life events at a Mennonite colony where a group of men repeatedly attacked and sexually assaulted more than 100 women. Bringing that story to the screen was no doubt a difficult task, one for which writer-director Sarah Polley was particularly well-suited. To ensure that the film had the proper look and feel, Polley brought on […]

Darin Moran
Camera

The Estate Cinematographer Darin Moran on Loose Comedy, Marvel Action, and Sending Movies to the Small Screen

Dean Craig’s screwball comedy The Estate follows a group of adult cousins played by Toni Collette, Anna Faris, David Duchovny, and Rosemarie DeWitt as they fight to convince their curmudgeonly aunt who is terminally ill (Kathleen Turner) to leave her grand estate to them. For this over-the-top experience, Craig needed to create a loose and accessible feel, which he did with the help of Cinematographer Darin Moran. Moran is a […]

Ian Markiewicz
Crafts

The Sandman VFX Supervisor Ian Markiewicz on Sticking to the Source Material While Still Making Netflix’s Series Its Own Thing

The Sandman, Netflix’s adaptation of Neil Gaiman‘s beloved DC Comic, is a bold undertaking, one that brings with it a legion of fans who feel strongly about the way they experienced the Dreaming realm when they first read it on the page. But the dark fantasy series, which has already been renewed for a second season, places a major emphasis on its look and feel, one that is both in […]

Alan Gwizdowski
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Honk for Jesus. Save Your Soul. DP Alan Gwizdowski on Faux Documentaries, Religious Broadcasts, and Moneyed Megachurches

After debuting at the Sundance Film Festival, Adamma Ebo‘s comedy Honk for Jesus. Save Your Soul. is now playing in select theaters and streaming on Peacock, and it’s the latest movie to find a religious figurehead embroiled in a public scandal. Trinitie Childs (Regina Hall) and her husband, Lee-Curtis (Sterling K. Brown), are at the center of this scandal, and the film, which is one part mockumentary, one part satirical […]

Gaston Morrison
Awards

Peacemaker Stunt Coordinator Gaston Morrison on Exploding Cows, Human Torpedoes, and Staging Comedic Action

HBO Max‘s Peacemaker, a spinoff series built around John Cena‘s character from The Suicide Squad, officially brought the DC Extended Universe to television, and the superhero show’s first season required a tremendous amount of work from Stunt Coordinators Gaston Morrison and Wayne Dalglish, who received the series’ sole Emmy nomination. Below the Line recently spoke to Morrison — Dalglish couldn’t join because he was on set — who discussed the […]

Cristobal Tapia de Veer
Awards

The White Lotus Composer Cristobal Tapia de Veer on Experimenting With Sound to Create the Unique Score

It’s hard to imagine the wildly popular The White Lotus being quite so impactful without its signature main title theme, which manages to highlight the show’s satirical nature while also adding so much to a truly bizarre and unique viewing experience. The man responsible is Composer Cristobal Tapia de Veer, who earned two Emmy nominations for his work on the show, for the main title theme and original dramatic score. […]

Meredith Tucker
Awards

The White Lotus Casting Director Meredith Tucker on Finding a Hotel Full of Guests & Staff Who Fit Mike White’s Vision of Privilege

The first season of HBO’s anthology series The White Lotus earned an impressive 20 Emmy nominations, including seven individual bids for its ensemble cast, which boasts multiple standouts — from Emmy newcomers Murray Bartlett, Alexandra Daddario, and Sydney Sweeney to industry veterans such as Connie Britton, Steve Zahn, and Jennifer Coolidge — whose work together makes for a truly rewarding and deeply entertaining viewing experience. Below the Line recently had the […]

Allison Estrin
Awards

Inventing Anna Casting Director Allison Estrin on Julia Garner, Theater Legends & Populating Anna Delvey’s Different Worlds

Netflix’s limited series Inventing Anna tells the sensational true story of Anna Delvey, a woman who managed to convince a number of the most powerful people in New York City that she was a German heiress. To create a compelling dramatization, Casting Director Allison Estrin had to find exactly the right talent to match the vision of Creator Shonda Rhimes. It’s hard to imagine Inventing Anna — which earned three […]