Browse Articles by Andrew Korpan

Pachinko Main Title Designers Angus Wall and Nadia Tzuo on How They Set the Tone of the Show By Juxtaposing Historical Footage With Dance Moves

August 2022
<i>Pachinko</i> Main Title Designers Angus Wall and Nadia Tzuo on How They Set the Tone of the Show By Juxtaposing Historical Footage With Dance Moves

Main title sequences often go unnoticed or underappreciated unless there’s a James Bond movie after them, but they can be key to setting a certain tone. Sometimes, these title sequences are even better than the actual film or TV show that they’re introducing. The Apple TV+ drama Pachinko boasts an incredible title sequence set... »

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Schmigadoon! Composer Christopher Willis on Paying Homage to Old Hollywood and His Favorite Musical Moment From Season 1

August 2022
<i>Schmigadoon!</i> Composer Christopher Willis on Paying Homage to Old Hollywood and His Favorite Musical Moment From Season 1

In a streaming landscape populated by prestige dramas and true-crime documentaries, few shows boast the joyous energy of Schmigadoon!, the Apple TV+ series starring Keegan-Michael Key, Cecily Strong, and Dove Cameron. While the grand musical numbers are likely what come to mind when most fans think about the show, Christopher Willis’ score goes hand-in-hand... »

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Return to Space Composers Mychael Danna and Harry Gregson-Williams on Their Longtime Friendship and Mutual Admiration for Each Other, Plus Synthesizers

August 2022
<i>Return to Space</i> Composers Mychael Danna and Harry Gregson-Williams on Their Longtime Friendship and Mutual Admiration for Each Other, Plus Synthesizers

Very few people in the film industry see their careers blessed with longevity, yet composers Mychael Danna and Harry Gregson-Williams have bucked the trend, hanging around Hollywood long enough to each forge formidable filmographies that have brought them numerous awards, including Oscars and Emmys. Danna, for example, won an Academy Award for the Life... »

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Not Okay Director Quinn Shephard on Sympathizing With the Unlikeable Protagonist in Hulu’s Dark Satire of Influencer Culture

July 2022
<i>Not Okay</i> Director Quinn Shephard on Sympathizing With the Unlikeable Protagonist in Hulu’s Dark Satire of Influencer Culture

In a world where YouTube stars sign with the WWE and take roles in movies from trained actors, one must question whether a great responsibility comes with having a large social media platform, and actress-turned-director Quinn Shephard boldly explores that question, as well as influencer culture as a whole, in her new film Not Okay,... »

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Good Luck to You, Leo Grande Director Sophie Hyde on Casting, Chemistry, and Working With the “Amazing” Emma Thompson

June 2022
<i>Good Luck to You, Leo Grande</i> Director Sophie Hyde on Casting, Chemistry, and Working With the “Amazing” Emma Thompson

Growing up in a religious household, films like Sophie Hyde’s Good Luck to You, Leo Grande would be considered too “risqué” to watch. The film, which is now streaming on Hulu, is a powerful look at sex work and body positivity as well as self-pleasure and self-discovery, and it features both a standout performance... »

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Essex Serpent Composers Dustin O’Halloran and Herdís Stefánsdóttir on Crafting a “Beguiling” Score for Apple’s Gothic Drama

June 2022
<i>Essex Serpent</i> Composers Dustin O’Halloran and Herdís Stefánsdóttir on Crafting a “Beguiling” Score for Apple’s Gothic Drama

The gothic period drama The Essex Serpent is currently slithering — excuse me, streaming — on Apple TV+ and the adaptation of Sarah Perry‘s 2016 novel boasts significant star power between three-time Emmy winner Claire Danes (Homeland) and Marvel bad boy Tom Hiddleston (Loki). Centering around the legend of a mythical serpent, the series follows a woman (Danes) who moves... »

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Bad Vegan Composer Dan Romer on Using Mellotron Samples and Being Inspired by Iconic New York Bands

June 2022
<i>Bad Vegan</i> Composer Dan Romer on Using Mellotron Samples and Being Inspired by Iconic New York Bands

Netflix’s four-part miniseries Bad Vegan: Fame. Fraud. Fugitives. tells the sordid tale of vegan restaurateur Sarma MeIngailis. This wild story of veganism, swindlers, and deities is almost too crazy to be true, but you just have to see it to believe its bizarre twists and turns. The series is directed by Chris Smith, who is no stranger... »

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