Florian Hoffmeister
Awards

TÁR Cinematographer Florian Hoffmeister on Technocranes, Tracking Shots, and Cate Blanchett’s Haunting Laugh

Todd Field‘s drama TÁR, the director’s first feature in 16 years, is a must-see thanks to Cate Blanchett‘s towering performance alone, but the film’s other standout element is its cinematography, courtesy of Florian Hoffmeister. Blanchett stars as Lydia Tár, a world-renowned composer who’s on top of the world when certain allegations are made against her and her kingdom begins to crumble. Charting her meteoric rise and stunning fall, TÁR charts the […]

Don't Worry Darling
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Don’t Worry Darling Cinematographer Matthew Libatique on the Film’s 1950s Aesthetic and Its Climactic Chase Sequence in the Desert

Olivia Wilde made quite the jump from Booksmart to Don’t Worry Darling, but she didn’t navigate those uncharted waters alone, as she wisely surrounded herself with a crew full of industry veterans, including Cinematographer Matthew Libatique. Don’t Worry Darling tells the story of Alice (Florence Pugh) and Jack (Harry Styles), who are living a happy cookie-cutter life in a pastel-colored neighborhood straight out of the 1950s. All is going well until […]

Phillip Moses
Crafts

Blonde VFX Duo Raoul Bolognini and Phillip Moses on Helping to Recreate Old Marilyn Monroe Movies and 1950s Los Angeles, Including Hollywood Blvd.

Over the past few months, much has been made of Blonde, the Netflix movie about Marilyn Monroe that marks Andrew Dominik‘s first film in a decade. It’s up for debate whether the three-hour film lived up to the hype, but there’s no denying its remarkable artistry. Ana de Armas stars as Marilyn Monroe, and the film spans the majority of the Hollywood icon’s life, from the 1920s to the 1960s. […]

Confess, Fletch
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Confess, Fletch Cinematographer Sam Levy on Working With Jon Hamm and Which Classic Hitchcock Movie Inspired His Work

When most film fans list their cinematographers, legends such as Roger Deakins and Emmanuel Lubezki are frequently mentioned, but for me, Sam Levy is among the first who comes to mind, largely thanks to his collaborations with director Noah Baumbach and Greta Gerwig, for whom he shot Frances Ha and Lady Bird. I’ve become a fan of Levy’s indie work over the years, and his latest feature is Greg Mottola‘s […]

Ré Olunuga
Composers

Rise Composer Ré Olunuga on Infusing the Disney Score With Greek and African Influences, and Exploring Themes of Love and Family

There are very few players in the NBA who are quite as dominant as Giannis Antetokounmpo, who has been dubbed “The Greek Freak” due to his jaw-dropping athletic prowess. Giannis has averaged more than 26.9 points per game in each of the last five seasons and has been voted to the Eastern Conference All-Star team for the past six consecutive years. He’s also a two-time NBA MVP, an NBA Finals […]

Oren Soffer
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Allswell DP Oren Soffer on Taking Inspiration From Classic New York Movies and His Bond With Greig Fraser

As the end of August approaches, Cinematographer Oren Soffer finds himself riding high thanks to an eventful summer that saw three of his projects premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival, including Ben Snyder‘s family dramedy Allswell, which features actors such as Bobby Cannavale, Max Casella, Elizabeth Rodriguez and Daphne Rubin-Vega. Soffer has dipped his toe in every avenue imaginable for cinematography, from short films to commercials, and he just wrapped […]

Abi Damaris Corbin
Crafts

Breaking Director Abi Damaris Corbin on Showing Brian Brown-Easley’s Humanity and Designing the Wells Fargo Bank

Much of the discussion surrounding the new Bleecker Street film Breaking, which stars a phenomenal John Boyega, posits the hostage drama as a modern-day Dog Day Afternoon. There are certainly similarities between the two, though Dog Day Afternoon explores themes of sexuality, while Breaking examines race. The film premiered at Sundance earlier this year and stars Boyega as Brian Brown-Easley, a Marine who held up a Wells Fargo bank in […]

Angus Wall
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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

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 to the golden oldie “Let’s Live for Today” by the Grass Roots. The catchy tune — […]

Christopher Gattelli
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Schmigadoon! 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 with the musical numbers written by creator Cinco Paul. In Schmigadoon!, Key and Strong play a […]

Harry Gregson-Williams and Mychael Danna
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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

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 of Pi score, though it’s his work on Stillwater that holds a special place in my […]