Browse Articles by Danielle Solzman

Craft Spotlight: Respect Production Designer Ina Mayhew on Recreating the ’60s

August 2021
Craft Spotlight: <em>Respect</em> Production Designer Ina Mayhew on Recreating the ’60s

Respect Production Designer Ina Mayhew always knew that she was going to end up in media, but her path directed her towards film when a movie was being produced on campus while she attended college. Prior to working on Respect, Mayhew and filmmaker Lisel Tommy worked on Queen Sugar and Dolly Parton’s Heartstrings. Because... »

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Posted in Art Direction, Featured, Film, Interviews, Production Design |

Underwater Cinematographer Ian Seabrook on His Work for Jungle Cruise and Old

August 2021
Underwater Cinematographer Ian Seabrook on His Work for <em>Jungle Cruise</em> and <em>Old</em>

Based on the Disney park attraction of the same name, Jungle Cruise takes audiences on a whirlwind adventure through the Amazon where researcher Dr. Lily Houghton (Emily Blunt) and her brother MacGregor (Jack Whitehall) hire the services of skipper Frank Wolff (Dwayne Johnson). Lily is in search of an ancient tree, but she’s not the only... »

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Posted in Camera, Featured, Film, Interviews |

The Mandalorian‘s Head Prosthetics Makeup Artist Brian Sipe on Bringing Ahsoka Tano to Life

July 2021
<em>The Mandalorian</em>‘s Head Prosthetics Makeup Artist Brian Sipe on Bringing Ahsoka Tano to Life

When Star Wars was first released in 1977, it was a game-changer for Hollywood. Emmy-winning Makeup Artist Brian Sipe was among those in which the franchise had a big impact. Sipe is now the head makeup artist for Lucasfilm’s The Mandalorian, a Disney+ series that takes place five years following Return of the Jedi.... »

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Posted in Emmy Watch, Featured, Interviews, Makeup, Television |

Composer Frank Ilfman’s Music Assists with the Genre-Blending of Gunpowder Milkshake

July 2021
Composer Frank Ilfman’s Music Assists with the Genre-Blending of <em>Gunpowder Milkshake</em>

Composer Frank Ilfman teams up with filmmaker Navot Papushado for the fourth time for the Netflix genre-blender, Gunpowder Milkshake, launching on July 14. The movie stars Karen Gillan as an assassin who has to protect the 9-year-old daughter of one of her victims while teaming with her mother (Lena Headey) to fight off a group of... »

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Posted in Composers, Featured, Film, Interviews, Music |

In the Heights Cinematographer Alice Brooks Fulfills Her Dream to Film the Musical

June 2021
<em>In the Heights</em> Cinematographer Alice Brooks Fulfills Her Dream to Film the Musical

Cinematographer Alice Brooks has wanted to shoot an In the Heights adaptation for years, and her opportunity finally came when film school classmate, Jon M. Chu, was signed on to direct the movie. In the following interview with Below the Line, Brooks broke down some of the challenges that came with shooting the film,... »

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Posted in Camera, Featured, Film, Interviews |

CINEMATOGRAPHY WEEK: Tobias Schliessler, ASC, on the Challenges of Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

February 2021
CINEMATOGRAPHY WEEK: Tobias Schliessler, ASC, on the Challenges of <em>Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom</em>

German Cinematographer Tobias Schliessler, ASC, was among the last people to work with Chadwick Boseman when he shot Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom for Director George C. Wolfe. Recently, Schliessler opened up to Below the Line about working with Wolfe and hi talented leads, Viola Davis and Boseman. Based on the August Wilson play, the... »

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Posted in Camera, Featured, Film, Interviews |

CINEMATOGRAPHY WEEK: Marcell Rév, HSC, on Making Malcolm & Marie

February 2021
CINEMATOGRAPHY WEEK: Marcell Rév, HSC, on Making <em>Malcolm & Marie</em>

Hungarian cinematographer Marcell Rév, HSC, has been working with filmmaker Sam Levinson since the Sundance-premiering Assassination Nation. Their second collaboration was the Emmy-winning HBO series Euphoria, starring Zendaya. Once the pandemic hit, production on Euphoria was forced to shut down, but with the creative itch for getting back to work, Rév signed on for their... »

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Posted in Camera, Featured, Film, Interviews |

Artist Profile: Phedon Papamichael, ASC, on Filming Aaron Sorkin’s The Trial of the Chicago 7

December 2020
Artist Profile: Phedon Papamichael, ASC, on Filming Aaron Sorkin’s <em>The Trial of the Chicago 7</em>

Cinematographer Phedon Papamichael, ASC, may not be a household name, but there’s a strong chance that you’re familiar with his work. Papamichael has frequently worked with James Mangold, most recently on 2019’s Ford v Ferrari, and he earned an Oscar nomination for his work on Alexander Payne’s Nebraska. In addition to collaborating with Mangold... »

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Posted in Camera, Crafts, Featured, Film, Interviews |

Craft Spotlight: Cinematographer Martin Ruhe Shines a Light on Clooney’s The Midnight Sky

December 2020
Craft Spotlight: Cinematographer Martin Ruhe Shines a Light on Clooney’s <em>The Midnight Sky</em>

The Midnight Sky isn’t the first go-round for Cinematographer Martin Ruhe, ASC, to work with Oscar-winning filmmaker George Clooney. They previously worked together on the Hulu limited series, Catch-22, which led to a nomination by the American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) for his work on the series.  Prior to that, Ruhe was Director of Photography for The American, which Clooney also... »

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Posted in Awards, Camera, Contender Portfolios, Crafts, Featured, Film, Interviews |